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Mandalorian Armor => Armor Construction => Topic started by: Carid Vhett on Mar 07, 2019, 04:10 AM

Title: Carid Vhett's MKII
Post by: Carid Vhett on Mar 07, 2019, 04:10 AM
I've actually done a fair bit of work on this, but I figured a WIP should be put up.

This is an idea that has been in my head for some time. I wanted a heavy Mando with a large cannon, inspired by several kits on here. Because I no longer fit my vest I figured now was the time. On top of that a Mando wedding coming up shoved me into gear.

Step 1: Basic approval. This will meet the CRLs, timing is too close for anything more unfortunately.

Step 2: Add the additional armour I want and start towards the Brigades.

Step 3: Brigades approval.

Now for a photo dump.

(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20181123_204448.jpg)
(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20181123_205602.jpg)
(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20181129_195233.jpg)
(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20181129_195237.jpg)
(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20181129_195242.jpg)

I used my first set of armour as a template as the armour still fits me. Seriously the best is just too small. I then used masking tape to pattern the trauma plates.

(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20181228_060055.jpg)
(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20181228_062002.jpg)
(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20181228_062006.jpg)
(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20181228_062014.jpg)
(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20181228_062016.jpg)
(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20181228_062027.jpg)

I intentionally went with a lopsided design with the trauma plates as the idea is that I am slightly side on when wielding a large weapon so I would want extra protection on my leading side.

(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20190107_182018.jpg)
(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20190107_182025.jpg)
(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20190117_164642.jpg)
(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20190117_164658.jpg)

With the upper armour done and glued together, it was time to paint what I had. Dark steel and bronze.

(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20190121_224200.jpg)
(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20190121_224201.jpg)
(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/FB_IMG_1548117578401.jpg)

Next was the shin. I forgot to take pictures by the looks of things until I had painted it.

(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20190122_212420.jpg)
(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20190123_070534.jpg)
(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20190123_070538.jpg)
(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20190123_070546.jpg)

Next up was to work on the shnee and start cutting the shoulders and thighs.

(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20190127_214630.jpg)
(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20190127_214713.jpg)
(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20190127_214721.jpg)
(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20190127_214728.jpg)
(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20190130_202301.jpg)
(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20190130_202247.jpg)
(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20190130_202254.jpg)
(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20190130_202317.jpg)

I also created a knee based on the clone GM style knees.

(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20190131_182443.jpg)

Then more painting.

(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20190206_000329.jpg)
(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20190206_000333.jpg)
(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20190206_000338.jpg)
(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20190206_134812.jpg)
(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20190206_134820.jpg)
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(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20190206_155417.jpg)
(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20190206_155421.jpg)
(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20190206_155430.jpg)
(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20190206_155433.jpg)
(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20190206_155435.jpg)

Then it was time to cut the rest of the shoulder plates out, plus the gauntlets and for plate.

(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20190303_165908.jpg)
(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20190303_165910.jpg)
(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20190303_165935.jpg)
(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20190303_165939.jpg)
(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20190303_165943.jpg)
(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20190303_165947.jpg)
(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20190303_165950.jpg)
(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20190303_165954.jpg)

Then it got a heat treatment, though I have only shown all the shoulder plates.

(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20190304_200758.jpg)
(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20190304_200804.jpg)

That's the build so far. Gluing and painting this weekend. Next weekend the vest. I will be reusing my flightsuit (if it ain't broke).



I also want a ammopack. I'm using this

(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/FB_IMG_1525953199527.jpg)

As inspiration.

And my inspiration for the weapon.

