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Mandalorian Armor => Female Armor => Topic started by: Alyssad on Nov 20, 2019, 07:46 PM

Title: First WIP- Female Medic
Post by: Alyssad on Nov 20, 2019, 07:46 PM
This is my very first time doing an armored kit, and I'm super excited to get started! I know I'm going to need lots of help and guidance along the way, though! Hopefully y'all can help!

I really want to do a medic, since helping people is honestly a huge part of who I am. My aunt and sister are also nurses. I thought this theme would fit my personality well!

Below is a link to a *very* rough drawing of what I'm thinking right now. I'm not the greatest at drawing so I'm sure there are some issues with things, but it gives the basic idea I hope  :) For the colors, I'm thinking a dark/navy blue flight suit with a light gray or white vest. The chest armor will be a darker gray with red accents. Red gauntlets, kneepads, and other small armor pieces on boots or gloves. Helmet will be the same gray with the navy around the T-visor and a little bit of red accent. Not quite sure exactly about the belt situation yet, so advice there would be awesome! Also shoes are going to be what I can come up with, but ideally I'd like them to be gray. I also want to do a red cape because capes are cool  :P

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kZ1ifH9lL_CZ2eV7RqFwuvDRGndBbyBx/view?usp=sharing (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kZ1ifH9lL_CZ2eV7RqFwuvDRGndBbyBx/view?usp=sharing)

I'm not sure what sort of helmet to get yet, so advice there would be super great! I like the look of the Nite Owls, so I'm leaning toward that.

Also, I've scoured the forums for other medic builds, but I'd love to see more! So if you have one or know of any, please let me know! Especially if there are close-ups of equipment and medical-type gauntlets.
Title: Re: First WIP- Female Medic
Post by: Arminius on Nov 20, 2019, 09:46 PM
Hi!!   :sabine:
This is my first armored build too,I'm also just getting the basic idea of what I want,never really thought the mandos would have many doctors,but this is your build and not mine.I'm personally going for a grey armor and helmet with details in various colors.As for the weapons I'll go for double Westar-35 pistols and wrist-mounted accesories.As for the helmet I'll go with the regular T-shape with a slight frown,and a cape of course.I do suggest for you to add pouches to hint about your role,medics usually carry more pouches than usual.
Title: Re: First WIP- Female Medic
Post by: Alyssad on Nov 20, 2019, 10:17 PM
Awesome! I can't wait to see what you end up doing!
I'm definitely planning to have some extra pouches on the belt. I'm also thinking about doing something strapped onto my leg as well! I'll have to kind of play around with it once I get to that point. Eventually I want to add a backpack or something with medical supplies as well.
Title: Re: First WIP- Female Medic
Post by: Arminius on Nov 20, 2019, 10:27 PM
Thanks! Can't wait to see yours too,I sent you a PM with another tips for you.
Title: Re: First WIP- Female Medic
Post by: Raeza on Nov 21, 2019, 07:49 PM
Hi! I'm actually thinking of doing a medic too, so it was really cool to see someone else's ideas. If you're having trouble visualizing colors you should try mando maker, I've been practically living on it trying to settle my design idea.
Title: Re: First WIP- Female Medic
Post by: Arminius on Nov 21, 2019, 08:47 PM
Thanks for the link,I'm a terrible artist and this program will help me sort a design. :like:
Title: Re: First WIP- Female Medic
Post by: Alyssad on Nov 22, 2019, 07:47 AM
Hi! I'm actually thinking of doing a medic too, so it was really cool to see someone else's ideas. If you're having trouble visualizing colors you should try mando maker, I've been practically living on it trying to settle my design idea.
Awesome!!! I really havenít found any other female medics so thatís great! Canít wait to see your progress as well! Iíll def have to play with the maker some more. I tried it a little but I wasnít very good about keeping the colors consistent? So I just resorted to the low tech colored pencil version 😂
Title: Re: First WIP- Female Medic
Post by: Raeza on Nov 22, 2019, 10:23 AM
Awesome!!! I really havenít found any other female medics so thatís great! Canít wait to see your progress as well! Iíll def have to play with the maker some more. I tried it a little but I wasnít very good about keeping the colors consistent? So I just resorted to the low tech colored pencil version 😂

I had that issue with the colors too lol I saw you're doing a medic bag too, have you decided how to do it? I was thinking of making a waist satchel, and actually putting medical things people might need at a con in it. I'm not sure what all to do though. Feel free to pm me if you ever want to brainstorm!
Title: Re: First WIP- Female Medic
Post by: OriKad on Nov 22, 2019, 01:25 PM
Here's a couple examples from a medic build I'm almost done making for my mom:

Helmet
(https://i.imgur.com/8jOO4qv.jpg)

Gauntlets (with light up scanner and integrated diagnostic display)
(https://i.imgur.com/8oaFmDE.jpg)

Belt mount medkit (closed)
(https://i.imgur.com/BYCS08n.jpg)

Belt mount medkit (open
(https://i.imgur.com/NLI4hbv.jpg)

Beskad (required by medic brigade) and multi-function field surgery knife (amputation, clothes cutter, general utility blade, and scalpel)
(https://i.imgur.com/H8RwWae.jpg)

And the concept I'm building to
(https://i.imgur.com/iVGlncX.jpg)


Feel free to borrow any ideas. :)
Title: Re: First WIP- Female Medic
Post by: Raeza on Nov 22, 2019, 04:19 PM
These are awesome! Do you have to do brigade if you do a medic?

