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Mandalorian Armor => Armor Construction => Topic started by: footheboss on Jun 13, 2018, 02:55 PM

Title: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: footheboss on Jun 13, 2018, 02:55 PM
Greetings all.  So last year I made this :
(https://i.imgur.com/KsX9ocl.jpg)
 
I never finished or even applied because I had to deploy however after a recent trip to Legoland there was a Star Wars event going on and my passion to re-do a Mando sky rocketed!  This go around I am much more patient and methadical in the process.  I wanted to start with the bucket.  Once I get the bucket complete and painted then I will go from head to toe. 

Rubies 2 piece "I feel that with this bucket I can really get the fun out of modding it and customizing it"
(https://i.imgur.com/ROrJ8Ql.jpg)

Bondo the crack after I glued the pieces together
(https://i.imgur.com/QGrBXxz.jpg)

Bondo and sanding.   I think I laid down too much bondo because it took me forever to get the dome smooth again :D
(https://i.imgur.com/jMqL5Zs.jpg)

Went hardcore and fiberglassed the inside with 3 layers of cloth.  The pic doesnt show yet but I also did the cheeks. 
(https://i.imgur.com/DoQlzpt.jpg)

Starting with silver.  That will be my base coat. 
(https://i.imgur.com/dx9f0UR.jpg)

Im going for a darker theme.  looking at black and silver with a potential 3rd color but very little of it. 
(https://i.imgur.com/GIJVMtY.jpg)

Before i get ahead of myself, what are some tips for weathering/damaging silver?  I was thinking a different silver or a gray to maybe dull spots out. 

Also, I purchased these last night (Not painted) after a few beers to get me courage :D  Special thanks to AprilStormProps!
(https://i.imgur.com/wIm04Er.png)

And these (black in color) will be delivered friday, Ill be sure to post WIP on the coveralls when I get them to bring them up to standard. 
(https://i.imgur.com/zK4mAwm.png)


UPDATE
Here is my flak vest.  Please let me know about the sizing of it. I circled areas that seem the oddest to me.  Also what should the length be?  of course the girth belt will cover the lower portions of the vest but those areas i havnt sewn yet.  And the pauldron spot, they pop out right now but im thinking they will fall normal when I place armor on them.  Any advice helps :D  Thanks
(https://i.imgur.com/9Cm4NP9.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/R4uR0DK.jpg)

Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: wmmbuzzkill on Jun 13, 2018, 05:38 PM
Hey Vod! For Flak vest length, I personally prefer a longer flak vest because you can wrap your girth items overtop and it helps keep your vest from riding up and becoming misplaced!  As for your vest shoulder flaps, It appears to be more of a visual thing because of the shape of the sewn on pieces, they aren't usually made to the exact same shape as the shoulder bell, more of a triangular shape but with a broad flat tip area. Because it doesnt have the fabric further back it's not holding as well, but depending on the shape of your shoulder bell it might eliminate the issue.
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: footheboss on Jun 13, 2018, 05:51 PM
Good call! I was looking at some flak vest and you're a hundred percent correct on the shape. I'll go ahead and make those refinements
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: footheboss on Jun 13, 2018, 09:43 PM
Bucket finished minus the visor.... I cant find my hot glue gun.  It looks white in the pic but its actually silver. 
(https://i.imgur.com/64uRrS5.jpg)

Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: footheboss on Jun 14, 2018, 06:14 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/EzOVfdM.jpg)

Bucket complete
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: Sep Ho'ban on Jun 14, 2018, 06:26 PM
Bucket looks good on you :)
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: Raynos Ge'tal on Jun 14, 2018, 09:44 PM
 you seem to know the proper way of doing things! keep it up. good paint!
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: footheboss on Jun 14, 2018, 09:59 PM
Thanks^^  I finished the flak vest.  Here is the front plates I printed out.  I will be placing shoulder bells on but I might redo that portion of the flak vest.  Please let me know about sizing.  Thanks and have a fantastic weekend all!
P.S. My 7 y/o took the pic :D

(https://i.imgur.com/AxZmld2.jpg)
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: wmmbuzzkill on Jun 14, 2018, 11:05 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/EzOVfdM.jpg)

Bucket complete

Before you go too far with the helmet, you should re mount the visor. As it is now it's pushing the opening of the T apart into an A at the bottom.
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: footheboss on Jun 14, 2018, 11:17 PM
Before you go too far with the helmet, you should re mount the visor. As it is now it's pushing the opening of the T apart into an A at the bottom.

