Practice English Speaking&Listening with: Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Painting Iron Man Armor, Part 2!

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hey everybody adam savage in my cave and here we are at nearly the final step in the process

of my ironman armor i know i'm still talking to you from the future but at the beginning

of this video he is chrome plated well chrome painted and sealed and ready for the final step

which is the washes that tell the story of his age and his construction and i often do my base coats

and my washes and different kinds of paint in this case it was spectacularly successful my base coat

of malto and all clad is lacquer based the washes over that were all acrylic based and i went over

them with the washes and then pulled those washes back with rubbing alcohol water rags and elbow

grease and i have never found a technique that gave me so much finite control over where the dirt

went on the model the final pass was of course all the rust passes i invite you to look particularly

at the left knee which is one of my finer paint jobs i've ever achieved i could keep talking

but you should probably just watch me go through this paint job because it's really cool here we go

we've reached a milestone i am done uh i'm done painting

i'm done painting all of the masked stuff all of my chipped paint on the forearms

the stencils stencils on the back

all the pieces are sitting over there on the table saw and around the shop

what i need to do and you see the legs right there

yeah um what i need to do is both put this guy on a stand and pull

out my airbrush and start doing all of the black line work but

i'm starting i'm i got such great results

with the um with the acrylic wash yesterday i think that's where i'm gonna start

on the legs oh there are lots and lots and lots of little pieces to this thing

all right time to start putting this thing together sort of see how to pack it uh

shoulders i gotta do the shoulders next because i got to mount them into

this they're all month they're part of the same piece so i'll do that first all right

the thing i love about this black uh this acrylic paint job on the on the chrome silver is that when

i add um some of these extra modifier colors like this ochre yellow um and the brown they end up

giving me this really awesome extra color variants um because the honey wow all right you're dead

there we go some burnt sienna so what they do is they just lend this warm tone right here to

the the metal which is really nice i think i've done all the mechanical problem solving i can on

this thing we're most of the way there in terms of the lights yep all of it all of it everyone

okay i'm going to need to get gloves on for this action because this is going to get

messy let's get a little more burnt um sienna in there

all right let's see if i've got something that can still stick to the ribs of this piece uh gloves

this is the left shoulder let's paint it

yeah yeah that's it yep yep this is definitely the first pass that's great it's nice and thin

it gives me a lot of room to move


great oh nice i like that okay


great left shoulder good pass yeah okay i'm satisfied with that and i think i can do the right

okay good that tells me i got plenty of paint

and plenty of yeah detailing to do awesome okay so now it's time

to regroup and get ready for the full-on painting

the final pass passes it's going to be like seven or eight different paint treatments all working

in concert with each other but let me get these shoulders attached to this daily bob

oh that looks good on the table there doesn't it this that's looking nice um sometimes if you're

not sure what kind of progress you're making sometimes using your phone camera to take a

picture of what you're working on is the best way to see how you're doing specifically because

your paint job exists both for people in real life and for the memory and

you should be looking at your paint job on the camera regularly just to see how it lands

once i get these in i'm gonna clean the shop up just a little bit

just kind of get my head back into the news face and did i do that let's see here

i added in this um neck structure and i'm actually quite grateful the way i did it because

i managed to stay out of the way of my shoulders which is good okay um

yeah let's get you up and on the sky

okay uh i am i've made a decision

i've made a decision uh about how i'm doing

i've been talking about how i'm doing multiple passes this is a big pass

that i'm about to do on this i'm about to i'm about to kind of make him super rusty greasy

uh and then once that dries i'm gonna show you my main painting technique i know my hair looks

crazy today so sorry about it here we go um so i'm just gonna come up here and kind of just like

i'm just gonna really cover this thing and tomorrow when this dries actually a few minutes

for you you'll get to see how i plan to kind of treat this and should actually be pretty cool

now what i'm attac what i'm applying here is my acrylic mix it's my mix of black ochre uh

red oxide uh and so it's a it's a dark wash that i'm putting over on in acrylic um but it is um

it's not a black because i've added those other colors so i get some more variants

i feel like the legs are actually in pretty good shape but i am going to

give them a bit of the same wash and as you can see it's a dirty rusty wash yup

yeah well uh oh whoa whoa whoa whoa okay so it's starting to come apart a little bit

that's the wash i'm putting on him today see how greasy he looks

wait to see what i'm able to do with this tomorrow

yeah i know it's only been a couple minutes for you but it's been all night for me

