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I would like to create "battle damage", to my Space Marine force.
How would I go about creating this, and how will I know when not to go overboard?
Will I highlight the "damage", just like I would highlight the power armor itself?
Thank you in advance.
Hmm it seems that this is a job for a mini power tool like a Dremel, that'll probably be the easiest for a reasonable investment that will last you for years. And with the amount of accessories it comes with you can also use it for sprue cleaning, cutting, converting, sanding, polishing etc etc...
Of you could just work with a pin vice, drill a little hole and carve it up with a modeling knife. Then paint the 'exposed' innards as metal or ceramic just like you would any other metallic bit.
You can make the Power armour/vehicles (plastic only) look damaged by using a cloth and some plastic glue. Pour out a small puddle of plastic glue and then use the cloth to dab it onto to spot you want damaged. Leave it for a few minutes and then use the cloth wipe it off. The plastic glue works (bonds normally) by melting the plastic so different parts will merge when it dries. The effect it will have on a bare area after being wiped off is to leave a rough looking, damaged spot. This could be rust, corrossion or Tyranid acid-gunk that got on it once upon a time.
Shallow pin vice + hobby knife circle. Leaves very nice looking bullet damage. Base with black, then paint inside with a metal (make sure you leave a small black outline).
Remember to keep the paint scheme in mind; think about where you place them so you don't take out an area where you would have put a chapter symbol or script (makes it a lot harder). I do some damage on a few models per squad, and generally a few pin viced holes on a shoulder pad grouped together (think burst fire). But yeah, dont do it on every model, and dont do more than one area or it tends to look busy (like some of my earlier models... covered in blood, holes and "hydrolic fluid"... I'm suprised they would live through that)
Marines - All built, 4/5 painted. Tau - 3/4 built, 0 painted. 'crons - 1/2 built, 1/2 painted.
I suck at staying on task.
Thank you, for the imput.
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