Have fun with it I say.Alright, I finally have started in on my X-Wing. My 'idea' here is that I am finishing it 'just enough to show up on camera from far away. I have zero no what ILM would have done, but in my mind and for this build, I was attacking this from the standpoint that it's just for a far-off shot, not the close-up hero shot. So I filled in some of the seam lines but left others. I am just painting the canopy windows black, etc. It was more just a fun exercise to think like they 'might' have back in the day as they rush to get a few of these X-Wings built for distant shots.
With the above in mind, I am also going to take some real liberties in the paint job and just do something that I think will look good and just using other reference X-Wings as a guide.
At first, I was not really a fan of this kit with all the flashing and other issues, but the more I built it up the more I liked it. I think this is probably my favorite size kit to build. It's a good deal larger than the 1/48 Bandai X-Wing I finished a while back.
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There is a cool article by a guy named James Blackwell called Painting Panzers. He called his technique "post shading" and it basically uses an airbrush to shade shadow areas and apply oversprays. No Dry brushing or washes in his technique. Possibly quite similar to the ILM style. His tank builds always look realistic to me.
ILM also uses paint chips(use some liquid mask to create these), and I believe an ILM guy talked about scrubbing the paint with a greenie or something to wear back the off white base coats to reveal a black coat underneath. I'm going to try these techniques on my x-wing build.
here's the article.