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:
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!