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Mandalorian Armor => Armor Construction => Topic started by: Yogi on Sep 19, 2017, 07:30 PM

Title: Armor Build for my good friend
Post by: Yogi on Sep 19, 2017, 07:30 PM
My good buddy Jacob saw one of my scratch built Helmets and decided that he wanted a full kit. I came up with the idea of having him and a few others with matching paint schemes to my kit to form some sort of Mando Squad. He's not on the forums yet, but I wanted to document the build just in case he wants to become OM someday.

So I started with a scratch build of a helmet from cardboard, a HD bucket, fiberglass and hardhat. The original bucket build is here:
http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=121863.msg1642126#msg1642126
I modified it a bit by adding vents in the back and changing the paint scheme. I still need to add ears and a range finder
(https://i.imgur.com/eVuZ0aZ.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/hNGbz1g.jpg)

Armor Cut out, physical damage applied and test fit/shaping

(https://i.imgur.com/Vsorxa0.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/HObjmrK.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/zKC1gqu.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/cmZB3QA.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/nt7fEEU.jpg)

These are a couple of the concepts we had, played around with a couple of ideas. I ultimately chose to go with a lot of the ideas he had in his black and white drawing, but he's given me free reign as to what to do creatively

(https://i.imgur.com/9Ng4fw9.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/Ye728rF.jpg)

Paint and weathering goes on. I used a combination of physical damage, tooth paste masking, topical scratches with a metallic paint pen, misting for a carbon scouring effect, cinnamon for rust and grim in the crevices
(https://i.imgur.com/Ct07ldV.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/2Vg8l7L.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/9CvyZ2q.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/w8VnVR3.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/aHgZpky.jpg)

Currently out of sintra, will come back to this build in a few weeks. Afterwards we will move on to soft parts



Title: Re: Armor Build for my good friend
Post by: Kol Varek on Sep 20, 2017, 10:28 AM
Very well done, I imagine your friend is very excited.
Title: Re: Armor Build for my good friend
Post by: Anansi on Sep 20, 2017, 06:01 PM
Perfection.
Title: Re: Armor Build for my good friend
Post by: Og' Reh on Sep 21, 2017, 11:28 AM
That guy had a lot of close combat predatory encounters! ;)

I really like how you work that damage in!
Title: Re: Armor Build for my good friend
Post by: Tek Sa'an on Sep 22, 2017, 05:01 PM
Wow! That's fantastic weathering. Very nice work.
Title: Re: Armor Build for my good friend
Post by: Yogi on Oct 06, 2017, 11:30 AM
Started scratch building his left gauntlet, ordered some more sintra, plan to build the bottom half this weekend

(https://i.imgur.com/4hqYhdc.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/D8t5Nuk.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/EhDIk32.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/GGc0esI.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/PjHgMIR.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/F5zmnWz.jpg)
Title: Re: Armor Build for my good friend
Post by: Anansi on Oct 06, 2017, 11:52 AM
Is that a Nokia keypad? He'll be practically invincible!
Title: Re: Armor Build for my good friend
Post by: Yogi on Oct 06, 2017, 12:12 PM
Is that a Nokia keypad? He'll be practically invincible!

Yes its from a nokia 5300 lol
https://www.cnet.com/products/nokia-5300-xpress-music/review/
Title: Re: Armor Build for my good friend
Post by: Yogi on Oct 09, 2017, 11:29 AM
Finished the gauntlets and created some earpieces for his helmet

(https://i.imgur.com/tvPlqUo.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/T0rV7OL.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/nnGsMfC.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/oi22slg.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/fu1Fxg7.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/RINKSPk.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/CKr2I2f.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/7yHNKMT.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/yhfTf6N.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/VZZtTki.jpg)

added a decal to his shoulder bell
(https://i.imgur.com/6ZgH4XZ.jpg)
created Range finder
(https://i.imgur.com/GqUG2JZ.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/AT1x23T.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/UHlIb2w.jpg)
Title: Re: Armor Build for my good friend
Post by: GraTuaVerd on Oct 09, 2017, 11:48 AM
Very well done, I imagine your friend is very excited.

