Various Mandalorian Paint Work

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ggriffaw

Sr Member
The repainted helmets look way better than the delivered Anovos and efx helmets. Nice job!

Unfortunately nice paint jobs are not common on mass produced helmets. Some simple finishes turn out well, but many don't. I guess they don't have the time, skill, or materials to do finishes like this.
 

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Mr Mold Maker

Master Member
Out of all of the helmets you have seen being sold by people which by far is the most accurate? Also amazing job on your painting work!

Thanks. It’s hard to say on accuracy. The EFX helmet comes from Legacy’s masters, in theory it should be the most accurate sculpt wise. That said, if I had to pick a helmet for my own personal collection? It would be the Anovos. I have the EFX in hand and it just does not impress me or capture the character in the way the Anovos does for me.

There are a lot of people making these helmets, and I enjoy and respect all of them in their own way.. but I would personally completely disregard fan sculpts as far as accuracy goes. None of the ones I’ve had here have been “the” helmet for me. That said, the L.E. Props helmet is probably my favorite to work on so far, they are cast flawlessly. I heard Bradley Studios is working on a V2 and his casting is flawless as well so that will be a good one to watch for.
 
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Mr Mold Maker

Master Member
The repainted helmets look way better than the delivered Anovos and efx helmets. Nice job!

Unfortunately nice paint jobs are not common on mass produced helmets. Some simple finishes turn out well, but many don't. I guess they don't have the time, skill, or materials to do finishes like this.

Many thanks. That is why I do it.. well, do it for now. I will be wrapping up with my last few batches of these helmets and will be retiring from them. At the very least taking a veeeeery long break. I will be somewhere over 20 helmets finished.. couldn’t imagine having 750+ in front of me..
 

ggriffaw

Sr Member
I can totally understand if you don't want to answer this, but do you think Anovos and efx could have reasonably done a finish similar to yours and kept the price the same?
 

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Mr Mold Maker

Master Member
I can totally understand if you don't want to answer this, but do you think Anovos and efx could have reasonably done a finish similar to yours and kept the price the same?

Absolutely. Anovos did all the steps, there are just a handful of small issues that snowball together. I don’t think most Anovos helmets need a full repaint. If you strip the weathering on the Anovos and reapply better weathering, and paint the ear stripes black over the clear.. it would be a very nice helmet.

The EFX is completely wrong from the bottom up and needs a full repaint. They cut every single corner they could.

Also would you mind shooting a video or taking pictures of your weathering process with the paints you used?
No, sorry.
 
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ggriffaw

Sr Member
I'm surprised by how little you say the Anovos needs. I think your repaint looks much better. The delivered finish looks like a grey car finish to me. Yours look metallic.
 

LordHeadass

Jr Member
Absolutely. Anovos did all the steps, there are just a handful of small issues that snowball together. I don’t think most Anovos helmets need a full repaint. If you strip the weathering on the Anovos and reapply better weathering, and paint the ear stripes black over the clear.. it would be a very nice helmet.

The EFX is completely wrong from the bottom up and needs a full repaint. They cut every single corner they could.


No, sorry.
thats all good man, i understand
 

Mr Mold Maker

Master Member
Working on another batch of helmets. Before clear on the top, and after clear on the bottom.
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Mr Mold Maker

Master Member
Something I see a lot of people miss on these helmets is the matted out upper cheeks. It really changes how the thing looks. I mask off the cheek area and hit it with a little matte clear coat right over the 2K. If it scratches off at all? Just makes it even more accurate. You can see the matted cheeks and scratches very well on the D23 helmet.

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What brand clear coat do you use?

Transtar
 

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masterjedi322

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Something I see a lot of people miss on these helmets is the matted out upper cheeks. It really changes how the thing looks. I mask off the cheek area and hit it with a little matte clear coat right over the 2K. If it scratches off at all? Just makes it even more accurate. You can see the matted cheeks and scratches very well on the D23 helmet.

I was also curious about this. My Anovos helmet has a distinctly different color or clear coat on the upper cheeks that I don’t see on a lot of the fan-made pieces or even the eFX...

Sean
 

Mr Mold Maker

Master Member
I was also curious about this. My Anovos helmet has a distinctly different color or clear coat on the upper cheeks that I don’t see on a lot of the fan-made pieces or even the eFX...

Sean

It is difficult to see, but the different tone is actually on the EFX. You can feel it when running your hand along the helmet. I didn’t think to grab any photos on the helmet I was working on, but I have a few more EFX’s I’m booked to finish, I will try to grab better pics.


Here are a few photos where you can make it out very well on the real things.
 

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Mr Mold Maker

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Here is an L.E. Props helmet from my latest batch of helmets. I wanted to “up” my photo game a little, getting tired of the standard helmet on a wooden stand shots... hope you folks dig it.

The chest display was modeled by Sean Fields and printed by my buddy Dirty Rogue Designs. It is a little more rough than I’d like, you’ll have to forgive that. I had to rush finishing a little to have it done in time for photos.
 

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