Fist a bit of a back story. Star Wars : The Exhibit is here in sweden and i'm really hoping to have this helmet finished by the time i go and see it. Which is approx 2 weeks time. Just so that i can hold it next to the real ROTJ helmet.
Now. I'm the kinda guy who chooses sanity above accruacy. But that doesn't mean that i don't take my time and try to paint as accurately as i can. I just tend to try and not bite of more than i can chew. So i'm not about to redo an entire paint job just because i got 1 scratch wrong.
Which brings me to my helmet. It's a BM bucket that i bought second hand a year ago and it has been sitting on my shelf for all that time. Originally i was going to do another ESB paintjob but seeing as this opportunity has arisen i'm going to make it a ROTJ. BUT! as we all know. The BM bucket is modeled after the ESB bucket. So i guess you can call me a free spirit and a beliver in artisitc lisence.
Anyway.. i digress... using TF's 40 step ROTJ bucket as an insperation and road map, and Games Workshop paints this is my progress so far.
First collect ref. pics and start scetching out the scrapes and dents of the helmet. (The helmet was already sprayed silver when i bought it)
Then it was time to dremel out the damage and roughen up the silver with some wet sand paper to give the paint a better grip.
Next step was masking the mandibles and trim as well as masking with masking fluid on all major silver scratches.
Then a layer of Gun Bolt Metal with a drop of black in it in the paint brush
Let that dry over night. Then i went over the helmet again with the masking fluid masking all the major dark grey areas.
This was followed by a layer of "Scab Red" with a drop of blue in it. This turned out too dark but i thought that perhaps a layer of satin varnis would lighten it up a bit. Which it didn't.
So on with a layer of "Red Gore". This made the red too bright!! (GAAAh!)
So another red layer was added. This time "Malchite Red". Perfect!
Then off with the masking fluid and went over the helmet with a hobby knife adding scrapes and what not that were too small to do with masking fluid.
When it was all done. Another layer of satin finish to seal the deal. And here it is. The red appears brighter because of the table lamp shining on it
So.. there is it.. with all it's Glory and Flaws.. I hope you like it and i'm looking forward to any helpful hints as i go along..