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Mandalorian Armor => Armor Construction => Topic started by: Ajoliveira on Apr 25, 2016, 12:34 AM

Title: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Approved :D:D
Post by: Ajoliveira on Apr 25, 2016, 12:34 AM
Update - 19-08-2016

Helmet - Mandalorian Blank Helmet by Lonewolf Customs - Check
Flight Suit - Check
Vest - Check
Sash - Check
Kama - Check
Belt + Holster - Swiss Bandolier | Leg Holster Grenade Check (Knife holster and westar holster are now wip)
Upper Armor - Check
Lower Armor - Thights check | Cod check | Shins and Knees by The Mandalorian Arsenal - Check
Boba Fett ROTJ Gaunts - by Mac Cougar | Rav Bralor Fett 3D by April Storm Check/i]
Gloves + Armor - Check
Boots + Armor- Check

Electronics - Blue Chest Display by Fi-Buurenaar

Weapons:

Westar by Nirob Shysa | Verp - by Marco Tamissa 501st PT | 2 Westar 35 3D Printed (wip) | Combat Knife (wip)

Grenades:

- 4 Death Trooper Grenades (wip)
- 2 Thermal Detonator 3D Printed Check

_________________________________________________ _________________________________________________ _________________


Hi everyone, greetings from Portugal,

I have registered here a few months ago and I spent a few months (+2) thinking and planning my future Mando  ;D
I realized that my regional clan (Ra-Ruul Clan) as ended, so unfortunatly I have no Portuguese mates to help me in this task  :'( but hoppefully I believe I will also have your advice, opinions and tips in this jorney :)

Have already bought Expanded PVC 3 mm, like on this photos:

(http://i.imgur.com/cGU1G2f.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/S2eEiKm.jpg)

I planned building a Medium (remotly thinking of even Heavy, but for now, Medium lol  :laugh:) so already downloaded Jango Templates, sizes L and XL and printed them in paper :) what do you think?

Now, I'm cutting them, so when it's over, I'll post photos here  :D

I'm very thrilled and happy about building a Mando  ;D
Thank you in advance  :D
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Apr 28, 2016, 03:45 PM
Update - 28-05-2016

Hi vods,
So, after cutting all the templates, I had a hard task, gluing myself and see how the templates matches my body...  :laugh:

Here are the results:

(http://i.imgur.com/GmxWhwJ.jpg)
This one is to see how the chest armor was...

(http://i.imgur.com/wWRy9pG.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/73AdV0Q.jpg)
The collar seens ok i think, but i dont know how to place it, if more above or not...

Ps.: I know the space necessary between plates, max 1 inch and 1/2 also :) but i placed the templates all by miself so the pieces may have more 1 inch of space between  :laugh:

So, after this, is ok to go foward and apply the templates on sintra? what do you think?
Every opinion and feed-back i will appreciate :)

Best regards vods
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Reyn Vok'chi on Apr 28, 2016, 06:13 PM
It is better to take the photos with your arms down but I can tell you need a size down as those plates are too big for you.
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Apr 28, 2016, 06:35 PM
It is better to take the photos with your arms down but I can tell you need a size down as those plates are too big for you.

Thank you so much for the feed-back  ;D

In fact, these are XL templates but also printed the L ones...
The XL templates on this photos, I think were badly placed, glued myself alone lol  :laugh: and also they are not "bended" like the final shape...
Should I really try the XL and in the final, really see if they are to big or fit 100%? Or it's trowing money away?
I will cut the L ones and compare both :D

ty
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Apr 30, 2016, 08:10 PM
So, I remade the size of armor and begin with Shoulder Pieces:

(http://i.imgur.com/qMxhQch.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/BWoj2kk.jpg)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVWM4Te1HzM this is kinda funny :laugh:

I think the size is ok   ;D

What I really dont know is where to place them  :laugh: if in this pics the shoulder is well placed or not...

Really happy to see any feed-back and opinions :)
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Kris Jasra on May 01, 2016, 06:22 AM
The size looks right on that. You may need to shift them about an inch down your arm to give the collar room. But you'll know when the rest of the plates are in place.
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Mi'ix on May 01, 2016, 10:12 PM
Looks pretty good.  My only concern, and Kris can probably expand on this, is how much of your deltoid is being covered by your current placement.  Here's the CRL for shoulder armor as far as the modern kit goes.  I personally think you'd be OK.  It doesn't appear as though the placement would affect your range of movement, but you'll definitely be wider, meaning more bumping into stuff as you get used to being in armor.  If you move them over slightly and angle them downward you'll bump into less stuff, but if you're into the straight out look by all means go for it.

As far as the gap between collar and shoulder plate, I've got an inch and change between my collar plate and shoulder plate, so I fill the gap with trophies and what not.   
 
Shoulder armor:

    Are not required to be Fett style.
    Must sit above the bicep muscle and cover the deltoid area.
    The top edge of the plate can either be lined up with the shoulder seam or sit slightly above it.
    Double plates are acceptable.


If you've got your chest pieces cut, let's see a picture of how that lines up with your collar plate, but judging by your previous pictures you've already taken that into account with your templates.
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Kris Jasra on May 02, 2016, 05:24 AM
Two options there. Either, make another set of shoulders and place the top edge on the seam where your t-shirt is and leave that set where they are.
Or shift the pair you have now down so the top edge is not overlapping the collar (I think that should be about on the seam of your shirt)

As I said, it's hard to place the shoulders without the collar in place, with that done it's much easier to see how far they need to shift.
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on May 15, 2016, 08:25 PM
Update - 15-05-2016

So, finally bought my suit , 40.00€ XL size (sh*t i'm fat) ;D

(http://i.imgur.com/xoek0JS.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/kZbSmYv.jpg)
two way zipper, for the "needs" ahah  :laugh:
(http://i.imgur.com/0UNbRAV.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/MPCpefn.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/clnw723.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/J7wjMGs.jpg)

About the pockets in the chest, the vest will cover them  :laugh:
In the bottom of the legs, i need to cut it 2/3 inc  :laugh:
I think it's not baggy or something, it fits well i think  :D
If anyone could tell me something about it, if it's ok, approvable, etc etc, i will appreciate  ;D  ???  :D

Update - 26-05-2016

So, finally started my vest with my gf help:

(http://i.imgur.com/DGwVo2b.jpg)
making slow progress  :laugh:
(http://i.imgur.com/FE4fPr7.jpg)
While she's sewing my vest (or not  ;D), it's a nice time to sand  :laugh:
The sanding is ok, not so much good, ...? any tips appreciated  ;D
Ty in advance
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ralin Voth on May 16, 2016, 12:01 AM
So far so good! Those first templates were definitely big on you. I would definitely post pics of your new templates before cutting any more out. You'll want to line the bottom corners of the collar to the top corners of the collar, and the bottom tips of the chest plates with the top corner of the ab plate wings to get the placement just right. The plates shouldn't have to wrap around you at all when the size is right, the should sit on the front of your torso and not hang off the sides. The shoulder size does look good though, just move them down to the deltoid. Use Boba and Jango pictures for reference on where to place them. The flight suit looks like a great fit, that should do just fine!

Keep it up vod! You're doing great so far. Keep posting pics and asking questions and we'll get you there =)
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on May 26, 2016, 11:26 PM
So far so good! Those first templates were definitely big on you. I would definitely post pics of your new templates before cutting any more out. You'll want to line the bottom corners of the collar to the top corners of the collar, and the bottom tips of the chest plates with the top corner of the ab plate wings to get the placement just right. The plates shouldn't have to wrap around you at all when the size is right, the should sit on the front of your torso and not hang off the sides. The shoulder size does look good though, just move them down to the deltoid. Use Boba and Jango pictures for reference on where to place them. The flight suit looks like a great fit, that should do just fine!

Keep it up vod! You're doing great so far. Keep posting pics and asking questions and we'll get you there =)

Ty so much for the reply  ;D
Lately I havent much time to do this, but today just got 2h and started making my vest and a sanding test in one plate  ;D
I think the sanding is good, ok, smooth, but any tips/advice will be appreciated of course  ;D
Ty all  ;D
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Jun 12, 2016, 03:21 PM
Update - 12-06-2016

After a few days without much time, finally i've done progress  ;D

Inicially, i was to bought this boots:
(http://i.imgur.com/rIKiBr5.jpg)
20.00€ but they were to heavy, wow :o
So, decided to bought this:
(http://i.imgur.com/qlM2Ms6.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/3OakcjL.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/G384tDA.jpg)
I suppose this is not gonna be a problem if i leave them... What do you say? (Never the less, in last case, i can cut them :laugh:)
- Gonna do 2 or 3 pieces of armor for them, for the back and front;
- Gonna cut brand logo and cut those red and blue lines with a cissor;
- Do I need to paint the gray lines of the boots or can i leave them? I really dont know...
(http://i.imgur.com/y75wMrn.jpg)
Vest almost finnished, the only thing i will do is fix the shoulder part, do a little cut and sew again  ;D
have a nice weekend guys  :laugh: ;D
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Kris Jasra on Jun 12, 2016, 03:37 PM
The stitching on the boots will be fine, just the logo that really has to go.
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Mi'ix on Jun 12, 2016, 03:38 PM
Boots look good to me. You already know you have to cut off the logo. The gray stitching shouldn't be a problem and the buckles should work nicely.
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Jun 20, 2016, 07:52 PM
Update - 20-06-2016

Hi vods Kris and Mi'ix  ;D

Ty so much for the replies  ;D
I think for now I have more spare time, so I will do my best to keep my building and my post upgraded  :D

For a few minutes, i was able to do this for the first time and i think i wanna do like this 90.00% lool  ;D :laugh:

Now I have been thinking:
Hoppefully in the future, I will try to join Brigades and I have been checking also the BRL's, but for know my "main concern" are the colors of my flight suit (navy / dark blue) and the armor set colors (maybe mixing red/black/white)... I know i can't see Brigades Forum and wips of vods and more info, cause they are under sigile (obviusly lol  :laugh:)
So, despite of this, is possible anyome enlighten me if I go throw this colors scheme (like mandomaker pics), I can join assult or sniper? Or they required specific colors?

(http://i.imgur.com/qyEpmsJ.png)

So far I got this, all sanded, just need to shape chest, diamond (?) and belly armor, shoulders and collar are shaped and i think is fitting well  ;D

(http://i.imgur.com/Q3Z4yVH.jpg)

In a few days i will be able to take a pic with this set, vest and flight suit  :D

One question:
- For attaching, I have velcro at home but I'm thinking on buying earth magnets on ebay lol
What do you think?

Ty  ;D
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: PhantomBlade on Jun 20, 2016, 09:55 PM
If the magnets are strong enough, they'll work well. I use both velcro and magnets on my kit.
I really like the white armour idea vod! It looks awesome.
I know if you join the Assassin brigade, it is recommended that you have dark colours to blend in better, but I do not know if Snipers are required to blend in.
It looks good so far.
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Mi'ix on Jun 20, 2016, 10:46 PM
I use velcro for both of kits armor to vest attachment.  I get the industrial strength stuff with the adhesive on the back.  My Ver'alor was kind enough to sew it into my vest using fishing line. 

Some people use bolts, but I'm not that quite precise!   :laugh:

Also, white looks good, when it's weathered!
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Jun 20, 2016, 11:17 PM
Also, white looks good, when it's weathered!

Mi'ix vod, are you refering weathered velco, like knees or shins?  ;D
Btw, I've been thinking on apply battle damage to my kit (I'm aware that's a bit difficult when pre-apps  :laugh:) but for what I've seen in another wip's, people do it on 6mm sintra, and mine is 3mm, so I think I must be extra carefull to not damage the intregrety of the piece  ???
But, you or anyone can point me some tutorials for applying damage?
I think I've seen a few, but they were made when painting the armor, 3/4/5 layers, i believe  :laugh:
But carving on pvc, especialy when mine is 3mm, wow, i don't wanna damage what i've done so far.. :/
Ty  ;D
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Jun 20, 2016, 11:27 PM
If the magnets are strong enough, they'll work well. I use both velcro and magnets on my kit.
I really like the white armour idea vod! It looks awesome.
I know if you join the Assassin brigade, it is recommended that you have dark colours to blend in better, but I do not know if Snipers are required to blend in.
It looks good so far.

Hi vod, ty for the feed-back PhantonBlade  ;D
Appreciated  ;D
Well, i don't know if I'm worrying to much with colour patterns or not, but lately I've been thinkg a lot :/
I'm really focus on applying to Brigades that I don't wanna get dissapointed, mess up my kit, etc etc... ???
First, the entire kit completed, than... the rest lol  :laugh:
Ty
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Mi'ix on Jun 21, 2016, 01:27 AM
Careful with the double posting, vod. That'll get you on the bad list with the tech team pretty quick. In the future, just go back and modify your original post and merge the second posting into the first.

Ha, I was actually referring to your armor concept where you have white plates. If you go that route, they'll dirty up nicely.

As for battle damage I just added a few dents and scrapes with my dremel. A couple light passes will do.  Unless you really press with your tool, you should be ok keeping the plate intact, minus your intended damage of course.
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Jaing on Jun 21, 2016, 01:30 AM
Careful with the double posting, vod. That'll get you on the bad list with the tech team pretty quick. In the future, just go back and modify your original post and merge the second posting into the first.

This. Double posting is against the forum rules.
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Jun 22, 2016, 06:06 PM
This. Double posting is against the forum rules.

Wow, I'm truly sorry, didn't realized  :-X
Won't happen again, sorry :(

Yesterday and today I have been working on knees, my hole set is Jango Templates but I'm not going for Jango, I'm doing a "normal costum" Mando :)
For example, can I use Boba Fett knees (unmodifed) on my Mando? Or can I design knees by hand and build them?
I'm writting this because I look the templates I have, and after cutting them and assembled, I think I didn't "love" them, the shape, i didnt really "fell in love for them", sorry :$:$
In the moment I think if I do by sketch, the knees may be "better", I don't know :$:$
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Kris Jasra on Jun 22, 2016, 07:17 PM
There are a few different varieties of knees available for modern builds, if you look through, you have the Fett style, Galaxies, Legacy (shin/knee combined) CW cartoon. Try and use one/more of those as your basis for custom designing.

If you're having no leg armour (like Boba) then try not to make your knees tiny. Smaller sized knees can work but only with heavier shin and thigh armour so that the legs still look well covered and not bare.

Also when designing, do not use any other armour template. Shoulders are not knees. Upside-down shoulders are still not knees... :P
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Kar'ta Tionas on Jun 22, 2016, 07:18 PM
Feel free to mix and match Boba and Jango templates as they're both modern era. Knee designs vary widely and many people do completely custom knees. You may also see some individuals use shin/knee combo, clone knees, etc.  For example, I'm largely using Jango templates for my legs, however I'm using Boba knees.


And don't worry too much about the double posting, just try not to do it again.  If you want to update, just edit the previous post if no one has replied since you updated, or just wait 48 hours and post again (I think it's 48 hours).
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Jul 01, 2016, 01:52 PM
Update - 01-07-2016

(Hope this won't be considered double-posting, so sorry about it)

Hi everyone  :D

In the last few days I was able to work on the knees, and so far the result is this:

(http://i.imgur.com/WraOwbm.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/pgenDsr.jpg)
(I was a quick shot, sorry  :laugh:)

A few questions:
1 - The size is ok? I think it fit well...
2 - I'm working with sintra, so the best way to attacht this? Velcro or snaps?
3 - Can I use knees without the jig part? :S
4 - This knees are Boba Fett and I'm working with Jango Templates... :S Can I also try and use Death Watch, for example? :S

(http://i.imgur.com/zA7w44Y.jpg)
I saw this online and just loved it  ;D
May I use them?  :-[

Ty in advance and have a nice weekend  ;D
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Jul 06, 2016, 11:36 PM
Update - 06-07-2016

Yesterday I bought this gloves, 12.00€:

(http://i.imgur.com/yYZqbwA.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/WDIlmA2.jpg)

And today I as able to do the armor for them  ;D

(http://i.imgur.com/Gfj0oLr.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/8VnERan.jpg)

Question: Those 2 fingers, should I leave them like it is or maybe paint them in black? :S

In the next few day I'm gonna post upper armor + vest   ;D
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Mi'ix on Jul 07, 2016, 08:18 AM
Gloves look good.  I would leave them as they are so you don't get more complicated with paint than you have to.

The plates on the top of the gloves look a bit too bit.  Just a little trim and you'll be there.
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Reginmund on Jul 07, 2016, 11:56 AM
Update - 01-07-2016(http://i.imgur.com/zA7w44Y.jpg)
I saw this online and just loved it  ;D
May I use them?  :-[

I would say that the holster is acceptable based on other recent questions people have asked. I do know that some have used Velcro to attach small pieces of "armor" to cover the buckles. You will also need to weather the gear for sure. If you want an official answer I would go to the Q&A forum (http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?board=420.0) and fill out the question form found here (http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?action=form;n=14).
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Kris Jasra on Jul 07, 2016, 05:26 PM
They are acceptable providing any velcro or elastic is completely hidden. We do prefer leather over tac gear, however as said above, adding plates and such can be a great alternative to help make an earthy looking holster just that little bit more star warsy
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Aug 02, 2016, 08:35 AM
Update - 02-08-2016

After a week on holydays with gf, got my head clean, focus and prepared to move foward on my building  ;D

I know I havent done much, specially when making my vest is becoming a problem, resized a couple of times, building from scratch 2 times and still havent done it right  :'(

Nevertheless, I got 2 shippements received:

(http://i.imgur.com/C07qd1t.jpg)
Westar from Nirob

(http://i.imgur.com/rmcDRlm.jpg)
Chest Display from Fi-8015

(http://i.imgur.com/ykYnvWU.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/SKaTWLL.jpg)
Purchased this yesterday near home

Any comments appreciaded, especially for the belt and holsters, I think it's ok, but will be happy to have any feed-back on these  :-[
Ty in advance  ;D
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Aug 22, 2016, 12:16 AM
Update - 22-08-2016

Such an happy news, specially when is MandoMonday  ;D ;D
(http://i.imgur.com/s40kvHy.jpg)

A few more days and u are home  ;D

And this:

(http://i.imgur.com/PKh6MTv.jpg)
 :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

Good week vods  ;D
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Aug 26, 2016, 05:24 PM
Update - 26-08-2016

(http://i.imgur.com/UnFqVvN.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/KwF9oCk.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Hd8yZ1N.jpg)

Tights are done and vest is almost finnished :-[

Now, I've been struggling myself, I don't know  :-X
Still back, knees, cod and shins left and already tried once knees and shins, not pictured here cause I dont loved the result... I know this is all about pacience, skill, try and error, try and error, but I feel I'm loosing it... The passion, the goal of OM, they are still here, but last 3 weeks I have no good result, here no one to help or ask 4 tips, locals to buy material, kinda "all alone" in this and when the (few) results are not quite espected, sh*t, I'm loosing it  :-X I don't know  :-X :( (sorry 4 this)
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Sep 01, 2016, 08:28 AM
Update - 01-09-2016

Yesterday got some free time and:

- Vest with neck seal completed:
(http://i.imgur.com/hCxAOmL.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/1xg4hU7.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/DL4uqJ1.jpg)

A little try out, now with the upper armor:
(http://i.imgur.com/RGtAHHB.jpg)
(Need a little more trimming, the sintra kinda lost is shape in the lower section of the chest  :'()

Any toughts, suggestions?
This step been completed, may give me more "strengt" to complete the building  :-X

Ty ;D
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Kol Varek on Sep 01, 2016, 07:18 PM
Nice work on the vest, looking good! The plates seem just a tad bit big, but judging by how they are sitting, they seem okay. At the most I'd trim the outer edges of the chest and collar plates, but I'd get a second opinion on them first. Coming along good though!
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Kris Jasra on Sep 02, 2016, 05:13 AM
Overall looking really good, the edges of the plates are really nicely straight cut. And you're right, just a touch more shaping at the bottom of the chest plates.

They do look a little large though. For now, trim a little off the edges and see how that looks.
(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/jarakrisafis/Mandalorian%20costume/Mando%20Illustrations/Untitled-1%20copy_zpskxqdtgfq.jpg)

For the length you may want to throw on your cod or cod template and your girth belt or something that will take up the same room as your girth belt to make sure you have enough room for both of them below the plates.
If not, take a tiny bit off the bottom edge of the collar and move the rest of the plates up, then take a tiny bit off the bottom of the gut plate.

Also, love that neckseal, much neater than my first vest was :)
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Sep 02, 2016, 02:19 PM
Wow, ty so much for the feed-back guys  ;D

In fact, I spend almost 2 months and 5/6 meters of pleather to achive this result, so banging my head against a wall worked very well  >:( :laugh: :laugh:

I was thinking at the size of the upper armor, and you two confirm it, 1st were XL and this are Large, but a little trimming must be done cause in the end, fat is fat and belly is belly :) :laugh:

Now that vest is done, next step is:

- Cod
- Sash
- Kama

(http://i.imgur.com/bygU8mX.jpg)

The main industry of my city is related to shoes , hats (I think we supply the brittish police + Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones) and fabrics, leather and pleather, sooooo.... fkng cheeaaappp  :laugh: :laugh:

Nevertheless, this are a quick pics I take:
(sasha is not made, only the fabrics around my waist)

(http://i.imgur.com/RVNCRmN.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/mdJIlj5.jpg)

I have been thinking of using this blue on the sash, what do you think? Any thougts?

Ty all  ;D
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Mi'ix on Sep 02, 2016, 03:16 PM
I like it.

We haven't seen what kind of weathering you're going to add to your kit, but the blue should dirty of very nicely.  It also looks like there's some of your flak vest popping out of your right side there.  Make sure that either gets tucked in, or your vest may need some additional tailoring to make sure it fits just so.

I'm a little late to the party on the plates, but I'm in agreement that the plates look a wee bit large in addition to some minor plate shaping at the bottom of your chest plates.  Either way, everything is coming together nicely. :)
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Sep 02, 2016, 04:03 PM
Hi Mi'ix how are u vod?  ;D

Sorry all, once again I forgot to mention: my vest in the 2 pics its not closed in the back, my gf was not at home and I need help to close the zip in the back, thats why its popping and loose  :laugh:

Ty for your reply, having vods helping out its more easier and I dont feel so alone in this  :-[  ;D

I think I wanna go for sniper and im afraid that the blue is not good but I LOVE this blue so much  ;D but it must go dirty, very dirty and I dont know how  :P

The sash can be wrapped around the waish a few times? And close it with snaps? I think the kama should cover it  ;D it must be on the top of the kama right?

Ty all  ;D
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Kris Jasra on Sep 02, 2016, 08:10 PM
I love that shade of blue. I wear my sash over the top edge of my kama and the bottom edge of my vest so all the fixing are hidden. Snaps are fine, I've used them on my belt.
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Kol Varek on Sep 03, 2016, 02:41 PM
Also, love that neckseal, much neater than my first vest was :)

And mine..but we don't discuss my first vest. That's why I paid for mine  :P
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Reginmund on Sep 05, 2016, 08:26 AM
Quote from: Ajoliveira
I think I wanna go for sniper and im afraid that the blue is not good but I LOVE this blue so much  ;D but it must go dirty, very dirty and I dont know how  :P

There are a lot of ways to dirty fabric. To name a few:

Shoe polish (Blacks, Browns, Mahogany)
Tea/Coffee staining
Spray paint
Fabric paint
Ink
Sun bleaching
Sand paper
Use the fabric to wipe brake dust from car wheels
I don't like the look but, tears and cuts with frayed edges


My favorite weathering? Natural. Wear the sash when you are working in the yard, in the house cooking, while you are under your car changing the oil, wipe your hands on it when they get dirty... you get the point. You want to build up multiple types of wear and stains for a realistic look. When you wash the fabric use the hottest water and drier setting, cheap detergent and a liquid fabric softener will help fade and wear the fabric too. I plan on letting my daughter play with my fabrics, she should be 2 1/2-3 years old by the time my soft parts are ready. I might even let my son play with them too, as he will be 6 months - 1 year old by then. Kids can get anything dirty. haha
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Sep 13, 2016, 05:02 PM
UPDATE - 13-09-2016

Wow, Reginmund ty so much for the tips  ;D been thinking lately who to do black wash and u helped a lot, ty so much  ;D

Now, cod is done:

(http://i.imgur.com/kqI4Sny.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/JD9zNXG.jpg)

Decided to attach a small belt to it  ;D obviusly the sash/girth will cover the top of the cod and the "undercover" belt ;D  ;D

Now, before moving foward, time to trim a bit upper armor:

(http://i.imgur.com/CBeRB6j.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/SeZrHEG.jpg)

Cutted 0.5 cm and the diference is notorius  :laugh:

Then, time to google and search how to make a sash, I wrapped it but need to find a way to close it  :laugh:
A few days ago I become Supporter, wich give me acess to brigades and been learning a lot since them   :P ;D

Ty all  ;D

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Reginmund on Sep 13, 2016, 11:16 PM
Not a problem! I spend way too much time on this forum, The Dented Helmet, and The RPF. Combine that with some real world experience...and you get a bunch of random knowledge that occasionally comes in handy.

