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Title: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: mrfred on Sep 24, 2019, 05:43 PM
Hello All.

So I'm finally starting  my WIP  DW kit. I'm working on the Airborne Version A season 5 from the Clone Wars.
I have the KW Designs kit óhad it for the past couple of years actually, and just casually working on and off until I've made a bit more recent significant progressó so that's it a bit more worth my time to start this WIP...and hopefully this will continue the momentum.

I have based alot of the work process by following Kade's build thread, and a few references from eqdizzle (if photobucket is not blocking his images)...LOL
I am also one of the two members in the forums that had commissioned Cruzer to build the DW jetpack for us over a year ago...pictures of  putting that together will come later, but here is Cruzer's build thread if you're curious: https://www.thedentedhelmet.com/forums/threads/deathwatch-jetpack-project.30359/

So on with the WIP...
These are my reference images:
(https://i.imgur.com/QIaPKVH.png)(https://i.imgur.com/vJGIeHr.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/73OZLxq.png)
 
KW Deathwatch kit (roughly cut out), palladium boots, and leather gloves:
(https://i.imgur.com/LTmtm2v.jpg)

These are some of the paints I picked up...
(https://i.imgur.com/NCvBjEc.jpg)

---DW Airborne boots
(https://i.imgur.com/v3340fO.jpg)


Black Palladium boots acquired size 9.5
(https://i.imgur.com/MZZBafY.jpg)

Trimming the boot armor
(https://i.imgur.com/cVep9Cr.jpg)

Then I set off to making a template for the horizontal disc shooter for the boots...
(https://i.imgur.com/QTIuZlP.jpg)

And then cut out the pattern on sintra.
(https://i.imgur.com/88a29ct.jpg)

And then glued it on the armor toe...
(https://i.imgur.com/un5y7K2.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/Ezi5SQh.jpg)

The heel armor and armor over the lacing are being held by velcro which I have painstakingly hand sewed on to the boots.
(https://i.imgur.com/VMQRxgl.jpg)
Toe armor may need to be glued... maybe shoegoo or E6000 may work...
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: Kryamla Redalur on Sep 24, 2019, 05:53 PM
I used glue (leather glue since my toe cap isnít quite like the palladium boots) to glue on my toe armor, itís worked really well so far!
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: mrfred on Sep 24, 2019, 06:19 PM
Thank you clan sister  :8): :8):

Now for the shin armor:
Shin darts acquired some time ago...
(https://i.imgur.com/Gh4pXxp.jpg)

A little too narrow, so i'll have to widen the shin armor a bit...it was too narrow for my legs anyways...
(https://i.imgur.com/LOvpJig.jpg)

The widening process...added about another inch width; used styrene for extra material...
(https://i.imgur.com/Z8huuCj.jpg)

The gluing process...
(https://i.imgur.com/jFVyRwk.jpg)

Fits fairly well...but will need to do some detailing, bondo to cover up screws, and sanding out the wrinkle effects of the gluing...
(https://i.imgur.com/gf2UC8R.jpg)

Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: Kryamla Redalur on Sep 24, 2019, 06:21 PM
Looks good to me :)
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: mrfred on Sep 24, 2019, 06:40 PM
Now for the knee armor...
KW's kit is vac-formed into two halves and has a pattern on the front of the knees, which will have to be smoothed out for the  airborne grunt...here's the reference:
(https://i.imgur.com/UlSMbIN.png)

The two halves will have to be trimmed out...
(https://i.imgur.com/a8ArCWW.jpg)

Now trimmed and positioned for a rough fitting.
(https://i.imgur.com/mr1sIMw.jpg)

Then I used sintra to make the shape of the front of the knees, this will be smooth and put over the flimsy vac formed abs...
(https://i.imgur.com/ZV2DOT4.jpg)

Placed over and a crude taped up mockup...I have also cut out sintra fillers for the left and right side of the knees for reinforcement...those abs knees by itself won't last one troop!
(https://i.imgur.com/VL5HQuB.jpg)

Clamps and magnets to pin down the gluing process.
(https://i.imgur.com/7PQu0QS.jpg)

Knees after the gluing and some bondo applied, and some sanding....painting to come later...
(https://i.imgur.com/w4wr7Hm.jpg)
 
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: Mi'ix on Sep 24, 2019, 06:42 PM
I love tuning in here to see some awesome builds, especially with assistance from Kryamla!

Scrolling through your build, it looks like your hitting the details on the head with the weird little toe plates, and shin dart launchers.

Excellent progress here.
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: mrfred on Sep 25, 2019, 02:10 AM
OK....next is the thigh armor and holsters...just like the knee armor, this work method is emulated from Kade's build...it's much appreciated, as it shaves off all the problem solving time out of the way...

And so, again, these holsters are also flimsy vacuumed formed ABS , so sinta reinforcements  are added around the inside of the holsters...they will also act as a puzzle piece to insert and secure into the thigh armor...
Here we have the left, botttom and right inside sintra pieces measured out and then taped into  place temporarily to check fitting...
(https://i.imgur.com/oqIfcJm.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/3qEJQyS.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/AKHQ84k.jpg)
The tabs sticking out will come to play into the thigh armor.

Measuring the placement of the tabs to the thigh armor and then cutting slots so the tabs can slide right in...
(https://i.imgur.com/ox0PoDn.jpg)

The gluing process of the sintra to the holster....this makes for a more durable holster...
(https://i.imgur.com/aPp7pOz.jpg)

After the gluing is set, the holster is attached on via the slots cut out on the thigh armor...
(https://i.imgur.com/ylmIPSs.jpg)

And then the tabs are heat bend to secure the holster on...here is a look on the back side.
(https://i.imgur.com/uBcdWvz.jpg)

Bondo is used to smooth out the cracks, open edges, uneven surfaces, etc.
(https://i.imgur.com/ooQozSX.jpg)

Final sanding and cleanup....priming and painting to be done later...
(https://i.imgur.com/4oouIGM.jpg)

Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: Vexos on Sep 25, 2019, 04:15 AM
Following!
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: Kryamla Redalur on Sep 25, 2019, 11:18 AM
Looking good Fred!
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: mrfred on Sep 25, 2019, 03:49 PM
---Now for the belt and girth...

ABS belt trimmed out...it seems that there is more than enough belt there...so most likely i'll be trimming off the excess, but that won't be till later, during the assembly of this thing...
(https://i.imgur.com/WcYfNgE.jpg)

Got myself some 7-8oz. leather hide for the girth, and trimmed it to about 6in. wide...
(https://i.imgur.com/S4PQnag.jpg)

And measured out the width of the belt on the hide.
(https://i.imgur.com/JXWbxuU.jpg)

The belt was designed for the earlier TCW season 2 DW grunts, but the S5 airborne grunts have additional parts of the belt segmented, so I penciled those in based on some visual references and Kade's build. I'll also be using velcro for this belt also...
(https://i.imgur.com/kBrUOK2.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/p1WKigT.jpg)

The belt will have to be cut out at each segment, so I marked all the segments so I won't lose the place for them...
(https://i.imgur.com/ThdskQV.jpg)

The backside of this belt...i'm estimating that i won't need at least one segment of it...
(https://i.imgur.com/OY96F8a.jpg)

Total of 3 pieces of the belt...two for the outer layer and one (the back piece), that will be overlapped by the outer backside of the belt.
(https://i.imgur.com/cx73ByF.jpg)

Backside of the belt that will be overlapped...I've "X" off the segments I don't anticipate using...
(https://i.imgur.com/WRlNYIA.jpg)

A crude mockup assembly of the belt, the leather girth and the velcro to be used...
(https://i.imgur.com/nv9Zui3.jpg)

Segmenting the belt and adding snaps at key points...
(https://i.imgur.com/VOxTsS1.jpg)

Then I glued (E6000) a strip of velcro (hook side), to the inner side of the segmented belt. Snaps are cut through the velcro also. This velcro piece is what will be holding the segmented belt together...
(https://i.imgur.com/oLQiQOj.jpg)

Adding some magnets at key weak points of the belt.
(https://i.imgur.com/I4cXArQ.jpg)

Here I have contact cemented and hand sewn the loop side of velcro to the girth.
(https://i.imgur.com/qEtgeOP.jpg)

This is where the belt (hook side), will meet with the girth (loop side).
 (https://i.imgur.com/jGhnXia.jpg)

In addition, I've velcroed the whole inner side of the girth. This not only will give a sturdy thickness to the girth but will also keep the girth in position when velcroed at key spots around the waist-side of  the flight suit. I've seen kits with just the leather girth by itself, and when worn it has a flexed and wrinkled look which looks kinda sloppy to me...
(https://i.imgur.com/G4OsgeR.jpg)

And this is what it looks like put together...It holds up nice and firm on its own...
(https://i.imgur.com/pp0Sm7t.jpg)

In addition, I've created a 1"in leather spacer to increase the size of the girth if needed...if God forbids I need to expand my waist-side a bit more at times...
(https://i.imgur.com/H6EeO5D.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/pi8sOkj.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/Z6ztIbd.jpg)

Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: Kryamla Redalur on Sep 25, 2019, 03:58 PM
Very detailed :)
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: mrfred on Sep 27, 2019, 02:09 AM
---The Helmet

I started the cleanup of the bucket during a big build party with my local garrison...I began dremeling away the flash and then the cutout of the visor area...
(https://i.imgur.com/hrA2v9g.jpg) (https://i.imgur.com/V5HzInl.jpg)

One thing about the cleanup, be sure to check the surface area of the interior, especially where your visor will be sitting on...there were a few spots that were uneven that i had to smooth out with the dremel...
(https://i.imgur.com/UZRx3Oz.jpg)

Nice and clean now...
(https://i.imgur.com/3M8wL3r.jpg) (https://i.imgur.com/U16cCB6.jpg)

One of the things that eqdizzle mentioned about the helmet was that at the bottom of the ears are protrusions where they're suppose to flare out. I failed to heed this advice and ended up dremeling them out by accident...fortunately I patched it up using JB Weld epoxy...
(https://i.imgur.com/Zm8hqSJ.jpg)

