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Learn to battle-scar and weather your nerf in a couple minutes

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#1 Spectre666

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Posted 31 May 2007 - 11:44 PM

This is my first attempt at a write up, so bear with me here.
All of the work below was done on a spare Mav shell I had laying around.

Today I'm going to try to teach you how to battle-scar your Nerf gun.
To do this you will need the following supplies: Nerf gun, X-acto handle, Chisle blade, Standard blade, rough sandpaper, extra fine sandpaper.
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Start by taking your X-acto knife with either blade.
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Start making cuts on the surface of your gun. They can be any depth. If you're trying to make dents, kind of cut a slightly leveler area towards the outside of the dent. If you are making chips, make jutting cuts that don't level out.
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After doing this, take your rougher sandpaper, and start to somooth out the cuts you made for dents. make a paricularly smooth transition from the dent to the undented area.
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After.
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Continue to smooth with your fine sandpaper.
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You have made your first basic battle-scar. Now on to weathering paintjobs. These go extremely well with battle-scars. Supplies needed: any spray paint of your choice (silver works best) and black or a dark gray spray paint.

Start by doing a standard paintjob on your nerf. In the oictuers below, my examples are on the same shell as the battle-scars, and are done with gold and silver base colors.
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After applying your base colors, take out your black spray paint and hold it back 2-3 feet. Spray at your nerf gun lightly, moving steadily back and forth. Don't get to close, or hold the spray in one spot for too long or the obvious will happen. Remember, you don't want to over do it with the black. Eventualy, your gun will look like the one below.
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Now, if you have battle-scars, take your fine sandpaper, and rub of as much black as you can off of the battle-scar. Take some black off of the edges too.
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If you want a kind of grime look, remove black from edges, and lightlyy remove black in random spots.
this is my most recent grime job using this strategy:
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I hope this write-up helped you, and if you have any questions/comments please feel free to respond.

Edited by Spectre666, 31 May 2007 - 11:49 PM.

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#2 Dayko

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Posted 31 May 2007 - 11:55 PM

Nice write-up. This is a vary cool idea.
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Posted 01 June 2007 - 12:00 AM

Those are some fine painting tips! I feel like I'm reading at my replica prop forum right now.

You can also use something called "Rub 'n Buff" to give it an interesting look.

This is a thread from RPF of a paintjob on a replicated Captain Mal Reynolds Pistol (from Firefly) for an example of Rub n Buff
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EDIT: By the way spectre... I hate your avatar--it makes me cringe!

There is also a tutorial on wood graining here: http://sci-fire.com/..._wood_grain.htm

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Posted 01 June 2007 - 12:00 AM

Very sweet looking finished product.
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Posted 01 June 2007 - 12:04 AM

Man, thats a great detailed write up. And I just asked you in the Paintjob's thread if you used a Dremel. Guess not. :(
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Posted 01 June 2007 - 12:08 AM

EDIT: By the way spectre... I hate your avatar--it makes me cringe!


I think the black widow spider is kinda cute.
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Posted 01 June 2007 - 12:12 AM

Very nice, makes it all that more real. I wonder how it would look with a satin black paint job.
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#8 frost vectron

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Posted 01 June 2007 - 03:27 AM

I think the black widow spider is kinda cute.


I don't see any breasts, so I don't think it's cute.
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Posted 01 June 2007 - 10:09 AM

Great idea! I won't do this because I want to keep my guns as mint as I can, but the painting tips are great.

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