Can't help much on the sash, unless you want to do a belly dancer style (minus the metal bits), or maybe a pirate style. :laugh:
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Mi'ix on Sep 14, 2016, 08:19 AM
How are those plates looking on you now that you've done some trimming?
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Sep 19, 2016, 06:58 PM
How are those plates looking on you now that you've done some trimming?

Hi Mi'ix  ;D

I must do a final shapping and when its done, I will upload pics  :rolleyes: ;D

Been very busy last 2 weeks but today I got a few time left and been working on attaching thigh armor:

(http://i.imgur.com/OFSob4J.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/EtcrdX5.jpg)

Tried to apply "a little bit" (kinda of 2 much, sh*t) of epoxy to hold better the thigh armor and a quick shot to see the placement... :-[

Now, time to let dry and tomorrow lets see  :P ;D

Ty all and a nice week vods  ;D

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Sep 26, 2016, 07:21 PM
Update - 26-09-2016

Boot armor done:

(http://i.imgur.com/VhxaTq5.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/w3gFBIz.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/UdrahGS.jpg)

I think I pretty happy with the result of them, obviusly tried to walk around home, did a little jumps (lol) and they didnt come off  :P

In the next few days will try to figure out how to make a sash (specially close it)  ???
Will be simple as a simple knot in the back?  ??? ???
(have my brain fried and gonna bang my head into a wall)

Since I have no clan, Dha Bral pointed me Vi-Caeirn, the European Regional Ruus'sol, and already contacted her in order to help me out, in case of clarifications and building related stuff  :-[

After almost one month, today the Portuguese Customs updated my LoneWolf helmet shipping status and finally they gave green light to get it out of the Customs and in the next few days (weeks?!) gonna receive it  ??? >:(

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Kris Jasra on Sep 26, 2016, 09:17 PM
Whoooo, yay for the customs release. Boot looks good too.

Tie could work, or velcro, snaps, buttons or buckles. All depend on the material, some work better with thinner material, some work better with heavier material.

And Vi won't steer you wrong. Do feel free to keep poking me if you need anything too.
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Sep 27, 2016, 12:44 PM
Ty so much 4 the feed-back Kris  ;D

And hell yeah, guess what came in the mail today  ;D :P

(http://i.imgur.com/GPNQbFd.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/ChcXC65.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/ZRReS5B.jpg)

Yesterday they gave green light and today already received it  ;D :P
Arrived in Portugal on 29th and only today received, almost 2 months of waiting (and i got luck, normal time is 3 months or more, sh*t)
And I payed more 61.00€ to take the helmet from there, damm  >:(

Later will take more pics  ;D :P
Ty all

AJ

Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Mi'ix on Sep 27, 2016, 03:08 PM
Now you'll have to update your signature!

I would consider trimming the shoulder bells on your flak vest as they look a little billowy right now. 

Any updates on the final shaping of those chest plates? 

Looking very nice and I'm excited to see how that chest display goes in.  :)

Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Sep 29, 2016, 01:08 PM
Hi Mi'ix  ;D

Ty so much, I'm feeling reliefed and happy that everyone says it looks good, it means that I'm in the right track  :-[ ;D

In fact, have too much work latelly and havent too much free time (houseduties with gf are a pain in the @ss, but its a must ahah)  :-[

The only and relevant fact that I have is this moron pic (ahah):
(http://i.imgur.com/WkJzj5l.jpg)

Now, more seriusly, will try to do once again the final shape in my chest plates, cause I don't know why my right chest plate somehow loose a lit bit his shape in the lower corner  :-X :'( :'(

I'm already seeing paint & damage tutorials, I really wanna start painting assap, here in Portugal our Comic Con is on the 2nd week of December and I wanna so bad use it for the 1st time there  :-[ :-[

Ops, I forget: Mi'ix I didnt understand the "billowy" part, can u please explain better vod?

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Reginmund on Sep 29, 2016, 11:32 PM
...I didnt understand the "billowy" part, can u please explain better vod?

I believe the Portuguese word for billowy would be revolto? (At least according to Google. haha)
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Sep 30, 2016, 11:43 AM
Hi Reginmund  ;D

Hum in fact, I translated to Portuguese also and... hum... never heard that word before... ??? lol  :-X :laugh: maybe some kind of Portuguese (Brazilian) word...  :-\ ??? ahah  :laugh:

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Kris Jasra on Sep 30, 2016, 12:31 PM
Hmmmm. Billowy when used to talk about material sort of means lots of excess material not near the body. So... Jedi cloaks billow in the wind when a Jedi walks.
So trying to say the shoulder section of the vest are sitting a little far away from the body and are a little large compared to the size of the shoulder armour - may be due to excess material.
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Mi'ix on Sep 30, 2016, 01:34 PM
What Kris said. :)
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Sep 30, 2016, 01:42 PM
Hum, now I did understand  :P :laugh:

Hum, ok vods, will try to sew the pleather more closer to the arm and c how it looks  :-[

Last days have spent SO MUCH TIME (of my few free time  :laugh:) DROOLING and looking to the helmet, oh Lord  ;D :laugh:
Didnt resisted, and already started working on the helmet, and I'm afraid I putting the final armor shapping behind and moving steps, damm  ??? :-[

Ty all and a nice weekend  ;D

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Oct 07, 2016, 01:38 PM
Update - 07-10-2016

Spent last days working on my helmet, and give armor a rest   :P

Yesterday, bought new acrilic cans and decided to make a more serius try on my right hand armor:

- Primed
(http://i.imgur.com/77kg0Gp.jpg)
- Thoothpaste on in
(http://i.imgur.com/1goUWAX.jpg)
- 2nd layer - Black
(http://i.imgur.com/RVji08E.jpg)
- A little more thoothpaste
(http://i.imgur.com/j7MSppF.jpg)

Edit: Since in the future I wanna gor 4 Sniper, I have supossed that hand armor could/should have a little (more) weather/damage compared to the rest of armor...  ??? Could be wrong, but since that is the hand on the trigger, the hand plate must (?) be more damage, since it scrath (?) on the trigger area...  :-\ hum, let's c how it goes...
- And then the final layer of white matte
(http://i.imgur.com/NfnRW1v.jpg)

Yesterday I was felling confident about it, but this morning I didn't feel that good vibe lol  :-X
I'll leave it dry for 24H and then will take the thoothpaste and see how it looks...
Last try out I made was on a "old" shoulder plate that was "garbage" and didnt like the result:
(http://i.imgur.com/zNqibJh.jpg)

Nevertheless, upper armor is now fully trimed and already applied chest display, as soon as I have pics taken will upload  ;D

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ashen Kelborn on Oct 08, 2016, 07:31 PM
Have you thought of Masking fluid/Liquid latex instead of toothpaste?
Failing that use a tooth pick or dabbing with a used tooth brush to give the toothpaste a more jagged edge?
Just in my experience toothpaste/Mustard create a more rounded edge masking for layering paintwork without  "encouraging" the edges in some way  ;)
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Oct 08, 2016, 08:06 PM
Update - 08-10-2016

Well, today was a mix of feelings...  :-\

At afternoon, I took all the thoothpaste from my right hand armor, used the faucet and with a little towel and my finger, there's the result:

- Every layer, I think I have repeted 2x or 3x, small aplications...  :-\
(http://i.imgur.com/29hR8an.jpg)

Then, decided to sand it with 240 and 1000 grit (bad idea?):
(http://i.imgur.com/WVsBDUl.jpg)

This, why?
In fact, in the future I hopefully will try to join sniper and since its the trigger hand, it must(?) be more weather/damage than the other hand plate, for example (i suppose).
I know that the weather/damage must be rational, like ends/corners of the plates, areas that can be must part of the time laying on ground, scracth of bruches on the legs, foots, I dont know, at that moment I think that kind of damage really make sense but since was too big, didnt realized that in that moment... :-X

At the begining, I was kinda happy with the result  :-X but after some minutes I was thinking that was not so good, in fact, that sucks...  :-X
Posted on Facebook and people start make fun of me, like leopard mando, if u want to do that, u couldnt, so on...  Never felt so bad about the armor building :'( and once again I wanna throw the piece against a wall or out of a window  :'(

Decided to contact Nirob, European Commander and Mi'ix, asking for opinion about it  :-X Both opinions were that was "ok", but I felt that was a "bad" ok... Much concerns about the weathring applied and future weathring on the rest of the armor...  :'( and for me, at that moment, since i wanna throw it out of a window, u know the rest...  :-X

Then Nirob suggested that talked to Colin Bruce aka Ashen Kelborn and pmed throw Facebook  :-[
For my big surprise, the called me and we have been on the phone more than 30 min talking about colour schemes, primers, colours that may match my flight suit, weather and damage tips & methods, a lot of stuff  ;D Feel so happy, in that moment felt the unity of the Mercs, took the iniciative to give a complete strange a call, wow, really feel happy (and awakard lol)  :-[ ;D (-censored- never use Sir again Colin  :laugh: :laugh:)

Now, my mistakes:

- Didnt use Q-Tip (Ty Nirob for that, didnt ever think about it)
- The black as a mid color was bad ideia, since its a strong color (ty Colin)
- The mid colour will be dark gray, wich can be (and will) better and smother - silver + drk gray + matte white (ty Colin)
- The damage/weathring area soo big, working with thoothpaste and with no q-tip, there i got the results, damm  :-X
- Finally found masking fluid  ;D (ty Colin for telling me what its used for, water paiting lol gonna bang my head into a wall :P)

Well, tomorrow or in the next days will try to apply on the left hand area, new color scheme, small areas of damage wich masking fluid can help a lot  ;D this is a learning process, try-error, try-error, if i do it right at 1st will be a miracle, and i intentionally do it on a small piece that i can quickly build it from 0 on 20 min or less  :P

(sorry for the long and boring post  :laugh:)

Ty all and a nice weekend  ;D

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ashen Kelborn on Oct 08, 2016, 08:50 PM
Your welcome my friend, happy to help and chat  ;D
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Kris Jasra on Oct 10, 2016, 06:42 AM
Ashen's pretty much got you covered. Although if he didn't mention it - nothing wrong with doing more layers than the three you have above. I do tend to use black unless that's one of the top colours - due to it being a strong colour exactly as he mentioned.
However I pair it with a softer colour and have 2 underlayers. For example my paint is base metal silver, black, steel grey, black, green. The steel grey is the softer colour Ashen was talking about, but the black helps to highlight it. You just have to get very little of the black showing, so it is a fine line of detail that pops up - which is where the q-tips and cocktail sticks I use come in as they allow for tiny amounts of masking.
All the extra layers will add to the effect of natural damage - some places just take off the top layer or two as if something has scraped past your armour, some damage go deeper so it looks like a blade hit or a burn mark -  helps to simulate different types of damage.
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Oct 10, 2016, 04:59 PM
Ashen's pretty much got you covered. Although if he didn't mention it - nothing wrong with doing more layers than the three you have above. I do tend to use black unless that's one of the top colours - due to it being a strong colour exactly as he mentioned.
However I pair it with a softer colour and have 2 underlayers. For example my paint is base metal silver, black, steel grey, black, green. The steel grey is the softer colour Ashen was talking about, but the black helps to highlight it. You just have to get very little of the black showing, so it is a fine line of detail that pops up - which is where the q-tips and cocktail sticks I use come in as they allow for tiny amounts of masking.
All the extra layers will add to the effect of natural damage - some places just take off the top layer or two as if something has scraped past your armour, some damage go deeper so it looks like a blade hit or a burn mark -  helps to simulate different types of damage.

Hi Kris, ty so much for the feed-back ;D

In fact, when I was trying it, didnt realized how much "strong" colour it was or the area of the thoothpaste was covering  ???

Nevertheless, tomorrow morning will buy (finally) masking fluid and them re-start paiting  ;D

I think I will wanna keep it simple, I think the layers will be - Silver + Dark Gray (mid-colour) + White (final colour)  :-[
The reason I wanna keep it simple is cause if it's simple and well done, can be better :P
 (I hope)  :laugh:

And since, I wanna go for sniper, I suppose I wont be to much damage, weathring and so on, but i think I will post something on the Brigades  :-\

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: MCarger81 on Oct 10, 2016, 06:31 PM
Update - 02-08-2016

After a week on holydays with gf, got my head clean, focus and prepared to move foward on my building  ;D

I know I havent done much, specially when making my vest is becoming a problem, resized a couple of times, building from scratch 2 times and still havent done it right  :'(

Nevertheless, I got 2 shippements received:

(http://i.imgur.com/C07qd1t.jpg)
Westar from Nirob

(http://i.imgur.com/rmcDRlm.jpg)
Chest Display from Fi-8015

(http://i.imgur.com/ykYnvWU.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/SKaTWLL.jpg)
Purchased this yesterday near home

Any comments appreciaded, especially for the belt and holsters, I think it's ok, but will be happy to have any feed-back on these  :-[
Ty in advance  ;D

Out of curiosity, where did you get that LED display? very cool!
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Oct 10, 2016, 07:10 PM
Hi vod   ;D

I bought it to Fi-8015, German vod, check the interest sales I think  ;D

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Oct 12, 2016, 03:13 PM
Update - 12-10-2016

Hi vods,  ;D

So, last few days have working (and drooling :laugh:) my helmet and i'm done with visor:

- More than 15 tries and 3 meters of window car film (damm  >:( :laugh:), total price +- 17.00€  ;D
(http://i.imgur.com/GLSB2i4.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/0QOWOWl.jpg)

Yesterday started to work on my Kama + Sash  :) The Sash will be sewed upper and bottom and at back, velcro sewed, better to take on/off and also due to gain/loss of weight  :laugh:

Also, done with trimming that Kris Jara suggested, pics above:
(http://i.imgur.com/FIocwF2.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/O4IkTuK.jpg)

The only thing to deal ( >:() is the lower right of the chest plate, really don´t stay in correct position and always keep going up (i know i'm a little fat, but this  >:()

Yesterday also cutted a bit the shoulders pleather, making it smaller, as Mi'ix suggested  ;) (will take pic in the next few days)

After Q&A team replied to my question, they gave green light on this 2 fake hair extentions as Jedi trophies, 5.00€ each, will buy them in the next few days, one in the belt, another in the right shoulder  :)
(http://i.imgur.com/ve6ZRGs.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/C6mj5Dy.jpg)

Finally found masking fluid and started to try to paint some few small plates:
(http://i.imgur.com/eKDIZrz.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/pbVgjIL.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/NQcnqUX.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/XR8NzQ5.jpg)
At the moment is still drying, lets see how it looks tomorrow  ??? :-X
Removed masking fluid:
(http://i.imgur.com/XInbOhr.jpg)
Didnt applied blackwash (dont know how to do it lol :laugh:) but so far how it looks?  :-[ ??? So tense about this  ???

Left:

- Shnees
- Backplate
- Gaunts (been made by Mac - Spanhis Clan)

I know the road so far is not much, still plenty to do but so far, any thoughts or concerns?  :-\ ??? how it looks?  :-[

AJ

Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Kyra Iscandar on Oct 12, 2016, 09:04 PM
I think it looks really good, vod!  :)
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ashen Kelborn on Oct 13, 2016, 02:21 AM

Removed masking fluid:
(http://i.imgur.com/XInbOhr.jpg)
Didnt applied blackwash (dont know how to do it lol :laugh:) but so far how it looks?  :-[ ??? So tense about this  ???



Looking allot better my friend, now your getting the hand of it, black wash is pretty simple: black acrylic paint add little bits of water and mix till you have a gloopy paste, apply to all areas you want it/grime would build up, leave for a little bit and then brush wipe off with a paper towel.
but before all that you need to add scratches for the wash to fill and look weathered. 
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ty'renn Argos on Oct 13, 2016, 12:16 PM
Awesome progress my friend!! Keep it up! ;D
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Hanjo Solba on Oct 13, 2016, 12:27 PM
This build is coming together nicely.  Keep up the good work!  (Commenting to follow build  :laugh:) 
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Raestin Ke'Varek on Oct 14, 2016, 05:09 PM
The plates look great now vod. I think once you get that right chest fang tweaked you'll be just right.  I also agree with Ashen, the paint apps look MUCH better.  When using the masking fluid, go slow, start small & try and envision where the plate would be taking the most damage.  High spots, and edges will take more damage than the low spots.  Depending on the terrain you romp around in, the lower plates could be more heavily weathered than the top...just try and think if it all from a realistic point of view.

Blackwash is easy...but scary to do the first time...cause you literally just coat the plate in a mix of dark paint...wait a sec, then wipe it off in varying degrees.  Do add a few scratches with various grit sandpaper...it helps with the realism, and gives the blackwash something to stick to. 

All in all, you're doing great & I think you're gonna have an awesome kit!  8)
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Aden Banto on Oct 14, 2016, 08:51 PM
I didn't know we were allowed to glue velcro strips to pants to attach armor pieces..... :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Oct 14, 2016, 11:14 PM
Hi Aden how are u?

Ty 4 the reply but may i ask, but that was irony vod?
Or are u serius?
Nice weekend

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Aden Banto on Oct 15, 2016, 10:53 AM
Hi Aden how are u?

Ty 4 the reply but may i ask, but that was irony vod?
Or are u serius?
Nice weekend

AJ

I just remember being told from a OM that you can't glue velcro strips to your suit as it has to be sewn on, I'm just a bit surprised that no one said anything, unless we are now allowed to do that. If you can vod, I'd remove the velcro pieces and sew them back on instead. This will have much more strength to hold up your armor pieces and lessen the chance of the velcro coming unglued  and armor falling off while in full kit. Other than that your kit looks great  :)
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Kris Jasra on Oct 15, 2016, 11:35 AM
Glue on it's own is a no-go - as in gluing the plates directly on to the suit. Gluing the velcro on is technically allowed as a lot of velcro comes with self adhesive - however I highly recommend against it in any way - the glue won't last, especially in warmer weather.
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Aden Banto on Oct 15, 2016, 12:06 PM
Glue on it's own is a no-go - as in gluing the plates directly on to the suit. Gluing the velcro on is technically allowed as a lot of velcro comes with self adhesive - however I highly recommend against it in any way - the glue won't last, especially in warmer weather.

Or if you need to wash your soft goods, itll come off in the dryer and make a gooey mess.
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Oct 15, 2016, 12:35 PM
Hi vod's,

Hum about that velcro glued with epoxy (not hot glue), I remenber before doing it, PMed few m8s asking for advice and if it was alowed...
In fact, tryed to attach thights with the same pleather of my vest, but didnt work out...
My 1st choice was earth magnets, ebay for 10 or 20 bucks, it was perfect for me, but my biggest problem was(and still is) that I'll use this for Comic Con Portugal, in the beginning of Dec, and even if i buy them today, the magnets will only arrive home in the late of Dec, Jan 17  :-X

Meanwhile, i think its only a temporary solution, since I pretty sure that will sew velcro (or magnets) in the near future, to re-inforce them  ;D
Nevertheless, walked around home, done some jumps, crowl and they didnt come off  ;)

Now, time for a little update:

Update - 15-10-2016

Sash and Kama are almost finished:

My kama, in my head, would be all white, but since i got a nice fabric blue, that is the same colour of my Sash, it will be this (velcro sewed in the belly area, better to close/take off/ gain of weight ahah  :laugh:):

(http://i.imgur.com/ps9V05R.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/2EvGpSL.jpg)

What do you think?   ??? :-[ ;D

The top of the Kama isnt finished yet, it as 7 Cm's (according to google, 2,75 inc) but i think i will go for the 5 cms  :-\ Nevertheless, Sash will cover it, despite of being 7 or 5 cm's  :laugh:

Meanwhile, still paiting some parts of my armor, working slowly in small parts, when i'm feeling it goes fine and i'm pleased with results, kinda of more confident, then will move to helmet and bigger parts  ;D

EDIT: I was waiting to my collar to dry complity and started sanding a lit bit the left chest armor, and when was attaching the chest display, realized that the lines are not complity straight  :o ??? :-X :-\ :'( if i stand like 1 hand palm, i can see it, but if I'm looking into the mirror with chest display on, i cannot see it and looks its just fine  ??? ??? Please see above  :-X

(http://i.imgur.com/5lyv4OB.jpg)

This is gonna be a problem when i do my application? Or may pass?  damm ??? :'(

Second Edit:

Since today i got more spare time than usual, worked on the collar, following my religious rule: working 1st on small plates, learning how this works  :laugh:

(http://i.imgur.com/wX19YrB.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/WOd93f0.jpg?1)
(http://i.imgur.com/u9cMg0h.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/7J7bmxJ.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/TUiZKcj.jpg)

How it looks?  ??? Too much, it's ok,...?  ???
Didnt applied any scratch or blackwash yet  but i will  ;D
I'm doing this right?  ??? Cause I'm feeling that I'm on a critical moment of my building and dont wanna screw things  :-\ ???

Regards,

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Aden Banto on Oct 15, 2016, 12:54 PM
I really want your Kama. I'll be watching this thread with great interest.  8)
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Oct 15, 2016, 04:55 PM
I really want your Kama. I'll be watching this thread with great interest.  8)

Ahah  :laugh: happy u like it vod  ;) ty so much for the interest, i'm flattered ;D

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Kris Jasra on Oct 16, 2016, 05:00 PM
Lighting and cut out is fine.

Paint chipping is much more realistic now. Once you get the scratching and black wash on it will look fantastic.
Another tip to push it beyond good - try and match up any big scratches or chips from one plate to the next.
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Oct 17, 2016, 10:52 PM
Update - 18-10-2016

So, i'm done with Kama and Sash:

(http://i.imgur.com/PDHUHjG.jpg)

The Sash may appear big in the dummy but actually it has +- 18 cm's  ;) and since I'm a little fat... :P :laugh:
Once I get the oportunity I will take better pics  ;)

I think I'm done with all my soft parts: Kama, Sash, Belt, Boots, Gloves  ;D (cape, hum, I wanna but get a nice colour that match and I kinda love it... :'( :laugh:)

Now, still continuing to paint few pieces:

(http://i.imgur.com/8WLJ8Z9.jpg)

Today also drilled my helmet and attached RF  ;D But I'm now thinking that I'm still afraid of working on it, and as the time goes by, also afraid of wraping or something like that, damm  :-X :-\

Next to go: Shnees  ;D

Regards,
AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Mi'ix on Oct 18, 2016, 07:14 AM
Looking really good, vod.

Well done on the chipping.
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Oct 19, 2016, 08:43 PM
Update - 20-10-2016
Hi vode,

Ty so much for the clarification Kris, very relifed now   ;)

Also many thanks Mi'ix  ;)

So, yesterday and today got a few hours to work and:

(http://i.imgur.com/Woe8x9w.jpg)
Left shoulder, will put here the European Logo  ;D

(http://i.imgur.com/I3qC465.jpg)
Done from scrath hand plates, since I screw the previus by painting them (learned the hard way :-X :'( :laugh:)

(http://i.imgur.com/nIL0hni.jpg)
Primed thighs and thinking how to paint/weather/damage them  :-\

(http://i.imgur.com/SArNzlu.jpg)
Sanded with 1000 water grit the right shoulder, few painting problems  :-X

Still thinking & learning how to apply cuts/scratches  :-[ I suppose people make scracthes with this thing over here (dont know the name of it in Eng  :P)
(http://i.imgur.com/z6oIjhC.jpg)

I think so far i'm happy with the results and didnt screw anything (more) :P :laugh:

Working with the masking fluid on the shoulders, cause they are rounded, the masking fluid started to drain way (don't know it its the correct expression) and at that moment I started to be afraid of working on my helmet, damn  :-X let's see  :-[ ???

EDIT: Flast thogut: I'm putting too much masking fluid so far?  Afraid of "overcharge it" ??? :-\

Regards,
AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Hik'aari on Oct 20, 2016, 08:46 AM
The tool is called a File (Wiki link (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File_(tool))). It depends what sort of damage you want. For scratches I normally use wire wool. For 3D damage I see people use Dremels. The File would be good for applying 3D damage in certain ways but may just be too much for scratches. It will be hard to pull around and you're limited to a fixed shape/width.

