I spent 3 months of my life doing this. And that's not "working on it here and there"- that's every night, every weekend, 2 or 3 hours at a time.
There's levels of accuracy, too. I feel like I got to about 95% accurate. Getting to about 90% accuracy is possible for any newbie going strictly off of Rafalfett's templates. 91-99% accurate requires digging into reference images and getting creative with weathering. There's some features in this range I didn't feel like I have the skill to add- grease stains, putting down the scratches by actually scratching the paint, etc. Then, there's getting from 99% to 100%- this involves really being able to nail down paint colors to near-perfect screen accuracy, perfecting the wire wooling so you can perfectly blend the colors, etc.
But enough rambling... on to the pictures! I'm debating having a friend take some professionally lit shots to really capture that detail. As it is, you can't really see the rusty splotches I added on the RF stalk and the grime in all the edges around the trim.
And yes, I did the thumbprint by actually covering my thumb in white paint and running it across multiple surfaces until I felt like I could get that look perfectly.
And then of course a shot with the wife BH-50507, who's been a Mandalorian several months before I even decided to start my journey.
So with that, that's a wrap on my helmet progress. I look forward to continuing my Boba journey after Christmas. I'm taking a couple weeks off.
Thanks guys. For 3 straight months I was spending hours on the boards during the day, and then hours more in the evening painting and stenciling and masking. In a sick way it basically became my whole life. The wife was not pleased. That's why I'm taking a break before the rest of the costume... also... it's like -3 degrees outside, a bit too cold for painting my ultimate goal is to have it approved by May 25th for the Solo movie, in hopes that our Lord and Savior Boba Fett will be in the movie. I'm also going to try to meet Jeremy Bulloch AND Daniel Logan at Knoxville Comic Con at the end of June. I want to get both of them to sign the inside of my helmet and possibly take a picture with me in my kit- like they haven't seen that move 45,000 time already over the past 30 years
Yeah man it came out really great, exceptionally tight damage patterning. And yeah you're absolutely right about that 90-100% thing, the longest hardest part is always the final bits to reaching perfect. The extra 5% really shows in and of itself though.
Glad you're gonna have some awesome opportunities to show it off!
I put on the second coat of primer last weekend on the armor and gaunts. I was so excited to get to wet sanding and putting on that first shiny coat of silver, when I got hit with SHINGLES! IN THE FACE! Hopefully next weekend I'll be able to get back into the game. I'm still waiting on my sidearm holster and my boots, and my jetpack is being painted by Lou. At least by the end of March I'll have everything I need in-hand, I'll just need to paint up the armor and gaunts, assemble, weather the soft parts, and do all the finishing touches. I plan to have the big unveiling at the Salem Red Sox game on April 28th.
Wow, shingles. My Mother had them on her face too. She was pretty old when she had them, I understand it's pretty painful !! I'm thinking they have a new vaccine out for it now. Sounds like you've got all your ducks in a row to get it all ready. Good Luck on getting it together in time. I'm looking forward to some progress pics when you get ready !