I VERY much am. I am on the forums now so I can start the road to becoming OM>
Title: Re: Armor Build for my good friend
Post by: Yogi on Oct 16, 2017, 10:23 AM
I got the ear caps mounted. Im using Neodymium magnets plus steel nuts in the ear cap so that the ear piece is easily removable for upgrades or future touch ups/repaints.
(https://i.imgur.com/UG499Mk.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/Nhims1Q.jpg)

We also started shaping the back plate ( which we will revisit) and Gra'Tua got to try on the armor for the first time with a paint job :)

(https://i.imgur.com/eGGvD4s.png)
(https://i.imgur.com/POhLjXh.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/k6G4ePE.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/3J1o0qC.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/y2oA6eG.jpg)

We decided to go with a sleeveless mando look. We just needed to finish shaping the back plate and the shin/knee armor, then we will be finished with hard parts and move on to the soft parts and accessories. For our squad we plan to have matching blades that a friend of Gra'Tua will make for us.
Title: Re: Armor Build for my good friend
Post by: Karl Dha'Werda on Oct 17, 2017, 03:30 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/eGGvD4s.png)

Awesome kit!!  Your work is superb, love the weathering and colour scheme.  Looking forward to how you weather the soft parts.
Title: Re: Armor Build for my good friend
Post by: Kol Varek on Oct 18, 2017, 11:50 PM
Looks great!
Title: Re: Armor Build for my good friend
Post by: Yogi on Oct 23, 2017, 04:10 PM
so we have decided to go with a black vest and grey jumpsuit, we tested out those colors this past weekend. Gra'Tua did some work on his blaster and I told him that he could have my old MOW gloves that are too small for me. We worked on shaping his back plate some more and created some Shnees for him

(https://i.imgur.com/UAGmKuv.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/ry84W0X.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/J16c98R.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/wwrxZie.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/A6KC0NW.jpg)
Title: Re: Armor Build for my good friend
Post by: Tek Sa'an on Oct 23, 2017, 04:24 PM
Are you using actual cinnamon for weathering purposes?
Title: Re: Armor Build for my good friend
Post by: Yogi on Oct 24, 2017, 10:47 AM
Are you using actual cinnamon for weathering purposes?

Yes. I use it to simulate red rust/clay dirt. The muck on his shins is a mix of soil from my driveway and cinnamon. I dab a bit of clear glue and then sprinkle on the cinnamon.

You can see it here on my v2 kit
(https://i.imgur.com/WazoxL5.jpg)
Title: Re: Armor Build for my good friend
Post by: Karl Dha'Werda on Oct 24, 2017, 12:04 PM
Yes. I use it to simulate red rust/clay dirt. The muck on his shins is a mix of soil from my driveway and cinnamon. I dab a bit of clear glue and then sprinkle on the cinnamon.

Ingenious idea.
Title: Re: Armor Build for my good friend
Post by: Tek Sa'an on Oct 24, 2017, 12:26 PM
I was just going to say that! Very ingenious. You surely have to smell a little like cinnamon even after the glue dries. The cinnamando...lol.
Title: Re: Armor Build for my good friend
Post by: Yogi on Nov 10, 2017, 12:30 PM
Finished the Backplate, so now all of the armor pieces are complete
(https://i.imgur.com/YICYWcr.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/PXdCG2e.jpg)

His Jumpsuit came in, we cut the sleeves off
(https://i.imgur.com/3yLLLFY.jpg)
He plans on ordering his flak vest, and then it will be time to put it all together

Title: Re: Armor Build for my good friend
Post by: Sep Ho'ban on Nov 10, 2017, 12:46 PM
How are you planning to do the coverage that isn't gauntlet from the end of the new short sleeves to the wrist?  Cannot have exposed skin on arms.  You ARE allowed to have a contrasting sleeve color.


