After 3 months of masking, buffing, masking, repeating, painting, masking, touching up, chipping off, studying, slamming fists, painting, assembling, buffing, and weathering, I think I may have taken my first bucket about as far as I can. I am very interested in feedback, good and bad. I am aware that some of the chips are not perfect, and some of the stenciling on the back plates is off. I also can see some of the scratches are too thick. I chose not to do the base grey on the helmet except for on the back plates just because the coldcast fiberglass showing through looks so good on its own. Does anything look missing, or overdone? Does this capture the spirit of the ESB Hero helmet?
I decided to hand paint every detail instead of using decals. I just wanted them to be more permanent.
Used superjedi's recipe for some of the grease stains. Thanks for posting those awesome threads I look at the superjedi, Jayvee, and Terminal Fettler threads all the time.
Sometimes all of the little details do not come through in the shots. Here is a close up of the major splatter areas. I took some watered down acrylic that took forever to mix right and soaked it on a toothbrush. Then I rubbed the bristles (wearing a rubber glove) to make it fling randomly in the right areas.