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Darkstar Pigments
Darkstar Pigments, Mud, Rust
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]


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RailRoad Modeling

Introduction
Darkstar Pigments by Darkstar Miniatures is a range of dry weathering pigments.

Darkstar Miniatures is a UK company that also makes 54mm and 75mm figures and busts in two series, Historical Figures and Fantasy Range. They also make Molten Metals paints, Reaper paints, and ink washes.
    Darkstar Pigments are the finest-ground pigments for weathering. Being so fine, the pigment naturally clings to surfaces and crevices without the need for adhesion agents.

    Developed originally for the wargaming and fantasy modelling market, we believe that these pigments are a great addition to your armoury of weathering effects for any modelling genre.

Currently there are 12 colors and 4 sets available.

Darkstar Pigments
Airbrushes.com carries Darkstar Pigments and kindly sent these two for review

    DP003 - Mud
    DP007 - New Rust

These pigments are packaged in 15ml hard plastic bottles with pop-tops. The pop-tops have a small palette inside the lid. To open it one must unwrap a plastic strip similar to those that seal mild jugs. The bottles are an unremarkable design with a clean but dour appearance, not surprising considering the genre of Darkstar's clientele. The pigments are ground very fine.

Performance
With a stiff acrylic brush I applied the powder dry directly from the bottle to an HO box car and an old soft plastic tire on a styrene hub. I also applied one wet on ABS plastic trucks and wet on an old Monogram panzer exhaust muffler. No parts were primed and none were cleaned prior to applying the pigments. (I like to demonstrate pigments based on "rookie mistakes.")

Let's see how they worked.

DP003 - Mud

This pigment has a distinct reddish hue. It adhered to the diverse materials without trouble.

DP007 - New Rust

This color has a orange hue. I brushed dry it onto the box car and it also adhered fine. I mixed it with water and put it on the truck and the muffler. It worked well and seems that it will hold on without sealing so long as it is no scuffed.

Conclusion
These pigments are suitable for any modeling category and genre - railroad, military, steampunk, antiquity. Stored in neat bottles, the pigments are easy to handle. They adhere well. I have not sealed them with a clear coat. Recommended.

Please remember to tell vendors and retailers that you saw Darkstar Pigments here - on RailRoad Modeling.
SUMMARY
Highs: Easy to use. They adhere well.
Lows: De minimis.
Verdict: These pigments are suitable for any modeling category and genre - railroad, military, steampunk, antiquity.
  Scale: N/A
  Mfg. ID: See Text
  Suggested Retail: 2.50, $3.60
  Related Link: Darkstar
  PUBLISHED: May 17, 2016
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.00%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 95.00%

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)
FROM: TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

Copyright 2017 text by Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of AeroScale. All rights reserved.


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