Adding Battle Damage (Method A)

by: Jay Pennington

Almost every ship in the Star Wars Universe has been on the receiving end of a laser barrage at least once. Here’s a good way to give your ships battle damage. This technique should be used in conjunction with Weathering your ship. See Realstic Blaster Burn if you want to create the damage from a hand weapon on a figure.

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Supplies

  • Safety Glasses
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Leather Gloves
  • Sturdy Work Table
  • Dusk Mask / Respirator
  • Bandages

Step 1

Minor hits are easily made by dabbing a small blob of black paint about the size of a pencil point, on the hull.

Step 2

Then with your rag-wrapped fingertip (moistened with mineral spirits!), wipe the blob in the direction you decide the blaster bolt was headed. You now have a roundish blast mark with a streak behind it, showing that the blaster bolt tried to go on before it fizzled out.

Step 3

(Optional) You can add more of an “ouch” to the hit by first carving out a small chuck of plastic with a very small drill bit or just the tip of a hobby knife–dab the blob of paint into the hole and proceed.

Step 4

Be creative with battle damage. Some hits should be larger, some wider, etc. Many Star Wars cannons have multiple barrels. So you may want to make multiple parallel hits. (Make them different lengths though.) Or a skipped hit that leaves two or more marks in a line.

Adding Battle Damage (Method B)

by: Matthew Beikes

Before you Begin:

Make sure you are in a well ventilated area away from combustibles.

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Supplies

  • Kitchen Matches
  • Modeling glue

Step 1

Dab a bit of glue on the area that will show a laser hit.

Step 2

Next light your match and touch it to the glue.

Step 3

Let it set for about 2 seconds and then blow it out. You should have a nice little pock mark where the plastic melted a bit.

Step 4

With a little practice, it gives a realistic effect.