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my first bucket x2...Updated with pics
« on: Jan 20, 2014, 01:43 PM »
Hello all, first post on here, from sunny (I wish) England!

So I'm starting my first bucket, having been a mando fan for years. This project has all started because my younger brother, 18, invited me to Comicon uk with him. My obvious reply was yes, and that I would outdo his costume by going mando.. this then made him exceedingly jealous, so for Christmas I surprised him with a helmet of his own.

This build log is for a matching pair of helmets, that we're doing together, which so far has proved a lot of fun  :) We're aiming for a sniper spotter team, based in a desert environment. So sand colouring, weathering, and other touches.

Our helmets came from a nice guy on ebay, who made them special. Not sure what mould, but we're the second and third helmets he's done. Mine's been done in a much thicker heavier resin, to such an extend that I think it may actually stop bullets. My brothers is a thinner more flexible cast, he's less likely to break or complain about being heavy..

Right, so, progress so far:








So as you can see, we've got as far as the silver base layer. We've cut the visor slot out, finished the helmets, primered them, added battle damage, reprimered, and silvered... Next is masking and painting the colours. I've got a tank commander helmet that's being bodged into the interior for my lid, and my bros using foam. We've got visors too. Shall keep you all posted with progress pics.  ;D

Photo's fixed!

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Re: my first bucket x2..
« Reply #1 on: Jan 20, 2014, 02:18 PM »
The pics are broken for me. :(

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Re: my first bucket x2...Updated with pics
« Reply #2 on: Jan 21, 2014, 09:31 PM »
Very cool!  If you're going for a sniper/spotter combo, might I suggest getting a set of Macros for the spotter bucket?  TrooperJasher has one in the making right now.

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Re: my first bucket x2...Updated with pics
« Reply #3 on: Jan 22, 2014, 02:24 PM »
Nice 3d weathering Vod ;)

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Re: my first bucket x2...Updated with pics
« Reply #4 on: Jan 22, 2014, 07:11 PM »
Very cool!  If you're going for a sniper/spotter combo, might I suggest getting a set of Macros for the spotter bucket?  TrooperJasher has one in the making right now.

Good thinking, I've already managed to get a set of clone trooper electrobinoculars for my bro, the spotter. He's going to modify his rangefinder too, whilst myself, the shooter, will have minimal helmet accessories, just possible a cable linking me to the sniper scope.

Shall check out jashers build

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Re: my first bucket x2...Updated with pics
« Reply #5 on: Jan 22, 2014, 07:20 PM »
solid start there bud, I'll be following this  ;D

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Re: my first bucket x2...Updated with pics
« Reply #6 on: Jan 25, 2014, 04:25 AM »
Looking good. :)

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Re: my first bucket x2...Updated with lots of pics
« Reply #7 on: Jan 27, 2014, 05:53 PM »
So we've been busy these last few evenings. Sadly didn't quite photo document every single step, but most of it's here below. Enjoy:

Step one, using toothpaste to mask of areas we wanted to appear as metal showing through:




The next step was another coat of grey primer over the whole helmet:



After this, a bit more toothpaste was applied to mask off an area of primer to show through around the metal. then desert tan paint was applied to the whole helmet, though it looks yellow in this pics due to the lighting in my garage.




I then removed all the toothpaste from my helmet, me being the lab rat before we paint my brothers, to see how well things were going:



And it looked good! So after this I reapplied the masking on the scratches, masked of a lot of areas, and painted the black layer. I then masked again and painted my white layer. Once dry and after removing all the tape, I went over the whole lid weathering with charcoal and grease to add grime.
The final detail touches are nearly all done now, like the mesh at the back, intended to keep out desert sand. The ariel still needs doing though and I'm still deciding how to do it. The painting took about 4 hours, from the primer step shown at the start to finished article. I sadly dont have all the progress pics, as they're on my brothers phone. But we will have them for his when we finish his lid this week. Enjoy the first nearly finished lid:








So I hope you enjoyed the pic heavy post, a few hours well spent I feel. I'll get interior pics next, as I have a tank drivers helmet as a lining, meaning this is a very heavy lid, but so comfy, and actually very strong too! My brothers lid should be done by the end of the week, then we'll be starting gauntlets in a separate thread :)









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Re: my first bucket x2...Updated with pics
« Reply #8 on: Jan 27, 2014, 08:05 PM »
looking great nice weathering technique. What type of bucket's are they? Keep up the good work Vod!  8)

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Re: my first bucket x2...Updated with pics
« Reply #9 on: Jan 28, 2014, 04:11 PM »
looking great nice weathering technique. What type of bucket's are they? Keep up the good work Vod!  8)

Thanks vod, not sure what helmet it is tbh, I intend to so some detective work to find out. They're the second and third made buy some guy in the uk, after he got a mould and made himself one. Good quality though, sharp lines and the correct size n shape

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Re: my first bucket x2...Updated with pics
« Reply #10 on: Jan 28, 2014, 04:16 PM »
Great paint apps mate, looking forward to the rest of the build.

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Re: my first bucket x2...Updated with pics
« Reply #11 on: Feb 03, 2014, 05:53 PM »
I suspect they are a Master Replicas recast, due to the squashed T-visor before he worked on it and the crisp indicators.



But regardless of that, looking good. :)

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Re: my first bucket x2...Updated with pics
« Reply #12 on: Feb 03, 2014, 06:06 PM »
I suspect they are a Master Replicas recast, due to the squashed T-visor before he worked on it and the crisp indicators.



But regardless of that, looking good. :)

Thanks bud, I think your right. Had a lot of fun reshaping my bros to get it straighter! My helmet is a very thick casting, so not shareable sadly, but it gives it such a heavy look and it feels properly armoured on too 😃 doesn't look overly bent in the flesh tho 😊

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Re: my first bucket x2...Updated with pics
« Reply #13 on: Feb 03, 2014, 06:10 PM »
Looks like he cast it in polyurethane, so a little heat may sort out some of the T-imperfections, but honestly? Looks like you got it in hand.

Second look though, you may need to sand down some of the edging around the t-visor on the right hand side as you wear it, it is just WAY too thick, it's obvious that's where he left the material to pool and cure

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Re: my first bucket x2...Updated with pics
« Reply #14 on: Feb 03, 2014, 06:26 PM »
Looks like he cast it in polyurethane, so a little heat may sort out some of the T-imperfections, but honestly? Looks like you got it in hand.

Second look though, you may need to sand down some of the edging around the t-visor on the right hand side as you wear it, it is just WAY too thick, it's obvious that's where he left the material to pool and cure

I haven't taken photo's it from both sides annoyingly, but the thickness is even, looks great in the flesh and I like the heavily recessed visor it gives. I did a lot of Dremeling to get them the same already, shall try to get better pics. The thicker cast also made visor installation way easier, as I could screw the visor directly into the casting, no faff glueing Chicago screws etc. It also means the helmet doesn't 'wobble' like a cheap prop and doesn't warp at all in the heat, something my brother had an issue with until we fitted his visor.

Thanks for all the feedback though 😊 any suggestions for an Ariel for the right earcap, unsure how long to make one.

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