ESB Hero Paintup

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    ESB Hero Paintup

    Hey guys,
    Havent posted a WIP thread for a while on here, so I thought I would put one up for my latest commission.
    This is hopefully going to be an Empire Strikes back hero lid, Layered and topically done with a modified Terminal fettler paintlist. Using Rafs Stencils of course.

    The Base is a fantastic Terminal fettler helmet, already painted silver and assembled by the man himself (cheers )





    So I started to paint both the ears first, and naturally didnt take any photos of the process. So I jump straight in with the back panels. Usually I do a full layered paint job, going from silver, to the grey, beige then the final green. But on the last helmet I did I left out the grey layer, doing this I found really helps me keep the beige an accurate size. So after the silver was masked off, the beige was applied and itself to, masked off. For the beige I used 94 and 103 mixed 1:2. I like this section to be quite dark.



    The green was then applied, this is straight up from TF's paint list, which is 76+96, although I put a little more blue in than usual. Once the green is tacky I then removed the masking fluid with a needle to give me the near complete panels.





    Its then a case of going in with a fine brush and hand painting all the grey 79 sections in. I find that its best to mix the paint quite heavily with some thinner, this gives you a good working time and reduces brush strokes.







    Finishing it up then by appling the white areas inside the silver, you can only see these under certain light/angles but it really completes that busy right panel look I find.



    All the panels need now are the physical scratches and the misting of black plus a wire wool. Next up will be the dome and front cheeks.
    Hope you guys like what you see, will post more as I get it done.

    Shamless plug as well, Ive got a lot more work over on my FB page, including a recently finished Boushh helmet, and an ongoing C3P0 and Commander Cody Helmets. So head there if you would be interested in seeing some more work. Would really mean a lot,

    https://www.facebook.com/LewisWhiteFX?ref=hl

    Cheers,

    Welsh

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    Re: ESB Hero Paintup

    So far it looks great! Keep up with the awesome updates!

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    Re: ESB Hero Paintup

    Your Boushh helmet is really nice. I'd show that one off

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    Re: ESB Hero Paintup

    Cheers Guys,
    I'll post the boushh up in another thread then, dont want to clutter up this one.

    So with the helmet, I managed to get a good weekend in on it. So firstly I had to paint it silver, well if it wasnt all ready silver, so I went ahead and drew out all the silver damage;



    Followed by masking it out with Humbrol maskol, I love this stuff.



    Quick blast of grey 79 and once tacky, remove all the masking fluid with a needle:





    Then its just a case of repeating the process with the green, and then the black:





    And here is where the helmet stands of right now. Still need to go in with a brush and paint the grey sections inside the silver, plus the weathering and what not;







    Hoping to get the kill stripes finished tomorrow, can then get cracking with red sections.

    Welsh

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    Re: ESB Hero Paintup

    Looks amazing! I like how you started with the silver as a base coat (making it more like the base "metal." I am dreading when I get my helmet in. I really have no artistic talent, or skill with paint. I am OCD and have a great eye for attention to detail. The more of these posts I see the more I feel I may be able to paint this myself so that I am 100% happy.... Of course, I can always blow it and then fork out the cash for someone to fix my mistake! Hahaha.

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    Re: ESB Hero Paintup

    Looking great Welsh, simply gorgeous!

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    Re: ESB Hero Paintup

    Glad you like it Mark, thats the most important thing at the end of the day

    Anyways, got the helmet almost finished, need to add a little more weathering and the ear decals followed by a satin clear coat. Not the best of pictures but here you go,









    Pretty pleased with this, I got another helmet now awaiting the red and thats it then for Boba helmets with me. Will probably do one for my self in the next few weeks but I wont be taking any more on for a long while. Hoping to get some professional studio shots of this done to finish it off.

    Thanks for looking,

    Welsh

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    Re: ESB Hero Paintup

    Oh, hell yes!

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