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 Cy's Mando: Tethys Vox WIP (Updated 7/7: now with added progress!)

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Okay, so I'm not exactly sure where to start here...been meaning to start this thread for ages but never did until today. I've honestly done more research and perusing through the boards than actually posting on them and it's about time that stops! :laugh:
 I'm going to do my best to be as organized as possible with everything that's getting ready to be presented here. Any help/suggestions/advice anyone has would be more than appreciated since this is my first go at this!

This is my original concept drawing. I initially wanted to do a black/red Mando but I felt there were already enough without me. So I decided to just use the red to accent, which didn't go over well in my book.



I decided to do black and red anyway since I knew I just had to make the color scheme my own so as not to feel like "another black-and-red Mando". I also decided to use the gray to accent instead, thankfully that worked a lot better with generating ideas. This is my second conept, still debating on a few design/color things as I still feel like it still seems a little boring. A few of the notes on the design have been implemented but still need tweaking.


Thankfully, my buddy adamkadmon had me come by his place the other day to help me with sizing pictures and talk about ideas. Just wondering if they looked okay. The gut plate needs a very obvious trim-down and I'm most likely going to trim down and lengthen the shoulder portions of the collar plate since it seems too fat and short. Starting to wonder if maybe doing an accurate spacing would work out better. I was more concerned about the sizing at that point, but looking at the picture now it seems as if that might be throwing it off. Then again, this is my first stab at this sort of thing so what do I know?


I suppose that's all for now, don't wanna get terribly pic heavy straight out of the gate. I'll probably sort through a few things and get other portions of what I've gotten accomplished so far posted and see what you guys think. Any help is welcomed and appreciated!



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Re: My First Mando WIP
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2013, 09:51 PM »
Bah, didn't I take a closer picture than that one? You already echoed what I think about the size, sorry I used blue tape  :-X really messes with the plate outline. Was expecting to see pics of the gaunts...  >:(

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Re: My First Mando WIP
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2013, 09:52 PM »
top drawing looks so much better than the bottom one!

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Re: My First Mando WIP
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2013, 09:54 PM »
 Sorry I didn't realize I had the plates so close Cy. I think a mix of your two ideas would be good. I like the color contrasts of the first one but I like the raised details idea of the second.

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Re: My First Mando WIP
« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2013, 10:45 PM »
Bah, didn't I take a closer picture than that one? You already echoed what I think about the size, sorry I used blue tape  :-X really messes with the plate outline. Was expecting to see pics of the gaunts...  >:(

LOL! Gonna post up a few more, I was just dying of starvation earlier and had to fix that.

That's what I told him.  ;) Sorry I didn't realize I had the plates so close Cy.

I wasn't worried about it. Was more worried about getting the pictures just so I could get more opinions. I didn't think about it possible skewing the perception of sizing until I was looking at it and thought "Hmmm. Should have posted the closer one instead."

First concept seems better, eh? I'll have to work some more on that then. Maybe integrate the two drawings more or work a bit more on the first. The idea driving my Mando is assassination so I thought the gray was a little counterproductive. I suppose the red is actually more so since it's a very eye-catching color. Definitely going to have to meditate on that a bit more.

So, here's a closer pic of the armor plates


And here's a few shots of the gaunts. They're metal and I feel as if I have some immediate complications here. First, a few shots of them:
 


I feel as if they come out too much on the forearm. I'm guessing if I decide to stick with these I'm going to have to use a torch to heat them up and bend them in so they close more, correct? There are some alignment issues which I can fix. My other major concern is how they curve inward on the inside of the forearm. Am I going to have to either weld something to make it continuous and uniform or would it just be better to scrap these entirely and start from scratch? I'm not entirely sure about how well plastic is going to adhere to metal via adhesive, though I'm sure there are a million other methods of making that happen. I'm still learning  :D

Here is the first mock-up of the shoulder piece. Gonna add a bicep plate but iffy on the design of it. I just made another shoulder bell out of poster board like the rest of my current templates but I'm not happy with the shape (at least for a bicep).Still debating on that one as well.


I suppose that's enough pics for now, trying my hardest not to oversaturate here. Thank you again for the help, adam.



