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Mandalorian Armor => Armor Construction => Topic started by: Malakier Vhett on Apr 25, 2015, 12:27 AM

Title: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Approved! Now for upgrades
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Apr 25, 2015, 12:27 AM
So, after wearing my kit for a minimum of 44hrs (total) in 4 days for C7, a number of issues popped up that need addressing. First and foremost, my kit left me with nasty bruises on my forearms and legs (and a few blisters) due to my gauntlets and shin plates being too small. The more I look at other people's kits (and my own), the less I like my shins (plus...just wearing them bruised my knees and calves, and also left me with blisters on the later). And I've always thought my left gauntlet looked rushed. Finally, the fans in my back plate were the wrong type for the purpose I was using them for, and changing fans would be a major pain (note to self: next time, don't superglue in the fans). As such...I'm rebuilding all of the above. Plus my ab plate and collar, because I think I came up with some ideas that at least look like they give better mobility. I'm also starting brain storming on a survival pack for when I eventually go for desert ops. Currently, I'm in the process of getting ready to (hopefully) move to a new place, so there won't be any real work for a while, but the planning stage has begun! Goal is to have mk 2 done by C8.

Initial sketches (not to any sort of scale):
(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-ExL_zRg_8Ls/VTsOwTRdhEI/AAAAAAAADdw/ZQno3qE3Mtg/w523-h929-no/IMAG0772.jpg)
Legacy-inspired backplate, and RC-inspired pack.

(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-FyyNRZcoSUE/VTsOy_iigtI/AAAAAAAADbs/diK3QmfN33E/w523-h929-no/IMAG0771.jpg)
Jango-style shins, Legacy-inspired ab plate, and SWG inspired collar plate.

As much as I love my current bucket, Mk 2 might include a new, custom built one. Or heavy modifications to my current bucket. I haven't made up my mind about that though.

Update: 4-25-15
Did a cardstock mock up approximately the correct size of a design for a segmented back plate. It started out life as a SWG Mando back plate. Will need to make a duct tape dummy before I go much further though (already did one back plate solo with no dummy, not going to attempt a second)
(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-0p0BlOkNzGg/VTx6OE-yjlI/AAAAAAAADfI/tPhxFba-Qko/w1520-h855-no/IMAG0773.jpg)
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2
Post by: Serim Merec on Apr 26, 2015, 06:24 PM
I like the ideas you've got going! I'll bet they'll look pretty sweet on your kit ;)
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2
Post by: Evaar'la Kal on Apr 29, 2015, 01:06 PM
Nice designs!  I especially like the backplate   :D
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2
Post by: Malakier Vhett on May 03, 2015, 12:13 AM
So, slight update. Did some refining of my back plate design, and an initial mock up of my new collar plate done.

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-zMLMMv557zU/VUWIH1Wm6tI/AAAAAAAADhQ/xVCnkiUCSMg/w1520-h855-no/2015-05-02.jpg)
Lengthened the back plate about 3", and reworked the bottom couple plates to make it 'flow' better

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-LE50q0vO2Ic/VUWWxMPSF2I/AAAAAAAADhs/hHHP77YuT-M/w1520-h855-no/2015-05-02.jpg)
Started with the SWG collar plates, and tweaked them to fit my vision. Still needs some refining of course.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2
Post by: Drako Katora on May 04, 2015, 11:35 PM
So the idea of the functioning backpack got to you eh? It will be a nice touch  :D
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2
Post by: Malakier Vhett on May 05, 2015, 01:46 AM
I always planned a functional backpack...just when I get it done that's the question. I'm actually leaning more towards a sandtrooper - style pack then the RC pack, but I've got a lot of work before I'm ready to settle on a design. And I'm not going to be able to do that work until I geg a new place. Good news isi think I found the house I want to buy! Hopefully starting the process of buying it tomorrow.

Anyway, since I forgot to include it, here's some more progress from this weekend:
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/PRdRvPVG3FP1gFLZlSPf7qsjlUv6XYki0TvQR7kqDKs=w357-h333-no)
Starting to lean away from having shin armor, and going with this for a knee plate. It's actually a RC knee, that I plan on tweaking a bit. I like the amount of coverage it provides. Might be a bit of a pain in the shebs to hold in place though

(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-XC-ZbkMw38g/VUhbiBGCP0I/AAAAAAAADkU/dktU3-EsHRk/w1520-h855-no/IMAG0778.jpg)
Mk.2 v.1 ab plate. As you might be able to tell, I'm going for a legacy influenced look with this kit (without going full-blown legacy). One issue that I realized might pop up is that 6mm Sintra might be too thick to really work well, and 3mm melts too easily to be of much use where I live. So this might have to wait until I start working steel. This plate is too big, but can be trimmed down easily enough later. It serves it's purpose for prototyping.

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-GMLaOrzcW0E/VUhbkqEOJBI/AAAAAAAADkc/r--n4Buoehg/w1520-h855-no/macros.jpg)
On an only slightly related note, made up these hemet macros so I can use them as a base for prototyping my eventual helmet visor. exact finished design will depend on what I do with my helmet, of course.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2
Post by: Evren Jaira on May 12, 2015, 01:26 AM
Everything's looking really good! Looking forward to see this all done :D
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2
Post by: Havelock on Jun 02, 2015, 09:48 PM
Eagerly looking forward to seeing more, vod.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Jun 03, 2015, 11:20 PM
I'm in the middle of yet another backplate redesign, as well as tweaking my ab plate design a bit. The only 'progress' of note is that I have another knee design mocked up:
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-L09sNdXC2ic/VW_DJu3tM7I/AAAAAAAADzg/lUR6MY-SDng/s1280/IMAG0817.jpg)
This is a standard Galaxies-style knee plate. I like the 'primary/secondary' plate look, but the coverage of the primary plate i a bit skimpy for my tastes. Might try something that's sort of a cross between this, and the RC knee next.

Since the house hunt continues, my next major project is mocking up my custom buy'ce, which will eventually replace my beloved Juggernaut. The juggernaut is awesome, but it's size is causing a lot of headache for me (semi literally...)
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2
Post by: Kando Falco on Jun 05, 2015, 07:09 PM
You know there are ways to get superglue to debond.  If you want to get stuff apart just let me know.  Sometimes its as easy as a hammer because CA is brittle but hard.  Intense heat will make it depond as well.  Sometimes a blow torch or just a heat gun. Ive found laying down piping hot glue over a CA bond will cause it to deteriorate.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Jun 05, 2015, 08:13 PM
You know there are ways to get superglue to debond.  If you want to get stuff apart just let me know.  Sometimes its as easy as a hammer because CA is brittle but hard.  Intense heat will make it depond as well.  Sometimes a blow torch or just a heat gun. Ive found laying down piping hot glue over a CA bond will cause it to deteriorate.
Yeah, I know, but in order to get my fans out of my back plate, I would litterally have to destroy the entire housing they are in. And I like the idea of a segmented backplate for a desert ops trooper. More flexible, and breaths a bit better. Though a survival pack will counteract that somewhat (depending on my pack design)
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2
Post by: Kando Falco on Jun 05, 2015, 08:15 PM
If I had to do it I would go in through that back.  Then you will never really see where you had to do surgery.  But a segmented pack works.  I just like how the built in life support to the backplate leaves you with flexibility.  Ofcourse the larger pack might help offset the comments you get about your helm.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Jun 05, 2015, 08:37 PM
If I had to do it I would go in through that back.  Then you will never really see where you had to do surgery.  But a segmented pack works.  I just like how the built in life support to the backplate leaves you with flexibility.  Ofcourse the larger pack might help offset the comments you get about your helm.
Flexibility with loadout is why I went with the cooling system in my back plate. Whether I'm using a pack (once I make it) or not, I'll still have my cooling system.

I was a genius and glued (admittedly, not really intentionally) my fans in on 5 sides. All 4 sides of the fans, and when I put the 'mounting plates' for my hoses in, they also got glued to the fan housing a bit.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2
Post by: Avidem on Jun 05, 2015, 08:38 PM
Love the macros. Those are the same type I want for my kit. Can't wait to see it finished.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Jun 07, 2015, 03:52 PM
So...went to print out the templates for my mk 2 helmet...and my computer decided to be on crack. It won't print the WoF templates at all, and the Pep templates it prints solid black. Tech fail ftw?
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2
Post by: Kyríam Laar on Jun 15, 2015, 12:14 AM
I am loving the scalloped back and ab plates.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Jun 24, 2015, 11:22 AM
So, after not much progress, I think I might have found a store-bought helmet that will work for me. It's a medium stalker (I might have to actually get a large, but it's only marginally wider). Before I go and spend $200 on it though, I decided to sketch out a scale drawing of what it would look like on me (+ a few customisations of my own). The vertical scale isn't quite right on the helmet (the helmet is taller then I drew it, and I believe will come down farther over my neck), but the horizontal scale on both the helmet and body are almost dead on.
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/x2hk9IltP_Q2fzdDXSNlo5GaN4f9G-wlaGCNZ6SrVWo=w1080-h609-no)
What to you guys think? Is it narrow enough to work without having to bulk out my shoulders artificially?

Also, because my  helmet idea has a very Legacy-esq look, I sketched up legacy-inspired chest armor to go with the ab plate I'm already working on. Direction of layering was dictated by how the body moves, the idea being to allow the chest and collar plates to move with my body better.
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/je7JxoASYw6BM0nKOo7oDTrdEjnM1F39Qk2IZylnbbo=w864-h1533-no)
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Jun 28, 2015, 01:41 PM
New templates made! This time for my segmented chest plates:
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/GaXK_ekTu-qOvaEBx0qmj_KGjo1_A_fTcs6xYqLzP3k=w574-h1019-no)

Still need to tape these to a t-shirt or something and cut them to size. Once I have the design finalized, I'm seriously considering seeing if I can commission someone to make these (and the back plate, once that design is completely finalized, including air box) for me out of steel or aluminum, since the house hunt is pretty much stalled currently.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2
Post by: Havelock on Jun 28, 2015, 02:25 PM
Really digging the look of this.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Jul 02, 2015, 09:20 PM
Hopefully sometime this weekend I will have another update of templates. possibly even of them on me. My last set of chest plates were too big, and downsizing layered plates is a pain in the shebs. However, besides the chest plates, I'm also working on a segmented cod to help with the flexibility issues pretty much everyone has with them.

In the mean time, I have been working a osik amount of overtime lately, and am looking to spend some of that money on armor stuff. Because...I'm an addict. Anyway, as I have been designing my plats, I keep running into the same question: how am I going to build this in a way that both looks good, and can hold up to both the wear and tear of trooping, and the weather where I live. The only good answer I can think of is: Go metal! Probably aluminum, because it's easier to work. I will still likely end up having to commission some pieces (such as gauntlets), but my hope is that I can make most of it myself by hand (IE-almost no power tools except a dremel and a drill, even if I don't move any time soon (because I'm crazy like that) even if I don't move any time soon. With that in mind, I have 2 questions for anyone that's made their kit out of aluminum before:
- What gauge would be recommended? I know most people use 18 gauge steel, and Dres uses 9 gauge aluminum, but would it be ok to go with 16-14 gauge aluminum? Or should I get a couple different thicknesses and experiment?
- What alloy is recommended? Or should I, again, get a couple different choices and experiment?

I have some metal working experience (though mostly steel, and of the HVAC variety) so I have a pretty good feel for the sorts of tools I'm going to need.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Jul 03, 2015, 07:10 PM
Ok, so, real update with pictures!

Think I have my  chest plates finalized, or at least mostly finalized. Need to do some trimming, but that's relatively minor

Anyway, pictures (sorry for the bad quality)
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/9GanP3LzDzNSLotLN28PBlYAr4rGPp-6p9JDsQfuhMI=w574-h1019-no)
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/VW0UOYrPzDRkMGcoxQ2DJ14XSjfLqp155ahAQzX0zzs=w577-h1019-no)
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/9ZkiF2PJenBZRWWL9fI-f-7SdStvOwNKNPMUcWICgqE=w577-h1019-no)
Testing how it flexes. the right side (my left) flexes properly. not sure why the other side doesn't, but I'm not that worried about it.

Now for the back plate.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2
Post by: Avidem on Jul 03, 2015, 11:24 PM
Looking good ner vod.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2
Post by: Havelock on Jul 05, 2015, 02:46 PM
Nice!
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2
Post by: bravoleader on Jul 05, 2015, 03:23 PM
I love segmented plates *__*
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Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Jul 06, 2015, 09:21 PM
I love segmented plates *__*
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I love the look. The creation process, at least of a custom build design...less so.

Speaking of, i have progress! First off, one of the ideas for shoulder armor:
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/uGNtvlqKHER_0m1KllkpsUGlx2QIb7DT2jdlhRNEyas=w1812-h1019-no)
Unmodified SWG shoulder plates. It's a bit heavier then I was planning, but it's an option

Second:
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/FBxMGsNeWS8d315gCztGEdY3vd1o-epLJ9GP4CNuG7Q=w1812-h1019-no)
That's right. I got some aluminum sheet! 14 gauge aluminum to be exact. I didn't roll any edges or anything like that on this piece. It was mostly an experiment, though I might go ahead and make the entire piece of armor this is part off (It's the bottom piece of the ab plate, if you can't tell) and see how I like it.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2
Post by: Havelock on Jul 07, 2015, 12:25 AM
Nice!
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2
Post by: The Mandler on Jul 10, 2015, 01:44 PM
That looks awesome Vod!
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Jul 11, 2015, 10:17 PM
Thanks everyone.

And an update of mostly-completed armor pieces!

