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Mandalorian Armor => Female Armor => Topic started by: GardenGeek on Feb 23, 2016, 03:10 AM

Title: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)-Approved!!
Post by: GardenGeek on Feb 23, 2016, 03:10 AM
After almost a year being on here finally I'm starting my WIP!  Started with my initial plan.

(http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac207/azura_3/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-06/89FC6745-F7DB-4A67-8BDB-1242BB596FDF.jpg)

And then started my helmet :) it does fit, I made it a little longer than the templates dictate, but I'm very pleased how it's started out. It has a layer of bondo on now, but will be receiving a sand and some ear caps. I had a visor tinted at a local shop, and it turned out very well. I used plastiweld to start and was let down, it ended up being far harder than the plastic on the buckets.
(http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac207/azura_3/Mobile%20Uploads/19EEDB33-1B5B-4602-AB5E-459FFAEF8563.jpg)


And plates- I work at a sign shop so I have a supply of 6mm and 3 mm sintra. I'm planning on going heavy, so I also have thighs, boot, gauntlets, neck and shnees are in the works as well. 
(http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac207/azura_3/Mobile%20Uploads/D96384D6-33BB-40A4-B66B-7435EE80036E.jpg)

And my sweet backplate made by a local Merc, Tylek Ren. He took my original plan and drafted it, and fit it to my back. Connection method is Chicago screws and webbing.
(http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac207/azura_3/Mobile%20Uploads/1A2DE603-5DD1-4C23-8166-8B44D5195D72.jpg)

Any comments or critique are appreciated :) Looking forward to finally putting it all together and finishing this kit :)  all my soft parts are done-
Title: Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)
Post by: Evaar'la Kal on Feb 23, 2016, 04:48 AM
Concept looks cool!  It looks like you have a pretty good start on your helmet, all of the edges look really clean and nice.  Plates are looking good too!  It's a bit hard to tell because of the angle, but it looks like the lower tabs on your chest pieces may need to be bent in a little more.  And that backplate is amazing!  I can't wait to see how your kit turns out, everything looks really great so far :)
Title: Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)
Post by: corriban on Feb 23, 2016, 08:09 AM
Chest plates look a bit big on you all around--may need to trim off a little bit so it fits more snug. The back plate looks incredible! And great job on the helmet :)
Title: Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)
Post by: GardenGeek on Feb 23, 2016, 10:32 AM
It's a bit hard to tell because of the angle, but it looks like the lower tabs on your chest pieces may need to be bent in a little more.
Thanks :) after we took this picture, I did bend in the fangs some more.

Chest plates look a bit big on you all around--may need to trim off a little bit so it fits more snug. The back plate looks incredible! And great job on the helmet :)

Thanks for the critique- I definitely will be trimming the chest plates down now, and rebending the top I think. I took about an inch off the bottom at the last AP. The ab plate does sit height wise where it's supposed to, but I might take a bit off the sides too so it matches.
Title: Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)
Post by: Havelock on Feb 23, 2016, 04:41 PM
I'm so excited to finally see a WIP from you.  Your kit is already looking amazing.  Great job, vod.  I can't wait to see the rest of it.  And on your design sketch, it looks like you're planning on double shoulders?  Looks great.
Title: Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)
Post by: Malek Dair on Feb 24, 2016, 11:01 AM
Solid looking concept. I am really looking forward to seeing everything come to life, especially the buy'ce! Great job, keep it up vod!

Oya!
Title: Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)
Post by: mishakitty on Feb 24, 2016, 10:03 PM
Once you get your soft parts on, you'll be able to see what needs to be trimmed a bit better :) I'd say if you can go ahead and get those done, that will definitely help with the plating arrangement.

Looking good! i REALLY love the back plate!
Title: Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)
Post by: GardenGeek on Feb 25, 2016, 12:56 AM
I'm so excited to finally see a WIP from you.  Your kit is already looking amazing.  Great job, vod.  I can't wait to see the rest of it.  And on your design sketch, it looks like you're planning on double shoulders?  Looks great.

