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Necronaut's first ESB paintjob

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    Necronaut's first ESB paintjob

    Hey all,
    My paint is here, and my GMH cast by Asok (Rest in peace, brother) is primed and prepped for paint. I'm going for a superjedi style 'layer-opical' treatment. This is my first time ever attempting something like this.


    I sprayed on some PollyScale Concrete onto the back panels to start this paintjob. This stuff airbrushes fine almost straight out of the bottle! I did add a little Tamiya X-20A acrylic thinners for a smooth finish, though. Using some slightly resized RafalFett templates, I masked up before spraying the dark green sections, with some Winsor & Newton masking fluid. It's applied with rubber color shapers, rather than brushes.


    First coat of the dark blue-green color. It's a little splotchy. I used superjedi's recipe of a bottle of MM Acryl Euro Dark Green and 70 drops of PollyScale BAR Blue.


    Second coat is still a little splotchy, but on purpose. I referred to some Art of Star Wars exhibit pics, and there was some variance in the darkness and intensity of this color over the back of the helmet. I tried my best to replicate this with my airbrush.


    Yeah, the camera color balance is way off. But after letting the green paint dry for about 8 hours, I removed all of my masking. I will need to touch up a few spots of the concrete. My masking job wasn't the greatest, by the looks of things. I have these tiny little specks of green all over the concrete. A lot of it will be covered up with the gray and silver, and I was planning on painting in by hand a few things here and there. Maybe it'll add a little texture to the final look? I'll probably correct it tomorrow.
    What have I gotten myself into?!

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    Looks great so far, how do you like the Winsor & newton masking fluid? i've used it and don't like it so much.

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    If you will do the same great job as you did with your armor, then you will have an awesome helmet! Keep up the great work!

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    Using Eric's methods certainly is a great way to go, as he produces outstanding results - and you are off to an awesome start bud!

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    Thanks for the support, guys! I had a good look at the paint in natural sunlight this morning, and the variance in the green paint is nowhere near as exaggerated as seen in the pic from last night.
    Today, I'll be touching up the concrete and custom green. I might get on with the dark gray, as well. Pics will follow, if something significant comes up.

    [COLOR="silver"]- - - Updated - - -[/COLOR]

    thebeans said: View Post
    Looks great so far, how do you like the Winsor & newton masking fluid? i've used it and don't like it so much.
    It's very, very average. It does what it says on the bottle, but unless you goop it on thick (and thus lose any fine detail), you tend to get 'leakage' in the successive paint layers. I encountered this when painting my armour damage. As well, I'm not sure if it's the effect of any masking fluid or just W&N. When I peel the mask off, dried paint bits fly everywhere from the peeling mask and get stuck on the underlying paint. Is that me & my peeling technique (kneadable eraser), the particular fluid, or all fluids?

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    Looking good! Once you get the gray and silver areas on there, it will change
    the appearance drastically.

    What do you think of that "formula" for the dark bluish-green? I know that things
    look different by eye than they do through digital pics, but I think it gives a really
    good appearance when compared to reference pics.

    I use a rubber cement pickup to rub the masking fluid off. It tends to keep the
    dried fluid in little blobs that are easy to manage. I tend to go slowly when removing
    the masking fluid and "roll" it off in one direction as much as possible.
    I occasionally get little flakes, but not that many really.

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    The helmet is looking fantastic, looks like you have the scaling spot on. Look forward to seeing more. If your having issues with the Windsor and Newton fluid, try the humbrol brand. I used to use WN but since I tried the humbrol it's all I use now, it has a purple tint as well so it's a lot easier seeing where you have applied it.

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    Thanks for the humbrol masking fluid suggestion. However, I watched your Fett helmet vids ages ago and scoured my local area for the stuff, to no avail.
    Here's a quick update. Not as fast as superjedi...

    I love the green color of these back panels superjedi, your recipe is spot on! I worked exclusively off of Rafal's templates for this, which leads me to an issue at the edges... better look up the reference photos for some guidance!

    And here we are with the silver paint. Wherever the templates called for either white or base metal, I did a light wash with some Vallejo Model Color Azure, a grayish-blue color.
    Aside form the thumbprint smear in the upper left of the panel, is there any actual white paint in this panel?

    I wasn't sure how to approach this panel, when it came to the silver and gray, since I found the full color template so confusing and hard to gauge. I overlaid Rafal's color separation templates of the gray, silver, and 'base metal'. This gave me a rough idea of what shape and location to paint the underlying gray. With that down, I was more confident in where to paint and not paint the silver. So far, I have roughed in the silver paint over the gray with a size 0 brush. Tonight, I'll detail in the edges and borders of the silver with a 000 brush, and maybe get to a few of the other colors on top of the silver.
    Last edited by Necronaut; Aug 8, 2013 at 5:03 PM.

