SMART MUD  XL:  It's easy  as  1 2 3!

Smart Mud XL allows you to quickly prepare tons of high definition diorama texturing paste whenever you need it. To start modelling your terrain you simply need to mix three bundled ingredients. Being a DIY product Smart Mud XL yields plenty of diorama texturing paste that is always factory-fresh!

SMART MUD DRY FINISH SAMPLE

modelling mud on a diorama

SMART MUD WET FINISH SAMPLE

SMART MUD DRY FINISH SAMPLE

SMART MUD WET FINISH SAMPLE

SMART MUD WET FINISH SAMPLE

SMART MUD WET FINISH SAMPLE

AFVs even so often roll in the mud and this product addresses just that! This terrain formation product will allow you to create a big number of bases or vast dioramas!

Wet and dry mud attainable and a whole lot of it!

SMART MUD XL allows you to create both dry and wet mud with the same product! As the product is not pre-made you can adjust it to your needs. Use texturing material to mix dry mud. Add a lot of activator for extra gritty paste. Apply pure resin over dry mud to give it shine of wet mud. Use resin with just the activator to mix super smooth paste with no texture. Sky is the limit! Product is very intuitive and fun to use check out it's FAQ for guidelines. Bundle contains 360 ml. 

VMS OPTI-TEX fits any scale!

Some say that mud is mud and particle size doesn't matter. We beg to differ. A sand particle 1 mm in diameter is gravel to your soldiers on a 1:35 diorama. The same particle becomes a railroad ballast stone in scale of 1:72. Therefore we bundled our resin with proper, up to scale micronised material which is approprtiate for smaller scales and when treated with more activator creates larger clusters that fit larger scales! Not only more accurate, our fine texturing materials make it easier for you to make imprints!

How it works:

Simply mix SMART MUD XL resin with bundled TEXTURING MATERIAL pour a few drops of bundled Activator and a fresh batch of realistic mud is ready!

SMART MUD XL PRODUCT SUMMARY

SMART MUD XL allows you to create both dry and wet mud with the same product! As the product is not pre-made you can adjust it to your needs. Use texturing material to mix dry mud. Add a lot of activator for extra gritty paste. Apply pure resin over dry mud to give it shine of wet mud. Use resin with just the activator to mix super smooth paste with no texture. Sky is the limit! Product is very intuitive and fun to use check out it's FAQ for guidelines. Bundle contains 360 ml. 

Available textures: VMS OPTI-TEX, activator regulated

Finish: Each bundle can deliver wet, damp and dry finishes

Recommended techniques: brush and artist's spatula

Combine with: Pigment Expert binders, Spot-on pigments

Available volumes: 2 x 180 ml (effective 360 ml)

3 Part Produkt Bundle

See Smart Mud XL in action!
See Smart Mud XL in action!
SMART MUD XL 01

SMART  MUD  XL   01: EU Light Earth cold   tone samples:

MODELLED MUD DRY FINISH

MODELLED MUD DRY/WET FINISH

MODELLED MUD WET FINISH

TEXTURE SELECTION FOR YOUR DIORAMA

TEXTURE ADJUSTMENT HELP

SMART MUD XL 02

SMART  MUD  XL   02: EU Light Earth warm   tone samples:

MODELLED MUD DRY FINISH

MODELLED MUD DRY/WET FINISH

MODELLED MUD WET FINISH

TEXTURE SELECTION FOR YOUR DIORAMA

TEXTURE ADJUSTMENT HELP

SMART MUD XL 03

SMART  MUD  XL   03: EU Brown    Earth cold   tone samples:

MODELLED MUD DRY FINISH

MODELLED MUD DRY/WET FINISH

MODELLED MUD WET FINISH

TEXTURE SELECTION FOR YOUR DIORAMA

TEXTURE ADJUSTMENT HELP

SMART MUD XL 04

SMART  MUD  XL   04: EU Brown    Earth warm   tone samples:

MODELLED MUD DRY FINISH

MODELLED MUD DRY/WET FINISH

MODELLED MUD WET FINISH

TEXTURE SELECTION FOR YOUR DIORAMA

TEXTURE ADJUSTMENT HELP

SMART MUD XL 05

SMART  MUD  XL   05: EU Dark    Earth cold   tone samples:

MODELLED MUD DRY FINISH

MODELLED MUD DRY/WET FINISH

MODELLED MUD WET FINISH

TEXTURE SELECTION FOR YOUR DIORAMA

TEXTURE ADJUSTMENT HELP

SMART MUD XL 06

SMART  MUD  XL   06: EU Dark    Earth warm  tone samples:

MODELLED MUD DRY FINISH

MODELLED MUD DRY/WET FINISH

MODELLED MUD WET FINISH

TEXTURE SELECTION FOR YOUR DIORAMA

TEXTURE ADJUSTMENT HELP

SMART MUD XL 07

SMART  MUD  XL   07: EU Clay Rich   Earth samples:

