while we're on the subject, does anyone know how to make weathering look really well on like mandalorian armour? I'm trying to see how I can weather my Jatser Mereel.
One thing I've done on ships that I've customized is get an old paint brush, preferably the cheap Walmart kind. I'll dab it in silver and then wipe of most of the excess paint on a towel or rag. Then I'll lightly brush it over the surface. This works pretty well for me. For vehicles I've done it in both silver and with black for a pretty good look. However, I haven't tried this on figures before.
That's called drybrushing, it's a very handy technique for customizing figures (just ask CHEWIE
As for jokabofe's question...
a) When you see (or make) custom Clones, do you prefer clean ones or battle worn, dirty armor ones?
I think I'm in the minority (at least here), but I prefer my clones to be "clean." I know that it might not be as realistic, but I think they match the hasbro figures better. As CHEWIE said, it really depends on the situation. For my custom squad, I wanted them to be clean so that they wouldn't look weird next to all of my basic figures. Of course, sometimes you just need to dirty up the clones a bit, so I dirtied up my versions of the Shocktrooper and 501st clones. Still, in general, I like "clean" clones.
I would prefer if hasbro ditched their pathetic attempts at "weathering" their clones because they end up looking horrible. Keep giving us clean figures and let us dirty them up if we want.
b) Is there such a thing as too much battle wear or weathering? Can it be overdone?
I definitely think that weathering can be overdone. When I weather, I tend to do a bit more than I think is necessary because I just get carried away. As long as the figure doesn't look ridiculous next to hasbro's version, then I am alright with it. I know it's weird to use hasbro as the standard since a lot of time, their version is crappier than ours, however I like to have a consistent theme to my collection, so I guess I have to go by the lowest common denominator
After thinking about it a little more, I'm torn on this too. I think that some customs that are "accurately" weathered look really
good and it is good that they were weathered to that degree, but then again if you put it next to hasbro's version, it blows hasbro's version away (which is good and bad, in my opinion).
As for your washed clone, jokabofe, I think it looks pretty good. It's a bit more than I would have done, but it doesn't look that out of place.