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 [WIP] App pics p4 - First armor, made of darkness and swag

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Hello hello y'all little mandos !

I've been planning on building a mandalorian armor for a while now. As a pennyless student, this project is going to take some time but I really want the final look to be perfect enough to become an official member.
Sooo let's get down to serious business. This is my exact idea of how I expect my mando to look like :



Yup. Full black.
As I really love Boba Fett's prototype armor, I wanted a monochrome armor as well. Why black ? Well because it's as dark as my soul of course, you dummie ! Just kidding. I just like the idea of a ninja-like bounty hunter. Also, black has this femme fatale touch, if you follow my mind. So yup, I want to be a ninja-femme-fatale-bounty-hunter (does that even sound good ?). And more casually, I love black. Black on black may sound weird at first, but let me explain how subtle I am (jk). Sooo, you noticed it, it's a Nite Owl armor (Bo-Katan ftw). As we say in France, "le Diable est dans les détails" which literally means "the Devil is in the details". Indeed, I want to mix different shades and different types of black (and also different type of materials) to create details and add some relief so it won't just be plain black on black. More precisely, I'm planning on :
- A fake leather vest (snake skin PU or something funny like this)
- A velvet cape, Boba fett style
- Girth belt + leather belt with a ton of pockets on it
- Feminine leather gloves
- Sophisticated gauntlets (aaah I can't wait to have fun with them adding LEDs and all kind of nice futuristic-looking bling)
- Falling from the left shoulder plate (on which there will also be a nice mythosaur skull painted with love in kind of a varnished black), some wookie scalps and real human hair (yeah, I'm hardcore liek dis).
- Leather blaster holders
- Leather boots

As I want my armor to be feminine, I didn't want to use a flightsuit. I'm planning on a skinny long sleeves tshirt and leggings. Maybe something like this :



What do you think ? Yay or nay ? Is the flightsuit mandatory in your opinion ?

For the boots, I was thinking about these :



About the weapons, blasters are usual and I like them pretty much. I had the idea of making some sort of whip but I don't know if that sound alright (♫ TADADADA TADADA ♪♫ FUTURISTIC INDIANA JONES STYLE).

As I live in a tiny flat, I'm not able to craft and build lot of things so I'll just buy all the plates and bucket (which I will paint myself of course. Aaah~, weathering is so pleasant ♥). I'll make what I can and I'll save money for the rest.
I'm really hoping this to be great in the end so if you have any advice, any thought, any criticism that could help me improve my project, please go ahead !

Thank you for your time, and see you around in the galaxy ! ( ´ ▽ ` )ノ

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Re: [WIP] - First armor, made of darkness and swag
« Reply #1 on: Nov 13, 2014, 07:57 PM »
First of all, awesome concept. I personally love black on black as well (my next kit will be basically that with a pop of color). Second of all, I really like the idea of you incorporating leather into it, very neat. And the two ideas for the leggings is really interesting as well-- I say you'll have to be a bit more careful using that style throughout the whole concept, meaning using it in your top and vest as well. Overall, looking forward to seeing your progress!

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Re: [WIP] - First armor, made of darkness and swag
« Reply #2 on: Nov 13, 2014, 08:56 PM »
This looks awesome! Cant wait to see this get going. Good luck vod!

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Re: [WIP] - First armor, made of darkness and swag
« Reply #3 on: Nov 14, 2014, 02:16 AM »
A lot of people think black on black can't work... they're wrong.  Different textures, different levels of shininess, that's what will work.

As long as your top and leggings look like they COULD be one piece, it should be able to pass.

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Re: [WIP] - First armor, made of darkness and swag
« Reply #4 on: Nov 14, 2014, 03:11 AM »
Love the concept of this and also the title too haha
And as said above ^ you should be ok to use the leggings and sleeved shirt as long as it looks like its the same material and it appears to be a one piece suit.

Looking forward to seeing the progress on this kit :D

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Re: [WIP] - First armor, made of darkness and swag
« Reply #5 on: Nov 14, 2014, 03:48 AM »
>switching to french !

Style, rédaction, 20/20 mam'zelle !
Non seulement ton idée a l'air de tout déchirer mais en plus le pavé césar était agréable à lire :D

Bon courage ! N'ai hâte de zieuter la suite :)

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Re: [WIP] - First armor, made of darkness and swag
« Reply #6 on: Nov 14, 2014, 05:50 AM »
As long as the top and bottom parts of the base layer match so they appear to be one piece I wouldn't image it's an issue.

