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WIP: First Mandalorian Merc Build (Pictures)

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Re: WIP: First Mandalorian Merc Build (Pictures)
« Reply #15 on: Aug 02, 2017, 12:03 PM »
Looks good, I especially liked your weathering on your soft parts. As someone that recently went through the APP process, I can tell you one thing to keep in mind as you build is that the app team really looks for consistent weathering and armor spacing when you apply.
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Re: WIP: First Mandalorian Merc Build (Pictures)
« Reply #16 on: Aug 02, 2017, 12:38 PM »
I've seen others caution against regular (acid filled) batteries being against skin. RARE, but I've heard rumors of batteries leaking onto your skin. Might consider a small battery box there, or swapping for a more contained battery (power supply).

Do your fans get fresh air from anywhere, or just move it around in your helmet? I'm sure it better than nothing, but I think many prefer to pull air from outside (via a vent, or at least being near the collar). I've seen only a few WIPs where they ran tubing from the outlet to direct the air higher and further forward, but they never replied as to whether the tubing worked as intended. Essentially, fan near key holes or largely open area at back of neck (away from ears too  ;) ), with a tube running the air up towards your face or forehead.

The other thing that jumps out at me (or doesn't) is your knee darts. They just blend in with the same colors and weathering. I know they are traditionally a silver-ish color, but if you are treating them as "ammo", they'd be cleaner than the surrounding armor (unless you JUST collected all that grim since the last time you fired the darts). Then again, too clean would stand out as well. Maybe a colored stripe around them? I dunno, they just blend in and look like knee spikes to me.
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Re: WIP: First Mandalorian Merc Build (Pictures)
« Reply #17 on: Aug 03, 2017, 02:20 AM »
Looks good, I especially liked your weathering on your soft parts. As someone that recently went through the APP process, I can tell you one thing to keep in mind as you build is that the app team really looks for consistent weathering and armor spacing when you apply.

Thank you for the the compliment on the weathering. This was a first for me in terms of weathering soft goods and I also used a new method (new to me atleast) on how to weather it. I think it turned out well and may need some small touching up. Yes I agree that weathering needs to be more or less the same across and that can be tricky to get especially if you do it in different days which I did. But I think they turned out great so I either know what I'm doing or just have good luck on the weathering :laugh: :laugh:

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Re: WIP: First Mandalorian Merc Build (Pictures)
« Reply #18 on: Aug 03, 2017, 02:25 AM »
I've seen others caution against regular (acid filled) batteries being against skin. RARE, but I've heard rumors of batteries leaking onto your skin. Might consider a small battery box there, or swapping for a more contained battery (power supply).

Do your fans get fresh air from anywhere, or just move it around in your helmet? I'm sure it better than nothing, but I think many prefer to pull air from outside (via a vent, or at least being near the collar). I've seen only a few WIPs where they ran tubing from the outlet to direct the air higher and further forward, but they never replied as to whether the tubing worked as intended. Essentially, fan near key holes or largely open area at back of neck (away from ears too  ;) ), with a tube running the air up towards your face or forehead.

The other thing that jumps out at me (or doesn't) is your knee darts. They just blend in with the same colors and weathering. I know they are traditionally a silver-ish color, but if you are treating them as "ammo", they'd be cleaner than the surrounding armor (unless you JUST collected all that grim since the last time you fired the darts). Then again, too clean would stand out as well. Maybe a colored stripe around them? I dunno, they just blend in and look like knee spikes to me.

This is also my concern wth the batteries is the potential for them to leak explode etc. So in the near future I will look for a cover or make one myself that will fit over and act as a barrier.

So we had to remove the rear helmet fan as my head or hair kept pressing against the fan stopping It. So we moved one directly center above the t visor. Unfortunately there are no vents but there is enough space in the front of my bucket to pull in air. It's a tight fit in the bucket easy to get on but getting off is a fight.
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Re: WIP: First Mandalorian Merc Build (Pictures)
« Reply #19 on: Sep 03, 2017, 03:58 PM »
I apologize for the delay in posting pictures and for those interested not keeping you up to date with the progress.

