My stepson purchased a third party Hylian Shield replica some time ago. The shield wasn’t entirely accurate and the paint job was poor, both in terms of simplicity and coverage. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the hylian shield and give it the paint job it deserved, worthy of any Link wannabe and something to hang on the wall with pride.
The image above shows the Hylian shield before and after. My first job was to identify the major differences between his shield and the original Hylian shield and address them. The shield has already had a minor paint touch up as the tri-force wasn’t gold when he received it.
I sued the following Hylian shield image as my reference point which I also checked against the shield Link has in Breath of the Wild.
The first step was to sand off the detail at the top of the shield and carve in new triangles. I used a craft knife to slice off the raised details and then sanded it flat with a power file. I then used a razor blade to make clean cuts into the foam for the triangles. Next I addressed the tri-force and filled in the triangles with flexible filler, I then sanded those flat once it had set. The exposed shield metal work was then ready for preparing to paint. The paint on the shield was not ideal for a direct application of spray paint, but by a lucky accident I found that the effect this created when I sprayed a black gloss was perfect for a slightly beaten metal effect. After the black gloss coat I painted in the exposed metal with Lumiere 551 Pewter .
After painting the metal work, I worked on battle damage and repainting the tri-force and other parts of the shield. The final step was to use some silver rub n buff to highlight worn areas.