First attempt - ROTJ help with 4 techniques


gitcho

New Hunter
I've wanted a Mando helmet for the last 2 years but with Fett's upcoming series, I changed my mind and found the 3D files for Fett's ROTJ helmet a few months ago and started printing. I came across this forum shortly after and realized pretty quick this may not have been the best choice for my very first project ... I've never painted or airbrushed before and wasn't going to post this because I'm not happy with the way it's going but I've learned from others who have posted their mistakes so hopefully this helps (encourages?) someone else to keep trying. This helmet deserves to be done right and I'm willing to start over that's what it takes.

I started with the stencils on the back panels but am not happy with the way it turned out. The scratches were done with some fine sanding instruments and I used a my finger on a brush ("flicked") for some of the speckling / misting but it didn't work out. I don't know if they can "fixed" yet

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If I knew I could do a much better job the 2nd time around I would sand it all down and start over;
I need help specifically in these 4 areas:
  1. Misting - how do you achieve this blended misting between layers/colors?
  2. Medium-fine detail - these sections are too small to do with masking fluid and would be difficult to scrape off (i would think). The other single-dots or line-of-dots I can do with a toothpick or my fingernail
  3. detail on top of another layer - how do you get these small details without scraping through all the layers?
  4. masking details (?) - I can't seem to get the fine detail using my liquid mask - not sure if it's the brand or if this is done another way

boba-fett-helmet-dome-misting-01.jpg

boba-fett-helmet-dome-spatter-02.jpg

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This is the stuff I used (all sourced locally):
  • Masking fluid: Golden Artist Colors 70016002 QOR 2OZ Masking Fluid
  • thinner: Golden Airbrush Medium
  • Paints: Amsterdam Acrylic (standard series) - primary cyan, magenta, yellow and black
  • Airbrush: Iwata revolution
  • Compressor: Iwata Neo Air
before I forget - without this community, there's no way I would have tried this; the time it takes to compose your thoughts and detail your experience for the rest of us here is not trivial and is much appreciated - thank you for everything.
 

RafalFett

Well-Known Hunter
The misting is done after you stencil out the areas, but before the masking process (this is how the promotional suits were done by Daydream Productions):
Sandy Helmets & Armors.jpg


For the fine details you can check out any of superjedi's awesome threads as he is some kind of a layeropical (TM) ESB king (uses both layered and topical methods). You can use some micro brushes, needles for the fine scratches and so on.

Also see this ==> *UPDATE 2013* WIP : Jayvee's 'lil' chunk of ROTJ love' paint up and this ==> AFFo$'s ROTJ FPH Paint Up.
 
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gitcho

New Hunter
The misting is done after you stencil out the areas, but before the masking process (this is how the promotional suits were done by Daydream Productions): View attachment 213149

For the fine details you can check out any of superjedi's awesome threads as he is some kind of a layeropical (TM) ESB king (uses both layered and topical methods). You can use some micro brushes, needles for the fine scratches and so on.

Also see this ==> *UPDATE 2013* WIP : Jayvee's 'lil' chunk of ROTJ love' paint up and this ==> thedentedhelmet.com/forums/threads/affo-s-rotj-fph-paint-up.20749/.
Thanks for the reply --- yes, I've read a lot of threads from Jayvee - definitely motivating! It looks like Jayvee and others are getting a lot better detail with their masking. Maybe I'm using the wrong brand or it doesn't work as well with acrylic paints? I'll go through it again and see if I missed something.
 

gitcho

New Hunter
I'm a bit confused on the order of colors to lay down from the stencils (RafalFett - huge help by the way).

I was thinking that if I get fine detail from scraping off one of the layers with a toothpick, I might have the order wrong.

For example, is this the correct layer order for the dome?

boba-fett-helmet-dome-color-order-01.jpg
 
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