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  1. thirdEthree's Avatar
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    Oct 22, 2012, 12:24 AM - Holiday Special: Realistic Deluxe ESB #1

    Hey Guys,
    After following some amazing paint up threads, and even commissioning a few guys to paint helmets for my own collection, I decided to try my hand at painting one myself. With so many paint schemes to choose from and this being my first time, I wanted to go with an idea that left me a margin for error...The Holiday Special.
    November marks the anniversary of the first broadcast, so I thought it would be pretty cool to attempt to paint a realistic version in a Deluxe ESB paint scheme. (I figured ESB was the next time Boba Fett was seen on screen so it kind of made sense.) I started with a Cold Cast Lid from Asok. Not enough good things can be said about dealing with him and he's a ridiculously nice guy as well. I painted the helmet using a combination of Floquil and Humbrol paints, using a layered, airbrushed method with small details added topically. I also used Raf's ESB stencils which were completely awesome. I cant even imagine how many countless hours of work went into creating those stencils. I was able to resize them myself using Photoshop in order to make them fit the Asok lid. A huge 'Thank you' goes out to Dynamic1. I bounced so many ideas off of him and asked his advice on dozens of occasions. His advice made this easier and a hell of a lot of fun. Once again, this was my very first paint up so if anyone has any advice, Id love to hear it. Here it is...











  2. RafalFett's Avatar
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    Oct 22, 2012, 12:49 AM - Re: Holiday Special: Realistic Deluxe ESB #2

    That is one beautiful helmet with a beautiful paint job! Just one regret... This would have been an awesome ESB helmet.
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    Oct 22, 2012, 12:52 AM - Re: Holiday Special: Realistic Deluxe ESB #3

    Thanks Raf!! couldnt have done it without your stencils!
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    Oct 22, 2012, 1:01 AM - Re: Holiday Special: Realistic Deluxe ESB #4

    Beautiful mate, I actually like the fact its not ESB completely, and you went with the Holiday Special colours. Maybe its because I've seen so many ESB's, that something a little differrent is refreshing, but I think it looks outstanding! I like the fact you included some of the fine details Raf and I went over, such as the other colour interacting with the normal grey damage on the lower cheek, the yellow stains on the dome near the dent, and the extra marks on the back panel. Good to see there are others as pedantic as us! Wonderful work again my friend
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    Oct 22, 2012, 1:06 AM - Re: Holiday Special: Realistic Deluxe ESB #5

    Thanks Jayvee. Your paint ups are completely inspirational.
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    Oct 22, 2012, 1:11 AM - Re: Holiday Special: Realistic Deluxe ESB #6

    Far too kind my friend, particularly when your own skills look pretty smick from here! Many thanks
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    Oct 22, 2012, 1:24 AM - Re: Holiday Special: Realistic Deluxe ESB #7

    Diggin the realistic look
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    Oct 22, 2012, 7:29 AM - Re: Holiday Special: Realistic Deluxe ESB #8

    You now NEED to paint an ESB! Awesome job!
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    Oct 22, 2012, 7:55 AM - Re: Holiday Special: Realistic Deluxe ESB #9

    that is one choice lid!
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    Oct 22, 2012, 8:37 AM - Re: Holiday Special: Realistic Deluxe ESB #10

    I'm loving this! Great concept Wait, we need a holiday special bucket emoticon!!! lol
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    Oct 22, 2012, 10:22 AM - Re: Holiday Special: Realistic Deluxe ESB #11

    Excellent work
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    Oct 22, 2012, 11:02 AM - Re: Holiday Special: Realistic Deluxe ESB #12

    WOW, I can't come up with the words!!
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    Oct 22, 2012, 11:06 AM - Re: Holiday Special: Realistic Deluxe ESB #13

    Yes! Really great work, 3rdE3. Awesome idea & beautiful execution!
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    Oct 22, 2012, 11:20 AM - Re: Holiday Special: Realistic Deluxe ESB #14

    Thanks for all the positive feedback, guys. Much appreciated.
    Asok, once again, a fantastic lid to work on.
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    Oct 22, 2012, 12:19 PM - Re: Holiday Special: Realistic Deluxe ESB #15

    That is one awesome lid!
  16. Oct 22, 2012, 1:48 PM - Re: Holiday Special: Realistic Deluxe ESB #16

    Oh wow. This is unbelievable. Great job!
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    Oct 22, 2012, 2:04 PM - Re: Holiday Special: Realistic Deluxe ESB #17

    Totally gorgeous !!! special work of art, worthy of the as you wish project ,IMHO.
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    Oct 22, 2012, 3:54 PM - Re: Holiday Special: Realistic Deluxe ESB #18

    That looks awesome!

    Years ago, another member approached me about doing this very idea.
    It never happened, but I always wondered how it would look.

    Now I know.
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    Oct 22, 2012, 3:57 PM - Re: Holiday Special: Realistic Deluxe ESB #19

    This one looks perfect; great job !
  20. thirdEthree's Avatar
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    Oct 22, 2012, 4:16 PM - Re: Holiday Special: Realistic Deluxe ESB #20

    I can't say thank you enough for the great compliments.
    I'm humbled to have the guys I've admired for their own paint skills recognizing this project.
    I'm ridiculously flattered.
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    Oct 22, 2012, 4:29 PM - Re: Holiday Special: Realistic Deluxe ESB #21

    Nice job, man! The holiday paint scheme looks great on a realistic lid, and the painting job is top notch. It'd be pretty cool to see a whole suit done like this...
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    Oct 22, 2012, 7:36 PM - Re: Holiday Special: Realistic Deluxe ESB #22

    Very nice work...Love the colours!
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    Oct 23, 2012, 1:20 AM - Re: Holiday Special: Realistic Deluxe ESB #23

    Just to put some salt on the open wound:

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    I used a program named 'Recolored' to change the colors to look like the ESB Hero helmet.
    Last edited by RafalFett; Oct 23, 2012 at 1:58 AM. Reason: Changed image with a better one.
  24. thirdEthree's Avatar
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    Oct 23, 2012, 1:32 AM - Re: Holiday Special: Realistic Deluxe ESB #24

    Aww man... I guess I have to get back to work. Lol.
    Nice job on the recoloring!!
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    Oct 23, 2012, 1:38 AM - Re: Holiday Special: Realistic Deluxe ESB #25

    Quote thirdEthree said: View Post
    Aww man... I guess I have to get back to work. Lol.
    Nice job on the recoloring!!
    Ha ha ha! I'm glad I opened your appetite for a realistic ESB paint job.

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