If your masking fluid is running off then it is likely you are using too much. I normally do "little and often". So I am not loading up too much on my brush at any one time, but I am applying it to my brush quite often.

Between that and "dabbing" it on rather than "painting" it on you should get some improved results.
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Kris Jasra on Oct 20, 2016, 10:16 AM
I use several grits of sand paper and wet and dry paper, files as you have there, occasionally a rasp (bigger file usually used for wood), dremel with engraving bits, wire wool and when working on metal I'll grab the door key too.

As Hi'kaari said, little and often with masking fluid. I'll use it like paint at edges that I want weathered heavily - example - like the outer edge of shoulders which would knock against every wall and door. But centre of the plates I use very little and just put it on in thin layers a bit at a time.
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Oct 20, 2016, 09:14 PM
Hum got it, ty so much  ;D

Will do a few tries in the next days  ;)

Hum, today tried to put in the hand armor killer strips and the result:

(http://i.imgur.com/r80JVH2.jpg)

Oh men, i wanna kill myself  :( i know its a learning process but for the, what, 5th time? damn  :'( :(
Will figured out how to fix this, maybe paint over it... :(
This is why I'm afraid and not confident to paint my helmet  :( really desappointed  :( damn  :(

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Hik'aari on Oct 21, 2016, 02:47 AM
It looks like your paint is going on very thick, are you spraying for quite a long time? You would likely get better results from thinner layers but 1-2 of them.

When the paint is thick like that i find the underlayer portion doesn't actually dry and when you come to rub the masking fluid off you also pull off paint where it hasn't dried and adhered.

What was your technique for the stripes? Did you leave the masking tape on whilst the paint was drying?
I tend to mask up, paint and then immediately remove the masking tape and let the paint dry. It will drop the paint having the chance of seeping under the tape and "bleeding". Again though you need to have thinner paint layers too for that
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ty'renn Argos on Oct 21, 2016, 03:04 AM
It looks like your paint is going on very thick, are you spraying for quite a long time? You would likely get better results from thinner layers but 1-2 of them.

When the paint is thick like that i find the underlayer portion doesn't actually dry and when you come to rub the masking fluid off you also pull off paint where it hasn't dried and adhered.

What was your technique for the stripes? Did you leave the masking tape on whilst the paint was drying?
I tend to mask up, paint and then immediately remove the masking tape and let the paint dry. It will drop the paint having the chance of seeping under the tape and "bleeding". Again though you need to have thinner paint layers too for that

Agreed.
Be sure to try painting on a piece of scrap thinner layers, with a bit of distance. Looks to me like you are painting from a close distance. Try to re-do the stripes again from a bit more distance and just as Hik'aari said, thinner layers, about 3-4 to allow the colour to pop up.

Keep up the good progress vod.
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Oct 24, 2016, 09:28 PM
Hi guys,  ;D

Well, I saw your replies on that same day, but I was felling so disapoited, p*ssed, sh*ty, really down that I was not able to  think or said anything  :( :'(

I took a "day off" to re-think and clear my head and in fact I have done a few mistakes:

1 - Used different paint brand (damn, u know what could happen and still u used it -> bang your head against a wall)
2 - This little things are for last ( why tha hell u do it, u are still painting & primer stuff)

Hik'aari, hum I think i spraid sereval times, but i dont remenber if the painters tape was still there or if i removed imediatly but I think i let the painters tape there, drying...  :-\

Nevertheless, I was skiping steps, this things, kill strips, strips, whatever, are final things...

Update - 24-10-2016

As usual, despite of being more busy than usual, I keep primer & paiting and today done this:

(http://i.imgur.com/LM2ZuU5.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/QusYGSb.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/217sfv7.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/70cTTpi.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/d5uPy7m.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/VjejpRW.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/qU7CLUg.jpg)

So far, any thougths, concerns, opinions,...?  ??? :-[

Regards,
AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Kris Jasra on Oct 25, 2016, 11:32 AM
No concerns here. The shoulders look brilliant so far.

I wish I still had pictures of my first paint fails then you could see you're not alone in having to try things several times. Still happens even now - I just had a commission job going well, perfect paint, except on the ab and I had to strip just that part and start again.
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Oct 26, 2016, 06:06 PM
Hum ty so much Kris  ;) uh, that sucks  :(

I've learned the hard way, but Ashen Kelborn pointed me the right direction  :-[  if not, today was the day I'm paiting leopard armor lol  :laugh: still making mistakes but... ;D

Update - 26-10-2016

Today got left chest finished:

(http://i.imgur.com/aDJ1RsA.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/Wx2jO0i.jpg)

A few close up:
(http://i.imgur.com/KsvyWTu.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/oFxfTpS.jpg)

And so far:
(http://i.imgur.com/k7SwXI6.jpg)

I've planned finish upper armor today but run out of spray  >:( :(

I've tried to rotate image on the phone and on computer, still Imgur post it like it is...  :-\
(http://i.imgur.com/8IASVfr.gif)
(http://i.imgur.com/Pn2GHJS.jpg)

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: NukemLuke on Oct 26, 2016, 07:07 PM
Looks really good so far! I must say, that battle damage looks amazing. Has that 3D look to it, you've given me some ideas  ;).

As for the sideways picture, from my understanding it might be that the Picture's file is to big to be viewed as a right side up. Not 100% sure though, could just be a glitch in the matrix.

Really nice kit, can't wait to it finished. :P

Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Oct 27, 2016, 07:45 PM
Hi NukemLuke, ty so much for the kind reply  ;)

So, time to a little update:

Update - 28-10-2016

After yesterday run out of spray, today I drived 45 Km to get 2x Dark Grey and 1x White matte lol  >:( :laugh:
Now, I shall continue my painting work  :P

As I said before, I'm done with Kama + Sash Belt, but here are fresh new (best) pics:  :laugh:

(http://i.imgur.com/fRMUCiS.jpg)
I've "wrapped" (dont know if its the right word, damn lol) the fabric and sew it on the inside, them velcro sewed in the back

(http://i.imgur.com/l3ZeLsf.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/JRu145l.jpg)
Make a "improved" belt on the kama and also sewed velcro and only today I realized that is a 2-way Kama (white on outside, blue inside or blue outside, white inside  :laugh: :laugh:) But i'm going for white on outside, blue inside  ;) think its too much blue loool  :P

(http://i.imgur.com/3xNlNob.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/LgjWcfs.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/75RAUBW.jpg)

Kinda a creepy photos, my vest is a bit (A LOT :laugh:) "crooked" (its the expression? by google translate lol, I wanna mean is not fully correct, kinda twisted lol) but now get a better point of view of my current building  :-[ ;D how it looks? Sash and Kama? Are they ok/good like it is? Any feed-back will be happy  ;D

Meanwhile I will re-start painting tomorrow  ;D

Ty all  ;D
AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Kol Varek on Oct 27, 2016, 07:47 PM
This is just my point of view, but you may want to trim the top of the ab plate a bit, looks a little tight. *Please get a second opinion on this though* looking great!
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Oct 27, 2016, 07:59 PM
Hi Kol, how are u m8?  ;D

Sorry I forget to mention, since I've been painting last couple of days, I kinda attached the plates at hurry, didnt go for the "inch between plates/diamond, etc"  :-[ ;)

Still, I've planned in the next 2/3/4 days paint all upper armor and then attach them properly  ;)

EDIT: This pic above was taken 10-10-2016, before started working on sash & painting upper armor  ;)
(http://i.imgur.com/3ngGgF0.jpg)
Still need to trim it or its ok like it is vod?  ;D

2nd EDIT LOL: Please ignore the plate that is not primed  :P I need to shape it better at the bottom or in last case, build one another time  >:( :P

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Kol Varek on Oct 28, 2016, 12:05 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/3ngGgF0.jpg)
Still need to trim it or its ok like it is vod?  ;D

For the record, I am far from being the go-to on CRLs and spacing. Ask my multiple pre-apps  :laugh: it seems okay, more down to spacing and placement if anything. I think once you get the placement down, you'll be golden. Little tough to tell with the collar/chest plates. I wasn't sure how permanent the plate attachment was and wanted to spare you headache down the road.
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Kris Jasra on Oct 28, 2016, 12:42 PM
Spacing is fine - hastily put onto velcro I think, as I know it was fine earlier when you showed plate spacing.

Kama is nice - you sew better than I do.

The sash also looks good - I'd try and wear it a little higher if possible - I have a couple of snaps (but I know velcro works just as well) to keep my sash where I want it to be. And I think you were going for something like 'folded and internally hemmed' the fabric, but I knew what you meant :)

And lol, yes, the vest is definitely crooked. That word fits perfectly.
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Oct 28, 2016, 09:01 PM
Hi Kris  ;D

Hum, got it, will wear it higher  ;)

Yap lol that  :P

Hum, time to more one little update...  :P

Update - 29-10-2016

So, today continue to painting my armor and today got belly plate done:

(http://i.imgur.com/R5n2WVC.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/LxDKx0v.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/zFFjkGq.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/KucJGBI.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/0fcPO6b.jpg)
And the overall from the upper armor:
(http://i.imgur.com/UEF8p4B.jpg)

Well, to be honest, I think i'm not 100% happy with the result of the belly plate, I now think I could done better in a few spots  ??? :-\
But since I plan apply some scracth and/or cuts, might those "undercover" the few spots i didnt like it 100% lol  ??? :laugh:

Side Note: Been thinking lately about all this, weathring, damage, cuts, scracthes and so on, and:

1 - I'm afraid I've applied too much and the lower parts, kinda didnt "match" the upper armor   ???
2 - I know that all this must be randon but making sense, but lower parts, like tights or shnees (in my case :laugh:) should/must be more damage than the upper armor?  ??? Since I'm going 4 sniper, the laying down position and so on, should/must have more scracthes than the upper armor, the weathring must be higher than the upper armor,...?  ??? :-\
3 - Uh, or maybe I'm getting my head fried and to blow up with so much thinking and started to making non-sense about this  ??? :-X :laugh:

Still rotated the pics on PC and at Imgur, still they are sideways, oh Imgur, Imgur... >:( :laugh: :laugh:
(http://i.imgur.com/3vghpKl.jpg)

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ashen Kelborn on Oct 29, 2016, 04:04 AM
Sniper that fires from a laying down position would in theory have more on the lower part of the body as you have done, as the upper torso would be supported to take aim or so can see while crawling.
when you come to the sand paper scratches lightly do the upper section and more aggressive the belly, thighs, bottom of gauntlets and tops of shins.
Basically put yourself  in a crawl position with your rifle/standin rifle and look at what is in contact with the ground ;)
(http://archives.starbulletin.com/2004/04/21/news/art7b.jpg)

Very little to nothing on your back unless you want to simulate holding back to a wall for a time, soon to take a quick shot around it.
(http://truthaboutguns-zippykid.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/courtesy-dailymail.co_.uk_.jpg)
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Kris Jasra on Oct 29, 2016, 08:28 AM
For a sniper - as Ashen said - more weathering on the lower plates is fine - just make sure that the weathering on the lower soft parts matches the armour and the upper soft part weathering matches the upper armour.
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ruus bal'Neta on Oct 29, 2016, 10:34 AM
For my sash belt, I had issues with it sliding down throughout the day. So we put some velcro on the front of my vest and back of the sash to hold it in place. Worked a lot better.
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: MCarger81 on Oct 29, 2016, 11:06 PM
looking good! what was your method of adhesion to the vest?
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Oct 30, 2016, 01:20 AM
Hi vode,  ;D

@Mysterious Stranger,

Hum, got it vod, helped a lot and that is in fact a simple and a nice idea  ;)

@MCarger81,

Ty so much  ;D

My velcro has adhesive on the back, so I simple put them on plates, and the other part was also sewed in the vest, kinda glued & sewed at the same time lol :laugh:
I only have this 2 decent pics, I hope it helped  ;)

(http://i.imgur.com/hCxAOmL.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/CBeRB6j.jpg)

Update - 30-10-2016

Hi all,  ;D

Today, uh, painted one thight and the result:
(http://i.imgur.com/hbFAzL1.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/7ptyhPe.jpg)

I WANNA KILL MYSELF >:(
(http://i.imgur.com/eQQ0NOn.png)

Uh, well, in fact, after this, I asked a few vode for their opinion and in fact, the overall is ok/good  :-[
I made a mistake but it can be "covered" by sanding the spot (ty Colin ;D) or even scratch/cuts, so on...
In fact, I think it sucks, it was not what i have in mind  ???  :-\:( Honestly, i'm a humble person, but I have done better  :( but mistakes happen and we learn from them  :-X :P

So, another "overall" of the current state:
(http://i.imgur.com/qlmRCB2.jpg)

Meanwhile, the Q&A Team replied to my question, if this pouch/bag (dont know how to call it  :laugh:) could be use and they said yes  ;D (ty so much @Kris Jasra  ;D)
(http://i.imgur.com/sAO7VXY.jpg)

Will continue to paint the armor and meanwhile, if i dont screw anything (more), may this gave me confidence enought to start painting my helmet  :-[ ;D

Ty all,

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ashen Kelborn on Oct 30, 2016, 03:53 AM
If your using stick on Velcro on your vest, I'd suggest to stitch it down in places, otherwise when your wearing it your body heat (and there will be a fair bit fully kitted up with a Pleather vest) could reactivate the glue and your plates begin to shift.
Generally I use sew on Velcro for the vest for that reason and its easier to stitch through.

Overall though the plates are pretty darn good, you've got the damage matching over the chest plates and you've thought about where it should be.
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Kris Jasra on Oct 30, 2016, 04:34 AM
You're welcome. And everything is still looking good to me.
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Nov 01, 2016, 06:54 PM
Update - 01-11-2016

Thanks for the feed-back  ;D

So, just finished the right tight plate and so, done with them  ;D

(http://i.imgur.com/FpFazk4.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/IJMLiGk.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/btmo72T.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/7GraUVb.jpg)


Uh, how are they?  ??? :-\
Hum, in fact, been thinking and looking at them, and:

1st - Made a few mistakes, lack of experience (noob ahah)
2nd - Dont let fully dry the paint (same)
3rd - When taking off the masking fluid, i took more than I expected (we are always learning right? :P)

Nevertheless, I wanna apply some scratch and so, it may cover the few spots I made mistakes and dont like ahah  :P

Also, started today applying masking fluid on my helmet, damn, I never as been so carefull as I am atm lol :laugh: dont wanna screw up  :-[ :P

For now, while I'm working once again on the helmet, at the same time will:

- Finnish attachment of right boot armor (left done :P)
- Primer and painting booth
- Start making shnees from scracth
- Uh, I guess I will go for a full cape  :rolleyes:  uh, like mandalore himself, cloack, hum, no hood  :laugh: been thinking of dark gray, in order to try to "match" my colors (blue, hum, maybe the same of the sash, but i think its too much blue  ??? :-\ :P)
(Any suggestions?  ;D)
- And backplate (gonna cry, damn :P)

Ty all

Regards,
AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Kris Jasra on Nov 01, 2016, 06:59 PM
Given your sewing skills - I'd do grey on the outside with a blue inner lining. Should allow the blue to flash a little but not be overwhelming.
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Nov 01, 2016, 07:12 PM
Hi Kris  ;D ty 4 the tip, but didn't get all of it, sorry 4 my English :-[
Will do a scratch and post here and c if that was your suggestion  ;)

And about the cod ang thighs?  ??? I don't know but they look weard/strange to me now  :-\

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Kris Jasra on Nov 01, 2016, 07:33 PM
You asked about the cape colour. Said all blue probably too much so you likely to use grey. I think you should do it like your kama. So the blue is on the inside and grey on the outside.
I hope that is a little clearer :)
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Nov 01, 2016, 07:52 PM
Oh ok ok got it Kris  ;D

Meanwhile, uh, PAINT SKILLS ahah xD
(I'm graphic designer, 3D, etc, and I've worked with Paint lol :laugh:)

(http://i.imgur.com/MLrCUvW.png)

Hum, I remenbered of something like that, hum, wampa fur on the top, like a trophy (can be?) and the cape itself darkgrey on the outside  :rolleyes: Inside, uh, dont know lol its kinda G.o.T inspired, i kinda like it  :laugh:

For sniper, its too much?  ??? I'm afraid yes, dont know  :-X

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Nov 04, 2016, 08:57 AM
Update - 04-11-2016

Uh, been working on the helmet last few days, and this night were 3 am in the night, couldnt sleep, so decided to take off masking fluid of the dark gray layer:

(http://i.imgur.com/hkqNYau.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/eqirZZm.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/p7XMzYY.jpg)

Uh, also updated my helmet wip, but i think here i can get more feed-back than there lol :laugh:
What do you think? how it looks? Too much, too small,...? I know its a early stage and the artificial light behind and above me doesnt help, but so far any feed-back bad or positive, will apreciate  :rolleyes:

Ty
AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Fenris Claddanna on Nov 04, 2016, 09:49 AM
Looking good, vod. I would be inclined to say at this point, hold off on doing any more paint chips on your buy'ce, and give it a good coat of blackwash and see how that looks before adding more damage.

Also, internet cookie for you for not doing the cliche "I had a run-in with the dreaded three-toed monster" marks  :P
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Yolah Hyperion on Nov 04, 2016, 09:54 AM
I really like the amount of damage on the helmet, not to much not to little, enough to make it look like its been through some.  :D
May we see how it looks with the visor in, and on your head? Please  :laugh:
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Nov 06, 2016, 12:46 AM
Hi,  ;D

Ty so much for the replies  ;D

@Fi-8342 ahah  :P thoose things are died before can reach me  :P
@Yolah Hum, currently i'm working with the 2nd layer of masking fluid, but as soon as it's ready, will post pic  ;)

EDIT: Uh, "Houston, we have a problem"  ??? For my helmet, uh, I cant really decide what color to use in the eyes part...  :-\ Dont know if going for dark blue, black, or that dark red/"wine red"  :-\ the color I'll use will be (pretty sure) the same color on the gaunts and stripes, etc... but cant decide  :-\ plus, been thinking a lot going for sniper, so one more problem in hands  :-X
But, uh, for what have u seen from the flight suit, kama, sash, upper armor plates, what color u think will "match" the best?  :-\

EDIT: UPDATE - 06-11-2016

Yesterday done the final triming in one plate, painted and them the upper armor:

(http://i.imgur.com/IaiBNa6.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/6ZggMG1.jpg)
Need to check the space between plates  :P

Uh, may I ask how it looks?  :-\ ???

And them, couldnt ressist about what Yolah said:
(http://i.imgur.com/JyXiAq3.jpg)

LOL, really need to put some padding inside, obviusly, my nose is were my eyes should be  :laugh: :laugh:

Ty  ;D

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Nov 09, 2016, 05:34 PM
Update - 09-11-2016

Hi vode,  ;D

So today I took the day to make a trip of 45 km in order to find frog / blue painters tape (no sucess  :'(), when suddently I found pretty fabrics to make a cape:

(http://i.imgur.com/78O8QgT.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/rSoMNNy.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/kbDds4H.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/od9O8Za.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/27TZZ56.jpg)

Uh ??? I think last 3 pics when suited up didnt make truth to the cape, in fact the fabric is dark grey and comparing the 2 pics, damn, thats a lot of diference  :o

I'm not sure if will go for the fake fur, hum, afraid of not like the final result  :-\ plus, uh, my idea was to use it as a trophy  ??? and maybe kinda more beast hunter?  :-\

Nevertheless, stand-by on the fur for a couple of days... :-X

Despite of having Large and Medium template for the backplate, atm I think i will put it on stand-by and focus on boot armor and shnees... :-X

Also, i suited up the maximum I have ready so far, how it looks?

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Yolah Hyperion on Nov 09, 2016, 07:34 PM
Helmet looks great!!
I think if you dirtied up the cape and what not it might go together better. BUT ask app team or someone who has OM status. ;D
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Kol Varek on Nov 10, 2016, 02:35 PM
Looking good! The soft parts will need a bit of weathering to match the plates. Some minor weathering should do it.
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Nov 10, 2016, 02:42 PM
Hi vode,  ;D

Ty for the feed-back  ;)

Yes, I'm saving it for last  :laugh: I'm waiting till rains a bit here in Portugal, to go into the woods climb some trees, crawl in the mud and so on  :P :laugh:
And also burn something ahah  :P

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Kol Varek on Nov 11, 2016, 01:21 AM
Little bit of darker spray paints at a distance, acrylics aren't that great unless it's with leathers. Burning also works...Just don't overdo it  :P
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Hik'aari on Nov 11, 2016, 03:28 AM
Little bit of darker spray paints at a distance, acrylics aren't that great unless it's with leathers. Burning also works...Just don't overdo it  :P

When weathering my black flight suit it was suggested to me during pre-app to mix up a grey acrylic mix, and then dry brush on. This would give the effect of lightening in places. I was also building a kit from the animated show, so it is likely aimed at creating that effect, but the point was dry brushing acrylics can work :)
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Hanjo Solba on Nov 11, 2016, 08:25 AM
I just took mine to a parking garage and rubbed it on the ground haha gave it that dusty look
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Nov 11, 2016, 02:04 PM
Hi guys  ;D

Ahaha :laugh: I belive those little things were really priceless and a hell of a fun  :laugh: :laugh:

Update - 11-11-2016

Well, since I have very few feed-back on my helmet wip on the helmet section, I decided to group everything were  :)
(Only had 1 reply (NipNip) gonna cry, nobody likes me)
(http://i.imgur.com/gUr2EkH.jpg)

So, last few days had been more busy than expected, still had few hours yesterday and today to work on my helmet:

(http://i.imgur.com/ORKPrLO.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/Hjka5IT.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/VOs2Mom.jpg)
And today:
(http://i.imgur.com/MRTPdra.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/W1E1lYJ.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/ie0ny9M.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/dbhDTKJ.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/co7YhK1.jpg)

Anyone wanna some rice with bacon, black olives and sausage? My best recepie :P :laugh:

I think I'm pretty happy with the result  :) Humbly, I'm trying to do my best to not screw up  :laugh: :laugh:
Been working slowly but trying to get attention to details and trying to doing the best I can, imagine the overall of the helmet, how it may looks when finished, trying to apply what I've in mind, etc etc  :-[  ;D

Tomorrow, lets see if I've time to do another cheek  :)

Ty all and a nice weekend  ;D
AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Kol Varek on Nov 11, 2016, 09:07 PM
Uuuuuuuuuugh sooooo clean! The jealousy over those smooth lines, I'm just, ARGH! Awesome job. None of my helmets have clean cheek lines. Bane of my existence I tell you!
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Nov 13, 2016, 07:50 PM
Uuuuuuuuuugh sooooo clean! The jealousy over those smooth lines, I'm just, ARGH! Awesome job. None of my helmets have clean cheek lines. Bane of my existence I tell you!

Hi Kol m8, how are u?  ;D

(I've to read your reply 6 or 7 times to try to get it lol :P :laugh:)

Ty  ;D John did a nice work in fact  ;D and after i cut visor area, sanded with 600 and 1000 grit all the helmet, so, in the end (and in that time) I have no idea what I were doing  :P :laugh: But i'm happy with the result so far, lets keep the good work (and not screw up anything)  :P :laugh:

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Nov 16, 2016, 02:50 PM
Update - 16-11-2016

Hi vode  ;D

Last days been working on my helmet and so far:
(http://i.imgur.com/qecgXMF.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/4NPp9f2.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/dq7i7Gt.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/eLkiJvS.jpg)

EDIT: Update - 17-11-2016

Today got a few hours in the morning and done the visor/eyes area:

(http://i.imgur.com/vS08qrb.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/GfZajwt.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/LqsXuzg.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/HJFNiw4.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/JOsgyNd.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/UaoR9j7.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/EHKiiBs.jpg)

To go:
- Paint eyes/visor area (dark glue)
- Install keyslot thing (dont know the name  :laugh:)
- Jaig eyes
- Kill stripes
- Mando writing (uh, dont know what to write but will remember something ahah :P)
- Blackwash

Any opinion/concern/advice? How it looks so far? Am I on the right track? ??? :-[

Ty all  ;D

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Kol Varek on Nov 17, 2016, 04:27 PM
That is some really top notch paint and weathering! A lot of weathered spots tend to look like big blotches, but this looks really well done! Excellent helmet!
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Mi'ix on Nov 17, 2016, 04:52 PM
I like it. 

