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 Ra'z Kortu's WIP (Pic *Heavy*)

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Ra'z Kortu's WIP (Pic *Heavy*)
« on: Dec 16, 2019, 02:20 AM »
Welcome Vode,

First off a little about myself and my planned build. My name is Clay and I am currently an UM with the Nevada Stronghold based out of Fabulous Las Vegas.

My inspiration for my kit like many recent members comes from "The Mandalorian" series. At first I wanted to do Din DJarin as canon, but after talking with a few OMs I have since changed my mind to go with a custom modern era mando as my first build. I do want to keep with a western vibe for my kit though. Eventually I think I would also like to join the dessert ops and sniper brigades, but for now I will just work to OM status.

I never planned to start my build until after tax season, but stuff has already started to take off. I figure I'd better start my WIP now. Well enough about all that lets show what I have already started.

Previously I found a flight suit I got for free and removed all visible pockets. In this pic I was dry fitting template plates for sizing. I do not plan to cut sintra until I get a flak vest. Hopefully shaping the plates and some minor correction cuts will help fix the placement. This pic was also taken at a recent armor party where I got measured up for the flak vest I plan to have commissioned.


I also took advantage of the Black Friday sale NME was having and bought an Assassins bucket. I have a lot to do until I get my bucket so I don't mind the wait.

Next up is probably what will keep me busy until our next armor party. The Blaster Pistol! My weapon of choice for my western desert mando will be a handy side arm. Since I am doing a western theme why not make it a revolver. Not sure what other names this weapon goes by but I belive it is called the Smugglers Revolver from the KOTOR video game. I never played the game personally but fell in love with the look of this pistol at first sight. Special thanks to Carlos for 3D printing it for me.


One aesthetic that I wanted to add to my weapon was weight. Since it is a 3D print the addition of weight will make the weapon feel more real. Hopefully I can do the other half and make it look real. To add weight to the weapon I am using copper coated steel bbs.



I added the bbs down the barrel of the pistol along with E6000 so the bbs do not shake and make noise. Also to keep the bbs in place I cut 2 small wooden dowels and glued them in as well. I kept space on each end of the barrel to add a orange tip and on the other end a longer dowel that will hold the revolver spinning cylinder in place. Doing this doubled the weight of this part from 80g to 160g.



Next I will be cutting out cavities in the handle and spinning revolver cylinder to add weight in the same fashion I used above. Then I will glue it all together and start removing print lines.


That about wraps up this installment of my WIP, until next time!
Oya!

« Last Edit: Jan 18, 2020, 07:56 PM by Ra'z Kortu » Logged
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Re: Ra'z Kortu WIP
« Reply #1 on: Dec 16, 2019, 09:45 PM »
Looks like you have a really good start. My wife did something similar to her blasters and added weight to make them feel more real. You won’t be sorry with the NME we own two and they are worth the wait. Keep posting updates looking forward to watching your build.

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« Reply #2 on: Dec 26, 2019, 11:21 PM »
Our saga continues,

Last I posted I had just started to add weight to the Smugglers Revolver, finished clean up and began preparing for some assembly and removal of print lines.

Over the last couple of weeks leading into the holidays this has been my progress. I began with dremeling out pockets in the revolvers spinning cylinder. Then glueing in more steel BB's. Lastly glueing the two halves together.





Then the same with the Revolvers handle to balance the weight except I kept the two halves spit for future assembly.



Then I pre-assembled with duct tape and a dowel rod (not shown) to get a rough weight of the blaster before paint. It ended up weighting just over a pound. Not as heavy as I'd like but decent for what I had to work with.


Next came the dauntless task of hand sanding to remove print lines. Starting with 120 and 220 grit I hand sanded paying close attention to the handle area as I wanted to keep some print lines because they look like wood grain.


For Christmas I recieved a mouse sander with a detailed attachment and this made the sanding go by much faster. After finishing sanding I taped off some areas I did not feel needed primer and paint. Then I was ready for my first coat of primer.


That's about all I have done for now. Lots more sanding and painting, but hopeful to have this done before my next armor party in a couple of weeks. Then on to a new project.

Oya!

« Last Edit: Dec 26, 2019, 11:30 PM by Ra'z Kortu » Logged
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Re: Ra'z Kortu WIP
« Reply #3 on: Dec 27, 2019, 10:20 PM »
Looking great! Looking forward to seeing more!

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« Reply #4 on: Jan 18, 2020, 07:52 PM »
I'm back...,

So I must admit recently I have been slow and lazy at getting things done. Last Update I thought I would have my blaster finished by now but I have over estimated myself.

After the primer had dried I was pleased that almost all print lines where gone. I figured what imperfections you could see would most likely be covered with paint/weathering.



One thing I was not pleased with was the cracks from where I glued the split pieces together. So I used Bondo to to fill these cracks and sanded smooth.



Next I prepped for a base coat of paint and taped off the handle and other areas.


I then painted all the pieces with a metallic silver base coat. Once dried I then prepared for weathering using masking fluid. I was quickly cautioned by some of my stronghold members to assembly before starting weathering and I took their advice. This meant that I would need to weather and put the final paint on the revolvers cylinder before assembly. Also I needed to tape it to protect it during any assembly and further painting.




