My Birthday Present From The Wife.

Discussion in 'Star Wars Costumes and Props' started by BobasBounty, Mar 26, 2015.

  1. BobasBounty

    BobasBounty Well-Known Member

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    Just wanted to showoff the birthday present my wife gave me a few weeks ago. It's a HDPE Stormtrooper helmet kit from Dan Laws. Funny thing is she really doesn't like Star Wars (which I didn't find out until after we got married). Anyway I got it all trimmed up and fitted together to make sure it looks exactly like I want it to look. Planning to make it a Sandtrooper just need to paint it up and get some decals from TrooperBay. What do you all think? I was actually pretty shocked when she presented it to me. :)
     

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  2. Panaflex

    Panaflex Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Great present. Great wife. Gotta keep the ones that indulge your vice even if they don't like it. ;)
     
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  3. Toxx

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    Decals? The sandtrooper helmets was hand painted... ;)

    BTW i've to pick up my RS-Props lid at R2Dan


    Nice bucket, nice wife! ;)
     
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  4. RogueTrooper

    RogueTrooper Well-Known Member

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    What do I think about the present your wife got you?

    It is that terrible yellow for a reason.

    I think your wife is having an affair with someone who is not you.

    Seriously....you didn't know your wife didn't like SW until after you were married???.....what else don't you know about your wife?;)

    Sorry..that's all I've got for now:lol
     
  5. BobasBounty

    BobasBounty Well-Known Member

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    Thanks guys. She is a good woman.

    I was thinking about hand painting the polygons since I am already painting the frown and ears. I may go that direction. I know if I do paint them on I won't have to worry about the stripes since it is a Sandtrooper.

    The helmet is actually a light khaki color not yellow (bad lighting). I haven't painted it white yet. I am trying to find the right primer and paint combination so it sticks to the slick plastic surface. The originals were made of HDPE plastic as this one is but the color of the original helmets was a little darker khaki.

    The wife and I are in that stage of the marriage where we are trying to get involved with each others interests. I guess I gotta go learn salsa dancing. :p
     
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  6. Fuzzual

    Fuzzual Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    good gift, great wife! congrats!
     
  7. starwrslover

    starwrslover Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    That's awesome! I agree, stick with the hand painting. If you're going to go HDPE, keep it all original and bust out the brushes.
     
  8. superjedi

    superjedi Sr Member

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    Nice! It's great to have a partner who is supportive of your interests. :)
     
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  9. R2Dan

    R2Dan Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    That kit's certainly gathered some dust by now ;)

    The Dan Laws lid looks nice proportionally, but it's too idealised for my taste. I do agree with Toxx though, hand painting is the way to go! :)
     
  10. BobasBounty

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    It is idealized but it gives me a chance to muck it up myself. ;) I will hand paint the details but first I got to spray it white. I am testing out the right combo of primer and paint so it doesn't all just flake off afterward.
     
  11. R2Dan

    R2Dan Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    On my RS Props SA lid I found that sanding isn't much of an option (I did it anyway, just a quick once over with fine grit paper to key it a little) . I also gave it a light coat of plastic primer - not accurate, but it helps with the adhesion. The paint WILL still chip, but my first try was just red primer, followed by white, and I could just push it off with my thumb. No adhesion whatsoever.

    You can see my lid here: http://www.therpf.com/showthread.php?t=210233&page=2&p=3573029&viewfull=1#post3573029
     
  12. mvanwalks421

    mvanwalks421 Active Member

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    Sounds like a good marriage!
     
  13. Clutch

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    Did she order it before you were married? :)
     

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