Last year Brady of Monkey Depot introduced this tool called the "Tamiya Weathering Stick," from the maker of fine military paints.
I had bought one but never actually used it until now, and I am pleasantly surprised on how good it looks. It takes a bit of a trick to get it to look right, but the trick isn't anything hard. First, the Before/After shots.
Subject is the cloth Oakley assault boots from Very Hot Toys. First pic is the left boot without the weathering stick applied, second pic is with the stick applied.
As you can see the weathering is subtle but noticeable, and doesn't look "overdone" like other weathering jobs I've seen(no offense). I have very little skill using paints to weather, so this came as a surprise to me to see how easy it is with the Weathering Stick.
Here's four easy steps to apply weathering to your figures using the stick:
1) Apply a moderate amount onto the surface, one or two thin strokes.
2) Rub the material around on the surface and spread it around
3) Pick out any excess material in the recesses of the part being weathered.
4) Continue steps 1-4 until object is weathered to your tastes.
If you're interested, here's the section on Monkey Depot with the sticks for sale: http://www.monkeydepot.com/index.asp...S&Category=387