Though now I can call them ray guns. That shoot darts. Darts are worse than rays, aren't they?
So this is what a standard Nerf Maverick looks like, fresh out of the box:
It's not a bad color scheme, when your main goal is to make sure everybody knows that this is a toy. But if you wanted to carry it around, e.g., the Steampunk World's Fair, it's just not pretty enough.
This is when the Rustoleum Hammered Spray Paints come in.
A few years ago I made this one:
The base coat is Bronze spray paint, with silver, brown, and gold accents.
And this summer I found myself agreeing to supply enough Nerf guns to run a small Nerf war. So I went to Target and bought three Nerf Mavericks (and a giant box of fruit snacks. Of course responsible adults go to Target and buy Nerf guns and fruit snacks). I also picked up Silver and Brown paint colors.
I really like the look of the brown, especially after you give a light dusting of either Bronze or Silver and then add some acrylic accents. This one's brown with a bronze dusting, bronze barrel, and Antique Copper accents.
Brown base, silver dusting, silver barrel. The dusting gives the body just a hint of silver without being overwhelming.
Brown base, bronze dusting, and a combination of Antique Copper and a metallic green accents on the barrel.
This was originally some camo-green color and marketed as a Space Blaster. I'm not sure why Space Blasters would come in camo green (I guess for fighting in all those Space Forests and Space Swamps). But I went over with acrylic craft paints. I'm having problems with the paint scraping off, so I'll probably end up sanding this down and repainting it.
I picked up a vintage Thermos lunchbox from a junk store. It was black and I'm pretty sure a hippie had gotten to it at one point in its history: it was covered with the remains of flower stickers and orange velvet. I filed that off and repainted it Bronze:
And this is what I use it for.