It's a little simple, but I plan on weathering it a lot, maybe doing some blaster marks, and putting together my medic bag.

(https://i.imgur.com/9cKPAvs.jpg)
Title: Re: First WIP- Female Medic
Post by: Alyssad on Nov 22, 2019, 05:15 PM
Here's a couple examples from a medic build I'm almost done making for my mom:

Helmet
(https://i.imgur.com/8jOO4qv.jpg)

Gauntlets (with light up scanner and integrated diagnostic display)
(https://i.imgur.com/8oaFmDE.jpg)

Belt mount medkit (closed)
(https://i.imgur.com/BYCS08n.jpg)

Belt mount medkit (open
(https://i.imgur.com/NLI4hbv.jpg)

Beskad (required by medic brigade) and multi-function field surgery knife (amputation, clothes cutter, general utility blade, and scalpel)
(https://i.imgur.com/H8RwWae.jpg)

And the concept I'm building to
(https://i.imgur.com/iVGlncX.jpg)


Feel free to borrow any ideas. :)

Thank you!!! This looks amazing so far! I love both of those knives so much! How did you go about doing the display on the scanner thing? I want to do something similar
Title: Re: First WIP- Female Medic
Post by: Alyssad on Nov 24, 2019, 07:06 PM
These are awesome! Do you have to do brigade if you do a medic?

It's a little simple, but I plan on weathering it a lot, maybe doing some blaster marks, and putting together my medic bag.

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

I loooove your colors! This looks like a really good plan! From what I understand, brigades are totally extra for those who want to do it. But you can do a medic theme without joining. Iím planning to just get what I need for basic approval and then eventually upgrading what needs to for brigades down the road but not focusing on that right now. 
Title: Re: First WIP- Female Medic
Post by: Raeza on Nov 24, 2019, 07:32 PM
I loooove your colors! This looks like a really good plan! From what I understand, brigades are totally extra for those who want to do it. But you can do a medic theme without joining. Iím planning to just get what I need for basic approval and then eventually upgrading what needs to for brigades down the road but not focusing on that right now.

Thank you, I actually changed it because it looked to similar to a stormtrooper. But I still plan on doing a medic. I'm going to paint the medic symbol on one shoulder, and aurebesh lettering on the helmet.
Title: Re: First WIP- Female Medic
Post by: Alyssad on Nov 25, 2019, 11:27 AM
Thank you, I actually changed it because it looked to similar to a stormtrooper. But I still plan on doing a medic. I'm going to paint the medic symbol on one shoulder, and aurebesh lettering on the helmet.
What words are you putting? I want to add something like that to mine except in Mandoía, but Iím still trying to come up with a quote or phrase
Title: Re: First WIP- Female Medic
Post by: Raeza on Nov 25, 2019, 12:12 PM
What words are you putting? I want to add something like that to mine except in Mandoía, but Iím still trying to come up with a quote or phrase

I was thinking just writing medic in aurebesh on the helmet.
Title: Re: First WIP- Female Medic
Post by: Alyssad on Dec 01, 2019, 06:52 PM
Updates! Ordered my bucket over Black Friday to take advantage of the sales, so now the waiting game for it to arrive! Stuck with a more traditional design instead of going the Nite Owl look I had originally planned. I also have a small blaster on the way.

Also got my flight suit figured out. Found some scrubs at Goodwill and lucked out to get a jacket that matched the set for the long sleeves. Took the pockets off of the pants so they should be good to go. (Have a few snags from the seam ripper on the reinforced pocket edges so I'm going to stick some clear nail polish on the inside leg and hope they don't rip  :P)
I like the look with the double sleeve better, so I'm probably going to go that route. Bulky middle should get covered by belts.
(https://i.imgur.com/O8QJaLf.jpg)
With just the long sleeve
(https://i.imgur.com/IyPtBjp.jpg)
PS- the colors here look a little wonky, idk why. The picture at the bottom of the page shows the true colors much better.

So now for some advice- I think the pant legs are kinda wide. I can take them in (although I have no idea how to do that, but I'm sure I can figure it out). OR I can get taller boots. I hadn't originally wanted to do tall boots though. The black boots are more the style I was going for (these are my Winter Soldier boots- I just needed something for the style  ;) I'll be finding a new pair to modify for this if this is what I decide). If I end up going a tall boot route, I'd do black and attach armor, but I really like the look of the smaller boot more. Opinions? Do I need to take the pants in or is it just me?
(https://i.imgur.com/oX6mqFO.jpg)

Also any other major concerns at this point?
Title: Re: First WIP- Female Medic
Post by: kellynoons on Dec 05, 2019, 06:56 PM
Updates! Ordered my bucket over Black Friday to take advantage of the sales, so now the waiting game for it to arrive! Stuck with a more traditional design instead of going the Nite Owl look I had originally planned. I also have a small blaster on the way.

