When I got my spartan gear, most of it was complete and weathered out of the box, but there was a few things like the helm and sword that I had to do myself.

Obviously the center has to go. It’s a good thing I have a dremel.The helmet was a fiberglass and resin cast so Gabi insisted that I wear a mask when I cut it.

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I am Darth Vader from the planet VULCAN!

I was surprised how easily I was able to cut it out. I was really worried about messing it up, but it came out great. I barely even had to put sand paper to it.

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I had barely cleaned out the dust before I tried it on.

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I had been waiting a LONG time for this.

The next step was to put my own cuts on it. I took a sharpie and marked where I thought would look good and also unique from any other spartan.

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I went a little weak here. I was so worried about damaging it that I barely touched it at all. The only good cut I added is the one in the upper left.

Painting was strait forward.

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Matte Black

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Gold

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And finally acrylic black for all the holes and cuts.

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As you can see, Gabi was the one who painted everything, she’s a wiz at this kind of stuff, and always gets smooth covering. I on the other hand am embarrassingly bad at painting, I just don’t have the patience. I’m always touching it before it’s dry and leaving big streaks any time I try.

The helm is a bit big, so once it was dry, I glued some foam on the inside.

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Like a glove!

Overall, I think I did a good job for my very first attempt. I stood side by side with other people who have been doing this kind of work for years and I didn’t look out of place at all. However, I’m not 100% satisfied with the final look, so another spartan has been nice enough to offer to re-weather it for me. When I wear it again it should look even better.