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  1. WannaBeBoba's Avatar
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    Feb 28, 2006, 7:29 PM - Intimidation sets in! #1

    Greetings all.

    I have been looking over several threads where many of you have posted your helmets that you have been meticulously painting. To say I am impressed is a major understatement!

    I am going to be getting a MS kit for my helmet, but am really intimidated in terms of painting it. I have painted a few helmets already but they are relatively "simple" like a TIE Pilot and converting a Rubies Clone Trooper in to an Arc Trooper... None of them are anywhere near the complexity or intricasy of the ESB Fett paint job.

    I just hope that I can somehow do a good job and paint a helmet that would at least come close to the masterpieces I have seen here.

    Suffice it to say, my skills are abismal. I have a little skill at painting models (have made the SpeederBike w/ Scout model look like my Scout Costume and built the AT-AT). I do have a Testors airbrush, but my skills are not much better than using it as a glorified aresol spray paint.

    I'll try to post pictures of my progess, however, I have no confidence in my abilities at all.
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    Feb 28, 2006, 7:37 PM - Re: Intimidation sets in! #2

    It's all good!
    I wouldn't worry so much - I am sure you will do just fine.

    Just take your time - don't rush anything...
  3. Spideyfett is offline Spideyfett
    Feb 28, 2006, 7:42 PM - Re: Intimidation sets in! #3

    You may want to "practice".....
    Sometimes you just have to dive in head first...
    I would suggest maybe getting a DP or something not so expensive and just try painting on that first........will save you time and money..
    That way you can try out all the different techniques and methods that are avaliable around here........and there's a lot of them.

    Good Luck.
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    Feb 28, 2006, 8:12 PM - Re: Intimidation sets in! #4

    Thats what I did, and it payed off well. I was quite unhappy with my "Practice" bucket but I LOVED my finished hero. I am fixing to start another and I know with what I have learned on those two and from new threads here it will be the best yet. Practice makes perfect!!!
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    Feb 28, 2006, 8:28 PM - Re: Intimidation sets in! #5

    Quote WannaBeBoba said:
    Greetings all.

    I'll try to post pictures of my progess, however, I have no confidence in my abilities at all.

    Do,or do not...there is no try

    I'm sure it'll be fine. My bucket is my first and only...it was mind numbing,but with all the great info. here and friendly advice to pick from you're bucket will join the ranks among TDH

    Confidence is the only thing you need.....I'm sure you can muster some up to tackle the project at hand. The decision to do it is half the battle.

    Looking forward to the pics.

    Steve
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    Feb 28, 2006, 8:50 PM - Re: Intimidation sets in! #6

    tis why i had one of the great artists on this board paint my helmet.
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    Feb 28, 2006, 9:06 PM - Re: Intimidation sets in! #7

    Quote DL44 Blaster said:
    Confidence is the only thing you need.....I'm sure you can muster some up to tackle the project at hand. The decision to do it is half the battle.

    Steve
    I agree, but I'd add patience too! Make sure you don't get in a rush. Leave ample time to let paints dry before applying the next color. Stuff like that.
    Don't expect to be done in a couple of days (or weeks, depending on how detailed you want your paint job )
    Most importantly, have fun!
    Eric
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    Feb 28, 2006, 10:22 PM - Re: Intimidation sets in! #8

    i did the practice route myself. the first one i did wasn't bad, but it was no masterpiece at all. it did let me learn the techniques a bit - controlling the masking liquid, mastering the art of the wash, etc...

    then the second one came out much much better.

    i'd say pick up a rubies jango helmet and paint it up as a trial run.
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    Mar 1, 2006, 2:39 PM - Re: Intimidation sets in! #9

    Thank you all for the votes of confidence. I do happen to have a Rubies Jango Fett helmet that I was planning on making into a Custom Mando helmet. Since I was going to paint it anyway, I can use that as a test bucket and go from there!

    Thanks again for all your help! I do appriciate it!
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    Mar 1, 2006, 3:17 PM - Re: Intimidation sets in! #10

    Yeah, and remember-you can't really ruin it. If worse happens, you just repaint it. I would use the Rogue Studios color list and just take your time. If you mess up a part, just repaint the part, and try again tomorrow. I've been working on mine for a month, and still am not there yet. Read up on other peoples threads. You can learn the mistakes that others made, and avoid them. At the same time learn the good stuff you can apply to yours. Good luck!
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    Mar 1, 2006, 8:27 PM - Re: Intimidation sets in! #11

    No need to be intimidated. Take your time and study, study, study the reference photos. One thing that really helped me was to break the helmet down into sections. If you just concentrate on one section at a time...getting it as detailed as possible...then before you know it, you will be finished with a really banged up looking paintjob. And after you finish a section, set the helmet down for a couple of days and admire your work. Come back and look at reference photos of that section and you may notice something you missed. My last helmet I painted took me a year to complete but it was well worth every minute. Welcome to the boards!

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