Left Chest:
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/IO7OxLJzkn4Wi9XbzDwzf94B-aNG-bLNiq4uWx_Ybv8=w574-h1019-no)

Abdominal:
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/DjDXeR2hiRub1OduKf3n-WpxKopRGB2cu9BUXyTxj7Y=w1812-h1019-no)

I'd love to do more, but I ran out of aluminum sheet, and won't be getting more for 2 or 3 days. On the other hand, I got more out of what I had then I expected. I only ordered a single 12"x12" sheet, and got all this out of it. Might even be able to get my chest diamond out of the scraps. Really liking the look and feel of 14 gauge aluminum. It's a bit light (weight wise) but the thickness is good, and it's reasonably easy to work, without feeling like the first time someone punches me (let's face it...sooner or later, someone will) it'll dent. And it's thick enough I don't feel the need to roll the edges. Anyway, I can't really do any more with these 2 pieces until I figure out what I'm going to do for a vest, so I'm on hold for the time being.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2
Post by: Evaar'la Kal on Jul 18, 2015, 10:45 AM
Your layered design is awesome, nice work!
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2
Post by: corriban on Jul 18, 2015, 11:55 AM
that looks waaay awesome vod. Keep it up!
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Jul 19, 2015, 02:42 AM
Thanks everyone

So, slight update, because I promised someone I would. I've been working on finishing my chest armor. When it's all said and done, my chest plates will consist of 21 individual plates. Here's a sort of mini-tutorial on how I'm making these
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/uPHll0unRyE08B6gmLbYd1X4HfpglPxbA4yFmHEOwx8=w544-h968-no)
First off, I laid out all my pieces by tracing around my templates with a scratch-awl. Kinda hard to see in the picture (and not a lot better in person) but it's the only way to get a truely accurate line. I am using 12" x 12" sheets of 14ga 6061 aluminum. My other chest plate is make out of 5052, and the deference is noticeable (the 5052 was much easier to cut). I have 3 more pieces, so I might end up remaking my other chest plate and ab plate out of 6061. We'll see. Anyway, moving on:

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/R84qNys6oo1AYNutGXxOv-yXlhq_qsXO_VCoCjfPHC8=w1720-h967-no)
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/kwkNOLjlLxA4qLOV2W9arl6Lf9otyhHTW72Au-PIN70=w544-h968-no)
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/StgS5srHxowIxihmvKL9PHBlyqLbe1oo3I3ipfFku9M=w544-h968-no)
Roughed out pieces. You can see I basically was just separating the plates from one another.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/nhelf_JiPRmtZ_KK4vhxA9OSxdyyXdHVI-Dm_Y2muO8=w544-h968-no)
The only scrap worth mentioning. Efficient layout is a must when doing this sort of work. Want pieces far enough apart that you can cut them out without risking damaging another plate, but close enough you aren't wasting material.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/3b1JTMD3ZGBlucb6hzY4y0jQigC-Mx0cs8J5SQR1BtA=w1720-h967-no)
Picture's pretty blurry, but you can still see all the pieces ready to be formed. At this point, I've trimmed and filed all the pieces down to the lines I scratched on them. There's a few minor errors, but nothing I can't deal with. Also visible is the 3lbs drilling hammer I got to use as an anvil. The shape could also be useful if I decide to roll the edges a bit.

Edit: Today's progress
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/yo9K7bbzFzVNwPew_3pHm1-G3qRXd_ivfE4YQUoLTPQ=w574-h1019-no)
chest diamond and 2/3 of my collar shaped and formed. The chest diamond was my first attempt at beveling the edges. Not doing it on most of my plates (yet at least) but I thought it would add some dimension to the otherwise rather boring chest diamond.

8hrs of work, and not a lot to show for it. 6061 Aluminum is significantly harder to work then 5052 was. I highly recommend 5052 if you're doing all your work by hand. I have one more piece that isn't shown, because I probably have to re-cut it. I severely messed up the the shaping of that plate. A few of my fingers have pretty nasty bruises from holding the metal while I pound on it.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Havelock on Jul 20, 2015, 01:34 PM
It's looking nice, vod.  This very nice work, especially in your living room.   :)
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Jul 20, 2015, 09:17 PM
It's looking nice, vod.  This very nice work, especially in your living room.   :)
Thanks. As my dad likes to say "can't never did, 'cause can't never tried". I do wish I had an actual anvil and a good solid work bench to mount it to, but for now, this works. It's still a bit messy to be doing in a living room, but not as bad as sintra was. I do need to get some form of pliers (read: dig out a pair I have laying around somewhere) so that I don't keep bruising the crap out of my hands. The damage isn't as bad as I was expecting (horray for fast healing and a high pain tollerance), but it's still annoying.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Jul 24, 2015, 08:12 PM
Update!

First up, formed collar plates:
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/wHF7PKu0mR7qBoY7nh0BpZW3Cszr3epi0C0I528xgJs=w1803-h1019-no)

Second, complete set of front torso armor; all 21 pieces of it:
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/NVU5GIMH2lM-yuhDajvjtrQP8forrFz1X7LsOE5jGiY=w574-h1019-no)

I still have some minor reshaping on the chest plates do to get them to fit me correctly, but nothing too major on that front. The collar, however, I will likely be putting a fair chunk more time into before I call it "good". I realized once it was all shaped that the pieces on the shoulders closest to my neck should be on top of the outter pieces, rather then underneath as they currently are. To change that, I would need to remake all 4 pieces. Doesn't seem like much, but those are the hardest 4 pieces to cut and shape. especially the inner ones (I've got over 4hrs in each one of those pieces).

Anyway, other then the adjustments and changes mentioned, I'm at a halt for now. I need a duct tape dummy before I can start in on my back plate, and I haven't finalized my designs for knee, shoulder, cod or boot armor so I can't start in on that. More importantly, I've got a troop coming up in a 3 weeks that I'm wearing my mk 1 kit to, and I have some work to do on that to get it ready.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Havelock on Jul 24, 2015, 10:31 PM
Nice progress, and very nice work.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Drako Katora on Jul 27, 2015, 01:34 AM
looking very good.  The style is really growing on me
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Laaran Kar'ta on Aug 18, 2015, 11:09 PM
Oh my goodness!! :o :o And hear I was complaining about weight! I promise I wont complain to you ever again vod lol. I can't wait to see the end product of this build.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Aug 18, 2015, 11:23 PM
Oh my goodness!! :o :o And hear I was complaining about weight! I promise I wont complain to you ever again vod lol. I can't wait to see the end product of this build.

Thanks :D I'm temporarily stalled while I wait for the weather to cool off enough for me to work outside for long periods of time. I have a few additions ordered, but more on that when they arrive.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Laaran Kar'ta on Aug 18, 2015, 11:31 PM
I feel you it was practically balmy today compared to what it has been. I go so much done today just because of that.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Aug 18, 2015, 11:41 PM
I feel you it was practically balmy today compared to what it has been. I go so much done today just because of that.
It was 118F in the shade, with 50% humidity where I live. I work in the sun. It was miserable.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Laaran Kar'ta on Aug 19, 2015, 12:37 AM
I wish you could see my face. I was scowling before I could help it. I don't mind heat but add in the humidity and it kills me. I'm a big ole lizard. Over seas I could handle 126F 0% humidity like nothing. 30% humidity and I feel like I have asthma.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Aug 19, 2015, 01:20 AM
I wish you could see my face. I was scowling before I could help it. I don't mind heat but add in the humidity and it kills me. I'm a big ole lizard. Over seas I could handle 126F 0% humidity like nothing. 30% humidity and I feel like I have asthma.
I'm pretty much the same way. I was born and raised (and still work) in a small town near Death Valley. Humidity and I don't get along. My entire kit has been designed around helping me deal with the heat.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Ra'lu Ger on Aug 19, 2015, 03:40 AM
Very cool! I had envisioned something similar, but at this point it's going to be a scramble to get my kit finished by my deadline. I'll have to save a project like this for after I make OM.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: TheBloodyHanded on Aug 19, 2015, 08:15 PM
Loving the scaled armor look so far!
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Aug 23, 2015, 10:52 AM
Ok, so this is very slightly off topic, and I hope I'm not jumping the gun by saying this here, but....I got my letter (actually almost a week ago). That's right. My mk 1 kit is approved, and I am officially a member.
Couple the app pictures of the latest incarnation (I've actually made a couple minor tweaks since this was taken, but nothing major. Just strapping stuff down better).
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/W96hx5ibo4SNFzpz1mZzYIhvXhhQ6BjRW-IC501lkySek0w2MFvnu6G3gzllaj0T5BcRcIvxMAqPL18ShAhxxQmZzKrYZqc9-Zw0NA7Hlm7dqhnU0ELqZ_xYdaXX5QfJqp1FZH-3K1I1IX33Anbm7YJWPITn2pggSLZAziAMxt00LuO7Cf1hs4R4q0HM1V7T4CibVODj2jqs752b7YBVyaqYjOlY3-ayS32oNo2TuudqLykVUMAv782MMdvybv6IIQNJOX5rtDs7haRMMXq-_4N2ewolj-VAq2aGxO9X1yxnAiWJ1iNnS4r3HB5NQvOBPPfAShvOXTqvjvavq22QpI6be64CjokPi-YYqRqyWiXKZQFUAFJ6Y9hd92HuAnv4oL7oh0qubXoVrRSZekPzA3e5lrvY6Ds02BNViWIoyt1RqaYB7qCeqRfTyp0c0eoDI0tmFxifW7sT8DcS2ea2V0SJOXwOtggE6Gge5C2tpVIR7cRcj7x4xIhc0MGtcN1bnXFGOg=w560-h995-no)
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/H4EAVX4ZqG923hGE7yxDxNus4RftxtfsTN6RDMSFIM3N1u996e2pCF7jx8lTqz5BjVrsd0S4mqXNOX5_jhfYsLMnTztFaXjApbAydDNOngTk8JOYgaVL99jcpwwUsCugNISxjiyvzo7QE8s-K-pAJLBl65ITI4APakwr9VXDQ9p1wzc4Rd_X4whuR_3QDszV_MD1nKsYd7rAzS08mdwyJYKLJWWKicxJFoaZsEShg8KpwJXwtkGafNmu7eT5AMwsZB8wo7PWlGmvXohPQH4qS6KdgjcyX4fo5xM3EMAZmAbt7DPn_MYcNTIAogRqyt4VMwHURHveF4jFJnaaJH1qpZ81V8Wc6GCax26bfaeUngqlJsgvozZj_eVLp04uQ3QgHgRc-yAYRzeA89S_6YaLs3piIvNOBZ5VPYY2cPv7eIohMN7MMJ7C5hAqy3m4hs22Ve0W40gwEkQ_uy-3ql3tExbeugfb4khS_p5BbNpBoz9N9nVHi3FBb8rTrEx7Ct3xaWTqUw=w560-h995-no)

Very little will remain unchanged between this and my mk 2 kit. All hard plates are at least being remade in aluminum, with the majority of them also undergoing major design changes (as has already been shown). I also have no holsters, which can be problematic at events.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Kebii'laar on Aug 23, 2015, 11:55 AM
Congrats! I really like the way you're doing the metal plates.

But that heat, man, I feel ya.  For most of the summer here it was 90+ with about 80% humidity.  I nearly baked out there just working on my car for a few hours.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Aug 23, 2015, 12:22 PM
Congrats! I really like the way you're doing the metal plates.

But that heat, man, I feel ya.  For most of the summer here it was 90+ with about 80% humidity.  I nearly baked out there just working on my car for a few hours.
Thanks! It's a lot of work, but so far I'm happy with the results. Now for the weather to cool off so I can get some more kit work done...

The humidity is the killer for you. Litterally. At least here when it's 120F the humidity is usually only around 8-10%. On a bad day, 20%. Though we had a couple days of 115+F and 50+% humidity. That sucked. The bigger problem in the summer is that it literally gets hot enough that if I were to wear them outside on a summer day, my plates would soften and deform....while I'm wearing them.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: The Mandler on Aug 28, 2015, 02:34 PM
Grats Mal! Excellent work, It's definitely been long deserved.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Aug 29, 2015, 03:43 PM
Grats Mal! Excellent work, It's definitely been long deserved.
Thanks. Glad to finally be official. Still have a few minor tweeks planned for that kit, but nothing major. Which means I can focus on this kit!

Speaking of, I have progress!
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/fFoKMLns4VCzztXkVXhr_nK-LT-ta6V3VkyApgifSKI=w1769-h995-no)
Frag Grenades. Sanded, but not yet ready to glue. Going to figure out a way to put pins in the handles so they actually move, and fill the body with sand or something to give them some heft before gluing them together.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/qE3sYDaaS3lasbOgGw7S_hhMNuknJFQQ1d4A1sGT_S4=w1769-h995-no)
Cryoban Grenades. Almost ready to paint. Just need to drill the hole for the pull ring. Can you tell which one is a B-pull? 'Cause I can't

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/3HdUYaNOrd7E7t6i-AHhNdI89O2M8H2cDKB4ESQQ8kE=w1769-h995-no)
Gut plate. Rounded the edges to give it some depth. Planning on keeping the overlapping edges flat though.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/vkcdZ-7fLTKixkkw-shOosP45CLOOI76MvVztscT-MY=w1769-h995-no)
And, since I can't do kit work in my apt, my new workshop! (Just a random slab someone poured out in the desert. This is also where I painted my mk 1 kit)
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Havelock on Aug 29, 2015, 04:29 PM
Awesome work, as always, ner'vod.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Laaran Kar'ta on Aug 29, 2015, 06:56 PM


(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/vkcdZ-7fLTKixkkw-shOosP45CLOOI76MvVztscT-MY=w1769-h995-no)
And, since I can't do kit work in my apt, my new workshop! (Just a random slab someone poured out in the desert. This is also where I painted my mk 1 kit)

bahahaha I love this. Ingenuity at its best! Glad to see you're getting something done! :D :D
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Aug 30, 2015, 02:12 PM
Ok, so another update of sorts. Didn't do a ton today. Just rounded the edges of my chest plates (which was a pain, especially around the diamond) and reworked their shape to make them fit better. I'm not sure when I'm going to be able to work on this again (I'm busy the majority of the next 2 weekends + have to make sure I don't fall behind on Calc homework). I did  mock up when I got home, and came to the conclusion that until I can make  duct tape dummy there isn't a whole lot left I can do with my torso plates, and even once I have that, until I can get a vest I cannot do final fit on anything. It's just too hard to judge placement on a relatively stretchy t-shirt. Anyway, here's the trial fit:
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/El6eeZSXOwJgblho0dJMhEwC0l7jHtfgzGkQVbMRVXM=s995-no)
You can kind of see the rounded edges on everything. However, it's also pretty obvious that my placement was way off. Everything's crooked (and not evenly) and everything is sitting significatly too low. Oh well. A vest is the next big thing. Until then, once I get my collar plates to this same point, I will likely start in on my shoulders, knees, and boot plates.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Havelock on Aug 31, 2015, 01:31 PM
Even with the placement being off, this is looking amazing, ner'vod.  Really good work.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Serim Merec on Aug 31, 2015, 06:58 PM
I'm, like, really excited to see how this all turns out! You'll probably be the most flexible Mando in the Mercs! 8)
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Carid Vhett on Sep 01, 2015, 02:21 AM
I forgot to post this when you got your stripes.

