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    Oct 6, 2008, 6:51 PM - Need help weathering silver finished armor #1

    Hey everyone,

    This seems like a noob question, but I've been going through the jango forums and haven't really found an answer or procees discription that help me with my current project. Anyway, I am currently working on a Starkiller costume for Halloween and perhaps 501 membership if he becomes an accepted character. ( I figure making a really good suit may help persuade the argument too). So at the moment I just finished the sanding and base painting of my shoulder armor and gauntlet as you can see below. I need to weather it now so it looks old, grimmy, and like its been handeled for 15 years by dirty hands, so basically like the door to the mens room. How do I go about doing this where it dosent look like I am smearing paint?





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    Oct 6, 2008, 6:55 PM - Re: Need help weathering #2

    actually smearing paint works great. Take black acrylic paint, and smear it all over your work area, I do small parts at a time. The take a water soaked rag and beat/smack/slap at the paint, leaving paint in the crevaces and nooks. Then take a dry paper towel or the like and dab away. I did this to my clone and it looks dirty as heck.

    (will post photos once photobucket works again)
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    Oct 6, 2008, 7:00 PM - Re: Need help weathering #3

    Quote mandosoldier said: View Post
    actually smearing paint works great. Take black acrylic paint, and smear it all over your work area, I do small parts at a time. The take a water soaked rag and beat/smack/slap at the paint, leaving paint in the crevaces and nooks. Then take a dry paper towel or the like and dab away. I did this to my clone and it looks dirty as heck.

    (will post photos once photobucket works again)
    really would like to see the pics!

    Photobuckets been working for me. Thats how I posted the pics you see here.
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    Oct 6, 2008, 10:05 PM - Re: Need help weathering #4

    here's the photos...





    I used the black acrylic paint you can buy from walmart for like 99 cents for a small bottle and like $1.50 for a larger. On the initial layer, don't be shy about slabbing it on, most of it will get beat and slapped off with the wet rag. I would suggest doing this outside, wearing old disposable clothes, and doing it on a workbench or a table that you don't mind getting covered in paint.
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    Oct 6, 2008, 10:15 PM - Re: Need help weathering #5

    Since you've already put the base coat of silver down, you can call step one finished.
    Step 2: take a small brush watered down with brown or rust colored paint and smear it through all of the cracks and folds of the piece.
    step 3: Take black acrylic paint and cover small sections of the armor. Completely.
    Step 4: While the paint is still wet and tacky, take a crumpled up piece of newspaper and start dabbing(not smudging) all of the wet paint. This will expose the other 2 layers beneath it.


    It'll end up looking like this
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    Oct 6, 2008, 10:37 PM - Re: Need help weathering #6

    Quote suspect86 said: View Post
    Since you've already put the base coat of silver down, you can call step one finished.
    Step 2: take a small brush watered down with brown or rust colored paint and smear it through all of the cracks and folds of the piece.
    step 3: Take black acrylic paint and cover small sections of the armor. Completely.
    Step 4: While the paint is still wet and tacky, take a crumpled up piece of newspaper and start dabbing(not smudging) all of the wet paint. This will expose the other 2 layers beneath it.


    It'll end up looking like this
    Should the paper be dry or wet for step 4? and do I let the rust layer dry completly before the black one?
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    Oct 7, 2008, 7:25 PM - Re: Need help weathering #7

    Quote Dark Jedi said: View Post
    Should the paper be dry or wet for step 4? and do I let the rust layer dry completly before the black one?
    The paper should be dry.
    Let the enamel dry completely. Give it about an hour

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