After making a more correct mag plate it was finally time for the fun: paint!
Here is what I did:
1. Primer, it went on well and got a good grip. (I had been a good boy and cleaned the kit parts earlyer.)
The cast quality is overall good, but the end cap have some dents.
2. Silver coat. I went for a silver were the metallic effect wasnt to obvious.
3. Gold on the scope. This is more dark then the pic shows, but its still to golden compaired to the real scopes. I will only make small scratches and add weathering so it will do fine.Now its time to mask the parts that will stay silver (spring etc). I used masking tape and masking fluid.
4. Black coat. I used flat on the gun and glossy on the scope and handle. I made sure the paints are compatible before painting.
5. Weathering. Peel off the masking. Gently use sand paper to make the blaster to look worn and let the metal come through. I used different papers, soft and heavy. I also used a wire brush to get random scratches. Do this in small steps. Try to get the look as if it had been from real life beating. I look at reference all the time when doing this as its easy to get it wrong. Dont mess with the t-track as they should look plastic.
After that its a lot of washes. I used gray and rusty brown washes of acrylic model paint. Dont go all over, but do some parts. Like the sanding do it in small steps. Make different amount on different parts, some more rusty, some less. Again go for reference to get what you are after.
Heres the scope. I added white for the ingraved text, based on how the original scope looked.
I wanted the grip to look like worn plastic. Its glossy black with flat washes and some strokes. Its also gently sanded to get a vintage look.
I made the dent in the stock deeper (but not to much as it would become brittle. The effect turned out ok. I also tried to make the stock look more rusty.
And here it is worn by a dead serious trooper! "Let me see your identification!"
Hope this can be of some help if anyone feels like doing a beat up sterling paint job.