For the Visor....
I went for the Chicago screws approach where I would glue the screws to the inside of the helmet, along the edge of the visor opening, and be able to put on and take off the helmet visor when I needed to...
 Made a paper  template of my visor and laid it to the inside for placement and traced around it with a red marker...
(https://i.imgur.com/E4DWIN1.jpg)

Marked off the spots where the screws will be placed...
(https://i.imgur.com/5aecIYa.jpg)

And then applied the visor on...I will also be placing left over material from the visor to place a couple of horizontal bridges across the visor for stability (those will be glued in).
(https://i.imgur.com/ap2LvK7.jpg)

Unscrewed the visor and Plastidip the interioró
(https://i.imgur.com/RCNyzM4.jpg)

I also made a cardboard visor to mask the interior when I'll be ready to prime and paint later down the road.
(https://i.imgur.com/Zbv7INK.jpg)


---The Range Finder
The Range Finder is an Eternal Armory RF...RIP
(https://i.imgur.com/QInRZlV.jpg?1)

Drilled a countersink hole on the base of the RF where I'll be fitting an aluminum 1.5" post...also used some material from the visor and decided to re-purpose them as spacers...
(https://i.imgur.com/GkFYWkk.jpg)

Having one hole wasn't enough...I did a second hole to keep the RF from swinging down...
(https://i.imgur.com/1r4Loro.jpg) (https://i.imgur.com/Je7oqoC.jpg)

Have to cover up those screw posts! JB Weld epoxy will do the job...once dried, I sanded and carved a horizontal line across as part of this kit's design...
(https://i.imgur.com/iNVpEjS.jpg) (https://i.imgur.com/HYCgU5O.jpg)

All set for now...
(https://i.imgur.com/7whvIpc.jpg)
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: Mi'ix on Sep 27, 2019, 08:53 AM
Wow, I blink and this thing is moving in leaps and bounds.

I have a number of kits at my place that need some attention like this.  :laugh:

Really great WIP so far.  The attention to detail is outstanding.
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: mrfred on Sep 27, 2019, 04:25 PM
---Gloves
Initially I proceeded to go with these leather gloves...they were standard blue, but I went through the process of dying them to a darker blue...
(https://i.imgur.com/aP8jz0u.jpg)

Then I later found out  that aviation nomex flight  gloves were available in navy blue, so I decided to go with them instead. They're made with a much more low profile fabric.
(https://i.imgur.com/Itilrbr.jpg)

And then proceeded to dye the leather areas of the gloves to the navy blue color...
(https://i.imgur.com/UFDv5xL.jpg)

ABS Handplates and 3d printed darts placed into position...
(https://i.imgur.com/Vdt1vFZ.jpg)

Painted darts and then proceeded to create out of sintra, four mini ridges aligned behind each dart for both hand plates.
(https://i.imgur.com/xOFMdR3.jpg)

Glued hooksided velcro to the back side of the handplates...
(https://i.imgur.com/wfZwh1r.jpg)

Everything painted and glued...filled in open gaps with green sculpting putty...
(https://i.imgur.com/1H9JKUz.jpg)

Based primer paint done...weathering to come later...
(https://i.imgur.com/61GOqp6.jpg)

Sewn loop sided velcro in navy blue to the gloves...
(https://i.imgur.com/JcKRFOn.jpg)

All set...
(https://i.imgur.com/fEN2kEz.jpg) (https://i.imgur.com/1gJd9Ug.jpg)
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: Kryamla Redalur on Sep 27, 2019, 04:55 PM
That looks great - always did like the look of those hand plates :)
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: mrfred on Oct 09, 2019, 04:21 PM
--Gauntlets

I already knew the Gauntlets were too small for me to fit my forearms, so I set out to expand them at least by another inch or two... They initially came in two halves which you have to glue together. I glued the top ends where they were suppose to, and the bottom ends are where I will expand the diameter of the gauntlets. I used cardboard emplacements to measure out as a template before transferring that pattern on to some styrene material. I did templates for the external and internal.
(https://i.imgur.com/rPqz9IK.jpg) (https://i.imgur.com/HFjBkwc.jpg)

Then glued them in....
(https://i.imgur.com/MclbDBn.jpg)

I know flexing of the gauntlets will happen as I take them on and off, so reinforcements are needed...ABS cement used as well as E6000 and bondo...open and closure of the gauntlets will be a magnetic seal...
(https://i.imgur.com/yLdsnRi.jpg) (https://i.imgur.com/mMqb4m0.jpg)

3D printed parts for the right gauntlet...
(https://i.imgur.com/V934eR9.jpg)

If it weren't for Kade's WIP, it probably would take me a while to figure out which pieces go where...all the main components are put together...
(https://i.imgur.com/TAV3WVX.jpg)

Components for the left and right gauntlets...
(https://i.imgur.com/XPdR3Y8.jpg)

Banded the right gauntlet's components together to get a rough idea before gluing... I'm using JB Weld for gluing.
(https://i.imgur.com/FFzCt3c.jpg) (https://i.imgur.com/ItO6hue.jpg)

There was going to be some weak spots and stress points so I screwed those areas in...
(https://i.imgur.com/2r6byVn.jpg)

Area under the rocket launcher...
(https://i.imgur.com/5yx6T80.jpg)

Initial priming...
(https://i.imgur.com/QVFlbpd.jpg)

Initial fitting over the right gauntlet...
 (https://i.imgur.com/lPCvbVr.jpg)

Hose attachment for this component was going to be a problem...the contact points where the hose meeting the hose port was a weak 3D printed part and would easily snap...so an underlying support of  a thick gauge wire connecting the entry port and to the inside of the hose was needed.
(https://i.imgur.com/g3o7r4K.jpg)

Preparing LED lights and plexiglass for this unit...
(https://i.imgur.com/Sa4mVNE.jpg) (https://i.imgur.com/74dBUjh.jpg)

Wiring up and testing the gauntlet blasters...
(https://i.imgur.com/q1PqDwy.jpg) (https://i.imgur.com/mGGkBsO.jpg)

Buttons installed and wiring laid out, and into the gauntlet itself...
(https://i.imgur.com/O2mA4jj.jpg) (https://i.imgur.com/u5Y49aa.jpg) (https://i.imgur.com/fRY3k1M.jpg)

Component now JB Weld into place...
(https://i.imgur.com/DrGoYfP.jpg)

Prepped and primed as a whole...
(https://i.imgur.com/VGvtqyu.jpg) (https://i.imgur.com/TOwUe1m.jpg) (https://i.imgur.com/LKM6bA3.jpg) (https://i.imgur.com/qKvphrp.jpg)

Initially the charcoal priimer turned out much darker than I had liked....but as it is just primer, I'll dust an overlay of a slightly lighter shade as part of the weathering and shading paint process later on...
(https://i.imgur.com/QqDbah3.jpg) (https://i.imgur.com/0osGP28.jpg)

The connecting inner support wiring for the hose connection continues to be a problem for me...I tried JB Weld, E6000, thermoplastic...until i finally settled for an acrylic tube to keep the support...
(https://i.imgur.com/tEjBmPL.jpg)

Finding the right outer tubing was a challenge too...after two or three attempts, I finally derived to using a latex hose.
(https://i.imgur.com/wkGr6Vz.jpg)

All set for now!
(https://i.imgur.com/p3iiglb.jpg)


Assembly of the right gauntlet was a bit easier...
Dremeled out a couple of holes from the comlink component...
(https://i.imgur.com/vm6o7Yn.jpg)

JB Weld on to the right gauntlet...the red plexiglass for rectangular hole for LEDs...
(https://i.imgur.com/0Vpt9l1.jpg)

Filled the gap under the comlink with green sculpting putty. The rectangular piece on the sideóI had screwed and epoxy the piece on.
(https://i.imgur.com/0rdRqHb.jpg)

Prepping the left gauntlet for priming...I placed a 1/2" circular metal plate over that hole in the comlink.
(https://i.imgur.com/y5Xa8pN.jpg) (https://i.imgur.com/B4QD7yj.jpg)

Initial priming done and LED wiring installed. (You can see my wiring in the video link below.)
(https://i.imgur.com/qfkmAGV.jpg)

All set for now!
(https://i.imgur.com/A82fuSL.jpg)


Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: Vexos on Oct 09, 2019, 09:48 PM
Great job vod! Those look awesome
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: Kryamla Redalur on Oct 10, 2019, 03:26 PM
Very detailed! Good work :)
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: Mi'ix on Oct 11, 2019, 09:36 AM
Wow.

Absolutely outstanding.
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: mrfred on Nov 20, 2019, 01:13 AM
Due to a wrist injury, I've been out of commission for over a month...but I've made a little bit more headway in the last couple of weeks...

---The Rocket

These are my image references...
(https://i.imgur.com/lOlGARS.png) (https://i.imgur.com/LdOcZKc.png)

As mentioned before, I had commissioned Cruzer to build me the TCW S5 DW rocket pack...here is his build thread again for your reference:  https://www.thedentedhelmet.com/forums/threads/deathwatch-jetpack-project.30359/

So pulling out his kit again after it's been in storage for about a year, I did a quick soap and water wash to clean away any remaining residue from the cast...(Cruzer's work is excellent, little to no sanding needed!) These are the parts...
(https://i.imgur.com/Kujm3VK.jpg)

Notice that I had included parts for a long rocket, which I acquire awhile ago...I plan to switch out between a short rocket and a long rocket just for the sake of novelty...