MODELLED MUD DRY FINISH

MODELLED MUD DRY/WET FINISH

MODELLED MUD WET FINISH

TEXTURE SELECTION FOR YOUR DIORAMA

TEXTURE ADJUSTMENT HELP

SMART MUD XL 08

SMART  MUD  XL   08: Light Sand samples:

MODELLED MUD DRY FINISH

MODELLED MUD DRY/WET FINISH

MODELLED MUD WET FINISH

TEXTURE SELECTION FOR YOUR DIORAMA

TEXTURE ADJUSTMENT HELP

SMART MUD XL 09

SMART  MUD  XL   09: Red Earth brown tone samples:

MODELLED MUD DRY FINISH

MODELLED MUD DRY/WET FINISH

MODELLED MUD WET FINISH

TEXTURE SELECTION FOR YOUR DIORAMA

TEXTURE ADJUSTMENT HELP

SMART MUD XL 10

SMART  MUD  XL   10: Red Earth orange tone samples:

MODELLED MUD DRY FINISH

MODELLED MUD DRY/WET FINISH

MODELLED MUD WET FINISH

TEXTURE SELECTION FOR YOUR DIORAMA

TEXTURE ADJUSTMENT HELP

Product FAQ

How much terrain will I be able to model?

 

Effectiveness of bundle is around 650 cm² (equivalent of a 25 x 25 cm diorama, layer 0.5 cm thick ).

 

How long does it take for the resin to harden?

 

Resin is dry to touch after about 1h but actual structural durability develops within 24h or more - depending on layer's thickness. SMART MUD XL drying rule: each 0.5 cm of a layer needs 24h to dry. 

 

What is the open time of the product?

 

Depending on ambient temperature open time is around 30-45 minutes. After that resin becomes more difficult to manipulate. 

 

What tools to use?

 

For mixing, applying and texturing use heavy duty stiff bristled artist's brush (hog bristle). For spreading the paste and modelling smooth terrains use artist's spatula. For quick texturing of larger areas use kitchen nail cleaning brush. 

 

How much activator should I add?

 

The amount depends on how much mud you are preparing. Add a few drops and stir the mixture. Add some more and stir again. Keep pouring activator until the mud reaches somehow "gummy" consistency and you find it harder to stir it - this resistance is a sign of appropriate thickness. Stick your brush in the paste, if it can stand on it's own the thickness is OK. 

 

How to make my mud appear dry? 

 

SMART MUD XL finish rule: Introducing texturing material to the mix reduces gloss. Simply stick to basic SMART MUD XL mixing ratio which is 1:1. Deep matt will develop within 24h. 

 

How to make my mud appear wet/glossy?

 

First step is to prepare a base layer of standard dry mud using texturing material (1:1 ratio) just as described above. Wait 24h for the base to dry and then apply a thin coat of pure resin (like paint, no activator) over the dry terrain with a flat brush. Rub the resin in so that the texture is beneath it is visible. It will dry in 1h and the gloss will be permanent, the thinner this layer the better the result, avoid localised resin accumulation. We advise to have some spare, not activated resin put aside for this purpose. You can leave dry patches of mud for added variation. 

 

For immediate wet mud finish you can refrain from using texturing material and thicken the resin with just the activator, then apply it. This method is faster but not economical -  you will be using up twice the product - this technique is good to enrich an existent base.     

 

I want even more gloss!

 

You may add a coat of VMS Pigment Expert finishing acrylic resin, Alkyd or ENML 2.0 "gloss action" binders to further enhance the wet finish. Colour will deepen and the surface will become even more shiny. Introduce a bit (around 10%) of dry pigment to the binders for a vibrant glaze. You do that after "painting" your dry mud structure with pure resin as described above. You will end up with 3 layers of resin which is crucial as it's the multiple layers that produce the vibrant effect. Using just the finishing resin on dry mud (2 layers) won't do the trick. The resulting contrast between dry damp and wet mud and vibrant 3D appearance of the structure will blow you away! :)

How to make imprints such as tank track or tire marks?

 

Articulate imprints can be made in well thickened terrain. Introduce extra activator wherever you want the imprints to appear, pour it on the mud, rub and mix it in with a brush to evenly distribute it. The idea is to reach the "gummy" consistency which is good for making imprints. Stick your finger in the mud. If it is too soft add more activator. Next wet a part - road wheel or track of your AFV with VMS Universal weathering carrier and then start making imprints with it. Addition of carrier prevents mud sticking to the part. The carrier will evaporate from them terrain leaving no trace. It's best to make imprints with dismantled suspension parts not the whole model!

 

May I use other texturing material e.g. sand?

 

Sand is not recommended as it glitters and ruins the effect. You may mix in other stuff (small opaque stones, gravel) no problem, just remember to stick to 1:1 ratio. Added material must be dry. We cannot guarantee the results if you choose to add your own texturing material but you should be OK most of the time. :)

 

I forgot to clean my tools and the resin is hard to remove.

 

You can use VMS Cleaners Pro for acrylics (green "acryl" icon) to easily clean your tools. Simply soak your brushes and spatulas for a few minutes in the cleaners to restore them.

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