Edit--- My apologies.  Did not understand this was an option.  Sorry for any stress or confusion I caused!
Title: Re: Armor Build for my good friend
Post by: Tek Sa'an on Nov 10, 2017, 01:04 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/xLG6lID.png)

We have a sleeveless Mando in Arqet - Sato Kratt. There are a few out there.
Title: Re: Armor Build for my good friend
Post by: Yogi on Nov 10, 2017, 01:30 PM
How are you planning to do the coverage that isn't gauntlet from the end of the new short sleeves to the wrist?  Cannot have exposed skin on arms.  You ARE allowed to have a contrasting sleeve color.

Short Sleeves are allowed, several OM with short sleeves, CRLs don't mention short sleeved flight suits being prohibited. The only place skin showing is mentioned is in the neck area between Helmet and Flight suit/vest, which requires a neck seal

(https://scontent.fatl1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/23244366_1528482270532033_3744168383846670671_n.jpg?oh=df6cd5bc4b3c26c9b33dbfe15505b210&oe=5AA67371)
Title: Re: Armor Build for my good friend
Post by: Garretjax on Nov 10, 2017, 07:54 PM
Looking good,any news on getting the vest???
Title: Re: Armor Build for my good friend
Post by: kamenkewl on Nov 10, 2017, 09:12 PM
I was just going to say that! Very ingenious. You surely have to smell a little like cinnamon even after the glue dries. The cinnamando...lol.
different spices will get different textures; i paprika for a more fresh rust look. a year later and the pipboy i used it on still has the sent to it :P

on the sleeveless thing, wasn't there montross who only had short sleeves to his kit?
Title: Re: Armor Build for my good friend
Post by: Yogi on Nov 11, 2017, 04:08 PM
different spices will get different textures; i paprika for a more fresh rust look. a year later and the pipboy i used it on still has the sent to it :P

on the sleeveless thing, wasn't there montross who only had short sleeves to his kit?

Yes Montross was sleeveless
Title: Re: Armor Build for my good friend
Post by: Kol Varek on Nov 14, 2017, 09:24 AM
Sleeveless is permitted, we judge on a case by case basis.
Title: Re: Armor Build for my good friend
Post by: Dha'werd on Nov 17, 2017, 01:42 PM
Vod weathering is amazing :o

excellent work
Title: Re: Armor Build for my good friend
Post by: GraTuaVerd on Nov 19, 2017, 11:17 AM
We did a photoshoot yesterday. Still didn't have my flak vest, so just for fun, we took Yogi's flak vest and swapped my plates out (except for the reader plate), since he uses magnets. It's clear that it needs work, and my vest will be black. But its a good rough idea of where we are going. I think I am going to try to apply for Beast Hunter Brigade eventually too. Also we plan on tightening the sleeves closer to my arms.

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

(https://i.imgur.com/8onzNHl.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/om3UeD9.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/Rn4TqlE.jpg)
Title: Re: Armor Build for my good friend
Post by: Yogi on Nov 29, 2017, 10:33 AM
We ordered a a vest from MOW and I got it weathered. Jacob made the cape with some leftover material I had laying around. Did a full test fit. We will have the flight suit legs taken in a bit towards the bottom, replace the visor and do some final tweaks before the premiere.
(https://i.imgur.com/dkLzbGv.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/hlWnynQ.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/NNDwcoA.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/O3DH72b.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/uLAZDaC.jpg)
Title: Re: Armor Build for my good friend
Post by: Og' Reh on Dec 01, 2017, 01:16 PM
That armor is so... Tasty! ;D

Great job Vod! Honestly!

Each time I see armor like this, I postpone OMing mine, because "It needs some more touch..."
Inspiring!
Title: Re: Armor Build for my good friend
Post by: Yogi on Dec 17, 2017, 12:10 PM
Got it complete in time for the premiere! Just need to get a girth belt and make some minor adjustments and I believe he will be ready for pre app
(https://i.imgur.com/g8XMJHO.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/25H7i4n.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/WF0s2RU.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/cg9yv81.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/8es0Urr.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/s2heXUF.jpg)