Also got my flight suit figured out. Found some scrubs at Goodwill and lucked out to get a jacket that matched the set for the long sleeves. Took the pockets off of the pants so they should be good to go. (Have a few snags from the seam ripper on the reinforced pocket edges so I'm going to stick some clear nail polish on the inside leg and hope they don't rip  :P)
I like the look with the double sleeve better, so I'm probably going to go that route. Bulky middle should get covered by belts.
(https://i.imgur.com/O8QJaLf.jpg)
With just the long sleeve
(https://i.imgur.com/IyPtBjp.jpg)
PS- the colors here look a little wonky, idk why. The picture at the bottom of the page shows the true colors much better.

So now for some advice- I think the pant legs are kinda wide. I can take them in (although I have no idea how to do that, but I'm sure I can figure it out). OR I can get taller boots. I hadn't originally wanted to do tall boots though. The black boots are more the style I was going for (these are my Winter Soldier boots- I just needed something for the style  ;) I'll be finding a new pair to modify for this if this is what I decide). If I end up going a tall boot route, I'd do black and attach armor, but I really like the look of the smaller boot more. Opinions? Do I need to take the pants in or is it just me?
(https://i.imgur.com/oX6mqFO.jpg)

Also any other major concerns at this point?

Nice score with the scrubs!

Based off your current design, I would say go with the your original boot idea! I love me some tall boots, but the shorter boots look better with what you're trying to do.

I f you do do the shorter boots, I would alter the pants just a bit, the leg looks a little long. 

keep up the good work!
Title: Re: First WIP- Female Medic
Post by: Alyssad on Dec 14, 2019, 06:31 PM
Found some super cool shoes which I hope will work! Gotta take the tag off, but they just felt so perfect for the look I'm going for! Plus the compromise on my boot situation- they're somewhat tall but not completely. I can tuck the pants into them and the bagginess is much better!
(https://i.imgur.com/BygLO0d.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/peskU0k.jpg)

Also I think I'm going to cannibalize my Enfys Nest gloves since I'm not longer going to be pursuing that build. I'll take the brown parts off, but I'm wondering if I can leave the white? I kinda like it, but I'm not sure if it's still too recognizable as that character. If not, I'll try painting over it with another color? Maybe either blue or red since those will be my armor colors? Also I'll cover the logo with fabric or something as well, but most likely won't ever even see that part of the glove.
(https://i.imgur.com/uiZzz6e.jpg)
Title: Re: First WIP- Female Medic
Post by: Veris Bralor on Dec 30, 2019, 08:23 PM
I don't think the gloves are too recognizable.
Don't stress to much about taking in the legs if you decide it will look better. Its pretty easy look up tutorials, but basically you flip them inside out, put them on, pin a new inside seam, sew it up and mirror it on the other leg.
Title: Re: First WIP- Female Medic
Post by: Falke on Jan 01, 2020, 03:11 PM
I agree the gloves are not that regoncisable and should work for your mando and I like the boots, they have a great feel! Just remove the logo and you're good to go!
Title: Re: First WIP- Female Medic
Post by: SeaEye on Jan 03, 2020, 03:43 AM
"So Others Might Live"
"Corpsman Up!"
"Not Self, but Clan"

Helpful? Maybe?
Title: Re: First WIP- Female Medic
Post by: Alyssad on Jan 06, 2020, 12:13 PM
Cool cool! I actually painted over the white with black but might go back over with white again. The black seems too dark for the look Iím going for.
Another cool thing about the boots is I saw a BTS picture of Billy Dee Williams in episode 9, and he has on the same boots just in black! I donít think you can see them in the actual movie, but I was happy to see they are officially ďcanonĒ!

Next step is to get a flak vest. Iím cool with buying one or possibly making one (my sewing skills are somewhat on the noob level though). If itís super easy to make Iím game to try. Any patterns out there? Or sellers you recommend?
Title: Re: First WIP- Female Medic
Post by: Veris Bralor on Jan 07, 2020, 12:51 AM
I'd recommend looking in the supplier area of the forum or asking locally about vests. And there is a tutorial in the halls of knowledge. I've now made 2 and I'm still not happy about how I'm doing it so I'm not one to ask about ease.
Title: Re: First WIP- Female Medic
Post by: Nika on Jan 12, 2020, 09:24 PM
If you ever have trouble with having to keep tucking the pants back into your boot, one of my clan mates told me about putting like a strap on the bottom to go under the foot to keep the pants down in the boot. Hope that made sense?
Title: Re: First WIP- Female Medic
Post by: Alyssad on Jan 20, 2020, 02:29 PM
Thanks for the help! Found someone on the forum to make a vest and planning to order it tonight. Acquired sintra for armor. Will need to get to an armor party for help with that though!
Finished Enfys gloves and put the white back on the fingers. I had originally painted the white over with black but they looked too dark for what Iím going for with my kit. But I kept the red stripe on the knuckles. Will add some armor to the back of the hands later.
(https://i.imgur.com/Z0G7urJ.jpg)
Title: Re: First WIP- Female Medic
Post by: Alyssad on Mar 03, 2020, 09:56 PM
Long time no updates! Finally got something more substantial done. Trying to get all the soft parts finished and out of the way before I start the armor even though Iím itching to do the armor 😍

Got a belt which will be getting modified of course. Need to remove the logo. Probably adding some paint and maybe some medical labels to the pouches which will end up getting stuffed to make them look more full too. Will also be covering the plastic buckle with sintra to make a more in-universe look. Any cool ideas or inspiration for that is definitely welcome!
Made my sash belt with loin cloth as well. Loin cloth is attached with Velcro so can be removed if I want to upgrade to hard armor there in the future.

