Keeping your Boba shiny!

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    Keeping your Boba shiny!

    The title is kind of an oxy moron isn't it?

    This is kind of a general weathering/battle damage question, but it's in reference to my helmet so I thought I'd post it here.

    The helmet I painted is here:
    http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/showthread.php?t=21536

    I did it layered and the weathering was done with a small spray can of Grimy Black from Testors. Obviously, it's a little too dark. The Boba Fett costume shouldn't shine of course, but I just don't like that the silver undercoat ended up looking like a dull gray when I was finished. I realize I went a bit too heavy on the weathering, but if I had done less, the overall colors of the helmet would not have been to my liking. As I prepare to paint another RotJ bucket using an airbrush, I thought I'd ask.

    What do you guys do to ensure the underlying silver isn't darkened to gray once your weathering is done?

    (I know many of you do washes, but I was never really comfortable with that whole thing.)

    -I've considered misting the bucket with the grimy black in places BEFORE I remove the masking fluid, thus ensuring I have metal-looking color showing through while the overall color still looks dark enough.

    -The other option I've thought about is doing the layered, removing the masking fluid, then using a weathering technique primarily of Micromark weathering pastels. Which would allow me much more control of the weathering.

    I need your thoughts!
    Thanks!

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    Re: Keeping your Boba shiny!

    mixmastermace said: View Post
    -I've considered misting the bucket with the grimy black in places BEFORE I remove the masking fluid, thus ensuring I have metal-looking color showing through while the overall color still looks dark enough.

    that's what i do. well, i do a little of both...

    i do a bit of weathering before the peel and a bit after. i don't want ALL of the silver being shiny and new... its not like he JUST scratched off that much paint!

    but that gives a bit of balance to it in my opinion.

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    Re: Keeping your Boba shiny!

    Excellent point, don't want the scratches to look too fresh. Good idea on some before and some after. didn't think of that.

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    Re: Keeping your Boba shiny!

    I do the weathering all first, then come back and hit some silver areas with silver again. So some areas are fresh and some are not. Drybrushing is a great technique here for the larger areas. If you look at the reference pics, you will see that some silver areas are fresher looking than others.

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    Re: Keeping your Boba shiny!

    tk7602 said: View Post
    that's what i do. well, i do a little of both...

    i do a bit of weathering before the peel and a bit after. i don't want ALL of the silver being shiny and new... its not like he JUST scratched off that much paint!

    but that gives a bit of balance to it in my opinion.
    Same here.

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