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 "Droids" variant of Boba Fett - Beginning Work

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Re: "Droids" variant of Boba Fett - Beginning Work
« Reply #15 on: Sep 15, 2013, 02:27 AM »
Status Update #1 -

I have located (well, rather, Boudicca has located) a set of scrubs in the proper color for conversion into the Droids Boba flight suit. That will be a good basis to build upon. She's fairly confident she can add long sleeves and the two Thigh Pockets.

Provisionally, this is what I'm thinking the costume should consist of. This is in no way, shape or form official; it's merely the basic "CRL" structure I'm trying to limit myself to working with, in order to to proceed, based upon my observations and those of other individuals here.

"Droids" Style Boba Fett

All components may have light to moderate weathering. Extensive damage to the armor should be avoided. There are no details or graphic markings of ANY kind on the "Droids" style armor. (No Mythosaur Skull, no Fett Clan sigil etc.)

1. Armor:

The "Droids" Style Boba Fett consists of the following armor pieces:
  A) Boba Fett style Mandalorian Helmet

-The Helmet should be painted in a medium blue grey color , and be equipped with an opaque black T-Visor. The RF and stalk should be painted White.

Options:
Helmet dent is optional, but if present, should be painted overall in the same color as the rest of the helmet (ie: no exposed bare metal.)
Drybrushing with a lighter color is acceptable.

B) "Droids" Style Pectoral and Abdominal Plates painted in a Medium Yellow or Yellow Ochre.

-  Pectoral Plates should each be decorated with a slightly indented "reverse d" style configuration oriented near the edge closest to the opposite Pectoral Plate, as depicted in illustrations of the character.

- The Left Pectoral Plate should have one "Chest Light" indentation. There is only one "chest light" bar on the Droids Boba. Not two.

- The plates should be mounted very closely together - close enough that they almost appear to be one piece, but far enough apart to allow visibility. There should be no more than 1/2" spacing between each plate.

Options:
The Left Pectoral plate "Chest Light" may feature an opaque, black lens. There should be no functional electronics behind the lens, as no such lights are seen in "Droids."

C) "Droids" Style Neck and Shoulder Armor
- These should be painted in a medium slate grey with a very slightly purplish tinge or a very dark, almost grey, purple.

- The Neck armor does not have any "cape studs" and is a simple, undecorated plate with no embellishments.

D) "Droids" Style Cod/Groin Plate
- The Groin/Cod Armor is similar to that found in other Boba costumes, and is painted in a color identical to that used for the shoulder and neck armor.

Options:
- Although it is not depicted, a kidney/butt plate should be used.  There are no visible connector studs if indeed a kidney/butt plate is present, and so use of these should be avoided.

E) Standard "Boba" style Back Plate
- The standard Boba style Back Plate should be used. It should be painted in a color identical to that used for the Neck and Shoulder armor. The backplate should include "Jetpack slots."


F) "Droids" Style Boba Knees
- These are similar to the standard Boba knees, but lack side mounted knee dart launchers. Each knee is painted in the same Medium Yellow color as that of the Pectorals/Abdominal armor and features four slight, but noticeable indentations, highlighted in black, two on each side of the knee.

G) Droids Style Boba Bracers/Gauntlets
- These are extremely simplified versions of the standard Boba gauntlets, and should be painted in a shade that is just slightly lighter than the color used for the helmet.

- The RIGHT gauntlet is quite plain and features a single, raised rectangular surface mounted roughly center of the gauntlet. The basic housing found on standard style right handed Fett gauntlets may be used, or a simple box like structure may be included. There are no hoses, greeblies, or extraneous details of any kind.

- The LEFT gauntlet features only the Rocket Pod on its mounting. The Rocket Pod has a Silver or White warhead, and is otherwise identical in color to the rest of the gauntlet. Either the standard Rocket Pod mounting or a very basic rectangular mounting may be used, but there are no other extraneous greeblies, decorations, etc. There is no flamethrower, nor are there any other "side mounted tools", hoses, tubes, etc.

H) ESB Style Jetpack mounted in any of the accepted standards, and worn over the back plate. Painted as follows:
- The main body and each side dome should be painted a Medium Yellow shade identical to the shade used for the Abdominal, Knee, and Pectoral Armor.
- The "shaft" of the Rocket should be painted white.
- The sides of the Jetpack should be painted in a color matching that used on the helmet.
- Repulsor jets on the Jetpack may be painted in a dark grey, silver, or gunmetal grey color.

