Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Thunder Helm Reference Images

These screen shots showcase all of the details in the thunder helm. We used these to create the model and paint the details. Download our reference images by clicking on the button below!

Metallic Gold


The script details are painted with a gold metallic acrylic paint. Use a medium sized brush and apply two to three coats. Allow each coat to dry before adding additional coats. You can leave the gems off until the paint dries to make it easier to paint.


Green, pink and blue


Next we can add the green, pink and blue details. The curves are indented to make it easier to paint but if to accidentally go outside of the lines, allow it to dry before scratching the paint off. 




After the paint dries (about an hour) we can snap fit the blue and red gems onto the helm. 

Thread screws


First we'll need to create the thread for all of the parts. We can start with the larger side connectors.


We designed counter sink holes so the M2x12mm screws can reach the mounting holes on the sides of the helm.


Create the threads by fastening the screws from the opposite side first, before inserting screws into the counter sink holes.


Fasten three screws inside the counter sink holes until the tips of the screws poke through. We can use the protruding screws to help align the side connectors to the helm.

Mount connectors to helm 


Create the threads on the side of the helm with M2 screws. The tolerances should allow the parts to fit tight.


Align the side connector to the helm and fasten each of the three screws. 


 The shape of the helm might make it difficult to grip while fastening the screws, so we recommend holding it up against your chest as you fasten each screw into place.  


If you have trouble aligning the screws to mounting holes, you could try to fasten the middle screw first and then the two screws on each side.

Strap connector 


Next we'll need to create the threads on the side connector. The small strap connector is attached with two M2x12mm screws. Align the strap connector so the draft (slope) on the part is facing down.


First create the threads on the opposite side of the counter sink holes. This will make it easier to create straight threads.


Next fasten the screws so both poke out just enough to help align them to the side connector. 


Build the headband


Now we can move on to building the headband. We used a elastic headband from our costume goggles and then measure the length needed based on the size of our head. We'll need to remove the metal ends so we can fit the decorative blocks on the elastic band.


Decorative Blocks


The strap block parts have a slit through the inside to allow the headband to pass through. Make sure to remove any excess retraction string left over from printing. We want the inside of the blocks to be smooth, otherwise, excess material will make it difficult to pass the head band through. We used a hobby knife to carefully clean out the slit. 


The sides are symmetrical so we'll only need to paint one of the sides. Allow the paint on the blocks to dry, and then add about 9 blocks onto the headband. 

Attach headband


With the blocks added to the head band, pass and loop the ends through the two slits on the top connector part as shown in the pictures.


Adjust the length by verifying how much slack you'll need by test fitting it on your head. 


Once the headband fits to your liking, we can go ahead and attach the metal ends. We used pliers to help bend the metal open and then pressed the ends together.   

Bolt headdress


Now we can move on to assembling the bolt headdress. Layout the bolts so the mounting holes are aligned with the circular parts. Rotate the bolts so the shorter side of the blots ends are pointing towards the center of the circular part. 


We use M2x6mm screws for the three bolts on the top portion of the circle. The bottom two bolts will need M2x12mm long screws. These bottom two bolts will attach to the blocks on the headband.


Align the two bottom bolts to the decorative blocks and fasten the M2x12mm screws onto the top mounting holes on the blocks. 


Now you are ready to go into battle. While you can't see through the helmet, you can adjust the angle so the helm sits right above your nose. This way we'll at least be able to partially see! 

This guide was first published on Aug 23, 2017. It was last updated on Aug 23, 2017.

This page (Assemble) was last updated on Aug 21, 2017.

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