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Mandalorian Armor => Female Armor => Topic started by: Hydra on Jan 18, 2020, 07:18 PM

Title: Hydra's Armorer Build
Post by: Hydra on Jan 18, 2020, 07:18 PM
Maybe it doesn't need to be disclosed, but of course if you haven't seen The Mandalorian TV show yet, there are bound to be spoilers in this thread.

Anyways, like many (I'm sure) - I had a "squirrel!" (http://"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSUXXzN26zg") moment upon watching the show and knew I had to make the Armorer's kit. Am I neglecting other projects? Yes. Am I very excited? Yes. Is my completion date overly ambitious? Yes.

(https://i.imgur.com/b6D89of.jpg)

I plan on sewing/crafting the soft parts from scratch. Armor will be 3D printed for time conservation (and because there are so few pieces).
I will be making at least her hammer, if not the small "welding" torch she uses to attach Din's signet.

(https://i.imgur.com/64KDlP2.jpg)
Here I've shown how I come up with proportions using a sample image. I am 5'4" or approx 162cm, using the image for scale (25cm) I can calculate the size range of her accessories.

(https://i.imgur.com/OcEP23D.jpg)
The helmet I want to scale a little but smaller than how it sat on the actress' head in the show. What you see is a 3D scan of my noggin in the accurate dimensions of my head - that way I know exactly how big or small it needs to be when we move onto the printing process. (The base model is from Do3D, although we are modifying details/scewing some lines.)

(https://i.imgur.com/Im6c8jh.png?1)
The beginnings of the hammer! This guy will be birthed in the resin printer.
Title: Re: Hydra's Armorer Build
Post by: Hydra on Jan 25, 2020, 08:32 PM
Very lucky to have friends working on similar projects. Shawn of Thorsson & Associates Workshop sent me a bucket in exchange for a trade we had done a couple years ago and I promptly forgot about. He will be making a lot of items from The Mandalorian, please support him! https://www.tandaworkshop.com/ (https://www.tandaworkshop.com/)

Not making the bucket and back/chest armor is going to save a lot of time, which is good because I may be (no, I am) aiming to have this project done by the middle of next month.

(https://i.imgur.com/jGoqNc1.jpg?1)
Hello there. Thank goodness she made it.

(https://i.imgur.com/T5NmKQL.jpg?1)
Quick proportion check with helmet and the hammer. The hammer is resin printed from the model I had posted above.

I am currently working on the flight suit and have acquired a sheepskin that I will need to dye and condition.
Title: Re: Hydra's Armorer Build
Post by: Aden Banto on Jan 26, 2020, 08:56 AM
That helmet is pretty awesome. How will you make the chest armor? You thinking of the 3D printed route or scratch built?

Aden  :vizsla:
Title: Re: Hydra's Armorer Build
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jan 26, 2020, 11:18 AM
I can't wait to see more!
Title: Re: Hydra's Armorer Build
Post by: Hydra on Jan 26, 2020, 11:29 AM
That helmet is pretty awesome. How will you make the chest armor? You thinking of the 3D printed route or scratch built?

Aden  :vizsla:

The chest and back armor will also be provided by T&A Workshop, shoot if isn't something I have to do, I'm not going to complain. Haha.
 I am also accepting that this is v1 of this costume and I'm sure I will have plenty of items to remake once more references are available.
Title: Re: Hydra's Armorer Build
Post by: Aden Banto on Jan 27, 2020, 12:32 AM
Very cool! Watching with interest


Aden  :vizsla:
Title: Re: Hydra's Armorer Build
Post by: Pyro on Jan 27, 2020, 01:04 AM
As always I eagerly await progress on your kit! :mtu: :jango: :sabine: :boba: :<3: :like:
Title: Re: Hydra's Armorer Build
Post by: Hydra on Jan 29, 2020, 06:55 AM
Iíve been working on the flight suit/base layer. Iím using a grey/green stretch suiting (more on that later). Some funky details to work through, so I started with the sleeves.

Even with high resolution screen grabs itís hard to see exactly whatís going on with the details. Got to hope that at some point the costume will go on display somewhere.

