« on: August 21, 2013, 08:57 PM »
I found one of the Sandtroopers at Wal-Mart the other day after weeks of fruitless checking and months of waiting. What I immediately noticed was the odd pink stains on the armour. This is because they used a reddish brown wash and as it is a mass produced factory job, it pooled in the deepest recesses creating these unsightly pink stains, under the eyes, on the sides of the mouth and right in the middle of the chest as elsewhere. No problem for me as I'm now quite familiar with the ways of weathering my own Sandtroopers. Rather than using Detol or brake fluid to strip off the wash and start from scratch, I decided to cover it up with more weathering, because it is such a rad figure I couldn't wait to get it up to snuff.
I got him all weathered up and he's posed nicely on the shelf. Painted the small details that you can forgive a factory paint job for leaving off, as well as the pauldron a nice shade of weathered white. My 3 year old daughter comes and grabs him off the shelf. She says, "This guy's really dirty! Look how dirty he is. He needs a bath to clean him up! Can we give him a bath to make him clean and white daddy?'
I explain to her that he is supposed to be dirty, because he's a dirty trooper. Obviously, she is used to seeing my hordes of brilliant white Stormtroopers and want him to fit right in. Then she notices the ammo pouches. "Look daddy, he has a purse!"
Kids are too much.