I plan on using countersunk ring neodymium magnets for the middle rocket, so that i can swap out the short to a long rocket in a matter of seconds...Taking measurements for the sizing of the rocket slot...
(https://i.imgur.com/fg7tKYW.jpg) 

Measurements for the rocket...
(https://i.imgur.com/yqTGtsd.jpg)

The long rocket required some dowel screws to hold the pieces together...
(https://i.imgur.com/fvAmkXl.jpg)

Assembly of the two rockets...for the long rocket I sanded a wooden spacer so it would sit perfectly for the rocket port...magnets are glued and screwed in at the very bottom.
(https://i.imgur.com/Njs5jRo.jpg)

Another fun feature I plan on adding to this rocket pack are LED lights and a fog machine to simulate smoke...here is my working prototype...(fog machine can be activated remotely...)
(https://i.imgur.com/EUAWSbe.jpg)

All these add-ons, cause new problems to solve...the area where the rocket exhaust port sit was meant to be fitted and screwed in with one tiny hole...so I had to find a workaround to get LED lights and the fog tube to fit in there... commencing with measurements...
(https://i.imgur.com/zkjH6x5.jpg)
I always resort to magnets as a solution...
(https://i.imgur.com/22LpP7s.jpg)

I drilled a 1/2"in hole into the exhaust port part so my bling can funnel through it...
(https://i.imgur.com/2hgKReG.jpg) (https://i.imgur.com/cSHMEBp.jpg)

Rocket port fitting nicely as  planned...
(https://i.imgur.com/JfjJpuM.jpg)

Next task was to fit in the LED lights...
(https://i.imgur.com/PBhm2vD.jpg)
(From the inside...) Magnets present again to hold the other magnet that's attached to the exhaust part from the outside.
(https://i.imgur.com/SNu0BTA.jpg)
And finally got the tube for the fogger to fit through...the whole process took some doing...but then again, no pain, no gain...
(https://i.imgur.com/p7YxYzH.jpg)

And as planned...use of magnets and then some epoxy to hold the exhaust port to the main rocket body will do it well...
(https://i.imgur.com/Mhn4Vqd.jpg)

I used some thermoplastic to hold the fog tube and LED lights together and to keep the wires in place...
(https://i.imgur.com/fYr0qON.jpg)

Here is the final wire works for the LEDs and fog machine from the backside of the rocket opening...
(https://i.imgur.com/a3eLsbe.jpg)

And preliminary testing...it's working well!!!
(https://i.imgur.com/3BaehzB.jpg)

Priming of the rockets...
(https://i.imgur.com/g1nUd68.jpg)

Base primer layer for the rocket done!
(https://i.imgur.com/IVJpwhQ.jpg)

Added the blue color on the main body...same color as the blue stripes on the left and right rockets...somehow it's not matching to the color reference pics...something is not right...the Rustoleum Wildflower Blue is not working out...
(https://i.imgur.com/exQMyPE.jpg)

Even the painter's masking tape color is closer...also swapped out to the longer rocket to see how it would look...
(https://i.imgur.com/QZekA9f.jpg)

So with the recommendation of fellow Merc, Kryamla Redalur. I went and got some Montana Gold spray paint and got a few different blues that seemed closer to the reference...
(https://i.imgur.com/4M26mPe.jpg)

After stripping the previous color out...I went with using the Montana Gold Ultramarine and Nautilus colors...looks good now!
(https://i.imgur.com/EREvcHp.jpg)

Masked out the blue strips and started second and third layers of weathering for the main grey body....mid-grays, dark grays, charcoal gray dusting...
(https://i.imgur.com/LTlRl07.jpg)

A layer of light gray dry brushing and wash...and then sealed with a flat matte...
(https://i.imgur.com/MltVo35.jpg)

These following images are taken during the day with natural lighting...
(https://i.imgur.com/PnG5RIb.jpg) (https://i.imgur.com/NLK1ooQ.jpg) (https://i.imgur.com/OsTdJWf.jpg) (https://i.imgur.com/2PgpYj3.jpg) (https://i.imgur.com/bZhKfRc.jpg)

These are taken in the evening with indoor lights...
(https://i.imgur.com/gKzOxip.jpg) (https://i.imgur.com/7nwjdX2.jpg)  (https://i.imgur.com/n7ypxVG.jpg) (https://i.imgur.com/d5Oltjs.jpg)

And finally the rocket testing was successful...
(https://i.imgur.com/s5CoGuI.jpg)

Here is the video link of the rocket in action...

All set and done!
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: Vexos on Nov 20, 2019, 09:07 AM
That looks awesome! Great job vod
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: Kryamla Redalur on Nov 20, 2019, 11:57 AM
Wow that looks really good! :D
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: Mi'ix on Nov 21, 2019, 08:37 AM
I have many jetpacks, of many styles, but I have some serious JP envy right now.

I think the paint, weathering and overall styling are just perfect for this character, imo.
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: mrfred on Nov 27, 2019, 02:52 PM
---The Harness

It was mentioned to me from another clan-mate that their harness system digs into their backside and becomes uncomfortable after awhile. So considering the weight of the rocket pack, I set off to research for a proper and comfortable harness design, tolerable for long troops...

So I decided to go with a double layer harness system, 1.5" width bottom strapping for larger surface area for stress distribution and a standard 1" strapping for the top strapping for the hardware.
(Don't mind the different color buckles...LOL... I'm just using what I already have available at hand.)

(https://i.imgur.com/5tAdnZJ.jpg)


The configuration will be a "X" harness system...I also ended up going with milspec webbing for the top strapping, since light and medium weight webbing didn't work out with my buckles very well...

(https://i.imgur.com/y370H0C.jpg)

Hooked up to the inside of the pack and all set!

(https://i.imgur.com/S2uqtxE.jpg) (https://i.imgur.com/LeincdE.jpg)
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: Kryamla Redalur on Nov 27, 2019, 03:14 PM
Looks good! Just be sure to leave enough space on the straps with the buckles to slide through your back plate :)

I havenít done it yet, but Kai suggested adding a bit of craft foam or thin Eva foam under the shoulder part to help it not dig in. It wonít be visible since itíll be under the vest/flightsuit so it shouldnít violate any CRLs :)
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: mrfred on Nov 27, 2019, 05:20 PM
Oh! That's brilliant!!! Why didn't I think of that? I'll be sure to try that!!! :P :P :P :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: ;D ;D ;D :D :D :D
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: Kryamla Redalur on Nov 27, 2019, 06:21 PM
Let me know how it goes! Iíve been thinking of doing it for a while, but ya know, life lol
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: mrfred on Dec 24, 2019, 06:12 PM
---The Blasters

I will have three blasters for this kit: the two Westar pistols and the carbine. Working on these from the raw cast turned out to be much more of a pain in the behind than I anticipatedóso one would have to wonder why I didn't just flat out purchased them finished and ready to go, from the get-go...but be as it may, "this is the way," I took... :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

These are my image references:

(https://i.imgur.com/qtoirwh.jpg) (https://i.imgur.com/pnb8osF.jpg) (https://i.imgur.com/Ktfg5Ch.jpg)

Here are the raw cast blasters...I decided to use acrylic tubes for the barrels, which will house the LEDs. Yaasss! These will light up!
(https://i.imgur.com/yCB5KvJ.jpg)

Testing the tube with a blue LED setup.
(https://i.imgur.com/jUHF1eR.jpg)

Installed the tubing/barrel into the carbine and wired it to the pistol grip, where it will house the 9 volt battery. This carbine was cast fairly well...very light and hollow throughout the interior...but unfortunately because it was hallow, I accidentally dropped this on the floor and the tail end shattered into several pieces...thus the tape...
:( :( :(
(https://i.imgur.com/Q85TPiu.jpg)

The shattering of the tail end of the carbine turned out to be a blessing in disguise...it allowed me to have easier access and installation of the barrel and wiring for the electronics, including a tact switch for the trigger area...I epoxy the damaged area...will also bondo and sand later.
I also added two magnets to the pistol grip cover. One will magnetize to the battery and the other will magnetize to another magnet inside the grip.
(https://i.imgur.com/Fo0qpB5.jpg)

Testing of the LED in the blaster...so far so good...
You can see the LED bleeding through the thinner parts of the the cast...I imagine that painting over will solve that.
Drilling a muzzle hole for the barrel didn't turned out too well...So I had to put on a replacement muzzle opening to hold the barrel in place.
(https://i.imgur.com/LqwARnE.jpg)

The pistols proved to be the most difficult...they seemed solid on the outside but inconsistent bricks in the interior....there was more resin in certain parts and a lot less in other parts....drilling through the muzzle for the barrel insertion and electronic works was a nightmare...I knew I was not going to get the full size of the barrel into the pistols, so I went with 1/3 length of the barrel to hold the LEDs and wired the remaining distance into the body without anymore of the acrylic tube...
(https://i.imgur.com/U08Vet2.jpg)

Finally got the pistols wired through, triggered, battery and magnetized. After that, I bondo and sanded all the rough areas and damages for a smoother surface.
(https://i.imgur.com/hXyKtKz.jpg) (https://i.imgur.com/anupzNp.jpg)

First layer primed with a metallic aluminum primer...
(https://i.imgur.com/tfuk8p0.jpg)

Second layer coated with a light gray primer. I did the coating in 2-3 light layers, so some of the metallic aluminum can still show through, giving the effect of various shades of the lighter part of these two-tone colored styled blasters.
(https://i.imgur.com/idsTziO.jpg)

Masking for the darker tone color of the blasters...
(https://i.imgur.com/l3lfCCV.jpg)

Third layer coated with the darker tone of the blasters....the carbine has a different 2-tone from the pistols, as referenced from the screenshots...I used Krylon Deep Gray color for the carbine, and used Model Master Gunmetal for the pistols... Yes, I know, not good practice to mix paint brands, but I used the matte finish to seal my Rustoleum layers from the other brands.
(https://i.imgur.com/1TfuPmj.jpg)

Masking off, another matte seal, then lightly weathered with silver Rub'n Buff and added carbon scorching using copier toner or charcoal and then one more final matte seal to hold the weathering...
(https://i.imgur.com/3f00j9e.jpg)  (https://i.imgur.com/9QaZLYK.jpg) (https://i.imgur.com/Al5YNZx.jpg)

Final testing of the blaster LEDs...
(https://i.imgur.com/eG1Zqtq.jpg)

And all set!
(https://i.imgur.com/UggaOEo.jpg) (https://i.imgur.com/XSrKNSW.jpg)
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: Kryamla Redalur on Dec 25, 2019, 12:58 AM
Those look great! Excellent job :)
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: mrfred on Jan 31, 2020, 05:01 PM
---The Vest