I'm always seeing your progress on your WIP Havelock- it's definitely inspiring me to get my shebs in gear.  Yes I am planning double shoulders, but painted different colours for interest.

 
Once you get your soft parts on, you'll be able to see what needs to be trimmed a bit better :) I'd say if you can go ahead and get those done, that will definitely help with the plating arrangement.

Looking good! i REALLY love the back plate!
I'm actually wearing my vest in the picture of my plates :p the bottom of the ab plate is just above my navel, and the collar plate is high enough to almost choke me. The chest plates let me move my arms together without them getting all weird. Somehow though, they still just feels too big.
Title: Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)
Post by: Kavryn Falco on Feb 25, 2016, 03:27 PM
I think the problem is the width in the bottom half, actually.  Ladies are shaped differently than menfolk (obviously :P ) and it does mean that sometimes our plates need a bit of extra modification.

I think if you angle the outside of the chestplate fangs in more and (maybe) cut a bit more of the height off the belly plate, it will help a lot. Looking at your sketch, it has the plates angling in under the chest, whereas your current plates are mostly straight all the way down. ;)
Title: Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)
Post by: Kris Jasra on Feb 25, 2016, 04:15 PM
I'd take the height from the chest plates myself. They look to have been stretched out a bit to fit over the breast fully. This seems to be a common change as it seems to be expected that the breast sits directly under the breast plate, which it actually doesn't if one keeps to the standard proportions. This leaves the ab plate sitting much lower than normal and you end up with girth, belt and cod all squished into a tiny space. The bottom of the centre of my breastplates (not the tabs which do extend further) are actually about in line with the centre of my breast and the top of my ab is overlapping the bottom edge of my breasts.
Title: Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)
Post by: GardenGeek on Feb 26, 2016, 02:09 AM
I'd take the height from the chest plates myself. They look to have been stretched out a bit to fit over the breast fully. This seems to be a common change as it seems to be expected that the breast sits directly under the breast plate, which it actually doesn't if one keeps to the standard proportions. This leaves the ab plate sitting much lower than normal and you end up with girth, belt and cod all squished into a tiny space. The bottom of the centre of my breastplates (not the tabs which do extend further) are actually about in line with the centre of my breast and the top of my ab is overlapping the bottom edge of my breasts.

Thanks Kris! I will definitely be keeping that in mind. Im worried that if I take off too much length, the ab plate will have to be moved up as well to keep spacing- and then I'll end up with the bottom of the ab plate far above my navel. Honestly considering just remaking my chest plates. I have no shortage of 6mm sintra.
Title: Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)
Post by: Ty'renn Argos on Feb 26, 2016, 06:13 AM
Good work!
I'm loving your back plates!! :D

Keep it up!
Title: Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)
Post by: GardenGeek on Feb 29, 2016, 11:42 AM
Recut my chest plates yesterday at the AP- I'm going to reshape them over the next few days- definitely more androgynous then last time. Im hoping to get all my plates attached to my vest this week as well. Also picked up some acrylic washes too :) Pics to follow :)

(http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac207/azura_3/DC9A10D6-A0D7-4C09-BF47-7BBD8164B187.jpg)
I still haven't got my chest plates- but designed some shnees and Tylek helped (read- made) them for me :)  this was our table mess at the sign shop where I work/where we hold our APs :)
Title: Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)-shnee update
Post by: Havelock on Mar 09, 2016, 01:02 AM
Nice to see some more progress.  Keep it up!
Title: Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)-shnee update
Post by: Draceline on Mar 09, 2016, 04:27 AM
I love those shnees! Are they riveted or Chicago screws?
Title: Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)-shnee update
Post by: Malek Dair on Mar 09, 2016, 09:53 AM
Great work! Those shnees look rad!

Keep it up and you'll be OM in not time flat!

