So I took the advice that I got from reader feedback and gave the 28mm Tramp Steamer a heavy weathering job. This took longer than the build and initial paint job!
Check the pictures below, sorry but The Captain refused to be seen on such a filthy vessel, saying he would rather swim with the sharks!
I still have some details to add; lifeboats, bollards, anchors ventilators etc
in the end I just couldn't bring myself to dirty it up any worse
this sort of state of affairs is just embarrassing
Thanks to everybody that provided feedback, both here and on TMP.