uh last night before i left the shop i slathered this thing

in latex paint specifically black paint with a bunch of burnt sienna and yellow ocher in

it and that's what gives me this dark but warm rusty undertone oily it's ideal i'm

really really happy with it it's now time to take the next steps of the painting and

for much of the rest of the painting i'm actually going to be pulling parts of this costume apart

because it's hard to paint this one it's all together i needed to get it up all at once in

order to kind of see where the broad strokes were but now that i feel like i've got them i'm going

to start taking it apart but not before i show you my favorite aspect about painting in lacquers for

a base coat and going over that with latex for a wash and that is this i have a spritz bottle full

of isopropyl alcohol and i have a paper towel and here's the thing the isopropyl alcohol

will remove the latex but not the lacquer paint underneath so watch what happens

you can watch here let's see here i'm just going to count a little hot yeah there you

go that's a little better i'm going to work on this area here as you can see it's like

there's some swirls here it's not very realistic it doesn't quite work doesn't quite scan so

i'm going to go to work on it with isopropyl alcohol and the paper towels and you'll see

what kind of result we can get from that i'll start here on the shoulder

right right away

and and the thing is is that

the difficulty with weathering is that it's easy to overdo both the application and the removal

and what this latex technique does is it's sort of like using the airbrush

tool in photoshop on a low flow setting it gives you a lot of room to adjust the finish

so here we go watch this as i go and hit this chest piece here

i'm getting rid of the swirls and yeah and i'm trying to leave some dirt here into the corners

and i'm trying not to be super uniform about how i remove it

and i'm going i'm actually working i'm making sure to work one panel at a time on this

specifically so that i don't end up with a paint job that looks too self-similar

oh right i definitely want to pull all the paint off of the weld lines because

that's what ends up looking really cool when you pull that off hold on

and then right right look at that this this is this is beautiful dirt gorgeous dirt luxuriously

lovely dirt and i can go in and i can just keep on doing this sort of taking parts down

i want the weather the lettering to be a little more visible so i'm just gonna keep on going yeah

see what i'm talking about this this is working out really really well i'm very

very happy about it so i'm just going to keep on going here and then as eventually

i'm going to start pulling pieces off and putting them on the workbench yeah here we go

and again if i pull up too much i can just do this again i can reapply and hit it again

also this is not the last weathering pass i'm going to make i am also going to hit

this with some other oily colors and other things the more the batter on that front

oh you know what i think i'm gonna pull the shoulders out as well all right

um it's important when you're doing this not to let the rubbing alcohol sit too long

it can potentially start to eat away at the underlying paint job you want to be able just to

like spray it on and immediately use it to start to remove the latex that's pretty key

you don't want to start eating up the paint job underneath but what's really great is that

this ends up sort of pushing paint into the little tiny corners at a very like high detail look

also once your paper towel gets loaded up with stuff you're going to want

to toss it because it'll just start pushing paint around in my experience

oh so freaking pretty

and this is where when you really start to pull it and you get some chromy kicks

showing up amongst the grime that's when the whole thing really starts to cohere for me

and then i'm just going through looking for anything that catches my eye that

looks a little bit weird that's kind of most of it i see like here on the stark industries

a little bit splotchy there so i'm just going to take it all back

i also feel like a lot of the um yeah it's actually a little too dirty here in the middle

this silver that's supposed to be exposed paint from underneath doesn't quite work

so i'm going to get out some of the molto and work on that a little bit

so you see see over here see this how how much that just doesn't quite look right

here come on all right so see how this is just like you could just see

the brushstrokes of such a thing so fold my paper towel i've got like five or six layers here

i'm gonna hit this here and just start pulling it up

i'm gonna have to refill with iso in a second but i think i got enough to finish this operation

yeah now it feels much more to me like a piece of metal that's been abused than a piece of

plastic that has been painted i'm going to get some of this this detailing here and make it a

little more realistic because that's on actual aluminum i'm going to be a lot rougher with that

because i kind of pull that way back yeah that's great that's that's really nice all right that's

the first pass with the chest no my pretties oh my precious say hello to my little friend

yeah my iron man mark one is coming along really really nicely i am very very pleased

uh i've got a terrific metallic very believable metallic finish

with a believable amount of dirt on it i i'm really pleased with how it overall lays out

