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  1. The Asylum is offline The Asylum
    Mar 18, 2007, 7:51 PM - Re: The Asylum's Custom Armor Progress Thread #26

    Oh! That TK thigh armor? I had to trim 4" off of the top because it's designed for STORMIE-sized human and I'm 5'6" on a good day. I think I'm going to bolt it together with 1" jacket spikes for a little flair.
  2. The Asylum is offline The Asylum
    Mar 20, 2007, 7:02 AM - Re: The Asylum's Custom Armor Progress Thread #27

    First image of actual color! I think I may have accidentally stumbled into the easiest weathering trick EVER!

    http://farm1.static.flickr.com/177/4...4837311550.jpg
    Last edited by The Asylum; Apr 5, 2007 at 11:48 PM.
  3. The Asylum is offline The Asylum
    Mar 21, 2007, 4:34 PM - Re: The Asylum's Custom Armor Progress Thread #28

    Anyone? Opinions? I'm not sure I'm sold on how this looks right now and I'd like to hear some opinions before I change it or move forward with the same weathering style on the rest of the suit.
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    Mar 21, 2007, 4:36 PM - Re: The Asylum's Custom Armor Progress Thread #29

    Looks great, I like it a lot, I have found that if you do too much, it looks over done.......... thats looks great....
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    Mar 21, 2007, 4:48 PM - Re: The Asylum's Custom Armor Progress Thread #30

    I agree with Darth Valcar. Looks great so far.
  6. The Asylum is offline The Asylum
    Mar 21, 2007, 6:54 PM - Re: The Asylum's Custom Armor Progress Thread #31

    Thanks guys. I was concerned that I might have crossed into 'overdone'. One more coat of color and this bell is DONE.
  7. The Asylum is offline The Asylum
    Mar 21, 2007, 9:26 PM - Re: The Asylum's Custom Armor Progress Thread #32

    Latest pics of my (Left) shoulder bell. The TK one. I really like how this looks right now and I don't plan to mess with it more except for a few coats of clearcote.

    http://farm1.static.flickr.com/187/4...4131b12ad9.jpg

    http://farm1.static.flickr.com/186/4...3ada147744.jpg

    http://farm1.static.flickr.com/171/4...fb00413a33.jpg

    http://farm1.static.flickr.com/146/4...188910fbe2.jpg
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    Mar 21, 2007, 10:25 PM - Re: The Asylum's Custom Armor Progress Thread #33

    Hey bro, that looks REALLY nice! Just the right amount of weathering, and it looks very realistic! I'm watching this buildup with great enthusiasm, as I really like the style you're going for. Can't find the words exactly, but the line patterns and color choices almost reminds me of a "retro sci-fi" look. Very nice. 8)

    Any plans to share this accidental discovery of easy weathering technique?
  9. The Asylum is offline The Asylum
    Mar 22, 2007, 7:05 AM - Re: The Asylum's Custom Armor Progress Thread #34

    Sure. I wasn't sure if anyone would ask.

    Coat 1. Krylon Primer. The red-brown 'heavy rust' stuff.

    Coat 2-4. Krylon Chrome

    --Let dry 3 days then buff to a shine with a paper towel

    Coat 5-6. Chosen top coat color

    --Let dry 2 days

    Here's the fun part.

    Using cotton balls and Q-tips and a VERY small amount of lighter fluid rub where you want the chrome paint to show through. When you hit the rust-colored paint, you know it's time to stop. The COOL part of this trick is that where the rust color shows through, it actually looks like RUST.

    I used this technique on the grey shoulder bell. I used a TOTALLY different weathering technique on the TK bell. On that one, I used a dark grey primer and instead of rubbing with lighter fluid I sanded it with 400, 800 and 1000 grit sandpaper.
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    Mar 22, 2007, 7:34 AM - Re: The Asylum's Custom Armor Progress Thread #35

    That TK shoulder turned out great!!
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    Mar 22, 2007, 10:25 AM - Re: The Asylum's Custom Armor Progress Thread #36

    Are you weathering your chest armor anymore? I think that would give it some continuity and carry your scheme all the way through.

    What are you plans for your helmet?
  12. The Asylum is offline The Asylum
    Mar 22, 2007, 10:38 AM - Re: The Asylum's Custom Armor Progress Thread #37

    Oh absolutely. I haven't even STARTED on the chest armor weathering. I wanted to try techniques out on the parts that aren't quite so noticeable.