I had ordered a vest through a vendor on Etsy...but when I received it, it came out a bit big...maybe I gave inaccurate measurements...
(https://i.imgur.com/Iz8nUIC.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/Y158QeM.jpg)
Placement of the armor shows it...
(https://i.imgur.com/GHWMU3G.jpg)

So I set off to make alterations myself...first time doing it, so it was a long time consuming process...
Took the vest apart...now in pieces...
(https://i.imgur.com/WBzDggE.jpg)
Made marks on where I'll be trimming...
(https://i.imgur.com/o13gtyJ.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/E2Gb6Dz.jpg)

A little bit more better fitting...took some estate away from the top of the shoulders, sides from the backside, trimmed the bottom of the vest and reduced the size of the shoulder flaps...
(https://i.imgur.com/oUGnIPT.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/diSgdPi.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/4MHuNky.jpg)

Did a general placement of the armor on the vest to check if I was on the right track...seems on track...
(https://i.imgur.com/ho1djA3.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/G0OPbPa.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/ucyb8YZ.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/8OZ0Iip.jpg)

---Backplate Fitting
I had planned on cutting angled holes to the backplate to feed the strapping from the rock to the plate and through the vest...but after alot of analyzing and consultation from fellow merc, Kry, I went for the horizontal holes.
(https://i.imgur.com/X5s82fs.jpg)

Along with this rocket to backplate interface, I had to modify my harness strapping a little bit...still with an "X" harness design, but updated it so the quick release buckles would be located inside my vest instead of inside the rocket...
(https://i.imgur.com/suUkcwT.jpg)

Trimming of the backplate didn't include a return edge of the shoulder area, so like I'm supposed to, I added a couple of strips to them via CA glue then reinforcement with thermoplastic... also reinforced the strap slots with more ABS strips.
(https://i.imgur.com/GQ7SyZs.jpg)

More additions to the backplate...I added some EVA foam then hook velcro to the top left and right shoulder areas to fill in the empty space in the shoulder area when it sits on my vest; created and added an ABS strip to cover up the strapping slots in case I troop without a rocket pack, and velcro around that area to hold it in place when it's covering the slot holes and when it's not.
(https://i.imgur.com/dUEBH0x.jpg)
Outside where it's covering the slot holes...
(https://i.imgur.com/1WyzIc7.jpg)
Inside where it's covering the slot holes...
(https://i.imgur.com/NcTA185.jpg)

I also glued in a couple of magnets to the left and right bottom corner of the backplate...why???
(https://i.imgur.com/e0OX7a3.jpg)

So the backplate will magnetize to the rocket once I glue these magnets inside of the rocket. This will hopefully keep the backplate and rocket relatively in the correct position and avoid the rocket from swinging out of position.
(https://i.imgur.com/M9umUVF.jpg)

When interfacing the backplate to the vest, the first set of holes (far left and far right), were made by the etsy vendor...those positions crimped up the vest big time once the strapping went through and interfaced with my harness... so I created another set of holes(bottom two holes), was a little bit better, less crimping of my vest...but was still noticeable... finally third time's the charm, the middle two holes were on target! What a mess of the vest! At least the slots won't be seen...
(https://i.imgur.com/gTmymfD.jpg)

Added some sew-on magnets to the bottom inside of the vest...why??
(https://i.imgur.com/MnEvLf9.jpg)

So the vest will magnetize to the bottom left and right corners of the backplate where I glued a couple more magnets. This will hopefully keep the bottom corners of the backplate and vest in the correct position and avoid the backplate from lifting out of position from the vest too much.
I also added some EVA foam to the bottom corners of the plate, as I believe them to be stress points also.
In addition, I added a big piece of hook velcro to the middle of the plate...why???
(https://i.imgur.com/u3vATG1.jpg)

So the vest can securely adhere to the backplate and keep it's position where I want it! LOL
Big piece of navy blue loop velcro at the middle of the back of the vest along with the velcro for the shoulder area.
(https://i.imgur.com/t0OOyp0.jpg)

Quick overview placement of all four items: Rocket, backplate, harness and vest...
(https://i.imgur.com/wJiBrvH.jpg)
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: mrfred on Feb 27, 2020, 05:04 AM
Progress had been a bit slow this past month, as one would think be an easy part of the kit to complete, proved to be one of the more challenging...the fitting of the vest and---

---The Upper Armor Plates

Going back to my initial rough cuts of my upper armor chest pieces, I figured that the plates still seemed a bit too thick. The average thickness of the upper plates were about 12mm...too thick...so I measured out and trimmed them down to about 8mm, a decent thickness visually, I think.(https://i.imgur.com/iDIjGaj.jpg)

Next I set out to cut out the slots for the left chest piece after reviewing reference screenshots.
Penciled it in first...
(https://i.imgur.com/IHBtzef.jpg)

Then taped the area for the dremel cut...
(https://i.imgur.com/GHgpI8h.jpg)

After the cut I sanded the edges and prepared scrap ABS for the backing...
(https://i.imgur.com/lKsy1MU.jpg)

I added another layer of ABS from the interior side of the slots to give it a bit more depth before covering it with the backing.
(https://i.imgur.com/kmGmpm0.jpg)

Overall view of the upper plates...trimmed and sanded. The middle diamond originally came with a thicker middle resin piece, but I thought it was too wide when comparing it to the screenshot references, so I made a thinner one out of sintra.
(https://i.imgur.com/x4m8ioI.jpg)

Added EVA foam to the interior of the plates...the EVA foam was 10mm a bit too thick for the plates...
(https://i.imgur.com/nH41XoP.jpg)

So I used a heat gun to shrink and compress it down to about a 6mm thickness.
(https://i.imgur.com/oYsWCH2.jpg)

Then glued on hook side velcro using contact cement.
(https://i.imgur.com/wKYrhg3.jpg)

Positioned the plates on my vest...
(https://i.imgur.com/2Q6IyZL.jpg)

And then proceeded to sew on loop-sided velcro. I'm glad to be able to find navy blue velcro at that!
(https://i.imgur.com/V4WRL8D.jpg)

Applied the plates to the vest and test fitted the upper assembly...something is still not right...still a lot of looseness, slack, and crimping in the backside of the vest...
(https://i.imgur.com/5ZypVDz.jpg) (https://i.imgur.com/XGmhjdp.jpg)

So I used 5 mm EVA foam to cover the interior of the vest (like a liner). It'll give it a little more volume to fill in all the extra loose space of the vest...will keep the form and shape of the vest and eliminated the flimsy crimping of the vest. I guess using EVA foam now makes me a bona fide convention cosplayer!
(https://i.imgur.com/Cf4Yfnh.jpg)

Overall fitting of all the upper components...
(https://i.imgur.com/iIPaDcS.jpg) (https://i.imgur.com/5NJ6kuK.jpg) (https://i.imgur.com/SISEwoH.jpg) (https://i.imgur.com/f2oMQuN.jpg) (https://i.imgur.com/HL97e8E.jpg) (https://i.imgur.com/dXKJ9dd.jpg)
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: mrfred on Mar 02, 2020, 05:07 AM
Only a few updates to report for these past couple of days...

First off...I got myself the correct cod piece for this particular version of the kit from a fellow Merc...
(https://i.imgur.com/slT2YBr.jpg)

After trimming and sanding it, I compared it side by side with the original one (left), that came with the kit... clearly the one to the right is the  one i'm going to run with the kit.
(https://i.imgur.com/TJKWblA.jpg)

I then applied the cod,  so it would adhere to the underside of the leather girth... also with the leather girth, I trimmed 1/2" off the top  bringing down the height of the belt from 6" down to about 5.5", still keeping well within the minimum parameters of the girth dimensions.
(https://i.imgur.com/LOpa8ss.jpg)

Next, I updated my holsters...
 I put in EVA foam so that it will hold the blasters in place...I used anywhere from 2mm to 10mm EVA foam to keep the blaster snugly holstered.
(https://i.imgur.com/AMez528.jpg)

Looks good so far...
​​​​​​​(https://i.imgur.com/jbKDxKL.jpg)

And that would be it for now...
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: Kryamla Redalur on Mar 02, 2020, 09:26 AM
Looking good so far Fred :)
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: Naglium on Mar 21, 2020, 05:59 PM
Looks awesome!  I love how you did the belt pieces.  :)  :porg2:
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: Drakaar Vosh on Apr 18, 2020, 06:02 PM
Fantastic work! Love the belt setup.
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: mrfred on Apr 28, 2020, 04:56 PM
I'll have to admit that one of my weaknesses in the build for this kit is dealing with the soft goods. But as I chipped away at it, I found myself to speed up and develop a growing skill than when I first started...though I did find myself like pull teeth in this phase of the build, the reward was that much greater as I got through it. Time it took was almost double than the other parts of the build but it was worth it. OK, here we go!

---Flight suit and Fitting

I went with a heavy duty coverall, about a size 38 in navy blue, and is 65%-35% Poly-Cotton...

(https://i.imgur.com/MzAI2Mb.jpg)

I bought two of them, one being a donner for making double sleeves...I had also acquired one that was 100% cotton (middle one pictured below), but it seemed too thick and heavy.

(https://i.imgur.com/Pk7VZLQ.jpg)

I had sent off the coveralls to a seamstress to take care of the alterations to the collar, double sleeves and tapering of the leggings, but to my dismay, it wasn't exactly perfect. I guess that's what you get for sending it off to someone out of state...It still was a little baggy in the leg area so I had to make some of my own adjustments after the fact... I suited up and armored up from the waist down; girth and cod, thigh holsters, knee armor, and shins... I held them up temporarily with rubber bands for placement.

(https://i.imgur.com/xK76xaV.jpg)

Then I marked off the placements with tape. That'll be the area which I will sew on the loop sided velcro.

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

Then I went to work on the armor pieces...cut to shape and glued hook velcro to the thigh holsters, knee armor, shins, and shoe armor and cut out the loop side for them to, which will be sewn to the flight suit (I was fortunate to find navy blue velcro). Because the leggings were still a bit loose, it'll be a problem when adhering the armor to the velcro...they'll droop out of position from my legs...Solution: use elastics...I'll be using 1"in elastic x 3 for the thigh holsters, 3/4"in x 1 elastic for the knee armor, 1"in x 3 for the shins, and 1/2"in x 2 at the bottom of the pants for where the shoe armor will be placed over.     