(http://i1155.photobucket.com/albums/p541/EXALDEAR/carid5_zpshy6cmiyc.png) (http://s1155.photobucket.com/user/EXALDEAR/media/carid5_zpshy6cmiyc.png.html)

Not as good as a Niabi likes this, but close enough.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: YourMaster on Sep 01, 2015, 02:27 AM
 Im liking it Interested to see more.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Laaran Kar'ta on Sep 02, 2015, 10:04 AM
Everything is looking great vod! I've seen people using what you call "macros" what do you do with the after you make them look like the parts you want?
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Sep 02, 2015, 11:07 AM
Everything is looking great vod! I've seen people using what you call "macros" what do you do with the after you make them look like the parts you want?
They're helmet-mounted macrobinoculars, similar to what Commander Bly and a few other Clone troopers use. The original plan was to bolt them to my helmet with friction washers so I could flip them up out of the way when not in use. However, I'm going a completely different direction with my helmet now, so that's been abandoned (for now at least). As to what direction I am going...y'all will just have to wait and see ;).
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Laaran Kar'ta on Sep 02, 2015, 09:54 PM
so do you cover them in resin?
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Sep 02, 2015, 10:04 PM
so do you cover them in resin?
I hadn't decided if I was going to do that, or build it out of 3mm Sintra or ABS using my model as a referance, but covering it with fiberglass resin was certainly an option I was considering.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Laaran Kar'ta on Sep 02, 2015, 10:08 PM
ah okay. so the what is that macro made out of?
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Sep 02, 2015, 10:15 PM
ah okay. so the what is that macro made out of?
Cardstock.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Ra'lu Ger on Sep 03, 2015, 12:26 AM
Ok, so another update of sorts. Didn't do a ton today. Just rounded the edges of my chest plates (which was a pain, especially around the diamond) and reworked their shape to make them fit better. I'm not sure when I'm going to be able to work on this again (I'm busy the majority of the next 2 weekends + have to make sure I don't fall behind on Calc homework). I did  mock up when I got home, and came to the conclusion that until I can make  duct tape dummy there isn't a whole lot left I can do with my torso plates, and even once I have that, until I can get a vest I cannot do final fit on anything. It's just too hard to judge placement on a relatively stretchy t-shirt. Anyway, here's the trial fit:
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/El6eeZSXOwJgblho0dJMhEwC0l7jHtfgzGkQVbMRVXM=s995-no)
You can kind of see the rounded edges on everything. However, it's also pretty obvious that my placement was way off. Everything's crooked (and not evenly) and everything is sitting significatly too low. Oh well. A vest is the next big thing. Until then, once I get my collar plates to this same point, I will likely start in on my shoulders, knees, and boot plates.

Don't sell yourself short on this. Awesome work! Seriously. It's inspiring stuff.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Sep 03, 2015, 12:36 AM
Don't sell yourself short on this. Awesome work! Seriously. It's inspiring stuff.
Thanks. It's easy to feel discouraged at how difficult all the layered plates are to design, layout, and  form. Especially when I can't ever get my plates to sit right when I try to take test photos. It's a lot of work for something I'm not even sure will ultimately work out. I'm glad people like the design though.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Drako Katora on Sep 03, 2015, 02:24 AM
Seriously, the plates are turning out ridiculously well!
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Laaran Kar'ta on Sep 03, 2015, 01:23 PM
Thanks. It's easy to feel discouraged at how difficult all the layered plates are to design, layout, and  form. Especially when I can't ever get my plates to sit right when I try to take test photos. It's a lot of work for something I'm not even sure will ultimately work out. I'm glad people like the design though.

I feel your pain so bad right now! I don't know if ou read my post but I have to scrap the entire pauldron I made. However I think you're definitely doing some good things and I think it'll look great in the end...and then you can upgrade LOL :laugh:
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Sep 03, 2015, 01:44 PM
I feel your pain so bad right now! I don't know if ou read my post but I have to scrap the entire pauldron I made. However I think you're definitely doing some good things and I think it'll look great in the end...and then you can upgrade LOL :laugh:
Pfft. This whole kit is my upgrade :p.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Syper on Sep 03, 2015, 01:53 PM
Your work is definitely impressive then you add the fact that youíre doing this with a limited amount of tools and suitable work space:) Amazing work Brother

Take Care

(=Syper=)
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Sep 12, 2015, 01:59 AM
Ok, so not much to report BUT! I have templates for my pauldrons and shoulder armor (hopefully) done.
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/Ty_gYAi9aWomTXgHfg2jEMLiG-gjsZOvlKrLNl82kdXIIrpuVC_R4EZUcEWbBw58RA2iOr6IwOk16J7byNyJlxUGLuH7_MO5F5qsjuOp7wuxVdR3Rb__44eYtmUiIbaR4c9qzEd-9D5kMxp3sv7VLmg7I4HxhWZtvBuLHHMAkSgUOMQuo16YQh4TXL_EfwOPTScpvoIwHsNKe9K13yPYQ0uZ4oaCAl7t76FRbqDqDlIdBRrZz9prDe1DL8f4cL3huLSRRJZF1LWLeZdnwb63JbwOnMaYXJDvLnQpTy_WKvbDUSN8rOSPBs4S3AYD_MbkRdCE5CzWcBw75KhPSqwIxRUZI58OCe-0IQZUr--ZvRKT64qiFzQdZAYtCzfpf-kdVEmTAuNGxeCZ_QGlF5NTZ1Hf1-fCXw_9PmYLSUkzRmDIHIPuJEAlO_J3SzZ_oWvgWUNnv-yqQoKgUGKcb1YdBPisoWamxa7SFkloVG8IKVT3TKxCS4xWrDkaCgMefqtyOvU6wJMyYOmdS6kPGJCrehDeXMbYF56S3zkfxTuqDFM=w1156-h995-no)
Pauldron. Originally was planning on doing away with these, but so many people like it (apparently it's my "thing"?) That I decided to keep them.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/2UHpbbqmV_rdANQzIt8hzdFom16VLwdBD6YpUq4V1LvekLMlwrajRpZ6NLuYFeBz8IrhN3KAC0d8PzlTVwDbf29nviNJVpTp0oDGb1ZZtT0vgCyQhCK18qcot5aggbNLomFz2-auHgF6Ii2FXRpK9iatSx7fXXkTXS-MvThlgLiy6mqOO7VTn9ZthyJKc2QNsO2i0AImC5PtIGvymPEUsRdLwn0m3xK7mAxIEk5iRCRDw-pvDoz3Mzt5deLQU7ByHnu-uu05ZevGQb9R1HmFLhLnmka87E7fCKmQx6MbqcgkWr6W1zW0tcDwN7xZWJIcdnK3hERgLCCcUQp7IjLMUhvcwKZZUhEJ7CBMGVEJtWqe0CpOgSZrb6pTF8VfcL0_lgkvL29DyYtC3kw5ZImvjkHPUNAzEd10z7htjvrLBJqg1MBoo8kFBWej3wCPrcYFMp121-8_xYpXfr2cKEwFP3jhqCsQSk-KSO5EjvThfeXIAGjlXmvTPFQZ_It_FxY64CjU56cBkm2scnxxQfpL8J3ejZgb5MccM892cHZWJ5Q=w560-h995-no)
Flat templates for Shoulder bells. Loosely based on Sabine Shoulders. These will likely see a few tweaks before I start working on the actual aluminum plates.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Kol Var'Das on Sep 12, 2015, 10:21 AM
Gah! I've been looking to see templates on pauldrons and I can't see the files!! Just my luck  :laugh:
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Sep 12, 2015, 10:43 AM
My pauldrons are super simple. For one, they're hard armor plates, not soft like most. When I came up with mine, I used the Clonetrooper Phase 1 pauldrons, as seen in the original Clone Wars cartoon, as inspiration.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Kol Var'Das on Sep 12, 2015, 12:03 PM
I have an arc shoulder made from 6mm foam, but the actual collar didn't work
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Sep 12, 2015, 01:13 PM
I have an arc shoulder made from 6mm foam, but the actual collar didn't work
My pauldrons are more along the lines of Napoleonic-era French military pauldrons then what moat people think of when they think of Star Wars pauldrons (see pictures of my mk 1 kit earlier in this thread). Each is attached to my flight suit via small parachute buckles rather then a 1 piece collar. More like heavy shoulder armor then your typical pauldron

Update: Pictures of my slightly reworked shoulder templates taped on a shirt, both with, and without paudron armor. Sorry about osik picture quality. Not sure about the shape of the bottom most shoulder plate. Thoughts?

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/6VsnWv9aX_2uSNPsIzzQ6wrGnw7JLOdyIGsFbFFA_7NiCmEmkejNFcaEypD9AioRHeFqqdly_lyWSRPynqwfxn1RSvQj0-0jDmxpyECMWiRw66cUU_i4ElMmWNDPyXDzoAl6QVEcyNVreVyVO83fYXSLHhUp5sktao1u9kacWcfmD5eVXj4_7SWxgLRDGo5CSA2hs889O4fQL_dBPAnSpV1emJOn-w8ilOl3qvYUSDXRsX1xH6xKeclf9avKjgcgPYoUkzRn7Tkfs67yC4QkkSj5U89Gj-UhydW-ctv9iC30p0rdy-BJ1oK0WavqXDIgj3OBxb7e4QSGSCMNq17-FfJIdPo_cW7KmcD5sdRLD1YGxsdej7fzUEYHd6c5OOzK9nVynBKooeo0Vt3tMEGbcxZJvGXdNd5G6EgnRkQfO7ykI0ii4kywMHEpHTlAj5hIf8oczni67JGIAVScuORr1kWjrTuTvpjz2uxnMc9PCp3GrOQWR_DR1gGKMlZHtISeb0LhOVV33dHdctYxnluO46yxXVWyR15E0shmiyO3uPU=w970-h995-no)
Without pauldron

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/JHlBZm0fyVMxRip23iq30fb0yD92QOANEQte2L45HfEhiwGr6SfDfwRoWwMhWsjRGvuW7Gop3-aeQVWwd596IW4Bnx5atxVENpGyJnFEZS7UXMecTRuQt6OPbAZgP2X76Ndz_XCppBRHgTpFjtyxd7HlLTSP8uKiLjz1mhAowc7-8M4xrbxI6oABu3rfJ4E0VAS81Ivch0gu9CTkWpAMlthcOVIpZEZ66PLN8jbQRwQHDgRatO4XfGAWqjV1LoDtgqS3bPbYhU5TOcMnoD6ctKRFG_sgTrZpMGGVXtucSRDqz9ZV3RFk0OpOTca_c3HzTWPqvaxSXJ5Mrg8UB-6Qzetyr4JmSFAF_GqjWq6j3TuWOo4zr8JohiUk-Yf7lDlDp1YOPRk9kio2spneomYB5A-pUO7l8v_Ffctv_1Wy0RZ50n4wTXwbJtW_G03pa3pUIquYpQGwgMvbB50tzD6WA-LihtE1F7b9kTUa8WCNxtir5T_quuXAtrijkJTYZAsDXw_TvkA9VKbYQ82VZF4B0snu-qaWqF6JJb82uonepIU=w822-h995-no)
Without
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Havelock on Sep 12, 2015, 06:45 PM
To me, the bottom plate doesn't work quite right with the angularity of the other plates. Just my .02 creds.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Kol Var'Das on Sep 12, 2015, 06:52 PM
I can agree with that.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Sep 12, 2015, 06:58 PM
I think I agree. Time to figure out a fix I like that doesn't involve completely reworking the entire plate. Maybe make the sides of the bottom plate angled straight in instead of curved? Just leave some of the bottom as-is?
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Havelock on Sep 12, 2015, 07:00 PM
Sounds like that could work.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Sep 12, 2015, 07:35 PM
Slightly reworked plates. Only the bottom plate has been changed. Think it looks better like this.
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/qUG3VH4M6XnphL0NwPwSxO-WZvkrE94UwzFsi6rC2s8BlkuoI1TGtDHZjmRSpiXGp6U3o2PUOp6Gkx0kzaE0kV0gp215KUFdBmN248OFi2uSv0TNYLlHRLgUCj0oL0NUoXP_bfieVFDF6NIw8vGOK5QwG8bKPpbaIVKTzE-Zznw0u1XH3OWFNXhZ8Hp6jUTKk1ArnK0oO_ynHsCYbwjIIXCkLBBFlGqNzHquGIlKQF43mjNzoF1C48VPAp41YTE48-W4i03ZvG2TgqX22A-q4gHRZagzO8sIBAcACpBe1upCt3hNqk2X0EeMaxR9wu_zZcI02L79IRO5g6RmE8uPWnydmdXhfp0zPy6EyNT9f5ao9krz4HJniMxpYoD-lZcJywvbC-TtZb4NMbMUUE5vpEskgF6IPj6zkNKlcwDldanN96qbzcg8HD-fS7qxR0xP9BHVp_hbLyLfPLh3FmUOVU9-uENRe07L7W79Lr3ApjWDZLeNhcjT4BJXv-HKOpjJ1lf_G4eGCoeYBiTdKHkmkcY3GiKkGdRfTWOEzSPmst8=w560-h995-no)
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Drako Katora on Sep 13, 2015, 03:00 AM
Image is dead vod
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Sep 13, 2015, 03:30 AM
Don't see how. I've checked it on multiple devices, both logged in and logged out, and it loads fine.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Kavryn Falco on Sep 13, 2015, 03:55 PM
I can't see it either - maybe the image has permissions restrictions?
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Sep 25, 2015, 12:48 AM
I can't see it either - maybe the image has permissions restrictions?
Idk what the heck the problem was with that picture. Hopefully it works this time. However, doesn't really matter. Decided to remake it anyway, using the top plate of the SWG shoulder armor as a rough inspiration (can't really tell, but it was in fact my inspiration):
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0095.jpg)
Basic plate shapes, along with the how I planned on trimming them up sketched out.

(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0096.jpg)
Trimmed. Note in the trimming process, a plate ended up getting dropped. Final trimming will have to wait until the actual plates are cut and shapped.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Laaran Kar'ta on Sep 25, 2015, 05:28 PM
I think it happened again cuz I can't see them either.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Sep 25, 2015, 06:50 PM
i don't get it. Every single picture I have ever posted, I have hosted from the same site. I have posted them the same way. Etc. Why they aren't working all of a sudden is beyond me. I also don't get why they show up fine for me, even on a different computer on which I am not logged into any of the relevant accounts.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Serim Merec on Sep 25, 2015, 08:03 PM
I can't see them either :-\ I even tried to copy paste your link and go directly to the image and it still didn't work :-X I have no idea what's wrong, but do you have an Imgur or Photobucket account you could post from?
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Drako Katora on Sep 25, 2015, 08:52 PM
I can see the first image and not the second. who are you hosting the photos with?  ???
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Oct 03, 2015, 06:42 PM
So, I was using Google Photos to save all my images. I have no idea why all of a sudden it's stopped working. Literally it worked one day, and not the next. Same permissions and everything. Anyway, hopefully now I've got the image problem corrected for at least the important pictures.

