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 Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)-Approved!!

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Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)-Approved!!
« on: Feb 23, 2016, 03:10 AM »
After almost a year being on here finally I'm starting my WIP!  Started with my initial plan.



And then started my helmet :) it does fit, I made it a little longer than the templates dictate, but I'm very pleased how it's started out. It has a layer of bondo on now, but will be receiving a sand and some ear caps. I had a visor tinted at a local shop, and it turned out very well. I used plastiweld to start and was let down, it ended up being far harder than the plastic on the buckets.



And plates- I work at a sign shop so I have a supply of 6mm and 3 mm sintra. I'm planning on going heavy, so I also have thighs, boot, gauntlets, neck and shnees are in the works as well. 


And my sweet backplate made by a local Merc, Tylek Ren. He took my original plan and drafted it, and fit it to my back. Connection method is Chicago screws and webbing.


Any comments or critique are appreciated :) Looking forward to finally putting it all together and finishing this kit :)  all my soft parts are done-

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Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)
« Reply #1 on: Feb 23, 2016, 04:48 AM »
Concept looks cool!  It looks like you have a pretty good start on your helmet, all of the edges look really clean and nice.  Plates are looking good too!  It's a bit hard to tell because of the angle, but it looks like the lower tabs on your chest pieces may need to be bent in a little more.  And that backplate is amazing!  I can't wait to see how your kit turns out, everything looks really great so far :)

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Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)
« Reply #2 on: Feb 23, 2016, 08:09 AM »
Chest plates look a bit big on you all around--may need to trim off a little bit so it fits more snug. The back plate looks incredible! And great job on the helmet :)

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Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)
« Reply #3 on: Feb 23, 2016, 10:32 AM »
It's a bit hard to tell because of the angle, but it looks like the lower tabs on your chest pieces may need to be bent in a little more.
Thanks :) after we took this picture, I did bend in the fangs some more.

Chest plates look a bit big on you all around--may need to trim off a little bit so it fits more snug. The back plate looks incredible! And great job on the helmet :)

Thanks for the critique- I definitely will be trimming the chest plates down now, and rebending the top I think. I took about an inch off the bottom at the last AP. The ab plate does sit height wise where it's supposed to, but I might take a bit off the sides too so it matches.

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Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)
« Reply #4 on: Feb 23, 2016, 04:41 PM »
I'm so excited to finally see a WIP from you.  Your kit is already looking amazing.  Great job, vod.  I can't wait to see the rest of it.  And on your design sketch, it looks like you're planning on double shoulders?  Looks great.

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Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)
« Reply #5 on: Feb 24, 2016, 11:01 AM »
Solid looking concept. I am really looking forward to seeing everything come to life, especially the buy'ce! Great job, keep it up vod!

Oya!

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Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)
« Reply #6 on: Feb 24, 2016, 10:03 PM »
Once you get your soft parts on, you'll be able to see what needs to be trimmed a bit better :) I'd say if you can go ahead and get those done, that will definitely help with the plating arrangement.

Looking good! i REALLY love the back plate!

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Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)
« Reply #7 on: Feb 25, 2016, 12:56 AM »
I'm so excited to finally see a WIP from you.  Your kit is already looking amazing.  Great job, vod.  I can't wait to see the rest of it.  And on your design sketch, it looks like you're planning on double shoulders?  Looks great.

I'm always seeing your progress on your WIP Havelock- it's definitely inspiring me to get my shebs in gear.  Yes I am planning double shoulders, but painted different colours for interest.

 
Once you get your soft parts on, you'll be able to see what needs to be trimmed a bit better :) I'd say if you can go ahead and get those done, that will definitely help with the plating arrangement.

Looking good! i REALLY love the back plate!
I'm actually wearing my vest in the picture of my plates :p the bottom of the ab plate is just above my navel, and the collar plate is high enough to almost choke me. The chest plates let me move my arms together without them getting all weird. Somehow though, they still just feels too big.

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Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)
« Reply #8 on: Feb 25, 2016, 03:27 PM »
I think the problem is the width in the bottom half, actually.  Ladies are shaped differently than menfolk (obviously :P ) and it does mean that sometimes our plates need a bit of extra modification.

I think if you angle the outside of the chestplate fangs in more and (maybe) cut a bit more of the height off the belly plate, it will help a lot. Looking at your sketch, it has the plates angling in under the chest, whereas your current plates are mostly straight all the way down. ;)

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Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)
« Reply #9 on: Feb 25, 2016, 04:15 PM »
I'd take the height from the chest plates myself. They look to have been stretched out a bit to fit over the breast fully. This seems to be a common change as it seems to be expected that the breast sits directly under the breast plate, which it actually doesn't if one keeps to the standard proportions. This leaves the ab plate sitting much lower than normal and you end up with girth, belt and cod all squished into a tiny space. The bottom of the centre of my breastplates (not the tabs which do extend further) are actually about in line with the centre of my breast and the top of my ab is overlapping the bottom edge of my breasts.

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Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)
« Reply #10 on: Feb 26, 2016, 02:09 AM »
I'd take the height from the chest plates myself. They look to have been stretched out a bit to fit over the breast fully. This seems to be a common change as it seems to be expected that the breast sits directly under the breast plate, which it actually doesn't if one keeps to the standard proportions. This leaves the ab plate sitting much lower than normal and you end up with girth, belt and cod all squished into a tiny space. The bottom of the centre of my breastplates (not the tabs which do extend further) are actually about in line with the centre of my breast and the top of my ab is overlapping the bottom edge of my breasts.

Thanks Kris! I will definitely be keeping that in mind. Im worried that if I take off too much length, the ab plate will have to be moved up as well to keep spacing- and then I'll end up with the bottom of the ab plate far above my navel. Honestly considering just remaking my chest plates. I have no shortage of 6mm sintra.

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Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)
« Reply #11 on: Feb 26, 2016, 06:13 AM »
Good work!
I'm loving your back plates!! :D

Keep it up!

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Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)
« Reply #12 on: Feb 29, 2016, 11:42 AM »
Recut my chest plates yesterday at the AP- I'm going to reshape them over the next few days- definitely more androgynous then last time. Im hoping to get all my plates attached to my vest this week as well. Also picked up some acrylic washes too :) Pics to follow :)


I still haven't got my chest plates- but designed some shnees and Tylek helped (read- made) them for me :)  this was our table mess at the sign shop where I work/where we hold our APs :)

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Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)-shnee update
« Reply #13 on: Mar 09, 2016, 01:02 AM »
Nice to see some more progress.  Keep it up!

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Re: Finally, a WIP (pic heavy)-shnee update
« Reply #14 on: Mar 09, 2016, 04:27 AM »
I love those shnees! Are they riveted or Chicago screws?

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