(https://i.imgur.com/KVfy6gj.jpg)

I sewn up the elastic according to the areas of placements for each one. I measured around my leg on each area without stretching it and then subtract 2"inches. This should give me enough tension to keep the armor to the pants to my leg in position.

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

Once I had finished sewing the loop side velcro to the outside, I had to sew the elastic to the inside of the pants. This part was painstaking.

(https://i.imgur.com/iO4ifNn.jpg)

Here is what the flight suit looks like now with the velcro, and elastic applied. (I had also applied some velcro to keep into position where the girth will sit.) Don't mind the off color photo, I had to take a pic using a different exposure in order for the velcro to be seen.

(https://i.imgur.com/z1LsQtQ.jpg)

Armor pieces now fitted to position...
From this visual evaluation, (as advised by Bo Katan-Kryamla R.), I will be trimming the thigh armor a little bit near the cod area as it seems a little crowded there. I had marked out the areas in pencil.

(https://i.imgur.com/UyNVfvc.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/g8Yh6dX.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/aozsRxb.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/RYREh8j.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/ivJzEpD.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/8os4Py6.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/JpqKHpW.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/mqO4Sb7.jpg)

And an overall fitting...

(https://i.imgur.com/3YHMp63.jpg)

Now going back to the upper right arm, I had to figure a way to attach the hose of my gauntlet up into the double sleeve...the cheapest and easiest solution at hand: Velcro of course!!! Cut to size and pinned up for position for sewing...

(https://i.imgur.com/HMhabO4.jpg)

Underside of the double sleeve with attached hose...

(https://i.imgur.com/2bkZa0Y.jpg)

All set...!

(https://i.imgur.com/8Z4nqEl.jpg)
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: Kryamla Redalur on Apr 28, 2020, 09:30 PM
Looking good Fred! I think that thigh trim will be good! Canít wait to see more :)
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: mrfred on May 09, 2020, 03:11 AM
A small update on the interior of my bucket...

Will be using some helmet padding I got off Amazon and will be laying it out in this configuration...

(https://i.imgur.com/SlxD5Ao.jpg)

And will be using two USB fans hooked up to a 13000mAh dual USB port power bank...

(https://i.imgur.com/5pqxFk2.jpg)

Lined the inside with loop velcro, padding and fans placed and the power bank will sit in the middle...

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

...and will place the middle pad over the power bank via velcro...

 (https://i.imgur.com/gVDbHUA.jpg)

All set!

 
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: mrfred on May 12, 2020, 03:37 AM
A couple more updates...I continued to modify my boots with this small detail...again, here is the reference...
(https://i.imgur.com/v3340fO.jpg)

From the toe armor to the heel armor, there is a small thin band of area that stretches across between the two points on both sides of the boot...and I wanted that area to be seamless to connect the two areas (my boots currently have a checkered pattern on that strip that I didn't want...), so my plan is to replace that strip of area...

I first prepped a sheet of 2mm EVA foam, originally gray, lightly heat sealed it with a heat gun to seal the pores, and then primed it with a rubber seal like Plasti Dip.

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

Here you can see that I plan to cover that area up with the EVA foam I prepped. I traced out that stripped area and then cut out the pattern...

(https://i.imgur.com/wLk9AoC.jpg)

And then glued with black E-6000...

(https://i.imgur.com/S28Lnvw.jpg)
I did it to both sides to each boot, which are now ready for the painting phase.
(https://i.imgur.com/NI9abl5.jpg)



Next, I went back to my thigh holsters...during the fitting, it was determined that I needed to trim them a bit, especially the area where it was getting crowded around the cod piece.
Here I finished the trimming and did a little bit of spot putty touch up work, since a gap had developed between the holsters and the thigh armor...
(https://i.imgur.com/1gFR4Ha.jpg)

But unfortunately it didn't turn out so well...the thigh holsters seemed to be an area where there'd be a lot of stress and flexing on the ABS, and since bondo is brittle when dried and set, it wasn't going to cut it...
(https://i.imgur.com/VMbapBe.jpg)

So I had to resort to slugging...covered the areas up pretty good...
(https://i.imgur.com/5bCk5N9.jpg)

I then sanded the rough ABS application and then bondo and sanded 3 times over to get a smoother surface.
(https://i.imgur.com/vJ2Fe0i.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/XmcK7Iq.jpg)

All set for now.
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: Kryamla Redalur on May 12, 2020, 10:29 AM
Coming along nicely Mr.Fred!
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: mrfred on Jun 15, 2020, 11:23 PM
Some quick minor updates...
Now in the painting phase... after some light sanding (~800-1000 grit) and some cleaning,  I've now primed up all the armor pieces with a light gray primer.
(https://i.imgur.com/f2XFKoZ.jpg)

And then coated everything, sans the shin armor, with Rustoleum metallic matte nickel. From there I'll need to let it sit for a day for the paint to set.
(https://i.imgur.com/FfuUCpZ.jpg)
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: mrfred on Aug 07, 2020, 06:29 PM
Haven't had any updates for awhile due to hitting a roadblock on the blue swatch for this kit. I really struggled with this one...

There weren't many clear screenshots of this kit in natural lighting in the previous season of TCW, until season 7 came out...that was when I was able to determine with fair certainty that not just one kind of blue swatch was just used throughout in this kit.

The airborne trooper showed up several times in season 7, with more clear and natural lighting, and I was able to make out three subtle but distinctive different blues used in different parts of this kit: on the helmet, the torso including the cod, and the shins.

Staring at the screenshots for hours and researching the variety of different shades of paints and brands out in the market, I came up with my own forumlations and will reveal them as I go through the painting process. I've also studied Kade's and Eqdizzle's thread and their choice and usage of their blues (definitely valid in their own right), compared the character concept designs to the final screens used in the episodes, and came up with a medium that I'm fairly content with, visually to the naked eye and to various camera photo exposures.

Here are the sample swatches taken in various lighting conditions.

Indoor lighting with no flash...
(https://i.imgur.com/02Xpp6b.jpg)

Indoor lighting with flash...
(https://i.imgur.com/r6tAT2U.jpg)

Outdoor natural light...
(https://i.imgur.com/tdXkxzP.jpg)

Outdoor natural light and shade...
(https://i.imgur.com/ZEkzTyB.jpg)


---Shin Armor Painting and Weathering

One of the fine details to note when painting the stripes for the shin armor are the top corners of the side panels that are close to the upper three darts. The left and right inner shin panels have sharp angled corners, while the outer left and right shin panels have the corners round. Here are my reference shots coming from the charater concept designs and screens from S5 & S7...
(https://i.imgur.com/XEou5dw.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/oHVB6Es.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/WgoU226.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/j5L31O4.jpg)

These are the paints I'll be using: Rustoleum Aged Gray, Montana Gold paints; Stealth-G7070, Signal Blue-G5075, Ultramarine-G5080
(https://i.imgur.com/KqoMJjZ.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/x1YEeiS.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/Gqdkp5p.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/lV42m4h.jpg)

Previously I primed the shins with light gray primer...so then I went ahead and masked and painted the shin darts with the Montana Gold Stealth-G7070, but use of any dark gray will do.
(https://i.imgur.com/ABkBSOc.jpg)

Next I wanted a more warmer gray, so I used the Rustoleum Aged Gray to paint the main body of the shins.
(https://i.imgur.com/JfQjYvV.jpg)

Masked the side panels, so I can proceed to paint the middle stripe with Signal Blue-G5075 and dusted with Ultramarine-G5080
(https://i.imgur.com/dpXCAu4.jpg)

I then masked the middle stripes and painted the side panel stripes, measuring out the top and bottom stripes at 1/4"in and 1/8"in for the left and right stripes.
(https://i.imgur.com/T7BeGYV.jpg)

Next, I sanded down the side stripes for weathering.
(https://i.imgur.com/fynbsK3.jpg)

In addition, referencing from the screenshots, on the side panel stripes, there is a Blue-green color corrosion or rust on the beskar. This is most likely resulting from contact with water, oxygen and carbon dioxide over time, causing a coating to build on the surface with makes the metal more resistant to further corrosion.

So with blue and yellow acrylic paint to get a greenish mixture, I did a wash to the striped areas. Then I did an overall black wash to everything.
(https://i.imgur.com/KtNtFyk.jpg)

I highlighted the darts by dry brushing a little light gray to it. The black wash, after drying, looked OK to the naked eye, but didn't standout much with the camera...
(https://i.imgur.com/LU7jde0.jpg)

...so I applied black graphite to simulate and accentuate more carbon scoring.
(https://i.imgur.com/OTrTntJ.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/RzT53IC.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/dagch9Y.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/pEZKfqQ.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/A60dkXS.jpg)

All set for now...
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: Kryamla Redalur on Aug 08, 2020, 11:21 PM
Looking good to me!
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: mrfred on Aug 10, 2020, 04:00 AM
Looking good to me!

Why...thank you my lady Bo Katan!  :D :D :D

Another quick update, going back to my gauntlets to now weather...

I had already set both of my gauntlets with the base primer... but now, I'm going to add a coat of the warmer Aged Gray for the left gauntlet. I will keep the initial base primer for the right gauntlet as is.
(https://i.imgur.com/vwKOYJH.jpg)

Next, I did some dry brush weathering with light gray acrylic for both gauntlets and my hand plates as well.
(https://i.imgur.com/T2eZTan.jpg)

After that, I did a complete overall black wash on these parts, then applied silver Rub n' Buff on the medium and light gray areas like the darts, rockets and comlink, and finally applied black graphite for carbon scoring on all the mid to light areas. For the charcoal body color of the right gauntlet, I used light gray fuller's earth powder to help highlight and distinguish the contours of this piece. And to top it off, I did a general matte coating to seal the weathering.