(https://i.imgur.com/cl0B5LJ.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/CAxRMK9.jpg)

Next step is to try to make a flak vest. I decided I am going to attempt to make my own and if itís a fail Iíll commission one instead 😅

Update: Working on a cape to use instead of a backplate for now. I want a more substantial cape since sheíll be a medic. Hypothetically, it could be used for a blanket, stretcher, etc. I also like the scarf look similar to Kyloís. Itís not super obvious in the pictures but hopefully you get the idea! (And hopefully a style like this is ok!)  Nothing has been hemmed yet. Iíll add more photos once itís cleaned up.
(https://i.imgur.com/LrSFZ45.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/Zw1bzzf.jpg)
Title: Re: First WIP- Female Medic
Post by: Alyssad on Apr 14, 2020, 11:12 PM
Quarantine has made me resourceful and trying out things Iíve been scared to do! Hereís a mockup of my flak vest. I posted with my local clan and getting feedback from them. I need to make the armpits a little bigger but that shouldnít be an issue. Any other issues you see?
(https://i.imgur.com/mUb2mjL.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/ZhahM4v.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/iTwSqZk.jpg)
Title: Re: First WIP- Female Medic
Post by: Jaa'lir Corvus on Apr 16, 2020, 01:31 PM
Hi fellow medic! Just wanted to say hi and that this is looking good!
Title: Re: First WIP- Female Medic
Post by: n33rdysoldier on May 10, 2020, 07:09 PM
If you are concerned about the pants can always try blousing the pants with blousing string, giving it a "tucked in look" but in reality it sits on top of the boot and if done right it won't ride up the leg either.
Title: Re: First WIP- Female Medic
Post by: Alyssad on May 12, 2020, 06:26 PM
Got a lot of updates!! Iím finally seeing a light at the end of this tunnel and Iím getting very eager to have this done. My goal is to be done before our local con which has been postponed to September. That gives me the whole summer to finish which I think is pretty reasonable.
First off, finished the flak vest so Iím messing around with armor templates and whatnot right now. Hoping we are able to meet in person soon so I can get some help from my local clan with this part.

Next up, helmet is mostly done! The words on the back are based off of a verse in Psalms. I translated it myself with as many words as I could find in the Mandoía dictionary and then just spelled out the rest using the alphabet. Itís probably wrong, but it looks cool anyway so Iím happy with it. Iím still waiting on a blue mirrored visor from Kalevala and am planning to add HUD lights from Acacin Armouries as well. Once all my armor is finished, Iíll go over everything to dirty/weather it up but I wanted consistency there so Iím waiting to finish that aspect.
(https://i.imgur.com/x0LdHS3.jpg)

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

Made this fun little arm band with a few bottles of medicines and/or poisons depending on the circumstances lol.
(https://i.imgur.com/r1hxiir.jpg)

Shoulders are being 3d printed and hopefully will be arriving soon. Knees and gauntlets have been ordered from April Storm and hopefully will be here in the next few weeks as well. I also got some new fingerless gloves because I realized I live in Arizona and didn't want to sweat more than I have to. Also, being able to use my hands/fingers is also a plus.

(https://i.imgur.com/W579Xue.jpg)
Excuse my art teacher fingers lol


Title: Re: First WIP- Female Medic
Post by: Kiru Setu on May 19, 2020, 08:08 PM
Looking great so far, vod. Keep it up! Can't wait to get our armored selfie together!
Title: Re: First WIP- Female Medic
Post by: Alyssad on May 21, 2020, 09:27 PM
Looking great so far, vod. Keep it up! Can't wait to get our armored selfie together!
I can't wait for that selfie too!!!!!!

Ok... the dreaded armor. I've been putting this off as long as I can, but it's now time to work on it so here we are.
Paper templates are not fun. Especially when you have womanly curves. I want my armor to be as generic as possible which I don't know if that makes it easier or harder? I found some templates with darts built in them. I honestly don't remember where I even found them, but they worked great for me printed straight off with the sizing that was already there. I then used the Jango Fett templates on the template page (but the one with multiple sizes) and used the pattern for people 5'3". I'm about an inch or so taller than that but the sizing seemed good. The collar plate was too short, so I added about two inches to the bottom, making it go straight across (mostly because straight lines are easier for me). Then I cut off about a half inch from the sides. I added about an inch to the top of the chest plates and it got me pretty close to the right size. I'll probably add another half inch to the top of those still, and I can trim it later. Always go bigger because trimming is easy. Once I put everything on, I realized the collar looked massive and bulky and I didn't like it. So I folded the bottom corners in to give it an angled look. This works really well with the shape of the chest pieces I think and makes it look really streamlined. Unique, but not too crazy.

