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Acme helmet kit that I am finishing for a customer. My next step is to tone the paint in a multi-layer process, then attach the lenses and liner:
Sounds like you have the paint part covered, you could also use Antique gold rub and buff as well If you wanted.
I like mine very weathered not screen accurate at all so I use steel wool and a hard bristle brush.
After that pack, I'm dying to see what you come up with for this!
Looks very nice, and more to the point like brass. Your client should be thrilled with it.
I find it very hard to take accurate pics of my weathered pieces as well, mostly the brass (look) but silver is a pain as well.
Thank you for the kind words!
I remember when I first saw pics of the hero helmet and thought "Wow, that helmet did NOT look that dirty in the movie!" but now realize just how subtle the antiquing looks on camera under certain lighting conditions.
I actually did this one less "dirty" than my personal helmet and kept it looking as real as possible all around.
I did this in layers;
-Gold base coat
-Coat of "Polished Brass" Allclad paint
-Wiped down surface with a cloth dampened with Naptha
-Re-sprayed with a darker wash of "Polished Brass"
-Accented with gold with the airbrush
Hitting it one more time with the gold helped to maintain a lot of the gold shine that was lost during the aging process. I actually like the finished look of this cusomers' helmet better than my personal one and maybe one day I will buy my own Acme helmet for myself and have another go at it.