In many ways, Star Wars weathering is like any other plastic scale model weathering. You add stuff to make it look dirty.
Star Wars Weathering – Choosing A Style
There are different ways of weathering your model, depending on the style you’re trying to achieve.
Certainly building an un-weathered model is a very good option. While the on-screen appearance is usually fairly battered and worn, especially for the Rebel craft, a clean look really lets the designs shine. I think it can be easy to overlook how unique and stunning the designs from the franchise really are. I know I can easily get so caught up in the process that I have to remind myself to step back and admire the ships simply for their design.
Certainly there is also the “canon” method of weathering. This seeks to emulate the on-screen look of the studio models. It’s a simpler method, emphasizing chipping on the colored areas of the skin’s surface only. Additionally, there are numbers streaks and stains of color over a large portion of the surface. I’ve read that much of this was done simply because of the realities of filming. A ship might only appear for less than a second, so obvious, punchy elements were emphasized, and subtlety was not factored in. (And this method is faster to do also – another critical factor.
The method I have chosen for this video is more of a freeform approach, which is basically “weathering as you would any model”. 😀
But no matter which method you choose to weather your Bandai Star Wars model, it will definitely be fun!
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