Paul: Now I just need to find that 1/20 scale beer can.....or maybe it rolled down the hill out of the scene
Jerry: That's what happens when they go out for a loaf of bread and pack of smokes, and never return
Roland: I refuse to be pigeonholed
....I was originally visualizing this as a much larger scene...sort of a two sided diorama, where if you looked from the front you only saw the stranded MaK....but if you turned it to the back, there was going to be a pit with a sort of an early 1900's archiological excavation going on, which had some V-tip cars and track.....but I decided I just wanted a project to blow off some steam, relax, and experiment with some painting and weathering techniques.....besides I really did not feel like sculpting 50+ arab workers in N or TT scale
The figure was primered with Gunze Mr. Resin Primer, then received a base coat of Vallejo Acrylics (2/3 Germ. SS Camo Black-Brown, to 1/3 Hull Red).
The reason for this color is to establish the base color of sun burnt steel. Long exposed steel in desert climates will tend to develop a dark black-blue-red-brown surface patina. Shorter term exposed areas, or old surface areas that have been scratched, pitted by sand, etc, will have a lighter series of rust colors (of course there are variations of this also depending on the type of metal, and the environment)
Next the pieces were given a heavy filter of Windsor Newton "Prussian Blue" (artists oil paint), this was followed by an overall burnishing/application of MIG "Gun Metal" pigment (this was applied using one of those Tamiya foam brush thingies)...this was followed by a brush applied light dusting of Bragdons rust pigments. The rust pigments were then mostly wiped away or also burnished into the surface. More texture and coloring to come.
.....and this last one is just for fun (ship is a 1/700 scale model. The 1918 Australian cruiser "Vampire")
Marc[EDIT:] Below are some pics I am using as reference. Note the sheen and coloration.