Sideshow T2 repaint and weathering

Razvan

New Member
Hi, guys!

A while ago I cleaned up my battle damaged T2, looking for a clean look. but the more I look at it, the more I miss the weathering. I wanna add a battle damaged and weathering look to it. I have experience with makeup FX and airbrushing, but never painted a collectible before. I know I have to add primer, paint and then sealer, but I was wondering if one might help with more advice on each of them. Which paints, primers and sealers are the best, especially in Europe or UK.

I have attached a pic of the bust and a high res reference pic of what I'm looking for. There's not many closeups of the Endo from T2 I could find.

Please feel free to add your own T2 pics, both cusotm busts, as well as recommendations, advice or even behind the scenes pics you may have found across the years. Anything that could help with the process.

Thanks!
 

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Too Much Garlic

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You don't need primer and if you want the option to be able to remove the weathering you add you should not use sealer and you should use water based paints, or maybe someone can suggest something better. What you need to do is paint with heavily thinned paints: brown, purple, green and black - do so sparingly and in uneven patterns, even splotching it on, and wiping it off with a clean cloth. You can even dip the brush in paint, then flick it off the brush onto the bust in various places - again, be random. You can even go in and add rust to various parts of the skull. The temple inserts and eye sockets should be kept dark.

This site has great pictures of actual screen used endoskeletons. http://www.lucasfrancisstudio.com/lfs/terminator
 

Razvan

New Member
Thanks for your reply!
And how do I control how much of the water paint remains.? By varying waiting times or by repeatedly adding the paint in the same area?
 

Too Much Garlic

Master Member
Both. There are several videos on youtube that shows how to weather things. There are even terminator related videos showing such.

Also when wiping off, don't wipe off the same way each time. Wipe, dap, streak, and all sorts of ways. The key point is to be random and not do the same thing again and again, as that will create a boring finish that looks "painted" on or "deliberate" instead of looking like natural wear and tear.

Here are some good weathering videos from Stan Winston Studios. Of course, they may be going overboard with the weathering compared to what you want, but they still show off some techniques you could use.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrAyrV7M_ZA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iygv4eqfyJM
 
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