by: Rick Cooper [ ]
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Welcome back to the test bench! Today we are looking at two new washable acrylics from Ammo of Mig Jimenez. Both of these come packaged in the now nearly standard 17ml dropper style bottle but now they have a much appreciated steel agitator ball inside to help improve the consistency of what comes out of the nozzle. The two that we are looking at today are Washable Dust #A.MIG-105 and Washable Sand #A.MIG-106. I believe this makes three of the 'washables' from Ammo with the earlier release of the white wash being the first.
I tried the sand color with the airbrush, misted in a couple of thin coats. I then used a combination of flat brush, cotton bud, and make up sponge to 'wash' or wear away the color. I attacked this the moment that I put the airbrush down and it seemed to make a difference. You can see the evidence of my efforts in the photos to you right. I didn't really have to much of a problem, but if I were to do it again, or better yet, use the effect on a finished model, I would only shoot one very thin coat. In other words, a small amount went a very long way. Of course, if you want something more dramatic well, have at it!
For the next color, dust, I applied with a small spotter brush. Again, I waited no more than a minute before I started in on the removal process. This time however with the thicker application of paint I could tell that it was not going to come off quite as easily as the airbrushed example. I soaked and scrubbed (in moderation of course, no toothbrushes were harmed during the photography of this review!) as best I could, but the paint didn't much want to leave without a fight. I ended up with a splotchy hit and miss affair as you can see. Not really what I was looking for, but if you are using this for a dust/mud applied desert camouflage it would be perfect.
There you have it, a few more tools for the arsenal in the never ending quest for the perfect finish.