Oya!
Title: Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)-shnee update
Post by: GardenGeek on Mar 09, 2016, 11:08 AM
Nice to see some more progress.  Keep it up!
Thanks Havelock! Life has been getting in the way a little bit lately, but I have a goal in mind, and I feel like I'm getting close :)

I love those shnees! Are they riveted or Chicago screws?

Thanks! They came out better than I could have hoped :) They are Chicago screwed together, and will be bondoed over on the front to hide them.  I wanted to mimic the feel of my backplate, so it didn't feel incongruous; normal plates on the front and then wicked weird backplate. I am also doing a similar shoulder pattern as well (http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac207/azura_3/47437C0F-52FF-4D78-8D43-5C610E25139D.jpg)

Great work! Those shnees look rad!

Keep it up and you'll be OM in not time flat!

Oya!

That's the idea! :) I'd like to be OM by the end of April :) Oya!!

I went to the paint store yesterday and picked up some chips to get an idea of my colour spectrum- and ended up with these :) can't wait to get painting! I have all the paint already , but it gives me an idea for the whole kit together :) (http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac207/azura_3/5BCDBE02-2D48-4E0E-B8F2-C838E4CE891B.jpg)
Title: Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)-shnee update
Post by: Jayrodadon on Mar 09, 2016, 12:56 PM
Those shnees are rad.  I was thinking the same thing, (as we talked about before), but I was thinking one solid piece. But I must admit, those you have create a strong argument for multiple pieces.
Title: Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)-shnee update
Post by: Da'am Keldau on Mar 09, 2016, 01:29 PM
Wow! Talk about initiative! Everything looks awesome!
Title: Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)-shnee update
Post by: Tylek Ren on Mar 09, 2016, 04:07 PM
I love those shnees! Are they riveted or Chicago screws?

They are fixed schnees, we agreed that while segmented moving k ees would be amazing, it seemed a little less Star Warsy. As such, being someone who does not like to rely solely on an adhesive, I installed some countersunk chicago screws through the layers. It will be glued as well with a very light layer of bondo to fill in the minute lines.

Edit: Apparently my phone does a bad job at seeing multiple pages of posts... your question was already answered.  :laugh:
Title: Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)-shnee update
Post by: Draceline on Mar 09, 2016, 08:03 PM
Edit: Apparently my phone does a bad job at seeing multiple pages of posts... your question was already answered.  :laugh:

No problem at all. You gave more detail to the answer anyway, so I'm not objecting in the slightest. I like seeing how things are done. It gives me ideas.
Title: Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)-shnee update
Post by: GardenGeek on Mar 09, 2016, 09:38 PM
Edit: Apparently my phone does a bad job at seeing multiple pages of posts... your question was already answered.  :laugh:

Gosh Tylek- you're late to the party :p I'm really happy with how my kit has come out so far, in a huge part because of Tylek's hard work. He's been making all the crazy stuff that's coming into my head :)
Title: Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)-shnee update
Post by: Serim Merec on Mar 15, 2016, 03:17 PM
Also posting in here to get updates! :P

I really should have been on the look out for your WIP sooner, it's coming along great! I can see that this will be a quality kit!
Title: Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)-helmet update :)
Post by: GardenGeek on Apr 07, 2016, 05:05 AM
Feeling like I'm getting stuff accomplished :)

I finally sanded down my helmet from the coat of bondo...
(http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac207/azura_3/Mobile%20Uploads/DB2343BC-E6B9-40B9-9A45-E61DC15EE07D.jpg)

And then took it to work and a friend fiberglassed the inside and then I primed it again :)
(http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac207/azura_3/1FC692A3-8B94-4C37-8C6D-C07A698EC608.jpg)