Options:
Because they are shown in both colors, the "side domes" may be painted in a color that matches the shade used to paint the Helmet.

2. Soft Parts

A) "Droids" Style Flightsuit and Vest

- This is a simplified version of the standard Mandalorian Flightsuit in a very light blue grey color, as shown in the program. It may be worn in one or two pieces. There are no double sleeves. The legs of the "Droids" Flightsuit each feature a Thigh Pocket. The Thigh Pocket should be filled with styrofoam blocks or other appropriate pieces to make them appear full, in standard Boba style. Note that there are NO shin tools, or shin tool pockets.

- The Flightsuit should be worn with a Vest that matches the shade of the Flightsuit as CLOSELY as possible, and if weathered, weathering should match the Flightsuit in a similar manner.

- The Flightsuit or Vest should have a Neckseal. This Neckseal is identical in color to the two pieces, and should be attached to either the Flightsuit or the Vest.  No skin should be visible at any time.

Options:
- Although not required , a cloth girthbelt matching the color of the codpiece as much as possible is STRONGLY recommended.
- Although not required, a standard white or light grey Balaclava is STRONGLY recommended.

B) "Droids" Style Gloves:
- Simplified gloves in a single shade matching the color of the Flightsuit as closely as possible, or alternatively in a very light grey. Unlike other "Fett" style gloves, these do not have distinctly separated colors for the palm and fingers of the gloves.

C) "Droids" style Cloak:

- This is worn on the LEFT side of Boba's backplate, as with standard Boba Fett cloaks. It should be a red-orange color, with a pure orange stripe along the bottom. The cloak may be dirtied and weathered to show age, but should NOT be tattered, torn, or otherwise damaged. Because of a lack of shoulder studs, the cloak should be attached with snaps or magnets.

D) "Droids" style Shoes:

- These are standard canvas "Fett" shoes, with the exception that they are mid-shin length. The main body of the shoe should match the color of the Gauntlets as closely as possible, with a center panel in a slightly lighter shade. The soles of the shoes have silver or gunmetal grey "toe spikes" mounted to the front, and are White or Light Blue Grey in color. Shoes may be dirtied or weathered as appropriate to the look being attempted. If White is chosen, it should not be a clean, spotless shade thereof, but should have some dirt and wear to show use.

E) "Droids" Style Ammunition Belt:

-This is a simple ammunition belt, worn with two pouches, one on either hip. Both the pouches and the belt should match the shade of the codpiece as closely as possible.

F) "Droids" Style Holster:

-This is a brown leather holster worn slung from left to right and resting against the right hip. It carries a "Nemrod" style holster. The holster may be a reproduction and need not include the "logo" tooling found in ESB Fett sidearm holsters.

G) "Droids" Style Wookiee/Padawan/Jedi Scalps/Braids:

-These are a reddish brown color and are worn on the right side of the torso, as with the braids seen in other versions of Boba.

Weapons:

A) A Sacross K-11 "Disentegrator" Pistol is carried in the Nemrod style holster worn on the right hip. This may match the style used in ESB or in The Star Wars Holiday Special. Colors should match the example used.

Options:
- In some depictions, "Droids" Boba carries an ESB style EE-11 Carbine. If used, this may be painted in ESB colors or in a light, gunmetal grey as shown on the cardback fo the "Droids" action figure of Boba. No sling is used in either case.



At any rate, hope that is useful, and somewhat complete. Enough to show that I've done my homework here. Hope to get started soon, assuming there's some interest and time!

-Alex

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Re: "Droids" variant of Boba Fett - Beginning Work
« Reply #16 on: Sep 15, 2013, 02:43 AM »
Status Update #1 -

I have located (well, rather, Boudicca has located) a set of scrubs in the proper color for conversion into the Droids Boba flight suit. That will be a good basis to build upon. She's fairly confident she can add long sleeves and the two Thigh Pockets.

