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 I lost the duel... now I've gotta build a Protector

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Kol Hokan


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I lost the duel... now I've gotta build a Protector
« on: Sep 22, 2019, 01:11 AM »
The stakes were high, the crowd was assembled. It was brother versus brother. Protector vs. Death Watch. Gurreck Clan vs. Concordia Clan.  We walked 10 paces... we turned... we fired.


And I lost.

As the agreed upon terms stated I now have to build an MMCC approvable Mandalorian Protector.  This is incredibly fitting, and I'm actually not upset by my loss at all, as I was the one to write up the Mandalorian Protector BRL's back when I was the canon/legends Brigade Marshal. I know the costume in and out, and the Protectors are actually one of my favorites in Star Wars Legends.  So here we go!

I sketched out my initial Mandalorian Protector design about a year and a half ago.  There are some elements I will probably drop, like the extra kill stripes on the collar and ab (not sure if the current Brigade Team would allow those), and the Solo-styled belt.  I am mostly aiming to build my Protector more similar to Jodo Kast than with Boba.  Yellow for the visor frame rather than red, sidearm with holster, and probably the addition of a Kama.


Somewhat unbeknownst to my rival, Jaster Fett, I actually began collecting the parts for a Mandalorian Protector costume several years ago.  It's been a slow acquisition of parts and pieces, but I'm nearly done.  I figure I can reuse quite a few parts from other kits that I've built, most notably my flightsuit that I wear on both my Boba and my Mando Medic.  I have protector boots I wear on both my Medic and my Death Watch, so that will be fine, and I can use my Boba spats that match the flightsuit.

I picked up a generic Fett style helmet from Head Shot Props before they were sold off to new owners several years ago and have been sitting on it, waiting for my Protector build to start up.  A full day with the dremmel, some bondo, and sandpaper and this baby will be ready for primer and paint.  Super easy.  This will be my 10th helmet I've worked on.




I also have two jetpacks that I am not currently using, and could easily repaint either of them.  The Z-6 (red and white) is a scratch built sintra pack. The JT-12 (grey and black) is fiberglass and is already set up to work with my Boba harness.  I would prefer to use the Z-6, but it needs a lot of love, as several parts have broken off.



Rather than the large belt pouches I have the Jodo Kast belt greeblies that are 3D printed that I may add.  Picture was taken with the Jaing Eye cutouts that I used on my Death Watch that I intend to also put on my Protector.  Additionally I have some army surplus pouches I feel I can include.  I will likely cut off the vertical straps to make them look more like Boba's.  And lastly I have the scratch made girth belt I made for my Death Watch.  The brown might not look too great with all the other tan and brown I have going on though, so I may swap it out with my red ROTJ Boba girth belt.




I picked up some basic Boba styled knees a year back or so.  They need some work, but should be a fine base to go off of.


One of my local friends in the 501st has a vactable and can vacform some Boba plates for me easily.  I've got plenty of sintra laying around the garage, but I think vac-formed plates would give the kit more definition.  I haven't decided if I'm going to do shins or shin tools.  I'll probably end up making a pair of Jango style shins, as they are easy and will give the kit more balance in terms of plate layout.  I already have a set of Protector shoulders made, that I used for my Brigade-approved light melee specialist, but with all the drama associated with the banning of the Protector sigil on custom costumes, I haven't worn them in ages and have all but retired that kit.  My gauntlets from my original Kol kit are original RKDs and I think I can repaint them the same yellow as the shoulders and make them work.  I have a backup if Vraeden or Mi'ix find that they deviate from the BRL's too much, however. Please let me know.



I'm thinking I may incorporate this alternative mythosaur symbol I found on a random shoulder in SWTOR.  It has the classic Boba look to it but isn't recognizable.


For the cape and/or kama and/or leg wraps, I have a bunch of tan fabric that I used for my sister's Rey costume.  I have other options as well, but this is what I have the most of on hand, and it's easily weather-able.


For trophies thus far I have my Wookiee scalps from Boba that I can use if I wanted to, but I also have some Padawan Braids and lightsaber trophies from my original Kol kit.  A couple of the sabers need some touch-up, but they still look pretty good.  Fun fact: the black and gold saber was my ex's.  :laugh:



And lastly, weapons.  My primary weapon I am planning to use a Shoretrooper's E-22 that I got for a trade recently.  This is by far my favorite weapon in my collection, and actually prompted me to just go ahead and sell my Verpine Shatter Rifle.  I'll be adding a strap to it and probably sanding it down some more to get rid of any print lines that are still peaking through.


For the side arm I have two Nerf-brand Q'ira blasters from Solo, that I can work on.  One of my clanmates modified one of those last year, and it turned out phenominal.  It looks to be a perfect small sidearm for a Protector. I also have a small collection of classic-era blasters that I may incorporate at some point, but right now I'm drifting toward just modding up the Q'ira blaster.


And that's what I have so far.  I'm looking forward to working on this kit.  The helmet will be my priority, once that is done, I should be able to bang out the rest pretty quickly.  Please stay tuned and keep up the encouragement, I'll need it to stay focused and not get sidetracked on a different build (of which I have several in the works).  And lastly, let me just say that Jaster Fett sucks Kowakian Monkey Lizards.  :P

« Last Edit: Sep 22, 2019, 01:16 AM by Kol Hokan » Logged
Alex Cole .... Clan: Concordia .... CAT#: 0787 .... Brigade#: 278
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Re: I lost the duel... now I've gotta build a Protector
« Reply #1 on: Sep 22, 2019, 03:27 AM »
How many people get to say they have a life size trophy?  ;) ;D LOL!

