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If you're like me, you've found the Toy Soldier CIRAS body armor is very bulky. With a few easy mods it fits and looks better. I found a great way to weather body armor and other cloth uniform parts, that is very simple, yet effective. It incorporates the use of Prismacolor art markers to shade, and dry brushing for highlights.


The supplies to do this modification:
Hair dryer
Prismacolor markers- various shades of brown/ tan
Acrylic art paint- shades to match project. Here I'm using ochre, misty white, and sand
Dullcoat


Front/ Side/ Back views with no weathering


The first step is to open up the CIRAS and remove the white foam pieces and the plastic plates.


Holding the plate with pliers, warm it with the hair dryer. It will become "soft" and easy to shape.


Give it a rounded shape. This is more realistic than the flat stock shape.


Re-insert only the plates. The foam is what gives the CIRAS the unwanted bulkiness.



Using a light umber, add shading to all seam lines and below webbing. Don't panic, the next step will fade the shading so it's not so blocky.


Using a wheat, parchment, or colorless pen, go over the areas again. Pull the color farther away from the seams to fade the color a bit.


This show how the color fades.


The next step is to drybrush the piece.


Dullcoat is sprayed onto the entire piece to remove the sheen of the nylon cloth.


Front/ Side/ Back views after weathering.


Front view- side by side


Back view- side by side
 

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Büchsenmacher
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GREAT...I basically do the same but with pastel Chalks....I start by adding a dark color to ALL the seams(Uniforms,Jackets Vests etc.) and then I`ll ad a lighter color and brush it over and fade it.....
Thanks for the tutorial.....I think this will come at hand for soem folks here....
 

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Devils and Dust
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Cool tutorial. Thanks! Always interested in seeing what others do.

I also use pastels, along with acrylics to weather.

Ironic, I have the same brand of paints, and LOVE those Prismacolor pens too. Have been using them for quite awhile. Much better than acrylic paint on fabric. Using some now on a WIP.

Sorry to ramble, but again, cool tut.
 

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marios1
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Hi Skip, congratulation fot your topic....could you give me same suggestion?The first is on Prismacolor ...by the moment that there arent in italy, i ll try to by in usa, could you give mesame description of them?Type, code color or other to check better them?Then the dullcoat you used is of Master color'Which is the code and description item?Dullcoat, what does be mean?Thanks.
 

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UMMM UMMM B17C#
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Nice.I will try that as well.
 

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Nice ideas,

Are the hard pieces you took out of the vest vinyl? If they are, it reforms back to its original shape if left at room temperature. However, if you dunk it in cold water when it is still hot the vinyl keeps its new shape.

CHEERS!
 

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YPRES
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Very helpful advice indeed. Infact, the Japanese guide book on 12 inch used the same method. But a pity it is in Japanese language. Will try the method on my figure. By the way, Prisma marker is acrylic? Where is it made in?:D
 
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