On that note, I have actual updates! I got permission to use my dad's workshop, and while it's a bit of a hassle having to drive 30min each way to do any work, it beats working out in the heat. So I did that both this saturday and last saturday. Didn't get a ton done, but did some major reworking of my collar plates:
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/photo_1443299827481.jpg)
One piece down. Man it's nice to have something resembling a real anvil to use.

(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/photo_1443308562604.jpg)
One side done (the center 3 pieces are unchanged)

(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0136.jpg)
Finished!...mostly, at least. It's not perfect, but I doubt most people would notice from 5' away once it's bolted to my vest.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Havelock on Oct 03, 2015, 08:59 PM
That's awesome that you've got a place to work on your kit out of the sun and heat.  Congrats, ner'vod.  And your collar is coming along really well.  That's looking amazing.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Laaran Kar'ta on Oct 04, 2015, 04:29 AM
Love the collar. I worry about those upraise edges near your neck. Maybe I'm a worrying wart. but G-d forbid you far and lose a jugular.  :D
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Havelock on Oct 04, 2015, 11:17 AM
Love the collar. I worry about those upraise edges near your neck. Maybe I'm a worrying wart. but G-d forbid you far and lose a jugular.  :D
:laugh:

I think he's probably got some protective fabric that'll be covering his neck.   ;D 
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Oct 04, 2015, 11:38 AM
Love the collar. I worry about those upraise edges near your neck. Maybe I'm a worrying wart. but G-d forbid you far and lose a jugular.  :D
Actually, those corners are rolled like that to prevent anything like that. Otherwise they would just stab into my neck (layered plates bring up all sorts of issues you don't normally think about)

:laugh:

I think he's probably got some protective fabric that'll be covering his neck.   ;D 
Yup. Standard neck seal, but it'll be enough to stop this from doing any damage.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Laaran Kar'ta on Oct 04, 2015, 02:54 PM
Okay good. :)
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Oct 27, 2015, 01:25 AM
So, I'm using my mk 1 kit as a test bed for a weathering idea I had for my mk 2 kit. Basically, the idea is to have dynamic weathering. Every event, I'll change my weathering. Sometimes it'll be a lot (adding a bunch to simulate coming fresh out of the field, or removing some/most to simulate having cleaned it). For Comikaze I decided to go with "fresh out of spending way-too-much time in the desert". Warning: Lots of Pics to come.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/U7lrZzEUNdU-fBUtrqDRv3YE4sbNwVimwbouDvSoXXTlx9uAA4YH-Hvhfn2EsAWNyawGyc8CJf7OmANNudLAY74WichgG5fiThP8WHdQk5FMk6n9dlMqlFUvc5yEkPY4RoxT3IYNjX9udtymDoP0C4Wqb7tNSjOwLCfpBxahhq4In9tsvUs1-v_QkJNYi0fDehoVlpZrr0bI8FUZZ4K3CvdKcGDa8A5v2DcEqJjSMp9DXGywJ1VY-f5pY6OPAcTaIBhyAjIQny_jV3fDGRK48-kzUZUCSM-YF1aLQ9-cb-1ajE0vS01Ii95fv9TYCYocQuqhWOkhfdDvZEQlirydM2CKMrjKbb6EajPnW_oS8wUlqHJLiNIWRfaj0Wp6cZphBddawY6vuC3caFz3NMWJ_Dm7nj47bpwvN6iLLfvx7wcrxjp_kYiDD9qWbX2xvrxzfHPi7eE10UfAau6cne0aPpiEihBigd-_9vyFilV3_PIh57F222bQBHsuBJKA8DPtdvH2-alA4vMNEJDvJDUM6acAUUqXN1xmbNF3f9fnCRo=w513-h911-no)
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/ZdSZwuq11W2HfAgCPv8EORMrEEGLLoGcS13U-LZgYEAR0ldgaXZL02KSBOlPf39keXCwdB54IH33p1_AykDurqh9g49KzIB3geWHx0aGvUUldU5ETNhpSsl7igQwbWty8ivZqclx7FyCPpeMLOPit5Sz8EQpWIVdp2qJA0GAXbQIc1Ppn1o9yHFb9UcA4vFrwWvxQk13gGTS_Jluiwb_L3wKGoCcxa5jSirKp293JeN6ZQchUH5bbpo9HhSKikXORNGjtV3ZZRSZzuDQoqxukKC_vi8-SLksTSchFwq5vpM2aP3hL7Ds4FP5iH5Zu4uBeDK_KfBK-8SSFUs0s-wdcm3vvwM46Y4zMr8pyTTZbvi8r4pCZU88tSE4wQKg8_47tzRfu-Hf7TlBS-dxRc4eThtWGRfOIlq_f7DmDgjmWg_FbSVRIMLQljlEKXxk1JjM3Us7OWCzHrtRmS6yItaQNN9EUPGH_7iOz8WKMEUAihzSEdkpgQYFiEmHvbEiD-kscyHxWml0dOr0T7yCxxjKlzM9Kxr0XL2pbgLZ7bK0pK4=w1620-h911-no)
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/4qoqQCjO3fbG6XGcD2TwYO05ub8OqJvW5PsbipWbmaDzP797DQfPyIQniZGznwpSHXq8KuAJSLJSBm2rggQ8Q4gbZg7vX9_JVneNlW0NNe9B6N_PiOWHoUQCBgo_nAHzTq9xP0yF-Yz8TU26H50IbNhv4jey3Ye6lJgQxxy4QEOOhy5mIJa0tuBDAqnV6Lg7ObWwyNuHvL8Uk3QbKRtpiM3dgDm84mHaq8z8n2G-hTXy-0ZvhIW5-nGGqq6qPh3vmdgqaCIiZhaw5R1X-zkgfSGpwzNev2RHpJ7ocC0IsARS25rVEtrZ4rEQm-CWZ7SMt42Txdt2VFcrHQK08MaQL2djdCGd-j_Mutkg8I9hz20gCJ-k2vte8U2TfG9BWvBhYlTk3YWwlRH7xifIP6QmT_LQEmmLL-D1hX_dUtzh-g8KiNAT-x8SUJKIJYDTlFTILxwRioanfBqX4aXUtZ5l5cOKcwPoEYTEcu9UkXjkO-1V3Dl6wZhHZ8D2306LIZcXOnE6X777T0DcevYEHENKskzfE7daAi9mwGgTjAKMXqY=w513-h911-no)
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/j1QzvjLE-b3QkHsR4J4mFiHzM-zA5_ZNa730qbm7nHlsD9Q3mJhVbdhuboCsdL5NgKTthk6JhGvrRVZqZJZQ3-O4FUbuoYDKqYtOitxIbeEs1EcLcs5I6nNoFxGcNEybVHMWx_7wsfZiv15BAEEVPPruYaWlIeeCjBEMI40_1cA-SQ2u3PWR81VXpWzPvc_tZKGkGmAM7_PqHuqAqBgqw2VfZGboO4t-JsTC1KYkoqhAyamBKFPYaYtxQiuaF4gb7XElQknDi8XhHri3pjWeWXcMXg_bASExHd25SFJ6CcMrZoTp6C479I5wSG6DUaSQVBV3UUA0w6lCuYUAGGdo84T7DHLoS4TIFpPWmibETfSJxiHKwa_KzkG1b402JmSLvSWS3_fwx08wf5qtT3ags_mK3cTmbfes_RXqkO4NWsFA3gzw0nij_VNCwMPRVam8IBUT9-VpXU9hNACsGU6K9CtDtPQz69FBQoJNaNm1Oc8sNoG6XXz1_Emj7lBjUYkAwWl0eziRk8skEfuqj5l976DbUvJKAwN_5nznl7q1zRQ=w684-h911-no)
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/f02I26yX03A-7YyZ8p9wGGkOoriF5jptpCgBRHdwEuZZlXgsQ9prtd21m-laR8kK3B9AN3EUgjWoMAmLlQqf4HqJqEU9rDWfOV-rzPgHzDsSOS8A9hp5l_XYtoV8A7XsrZjs-Xrz38-CA7AjXz_Q68Cc-tc9lDfcp1xn2tbwk_gLRAm1z2URw7-UbYDa0KtGb75D2DWfuUuSrjDcd1k2IIWzzs5OznfgMjiqgFArkUQ7hZ2mPFS_XT7BbCdIOLGM6Wb7ihEbPvloKZbFYGKVFItsYmj7_xsPEDe-gw1hcOOXz9NK84n8l-sYYJmpGQC-6A47gQhSR3W4vj-BhaSqM3wL2eFJ0eNqC-Oxugo1CI_PwvmULcfg1fbDefznbE4eQr7fAGjZ3viX5NEd1BiEoHadN_32paTiwq10di9B-IpDY0PKtmWDxeRdMbhQPqsK5XOnFjaxog-I2uS_CK9kwUvOY9LgdZqEqHs-Fwck8m3QGhO8GBq9pwos_R_hbz3zDPc2ULb2VJj7u7RGjfJmEiS-lsk_JmvKbe17w_BZ7jY=w1620-h911-no)
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/tP4r9u-mD8tpWRdYRckWgdWRHq4uVO0COSCy-ukm-IrF3z0XtMYgk29KiNI1guVi6RfV7d67K9tO70PSL5LsrJLIJeqAM1ZEPsZTS2nE9F1BPAfubirSlXGysDOGe9-WfWiTMXzJSTEFTeRLp5ZaHMoR6TbjXqrDGZugsajhqIjX-UUqwvrWuH5hwzRFXeNss2tnv3dHm-qpDbFxa36NZ-nRMRiiVs9MLuqeuNIlAVG6fq0czZO9qQjt2HPwmD1qNTPcARbBdPPqLprOorKjxH4cwZNFTLEQA8iiM_9PlKrQlQf6s6LCQFAuvKoliL_S1OD0TJct1TLiT5ftdNqHJNMptAdP8mElcZURd4Licp6QqZEIhjdQm0HSiSUnKxk1zDLxu_A-WWWDVwnCRNqAqw8QxpfaYhBVCbmT6e86nyxmKCk-4bzUeZD3-7anoZW20NpdBebFu2aApvpMLJWFWMqS5UnxUJNsJRGcDBFGIEeLI_G4AHyAvUmCZmZn9XeWDqY4LZw76iFNjzq4zffiHIZk_YX0TcfK1RfYuZboZ34=w1620-h911-no)

Still need to weather my flight suit accordingly. Hopefully in the next day or 2 I'll have a few full-armor shots to show off.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Towhan Svel on Oct 27, 2015, 02:04 AM
Looking great vod! I love the dynamic weathering idea, especially if conventions and stuff are sparse it can give you something to do and think about in between. Would be a tad inconvenient I'd think if there's a lot on, but it's still an awesome idea  ;D
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Kavryn Falco on Oct 27, 2015, 09:58 AM
I can't see them  :'(
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Laaran Kar'ta on Oct 27, 2015, 01:27 PM
Vod! You're alive! Everything's looking great! Where did you get your pouches from?
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Oct 27, 2015, 01:53 PM
Vod! You're alive! Everything's looking great! Where did you get your pouches from?
Yeah, just been busy with non-mercs stuff. I got my pouches off etsy. They're just Mauser ammo pouches.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Laaran Kar'ta on Oct 27, 2015, 04:55 PM
I definitely understand how that goes. Cool. That's where I wanted to get mine.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Nov 20, 2015, 12:49 AM
Been a while since I've updated this. Haven't done a lot, but I have done some. Here's what I got:
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/TopPlate.jpg)
Top of right shoulder, beating into submission shape. There's about 4hrs of work in this one segment.

(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/TopPlatePlacement.jpg)
How it sits on my shoulder (remember, I also have pauldrons going over this)

(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/FormedShoulder.jpg)
Complete shoulder, pre smoothing out the dings. The bottom edge sits right about the bottom of my shoulder muscle.

(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Finished%20Shoulder.jpg)
OOOOOoooo...shiny. Literally. I'm calling this ready for paint. Haven't rolled the edges, but with the tools I have I'm not sure I even can.

This weekend I'm hoping to cut and form my other shoulder, though I might not get them finished (got a 'new' vise/anvil that needs some TLC before it's ready to use). Tonight I'm planning on trying to finish my cod template, so maybe in the coming weeks I can get started on that. I also have an idea for belt pouches for this kit, but I'm gonna keep the details of that close to my chest for the time being.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Knightwarrier on Nov 25, 2015, 02:30 AM
Pics are dead links.... >:(
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Drako Katora on Nov 25, 2015, 03:07 PM
for me as well. I was starting to think you don't want me to know what you're up to  :laugh:
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Nov 25, 2015, 07:06 PM
*sigh* done with google photos as my picture server. Switching to Photobucket. Hopefully the images are fixed

Haven't made any progress recently. Ended up just resting last weekend. Plan for this weekend (it's a long weekend for me thanks to Thanksgiving here in the US) is to finish up a combat dagger I started a while back, in light of the hold on blasters at troops. If I get that knocked out, I'm planning on cleaning up the 'new' vise and trying to knock out my other shoulder. Still need to template my knee plates, back plate, and figure out what I'm doing for boots (to determine if I do boot plates)
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Kavryn Falco on Nov 25, 2015, 09:00 PM
Yup, I can see it now. Looks great!
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Knightwarrier on Nov 25, 2015, 10:49 PM
http://postimg.org/

This seems to be a pretty stable image hosting site.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Serim Merec on Nov 26, 2015, 12:17 AM
Yay! I can see the pics now! :D I'm excited to see how these shoulders look with the pauldron you mention... 8) *goes back to lurking thread*
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Feb 07, 2016, 03:45 PM
Ok, so I haven't posted anything in a while. Life has been pretty nuts lately. However, I have made some progress. I made my other shoulder, and...I did a test fitting!

