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    Mar 7, 2008, 4:38 PM - stellardude's 1st paintjob - FP v.2 armor #1

    Hi guys! Wasn't sure if I wanted to post progress pics of my armor, since it's my first time painting anything (aside from my bucket). But you guys are all so great with your opinions... I figured I should.

    So here are some pics... be easy on me It's my first time.

    Won't hog too much space with pics this time... just 4-5.
    The first is as it arrived, trimmed, primed and painted silver (courtesy of TK172)

    The second is painted with base color, but before masking fluid has been removed.

    The third is after masking fluid is removed.

    The fourth and fifth are after some damage has been painted (weathering still needs to be done... also, my bucket is in one picture... just to give an idea of the color scheme)

    Hope you enjoy!
    Again, any feedback is welcome.
    Thanks folks!
    ~Matt
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    Mar 7, 2008, 4:59 PM - Re: stellardude's 1st paintjob - FP v.2 armor #2

    very nice job sir. Something to be proud of. I can't even tell it's your first paint job.
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    Mar 7, 2008, 5:24 PM - Re: stellardude's 1st paintjob - FP v.2 armor #3

    Thanks! I need to do some work on the colors for the shoulders and knees.. but it was a good guess, for the base yellow... I think.

    I just need to get a flak vest soon though... so I can display this stuff a bit better. lol
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    Mar 11, 2008, 12:04 AM - Re: stellardude's 1st paintjob - FP v.2 armor #4

    very nice work stellar, looks like it can use a little more weathering. But coming together quite nice
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    Mar 11, 2008, 12:09 AM - Re: stellardude's 1st paintjob - FP v.2 armor #5

    Quote erock8100 said: View Post
    very nice work stellar, looks like it can use a little more weathering. But coming together quite nice
    Thanks for the pat on the back

    It's going to be tricky to do the weathering with rattlecans but I'm going to pray and hope I don't botch it up! lol
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    Mar 11, 2008, 1:39 AM - Re: stellardude's 1st paintjob - FP v.2 armor #6

    very nice work bro, doesn't look like your first time to me. maybe you should paint that chair next ( just kidding )
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    Mar 12, 2008, 10:17 AM - Re: stellardude's 1st paintjob - FP v.2 armor #7

    Looks like it's coming along great. Keep it up. Don't forget the importance of washes.
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    Mar 12, 2008, 10:31 AM - Re: stellardude's 1st paintjob - FP v.2 armor #8

    Hmmm washes... I hadn't even thought about that! I've used ink washes before to darken things up on smaller items (warhammer stuff mostly)... is there a trick to this for larger items? Probably no spraycan method, eh?

    (to Ben: Thanks for the note about the chair! But if I paint it, I have to paint the whole recliner couch that goes with it! lol. I just don't think there's enough paint!)
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    Mar 12, 2008, 10:50 AM - Re: stellardude's 1st paintjob - FP v.2 armor #9

    Many of us have used black acryllic paint in window washing fluid so that it dries quickly. You take a paper towel or sponge and dab it into the fluid, squeeze it out and rub it over your piece wherever you want it to darken up and look dirtier. You can add more and remove as much as you want before it dries.
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    Mar 12, 2008, 11:26 AM - Re: stellardude's 1st paintjob - FP v.2 armor #10

    Quote webchief said: View Post
    Many of us have used black acryllic paint in window washing fluid so that it dries quickly. You take a paper towel or sponge and dab it into the fluid, squeeze it out and rub it over your piece wherever you want it to darken up and look dirtier. You can add more and remove as much as you want before it dries.
    That advice is worth it's weight in gold!!
    Thanks! I didn't realize it could be that simple.... I'll try that for sure!
    I'm very new to this so it's very encouraging to hear home remedies and quality advice!

    Much appreciation!
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    Jun 13, 2008, 10:59 AM - Re: stellardude's 1st paintjob - FP v.2 armor #11

    It's been a long time since I've posted any progress
    But since I've got my Flak vest and Neckseal now, I figured I should get a little more work done on the armor, so I can attach it!

    Here's a collage of before and after pics... this is after the first, primary, paint job was done... there was a little bit of layered colouring going on in the "before" pics... and the layered damage was done.

    What do you folks think?
    I still need to do a bit of paint weathering... but I've done some colour and black-wash weathering in the "after" pics.
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    Jun 16, 2008, 12:23 AM - Re: stellardude's 1st paintjob - FP v.2 armor #12

    Impressive work sir :thumbup. I don't understand something, how did you apply the yellow paint around the silver scratches using a rattle can? And what kind of paint was it? Cause I've been looking for the right color for those weathered spots and have had no luck.

    oh, and the black acrylic looks fantastic as well..
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    Jun 16, 2008, 12:40 AM - Re: stellardude's 1st paintjob - FP v.2 armor #13

    Im sure he used a brush for the yellow... oh and look for yellow zinc chormemate. nice job onthe armor is this a ESB paint app?
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    Jun 16, 2008, 9:28 AM - Re: stellardude's 1st paintjob - FP v.2 armor #14

    Thanks guys!
    Actually, the yellow details is two methods... different for the main armor than for the yellow parts (shoulder bells and knees).
    For the main armor, gbeef is right... I used a standard paint brush... not pretty, but it works.
    For the other stuff, it was actually an accident. I had done the silver damage with a bright yellow (not YZC) topcoat... layered using latex masking fluid.
    Then, when I was misting with the rusty orange and black, I had masked over those areas with the fluid again, but I had painted the fluid a little bigger than the silver area... so when I peeled the fluid off, it showed the clean yellow as well as the silver damage.... it looks really cool! I wish I had done that for the green parts too! lol
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    Jun 16, 2008, 11:44 AM - Re: stellardude's 1st paintjob - FP v.2 armor #15

    Looks really good. Go ESB.
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    Jun 16, 2008, 11:54 AM - Re: stellardude's 1st paintjob - FP v.2 armor #16

    Quote MandalorFett said: View Post
    Looks really good. Go ESB.
    Thanks brother! ESB is the way to be!
    Any suggestions? (keeping in mind I'm using rattle cans)
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    Jun 16, 2008, 11:57 AM - Re: stellardude's 1st paintjob - FP v.2 armor #17

    nice the after look sweet
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    Jun 16, 2008, 2:27 PM - Re: stellardude's 1st paintjob - FP v.2 armor #18

    Quote jose said: View Post
    nice the after look sweet
    Thanks dude! I was really happy with how the bells and knees turned out.

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