What is Needed:
- Paint (See my post on paint).
- Armor (Mine is made by the late RKD, sadly his armor is no longer available). Visit The Dented Helmet to find some armor, such as FettPride.
- Black Acrylic Paint
- Toothpaste (or masking fluid)
- Optional: Transfer Paper
Step 0: Test
Ask for a piece of scrap plastic when buying your amor. It’s great for testing. This is a layer of silver, then a layer of yellow, and then a layer of green (without black washing).
Step 1: Silver
First layer was the silver, or ‘metallic aluminum’ (but not actual metallic, see my post on paint colors used).
Coat all the armor in a nice even layer of silver.
Step 2: Masking
I eyeballed it but I recommend printing out the templates and using the transfer paper to get it more accurate.
Step 3: Yellow
Using the weird inverted can I covered it in ‘Strping Yellow’ paint.
Step 4: Masking, again
Wipe off the previous masking fluid, trace your new paint chips on, and recover in toothpaste/masking fluid.
Step 5: Green
There is a little debate over which color to use here. For ESB it seems “Spruce Green” paint is closest where as for ROTJ/SE “Hunt Club Green” paint is closest.
Note that if you want to be more accurate there is a layer of “Olive Green” (by Krylon) on one chest piece and the ab plate.
Step 6: Black Washing
To get that shine down and make everything darker you need to black wash. To start black washing, mix black acrylic paint and water and then brush it on. Waiting a few seconds and dab the black off.
Comparison of mine vs. 501st CRL vs. before black washing.