(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/FB_IMG_1551853912976.jpg)



I also plan on a shield on my leading arm (Mando police inspired, but diamond shaped)

And a blast shield on the helmet like Mand'alor. Because if I want to be a tank, I will want extra protection.
Title: Re: Carid Vhett's MKII
Post by: T_Jay00 on Mar 08, 2019, 07:37 PM
This is really cool! You have done a ton of work already, can't wait to see this done!
Title: Re: Carid Vhett's MKII
Post by: Carid Vhett on Mar 08, 2019, 08:02 PM
Thanks vod. Hoping to get some more done this week.
Title: Re: Carid Vhett's MKII
Post by: Havelock on Mar 09, 2019, 01:08 PM
Very impressive.  Looking forward to seeing the whole thing put together.
Title: Re: Carid Vhett's MKII
Post by: osukaru on Mar 09, 2019, 01:18 PM
woo Carid
amazing work. I see these advances very well. I like that style.
Maybe in a future I Follow you example for a new kit for me.
Title: Re: Carid Vhett's MKII
Post by: Carid Vhett on Mar 09, 2019, 03:11 PM
Thank you vode.
Title: Re: Carid Vhett's MKII
Post by: jett drexel on Mar 09, 2019, 04:56 PM
very nice. :like:
Title: Re: Carid Vhett's MKII
Post by: Carid Vhett on Mar 10, 2019, 06:09 AM
Just a small text update. Go the velcro and elastic for the shoulders. Been too damp to paint, though I should have glued stuff together. I should be able to get stuff done after work though.
Title: Re: Carid Vhett's MKII
Post by: Carid Vhett on Mar 12, 2019, 05:41 AM
Need to go over the paint in places where it had not fully dried before I added the tape. Though it does look like weathering.

Plus the original paint job comes through and adds a nice layer of silver.

Also added kill stripes. Figured it was time.

Note. Dark grey, not green.

(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20190312_223047.jpg)
(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20190312_223043.jpg)
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(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20190312_223030.jpg)
Title: Re: Carid Vhett's MKII
Post by: Red Phoenix on Mar 15, 2019, 07:13 AM
Very excited to see your complete  kit ! Looks good so far
Title: Re: Carid Vhett's MKII
Post by: joshsurf on Mar 17, 2019, 05:17 AM
i gotta say im loving this new direction you are taking! i worked a few spots on my bucket that the masking tape had lifted off, into the weathering as it was easier and as it was random it looked  more authentic than anything i could do....
watching with great interest!
Title: Re: Carid Vhett's MKII
Post by: Straka Zulu on Mar 17, 2019, 09:17 AM
Can't wait to see more,  vod!
Title: Re: Carid Vhett's MKII
Post by: Vor'en Marr on Mar 17, 2019, 12:25 PM
Hey Vod, looking good.
What way are you planning on doing your shoulder armour?

Following with interest
Title: Re: Carid Vhett's MKII
Post by: Carid Vhett on Mar 17, 2019, 07:06 PM
Hey Vod, looking good.
What way are you planning on doing your shoulder armour?

Following with interest


Now that I have glued the trauma layers together I'm going for something similar to Hi'kari with his layered shoulders.
Title: Re: Carid Vhett's MKII
Post by: Carid Vhett on Mar 24, 2019, 07:55 PM
Started to assemble the shoulders.

(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20190324_202904.jpg)
(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20190324_202908.jpg)
(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20190324_202911.jpg)
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(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20190324_202918.jpg)
Title: Re: Carid Vhett's MKII
Post by: Carid Vhett on Mar 31, 2019, 05:03 PM
Just a small text update.

Fabric for the vest and sash bought.

Also made the boot/lower leg coverings.

Just need to start adding velcro to everything.
Title: Re: Carid Vhett's MKII
Post by: joshsurf on Apr 01, 2019, 02:02 AM
sooooooo cooooooolll!!!!
Title: Re: Carid Vhett's MKII
Post by: Dac'Gar Ordo on Apr 03, 2019, 02:59 AM
That's a great shoulderpiece!

I like the textures of the plate and specially the black/gold version that makes it pop.
Title: Re: Carid Vhett's MKII
Post by: Carid Vhett on Apr 03, 2019, 04:22 AM
Thanks vod.

