Original & 2nd Concept Designs with colour and a few odds/ends added:
Additional gear and more detailed helmet design:
My helmet arrived on 7/19/2016:
The first question I asked the vendor was “any recommendations to what to use for the spikes on the back end seen in your picture?”
His response was “I make them out of epoxy sculpt even supersculpy will work the epoxy will be stronger material but either will work just fine then super glue them on.”
I found this bucket of air hardening clay to sculpt the spikes/claws/talons going down the back of my helmet. I may even experiment the idea of the jawbones out of this stuff, depending on how well it works.
I picked up the air hoses at Lowe’s to connect to my helmet. Metal braided 30″ hoses with brass fittings. I’ll add washers and nuts on the inside & washers on the outside of the helmet to keep the brass fittings in place.
The back plate metal cooling systems I have yet to figure out, but will have a brass T-fitting for the hoses to connect to and then go into the system. I returned these fittings and got a different kind at Ace Hardware.
Started using the air hardening clay this evening to sculpt the spikes/claws going down the center of the helmet (sort of like a mohawk).
Brigade requirement states: No Ornamental Ridges, Blades and/or Mohawks, only low Profile ridges Similar to Episode II Clones Helmets. The spike/claw profile ridge is lower than the ridge on the clone helmets.
I then experimented with the idea of the jawbones out of this clay after looking at every kind of jawbone from dinosaur to coyote. I’m going to let both the spikes and jaws dry for a few days. Then I’ll see how well it turned out; probably sanding down a few details and shaping them more into what I’d like to see.
I’m debating to fasten the hoses to the rear of the helmet, sort of like Rokeim Gekla (Roki) did with his helmet. This would give me more movement, but I would need to return the 30″ hoses and go for something shorter. Mainly don’t want it to interfere with the jawbones on the helmet.
I started painting on 7/26/16. One or two coats before work and then one to two coats of a different paint after work. Drying time was roughly 8-10 hours. Metallic primer coat went on over the primer. I then painted on my hunter green as the overall base coat.
The hunter green has a beautiful finish on this helmet, I really like it.
I painted the dome and ear area a army green. The cheeks/face area was with this grass green. Not too thrilled with the colour, distracts too much from the environmental colours of beasthunter. The clay for my jawbones is dried out though.
I coated my bones with a cream colour paint, added slight brown undertones, and finished off with a sandy gritty tan colour. I also repainted the cheeks/face area with a mud/chocolate brown colour and added two stripes on either side of the center line. This will allow me to figure out where my bone spikes will go.
The bone/claw/talon spikes turned out amazing. I used a butter knife with the slight serrated edge to carve off the sandy gritty tan paint, which revealed the brown undertone. They really look like bone/antler material now.
The stripes down the center of the helmet turned out quite well and even work to break up the solid army green dome a bit. The brown cheeks/face area also work well to set the right mood. I used my brass fittings from Ace Hardware with a few washers to screw from the inside out (after making two holes with an 3/4″ wood bit on my drill). I still need to figure out how the hoses will not get in the way when I turn from side to side, but they are in and I decided not to do it like Roki’s bucket because it needed to fit into the Late Crusader Era still.
I then used a 2-part quick set epoxy to adhere my bone spikes to the top of my helmet. They are irregular in size, but it makes it more authentic this way. Whoever heard of a beast with perfect teeth/claws?
After some thought and wearing it around the house, the jawbones are a no go. They don’t work with the kit I’m going for. I then went outside and rubbed the helmet over everything. Through the brush, through tree branches, across a boulder, in some sand, the grass, and random objects in my garage.
The effect is priceless, it really makes it look like a beasthunter, who has been through the thicket hunting prey. The last thing I needed to do before completing the helmet was to pop in the visor. I used Sentinel’s method of using Velcro to attach the visor. It worked really well in my first kit and my wife’s kit.
I also smeared black, brown, and rust colours into my metal braided hose to give it the same weathering effect.
Update 11/20/2016: Toying with some ideas the other day and thought about removing one of the hose and adding an air filter in its place. Reason behind the idea was to gain better mobility when moving my head left to right, up and down.
The piece I decided to use was from a VHS video camera (which I gutted to get greeblies for my macrobinoculars) microphone. The speaker mesh, “air filter” looked the right fit. I removed the hose from the connection and glued the microphone to the connector piece, wa la. It worked perfectly. As you can see below, Rohlan has a similar set up on his helmet as well as countless other Late Crusader Mandalorians.
I played around with the idea and decided to put it on the opposite side as Rohlan’s which worked better with my back apparatus.
This image looks funky, because I spliced two different images together to show you how it looks with the back apparatus.
Update 11/21/2016: Added “claw marks” another beast hunter brigade requirement. It also tells a story of why I have an air filter on that side of my helmet. It was because I used to have two hoses. I was attacked by a Gharzr, also known as a Dxunian stalker on the forest moon of Dxun several years ago while hunting this beast and it torn off my left hose.
Modification for Brigades Application: 1) You need to make the teeth mounted on the helmet look better blended with the helmet- Make the area where attached look less like glue and more like grime or other blending, as they simply look like you stuck them on with wood glue.
The “glue” which was clear when I applied it and I painted it the bone colour to blend in with the claws. Unfortunately, I guess I was supposed to blend the opposite and make it look more part of the helmet. I started by painting over the “glue” with a metallic silver colour, sort of like a fresh weld on one of Dresdon’s metal masterpiece.
After the metallic colour had dried and went through and painted it similar to the colour of the center stripe; a light army green. The result makes the claws look like they are protruding out of my helmet; pushing up to the surface. I then applied the same weathering techniques to the rest of the helmet. I cleaned up the claws that may have gotten green on them and weathered some of the bottom “welds” to show a little metal beneath the paint at the base of the claws.
Completely missed the part about the spikes looking like they were glued on. I took a grinder and wore down the “glue” and made some wear marks in the process.
I then repainted, weathered, and did touch ups to the spikes across the top.