I got some sanded it again and threw on some hollow ear caps that I carved from some scrap 3mm sintra. I wanted to be able to have some extra ventilation and be able to hear a little better. So we drilled holes through the helmet and put the vented caps over top to hide them.
(http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac207/azura_3/04F4EF12-3EA2-4089-9780-5C264604399A.jpg)
(http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac207/azura_3/9BD296FC-6FF8-490D-9136-15FE0B15D2CF.jpg[/
[img]http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac207/azura_3/ECB73ADB-8AC3-46DE-B229-55E997CEE15D.jpg)
(http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac207/azura_3/1A8DC65A-B88E-48DE-9673-4942CCAB1343.jpg)

After tomorrow I'll have my plates on and update with those :) yayyyyy. Also tomorrow is repriming my helmet and earcaps and hopefully backplate as well. Progress!
Title: Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)-Helmet update
Post by: Tenebris on Apr 08, 2016, 09:47 AM
That backplate is lush, I really like the way you've taken the same shape through the shnees.
Title: Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)-Helmet update
Post by: Gnar-Gnar on Apr 09, 2016, 12:50 AM
following
Title: Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)-Helmet update
Post by: GardenGeek on Apr 11, 2016, 09:08 PM
Looking for input for chest plates- I'm thinking about taking some off for the width of the chest plates, probably between 1/4 and 3/8ths. The plates are hanging a little off kilter till I epoxy in the Chicago screws- other than that- thoughts?!

(http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac207/azura_3/018A8D02-F58D-4151-B6E4-50A1B7D97179.jpg)
Title: Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)-chest plates
Post by: Havelock on Apr 11, 2016, 10:29 PM
Placement looks a little tight...but it should work.  So other than trimming, I think you're good.   :)
Title: Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)-chest plates
Post by: GardenGeek on Apr 11, 2016, 11:06 PM
If the placement looks tight- it's probably just the angle :) Plates are spaced to be 3/4 of an inch between collar plate and chest plates, just under half inch between the chest plates.

(http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac207/azura_3/AE4DC001-ECC9-4BF7-8CA7-DD31DD0F5C5C.jpg)

Luckily my thumb is 3/4" :) also- with sanding, the plates will appear to be a little more spaced. Ahhhhh....the joys of working with 6mm. *sigh*
Title: Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)-chest plates
Post by: Zophar Ptay on Apr 11, 2016, 11:29 PM
loving the progress.  can't wait to see it in a couple weeks
Title: Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)-chest plates
Post by: Aria on Apr 12, 2016, 12:20 AM
Looks good. The plates probably look close since you're using thicker sintra then normal.

Also, I kinda liked the marbled look on your bucket before you primed it again.  ;)
Title: Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)-chest plates
Post by: Serim Merec on Apr 12, 2016, 03:13 AM
The upper portion of the diamond cutout looks a little wonky, but I think that may also be a viewing angle thing. I'd say everything is fine :)
Title: Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)-chest plates
Post by: Gnar-Gnar on Apr 12, 2016, 03:13 AM
you people and your angles...  :laugh:
Title: Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)-chest plates
Post by: Myra Tiin on Apr 12, 2016, 03:51 AM
In your first picture (when we see the full width of your plates) it looks like they are a bit too large. You can check this by moving your arms forward : if your plates bother you while doing this, you'll need to trim them.
Title: Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)-chest plates
Post by: Kris Jasra on Apr 12, 2016, 02:46 PM
Possibly too wide, or alternatively the one dart you have needs to be a little deeper and you may need a couple of smaller darts to spread the bend around the curve of your chest. Hard to tell from the front but one of the pics looks to be still sticking outwards rather than curving round the side of the breast.

You may also find you need to increase the size of the chest diamond space as with spacing it will be a rather small diamond at the moment - if you do I'd take it from the bottom of the gap to even up the surrounding bit of plates.
Title: Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)-chest plates
Post by: Aria on Apr 12, 2016, 11:01 PM
Possibly too wide, or alternatively the one dart you have needs to be a little deeper and you may need a couple of smaller darts to spread the bend around the curve of your chest. Hard to tell from the front but one of the pics looks to be still sticking outwards rather than curving round the side of the breast.