Easy fix :D  Thanks for the advice!  I saw that too and was thinking it would look better with "less" visor.
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: footheboss on Jun 15, 2018, 05:43 PM
I wanted to post a bump to see if I could get some critique on plates?  I dont want to get too far ahead of myself lol
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: wmmbuzzkill on Jun 15, 2018, 07:53 PM
the height of your plates looks pretty good, but you definitely need to trim at east 1/2 - 3/4" off the width of all the plates. Also, makes sure your collar plate is up as high as it can go, the opening should almost be "choking" you.
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: footheboss on Jun 15, 2018, 07:56 PM
Awesome.  Thanks!
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: footheboss on Jun 17, 2018, 10:53 PM
Round two of the plates.  How do they look?
(https://i.imgur.com/3jf6Gra.jpg)

Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: Sep Ho'ban on Jun 17, 2018, 11:15 PM
Looking god now on width.  Where is your belly button in the photo? If your ab plate ends at, or an inch or so above it, you're in good shape.
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: footheboss on Jun 17, 2018, 11:25 PM
Looking god now on width.  Where is your belly button in the photo? If your ab plate ends at, or an inch or so above it, you're in good shape.
The bottom of that bottom tape is the belly button!  Sweet.  If you think they look good im going to start cutting some sintra !! :D:D:D
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: wmmbuzzkill on Jun 18, 2018, 10:27 AM
Yeah your template sizing looks good. Your plate size will change slightly when you start bending and forming your plates so some adjustment may be needed later.
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: footheboss on Jun 18, 2018, 11:16 PM
What a pain!!!!  Ive been trying to get this straight and tape is a pain to get to hold on the vest!  I think once the plates look good enough im going to go crazy with velcro!
Anyways, lemme have it :D
(https://i.imgur.com/CUmuZIf.jpg)
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: footheboss on Jun 18, 2018, 11:30 PM
What a pain!!!!  Ive been trying to get this straight and tape is a pain to get to hold on the vest!  I think once the plates look good enough im going to go crazy with velcro!
Anyways, lemme have it :D
(https://i.imgur.com/CUmuZIf.jpg)

Quick update.  I touched up the circled areas.   curved them inwards toward the vest a little more and made it more "flush".  I just dont want to get too far ahead heating it up.  One step at a time!  (https://i.imgur.com/ZLaHbkf.jpg)
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: Sep Ho'ban on Jun 19, 2018, 07:42 PM
What I can see from what you've done looks great.  There's a lot that might be revealed from a side facing photo ;)   So if you can get your photographer to take a pic with you facing directly right, and directly left, there might be some other things to look at.  Spcaing and placement look reasonable.  Plates get shaped in 3d though. 
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: footheboss on Jun 19, 2018, 07:45 PM
What I can see from what you've done looks great.  There's a lot that might be revealed from a side facing photo ;)   So if you can get your photographer to take a pic with you facing directly right, and directly left, there might be some other things to look at.  Spcaing and placement look reasonable.  Plates get shaped in 3d though.
Will do ASAP :D.  Thanks again!!!
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: footheboss on Jun 20, 2018, 12:14 AM
Ok.  here is an updated front, left and right side post. 6mm sintra plates are being held with masking tape for now.  Still trying to get the adjustments perfect before I move on to the shoulder bells, and lower body.  Lemme have it :D
(https://i.imgur.com/MJEZbkA.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/lTNMjTX.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/5qL5XMz.jpg)

p.s. I put the helmet on fast but I do have a bacalava to cover up the skin :D
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: Sep Ho'ban on Jun 20, 2018, 04:23 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/NENajUW.png)

The areas I circled appear to be "floating"  -- not laying against the vest, and will need additional shaping or additional velcro.  It looks like the bottom right of your ab plate is also floating.

Other than that, looks pretty good vod!
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: footheboss on Jun 20, 2018, 04:34 PM
Awesome! Can't wait to make those adjustments
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: footheboss on Jun 21, 2018, 02:23 AM
Made those corrections.  I used the heat gun on the specific spots and slowly molded them back.
(https://i.imgur.com/rGrNpnN.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/Mf4CyKU.jpg)
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: Kandosii Tor on Jun 21, 2018, 06:50 AM
Those chest plates are looking good! I love the beveled edges!
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: footheboss on Jun 21, 2018, 09:22 AM
Those chest plates are looking good! I love the beveled edges!
Thanks!  I'm going to have to redo some of the edges unfortunately.  I should have waited to do the sanding AFTER I formed the plastic :)
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: Kandosii Tor on Jun 21, 2018, 09:25 AM
Unfortunately shaping the plates tends to warp some of the features.  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: Sep Ho'ban on Jun 21, 2018, 12:56 PM
You fixed the floating  :D :cookie:
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: footheboss on Jun 21, 2018, 01:01 PM
You fixed the floating  :D :cookie:
Saweeeeet!  It does look 100x better.  On to the shoulders and maybe lower body.  Thanks!
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: footheboss on Jun 24, 2018, 06:03 PM
24 JUNE Update:

