Hello once again my Fett loving brothers and sisters! As I had so many humbling and positive responses to my ESB paint up thread, the time has come to do a ROTJ paint up – so I am detailing it much the same way, in my normal pedantic and long winded way... So please bear with me peeps... Once again, I acquired one of BGHunters brand new casts to paint up. And once again, I cannot speak highly enough about the quality of his work – this new cast is absolutely epic, with fine details added in like no other. I will say it again – if you are looking for a quality, screen accurate helmet with correct screen non symmetry etc, James is right up there with the very best. I only hope my paint can do his awesome work some justice... So, on to the paint up. I spent a long time colour testing to get what I feel is a really good colour combination, and am using Humbrol, Folquil and Model Master paints. I have taken bits and pieces from lists such as Evan, Spidey, BGHunter and SlavePilot 1, and have also come up with a few of my own mixes for areas like the back panel green. I will document the colours as I update each section. Once again, it is a fully airbrushed job, and fully layered, bar some fine detailing work, which is topical to match the sandy helmet. One last thing I will mention, is that the version I am going for is this time as it appears in the ‘Star Wars the Exhibition’ and ‘Magic of Myth’ Exhibits, with a little extra in the damage and marks department. So, with that said, away we go!....
JAYVEE'S ROTJ COLOUR LIST (As of 4/11/2012)
*All the paints listed are ENAMEL based, through an airbrush.
BASE COAT - Humbrol Light Grey (147)
MISTING THROUGHOUT ALL SILVER AREAS - Humbrol Silver (11). Misting over silver using a combo (this should be actual fading, not mixing the colours together) of Humbrol Gunmetal (53) and Humbrol Tank Grey (67).
KEY SLOTS (REAR) – Same as above, will just need some Floquil Caboose mists in between upper key slots, particularly the 2nd, 3rd and 4th slots.
BACK PANEL MAIN GREEN - ‘Jayvee’s Chameleon Green’ – Floquil Southern Green and Floquil CNW Green mix (1:1 ratio).
DOME AND LOWER CHEEKS MAIN GREEN – Humbrol 31 + Humbrol 78 (approx. 2 ½: 1 ratio mix). Misting over main dome/ lower cheek green: Airbrushed mists throughout, using a combination of: Humbrol 66 (Olive Drab), Humbrol 147 (Light Grey), Humbrol 150 (Forrest Green), Humbrol Cockpit Green (78) and Floquil Caboose, matching reference photos as much as possible. Also some respraying over areas with main green, as well as some very minor splatters with Humbrol 33 (matt black).
KILLSTRIPES - Humbrol 82 (orange lining) + Model Masters International Orange (2:1 ratio mix).
UPPER CHEEKS - Tamiya XF-17 (Sea Blue); Misted over with Model Masters Schwartzgrun RLM 70.
MANDIBLES AND TRIM – A very light spray of Humbrol Ocean Grey (106), to even out colour after mistings have been masked. MAIN COLOUR - Floquil Caboose.
EARS – Rangefinder Ear : Humbrol tank grey (67), Humbrol Gunmetal (53), Humbrol Metallic black, humbrol Matt black(33), Humbrol Gold, Floquil Caboose.
Other Ear : Basecoat of Humbrol light grey (147). Once dry, mask out damage areas to remain 147 colour, and apply - Humbrol Blue Grey (106), then mist looking at reference pics using a combination of : Humbrol tank grey (67), Humbrol Gunmetal (53), Humbrol Metallic black, humbrol Matt black(33), Humbrol Gold, Floquil Caboose.
These were applied using reference pictures as much as possible, then weathered with a combination of techniques with sanding, steel wool, washes and pastel weathering.
DETAIL : A heap of fine detail work throughout entire helmet with various colors, starting from, but not limited to : Humbrol Light Grey (147), Humbrol Matt White (34), Humbrol Silver (11), Humbrol Matt Black (33), Humbrol Tank Grey (67), Humbrol Olive Drab (66), Humbrol Cockpit Green (78), Humbrol Chocolate (98), Humbrol Insignia Yellow (154), Humbrol Wine (73), Humbrol Forrest Green (150), Floquil Caboose, Floquil Dark Blue.