Safest bet as always is to have a chat with the app team and your local Ruus'alor.

That's my only concern...other than that looks fantasique

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Re: [WIP] - First armor, made of darkness and swag
« Reply #7 on: Nov 14, 2014, 07:57 AM »
It hasn't been mentioned yet, but one of the reasons many people avoid black on black is that the armor tends to disappear when you get your picture taken unless it's in just the right light, or you've trimmed the armor in a different color.  If you're sure you want black on back I'd suggest weathering your plates around the edges so a bit of 'metal' is showing.  That being said, it's your kit and you can do what you want with it.

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Re: [WIP] - First armor, made of darkness and swag
« Reply #8 on: Nov 14, 2014, 11:50 AM »
Maybe some different black and grey colors, Batman style. A grey suit with black plates or a black suit with grey plates. Or patterns with really loud colours as orange, green, blue or a white mytho skull design (Punisher style). Something that you can find only on armor parts and make us see the plates...

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Re: [WIP] - First armor, made of darkness and swag
« Reply #9 on: Nov 14, 2014, 12:40 PM »
Or colour on the edges of the armour only  (not the front) to create a sillhouette effect. Bright orange or green would be wicked!

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Re: [WIP] - First armor, made of darkness and swag
« Reply #10 on: Nov 14, 2014, 02:11 PM »
Merci, thank you all for your thoughts !

Sooo most of you have been saying, if I recall correctly, that the top must match the leggings as if it was made from a single piece of cloth. Ok, I'll make sure I'll chose wisely.
About the color choice, don't you worry, I've been thinking quite a lot about how to make the whole thing look good. Darth Vader's plain black outfit is stunning, mine will be even better. Well, I'll try to make it happen (hahaha, such self confidence). I won't change my mind about a monochrome mando, black is love, black is life. I'll be particularly careful when chosing different shades of black and different textures to make sure nothing disapears into the darkness of the whole armor (trust me, I'm super stylish irl (and super modest too haha) and if I can make my full black outfits look super awesome, I can make my full black armor look super awesome as well (did I tell you how modest I was ?)). I'm more afraid about setting together every plate than painting everything.
Anyway, you'll sure be able to follow the building and warning me if you think I'm doing anything wrong (please DO tell me. Be franc.)

Thank you agains for your comments, I wasn't expecting so many answers. It motivates me even more.
See you soon then !

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Re: [WIP] - First armor, made of darkness and swag
« Reply #11 on: Nov 14, 2014, 02:43 PM »
If you want black on black to pop to it's full effect then you need to use the different blacks if you don't want trim colours then you can use yellow black, red black or blue black (which is usually 85-95% pure black mixed with the other colour, other colours work as well but the only other ones that are really effective are purple and green). Similarly you can use a dark red wash to get a similar effect to layering oxblood with black polish on boots.

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Re: [WIP] - First armor, made of darkness and swag
« Reply #12 on: Dec 22, 2014, 01:04 PM »
As we say in France, "le Diable est dans les détails" which literally means "the Devil is in the details".

It's funny that you mention that. In Star Wars there is an insect species called the Xi Char. They are incredibly precise engineers. So much so that their religion is based on manufacturing and their motto is "The deity is in the details". Perhaps your mando could be a follower of their religion  :D

There are some pros and cons to a black on black color scheme. But based on your concept you should be fine.

As you said, just look at Vader. He is a great example of black on black. But do keep in mind that even he wasn't solid black. His helmet and chest/shoulder armor had a gun mettle color on it. If anything I would do something like that to your helmet. At the very least something like gunmetal grey around the eyes so your visor doesn't get lost in the rest of the helmet.

Also get lots of blinky things! Lights offer just the right amount of color. Some lights in the chest and maybe a few on each gauntlet will add another great layer to your kit.

Personally I like the pants on the left (girl with the gold bracelets). The other pants are too dark. If you could find or make a top that continues the leather pattern of the pants up into the sleeves you'd have a very cool look and you'd create the illusion of a one piece suit. That is VERY important.

NOW GET TO WORK!!

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Re: [WIP] - First armor, made of darkness and swag
« Reply #13 on: Jan 08, 2015, 10:04 PM »
I like your concept and love the black on black and can't wait to see this finished. Keep up the good work.

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Re: [WIP] - First armor, made of darkness and swag
« Reply #14 on: Jan 08, 2015, 10:28 PM »
Great concept..cant wait to see this come to life !!  8)

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