Recently I started an apocalypse survivor cosplay and since im on a budget I bought some very cheap halloween Laura Croft guns and holsters. As expected they looked quite flimsy and cheap so I used this method to make them look more realistic and weathered. It's very easy, fast and very cheap. I also have a video explaining everything as well. Turn on CC for extra explanations
Step 1: Supplies
Things you'll need:
- Some fake holsters
They don't have to be expensive. I bought some very cheap Lara Croft holsters. You can find toy gun and holsters at any halloween and/or toys store.
- brown and black eyeshadow
I used eyeshadow I already had, but if you don't have any brown eyeshadow one tint of medium brown and black eyeshadow will do.
- a sharp knife
- a white gel pen
- and hairpsray
Step 2: Creating Texture
The problem with most fake holsters is that they are all completely brown or black. That can look quite boring, especially on photos. So i used my finger to smear brown eyeshadow all over the holster and belts, with exceptions of the edges. I left those black to create some extra depth. Then i applied some black eyeshadow around the brown to blend the brown eyeshadow in.
Step 3: Making Scratches
Then I used a knife to make some scratches on the holster they serve as quide lines so they don't need to be noticable. Then I grabbed a white gel pen and traced those scratches we made and carefully blended it out.
Step 4: The Inside
The insides of my holsters were grey and on photos that didn't look great. So i put some eyeshadow on the inside as well. The same rules apply. lighter on the inside and darker around the edges.
Step 5: Adding Fake Seams
I used my white gel pen to create some fake seams. You can use brown or black too, but I wanted the seams to be very noticable. Draw the seams around all the edges and don't forget the belts as well! If there is a real seam, draw slight above or under it.
Step 6: Hairspray
Lastly use some hairspray to seal everything and you're done!