Paint List: The Empire Strikes Back Helmet

boba87fett

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Staff member
Hi everyone,

This thread will contain paint lists for The Empire Strikes Back helmet. The primary goal of this thread is to be a collective reference point for those planning out their paint ups.

I'd like to utilize paint ups done in vintage Floquil, pollyscale or contemporary replica paints like Archive-X in order to find the most accurate and likely color combinations. However, paint ups with other paint brands can be shared too if you feel you've found an accurate alternative.

Please copy and paste the following information if you intend on sharing your paint up. Then include photos, preferably some on a full costume, some in a light box or with studio style lighting. If you have a color card or white balance card you can use with your photos, please do.

Information

Year Painted: 2022
Paint Brand: Floquil, Pollyscale, Archive-X, etc.
Paint Type: Acryilc or Enamel
Paint Age: Vintage or Contemporary
Paint Thinner Used: Brand and Type
Paint Up Style: Layered, Topical, Combination

Dome Paint List
Primer: Brand, Type, Color
Pale Grey Blue: Brand, Type, Color
Base Silver: Brand, Type, Color
Dark Gray: Brand, Type, Color
Green: Brand, Type, Color
Black Wash: Brand, Type, Color
Light Gray: Brand, Type, Color

Killstripes Paint List
Yellow: Brand, Type, Color
Orange: Brand, Type, Color

Upper Cheeks Paint List
Primer: Brand, Type, Color
Base Silver: Brand, Type, Color
Dark Gray: Brand, Type, Color
Black 1: Brand, Type, Color
Black 2: Brand, Type, Color

Cheeks Paint List
Primer: Brand, Type, Color
Base Silver: Brand, Type, Color
Dark Gray: Brand, Type, Color
Green: Brand, Type, Color

Mandibles/Brow/Key Slots Paint List
Primer: Brand, Type, Color
Base Silver: Brand, Type, Color
Dark Gray: Brand, Type, Color
Maroon: Brand, Type, Color
Red: Brand, Type, Color

Back Panels Paint List
Primer: Brand, Type, Color
Base Silver: Brand, Type, Color
Dark Gray: Brand, Type, Color
Concrete: Brand, Type, Color
Dark Green: Brand, Type, Color

Right Ear Paint List:
Light Beige: Brand, Type, Color
Black: Brand, Type, Color
White: Brand, Type, Color

Rangefinder Stalk Paint List:
Rust: Brand, Type, Color

Rangefinder Topper Paint List
Primer: Brand, Type, Color
Black: Brand, Type, Color

Left Ear Paint List:
Primer: Brand, Type, Color
Base Silver: Brand, Type, Color
Red: Brand, Type, Color
Green: Brand, Type, Color
White: Brand, Type, Color

Weathering Paint List:

Weathering 1: Brand, Type, Color
Weathering 2: Brand, Type, Color
Weathering 3: Brand, Type, Color
Weathering 4: Brand, Type, Color

-Steven
 

boba87fett

Admin
Staff member
This is what I *plan* on doing based on the review of many paint ups so far. Pics to follow.

Information
Year Painted: 2021-22
Paint Brand: Pollyscale, Archive-X
Paint Type: Acryilc
Paint Age: Contemporary with one Vintage paint
Paint Thinner Used: Archive-X Thinner
Paint Up Style: Layered

Dome Paint List
Primer: Tamiya Fine Surface Primer Light Gray
Pale Grey Blue: TBD - going to do it topically at the end, which isn't accurate. Should be base layer.
Base Silver: Vintage Pollyscale Acrylic Bright Silver
Dark Gray: SP Lark Dark Gray
Green: Custom Mix (Light Green + SP Lettering Grey + SP Lark Dark Grey + Light Reefer Grey + Mud at roughly 12:10:1:1:1)
Black Wash: Engine Black
Light Gray: Light Reefer Grey?

Killstripes Paint List
Yellow: Reefer Yellow (AX thinks SP Armour Yellow)? TBD
Orange: Reefer Orange (AX thinks SP Scarlet)? TBD

Upper Cheeks Paint List
Primer: Tamiya Fine Surface Primer Light Gray
Base Silver: Vintage Pollyscale Acrylic Bright Silver
Dark Gray: SP Lark Dark Gray
Black 1: Engine Black (Possibly add drop of dark green to match Floquil Brunswick Green)
Black 2: Weathered Black

Cheeks Paint List
Primer: Tamiya Fine Surface Primer Light Gray
Base Silver: Vintage Pollyscale Acrylic Bright Silver
Dark Gray: SP Lark Dark Gray
Green: Custom Mix (Light Green + SP Lettering Grey + SP Lark Dark Grey + Light Reefer Grey + Mud at roughly 12:10:1:1:1)

Mandibles/Brow/Key Slots Paint List
Primer: Tamiya Fine Surface Primer Light Gray
Base Silver: Vintage Pollyscale Acrylic Bright Silver
Dark Gray: SP Lark Dark Gray
Maroon: Custom Mix 1) D&H Caboose + Foundation at 10:1 + Black? or 2) D&H + Dark Blue and Enine Black or SP Lark Dark Gray?
Red: 1975 D&H Caboose red

Back Panels Paint List
Primer: Tamiya Fine Surface Primer Light Gray
Base Silver: Vintage Pollyscale Acrylic Bright Silver
Dark Gray: SP Lark Dark Gray
Concrete: Concrete (AX thinks Dark Grime)
Dark Green: Dark Green + Engine Black (10:2 or 10:3) (close to German RLM73 Green)

Right Ear Paint List:
Light Beige: Light Earth + Earth (to match 1975 Floquil Paint Chip on card)
Black: Engine Black
White: Reefer White

Rangefinder Stalk Paint List:
Rust: Rust

Rangefinder Topper Paint List
Primer: Tamiya Fine Surface Primer Light Gray
Black: Engine Black

Left Ear Paint List:
Primer: Tamiya Fine Surface Primer Light Gray
Base Silver: Vintage Pollyscale Acrylic Bright Silver
Red: Caboose Red
Green: Custom Mix to Match Model Master Russian Armor Green
White: Reefer White

Weathering Paint List:

Weathering 1: Rust
Weathering 2: Grime
Weathering 3: Mud
Weathering 4: Light Gray Misting
Weathering 5: Engine Black Wash

-Steven
 
Very solid list, my last paintup was very much along those lines give or take on some of the mixes. Currently collecting Floquils for my next one so I’ll share my list once I get going.

I suggest trying Earth/Light Earth as one of the final weathering colours. Jon Bird recommended using it as a wash and I quite like how it matches the buildup around the mandibles.
 

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