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Holiday Special: Realistic Deluxe ESB

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    Holiday Special: Realistic Deluxe ESB

    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...












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    Re: Holiday Special: Realistic Deluxe ESB

    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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    Re: Holiday Special: Realistic Deluxe ESB

    Thanks Raf!! couldnt have done it without your stencils!

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    Re: Holiday Special: Realistic Deluxe ESB

    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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    Re: Holiday Special: Realistic Deluxe ESB

    Thanks Jayvee. Your paint ups are completely inspirational.

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    Re: Holiday Special: Realistic Deluxe ESB

    Far too kind my friend, particularly when your own skills look pretty smick from here! Many thanks

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    Re: Holiday Special: Realistic Deluxe ESB

    Diggin the realistic look

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    Re: Holiday Special: Realistic Deluxe ESB

    You now NEED to paint an ESB! Awesome job!

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    Re: Holiday Special: Realistic Deluxe ESB

    that is one choice lid!

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    Re: Holiday Special: Realistic Deluxe ESB

    I'm loving this! Great concept Wait, we need a holiday special bucket emoticon!!! lol

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    Re: Holiday Special: Realistic Deluxe ESB

    Excellent work

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    Re: Holiday Special: Realistic Deluxe ESB

    WOW, I can't come up with the words!!

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    Re: Holiday Special: Realistic Deluxe ESB

    Yes! Really great work, 3rdE3. Awesome idea & beautiful execution!

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    Re: Holiday Special: Realistic Deluxe ESB

    Thanks for all the positive feedback, guys. Much appreciated.
    Asok, once again, a fantastic lid to work on.

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    Re: Holiday Special: Realistic Deluxe ESB

    That is one awesome lid!

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    Re: Holiday Special: Realistic Deluxe ESB

    Oh wow. This is unbelievable. Great job!

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    Re: Holiday Special: Realistic Deluxe ESB

    Totally gorgeous !!! special work of art, worthy of the as you wish project ,IMHO.

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    Re: Holiday Special: Realistic Deluxe ESB

    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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    Re: Holiday Special: Realistic Deluxe ESB

    This one looks perfect; great job !

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    Re: Holiday Special: Realistic Deluxe ESB

    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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    Re: Holiday Special: Realistic Deluxe ESB

    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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    Re: Holiday Special: Realistic Deluxe ESB

    Very nice work...Love the colours!

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    Re: Holiday Special: Realistic Deluxe ESB

    Just to put some salt on the open wound:

    esb-helmet-colored-jpg

    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 12:58 AM. Reason: Changed image with a better one.

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    Re: Holiday Special: Realistic Deluxe ESB

    Aww man... I guess I have to get back to work. Lol.
    Nice job on the recoloring!!

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    Re: Holiday Special: Realistic Deluxe ESB

    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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