(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/2016-02-07%2012.24.56.jpg)

There's a few things that need some adjustment, and I learned I need to be super careful about placement of individual plates in order for everything to line up correctly. But I think I'm almost there.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Kavryn Falco on Feb 07, 2016, 07:05 PM
Exciting! ;D

I'd say you'll probably wanna tighten up the vertical spacing, but the individual pieces look super great ;D
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Cin Vhe'rang on Feb 07, 2016, 07:19 PM
Those plates are sexy as hell, vod!  Keep up the good work!
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Havelock on Feb 07, 2016, 08:35 PM
Yep.  Looking pretty sweet.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Apr 04, 2016, 10:40 AM
Ok, so because I'm in the process of getting a house, progress has been stupid slow (read: practically nonexistent). I do however have a few minor updates:
-First my weapons loadout is basicallyour aquired. Now to start modding and painting everything. I'm planningoing on on making a new mare's leg and possibly some dets, but almost everything is here.(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/20160305_181607.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/Spazsolo/media/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/20160305_181607.jpg.html)

Second, I have a duct tape dummy! Which means progress has started in earnest on templateing my back plate:(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/photo_1459748680440.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/Spazsolo/media/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/photo_1459748680440.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Avidem on Apr 04, 2016, 11:04 AM
Digging that weapon loadout vod.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: ConDar Ward on Apr 04, 2016, 11:29 AM
 Looks like a Great load out ...   8)  ;)
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Carid Vhett on Apr 04, 2016, 12:09 PM
Nice vod.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Havelock on Apr 04, 2016, 07:23 PM
Digging it!
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Erio J'uni on Apr 04, 2016, 09:02 PM
I'm still amazed by what you keep putting together.  This is going to be epic when it's finished.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Apr 04, 2016, 11:49 PM
I'm still amazed by what you keep putting together.  This is going to be epic when it's finished.
To be completely honest...I'm as amazed as you are

Speaking of, got the initial templates worked out for my back plate. Still need to fine tune them, but it's a solid start.
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/20160404_204143.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/Spazsolo/media/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/20160404_204143.jpg.html)

(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/20160404_203959.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/Spazsolo/media/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/20160404_203959.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Havelock on Apr 05, 2016, 01:58 AM
Vod, that is awesome!
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Raestin Ke'Varek on Apr 05, 2016, 12:22 PM
This.....is just beautiful vod!  I literally stared at my pc for an uncomfortable amount of time.... I wish I had the skills to work metal like that....  Can't wait to see the back plate!!  8)
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Laaran Kar'ta on Apr 05, 2016, 04:11 PM
HE's ALIVE!!!! lol Hurry up vod!! :laugh:
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Apr 05, 2016, 06:21 PM
HE's ALIVE!!!! lol Hurry up vod!! :laugh:
Sale on my new armor shop (also known as a house) is supposed to finish next week. Then I'll have a place I can really get down to kit work
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Laaran Kar'ta on Apr 06, 2016, 02:28 AM
Good! :D
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: The Mandler on Apr 07, 2016, 09:31 AM
I can almost picture a house with only T shaped windows covered in armor with an iron heart shaped door.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Havelock on Apr 07, 2016, 07:01 PM
I can almost picture a house with only T shaped windows covered in armor with an iron heart shaped door.

This!  This is so Mal!
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Apr 07, 2016, 07:13 PM
This!  This is so Mal!
Um...I'm not quite sure how to take that....
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Havelock on Apr 07, 2016, 07:18 PM
Dude, you're the Batman of the Mercs.  The Dark Knight.  The Silent (mostly  :D) Guardian.  The Protector.  It's a pretty awesome thing, ner'vod.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Oryon on Apr 07, 2016, 08:09 PM
I love the layered plates, vod, looks epic!
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Dec 05, 2016, 01:02 AM
OK,  so I haven't updated in a while,  obviously. But I swear there's been progress. Quite a lot actually. So here is the latest. Note that this will still eventually be desert ops,  but my current paint job is NOT. It is based on the True Mandalorian (the idea is that before Malakier became desert ops,  he followed the True Mandalorian.  When they suspended,  he just painted over the old paint job). Due to time constraints, I will likely apply with this paint scheme,  then reapply after Celebration Orlando, when I have more time to do my desert ops paint right. Without further adu:
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/FB_IMG_1480916278632.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/Spazsolo/media/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/FB_IMG_1480916278632.jpg.html)
Painted bucket.  Just needs a couple coats of wash and some carbon scoring.

(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/FB_IMG_1480916232568.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/Spazsolo/media/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/FB_IMG_1480916232568.jpg.html)
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/FB_IMG_1480916244891.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/Spazsolo/media/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/FB_IMG_1480916244891.jpg.html)
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/FB_IMG_1480916251108.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/Spazsolo/media/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/FB_IMG_1480916251108.jpg.html)
I have flexible knee armor! It's just lose enough for a little padding

(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/FB_IMG_1480916265742.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/Spazsolo/media/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/FB_IMG_1480916265742.jpg.html)
Finished knife (will eventually have desert camo paint job, but this is good for now). All weapons have this degree of detail (or more) on metallic paint coats.

(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/FB_IMG_1480916260231.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/Spazsolo/media/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/FB_IMG_1480916260231.jpg.html)
Turning a woman's dress dolly into a male dolly.

(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0001.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/Spazsolo/media/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0001.jpg.html)
Camelbak pouch templated

(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0002.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/Spazsolo/media/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0002.jpg.html)
...and mock up of air system done

Not shown is the air hoses that will go from my bucket to my backplate, my other knee armor (which isn't finished), my cod plate (yes,  it's metal) and most of my blasters are even closer to completion (for now...). I'm hoping to get my other knee armor finished before Christmas, start on painting my grenades, and finish my blasters. Or,  if weather doesn't permit,  make a good dent on my remaining soft parts...
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Havelock on Dec 05, 2016, 01:18 AM
Wow.  This is looking simply amazing.  Bravo, ner'vod.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Naritir Ka'ra on Dec 05, 2016, 02:16 PM
Dude. Vod. Seriously in love with this kit. Seeing all the pieces together with the paint job instead of bit by bit - so shiny!!
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Oryon on Dec 05, 2016, 02:21 PM
Hm. Now I need to rethink how I'm making my knee plates. That's pretty damn ingenious haha
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Naritir Ka'ra on Dec 05, 2016, 04:21 PM
Hm. Now I need to rethink how I'm making my knee plates. That's pretty damn ingenious haha

Right??!!  Cuz if there's one thing Mal knows how to do, it's engineer the osik out of something.  :laugh:
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Dec 05, 2016, 05:32 PM
Just remember that mine are aluminum. It might not work out as well out of sintra or ABS.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Oryon on Dec 05, 2016, 07:08 PM
Just remember that mine are aluminum. It might not work out as well out of sintra or ABS.

Steel is stronger than aluminum, I'm not worried ;)
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Dec 05, 2016, 07:15 PM
Steel is stronger than aluminum, I'm not worried ;)
Good luck!  Glad I could provide some inspiration.

Getting everything shapped right proved to be more difficult than I anticipated. So far, for both knees I'm pushing 24hrs of total working time,  and the left knee needs significantly more work. Not trying to discourage you.  Just want you to be completely aware of what you're getting yourself in to
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Kol Var'Das on Dec 05, 2016, 07:17 PM
Some impressive work has been done vod!
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Oryon on Dec 05, 2016, 08:01 PM
Good luck!  Glad I could provide some inspiration.

Getting everything shapped right proved to be more difficult than I anticipated. So far, for both knees I'm pushing 24hrs of total working time,  and the left knee needs significantly more work. Not trying to discourage you.  Just want you to be completely aware of what you're getting yourself in to

Been there and definitely done that already, ner'vod. Haha, I've built my fair share of crazy armour pieces and let me tell you, Stainless Steel cold forged takes almost three times longer than mild steel, which takes a little longer than aluminum. If my knees look as bad@$$ as your's the time will be well worth it ;D
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Jan 09, 2017, 04:42 PM
More progress!
Knees (I'm left handed, and have noticed I tend to kneel on my left knee more often then my right. Hence the additional damage to the left knee plates)
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0116_1.jpg)

Weapons (I also have my Resistance blaster painted matte black, but no pictures of it)
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0115.jpg)
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/received_10101398875584062.jpeg)

And back plate started
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0117.jpg)
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0118.jpg)

Nothing has any backwash yet because I'm still debating on whether to do my desert ops paint scheme now, or wait until after celebration (in which case I'll be going for approval with this paint job.

I also have started the process of mounting my chest plates,  and have finished (but not figured out the mounting of)  my cod. None of the above have been weathered at all though. I want to wait until my plates are all mounted,  and weather it all together to ensure uniform damage

Finally,  I discovered a broken chunk of concrete works great as a weathering tool on metal kits! That's what I did the majority of the weathering on my right knee plate,  and all of the weathering on my left knee plate with
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Havelock on Jan 09, 2017, 05:24 PM
This is looking seriously awesome, ner'vod.  Except that verp.  That's crap.  Not nearly good enough for your kit.  Send it to me.  I'll suffer the indignity of carrying it.  You can get a better one.   :P
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Jan 09, 2017, 05:37 PM
This is looking seriously awesome, ner'vod.  Except that verp.  That's crap.  Not nearly good enough for your kit.  Send it to me.  I'll suffer the indignity of carrying it.  You can get a better one.   :P
Don't tempt me ;)
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Naritir Ka'ra on Jan 09, 2017, 06:50 PM
Don't tempt me ;)
Don't.  You.  Dare.


Sorry, Havelock, nothing but love for ya, man.   :laugh:
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Havelock on Jan 09, 2017, 07:20 PM
Don't.  You.  Dare.


Sorry, Havelock, nothing but love for ya, man.   :laugh:

 :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

It's all good, vod!
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Jan 13, 2017, 08:18 PM
Small update. Starting with... The new murder room! The gf and I got tired of not being able to work (especially paint) because of bad weather. So I came up with this. Hope the neighbors aren't suspicious people...
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/received_10101405532154242.jpeg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/Spazsolo/media/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/received_10101405532154242.jpeg.html)
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/received_10101405564898622.jpeg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/Spazsolo/media/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/received_10101405564898622.jpeg.html)
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0119.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/Spazsolo/media/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0119.jpg.html)
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0120.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/Spazsolo/media/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0120.jpg.html)

Now that that's out of the way, I have a little kit progress as well
2hrs in:
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/received_10101406492195312_edit_1484356464464.jpeg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/Spazsolo/media/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/received_10101406492195312_edit_1484356464464.jpeg.html)

3hrs in:
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/received_10101406716371062.jpeg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/Spazsolo/media/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/received_10101406716371062.jpeg.html)

5hrs in:
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/received_10101406716371062_1.jpeg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/Spazsolo/media/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/received_10101406716371062_1.jpeg.html)
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0123.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/Spazsolo/media/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0123.jpg.html)

And at that I'm calling the collar done. I'm currently lacking the correct size eyelets, but it's ready for them to be installed when they arrive. Also the left side could use some tweaking, but haven't decided if it's worth it. Thoughts?
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Havelock on Jan 13, 2017, 09:13 PM
Personally, I think calling it done is the right choice. And I love your mini-abbatoir!  It rocks!
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Jan 23, 2017, 12:57 AM
Mini update:
Backplate marked for trimming. It was way too wide
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0136_1.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/Spazsolo/media/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0136_1.jpg.html)

Backplate trimmed, reformed some, and spinal ridge added for comfort. Still have more work to go. Currently at about 1thrs of work on it
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0137.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/Spazsolo/media/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0137.jpg.html)

Began mounting chest plates. 2hrs to get these 4 pieces good.
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0148.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/Spazsolo/media/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0148.jpg.html)

Quick mobility test
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0149.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/Spazsolo/media/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0149.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Havelock on Jan 23, 2017, 03:37 AM
That was two hours well spent, then, vod.  'Cause those are just about perfect.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Jacyn Snow on Jan 23, 2017, 11:43 AM
wow that looks amazing ner'vod
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Bata Aden on Jan 23, 2017, 08:05 PM
I can't wait to see this finished! its looking great vod!
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Jan 24, 2017, 12:55 AM
Minor ish update. Put in another 2 or so hours mounting chest pieces. Both plates are now completely mounted. Unfortunately my alignment is a little wonky on my right hand plate (left in the picture) so I'm gonna have to spend another 2ish hours fixing that. But not tonight
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0151.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/Spazsolo/media/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0151.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Havelock on Jan 24, 2017, 07:19 AM
Yep.  Definitely a bit wonky, but I'm sure you'll get it perfect.  Maybe it'll take less time, too.  Either way, looking good, ner'vod.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Kjeldo on Jan 25, 2017, 02:13 AM
Good. 
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Jan 26, 2017, 09:09 PM
OK. I need feedback. I'm at 10hrs of work mounting plates and still not really happy with alignment, but fixing it will take redoing 28 holes. Another 5+ hrs of work. What do you guys think? Should I do it, or am I being overly critical?

(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0156.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/Spazsolo/media/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0156.jpg.html)

Edited because dummy forgot to add a picture
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Havelock on Jan 26, 2017, 09:22 PM
While your collar and chest plates appear to be slightly sloping down toward your right, your left arm is raised.  So if you drop your left arm, I believe it'll sort itself out.  So my verdict - you're being overly critical.   :)
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: jett drexel on Jan 26, 2017, 09:25 PM
looks pretty damn good to me. you're being too critical.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Jan 26, 2017, 09:59 PM
While your collar and chest plates appear to be slightly sloping down toward your right, your left arm is raised.  So if you drop your left arm, I believe it'll sort itself out.  So my verdict - you're being overly critical.   :)

Unfortunately, while my arm might be amplifying the problem, my plates do slant slightly. Think that in light of the complexity, the app team will let it slide?
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Havelock on Jan 27, 2017, 12:44 AM
If I were on the App Team, I'd give you a pass on it.  It's honestly very minor to my eyes.  But if it's stressing you out, how about resewing the straps on your flak vest so it adjusts the vest - and consequently the armor - rather than trying to move each and every plate.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: DariusBlakk on Jan 27, 2017, 06:46 AM
Oh man, those plates are breathtaking!!  I think you're being overcritical for sure.  Sweet design vod.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Kris Jasra on Jan 27, 2017, 06:59 AM
Spacing looks good between them all - that draws the eye far more than a slight lean to one side so I'd be fine with that. Besides, I always lean to one side and my armour is more than a cm offset - admittedly its compensation from an old injury, but it's still there.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Naritir Ka'ra on Jan 27, 2017, 11:44 AM
Spacing looks good between them all - that draws the eye far more than a slight lean to one side so I'd be fine with that.

