First boba fett paint up (ESB)


Eythor20

Hunter
Hello there! In light of the premiere of the mandalorian i wanted to share with you my first attempt at a boba fett paint up!

The colors i used are deka acrylic colors ( White, black, olive green, tiefrod red, creme, orange, yellow ) i also used liquitex matt black, Rustoleum metallic silver and some humbrol brown/rust color... and a weathering powder.

Almost every color is a mix because out of the box none of the deka colors are close enough.

I started by priming the helmet and spraying the rustoleum silver on the whole helmet.

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After that i masked off the silver damage on the lower cheeks and sprayed on my “reefer gray” mix and reefer gray weathered.

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Repeated the process and painted the olive green mixed with a little bit of white

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The next step was pretty exciting because it started to look more and more like boba fett with every step. I masked off the silver damage, painted with “reefer gray”, masked off reefer, painted “base gray” and then finally masked base gray and painted matt black.

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Then i moved on to the ears and rangefinder, here i hit a major f*** up. I had painted the entire ear piece, then cut out the stencil in tape for the white detail on the left ear piece and went to airbrush it on but mixed the white paint way to thin so it ran everywhere. I tried to fix it but it ended up having a horrible texture :( i might end up repainting it someday but for now i’ll live with it.

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I went on to the dome and holy cow that took alot of time... about 8 hours and most of that time was masking. But again really starts looking like boba now!

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The kill stripes could have been better i mixed the colors a little bit to bright in my opinion, i tried to save it with a very thin black wash, but again after all that work on the dome i don’t want to sand and start again so I’ll live with it for now

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And now the most time consuming part.... the mandibles... Took me 9 hours to finish this and again mostly masking that took so long but this really made the helmet look like boba... before i took of the masking i thought i had fudged it up because the color didn’t look quite right but then when the masking was off i was happy! I still have to paint in some tiny details with a brush but the mandibles are mostly finished.

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After almost every part i was sure i had messed up the helmet but in the end I’m pretty happy with the outcome so far :) i still have to paint the back plate and seal it with a matt clear.

The helmet is a kit from Uhbif a user here :) i highly recommend it, i love it and he was awesome to deal with!

Thank you for reading and have a great day :D
 

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Eythor20

Hunter
FINALLY!! I am done with the “paint job” the only thing left is to clear coat and a little bit of airbrushed weathering on the cheeks.

I had to do the backplate twice which I’m not gonna lie almost made me cry because i was so pissed off that i messed it up. The paint didn’t adhere properly so the masking ripped up way more paint than i wanted and also the colors didn’t look good enough, here is a pic of the first try and when i started to sand it

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And here is an almost final paint job, I’ll post the completely final and assembled helmet by the end of this week :)

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I know it isn’t 100% accurate but i am extremely happy with it and really proud of it :D can’t wait to clear coat, weather it and then finally put it on display
 
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Eythor20

Hunter
I haven't started painting my bucket yet so I'm not quite sure what isnt exactly accurate? Looks pretty good to me though!
Thank you :D The main things are the cat scratch, it isn't quite slanted enough it's a bit to straight,

the long scratch that goes from the dent and to the back of the dome should be more horizontal.

And finally the basegray color on the backplate is a bit to dark :) I did the masking by looking at the template references and doing them by eye on the helmet instead of drawing it on using graphite paper since i had trouble getting the graphite off the paint so the damage is probably not 100% accurate and to big/small in some places.. To my eyes it's probably like 90% accurate but I'm sure some wiser people will drop that number down a bit :lol:
 

Eythor20

Hunter
That's incredibly impressive for your first try! Sorry that the back panels gave you issues but the end result is great.
Thank you very much! This is probably gonna be my first and only try haha, this is so much work that i doubt i want to do it again at least not for a long time.

After this I'm setting my sights on finishing the armor and the jetpack :)
 

mattman1138

Hunter
Thank you :D The main things are the cat scratch, it isn't quite slanted enough it's a bit to straight,

the long scratch that goes from the dent and to the back of the dome should be more horizontal.

And finally the basegray color on the backplate is a bit to dark :) I did the masking by looking at the template references and doing them by eye on the helmet instead of drawing it on using graphite paper since i had trouble getting the graphite off the paint so the damage is probably not 100% accurate and to big/small in some places.. To my eyes it's probably like 90% accurate but I'm sure some wiser people will drop that number down a bit :lol:

How did you get the stencils on the graphite paper, if you don't mind me asking?
 
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