Step 8: Paintjob

This step is down to you really, as there are many variations on the dragon priest masks and you can paint it however you like. Going for the authentic Krosis look, I first coated it with a couple of coats of primer then moved on to a very golden and shiny paint. If it’s anything like the one I got, it looks stunning but in order for it to stay nice it needs to take its time with drying. For this reason, it is important to apply VERY THIN coats and not to touch the surface until you are 100% sure it is dry. Too thick a coat will make a horrible, runny mess and a week on it will still get covered in fingerprints at the slightest touch, as I discovered the first time around.

If you do get fingerprints on it, don't worry, they can come out. Just get a soft piece of cloth and rub very lightly and they will eventually fade.

Now it’s time to age it. It took me a while to figure out how far I should go, and the first time around it was a horrible black mess with random golden scratches, and I was too ashamed to take a photo. When it is dry, you may want to rub the surface VERY gently with a soft rag just to polish it up and also to get rid of any remaining moisture.

You should use matt black paint to paint in the crevices (Don't worry about it being messy yet) and then use a sponge to move it around. Wipe along the crease and when you are satisfied with the coverage, dab a dry part of your sponge on the paint to make it look more natural. It should dry very quickly as your coats should be very thin. On my first go I went really overboard, so it’s important to know when to stop. Unless you know what you're doing, I would advise that you stick to the crevices and avoid the large, flat surfaces. If the paint goes on too thick, consider watering it down.