FYI here are the scrubs I found that appear to be an almost perfect light blue gray.  The plan is to buy 2 pairs of the pants, and tear up the second and use the fabric to make long sleeves to replace the short sleeves on the top, and to make the pockets for the pants.  The seam in the middle would be hidden by the belt or girth belt/sash. 

http://healthcaresupplypros.com/site-search?q=angelstat+scrubs+misty&sa=Search




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Re: "Droids" variant of Boba Fett - Beginning Work
« Reply #17 on: Sep 15, 2013, 02:38 PM »
 :o now that is what i call a plan! ;)

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Re: "Droids" variant of Boba Fett - Beginning Work
« Reply #18 on: Sep 15, 2013, 06:02 PM »
:o now that is what i call a plan! ;)

This.  Now start your build!  ;D

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Re: "Droids" variant of Boba Fett - Beginning Work
« Reply #19 on: Sep 15, 2013, 07:54 PM »
Aww shucks;) Will start ASAP.

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Re: "Droids" variant of Boba Fett - Beginning Work
« Reply #20 on: Sep 15, 2013, 10:33 PM »
Just my two cents. I've never seen the Droids cartoon but in that last pic from the show it kinda looks to me like a arena style jetpack, but away I can't wait to see this come together.

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Re: "Droids" variant of Boba Fett - Beginning Work
« Reply #21 on: Sep 16, 2013, 12:47 AM »
Just my two cents. I've never seen the Droids cartoon but in that last pic from the show it kinda looks to me like a arena style jetpack, but away I can't wait to see this come together.

Kad -

That's a very valid point, and I caught that too (good eye!) but in every other scene he's wearing the standard "rocket" mounted jetpack. If anything, I suppose it could be said to be a valid option!


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Re: "Droids" variant of Boba Fett - Beginning Work
« Reply #22 on: Sep 16, 2013, 01:05 AM »
I've never seen the show myself but from the looks of it I may not need to see it and just cast you in a live-action version. Lol. You really went in depth with this and I  can't wait to see some progress!

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Re: "Droids" variant of Boba Fett - Beginning Work
« Reply #23 on: Sep 16, 2013, 10:45 AM »
Yes I will be helping on this build, even if in a minor part, but I am excited to be a part of it.

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Re: "Droids" variant of Boba Fett - Beginning Work
« Reply #24 on: Sep 22, 2013, 02:05 AM »
9/21/13 Update: Colors Acquired

On Tuesday, after a lot of searching, I acquired the paint colors that I believe will be most appropriate for the costume. Generally speaking, unless I'm doing detail work, I do prefer to use sprays on costume pieces (as I'm sure most of you do). The problem, of course, is making sure that the paint is high quality and that it mixes well with the other brands you've chosen if you find yourself needing different shades put out by different manufacturers.

With the exception of Primer, or the occasional gloss color (which is getting hard to find in any good quality at the typical Hardware Store anyway), I usually get my paints at Hobby Stores. Mostly stores that specialize in miniatures games and board games, since most of the colors designed for use in painting miniatures are very high quality and are much more appropriate for military colors than your typical "model shop" colors (which are better for cars or very glossy armor that you usually don't see Mandalorians wearing.)

I don't typically use an airbrush. Have never been too handy with them, so when I paint miniatures, for example, I freehand my camo patterns, weathering, etc. As such, if I can find the right color in a spray can/rattle can for bigger pieces like costumes, so much the better.

So, anyway, here's what I found, with notes where appropriate on the brand.


Initial Coat: Army Painter Platemail Metal. Although the weathering on the Droids Fett is light to moderate, and Army Painter is in fact also a primer, I find that this makes an excellent base coat for typical Mandalorian armor pieces. It's a good color to weather down to using a variety of methods, as it's the color of armor rather than an overly silver/decorative shade. I may avoid the coat on my helmet if the helmet is cold cast (working on acquiring a helmet now), since  the metallic undercoat wouldn't be necessary for any damage/weathering purposes.

Pectoral Plates/Abdominal Plate/Knee Guards: Army Painter Desert Yellow. A very close match to the brownish yellow (yellow ochre) found with the Droids Fett. I suspect that the right formulation of Afrika Mustard (also called Africa Yellow in some ranges) or Dunkelgelbe could also work, but I'd strongly recommend examining the colors in person before you commit to them, since everybody seems to interpret military shades like these differently.

Army Painter Notes: Generally good quality, and has the advantage of being a primer, so you don't need a primer coat. Goes on very easily, and smoothly. Some colors can be adversely affected by high humidity, so I recommend a practice coat on a piece of target material so that you make certain it will go on properly. Also helps to test the spray nozzle, since some of these have been shipping lately with loose or broken nozzles; better to have it spray and splatter on a drop cloth or test piece than your actual armor! Army Painter comes in large cans - I've found that two are enough to do a typical set of Mando Armor, plus helmet and accessories (such as jetpacks), with a little left over. Army Painter also does bottles of touch up paint, which is helpful if you're afraid of slopping colors or not getting your lines straight enough (this can usually be covered over with careful weathering, but hey, it's good to have the option if you really screw up and you don't want to over spray an area.)

