Wow, thanks too all who took the time to reply. You all rock!
It's frustrating to aspire to the same level as many of the other fantastic helmets I have seen on TDH when 99% of my total painting experience involves Liquid Paper. The other one percent involves nail polish, but the less said about that the better.
One thing: Has anyone tried one of these?
Ego: This is a pretty fair representation of what it looks like in real life, though you can see the streakiness of the green more as it moves through the light.
retrovertigo10: Bad is good. Gotcha!
bigkidbiggertoys: A scotbright pad you say? Not a bad idea. Maybe I can salvage this after all, but I'm not 100% thrilled with how my custom mixed green dried -- too light and too green -- so a redo would fix that too. The reason I did the back first was because I figured it'd be easier to sand if I screwed it up.
Also, maybe when the whole helmet is done I won't be obsessing over just one area. I did this with my scout trooper costume too. It always seemed like the most recent component I worked on had some niggling little minor imperfection that I obsessed over. I'd proceed to work on the next piece and soon forget -- and stop noticing -- what bothered me so much before.
Anyone else get like that?
msquared: LOL! Thanks. Yeah, I guess in Boba Fett's line of work patience is a must. Who knows how long he waited in Bespin for the Falcon to arrive with no lightspeed.
I also need to set up a better work area in my garage I think. Crouching over a cardboard box sucks and I just want to get the hell out of there.
JK: I painted in my garage and it was a nice, sunny day. It was about 24 degrees Centigrade...not sure what that works out to in Fahrenheit.
JPM: Thanks man. I supposed it could have been worse; I could have painted my first helmet blue.
In summary: Slow down. Light coats. Watch a movie. Take my time. You guys rock! Got it!