(https://i.imgur.com/QniPts3.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/OFR9NXB.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/rGuKajW.jpg)

Enjoy!
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: Mi'ix on Aug 13, 2020, 12:43 PM
My apologies if I'm beginning to sound repetitive, but I am just so impressed with the quality and dedication that have gone into this build with excellent research going into each element present.

This is exactly the thing that makes writing the standards for this character MUCH easier and gives folks a road map for following in your foot steps as you trailblaze this kit.
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: John Precal on Aug 13, 2020, 01:32 PM
dude, this an absolutely stunning build, there's a lot of techniques in here that I wouldn't have even though of, this is an AMAZING WIP, like seriously, not just for the costume you are going for, but just in general how well you are recording everything, I wish I could keep up like that. and your attention to detail *chef's kiss*. I  will DEFIANTLY be subbing to this thread to use as a learning tool.
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: darthnova on Aug 13, 2020, 04:16 PM
A very nice build and awesome detailed WIP.  I love to see your progress and keep picking up some inspirations.
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: mrfred on Aug 18, 2020, 01:59 AM
Thank you guys for the kind words of motivation!

Here's another quick update...as mentioned before, season 7 gave more clearer screenshots of this kit...one of the details overlooked by me and others building this kit is the color detailing in few of the bottom areas the rocket, specifically at the very bottom where most probably won't see it...there is a circular area where it needs to be dark gray.
Here are the references...
(https://i.imgur.com/KgxzUs4.jpg)

So I went back to my rocket and masked that area out for painting...
(https://i.imgur.com/XEUPse9.jpg)

And added some weathering to it also...
(https://i.imgur.com/THd0xL4.jpg)

And this area, for both sides, have to be dark gray too.
(https://i.imgur.com/sHg0uN3.jpg)


---Knee Armor Painting and Weathering

For this particular version of the airborne trooper, it's mentioned that the color is sliver and dark gray, however, to be even more accurate, the right knee armor does have a faint hint of blue to it...only the keenest of eyes can pick it up...here are my refereneces:
(https://i.imgur.com/Den03wl.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/CegilSj.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/1lmbJrl.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/dzLu0ZC.jpg)

As mentioned earlier, I've coated most of my armor parts, including the knees with the Rustoleum metallic matte nickel...
(https://i.imgur.com/yNwRadO.jpg)

Next I'll coat them with a medium gray color using the Montana Gold Gravel-G7060
(https://i.imgur.com/79eQoZj.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/d5z7M2O.jpg)

After letting the paint cure for about a day, I started to sand off the top medium gray layer off the edges for weathering effects, thus revealing the silver nickel color underneath. I used a variety of abrasives to take that top coating off...from 150 grit, 320 grit, 500 grit to smooth things out, and including grade #0 steel wool for a smoother blending...
(https://i.imgur.com/R8r2qMs.jpg)

Next, I used silver Rub n' Buff to even out the areas where over sanding ocurred and to even out some of the rough areas. One of the details of the right knee, based off of the screenshots, has three distinctive scraped weathered marks on them.
(https://i.imgur.com/LvXGKuN.jpg)

As mentioned, the right knee has a faint hint of blue to it. Here I dusted a little bit of Signal Blue to it.
(https://i.imgur.com/au7zG7o.jpg)

Next I applied an overall general black wash to the pieces, then a second layer black wash but this time via blotching using a natural artist sponge to achieve a pattern effect to the wash...
(https://i.imgur.com/BapcWvX.jpg)

Lastly, I applied some graphite to the knees for a little bit more darker carbon scoring...but this time my application to the powder was slightly different. I lightly sprinkled the toner with a brush, then with a rag, I dapped it, not smeared it, so I can have more of a spotted effect.
(https://i.imgur.com/4hmZOT7.jpg)

And here are the results...
(https://i.imgur.com/VWlU1do.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/9eZ9PKd.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/y5uiCi5.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/o49j926.jpg)
I have to say that I am fairly satisfied with how this turned out.
All set for now.
 
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: mrfred on Aug 24, 2020, 03:04 AM
---Boot Armor Painting and Weathering

My references...
(https://i.imgur.com/VdDJLkX.jpg)

Mentioned a couple months ago that I initially painted my boot armor with an undercoat of silver/nickel paint.
(https://i.imgur.com/Km1thfu.jpg)

Now I'm going to base coat it with a medium gray, Montana Gold - Gravel-G7060.
(https://i.imgur.com/fz9jJse.jpg)

Next I dusted it with a darker gray, MG Stealth and Rustoleum Charcoal...
(https://i.imgur.com/SybM6y8.jpg)

Did some light sanding to the boot armor after the paint was dry...then I dusted my canvas boots with light gray pigment of fuller's earth and then did dusting with light gray paint.
(https://i.imgur.com/xsZKJhf.jpg)

Then I applied a dry towel wipe with silver Rub n' Buff to the armor and to the rubber soles of the boots.
(https://i.imgur.com/KC4z7If.jpg)

Black washed the boot armor...
(https://i.imgur.com/xHZiffk.jpg)

Then applied a little more light gray fuller's earth...and then topped it off with a quick matte seal.
(https://i.imgur.com/rps8J1J.jpg)

The boot armor was going to adhere to the boot via hook & loop, except the toe armor, which had to be glued. Black E-6000 was applied to it.
(https://i.imgur.com/6HMIlcq.jpg)

Now completed! Here are the results...
(https://i.imgur.com/qTiCP6W.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/dldzWBB.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/075K6FD.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/nCo8IHJ.jpg)

All set for now!
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: Jennari on Aug 24, 2020, 08:03 PM
Nice job!  :like:
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: Mi'ix on Aug 25, 2020, 09:18 AM
That's a great walk through about your thought process and color selection.

It's so hard to take these animated characters and bring them to real life and have all that cgi "paint" translate well.  I think you've done a stellar job of that here and I think I'm going to use this WIP as a benchmark for giving folks a "how-to" when painting TCW/Rebels characters.
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: mrfred on Sep 07, 2020, 04:04 AM
---Thigh Holsters, Belt, Collar, Backplate

These next few armor pieces will more or less have the same process. The only difference will be how I would apply each stage of the process via different stroke techniques to get differnt effects.
All of these pieces are up to the stage of the coating of matte nickel/silver already.

These are my references:
(https://i.imgur.com/Zh9p47O.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/S7FaDkm.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/VObwGXH.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/M4Br5QD.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/WQDGLaY.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/kXdbq5A.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/RYP8svl.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/lVQCZWI.jpg)

All of these pieces will have a coating of medium gray...
(https://i.imgur.com/akVhaWo.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/oIZ8ZTk.jpg)

...then a coating of dark gray...
(https://i.imgur.com/20sgu8d.jpg)

Going to work on the thigh holsters...
I will try to emulate the painting and weathering pattern based on the image references...the notable areas of weathering marks are usually the places where there'd be alot of physical contact: the edges of the holsters, the angled scraping of the top holster where one would struggle to holster the blaster properly, and horizontal scrappipng toward the frontal thighs.
Light sanding on the dark gray paint coating along the edges and on the areas where there is a directional pattern, enough to just take the top layer out...
(https://i.imgur.com/ii0ZYUi.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/OdBeOCA.jpg)

Next, I did a light gray wash to bring out the two tone differences a bit more...
(https://i.imgur.com/hsXooQG.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/motfFoK.jpg)

Next I dry brushed the light gray mostly around the edges and the areas of the patterned strokes. With this technique, I applied the paint to a paper towel to where the paint was damp enough to dry wipe over the edge areas and stroke areas.
(https://i.imgur.com/tTRDwqx.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/TfWLTrL.jpg)

The next weathering steps I took would give more subtle enhancements to the pieces. I used silver Rub 'n Buff sparingly on the edges, then gave it a matte coating to seal my previous layers of weathering...then I gave a blackwash...
(https://i.imgur.com/B5DOKDy.jpg)

These last steps of weathering would give it a bit more dimension. I dusted the lower half of the holsters with Rustoleum Charcoal colored spray paint...I dusted it almost three feet away, and got the effect I wanted. Then I did carbon scoring with graphite on certain spot areas, then closed it out with another matte coating.
(https://i.imgur.com/WCWKlT0.jpg)

Here are my results...
(https://i.imgur.com/Zj0FBcD.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/QDpLtID.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/gen2uQM.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/uynxXHd.jpg)

My belt will velcro and snap on to my leather girth. The girth is currently raw and will have to be dyed. I'll need a few days lead time for it to dry after staining it.
(https://i.imgur.com/hiA0muK.jpg)

Here I'm using a light brown leather dye. I put on 3 coats of the dye, letting each coat dry for at least 24 hours before adding the next. Each layer of dye when wet, appears dark, but lightens up when dry...so in addition, I've added a coat of olive oil to darken it a bit more.
(https://i.imgur.com/ZUPdAbL.jpg)

Here are some of the key points when painting and weathering the belt...I actually did two gray washes for this...a general one and then a second coating emphasizing key areas.
(https://i.imgur.com/C43Ucpe.jpg)

Based on the references the upper half of the belt has a lighter gray tone and the bottom half has a darker tone. So I focused the blackwashing of the belt mostly on the lower half.
(https://i.imgur.com/QHUXkMV.jpg)

Then I charcoal dusted and carbon scored with graphite to the lower half also.
(https://i.imgur.com/FF8o6CR.jpg)

I lightened up the upper half with the light gray fuller's earth.
(https://i.imgur.com/aWTYIms.jpg)

And then blended it in fairly well...
(https://i.imgur.com/5I05rzn.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/5nhQHqN.jpg)

Going back to the leather girth, once the layers of darkening were dry enough, I sealed it off with a leather finish called Super Shene.
(https://i.imgur.com/gQeW8S3.jpg)

I assembled the belt and girth together and here are the final results...
(https://i.imgur.com/9gkLvuC.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/aQKHoT2.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/PyscADe.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/g2HZy4K.jpg)

The collar's weathering has alot of horizontal scrapping to it, so I'll try to emulate that in the process. Here, I first did some light sanding in the horizontal direction.
(https://i.imgur.com/zeYMjPr.jpg)

