Swoofty has been giving it a go lately with nice results and I thought why not encourage everyone in Flickr trains to give it a burl. I'm always keen to see what new people do and this isn't the first weathering challenge I've made.
So your mini-challenge: Weather a train. It can be something you've already made or an entirely new model but the focus is on the weathering. Make it look like it didn't just roll off the factory shelf.
No winners, no prizes, just ideas to be plundered.
Here's a tip/trick/secret for this mini-challenge. Take/find a picture of a weathered train item. Drop the resolution of the photo to 100 pixels or less and zoom in on it. Viola! You have a pixelated or Lego-ized weathered train item! From there you can refine the 'brick-able' weathering.
Swoofty, nice tip. While I like the idea of weathering, I'm struggling with how to do it in Lego. Weathering to me is a subtle thing that takes place over time. Even with the smallest resolution you can achieve in Lego, just changing colors seems too blocky to me.
One idea that I had was to use older, faded or yellowed bricks.
Now that I think about it, I actually did that with this boxcar:
Anyway, neat challenge, I look forward to seeing what everyone comes up with.