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

After checking with people who know more than me, we decided the sizing was pretty good. Spacing is a little off still, but once I have this cut out onto the pvc board, it should be a little easier to fix that. Next step will be to trace these patterns onto the pvc board and get those cut out and start trying to shape them. Since it's a holiday weekend, I'm hoping I can get that tackled or at least started in a few days. I really have almost absolutely no idea how to do this, so it should be an adventure.

Something I DO have confidence in, however, is this!

(https://i.imgur.com/S8UdFL4.jpg)

I got myself some wooden beads and leather string and put 19 beads together for a trophy. Since I'm going the medic route, I am planning for my trophies to be more like memorials. The 19 beads represent COVID-19 since most of this project has been/will be completed during the pandemic. I'm also going to make another memorial for my grandpa who passed away from COVID. I'm planning to do a chest diamond with his name on it and some more beads. I'll cut that out this weekend when I work on cutting out my armor. The question is, what is the best way to weather the beads? Rub some acrylics on them?
Title: Re: First WIP- Female Medic
Post by: Naasad Tal on May 21, 2020, 09:30 PM
Love your trophy & the planned memorial!!

Armor templates look great, as mentioned in the clan FB page, minor spacing issues that can easily be fixed later when the armor is done.

Great progress so far!
Title: Re: First WIP- Female Medic
Post by: n33rdysoldier on May 21, 2020, 10:53 PM
The question is, what is the best way to weather the beads? Rub some acrylics on them?

depends on the type of weathering you want to do. You can always do a light layer of glue and roll it in the dirt out side. You can do a black, brown and red wash. scuff them with sand paper then apply wash. or both
Title: Re: First WIP- Female Medic
Post by: Ares X on May 22, 2020, 11:06 AM
Love the memorial and VERY SORRY about your grandfather.

As far as weathering the beads... I was going to suggest sandpaper as well. You could also drag them through some gravel.  Fuller's Earth (or powdered tile grout) will add some 3D weathering.  Just spray them with some clear coat, then sprinkle some Fuller's Earth (or the grout powder) over them and then spray again.
Title: Re: First WIP- Female Medic
Post by: Kiru Setu on May 22, 2020, 12:13 PM
Love the memorial and VERY SORRY about your grandfather.

As far as weathering the beads... I was going to suggest sandpaper as well. You could also drag them through some gravel.  Fuller's Earth (or powdered tile grout) will add some 3D weathering.  Just spray them with some clear coat, then sprinkle some Fuller's Earth (or the grout powder) over them and then spray again.

And, I have some fuller's earth if you need it.
Title: Re: First WIP- Female Medic
Post by: Alyssad on May 22, 2020, 06:35 PM
Oooh those are some great ideas!!! Iíll give that a go! And Tiana I would love to use some of that if you have some extra!

Got a lot of work done last night/today! First off, I weathered and made my belt much more interesting. I added some Mando'a words at the bottom of the pouches but you can barely read them. Still looks cool though and I feel it actually adds even more character and weathering than if it was perfect looking. I used metallic silver paint mixed with some black to tone it down. I used it on all the rivets and on the black snaps. Wiped watered down gray paint on the edges where it would get worn along with some muddy brown paint. (I'll be adding a piece of sintra on top of the parachute buckle too.)

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

Then I weathered my flight suit! I used coconut oil to add sweat stains in the armpits (gross). I used some blacks, grays, and browns to add the rest of the weathering, focusing mostly on the knees, elbows, and backside. As a medic, I thought I would be sitting/kneeling/laying down next to people so those areas would be muddier and dirtier than others.

(https://i.imgur.com/0zUWzvk.jpg)

The sash belt/loin cloth was next. Same weathering on the sash- not too exciting. But the loin cloth has a lot of the oil on the bottom and is very dirty. I felt as I was kneeling or whatever, it would get draped in dirt pretty easily. It also is easy to just use to wipe off hands too. Then onto the cape! Same process with the coconut oil and paints. More dirt towards the bottom, and I added some holes and snags and snagged a few ends since I felt it would get caught on things on the ground. I still need to finish this up and add some of the same weathering on the inside of it as well.
Flak vest got some watered down gray paint on the seams to make them look more worn. But since most of this will be covered up, I didn't focus too much on it. Laid everything out except boots and gloves to see how its all looking together and it made me so happy to see it all together- even if it's just the soft parts!

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

Still need to weather the boots and gloves as well as the sides of my flight suit because I forgot that would be visible through the buckles on my flak vest  :P Then I need to weather a few other small things but that job is practically done!

The biggest part of today was spent cutting and sanding armor. Surprisingly I didn't ruin anything cutting and sanding was much easier than I thought. I figured things were going too well because then I decided it was time to try to reattach the darts and start shaping. I got E6000 thinking that would work, but it didn't. Plus I had no way of clamping the two parts together since it bends the plastic. I was smashing them together as best as I could hoping it would dry enough that I could let go. That never happened. Tried to use Gorilla Glue and same story. So my dad suggested I use 5 minute epoxy and use duct tape to help hold the sides together. This was much more promising, but because there wasn't much left in his stash, we didn't mix it perfectly. So it never cured. At this point I wanted to just throw this all away and try a new strategy, but I decided to go buy more epoxy with the plunger so I knew I would have 50/50. I also decided I should try to heat the plastic and bend it more into shape and maybe that would help the sides of the dart not try to pull apart so much. But it was time to call it quits for the evening because I was hungry.
I'll try the new plan tomorrow and hope it works. If not, my dad is going to teach me how to fiberglass!