but it needs a few final touches to to tune it up as it were

one is going to need a pass of some black airbrushing to just

highlight some of the lines and kind of pull out some of the details maybe it's um maybe

you can't see it but like the cod piece seems a little bit too self-similar to the legs so i'd

go in and probably add a little shading here i'd maybe add some shading behind here to kick

this i may darken that i may darken the edge of a couple of these panels to pop them just

little things with with a dark airbrush line to just like draw your eye to some different places

next pass would be some clear blue i want to i want to put in some

transparent blue as if it's heat blueed into some really specific and small locations

i think some edges of weld lines here and there i'm going to be very judicious about that and

then the last thing is some rust and i know it kind of looks like i was doing rust when i was

doing the dark acrylic before but that's just like grease and dirt the rust is very specifically like

a red and an orange and a yellow oxide and mixing those and some streaks and some

drips and stuff like that i'm just gonna add those around and populate

to make parts of this look older than other parts specifically on the real one this whole area is

very rusty uh and now that i've got the chrome up to a nice sort of poppy shine i think rust should

look really nice on there it's already way shinier than the one in the film and i that's actually

i'm now into my own my own zone here i'm following some of their basic painting techniques but i i

think i've gone with a much shinier uh looking mark one and it's just because i like it that way

yeah all right let's get um let's get our stuff going i'm gonna gather some paints and just

start to make some passes i'm trying something different i'm trying some of this uh

indelible china ink in the airbrush i'm kind of curious about the finish that it gives me

i don't know how it's going to lay down i don't know how it's going to work i'm going to try it uh

let's start off on the back side

nice that's allowing me to actually pop out some more of the weld details

i dig the sink i really like the way it does its thing

that's nice i like pulling it off and then i like putting it on and then taking it back off

it's great

i really like how this ink lays down it's really nice

great great much better i want to get a little bit more in here

here comes some of the subtlest thing i'm going to do on this

costume and it's literally like just to give a gesture

and that is um a transparent blue i'm using model color uh transparent acrylic

um i'm using acrylic so that i can pull it back off if i screw this up really badly

um yeah so i'm literally just i just want to add a little like a hint of

blue to the right shoulder here just as if it got a little warm like maybe over here

yeah just that and i don't even know if you can see that but i can and i can see

that it gives you this tiny little click just there just maybe maybe just there yep

and again it's just not it's not uniform it's sort of sort of all over the place just in little spots

super subtle but it's literally all that's required just this is just like

the tiniest hints a little sheen again these are like

this is

letting your eye kind of tell the story it's going to tell

but oh man does it really give a kind of awesome perspective

the real trick is you just don't want to ever let it get too poo too

too bold right like as soon as you're like is that blue it's too much it's just like these

little subtle zones in which as the light kicks off it gives you this little sheen and i think

i think i might be done here the biggest impact is of course from the front so getting that going

all right to make my rust i'm going to make a little bit of a pallet here with some

yellow ochre know what this is yeah yellow ochre some burnt sienna that is what this is right

yep i'm also going to use some cadmium orange this is i wonder how this will do that might

be too bright some real yellow that's probably what i want i'm going to try this deep yellow too


so that's not bad it's just trying to get this right like red oxide color

oh that's not so bad

right right

see that see that that's what i'm talking about russ gathers in all sorts of interesting spots and

it's gonna yeah let's try that then we will remove a little bit

and now we're left with a little bit of um a bump in the color you see

what i mean just how much that does let's just hit that and then beat it back again


yeah this is where i start to get really excited because boy

does it start to sing here for me in person and that's that is just

so rewarding okay i feel like i've got what i like over here i'm just gonna

you know even if you put it on and totally ended up taking it off you're still adding

a little bit of warmth you really want to make sure you're not being too even

mm-hmm oh yeah there we there go yeah

yeah let's try right here oh look at how pretty let's get a little bit of rust inside here

see how that just warms it up that's the thing that you're looking for

just even the warming is enough to like oh that is a piece of metal that has been abused

and around the welds it makes sense for there to be a little bit of oxidation

because you get oxidation when you have a lot of heat sometimes

so i'm just going to do along the welds here just a few little patches

so now as i start to go through i'm just sort of looking for things to catch my eye like oh i like

how that looks is there anything around there that doesn't that looks actually like it doesn't have

enough detail yeah okay that's good oh that's better yep good happy with that happy with that