Hoping to get a full kit up done this weekend (I've just got sewing stuff to do). Then I start pre app and app process.
Title: Re: Carid Vhett's MKII
Post by: Dekan Korr on Apr 03, 2019, 11:10 PM
Following. Digging this so far.
Title: Re: Carid Vhett's MKII
Post by: Slade Kel on Apr 05, 2019, 05:36 PM
Interesting concept with the layered shoulder effect :). One concern worth noting that jumped out at me is that some of the lines on your trauma plate edges are a little wobbly. I can see that you're going for some asymmetry in the trauma plate layout, which is totally cool, but final product you'll want to try to straighten out the wavy lines with some sanding. Definitely gonna look like a beefy boi, though, so should be a good fit for heavy assault/heavy weapons in the long run!
Title: Re: Carid Vhett's MKII
Post by: Carid Vhett on Apr 05, 2019, 06:15 PM
Heavy weapons/assault is the goal.
Title: Re: Carid Vhett's MKII
Post by: Tevis Rholar on Apr 07, 2019, 04:41 AM
Dude you're ploughing through this build! Can't wait to see this in person once it's finished.
Title: Re: Carid Vhett's MKII
Post by: Carid Vhett on Apr 07, 2019, 04:50 AM
Glued the gauntlets together today and sewed the vest together yesterday.

No pics as they are at my mum's place (needed her sewing machine)
Title: Re: Carid Vhett's MKII
Post by: Carid Vhett on Apr 14, 2019, 06:19 PM
Couple of floor shots for a test run. Cape and gauntlets from the old kit.

(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/FB_IMG_1555279654719.jpg)
(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/FB_IMG_1555279662609.jpg)
(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/FB_IMG_1555279676743.jpg)
(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/FB_IMG_1555279684864.jpg)

And my best The Mandalorian pose
(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/FB_IMG_1555279696440.jpg)
Title: Re: Carid Vhett's MKII
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Apr 15, 2019, 02:29 PM
You're a new Mando! Looks great, vod!
Title: Re: Carid Vhett's MKII
Post by: Carid Vhett on Apr 15, 2019, 03:23 PM
You're a new Mando! Looks great, vod!

Thanks vod. Glad to see your kit progressing too.
Title: Re: Carid Vhett's MKII
Post by: Straka Zulu on Apr 15, 2019, 10:00 PM
Looks slick, vod!  And... you can KNEEL!! :laugh:
Title: Re: Carid Vhett's MKII
Post by: joshsurf on Apr 16, 2019, 03:58 PM
coming together so quickly! im impressed! keep the momentumm going!!
Title: Re: Carid Vhett's MKII
Post by: NegativeEleven on Apr 16, 2019, 04:18 PM
I got nervous when I started scrolling this. When it was unpainted, your chest trauma plates looked a lot like my armor (in my avatar). Ha!

It all came together and looks original. Good job. I'd weather it a little though. You'll find that wearing it, washing soft parts, it'll start looking like some parts age faster than others. A weathered kit makes it all match and feel real, lived in. Everything in Star Wars is dirty.

How much does that shoulder armor restrict movement?
Title: Re: Carid Vhett's MKII
Post by: Carid Vhett on Apr 16, 2019, 07:49 PM
Weathering is definitely happening before I app.

As for the shoulders, none. Each shoulders is attached to the other via elastic so it move with my arm. I also don't have the vest wings so I have more movement range.
Title: Re: Carid Vhett's MKII
Post by: Carid Vhett on Apr 17, 2019, 08:01 PM
One more cool shot from the con.

(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/FB_IMG_1555545021811.jpg)
Title: Re: Carid Vhett's MKII
Post by: Carid Vhett on Apr 19, 2019, 11:40 PM
Started to weather the armour today. Looking for the just got off the battlefield look.

(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20190420_150700.jpg)
(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20190420_150704.jpg)
(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20190420_150708.jpg)
(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20190420_150710.jpg)
(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20190420_150713.jpg)

Also trying to embrace the "Let the armour tell the story" So most the the weathering is directed from one side to the other getting less and less as you go across the body. Need to add some carbon scoring to it tomorrow and a brown wash or two to add some needed grime.
Title: Re: Carid Vhett's MKII
Post by: Tombob on Apr 20, 2019, 02:57 PM
Looking great, loving the black and gold, especially on the shoulders.
Title: Re: Carid Vhett's MKII
Post by: Carid Vhett on Apr 20, 2019, 11:54 PM
Got the weathering done.
Time for a kit up soon, once I have repainted the gauntlets. (https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20190421_111358.jpg)
(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/members/14585/New_Build/20190421_111427.jpg)
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