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    Mar 4, 2011, 8:00 PM - Re: Resculpting my Fett armor #126

    Bauhaus gold, just like you said.
    For the armor plates I went with the US medium green 34102 from the bottle (airbrushed) as a base (it was too olivey though) and then misted it ever so lightly with Tamiya's AS-17 Dark green.. I think the color came out just about right, I'm pretty happy with it. Thanks again so much for your tips and advice on the paint, bro
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    Mar 5, 2011, 5:07 PM - Re: Resculpting my Fett armor #127

    good stuff looks great
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    Mar 5, 2011, 6:00 PM - Re: Resculpting my Fett armor #128

    Outstanding Job! Your attention to detail is amazing! Nicely done sir... nicely done indeed!
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    Mar 5, 2011, 6:13 PM - Re: Resculpting my Fett armor #129

    Thanks guys! More good stuff to come...I promise!
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    Mar 5, 2011, 7:55 PM - Re: Resculpting my Fett armor #130

    Awesome job Will! Great weathering
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    Mar 5, 2011, 10:27 PM - Re: Resculpting my Fett armor #131

    This has got to be one of the best threads and explanations I've seen. You have made me remod mine! FANTASTIC
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    Mar 6, 2011, 9:27 PM - Re: Resculpting my Fett armor #132

    Thanks again guys I hope this thread will help those of you who might need to know which direction to go with their armor and what steps to take. I'm just passing along the favor for those who have done the same for me that I learned from
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    Mar 6, 2011, 10:54 PM - Re: Resculpting my Fett armor #133

    It's a very minor thing but isn't the white detail of the center chest diamond supposed to be an added insert and not painted directly on the plate?
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    Mar 6, 2011, 11:11 PM - Re: Resculpting my Fett armor #134

    Hmmm..strange, I looked over all the ref pics and couldn't tell. Not saying it's not there, I just never noticed anything like that before. Is it a really thin piece that sits inside? Is there a ref pic anywhere that you could post? Any info would be great.
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    Mar 6, 2011, 11:40 PM - Re: Resculpting my Fett armor #135

    Here is the center chest piece from the gallery. Fett from C4 I believe..

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    Mar 6, 2011, 11:53 PM - Re: Resculpting my Fett armor #136

    depends on what diamond...the esb doesnt have one right?
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    Mar 7, 2011, 12:35 AM - Re: Resculpting my Fett armor #137

    Quote Fett 4 Real said: View Post
    depends on what diamond...the esb doesnt have one right?
    Not sure... I don't have a clear enough pic of an ESB one.
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    Mar 7, 2011, 5:43 AM - Re: Resculpting my Fett armor #138

    I think they both have it.
    Although, that pic looks lie it's molded on or at least the paint was thick enough to hide the seam.
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    Mar 7, 2011, 8:09 AM - Re: Resculpting my Fett armor #139

    yeh its there just gave it a good look
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    Mar 7, 2011, 9:23 AM - Re: Resculpting my Fett armor #140

    Wow you guys are ON it! I've never seen that picture before. That's what I love about this community is the crazy attention to detail which fuels our incentive to learn and get better. Great catch on that. That'll be an easy detail to fix/add
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    Mar 10, 2011, 12:12 AM - Re: Resculpting my Fett armor #141

    Alright [sigh] backplate round 2...Here we go.
    I really wasn't that happy with my freshman attempt at sculpting the backplate so I decided to give it another go. I won't get into the details of how I sculpted it so I'll just start off with the raw pull and go from there.




    I'm really pleased with this new sculpt, however, the shoulders needed to be formed just a bit in order to fit better ..no biggie though

    Before I did that, I decided to finish trim the edges and cut out the JP slots and then sand it for priming



    60 grit sandpaper for the edges to smooth them out...it needs it as these are pulled out of 1/8" inch so they're pretty tough



    After that I hit the surface with some 180 to prep it for primer



    Next I cut out the JP slots with the cutting wheel and then drilling holes in the corners...then finished it up with the file



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    Mar 10, 2011, 12:33 AM - Re: Resculpting my Fett armor #142

    After that I was ready to form the shoulders. Threw it in the clamp and hit it with the heat gun


    One side done...still needed to knock out the other one



    Test fit...looked pretty good.

    After that I threw it on the mannequin with the flak vest and lined it up

    These had to be trimmed to line up better ...I didn't take any after shots till after I painted it, but here's what it looked like before. This will get corrected later

    Once I got it fitted the way I wanted it, I was ready for paint. First thing, hit it with the compressor and get all the dust off as well as a quick wipe down.

    These are the two primers I like to use. The one on the left works really well, but it's nasty when it's in the air. Definitely gotta use a respirator with it. For this build, however, I'll be using the cheaper stuff on the right. It also works very well.

    Here it is all primed up, but it obviously needs to be sanded again


    I hit that with some 320 to get it nice and smooth and to help prevent any orange peel down the road.


    Nice and smooth

    Dry wipe it down and air it off again and hit it with some metallic aluminum



    I didn't need to sand it after this layer so I just hit it with some matte sealer to dull it down and seal in the silver. There are two different types of sealer I used on this, Rusto matte clear and Testors dull coate. Both worked very well, but the testor's is much more expensive.