    My helmet? I just bought a 'cereal killer' clone helmet today and I'll be modding that into a Mando helmet.

    http://cargobay.starwars.com/misc/fo...roopermask.jpg
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    Mar 22, 2007, 4:56 PM - Re: The Asylum's Custom Armor Progress Thread #38

    That blue shoulder bell looks so great!! You must be very pleased with it!!! But all of it looks great!!
  14. The Asylum is offline The Asylum
    Mar 24, 2007, 4:26 PM - Re: The Asylum's Custom Armor Progress Thread #39

    My latest progress and proof that I've decided on what colors I'm going to use.

    For the record, Testors Blue Angel Blue and Flat Gull Grey are what my main colors are.

    Here's the main armor all together with fresh coats of paint.

    http://farm1.static.flickr.com/162/4...5ae61938_b.jpg

    Here's just the codpiece with weathering on the blue. None on the grey yet.

    http://farm1.static.flickr.com/149/4...decd042adb.jpg

    Here's my yet unseen back piece. It's only green for now. I'll weather it and then paint it the same blue as the rest of the uniform and weather it again to give it a 'second-hand' look.

    http://farm1.static.flickr.com/164/4...f6d8835dc9.jpg

    And my TK thigh armor. This is going to get some red highlights, weathering, and then another color over top of it. I haven't decided if I want to match the rest of the armor or make it look like it truly doesn't belong.

    http://farm1.static.flickr.com/178/4...5c02648e91.jpg
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  15. The Asylum is offline The Asylum
    Mar 24, 2007, 5:48 PM - Re: The Asylum's Custom Armor Progress Thread #40

    DOUBLE TROUBLE! My Cereal Killer helmet just arrived!
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    Mar 24, 2007, 6:05 PM - Re: The Asylum's Custom Armor Progress Thread #41

    Quote The Asylum said: View Post


    Wow............
    That looks like it has seen a few days on the front lines, AWESOME

    -Tim-
  17. Mar 24, 2007, 6:50 PM - Re: The Asylum's Custom Armor Progress Thread #42

    Excellent paint job so far! Did you use your lighter fluid technique for the dent on the codpiece?
  18. The Asylum is offline The Asylum
    Mar 24, 2007, 6:57 PM - Re: The Asylum's Custom Armor Progress Thread #43

    Yes I did. I actually went too far and into the grey primer. I'll tune it up with the airbrush later.
  19. The Asylum is offline The Asylum
    Mar 25, 2007, 6:19 PM - Re: The Asylum's Custom Armor Progress Thread #44

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  20. The Asylum is offline The Asylum
    Mar 25, 2007, 7:18 PM - Re: The Asylum's Custom Armor Progress Thread #45

    Chest armor with blood stripes. This piece is still a work in progress.

    http://farm1.static.flickr.com/186/4...6e529339a5.jpg

    And the TK shoulder bell. With the addition of the blood stripe, this piece is DONE. Now for a few coats of clear.


    http://farm1.static.flickr.com/181/4...73048cc908.jpg
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    Mar 26, 2007, 4:34 PM - Re: The Asylum's Custom Armor Progress Thread #46

    didnt know if anyone else used lighter fluid as paint thinner... stuff works great and cleans white armor to a high polish... and did you use duct tape to weather your chest pieces.. cuz the pattern reminds me of old dried tape adhesive. looks great man!
  22. The Asylum is offline The Asylum
    Mar 26, 2007, 4:47 PM - Re: The Asylum's Custom Armor Progress Thread #47

    That's actually where my blue masking tape tore off a hunk of paint while I was masking off to paint the red. Once I get done with weathering that piece, you won't notice that.
  23. The Asylum is offline The Asylum
    Mar 26, 2007, 6:59 PM - Re: The Asylum's Custom Armor Progress Thread #48

    Before and after. I still have to paint some red squares but it's mostly done.

    http://farm1.static.flickr.com/186/4...6e529339a5.jpg

    http://farm1.static.flickr.com/169/4...be0bef437a.jpg
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    Mar 26, 2007, 7:12 PM - Re: The Asylum's Custom Armor Progress Thread #49

    Woa! Nice weathering!

    I love the color scheme!
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    Mar 27, 2007, 4:53 AM - Re: The Asylum's Custom Armor Progress Thread #50

    wow! that looks great!!

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