That duel was WAY more fun than it should be. I hope we started a new trend! I love how you're going for more Jodo Kast inspired. You've got a lot of good pieces here I'm anxious to see come together! Will be following this thread with greater than great interests

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Re: I lost the duel... now I've gotta build a Protector
« Reply #2 on: Sep 22, 2019, 06:01 PM »
How many people get to say they have a life size trophy?  ;) ;D LOL!

That duel was WAY more fun than it should be. I hope we started a new trend! I love how you're going for more Jodo Kast inspired. You've got a lot of good pieces here I'm anxious to see come together! Will be following this thread with greater than great interests

Yep this. Also he shot so hard his gauntlet came off lol At least it's sturdy and yeah, you already are off to a pretty solid start so it's a good thing you lost haha Looking forward to seeing thos progress  :like:

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Re: I lost the duel... now I've gotta build a Protector
« Reply #3 on: Sep 23, 2019, 09:15 AM »
Looks like a lovely start to this long awaited project.

 :boba:

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Re: I lost the duel... now I've gotta build a Protector
« Reply #4 on: Oct 05, 2019, 07:47 PM »
Thanks for the encouragement guys!  And I'm hoping to use your bandoleer tutorial, Fenn, to build a belt and possibly an optional bandoleer as well (though I know that wouldn't fit within the BRLs).

I just got back home from picking up some vac-formed plates from a local friend in the 501st.  They look perfect!  He threw in some shoulders as well. Even though I have a set made, I'm thinking I'll paint these up green as an optional alternative.



Hoping to get started on the helmet tomorrow while the weather here in Portland is cooperating.

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Re: I lost the duel... now I've gotta build a Protector
« Reply #5 on: Oct 05, 2019, 10:47 PM »
I do really like vacuum formed plates just for micro-uniformity. I was VERY fortunate my MP plates came out the way they did for hand molded sintra, but still. Vacuum form always feels like an extra step in looking better

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Re: I lost the duel... now I've gotta build a Protector
« Reply #6 on: Oct 07, 2019, 01:43 AM »
Made progress on the helmet today. Trimmed all the excess resin off the bottom, smoothed the lip, cut out the T-visor, drilled and filed the keyslots, and then filed and sanded everything down. Lastly I prepped and glued the left earcap and the lower right earcap in place.

 









Oh, and because Iím just insane, and Iíve got the itch, I decided to go ahead and prep a second helmet in tandem. Iím thinking of painting it up as a weathered super trooper - all white. Itís just the helmet for now, but I could easily cut out some extra plates and use most of the soft parts from the Protector to make an alternate kit.















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Alex Cole .... Clan: Concordia .... CAT#: 0787 .... Brigade#: 278
Concordia Clan Ruus'alor Sol'yc 2018-2019
Concordia Clan Alor'ad 2013-2016
Brigade Marshal 2014-2016
501st: BH-11628 .... TDE: #175 .... RL: Resistance Pilot - Screaming Porgs Squadron

Kol Hokan


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Re: I lost the duel... now I've gotta build a Protector
« Reply #7 on: Oct 15, 2019, 01:38 AM »
Wasn't able to get much done this past weekend due to a pretty full schedule, but I did start planning out my paint layers for the helmet.
It's going to be the most masking I've done on a helmet thus far.



I'm planning on adding a small amount of physical damage with the dremmel and then utilize a combination of liquid latex (like my other helmets) and the hairspray & rock salt method for the rest of the damage. A very small amount of topical damage will be added similar to ROTJ Boba's few scratches and paint smears. 

I'm going to try not to over-do the damage, and keep it in line with ROTJ Boba's amount. The one unique damaged part that I really want to do is a "crack" in the back panel that has a metal plate that has been riveted into place to keep the integrity of the helmet. I want it to look like this part of the helmet was nearly destroyed and that Kol didn't have the time nor patience to properly repair it.  The plate will still be weathered, but not painted.  I've had this concept for a long while, but haven't posted it anywhere until now.

Question for the Brigade Team:
Are killstripes relegated to the dome, or can they appear elsewhere on the helmet? How about elsewhere on the armor, such as ab plate or gauntlets?

Here are some of the other helmets I've done with a similar weathering style.



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Alex Cole .... Clan: Concordia .... CAT#: 0787 .... Brigade#: 278
Concordia Clan Ruus'alor Sol'yc 2018-2019
Concordia Clan Alor'ad 2013-2016
Brigade Marshal 2014-2016
501st: BH-11628 .... TDE: #175 .... RL: Resistance Pilot - Screaming Porgs Squadron

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Re: I lost the duel... now I've gotta build a Protector
« Reply #8 on: Oct 15, 2019, 09:43 AM »
I'd like to maintain the classic look and have the killstripes remain on the helmet.

Feel free to move them around the helmet, though!

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Kol Hokan


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  • Armor does not make a warrior, spirit does.
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Re: I lost the duel... now I've gotta build a Protector
« Reply #9 on: Oct 16, 2019, 12:55 AM »
I'd like to maintain the classic look and have the killstripes remain on the helmet.

Feel free to move them around the helmet, though!

Copy that!  Thanks for the quick reply.

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Concordia Clan Alor'ad 2013-2016
Brigade Marshal 2014-2016
501st: BH-11628 .... TDE: #175 .... RL: Resistance Pilot - Screaming Porgs Squadron
 


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