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Cheeser359 (Rob Peters)
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 1:47 pm    Post subject: Weather or not.... Reply with quote

There are lots of posts on how to weather helmets, but not much on the soft parts...
Anyone have any thoughts or tips on how to weather the soft items of the pilot costumes?
My helmet is good, I know how to do that, but what have you done with the flight suit, vest, straps, etc.?
The vest should be dirty a bit. OK, maybe they wash the flight suits between missions, but it should not be fresh-out-of-the-box-day-glow orange…
In the movies, the Snowspeeder jackets are pretty filthy!
I stumbled across a picture that I thought was pretty cool…I think it was from Mark Bradley....
http://www.flickr.com/photos/10867551@N00/2778316553/
[img]http://www.flickr.com/photos/10867551@N00/2778316553[/img]
(Still can't figure out how to get the pic to appear here...)

SO! Long rambling story...
How did/do you weather the soft parts?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Two methods that I use to weather soft parts 1) acrylic paint and 2) pastels.

Either method, you'll need to take a spray bottle and dampen (not saturate) the area, then apply small amounts of acrylic paint with a sponge brush or brush pastels into the area that you want to look dirty.

Try to avoid using black. If possible, use gray mixed in with dark browns.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just wear them.

Alot! Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use acrylic paints and drybrush to get a nice weathered look. I will typically do a dark brown first and then after go in with a light grey. On the flak vest I will also use some yellowish-black.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 7:41 pm    Post subject: Re: Weather or not.... Reply with quote

Cheeser359 wrote:

[img]http://www.flickr.com/photos/10867551@N00/2778316553[/img]
(Still can't figure out how to get the pic to appear here...)


The image URL needs to go inbetween the IMG code tags. This is the image's URL: http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3008/2778316553_6556d09777_b.jpg

Put it between the tags to get this:

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JediXXL wrote:
Just wear them.

Alot! Wink


Agreed!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JediXXL wrote:
Just wear them.

Alot! Wink

Wearing them is actually good advice. You don't get better weathering than the real thing. It doesn't even take that long-- the first time I wore my B-wing pilot outfit to a convention, by the time I got home the belt had marks on it, the boots were a bit scuffed, coveralls had a little dust...
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 1:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Trust me, when I got my current Flak Vest, I posted a similar question. I was told just to troop in it, and wear it.

After wearing it for a few years, it's weathered nicely just from the Chest Box straps rubbing against it.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Though, in the interest of everyone else, weathering is one thing, but please also wash your gear. Razz

No gunner wants their pilot to be smelling like a wet wookiee.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have also used dirty, used motor oil. Nothing better than the real thing.
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