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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 4:24 pm    Post subject: Weathering Reply with quote

Hello everyone.

I was just wondering if anyone knew the best way to weather there flightsuit and vest?

Daft question i know but i thought that since i am about t weather my pilot helmet that is shiny i would give the flightsuit and fak vest a slight bit of weathering as well. Don't want to go mad on the weathering just enough so it looks used.

Thanks in advance
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really the best way to weather your suit is to wear it.

You can also use a dry brush painting technique to lightly go over your pocket flaps and elbows, or whereever you want to add a bit to weather.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shane's right... The best way, and easiest way, to weather the soft goods is just to wear them. They'll get dirty and stuff in just a few troops so it doesn't even take that long.

You could weather it yourself but I'm not sure how to do that. I've never felt comfortable weathering material, because it's not like a helmet where you can just paint over it if you mess up... Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the help. Yeah that is my big worry since like you said with my helmet it's just a fairly easy respray but the flightsuit is another matter is i mess it up.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ditto. I've thought of weathering my soft goods but I'm just not willing to risk it, because if I mess up it can't be fixed without just buying that piece all over again.
And, in a way, having cleaner soft goods and a dirty helmet/chestbox kind of makes sense. I mean, chances are a pilot will have their coveralls, flak vest and such washed if they get very dirty, but with a helmet and chestbox they probably wouldn't bother getting it cleaned because it would be much more difficult (such as needing to be repainted and such). Not to mention that I can see a pilot getting a new pair of coveralls or a new flak vest from time to time as they wear out, but a helmet or chestbox would be replaced much less frequently.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blue Banshee Leader wrote:
Not to mention that I can see a pilot getting a new pair of coveralls or a new flak vest from time to time as they wear out.


But would they - would the rebellion have credits to splash out on new flight suit/vest when they got dirty?

Oops back on topic Wink Laughing

I just wore mine doing some light building work in the house (also rolled on the pavement outside) Ashley - suppose if you 'over did itt' you could just wash the flight suit / vest and start again.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's varying degrees and techniques in regards to weathering...

Is it an issue of making the dirty, 'worn', or both??

Dirty can be done by simply rubbing the item in dirt or sand... washing can reverse any excess dirtiness.

A 'worn' item technique could be accomplished by rubbing a pumice stone across it. This process is a bit more permanent- proceed with caution so you don't overdo it...
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There used to be a great tutorial on the mercs site, but I can't find it since they upgraded their boards or something.

I find that general dirt doesn't really show up. The technique I use is from that tutorial where using rag to lightly rub shoe polish onto a brush and then lightly brush the polish onto the fabric works better and actually shows up in photographs compared to just rolling around in the dirt outside.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 3:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b046u98yX_c

check this out kinda decent to try and do weathering, just ignore the 'pizza cutter part Wink (from our mando lovin brethren out there)
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 16, 2013 10:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WedgeAntilles wrote:
There used to be a great tutorial on the mercs site, but I can't find it since they upgraded their boards or something.


I believe this is the tutorial you were referring to
http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/f34/weathering-tutorial-comments-critiques-welcome-23363/

I used it to weather my Battlestar Galactica Flight Deck Crewman coveralls and I loved the effect. Very easy to execute and looks great and very convincing!
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The best way to weather your suit is to wear it. Thumbs up
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2013 2:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Scott's Y-wing costume before weathering...





So Scott and I worked together to weather his costume... and having done this before I can tell you one of the best ways is with an Airbrush. Its time consuming and does require an airbrush, but there really is no compairison to the results.

I used about 4 main colors with a combination of a few of them. Mainly acrylics thinned down for application thru an airbrush. I used the following colors: Dirt, Mud, Rust, and a dull black. I also used elmers glue on elbows and knees to make the areas look more abused. I would avoid using natural materials when weathering fabrics for anything organic will break down the fibers over time. If you want mud either use theatric mud or something like paint to make it look dirty.

Scotty probably has better pictures than me... I took these in too bright of light.


After...







It takes time, but if you have an airbrush and a bit of time... there really is no compairison IMO.

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