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BobaFuss (Doug Cottrell)
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 7:13 pm    Post subject: Weathering Reply with quote

Just curious if anyone here weathers their uniform at all - not just the helmet. The X-wing pilots in the OT don't have very crisp uniforms themselves.

If you've weathered yours, do you have any tips to share?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 8:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

IMO... the best way to weather fabric is with an airbrush.

If the fabric will soak moisture an airbrush will get it done!

I have weathered everything from leather on Zam Wessle to a cloak and fabrics on a Boushh.

With something like a pilots uniform... establish the color/s to be used for weathering and go with an airbrush. Everything from the suttle hints of shadows to completly filthy can be achieved with an air brush. Grab some scrap fabric and practice... takes little to no time to getting the feel for it.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2009 2:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wear it to a couple of cons, there's all the weathering you need.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 23, 2009 11:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was thinking of weathering my flightsuit and flak vest. Someone else suggested a good way to weather is to throw your stuff in the washing machine with a couple of tea bags. It is suppose to give the fabric a nice aged look.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2009 12:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bundle it up and kick it around your garage.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 25, 2009 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Downtown wrote:
Bundle it up and kick it around your garage.


Ha ha! I just had my car fixed, which was leaking oil. I was loosing about a quart per week. There's still a lot of oil in the center of the garage. I think that would weather it too much.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the advice, SoloYT1300. I've learned some tips on weathering from the 501st, but when it comes to weathering fabric, those ideas may not transfer so well. Most of the costumes I see on here look way too new and clean for Star Wars. The OT achieved a sense of realism in the costuming with that lived-in look, and this is something I want to replicate in my pilot costume - without destroying it, of course.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One way to get a head start on weathering the flightsuit is to find one with the highest cotton content. Besides breathing easier, the orange cotton will fade a bit over time whereas a high poly content retains it's brightness longer.

I suggest this thread reading this thread by phantom8 (Brian Anderson), you could also PM him directlly:

http://www.rebellegion.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=11060&highlight=
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another thing I have done in the past is washing soft parts with a load of black tshirts.....t gives it just a pinch of faded and lived in look.
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