The blue looks very nice in particular.
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Nov 17, 2016, 05:01 PM
Hi guys  ;D ty so much   :)

For me the hardest part is done lol  :laugh:
Need to re-paint a few spots, especially the black/white on the cheek  :(
No big deal lol  :laugh:
A few days and its done  ;D

Question: should i paint jaig eyes + kill stripes + mando writing with the same blue?  ??? Maybe black?  ??? Need to think about it  ??? :P

Been thinking using this blue to make some stripes in the rest of the armor  :rolleyes: :) but still figure it out  :)
Ty all  ;D

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Kol Varek on Nov 17, 2016, 05:34 PM
I'd do blue kill stripes like you did the other blue. If you're gonna do jaig eyes, I'd do them black.
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Nov 17, 2016, 05:40 PM
Ty Kol Var'Das  ;D

Atm I'm googling and searching for best ways to do this, specially how to paint mando writing, since its to damn small, hard to cut and a paint in the @ss  >:( :-X :laugh:
(http://i.imgur.com/3vghpKl.jpg)

Cheers vod  ;)

AJ

Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Yolah Hyperion on Nov 17, 2016, 07:23 PM
Have your lettering printed out.
Gently place painters tape over it and hold over a window to ensure enough light shines through to see the letters.
Carve out with a x-acto knife.
Gently remove tape and line up with designated area you want the lettering at.
Paint over lettering , let dry, and voila!
 ;D
Hope that helps Vod!
Enjoy  ;D
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Hik'aari on Nov 18, 2016, 03:03 AM
The alternative is that you free hand paint the lettering. I have done this before on weapons. It gives it a more personal feel than trying to stencil it.

You can always use some masking tape as a "line" so it looks neater and gives you something to work as a reference point
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Kris Jasra on Nov 18, 2016, 05:03 AM
Well, I was going to suggest both of those options... so, I'll just sit here and admire the helmet. Also agree with Kol, black eyes and blue lettering and stripes.
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Nov 22, 2016, 02:04 PM
Update - 22-11-2016

Hi vode, ty so much for all the kind feed-back, i'm happy u like it  :-[ ;)

So, last few days applied Jaig Eyes and this is how I do it:

- Printed in on those auto-adhesive paper and cuted the negative part/part wanna paint:
(http://i.imgur.com/Uoo3yBt.jpg)
- Protected the helmet, then painted:
(http://i.imgur.com/7aMhwlZ.jpg)
- Final result:
(http://i.imgur.com/64EekNM.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/wf90T73.jpg)
(Yes, its my pyjamas loool) | (Hum, uh, I placed a bit off the Eyes, not 100% centered to the mandibles(?) part ??? :-X :-\)

And today painted the cape  ;D
Inicially I printed 2 logos: The Skull and the European Logo, but decided for the Skull and maybe will later apply the European logo at the front/shoulder plate  :rolleyes: ;D
(http://i.imgur.com/rClg6T1.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/HuZN6NU.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/b3yjjly.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/CQjCLF7.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/4uDbE5c.jpg)

The cape is in fact dark grey/dark brown, so the diferent light make diference on the cape  :-\
(http://i.imgur.com/LAfLqFI.jpg)

Also applied the 2 fake hair extentions I have as braid trophies:
(http://i.imgur.com/UoiN6TG.jpg)

May I ask for any thoughts/opinions/concerns etc?  ??? ;)

Ty all,
AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Mi'ix on Nov 22, 2016, 05:00 PM
Sorry, vod. Just saw your message.  You did exactly what I did to put the eyes on my bucket.  Looks like yours turned out great.

I like the subtle Mythosaur Skull on that cape.

Hard to tell with your lighting there, but make sure your soft parts get some dirt on them to go with the lovely shipping you've created there.
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Nov 22, 2016, 05:31 PM
Thks Mi'ix  ;)

BTW, may I ask about the trophies, about the loose fake hair at the end?  ??? :-\
It's fine like it is or I need to change something?  :-\ ???
(http://i.imgur.com/UWwNp23.jpg)

Cheers ;D
AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Kris Jasra on Nov 22, 2016, 05:46 PM
BTW, may I ask about the trophies, about the loose fake hair at the end?  ??? :-\
It's fine like it is or I need to change something?  :-\ ???

Looks like mine. :)
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Mi'ix on Nov 22, 2016, 06:03 PM
Mine too! :)
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Nov 22, 2016, 06:05 PM
Wow really?  :o :laugh:

So I will assume that they are fine as they are  :P

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Nov 25, 2016, 02:26 PM
Update - 25-11-2016

Hi vode  ;D

So, last few days been more busy than usual and not many time to work on my building, still done one boot armor:

(http://i.imgur.com/kJj9dDo.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/20XPBss.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/JX0zumO.jpg)

May I ask how it looks?  ??? :-\
EDIT: Cause if its ok, I will stard right way on the second, if not, will start / re-paint  ??? ??? :-\

Btw, we've now a 6 months old kitten called Nox, as a Harry Potter spell  :P :laugh:
(http://i.imgur.com/rcD1FAQ.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/DklCGJv.jpg)

In the next updates, I'm sure he will help getting into my way, in the building process  :laugh: :P ;D

Ty all and a nice weekend  ;D

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Kol Varek on Nov 25, 2016, 02:36 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/fisSG8z.jpg)
Yes. Cats and armor in the same picture is the NORM. Especially when you're working on something.
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Nov 25, 2016, 02:44 PM
Yeah, learned this last 2 weeks ahah  :laugh:
The kitten bites and scars can count for weathring or beast hunter weathing? ahah  :P :laugh: :laugh:
I laughed so loud when the kitten tried to get his head into the helmet and the helmet fall of above him  :laugh: Kitten-Mando  :laugh:
(The kitten wasnt hurt, cheers ;D)

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Hik'aari on Nov 25, 2016, 04:09 PM
Yes. Cats and armor in the same picture is the NORM. Especially when you're working on something.

Kris is the master when it comes to armour photos at the Nexu farm
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Nov 25, 2016, 05:12 PM
Oh, I believe it must be awesome  ;D  :laugh:
(cries for not have clan or armor parties)

Uh, mates, I'm not trying to change kitten topic (ahah) but how looks the boot armor?  ??? ??? :laugh:

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Hik'aari on Nov 26, 2016, 05:53 AM
I think it will be fine once you dirty them up. On that topic though you are going to want to dirty the boot slightly, add some scuffs etc to match the level of wear those plates show.

Or just go walk in the countryside for a while on a damp day, pick up the mud etc naturally
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Nov 29, 2016, 05:20 PM
Update - 29-11-2016

So, today got a few hours free and done few chest diamonds to use as trophies:

(http://i.imgur.com/HwDA3af.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/FAjDKoY.jpg)

Uh, as they are, should be fine?  :-\ Or must damage them more?  :-\

And now:
SHNEES!!!!
(http://i.imgur.com/kkrp55M.jpg)

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Kris Jasra on Nov 29, 2016, 05:39 PM
Whatever works on the diamonds. I have a few almost undamaged, some near destroyed and a couple with graffitti on them.
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Nov 30, 2016, 03:08 PM
Hum got it Kris, thanks  ;)

Update - 30-11-2016

So, today attached Visor + RF, i think its ready for blackwash:

(http://i.imgur.com/akL3MX1.jpg)

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Dec 12, 2016, 07:32 PM
Update - 12-12-2016

Eish, at last a new update, so long  :laugh:

So, this past week was Comic Con Portugal, from 8th till 11th, and I and my gf used our mandos  :)
A few pics:

(http://i.imgur.com/hE1jjVa.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/prAEGox.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/olqqBe8.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/KfmCWga.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/D1c7znK.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/c7yOnzv.jpg)
(Legend: Hum, I have any Jawas bounty atm?)

I must trully say, I was so scared for the 1st time I suited on and the sensation of walking on, trully amazing  ;D 8)
U must saw I already done shnees  :D

Now, what I've noticed:

1 - At the parking lot, when I was suit up, had problems with the shnees attachemnt, thats why in the pics u can see small elastic strips  :(
2 - After 30 min with helmet on, I was already sweting (is this word?  :laugh:)
3 -I wanna a BIG HUGE BADASS GGGGUUUUUNNNNN AHAH  :P
4- Really need air vent on my helmet~
5- On the 3rd day of Comic Con I broke my left shnnee, on the knee area  :'( (need to figure out if I still contiune with this shnee model or build a new set from scratch)
6 - POCKETS, I NEED POCKETS AND BAGS lol  :laugh: On the only bag I had, I have car keys, iphone, cigarrets (I know... :-X), wallet and power bank to supply chest display  :laugh: :-\

I was so happy of using my kit, and for another hand, sad for not having it 100% complete  :'( :(
I done some weathring at soft parts (on the floor of the parking lot and on the grass over there  :laugh: :laugh:)

Maybe will take a few days off in order to clean my head and then, re-start my building  :-[

Any opinion on the pics above, good and bad, obviusly feel free, wanna know what do you thing of me wearing the suit, plates, everything  :laugh: ;D ;)

Ty  ;D
AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Havelock on Dec 12, 2016, 09:45 PM
Your thigh plates look like they're getting away from you.  Other than that, this kit looks really nice, vod!
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Yolah Hyperion on Dec 12, 2016, 11:44 PM
I like how you put a whole kit together in a few months while I've been trying for 2+years lol
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Kris Jasra on Dec 13, 2016, 05:08 AM
From what I can see:
Obviously still working on gauntlets - once they're done have a look at the sleeves, they look baggy now, but the gauntlets may pull them in so they look tighter.
Thighs are floating away from your leg and may need a strap at the bottom to keep them in to your leg. If that makes the top stick out then they need more shaping.
Bit more dirt weathering to match the paint weathering.

And not needed to apply, but I'd look at adding more pouches and any other little accessories to really give your kit a feel of being lived and worked in for years
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Dar'manda on Dec 19, 2016, 11:42 PM
A couple of spacing issue in the chest maybe. But as there isn't a great straight on shot it could be how you are standing.
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Dec 22, 2016, 06:31 PM
Hi all ;D

Sorry for the late reply...

In fact, seen your replies but I'm kinda on a celibacy weeks lol  :laugh:
Took a few days to rest my mind, clear my head, thinking better on building, etc, etc but the addiction to MMCC is too much :P  :laugh:

@Kris, I putted the sleeves under the gloves, thats why they look baggy lol ;)
I believe the plates are good, never had problems so far  ;)

So, today a small UPDATE - 22-12-2016

Finally my new baby's are home  ;D 8)
(http://i.imgur.com/GlEaMaV.jpg)

A few more Comic Con pics:
(http://i.imgur.com/yoqWIKs.jpg)
Have problems with boots attachment  :(
Was almost crying and anyone can see ahah  :laugh:
(http://i.imgur.com/JH2AIfY.jpg)
My gf and I with 501st mates, we're invited to the parade  ;D
Wow, that a feeling, at a moment, speechless  ;D 8)
(http://i.imgur.com/LrcXy6W.jpg)
Another close up  ;D Where u can see the bicep armor I made  :laugh:
(http://i.imgur.com/wLbXLEm.jpg)
Since I realized I wont have gaunts for the Comic Con and in order to not feel so much "naked" (AHAH), I made this small bicep armor.
And havent provided any pics from the shnees:
(http://i.imgur.com/AZFdiog.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/RPWHhUG.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/5hiQBiL.jpg)

I was chatting with Raestin on Facebook (ty and sorry for be anoying :laugh:), who helped me with his opinion on sizing, etc  ;D
Have heated and shapped to my leg, freehanded and the knee part I've redesigned twice lol

Now, point of situation:

- Need to study and google for anothers gaunts wips, since will be the 1st time ever I work with pepakura/fiber glass and I've no idea what to do now with them, attachment, etc;
- Currently looking for ARC pauldron or "standard" pauldron:
Ebay Version:
(http://i.imgur.com/G1Jl9cc.jpg)
Corsair Kids version (like this more):
(http://i.imgur.com/khFYZcl.jpg)
- Currently looking for a new belt with more pouches, like Boba Fett's:
Jedi-Robes from UK:
(http://i.imgur.com/rErzVfR.jpg)
- Once gaunts are finished, will look the overall and (maybe) build bicep armor (or not)
- Have EE-3 3D files for printing
- Since Summer I've Verp Templates (Cortesy from the European Commander Nirob)
- Since I brook one shnee, once gaunts are finished, study if will continue with this model or make a new one
- Imperial Rank Bar on transit (Cortesy of a 501st mate  8)) + buy 1 or 2 more from Spain  ;D
My 501st friend will send this small:
(http://i.imgur.com/VBzox6M.jpg)
And will choose 1 or 2 from here:
(http://i.imgur.com/S7R1Z4O.jpg)
- Add Mando writing + kill stripes (only one on the hand plate)

And I think its only for now lol  :laugh: ;D

Any opinion on the pauldron/belt?  ???

Ty all and happy holidays  ;D
AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Jan 02, 2017, 10:24 PM
Update - 02-01-2017

Hi all, Happy New Year  ;D

Last week one rank bar came in and will buy another one. The second will be already finished, since its 501st approved  :)
(http://i.imgur.com/688uJvf.jpg)

Last days tried to start working on my gaunts but I frozen  :-\ I dont know what to do  :-\ :(
(http://i.imgur.com/r8oT0IT.jpg)

Have decided to buy a pauldron  :) I spend few hours looking on Bounty Hunter Guild and 501st Clone Detach trying to find an Arc (and I found) but I didnt realized that they were a bit expensive, range from >150$ + Shipp to Europe (and since will stop on the Costums and another 23% Tax, damn...). So, decided to get one from Spain, standard one.

Since I broke one shnne, I decided to take the TMA BOGO Promo and will buy shins + knees.
I found the tutorial page very helpfull and the promo itself, I think will be "better" for me, since I'm aiming to Brigades and, well, "may" I get more "chances" with shins + knees than shnees, but well, thats a story for another time and now is a step by step method  ;)

Now, atm thinking (or re-thinking) the overall of my armor  :-\
1 - Since in a few months will start working on my shins + knees, maybe different colors on them
2 - Maybe cover with more blue the torso
3 - I'm (was?) aiming to sniper brigade, but been thinking a lot on bicep armor  :-\

I loved the one I have with the Rebellion Symbol  ;D The only concern was the attachment, since was a bit large and from times to times the plate dropped down a bit and I need to fix it tigher and harder  :-X
Since I'll buy a pauldron, hum, BRL's, hum, need to think better cause its more Heavy than Sniper lol  :-\

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Briks on Jan 03, 2017, 06:47 AM
nice. Stay away from jedi robe though.
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Jan 18, 2017, 01:39 PM
Update - 18-01-2017

Hi vode,  ;)

So, been busy last days but now its time to give some fresh news  :P

Ex-European Commander Nirob send me templates last summer and here are the results  ;)
BTW: Nirob has the very best babies in the galaxy, so check them, worth every $/€  :P

Verp Time!!  ;D :P

(http://i.imgur.com/pc8XvkS.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/qIY6xPg.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/5b51m66.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/0SfFpb4.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/D4vEgrs.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/VtQfBHf.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/LP1nSi9.jpg)

Going (and try very hard) to Sniper  ;D ;D Nevertheless, will check with Brigadier / Marshall if it qualifies  :-\ :-[ ???

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Try Hard 2 Sniper
Post by: Havelock on Jan 18, 2017, 04:33 PM
That's a pretty nice looking verp there, vod.  Are you going to weather it?
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Try Hard 2 Sniper
Post by: Ajoliveira on Jan 18, 2017, 04:58 PM
That's a pretty nice looking verp there, vod.  Are you going to weather it?

Ty Havelock  ;D

Well, in fact, I didnt thought about it vod :-X :-\

I think atm I'm trying to know if it qualifies the crl's (uh, I think so lol) and trying to find out if it qualifies for Sniper Brigade :-X
If so, need to find out if it needs some kind of camouflage, addicional stuff, etc etc or not :-\

Only at this time will find out more   ??? ;)

Ty Havelock  ;)

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Try Hard 2 Sniper
Post by: Havelock on Jan 18, 2017, 05:16 PM
That certainly fits the CRLs, so no worries there.  And according to Wookiepedia (http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Verpine_shatter_gun) Verpine Shatter Rifles are sniper rifles.  Scroll down a little bit on that entry if you check out the link.  Ostensibly, your verp as it is should qualify for a sniper rifle for the Sniper Profession of the Special Operations Brigades.  The Brigade Marshall might want you to extend the barrel or add camouflage or other modifications, so it's good that you're prepared to modify it as needed.  But the weapon itself should definitely qualify. 

I think Kai Ree'tat (http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=23634) is the Special Operations Brigade Marshall, so feel free to send him a PM and ask.
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Try Hard 2 Sniper
Post by: Ajoliveira on Jan 18, 2017, 05:31 PM
Yap, thats was I gonna do  ;)

And like u said, thoose are my mainly concerns, the barrel and modifications  :-\ :-X

Lets see what she says  :laugh:  :-\

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Yolah Hyperion on Jan 18, 2017, 05:48 PM
Update - 18-01-2017

Hi vode,  ;)

So, been busy last days but now its time to give some fresh news  :P

Ex-European Commander Nirob send me templates last summer and here are the results  ;)
BTW: Nirob has the very best babies in the galaxy, so check them, worth every $/€  :P

Verp Time!!  ;D :P

(http://i.imgur.com/pc8XvkS.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/qIY6xPg.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/5b51m66.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/0SfFpb4.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/D4vEgrs.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/VtQfBHf.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/LP1nSi9.jpg)

Going (and try very hard) to Sniper  ;D ;D Nevertheless, will check with Brigadier / Marshall if it qualifies  :-\ :-[ ???

AJ

How did you cut all this out Vod? Skill saw? Lines are very clean and immaculate!
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Try Hard 2 Sniper
Post by: Ajoliveira on Jan 18, 2017, 05:56 PM
Hi Yolah Hyperion  ;)

Well, in fact, didnt do it sorry vod  :( was a 501st friend of mine  ;)

Didnt asked how he did it but yes, its very clean, he spent a few hours sanding it  :laugh: :)

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Try Hard 2 Sniper
Post by: Yolah Hyperion on Jan 19, 2017, 10:46 AM
Haha that's okay, it looks really good. Thank you for the reply
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Try Hard 2 Sniper
Post by: Ty'renn Argos on Jan 22, 2017, 09:46 AM
Wow.
Awesome progress my friend. Keep it up. Really diggin' that verp! :D
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Mar 05, 2017, 02:42 AM
Update - 05-03-2017

So, after a few weeks (months  :laugh:) on stand-by, to clean my head, gain trust and confidence, motivation (cause I was really needing it  :(), I'm back to business  :laugh:

Already started working on my gaunts  ;D flamethrower is always easy and quick :laugh:

(http://i.imgur.com/XbVIogY.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/r7Kncm7.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/xBM8Jmf.jpg)

Now, uh, the headache... need to trim the shells, way to big  ??? :-\

(http://i.imgur.com/Rc2NARM.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/2uqWWa2.jpg)

Yesterday, started to upgrade the kit  :laugh: decided to apply a new scheme  :laugh: ;D

(http://i.imgur.com/SwbjN6F.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/L4wzFZ7.jpg)

Let's get back on track  ;D

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Kar'ta Tionas on Mar 06, 2017, 03:23 PM
test fit the gaunts  over your flightuit and gloves before trimming or you won't have enough space. Also, don't go too tight or you won't have space for padding/any ability to move your arm
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Mar 15, 2017, 06:03 AM
test fit the gaunts  over your flightuit and gloves before trimming or you won't have enough space. Also, don't go too tight or you won't have space for padding/any ability to move your arm

Ty for the tip vod  ;)

Update - 15-03-2017

Been slowly "upgrading" some parts, specially upper armor and yesterday painted a bit more:

(http://i.imgur.com/2TXFlMm.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/FiNgusv.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/YhiOimU.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/3vD7lDe.jpg)

At first, was thrilled about this, matching the upper armor with the same mettalic blue of the helmet... now, I really dont know... yesterday was looking at the upper armor a few minutes and I feel kinda strange... I really dont know... Been used to "all white" armor...  :-\

What do you think of this?  :-\ ??? Am I on the right track? Applying and painting this?  ??? :-\ ty :-X

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Mi'ix on Mar 15, 2017, 08:45 AM
Personal preference, vod.

I like it as to me, it breaks up the white a little bit.  I did the same thing on my first kit by painting my chest diamond yellow surrounded by all dark green plates.  :)
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Kris Jasra on Mar 15, 2017, 08:51 AM
I like it blue. I also liked the all white. I think I'd also like blue swirly patterns on the white - but that's what I'd do if it was my kit. There's nothing wrong with testing colour designs. I'm on design 3, the first couple I tried just weren't right for me.

Always remember though - it's your kit. There are some out there that I hate the colour schemes of - but if the owner of that kit is happy with them then it is good.

Work on the rest, kit up in it all and have another look, it may fit better with the overall look than just the plates on the vest.
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ty'renn Argos on Mar 15, 2017, 09:01 AM
I like it blue. I also liked the all white. I think I'd also like blue swirly patterns on the white - but that's what I'd do if it was my kit. There's nothing wrong with testing colour designs. I'm on design 3, the first couple I tried just weren't right for me.

Always remember though - it's your kit. There are some out there that I hate the colour schemes of - but if the owner of that kit is happy with them then it is good.

Work on the rest, kit up in it all and have another look, it may fit better with the overall look than just the plates on the vest.

^This.

I also liked the all-white version of your kit, but I admit the blue dashes do give it a touch. Maybe the contrast is high with plain white and plain blue plates, but still, looks very good.
To second Kris' words, it's your kit vod. There's nothing wrong with colour testing and pattern changes. It's what you build it for, to make it to your liking.
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Kol Varek on Mar 15, 2017, 10:13 AM
White and blue is really nice. It looks good vod!
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Mar 16, 2017, 12:49 PM
Wow  :o ty so much for your kind feed-back, happy you liked it  ;D

Yesterday PMed Aria with a few concerns, regarding pauldron and color scheme, been thinking of applying some stripes, maybe dark red  ;D red brick  ;D those dark red of the wine  :laugh: :laugh: well, lets see  :laugh:

All in all, Heavier and Urban are the 2 that are currently fitting me, cause of the overall color of my kit, verp, etc  :-[ :P Humbly will try to do my best and try humbly to bet quality clause, my main concern  :-X :(

Will wait for her feed-back and continue to work, slowly, but working  :laugh:

Ty all  ;)

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ruus bal'Neta on Mar 16, 2017, 02:11 PM
Personally I like the blue plates. They give it just enough contrast to make the white pop visually. And it all ties together.

But as others have said, its your kit vod. Make what makes you happy. We don't have to wear it, you do. If you're not happy with it you won't wear it much and nobody wants that :D
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Apr 20, 2017, 04:18 PM
Update - 20-04-2017

Well, time to update this  ???

Yesterday while shopping finally found what I was looking for ages: a horn and a detonator   :laugh:

(http://i.imgur.com/DsG3hhQ.jpg)

Already Q&A about this 2 situations: If the horn could go as a trophy and if I need to bond and paint those "marks" or maybe wrap them in some kind of fabric (?)

(http://i.imgur.com/gizGRAc.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/qShQwT3.jpg)

If this could go as a detonator prop for my kit (UA requires 3 min) and will fill both holes and match paint - black
Well, lets see what APP Team says  :-\ ???

Last week, my gf kit from TMA arrived:

Very well done, amazing work  ;) (didnt quite understand well why TMA is "bad mouth" on Facebook and so on), cause the work is amazing, ty David  ;)

(http://i.imgur.com/xjrp6DS.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/iF0VvJC.jpg)
ahah :laugh:

Well, I bought Shins + Knees on the BOGO Sale and already started to work on my knees:
- Sanded a bit with 600 and 1200 grit, glued with epoxy and clamped:
(http://i.imgur.com/DnNyb78.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/hmIWLN8.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/WIYhJ1z.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/4qvuVBy.jpg)

Not sure if will apply knee darts  :-\ :-X Been thinking and maybe will cover all around with hot glue and give the idea of "welding" (please see last pic), dont know, lets see... :-\ ???

(http://i.imgur.com/dyewJva.jpg)

This week decided to suit up a bit and I dont know... I think I'm lack of confidence again... kinda stuck... out of ideas... specially regarding the new paint scheme... dont know where apply stripes and the shape of them... the mando'a writing... symbols...
Out of ideas leads to bad feelings like "i dont know what the hell im doing..." and something like that, thats leads to out of confidence that leads to nowhere/nothing... s**t  :'( :'(

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Kris Jasra on Apr 20, 2017, 05:14 PM
Horn looks good as is.
Detonater will be good once the holes are filled as you said.

Avoid hot glue 'welding' it usually gets pulled as bad glue work rather than looking like welding.