After multiple different paint schemes and weathering I think I got something I like.  I also weathered the vest.  I used velcro to attach the plates for now but if the plates are 100 percent OK I want to use rivets or snaps as well to make a more seemless transition between plate and vest without velcro showing.  Anywho here it is.  Thanks!
(https://i.imgur.com/SjA0xsq.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/JnXukxA.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/Fjlfq17.jpg)

Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: Kandosii Tor on Jun 24, 2018, 09:41 PM
You may have mentioned earlier, but what method are you using to attach the plates?
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: footheboss on Jun 24, 2018, 10:04 PM
You may have mentioned earlier, but what method are you using to attach the plates?
Velcro for now.  If these look good "position wise" Im going to place snaps.
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: footheboss on Jun 25, 2018, 05:04 PM
Catastrophic failure on my armor..  time to take it back a few steps.  Good thing about that is now I can make my armor even better!
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: Kandosii Tor on Jun 25, 2018, 07:42 PM
What was the catastrophic failure??
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: footheboss on Jun 25, 2018, 07:44 PM
What was the catastrophic failure??
Drove over my plates in the driveway....  they were drying LOLOL
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: Kandosii Tor on Jun 25, 2018, 07:47 PM
Drove over my plates in the driveway....  they were drying LOLOL

That definitely sounds like a catastrophic failure. They looked so good though!!  ???
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: footheboss on Jun 25, 2018, 07:54 PM
That definitely sounds like a catastrophic failure. They looked so good though!!  ???
R.I.P.  atleast I saved the templates and the shoulders are still good...  i have a massive amount of sintra.  Guess back to the cutting board lol
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: GraniteDad on Jun 25, 2018, 10:25 PM
Oh no, that stinks. Sorry, vod.
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: Raynos Ge'tal on Jun 26, 2018, 12:33 AM
Weathering?
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: Kandosii Tor on Jun 26, 2018, 06:48 AM
Weathering?

 :laugh:
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: footheboss on Jul 04, 2018, 05:24 PM
Back at it.  do the plates look ok to start painting? 

(https://i.imgur.com/sytkUB0.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/mdYI9aP.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/neP2hQa.jpg)
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: Sep Ho'ban on Jul 08, 2018, 05:28 PM
Top point of the ab and bottom point of the fangs are still floating just a hair, but that can probably be fixed with more velcro, or a little bit of heatgun. In general, if you're careful and gentle, you can make minor tweaks to shaping after paint, but best if you don't have to.
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: footheboss on Jul 08, 2018, 09:08 PM
Top point of the ab and bottom point of the fangs are still floating just a hair, but that can probably be fixed with more velcro, or a little bit of heatgun. In general, if you're careful and gentle, you can make minor tweaks to shaping after paint, but best if you don't have to.

Thats exactly what I noticed after I looked at the pics more.  I tweaked those points and they look gooooooood!  Ill update soon with some pics of the armor on.  I added snaps and also finished the cod piece. 
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: footheboss on Jul 09, 2018, 09:13 PM
Update.  I painted the armor and also formed the back piece..  I realized after the pics were taken I should have taken a back pic.  When I get the time ill do a back pic.  I placed the shoulder bells as well this time and also have the cod piece shown. If you havnt already guessed I am literally trying to focus on 1 or 2 things at a time, getting the OK and then moving on.  Sorry about my posture, it almost makes things look crooked..  Things to work on for sure though :D Have a great one! 

(https://i.imgur.com/XmxwnpE.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/BUXJpLf.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/g1eeJ2y.jpg)
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: Sep Ho'ban on Jul 09, 2018, 09:24 PM
Good progress! Vest needs some tailoring around the arm holes, back plate needs some more shaping to fix the gaps between it and your vest.  May need to remove some material to make that happen.  One piee backs are a challenge, good luck vod!
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: footheboss on Jul 09, 2018, 09:44 PM
Good progress! Vest needs some tailoring around the arm holes, back plate needs some more shaping to fix the gaps between it and your vest.  May need to remove some material to make that happen.  One piee backs are a challenge, good luck vod!
You and I are on the same page.  Every time I examine the pics im seeing similar issues and already plan on tackling them!!!  But luckily easy fixes.  The back piece isnt painted specifically because I was certain it could use more shaping and yeah those arm holes are wierd :D  Thanks!
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: Sep Ho'ban on Jul 09, 2018, 10:07 PM
Means you've looked at enough kits to develop a good eye :) Awesome Vod!
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: footheboss on Jul 10, 2018, 07:32 PM
Do I have to have the flak vest for the shoulder bells or can the shoulder armor mount directly to the flight suit?
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: Sep Ho'ban on Jul 10, 2018, 08:23 PM
You don't have to have the shoulder tabs. The flight suit may let them sag and move around too much though.
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: Kandosii Tor on Jul 10, 2018, 09:44 PM
You don't have to have the shoulder tabs. The flight suit may let them sag and move around too much though.

