Maximus gladiator sword

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by Kelsohighlander, Apr 2, 2015.

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  1. Kelsohighlander

    Kelsohighlander Active Member

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    I got this windlass gladiator arena/slave sword really cheap. I didn't like how shiny and new it looked, and wanting to create something that was more screen accurate, I decided to modify it a bit.
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    So I stripped down the varnish and sanded the whole thing.
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    A big "gulp" moment.
    Then adding layers of stain and paint.
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    Then a bit of weathering. Trying to give it a "years used in the arena" sort of look. Painting the brass is always fun!
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    This is is where I am so far. The screen shot of the handle looks a bit lighter/more natural wood colored. The color of this handle naturally is too dark. What do you think... A lighter paint? Leave it as is?
     
  2. Nexus6

    Nexus6 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I dig it just how it is. a natural wood handle WOULD get darker after extended use. Oils from the skin, dirt, blood, etc, are all things it would be exposed to, that would darken the finish over time...
     
  3. Kelsohighlander

    Kelsohighlander Active Member

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    And started working on the General sword today. It was shiny and glossed, and I wanted to give it a battle worn look.
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    Started sanding
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    Rubbing on the paint
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    Starting to weather the handle
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    Just about there
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    And here's the updated General and Slave versions
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