And it looks fine. There really is no rush to add anymore paint, keep working on other parts and you may find that suddenly you know exactly what you want. I spent months trying different ideas on a pad of paper and nothing was right and then one day I just looked at my armour and decided I wanted a V shape and I've kept it ever since.
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on May 17, 2017, 01:03 PM
Update - 17-05-2017

Revive old thread!!!  :laugh: :laugh:

EDIT: Sorry Kris, I've Q&A 1st and then posted here, so sorry (and ty) for your double feed-back  :P ;)

Last weeks didnt have enought time to work on my kit, but have a upgraded soft parts - new Swiss Bandolier from a 501st mate  ;D
(http://i.imgur.com/Z228opo.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/xLL5cAY.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/Hv4FXTz.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/xC0S8y7.jpg)

It has more pouches, for me is a lot better cause of the powerbanks  :P :laugh:
And its has a better look than the older ones, more "star warszy" look  :laugh: :laugh:

Yesterday bought 40 snaps (40 * 4 pieces ), which will be better to attach some parts of the kit, meanly knees  ;) will not use staps, only snaps attaching in front and sides, on the flight suit  ;)
Also will attach my (future) shins (atm on Portuguese Customs >:( >:() and maybe backplate... :P

This weekend we had our 1st MMCC armor party in Portugal (unofficial of course ahah) and tried to do backplate :-\
(http://i.imgur.com/lh4ay3J.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/Vq5Yuzt.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/BQcwAHB.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/2JVdxHl.jpg)

Obviusly was very hard to shape ahah  :laugh: :laugh: didnt quite know if will continue to work on it or maybe will do a Legacy one  :-X :-\
Been thinking and legacy could be better to shape and work, and could be better attached with snaps than the "standard one"  ???

Any advice on this matter?  :-\ ;)

Ty
AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Jun 01, 2017, 04:49 PM
Update - 01-06-2017

So, last week been working a lot on my kit, worked more in a week than last 2 months (ahah  :laugh: /cry /damn)

Knees are almost done:
(http://i.imgur.com/d9sUplJ.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/4OhqtGm.jpg)

In fact, one is done, the other only need last layer  ;)
Bought new color (red wine) and painted kill stripes on my helmet:
(http://i.imgur.com/SARS19Z.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/tCpon34.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/wG1MDBg.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/bpjWtJX.jpg)

You will see in the last pic that there are a few "mistakes" ahah  :P a bit of sanding grit and its ok  :laugh: i think  :P
In that moment I was very afraid of painting, cause I dont wanna screw the paint and ALL the work I've done on the helmet  :-\ ??? :laugh:

Worked on my TMA Shins (Ty David, they are awesome, very light but very resistant  :o ;D)
(http://i.imgur.com/kFtF1iR.jpg)
Well, here I dont know what in tha well happened, but middle layer went out (???!!!) :o ??? >:( :'(
(http://i.imgur.com/ogcXspH.jpg)
Obviusly I sanded ALL the layers and ALL the work I've done (/cry a lot ahah :P)
Honestly, I almost banged my head against a wall and my kitten as staring at me like "wtf r u doing human??)  :laugh: :laugh:
(http://i.imgur.com/h3YdUET.jpg)
Here the two shins, which you can see the diferences  :-X :P :P (will work on it as soon I can  ;))

I taked this 2 pics before doing a unofficial local trooping with RL and 501st, in order to them look the current state of my building
(In that moment, skins were drying and boot armor were not attached (have 10*4 snap pieces at home but dont have that little "thing" to work on them - (u kinda bang the upper snap in order to join the 2 pieces, them the same on the lower 2*1 snap pieces...u konw  :laugh:)
(http://i.imgur.com/bstrkMJ.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/IXsQejH.jpg)

EDIT: Flight suit may look baggy but please note that Im not wearing shins and gaunts, believe me, I a bit fat, but its not baggy  :laugh: :laugh: I'm wearing XL  :P XXL is too damn big (and baggy) and L wont fit me  :P  :laugh: :laugh:


Now:
- I'm waiting almost 3 weeks in order to receive that "piece/thing" to apply snap and take of velcro...
- Will fix the mess on the shin and helmet...
- Will start work on my back (Legacy it is)
- Gaunts, sh!t, 6 months and I cannot work on them  :'( :'( ??? :'( :'(
- Will paint Mando'a on the rest of the armor

So, any thoughts, suggestions, opinions so far?
Obviusly will be happy to get any feed-back, good and bad ahah :laugh: ;)

TY
AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Kris Jasra on Jun 01, 2017, 05:01 PM
Looking good.

With the paint - I've had that happen. Done nothing different than all the rest and just suddenly one or two parts just don't work. Given Britains variable temperature I think it's something to do with temperature and humidity affecting the time taken by the paint to degas and fully dry, and doing too many layers in two short a time traps gas so it all peels. But that's just my guess after years of having that happen once in a while.
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Jun 01, 2017, 05:14 PM
Hum, you must be certain ahah  :laugh: ;)
Been in London a week and know the feeling  :laugh:
Here ATM, kinda rain a lot in the morning, afternoon is very hot and shiny day and during the night almost freezing, so.....  :laugh: :laugh:

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Yawonkoi on Jun 01, 2017, 05:27 PM
Good work on your armor! Keep it up vod
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ashen Kelborn on Jun 01, 2017, 06:05 PM
Update - 01-06-2017

Worked on my TMA Shins (Ty David, they are awesome, very light but very resistant  :o ;D)
(http://i.imgur.com/kFtF1iR.jpg)
Well, here I dont know what in tha well happened, but middle layer went out (???!!!) :o ??? >:( :'(
(http://i.imgur.com/ogcXspH.jpg)
Obviusly I sanded ALL the layers and ALL the work I've done (/cry a lot ahah :P)
Honestly, I almost banged my head against a wall and my kitten as staring at me like "wtf r u doing human??)  :laugh: :laugh:
(http://i.imgur.com/h3YdUET.jpg)
Here the two shins, which you can see the diferences  :-X :P :P (will work on it as soon I can  ;))

If the shins are plastic, did you use a plastic primer and leave to fully cure?

In the past when all the layers come off like that its usually due to the base layer not fully curing, if you've had rain and the like ten the moisture would slow down the cure and get under the layers.

Just my experience is to prime, leave a day in warm dry area (ventilated) then 2 coats silver (repeat dry time) then the other layers with at least an hour apart and keeping dry and warm, thicker paints take longer (usually a day min drying too)
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: ferra on Jun 01, 2017, 07:07 PM
Hey bro the armor party was a blast! Hope you liked the manly food from Ribatejo! Next time we try the red wines!!!

I´m also priming stuff right now and leaving it to dry from one day to the next. Try and it like that then do the paint coats ;)



BTW how are Soraia's bucket ears coming along?

Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Jul 27, 2017, 12:06 AM
Update - 27-07-2017

Ok, let's revive this!
Too much time was wasted and I'm back to business ;D

Not much to tell, in fact, but at least I'm back on track, slowly, but on track   :P

Snaps came in +- 2 weeks ago and finally after a few tries, learned how to work them  :laugh:
- Drilled my boots and applied snaps on both sides:

(http://i.imgur.com/sJJQ6Rx.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/iftMlZB.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/hld5sMv.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/UMLwCrw.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/DFLMTJp.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/GrKPi1Q.jpg)

This is my 1st time using snaps and I must say, they are trully awesome, very strongh and reliable  ;D
Had problems back in December when I use my kit for the 1st time, boot armor always coming off and I were very disapointed and angry about that  :( now, I hope I have solved this issue   :rolleyes:

After solve this concern, will focus on finnishing my knees  ;)
Have find and bought knee darts: (ty so much Colin!! Cheers!!  ;) ;D)

(http://i.imgur.com/fDVMV39.jpg)

ATM they are on transit, so will finnish one knee left  and apply snaps on shins this days  ;)
Let's back right on track  ;D

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Aug 03, 2017, 09:31 AM
Update - 03-08-2017

Alright  ;D I've already printed and cuted Legacy templates few weeks ago but only yesterday had the time to shape them with gf help  :laugh:

(http://i.imgur.com/MEuCRI3.jpg)
Velcro attached as a temporary attachment...
(http://i.imgur.com/CfvQBL2.jpg)
First fit test, to see how the plates suited me, shaping, etc etc  :laugh:
(http://i.imgur.com/o6UFyjC.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/ah1jY46.jpg)
(pic 4)
(http://i.imgur.com/7E8jc3N.jpg)
Heated a bit more, shaped and after 20 attemps of getting pics right  :laugh:
(http://i.imgur.com/ulzHhry.jpg)
The last plate was literally cuted in half, since was tooo biiiggggg (ty Raestin  ;))
(http://i.imgur.com/jZh0qtE.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/vuJtgAV.jpg)
pic 8 )

Now, had issues with the gap between shoulder - backplate, since the gap is huge and exceed the "rule" of 2 fingers...  :o:'( :'( :(
(http://i.imgur.com/L3vQP5O.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/alrx2nC.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/eqWA4Sh.png)

My options were:
1 - do new collar;
2 - do new upper back
3 - Creat a small plate to cover the gap (like Sabine's)

I thought about that and decided to go option 3  ??? much easier for me  ??? (backplates sck, really pain in th ss)
Once again, ty so much Mr. Brian for the quick help and tip  ;) ;D
ATM already primed 2x and will now apply masking fluid  ;)

Yesterday repainted booth knees:
(http://i.imgur.com/WFMLMxB.jpg)
Yes, mistake on the right knee  :laugh: :P /sht
(http://i.imgur.com/HqoNdLr.jpg)

Knee darts still on transit  :'(

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ty'renn Argos on Aug 04, 2017, 03:40 AM
Keep it up brother, good to see your progress!

Legacy backplate looks good, I'd recommend you put it a bit higher, but just a bit.
Wondering why the red knees in constrast with the white and blue? :P
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Aug 04, 2017, 11:43 PM
Wondering why the red knees in constrast with the white and blue? :P

I've Pmed you cause I must not write here the reply ahah :laugh: :P and ty  ;) :P

Update - 05-08-2017

So, after 1 week transit, my knee darts came in today  ;D ;D
Thecnically, CNC machined Boba Fett knee darts by UK Sand Raiders

(http://i.imgur.com/qUduNnN.jpg)

Very happy with them, amazing work, fast production and shipping time, easier and fast to chat to  ;D Ty so much Colin and Mr Steve  ;D cheers  ;D

Hum, ok, now the dumb question:

- Am I supposed to weather those, right?  ??? How may I do that?  ??? :-\

Ty

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Aug 06, 2017, 06:52 PM
Looking good vod!
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Aug 07, 2017, 11:23 PM
Looking good vod!

Hi Malakier Vhett  ;D ty  ;)

Update - 08-08-2017

Last few days was able to drill and attach knee darts  ;D

(http://i.imgur.com/0BuHtzv.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/mgdKfCt.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/VPQ6VX3.jpg)

Uh, also shared this pic on my Instagram/FB page... uh... Maybe cause of not beeing 90º straight...  ??? Seems strange lol  :-X
Nevertheless, i think when in kit, all the knee piece will "open" more and so, darts will be more "straight" at sight  ??? :-\ :-X

(http://i.imgur.com/zTwlI0f.jpg)

Also in the last few days was able to masking upper back piece and today painted last layer and removed masking fluid  ;D (with help ahah  :laugh: :P)

(http://i.imgur.com/Ezan7Ln.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/BhKLvJQ.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/CxT8be3.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/XO2mmZ7.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/Jo98OG7.jpg)

Well, to be honest, there is one or another spot that I didnt loved the final result  :-\ :( Still, I will leave it as is and maybe apply a little sand before blackwash etc etc  :-\ ;) Its the very first time I'm working with masking fluid and, even I masked almost my kit/plates, I have always to make a miss spot/small mistake  :laugh: :P
I've run out of white paint  :laugh: maybe till the end of the weekend will be done  ;)

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Aug 10, 2017, 05:23 PM
Update - 10-08-2017

Yesterday and today had few hours to work on the backplate armor:

(http://i.imgur.com/yy5DyFY.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/8Dxbpq2.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/rBNadJc.jpg)

And today painted the “Kyr’bes” and Mando'a:

(http://i.imgur.com/typqtR2.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/nztkEvx.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/kNDfuxJ.jpg)

On the upper armor had very carefull to seal everything, to not make mess with paiting and when I was removing it, the underglue just glued to the armor  :o ??? :'( :'(

On the mando'a, Jesus, just a mess on the center  :o :'( :'(
Definetly not a good day to paint, normally i dont screw up paiting like this... but this is really fkd up /cry /sht  :'( :'( :( :(
A little bit of sanding, 1200 wet grit and i hope will be ok and better  :( :(

BTW the Mando'a means "We are the Elite / We are the Mandalorian Mercs"  ;D :'( :'(

Damn, what a day  :( :(

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ashen Kelborn on Aug 10, 2017, 05:44 PM
I'm thinking your being too hard on yourself, little bit of weathering and wash , none will be able to tell there could have been an issue.
That's the beauty of weathering  :P

Your doing a great job, its your first time build, there is always upgrades that happen later after clearance to refine the bits you felt you could have done better at  ;) 
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Aug 10, 2017, 06:07 PM
I'm thinking your being too hard on yourself, little bit of weathering and wash , none will be able to tell there could have been an issue.
That's the beauty of weathering  :P

Your doing a great job, its your first time build, there is always upgrades that happen later after clearance to refine the bits you felt you could have done better at  ;)

Ty Ashen Kelborn  ;D

Honestly, I'm pissed with myself cause I know I could do better, or at least not making this mistakes  :-X
Nevertheless, will try as hard go UA and I need to be perfect  ??? :rolleyes: :P

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Kris Jasra on Aug 10, 2017, 07:03 PM
Looks fine to me too, in the case of lettering a little smudging and accidental wear makes it more realistic for me as it makes me think your character drew them on, possibly in a lull between battles...
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Aug 24, 2017, 04:54 AM
Looks fine to me too, in the case of lettering a little smudging and accidental wear makes it more realistic for me as it makes me think your character drew them on, possibly in a lull between battles...

Oh got the idea, ty so much Kris  ;D I think it will be the last step  :P

Update - 24-08-2017

So, yesterday had plenty of time to work on my kit. Have replaced lower attachements, removed velcro and placed snaps  ;D

- Knees attachement (2 snaps directly on the flightsuit and tied at the back, also by snaps
(http://i.imgur.com/lt1Ehto.jpg)

- Shins attachement:
(http://i.imgur.com/ffbnSMQ.jpg)

- Testing fit and moves:
(http://i.imgur.com/CMeOAAK.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/LjRietc.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/AAHWss1.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/r32I7Fp.jpg)

I have bend the knee... uh, ops wrong forum lol  :P Well, IMO I'm pleased with the results, althought have damage a bit the painting on one knee (damn) pieces with a better attachement than velcro, can move/bend etc better and easier lol  ;D

Decided to suit up in order to see the overall atm and see how the red of the knees "suited" with the rest of the armor /think

(http://i.imgur.com/Ki1jBj0.jpg)
(sorry for the late night pics  :-X)
(http://i.imgur.com/WN05VZw.jpg)
(Backplate is a bit misplaced lol  :P only have velcro atm :laugh: will decide if will put snaps on it later)
(http://i.imgur.com/ipQWIrB.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/SWH7r3E.jpg)
(Yesterday been thinking on taking off the kama /think I dont know lol)
- Balaclava came in lol next step will be air vents, I need them so much, I sweat so much lol
(http://i.imgur.com/1G5s9UU.jpg)

Now, will replace thighs armor, also taking off velcro and apply snaps directly on the flightsuit  ;)

Any coments/concerns/advice? Bad also, in order to me learn from my mistakes  ;)

Ty
AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Aug 24, 2017, 08:11 AM
The main thing I'm seeing is that to bottom of your ab is floating. It's not easy to fix, but it'll hold you back as-is. Other then that it's all little alignment issues and such that I'm seeing. Specifically the back plate and ab (if you compare the bottom of your ab to glue girth, you can see that your ab is sitting at a slight diagonal angle on relation to your girth).

You're almost there vod
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Aug 24, 2017, 09:01 AM
The main thing I'm seeing is that to bottom of your ab is floating. It's not easy to fix, but it'll hold you back as-is. Other then that it's all little alignment issues and such that I'm seeing. Specifically the back plate and ab (if you compare the bottom of your ab to glue girth, you can see that your ab is sitting at a slight diagonal angle on relation to your girth).

You're almost there vod

Holly sh... I didnt noticed that  :o ??? :( ty for the head-up Malakier Vhett  :-X
(http://i.imgur.com/qOJ5DVS.jpg)

Well, as it is, its not approval right?   :-X :'( May i ask if a simple overlap of the backplate could work? Can try and later post pics  ??? In last case, will need to trim /damn  :'( :(

Btw, dumb question lol Can i use for example, shoulder templates and modify them a bit in order to make bicep armor?  ???  :)
EDIT: As CRL, specific shoulder armor as bicep armor not lol but modifed them a lit bit  :P

Also, can you please explain better the issue with belly plate please?  ??? Well, Im a bit fat loool :P :laugh:
Could be due to bad pics? late night and the "bottom of the house" didnt workout well  ???

EDIT: Can you please see higher on this page, "update 03-08", pics 4 and 8? They seen alighted  ;)

Ty so much for the feed-back vod  ;)

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: ferra on Aug 24, 2017, 04:03 PM
That ab plate seems more raised than it should be because of your belly brother, not much more you can do there IMO.

The back just needs some aligning, I don´t think you really need to cut/trim it... Let's wait for more opinions...
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Boxception on Aug 24, 2017, 06:10 PM
maybe the ab plate needs to come up a tad on the left side. There is a bigger gap on that side. Not huge but it appears crooked to my eyes
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Aug 29, 2017, 04:31 AM
Hi Boxception how r u?  ;D

Well, my gf says I gained a lot of weight and I'm (even) more fat   :-X :laugh:
Backplate is indeed crooked  :P let's see if anyone of app team says anything else about front plates  :-\ :(

Update - 29-08-2017

Last days, and since my begining here, I always loved and wanted bicep armor, so I went for it:

I picked my shoulder large templates and moded & free-handed them a bit for bicep template
(http://i.imgur.com/DM66tuR.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/Opk1RTy.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/UrXMThd.jpg)

ATM, they're already sanded and primed. Will start applying masking fluid today  :)
New babies are coming home  ;D 3D Printed, from AprilStorm on thingiverse.com  :) (ty Sebastian  ;D)
(http://i.imgur.com/8ypwLZR.jpg)

Need to fill, sand and weather my other 2 death trooper grenades and think about making a free-handed belt /think /damn   :laugh:

Ty all
AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Aug 31, 2017, 03:37 PM
Update - 31-08-2017

So, continued to work on my bicep armor and yesterday finished them both:

(http://i.imgur.com/FWlYky1.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/THToYI0.jpg)
Once again when taking out the paper, paint go out again /bang head againts a wall  :'( :( :(
(http://i.imgur.com/6K43gJM.jpg)
Both
(http://i.imgur.com/OYOcXwc.jpg)
Right Bicep
(http://i.imgur.com/zB29cL9.jpg)
Left Bicep
(http://i.imgur.com/Q9NoJgQ.jpg)

Need to attach them with snaps, once its done will put pics here  ;)

Also yesterday 3D thermal det came in, seller surprised me by painting and weathring them  ;D

(http://i.imgur.com/C3BjSiY.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/hTdIwZp.jpg)

Bought 2 more death trooper grenade, so in total I have 4 death trooper grenade and 2 thermal det.
Leg grenade holster has already started, will put the 4 death trooper grenade on my right tight  :)
Now been thinking where I will put the other 2 thermal det, since they are a bit big and need to find a plate were I can use them  ??? Chest? Arm? Waist?  ??? :-\

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Boxception on Sep 01, 2017, 01:12 AM
Ohhhhhh man. Those are sweet nice pieces. Great work with the paint app tooo. Gotta hand it to you brother. Got me seriously jelly of those paint app skillz. Also, the fat comment.  Brother I feel yah. You look good.  Sometimes it's hard I'm about 40 pounds heavier than I wanna be. Hoping that I'll sweat it off in costume. Lol. Kits Looking great.  Only small minor spacing and this thing is ready for some kill stripes!!!!
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Yolah Hyperion on Sep 06, 2017, 10:22 AM
You could place the two dets behind your belt with an attachment system that way they were within reach and were concealed for you know reasons  :laugh:
Or you could make a small pouch and have them in that.
OR and this is just a idea, make the dets into bolos with a cord around them. Not sure how that would look but just thinking out loud.
Or or..stay with me..make a det launcher.  ;D
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Zando on Sep 06, 2017, 10:52 AM
Or or..stay with me..make a det launcher.  ;D

 ;D A literal boom-stick. As in it shoots explodey round things out at enemies... very good idea vod...
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Yolah Hyperion on Sep 06, 2017, 12:46 PM
;D A literal boom-stick. As in it shoots explodey round things out at enemies... very good idea vod...

Haha I mean why not, mortar would be interesting as well..
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Zando on Sep 06, 2017, 12:47 PM
Haha I mean why not, mortar would be interesting as well..

Yup. Fireball creating devices are a Mando specialty. Probably why Boba got told off for disintegrations...
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Yolah Hyperion on Sep 06, 2017, 12:53 PM
Yup. Fireball creating devices are a Mando specialty. Probably why Boba got told off for disintegrations...

You do have a point there Vod, makes that much more sense now.
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Zando on Sep 06, 2017, 12:58 PM
You do have a point there Vod, makes that much more sense now.

Well, he does have that shiny, glowing liquid dispenser handily situated on his arm... the temptation to erase undesirable enemies may be too great to resist.
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Sep 07, 2017, 03:42 AM
Hi all  ;D

Yes in fact last days been thinking about grenade launcher  :laugh: :laugh: :P 
Saw "xXx: Return of Xander Cage" and looking at Ice Cube with a grenade launcer, damn  :laugh: :laugh:
Ty all for all the tips and help vode  ;D 8)

Update - 07-09-2017

Well, bought 1.50 meters of pleather and leg grenade holster for the shadow trooper grenades is done:

(https://i.imgur.com/scq3c4O.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/tHMcB7A.jpg)
Attached to the bandolier
(https://i.imgur.com/hTuWnVX.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/riQqIJ5.jpg)
Front
(https://i.imgur.com/McViSd8.jpg)
Back
(https://i.imgur.com/NNrkObp.jpg)

Could easlly remove and put other types of grenades, all sewed velcro and could tighten better to fit my leg or the grenades  ;D

For the 2 3D termal det:
(https://i.imgur.com/lv9Wfqf.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/h5H4wR9.jpg)

Well, ATM will be as it is  :laugh: could attached to bandolier or could try make a new pleather part and put them there  :-\ dont know atm lol  :laugh:

Now, bought molding clay and will fill the inside, paint them and weather all the 4  :)
(https://i.imgur.com/0IH1oKg.jpg)

Hand on, humbly lets back to work  :)

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Yolah Hyperion on Sep 07, 2017, 07:12 AM
The bandoiler vod... where is it from?
You certainly seem to have enough explosives to clear a bunker  :laugh:
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Sep 07, 2017, 07:29 AM
The bandoiler vod... where is it from?
You certainly seem to have enough explosives to clear a bunker  :laugh:

Ahah  :laugh:  :laugh: ty  :)
Well, to be honest, I don't know lol I bought it to a 501st Portuguese member who got retired this year  :( but if u google "wwi leather bandolier" or "Swiss bandolier", you will find pics of it  ;)

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ty'renn Argos on Sep 07, 2017, 08:52 AM
Awesome leather work vod! Keep it up!!!!
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Sep 08, 2017, 09:24 AM
Awesome leather work vod! Keep it up!!!!

Ty Ty'renn Argos  ;) :laugh:

Update - 08-09-2017

So, my gf plotted with my 3D seller and bougth 2 wester-35  :o ;D yesterday came in but only this morning we could get our hands on it  ;D

(https://i.imgur.com/wAPE3KC.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/F2OpSBJ.jpg)

Amazing work, very clean, happy with the surprise the 2 gave me  ;D

So, ATM my armory count:

- 1 Verp
- 3 wester-35
- 4 Death Trooper Grenades
- 2 Thermal Det.

Holly sh...  :o :laugh: :laugh:

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Zando on Sep 08, 2017, 10:13 AM
Holy shebs? 'Cause those are awesome blasters vod! I've got a resin one from Eternal Armory. They have a nice feel to them, and look really good. Kudos to the TCW designers for making such cool guns!
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Yolah Hyperion on Sep 08, 2017, 10:32 AM
Keep adding weapons at this rate you'll be able to have enough for an entire squad for a mission  :laugh:

Those westars look very nice and clean, very curious on how you will be painting them  ;D
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Zando on Sep 08, 2017, 10:39 AM
Keep adding weapons at this rate you'll be able to have enough for an entire squad for a mission  :laugh:

Those westars look very nice and clean, very curious on how you will be painting them  ;D

Weapons are like bikes. The correct number can be found with the equation N + 1, where N is the number of weapons you already have.
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Hanjo Solba on Sep 09, 2017, 07:05 PM
Weapons are like bikes. The correct number can be found with the equation N + 1, where N is the number of weapons you already have.

