Best black wash weathering technique?

jhfagan

Hunter
I am thinking about adding one more step to my ROTJ Hasbro Black Series conversion, and it occurred to me I've heard of people doing a kind of a "wash" to even out and slightly dull down the helmet to give it a worn look.
What is your best technique for this?
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ShortFuse

Active Hunter
What I usually do is thin down some acrylic craft paint to where it is mostly water with just a little paint. I use a large, soft bristle brush to apply to entire surface. I then use dry paper towels to blot the excess off until I get the desired effect.
 

jhfagan

Hunter
What I usually do is thin down some acrylic craft paint to where it is mostly water with just a little paint. I use a large, soft bristle brush to apply to entire surface. I then use dry paper towels to blot the excess off until I get the desired effect.
Like, a black, or dark gun metal or something?
 

jhfagan

Hunter
I’d say definitely acrylic. Much easier to undo any. “happy accidents”.
indeed.
at one point i had thought about rubbing art style charcoal stick on a bunched up paper towel, and blotting the charcoal dust around where I wanted the weathering/scoring...but I'm now thinking the acrylic wash on a paper towel may work better.
 

Ord Mantell

Jr Hunter
also maybe try woodland scenics liquid pigment. It dries into a fine dust and has no binder like paint. The raw umber color is most versatile, esp for a world-worn look. If you use it well, it can add a complex variety of sheen/dullness to anything.
 

jhfagan

Hunter
Tamiya Flat Black acrylic, dilute with warm water, blot it on with tightly balled up paper towel, wipe off the excess, and voila!
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