(https://i.imgur.com/YbKELz3.jpg)

Sorry for the lack of armor pictures- my hands were covered in plastic dust and epoxy for most of the afternoon so this is all you're getting for now. I'll get some more tomorrow when I work on it again.

Update!
Tried the new epoxy today and it worked MUCH better. Letting it cure for 24 hours before I use bondo and sand down the seams. But about 3 hours later is is super hard so I don't think the seam will be going anywhere. I need to do a bit more shaping on the bottom of these, but they seem to fit well. Is it better to finish shaping before I bondo or can I wait till the end?

(https://i.imgur.com/vSsf7Gn.jpg)

Went and messed around with some painting of some plastic syringes I found on Amazon. (No needles!) But the clear plastic tubing just looked a little too earthy to me. Most of the reference images I have found of SW medical tools show the tools being metallic. So I used acetone nail polish remover to get the measurement labels off the sides. Then I pulled out the plungers and lightly sanded the sides of the main tube. Used plastic primer and then covered that with metallic chrome paint. I don't want this being dirty at all so I don't plan on doing anything else to them. Clean medical tools are important!! I plan on sewing another arm band like the one I made for the tubes of medicines for these. I'll also probably add a few more tubes to this arm band too.

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

Also, I played around with a cheap metal tin and made this little medpac. I tried using stencils for the letters (which say MED in aurebesh) but they didn't quite turn out as nicely as I was hoping. But it kinda gives it a cool affect? Let me know what you think. I thought it would be cool to strap this to my thigh. It fits really well right there!

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

(https://i.imgur.com/vGED4eC.jpg)
Title: Re: First WIP- Female Medic
Post by: Kiru Setu on May 26, 2020, 04:00 PM
Fantastic work.

Let me know when and where for the fuller's earth.
Title: Re: First WIP- Female Medic
Post by: Alyssad on May 27, 2020, 10:42 PM
Thanks! I shall PM you :)

I worked on some shaping of armor plates on Memorial Day and that was going ok until I snapped my collar plate like an idiot trying to bend it without heating. I will be cutting out a new one of those this weekend. I also went and bought myself an actual heat gun so I'm not doing this with a blow dryer anymore...
Anyway, this is much harder than I thought it would be, but I'm trying not to get discouraged. Hopefully I'll be able to get everything to the right shape without breaking anything else. The good thing is plastic is cheapish and I can always get more.

(https://i.imgur.com/lcDj9OK.jpg)

But I needed a break from the armor after being frustrated so I painted the little knuckle guards on my gloves and got those weathered up. I feel like the red just makes them pop a little more. I also weathered my boots, adding lots of muddy brown on the bottoms. I really like how they turned out. I did put them on with my pants again and decided that taking in the pant leg is going to be the best option. But that shouldn't be too hard to do! I'm going to just sew a line down the inseam starting at the knee. I used the same method to take in the flares on my Imperial officer pants for Gov. Pryce and I left all the fabric just in case I want to let the out some day in the future or want to change things up. Cutting fabric is so final, so this gives me the option to let it out if I need to.

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

I also made a few more medicine test tube things. These do not seal great so I have to add hot glue to the cap before I put the cap on to keep the liquids from leaking. I tried superglue but it expands too much and doesn't seal as good as the hot glue does. And since this is cheap and easy, if they ever get damaged or start leaking I can easily replace and make new ones. The liquid is just water and food coloring.
Then I took an epi pen trainer and added this IV tube my sister gave me on top (no needles anywhere). I'll be painting this metallic like I did the syringes, but maybe adding a stripe or something. I'm hoping that this will fit into my gauntlets as a sort of auto-injector. The tubing is attached to another capsule which will be in an arm band on my bicep. The connection is  hot glue and then superglue to seal the edges since it'll be upside down. But it got messy and now is pretty ugly looking. I've been sanding it down, and I can keep doing that but other easier ideas that don't involve sanding would be awesome.

(https://i.imgur.com/7MsKsN7.jpg)

Also! The package of syringes I got came with these blunt tip "needles." They definitely aren't sharp at all. I was thinking of maybe adding one to the orange part of the epi pen? I'm just not sure if that is allowed. I'm also not sure it'll even fit once I add it to the gauntlets. So I guess we will see once those arrive (which is hopefully soon!)

(https://i.imgur.com/zSm70xN.jpg)

Lastly, I practiced black washing my medpack. I figured if I ruined a $4 box it would be better than ruining anything else. I've watched videos and read tutorials about it, but the idea of slapping a bunch of watered down black paint all over something still scared me. BUT I am super happy with how it turned out. I used black with a bit of brown to tone it down. I went over the box twice- the first time just to give everything an even coat, and the second time I went really thick in some areas. But note to self is that this is super messy so I'll be doing all the rest of this outside for sure! I also got a strap to attach to the box to "hold" it onto my thigh, even though the velcro is actually doing that job.