To Kris you must listen, hmmm??

Dude... these plates are killer and I'm in love with them. (not so much that i'd want to wear 30 pounds of armor... more in a wow, i'm in awe of them sort of way.  :laugh:)
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Jan 27, 2017, 07:34 PM
Thanks for the feedback. With that in mind, I moved on with mounting my ab plates and diamond.

(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0159.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/Spazsolo/media/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0159.jpg.html)
Obviously needs more work, but it took me another 4 hrs to get to this point, and I was getting frustrated, so I set it aside to work on...

My backplate!
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0165.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/Spazsolo/media/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0165.jpg.html)
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0170.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/Spazsolo/media/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0170.jpg.html)
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0171.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/Spazsolo/media/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0171.jpg.html)

Note that in this pictures it is held on with packing tape, and I've done a tiny bit more work - mostly around the neck to make it more comfortable. Next major step is forming the compartment that will hold my hydration pack. Yes, it will be out of metal. Yes, I am crazy.

Oh, and so far my torso armor, including flak vest, weighs in at almost exactly 3lbs. Not too shabby.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Erio J'uni on Jan 27, 2017, 08:07 PM
This is coming along amazingly!  I don't have the skill to critique your process but I love it all!
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Havelock on Jan 27, 2017, 08:18 PM
Great progress, vod!  I love it!
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Torolf Goran on Jan 27, 2017, 11:27 PM
I love the segmented plates and the shape of the backplate.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Oryon on Jan 28, 2017, 12:48 AM
Gorgeous, vod! I was just doing river work myself tonight. I feel your pain on the long times spent making it right. If it helps, for a costume like what you have, the majority of people who see it will be walking by you at a con. To them any misalignment in the plates will go unnoticed or tacked of as you walking for too long in costume. The cool factor of the segments far outweighs any small mistakes. And these plates are over the top cool right now. Take time to do good work, but don't waste time  ;D
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Jan 28, 2017, 01:22 AM
I'm mostly working on plates when it's too cold to work outside (osteoarthritis in my hands makes it hard to do metal working when it's bellow about 45F outside, and 50 is preferable. It's been in the mid to high 20s in the mornings). A few tweaks (mostly moving my chest diamond over a touch) and I'm going to call these good. Then I just need to mount my back plate, which will hopefully be easier.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Kruser on Jan 28, 2017, 11:38 AM
 Very impressive vod.   We are always our own worst critic.  Your design,  concept,  and execution are outstanding.  Again,  it's tough to critique a selfie photo due to your arms potentially shifting things around.  Having said that,  your diamond is clearly off.  Get that baby centered and I see no other issues with your torso.   Keep up the great work.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Jan 31, 2017, 12:39 AM
Chest diamond is my most noticeable issue, but I have a couple others I need to address as well
 However, I'm getting burned out on that side of things (it's tedious, frustrating, and super boring), so I decided to start in on my arm wraps! Remember that these will in turn be covered by 1/2 (possibly even 2/3) gaunts.

Ready to put on
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0174.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/Spazsolo/media/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0174.jpg.html)

Outside (Ish. Hard to get by myself)
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0173.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/Spazsolo/media/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0173.jpg.html)

Inside
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0172.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/Spazsolo/media/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0172.jpg.html)

Still have a few pieces of velcro to add to secure the ends (wrap that goes over my glove will be secured at my palm, wrap over elbow and bicep will likely be secured at the inside of my bicep, though I might try to secure it under my gaunt). Also need to figure out if I need to add anything to keep them from moving around too much over my elbow, and if I do, how to handle that. The idea of wrapping around my elbow and bicep instead of making a longer sleeve is that I'm hoping that the wrap will interfere with my movement less.

Back plate is on hold until more metal comes in. Which means hopefully I'll be able to start in on that Friday.

Edit: got a semi decent picture of my wrap with my (completely unweathered) flight suit
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0175.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/Spazsolo/media/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0175.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Carid Vhett on Jan 31, 2017, 05:12 AM
In my opinion it looks a little loose, might want to see about pulling it tighter?
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Feb 03, 2017, 02:12 PM
It's actually pretty tight around my arm.

In other news, I made a few tweaks to my chest plates:
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0177.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/Spazsolo/media/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0177.jpg.html)

(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0178.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/Spazsolo/media/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0178.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Aden Banto on Feb 03, 2017, 02:41 PM
Really digging the yellow diamond. Looks awesome vod  :)
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Havelock on Feb 03, 2017, 06:12 PM
Looking good, vod.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Feb 08, 2017, 11:17 PM
Not much progress to report, but I do have a confession:

I got a little too aggressive with my weathering
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0181.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/Spazsolo/media/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0181.jpg.html)

An hour of gluing later:
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0183.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/Spazsolo/media/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0183.jpg.html)

And another 2hrs of remounting plates
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0185.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/Spazsolo/media/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0185.jpg.html)

In other news, I also have some work done on my one of a kind double holster. Need to make some tweaks and add some edge binding to clean up the edges.
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0180.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/Spazsolo/media/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0180.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Havelock on Feb 09, 2017, 09:56 PM
Dude, very cool!
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Ty'renn Argos on Feb 10, 2017, 06:29 AM
That looks sick!
Really cool vod!
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Hik'aari on Feb 10, 2017, 09:42 AM
Have been following this and had to say felt awful when I saw the chest fall apart. Glad you got it sorted now though :)

Eagerly awaiting updates
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Feb 13, 2017, 10:02 AM
Have been following this and had to say felt awful when I saw the chest fall apart. Glad you got it sorted now though :)

Eagerly awaiting updates
Honestly, I mostly just laughed. Better it fall apart now then later, and of course I would be the one to break my kit just weathering it.

Speaking of I did some more weathering on my chest plates, but I don't have pictures because I decided  they need more. I also am ready to attach my cod, so I'll probably wait till both those things are done to post updates pictures. However, I do have progress!

(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0195.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/Spazsolo/media/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0195.jpg.html)
Custom double holster I'm never doing anything like again (seriously, this thing was a massive pain in the shebs to get right). All thats left is weathering though. I might even use this (and the associated blasters) to upgrade my mk 1 kit.

(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0198.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/Spazsolo/media/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0198.jpg.html)
Verp with my mk 2 kit color scheme. Still have one more color to spray, and some spots on the barrel where the paint didn't stick to the plastic to touch up.

(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0197.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/Spazsolo/media/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0197.jpg.html)
And the compartment for my hydration pack. Still quite a bit more to do on this. Unfortunately I apparently got a different alloy of aluminum this time, which isnt as forgiving to the hammering process. I've got lots of cracks to repair, including:

(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/received_10101436312026132.jpeg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/Spazsolo/media/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/received_10101436312026132.jpeg.html)

Reattaching this piece that completely broke off. Let the record show that so far I have never successfully made a backplate foe myself without breaking it in some way.

Anyway, I would like some input on this part. There's going to be additional compartments on the sides of this one at the top (basically filling in the remaining space across my shoulder blades)  for my cooling system, that will also be designed to make this compartment more streamlined. That said, it occurred to me last night that I should curve this piece more. I need the straight part at the very top for the hinge for a lid, but I could work the metal into more of a gradual taper lower down. What do you guys think? Should I do that, or do you think it would be best if I just left it as is? Might be worth mentioning I've got about 24hrs so far into this thing.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Feb 26, 2017, 10:56 PM
OK. Updates from this weekend:
Leg wrap mock up

(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0213.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/Spazsolo/media/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0213.jpg.html)
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0214.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/Spazsolo/media/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0214.jpg.html)
(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0220.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/Spazsolo/media/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0220.jpg.html)

Still need to get a torch and start soldering things together. Also need to finish the last cover pieces. Going to work on mocking up my fan housings and gaunts this week.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Mar 13, 2017, 10:08 AM
Big update!

(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMG_20170304_144100_498.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/Spazsolo/media/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMG_20170304_144100_498.jpg.html)
Main portion soldered

(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0240.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/Spazsolo/media/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0240.jpg.html)
Repair piece made

(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0229.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/Spazsolo/media/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0229.jpg.html)
Shoulders bolted

(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0253.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/Spazsolo/media/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0253.jpg.html)
Fan housings templated

(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0257.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/Spazsolo/media/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0257.jpg.html)
....and one side formed. Just need solder to finish it.

(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0248.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/Spazsolo/media/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0248.jpg.html)
Chest trial fit before I start adding my desert ops colors

(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0250.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/Spazsolo/media/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0250.jpg.html)
All completed pieces. Note everything from the waist down is just taped on, so things were sliding a little.

(http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/Spazsolo/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0251.jpg) (http://s29.photobucket.com/user/Spazsolo/media/Mk%202%20Desert%20Ops/IMAG0251.jpg.html)
Flex test. I've got about 95% mobility in my torso.

Bucket was already taped up for painting (more on that later) which is why it isn't in any pictures.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Ruus bal'Neta on Mar 13, 2017, 11:49 AM
Smile vod! This is supposed to be fun :D

I'm super impressed with anyone that does a full metal kit. Yours is looking really great so far.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Naritir Ka'ra on Mar 13, 2017, 01:04 PM
Smile vod! This is supposed to be fun :D

Mal doesn't smile. Well, he does... just not very often. And hardly ever in pictures. :P

I agree with Mysterious though... your kit continues to amaze me.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Havelock on Mar 13, 2017, 03:46 PM
This is coming together so very nicely, vod.  I'm really impressed with the detail of this build.  Keep it up, ner'vod.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Mar 13, 2017, 05:17 PM
Smile vod! This is supposed to be fun :D.
Right.... Fun.... What part of this is fun? :p seriously though, I always get to focused on getting the picture right to remember to smile.

Thanks everyone. The encouragement is the main reason I haven't chucked it in the recycle bin. Seriously.

 Progress is really slow, but things are really starting to come together. I'm really happy with how it's all turning out. Just another 15ish hrs and I estimate the metalworking phase of my backplate will be done. Then to get it painted, weathered, repainted, reweathered, and mounted... And start on my gauntlets. I estimate another 40ish hours in those. My priorities for this week is get the one air box mounted, finish up my arm wraps, get my plates repainted with my desert colors, and start actually sewing the leg wrap I have laid out.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Jul 16, 2017, 12:35 PM
So, when I posted last time, I was forgetting a few crucial details. I didn't have a lid. I had to get everything smoothed to my OCD satisfaction. I had to figure out how to mount my air hoses. And I had to figure out how I was going to control and power my fans. Sooo... Approximately 50hrs later, I'm still not ready for paint. But I'm getting closer.

Since photobucket went to crap, I'm just going to post what I Think is my most recent pics for my backplate build.

(http://i.imgur.com/XIf8wPY.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/IHgahhq.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/nVPwET5.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/29U6f7i.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/eYQb7Bs.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/tn5oKId.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/IU3DRd4.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/PmntU4U.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/i4NNDC0.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/PXlp09C.jpg)

And with that last pic, this is getting set aside until my electronics parts show up (hopefully tomorrow... Which means progress should resume next weekend)
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Sep 29, 2017, 07:09 PM
Hey, been a while but there is some progress!

First up, Backplate is almost completed at last!:
(https://i.imgur.com/bb2OzMx.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/ihzqUbk.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/qXPqiSO.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/mxJWtNi.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/yrRa08j.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/JgBIJMB.jpg)

And I started my bracers! Going with half-gaunts, so I decided to have a little fun with the shape. These cover from wrist to elbow without hindering my movement. My arm wraps actually hinder my movement more. Next up is to start buillding on to them.
(https://i.imgur.com/iY8g8Nl.jpg)
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Oct 07, 2017, 06:30 PM
More progress! Making some headway on my gauntlets:

(https://i.imgur.com/0lpvBEC.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/5TnatDs.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/j4gfM8j.jpg)

The last is a rough mock-up with the cannon's in place.

Still quite a lot to do (adding electronics, attaching the blaster barrels, etc), but the basic fabrication is mostly done on this gauntlet. This is the one that will have all the controls (and possibly some of the batteries) for my suit's electronics. The other gauntlet will basically be a battery pack, and have twin glowlights (and possibly a Jango-knee style dart launcher or 2) instead of blasters. The blasters in this one will have LED lights on momentary switches (as "triggers") for effect.

Quick to-do list (because i keep forgetting)
- Finish Gauntlets
- Mount backplate
- Finish arm wraps
- make leg wraps
- Design and build paudrons (unless I decide not to do them)
- Install and wire electronics (which is going to be a giant undertaking in it's own right)
- Make Belts.
- Strip and repaint plates (started to paint my plates with a desert scheme I decided I don't like...which mean striping them down and repainting)
- Pre-app!


I hate to say it, but the end is actually almost in sight. Unless that's a freight train....
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Kris Jasra on Oct 09, 2017, 05:30 AM
- Strip and repaint plates (started to paint my plates with a desert scheme I decided I don't like...which mean striping them down and repainting)

It does? Nobody told me this...

Mal, you're using metal, you can do all the damage from the end points using sharp tools and a big grin, no need to work the weathering upwards like you do with plastics since you cant just key them without having to repaint silver in the white gouge. Just paint over the previous paint scheme. My plates have 3 different paint designs on them, all the previous damage shows up as lovely 3D damage and patterning when you get in close.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Oct 09, 2017, 10:27 AM
You seem to be forgetting that I'm a perfectionist :p.

Really, the fact that this is metal, and thus so easy to strip down and repaint, is why I'm even considering doing it. I always intended to have 2 paint schemes on this kit. The first, my olive drab and yellow "true mandalorian"-esq, which will be scrapped up to look like its been through the ringer, and then my desert ops paint job over that, again weathered. So when I'm done you get the multi-layer look you're talking about. But it want it done the way I have it envisioned in my head, not forced into something else by a fairly easily correctable mistake. Like I said. Perfectionist :p. That's why Ive started calling this my Never Ending Build 😁

Also, I'm only going to be stripping down 5 or 6 plates. Not all of them. Just the ones I painted wrong.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Oryon on Oct 09, 2017, 11:52 AM
Wear your gaunts for a couple days and under good movement before you finalize them, vod. I'm working on some stainless bracers at the moment and thought I had them good, before I taped them on and realized I would have killed my wrist if I wore them. Also, metal will slide down no matter what, double up the wrappings around your wrist and it'll help.

Of course my experience comes from LARPing, which usually entails wearing armour for 18 hours a day while running and fighting :P
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Oct 09, 2017, 01:32 PM
Thanks for the advice. I'm definitely planning on doing that, but the reminder is appreciated.

