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Weathering the Flight Suit
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:14 am    Post subject: Weathering the Flight Suit Reply with quote

Fellow TFA Pilots,

Been approved for a while now and I feel like its time to really weather the suit and vest to match my hard parts. Can anyone offer up some recommendation on methods and/or pictures please?

My suit is the 1000D Condura fabric.

Thanks!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2017 2:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I smeared watered-down black acrylic paint on mine (a polypropylene "Solar Cherry" suit). On the vest especially, I pre-soaked some areas especially between the padding, then lightly dabbed in the black acrylic, keeping a towel nearby to wipe in case it got out of hand.

Study the screen pics. Put "grime" on the suit in logical areas, like the knees, edges of pockets, arms, etc.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2017 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Phil. I got a PM about using charcoal grilling bricks too, anyone tried that?
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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2017 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I plan to use an airbrush. Has anyone done that yet?
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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2017 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used an aerosol spray can that you can find at model shops and Home Depot and such-- they're just aerosol cans and they come with a glass jar that screws onto the bottom so you can use your own paint. I mixed some charcoal gray (which is actually a brown) acrylic paint with a little bit of black, watered it down so it could be sprayed, and then used that to spray various places on my suit. Some places I sprayed heavier, others I sprayed lighter. Along pocket edges I just smeared on some of the charcoal gray paint with my finger.
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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2017 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

in the past i have used spray paint (black, brown and green) on a wall or large piece of ply wood - spray it on thick, then spread it around with your hand (wear gloves or a plastic bag over your hand)
wait until the paint is almost dry, like barely tacky - until you really have to rub it to get the paint off.
then in full costume, rub up against it- like brush by it from all diff angles.
lay it on the ground then crawl over it..etc...

than after with the suit off - spray some black and/or brown from far away - just enough for the spray to barely be seen. then build up layers or whatever until desired look.
remember to always do less first. can always put more on later.

just think about how it would naturally get dirty - crawling over ships, fixing engine, exhaust smoke on you. basically replicate that :-D
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PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2017 4:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Or you can just wear it and let it get dirty
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PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2017 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JediXXL wrote:
Or you can just wear it and let it get dirty


Now THAT'S how we did it in WW2 reenacting! But they might not let you troop any more if you get too dirty & stinky! Haha
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PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2017 1:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wash it every so often as well... Wink
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PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2017 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So I actually went with the recommended acrylic wash method. I went pretty conservative at first and after it dried I kind of felt like I wasted a good hour or two. Second coat went on a bit more liberally and came out well. I'm trooping tomorrow and intend to post some pictures of both the weathered helmet (Liberty II from Freedom Base) and the weathered suit. Next will be weathering the vest likely in the same method but since its cotton i'm still deciding.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some recommends to rub the costume on a tire and it would give some good grease smear look. I saw the results and it seems pretty good but needs some fine control to prevent it from getting too dirty. They say it will stay quite permanently so I was thinking about giving it a try
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The sandtroopers like to use used Teabags to colour up cloth..

I'm just going to take my suit and vest and throw it about my works warehouse and see how it dirtys up
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you plan on washing it I find that mixtures of tulip fabric paint (mainly drybrushed or watered down and placed in recesses) will stick well without washing out. Also, don't forget about physical weathering too!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2018 1:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JediXXL wrote:
Or you can just wear it and let it get dirty


I told Jenn Eyre I want to wrestle a stormtrooper in the sand, then in the event, I say as Poe... he started it. We got in a fight that is how we got dirty. I won... (then. Stormtrooper shows up with more) okay we both won

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2018 1:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

crema wrote:
Some recommends to rub the costume on a tire and it would give some good grease smear look. I saw the results and it seems pretty good but needs some fine control to prevent it from getting too dirty. They say it will stay quite permanently so I was thinking about giving it a try


Funny I was thinking doing this when I get my costume
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