(https://i.imgur.com/0LTFJJO.jpg)

I also found an old iPhone of mine. I'm pretty sure it still works, just needs charging. I'm wondering if anyone has been able to integrate something like that into their kit? I am not techy so it would need to be something fairly easy. I was thinking maybe some sort of medical scanner? Send me ideas if you have any!
Title: Re: First WIP- Female Medic
Post by: Ares X on May 28, 2020, 11:14 AM
I also found an old iPhone of mine. I'm pretty sure it still works, just needs charging. I'm wondering if anyone has been able to integrate something like that into their kit? I am not techy so it would need to be something fairly easy. I was thinking maybe some sort of medical scanner? Send me ideas if you have any!

In what way?  I have an old iPhone that I use as a display console in my left gauntlet. I have a number of screens that display data readings.

(https://i.imgur.com/0Tm0qCZ.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/T6EnL4h.jpg)

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

(https://i.imgur.com/i3HgLjp.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/ISSxf90.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/qb8W5Aa.jpg)
Title: Re: First WIP- Female Medic
Post by: kalannadae on May 28, 2020, 08:23 PM
Out of curiosity, how did you do your cape?

Thinking of a similar look for my own kit, but I have no idea how to do it.

Everythingís looking very cool!
Title: Re: First WIP- Female Medic
Post by: Alyssad on May 28, 2020, 08:47 PM
Out of curiosity, how did you do your cape?

Thinking of a similar look for my own kit, but I have no idea how to do it.

Everythingís looking very cool!

Thanks!!!! So I absolutely love Kylo Ren lol, so I wanted to take a little bit of inspiration from his TFA outfit with his cape. It's obviously not much like his, but I liked the edges draping over the back. I have a rectangle piece of material, and then I cut the neck hole about 1/4 of the way in instead of right towards the top. This left me with pretty big hanging parts in the front which I can wrap around to make the scarf bit and the the edges hang over my shoulders. Here's a picture! Hopefully that helps- honestly I looked up a cape tutorial and then changed it up some so I had that look that I wanted.

(https://i.imgur.com/qq9gXtd.jpg)
Title: Re: First WIP- Female Medic
Post by: Alyssad on Jun 02, 2020, 12:06 AM
I've been playing around with the idea of wraps on my shins since I'm not doing shin armor. I also cosplay as Rey so I wanted to bring that scavenger look into this somehow? I had been using white scarf that I was planning to weather, but it just wasn't giving me the look I wanted. I then decided to use leftover material from my flak vest, but I just wasn't super excited about that. And then I found scraps from my cape and sash belt. They were the perfect length and I had two of them! It was definitely meant to be.
Originally I was going to have the pants and wraps tucked into the boots but that did not look good at all. I didn't really want to cover the boots because I really like them, but once I wrapped them up I loved it. It also solves my pants being too big issue and helps the silhouette of my boots look better (The feet looked so big compared to the ankles and calves).

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

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

(The pictures make this look like it's all the way up to my knees, but it's actually like 2 inches lower than the middle of my knee)
Title: Re: First WIP- Female Medic
Post by: Naasad Tal on Jun 02, 2020, 12:09 AM
+1 for leg wraps!

They look great!
Title: Re: First WIP- Female Medic
Post by: Alyssad on Jun 02, 2020, 11:20 PM
Armor is getting there, so I'm starting to finalize the paint plan.  I'm pretty sure I've changed up my paint plan/patterns a million times since I've started this build, but I really like how this looks and I think it fits everything else too. Please excuse my terrible drawing  :P

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

(https://i.imgur.com/Dtlq25f.jpg)

Not shown are my gauntlets which will be mostly white with maybe some red details. Knees are going to be white with the red and gray stripe in the middle (or they might just be plain white- we'll see) Shoulders will be white with one shoulder having the medic symbol from Clone Wars.

Also about to order these little lanterns from Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B018L2WM86/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=AFXF1M1A5WNJR&psc=1) to make a bacta grenade? I've seen most people just paint the lantern part a light blue. Then I'll add some extra doodads to make it look nifty. Hopefully these will be nice and fit on my belt. If not, I can add them to my backpack that I'm planning to build after I get approved.

Speaking of backpacks, I am thinking about using this file folder organizer  (https://www.target.com/p/hanging-file-sorter-with-keyholes-light-clear-made-by-design-8482/-/A-53861351) as the base for it. I saw it in the store and I felt like it was a decent size. Once I had a canvas flap to the top and add little extras, I don't think it'll look like an office supply at all. I think I can handle modifying this better than trying to build one from scratch.


Title: Re: First WIP- Female Medic
Post by: Naasad Tal on Jun 02, 2020, 11:24 PM
Love the paint design & excited to see the backpack!
Title: Re: First WIP- Female Medic
Post by: Alyssad on Jun 11, 2020, 07:31 PM
Bucket is complete! Dirtied her up with a black wash (I did it during arts/crafts time at the day camp I work at today and the kids were so intrigued and thought I was the coolest person ever so I consider that a win). I also think it's so interesting how my original idea has evolved so much as I've worked on this! I'm in awe of the people who have a concept and execute it perfectly. My concept looks almost nothing like my build now, but that's totally okay! I love this even more than my original idea.
Also peep my clone helmet in the corner  :porg2:

(https://i.imgur.com/N9CCrm2.jpg)

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

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

(https://i.imgur.com/v5pkUXz.jpg)

Sneak peak of the backpack. Plan is to add straps to hold the blanket. Water bottle is going to become either some sort of oxygen tank or maybe something else will go there. Who knows. The side thing is an old camera that is gonna get sanded down and painted and an antenna added to it to be like a cool radio or something. Will be painting the bin part white. None if this is set in stone, so if you have any better ideas or something else I can add let me know! I'm won't be working on this anymore until after I'm approved.

