First attempt at painting a helmet

Hey guys, just wanted to post my first attempt (in progress) at painting a helmet. This is a DP 97 that I bought from a member of these boards specifically to practice painting on, so please disregard the scratches, cracks, and overall funky shape of the helmet. I sanded it, primed it, and started with a coat of metallic silver spray. I masked it off in stages and used Testors Model Master medium green, Italian red, and mists of black. I still have a ways to go, but I just wanted your guys's opinions on my first painting attempt.




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Looks like a helmet the stuntman was practicing with, also...

...bouncing of Jabba's barge hull.

Seriously though, it's better than ruining something worth good money. Hone your skills young padawan.
Looks good. A couple suggestions for ya.

1: I can see on the cheeks the different masking lines where each piece of masking tape was placed to define the curve.
Heres a trick you might try.

At walmart in the Craft/Fabrics section. They have 1/8th Inch Quilters Masking tape. Get you a roll of that. Its about $1.50 I think. But then when you go paint the curves right there, take the masking tape and connect it to one side on the bottom, then hold the bucket in your lap, and you can use your finger while pressing the tape down to curve the tape to the helmet. This will give you a nice solid line when you paint. Just make sure that you do add the rest of the masking tape over it to cover the rest of the area up before you paint.

2: for the silver weathering. This is an idea adopted by our resident painter pro's here. Its the "Mustard method". After you have the silver base...I take a pencil...and draw on the damage. That way you can match it up with the Movie Armor as accurate as you would like. Then get a fine paintbrush...dunk it in some Heinz Yellow mustard, and start covering it up. Then paint over that.

Its looking REAL good so far man. Look on here when ever you got questions. There is so MUCH vital information on these boards that whenever you get in a bind, just search it on here.

Specially anything from Rogue Studios...that guy is the MAN. So keep it up bro. Its looking great.
my version of the painting advice above is to use masking fluid from an art supply store. it can be swapped out for both the mustard and the quilter's tape above.

i used that to mask off everything on my helmet. i bought 1 bottle of the fluid for ~$13 and have done 2 helmets and a jet pack, and still have about 1/2 a bottle left.

i like the fluid better than tape as it's less likely to pull up the next layer down of paint.
The quilter's tape was suggested as a means to achieve a smoother masking curve on the cheek/mandible edge. Unless one can paint perfect straight lines or curves, I doubt the masking fluid would help in that area.

However, I agree with using the fluid in place of mustard. Worked like a charm for me!

I've also used electrical tape to help get a smoother masking curve.
Update, got all the base colors on, with some damage and kill stripes painted on. All damage is topical, done with Testor's aluminum enamel model paint. Keep in mind that this is just a practice bucket. Opinions?



I think you are doing a good job...if you apply your skills to a good bucket in the future I believe you will be very happy with the results!!
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