You are finished! Now you can guard ancient Word Walls, kill Savos' students or just enjoy your 20% bonus to Lockpicking, Archery, and Alchemy. Have fun making this mask, and please post any pictures of your own!
Do I need to have pepekura to download the rpf model of the mask? Nothing else has been working. Nothing will let me open the file, what do I need to open it?
Yes you'll need tp download pepakura viewer which I believe is free
oh okay I didn't know that. thanks for the response!
Do I need to have pepekura to download the rpf model of the mask? Nothing else has been working. Nothing will let me open the file, what do I need to open it?
<p>Hey, i'm making the mask but i've never used resin and fibreglass. Do you put resin everywhere on the mask, then put the fibreglass inside the mask (and it sticks with the resin) ?</p>
<p>Oh note to would be firberglass users...If the raw resin gets on your skin you MIGHT develop an allergy that is trigger by (i kid you not) powdered fiberglass sanding dust. I found that on West Fiberglass Systems site years ago.</p>
<p>Hi,</p><p>I am here as I found your follow up instructable on aging/rusting this mask, which confused me as well. I do love the mask and the technique. I used a similar technique to make a 7 foot tall Tiki out of corriagated cardboard It was a hoot, and a hit with the Cub Scouts!</p><p>why do you show a skull in the pictures? I skimmed it and must have missed the reason it is there and I am sure it is useful. Is it to back the mask during initial taping up as an armature? If one is not available one might use a balloon of a piece of PVC 4 inch pipe.</p><p>Consider this technical change print on card stock then with rubber cement glue it to old cotton Tee shirts, on what will be the inside of the mask. Then spray the cotton side with thinned shellac, or thinned exterior wood glue (that would be painted), cut it out assemble. The paper should be rigid enough but if not use more glue/shellac. Corrigated cardboard can be layered and shaped and glued on to where ever it is needed, if foam is not available.</p><p>I enjoyed this instructable.</p>
Having a REALLY hard time downloading the file, I don't know if it's just me or what
<p>From those of us who are Skyrim fans, we thank you!! Beautiful work. Can't wait to clear out the glass room and start creating these. Absolutely beautiful. And enough time to make it for Halloween! </p>
Looks amazing! Definitely going to make one of these, and you already used Krosis (my favourite mask) as the example!
<p>I want to find a Konahrik mask tutorial now....</p>
Question, do I have to scale the model, or is it good as it is?
Its already to scale
<p>Thanks man, awesome project. </p>
I believe it is anyway, it's been so long since I did it that I dont know for certain. You could try printing just one page with an eyehole or something,that should give you a good indication
The most fun I had this summer holiday. Great instructable. I just had to change some bits up.<br><br>Thank you so much man!
Nice job, I especially like how comfortable it looks, mine's basically a web of pointy fibreglass inside. I like the hood too, I might have to do one myself for halloween :D
<p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/nUMPublJWPY" width="500"></iframe></p><p>Cheers for the instructable! was really fun!! :D</p>
<p>Just another day in office... :D</p>
<p>You should try craft foam or a closed cell, EVA foam</p>
this was the most fun project to make
<p>That's really awesome!</p>
Very impressive <br>Me and my girlfriend want to make two of these, but our local art store don't have any fiber glass and their epoxy is quite expensive <br>Is fiber glass boat epoxy suitable for such a project ? (since it's half the price) <br>Also, got any idea where i could find fiberglass or any alternative product that i could use ? <br>And yes we will use them, and yes we will fight with them on battlegrounds :P <br> <br>thanks for your respond, but especially for your wonderfull work !
Your comment is much appreciated! With regards to boat epoxy, I've never used it myself but it should be fine so long as it is easy to spread over the paper and not too thick. Although If it does end up too thick, you could thin it out with turpentine. As for the fibreglass there are a few different things you could try, some cotton cloth could work although I would recommend that you test on some scrap paper first. Any kind of porous cloth should do fine, otherwise I found some more ideas on a forum post: http://www.therpf.com/f24/pepakura-alternatives-fiberglass-85487/ <br>And finally fibreglass products are generally really easy to pick up, the majority of hardware shops, Halfords and arts and crafts stores should have it in. The cheapest place to get would probably be a car-body shop, if you can find one.
saddly, i failed mine, it glued to the support while drying and falled appart <br><br>but that was 6 months ago !<br><br>for this summer i'm trying to make a new one using thicker paper, masking tape and areosol ruber ! :D
thanks a lot for your quick answer, I'll post a picture of the final results, if there's one :P <br>I hope you'll continue to make us other great instructables !
<p>So awesome ^^,</p><p>[Shizu - you almost nailed it, pEpakura* ;) ]</p>
<p>really amazing job. I've seen papakura (sure i butchered that spelling) but from original I wouldn't have believe it came from that.</p>
<p>Ikkalebob what type or brand of gold paint did you use? I'm having a hard time finding metallic gold paint that looks like that. BTW thanks for this amazing tutorial :)</p>
I'm having so much trouble finding the assembly instructions.. I'm trying to put it together without it, but it's a bit tedious.. Do you happen to have a direct link? Thanks so much.
There aren't any assembly instructions for this specific model, its very tedious but unfortunately you have to figure it out yourself to some degree. My best advice is to just constantly refer to the Pepakura program, using the feature where you can click on a section to see what it looks like and how it attaches to the rest of the model. Unfortunately there's a lot of improvisation with this step, but just use the numbering on the tabs and keep referring to the 3D model and you should be fine. If you still need help there should be instructions built into the program, try pressing F1 but otherwise its been so long since I've used the program that I wouldn't remember.
Oh alright. This helps, thanks. And thanks so much for the fast reply.
What is the point of sanding off the dried resin?
The resin will most likely have brush marks in it where it has been brushed on, and it will probably run a little too. Its very difficult to get an even coat on, and even if you did manage to get it perfectly smooth, sanding the resin down will make the paint and filler (If necessary) stick much better.
How much did the materials in total cost you? I'm looking to film a Skyrim short in the next couple of weeks and this looks like a better option than buying from Etsy.
The materials cost around &pound;30/$50, though I'm sure you could find cheaper options since I was left with quite a lot of surplus at the end. However if you need to buy the sandpaper, files, Dremel and other equipment, then it might be a lot more cost efficient to buy from Etsy.
what gold paint DID you use? most gold paint i've seen is spray paint, and looks absolutely wretched. i'd love to know how to get something so metalic as what you have. it's glorious... (love the whole thing btw. beutiful, looks authentic)
Thanks for your comment, the paint I used was just some generic decorative spray paint I picked up from B&amp;Q, but I think that the most important factor in the paint-job is that the surface is adequately prepared. Provided that you've used a really high-grade sandpaper on the surface, and the paint is applied evenly, it should look pretty good. I also gave mine a slight polish with a soft cloth to bring out the shine.
i've done the pepakura but i used clear tape because i had trouble with the glue holding. Is it ok to continue with the step by sanding the tape surface. Oh and thanks for the instructions.
If the tape is on the inside of the mask then it should be no trouble at all, however if it is on the outer surface then it may be a little difficult. If so, just make sure that the resin covers the tape entirely and try not to sand down to the tape itself. Good luck.
What type of foam did you use to build up the forehead/top part?
What I used were &quot;Scotch Brite Pads&quot;, which are used to remove dirt or as an alternative to low-grade sandpaper. They probably weren't the best option, but it seemed to work quite well.
Ok thanks, I was thinking using like gardeners foam or just styrofoam.
To be honest that could probably work well, I just used what I used because it was at hand and cheap.
Thanks dude!
do you put body filler over the front of the mask or do you just sand your primer and fiberglass?
Its entirely up to you. My mask was quite warped because I had put too much resin on and the forehead had begun to cave in, so I used filler to re-shape the forehead and the cheekbones. I would avoid using filler on the front though since its very tedious but at the same time I would encourage you to use it if the shape is going badly. So really its just down to whether or not you deem it necessary.
Hey I'm new to using fibre glass and resin and was just wondering where you bought the materials and what I should be looking for as I'm keen to give it a go myself.
I managed to find all of the materials from Halfords, but some of them are cheaper if you go to an actual car body repair shop, namely the fibreglass, filler and primer. As for what you are looking for, the actual fibreglass can be as thick as you like since its only going on the inside, and for all the rest of the materials there isn't really anything specific you need to look for. If you do end up going to Halfords, the &quot;Fastglas&quot; resin and fibreglass I used work great and are pretty cheap too.
the dowloads i keep getting are corrupted is it possible for you to save em as a jpeg and just post the templates as pictures? it would be greatly apreciated

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