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Tutorial: Animated Clone weathering

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2013 10:37 pm    Post subject: Tutorial: Animated Clone weathering Reply with quote


I've constructed a tutorial on how to weather an animated clone from the hit television series The Clone Wars. This method isn't the only way to achieve the weathering effect, but it's been the one that I've had the most success with thus far.

What do you need?
- Good reference photos of the clone you'll be painting.
- Prep the armor (primer coat and at least 2-3 coats of white spray paint [I originally used Krylon Fusion Gloss White, but have switched to Rustoleum Professional High Performance Enamel Gloss White).
- Assorted sheets or sanding blocks of sand paper (100, 150, 220, 600 grit).
- Painter's tape (I use the blue rolls; don't go cheap!)
- Disposable plastic bags.
- Small container of water.
- Measuring tape/device.
- Paper towels/ old work clothe.
- Whatever color(s) of accent paint you desire.

1.) Mask off the area with painter's tape where you'll want your unit markings. Study the reference photos and measure accordingly. Rip off small pieces of tape and wad them into small shapes and/or tears, then randomly place them inside the marked-off area. This area will remain white while the rest of the marked-off area will be painted with the unit color(s).

2.) Take the disposable plastic bag and wrap it around the taped-off area. This will prevent your unit colors from spraying onto the rest of your armor.

3.) Apply the base coat. Allow time to dry.

3A.) Apply the secondary coat (if needed). Allow time to dry.

4.) Once the paint has dried, remove the tape and plastic bag.

5.) Apply the weathering paint (I use Krylon Smoke Gray). Mist all of the armor. Aim for the recesses and low points in the armor for a heavier effect.

6.) Take your towel and dip it in water. Run it across the armor. Take your sanding block/paper and dip it into water, and gently start sanding in a circular motion. Start with the raised portions of your armor, then work down towards the crevasses.

The heavier areas in these recesses will remain and give more definition while the raised parts will be whiter. Take the higher grit sandpaper and press harder along the small bare spots made by the small wads of tape. This will give the chipped paint effect.

7.) Rinse your armor down with water and look for any areas that may be too heavily weathered and repeat step 6.

Note: Personally, I use two different colors when painting unit colors. For Commander Ganch (listed above), I used a base coat of Model Master Racing Red and a top coat of Model Master Italian Red. For Commander Cody, I used a base coat of Testors Chrysler Yellow and a top coat of Testors Grabber Orange.

This two layer effect will allow the base coat to shine through once you've sufficiently sanded down the top coat.

Feel free to leave questions or comments, and I'll respond accordingly.

Hope this is helpful!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 28, 2017 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Would love to have this thread updated with the non-photobucket photos!! Cool

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