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 Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP

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Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
« Reply #60 on: Oct 24, 2020, 03:58 AM »
---Painting and Weathering the Helmet and Range Finder

At long last comes the main head piece! As usual, I pick up from where I left off months ago with the bucket and range finder painted with the base silver.
But first, here are my references for this two part item.






The silver based paint with a cardboard cover for the visor to protect the interior.


I start off with masking all areas that will be blue on the helmet, including the T-visor area, the side ear pieces, and the back vents.
(Also pictured here with my range finder in the silver base.)


I coat both the RF and the bucket with medium gray MG#7060...


...and then coat both parts with the dark gray MG#7070. After letting the paint dry and cure for about a day, I proceeded to mask all the dark gray areas of the bucket I wanted to keep—the top dome, the back side sans the vent area, and both sides of the cheek area in detail.
The exposed strips of the cheek area will be exposed for the next paint color...


...which will be the white. I'll be using the MG#7010-Marble color. It's a slightly off color white, that has a more flatter look, and isn't a blinding pure white.


Applied and will sit for a day to dry and cure.


And jumping back to the RF, the familiar process takes place with the usual black washing and then carbon scoring.


And after the final matte coating, here are the results for this piece.


Here's a quick view of the bucket after the white has dried and the masking off the areas of the front T-visor, the dome, and the backside.


Next will be the masking preperation for painting the blues...I mask everything in detail that will not be blue, including the white cheek area, the dome and the backside sans the vent area.


The first layer of blue will be a coating of Rustoleum Wildflower Blue. Two hours after the application I dry sanded the blue with a grade green Scotch Brite scrubbing pad to take out the sheen and then did a wet sand of the layer to get a subtle deeper blue effect (probably only noticable to the nake eye). I then continued to allow it to dry and cure for another 24hrs.


The second layer of blue will be Crylon Iris Blue. I did two layers of dusting with this blue shade.


Next, I used steel wool to do some scuff weathering on the blue areas.


Another layer of weathering on the blue areas was applied with a little bit of white washing and dry brushing throughout...


After I applied silver Rub 'n Buff to areas around the T-visor and other blue areas, I proceeded to remove the masking for the white area of the cheeks and did some light sanding with the steel wool.


Next was the unmasking of the gray areas...


Up next was sanding down to the next paint layer on key areas as referenced from the screen shots, and then dry brushing or dabbing light gray paint on the gray areas, especially the cheeks and dome areas.


For the kill mark decals, I used my 1/4"in or 6mm green masking tape as a guide. I cut four 30mm length strips and use them as place holders for where the yellow painted kill marks will be located. It took me a few trys to get them to the correct length and placement per the screen references. I had them placed about 3mm above the lip of the visor area and about 2mm spacing between the marks for each pair.


I then masked around the decals in the negative spacing as so...


I used generic yellow acrylic paint and used a paint roller to apply the color. (I didn't want to paint using a brush as I didn't want brush strokes to be apparent on these marks.)


Dried and masking off.


After I sanded the kill marks with 800 grit sandpaper to weather blend them to the helmet, applied another layer of light gray dry dabbing over the forehead area among other places and then sealed the bucket with matte coating.


The next step was a black wash, but I didn't use a heavy black wash in the traditional sense. Instead, I did a very light wash via using a paper towel and dapping technique. On areas where the black dabbing took away the other lighter gray or silver weathering, I also went back and reapplied those lost accent weathering. A layer of carbon scoring was applied too. And where areas that the graphite was over applied, I restored by subtracting via wet paper towel and also used light gray fuller's earth to get some of the highlights back.


After the final matte seal, I took off the visor backing board and assembled the rest of the pieces of the bucket.


And here are the final results...


All armor pieces now completed!


All set for now!

« Last Edit: Oct 24, 2020, 04:19 AM by mrfred » Logged
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Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
« Reply #61 on: Oct 24, 2020, 01:16 PM »
Looks great vod!

