How to Make an Authentic Looking ESB Darth Vader Helmet

Introduction: How to Make an Authentic Looking ESB Darth Vader Helmet

About: i am an aspiring prop maker and keen sci-fi fan. i found this site a few years back and i did not know i'd ever love it this much! i'm mostly into Assassin's Creed cosply and Star Wars Cosplay.

Here's part of the Darth Vader Costume Series. We Start off with the Helmet.

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Step 1: You Need

you need a:
Darth Vader Helmet
http:// kpid=515-2195&gclid=CL7yq5OZ3bkCFbLHtAodlVEAcQ

Black Enamel Paint (Humbrol Black Gloss Enamel)
 £1.20 in the hobby shop, Saint Albans
Rust-oleum Red Enamel and Silver Enamel paints

3 Paintbrushes
 X2 Medium brush
 X1 Large Brush

The Referene pictures
Electrical Tape or Masking Tape

Step 2: Paint Specifiation.

now the Rust-Oleums need to be exactly:
80% paint and 20% water
that EXACT Measurement.

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Step 3: Covering the Helmet

Start by printing your Reference Pictures and taking a look at them. There's a Colour key on the ESB colourscheme picture.
over your Vader Helmet where there is Grey on the Costume minus the eyes. Eventhough they're Black, Cover them as you'll need to see out of them (CAPTAIN OBVIOUS STRIKES AGAIN)

Step 4: Painting the Helmet (Face)

I started with a medium sized Paintbrush and heavily used the Gloss Black for the perfect shine, that and the lighting on the Helmet would create a light ray as potent as Magnesium.

Step 5: Painting the Helmet (the Head Dome Thingymajig)

Here's how i painted the bit with no name.
Heavy use of Gloss Black also went into this

Step 6: The Final Product.

The final product after 24-36 hours should be like this.

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    3 Discussions


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Are some of the panels on the face really matte and others glossy? What reference from the movie was used for that?

    Bwilson Props
    Bwilson Props

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    firstly, sorry it took so long to reply, i don't get notified of comments.
    secondly, the paintjob is from Star Wars Episode V. His paintscheme changes throughout the films. look at the paintjob picture is posted up, them black areas are where the gloss is.