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    So far so good! I cant wait to get my FPH2 to get started on!

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    Funny... I got a new helmet in the mail this week myself...

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    Necronaut's first ESB paintjob

    Wow looks good Mr, keep the pics comming
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    The back plates looks good! And no, there were no other white marks on the ESB Hero helmet (from 1978-79), except the ear markings (and the white thumbprint.)

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    Necronaut said: View Post
    Hey all,
    My paint is here, and my GMH cast by Asok (Rest in peace, brother) is primed and prepped for paint. I'm going for a superjedi style 'layer-opical' treatment. This is my first time ever attempting something like this.


    I sprayed on some PollyScale Concrete onto the back panels to start this paintjob. This stuff airbrushes fine almost straight out of the bottle! I did add a little Tamiya X-20A acrylic thinners for a smooth finish, though. Using some slightly resized RafalFett templates, I masked up before spraying the dark green sections, with some Winsor & Newton masking fluid. It's applied with rubber color shapers, rather than brushes.


    First coat of the dark blue-green color. It's a little splotchy. I used superjedi's recipe of a bottle of MM Acryl Euro Dark Green and 70 drops of PollyScale BAR Blue.


    Second coat is still a little splotchy, but on purpose. I referred to some Art of Star Wars exhibit pics, and there was some variance in the darkness and intensity of this color over the back of the helmet. I tried my best to replicate this with my airbrush.


    Yeah, the camera color balance is way off. But after letting the green paint dry for about 8 hours, I removed all of my masking. I will need to touch up a few spots of the concrete. My masking job wasn't the greatest, by the looks of things. I have these tiny little specks of green all over the concrete. A lot of it will be covered up with the gray and silver, and I was planning on painting in by hand a few things here and there. Maybe it'll add a little texture to the final look? I'll probably correct it tomorrow.
    What have I gotten myself into?!
    Wait, did ASOK pass away?????

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    Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, friend...
    http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/f22/a...se-read-48040/

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    Looks great so far man!

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    Thanks for looking in, everyone! Here's a couple more WIP detailing last night's work...


    My workflow is I crack open a bottle of paint, and paint out of the lid. It'll start drying up in the lid on me within 5-7 minutes. By then I need to switch to a different color anyways. I have been rotating between silver and gray for the entire evening, interspersed with a dot of green or concrete here and there as needed. The finish line is in sight!!

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    The right plate looks amazing and I know you had a hard time applying all those small details (I had it when I drew the stencils), but the end result always worth the patience, the sturdy hands and the talent involved in such an intricate paint job. Keep up the great work!

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    Beautiful job so far. It's amazing the amount of detail that goes into making something look old, worn and beat up.

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    Long time, no update. Rest assured that I actually have something to show for my absence from my thread:






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    are you sure this is your first?

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    thebeans said: View Post
    are you sure this is your first?
    I agree. Looks really good

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    He's back, and making excellent progress!

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    Looking awesome!

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    Sorry about the lack of updates, but the positive feedback is really appreciated! Here's where we stand right now...




    Here's the story. I had just finished my Sidewinder EE-3. I was very excited, and I thought I would take a really cool posed shot of my 95% finished Fett on my mannequin with the poseable arms I cabbaged together this spring. However, I hadn't mounted my jetpack hooks yet. With no jetpack, he was a little front-heavy. As I was taking the shot, he started tipping over...

    There was no no outright crack at the visor edges that went right through the resin. It only cracked through the cold cast layers.
    I really should have taken shots of the repair process. The above pics are after Krazy Glue (to glue the cracks, assemble all the remaining paint and cold cast resin shards I could find), sanding, some Bondo, sanding, Tamiya filler, sanding, Mr Surfacer, and plenty of finish sanding.

    And here we are today:



    There are all the repaired spots, with varying amounts of finish work.




    Back panels are done, keyslot is done, and I'm working on the mandible areas around the visor. I still have to do the ears. They only need paint. Rangefinder needs a little paint weathering and final assembly.

    THE REST OF MY COSTUME IS FINISHED. MY LOCAL CON IS IN 8 DAYS. WILL I BE ABLE TO PREMIERE MY FETT COSTUME (MY VERY FIRST COSTUME EVER) IN TIME? Stay tuned, kids!!
    Last edited by Necronaut; Sep 19, 2013 at 9:50 PM.

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    I don't know how to say it, but your paint job looks so real; I mean your technique is amazing and it is very close to the real thing! So, keep up the already excellent work!

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