Haha yes!
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Sep 10, 2017, 10:31 PM
Ahah  :laugh: :laugh:

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Zando on Sep 11, 2017, 10:19 AM
Haha yes!

It's just simple math. And have you ever heard a Mando complaining he has too many weapons?  ;D
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Sep 12, 2017, 07:00 PM
It's just simple math. And have you ever heard a Mando complaining he has too many weapons?  ;D
"I get excitable as to choices. Like to have my options open"
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Zando on Sep 12, 2017, 07:13 PM
"I get excitable as to choices. Like to have my options open"

Exactly. The more weapons or pieces of kit you have, the higher the chance that you will have that perfect piece of equipment to make that bounty so much easier.
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Sep 14, 2017, 03:47 PM
Ahah  :laugh: :laugh: 2 many toys is always fun  :laugh: :laugh:

Now, more seriusly, I'm humbly aiming to 267th, so I'm trying to meet BRL's  :-X ???

Update - 14-09-2017

So, last days tried to work a bit on my kit and caught my gf at home (ahah) and she helped me suit up, take some pics etc etc   ;D

- I've taked out all my torso plates and tried to place better the plates (please note/be aware that I've one shoulder higher than the other, I've born that ways and with chest display mounted, the left plate may be "not well placed/need more triming", but believe that plates are fine  :-X :-[)

(https://i.imgur.com/BnssXR0.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/v5LblV4.jpg)

- Applied a bit more of velcro on the backplate (but still thinking of replace for snaps instead) and I've tried to fix issue regarding backplates vs torso... Some plates seemed to drop off and fall  ??? :( applied more velcro in order to try to fix this, but after few "un-official troopings" will see how it goes  ??? :-\

(https://i.imgur.com/Aapodzf.jpg)
This was before:
(https://i.imgur.com/oGwefU7.jpg)
and now after:
(https://i.imgur.com/FRmusY7.jpg)

Another aspect that I've been "working" almost a year was a way to get voice amplified and with distortion  :laugh: :laugh:
Every time I saw youtube videos of vode talking, my God, always wanted to "look" (and talk  :laugh:) badass as they are  :laugh: :laugh:
This week decided to go for Trooper Talk, iOS app  ;D

(https://i.imgur.com/9PHlb0v.png)
(https://i.imgur.com/TD28RIQ.png)

I know, i have seen on Facebook and also here lots of people use Aker Amps  :) but shipped to Portugal (Europe) and Costums Taxes, way to expensive, 130$ plus..  >:( iCOMM same  >:( :(
So decided to go for a cheaper option  :P I looked and installed Voice Express, Voice Synth, TK Voice and TK Talkie  :laugh: :laugh:
Those were free apps and only Trooper Talk was paid, but it was a shot in the dark (its this the correct sentence?  :laugh:). I'm very happy with the results so far  ;D ;D

- Small Bluetooth speaker - 30.00€
(https://i.imgur.com/e8qTlxg.jpg)

- Cheap desktop headstet - 12.00€
(https://i.imgur.com/mpXgI1x.jpg)

- I quite dont know the English name to this thing lol  :laugh: I believe its KV Connection Adapter - 4.50€
(https://i.imgur.com/e8qTlxg.jpg)

- The overall
(https://i.imgur.com/8zdIEm4.jpg)

I tried to upload one video on Youtube, lets c if i can put it here  :P

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uX9AL-4My1g

ATM, April's Gaunts are on transit  ;D and I'm working on my grenades  :)
What do u think? Any concern, advice, tip,... so far?  :-\ ???
Ty all  ;)

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Yolah Hyperion on Sep 15, 2017, 09:29 AM
Pretty clever using a JBL speaker since they are so loud as an amplifier!!
Shoulders and everything look good here but Im not App team or OM  ;)

Have you tried to use magnets to assist in holding the backplate on in areas?

AprilStorm gauntlets are soo nice and sturdy! What kind did you order by chance? Customs?
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Kol Varek on Sep 15, 2017, 08:54 PM
After pic link is dead, can't see anything.
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Sep 16, 2017, 10:36 PM
After pic link is dead, can't see anything.

Hi Kol Var'Das, How r u?  :)

Ops sorry vod, didnt noticed   :( :o I've uploaded same pics and replaced them, I think now pics are ok  :P

@Yolah Hyperion

Well, this JBL speaker was one of the cheapest I've found in that store  :laugh: :laugh: I've never bought any speaker before, so this was a "blind purchase"  ??? :laugh: :laugh: I'm happy with it so far  ;D

I've magnets at home, but never thought on using them  :-[ still thinking on the best option for the legacy backplate  ;) easier to cut, shape and big plus for mobility (i think :laugh:) but attaching plates, damn, its a pain in the a.... IMO  :( :laugh: :P

I've ordered the Rav Bralor, full set of base + rocket + flamethrower + blades on both gauntlets   ;D
I'm very excited, cause I've seen one pair of Bo Katan and DW, both from April, and I've loved what I saw  ;D seemed very resistant that I've expected, easy to open and close, etc  :)

I have no skills, knowledge or materials to work fe with fiberglass, resin, bondo, etc etc, this is my very first attempt on building a kit, so my knowledge atm are very low and poor  :'( :laugh: :laugh: thats why I've choosen 3D, simple, fast and no need to bang head against a wall or headaches related to making props from scracth  :laugh: :laugh: I bet it's a hell of a fun, but, for now, its not for me  :laugh: :laugh:

Ty all  ;D ;)

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Kol Varek on Sep 19, 2017, 08:39 AM
Pic link is fixed, yep! Looks much better, well done!
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Sep 19, 2017, 08:56 AM
Pic link is fixed, yep! Looks much better, well done!

Ty   ;)

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Oct 06, 2017, 05:56 PM
Update - 06-10-2017

Hi vode  ;D

Alright  ;D after 15 days on holidays with gf, I'm back to bussiness  :laugh:

Last weekend, I was invited to a 501st/RL event, where I had the chance to use again my kit (I miss u baby  :laugh: :laugh:) and see how it reacted again in trooping  ;D

For the 1st time I was able to use my new knees and also it was the 1st time I have used my kit "upgrade" with snaps  :)
Sooooo mmmmuuuuucccchhhhh better than the velcro method, specially cause I felt so much secure of myself and about the kit  :D was not afraid of some piece drop on the floor or something like that ahah  :laugh:

BUT I damage one knee, dont know how, cause when was taking of the kit, noticed a small fissure (is that word?) or even two!! Damn, was so sad at that time and afraid of breaking the knee on two pieces  :'(

Good news was a 501st/Rl friend of mine, who has skills with fiberglass, reinforced the knee  ;D (ty so much "poo emoji"  :laugh: :laugh:)

(https://i.imgur.com/MFstwRT.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/DK6Bfop.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/wMeUjqu.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/5ZNM8Nl.jpg)

Received the knee today  ;D /cheers

Also today received my April Storm Rav Bralor 3D gaunts  ;D Large / Extra-Large  :P

(https://i.imgur.com/vWk03Ht.jpg)

Well, when I was trying them, I felt so happy cause without gaunts I feel pretty much naked, seems something is not there, quite strange or embarasing lol  :laugh: now, I feel so much more complete, not naked lol  :laugh: :laugh:
Still, so far didnt had the time to look to them, but seems pretty amazing  :) a few sanding will be required, Putty quite dont know atm, but at least sanding will be lol  :laugh:
Will study few fellows wips and April tutorials, and then start working on them  ;D

Now, been talking with my fellow vode here in Portugal and I'm feeling finally I'm on the final stage to OM status, since it's the last huge piece that is still missing  ;D almost an year building this kit, even not OM, I could consider this my V2 lol  :laugh: :laugh:

And one last BBBIIIIIGGGGG news, one vod got OM status this week, his name is Muzak Tal'din, emailed by Tony, so is the 1st OM on the new chaper of the extint Portuguese Stronghold  ;D ;D We will rebuild again our Clan, or as I usually say on Facebook, "from the ashes we will rise again"  ;D ;D 8) 8)

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Kol Varek on Oct 06, 2017, 10:56 PM
Sounds good vod!
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Oct 13, 2017, 11:19 PM
Update - 14-10-2017

Ty Kol Var'Das  :) Lately I'm thinking I will be the 2nd OM here in Portugal, I'm humbly confident, but will humbly continue my work in order not to fail and work hard to get OM status ??? :laugh:

Well, last weekend had another chance to unofficially troop along side 501st and RL and for the 1st time had confident enough to use my backplate  ;D :laugh:

(https://i.imgur.com/qIUdkIn.jpg)

It was a gaming expo, so must have a pic where we were actually playing some -censored- game ahah  :laugh: :laugh:
Ok, more seriusly, I kinda feel bored of using my cape covering my entired back (as crl's) and my backplate at home, gaining dust, only because i was afraid of using it or some plate drop on the floor... so I re-inforced my vest, sewing another GIANT piece of velcro ahah  :laugh:

(https://i.imgur.com/tIbukqG.jpg)

I felt so much better without the cape and really happy for using my backplate  ;D

Today got few hours available to work on my April Gaunt's   ;D
First, began to saw her tutorial and videos on youtube and study a bit  :P
Then, applied putty on them and atm they are drying  :)

(https://i.imgur.com/vVWcbbO.jpg)
Comparison pic
(https://i.imgur.com/WJgPlxF.jpg)
Both
(https://i.imgur.com/SMnWSxy.jpg)

Now, since they are drying, i'm looking for a way for attaching flamethrower and the 2 other "things"  :-X

(https://i.imgur.com/Cg37Ad0.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/7g3e6Xv.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/98zt85m.jpg)

Since its my 1st time working on 3D props, I really dont wanna screw shells  ???

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Hanjo Solba on Oct 14, 2017, 06:31 PM
I finished these same gaulents!  As weird as it is, I used super glue for both the flame thrower and the bolt to attach tubing to the back of it,  I know a lot of ppl here don't like glue but I have had zero problems for a year plus now,  i also got cable conectors to use as the nozzles, im not a big fan of the standard nozzles.  I used automotive glazing putty and sand-able primer to remove the 3D print lines, as a warning, it will take forever but it will look great when ur done.

I'm curious what else u are looking at add to these, I used golf tees and a picture keychain for mine but I love seeing what ppl come up with! My WIP link is in my signature of u wanna see what I did  :D
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Oct 14, 2017, 11:36 PM
Hi bro  ;D holly -censored-, I spended 1h+ looking your wip  :P 8) Bookmarked and notifed it  ;)

Love the NME JP, so sweetttt  8) ;D and GL for the Spec Ops  ;D

Well, to be honest, seeing your wip gave me headaches ahah  :laugh: :laugh:
I alwalys love gaunts and tubing but didnt quite thought about how to making it, where to get the materials, dimensions of tube or best way to connect them etc etc  :-\ :-X

How do u attached tube to the gaunts? U squeezed the tube and hot glue/epoxy it where do u got or attached that metal "thing" to the gaunt and to the tube? and u attached to the vest right? Clips? Under the shoulder plate?  ??? (sorry for my eng)

EDIT: Golf tees as dards, GENIUS  :o 8) ;)
3rd EDIT: GOING PARANOID

Ty Hanjo Solba  ;) ;D
AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Hanjo Solba on Oct 16, 2017, 10:36 AM
Hi bro  ;D holly -censored-, I spended 1h+ looking your wip  :P 8) Bookmarked and notifed it  ;)

Love the NME JP, so sweetttt  8) ;D and GL for the Spec Ops  ;D

Well, to be honest, seeing your wip gave me headaches ahah  :laugh: :laugh:
I alwalys love gaunts and tubing but didnt quite thought about how to making it, where to get the materials, dimensions of tube or best way to connect them etc etc  :-\ :-X

How do u attached tube to the gaunts? U squeezed the tube and hot glue/epoxy it where do u got or attached that metal "thing" to the gaunt and to the tube? and u attached to the vest right? Clips? Under the shoulder plate?  ??? (sorry for my eng)

EDIT: Golf tees as dards, GENIUS  :o 8) ;)
3rd EDIT: GOING PARANOID

Ty Hanjo Solba  ;) ;D
AJ

No problem at all!!!  I am just super happy my labor can benefit someone else.  Thanks for the luck, i am sure i'm gonna need it on the BRLs, getting OM was a hassel  :laugh:

My tubing is just refrigerator water feed tubing, lighter then the stainless steel (and cheaper).  For the tubing attachment to the gauntlets, i got some guys i work with to cut the heads of some bolts.  You can probably find threaded studs at a hardware store but i couldn't.  I just filled the tube with E6000 and pushed it on the exposed stud.  My flame bolt was larger and took some shoving to get the tubing over it  :laugh:  I wanted the bolts slightly larger then the tubing so the stretch would help hold them.  I am sure other ppl have used other methods, this is just what worked for me.  I know the glue will need re-applied to the inside of the tubing from time to time but i am ok with that kind of maintenance  :)

When it comes to the other ends, i drilled a hole straight threw the top of the tubing and put a key ring through the holes.  Then sewed bungie loops with hooks to each shoulder under the vest.  My vest shoulder bells come down over these so they are hidden. 

I can take extra pictures if you would like but remember there is no 'right' way to do this kind of stuff.  It is more about what works.  If you have a better idea, run with it!  Don't let my way of doing things be the only way  :D
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Yogi on Oct 16, 2017, 11:28 AM
I attached the flame thrower with screws. I used a screw driver like this to fit in the curve of the gauntlets

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/315TbDiZuJL.jpg)
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Hanjo Solba on Oct 16, 2017, 03:58 PM
I attached the flame thrower with screws. I used a screw driver like this to fit in the curve of the gauntlets

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/315TbDiZuJL.jpg)

That is an awesome idea, i wish i had thought of that
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Oct 18, 2017, 04:49 AM
Update - 18-10-2017

Ty for all the help vode  ;D ;)
Well I take in consideration all the feed-back and in the last few days tried to work a bit, so:

- Was googling for swicthes, saw then online 6.99$+ I believe, found them near home at 0.90€ each ahah  :laugh: :laugh:
(https://i.imgur.com/qoRQGhg.jpg)

- Did a "small", uh, "SMALLLLL" hole on the flamethrower using dremel, not happy in the result  :( Need to fill inside  :(
(https://i.imgur.com/ylEInOY.jpg)

- Also looked in the TDH forum and saw a couple on threads where people have used this kind of tube. Found them near home 0.99€ per meter and bought 2 meters
(https://i.imgur.com/ci1Srex.jpg)

- Also bought this small wood "thing" and maybe this way could serve as connector between the 2 parts, gaunts and tube  :-\ :-X
What do you think? Should I try this way or try to find a "metal thing" to put in the middle?  :-X
(https://i.imgur.com/BiGljnT.jpg)

- Yesterday I've worked on wester and gaunts:

Used this heavy grit to "sand"  :laugh: :laugh:
(https://i.imgur.com/g87U8zm.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/LcvCiYA.jpg)

Ok, more seriusly, used this 2 grits to sand my blade, since as it was, it couldnt fit in the gauntlet, so have to sand it almost an hour in order to enter  :laugh: :laugh:
(https://i.imgur.com/mef3xNL.jpg)

- Also primed and applied a first layer on the wester but also didnt love the result  :(
(https://i.imgur.com/5dNMPHG.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/MQiO9ZV.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/ZXkAPEP.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/cAzqQns.jpg)

Later will sand it back  :'( :'( apply putty again and sand it all over again  :( I believe app team will be p*ssed if they saw 3D print lines  :laugh: :P :( :(

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Kris Jasra on Oct 18, 2017, 05:37 PM
We've seen far worse :P Mainly just the handle that's giving it away now.
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Oct 18, 2017, 05:56 PM
We've seen far worse :P Mainly just the handle that's giving it away now.

Oh  really?  :o nice to know  :P :laugh:  during this afternoon and after applied putty, 1st layer is drying atm  ;) tomorrow morning will c how it turned out and maybe apply final layer (flat black)  ;D :P

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Oct 19, 2017, 04:54 PM
Update - 19-10-2017

Hi all  ;D

So this morning worked a bit on my wester-35 and finished it  :)

(https://i.imgur.com/BGJiC6A.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/uah5esS.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/RQvPsGF.jpg)

Well, sorry for the indoor pic, but its been cloudy and rainy last few days  :laugh:

Uh, I must say, I think now the wester feels strange to me  :-\ :-X Still need to weather it I think (dont know how ahah) but uh... IMO it lacks something... something is missing... Comparing with my first Nirob's wester:

(https://i.imgur.com/KOOJLd9.jpg)

Dont know...  ??? :-\ :-X Coud anyone advice or give your opinion on this?  :-X

Ty

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Kol Varek on Oct 19, 2017, 11:55 PM
Looks good, nice work
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Oct 24, 2017, 02:23 AM
Update - 24-10-2017

Hi all  ;D

So, last few days tried to work as I can on the gaunts and during this last days, specially yesterday was able to remove masking fluid of one  :)

- Masking the primer layer (cat was like "human what r u doing?!" :laugh:)
(https://i.imgur.com/AYuOMhp.jpg)

- Middle layer
(https://i.imgur.com/Ne5Qita.jpg)

- And yesterday painted with the same red of my knees, in order to match  :laugh:
(https://i.imgur.com/l1YOMX1.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/1m16cn8.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/lB1sJPU.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/7G9vfh5.jpg)

Well, when I've removed masking fluid was already late night, so, so sorry about the pics  :P

Now, will focus on the other gaunt  :)
What do u think? Too much masking fluid? Or it is ok as it is?
Any advice/suggestion on this?

Ty  ;)

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Kris Jasra on Oct 24, 2017, 04:49 AM
Gauntlets will take a few hits if you've been fighting, blocking weapons etc, so looks good to me.
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: ferra on Oct 24, 2017, 09:00 AM
General use and combat damage make IMHO the gauntlets one of the armor pieces most prone to dents and scratches...

Looks good to me but I would also put some wire wool scratches on there too...
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Oct 25, 2017, 04:55 PM
Update - 25-10-2017

Hi all  ;D

@ Kris, ty so much, I'm happy for your opinion  ;D (App Team members feed-back matters **couf couf**  :P :))
@Ferra, I know bro, I'm saving it for last /damn /sh*t  :laugh:

Well, last days been full trottle and this morning finished my right gauntlet  :laugh:

- Already primed with masking fluid
(https://i.imgur.com/kPYGrR1.jpg)

- Final Layer
(https://i.imgur.com/sdGvbv2.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/tlaBy83.jpg)

- After removed masking fluid
(https://i.imgur.com/vL2pbeX.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/xuExl7g.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/i3ShOZ2.jpg)

- Few close ups of it
(https://i.imgur.com/v2K52E8.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/JhxdU9n.jpg)

- Both ATM
(https://i.imgur.com/0VsftTq.jpg)

Well, its always the same: few spots I love and other spots that I honestly dont quite love  :-\ (bang head against a wall)
Still, I think I will leave both like they are atm  ??? I believe the blackwash step and etc etc will "hide" few spots  ??? :P

Now, I'm ran out of putty, mettalic (middle layer) and dark red (final layer) so...  >:( ??? :P :P I think I wont paint the rest (flamethrower etc) on the upcoming weeks /sh*t /damn  :'( :(

AND NOW the big step IMO:

- Blackwash
- Dry Brush (is this the method?)
- Yellows, browns wash?

Honestly I've no idea what do to now  :-X :-\ Well, I wanna look like every single OM, with the kit dirtied and realistic look  :( :-X
Anyone could point me how I do it, youtube videos, facebook post, etc etc? Cause I really dont wanna screw my entire kit after almost 1 and 1/2 year building it  :-X :-\ :-[

Ty

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Kris Jasra on Oct 25, 2017, 06:05 PM
I start by laying out sandpaper, a roll of kitchen/paper towel, a couple of paintbrushes, a plate to mix on, paint and water.

Also, practice on a small scrap, any colour will do, I think I just painted up about 5 layers of paint in various colours with bits of quick random masking on an offcut plastic scrap, and tested how much paint to water and how long to leave it on, before starting on my kit.

This example is for a VERY heavy damage kit that uses a flamethrower as the main weapon so do be aware that this level of weathering is not required. However, plate before damage (this is metal so I used no masking fluid, I do mask exactly as you've done when using plastic):
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4498/37903031812_43f554ec26_k.jpg)

Start by using the sandpaper to add some lighter scratches, keep them random and stay away from round motions, I try to simulate brushing past things and scraping the armour.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4502/37880637716_15e94a56e9_k.jpg)

Then I mix paint and water in about a 50/50 ratio and add to the entire plate, leave for half a minute and then dab off with the paper towel. Not much tends to stay on in this layer except a bit in the scratches, but that's what I aim for. I then repeat with a more 60(paint)/40(water) and do the more damaged parts of the plates, dab off. Keep repeating with higher concentrations of paint but limit the areas each time, so by the time I do a couple of spots with pure paint it's literally just a couple of blaster marks. This builds up the weathering levels in more recessed or damaged areas where it would be grimier or more carbon scored.

These were taken at about the 80/20 mark, due to the heavy weathering the first stages were skipped as unnecessary. Blackwash in progress and then right after dabbing off the black.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4482/24082374078_d816a639c8_k.jpg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4458/37880618456_44f06199bd_k.jpg)

And then after a final pure black in spots to bring out a bit more of the damaged areas.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4514/37933506791_5e749ddf9d_k.jpg)

I then add small amounts of grey/browns/reds (tiny bits all over, but more focused on feet/shins as that would be what gets muddiest) and very occasional greens (toe/heel/knees are the usual spots)

Silver drybrushing I use on any black parts that I want to give a little 3D depth too, - usually blasters - just the tiniest amounts on muzzle and grip where the black would have worn away, along with some blackwash at the muzzle for carbon damage.
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Oct 25, 2017, 06:23 PM
I start by laying out sandpaper, a roll of kitchen/paper towel, a couple of paintbrushes, a plate to mix on, paint and water.

Also, practice on a small scrap, any colour will do, I think I just painted up about 5 layers of paint in various colours with bits of quick random masking on an offcut plastic scrap, and tested how much paint to water and how long to leave it on, before starting on my kit.

This example is for a VERY heavy damage kit that uses a flamethrower as the main weapon so do be aware that this level of weathering is not required. However, plate before damage (this is metal so I used no masking fluid, I do mask exactly as you've done when using plastic):
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4498/37903031812_43f554ec26_k.jpg)

Start by using the sandpaper to add some lighter scratches, keep them random and stay away from round motions, I try to simulate brushing past things and scraping the armour.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4502/37880637716_15e94a56e9_k.jpg)

Then I mix paint and water in about a 50/50 ratio and add to the entire plate, leave for half a minute and then dab off with the paper towel. Not much tends to stay on in this layer except a bit in the scratches, but that's what I aim for. I then repeat with a more 60(paint)/40(water) and do the more damaged parts of the plates, dab off. Keep repeating with higher concentrations of paint but limit the areas each time, so by the time I do a couple of spots with pure paint it's literally just a couple of blaster marks. This builds up the weathering levels in more recessed or damaged areas where it would be grimier or more carbon scored.

These were taken at about the 80/20 mark, due to the heavy weathering the first stages were skipped as unnecessary. Blackwash in progress and then right after dabbing off the black.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4482/24082374078_d816a639c8_k.jpg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4458/37880618456_44f06199bd_k.jpg)

And then after a final pure black in spots to bring out a bit more of the damaged areas.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4514/37933506791_5e749ddf9d_k.jpg)

I then add small amounts of grey/browns/reds (tiny bits all over, but more focused on feet/shins as that would be what gets muddiest) and very occasional greens (toe/heel/knees are the usual spots)

Silver drybrushing I use on any black parts that I want to give a little 3D depth too, - usually blasters - just the tiniest amounts on muzzle and grip where the black would have worn away, along with some blackwash at the muzzle for carbon damage.

Officially, I'm panicked, so much headaches right now  :laugh: :laugh:

WOW, this is just awesome Kris, ty so much   :o 8) ;D

A couple of questions if u dont mind:
- Sandpaper - multiple grits? like water grip, metal grip, etc? 240, 1000 etc etc?
- The mixing part - How do u apply on the armor? Drop off slowly? and then 30 sec later dab off right?
- Uh, for example, on the spots I have the chipping part, where we can see the primer and the 2 later, on that spots i must apply like 70/30 right?

