Weathering and Battle scaring

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    Weathering and Battle scaring

    Looking at the postings of projects I have notice some AWESOME weathering and battle scaring.
    I know everyone has there own idea and techniqe for the "real look".I am looking for difference of input on how to weather and give my outfit the battle look once I get started.
    Thank you a head time for the input and suggestions


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    Re: Weathering and Battle scaring

    Well, that's a pretty broad topic.
    I think that most techniques would fall into 2 main types of damage; layered, and topical.

    For the topical method, you would apply the base color first, and then paint the damage on over it. Eg: Boba's chest armor. Paint the dark green over the whole piece, then apply the silver, then the zinc yellow "chips" around the silver. (Or vice versa: paint on the yellow, then silver over that.)

    For layered damage, using the same example, you would first spray the entire piece silver, then mask off any areas to remain silver, then spray on the zinc yellow, mask those areas off, and apply the dark green as the final coat.

    That would take care of the major color application. For weathering, there are tons of different methods. You can use a sharp tool to actually scratch through your paintjob, you can sand the edges of your piece to show edge wear, you can apply powdered pastels to dirty things up (or lightly airbrush some gray/brown/black), you can dry-brush a contrasting color, you could "mist" the entire piece with spray paint, or do a "wash" with thinned paint. Lots of techniques depending on what kind of effect you're after.

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    Re: Weathering and Battle scaring

    Thank you
    Those are the techniques I was thinking of using.You information was helpful

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    Re: Weathering and Battle scaring

    Also try looking at older vehicles, or construction equipment. They are banged up quite a bit and should provide great reference for a more realistic paint job.

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    Re: Weathering and Battle scaring

    I use mustard as a masking liquid, it gives a nice random damage effect when you rub it off

    For example.. here's something I did a while back
    Setup

    Apply mustard where you want silver to show through

    Paint

    Paint dries

    Rub off mustard and wash mustard out of crevices with wet paper towel, let dry

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    Re: Weathering and Battle scaring

    I've read that some brands of silver can be stained by using mustard.
    Why not use masking fluid or liquid latex? It's what they're designed for, and don't run the risk of staining your basecoat.

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    Re: Weathering and Battle scaring

    Lopero, sent you a PM about this.
    Last edited by NovallTalon; Jul 19, 2007 at 7:57 PM.

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    Re: Weathering and Battle scaring

    superjedi said: View Post
    I've read that some brands of silver can be stained by using mustard.
    Why not use masking fluid or liquid latex? It's what they're designed for, and don't run the risk of staining your basecoat.
    Because Mustard in most cases is cheaper, and we have it around our house.

    Also because Masking Fluid is sometimes 20 or more dollars.

    If it works, then it works.

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    Re: Weathering and Battle scaring

    I've used the mustard trick with Testors Chrome and Rustoleum Silver Metallic Finish and no stains here. I use it because it's cheap and I have alot of it

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