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How were figures painted?

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How were figures painted?

Postby indianawars » Tue Jan 30, 2018 5:00 pm

Does anyone know the process to how these figures were painted? Was it all done by hand?

I'm guessing things like the hands and feet were dipped into the paint... but as for the rest of the figure, I don't know?

If you take a figure like Boba Fett, surely painting them all by hand must have taken a lot of time.

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Re: How were figures painted?

Postby apack7229 » Tue Jan 30, 2018 5:20 pm

I think they were painted using spray masks.
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Re: How were figures painted?

Postby Clawrence » Tue Jan 30, 2018 5:21 pm

Hi mate, this was brought up in a previous post, looks like metal masks and spray paint.
viewtopic.php?t=16520

There is a video on youtube that gives you the idea.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egcMj_0GZ6w

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Re: How were figures painted?

Postby subzero » Tue Jan 30, 2018 6:12 pm

Yeah you never see any brush strokes on the paintwork, the finish is always smooth.
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Re: How were figures painted?

Postby indianawars » Tue Jan 30, 2018 7:21 pm

Very interesting stuff. Thank you for the links, I appreciate it.
I would never have come up with that conclusion.

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Re: How were figures painted?

Postby Mini99 » Tue Jan 30, 2018 7:31 pm

indianawars wrote:Very interesting stuff. Thank you for the links, I appreciate it.
I would never have come up with that conclusion.

It’s always amazed me, the people that designed the masks must have very highly skilled.

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Re: How were figures painted?

Postby chipsteak » Tue Jan 30, 2018 7:32 pm

It's quite amazing when you consider the volume they made and the relatively small sizes of the figures. Paint errors are rarities too. Their quality control was certainly up to speed.

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Re: How were figures painted?

Postby Oracle » Sat Feb 03, 2018 10:12 pm

This Han in Trench Coat (ROTJ 77 back) could have been done a bit better.
Not sure about the freckles!
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