The weathering process continues with light gray dry brushing and silver rub n' buff accents.
(https://i.imgur.com/GeVOU0Y.jpg)

The blackwashing was also done in horizontal strokes...
(https://i.imgur.com/E0xuEYh.jpg)

Here are the final results after the final stages of charcoal dusting and light gray fuller's earth applied...
(https://i.imgur.com/uhWlQFB.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/EEWMtvm.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/u9b8y1i.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/okEboRo.jpg)

I continued on with the backplate using the same process. Based on the references, the key weathering features happen around the top neck and shoulder areas...so that's where I focused.
Light sanding, dry brushing  and silver accents used sparingly...
(https://i.imgur.com/53ba41B.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/PDu9898.jpg)

And of course the blackwashing...
(https://i.imgur.com/1EwakfR.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/udSLhAT.jpg)

And of course you can't forget the carbon scoring. One technique I like to use to get the graphite to adhere, is to get the surface to have some texture or teeth to it. You can do this by lightly dusting the area with carcoal colored spray paint first. Once dry to the touch, it'll have a rough surface where the graphite can adhere.
(https://i.imgur.com/iQWoM3u.jpg)

And here are the fianl results...
(https://i.imgur.com/5k9is3b.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/LbEpx0x.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/BaZ3rSa.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/qkrp0KM.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/ZVUA9cI.jpg)

All set for now.
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: Kryamla Redalur on Sep 08, 2020, 02:26 PM
Looking good Mr.Fred!
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: mrfred on Oct 06, 2020, 02:31 AM
---Painting and Weathering the Diamond

For this version of the DW Airborne trooper (Version A), the diamond is silver and gray. It is void of any kind of blue.
Here are screens from S05 and S07, and clearly shows no blue.
(https://i.imgur.com/EaDK3ou.jpg)

As usual from the base paint of silver, I proceeded to mask out the raised bar. The bar will remain silver and the diamond will be gray.
(https://i.imgur.com/tCbCkxv.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/YT4GWbr.jpg)

After the unmasking, I added silver Rub n' Buff for weathering.
(https://i.imgur.com/FLIy6OW.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/401f80n.jpg)

Did the usual black wash, carbon scoring with graphite and then matte finish to seal the piece.
(https://i.imgur.com/Mgf42Ro.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/1t387xR.jpg)

And then all set for now.
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: Mi'ix on Oct 06, 2020, 08:29 AM
A small update, but important nonetheless!
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: Kryamla Redalur on Oct 06, 2020, 12:22 PM
Looks great :)
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: mrfred on Oct 13, 2020, 04:14 AM
---Painting and Weathering the Chest, Ab, Shoulder and Cod Plates

For this section of my kit, I'll be jumping around these pieces, since they all, more or less, go through the same process.
I'll first start off with the signet logos on the upper right chest plate and the right shoulder armor. I was able to obtain a fairly clear image of them.
Here are my references.
(https://i.imgur.com/CvfhMVW.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/08XlULQ.jpg)

The logo that'll be on the right shoulder is the exact same one for the DW Torch trooper.
(https://i.imgur.com/jfFJEvC.jpg)

I then traced out the shoulder and chest piece on tracing paper. This is for sizing and placement of the logos.
(https://i.imgur.com/vNyEH9K.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/2EHdN44.jpg)

I then pulled up the logo on my computer screen and with an imaging program like Photoshop, I sized it to what would look visually appropriate to my outline of my armor and just traced from the screen accordingly.
(https://i.imgur.com/ZK16CAe.jpg)

Took me three tries until I was satisfied with the sizing, then I cut out my tracing to see how'd it look on my piece.
(https://i.imgur.com/qoAihpZ.jpg)

And I did the same process to the shoulder signet also.
(https://i.imgur.com/IIIemmO.jpg)

So here again are the next set of pieces I'll be working on...starting from where I left off of the silver coated paint, a few months ago.
(https://i.imgur.com/xlJQCCN.jpg)

Then I gave a coat of the medium gray then on top of that the dark gray layer of coating.
(https://i.imgur.com/2qWrWlp.jpg)

The next coating of paint will be the blues. Here are my image references for these pieces.
The cod...
(https://i.imgur.com/0Wv67O8.jpg)

And the chest pieces...
(https://i.imgur.com/AUFI0gr.jpg)

The blues I'll be using today are: Rustoleum Wildflower Blue & Liquitex Cobalt Blue Hue 5
(https://i.imgur.com/ia3AUGk.jpg)

Starting out with the cod, my first layer of blue will be a coating of the Rustoleum Wildflower Blue.
(https://i.imgur.com/wBPNQE7.jpg)

Then the chest pieces...
(https://i.imgur.com/ML7TJZS.jpg)

And the the Ab plate. I didn't cover the whole piece for this one, base on the image references, the blues on this piece isn't that much.
(https://i.imgur.com/wmFM1AI.jpg)

And can't forget the shoulder pieces...
(https://i.imgur.com/aNvuQWN.jpg)

After a couple of hours of letting the Wildflower paint to cure, I used a Scotch Brite green scrubbing pad to dull down the shine of the pieces. Then I gave it a coating of the Liquitex Cobalt Blue Hue 5. I am particularly fond of this color and brand of paint. It has a ultra flat finish to it which will definitely help get that TCW feel and look to it.
(https://i.imgur.com/mbP5i52.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/d4t5Q9l.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/JcB0J6q.jpg)

After that, I started to sand the pieces down to the lower layers, based on the image references. I used a combination of #0 grit steel wool and 320 grit sand paper.
(https://i.imgur.com/QtxCpY4.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/fMHTGB1.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/szgiZUZ.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/D0SQBjX.jpg)

Next here, I'll go through the steps with the cod piece, but all the other pieces go the the same process...
Here I've sanded down to the areas where it's down to the dark gray and medium gray layers and spots where it's down to the metal.
(https://i.imgur.com/xpPFDq4.jpg)

I dry dabbed light gray on the areas where I want more of gradual weathering.
(https://i.imgur.com/bVG3PlM.jpg)

And then from those areas that are weathered down to the metal, I used the silver Rub n' Buff to cover them.
(https://i.imgur.com/YQSTuod.jpg)

And of course the black wash...
(https://i.imgur.com/QYg10bp.jpg)

And then the carbon scoring process...
(https://i.imgur.com/peXl8Qb.jpg)

And here are the final results for the cod piece.
(https://i.imgur.com/UL40BTj.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/WqkzZ3X.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/GRdfzGX.jpg)

The Ab plate...after studying the weathering from the references, there seems to be a blast mark that penetrated all the way down to the beskar metal. So I tried to depict it here.
(https://i.imgur.com/VZBD8CR.jpg)

And then subduing it a bit more with the black wash and carbon scoring...
(https://i.imgur.com/MxtDLVK.jpg)

And here is the result...
(https://i.imgur.com/Dn2M4es.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/ElwMJY0.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/musnFPo.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/wILWxpf.jpg)

The left chest plate was a challenge to emulate from the references. I had to sand down enough real estate for that unique looking blast mark, which I patterend with the silver Rub n' Buff. Also sanding down of the layers at the lower corner of the plate.
(https://i.imgur.com/UIFdtvf.jpg)

Going through the usual process...black wash, carbon scoring...etc.
(https://i.imgur.com/JbA0uJr.jpg)

And here are the results of this plate...
(https://i.imgur.com/cfSomSM.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/RRL5fKi.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/bZF0sk0.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/5owxs7H.jpg) 

And then the right chest plate. Try and guess which part of the process was down with these images...LOL
(https://i.imgur.com/V6YwZYW.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/mBvLs1C.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/RdpNhfQ.jpg)

Also going through the process with the shoulder plates...shown here, the sand down to the gray layer, then light gray dry dabbing with a towel and then silver Rub n' Buff.
(https://i.imgur.com/PyDumZ7.jpg)

For the left shoulder, I added some small silver knicks and dings...(I forgot to do it for the right...will go back later for it...)
(https://i.imgur.com/wYSUjA0.jpg)

Now going back to the logos, I covered the underside of the tracing paper with pencil lead...
(https://i.imgur.com/hiTpnkJ.jpg)

Positioned the logos on accordingly...and then traced again the outline the logos, which will then image transfer the image on to the armor pieces.
(https://i.imgur.com/hnpJtVp.jpg)

From there, I applied my first layer of paint on each piece. Lightest color go first in this case.
(https://i.imgur.com/S7qb08v.jpg)

Second time tracing on the chest plate to get the black elements of the logo on there. I also masked all surrounding areas due to my clumsy way of painting.
(https://i.imgur.com/LZBZBtT.jpg)

The next color redish for the shoulder plate.
(https://i.imgur.com/HqrL9Uo.jpg)

The last will be black.
(https://i.imgur.com/Cna2ddt.jpg)

And then I continued on with the weathering of the logos and the plates themselves...
Emulating from the references, there is white paint smearing on the chest logo, so I dabbed some white paint on there from a paper towel to achieve that effect.
Same principle applied to the shoulder logo, but this time, I sprayed the blue spray paint on a paper towel and then dabbed it on the designated areas of the logo.
After that, some light carbon scoring on the logos and over all on the pieces itself.
(https://i.imgur.com/bMMA08k.jpg)

And more or less the final results of all the pieces...
(https://i.imgur.com/yvWNRjG.jpg)

All set for now...
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: Breyo Fey on Oct 13, 2020, 10:54 AM
Those look great!
Nice job on the paint and weathering.
Makes me inspired to pick my DW up again...
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: Kryamla Redalur on Oct 13, 2020, 12:16 PM
Very detailed! Looks good!
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: Mi'ix on Oct 13, 2020, 03:57 PM
Getting hard to tell the difference between the model and you!
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: mrfred on Oct 24, 2020, 03:58 AM
---Painting and Weathering the Helmet and Range Finder

At long last comes the main head piece! As usual, I pick up from where I left off months ago with the bucket and range finder painted with the base silver.
But first, here are my references for this two part item.
(https://i.imgur.com/SFIMwkB.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/XXKpuHu.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/X3TFggG.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/sOlnLYC.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/wuuGRQb.jpg)