A big concern I had was the amount of layers of paint between the cylinder and the rest of the pistol housing to allow it to spin freely. With the tape added I figured it would give sufficient clearance once removed. So I began to finally assemble... (So many clamps used)



Again I found areas that I was not pleased with once glued so I again used Bondo to fill these areas. Theses areas where along the trigger guard, trigger, unknown piece in front of the trigger, hammer, and the handles butt. The rest of the seam I figured would be OK to leave with a crack showing that it was not one solid piece.



At our recent armor party I again hit it with some silver paint to get the areas that I previously had taped and used Bondo on. Again, I used masking fluid and finally put down the top coat of paint on the rest of the pistol.


I have got to say for my first attempt at weathering I think it has turned out great, so far. I do realize I could have weathered in some area and not so much in others to make it look more realistic but that aside I'm happy with it so far. I would also like to note that the cylinder does spin, but not as free as I would like it to. My skills will only improve and I'm glad I started with this rather than my helmet or armor.


It has been a week or two since I have even touched my blaster. I plan to finish it soon as I have a 4 day weekend right now off from work. My plans are to paint the hand guards to look wooden, apply a wash and add some detail paint to few other areas, all before hitting it with a clear coat.

During the last week I have also taught myself how to make rank ropes. I started with my Cabur Akaata rope. I ended up making two, one for my kit and another for patch jacket I plan to make. I already have a few patches just waiting on the back patch to begin it. I think I am also going to start making my Strongholds rank ropes in preparation for when we again become a clan later this year. (Oya, its going to happen round 3 for Nevada)


Also, Not sure if this is allowed. Can anyone please guide me with any tips on how to tie this end and/or find these tips used? I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks
(Close up pic of the ropes Jorad Werde sells from Iron Phoenix Props)


See you next installment, Oya!

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Re: Ra'z Kortu's WIP (Pic *Heavy*)
« Reply #5 on: Jan 19, 2020, 08:08 PM »
Pistolis looking great! Be careful leaving print lines, as they are very distinctive and often still easily identifiable as print lines

For the rank ropes, there is nothing against making them. And you are completely welcome to wear your Cabur Akaata rope. Just be sure to put it on your left side (official rank ropes go on right, all others go on left).

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Re: Ra'z Kortu's WIP (Pic *Heavy*)
« Reply #6 on: Jan 24, 2020, 12:22 AM »
I think its done...

Like I mentioned before, I wanted to keep a few print lines in the handle to make it look like wood grain. First I coated the handle with a dark brown spray paint.


Then I decided to do some accent painting in a blue metallic color. This color was identical to my reference photo I will post later.



Now came the part I really feared, applying a wash. This has been my first attempt at prop making and this felt like a sin after the hard work I had put into it so far. I attempted a darker brown wash on the handle to draw out the wood grain effect. Then I added a reddish brown wash to just the metallic silver areas to give the effect of rust.



Then to top it all off I added a light tan/brown wash to the entire blaster to give it the effect that I have been scouring the desert for bounties. This part got messy and out of hand quickly since it was a lighter color added to a darker base.


The finale and reference photos!




More to come as soon as my tax return comes in.

Oya!

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« Reply #7 on: Apr 07, 2020, 12:50 AM »
I guess its been a bit since I posted to my WIP.

Got a little bit done in my spare time as I got a few commissioned and other items in to work on. First off I got my NME Assassin bucket finally.


I bought the hero cast so it mostly came cleaned up and smooth. I began in on it by cutting out the visor area, back key slots, and ear cap holes and slots.






Next I planned out how to install the visor and make a paper template. The template was hard at first and I had to go through a couple revisions before getting it right. This was mostly because I wanted it to fit a 12"x12" square because my intentions was to buy a visor from Kalevala. It wasn't until I figured out I had to turn it diagonal for it to fit the tear drop areas, that I finally got it right.



Then I basically followed this tutorial to a "T" (Dad jokes on point...) for mounting. (Visor Installation Guide) Shout out to Syper for making this tutorial.




Lastly I cut out off the support bars in the middle and bottom and notched out an area for the visor to rest at the bottom. This way it fits snug but still maintains support for the mandibles to not flex together or apart. I also got the Kalevala visor in from shipping and was easily able to cut it out with my template, punch some holes for the studs and install it. I fits very flush and I was super pleased with the over all outcome.  :8):


Got some sweet Bluetooth LED name tags which I plan to mount on the inside of the ear cap slots I cut out.




Also got some soft goods I ordered a bit ago come in. Sketchers Blaine Orsen Boots, Voodoo Tactical Gloves, and a Blackhawk Balaclava.


Playing around with some heal/toe tap plates to make some noise as I walk. May scratch this idea and go with some kind of spurs that would be somewhat hidden.


(Bonus) Got my 11 inch back patch and started a patch shirt for handling at events.



That's about it this time. Hopefully my next update wont be so long. Till next time.

Oya!