(https://i.imgur.com/oEuyyMN.jpg)
My guess thus far is that these are folded and top-stitched details.

(https://i.imgur.com/EPvUJ83.jpg)
I started by hot pressing my cut fabric pieces into shape. Using a temporary adhesive I fixed them to their places and sewed down using a very small margin.

(https://i.imgur.com/7SP8DrF.jpg)
Not a perfect match, but ignorance is bliss... for now, haha.
Title: Re: Hydra's Armorer Build
Post by: Billythebrick on Jan 29, 2020, 10:31 AM
I think those look really great! Like you said, its pretty hard to figure out exactly whats going on from screengrabs. This is what we ended up doing :

(https://sionnachstudios.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/ArmorerSleeveDetail.jpg)

We went back and forth several times on whether it was 2 or 3 layers and we still aren't sure because depending on the screen gtab we could go either way :D
Title: Re: Hydra's Armorer Build
Post by: Hydra on Jan 29, 2020, 02:00 PM
We went back and forth several times on whether it was 2 or 3 layers and we still aren't sure because depending on the screen gtab we could go either way :D

Yeah Iím not going to agonize over it until better reference comes out. Iíve had friends who worked on the show but no one that was around for her episodes!
Title: Re: Hydra's Armorer Build
Post by: Hydra on Feb 02, 2020, 03:37 AM
Quick update on the base layer.

I used a polyester/spandex suiting blend in more of a green color. I intend to do some dying/airbrushing towards the end of the project to bring the vivid tone down a little bit more.

(https://i.imgur.com/IPHCSie.jpg)
Started with McCall's M2054 as a base, with a lot of modifications. At 5'4", average build, the small was still considerably baggy, If anyone decides to give this pattern a go, I  recommend mocking this pattern to dial it in.

Again, addressing the lack reference material for the armorer, I'm going to try my best with the details, as how they can be interpreted from grainy/dark screen grabs.
(https://i.imgur.com/nbMaMDN.png)
Like, what on earth is going on with her pant legs?

(https://i.imgur.com/tEkB2Rm.png)
I believe there's some kind of spacer on the outside seam of the pant leg? Beats me. Blame it on the v1 iteration.

(https://i.imgur.com/isgyNwW.jpg)
Flightsuit v1

(https://i.imgur.com/1tiKv68.jpg)
Pant... leg... opening detail? Haha.

(https://i.imgur.com/4au0QAI.jpg)
I also replaced the inside double sleeve with wicking performance wear fabric for a little airflow.
Title: Re: Hydra's Armorer Build
Post by: Kryamla Redalur on Feb 02, 2020, 09:37 PM
Thatís looking really great!
Title: Re: Hydra's Armorer Build
Post by: Hydra on Feb 04, 2020, 10:33 PM
Thatís looking really great!

Thank you! Trying to go fast, but at least make the outside look nice.  :like:
Title: Re: Hydra's Armorer Build
Post by: Hydra on Feb 04, 2020, 10:34 PM
Tonight I made a balaclava and neck seal. Glimpses of her neck seal are even more limited than other details. (The helmet is huge on Emilyís head, lol.)

(https://i.imgur.com/b8TktpQ.jpg)
From what Iím assuming, it looks like production cranked out a ton of these in the same style. I thought it looked like Dinís grey color, so that the shade I went with.

(https://i.imgur.com/7O32lZK.jpg)
For the balaclava I followed the Rebelís style, first mocking it out in tape.

(https://i.imgur.com/ZfOC0iU.jpg)
The neckseal was whipped up from pattern by SionnachStudios.

The grey fabric is a cotton/spandex blend, the black is a thin activewear blend.
Title: Re: Hydra's Armorer Build
Post by: Hydra on Feb 08, 2020, 06:50 PM
Ah, yes. My first speed bump on this build.

Upon seeing how much some builders have been spending on their sheepskins (~$100 USD and up) for her fur cape so far. I thought, thereís got to be a better way to get something accurate.

