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    Dec 9, 2014, 3:18 PM - ESB Fett helmet paintup - brushes only! #1

    I bought this helmet as a raw cast from Sgt. Fang when he was selling them on the RPF (that alone dates this build!) and base painted it and started the weathering. I bought myself a BM pre-cut visor and calculator back plate, but just could not figure out how I was going to mount it successfully. As I wanted the paint pretty accurate I was fairly quickly put off by the amount of work that was involved! lol So I stopped, set it aside and it ended up sitting at the back of a bottom shelf for NINE YEARS!

    Fast forward to a few months ago.....Determine to finally get this helmet finished and in my new display room I dusted it off (literally!) and set about researching mounting the visor. In the end I went with Chicago screws and Milliput which is holding pretty well. With that done, I busted out the paintbrushes....Due to living in a flat, I do not have the space or ventilation for using spray cans, and I don't own an airbrush. So I painted EVERYTHING by hand with paintbrushes (including the "decals").

    I had started the weathering details 9 years ago based on exhibition photos, but now I finished the rest with the help of the fantastic stencils on this site (they did not exist when I started my paint-up!). I printed off the stencils, used a pencil to scribble heavily all over the back of each sheet, and then used that as carbon transfer paper by laying the stencil in the correct place and hand drawing around the edge of each chip pattern, transferring the pencil from the back of the paper directly onto the helmet. I then used a small paintbrush and a mixture of Tamiya and Humbrol enamels to paint everything. It took a long time, but I'm pleased with the results.

    (Yes, my helmet features some of the weathering found on the display helmet that wasn't actually present on the helmet when it was seen on screen. And no, I deliberately did not include the white fingerprint marks - I just don't like them. And I also realise that there is a section of weathering that is about an inch out of place, and a bit that does not slope at the correct angle, but unfortunately I painted those sections 9 years ago based on the best reference at the time, and they don't quite match up with the better quality stencils, but I don't remember what base colour I used in order to paint over them and redo them!)

    Anyway, I'm pleased that it's finally finished. It's been too long! (Though I will be upgrading the stalk and RF with metal and transparent BM ones when they arrive)



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    Dec 9, 2014, 3:21 PM - Re: ESB Fett helmet paintup - brushes only! #2

    Woah that's amazing! Seriously, no airbrushing? That's just wildly impressive!
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    Dec 9, 2014, 3:54 PM - Re: ESB Fett helmet paintup - brushes only! #3

    Fantastic job!
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    Dec 9, 2014, 5:26 PM - Re: ESB Fett helmet paintup - brushes only! #4

    Nice work. You are motivating me to start mine!
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    Dec 9, 2014, 5:50 PM - Re: ESB Fett helmet paintup - brushes only! #5

    Now there's a great looking Fang!
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    Dec 9, 2014, 11:38 PM - Re: ESB Fett helmet paintup - brushes only! #6

    Looks absolutely stunning, great work!
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    Dec 10, 2014, 12:01 AM - Re: ESB Fett helmet paintup - brushes only! #7

    Very nice!
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    Dec 10, 2014, 12:42 AM - Re: ESB Fett helmet paintup - brushes only! #8

    Slow and steady wins the race. Great job man!
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    Dec 10, 2014, 9:35 AM - Re: ESB Fett helmet paintup - brushes only! #9

    Really nice job......
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    Dec 10, 2014, 10:24 AM - Re: ESB Fett helmet paintup - brushes only! #10

    Very cool stuff! Yeah, I need to get back to my helmets too...
  11. Dec 10, 2014, 2:45 PM - Re: ESB Fett helmet paintup - brushes only! #11

    Good stuff!
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    Dec 15, 2014, 6:32 PM - Re: ESB Fett helmet paintup - brushes only! #12

    really nice work! what kind of brushes did you use? dont you have any wip pics?
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    Dec 16, 2014, 2:38 PM - Re: ESB Fett helmet paintup - brushes only! #13

    That's one helluva first post. Wow, outstanding job on that. And with brushes? Unbelievable!
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    Dec 17, 2014, 1:21 AM - Re: ESB Fett helmet paintup - brushes only! #14

    Impressive.


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    Dec 17, 2014, 9:42 PM - Re: ESB Fett helmet paintup - brushes only! #15

    love it! I can imagine this would take forever! I cant wait to get to paint a Boba Fett helmet.
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    Dec 18, 2014, 9:22 PM - Re: ESB Fett helmet paintup - brushes only! #16

    Really like the Sgt Fang cast. Wish they were just a few clicks larger......Awesome paint up man, looks like you've done this many times!
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    Dec 19, 2014, 5:53 AM - Re: ESB Fett helmet paintup - brushes only! #17

    Thanks guys; it was a long process, but I'm pleased I did it and finally got it looking good.

    Quote Kimozaki said: View Post
    really nice work! what kind of brushes did you use? dont you have any wip pics?
    I tend to use whatever is on hand at my local Hobby Craft (I'm UK based) that is about the right size really. Base coats were applied using a large-ish soft round brush, but then spread around with my fingertip, as this gives it a softer finish and eliminates brushstrokes. All of the rest of the details were painted with a Colman 00 brush and a 4/0 Pro Arte Series 107 Spotter brush.

    I'm afraid that this is one that I didn't take any WIP shots of. The only photo I've been able to find of it pre-finished is this one from about 8 years ago:




    And this is a WIP my wife took with it almost completely finished - don't think I altered anything you can see in this photo except for adding the stalk/RF (which is still to be upgraded) and doing some different washes on the kill stripes to alter it from a single yellow colour to varying shades of yellow (as you can see, I didn't go as yellow/red as the stencil suggests in the end):




    Quote syllander said:
    Really like the Sgt Fang cast. Wish they were just a few clicks larger......Awesome paint up man, looks like you've done this many times!
    This is my first Boba helmet, but I have painted a lot of lifesize busts before, so I do have a bit of experience with a paintbrush. I honestly have no idea how a Fang helmet compares to others out there and I'm sure that there are better, but I'm happy enough with the size and shape.

    Last edited by Howlrunner; Dec 19, 2014 at 6:04 AM.
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    Dec 19, 2014, 11:07 AM - Re: ESB Fett helmet paintup - brushes only! #18

    that is soo good looking! thanks for the little tutorial im gonna try it!
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    Dec 19, 2014, 11:32 AM - Re: ESB Fett helmet paintup - brushes only! #19

    Nice work! Very impressive!
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    Jan 5, 2015, 12:33 AM - Re: ESB Fett helmet paintup - brushes only! #20

    Wow, amazing, simply perfect! Congratulations


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    Jan 5, 2015, 1:04 AM - Re: ESB Fett helmet paintup - brushes only! #21

    Love it! thanks for posting
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    Jan 5, 2015, 9:23 AM - Re: ESB Fett helmet paintup - brushes only! #22

    Looks fantastic. Nice job.
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    Jan 11, 2015, 7:58 PM - Re: ESB Fett helmet paintup - brushes only! #23

    That looks simply amazing!
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    Jan 12, 2015, 3:29 AM - Re: ESB Fett helmet paintup - brushes only! #24

    Great job! That´s a beauty!

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