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    stormtrooperguy's rotj armor rattlecan colors

    Since there seem to always be threads about paint colors for RotJ, I figured I'd create some search-fodder.

    This is just what i like. This isn't "right". You might hate the results. The cans might explode, sending shrapnel into your eyes. I'm not to blame for any of that!! Enough folks have said they like my suit that I guess it's at least ok.

    Personally, I think you should seek out the colors that YOU like best, rather than just trusting someone else to make the decision. It's your armor, so make it you YOU want it, not how I want it!

    Also note that I'm not mentioning anything about the subtle weathering... mists of grey and brown, graphite powder, razor scratches, etc...

    This is my armor:



    And here's what I used (sort of):



    Grey primer
    Metallic Silver
    Line Striping Yellow
    Spruce Green
    Hunt Club Green
    Flat black

    My armor is metal, so it was already silver. Assuming you're working with something non-metal, do the standard prime and coat silver thing.

    The line striping yellow is an inverted can, so you spray upside down. But it's the best match to the color that I've been able to find in a spray can.

    After the yellow, I do a layer of Spruce green on the ab plate only. This is for the light scratches where the rifle stock hits the armor.

    The hunt club green is the finish color, with black misted fairly heavily in some areas, as can be seen in the photos.

    For the shoulders and knees, I use these:



    Line Striping Yellow
    True Orange
    Summer Squash

    Line striping yellow, with misted layer orange. For the weathering on the knees, I use the summer squash for the layer between the silver and the yellow/orange.



    And for the gauntlets, I revisit some colors from the helmet: black and claret wine (please excuse the bad composite here. the primer is implied )



    Real simple... silver, masking, flat black then claret wine, with a bit more black misted on top.



    On the note of the "subtle weathering" that I didn't get into above - don't forget that you always want to use a matte clear coat to seal it all and dull down any gloss. Satin, gloss... it doesn't matter what the finish of the paint is, as long as you have a good clear coat.

    Testor's Dullcote is my favorite. I've never had a bad reaction with the paint underneath it, so that's a plus.

    That being said, if you can't get the dullcote anything should do. Be careful - clear coats can mess up the paint underneath if you don't carefully follow instructions, including letting all of the layers underneath cure properly.

    Also note that products change regularly... Some of these paints are 4+ years old. You might not be able to find exact matches anymore.
    Last edited by stormtrooperguy; Nov 27, 2008 at 11:23 AM.

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    Re: tk7602's rotj armor rattlecan colors

    Another great tutorial, Brian! The pictures of the spray cans helps a ton. I remember when I first started out, it was difficult to find the right paints even with the brands and colours listed.

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    You the man Brian, this is what we need

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    GCNgamer128 said: View Post
    Another great tutorial, Brian! The pictures of the spray cans helps a ton. I remember when I first started out, it was difficult to find the right paints even with the brands and colours listed.
    that's what i was thinking... knowing what the labels look like might make it easier to find things.

    glad folks seem to like it!

    i'll do up my ESB helmet one some time tonight.

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    Re: tk7602's rotj armor rattlecan colors

    Very cool! I use airbrush colors, but use a lot of rattle cans at work. I've come across quite a few of those cans, and they are remarkably close to the airbrush equivalents. Thanks for sharing. BTW Rustoluem, Testors, and Polly Scale all all owned by the same parent company; RPM.

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    Re: tk7602's rotj armor rattlecan colors

    Your armour looks great!! This will help alot of people painting their Boba's.

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    Re: tk7602's rotj armor rattlecan colors

    very nice!!!! I love the faint scratches on the chest!!!!

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    Re: tk7602's rotj armor rattlecan colors

    Stickying this as well. Great work Brian!

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    webchief said: View Post
    Stickying this as well. Great work Brian!
    i was going to do that, but i thought i'd look too egotistical if i stickied myself

    thanks!

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    BOBA PHAT said: View Post
    Thanks for sharing. BTW Rustoluem, Testors, and Polly Scale all all owned by the same parent company; RPM.

    i never knew that... so rustoleum really is the only act in town

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    Re: tk7602's rotj armor rattlecan colors

    Sweet!! It is good to get pictures of the actual can instead of searching the labels at Lowes!! THANKS!!

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    Re: tk7602's rotj armor rattlecan colors

    Thanx,
    I went thru hell trying to find the right colors and then my mini compressor died on me , this gives me a whole new option..

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    Re: tk7602's rotj armor rattlecan colors

    This is my 1st attempt at painting my own armor and I'm happy with the colors so far...
    Last edited by thundrkiss; Sep 29, 2008 at 6:25 PM.

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    Re: tk7602's rotj armor rattlecan colors

    Thanks for posting this, stormtrooperguy!

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    Re: tk7602's rotj armor rattlecan colors

    How exactly do I get the color right for the shoulders? I have a can of line striping yellow already, I guess I need the summer squash as well. Can you explain more closely how you got the color right with that. I still have to find the greens for the armor, my Home Depot didn't have them.

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    Re: tk7602's rotj armor rattlecan colors

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

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    jpynk3 said: View Post
    How exactly do I get the color right for the shoulders? I have a can of line striping yellow already, I guess I need the summer squash as well. Can you explain more closely how you got the color right with that. I still have to find the greens for the armor, my Home Depot didn't have them.
    Unfortunately, I really can't. I just mist layers of yellow and orange on top of each other until I like the way it looks.

    I do everything by eye, just comparing a bunch of photos and my own perception of what the character looks like... it's not really scientific enough to give a step by step guide for.

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    Re: tk7602's rotj armor rattlecan colors

    Besides the gauntlets, are their any other different colors I should use for ESB Armor?

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    Besides the gauntlets, are their any other different colors I should use for ESB Armor?
    all of them.

    seriously... just about everything is different between ESB and RotJ.

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    Re: tk7602's rotj armor rattlecan colors

    I REALLY like your colors here man. Extremely well done, and smooth painting for rattle cans. It shows you have a LOT of patience.

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    Re: tk7602's rotj armor rattlecan colors

    Thanks! I may have to improvise another shade of green for the armor. I can't find the Hunt Club green. They do have Hunter green. And, they don't have the summer squash. Looks like I gotta wing it. Man I hope I don't screw this up.

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    Re: tk7602's rotj armor rattlecan colors

    jpynk3 said: View Post
    Thanks! I may have to improvise another shade of green for the armor. I can't find the Hunt Club green. They do have Hunter green. And, they don't have the summer squash. Looks like I gotta wing it. Man I hope I don't screw this up.
    hunter green is VERY different! very, very very different

    they sometimes have the hunt club in small cans... if they have the little touchup cans, you might find it that way.

    lowes has been known to have it as well, if you have that chain in your area.

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    Re: tk7602's rotj armor rattlecan colors

    I've got a few more Home Depots and Lowes to check in the area. Thanks for the heads-up.

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    jpynk3 said: View Post
    I've got a few more Home Depots and Lowes to check in the area. Thanks for the heads-up.
    if they only have the little cans you'll want a few of them, and you'll feel an uncomfortable pinching in your wallet. the little cans are a total scam, as it's like 1/2 the paint for 3/4 the money.

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    Re: tk7602's rotj armor rattlecan colors

    Does anyone know what rattlecan colors to use for ESB armor?

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