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I agree the contrast is bumped way up in some of those photos...but they still provide useful information as long as that fact is kept in mind.P_Budzik wrote: I would suggest that basing your degree of weathering on extremely over processed, highly posterized images does very little to support your argument. I don't disagree that military hardware can get pretty beat-up, but web images like this have been so destroyed as to lack all subtlety.
I rarely, probably almost never, see comments on models stating it's overweathered. General comments elsewhere within discussions yes but rarely comments on specific models.owlman2 wrote:
If you want to build them dirty, there is ample photographic evidence....at least of WWII aircraft....to back up your desires.
When the pundits say "it's overweathered....", what they really mean, deep down is: "I prefer to build my models cleaner than that, and by doing it differently, you are failing to validate my choices and directly threatening my sense of self worth. Stop it immediately."
Hear hear!! If a pilot approached his plane with panel lines as dirty as some models show them he would sack his erks and get his plane cleaned properly! If you want prominent panel lines on your models , go and buy Corgi toys! Just my opinion, don't intend to be rude, as we are all individuals according to Brian.MDriskill wrote: But, you will notice that not even these impressively filthy machines have a neatly-applied streak of slime which uniformly follows every single panel line on the airframe. That’s the current model finishing fad that makes me think “overweathered.”
Very well said....and I agree to a point.stilltubeglue wrote: Paul uses the word dominating in his video, and that's been exactly what I've tried to convey. At some point during the weathering process it reaches a point at which the weathering will dominate the model, meaning, it's the first thing you'll notice when laying your eyes on the model for the very first time. If that's what you want by all means go for it but after that point the subject it's applied to becomes secondary, that meaning, whether it's a B-25 or Spitfire takes a back seat to the weathering we'll be looking through to see it.
Personally, I see it as a distraction, once it reaches the point where it stops adding o the overall look and starts taking from it. I've seen some beautiful, masterful work done this way but I wouldn't want it on my own personal shelves at home. This is personally speaking, of course, my own opinion but it is a fact (I believe) that that point in the weathering process does exist. The point where we have to make this decision of what the real focus will become, the subject itself or the weathering applied to it. It's like the sound barrier. :)