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Re: My First Mando WIP
« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2013, 10:56 PM »
Yeah, pec plates are probably too wide, the upper corners are supposed to align with the collar if I recall correctly, explains why the interior spacing is so tight, I was trying to squeeze them on you.  :rolleyes: I like the look of the gaunts with the curve in btw. But you knew that.

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Re: My First Mando WIP
« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2013, 12:20 AM »
yeah i have to say you spacing is slightly too close, so far so good though love the gaunts

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Re: My First Mando WIP
« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2013, 12:32 AM »
also if you do go with the black and red on the bottom (dont tho hehe) definitely don't outline the plates in a different color like in the drawing

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Re: My First Mando WIP
« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2013, 01:34 PM »
also if you do go with the black and red on the bottom (dont tho hehe) definitely don't outline the plates in a different color like in the drawing

The outline you see is a concept for raised details McCoy, does that change your opinion or make it worse?  :P

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Re: My First Mando WIP
« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2013, 01:41 PM »
outlining armor plates in a different color should just always be discouraged as a design aesthetic. it distorts the iconic shape and look of the armor and there are way too many other (better) design choices =)

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Re: My First Mando WIP
« Reply #10 on: Jun 09, 2013, 07:10 PM »
Well, it's been quite a bit but I've got a few updates.

Bucket with Bondo!


After some spot filling, I've been meditating on how to attach these antennas to the earpiece shown:


Any suggestions? What I've come up with so far is to drill small holes into the filled-in portion, attach a piece of toothpick or paper clip to the inside of the antenna and use some epoxy to secure them in place. Would it be a better idea to do this before or after priming or is there a better way to go about it?

The ear pieces keep getting cracks, so I'm under the assumption that going with Loc-Tite was a terrible idea and I'm gonna have to bust those bad boys off and do them again with some 2-part Epoxy. After the grand sand down, I'll have some updates there. The plus side of temporary loss of motivation with my bucket has forced me to make progress in other areas though.

After the feedback I've gotten, I've decided to redo the colors using more grey. I still can't come up with anything I like so I'm stuck there as well. I've ordered a Jango-esque belt from eBay, my gloves have shown up and I'm waiting for a corrected post office goof so I can get my boots. I've got dual Jango Westars on their way that come with a holster that appears to be pleather, but knowing my luck it'll probably be vinyl. I figure worst case, I can just use them as a template or pattern to make my own and my blaster pistol issues are taken care of.

Still hunting for my girth belt. With the brown belt and holsters in the picture, I think the only thing I'm being picky about is the color since I'm still not set on exactly how I'm doing my colors. Everything I come up with seems either too plain or not creative enough. I'm thinking I'm probably being a perfectionist and making this more difficult than it really needs to be. So for now, I'm gonna just go back to the drawing board.

Oh! Almost forgot plates! Does sizing look better this time around? adamkadmon helped me out with this one again, Scotch tape likes cloth a LOT more than masking tape. Still had issues with keeping them to form. I guess I know better than to use poster board now, though I still have the paper ones around as well.

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Re: Cy's First Mando WIP (pic heavy)
« Reply #11 on: Jun 09, 2013, 07:37 PM »
Another update.

The gun I'll most likely be modding. Both assembled and broken down. I forsee a lot of work on this one, that scope isn't looking acceptable.


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Re: Cy's First Mando WIP (pic heavy)
« Reply #12 on: Jun 09, 2013, 11:08 PM »
I think a trim is needed on the plates buddy, the interior spacing is just gonna be too tight.

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Re: Cy's First Mando WIP (pic heavy)
« Reply #13 on: Jun 10, 2013, 11:45 AM »
Yeah, thinking the way I'm built I'm gonna have to get them resized for 5'8" instead. Stupid twig body.

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Re: Cy's First Mando WIP (pic heavy)
« Reply #14 on: Jun 10, 2013, 03:29 PM »
I think the sizeing is fine ;) but i like tight plates ;) less room for lightsabers to get though  :P

with your nerfs .... my advise is to chop it up and stick it back together ;) then cover as much Nerfy bits as possibal

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