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 Taakur Dala's Helmet Conversion (Modern to Early Crusader)

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So, my original plan was to make a modern era pilot, but did a 180 with my plans and decided to go early crusader. This will be the first time I will have ever attempted such an ambitious project and I'm super excited to get started on this journey!

Be warned though, the number of photos that I'm going to be posting is going to be ridiculous!  :laugh:

Let's get started!

Here's my concept art that I've decided on.

And here is the base helmet that I'll be converting. It's from Kick the Bucket helmets in the sales thread here on the forum.

First thing I did was remove the cheeks and fill the gaps with sintra to create a flatter surface.





I then connected the mandibles and filled in the modern era detailing on the back with sintra.



Starting to sketch out the updated visor shape.

Chop chop! Also bondo time!



Visor overlay




And that's all for now. I'll be sure to keep updating when there's more to show.

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Re: Taakur Dala's Helmet Conversion (Modern to Early Crusader)
« Reply #1 on: Sep 19, 2021, 01:20 PM »
Alrighty, so I started on the horns last night. Today's goal is to cover the armature with clay and start on smoothing things out.






[Edit] Horns roughly sculpted



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Re: Taakur Dala's Helmet Conversion (Modern to Early Crusader)
« Reply #2 on: Sep 22, 2021, 04:54 AM »
Has to be one of the more extreme makeovers I've seen for a bucket. I probably would have skipped cutting the cheeks out and just glued the sintra on and left the inside of the cheek sort of hollow, but your way makes the inside of the helmet a little more spacious. Though I suppose you wouldn't have had access to the back side of the join to make sure they glue was on there well.

Anyways, I'm excited to see where this goes!

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Re: Taakur Dala's Helmet Conversion (Modern to Early Crusader)
« Reply #3 on: Sep 22, 2021, 09:46 AM »
Has to be one of the more extreme makeovers I've seen for a bucket. I probably would have skipped cutting the cheeks out and just glued the sintra on and left the inside of the cheek sort of hollow, but your way makes the inside of the helmet a little more spacious. Though I suppose you wouldn't have had access to the back side of the join to make sure they glue was on there well.

Anyways, I'm excited to see where this goes!

Thank you! Yeah, I like to have as much space inside the bucket as I can, though I did consider the way you suggested. The horns have made it pretty front heavy so I feel that whatever I can do to even slightly cut down on weight is a plus.

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Re: Taakur Dala's Helmet Conversion (Modern to Early Crusader)
« Reply #4 on: Sep 23, 2021, 08:11 PM »
Small update tonight. Got down the first layer of filler primer after filling out the faceplate and sanding it down a bit.


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Re: Taakur Dala's Helmet Conversion (Modern to Early Crusader)
« Reply #5 on: Oct 01, 2021, 11:11 PM »
It's all coming together!







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Re: Taakur Dala's Helmet Conversion (Modern to Early Crusader)
« Reply #6 on: Oct 09, 2021, 11:46 PM »

Here's the first layer of bone colored paint! I'm so excited! The one thing that I'm noticing really needed help was the funky textured bits from the spray paint, But I knocked that out pretty quickly with some sandpaper.


Harris decided to supervise the painting process


So... I managed to break the tip of one of my horns off again. At this point I've decided that the universe wants this to be asymmetrical, and so it shall be.

First layer of brown wash

And here's where we are now after some extensive dry brushing.

With flash on

And some close up detail shots.






Next on the to do list is air hoses. I'm not entirely sure where I want to put them, but we'll burn that bridge when we get to it.  :laugh:
After that is adding the visor, padding, and a helmet skirt.

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Re: Taakur Dala's Helmet Conversion (Modern to Early Crusader)
« Reply #7 on: Oct 19, 2021, 06:36 PM »
Added my hoses and took it for a spin this weekend at Hero Con.



A picture of theValkyrie and I where you can see the helmet hoses better.

We're getting closer guys!

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