I acquired a small sheepskin from my local IKEA. ($30.00)

(https://i.imgur.com/map6Pzd.jpg)
The unsuspecting pelt.

Having worked with faux fur and a few applications of real fur, I know that the protein fibers of the fur need an appropriate dye application, like hair dye.

(https://i.imgur.com/ryKtU2f.jpg)
The store had these guys on sale for $3.00 a box.

(https://i.imgur.com/kXH6P1v.jpg)
In theory this worked, but sheepskin has a lot of fleece down on the nape, the dye wasnít enough to penetrate all the way down.

Please note that if you apply water to any kind of animal hide, itís important to keep the leather conditioned, or you will end up with a furry frisbee.

(https://i.imgur.com/6QxVBQX.jpg)
The fleece.

(https://i.imgur.com/G8c449m.gif)
I plan to solve this by first combing and airbrushing to coat the fibers, then finishing with a rit dye bath to tint the left over fleece and skin.
Title: Re: Hydra's Armorer Build
Post by: Kryamla Redalur on Feb 08, 2020, 07:25 PM
The balaclava looks great!

Good luck with the rug conversion! I had thought about doing something similar (when I get around to this build lol) by purchasing a rug from ikea! :D super curious to see how it all turns out :)
Title: Re: Hydra's Armorer Build
Post by: Wolfin Sylvermane on Feb 08, 2020, 07:34 PM
Loving your work.   :like: :like:  I'm going to keep watching. 
Title: Re: Hydra's Armorer Build
Post by: Awall on Feb 12, 2020, 10:25 PM
Great stitch work!  Love the attention to detail.  Go go go!
Title: Re: Hydra's Armorer Build
Post by: Hydra on Feb 19, 2020, 07:34 AM
Thank you guys! Didnít make my first deadline, no big deal. Somehow hoping her kit goes on display somewhere before I guess on too much, haha.

Did a mock up of a glove to figure out if I can get away with faux stretch suede. Real leather gloves are great but not the most dextrous.

(https://i.imgur.com/5ok8EqL.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/XQIOGlY.jpg)
Need to go back through and figure out the seam lines on her gloves, for now I think this fabric weight may work (especially for convention settings).
Title: Re: Hydra's Armorer Build
Post by: Bryn Cin'Prudii on Feb 19, 2020, 09:11 AM
commenting to follow - this stitching is very impressive
Title: Re: Hydra's Armorer Build
Post by: Kol Varek on Feb 23, 2020, 01:28 PM
Following with interest!
Title: Re: Hydra's Armorer Build
Post by: Hydra on Mar 10, 2020, 07:07 PM
Quick update, 2.5 weeks of travel slowed me down, but I am hoping to power through the rest of the project quickly. If all goes to plan she should be ready for Megacon, a local Orlando, FL event in a couple of weeks.

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

Added some airbrush weathering and a light coat of yellow gold. Plan to buff out some of the gold and weathering as you see here (visor is just taped in).
Title: Re: Hydra's Armorer Build
Post by: Leira on Mar 10, 2020, 07:45 PM
Great work! Very impressive

Hoping to see you at Megacon. 6 more weekends to get it all going, I'm counting down the days trying to get mine done too
Title: Re: Hydra's Armorer Build
Post by: Kol Varek on Mar 13, 2020, 12:19 AM
Ohhhhhh man this is getting good! Glad those glove patterns worked, I'll have to go with that for my new gloves!
Title: Re: Hydra's Armorer Build
Post by: Hydra on May 06, 2020, 11:08 PM
Holy cow, so a lot has happened in the world since starting this project/build thread. My deadline, Megacon (Orlando, FL) has been delayed (if not outright canceled) . Not a big deal, more time to work, right? Then, Disney+ announced the Disney Gallery show...  I'm hoping that the Gallery episodes will reveal some natural/brighter light views of the Armorer. Until I can confirm or deny detail reveals, I'll be holding off on final paint and soft part weathering.

Some passive updates:

(https://i.imgur.com/6MNlecr.jpg)
Acquired back, chest, belt greeblies and boot armor from T&A as well thanks to a trade.

