Until recently, with the release of the officially licensed Hasbro Marvel Legends 24″ Captain America shield, finding a nice quality and affordable Captain America shield was a tricky task.
You had officially licensed stuff from the cheap end (really cheap) with the Rubies and then at the expensive end (really expensive) with eFX.
The Hasbro is a nice middle ground ($99) for officially licensed Captain America shields. Now I do want to get one, but the pristine condition the shield comes in looks too nice for me to repaint with a weathered, battle worn finish.
So that’s where the Rubies’s shield comes into play.
For the low, low price of $15 (now $17 ) I got the Rubies’s Captain America Winter Soldier Steath Shield. Now I got this one cause it was cheaper than the classic shield and I would be repainting it anyway.
Here’s how it looked when it came. It’s pretty flimsy but it’s only going to be a display piece for me.
After a coat of Rustoleum grey primer, I used Rustoleum metallic aluminum. Then wetsanded to mimic the spun aluminum look.
After this, I taped off the the middle ring and star circle for the red paint.
The red I used is DupliColor Metalcast Red. It is a translucent paint specifically made for spraying over metal to let the metal shine through. For my shield, it will let the spun texture I made be visible.
I let this fully dry for a day and came back and did the Metalcast blue for the star area.
For both the red and blue I did light coats to build up the deeper shade.
After the tape was removed, I had the finished painted shield.
As you can see, the masking around the edges wasn’t perfect. But I was happy with the color. I could have left like this, but…..
I couldn’t help myself. I wanted to weather it.
And I did.
Weathering was done using sand paper and some black liquid shoe polish rubbed on and then off. I was really happy with the look.
I couldn’t decide, however, if I wanted to keep it matte finish or try a glossy finish.
Well, I just happened to be spraying some nice automotive 2k gloss on my Darth Vader helmet, so I used up what I had on the shield.
These last pics aren’t the best but I really makes the color pop. I like how it looks now.
This was a pretty easy project and didn’t cost much at all.
- Shield = $15
- Paint (2 cans) = $16
So for $31 and a little time and effort, I had a pretty decent shield for displaying.
I already had primer, shoe polish, and tape. If you wanted to do the same, add about $9 or $10 dollars.
The gloss I used was Spraymax 2K Glamour Gloss. Pricey at $20 a can but it has great results. I only had it left over from car repairs. The Rustoleum Gloss Clear would work just as good for this purpose.