Thanks a lot for following along, everyone.
DadaQT, welcome to TDH. You're definitely in the right place for all things Fett!
Eric, you are a genius my good man, a simply superb job! One tiny detail that I found when adding in the fine stuff for us 'accuracy nuts', is on the brighter red areas added. They seem to actually have a light, fine outline around them - particularly the two areas you have done a close up for. While its only a minute detail, it seems to actually bring them out a little more and differentiate them a touch from the main mandible red. Great pick up on the weathering on the viewfinder too - this was also something i noticed and tried to replicate after carefully dissecting the reference pics.
As always my friend, just a pleasure to see a paint up of this magnitude, and always great discussing things with another 'slave to accuracy'. Pure Gold brother! :)
Amazing! That helmet looks amazing!
SJ you are incredible, always in awe of your work. This ESB is beautiful. Wouldn't it be amazing if the great TDH Fett painters were in a gallery? That would be some exhibit.
The attention to detail is amazing, dont know if i missed a post but can you talk about what brushes you are using for the detail work or your technique?
I am speachless.. AMAZING
Wow. . . thanks so much, all! I've been a member here for nearly a decade now and I've
gotten so much inspiration, help, and tips from other TDHers over the years. I just hope
that my threads help you guys out as you build up your own costumes.
Doing this kind of work is sometimes tedious, but I find that it's very relaxing and rewarding
at the same time. It's my "meditation" time. :) Doing these helmets for other members
helps keep my skills sharp and allows me to try out new techniques.
For those of you who are doing your own paint ups, the 2 keys are PATIENCE and. . . PATIENCE.
I've been guilty of trying to rush through certain areas, but over the years I've learned
to take my time. Every stage of a project like this is equally important, and the thing to
remember is that "it's done when it's done." :thumbsup
My airbrush is a beat up old Testors Aztek that I've had for probably 6 years now. You know,
the kind with the interchangeable tips.
For detail painting, I've tried a lot of different brushes, but the ones that I use most
often are just run of the mill Testors Model Master detail brushes in size 0 and 000. They're
good quality, and work equally well with enamels or acrylics. If you take good care of them
they'll last for a good long while. My "favorite" 000 brush has been on my hobby bench for
at least 2 years now. Painting some details with brushes so small takes a while, but I can
really get some super fine detail using just those two brushes.
OK, guess I've rambled on long enough. :lol
Helmet-wise, I have shaped the aluminum visor tabs and they are epoxied into the helmet.
I'll fit the visor tomorrow and that will finish this puppy up!
Still working on the second set of ears, too.
That helmet is amazing!
always a delight to see your work Eric.
Thanks again, guys. How you been, Alex?
UPDATE: Feb 6, 2013
The helmet is complete. :)
Not much more to see from the previous update. So here are a
few final beauty shots.
Face to face with the Fett.
This won't be the final update for the thread. I'm still working on that second
set of ears. This is my mid-term week at school, so it's slow going.
Let me just say that with the metal parts, this is one heavy bucket! I'm really
surprised at how much this thing weighs. I believe Scott is going to use this
for a display piece. I'd say that's good, because I can't imagine trooping with
that kind of weight on my melon for any length of time. :lol
Awesome as always Eric... :thumbsup
Such an amazing job!!! I've actually been working on what I believe is a MSH that I bought off of ebay 2 or 3 years ago. My helmet has been unfinished all this time, simply painted silver, but I just haven't taken the time to work on it. Threads like this one have inspired me to get busy with my bucket. So much work goes into painting the different layers and making the markings look accurate that I must tip my hat to Superjedi for a such an amazing job well done. Thanks for sharing the stages you went through to accomplish what you have!!
Facebook love for you right here.
This is an amazing painting job!!!!! I got mine waiting to start, and I hope I can paint it half the way you´ve done!!!
Freakin beautiful man :thumbsup
REALLY REALLY beautiful man. She'll most likely be behind glass her entire life.....once I try her on of course!!!
I dont think i'd be able to troop in that very long. The JetPack is heavy enough, this bucket might kill me in a troop!!!
Lucky man Scott... well jell! ;)
LOVE THE PAINT!
Be proud of that effort, I could only dream to paint that awesome!:thumbsup
Wonderful work! That is one killer looking helmet.
Thanks very much, all. :)
UPDATE: Feb 16, 2013
Nearing the finish line on this one! I've gotten the resin ears mostly complete.
The base coats and arches were painted using the same methods as the metal ear set.
Details were done with SP Lark Dk Gray and Bright Silver, and the simulated bare metal areas
were masked and sprayed with Testors buffing metalizer in stainless steel.
All that remains now is to apply the dry transfers on the RF outer ear cap and the lower section.
Then I'll be getting the whole deal ready to mail out to Scott. :)
Just for fun, here's the resin left ear next to the metal ear, which is mounted on the helmet.
Two ears are better than one, right? Or something like that. :lol
It's been a fun project, and this is the:
FINAL UPDATE: Feb 17, 2013
All done! The resin ear set is now complete, and that brings this commission to 100% complete.
I did the small markings earlier today, as well as the tan spatter.
Here are the resin ears along with the completed helmet.
Thanks to everyone who has followed along with this thread. I appreciate all the comments
and discussion about colors and details. It helps to keep my skills sharp.
There are a lot of extremely talented artists on TDH who keep raising the bar on these replicas,
and even after nearly a decade on the board, I'm still seeing tiny new details, and learning new
techniques. I hope my old eyes and fingers can keep up with the new generation for a while longer! :lol
I'm almost sad to see this end but the end result is phenomenal and it's been fun following along and watching it come to together. I can't wait to get my own helmet to this point!
You're sad? I have to box this helmet up and send it away! :(
I just can't do it. . . sorry Scott, I'm keeping it!!!
Well, I can't say sad is what i'm feeling. I already have the spot on my "helmet wall" ready. And yes, she will be in the center of course!
Eric, All I can say is wow....yet again. I may be in possession of THE finest ESB helmet ever re-produced and I have you to thank for that brother. YOU are da man Eric!!
Haha! Well if *you* were sad, then there'd be something seriously wrong with you! Even if I had the skill to do commissions, it sure would be tough to send them away.
Beautiful job SJ, I'm kicking myself for trying to come by and see it in person.
How'd you handle mounting the mojo right ear? Did you cut a large hole for the big brass screw? And what about the tiny screws for the cap?
For the upper ear parts I did make a hole large enough in the center part so the big hex screw/bolt
could be installed from the inside. I basically joined the center hole with the slot for the wiring so
that it became a sort of wedge shaped opening. I made it large enough so there was room to turn
the bolt from the inside.
For those 2 really small screws, there were locating marks molded into the GMH and I just drilled them
out a tad larger than the heads of the screws. That way once the inner ear cap was secured to
the helmet, I could put those 2 small screws in from the inside.
KBRosseau has a good example of this with pics in this thread:
Look at post #41. :thumbsup
Eric- its been said many time already but I say it again, as it deserves all the credit in the world.
This is so amazingly accurate that is beyond belief.
Your an artist!!!!