Now that you've added your details, you want them to look the part. A few simple tricks and they'll look war torn and blend in perfectly. A few days ago, we covered adding details to your models. Now, let's go over how to keep them from looking like they just came off the showroom floor. Nothing survives the heat of battle unscathed and it's worth knowing how to make your icons and details blend in with the rest of your force.
There are lots of ways the "weather" things. We're specifically going for a couple quick and easy ways to make you iconography look battle damaged. Most of the regular weathering techniques work just fine when it comes to applying them to your iconography, simply do those techniques like you would normally on armour.
For example, oil stains and rust stains. You can paint that stuff right over you iconogrpahy as if it wasn't even there. But let's get into a few things you can do for just your icons.
Some methods for weathering
1. Using paint and a paintbrush
With your decal or freehand icon in place, it's really nothing more than adding a bit of your underlying armour color in a few areas to simulate chipping, peeling and scratches.
If you've achieved your underlying armour color through a series of washes and mixing colors, it might be a bit more difficult to match, but not impossible.
Like everything else, there are a few ways to do this too.
You can use an old paintbrush and stipple the damage on... almost like a heavy drybrushing approach.
Or you can use a regular fine point paintbrush to add "scratches and chips" across your iconography. Again, using your base color, you add a series of thin lines to simulate scratches across the surface of the armour and or dots to simulate the chipping.
2. Using sandpaper
If you've used decals on your models, there is this method that involves the use of fine grit sandpaper to "weather" them. This video from misterjustin shows how to do it. Now he covers vehicles in this video, but I'm guessing the same approach would most likely work for things like shoulderpads too.