I picked up a Bandai 1/144 scale Star Wars AT-AT kit. It looks like this:
So I spent a few hours putting together the model. It ended up looking like this:
It turned out pretty good, but of course it has that flat grey plastic look to it. I have become accustomed to a better looking model (standards increase when one gets into toy photography), so I knew I needed to do some painting.
Now an AT-AT is naturally grey, so what I really needed to do was to grunge it up a bit - something called "weathering". Before I started I needed to decide the history of this machine. Most of the time AT-ATs are thought of as being on the ice planet Hoth, and are shown in snowy weather. However they went other places as well - there was an AT-AT guarding the force field generator on Endor for example. I decided to make an AT-AT that has spent its lifetime trudging in a forrest environment.
So I spent a few hours putting on various washes of acrylic paint, and wiping off the excess.
After a few layers of build up, the finished product looks like this:
I tried to get the feet to look worn from mud and forrest detritus.
And I tried to make the vents look rusted from the moist forrest air.
I am pleased with how this turned out, for a first attempt at model making and aging. In fact I liked it so much I have an X-Wing on order for next weekend.
I may have found a new dimension to my toy photography. I can't wait to get this in front of my lens. Exciting!