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Re: Ra'z Kortu's WIP (Pic *Heavy*)
« Reply #8 on: Aug 05, 2020, 01:31 AM »
Been a bit since my last update but I'm still active COVID has really slowed things down with orders coming in and lack of armor parties.

First off I ordered some gauntlet toppers from Kruser a while back. Cleaned them up a bit, drilled holes for lights/buttons etc. Need to work on the other side soon.






Also decided to use a Arduino Nano in one of the gauntlets to program the 3 lights to a random sequence. I never used Arduinos so I used most of the tutorial on the forums here.




Also was able to start on some knees. I'm using 6 mm sintra Boba Fett knees with 6 mm trauma plates but I may change the trauma to 3mm. Also using the knee kit from Kruser in the above pic.


Picked up a free metal canteen from a local thrift store I plan to use for desert brigade.


Playing around with some greeblies I pulled from a breast pump and some Nerf gun innards. May add a hose attachment if I can find something that works.


Also picked up a warn out canteen holder from a local army surplus store. If not approved I will likely go with one of the other two holders shown below.






Grabbed some horse riding half chaps as well. Wearing them on oposite legs then intended so the zipper is on the inside of my legs. Plan is to attach shin armor to these. I have no plan to add thigh plates. This way I can stay in the light armor category and join some brigades.


Lastly I was finally able to get my custom vest in from Aria. The flightsuit and vest are a bit tight in the mid section because I have grew some due to COVID... So I plan to hit the gym a bit and diet some to make it fit better. If not I may get a new flight suit all together and alter the vest.

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- Flightsuit arms and legs need to be taken in
- Helmet has no padding
- Nothing weathered or painted








That's about all for now! Excited to start working on plates finally now that I have a vest. Till next time.

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Re: Ra'z Kortu's WIP (Pic *Heavy*)
« Reply #9 on: Aug 06, 2020, 05:08 PM »
The progress looks great brother. I can't wait till the armor starts happening :-)

I look forward to seeing what comes next.

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« Reply #10 on: Oct 06, 2020, 12:10 AM »
Been a couple of months but I'm still slowly working at this build.

First off I started on a Cod and set of shins after Kruser posted how he makes Cods on the FB builders group. I followed his tutorial almost to the letter and also reached out to him for suggestions/advice. Pretty happy with the outcome.

Started with a few custom/standard Jango templates.



Then moved on to transfering them to 6mm Sintra and forming plates.





The filler piece between the plates proved to be the most difficult. I was able to trace the gap on some wax paper and transfer it to sintra. then sanded it to fit the gap better.


Glued everything up using B&S CA glue.






Then I used Apoxie Sculpt to fill the rest of the big gaps.


24 Hrs past and I was able to sand it all smooth.



Still some minor work needed on these pieces I want to do such as bondo spot putty and primer to fill the small cracks where I bonded the sintra together.

After those pieces where done I ordered some Yugoslavian M48 Mauser 2-cell leather ammo pouches off Ebay. These I feel will fit my desert kit nicely.


I was then able to get a great visual of the current state of my kit. I suited up with everything I had on hand and laid out on the floor. Nothing is currently attached.


Continuing on I decided to give my gauntlets some love! I started out with forming the bottom halves.


My idea for a closure devise was to add a piano hinge down both sides of each gauntlet. One side as the pivot point for opening and closing with a rod that is not removable. The other side as the closure device with a removable rod. The rod is bent at one end and tucks away on the inside of the gauntlet near my forearm.



That's about all for this installation. Moving further my plan is to finish my gauntlets, design and make a custom back plate, add a mohair girth belt, add a side shoulder cape and now I have decided to add a kama to cover my rear flank... Someone shared with me this image of the kama design I now have in mind. I like how it is slightly pulled around further on one side more than the other. Eventually I would like to add a drop holster that is belted to my right thigh and I feel this design would help with movement while in kit. Also lets face it, it looks bad a** too!


Till next time!

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Re: Ra'z Kortu's WIP (Pic *Heavy*)
« Reply #11 on: Oct 26, 2020, 06:54 PM »
 :like: nice, i am interested to see the progress

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Re: Ra'z Kortu's WIP (Pic *Heavy*)
« Reply #12 on: Nov 21, 2020, 12:28 PM »
The pistols are epic and really digging the lighting on the helmet and gauntlets. Great progress so far  :like:

The cod turned out great, kruser has awesome tutorials. He did one on weathering for Mercscon Online and I will use that for my newest build.

You've got some great building skills. Looking forward to seeing more!

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Re: Ra'z Kortu's WIP (Pic *Heavy*)
« Reply #13 on: Nov 21, 2020, 08:39 PM »
The pistols are epic and really digging the lighting on the helmet and gauntlets. Great progress so far  :like:

The cod turned out great, kruser has awesome tutorials. He did one on weathering for Mercscon Online and I will use that for my newest build.

You've got some great building skills. Looking forward to seeing more!

Thanks! I have tried to do my homework for this build and have gotten much of my inspiration from fellow mercs. Kruser and your husband just to name a few! Thank you so much for seeking out our Strongholds WIPs and leaving comments.

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