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Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
« Reply #62 on: Oct 24, 2020, 03:33 PM »
Looking good Fred :)

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Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
« Reply #63 on: Oct 24, 2020, 06:08 PM »
Absolutely stunning, my friend.

I think the trick with these builds is pulling off the weathering just right and I think that's been achieved here.

I'm going to note your techniques, especially in the paint department, for future recruits building from  these shows as the tried and true method of bringing these characters to life.

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Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
« Reply #64 on: Oct 25, 2020, 08:53 AM »
Wow! Looks great! You’ve done your research

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Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
« Reply #65 on: Oct 26, 2020, 01:14 AM »
Thanks everyone for the feedback!
Gonna keep going... :D

---Weathering the Soft Goods

Going to start the weathering with the flightsuit...


The plan is to dust the flightsuit with light gray, such as Rustoleum Aged Gray, which I have on hand. I'll also be using a soft sanding block/sponge to blend the paint to the fabric and to soften up the hard edge marks.


Most of the dusting of the flightsuit will mostly be on the exposed areas or areas not covered by the armor or the vest. Best distance to dust is about 1-2 feet away from the target. Here I'm using the sanding block to blend the weathering better, and it helps cover up areas where you've gone overboard.


Frontside and backside of the dusted suit.



Next will be the flight gloves. Same process, light dusting with light gray paint.


Weathering of the vest comes next. In order to weather this vinyl like surface, I'll need to coat it with a matte clear coating. It'll coat it with a tacky surface, which will hopefully hold the weathering via fuller's earth.


After the coating, fuller's earth is applied. I would then rub it over with a cloth to blend it...


Vest now looks like it's "...been there, done that."


I have a recon neck wrap that I'll be using for coverage of the neck up to the lower half of my head. It's currently in a foilage color, so it should be easy to dye it to navy blue.


And here is the result after an hour in the dye...I can leave it in the dye longer if I want it darker... but it's good to go at this point.


All set for now.

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Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
« Reply #66 on: Oct 26, 2020, 12:08 PM »
Excited to see all of this together!

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Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
« Reply #67 on: Nov 01, 2020, 10:46 PM »
Excited to see all of this together!

Ok! Here is a quick test fit with everything put together...please forgive if anything is off, because I'm a one man show on this and after about 50 takes, these are the best ones...doing this myself was like blindfolded with one hand tied behind my back hopping on one foot...next time I'll at least get a second person to help me with this...




All set??? No, not quite yet...
Hummm... something is still missing...

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Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
« Reply #68 on: Nov 04, 2020, 10:46 AM »
You’ve been working hard! It’s looking good!

For the torso plates, you’ll want to shape them a bit more to fit closer to your body. We don’t want to be able to see underneath the plates.

The legs of your flightsuit could be tailored just a bit to not look baggy near your thighs.

You’re doing a great job!

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Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
« Reply #69 on: Nov 04, 2020, 11:24 AM »

For the torso plates, you’ll want to shape them a bit more to fit closer to your body. We don’t want to be able to see underneath the plates.


Torso plates... they're ABS, not sintra, maybe tough to do without destroying them... hummm...

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Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
« Reply #70 on: Nov 04, 2020, 11:46 AM »
Looking at this now, I agree about the plate float. That is something that will get called out at the base approval level.

From the side shot is where I'm seeing the main issues. Especially around the bottom of the chest fangs, top of the chest plate, and a few spots on the backplate.

You could try some hot water or VERY, and I mean VERY gradually heating the plate to shape it a little more.

You are SO close. Honestly, it was gut wrenching writing the above notes, but I know you can sort that issue out.

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Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
« Reply #71 on: Nov 04, 2020, 01:32 PM »
Awesome stuff dude! Very well done  :like:

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Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
« Reply #72 on: Nov 05, 2020, 11:56 AM »
Very nice kit, I'm still watching your detailed progress...every time stunning again  :jango:.

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