Today was the first day back and more so in a month since we have done any work (also I was on Holiday break for two weeks).

The helmet was more or less done, so we decided to work on the EE3 Blaster next. This is also more or less completed at this time (minus minor detailing and sealing the weathering in a Matte finish, will be done last as this is the easiest)



Some weathering added (my first time learning and attempting to do weathering with paint and brush.



Wood Pistol grip added and 95% Complete (minus smaller detailing and matte clear coat finish)



We also started with the guantlets I had ordered from April Storms (as of right now we only have coated them in XTC 3D Coating, next step will need to sand them and more then likely recoat them and sand again before priming and painting).



Armor
So for the armor we added a spacer on the back side and drilled a hole for the magnets to fit flush. For the neck and back piece, we did the bolt system which can be seen in numerous Boba Builds ( we will be making our own greeblies for this as well and adding the cape). We still have to do some minor heating and bending on the back plate, and we also added some Velcro to the back plate. We will be sewing small pouches for the magnets on the flak vest so it sticks and the Velcro will also be sewn on as well). Atindralerd added his symbol to the chest piece which I will gladly wear as he has taken several hours of his personal and free time to help, teach, and assist in this build. Without him I would have never thought of actually building a kit.






The back plate still needs slots cut for the jet pack harness. We are nearly complete with the jetpack harness as well, unfortunantly I do not have any photos of this at this time). Prior to mounting we will put the flight suit and flak vest on and tape the armor into place (outline the edges) and submit for pictures. If they spacing is approved we will mount the plates as mentioned above and the upper torso armor will be complete. COD, Butt plate, and knees will be done right after.

Helmet - Complete
EE3 - 95% Complete (minor detailing and sealing in Matte clear coat)
Soft Goods - 95% Complete (Re weather boots).
Armor - WIP
Guantlets - WIP
Z6 Jet Pack - Have not started
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Re: WIP: First Mandalorian Merc Build (Pictures)
« Reply #20 on: Sep 03, 2017, 09:13 PM »
Nice work on the bucket.  Your color choices are a favorite.  ;)
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Re: WIP: First Mandalorian Merc Build (Pictures)
« Reply #21 on: Sep 04, 2017, 03:37 AM »
Nice work on the bucket.  Your color choices are a favorite.  ;)

Thank you, choosing colors was the hardest part IMO. With so many members I didn't want to copy an entire kit or look like someone else. And even when I do a second bucket the paint scheme and colors will be the hardest.
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Re: WIP: First Mandalorian Merc Build (Pictures)
« Reply #22 on: Sep 11, 2017, 02:56 PM »
Last week we finished coating both guantlets and sanding them, which allowed me to begin painting them over the weekend. So thats what i did in my free time after recovering from Food Poisoning. We are still going to do some minor detailing to them, and will add greeblies as well. But just to keep this thread alive I will post some pictures of the weekends work.




If you notice one of the Gauntlets are blue and the other is grey...well I ran out of spray paint and the store I go to does not have that currently in stock until further notice (which inst to bad considering I have painted all the armor). The only issue with missing that specific blue is when I get to the jet pack later down the road, but I may use different colors for that, undecided at the moment.

Next on the list is mounting the armor (Taping in place) and submitting photos for the spacing etc for approval before we actually mount them. For those specific photos, Do I have to be in full kit, or just flak vest and plates? Also is there anywhere specific I need to post those photos and or create a new thread in a specific category or is on this thread okay?
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Re: WIP: First Mandalorian Merc Build (Pictures)
« Reply #23 on: Sep 14, 2017, 03:03 AM »
It would be best to keep posting everything here. For the spacing I'd recommend you put everything you have on so we can see how the plates fall into place.

The weathering on your rocket gauntlet turned out really good  8) not too dirty and not too clean. Beauty.

