I hope everyone is ready for #odst
spam over the next little bit! I've finished up the M7 and the backpack for the costume to mark the first upgrade for it in at least 18 months. But first, a mini run through of how I paint my goofy space guns because of a request on one of my last posts.
After sanding and body work (Bondo and other fillers on imperfections) everything is dusted and washed to remove as much residue as possible and help adhesion of paint as much as possible. For 3D prints I use an automotive filler primer to further fill in minor imperfections on the surface. This makes it easy to spot anywhere that may have been missed by making everything one colour. After the filler primer is a high grit sand (300+ grit) to get a smooth surface.
After that I move onto a base colour primer that suits the needs of the prop. For human space guns black is usually a good choice. For guns with moulded plastic and rubber parts I like to use a satin finish paint to save on effort later on.
Mask off sections that'll be left black and grab your handy airbrush or spray can of choice! I like @acrylicos_vallejo
and usually start with "Black Metal" and work through "Gun Metal" and "Aluminium" for highlights while using "Dark Gray" for shadows and recesses. If there's a general tip I can offer for painting, build up depth of colour to make things look more natural looking and add highlighting that exaggerates the form of the prop in its natural held position.
A quick clear coat and then all masking comes off so that some drybrushing and detail can be added with other acrylics. I have a bunch of @privateerpress
paints from my miniatures building kit that I use to add a bit more story to the prop like scratches and scuffs. Depending on the style of gun maybe some extra grease and rust residue but for a UNSC special forces prop, this thing is immaculate aside from some edge wear.
As a last step, I use acrylic vanishes to protect the paint job with a hard top coat because I'm clumsy and every bit of protection helps!
I've started up a thread on the 405th for my Halo prop builds so if you want a more in depth run through of the finishing process, you should check it out!