Posted By Dan Swearingen on August 16, 2010
Our new coffee table (a.k.a. the Hasbro STAR WARS AT-AT) was looking a bit too “plastic” so I used it as an excuse to re-climb the learning curve on my Aztek airbrush.
Here is the unfinished side as a “before”
I free-hand airbrushed the panel lines with a medium-dark gray (Tamiya XF-53 neutral grey) with spray lines maybe 1/8 to 1/4 inches wide. Next I made a mix of “Star Wars white” out of 4 parts Tamiya XF-2 and one part Tamiya XF-66 light grey and painted the panels themselves. Doing the one side took about an hour and I needed a break after that but here is how it looks so far.
The difference is subtle but the flatter finish and more varied coloring makes the detail pop nicely.