^^^ This.

If you affix them to the vest, they're more likely to stay in place in relation to the chest armor.
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: footheboss on Jul 11, 2018, 12:08 AM
I didnt like the vest I made and it was a pain to alter the gap in the shoulder area.  Soo I stole my wifes sewing machine and went to work.  Still doing some tweaking but I was wondering if this was appropriate for connecting the sides before I start considering other methods.   It is velcro and hopefully the pic shows enough detail.  Im assuming that the answer is no due to the fact that it looks too close to a possible armor attachment location.  Worst case Ill trim the velcro away from the area between the side and the back plate... Or maybe throw a cape on.  Any who, looking for that great advice as usual.  Thanks

(https://i.imgur.com/NxlZSmH.jpg)
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: Sep Ho'ban on Jul 11, 2018, 12:28 AM
As long as you don't end up with any exposed velcro when the kit is finished, it's fine. Those are engineering challenges you'll have to solve as you build though :)
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: Havelock on Jul 11, 2018, 03:02 PM
^^That^^
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: footheboss on Jul 12, 2018, 03:31 PM
OK!  I did some alterations during my lunch and here we go!  Im looking for the boba fett style vest that sits above the belts.  Im still shaping the back piece so thats why its not show as of now.  I tried canvas on this vest with the sides as Velcro so I can place it on without help.  If this gets green lit im going to weather it and finally move on to finishing the back piece.  Thanks!

(https://i.imgur.com/a5Dy7Zc.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/mBI8l7p.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/vjJMY81.jpg)
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: footheboss on Jul 14, 2018, 02:35 PM
Gauntlets came in today :D:D:D:D:D
(https://i.imgur.com/AJincsT.jpg)
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: Raynos Ge'tal on Jul 14, 2018, 08:01 PM
April's gauntlets are a nice pick.
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jul 15, 2018, 10:09 AM
After printing a set of hers myself (couldn't pass up the deal on her etsy page  ;D ), I'm considering ordering a set direct from her. 

Keep up the good work, looking forward to seeing you get your killstripes! :like:
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: footheboss on Sep 21, 2018, 11:59 AM
Update here.  I have been way to busy.  I wanted to get a pic from the waist up with pretty much everything attached other than the back plate and possible cape. 

(https://i.imgur.com/9IffUBg.jpg)

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

(https://i.imgur.com/7YLKftv.jpg)
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 21, 2018, 12:20 PM
Looks really good, so far!  :like:  Spacing between the collar and chest might be a bit close, but I would wait for an App Team member to chime in on that.

But, looks REALLY good!
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: footheboss on Sep 21, 2018, 12:34 PM
Looks really good, so far!  :like:  Spacing between the collar and chest might be a bit close, but I would wait for an App Team member to chime in on that.

But, looks REALLY good!
I appreciate the feedback! That's one of the main reasons why I'm just using the velcro for now. I would like something a little bit more permanent however the velcro is very forgiving.
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: Raynos Ge'tal on Sep 21, 2018, 12:38 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/xTIk5HM.jpg)

Suggested to move waist items up

If you shift the collar plate it should fix the spacing


Also you should do more work on getting rid of those print lines. Bondo glazing putty is going to be your best friend.


Good look so far.
Be sure your weathering is consistent with your soft parts also :)
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: Tek Sa'an on Sep 21, 2018, 12:39 PM
This is looking great! Very nice work. That visor is amazing. Keep it up!  :like:
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: Jennari on Sep 21, 2018, 02:40 PM
Nice!
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: footheboss on Sep 24, 2018, 04:56 PM
Im super pumped!  I feel that this kit is finally coming along.  I sanded down the gauntlets and used some bondo (worked like a charm, thanks!).  I realized after the pic that the collar was not straight with the rest of the plates :(.  My wife is getting tired of taking my pics over and over! But here it is! 
(https://i.imgur.com/GfIqKGF.jpg)
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: Tek Sa'an on Sep 24, 2018, 05:10 PM
Very nice! I bet your wife secretly enjoys taking your pictures.  ;)  Just wait until you wear your costume to an event. It makes you feel so elated. It's a great feeling because you know you worked so hard on it. Well done!
Title: Re: FooTheBoss WIP
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 24, 2018, 07:21 PM
Looks really good, vod!  :like: