USMC VIETNAM First weathering attempt!!

Collect. Kitbash. Customize. Community. Showcasing the Best of Sixth Scale Modeling.

Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: USMC VIETNAM First weathering attempt!!

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Melbourne. Australia
    Posts
    1,017

    USMC VIETNAM First weathering attempt!!

    I've always admired the weathering effects that some members do with their figures,but never having tried it myself ,I was a bit reluctant to do so mainly because of the permanent nature of some of the paints etc etc.The other night i decided to give it a try,now i didnt have any pastels or paints in the right colour ,for what i was trying to achieve then I had an idea.I got this bag of crushed red rock(like they use on baseball bases)and crushed it some more with a mortar and pestle added a bit of water to make a thick paste used a #4 bristle artists brush and went to work.The following pics are the results,what i like about this organic method is that it washes straight off the plastics and i guess it will with the fabric aswell,also it gives the rubber boots a great effect cause the gritty bits get ito the nooks and crannys.The figure is mainly DML James/NAM with a DML Brian/spec ops Kuwait HS and TUS torch and home made bandolier,c rations spoon & pencil.For a first attempt i'm pretty happy with it, weathering really does bring a figure to life.And after seeing USMC Waynes NAM series i was inspired to use a Marine for my model.Hope you like it. Cheers!
    Last edited by mike45; 09-10-2016 at 08:37.

  2. Remove Advertisements

    Advertisements
     

  3. #2
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    FT Bragg
    Posts
    1,305
    Nice Mike he looks good and dirty.
    We Do Bad Things To Bad People.

  4. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    Ypsilanti, MI
    Posts
    1,487
    If that's your first attempt, man, then I'm impressed.

  5. Remove Advertisements

    Advertisements
     

  6. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Colorado
    Posts
    968
    Mike, excellent work man! I really dig the idea of grinding up the red rock as it is natural and the real deal. Sometimes heavy weathering jobs can look a bit too contrived and a bit unnatural.

    Good on ya man!

  7. #5
    USMCWayne's Avatar
    USMCWayne is offline In the bush..........Nam baby!
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Posts
    3,190
    Nice job.

    I'm a big believer that dirty is better...unless your little fellas are garrison troops.

    When you're weathering someone, just imagine where the sweat, dirt, and grime accumulates on you in a typical day. Now imagine what would happen if you were stuck in a foxhole in the rain, or if you were walking point in 100% humidity, or if you hadn't been able to change clothes or take a shower in a few days.
    Wayne
    Malta, MT

  8. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    Virginia
    Posts
    507
    I like it. You've perfected the Goldie Locks technique...not to much, not too little...but just right. I don't know why but I have always had a soft spot in my 1/6th heart for the Brian figure.
    Silence is golden but duct tape is silver.

  9. #7
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    Apparently, some alternate universe
    Posts
    41,776
    Fine job Mike, Brian's got the proper surly mug for a good Marine. That bandoleer is excellent, looks as good as any I've seen. The weathering technique's a keeper, and works really well.
    You are
    What you do
    When it counts---The Masao
    - Ryan Bonaminio lived his life this way -

  10. #8
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Posts
    10
    First attempt or thousandth, that's a swell job. You've got 'er down pat.

  11. #9
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Los Angeles, California
    Posts
    194
    Nice! Looks very realistic!
    "Our hearts are free from anger, our cause we know is just. We kill not for joy or hatred, we fight because we must."

  12. #10
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Melbourne. Australia
    Posts
    1,017
    Glad you all approve,USMCWayne i get what your saying,it'd be like if you were bashing a REMF i guess you wouldnt have to weather him at all except for some ink stains LOL.As for Brian,he was my first DML figure and i always liked the HS he's got that stare that suits the NAM bashes,well its too bloody cold to work on the Huey in the shed so i'll just have to get to work on the other five Marines.PS I will try to make the pics better next time.

Similar Threads

  1. 2 New Hot Toys products!!! Operation Iraqi Freedom USMC Snipers
    By SniperOne in forum Sixth Scale Action Figure News, Reviews, & Discussion.
    Replies: 207
    Last Post: 04-30-2009, 09:27
  2. Sgt Peter 'Smitty' Smith USMC M14 Sniper Vietnam 1967
    By Iron_Mike in forum Sixth Scale Action Figure News, Reviews, & Discussion.
    Replies: 46
    Last Post: 04-01-2008, 00:03
  3. Reference Material for Vietnam Era Special Operations
    By AirCommando in forum Attention to Detail (1:1 Talk)
    Replies: 22
    Last Post: 02-26-2008, 08:24
  4. USMC Vietnam Grunt
    By aquaman59 in forum Sixth Scale Action Figure News, Reviews, & Discussion.
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 02-12-2008, 20:13
  5. USMC Sniper/Spotter team,Iraq 2003
    By CorranJ in forum Sixth Scale Action Figure News, Reviews, & Discussion.
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 12-02-2005, 23:29

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
USMC VIETNAM First weathering attempt!!
[X]