The silver based paint with a cardboard cover for the visor to protect the interior.
(https://i.imgur.com/cgcrRuT.jpg)

I start off with masking all areas that will be blue on the helmet, including the T-visor area, the side ear pieces, and the back vents.
(Also pictured here with my range finder in the silver base.)
(https://i.imgur.com/4bj2Axx.jpg)

I coat both the RF and the bucket with medium gray MG#7060...
(https://i.imgur.com/2c5JZev.jpg)

...and then coat both parts with the dark gray MG#7070. After letting the paint dry and cure for about a day, I proceeded to mask all the dark gray areas of the bucket I wanted to keepóthe top dome, the back side sans the vent area, and both sides of the cheek area in detail.
The exposed strips of the cheek area will be exposed for the next paint color...
(https://i.imgur.com/3FqgyCz.jpg)

...which will be the white. I'll be using the MG#7010-Marble color. It's a slightly off color white, that has a more flatter look, and isn't a blinding pure white.
(https://i.imgur.com/vYMp9me.jpg)

Applied and will sit for a day to dry and cure.
(https://i.imgur.com/UcZZFbL.jpg)

And jumping back to the RF, the familiar process takes place with the usual black washing and then carbon scoring.
(https://i.imgur.com/vIgqD55.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/hIkt2Go.jpg)

And after the final matte coating, here are the results for this piece.
(https://i.imgur.com/lwTTnGL.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/Kfk0m5X.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/h3ZBmQV.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/8bZRHXa.jpg)

Here's a quick view of the bucket after the white has dried and the masking off the areas of the front T-visor, the dome, and the backside.
(https://i.imgur.com/tJo9fhR.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/5usUQFv.jpg)

Next will be the masking preperation for painting the blues...I mask everything in detail that will not be blue, including the white cheek area, the dome and the backside sans the vent area.
(https://i.imgur.com/SXTeSGT.jpg)

The first layer of blue will be a coating of Rustoleum Wildflower Blue. Two hours after the application I dry sanded the blue with a grade green Scotch Brite scrubbing pad to take out the sheen and then did a wet sand of the layer to get a subtle deeper blue effect (probably only noticable to the nake eye). I then continued to allow it to dry and cure for another 24hrs.
(https://i.imgur.com/CNm5BvL.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/KlthZja.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/UyIaK7c.jpg)

The second layer of blue will be Crylon Iris Blue. I did two layers of dusting with this blue shade.
(https://i.imgur.com/tOxROnu.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/J6HIOkw.jpg)

Next, I used steel wool to do some scuff weathering on the blue areas.
(https://i.imgur.com/qNh2CpG.jpg)

Another layer of weathering on the blue areas was applied with a little bit of white washing and dry brushing throughout...
(https://i.imgur.com/U79wWhE.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/Z4H7UfX.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/RwtW8yB.jpg)

After I applied silver Rub 'n Buff to areas around the T-visor and other blue areas, I proceeded to remove the masking for the white area of the cheeks and did some light sanding with the steel wool.
(https://i.imgur.com/h4eIOFn.jpg)

Next was the unmasking of the gray areas...
(https://i.imgur.com/kFEnzzn.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/HM7npj3.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/FtMwNUp.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/RfRiZ3U.jpg)

Up next was sanding down to the next paint layer on key areas as referenced from the screen shots, and then dry brushing or dabbing light gray paint on the gray areas, especially the cheeks and dome areas.
(https://i.imgur.com/reX2Jsr.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/uJfiwTF.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/E1t9dgm.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/HMY252O.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/TBJgz3N.jpg)

For the kill mark decals, I used my 1/4"in or 6mm green masking tape as a guide. I cut four 30mm length strips and use them as place holders for where the yellow painted kill marks will be located. It took me a few trys to get them to the correct length and placement per the screen references. I had them placed about 3mm above the lip of the visor area and about 2mm spacing between the marks for each pair.
(https://i.imgur.com/0LR1Fxw.jpg)

I then masked around the decals in the negative spacing as so...
(https://i.imgur.com/Nincyuh.jpg)

I used generic yellow acrylic paint and used a paint roller to apply the color. (I didn't want to paint using a brush as I didn't want brush strokes to be apparent on these marks.)
(https://i.imgur.com/pppvvKb.jpg)

Dried and masking off.
(https://i.imgur.com/6XKfZfs.jpg)

After I sanded the kill marks with 800 grit sandpaper to weather blend them to the helmet, applied another layer of light gray dry dabbing over the forehead area among other places and then sealed the bucket with matte coating.
(https://i.imgur.com/c2ruheE.jpg)

The next step was a black wash, but I didn't use a heavy black wash in the traditional sense. Instead, I did a very light wash via using a paper towel and dapping technique. On areas where the black dabbing took away the other lighter gray or silver weathering, I also went back and reapplied those lost accent weathering. A layer of carbon scoring was applied too. And where areas that the graphite was over applied, I restored by subtracting via wet paper towel and also used light gray fuller's earth to get some of the highlights back.
(https://i.imgur.com/4mu91Jx.jpg)

After the final matte seal, I took off the visor backing board and assembled the rest of the pieces of the bucket.
(https://i.imgur.com/vLLzcNV.jpg)

And here are the final results...
(https://i.imgur.com/LtGwVNU.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/tuU0O7X.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/EIBL2se.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/gc0ri2e.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/L2RTd2x.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/kIJDwyH.jpg)

All armor pieces now completed!
(https://i.imgur.com/JyZlhbb.jpg)

All set for now!
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: Vexos on Oct 24, 2020, 01:16 PM
Looks great vod!
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: Kryamla Redalur on Oct 24, 2020, 03:33 PM
Looking good Fred :)
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: Mi'ix on Oct 24, 2020, 06:08 PM
Absolutely stunning, my friend.

I think the trick with these builds is pulling off the weathering just right and I think that's been achieved here.

I'm going to note your techniques, especially in the paint department, for future recruits building from  these shows as the tried and true method of bringing these characters to life.
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: Rayne on Oct 25, 2020, 08:53 AM
Wow! Looks great! Youíve done your research
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: mrfred on Oct 26, 2020, 01:14 AM
Thanks everyone for the feedback!
Gonna keep going... :D

---Weathering the Soft Goods

Going to start the weathering with the flightsuit...
(https://i.imgur.com/r0y8PXY.jpg)

The plan is to dust the flightsuit with light gray, such as Rustoleum Aged Gray, which I have on hand. I'll also be using a soft sanding block/sponge to blend the paint to the fabric and to soften up the hard edge marks.
(https://i.imgur.com/0OMBTI8.jpg)

Most of the dusting of the flightsuit will mostly be on the exposed areas or areas not covered by the armor or the vest. Best distance to dust is about 1-2 feet away from the target. Here I'm using the sanding block to blend the weathering better, and it helps cover up areas where you've gone overboard.
(https://i.imgur.com/zCHxCRT.jpg)

Frontside and backside of the dusted suit.
(https://i.imgur.com/mzYMmLz.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/Hid3sV8.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/0qoWoey.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/aW5jB3P.jpg)

Next will be the flight gloves. Same process, light dusting with light gray paint.
(https://i.imgur.com/ixv1xc3.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/MquEZpx.jpg)

Weathering of the vest comes next. In order to weather this vinyl like surface, I'll need to coat it with a matte clear coating. It'll coat it with a tacky surface, which will hopefully hold the weathering via fuller's earth.
(https://i.imgur.com/7nyDEAx.jpg)

After the coating, fuller's earth is applied. I would then rub it over with a cloth to blend it...
(https://i.imgur.com/g24nv6Y.jpg)

Vest now looks like it's "...been there, done that."
(https://i.imgur.com/c4daiZp.jpg)

I have a recon neck wrap that I'll be using for coverage of the neck up to the lower half of my head. It's currently in a foilage color, so it should be easy to dye it to navy blue.
(https://i.imgur.com/QofuAZ0.jpg)

And here is the result after an hour in the dye...I can leave it in the dye longer if I want it darker... but it's good to go at this point.
(https://i.imgur.com/LXdgV4a.jpg)

All set for now.
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: Kryamla Redalur on Oct 26, 2020, 12:08 PM
Excited to see all of this together!
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: mrfred on Nov 01, 2020, 10:46 PM
Excited to see all of this together!

Ok! Here is a quick test fit with everything put together...please forgive if anything is off, because I'm a one man show on this and after about 50 takes, these are the best ones...doing this myself was like blindfolded with one hand tied behind my back hopping on one foot...next time I'll at least get a second person to help me with this...

(https://i.imgur.com/h7G9Fla.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/SCd76r1.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/eZfUfFt.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/vDnK3w5.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/dCAztqV.jpg)


All set??? No, not quite yet...
Hummm... something is still missing...
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: Rayne on Nov 04, 2020, 10:46 AM
Youíve been working hard! Itís looking good!

For the torso plates, youíll want to shape them a bit more to fit closer to your body. We donít want to be able to see underneath the plates.

The legs of your flightsuit could be tailored just a bit to not look baggy near your thighs.

Youíre doing a great job!
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: mrfred on Nov 04, 2020, 11:24 AM

For the torso plates, youíll want to shape them a bit more to fit closer to your body. We donít want to be able to see underneath the plates.


Torso plates... they're ABS, not sintra, maybe tough to do without destroying them... hummm...
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: Mi'ix on Nov 04, 2020, 11:46 AM
Looking at this now, I agree about the plate float. That is something that will get called out at the base approval level.

From the side shot is where I'm seeing the main issues. Especially around the bottom of the chest fangs, top of the chest plate, and a few spots on the backplate.

You could try some hot water or VERY, and I mean VERY gradually heating the plate to shape it a little more.

You are SO close. Honestly, it was gut wrenching writing the above notes, but I know you can sort that issue out.
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: Fenn Beviin on Nov 04, 2020, 01:32 PM
Awesome stuff dude! Very well done  :like:
Title: Re: Death Watch Airborne Version A - TCW S05 - WIP
Post by: darthnova on Nov 05, 2020, 11:56 AM
Very nice kit, I'm still watching your detailed progress...every time stunning again  :jango:.