i can always darken that later yeah good oh yeah sometimes you know just taking the stuff and just

hitting it somewhere you know now i've got a light slightly brighter color of yellow here and

yeah though so now i'm going to come in with this just a slightly different color

of rust and kind of like just add some accents because again nothing's ever a single color

all right let's get down to this knee here because this is all supposed to be quite rusty

yeah i think that um looks pretty nice

that looks like the right kind of rust

and obviously any of this i need to take down i certainly can i mean i can

you know kill the value a little bit should i need to but it's now just like look it's easy to

get super overwhelmed with a paint job like this because there's so many parts to it but again if

you just keep on like packing away just like uh where does it look like you could use some stuff

oh there yeah that's pretty good there oh that's actually also nice yeah let's do it down there

and then later on when you come back and check it you might have screwed something up or

you might not be totally happy with something you can totally adjust

throw in some red ochre oxide into the into the corners in here um specifically just because

like from anything more than like a foot away it's gonna kick as like

rusty underside and that's gonna be great that does a lot of work for me

just just keep on adding the warmth at a certain point it's just gonna feel like you're not doing

anything until you until you've got it once you've got it you'll see it right like once

once you're close it's gonna start to become obvious and that's that is the most rewarding part

let's see here maybe i want to do a little bit more

and just that putting some on and taking off just a little bit of warmth same thing here just

putting some on taking some off just a little bit of warmth here yeah just the leading edge heaven

yeah oh so many little parts and pieces

oh whoops i might have gone too far

oh that's great actually i'm kind of


every time i see where am i every time i find a transition or like a spot between two spots it

doesn't quite work it's got to get either lighter or darker or get some detailing and it helps

turn this thing into a succession of parts right where each one looks like it had a

narrative with its neighbor that's the real goal here yeah so you know i'm just

continuing to spin this thing and kind of like note where it goes and how i feel about


this will require like one more final paint pass i think but

so now this is the this is a really interesting stage of painting for me

this is the stage which i just keep on coming in and looking at it and just

what you're doing in the final in the final final passes of a paint job

you're asking yourself does this thing tell the whole story

or are there parts of this story that are weird so in just the same way as like

let's say you're watching a christopher nolan movie and everyone's being really intelligent and

serious and all the stuff has gone is happening and at one point the two main characters during

the conversation walk into a liquor store and in that liquor store there's like a clown and it

has nothing to do with the plot and it's not ever explained and it's just this weird spot where like

the two hit men go into a you know 7-eleven and like there's like a honking clown behind

the counter you would watch that movie and be like that spot was weird that clown it didn't quite fit

with the rest that's what you're doing with every part of this you're looking around and you're like

yeah looks pretty good what what you're asking yourself like among the

here's i'll tell you actually sorry rather than just say you are asking and making these

big broad statements for me here's what i'm doing i'm looking at this and i'm thinking

can i see what it is i turn around and i look at it yes can i before i did the final rust spots

this cod piece kept on looking like it was part of the legs they kept on looking too

monolithics too too much like one same part so i darkened with just a little bit of china ink

dark in here and here to kind of make it stand out a little more um and again i'm just keep on

looking for little places where there's a little too uniform here you know and again on camera

little spots of rust like this don't necessarily show up but boy do they warm it up to your eye

so i'm just you know just slowly noticing where things could use just a little bit more attention

yeah and i mean i'm not even sure you can see this on camera but in person it's just it's that

little spot and i mean at this point i could totally call it i don't have to keep on going

but i want to i like i want it

training and just following the path laid before you can get anyone to take a project to like

90 i'm totally serious you don't require any special skills or talent or insight to take

a project most of the time to like 90 that last 10 is where all of the magic happens

i'm at like 95 here and i could spend as much time on the last five percent as i have on the

previous 95 percent i won't but like that's kind of how that split can work sometimes i'm just

going through does everything actually feel like i should use a little i'm just part of me thinks

there's a little rust could do right there yeah nice it's just like a little rust a little rusty

oh you know there's also going to be a little fuller's earth on this one i'm gonna hit it with a

pounce back yep see down here down here now i feel like i can see just could use a little bit of help

great it's a nice spot of color it's a big it's brash it's just let's get some

oh yeah

nice nice nice yeah that's great

absolutely bad ass

i have one one more pass to do down there on the left knee maybe not maybe i'm almost there

