1. travsall's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 2006
    Mar 23, 2011, 1:26 AM - Halo ODST helmet build/paint start to finish! #1

    Snagged one of Sean Bradley's ODST helmet kits, and finished it up last night! Took pics of the process cause it's always fun to see the build
    Absolutely fantastic kit, couldn't be happier with the quality, the only actual filler work it needed was for the small seam on the back, for a cast helmet that's impressive. Had a lot of fun with this paint up, since ODST armor is so customizable it gave some free reign to add personal touches!
    Fresh outta the box, love that new prop smell

    After trimming and sanding and a look at the tiny bit of filler on the back

    Undercoat after primer

    After the undercoat, I followed Sean's tip of using toothpaste as a spray resistant, it doesn't just fight tar tar Here's the base coat of gunmetal gray.

    showing a couple spots where the toothpaste is under.

    Added the center stripe, went with a medium gray, makes the metallic gunmetal stand out nicely!

    After spraying flat black on the area around the visor, and the back detail panel.

    Added UNSC in flat black below the panel.

    Another personl touch was adding the ODST insignia. Did this with a 2 part stencil I worked out, had to transfer the top layer to tape to get clean edges, and be able to add the eyes, nostrils and lettering.

    That takes us to the finished bucket! Visor screwed in place, and with my heat gun fit tight to the helmet. The toothpaste is ingenious! Worked like a charm, scratched and rubbed off easily with a damp cloth and my fingernails, couldn't be happier with the way the damage/wear looks!

    For padding I wanted a somewhat realistic look, that also worked really well, so decided to go with a 7 piece pad set that is used in the US Army issue MMICH helmet. Also added a little foam over the top screws of the visor, does the trick damn good!

    Proof of that good fit

    Geared up for a little Halo action
  2. Member Since
    Jul 2000
    Mar 23, 2011, 1:33 AM - Re: Halo ODST helmet build/paint start to finish! #2

    Awesome work! I built-up the same kit and had a blast. I was going to do an insignia, but my stenciling didn't go so well with the UNSC, so I didn't dare brave anything more intricate.


  3. Member Since
    Feb 2011
    Alamo, Texas, United States
    Mar 23, 2011, 4:40 AM - Re: Halo ODST helmet build/paint start to finish! #3

    Very nice paint job on that. It looks great!
  4. RPF Premium Member Kris Lyssara's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jun 2008
    Ocala, FL
    Mar 23, 2011, 6:04 AM - Re: Halo ODST helmet build/paint start to finish! #4

    Looks great! Now I want to do one! (Though I'd probably go with a clear visor to simulate the non-polarized look seen in-game)
  5. Member Since
    Mar 2011
    Apr 3, 2011, 3:21 AM - Re: Halo ODST helmet build/paint start to finish! #5

    I'd love to have one of those helmets. And an ODST suit to go with it.
  6. Member Since
    Jan 2011
    Apr 4, 2011, 9:17 AM - Re: Halo ODST helmet build/paint start to finish! #6

    Very cool man! The visor details are sweet. whole thing is really well done.
  7. Member Since
    Nov 2009
    Apr 4, 2011, 12:40 PM - Re: Halo ODST helmet build/paint start to finish! #7

    Looks great. I would love to have one of those.
  8. Member Since
    Mar 2011
    Jul 24, 2011, 2:22 AM - Re: Halo ODST helmet build/paint start to finish! #8

    That's turned out amazing,great helmet. I hope to get one the kits myself if he still does them. This will help alot to when i finally get it.

    Quick question,Is it a 1 size fits all helmet and does the pads come with the helmet ?

    I'll probably have a few more questions when i get one as it will be my first time doing anything like it.

    Again...great helmet it really turned out great

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