Note that Army Painter doesn't always "like" other colors. It goes on well enough over automotive primer and usually works with other color sprays for miniatures (such as the "Flames of War" range), but it does not mix well with Rustoleum, particularly, I've recently discovered, on 3d Printed Plastic, or in humid conditions. Always test different brands and how they mix before you attempt to put them on your shiny new armor!


Neck Armor (Clavicle Piece)/Shoulder Bells/Cod: Tamiya Color for Aircraft "Grey Violet" (AS-4). This is just about perfect to represent the dark purplish grey shown in Droids. It's actually a color that was developed during the First World War by the Austro-Hungarian Airforce and later used by the WW2 German Luftwaffe, but that's probably not important to you: what is important is that it's just about a perfect match for what we're looking for! 

Helmet and Gauntlets (aside from the RF, which is simply white): Tamiya Color for Aircraft "Intermediate Blue" (US Navy) AS-19. Used for the decks of late WW2 US Navy Warships, and on US Navy Aircraft from about 1938-39 onward. Another good quality spray. This will do very well for the color of both the helmet and the gauntlets. Since the gauntlets are just a hair (and I mean a fractional amount) lighter, the best way to show the very slight contrast is to black line the helmet (that is, to paint the lines and crevices black, using either a wash, a brush, or a high quality permanent ink or paint pen.) One could probably also do a very light drybrush of white on the gauntlets to bring them out just ever so slightly, but that's something we'll cover when I consider how best to weather the armor.

Notes on Tamiya Sprays:  Tamiya is mainly made for scale modellers, but wargamers use it too, so there are several very good, very unusual shades here. (Like Grey Violet). Strongly recommend that you use Tamiya whenever possible over the Testors Line. The extra cost is worth it, in the vast majority of cases. Like Army Painter, Tamiya makes touch up paints, another good thing. You'll want the touch up paints from their Acrylic lines.

Tamiya Colors are quite good, and go on smoothly, but they come in much smaller cans, so I've purchased three of each. I suspect that will be enough, but I'm not certain. I may end up having to pick up a couple more of each. We'll see what happens when I get to paint.

There you have it. All we have left is White, which can be sourced from any of a variety of places. The other stuff? Well, it's all cloth and leather based. The main trick is going to be figuring out how to do the ammo belt and pouches. I may end up spraying them or looking for an appropriate dye (though non brown/black dyes for leather are getting very hard to find, these days.)


More info as soon as I get more done!

-Alex





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Re: "Droids" variant of Boba Fett - Beginning Work
« Reply #25 on: Sep 22, 2013, 08:36 AM »
This thread is a lot of talk, vod. Let's see some progress! :D

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Re: "Droids" variant of Boba Fett - Beginning Work
« Reply #26 on: Sep 22, 2013, 10:03 AM »
This thread is a lot of talk, vod. Let's see some progress! :D

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« Reply #27 on: Sep 22, 2013, 03:55 PM »
Well certainly, Vod. Just find a way for me to magic up all the parts and I'll have it done in no time;)

I do have the chest pieces cut. Will post them a little bit later.

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Re: "Droids" variant of Boba Fett - Beginning Work
« Reply #28 on: Sep 22, 2013, 04:21 PM »
Yesterday Haran'galar had an armor party and Boudicca took the time to cut out my chest pieces using an excellent template she had sketched up. The pic below shows the ab and pectoral plates, rough cut. They still need to have the chest indentations and the chest light space added, as well as some smoothing, sanding, and forming, but we're at last on our way.



We will likely make the knees as well, using a template kindly provided by Eerbes. The other armor pieces will likely be purchased and then cleaned up/formed/painted. The biggest technical hurdle I see at this stage is trying to determine how the jetpack should be mounted.

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Re: "Droids" variant of Boba Fett - Beginning Work
« Reply #29 on: Sep 22, 2013, 10:07 PM »
Best bet would be to mount it like the regular Boba backplate would have it.  I can't remember ever seeing the Droids version from the back.

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