Keep it up.
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Re: WIP: First Mandalorian Merc Build (Pictures)
« Reply #24 on: Sep 21, 2017, 02:08 PM »
It would be best to keep posting everything here. For the spacing I'd recommend you put everything you have on so we can see how the plates fall into place.

The weathering on your rocket gauntlet turned out really good  8) not too dirty and not too clean. Beauty.

Keep it up.

Thanks Vod! I was hoping to have the opportunity to put everything on this week but that did not pan out due to work. We are hoping to have those plate mounted etc by the end of next week so I can post pictures of there are any corrections that need to be made. :)
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Re: WIP: First Mandalorian Merc Build (Pictures)
« Reply #25 on: Oct 05, 2017, 01:31 PM »
Alright after long delay we finally had some time to mount the plates with tape and see how it fits. Yes the abdominal plate needs to be moved up a bit but the spacing is a thumb apart.  What do you think and what should we move?

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Re: WIP: First Mandalorian Merc Build (Pictures)
« Reply #26 on: Oct 13, 2017, 04:49 AM »
I began to sew the magnets into the flak vest and the back plate attaches with 10 magnets and industrial Velcro. Tonight we will do the collar and then mark the diamond and chest pieces and I will have those done this weekend ;D ;D ;D the ab plate will be done during next week. After that some minor detailing to the gauntlets (Touch up paint and weathering, as well as adding tubing). And to finish the straps for the knees.

Last night we started and finished the girth belt, and ammo pouch (will weather it as well as it looks to clean) and I will stuff the utility pouches so they look full.  Will have to move the belt up a bit so it doesn't show.


We are looking to having this done by Friday next week so I can wear it to the Halloween Party :laugh:  Should be posting submission photos next week as well, hopefully it gets approved first time around if so we will then begin to work on the jetpack.
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Re: WIP: First Mandalorian Merc Build (Pictures)
« Reply #27 on: Oct 15, 2017, 12:08 PM »
Okay so did a few things today.

Stuffed the utility pouches with some cardboard I cut to size. I Think it turned out okay.


Tried to the kit for the first time today to see where we are currently at.




A few things we noticed is the right shoulder plate needs to be moved in a bit, and the excess materials on the pants (looks like sweat pants almost :laugh: ) a few things still need to get done but will be done this week.

1) Chest, Diamond, and Abdominal pieces need to be added (Sew magnets and velcro into place)
2) Weather gloves
3) Sew slots in shoulders for gauntlet tubes
4) Heat up back plate and make slight adjustments
5) Add the kidney plate.

That should be it before we take submission photos for the initial submission. Once we initally get approved we will work on the Jet Pack and add electronics to the gauntlets. Does anyone have any ideas, suggestions, opinions etc on the current state of this build?
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Re: WIP: First Mandalorian Merc Build (Pictures)
« Reply #28 on: Oct 17, 2017, 07:40 AM »
You look like a pretty thin dude, but your kit makes you look swole lol :laugh:  I'm already a pretty big guy, now I'm wondering what I'm gonna look like in mine.  Love the progress man, keep it up.
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Re: WIP: First Mandalorian Merc Build (Pictures)
« Reply #29 on: Oct 18, 2017, 02:36 AM »
You look like a pretty thin dude, but your kit makes you look swole lol :laugh:  I'm already a pretty big guy, now I'm wondering what I'm gonna look like in mine.  Love the progress man, keep it up.

Thanks man, I am far from thin :laugh: :laugh: I'm 6'0 and about 215 at the moment so the kit makes me look even bigger, not sure if that's good or bad, and thanks for the insight on the kit. Hoping to have this done as I need it by the 28th. Just doing the front plates which seems easy but we realized one chest piece is slightly larger then the other, the diamond needs to be trimmed as well as the abdominal piece. But its in the final stages and the finish line is in sight.  After this build I'll be submitting my preapplication photos. Hopefully I get approved first time around, and if so then we will begin working on the jetpack.
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