    After that I did my pencil markings for the paint chipping and then went to town with the masking fluid


    I like to use toothpicks for application of this stuff. They're a dime a thousand and the small tips allow for great detail work



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    Mar 10, 2011, 12:52 AM - Re: Resculpting my Fett armor #143

    Then it was time for some Bauhaus Gold


    hit it with 320 again, wipe it down, air it off and hit with some matte sealer. Trace your yellow paint chip markings, and mask them all off just like before






    After that it was time to start the green process. I first hit it with a base coat of some leftover Tamiya DK green AS-21



    Looks pretty ****** doesn't it?? Fear not true believer for this is only the beginning..read on
    Since I decided I was going to be airbrushing with the testors model master medium green (34102) I was going to need a base coat of green so I wouldn't have so much surface area to cover. I used the stuff in the bottle because it came out a much more accurate green than the medium green of the same brand in the can (I don't know why, don't ask me lol). So, mixing it with some thinner, I was able to get the proper consistency for the airbrush and covered the rest of the back with this little bottle.



    Afte that I hit it lightly with some 600, just enough to smooth out any possible bumps. After that wipe it down and air it off again

    This part was crucial to get just that right shade of green. The medium green (IMO) was just too olivey for my taste but had ALMOST the right color. I decided to try this color of Tamiya's AS-17 green and lightly mist it over the medium green and... voila!


    Next up I decided to shift gears real quick and install the bolts for the collar studs


    And a quick overall look of the green

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    Mar 10, 2011, 1:25 AM - Re: Resculpting my Fett armor #144

    Now that the painting was all done, it was time for the tedious task of removing all the masking fluid. When doing a two part masking process, I discovered it was a lot easier to work from the outside in when removing the masking fluid. I first removed the yellow parts and then the silver. I used a sharp exacto but I imagine a pair of tweezers would work very well too





    At this point I realized that I forgot to add the dent on the upper right shoulder blade...but ahhh screw it, too late now lol. I did do some research and actually found a picture of it without a dent though (or at least it looks that way to me in the picture). I just looked for it to justify my screwup :P



    The last part of this process was the weathering. There are several different methods with which to approach this and I'll only be touching on a few more relevant ones for that look which I'm trying to achieve. There are also other methods I didn't employ involving dirty/black washes, dry brushing, etc. which are also very effective and make for a great weathered look. Obviously I can't cover them all and I'm sure there are tons out there that I don't even know about or ones that you yourself have discovered. However, there are 2 major rules that you need to bear in mind when weathering:
    1.) Weathering is RANDOM
    2.) Yes, it is possible to overdo it...keep it subtle. Less is sometimes more when it comes to weathering.
    Keeping that in mind, let's move on

    The first thing I started out with was scratching. There's a ton of different ways to do it. Here's what I used:
    Slicing motion

    Scraping motion


    Scouring pad

    Sandpaper...different grits




    After I was satisfied with all that, I got out my pastels and scraped me up some powders


    Before going to town with those, I made some marks with the sticks themselves




    You can utilize different methods of smearing the pastels. Everything from paper towels and tissues to just using your finger

    I also used a colored pencil for a few areas


    Next up was the pastel powder process. I just used a simple brush for application




    Also, don't be afraid to mix your colors or have your weathering bleed into one another. More of that makes more randomness which translates into more believability as real weathering





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    Mar 10, 2011, 1:31 AM - Re: Resculpting my Fett armor #145

    After that, I misted the entire back plate very lightly with el cheapo black spray paint from Wmart

    Up next was some good old fashioned one on one with the airbrush


    Slapping/tapping the airbrush lever will give this splatter effect, which is what I was after



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    Mar 10, 2011, 1:46 AM - Re: Resculpting my Fett armor #146

    Man, you are so fast that is hard to follow your thread. Your overall job is amazing, easy to understand, easy to apply... by eye. Keep it up like this!

    Respect!
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    Mar 10, 2011, 2:21 AM - Re: Resculpting my Fett armor #147

    Thanks again buddy!
    Fast, though? I don't know about that lol. I've been in the process of sculpting, assembling and painting since April of 2010..so almost a year now. It probably just seems fast because of the way I'm posting it all. I usually finish the project (or get really far ahead) and then go back and post pics and progress later. Thanks again for the kind words
    Speaking of progress, here's the last little bit for this portion of the report
    After all the weathering and airbrushing is done, the very last thing I did was cover the backplate with another coat of Testor's Dullcote. This serves two purposes: To get rid of any gloss or sheen and to seal in the pastel weathering so it won't rub off when being handled or worn.

    Remember the collar stud bolts? Well, I wasn't able to purchase any metal collar studs (the member here was sold out) and I really didn't feel like waiting, so I made them from scratch with plastic bonder, styrene, and drawer handle ends that I chopped up for the female bolt ends. Take a look


    After I shot them with some silver, I screwed them onto the bolts that I attached to the backplate. I also corrected the collar/backplate lineup issue. It was basically just a matter of cutting off the excess material. But I sculpted it with that in mind in order to have extra to accommodate a wider variety of body types





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    Mar 10, 2011, 2:31 AM - Re: Resculpting my Fett armor #148

    On another note (in between doing this and filling orders) I decided to take another crack at the chest armor with more accurate and ergonomic curves. My question to you all is, would there be any interest in me doing a run of these? Take a look and let me know what you all think. Based on the WOF large size templates with some mods by me to make it a little more accurate. ROTJ style pulled in .093 black boltaron (boltaron is another brand version of kydex...very tough and durable. Nice and smooth plastic too) I'm thinking $40 a set shipped. Here's pics:









    I'm also considering making the backplate available in a few weeks after I do some prep work to the mold. Pulled out of 1/8" inch ABS black plastic. I'm thinking $80 shipped is a fair price. What say ye?
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    Mar 10, 2011, 7:03 AM - Re: Resculpting my Fett armor #149

    That backplate looks good.
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    Mar 11, 2011, 6:07 PM - Re: Resculpting my Fett armor #150

    Thanks buddy!

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