(https://i.imgur.com/Q9P5MuE.jpg)
Title: Re: First WIP- Female Medic
Post by: DragonLady on Jun 11, 2020, 08:23 PM
This is looking so good!
Title: Re: First WIP- Female Medic
Post by: Nadala Haast on Jun 11, 2020, 08:40 PM
This is very random, but I love the scratches on the back right of the bucket!  :mcq1:
Title: Re: First WIP- Female Medic
Post by: Alyssad on Jun 11, 2020, 08:51 PM
This is very random, but I love the scratches on the back right of the bucket!  :mcq1:

Ah thank you! I actually messed up the paint super bad right there, so I took some rocks from my yard and scratched it all up. Definitely wasn't planned, but I love it now!
Title: Re: First WIP- Female Medic
Post by: Lord Horrar on Jun 24, 2020, 09:57 PM
Very awesome!
Title: Re: First WIP- Female Medic
Post by: Alyssad on Jul 03, 2020, 07:15 PM
Got a little busy going back to work/finishing the yearbook at school and my sister got married! Things have calmed down and I got some parts in to start working on the last few things!

Still working on shaping armor. Have't had too much time to focus on it, but will try to get that finished up next week. Crossing my fingers I don't ruin it!! No good pictures of that since it's still looking pretty rough.

Gauntlets and knees came in from April Storm and they are GORGEOUS! Even better than I imagined they'd be. Gauntlets don't need to much sanding work, might smooth down a few places but they are pretty much ready to paint. I'm planning to add an auto-injector thing I made in place of the rocket in the cradle. It fits perfectly and I think will look really cool once everything is all painted up. I'm going to add some tubing to the end of it and have it connect to a vial or something that I'll also attach to the gauntlet. The other side will need to get the middle cut out (if someone wants to give advice how to do that cleanly and easily that would be awesome). I have a nifty little electronic flashy screen that's gonna go there that has some medical stuff on it. Eventually I'll upgrade all of that to include my old iPhone with some of the images that ya'll have shared! Also I have no clue what I'm doing with this electronic screen thing so I guess I'm gonna learn to be an electrician with this build as well lol (I just gotta take a minute and thank this group for allowing me to learn all sorts of skills I would have NEVER learned before!)

(https://i.imgur.com/51k3lZ6.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/UTP2raA.jpg)

Also working on sanding the knees. Used 80 grit and a sanding block so far on the one knee, and then working my way down to super fine grit. Then I'll use some filler primer and start over and repeat the process until it's smooth. I've not really sanded 3d prints before, so let me know if there's a better or faster way! Thankfully my day camp kiddos love sanding and beg to do it for me at work. Any bit helps right?!! (They also told me to make sure they get the credit for some of this sanding, so here I am publicly thanking B, B, and V for their great work sanding my stuff!)

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

I ordered a DC-17 pistol like the clone commanders have. Hopefully that gets here soon so I can get to work on that too! I haven't done intensive research on weapons since I am planning to keep it pretty simple for now. But from what I can tell, any SW weapon is ok to use? Do I need to do any extra modifications to this once I get it? (It's a realistic version.)
Speaking of weapons though, eventually I would LOVE to get a DC-15a (the big clone rifle) Where would be the best place to get this one? I don't really see a lot of them for sale and I don't want to get a junky one. Also, it would be extra awesome if I could use it for the clone I'm working on, so are animated versions of weapons ok?
Thank you all for all the help and encouragement so far!

Title: Re: First WIP- Female Medic
Post by: Awall on Jul 03, 2020, 09:27 PM
Where the heck have I been not to see this build progression?  Great job!!!  Your hitting a home run on this concept...looking forward to seeing your progress! 
Title: Re: First WIP- Female Medic
Post by: Ruberup on Jul 04, 2020, 01:04 AM
Yes any star was s blaster including animated is ok. A real life DC 15a is huge. I've got a smaller version of it. Still plenty big. It's a Hasbro clone rifle. Not easy to find but I think it will work great for you. I've got a pretty decent assortment of pistol style blasters if you want one or two.
I've got the same gauntlets. I love them. I was going to install the little screen but that didn't work out for me.
Title: Re: First WIP- Female Medic
Post by: Alyssad on Jul 04, 2020, 11:28 AM
Where the heck have I been not to see this build progression?  Great job!!!  Your hitting a home run on this concept...looking forward to seeing your progress! 
Oh thank you so much!!

A real life DC 15a is huge. I've got a smaller version of it. Still plenty big. It's a Hasbro clone rifle. Not easy to find but I think it will work great for you. I've got a pretty decent assortment of pistol style blasters if you want one or two.

Ahh that is probably smart. I didnít really think about the size!! I will see if I can start tracking down something a little smaller like that!