You may also find you need to increase the size of the chest diamond space as with spacing it will be a rather small diamond at the moment - if you do I'd take it from the bottom of the gap to even up the surrounding bit of plates.
Annndd....welcome to female armor making!  :P
Title: Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)-chest plates
Post by: GardenGeek on Apr 12, 2016, 11:44 PM
 
Possibly too wide, or alternatively the one dart you have needs to be a little deeper and you may need a couple of smaller darts to spread the bend around the curve of your chest. Hard to tell from the front but one of the pics looks to be still sticking outwards rather than curving round the side of the breast.

You may also find you need to increase the size of the chest diamond space as with spacing it will be a rather small diamond at the moment - if you do I'd take it from the bottom of the gap to even up the surrounding bit of plates.

Im going to be cutting the diamond next- and the spot where it's going too- The current space was from the boba templates (I think)- but it's definitely too small. I wanted it to be lined up before really putting a lot of energy into it.

(http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac207/azura_3/97A4F38F-1875-4F27-A6FB-913383AA84C2.jpg)

Here's from the side after I trimmed the edge- I think it curves around okay, and from the top it follows my curve exactly. Thoughts?
Title: Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)-chest plates
Post by: Kris Jasra on Apr 13, 2016, 11:04 AM
Looks fine in close up. I'd personally only be trimming that any more than you have if you're catching you're arms on it.
Title: Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)-chest plates
Post by: GardenGeek on Apr 18, 2016, 11:18 AM
Thanks for your help Kris :) I spent the weekend drilling, bondoing, and sanding. I feel like I could sleep for a week! I definitely got a lot done though, and can't wait for painting today :)

(http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac207/azura_3/4E6BF118-EA0B-49C8-AAE3-B26482C2D59A.jpg)
Title: Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)-chest plates
Post by: Zophar Ptay on Apr 18, 2016, 11:35 AM
Can't wait to see it next weekend
Title: Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)-chest plates
Post by: Vheh Zoller on Apr 18, 2016, 11:39 AM
loooooooooooooove your shnees! i cant wait to see more
Title: Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)-chest plates
Post by: Kodaan Orion on Apr 23, 2016, 10:54 AM
Looking great !! :D
Title: Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)-chest plates
Post by: Choruk Kar'ta on May 01, 2016, 03:45 PM
this build is cool :D cant wait to see it all painted. the helmet really nice work. back plate and the shins those are soo coool :D
how did you bend the chest plates? thinking of going for the Mannequin method for my girlfriend.
 
Title: Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)-chest plates
Post by: GardenGeek on May 01, 2016, 11:04 PM
What a crazy couple of weeks!! Got my kit painted and wearable for the local con. This was the first day-

(http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac207/azura_3/6F6C4387-172F-4033-8BE7-8475F4F4C1E3.jpg)
(http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac207/azura_3/CAE5633F-21F2-408B-BC30-0FB1D755E1ED.jpg)

the second day I fixed my thigh plates, and my holster as well. I have weathering to do, but overall I am very very happy. I found it to be very comfortable and not nearly as warm as I thought it would be. I haven't got any pictures of the second day in kit with the fixed thighs.

this build is cool :D cant wait to see it all painted. the helmet really nice work. back plate and the shins those are soo coool :D
how did you bend the chest plates? thinking of going for the Mannequin method for my girlfriend.
 
