Blaster weathering

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    Blaster weathering

    Hi Folks
    I have just started to paint up my ROTJ blaster.
    I have given it two coats of primer and then two coats of aluminium colour plasticote paint on top.
    Once dry i'm going to give it a few coats of matt black or a very dark grey.
    I'll then use some fine sandpaper to to go through to the aluminium colour on places that are likely to have worn or been chipped.
    After that some watered down rust coloured enamel will be rubbed on and wiped off in strategic places.

    I guesss my question is does this sound like the right way to go about things?

    Thanks in advance for any advice.

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    Re: Blaster weathering

    Boba Fett Return of the Jedi Blaster Rifle - The Dented Helmet Gallery
    Why dont you go here and look at the thing and weather it like this...

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    Re: Blaster weathering

    Hi thanks, I've been looking at those pictures and I know it would be accurate to copy the real thing but I don't totally like how that looks. I'm thinking that I would make it resemble the real prop and be recognisable as that one but make it more subtle.
    I just think that Boba was a professional and his weapon would have been looked after a bit better than that one looks.
    The other thing is I have never weathered a blaster before so don't really know what my skill level is.

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    Re: Blaster weathering

    I know what you mean , fett was a pro and his EE-3 was a tool of his trade , and after reading the bounty hunter wars trilogy there's lots of references to him keeping his ship clean and spotless , so his weapon would of been the same , I thought about doing mine in matt maybe even satin black with a dry brushing of silver with a small amount of weathering like a ink wash

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    I do mine similar to what IceMonkey said.

    1 Krylon flat black primer.
    2 sublte silver dry brushing
    3. subtle dabbing of burnt sienna acrylic to give it slight rust tones

    thats how i do the ESB one, but sounds to me like the look your going for may work with this technique.

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    See the ESB you could do this but the ROTJ wasnt a metal rifle

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    This as far as I have got so far.

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    Looking good , what blasters that , a sidewinder ?

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    Thanks dude, not too bad for a first attempt I think.
    It's a Doopydoos blaster from here in the UK

    Oop, just noticed your in the UK too.

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    Re: Blaster weathering

    Stock looks like its to short...

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    yeh look at the distance between the greebs on the stock the doopydoos are closer together

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    Re: Blaster weathering

    I'm about to start the weathering on my hyperfirm. The black/silver is already done, so I'm going to start working with the brown/rust. I think I will go pretty light to begin with, not quite as heavy as the original.

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    Fett 4 Real said: View Post
    See the ESB you could do this but the ROTJ wasnt a metal rifle
    True, but he said that was the look he wanted to go for so i suggested it. But hey looks like it turned out pretty well

    Hmm...the stock does look a lil short. if its a seperate piece, woodman can hook ya up with a great wood stock. The original ROTJ was an entire resin cast from what i recall, but it will still make for a nice stock stained and then painted with some chips n such

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    Re: Blaster weathering

    So excuse my enormous ingnorance here, I've never had much of an interest in the ROTJ weapon, is the whole prop a resin cast? That would certainly explain why the gallery pictures make it look so gunky.

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    The short answer is yes , the film used prop was a resin cast

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    Re: Blaster weathering

    Thanks for the discussion guys.
    Like I said in my original post I feel the original prop is too rusty looking, what I feel I have done is my interpretation of the ROTJ prop. Not screen accurate but i'm pretty happy with it.
    I'm pretty pleased with the way I have rubbed the top layer of black paint down to show the silver paint underneath, looks like it has been worn away. The rusty colour is there but just very subtle.
    As for the stock I feel that as the prop is not going to be screen accurate then if you are not an expert then you would not notice, the public when trooping certainly would not. Thanks for the input guys.

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    Re: Blaster weathering

    So forgive my continued ignorance but is the scope a cast too? The detailed gallery pictures make it look like it is a real scope.

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    I'm not sure its a real scope as one of the pics shows it next to a real scope

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    Re: Blaster weathering

    I think the scope is real. Looking at this picture there is just too much detail in the shapes and lines to be cast.
    Boba Fett Return of the Jedi Blaster Rifle - The Dented Helmet Gallery

    And looking at a stunt cast not finished for the production that did have a cast scope, they used a different scope (or at least different scope rings) for it:
    Boba Fett Return of the Jedi Blaster Rifle - The Dented Helmet Gallery

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    Re: Blaster weathering

    On the hero prop where the paint 'weathering' has flaked away the black surface revealed underneath os consistent with a genuine scope.

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    Re: Blaster weathering

    intwenothor said: View Post
    On the hero prop where the paint 'weathering' has flaked away the black surface revealed underneath os consistent with a genuine scope.
    My thoughts exactly.

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    Re: Blaster weathering

    My ROTJ EE-3 kit should be arriving tomorrow. I'm trying to get my paints ready to go and an idea of the process. I don't have much experience in painting props. My biggest question is after the primer, base coats of black, a *tiny bit of dry brushed silver and the burnt sienna acrylic....do i need to seal the paint job with anything or is the burnt sienna acrylic the last step i should do? Sorry for such an ignorant question. I tried my best with the search function, but this seemed to best the best thread i could find. Also, does anyone have a good recommendation for the silver? Thanks for any help, i cant wait to get started on this thing!

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    Re: Blaster weathering

    After I had finished weathering mine ,I sealed it with a few coats of hard coat which is a semi gloss lacquer
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