So the base coat was dry this morning and ive spent today making a plastic molded gun look and feel real.
(british law states that at least 51% of a replica or deactivated fire-arm must be painted in a bright colour! lucky for me that i wasn't doing a black one. also such a garish replica can be legally sold by and to anyone! go laws!)
I've gone for a post apocalyptic look for the silencer, making the iconic coke can home made one.
Here's the step by step!
1: Using the graffiti artists friend, the trusty Montana Gold, my airbrush and and sealant for an unbreakable base that I could paint on I separated and painted the components.
2: starting small I used pure artists silver pigment to rub n' buff the surface to give it a painted iron look, focusing on the hard corners to make it look slightly worn. This will act as the base for the every day wear and tear in the zombie infected future. Regular use, holstering etc.
3: Do the rest!
3.5: hand painting the larger chips is the most time consuming part of this. Using a hand steadying device (a stick) to lean on, and painting solid silver along the edges most likely to receive a knock. Around screws, buttons and release mechanisms. Close ups below.
4: Pushing the blacks in the most regularly oiled places was difficult. As it meant using pure pigment over detail and hoping for the best. I may end up sanding this down later.
5: to push the lettering I used ink and a pippet to drip into the letters and wiping gently off with a towel. You can also see where I have softened the paint and pushed my thumb into it. To give it a rougher look as it was looking a little too much liked dyed plastic than painted metal.
6: the trigger mechagnism is one of the few genuinly metal parts of the gun (apart from the interior weights to give it the heft of the real thing) and also the bit that would get the most attention apart from the grip. As you can see I have painted the black back in and scratched down to the bare metal then added paint over that to give it a really worn look.
7: the silencer was made following a guide for making a real coke can silencer for a real gun. bar the superglue used and the blocked barrel. The base is a broken tactical light (that you may have around the house) in that is a plastic rod from a paint roller, and then a toilet tube covered in gaffer tape to maintain the stability of the can.
8: cutting the fuck out of my fingers by trying to fold the top of the red-bull can in on itself was a nightmare, and inserting the gaffer taped roll inside. then stuffing the lot around the metal tube with toilet roll to pack it tight.
9: I used a lot of powdered pigment on the can without much effect. I may resort to black spraypaint in a last ditch effort to make it look like soot.
And there you go. Round 2 for this piece. Lots more to do but you can start to see it come together now.
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