For my wrists I've got my arm wraps, and gloves for protection, and I made sure to test full range of motion (I actually trimmed around my wrists several times to make sure they're good), plus I've got room for a bit of padding if need be. And if I need to trim some off down the road, I can pretty easily. I'm more concerned about up by my elbow. But stuff like this is why I'm not doing any more painting until everything else is finalized (and regret doing what painting I have done). I want to wear my full kit for a while (several hours at least) to see if anything needs adjusting or remaking.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Nov 05, 2017, 10:50 AM
Small but important update!

(https://i.imgur.com/RnDQjIq.jpg)
Penlights modified for gauntlet use

(https://i.imgur.com/TeNFNui.jpg)
Gauntlet lights and a dart launcher (same style as Dresdon used for his knee launchers) mounted.

(https://i.imgur.com/q54TfHz.jpg)
Basically done! Just need the screws to mount the base for the electronics connection and it will be ready for masking and paint.

Next update will be of chest and backplates mounted. I'm reworking my plate mounting, so it might take a while
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Havelock on Nov 05, 2017, 11:40 AM
I'm really enjoying watching your progress.  It's looking really good, vod.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Vor'en Marr on Nov 05, 2017, 02:17 PM
Commenting to follow...

Metal is next for me. Looking amazing Vod
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Nov 20, 2017, 01:07 AM
Been a bit, but I've got a faily major update. Started stripping down my old plates with a flap drum on a drill and got this:
(https://i.imgur.com/Je7K1dy.jpg)

Which i liked so much i did to all the rest of my plates. A couple didn't strip quite right and i ended up taking them completely down to bare metal, but there is more to paint anyway so i didn't mind. Here's the end result of doing everything else i had painted
(https://i.imgur.com/Q2QiMZh.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/3PQMc1C.jpg)

It turned out so good my fiancee suggested i leave it for now, add my washes, and get approved like this. Change it later as part of my upgrades fo brigade. On reflection i decided i like that idea, as it also saves me a lot of headache on my spft parts (more on that in a moment)

I also started painting my bracers, and repainting the armor pieces that got stripped completely down
(https://i.imgur.com/BggWjL1.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/nKLZrc5.jpg)
Only one coat of paint on these so far (i'm going to end up with 3) but it's a start. Unfortionately i went to fix my backplate and made a tiny issue into a big one, so that has to be fixed before i can progress there.

Now, soft parts. I made my first leg wrap and...i'm very unhappy with it. It's too small, and the velcro seam is extremely obvious. I have a new idea for doing wrapsthat will avoid both issues almost completely, but if i go tje route i'm now planning it's a none issue. For now, i'm going to make canvas gaiters for my legs, and turn my short sleeved flightsuit into a double sleeve flightsuit. Then later, when i do the wraps for my desert ops upgrades, i can add velcro to the sleeves and velcro strips of duck cloth directly to my flightsuit, so it can't slide on me, and it eliminates any unsightly seams. I can do basically the same on my legs. Still have to remount my chest plates (pro-tip, don't use regular 2 part epoxy), and make my kama, gaiters, and girth, but i at least feel much closer then i was. Goal is to be done spray painting by the end of next weekend.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Havelock on Nov 20, 2017, 04:15 AM
Awesome, vod.  Keep it up.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Kryamla Redalur on Nov 20, 2017, 02:42 PM
I like the look of those sanded down plates, very cool.

Great progress vod :)
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Ruus bal'Neta on Nov 20, 2017, 03:43 PM
Agreed. The paint weathering you've done looks really cool. With a wash I think they'll be amazing.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Fragowump on Nov 21, 2017, 01:33 PM
I'm loving the segmented look on all your plates along with the weathering, the raw metal looks so good. I'm also really really digging the helmet, I'm really interested in what you did for your earcap, have anymore pictures of it?
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Nov 21, 2017, 02:02 PM
I'm loving the segmented look on all your plates along with the weathering, the raw metal looks so good. I'm also really really digging the helmet, I'm really interested in what you did for your earcap, have anymore pictures of it?
Full credit for the helmet goes to Dresdon Acacin. All i did was add my  the stuff on the cheeks. But here is better pictures.

Disclaimer: just realized that the left earcap is upside down. Oops.

(https://i.imgur.com/3PQMc1C.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/Sp7WNWu.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/TTPF9E8.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/hgKXvrH.jpg)
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Nov 27, 2017, 05:57 AM
More progress on the weathering front:

(https://i.imgur.com/H7nrHhL.jpg)

That is all my hard pieces weathered up. Next up is installing electronics, finishing out my bucket, mounting plates, and making my soft parts. Doing my washes will be my final step. Also have a minimum of 1 weapon to maks (glie-44), though i also want to make a new mare's leg and verp.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Dec 18, 2017, 12:43 PM
Ok. Been a while, but I have updates! I've been off work on medical for the last week, so I've had time to wire up all my electronics, and get my bucket almost completed

First off, bucket. Camelback bite valve, helmet cam mic, HUD light, voice amp, 2 circulation fans installed and visor installed. Still need to trim my visor a bit, install mesh behind my mouth grill, and install 2 1"x1"x0.5" fans as exhaust fans by my mouth. I decided to actually go with a double visor. A clear visor in front to weather, and my mirrored visor behind that. I used 0.5" plastic split wire loom to run my wires as cleanly as possible. A couple places I might replace sections with 0.75", but this works for now. I also might need to adjust my padding to make sure the bucket sits right, but I want to wait to do that until I see how it sits attached to the backplate (which I need to mount still)
(https://i.imgur.com/GUwAKEZ.jpg)
Test Fit with clear visor

(https://i.imgur.com/vTyNIM1.jpg)
Inside

(https://i.imgur.com/71DE2jw.jpg)
Both mirrored and clear visors installed. View from the inside. The world isn't green!

(https://i.imgur.com/CjSCNEk.jpg)
mirrored visor installed, HUD lights on. The HUD lights are out of my mk 1 kit.

(https://i.imgur.com/P4IvBOp.jpg)
HUD lights off

Ok now that that's out of the way, on to the rest!
(https://i.imgur.com/Xg66dYk.jpg)
Left Gauntlet with switches installed

(https://i.imgur.com/ysl8M3R.jpg)
Inside view of gauntlets. 4 9v and 2 AAA in left, 9 switches and 2AAA in right (I ran out of room in the left....). I might upgrade to rechargable LiOn batteries in the future, but for now this works fine.

(https://i.imgur.com/t6YWGXe.jpg)
Blaster LEDs. I went with green because frankly, everyone does red and I wanted to be different.

(https://i.imgur.com/aC8UNKD.jpg)
Wiring from bucket to backplate, flagged for 'easy' identification

(https://i.imgur.com/Nw3rDLI.jpg)
all the wiring from both gauntlets and the bucket, flagged for identification and awaiting soldering.

(https://i.imgur.com/8g6N6ek.jpg)
3hrs later...backplate fan is also temporarily placed on the right side. Need to mount it more permanently, but that will be after I install mesh over the intake grills.

(https://i.imgur.com/AqvLYmt.jpg)
Connection at helmet. Used 5 contact screw nano connectors for a secure but removable connection. I might replace them with push together connectors in the future for easier dekitting, but I wanted to play it safe.

That's about it. Next up is gluing new bolts on to all my torso plates and installing strapping on my gaunts and knees. I also need to start working on my soft parts.

As always, feedback is welcome.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Havelock on Dec 22, 2017, 12:08 PM
This is coming together so well, vod. I'm excited to see you so far along!
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Bata Aden on Dec 29, 2017, 12:56 AM
Everything is looking awesome vod! Cannot wait to see more !
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Jan 06, 2018, 03:28 PM
99 bolts and nuts, and over 120 grommets later, and all my torso plates, including backplate, are mounted! Still need to add straps to the lowest lame on my shoulder armor to keep my should armor aligned, and sew down the straps on my sides so they don't self adjust. However, i'm hoping that's all that's left to do here. Sorry for the not great angles.

PLEASE any feedback, particularly regarding spaceing and alignment, would be greatly appriciated. My OCD is getting the better of me.

(https://i.imgur.com/F1HfPRm.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/5JlsUUc.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/xh7hbB4.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/afIKNys.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/nQpkC85.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/WVwRIKH.jpg)

Once i've finalized placement, i'm going to be adding a removeable padded liner to prevent all the bolts from digging into me too badly.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Gol Nazyne Vizsla on Jan 06, 2018, 04:06 PM
Wow this is looking so good!!
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Bata Aden on Jan 07, 2018, 04:54 PM
Everything is looking great vod, the only thing Iím seeing is that your left chest plate and the left side of the collar plate donít seem to be as straight as the right side , just by a little bit
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Kris Jasra on Jan 07, 2018, 05:03 PM
Is now the best time to tell you that the ab plate might need a trim? ??? Getting there Mal, and just think you'll join the ranks of crazy metal workers who make everything in small panels after this... *shudder* I have bad memories of sanding metal. So many plates...
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Jan 07, 2018, 05:04 PM
Is now the best time to tell you that the ab plate might need a trim? ???
.......i might cry....
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Kryamla Redalur on Jan 08, 2018, 04:42 PM
Maybe try moving the ab plate (as chest diamond) over closer to your left chest plates before you trim it? Thatís the only thing Iím seeing is that itís not centered currently.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Jan 21, 2018, 12:57 AM
So...i've moved the bolts on the lames of my chest armoe around twice and..like a dummy, made the exact sam mistake both times. I moved them the wrong directions, so now they are even farther off then they were. That is the bad news. Also, the "weathering shield" on my visor needs to be replaced the one i'm using has a super glue thumprint on it, and the plastic is really brittle so it's starting to crack. The good news is other things are looking better then ever.

Re-Installed a mesh behind the mouth vent, so you can't see into my bucket anymore.
(https://i.imgur.com/auWg1C3.jpg)

Belt needs lots of weathering, and i need to make a holster for my pistol (...and to decide what pistol i want to use), but is otherwise assembled.
(https://i.imgur.com/whgTAzw.jpg)
2 Israeli Mil Surplus ammo pouches, an israeli grenade pouch (containing 2 SW Frag grenades), a US Army first aid pouch, and a US Army, WWII-era metal canteen. All on a US Army mil surplus pistol belt.

(https://i.imgur.com/dT5f3Gn.jpg)
Authentic canteen, complete with metal cup/soup bowl that the canteen nests into when in the canvas cover.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Havelock on Jan 22, 2018, 01:32 PM
Awesome!  I love seeing progress on this!
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Den Barren on Jan 22, 2018, 01:39 PM
Donít get discouraged vod! Youíre looking great!! Really digging everything so far vod!
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Jan 29, 2018, 12:50 AM
I have progress! I have reagusted one or more plates a grand total of 23 times. But I think I'm about as good as I'm gonna get for now. Here is a few of the more major adjustments
(https://i.imgur.com/1Ej06ei.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/ub3NwcJ.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/fab30oq.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/fab30oq.jpg)

I also started spray painting my buckles that will be used on the strapping for my bracers, shoulder armor, knee plates, and girth belt.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Kryamla Redalur on Jan 29, 2018, 12:56 AM
That looks much better!
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Den Barren on Jan 29, 2018, 01:04 AM
Looking great vod! Your hard work is definitely paying off!!
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Havelock on Jan 29, 2018, 07:02 AM
Absolutely.  It's looking great!
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Ruus bal'Neta on Jan 29, 2018, 05:30 PM
Any concern that the points on the cod piece might dig into your gut when you bend over?
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Havelock on Jan 29, 2018, 06:02 PM
A fair consideration, considering Mal has approximately zero body fat.  Those points will be digging right into bone.   :P
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Kryamla Redalur on Jan 29, 2018, 06:47 PM
Could always put some foam behind the corners if it does dig in.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Jan 29, 2018, 06:52 PM
Any concern that the points on the cod piece might dig into your gut when you bend over?
A good point (get it?)

The points are actually slightly below my waistline. I can (and have) bend however i want and it doesn't dig. If it ends up digging in once it's covered with my girth, i can always take a grinder and nock those points down. In fact, i might do that anyway, since they'll be covered. When i originally designed it, i didn't take into account that the entire top edge would be covered.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Kris Jasra on Jan 29, 2018, 06:58 PM
For the chest Mal, Almost looks like the placement of things isn't the issue it's the actual size of the ab plate - could do with the internal sides cutting down a little to even out the spacing, since the chest plate placement is spot on and moving them again really won't help.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Jan 29, 2018, 07:27 PM
For the chest Mal, Almost looks like the placement of things isn't the issue it's the actual size of the ab plate - could do with the internal sides cutting down a little to even out the spacing, since the chest plate placement is spot on and moving them again really won't help.
Hmm. Ok. Well, the next question is:
Is that something that can wait and do as an upgrade, or i need to do for approval? Because, to trim down the those edges i have to completely remake the bottom piece so the inside corners line up properly (i can take a pic to illustrate why tonight when i get home).

Or do you think i could gain the spacing by moving the pieces that make the 'fangs' out slightly?

Totally unrelated note, anyone that does armor like this is crazy :p
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Kris Jasra on Jan 30, 2018, 06:10 AM
If you shift the chest at all you'll mess up the spacing from collar to chest and around the diamond. Ab is the easiest one to adjust (although as another metal worked I say that with the pained laugh of one who's reshaped something once too many times). It's just on the borderline for me, rest of the sizing and spacing is spot on so it'd likely get you a suggestion to see about dealing with it as an upgrade.

Totally unrelated note, anyone that does armor like this is crazy :p

And yes. Very crazy. My current ab and my biceps are built the same way. Absolute pains to get fitted and my plans for when the weather here warms again are to redo most of my kit because I've changed shape. Yay.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Ruus bal'Neta on Jan 30, 2018, 10:58 AM
Yeah I see what Kris mentions about the ab plate. Looks like a trim on the sides will fix it. If you move the chest fangs that will throw off the top lines of the chest plates. You have those set - DO NOT MOVE THEM AGAIN! LOL

And the cod looks really cool with those points. But you noticed what I did that they'll be covered by your belt. If you're comfortable with them I don't see a reason to cut them down. It was just something I noticed and thought looked potentially painful.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Feb 07, 2018, 10:46 PM
So, i was warned last week that half gaunts are no longer going to be allowed on modern kits soon. As such, i made bottom halves to mine that strap on under my current bracers. I will likely add velcro to both just to help keep things from shifting durinv long troops, but i wore the full set up for over an hour with minimal issues
(https://i.imgur.com/gh9YDm6.jpg)
Template

(https://i.imgur.com/T7B2d75.jpg)
First half formed

(https://i.imgur.com/xzB0HeU.jpg)
Test fit. It was a very snug fit inside my existing bracer so i adjusted things until it fit better.

