Warriors take good care of their equipment to ensure it’s always in the best possible working condition. Mandalorians, however, sometimes allow their armor to show wear and tear to intimidate enemies or show how long they’ve been “on the hunt” (for example, Boba Fett). Even metal armor that shines shows some dirt and grime from hard use (if you can find a close-up image of Jango Fett’s metal armor you can see this). As a Mandalorian Costumer, knowing how to represent weathering on your armor is a great skill to have. Whether you decide to go with light or heavy weathering, the techniques are the similar.

 

Crafting Challenge 2: Weathering

  • Novice Level:  Find a scrap of plastic (Sintra or otherwise), a broken plastic toy gun (Nerf, water gun, etc.), or some other item that it’s okay to repaint.  Use the internet to research “dry brushing,” “weathering,” or “aging.”  Experiment with these techniques on your sample, the goal is to be able to add some basic single color wear and tear (for example: black primer, dry-brush silver on it -or- paint something silver, then spray paint another color over it, and lightly use sandpaper to cause some of the silver to show through).  Take a picture, and send it to mythosaur@verdikacorp.com and remember to include your Verd’ika Mandalorian Name for credit.

 

  • Journeyman Level:  This is similar to the Novice Challenge, but slightly more complicated.  Search online for tutorials on using “frisket.” This is also called “liquid mask” or “masking fluid” and sometimes even terms like “weathering with toothpaste” or even crazier fluids like mustard!  Additionally, you can even use table salt and hairspray to do the same effect! The basic idea is that you cover some paint with some kind of covering fluid or paste, do some more painting, then rub/wash off the covering fluid.  At the minimum, have two layers (the metallic or basic under-layer, and the layer that has all the scratches caused by the frisket mask).  Study two or three techniques and then take your project item and apply those techniques to it. Take a picture, and send it to mythosaur@verdikacorp.com and remember to include your Verd’ika Mandalorian Name for credit.

 

  • Expert Level:  Read the descriptions for the Novice and Journeyman Level challenges for ideas on how to search for tutorials on the techniques.  Boba Fett’s helmet has layers of grunge, frisket, and paint.  While we’re not asking for you to show off a Boba Fett helmet level of weathering, try to combine several techniques together for something with at least 4 layers of paint and maybe even ink or painted on “grime” at the top.  You can also try using a layer of carbon dust (ground charcoal), dirt, sawdust, cinnamon (rusty look), or something else to give a better weathering technique for grime and wear.   Remember, we’re using a throw-away piece of plastic for learning so there’s no right or wrong.  Apply the techniques you’ve learn to it until you’re comfortable with the techniques.  Take some in-progress pictures, and send them to mythosaur@verdikacorp.com and remember to include your Verd’ika Mandalorian Name for credit.