damn it's looking really fine

it's not worth obsessing over the right color of rust it really isn't rust is like so many

different colors it can be bright yellow you can even add in sometimes even little white just

the tiniest dots but for the most part it's red orange yellow the ochres are good the umbers but

rust is a lot more forgiving than you think it might be um

again all of this has been done so that i can adjust the paint once it goes up um

so the base coat is all lacquers and lacquer clear coats and then over that is all acrylic

so all the transparent stuff i did all the everything else has been water soluble so

that i can pull it back off and put it back on and i can just constantly adjust but

i feel like i'm done

i aside from just like a couple little things the the head mount that's the next that's the

i think the last bit um

i mean i might put it on before the head mount is just a real pretty thing

also frankly the head mount may end up being an entirely separate video

i think i might be done that i'm so happy with the stark industries for the paint job here with the

chipping paint and all that it really feels like the right story i love the hot kick on the welds

i like the belt how much darker it is the tipping paint i'm really pleased with how that came out

the rust and the dirt on the shoes looks more authentic than it did before just all around

that's a thing that's a lovely lovely thing

i'm not going to say thank you for joining me for this one day build because i think i

got to put it on but thank you for joining me in this one day build

maybe the most surprising fact about this build is that i've owned this suit now for 11 years and i

have never put the totality of it on my body i've worn the chest piece i've worn the chest with the

arms i've worn the chest with the arms and the head i've worn the legs with the shoes and the

calves and the feet i've worn the legs with the chest but not with the arms and the helmet i have

never worn one two three four five six seven eight nine 10 11 12. i've never worn all 12

chunks of this costume at once so of course it's what i'm about to do here we go

i may end up needing some assistance but that'll be later on in the equation

oh don't yank anything out okay oh oh oh oh oh got this

this belt is actually one of my favorite parts of this costume this is not original to it

but when you see it all together it's kind of i'm entertained by how i created an organically

mechanic sorry a mechanical shape that i can still wear on my body comfortably

left foot yep my wife who's helping me put on the odd costume here and there

says that i get this sort of feverish humming like energy when i'm putting on a costume

mia culpa yeah okay here we go

the um the shoes in this suit are ski boots i bought used ski boots in my shoe size

um and what's great about ski boots for costumes exactly like this is that they totally have enough

structure to be the shoes for these legs without me having to actually tie them or bind them

which is significant because i like my costumes to all be like one-person affairs right like you know

that i can put it on myself i don't like having a lot of having to have a ton of help for it


just the sound is great all right god peace

good good sloppy tolerances

so far so good okay

here comes the jacket this is actually one of my old welding jackets and

it caught on fire at one point not while i was wearing it but i feel like that's oh

something keeps on snapping but i think it's just a

tolerance issue okay so so we have an authentically weathered leather jacket pieces

and everything seems to be holding up i don't see any loose ends huh

gloves after i put on this yes okay so let's um

there we go


it's happening ah this is why i put the gloves on first because i can't actually touch my hands to

each other come on ah come on ah i hope tony stark doesn't have to pick up his car keys or anything

hold on let's see if i can ah there we go yeah one and two these are actually old shop

gloves of mine i think that makes them even better come on okay um now there is a yup yup

ah yeah okay norm i'm gonna need your help and that light should go on great go ahead and um yep

terrific and then the other one ah the helmet's gonna have to wait for the big big reveal but

dude we're still booting up go make it go delay them oh this um for without a doubt

the most like cumbersome costume i've yet built this is not that bad to wear

yeah i'm not sweating i mean

it is a little chilly in the shop but yeah you want to get some shots of me just walking around

oh dude this is so freaking awesome

oh my gosh it feels great it feels like armor and this um

in the film tony's able to reach across his body and flip switches not gonna happen here

no sound design necessary it sounds incredible all right yeah let's try putting that on me

um you don't have to open it up you could actually just place it down on my head and like hold it

there and let me okay so push it down from the top from the very top yeah that's yeah okay then stop

ah no you got to take it off the problem is

that um headpiece isn't sculpted from my head i'm casting this is a whole separate

one-day build there'll be another video about this i'm actually casting my head

to put a fiberglass insert in there that fits me exactly so it can be just dropped on my head but

my turn

we are considering shooting a cinematic reveal of this costume

but for this video this will suffice thank you guys so much for joining me for this one day build

i am iron man you are awesome stay safe and i'll see you guys next time

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