Jezz, this is mindblowing Kris, ty from my heart  :o 8) ;D

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Kris Jasra on Oct 25, 2017, 08:06 PM
Use whatever grit seems to fit - like cod plate maybe just a few light scratches with 1000 or so, but say for the knees, a few different grits from 80 to 1000 because knees would get more damage than a cod plate. It seems scary at first but if you just stop before each piece and think about where would be most likely to hit things and how much it would get hit it's honestly much easier than you expect.

I just use a 1cm wide paintbrush and just paint it on for most of mine. For detail bits like blaster marks I use a smaller brush or a sponge .

And yeah, exactly, a base layer all over then add more to the more damaged areas, work your way up with how much paint you add in and just stop whenever it feels dark enough for you. I've done a kit that barely went over a 50/50 mix that was dabbed off quite quickly, and I've done a kit that ended up using just pure paint that I left for longer. Don't worry about keeping things even, dirt layered over dirt over several missions wont be even.

Weathering is FUN. Grab some scraps and test it by just going wild. it'll also let you test how long to leave it on for as you want to catch the paint once it's started to dry so you don't just wipe it all off, but before it fully sets so you cant wipe anything off.

Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Oct 26, 2017, 09:04 AM
Use whatever grit seems to fit - like cod plate maybe just a few light scratches with 1000 or so, but say for the knees, a few different grits from 80 to 1000 because knees would get more damage than a cod plate. It seems scary at first but if you just stop before each piece and think about where would be most likely to hit things and how much it would get hit it's honestly much easier than you expect.

I just use a 1cm wide paintbrush and just paint it on for most of mine. For detail bits like blaster marks I use a smaller brush or a sponge .

And yeah, exactly, a base layer all over then add more to the more damaged areas, work your way up with how much paint you add in and just stop whenever it feels dark enough for you. I've done a kit that barely went over a 50/50 mix that was dabbed off quite quickly, and I've done a kit that ended up using just pure paint that I left for longer. Don't worry about keeping things even, dirt layered over dirt over several missions wont be even.

Weathering is FUN. Grab some scraps and test it by just going wild. it'll also let you test how long to leave it on for as you want to catch the paint once it's started to dry so you don't just wipe it all off, but before it fully sets so you cant wipe anything off.

Wow Kris, ty so much for the help and advice, awesome  8) ;D

Well, uh, I didn’t ask, when u say paint, u are saying water-based acrilic right? Or other type of paint?  :)

Using black or brown pigments  will create the dust/sand effect right?

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Kris Jasra on Oct 26, 2017, 05:02 PM
Ah, lol, yeah, that would be a good start - water based acrylic is indeed what I use. I use black as my main colour, but have brown, grey, red, green and a copper which I may use tiny bits of.

I've also been known to use charcoal, chalks and shoe polish. They all give different effects. Charcoal is very much a fire look. Chalks tend to be more desert sand/fine dry dust. Shoe polish can depending on the colour and application look a little like oil and grease.
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Oct 26, 2017, 05:20 PM
Ah, lol, yeah, that would be a good start - water based acrylic is indeed what I use. I use black as my main colour, but have brown, grey, red, green and a copper which I may use tiny bits of.

I've also been known to use charcoal, chalks and shoe polish. They all give different effects. Charcoal is very much a fire look. Chalks tend to be more desert sand/fine dry dust. Shoe polish can depending on the colour and application look a little like oil and grease.

Oh nice Kris, ty so much  8) ;D
Will try to c youtube videos and try on scrap pieces this days  :P
Ty  :)

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Nov 02, 2017, 06:14 PM
Update - 02-11-2017

Hi all  :)

So, last few days been working on my gaunts all crazy and all  :laugh:

So, was out of putty, middle colour and final colour  :laugh: :laugh:
(https://i.imgur.com/jRwqsMU.jpg)

- Applied putty on the rest of 3d props
(https://i.imgur.com/qXbKfcx.jpg)

- When u dont know how to secure the 2 flamethrower things to paint  :P :P :laugh: :laugh:
(https://i.imgur.com/csISfJU.jpg)

- Removed masking fluid of this "thing"
(https://i.imgur.com/iuqLq6y.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/JkUSOsu.jpg)

- Attached the thing using epoxy (wasnt confident enought to drill the gaunt with dremel  ???)
- Also done with blade (i think this colour suited more  :rolleyes:)
(https://i.imgur.com/TY4cMS2.jpg)

- And tested to c how it looks  :P (mainstream pic on bathroom is backkkkk  :P :laugh: :laugh:)
(https://i.imgur.com/Rlg3cZr.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/t5bo15E.jpg)

- Left gaunt done (yes, above the gaunt is in my right arm lol  :laugh: :laugh:)
(https://i.imgur.com/T29s6IW.jpg)

- Wasnt sure what colour use on rocket, but bought left one
(https://i.imgur.com/fsggcx4.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/HrQRGdr.jpg)

- And now, focused on the right gaunt, continued to work on flamethrower
(https://i.imgur.com/qrueHTN.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/ADjMO58.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/8lX6100.jpg)

- Primed rocket and middle layer of the flamethrower
(https://i.imgur.com/MUiLSfR.jpg)

- Final layer (dark red/wine red, the same of my knees)
(https://i.imgur.com/u7OCo1R.jpg)

- Painted the rocket
(https://i.imgur.com/PxWKWGG.jpg)

- Attached the 2 things to flamethrower (spoiler alert, masking fluid was already taken)
(https://i.imgur.com/e63oLVJ.jpg)

-Continued paiting rocket
(https://i.imgur.com/JdSekpC.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/rEy1qp6.jpg)

- Last night taked masking fluid (self note, never take masking fluid at 1am, cause u c masking fluid where there is NO masking fluid)
(https://i.imgur.com/6BxjD2H.jpg)

- In the beginning, drilled a hole using dremel, and to fill i used molding clay, and spray-putty 3 or 4x  ??? :-X
I think I'm happy how it turned out  :laugh:
(https://i.imgur.com/eM6Zvoh.jpg)

- This morning taked out painters tape and the rocket (few bad spots painted bad cause of the painters tape, but will fix with sanding paper, i believe will work  :P)
(https://i.imgur.com/4CQPO9p.jpg)

- And the overall of the gaunts
(https://i.imgur.com/KzB4Cin.jpg)

Jezz, worked on this as crazy as hell, made a few mistakes, specially on the rocket and taking masking fluid at 1am, where I saw masking fluid spot where there was NOT masking fluid  :-\ :-X

This  :laugh: :laugh::
(https://i.imgur.com/xuriNZS.jpg)

Now, this morning was also looking for screws near home, have 2.6mm*30, 4mm*40 and 3mm*25, need to find better ones to attach rocked and flamethrower  ;)

Maybe tomorrow morning will be done with this issue and also maybe work on my wester, I dont like the color scheme, so maybe will try to paint it different  :)

How look the gaunts? Will blackwash them in the near future  ;)

Ty all

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Havelock on Nov 02, 2017, 06:21 PM
Just caught up with your WiP.  It's looking really nice.  You're almost there, vod.
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Nov 02, 2017, 06:33 PM
Just caught up with your WiP.  It's looking really nice.  You're almost there, vod.

Hi Havelock, how r u?  ;)
Ty  ;D

Still need to fix few (or several  :laugh: :P) things before pre-app, but will not hurry this, specially when I've so many douths atm  ;) :laugh:

ATM I'm also googling for the best way to attach uh, the "tubes" (its that name? ???) from the gaunts to me, but uh, I dont have sleeves  :-X :-\ so, I dont know where to attach them, under the shoulder, I use legacy backplate, uh, well, I'm thinking I'm screwed  :-X ??? Lets wait and digging, uh, I mean googling  :P ;)

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Kris Jasra on Nov 03, 2017, 07:20 AM
Looking good.

Tubes is indeed a correct word. The other word you could use is 'hoses'. I would suggest under the flak vest at the back. I have a small loop of fabric sewn to my flightsuit with a ring threaded onto it that I can clip the end of hoses to. It's just far enough in that its hidden when everything else is in place.
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Sto-Las Amari on Nov 03, 2017, 02:26 PM
Nice weathering Vod, keep up the great  work and you’ll be OM in no time!
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Nov 06, 2017, 12:13 AM
Hi all  ;D

@Kris, hum got the idea, ty  ;D
@Sto-Las Amari, ty for your strenght  ;) :)

Small Update - 06-11-2017

So, this weekend (saturday) got the chance to work a bit on gaunts, and finally was able to attach everything: screws  ;D
(https://imgur.com/5ixpPkB)

I've realised that havent take pics on this stage, only made a video, so sorry for screens-shots  :P

-Rocket attached
(https://i.imgur.com/s03mN1E.png)
- Dont fall ahah  :P :laugh: :laugh:
(https://i.imgur.com/uX3UPps.png)
-Tried both gaunts
(https://i.imgur.com/m3uI7pS.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/laHCCIp.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/ZJP74Ig.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/LMwonsn.jpg)

Now, the usuall joke, "screw this"  :P :laugh: :laugh:

For real, now, well, since I've made a few painting mistakes on both gaunts and my kit, I think its time to sand those spots, where:
1 - Painted bad
2 - Bad chipping (masking fluid)

Will correct this and at same time, will prepare all kit piece to blackwash (since its required sanding before the wash...)  ???
Jezz, I saw awesome kits where on the forum and also on FB, I want my kit to get the realistic look  ???
Also very afraid of this step, cause dont wanna screw my entire work  ??? :-\ :-X

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Zando on Nov 06, 2017, 11:35 AM

For real, now, well, since I've made a few painting mistakes on both gaunts and my kit, I think its time to sand those spots, where:
1 - Painted bad
2 - Bad chipping (masking fluid)


Actually, bad painting and chipping are perfect for weathering, as that's what you're trying to recreate.  :D
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Hanjo Solba on Nov 06, 2017, 11:47 AM
Honestly the paint and weathering looks spot on to me.  Just need a black/brown wash now.  But on a side note, how did you attach the flame thrower box to the side of the gauntlet?  I put mine above the spot that it looks like you attached directly to.  See mine below for comparison.  I would be curious to know how you secured that. 

(https://i.imgur.com/jauVf8I.jpg)

All the best gauntlets look beat to hell and back  ;D
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Garretjax on Nov 06, 2017, 02:15 PM
Great looking work, between you and Kris by the end of this WIP we can just pin this post as a weathering tutorial
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Nov 08, 2017, 03:25 PM
Hi all  8)

Sorry for the late replies  :laugh:

@Zando, got it vod  :P :laugh: :laugh:

@Garretjax, ty  ;) Well, IMO there are a lot of great tutorials, but ty for the compliment  :)

@Hanjo Solba, on my gautns there was holes, so decided secure everything using screws, was a bit headache cause screws were or too thin and big, or too big and couldnt fit, well u know what I mean  :P ;)
Please c pics above:

(https://i.imgur.com/Cg37Ad0.jpg)
(here I tried to make a larger hole using dremel but i forgot that ideia seconds later lol)
(https://i.imgur.com/xuExl7g.jpg)

Yours didnt have this holes?  :-\

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Hanjo Solba on Nov 08, 2017, 04:22 PM
That is a good idea, Bravo! 

I did have the holes on the flame box but not on the gauntlet.  I didn't trust drilling holes that close to the hinge so i just glued it to the side above it :laugh: Thank you for taking these pictures!  always cool to see how others mount this thing.  on a side note, I ended up gluing in toothpicks to hold the rocket in place with the holes  :laugh:  Work smarter, not harder right?  haha
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Nov 08, 2017, 04:30 PM
That is a good idea, Bravo! 

I did have the holes on the flame box but not on the gauntlet.  I didn't trust drilling holes that close to the hinge so i just glued it to the side above it :laugh: Thank you for taking these pictures!  always cool to see how others mount this thing.  on a side note, I ended up gluing in toothpicks to hold the rocket in place with the holes  :laugh:  Work smarter, not harder right?  haha

Ahah  :laugh: :laugh: Actually I could hot glued / glued with 2 part epoxy and could be easier  :laugh: but I'm afraid during a trooping pieces drop on floor and so on, would be very bad ahah  :laugh: :laugh: so did this way  :)

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Blackwashing
Post by: Ajoliveira on Nov 11, 2017, 11:46 PM
Update - 12-11-2017

Hi all  ;D

So, last friday kinda lost my mind and decided to start blackwashing my kit  :P :laugh:
Lately been thinking a lot about it, saw several youtube videos and other wip's and finally i decided that was time to move forward once and for all, despite of being afraid  :-\ :-X

So, bought these near home, black and "neutral grey" acrylics:

(https://i.imgur.com/n9XiiD1.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/7KzdNaU.jpg)

Then, cuted bottom of 2 large bottles and mixed with a bit of water (was doing this on the kitchen balcony, seems appropriate to me  :P :laugh:)

(https://i.imgur.com/yBonwEH.jpg)

Realized that havent any scrape pieces of sintra or already painted that i could use (ty gf  >:( :laugh:) so, decided to start with a boot armor piece, since, IMO, could be a piece/area of my body that could be very weathered, damaged, etc  ??? Also didnt loved the way they turned out, so ahah  :P :laugh: :laugh:
Sanded the piece with 80 and 120 grit:

(https://i.imgur.com/T7Yzg9f.jpg)

Applied on a small area (not very small but u got the idea  :P) and for what i can remenber, kinda counted this 10 secs and dabed  ??? Seriuslly, working on a small area, like the palm of your hand would be better and easier for your, cause one hand is holding the piece and the other hand is dabing  :laugh: Plus, since i used small napkins and kitchen paper towels (is that name?), I was constantly grabing new ones, so...  :laugh:

(https://i.imgur.com/G51CG7l.jpg)

So, I think i washed the piece 2 or 3 times, Im not sure, but I believe was 3x and taked this pics for comparison:

(https://i.imgur.com/wOwZKLT.jpg)

Then, moved for black, I think I made one very "light" and last one was thicker, I think it was only 2 washes, not sure, maximum 3 times  :-\ :-X

http://youtu.be/oLWYKrIaYe4

(https://i.imgur.com/lozMldz.jpg)

Then, moved up and continued to torso parts, but used a lighter blackwash measure:

(https://i.imgur.com/VBaHNZ4.jpg)

Well, at this time, was blackwing almost 4 hours and kinda panicked, cause honestly, I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THA F**K I WAS DOING   :-X :-\ ??? Really, I havent sure if it was too much, if needed more, the edges/corners of the plates, what weathring should have or what i wanted to look like, Jezz, I trully panicked cause its all instinct  ??? :-X :-\

During this, my cat was on the balcony about to drink blackwash solution, I scare him away, my first boot armor drop on the floor and when i turned around, I step up it  :-\ >:( :( :'( :'( (insert here so many bad words that cant wrote them here)

(https://i.imgur.com/hDdDlda.jpg)

Continued, now with bicep armor:

(https://i.imgur.com/SCByhVn.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/yalHRtS.jpg)

And decided to go back to torso armor and apply a bit more on collar:

(https://i.imgur.com/SadQrTx.jpg)

Saturday morning did the same grey and black wash to both shins and cod piece.
Here my first shin:

(https://i.imgur.com/75UnzU1.jpg)

For, for this time I have shared pics and asked feed-back on facebook, seems people liked the results :-X ???
Also, u can noticed that boot+shins are more "darker" than the torso/bicep for example  :-X
Well, i can be wrong, but IMO lower parts of your body could/should/must be more weathered than the rest of your body, cause u kinda kick doors, lay down on the floor, etc etc and again, is just my opinion  :P :-X

Later will try to go to backplate   ???

This was my first try ever, never did this before, building my kit, blackwash, all of this... :-X Ty so much to Brian (Raestin) and Colin (Ashen Kelborn) for the help and tips on FB, specially when I was fckng crazy about this  :P :laugh: :laugh: ;D ;D
Please, let me know what u think about it, If im on the right track, if its too much, anything good or bad  ??? :-\ At this stage, I really dont wanna screw almost 1 and half years work and i have no idea what im doing cause its all instinct  :-\ ???

Ty all  :)
AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Blackwashing
Post by: Kris Jasra on Nov 12, 2017, 01:19 PM
Excelente!!!

Seriously, stop worrying. White is one of the hardest colours to weather naturally and you've nailed it.

And I know your pain. One of my cats tried to stick his nose in my resin tub and since I had to stop him I let go of what I was holding and that is why one of my scratchbuild helmets is slightly wonky...
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Blackwashing
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Nov 12, 2017, 02:03 PM
Looks great!
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Blackwashing
Post by: Ajoliveira on Nov 12, 2017, 02:18 PM
Hi  :) ty for your feedback  ;D
This morning done tight plates and one gauntlet  :) later will post here pics  :laugh:

Well what worries me is that this process is very instinctive  :-\
For example, gaunts and hand plates should be more blackwashed than torso plates, right? Or wrong?  :-\

And people also use brown and charcoal... what is the goal of that effect?  :-\

Ty
AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Blackwashing
Post by: ferra on Nov 12, 2017, 06:01 PM

And people also use brown and charcoal... what is the goal of that effect?  :-\

Ty
AJ

Because:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXzxEqdvuIE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXzxEqdvuIE)

and also:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ErLOmGZQMA (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ErLOmGZQMA)
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Blackwashing
Post by: Ajoliveira on Nov 13, 2017, 02:30 AM
Because:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXzxEqdvuIE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXzxEqdvuIE)

and also:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ErLOmGZQMA (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ErLOmGZQMA)

Holly -censored-, this is so awesome, ty so much bro  :o 8) ;D ;D

Update - 13-11-2017

Well, I didnt upload pics from yesterday, so here they are  :laugh:

- Both thighs

(https://i.imgur.com/gzn6PsQ.jpg)

- Left one closer pic:

(https://i.imgur.com/O5s8ZRu.jpg)

-  Right one closer pic:

(https://i.imgur.com/dM2fZkY.jpg)
(Those right up corner... dont like it so much  >:( :( Still, this plate will be almost covered by my grenade holster)

And missed pic of one shin:

(https://i.imgur.com/oS2fq84.jpg)

And also for the cod piece:

(https://i.imgur.com/4eghneu.jpg)
(Mentally throwing cod piece against a wall, by the 6º floor window, to the trash can... dont love this piece, chipping, bad masking fluid spots, blackwash...  :'()

Yesterday morning and afternoon worked a bit on both gaunts:

(https://i.imgur.com/b0evZqU.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/ibQvlre.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/2azswkN.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/mPKuRDY.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/8YoH18p.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/YaBAtXq.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/TeRnOHg.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/x1Ekwer.jpg)

Been wondering  :-\ :-X Should rocket be clean? Or durty?  ??? And same for the flamethrower head?  ???
Uh, and knee darts, dirty or clean?  ???
Since they r guns, IMO would be clean  ??? :-\ But, uh, if anyones could give me feed-back about this would be happy  :laugh: ;D

Ty all  :)
AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Blackwashing
Post by: Ashen Kelborn on Nov 13, 2017, 03:26 AM

Been wondering  :-\ :-X Should rocket be clean? Or durty?  ??? And same for the flamethrower head?  ???
Uh, and knee darts, dirty or clean?  ???
Since they r guns, IMO would be clean  ??? :-\ But, uh, if anyones could give me feed-back about this would be happy  :laugh: ;D


I'd black wash them both, they would be oiled and maintained, would also make the detail get picked out more like the holes in the missile cone.  ;)
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Blackwashing
Post by: Ajoliveira on Nov 13, 2017, 03:56 AM
I'd black wash them both, they would be oiled and maintained, would also make the detail get picked out more like the holes in the missile cone.  ;)

Hum got it  ;D hope I’m getting justice for your advice on this  :)

EDIT: Same applies for knee darts?  :-\

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Blackwashing
Post by: Kris Jasra on Nov 13, 2017, 06:39 AM
I tend to avoid scratching missile/darts since my thinking is that they would be shot long before they got scratched up, but I do give them some mud/oil washing.
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Blackwashing
Post by: Ajoliveira on Nov 14, 2017, 12:17 AM
Ty Kris, got the idea  ;D

Update - 14-11-2017

Well, I've been full throttle last this days and guess what, today was one of those todays I should have stayed quited and did nothing  :( :'( :-\

In the morning grey washed the helmet and when I washed it black, i f*cked everything  :'( :( :(

(https://i.imgur.com/nPKaBPE.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/TLFytTw.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/tpAKV46.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/LnMR3fU.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/9UWajA1.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/d7MMqDO.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/0cuzOWh.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/iA7W1bo.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/ZqSnGxW.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/o0BLAw1.jpg)

I just... sh*t... i dont know what tha hell happened... I kinda panicked... freaked out.... Jezzzz  :'( :'( :( :( :(
Never should put grey wash on top of the blue... black was to thick... EVERYTHING WAS BAAADDDDD, F**K  :( :( :( :'( :'( :'(
EDIT: RF fixed this night

My kit ATM:
(https://i.imgur.com/X4tktbt.jpg)

And shin holster done:

(https://i.imgur.com/kaHmfUS.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/n9Iohw4.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/NZl5qnY.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/h7ZJbXt.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/82lvCZQ.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/1Xg1wxb.jpg)

And grenade leg holster was fixed (increased 10 cms on each pleather strap -my leg is fat ahah  :laugh:)
Realized on the last time i suited up, I couldnt close it because of the kama  :-\ Kinda forget that  :P :laugh: :laugh:

(https://i.imgur.com/dJeXeqo.jpg)

Jesus Christ.... I have no idea what to do now... i just screwed my helmet...  :'( :'( :( :( few people seems to liked it, others said it was too much... I should have stayed quited today and did nothing  :( :( sh*t  :( :(
Now, I need to wet rag at least the dome  :'( :'( :( :(

Side note: Once again ty Colin, Brian and NipNip, i just lost my mind this morning, damn  :( :(
2nd EDIT: Sorry for some bad words here but... i'm... to sad atm... almost cried today... damn...

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Blackwashing
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Nov 14, 2017, 08:06 AM
I think your helmet lopked great before. It looks great now. But now you have run into the curse of weathering. Your chest, shoulder, thigh, and cod plate all look oddly clean. I don't think it would be something you wpuld get dinged on for app, it just looks kinda like you literally stuck ypur head in the mud. Adding more weathering to those other plates will make it look more natural, imo.

Don't freak out too much vod. We've all been there at one time or another. You can work with it
Title: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Pre-App Pics
Post by: Ajoliveira on Nov 20, 2017, 11:48 PM
I think your helmet lopked great before. It looks great now. But now you have run into the curse of weathering. Your chest, shoulder, thigh, and cod plate all look oddly clean. I don't think it would be something you wpuld get dinged on for app, it just looks kinda like you literally stuck ypur head in the mud. Adding more weathering to those other plates will make it look more natural, imo.

