I've held back from posting a thread on here of what I've been working on (syllander is a friend and it wasn't exactly necessary for his protection), but I'm nearing the final stages, so I wanted to share it with TDH.
I'm opposed to following the accepted paint lists (I'm CERTAINLY not knocking them, I just like to experiment). I've stood on the shoulders of giants in all my paintups, so I (once again) would like to call special attention to my good friends Rob (deadland), Jesse (FettSeven), Brian (Dynamic1), loooooong conversations with Eric (superjedi) and, as always, the mighty Jayvee. Of course, rafal's templates are a gift from above. And very few paintjobs these days can even begin without singling out Fettpride for his unparalleled craftsmanship and artistry.
I spent quite a bit of time examining the colors. Great work has been done by so many, and our paint list has become stronger and stronger with each iteration.
I work at the AFN-BC in Riverside, California, and have access to a professional photographer and my photography mentor, the legendary Steve McGill, who is also an expert on digital imaging. He agreed to color correct a series of photos from the Gallery for me, to the best of his abilities. Our own Art Andrews is a very capable photographer, as well, and although he's taken many accurate photos of the ESB Hero, they're not available at the Gallery (I'm quite certain that's because of contractual agreements with eFX/ANOVOS). But I was able to use one of the few photos he's revealed as a Master Image, and Mr. McGill used that for matching (I wanted to have high resolution photos to use during the paintup, and Art's photos are small). Here were the results. The differences are quite stunning, in my opinion:
As a result, I took the dome/cheek mix that I created for my first ESB Hero and refined it. Here's a comparison picture that I took along the way:
I arrived with this:
Okay, green is ready to rock. Let's get started....