Arid Dry Ground (or Mud) texture from Ammo/MiG is a newer edition to their line of Vignettes Acrylics. This product is designed for small and medium sized dioramas or vignettes and comes ready to use in a 100ml tub. This particular product has a coarser texture than some of the other textural products ( I.E. concrete) in AMMO/MiG's catalog.
Borrowing from Ammo's own description: The application method is remarkably simple. You can use any kind of tool at hand and the Arid Dry Ground Texture can be mixed with other weathering materials such as pigments or acrylic paints to create a full range of authentic earthen effects. It can be used for any scale ranging from 1/16 to 1/72. Using this product, you can obtain a perfect finish in your scenes, virtually mimicking real soil. The new format has been optimized for working on scenes and dioramas, so that the product always remains in perfect conditions for each use.
The dried surface mimics the look and texture of ... what for it... a dry arid dried mudpack beautifully. It is suggested on AMMO/MiG's website this particular texture can be sanded after a through drying to a smoother finish should you so desire. I found that the coarseness of this product made that problematic, all I managed to do was trash several emery boards trying to soften the look.
Clean up, however, is a breeze as the acrylic base of Arid Dry Ground texture allows for clean-up and thinning with water. The product is also odorless and non-toxic.
I applied some Arid Dry Ground with a palette knife to a small strip of basswood. The highlighted portion has been highlighted with Tamiya black panel liner and the other bit of texture is the unvarnished product. This texturing product is malleable and can be positioned or smoothed easily with a wet paint brush.
As is the case with the other textures product from AMMO/MiG that I am familiar with Arid Dry Ground (Mud) is elegant stuff and holds the possibility for a myriad of applications (ground cover, caked on mud, etc.) for your next project. AMMO/MiG has eight other colors in this line, many of which are available in 250ml containers.
My thanks to AMMO/MiG and IPMS/USA for the review sample.
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