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    augh! So many things I'm trying to get done now... I know, I know, excuses, excuses. One thing led to another and I forgot to work on this (which is, sadly, a habit of mine) I've opened the file, though, and I will NOT close it until I finish the darn thing! PROMISE!

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    This is an extremely wonderul way of doing things.

    How hard would it be for me to dirty up an already finished helmet with visor and all the other parts?

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    Not too difficult, I imagine. I did all my paint misting without the hardware and visor in place, but there's no reason you couldn't do it after masking off those parts.

    All the rest of the weathering is small-scale (with a small paintbrush and a towel), and you shouldn't even need to mask anything.

    And yes-- I only have two sections left to write!

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    Depending on how your visor is installed you should be able to remove it and replace it easily.

    I know I can take my visor out with ease and then just rescrew it in.

    Alexis
    *smiles*

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    i can't take my visor out, i have it puttied into place. ghetto!!!!!!!!

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    Yeah, it seems like it's more common to just tack the visor in and leave it. The set up that Alexis here has is a bit of a deluxe model

    Well, I think I'll give it a shot. My armor is weathered already, but I could use some dirt. It's scratched, but still too shiny.

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    Misted my armor with some dirt and grime spray. Looks great! I'm happy so far, but nowhere near finished!

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    Mercke Lutso said: View Post
    Misted my armor with some dirt and grime spray. Looks great! I'm happy so far, but nowhere near finished!
    i'm going to be testing out some rustoleum metallic charcoal in the near future. it'll be dirty looking but with little glints of shiny. at least i'm hoping for that affect. i'll have to find my crappy old set of mando armor and practice on that.

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    I tried doing the water spot damage. It took me forever to get the paint mix right. Eventually I settled to putting some watercolor paint in the bottom of a cup and squirting a few drops of water into it making it nice and thin. The spots looks good so far.

    What kind of sealer should I use over this?

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    The watercolor drips dissapeared after using dullcote. I should have guessed.

    Cutelucca, I cannot for the life of me figure out how to do the spraypaint water mixture. Help?

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    Good work friend!!!!!!congratulation!!!!!!!!!!

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    Invaluable information! Thank you for sharing. I envision my character washing his suit sometimes, but the armor would never come completely clean, would it. Again, thanks.

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    Thanks for putting this on the web. This is very detailed.

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    wow, i will definitely try this out soon

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    A note on using shoe polish on cloth.,s hoe polish will permanently stain cloth, at least whatever is used in Marine Corps issue PT sweats. In boot camp we used shoe polish to 'paint' our platoon number on our sweatshirts and no matter how many times it's been washed it's never come out. So if you use shoe polish and some other more permanent methods of weathering your soft costume parts you shouldn't need to worry all that much about washing your costume.

    Another method for weathering fabrics which I'm not sure was mentioned is the wear it around and be a slob with it on method. By this I mean wear it while eating messy foods, especially foods with earth toned sauces/gravies (soy sauce would work well), and don't be afraid to let it drip and once it does let it sit a bit and/or rub it in so that it creates a nice stain that will withstand all but the best detergents. Also wear it to work on your car, motorcycle, lawnmower, etc. anything that has grease on it and let it get on and stain the costume.

    For hard parts and using the subtractive method I recommend 0000 (extra fine) steel wool to lightly sand the edges of weapons and your armor and anywhere else you want to simulate where the paint has worn/rubbed off over time. Just lightly sand at an area until the undercoat of silver or primer is exposed and it creates a pretty realistic look of worn off paint. The 0000 steel wool is fine enough that it won't leave a lot of heavy scratches but coarse enough that you won't have to spend hours sanding before enough wears away for the undercoat to show. I've used this method on a resin season 1 BSG pistol that I painted and the results (to me) look a lot better and more realistic than what I could accomplish by dry brushing. It

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    I just came across something that might be useful for weathering, especially where Mando armor is concerned, it's called an air eraser; basically it's a small sand blaster for the hobbyist. It looks a lot like an airbrush and the hose looks like it would connect to an airbrush air compressor as well but it spits out sand instead of paint. Depending on the abrasive used it might be a really good way of eliminating or at least minimizing the amount of liquid mask needed to do those scrapes, scratches, and gouges where the undercoat(s) of paint shows. The forum that I saw this one showed the results of someone who used baking soda in his air eraser to weather the top of a model car and the results looked pretty good to me.

    The nice thing about this air eraser is that it's pretty cheap, you can buy one from Harbor Freight Tools for only $24.99. The only possible downside to the air eraser that I can see is that it's a bit on the small side so it might take a bit of sand or baking soda to weather a full set of armor but I don't think it would cost too much to use baking soda for most of the weathering and reserve sand for when/where heavy weathering is needed.

    Something else I found that might be useful is a system of weathering paints and washes that's supposed to be popular amongst military modelers developed by a Spanish modeler named Mig Jimenez http://www.migproductions.com/index.htm. What I saw used was Europe Dust P028 a powdery substance that is mixed together with MIG Thinner for washes; once the thinner dries it's supposed to leave a pretty convincing looking mud coating. I haven't used this stuff myself and I've only seen it used in a picture online but it looks like it might have some potential, you can see what the results look like here: http://www.collectiondx.com/review/c...der_angel_face just scroll down toward the bottom of the page to read and see the relevant section.

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    very good information. thanks

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    oh my gawd so much reading! but totally worth it, thanks for the tut. ^_^

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    I agree very good!!!!! THX U!!!

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    thanks alot, very awesome

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    Very nicely done. Well thought out, better written, and entirely too good. If I hadn't seen this here first, I'd be inclined to question whether it was published in book format or not already. Bravo.

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    Awesome tutorial!

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    Nice tutorial and great explanations how to go about weathering it is truly an art form..

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    Great work man!!!!

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    this is an amazing tutorial! just wondering if you are ever going to finish the last few? Looking forward to the blood splatter one

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