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Pigment Powders
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by: Rowan Baylis [ MERLIN ]

Darkstar Miniatures have introduced an extensive range of pigment powders in very useful "earth and rust" colours. Each colour comes in a clear plastic 15ml jar with a flip-top lid that is sealed for safety until you open it the first time. The colour available at present are:

Dark Earth
Baked Earth
Light Rust
Light Earth
New Rust
Orange Sand
Red Earth
Light Sand

The pots can be purchased individually, or in the following 3-colour sets:

Earth Set I - Dark Earth/Earth/Mud
Earth Set II - Red Earth/Baked Earth/Light Earth
Rust Set - New Rust/Rust/Light Rust
Sand Set - Sand/Orange Sand/Light Sand
Each multi-pack costs 6.50.

The Airbrush Company kindly sent a pot each of New Rust and Sand to try out. I found them excellent, with extremely fine pigments that adhere well to a primed surface. They should also work very well mixed with varnish or decal solution to create a variety of weathering effects.

These are very good pigment powders that will be instantly useful. Even with the wide range of colours already available, I hope Darkstar will go still further and add some white, greys, dark browns and "dirty blacks", because they would be ideal for exhaust stains, general shading and aging.

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Highs: High quality, finely ground pigments.
Lows: None.
Verdict: Darkstar Miniatures have produced an excellent range of pigment powders in very useful colours.
  Scale: N/A
  Suggested Retail: 2.50 per pot
  PUBLISHED: Jan 20, 2016

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About Rowan Baylis (Merlin)

I've been modelling for about 40 years, on and off. While I'm happy to build anything, my interests lie primarily in 1/48 scale aircraft. I mostly concentrate on WW2 subjects, although I'm also interested in WW1, Golden Age aviation and the early Jet Age - and have even been known to build the occas...

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