Weathering Star Wars Models! Part 4 of Bandai’s AT-ST build

Weathering Star Wars models is one of my favorite modeling activities. For starters, it’s Star Wars. This franchise blew my mind away as a 10-year-old kid, and has continued to do so for the last 40+ years. Even in the “doldrums” between Episode VI and the release of Episode I, I continued to watch those first three movies time and time again. So the Star Wars cool factor is definitely there.

But another aspect I love is how wide open the weathering interpretations can be. It can be clean and shiny for the Coruscant surface, grimy and dirty for the Nar Shaddaa underworld, muddy and wet for Endor, dusty and worn for Tatooine, dry and chipped for space, or anything else in between. In Stars Wars canon, you can find any type of planet and environment to plan your weathering around. (I can’t leave Hoth off that list!)

So there is a great variety of environmental choice.

Weathering Star Wars Models

When it comes to modeling the actual vehicles and people, there’s no end of variety either. It can range from minimal to completely rusted out and blown up. Any weathering technique will work, or even throwing all of them in the pot and giving it a good stir.

It only takes a brief look at a few of the “hero” vehicles to see the range of possibilities. Clean like Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter, a worn veteran like Luke’s X-Wing, or old, stained, and beat up like Han’s Millennium Falcon. And those examples are from the original movie! Add in everything else, and it becomes pretty much a case of “pick your technique”.

This video demonstrates some simple weathering that can be applied to Bandai’s AT-ST. The look is reminiscent of the way the vehicle appeared on Endor in Star Wars Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi.

Whatever you do though, have fun with it!

Be sure and check out this and a previous AT-ST build, and also take a look at my full weathering playlist on YouTube!

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6 responses to “Weathering Star Wars Models! Part 4 of Bandai’s AT-ST build”

  1. Excellent videos and very informative! And thank you for not cluttering the soundtrack during the videos.


    1. Thank you! I’m so glad you liked it.

      And thanks for noting the “dry” background! I’ve always found background music, no matter how subtle, to be a bit distracting during voiceovers.


  2. Hi Jon,

    A damn excellent video series on the AT-ST. I’m currently building the same one and your series (along with your other vids) are excellent. Thank you for the time and work you put into these !



    1. Thank you so much! I’m glad you enjoy them. That is always encouraging to hear! 😊


  3. One final question Jon and sorry if I missed it I. The videos. When all is said and done do you apply a final varnish coat on ? Or just after the oils and chipping ?

    Thank you again !


    1. On this model I did not apply a final clear varnish. Unless i want a model to have an dead flat look overall, I tend to let the various sheens stand as is, so that there will be a mix of finishes showing. I think this better replicates what is seen in real life.



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