Thanks vod! I cut the small size pattern out of paper and held it to my chest, and figured out where the dart should be. Then I cut the 6mm sintra using the pattern and shaped it on my chest while wearing my vest.  Kris Jasra at the beginning of this thread has some amazing advice too- I can't find it right now!
Title: Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)-chest plates
Post by: Aria on May 01, 2016, 11:22 PM
Hm....that color looks vaguely familiar...  ;)

You mentioned you fixed your thighs and holster...cod plate looks a little crooked in the picture, but that's an easy thing to fix. Looks nice! I can't wait to see your weathering.  :)
Title: Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)-chest plates
Post by: GardenGeek on May 01, 2016, 11:28 PM
Hm....that color looks vaguely familiar...  ;)

You mentioned you fixed your thighs and holster...cod plate looks a little crooked in the picture, but that's an easy thing to fix. Looks nice! I can't wait to see your weathering.  :)

I was thinking the same thing when I saw your colour! I've had my paint for ages- it's a personal favourite. I just haven't been ready to paint till last week :)  the cod definitely is crooked, it didn't quite go back on straight after a bathroom break :)
Title: Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)-chest plates
Post by: Aria on May 01, 2016, 11:39 PM
Bathroom breaks...the worst thing ever to happen to a correctly adjusted kit... :P

Are you going to black wash the kit? Because it such a similar color to mine that it would probably look *amazing* in a black wash. I do love that color.
Title: Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)-chest plates
Post by: Zophar Ptay on May 01, 2016, 11:39 PM
And your photographer sucks at straight. :P

Sorry.   That and your girth belt.   I'll blame the Rus'alor for not catching them :P
Title: Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)-chest plates
Post by: Serim Merec on May 01, 2016, 11:43 PM
Looking classy! 8)

I see that most things have already been noticed, so all I'd mention otherwise is that the ab plate looks like it is either crooked or floating away from you at the top. Looks like you'll be OM pretty quick to me! :D

Do you have a picture from your other side, too? I love the asymmetric kama and I wanna see it better!
Title: Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)-chest plates
Post by: GardenGeek on May 02, 2016, 12:29 AM
Thanks vode!

Bathroom breaks...the worst thing ever to happen to a correctly adjusted kit... :P

Are you going to black wash the kit? Because it such a similar color to mine that it would probably look *amazing* in a black wash. I do love that color.

Definitely doing a black wash, as well as I'm painting in a deep blue glaze to give it some more depth around edges and where I have trauma and double plates. I found my shnees got lost in photos, and anywhere else where I had tone on tone details.

Looking classy! 8)

I see that most things have already been noticed, so all I'd mention otherwise is that the ab plate looks like it is either crooked or floating away from you at the top. Looks like you'll be OM pretty quick to me! :D

Do you have a picture from your other side, too? I love the asymmetric kama and I wanna see it better!

Thanks Serim! Yes, I have to add a Velcro piece under my ab plate to see if I can get it to sit a little closer to my vest. 
(http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac207/azura_3/E2154046-1070-4B97-BF31-A023FC8A383A.jpg)

My Kama is made of genuine butt leather from a chair, and the red is a raw silk. There's also a pocket under the top flap of leather. Its big enough for a phone and a wallet, and the pocket is long enough that it hangs under the curve of my hip.
(http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac207/azura_3/ADFF53A2-F9E4-48FC-B79A-0560393C833C.jpg)
Title: Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)-chest plates
Post by: Serim Merec on May 02, 2016, 12:48 AM
Mmm, Mmm! I love me a good kama! ;D Fantastic work, that pocket is smart! I feel a lot of the quality in a kit comes from the soft parts, and yours are definitely good :)
Title: Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)-chest plates
Post by: Choruk Kar'ta on May 02, 2016, 12:48 AM
Thanks for the info :) gonna try and find those tops from kris jasra  the kit looks great on you :)
Title: Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)
Post by: GardenGeek on May 02, 2016, 01:11 AM
Found it L3roy! This is some of the best advice I've seen for forming female chest plates :)

I'd take the height from the chest plates myself. They look to have been stretched out a bit to fit over the breast fully. This seems to be a common change as it seems to be expected that the breast sits directly under the breast plate, which it actually doesn't if one keeps to the standard proportions. This leaves the ab plate sitting much lower than normal and you end up with girth, belt and cod all squished into a tiny space. The bottom of the centre of my breastplates (not the tabs which do extend further) are actually about in line with the centre of my breast and the top of my ab is overlapping the bottom edge of my breasts.

