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I always liked the look of battle damage, which I'll have to keep in mind when I build my russ...
Since I'm not a dirty greenskin, I can't quite tell what I'm looking at in that shot though. (I've only seen blurry shots of coptas) so I wouldn't mind a more zoomed out picture ^^
It does look better like that, but I think the body needs a bit more damage too.
Anything I make which is ork related has heavy wear and battle damge. For the deffkopta skids I'd damage the middle too and maybe the underside as well.
Yeah I agree that a lot of marks probably happen underneath more than the side and corners, Work will be done. Thanks for the replies guys but does anyone else wanna have their say?
I don't think orks tend to keep their vehicles clean, neat, tidy or well repaired (too busy fightin' and racin'), so minor battle damage and dings, dents, scrapes and scratches would just be ignored while more serious damage would probably be patched up or jury-rigged. Take a good look at the machinery in use on a large construction site, quarry or mine where the plant and equipment has been in use a long time and you'll notice that:
1) It tends to be filthy, the only clean areas being the top of the cab and door handles.
2) Parts in constant use (shovels, moving parts, door handles) tend to be polished bare metal.
3) Parts coming into regular contact with the ground are scratched to hell and back with deeper gouges being more rusty than others.
Bearing this in mind, think where the majority of damage will be coming from - I'd think it'll be concentrated around the front and front edges of vehicles, with less damage on the sides and even less on the rear. Muck and dirt will be concentrated toward the bottom edge of vehicles (exceptions being spray from wheels and the rear of the vehicle) and around engines, suspension, gears, etc. (with moving parts e.g. hydraulic cylinders, being clean and polished).
The skids on a Deffkopta are going to be coming into regular contact with the ground, so will suffer regular chips and dents. They'll also suffer scrapes along the curved front edges and the underside - resulting from sliding landings - and probably chips and dents on the inner edges.
I'll try and get hold of some photos of site equipment looking in need of a little attention if you like. WD had a couple of "weathering reference photos" in the issue where they painted the Baneblade, but to be honest with you, they were next to useless* - even the buldozer looked far too clean...
*obviously IG, SM, Tau and Eldar vehicles are probably not going to be as dirty or damaged as ork ones, so the photos are fine for those armies
You can get rust or general wear and tear by using plastic glue. Just get an old rag and make sure it is clean and dry. Drip a few small drops of plastic glue onto the plastic you want rusty. Leave it fro about thirty seconds and then dab at the glue. The glue will liquefy the plastic a little and as you dab at it you will create a rougher surface. Once dry it can be painted as rust or just imperfections in the metal. It also makes good acid burns to show damage from Tyranid weapons. This might be helpful to you in making things look damaged.
I recommend you win 1 internet good sir, this is such a perfect answer for rust too as its hard to duplicate without the FEEL.