Woah man thanks for the push at your site, I appreciate a lot! this is an enormous motivation to myself. Glad you like it dude, hope to keep them coming, still are 7 more to go, once again much appreciated!
Alberto hit it spot on with regard to the "glossy black surface look" of the TIE Pilot's headgear.
And the double plus is the added element of the red glow from the flight panel control screen. It adds an underglow to the various nooks and crannies that make up the topography of the TIE Pilot's headgear and lends and even more menacing look to him. Akin to placing a flashlight beneath one's face and having the resulting shadows on your face appear almost ghoulish or skull-like. Same effect.
The only minor thing that I would suggest (and Alberto, please don't hate me for this ... just kind of my own personal detail "wishlist" of sorts) would be that in order to add even more definition to the piece (it is stunning as it is) and to kind of break up some of the black details of the helmet, I'd suggest adding a pair of faint grey coloured "Widow's Tears" that would radiate from the tear duct area (if you can imagine the helmet eyelenses being equipped with "tear ducts" in the first place) running parallel to the bridge of the nose, straight down the cheeks, and finally culminating at the chin / jaw level.
In fact, this was actually done / suggested by one of the EFX personelle on the original Star Wars film.
- Black helmet with grey "Widow's Tears" : [link] - A pair of helmets with grey / red "Widow's Tears" : [link]
Take care and do enjoy as I think that Alberto has plenty more pieces like this just waiting to go from his imagination to physical reality.
Hello there! yeah took me a while and tons of different points of view, lots of references to get those reflections in the right place. I think thats the coolest thing with these helmets, they are black and very polished, such a dark, elegant mood, isn't it?. Thanks for comment!