Thanks Serim :) my artistic background is all in textile arts and very informal sewing, so the soft parts are very fun for me. I do have my cape that I wore as well for a bit, but I didn't get any good pictures of it.
Title: Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)-chest plates
Post by: Choruk Kar'ta on May 02, 2016, 01:19 AM
thanks  ;D
 totally of topic but those glasses you have on your pf picture :D Epic looks  8)
Title: Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)-complete non weathered kit- page 3
Post by: GardenGeek on May 04, 2016, 10:21 AM
Haha thanks L3roy! They're my 1940s safety glasses. I found them at an antique store- they never fog, even when you're wearing a dust or particle mask- they stay on no matter what, and comfortable as all get out. I've never had a better pair.
Title: Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)-complete- but not weathered kit- page 4
Post by: GardenGeek on May 16, 2016, 09:32 PM
(http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac207/azura_3/8EBDE18E-2DAF-4E6B-B5B1-42A2773DD361.jpg)

Submitted my pics last night! ....and then watered my garden.

(http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac207/azura_3/C7179ED0-8FB0-46ED-BB16-7ED1320CE601.jpg)
Title: Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)-complete- but not weathered kit- page 4
Post by: Serim Merec on May 16, 2016, 10:51 PM
Good luck! I'm sure you don't need it, but it never hurts! :D
Title: Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)-complete- but not weathered kit- page 4
Post by: Aria on May 16, 2016, 11:34 PM
It's good to see a fellow merc taking care of the pretty flowers... ;)

Good luck!
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Post by: Havelock on May 16, 2016, 11:48 PM
Oya, vod!  Good luck!
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Post by: Draceline on May 17, 2016, 12:07 AM
Those chives are being well cared for. Great job!
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Post by: Zophar Ptay on May 17, 2016, 12:09 AM
Woohoo!     One more down :D
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Post by: GardenGeek on May 17, 2016, 06:28 AM
Thanks everyone for the luck! After submitting, I did notice that one of the thighs is lower than the other- due to its placement on my belt. I'm going to put a new hole in the leather strapping  so it's a little higher- or if that doesn't work, I will put them on a different belt than the cod so they can be more easily adjusted on the fly. Which would make it 5 belts.....*sigh* is there a record I should be attempting to beat?

It's good to see a fellow merc taking care of the pretty flowers... ;)

Good luck!
Thanks! I've taken a week or so off between the test con and now to get my garden ready for the summer. I have a riduculously large garden this year and I'm taking full advantage of the space. I do love flowers- but my heart lies with my tomatoes.

Those chives are being well cared for. Great job!

I can't bear to chop them all down- I love the purple. Hope you're doing well- I've missed seeing your updates on your kit!

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Post by: GardenGeek on May 28, 2016, 01:02 PM
I'm approved!!! So unbelievably excited :) thanks everyone for all the help!!!
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Post by: Havelock on May 28, 2016, 01:17 PM
Oya!  Congratulations!
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Post by: Zophar Ptay on May 28, 2016, 02:17 PM
Havelock - don't you have a kit to be working on?  Get off the boards and get sanding :P

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Post by: Ty'renn Argos on May 30, 2016, 01:36 AM
Woooohoooo!
Congratulations!! :D
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Post by: Malek Dair on May 30, 2016, 07:50 AM
Super cool! Congrats!
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Post by: Choruk Kar'ta on May 30, 2016, 01:15 PM
congrats :D have fun trooping ^^
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Post by: Kryamla Redalur on May 31, 2016, 12:49 AM
Oh those stripes look good on you! Congrats!
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Post by: PArmstr on May 31, 2016, 01:58 AM
Congratulations!
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Post by: Vheh Zoller on Jun 02, 2016, 11:33 PM
Congrats Vod!