Judge Death is a character from the Judge Dredd comics. He is the leader of the Dark Judges, a sinister group of undead law enforcers from the alternate dimension of Deadworld, where all life has been declared a crime since only the living commit crimes.
Brian Bolland was the artist on the first Judge Dredd issues I read and one my favorite illustrators. I wanted to build my helmet based on his design.
I drew out a plan on my helmet template.
I pulled my plans into Strata3D, sculpted the helmet and then imported it into Pepakura. Once it was printed, I assembled the paper model on cover stock.
I then slushed a few layers of resin inside the paper model.
I then sanded off all the angles .
A coat of primer shows you how much work you still have to do!
More smoothing and I scribed the thickness of the helmet.
I cut the spikes of the portcullis visor out of thick styrene plastic.
But once I placed it on the curve of the helmet, the spaces between the spikes were too wide. The difference between two and three dimensions...
Measuring the actual distance the visor takes, I stretched the plans to fit.
New spikes cut from styrene.
You can see the difference in width between the old spikes and new.
With all the spikes cut, I glued them to the crossbars.
The final helmet and visor get a coat of primer.
I couldn't find any rivets the size I needed so I added epoxy putty to round-headed screws.
The excess putty sanded down.
I measured the centers of the spikes to glue on the rivets.
I molded the visor and cold cast a copy in aluminum.
I applied a black acrylic wash before buffing the surface with 000 steel wool.
The weathered helmet with visor applied.
Since a Deadworld Judge wouldn't have a pristine helmet, I added scuffs, scratches and rust.
I also added a sprinkling of dust and dirt. The eventual goal of this project is to sculpt a bust for this helmet to sit on.
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