White Mandalorian Helmet - Complete

Discussion in 'Replica Costumes' started by WhiteCommando, Mar 21, 2006.

  1. WhiteCommando

    WhiteCommando Well-Known Member

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    I did this for a buddy, it was a fun project...






    Later Guys,
  2. TK1536

    TK1536 Sr Member

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    Great paint job.
  3. DL 44 Blaster

    DL 44 Blaster Sr Member

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    Very nice realistic weathering pattern. :thumbsup
  4. Soundwave

    Soundwave Sr Member

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    That seriously looks awesome. I really dig that paintjob, the colours look brilliant.
  5. altername

    altername Well-Known Member

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    very sharp B)
  6. mikk

    mikk New Member

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    Really nice. Love seeing anything based on McQuarrie's art.
  7. Captain Needa

    Captain Needa New Member

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    I really need to get around to making me a mando helmet one of these days. I love it...
  8. YeOldeSweezilteets

    YeOldeSweezilteets New Member

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    Great, great paintjob. I hope I don't make myself out to sound like an idiot, but with the weathering and the subtle yellowing really make it look like metal. And if it is in fact metal, the more power to ya.
  9. thorssoli

    thorssoli Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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  10. Boba Frett

    Boba Frett Sr Member

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    Nice work , love to see more Mandalorian Helmets out there , that aren't from the Fett boys :)
  11. WhiteCommando

    WhiteCommando Well-Known Member

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    Many thanks. I appreciate all the compliments a lot. As noted, this is not a Fett, this is a McQuarrie-designed Mandalorian Super Trooper paint scheme that is from the very early pre-production renderings drawn in 1978. I believe Joe Johnston kind of took over the reigns and brushed aside McQuarrie's concept of a squad of these special troops (which were most likely veterans of the clone wars, perhaps even clones themselves).

    The weathering was done as follows...
    1. Prime
    2. Wet-sand primer
    3. Base coat metallic silver auto paint
    4. Wet-sand paint
    5. Clear coat metallic paint
    6. Mask with Rubber cement
    7. Paint 2nd coat with white auto paint
    8. Clear coat over white paint
    9. Remove masking agent (rubber cement) to reveal metallic paint
    10. Wet sand again, then buff with slightly wet paper towels
    11. Mask with torn pieces of masking tape, large areas covered
    12. Use white paint pen (Testor's) and trace around metallic areas and re-cover parts to make it to appear as a re-paint
    13. Wet sand smooth, then buff with slightly wet paper towels
    13. Clear coat again, then mist with white and metallic super lightly for irregularity
    14. Remove masking tape
    15. Use Krylon Silver Leaf pen to apply tiny spots and scratches.
    16. Dry brush Minwax on areas that would get discolored (bordering between paint and metal surfaces)...use sparingly and use something like the Provincial 209 Minwax stain...it is more blackish-brown than reddish-brown. My brush was tiny.
    17. Then clearcoat again, but do not wet sand.
    18. Add details like red triangle (or eyes)

    The hardest part is the waiting between coats. This is my second attempt at a White Mandalorian. With time...skills improve, but we should maintain a sense of humility...again, thanks.

  12. lesternessman

    lesternessman Well-Known Member

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    I think it looks great. Nice weathering job and thanks for the step by step as well.
  13. B-Movie Zombie

    B-Movie Zombie Sr Member

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  14. allosaur176

    allosaur176 Sr Member

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    Ahh another classic Joe Johnston mistake.. I guess the guy just can't do anything right...

    I love the helmet.. Awesome weathering job...... Now I want to see a completed costume

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