Well - the helmet is finally in my posession. I have all the armor pieces (save the metal gauntlets to be acquired soon) so I figured since the costume is in the helmet --- its finally time to start painting.
Phase 1 - the "cheekbones" - COMPLETE!
Phase 2 - primary helmet color on the dome, back, sides, and cheekplate areas --- TBC during the course of this week.
Finished Phase 2 today (Saturday 2/21):
This is just before I took off the tape. I was actually nervous to see how it came out:
When I took the tape off I was both elated and disappointed:
Elated at how the graphite looks PERFECT to what I imagined it would on the bucket... but... here's my #1 problem. Obviously I'm going to continue on to Phase 3 --- but --- I'm really disappointed at the color variance between the cheekbones and the primary color. There's almost none. You can tell - but it's not as differentiating as it seems to be in the bottles. Is that because I put the Graphite (the primary shell color) on top of a layer of the Black Chrome (the cheekbone color)??? Or is it that they really aren't that far apart and I'll have to live with it unless I go to a gloss or totally flat black for the cheekbones?
Here's a closeup of that area:
What do you all think?
Looking for advice/input at this phase before I move to Phase 3 with the Tvisor area, sides, and back band in the selected Burgundy.