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Pressure suit, aka Marvel Fenn Shysa
« on: Aug 14, 2013, 11:47 PM »
As has been sorta hammered out over in this thread, this is the medium green "soft armor"-looking outfit Fenn Shysa first wore in Marvel Star Wars #68, from November 1982 (published -- cover says February 1983). Unfortunately, the artist who pencilled that issue (and co-created Fenn Shysa, Tobbi Dala, and the entire idea of the Mandalorian Protectors) died the following autumn from a heart attack in his sleep. By the time Shysa appeared again, a different writer was on the book, and a new artist -- who not only drew Fenn's "soft armor" differently than the original artist had, but with far less consistency from panel to panel than previously, and catastrophically differently over a span of six issues.

So.

I'm going with how it appeared in issue #68. There were still some inconsistencies from panel to panel (many of them the colorist's fault), but I've sort of lumped together each panel and "averaged them out" to a version that has all of the distinctive attributes seen on this version of the costume... and with one or two things from the later appearances that work and help fill in the bits not seen (or not seen clearly) in #68. This panel has been my main reference point:



You can see the rest of my scans over in the thread I linked to above, but this one has more than enough to get started.

I've taken further inspiration from high-altitude pressure suits used for experimental aircraft and the early Mercury astronauts, and anti-g suits worn by combat pilots out here in reality-land. The main fabric I'm using is a polyester suiting fabric in hunter green:



I had wanted to use a high-dernier coated ballistic nylon cordura, but that was more than I wanted to spend right now. Maybe I'll go back and upgrade the design with that after I've sorted out any sticking points with this one.

Here's how it looks with my armor, painted in accurate ESB colors (US Medium Green and Panzer Olive Green):

(with flash)


(without flash)


I'm using a light green sateen cotton for the piping around the panel edges:



...And a darker green satin for the inset, quilted belly panel:


For the "stiffer" looking bits at collar area and down the chest and groin, I'm using 2mm craft foam:

(with two of the patterns)


And for the thicker padding in the shoulders, I'm using a couple of half-inch foam knee pads from Home Depot that will be covered with fabric and be integrated into the sleeve caps.

Since his shoulder cape is a fairly close match to the color Boba's was in ESB, I have an accurate ESB cape I'm going to use (the faded orange stripe is often pretty hard to see, so I don't see its presence clashing too badly with how Shysa's drawn/colored). I have already nearly finished the retaining tab seen most closely in another panel. I'm also using a pair of accurate Boba boots that I need to get weathered up and put toe spikes on.

The ammo belt is planned out, but not yet commissioned. It will have six Boba-style narrow pouches across the back (matching images of Fenn from behind); six "double-wide" pouches across the front, as shown consistently in this issue, including the scan at the top of this post; and the two side "saddlebag" pouches will be leather of the same color, again as depicted in this issue.

The gauntlets and gauntlet blasters are also in the planning/design stage, and I'll have updates for those in the relevant subforum as they come together.

Anyway. More as I start getting fabric cut this week...

--Jonah

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Re: Pressure suit, aka Marvel Fenn Shysa
« Reply #1 on: Aug 15, 2013, 12:50 AM »
Very interesting; I will be watching intently, maybe you could trade me a pair of MP onesies for SS clamshells  :rolleyes:             :laugh:

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Re: Pressure suit, aka Marvel Fenn Shysa
« Reply #2 on: Aug 15, 2013, 01:32 AM »
That might cover materials. :P *chuckle* Let me get this done first -- at this point, I don't even know how well it'll work.

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Re: Pressure suit, aka Marvel Fenn Shysa
« Reply #3 on: Aug 15, 2013, 04:30 AM »
I need mando pajamas some day  :laugh:

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Re: Pressure suit, aka Marvel Fenn Shysa
« Reply #4 on: Aug 15, 2013, 01:57 PM »
I just know that's what this is going to end up being called, but... :rolleyes: *chuckle*

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Re: Pressure suit, aka Marvel Fenn Shysa
« Reply #5 on: Aug 15, 2013, 04:11 PM »
interesting ;) this should be a fun build ;)

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Re: Pressure suit, aka Marvel Fenn Shysa
« Reply #6 on: Aug 15, 2013, 04:24 PM »
Keeping an eye on this, should be interesting...

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Re: Pressure suit, aka Marvel Fenn Shysa
« Reply #7 on: Aug 16, 2013, 05:42 AM »
^^Ditto :)

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Re: Pressure suit, aka Marvel Fenn Shysa
« Reply #8 on: Sep 20, 2013, 10:01 AM »
Bookmarked, I had forgotten about Fenn Shysa (kinda sounds like swearing in German).

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Re: Pressure suit, aka Marvel Fenn Shysa
« Reply #9 on: Sep 20, 2013, 11:01 AM »
I like this...

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Re: Pressure suit, aka Marvel Fenn Shysa
« Reply #10 on: Sep 20, 2013, 07:51 PM »
This has my attention.

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Re: Pressure suit, aka Marvel Fenn Shysa
« Reply #11 on: Sep 20, 2013, 10:13 PM »
It looks like you have an audience, no "pressure"  :laugh: looking forward to see how this turns out.

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Re: Pressure suit, aka Marvel Fenn Shysa
« Reply #12 on: Sep 20, 2013, 10:19 PM »
This has peaked my interest.  go on  8)

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Re: Pressure suit, aka Marvel Fenn Shysa
« Reply #13 on: Oct 10, 2013, 03:15 AM »
Non-update update. Life's been busy, but I've been grinding away on this. Mainly had stylistic and engineering issues to sort. Stylistic was whether to do the hole for the chest diamond "free-floating" in the middle of its panel or connected via piping to the piping surrounding the belly inset. I opted for free-floating, as that's how it was depicted by the original artist consistently through that issue. However, that necessitated tweaking my patterns a little and re-cutting the foam.

I also sorted the tricky parts of 1) weakening the shoulder seams when I need to have a post passing right through that area; 2) how the heck I'm getting into and out of it/where the closures are and how they'll work; 3) the layering of stuff around the upper arm.

I apologize or keeping folks waiting. It's been difficult to find enough minutes in a row to actually sit down and hammer that stuff out. Now that I have, the next phase should be easy -- and well-photographed. I expect to have pictures up of the pattern pieces, the foam inset pieces, and some cut fabric tomorrow evening and Friday.

The most frustrating part is that everything is hinging on this. I need to have it done (or at least well along) so I can take measurements over it for my flight suit, and then get that far enough along that I can take measurements over both of those layered to make my flak vest, then mount the armor, and then measure over all of that to be able to make the "trenchvest". Oy...

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