Don't freak out too much vod. We've all been there at one time or another. You can work with it

Hi Malakier Vhett how r u?  :)

Sorry for the late reply, been busy  :P
To be honest, saw your reply minutes after u posted and i laugh for about 15 minutes, the picture in my head, stuck my head into mud  :laugh: :laugh: Got the idea, ty  ;D

So, last days been working full thottle, so Update - 21-11-2017

Well, last weekend had another change to troop along side 501st and RL, so:

- Finnished grenades:
(https://i.imgur.com/wapOq8m.jpg)

- Blackwashed backplate (sorry for the lack of pics  :-X)

- And since my gf was at home, she helped me suit up and decided to take few pics in order to see if everything was ok for the next day trooping:
(https://i.imgur.com/3i963yC.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/QRFGjeY.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/tPEQJ2O.jpg)

Note: Missing last small piece of the backplate, I'm not using all grenades, used for the 1st time wester leg holster, fixed the pleather strapping, had to cut few inches and sew again  :-\

And helmet has been fixed:
(https://i.imgur.com/HJxoaTP.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/afiL0eE.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/YlvOv9J.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/L8DMhBy.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/6nmQnby.jpg)
Credits to the Portuguese 501st XO Marco Tamissa and also to Ferra for the help on this, using wool:
(https://i.imgur.com/wp6NNB1.jpg)
And this (dont know the name of it, sorry)
(https://i.imgur.com/5kk6GE1.jpg)

Well, I think I'm happy now  :laugh: :laugh: ;D ;D

ATM dont have many pics from last weekend trooping but for now, Ive this:
- This one was my idea, i laughed so hard, "These r not the CRL's u r looking for", I posted on my Insta/FB account  :laugh: :laugh:
(https://i.imgur.com/uepqyav.jpg)
- And a close up:
(https://i.imgur.com/hLvMyPB.jpg)

As soon i get better pics, will post here  ??? :P

Today, got a few hours to work a bit and decided to re-paint my wester (the other one is... dusting... :laugh: :laugh:)
- Before was like this, matte black
(https://i.imgur.com/uah5esS.jpg)
- And today:
(https://i.imgur.com/bcYgZ5B.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/cw79jFS.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/AF5aRFt.jpg)
- Better IMO  :)
Still, need to take care of some spots (i belive sanding will do  :-\)
(https://i.imgur.com/3UdQaaK.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/Azo3QSE.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/x7RpCYD.jpg)
- Here I need to re-paint it black  :( (damn)
(https://i.imgur.com/cvRBm3p.jpg)

Tomorrow will continue working on wester  :)
I'm happy for using again my kit, see and troop again along side my 501st/RL friends who didnt see for a while  ;D
Both thight and leg holster were good to use, easy to walk and move, for the 1st time used my gaunts, no foam inside needed  ;D
Despite left chest plate problem (velcro of the plate got loose) everything was ok as usual   :P :P ;D ;D

Today started to see ways to weather soft parts, the only think that is still missing (Kama and waist are done, pleather holsters to go) and in the near future take pics for pre-app  ??? :-\ ;D :laugh:

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Pre-App Pics
Post by: Ajoliveira on Nov 29, 2017, 02:32 PM
Update - 29-11-2017

Hi all  :)

Well, I found a nice pic of my last trooping, where you can see my leg holster grenade  :laugh:

(https://i.imgur.com/T3s2cRo.jpg)

Yesterday was checking all this before pre-app:
- Replaced torso plates
- Repainted one wester-35
- Decided to work a bit on the torso blackwash, to not make it "so even"

(https://i.imgur.com/roJ07Ti.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/EdUwCko.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/T0CfczS.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/9u1OOM6.jpg)
(This pics were taking before replacing torso plates)

- Repainted one knee
- Weathred soft parts, only worked on leg and shin holsters (kama and sash was done already before
- Cutted off velcro on some parts

So, as spoken with Darnai (Spanish Russ'alor) where i submit my regional pre-app photos:

(https://i.imgur.com/rrr4Mtf.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/ToMnwOF.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/oX4unLO.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/dzVQroz.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/Ik9BrGo.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/ELoNj0U.jpg)

Holly sh... fck..g Christ, I'm so anxious and nervous ATM  :-X ??? :-\
Anything else, obviusly can provide more pics or even videos throught forum, Facebook etc
Jezzz.... :-[ :-X :-\ ??? ???

EDIT: Well, Im not 100% confident atm, maybe panic, but...uh... I kinda fell happy with it, humbly done my best, humbly tried hard and tried to not make many errors or screw anything... Will continue to work on it, humbly will do my best to 267th UA  :-X :-\ ??? ???

Ty all
AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Pre-App Pics
Post by: Kris Jasra on Nov 29, 2017, 04:31 PM
Very nice.

Only one thing I can see that won't pass, that is the bottom sections of the backplate seem to be loose, possibly the vest itself needs tightening just at that point.

And something that you may find as a comfort help depending on how things are attached is to put a hole in your kama and run the leg strap through that. But that one won't affect the app, it's just a thought for possibly more comfort
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Pre-App Pics
Post by: Ajoliveira on Nov 29, 2017, 04:50 PM
Hi Kris  ;)

Uh oh fck, I zoom in my back pic and one side of the vest is not under the Sash  :o :o
Sending this pic to your Facebook, later will post here  :'(

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Pre-App Pics
Post by: Ty'renn Argos on Nov 29, 2017, 04:52 PM
Looks pretty solid, vod!
I have to agree with Kris, that low-end of the back popping outwards looks like the plates are pulling the vest. Try to give some tailoring  to the vest for a tighter fit or adding a bit more flexibility on the plates.

Other than that, you are super close now!!! Keep it up!
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Pre-App Pics
Post by: Ajoliveira on Nov 29, 2017, 04:56 PM
Hi Buenas  :P
Pmed u on Facebook also lol
Turning on my pc to upload pic on imgur ATM

Sh.t didn’t see that  :o damn

AJ
....
Very nice.

Only one thing I can see that won't pass, that is the bottom sections of the backplate seem to be loose, possibly the vest itself needs tightening just at that point.

(https://i.imgur.com/um4rTAp.jpg)

Here  :( ??? :-X the left side of the vest it not 100% under the sash... sh.t  :( :(

What now?  ??? ??? ??? ??? :( :(

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Pre-App Pics
Post by: Bowfanny on Nov 29, 2017, 05:37 PM
Ajoliveira,


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Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Pre-App Pics
Post by: Ajoliveira on Nov 29, 2017, 05:44 PM
Ajoliveira,


As part of my moderation duties I must request that you please avoid Double Posting in the forums.  This is against forum rules as documented HERE (http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=84.0).

The posts have been combined.

I know Bowfanny... Sorry about that...
Was a panic/stress/most do things quick moment...
Wont happen again  :-X

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Pre-App Pics
Post by: Bowfanny on Nov 29, 2017, 10:10 PM
I know Bowfanny... Sorry about that...
Was a panic/stress/most do things quick moment...
Wont happen again  :-X

AJ
No stress Vod, this is a fun place. It just happens to be a fun place with rules! ;D
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Pre-App Pics
Post by: Ajoliveira on Nov 29, 2017, 10:31 PM
No stress Vod, this is a fun place. It just happens to be a fun place with rules! ;D

Ahah  :laugh: :laugh:

I submitted my pre-app, I screw up my pre-app pics, I gone crazy, the usual  :P

Won’t happen again  ;)

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Pre-App Pics
Post by: Kris Jasra on Nov 30, 2017, 05:12 AM
Don't panic. Calm down and relax.
I see one item. One.
Usually I can find four or five on a pre-app - that is why it is called a pre-app.
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Pre-App Pics
Post by: Ajoliveira on Dec 02, 2017, 06:04 PM
Update - 02-12-2017

Hi all  :-X

Sad news, pre-app failed  :-X :-\ ??? :'( :'( damn  :'( :'(

Main issue: VEST, its floating  :'( :'(
Suggestions/Recomendations: Arms could use some tucking on the gaunts area or tailoring them to fit better | the pleather strap of the leg holster grenade -> rid of it or hide it

Well, I wasnt 100% confident... And in fact, the pleater vest was made summer of last year, so 1y+ age and uh, maybe 10/15 troopings... gain and lose of weight... damn... will fix this asap and humbly try again  :'( :'( :-\ :-X ??? ??? :'( :'(

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Pre-App Pics
Post by: Aden Banto on Dec 02, 2017, 09:01 PM
You're so very close ner vod. Your kit is looking fantastic!!! Don't feel discouraged.  I had a osik ton of fixes to make on my pre-apps compared to yours. It'll all work out in the end  ;D
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Pre-App Pics
Post by: Hik'aari on Dec 03, 2017, 12:21 AM
As far as pre-app review go that is super small list of things. You should be proud of how much you managed to get right for your first try by listening to the advice given throughout this thread.

Pre-app is there to catch as many of these things as possible to give the best possible chance your full app passes first time.

Get that vest fixed up and back in and you should be good to go :D
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Pre-App Pics
Post by: Ajoliveira on Dec 22, 2017, 06:20 PM
Update - 22-12-2017

Hi all  ;)

So, today decided to update this  :) Well, to be honest, I "closed" my "workshop" for Xmas, since we at home had to change things to get Xmas Tree and so lol  :laugh: :laugh:

(https://i.imgur.com/eQL1x6y.jpg)

Now, more seriusly, since Hollydays are here, only next year will make a new vest, in order to pre-app again  :-\

Last days been proud of doing trooping alongside 501st and Rl, in fact, 7 days, 6 troopings, incluing 2 hospitals to visit children.

- 09-12 and 10-12 (Aveiro)
(https://i.imgur.com/g2ZuETY.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/pxeYUTV.jpg)

- 13-12 and 15-12 (Braga and Guimarães)
(https://i.imgur.com/AYF8JtU.jpg)

Our Bo Katan, will send pre-app sooooonnnnnn,  if everything is ok, she will be the 2nd member here in Portugal  ;D ;D ;D ;D

- 16-12 (Lisbon)
(https://i.imgur.com/Q9nf37i.jpg)

In the capital, had the change of trying the Sandtrooper Pauldron of the 501st CO and  was happy to see how it fits me, since I always loved to use one:

(https://i.imgur.com/mCZ3CsO.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/KeXow0n.jpg)

- 17-12 (Gaia)
(https://i.imgur.com/ZO7Stbs.jpg)

Today posted this on my FB:

(https://i.imgur.com/cIG2HtB.jpg)

Well, I'm so happy cause 7 days, 6 troopings, damn...  :laugh:
More seriusly, well, was a bit afraid of going to hospitals visit children, cause doesnt know I would react... kids with cancer or paralized, uh, dont know... but in the end was "no big deal" and I was ok and they were happy to see us  :D ;D
But, I'm afraid I have damage even more my kit, broken blade of the gauntlet, one knee have breaked 1 or 2 cms and need to fix it with fiberglass, one day I drooped my helmet of the floor and visor came off (I almost started to cry a bit cause in that night I couldnt troop and visor came off, damn, u might know the feeling of almost f*cked your helmet) but been fixed already cause next day had trooping again, sereval plates where paint started to came off, literally, belly plate, hand plates, chest plates...
Well, 1st my problem was the vest and will do one again from scratch... Now will be all this... And I wanna pre-app so bad to become OM  ??? :-X :-\
But I'm happy cause this days had the change of trooping here with my gf and mates of Rl and 501st  and as 501st says, "bad guys doing good" and I'm happy cause I did good and could bring happyness  ;D :)

Ty all and Happy Hollydays to all, cheers,

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Pre-App Pics
Post by: Zando on Dec 22, 2017, 07:02 PM
Is it bad that I kinda want a white and blue kit now?  :P
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Pre-App Pics
Post by: Ajoliveira on Jan 02, 2018, 12:20 AM
Is it bad that I kinda want a white and blue kit now?  :P

Ahaha  :laugh: :P :P

Kinda Update - 01-01-2018

Hi all and Happy New Year  :P :laugh: ;D

Well, since Hollydays are over, I'm kinda start back to bussiness  ;) :laugh:

Santa and my gf bought me a 3D Printed EE-3, holy sh_t  :o :o

(https://i.imgur.com/FdRhiAA.jpg)

Now I'm thinking if I start working on it and replace my verp...  ??? Or go cannon with a Boba Suit?  ??? ???
I dont have credits lol Must think about it down to the bone  ??? ???

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Pre-App Pics
Post by: Kris Jasra on Jan 02, 2018, 07:27 AM
Just start an armoury. So each troop you can carry a different weapon :)
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Pre-App Pics
Post by: Ajoliveira on Jan 18, 2018, 01:09 PM
Just start an armoury. So each troop you can carry a different weapon :)

Hi all  ;)

@Kris, saw your reply on that same day but didnt replied, sorry lol  ;) uh, IMO that could be an option  :laugh: Or get a second bin to carry all the armory I have ATM  :P :laugh:

Kinda Update - 18-01-2018

Well, last weekend we got our 1st 2018 trooping, but I didnt suit up cause I'm closed for maintenance lol
(https://i.imgur.com/CPW8R09.jpg)

Also got a nice surprise, our Portuguese 501st XO gave me a pauldron he made specially for me  :)
(https://i.imgur.com/OyVKk2L.jpg)

For what I can tell, he made it from the ARC templates found here and TDH and so on  :P
It's 4mm Sintra (PVC), painted in flat black. The blue parts are eva foam  ??? and a real old patch attached to it  :)
Now once pre-app is done, will start working on the rest of it (he gave me the space materials lol)  :)

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Pre-App Pics
Post by: Havelock on Jan 18, 2018, 02:21 PM
That pauldron is gorgeous!
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Pre-App Pics
Post by: Bowfanny on Jan 18, 2018, 03:29 PM
Love the pauldron
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Pre-App Pics
Post by: Ajoliveira on Jan 18, 2018, 03:51 PM
Ty Havelock and Bowfanny  ;D

Since u 2 r here and r app team (couf couf), the lower part of the pauldron could be made out of eva? or must be sintra?  :-\

Ty
AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Pre-App Pics
Post by: Bowfanny on Jan 19, 2018, 01:18 AM
Ty Havelock and Bowfanny  ;D

Since u 2 r here and r app team (couf couf), the lower part of the pauldron could be made out of eva? or must be sintra?  :-\

Ty
AJ
I’d use an approved armor material for the base and use the other stuff as detail stuff. Don’t go crazy it’s it but that’s what I’ve seen.
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Pre-App Pics
Post by: Kol Varek on Jan 19, 2018, 10:59 AM
I wanna say my alor'ad's is made from Kydex? Pretty sure..
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Pre-App Pics
Post by: Ajoliveira on Jan 22, 2018, 02:28 AM
I wanna say my alor'ad's is made from Kydex? Pretty sure..

Hi all  :)

@Kol Var'Das, to be honest, I havent any idea what Kydex was so I googled it  :laugh: well, not sure if I can get those here, but nevertheless I can buy online or try a similar base  :) Still, I think I've plenty of time to think about it  :laugh: First things first: humbly Pre-App and then pauldron, since will be easier and fast to approve   :laugh:

Update - 21-01-2018

So, over the weekend got some free time and decided it was time to start working on my ee-3 for the first time  :)

- Placed all the legos, uh, mean, 3d parts correctly aligned and then...
(https://i.imgur.com/RPbhOiy.jpg)

-... started by sanding a bit the parts were I will glue  :) One is sanded and the other not  :laugh:
(https://i.imgur.com/TFQ6Trb.jpg?1)

- After doing it, used a kitchen knife (any knife could do it  :rolleyes: :laugh:) and taked off the "junk" pieces, where will connect to the other section
(https://i.imgur.com/azbyn1K.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/M105VnE.jpg)

- Half hour later lol  :laugh:
(https://i.imgur.com/h8LrQ4E.jpg)

- Few hours later almost finished it
(https://i.imgur.com/gKZutuQ.jpg)

- Almost finnished it cause 2 sections were missing, one of the barrel like this one...
(https://i.imgur.com/vFv9jgy.jpg)

- ... and seller will print and send me asap (few days and are here  ;D)

Got spare time so decided to start working on it  :) Also this week will start working on my vest, will buy few meters of pleather and then hand on to fix pre-app issues  :)

AJ

Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Pre-App Pics
Post by: Havelock on Jan 26, 2018, 04:37 AM
Excellent progress, vod.  I can't wait to see you paint that EE3 and weather it.   ;D
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Pre-App Pics
Post by: Ajoliveira on Apr 06, 2018, 03:50 PM
Update - 06-04-2018

Hi all  ;)

So, been busy last weeks, but few news:

- New vest is done (only need to sew velcro or magnets + attach plates)
- Old vest is fixed (zipper was broken)
- Need to fix RF + Gaunts
- Trimmed flight suit

Then, I humbly believe I'm ready to pre-app again  :)

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Pre-App Pics
Post by: ferra on Apr 06, 2018, 04:58 PM
YESSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Pre-App Pics
Post by: Havelock on Apr 09, 2018, 08:20 PM
Pictures, or it didn't happen!   :P
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Pre-App Pics
Post by: Ajoliveira on May 09, 2018, 05:59 PM
Pictures, or it didn't happen!   :P

Ahah true  :laugh: :laugh: :P :P

Well, finally time to Update - 09-05-2018  :laugh:

So, been so busy this couples of times that my building has stopped, but now got more spare time this days so...:

- Old vest is fixed and ok to use again (zipper was broken and now has been replaced by a new one)

- Trimmed a little bit the bracers area and also added a elastic "thing" to it, to fit better and to secure better  :) cause flight suit was a bit big on arms area and couldnt close well my gaunts  :laugh: Well, in fact, i could close both gaunts but I must squizze the flight suit in order to fit  :laugh: well u know the situation  :laugh: :laugh:

(https://i.imgur.com/8gMs8e7.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/p91uhPB.jpg)

- New vest is ready - this is brand new, cause my current/older vest is almost 2 years old (damn  :laugh:)

(https://i.imgur.com/M24D6bE.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/qGSdN7m.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/tAnZwf4.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/dnVz4Pt.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/WRoNEWS.jpg)

Well, sorry for the... uh.. -censored- pics  ??? :laugh: Will try to take better pics on the next days  ;)

To Go:

- Attach plates to the new vest (will do the same method - industrial velcro sewed on the vest and since velcro have already glue on it, attach directly to the plates
- Fix RF (broken once again  :-X :'()
- Fix visor - Cause i really dont know what happened here  :-\ ??? ??? damn, this might be a hell of work  ??? ???

(https://i.imgur.com/AXt7Eic.jpg)

Note: Only the larger vest was dennied on my pre-app  ??? I think this is the only thing to fix and I'm ready to pre-app again  :-\ :-[
BUT since I've trooped so many times alongside RL and 501st, uh, 15+ times...

(https://i.imgur.com/Pgokj4l.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/8mEO36R.jpg)

In some spots where I hit things or people hit me... well, have some spots  :-X :-\ do I need to fix them also? :-\ :-X

Ty all

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Pre-App Pics
Post by: Ajoliveira on May 24, 2018, 10:20 AM
Update - 24-05-2018

Alright, last 2 weeks been working hard on my kit, so:

- Stalker and RF were broken and now fixed  ;D

(https://i.imgur.com/TzHOHld.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/Jm6G59R.jpg)

- Ordered a Extended T-Visor on the 15th May and arrived exacly 7 days later, on the 22 May  ;D
Damn, the visor is great, so strong and I can c better  :P :laugh:

(https://i.imgur.com/IDhZygo.jpg)

Testing how it look like  ??? :-\

(https://i.imgur.com/55AtqbX.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/LePIVGJ.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/nnkwjIi.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/fsc3KPa.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/DVodj16.jpg)

Well, to be honest, first seems strange or awkward, been used to the mirrored chrome look  :-X :-\ But, on the other hand, visor is more strong, can c better,... (Gonna miss u buddy  :'( :'()

And been working on my EE-3  :)

(https://i.imgur.com/ha4RbvY.jpg)

- Removed seller "thing", sanded a lot lol :laugh:

(https://i.imgur.com/x7VkWw4.jpg)

- And filled some "space lines" where sections glued/attached wich others

(https://i.imgur.com/tMUxfG0.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/DNJRd3y.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/Vn5Elbd.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/pihYesg.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/MEVxRbf.jpg)

- Some examples showing were is filled in order to get a idea how it will look  :)

- And here sprayed with Motip Putty Spray to fill better all the surface  :)

(https://i.imgur.com/SrnujDT.jpg)

- And ATM I'm priming it  :)

(https://i.imgur.com/7kQ478z.jpg?1)

SO, all my pre-app issues WERE FIXED  ;D ;D ;D And I belive this weekend gonna take pre-app photos again  :-X :-\
Vest were the main issue, is fixed by making a new one  ;D also with a new visor I fill more humbly confident, despite have no sure what tha hell happened to the mirrored chrome...  ??? :'( :'( One friend of mine said that visor and window car tint "chemical reacted last time I hot glued to the helmet?!"  :-X ??? Well, that issue is fixed  :)

And now EE-3 paiting time  ;D

Ty in advance,
AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - 2nd Pre-App
Post by: Ajoliveira on Jun 07, 2018, 12:22 PM
Update - 07-06-2018

Hi all  :)
So I kinda forgot to update my wip and therefore, yesterday pre-app was in  ??? ;D

- Finished my ee-3  :) kinda lol  :laugh:

(https://i.imgur.com/OvjYoLy.jpg)

- And tried to do dry brush  a bit using silver ??? well, was doing it a bit afraid, cause was the first time I was doing it  ???

(https://i.imgur.com/kDjR1TM.png)

- Was hard to find a bag for it lol  :laugh: :laugh:

(https://i.imgur.com/n0KLlit.jpg)

- Fixed some parts, repainted and blackwashed them  :)

(https://i.imgur.com/ADq4Qj4.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/0DFuQs7.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/9NosVk7.jpg)

On the 26th May had trooping alongside 501st & Rl, so got new pics, wich I love them  :8): ;D

(https://i.imgur.com/lxUOF48.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/dmgZVi5.jpg)

Aaaannnnddd yesterday taked pre-app pics for the 2nd time (DAMN)  :-\ :-X ??? ??? :laugh:

(https://i.imgur.com/JN1PRik.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/OV7XA7y.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/IIwYFqH.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/nFzWu8Q.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/YOE17ZE.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/E5JuUc5.jpg)

And now, this:

(https://i.imgur.com/LJeBiA4.jpg)

Let's wait and c  :-X :-\ ??? ??? So anxious, damn  :laugh: :)

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Pre-App Pics
Post by: ferra on Jun 08, 2018, 04:24 PM
where's the "Kandosii" button on this thing??
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Pre-App Pics
Post by: Ajoliveira on Jun 08, 2018, 04:28 PM
where's the "Kandosii" button on this thing??

Ahah  :laugh: :laugh:

(https://i.imgur.com/x7XLtSy.jpg)

Me ATM, so anxious damn  ??? :-\ :)

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - App Done
Post by: Ajoliveira on Jun 11, 2018, 09:27 PM
Update - 12-06-2018

TO FELLOWS MEMBERS OF APP TEAM:

On my app, I choosed the "yes" option on the "medical issue"
Well, I don´t know how to explain it, but i have one shoulder "higher" than the other... I didnt ever do any medical exams about it, not sure if it is scoliosis...
Since i remenber, i born this way and have this... :-X :-\ This bad posture, can be fix on my daily days, I focus on my posture and try to "even" my shoulders and mantain my posture. But sometimes, when I relaxed, standing "normal" or something like that, my daily day posture is the one on the "backplate app pic"  :(

Best Regards,
AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Oficial App Done
Post by: Kris Jasra on Jun 12, 2018, 06:42 AM
Added to your app :) Thank you for the info.
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Oficial App Done
Post by: Kol Varek on Jun 13, 2018, 04:22 PM

And been working on my EE-3  :)

(https://i.imgur.com/ha4RbvY.jpg)


Not gonna lie, I had a good laugh about this picture. I showed my ruus'alor and wondered why the blaster was so big!  :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: He was the one that pointed out you just have it close to the mirror....perspective is a funny thing. Good luck vod!
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Oficial App Done
Post by: Ajoliveira on Jun 13, 2018, 04:45 PM
Not gonna lie, I had a good laugh about this picture. I showed my ruus'alor and wondered why the blaster was so big!  :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: He was the one that pointed out you just have it close to the mirror....perspective is a funny thing. Good luck vod!

Ahah  :laugh:
Yes I was close to the mirror  :laugh:
Needs a minor work, need to do more weathering/dry brush on the barrel, didn’t picture it for the app  :laugh:

Ty
AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Approved :D:D
Post by: Ajoliveira on Jun 16, 2018, 03:31 PM
Update - 16-06-2018

OYA! OM STATUS!  :o ;D ;D ;D

(https://i.imgur.com/UT8qk8v.png)

Yesterday during work time, received the so anxious email, not gonna lie, few tears of joy and relief  ;D ;D ;D
Almost 2y, the road was long and hard, but humbly tried to do the best I can, tried to learn from my mistakes, humbly worked the best i can to accomplish a dream  ;D ;D
Already thank you on Facebook, still wanna thank you all, from my heart, with your advice and tips, ty for all for staying with me throught this journay  ;D ;D

OYA!

AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Approved :D:D
Post by: ZuluMike99 on Jun 16, 2018, 05:05 PM
So happy for you! Congrats, vod!
 :jango: :like:
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Approved :D:D
Post by: Kol Varek on Jun 21, 2018, 11:08 PM
WOOHOO!!! Congrats!
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Approved :D:D
Post by: Ajoliveira on Jun 21, 2018, 11:13 PM
WOOHOO!!! Congrats!

Hi Kol Var'Das how r u?  :)

Yes, it was fast, indeed  :laugh: ;D

Thank you so much, for all the kind support and helpfull tips  ;) ;D
Just waiting for my OM number  :P :laugh:
Hope to make you and the Club proud, as I am  ;D

EDIT: Ty ZuluMike99, cheers

OYA!
AJ
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Approved :D:D
Post by: MCarger81 on Jun 28, 2018, 02:50 PM
Excellent, congrats well deserved!!!
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Approved :D:D
Post by: Havelock on Jun 28, 2018, 03:01 PM
Congratulations, vod! 
Title: Re: Let's start building a Mando (new here and first time W.I.P) - Approved :D:D
Post by: Ajoliveira on Jun 28, 2018, 05:31 PM
Ty  :like: ;D

AJ