(https://i.imgur.com/fK6Les2.jpg)
Trial fit of both with the new gloves i got to use until i get my wraps done for desert ops. Strapping is done, bottom halves painted but not weathered. Everything has had padding added.

(https://i.imgur.com/Aqqnzlg.jpg)
Some weathering done on bottom halves. Still need to do more. Also need to touch up the metallic paint on the buckles, paint and weather the rivets, and touch up a place i had to fix some cracking welds.

Also, minor update, i added the straps to one of my knee plates. Need to adjust it to fit better now that i can actually tell how it's going to sit when i walk and kneel, and add padding, but it is getting closer.

(https://i.imgur.com/4LxBsxE.jpg)
Strapped on over my work pants.

(https://i.imgur.com/t6mam6e.jpg)
Kneeling test. Nearly all my body weight is on that knee. Not exactly comfortable, but i can dp it, and it isn't as bad as i expected considering there isn't any padding. (and yes, i know it's blurry)
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Havelock on Feb 08, 2018, 12:04 PM
Excellent work, vod.  As always.  And your knee setup is awesome! 
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Kjeldo on Feb 11, 2018, 11:00 AM
Loving the progress!  One day, I want to make a set of metal armor as well.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Feb 12, 2018, 12:09 AM
Loving the progress!  One day, I want to make a set of metal armor as well.
Do it! Definately has it's downsides, but mostly those have been caused by my deep rooted compulsion to make everything fit perfectly...which...when you add padding, strapping, etc, inevitablly means it's too small.

Anyway! 2 updates! The first is something you'll never see. I made a padded vest to go under my flughtsuit, because my chest and back armor have been threatening to poke a hundred not so tiny holes in me
(https://i.imgur.com/l7Qvv5i.jpg)
It's quick. It's dirty. It's very effective. I also sewed quilted fabric padding inside the legs of my flight suit at my knees for additional padding there, but i don't have pictures.

After some more adjusting to my knee plates to keep them from crippling me just walking around, i decided to do a full kit up of my kit in it's current state to see what i need to adjust or change.
(https://i.imgur.com/FmCW432.jpg)
Still missing kamas, girth belt, and spats to cover my boot laces (actually thinking i'll go with low gaiters, because that will ultimately help when i upgrade to brigades). I also have a number of tweaks to make to get everything just so, but i'm getting closer. With any luck, by the end of the month i'll be ready for pre-pre-app pictures.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Kol Var'Das on Feb 12, 2018, 01:33 AM
You keep me in suspense. In the end, it must be submitted to me for disposal. How unfortunate  :P It's coming along! Get some weathering on those soft parts!
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Feb 24, 2018, 02:04 AM
No pictures of weathering on my soft parts or much else for that matter. Been pushing hard to try to take pre-app pictures this weekend at my clan's AP.

Sample of my weathering:
(https://i.imgur.com/XpJFDDR.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/RmrKtta.jpg)
Both these pieces were weathered with the exact same paint and technique. Difference in apperances is due to the color i used for my wash ("maui sand" chaulk paint) being fairly close to the color of my green. Eventually i'll add more layers or wash in other colors, but that's a long term plan.

(https://i.imgur.com/xSLOH81.jpg)
Home made rope girth belt, made without any glue. Eventually i'll probably make a tutorial for it, because all the current tutorial i can find involve lots of glue. This is after coffee staining

(https://i.imgur.com/ehmln2m.jpg)
New laceless boots so i don't need to make gaiters yet.

(https://i.imgur.com/amXLmts.jpg)
Left boot is brand new. Right boot has been hit wit 60 grit sandpaper.


Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: J'Khara Vontess on Feb 24, 2018, 02:10 AM
You make me want a metal kit. I think the boots will work out well. Can't wait to see it all together!
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Kol Var'Das on Feb 25, 2018, 12:44 PM
Can't wait to see it all together!

Who're you kidding, you'll see it done before us  ;) Those boots look perfect! Almost there!
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Feb 26, 2018, 10:32 AM
Took first round of pre-app pictures. Figured i'd throw them here for more feedback. My clan pre-app said more soft part weathering (particularly on my ammo pouches), watch the bunching of my flightsuit and vest, and make sure my vest is straight when i kit up

(https://i.imgur.com/HlVDfwz.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/1xjVTwt.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/LKJINvG.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/uDPrOOr.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/9m7VktJ.jpg)

Go ahead. Crush my dreams of ever getting this thing approved. I can take it
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Den Barren on Feb 26, 2018, 10:44 AM
With as weathered as your plates are, Iíd dirty up the flightsuit more as well. Especially around the bottom of the pant legs. I would also perhaps add a light black wash to the boots.

But, wow!!! Awesome kit vod!
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Feb 26, 2018, 10:56 AM
Entire kit has currently been weathered with "maui sand" chaulk paint (basically a grey/brown). I think before i retake pictures i'm going to reweather everything with actual black paint. That should show better on my tan soft parts. That is the biggest issue right now with color. The other wash is close enough to the tan that it blends together in pictures.

I'm also going to scuff my ammo pouches and boots more. My canteen case (which i have reason to believe saw use in WWII) is far more weathered then my ammo pouches (which, while made in 1977, were prestine when i got them)
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Ruus bal'Neta on Feb 26, 2018, 11:54 AM
I saw the weathering on your softs up close so I know its there. But like you said, it blends with the fabric color and doesn't stand out from a distance. You should be okay with a dark brown or darker tan color.

You know what you need to do and its just tiny fixes. You'll have this approved no problem.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Feb 26, 2018, 11:56 AM
I'm having the same problem with my tans as people woth black have...how is that fair?  >:(  :P
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Kol Var'Das on Feb 26, 2018, 02:34 PM
Kill it with fire  :P kidding vod. Charcoal, maybe?
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Kris Jasra on Feb 26, 2018, 03:09 PM
Softs look weathered to me. Do recall that you have to adjust your eyes for the sun glare on pictures which washes out lighter colour fabrics...
For example - those boots look pristine in the pre-app pics - yet you have the before and after picture to show they are clearly weathered.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: J'Khara Vontess on Feb 27, 2018, 02:23 PM
Who're you kidding, you'll see it done before us  ;) Those boots look perfect! Almost there!

What? I can't put up sassy words of encouragement for the mando I live with?  :P
#wifeprivileges

Looking good Mal!
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Kol Var'Das on Feb 27, 2018, 11:10 PM
What? I can't put up sassy words of encouragement for the mando I live with?  :P
#wifeprivileges

Looking good Mal!

I'm watching you two...
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Havelock on Feb 28, 2018, 08:17 AM
Dude, peeking in the windows like that is called stalking, these days.   :P

Mal, this is coming together really nicely.  Especially with some of the weathering you've shown me on your soft parts.  You're really, really close, vod.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Feb 28, 2018, 11:09 AM
Speaking of weathering, don't have many pictures, but i did a bit lf extreme soft part weathering to my ammo belt and pouches last night. Still needs to have some more of my wash applied, and need to do my boots, but it's progress.
(https://i.imgur.com/RLjknqt.jpg)
Getting set up

(https://i.imgur.com/pTnqNgt.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/13dCmOc.jpg)
Belt weathered

(https://i.imgur.com/1aYWyFh.jpg)
Over did it a bit on my grenade pouch and wore out some of the stitching. I fixed it by hand stitching the seam stuff to add to the look that it was field repaired, but i don't have a picture of that yet.

Allso don't have pictures of my ammo pouches, but i gave them the same treatment. Left my canteen case alone because it is pretty worn looking already.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Vexos on Feb 28, 2018, 11:51 AM
Almost there!
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Mar 01, 2018, 12:05 AM
Reweathered belt, pouches, boots, and flightsuit. As usual i forgot to take very many pictures
(https://i.imgur.com/CnB9Hjf.jpg)
Extreme leather weathering

(https://i.imgur.com/jU6jQAF.jpg)
Everything i touched up the weathering on
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Ruus bal'Neta on Mar 01, 2018, 12:16 AM
Looking good. If you have everything else weathered like this you're in great shape.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Kryamla Redalur on Mar 01, 2018, 12:41 PM
Looks good to me!
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Mar 04, 2018, 05:14 PM
Took round 2 of my pre-app pics today

(https://i.imgur.com/wFosV3r.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/ykSHKzB.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/hpiLZke.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/BtNN1Dv.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/wPTuVt0.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/SJuzv29.jpg)
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Kris Jasra on Mar 05, 2018, 07:22 AM
Looking good ninja warrior :P 8)
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Kol Var'Das on Mar 06, 2018, 04:06 PM
Someone kill this with fire, please  :P
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Going Metal
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Mar 18, 2018, 10:29 PM
And approved! With suggestion to adjust cod or flightsuit so it isn't visible below cod. Instead of either, i'm going to be making a whole new segmented cod as one of my first upgrades:

Approval pics:
(https://i.imgur.com/zTLvB6F.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/GqSChLw.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/LmZXUGw.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/DchnoQo.jpg)
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Approved! Now for upgrades
Post by: Kris Jasra on Mar 19, 2018, 05:46 AM
Yes. Good plan. Segmented cod is easiest thing to sit down in. Works better than my armoured loincloth which surprised me.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Approved! Now for upgrades
Post by: Straka Zulu on Mar 19, 2018, 06:52 AM
New armor looks really good, vod!
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Approved! Now for upgrades
Post by: Kol Var'Das on Mar 19, 2018, 02:29 PM
Segmented could work. Mine is a cod attached to a sintra belt by fabric so it can move. Just an idea.
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Approved! Now for upgrades
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Jul 29, 2018, 11:01 AM
Upgrades at last!

Made a new cod, so my suggestion from app is finally addressed (also, this cod is way more comfortable). Made new pauldrons (so I look a bit beefier), made arm wraps, and upgraded to better gloves. And I converted my gauntlets to clamshells

(https://i.imgur.com/Mi6L8HE.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/4LDdR4U.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/5yxNTVr.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/EbDujDP.jpg)
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Approved! Now for upgrades
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jul 29, 2018, 11:42 AM
Love the upgrades, vod!
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Approved! Now for upgrades
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Sep 11, 2018, 07:00 PM
More updates! This time, new pouches (courtesy of Dresdon)

(https://i.imgur.com/GaKM793.jpg)
Started by painting them white and beating them up to look like salvaged Clone pouches

(https://i.imgur.com/GaKM793.jpg)
Then masked them and painted yellow (decided to mix it up a little and not paint them all the exact same)

(https://i.imgur.com/enx5pfb.jpg)
Then it was time for green. Man, those 2 that are yellow with green accent are bright...

(https://i.imgur.com/TVCYmVG.jpg)
(Apparently I forgot to take pics of the weathering progress). Because of the size of the larger 2, I decided to put them on thigh straps instead of my belt. While I was at it, I had some Cryoban grenades I have been wanting to add, so I made my right thigh strap double as a bandolier for three of those. I used some wide woven belt I found at Joann's with 1" wide cloth strapping over the top, and used metal parachute buckles I found at Joann's as the closure.

(https://i.imgur.com/nNLa5LS.jpg)
Finished product, with belt pouches on my belt (I forgot to put on one of the cloth pouches, next to the canteen. It is on now)

(https://i.imgur.com/hZpJXlB.jpg)
First troop with them all. Thigh straps kept sliding down so I will be adding straps to tie them to my ammo belt. The left thigh strap I was already planning on  doubling as a leg strap for the mare's leg holster that will eventually be there so no big deal.

In addition, I have also started templating out a scratch built Glie-44 blaster, and working on new boot/leg wraps (to go with new, more comfortable combat-style boots)
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Approved! Now for upgrades
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 11, 2018, 08:39 PM
Vod, you continue to amaze! 
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Approved! Now for upgrades
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Sep 11, 2018, 09:00 PM
Fixed a broken img.

Vod, you continue to amaze! 
Thanks. You know what they say. Fake it till you make it
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Approved! Now for upgrades
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Sep 17, 2018, 02:07 PM
Trying to get better about keeping this up to date, so here is a minor update

Got new boots. Reebok brand combat-style boots. Much more comfortable then the boots I have been using, and look more like something a desert ops Mando would wear, imo.
(https://i.imgur.com/FOc3vzN.jpg)

However, those laces pose a problem, which means it is time to start my upgrade to lower leg and boot wraps. First thing I did (and sadly I forgot to take any pictures of it) was figure out roughly how I was going to do them on the boots. Try to get any trimming done right off the bat. Then, I like my wraps to be a bit ragged looking,  so I always start by sewing a fray-stop stitch around the perimeter.
(https://i.imgur.com/o13LJGD.jpg)

Then I frayed them a bit by hand, and did another test before progressing further.
(https://i.imgur.com/57aL0WX.jpg)

I know there is a bit of zipper showing at the bottom, but per CRLs, since it is the same color as the boot and on the inside of the foot I technically don't have to cover it at all, so I am going to call it good. For now at least.

After this I washed them to soften the fabric and finish fraying the edges, trimmed them up again, and coffee stained them.
(https://i.imgur.com/0C8Vbou.jpg)
I need a bigger pot....also, there is about 3 cups of old coffee grounds between these 2 pots. Boiled the water with grounds in, added fabric, simmered for about 3hrs, stiring occasionally. I have found keeping the grounds in adds a subtle "embedded dirt" look to some parts and generally creats a nice weathering effect. Added some vinegar towards the end. Drained, rinsed off coffee grounds with cool water, rung out, and hung to dry. Finally result:
(https://i.imgur.com/jgrQVtw.jpg)

Since I intend for these to look like trophies taken from Tusken raiders and repurposed for myself, I love the look. Might have to redye my arm wraps in fact.

Up next will be final weathering, sewing Velcro on where needed, and gluing on the parts that will be permanently glued. I am still debating between sewing Velcro straight on to my flights for the leg portion, or making a sort of gaiter to attach the wraps to. That will come after the boot wraps though

Anyway, that is all for now
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Approved! Now for upgrades
Post by: Kryamla Redalur on Sep 17, 2018, 06:18 PM
Looks cool!
Title: Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Approved! Now for upgrades
Post by: Rakesh on Sep 27, 2018, 04:18 PM
Awesome!!!