Here's the dark grey (79), with the silver unmasked.
Here's the dark grey (79), with the silver unmasked.
It looks good so far! Nothing to comment... yet!
You're doing an outstanding job on this bro, keep it up!!
No news is good news I'm guessing Raf?!
Thank you Will, I really appreciate your great support my friend!
Excellent Dave, that dome and all the damage is looking spot on! Once you get the green on and the killstripes, it starts to really come together, and you start to see light at the end of the tunnel - so keep up this form my friend, and you are gonna have a beautiful looking lid on your hands! Keep up the great work big man!
Aw thanks Jonny, I was lookin at your pics and the actual lid .. for reference haha! Still not sure how to get it as schmick as yours..... it's easy to see how good your work is now buddy!
Do you have any experience with white carbon paper for stenciling? Mine sucks... it's barely visible. What did you use? Should I start the ears after the dome is complete... does it matter either way?
Really looking forward to having some green on this helmet now...
I painted the ears before I started on the dome and cheeks, but not for any real necessity - to be honest, I don't think there is any real science. I usually start with the back panels, as they are sort of an area by themselves, so once done you can cover them up, while the rest of the areas are all sorta connected in some way. But it really comes down to finding an order that works well for you, and makes the most sense to your own painting technique
With white carbon paper, personally - i'm not a huge fan. The white residue can be a little fiddly to remove, and I find standard charcoal coloured graphie paper works best for my needs. The print it leaves is graphite, and not as 'waxy' a feeling as the white. I have had very few issues with it, and even on dark colours, by turning it into the light, it is always visible. If any areas need to be removed, a very light steel wool or light rub with a decent eraser is usually all it takes..
If the print isn't very visible, that could actually be more the tools you are using to trace the templates. Standard pencils and soft leads will be the culprit here, so I always use a technical pencil, the kind you can insert refillable leads, and click the lead up from the bottom. Here in Australia, Pentel and Pacer brands make a bunch of them. I use a Pentel brand one that fits fine 0.5mm leads. I always go with the harder leads too, so generally a HB. The combo of a nice, consistent and sharp lead as well as it being fine and a hard lead, will provide you with clear and fine-lined stencils once transferred to your lid. It's only how I go about it all, but I seem to have few issues, so it seems a good option
We are going to have to start calling you the Professor I think! Yeah I have been using the graphite but thought it would be too hard to see, but Thats a good idea.... I have only done one cheek with the white and I have got the placement wrong as well!! So I have to get it off somehow! Thanks my friend you are way too kind!
Haha, one of my fave beach volleyballers already has 'the professor' wrapped up as a nickname, but if you ask the wife, i'm sure she will give you many colourful nicknames for me.. Pleasure to help, I would've PM'd you that info, but just thought it may help out anyone else browsing your thread having similar issues. Keep the updates coming brother!
Bahaha! My thoughts too buddy!!! Thanks a million!
I have to say this part of the paint up was lots of fun! When the green goes down it really feels like its coming together! I did forget to take pics before I did the upper cheeks but oh well! I was excited oops! So the green was Humbrol (78), and the upper cheeks was matt black (33). I have a lot more weathering and touch ups to do... but am having a problem... I keep uncovering these little holes in my helmet, about the size of a match head in circumference and about 1 - 2mm in depth. Anyone know why these little cavities are appearing now? I have 3 so far. It's a prob because I am a bit too far into this to start patching up and repainting.. I'll try to get some pics of them soon. Thanks! Meanwhile here is my progress....
Thanks for looking!
Yeah boi! Looking absolutely superb mate - see, told ya you'd have nothing to worry about! Ripper job so far brother :-)
It looks excellent! Can't wait to see the rest of the paint up!
Wow! Thank you gentlemen!
Its fair to say I'm addicted now I am really chuffed with these results!
Killstripes came out awesome bud! You got the fading and the sharpness spot on.. Well done my friend :-)
Lovely killstripes! Finally you have the right amount of confidence in you and all this is visible in your paint job. So, what's next? The ears or the red areas?
Aww thanks so much you two!! Yeah my confidence has definitely been an issue... but a lot of motivation and inspiration has come from you guys! Poor Jayvee doesn't get a days break these days! Haha! Not sure whats next...... More to come!
Beautiful painting so far... gives a good inspiration for my project!
WOW this is looking outstanding so far keep up the great work!!!
I'd have added a 'drool' icon but I couldn't find it lol
Thank you Deadland, and Will I'm looking for the bashful icon now, no luck Very nice to be an inspiration Starheart! You are way too modest Jonny, I would hate to think what this might of been like without your input my friend! I was definitely lost in the woods at the start of this.. but thanks mate I have a lot more confidence because of yourself and all the folks leaving comments and advice! All that stuff definitely drives you further, thats for sure!
Impressive, most impressive