(https://i.imgur.com/8xf51PF.jpg)
I was also fed up with my attempt at tinting/dying shorter pile sheep skin, so I acquired a new one from Etsy. The store is "Exclusive Rugs" shipping from Poland. I am SO happy with the fur length and color of this skin, from what I can tell thus far, it'll be perfect.
Title: Re: Hydra's Armorer Build
Post by: Hydra on Aug 31, 2020, 07:14 PM
Long time no update! Got a set of gloves/gauntlets done.

 Fabrics:
-medium weight 2-way stretch faux suede
-thick batting for the forearm section
-cotton lining
-soft minky fabric for the inner glove to give it a padded look, but it's very stretchy so movement is unimpaired

(https://i.imgur.com/uLLoS4l.jpg?1)

(https://i.imgur.com/7ml9IDO.jpg?1)
I think I'll want to remake these in real suede if/when I buy a leather sewing machine I have my eyes on.

(https://i.imgur.com/ltem7Q3.jpg?1)
Here you can see the lining.

(https://i.imgur.com/KTF5KS2.jpg?1)
Tried to match the correct number of rows of quilting vs. screenshots, etc.

(https://i.imgur.com/EmaXB27.jpg?1)
All layers were stay-stitched for durability.

These of course will get weathered/airbrushed when I get all the fabric pieces done.
Title: Re: Hydra's Armorer Build
Post by: Straka Zulu on Aug 31, 2020, 11:02 PM
They need an emoji for drooling.  The attention to detail is incredible.  :o :<3:
Title: Re: Hydra's Armorer Build
Post by: Kryamla Redalur on Aug 31, 2020, 11:56 PM
These are just so lovely :<3:
Title: Re: Hydra's Armorer Build
Post by: origami_duck on Sep 01, 2020, 01:41 PM
This is excellent work!!  :<3:
Title: Re: Hydra's Armorer Build
Post by: Kol Varek on Sep 03, 2020, 11:56 PM
I've already said it, but this these are perfection  :like:
Title: Re: Hydra's Armorer Build
Post by: Hydra on Oct 07, 2020, 11:56 PM
Thank you everyone!

I feel like this build is unfurling like a slow burn, but I've holding out for more information on details or new images of this gal. I've seen a lot of color, tone and detail variance with other builders so far - hard to dial things in compared to Din when his armor has gone on actual display. Looks like the Mercs and Rebel Legion will be picking her up from a CRL perspective.

But, lo and behold, a little bird let me know about this studio-lit shot of the Armorer. At last! I know there's the cardboard standee out there, but this lone image gives a better sense of depth, and her arms aren't covering details:

(https://i.imgur.com/cWqawZ4.jpg)

Additionally, Tamashii Nations has posted up the product page for the newly announced The Mandalorian Ė The Armorer S.H. Figuarts 6" figure. This figure is BEAUTIFUL. The 6" Black Series Armorer figure looks pretty, simple, in comparison.

(https://i.imgur.com/fktVRHO.png)

Some new observations:
-The chest armor is more copper than red.
-There is piping (?) on the leg detail. Evidence of 2 hemmed flaps on either side of an opening/layer.
-Lack of topstitching on the skirt.
-Inner leg seams for the boot covers.

As for my build itself, I'll be seam-ripping the red sleeve details out of my flightsuit and dying it a little deeper grey. Looks like I'll probably be gutting the leg details as well to add in the piping (?).

I will also be gathering some leather to tackle her skirt, boot covers, belt and gloves more appropriately because I picked up this beast, the Sailrite Stitch Master leather sewing machine:

(https://i.imgur.com/XsR9Iyc.png)

I haven't sewn leather extensively before, but I do know it's laborious, and I just don't have the time to hand sew. Since I'm tackling Din/The Mandalorian next, this will most certainly come in handy too.

Thanks for following along.
Title: Re: Hydra's Armorer Build
Post by: Kol Varek on Oct 12, 2020, 01:16 AM
Fascinating! That's a big change, and I can imagine it will be for a lot of Armorer kits realizing that the actual armor is a different color! Guess we're all here to learn  :laugh: