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Mandalorian Armor => Armor Construction => Topic started by: Akiva Tal'korel on Mar 10, 2016, 03:58 PM

Title: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Warden
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Mar 10, 2016, 03:58 PM
Hiiiiiiiii~. I'm making a new thread because ideally, this will be a new kit. I ditched the idea of just redoing Akiva's kit and keeping the same character because I wanna try something new! New being a half-Zabrak Mandalorian, because I'd like to play a little with prosthetics. I call it the Mandalorian Jailer because the idea of having stun batons and a whip instead of blasters, for some reason, is giving me a jailer vibe (blame all the Supergirl I've been watching, and that one villain's nifty chain things).

I still need to line and color the sketch I made a few days ago, but I wanted to get this thread posted because I have some questions, and I wanna jot down the ideas here.

The ideas:
Color-shifting paint-- particular the violet dreams mystic from Alsa. This is brought over from the old Phantom reboot thread, because I still wanna use it.
Stun batons-- I was looking throughhttp://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=103999.msg1520279#msg1520279 (http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=103999.msg1520279#msg1520279) and fell in love with Roe Montar's stun batons.
Neuronic whip-- I know it'll be hard to make it look separate from a light whip.. but who doesn't love a good challenge~?

My big question, though, is this:

Is the Medium NME Stalker helmet going to be too big for someone who currently uses a Rubies 2-piece Jango, and stands at 5'1.5"? I'd really love to be able to use it, but only if I don't look ridiculously undersized while wearing it, haha!

I'll post some pics eventually with the kit sketches.
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Verco Nuhla on Mar 10, 2016, 04:26 PM
I just have one idea for you. Extending taser gauntlets  ;D

Basically like a gauntlet with a retractable vibroblade, but with an electronic emitter assembly at the end for zapping poor saps who piss you off lol and I'm going for a stalker as well, I have a fairly normal-sized head and I'm going for a large I believe
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Mar 10, 2016, 04:34 PM
I just have one idea for you. Extending taser gauntlets  ;D

Basically like a gauntlet with a retractable vibroblade, but with an electronic emitter assembly at the end for zapping poor saps who piss you off lol and I'm going for a stalker as well, I have a fairly normal-sized head and I'm going for a large I believe

I LIKE IT. I was considering having some sort of thicker gauntlet on one hand for punches, but I never thought of a -taser- gauntlet... do you have any examples of what it might look like, or things similar to it?

How tall are you though? I can provide measurements for my noggin if it'd help people. 21.5" inches around, 11.25" from back of the head to forehead, ~10.5" from top of the head to chin. Not sure what other measurements might be necessary, but with that, and my height in mind, I'm still not sure if the NME Stalker Medium is too big.
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Verco Nuhla on Mar 10, 2016, 06:53 PM
Sure lol I'll see if I can post a quick sketch tonight. It's been a busy design week for me  :laugh:

I'm just shy of 5' 6", so odds are my head is slightly bigger than yours but not ridiculously so. Don't have a tape measure on me at the moment. And I've heard slightly bigger is usually better for helmets, in case you want to mod for fans and electronics and such. A rule of thumb I've also heard is the helmet base width should be around half the width of your shoulders, but that's just a guesstimate
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Mar 14, 2016, 05:11 PM
Gonna aim for getting some pics up tonight! Gonna line and color my armor design, as well as run some rudimentary colors over the pictures from NME Props website since I reaaaaaally wanna try the stalker helmet, rofl.

Also probably gonna make some close-up drawings of the stun batons, the whip, knife, and maybe that taser gaunt you mentioned Verco :DD
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Verco Nuhla on Mar 14, 2016, 05:54 PM
Nice! Sorry I didn't get any sketches up, it's been a busy week but now that I'm on spring break I'll have more time to do stuff  :P
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Mar 14, 2016, 10:58 PM
No worries! I have some pics to upload myself at any rate. I did color over the NME Stalker helmet (just pulled it right off the site) and I do like this particular color set up:

(http://i63.tinypic.com/2edwl95.jpg)

The purple/green is the color-shifting paint, black is black, and grey is the ghost chrome, all from Alsa Corp. Visor will be black or dark green.

(http://i68.tinypic.com/slsohu.jpg)

And that's the sketch I'm currently coloring. One thing I have trouble with is coming up with interesting patterns for the color. I'm also not sure what color to make the flak vest (under armor is black). Thinking dark purple or maybe dark green atm, or dark grey. One of those three, just so there's a break from the black.

Also that sketch doesn't have any taser gauntlet concept, rofl. Drew this before I made this thread.
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Verco Nuhla on Mar 14, 2016, 11:26 PM
Nice bucket concept, almost looks like you have extra armor plates bolted right onto the helmet face. Me gusta  ;D with the color-shifting purple, and the blacks and grays, I would do a very dark green. As dark as you can get without being black
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Mar 14, 2016, 11:30 PM
Nice bucket concept, almost looks like you have extra armor plates bolted right onto the helmet face. Me gusta  ;D with the color-shifting purple, and the blacks and grays, I would do a very dark green. As dark as you can get without being black
Thanks! Although those are supposed to be highlights on the black paint. XD I'm working on throwing down colors on the armor itself to try and match the theme, BUT MAN COLOR BLOCKING IS HARD.

And I'm leaning towards dark green myself. But for now comes the sleeps!
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Verco Nuhla on Mar 15, 2016, 07:42 AM
Haha I just copy images to Notability on my old iPad, then doodle over them with my finger, Much simpler  ;D
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Mar 15, 2016, 12:04 PM
Haha I just copy images to Notability on my old iPad, then doodle over them with my finger, Much simpler  ;D

I plop 'em into SAI and color that way. But I mean the actual figuring out where colors should go and in what design. XD For some reason my brain just shuts down and comes up with the stupidest ideas possible, rofl. I did have something I made last night that I'm liking so far, might work on it more today.
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Verco Nuhla on Mar 15, 2016, 01:38 PM
Here we are at long last. Sorry for the REALLY rough sketch, but I drew this up in like a couple minutes.

(http://i1156.photobucket.com/albums/p568/Lucas_Przybyla/Taser%20Gauntlets_zpsimllvdtm.png)

Basically two electrodes on an extending "blade," some external power cables and power cells, and voila. Taser gaunts  ;D

Let me know what you think!
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Malek Dair on Mar 15, 2016, 02:13 PM
Posting to see progress of this build. Curious to see the colour shifting paint. Haven't seen it used yet. Is it a single coat application, or multiple layers?

Watching this thread with intrest!

Oya vod!
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Mar 15, 2016, 03:08 PM
Here we are at long last. Sorry for the REALLY rough sketch, but I drew this up in like a couple minutes.

(http://i1156.photobucket.com/albums/p568/Lucas_Przybyla/Taser%20Gauntlets_zpsimllvdtm.png)

Basically two electrodes on an extending "blade," some external power cables and power cells, and voila. Taser gaunts  ;D

Let me know what you think!
I like it! It was different than the concept I was thinking (which was more along the lines of Black Widow-style gauntlets). My only concern is the spring-- even if nothing is coming loose, I'd have to ask the approval team if something like that would be feasible.

Posting to see progress of this build. Curious to see the colour shifting paint. Haven't seen it used yet. Is it a single coat application, or multiple layers?

Watching this thread with intrest!

Oya vod!
I've seen it used on a couple kits-- only one that's used Alsa Corp, and they used Prizmacoat. Others have used color-shifting paints from Rustoleum and maybe another brand. As far as application, I'd have to check the site-- I'd imagine it'd take a couple coats to get a good, opaque finish.
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Malek Dair on Mar 15, 2016, 03:23 PM
I've seen it used on a couple kits-- only one that's used Alsa Corp, and they used Prizmacoat. Others have used color-shifting paints from Rustoleum and maybe another brand. As far as application, I'd have to check the site-- I'd imagine it'd take a couple coats to get a good, opaque finish.

Good to know! I am already looking to my next kit, and trying to muster ideas and get some ground work done in preparation. Thanks a bunch!
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Verco Nuhla on Mar 15, 2016, 03:40 PM
I wouldn't make it spring-loaded, just retractable. A thumbscrew or something similar to keep it open or closed would probably be enough. They weren't overly fond of my break-action rifle springs and that barely passed "inspection," so I don't think making it spring-loaded would pass  :P
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Mar 15, 2016, 04:22 PM
Good to know! I am already looking to my next kit, and trying to muster ideas and get some ground work done in preparation. Thanks a bunch!

Alsa Corp has a lot of fun paints-- only some of them are available in spray-can form though, if you're lazy like me and want to only use what can be found in a spray-can! And anytime!
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Mar 15, 2016, 04:23 PM
I wouldn't make it spring-loaded, just retractable. A thumbscrew or something similar to keep it open or closed would probably be enough. They weren't overly fond of my break-action rifle springs and that barely passed "inspection," so I don't think making it spring-loaded would pass  :P

That'd work a lot better I'd imagine. Also your design is a bit simpler than mine, as mine had the taser needles/points on the knuckles (again, more Black Widow style), but I was struggling to come up with a way to have the gauntlet go over the wrist while still giving me maximum mobility, so I think I'll play around with your idea instead, since it's just a typical wrist gaunt. Thanks!
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Verco Nuhla on Mar 15, 2016, 04:25 PM
No problem, the design is going to take a little refining but I'm sure you can make it work!
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Mar 15, 2016, 09:13 PM
So I redid the design on the armor and.. WHOAH. I really, REALLY dig it. It looks super segmented to me, which I like. I just took the design from the helmet and patterned it onto the armor.

(http://i65.tinypic.com/2isdsnk.png)

Will draw up separate plans for the weapons, since they're all very hard to see and not the focus here. May include a half-cape around one of the shoulders, removable of course, in the same color as the loincloth.

... And crap, I forgot to show the backplate. Ahahaha. I'll do that.. later. YEAH. Later. >>
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Verco Nuhla on Mar 15, 2016, 09:20 PM
Sweet mother of Keldabe, that is frightening lol remind me to never get tossed in the pokey in YOUR precinct...

Amazing work so far, vod! Another quick suggestion I have is that every jailer needs a ring of keys... Maybe some lit-up swarzy-looking pass cards or code cylinders/identity chips?
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Mar 15, 2016, 09:34 PM
Sweet mother of Keldabe, that is frightening lol remind me to never get tossed in the pokey in YOUR precinct...

Amazing work so far, vod! Another quick suggestion I have is that every jailer needs a ring of keys... Maybe some lit-up swarzy-looking pass cards or code cylinders/identity chips?

Heeeeeeeehehehe thanks 8D I'm really pleased with this. Now if only I weren't a wee little 5'1.5" I'd actually be intimidating!

And a ring of keycards, that's a good idea! I do have those three cylinders on my belt that I wasn't sure what to do with (two of those pouches will be for holding phone and wallet), so maybe I can do something with that...

I've also drawn up rough sketches of the stun baton model (based on the thread I found them in), the neuronic whip, and the taser-gaunt. At present I'm struggling to make the gaunt SW-sy and greebed out enough. The other gauntlet is a comm gauntlet which I've had plans drawn up for for practically forever. Got some good greebs for it. HM.
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Havelock on Mar 15, 2016, 09:47 PM
That's a beautiful design.  And, as Yoda says, "size matters not."  You may be small, but you're mighty.   ;D
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Mar 15, 2016, 09:47 PM
That's a beautiful design.  And, as Yoda says, "size matters not."  You may be small, but you're mighty.   ;D

Thank you! And doggone right! :DDD I'm closer to their kidneys than they think...
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Verco Nuhla on Mar 15, 2016, 09:49 PM
Haha height has nothing to do with it, you can still be plenty scary. My one friend is barely five feet tall and a hundred pounds soaking wet, and she can still be a living nightmare if you piss her off  :laugh: And I'm a guy and barely 5'6", so I'm still a lot shorter than most people. I can just jump high enough to side-kick 'em in the face if they remind me of it too much  :P

Can't wait to see those stun-batons, I'm interested to see what you've got in mind for them.
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Mar 15, 2016, 09:54 PM
Haha height has nothing to do with it, you can still be plenty scary. My one friend is barely five feet tall and a hundred pounds soaking wet, and she can still be a living nightmare if you piss her off  :laugh: And I'm a guy and barely 5'6", so I'm still a lot shorter than most people. I can just jump high enough to side-kick 'em in the face if they remind me of it too much  :P

Can't wait to see those stun-batons, I'm interested to see what you've got in mind for them.

http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=103999.0 (http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=103999.0) Roe Mantar's, actually, from the first page of that there thread, is the design I'll be mimicking. Except I do plan to add some sort of grip, just to make them a little easier to hold. (May have to learn to twirl them a la Mockingbird style though.. you can't have batons and -not- twirl them..)
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Verco Nuhla on Mar 15, 2016, 10:02 PM
you can't have batons and -not- twirl them..

The First Fundamental Truth of Baton Combat
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Malek Dair on Mar 16, 2016, 08:49 AM
That re-design is awesome and a half! Really like the suggestion of the pass cards too. Little things can elevate a kit far beyond your original concept!

Oya!
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Mar 16, 2016, 04:00 PM
That re-design is awesome and a half! Really like the suggestion of the pass cards too. Little things can elevate a kit far beyond your original concept!

Oya!

Thanks! I found a site that laser etches business cards into plexiglass, and then lights them with LEDs. I found a cheaper, non-laser method for etching (using a dremel), and now I'm just trying to figure out how I can light it without making it bulky.
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Mar 16, 2016, 04:40 PM
I found this acrylic which should do the job: http://www.delviesplastics.com/p/Fluorescent_Cast_Acrylic_Sheet.html (http://www.delviesplastics.com/p/Fluorescent_Cast_Acrylic_Sheet.html) Probably gonna get it in green, as it looks the most SW-sy.

Also think I'm going to nix the knife, and instead make or buy a pair of in-universe cuffs. Makes more sense for a jailer to have those, after all! Also gonna probably change things so both stun batons are on one hip, the whip on the other, and cuffs and key/pass cards hanging from the belt. (And a d-ring for hanging the helmet somewhere on there too..)
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Malek Dair on Mar 16, 2016, 04:43 PM
I found this acrylic which should do the job: http://www.delviesplastics.com/p/Fluorescent_Cast_Acrylic_Sheet.html (http://www.delviesplastics.com/p/Fluorescent_Cast_Acrylic_Sheet.html) Probably gonna get it in green, as it looks the most SW-sy.

Also think I'm going to nix the knife, and instead make or buy a pair of in-universe cuffs. Makes more sense for a jailer to have those, after all! Also gonna probably change things so both stun batons are on one hip, the whip on the other, and cuffs and key/pass cards hanging from the belt. (And a d-ring for hanging the helmet somewhere on there too..)

Sounds solid. Have you thought about incorporating a data slate into your gauntlets or on your hip as an extra? Jailers could keep track of their captives etc and have quick access to the info etc.
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Verco Nuhla on Mar 16, 2016, 04:48 PM
Much ideas, very like  :P The etched and lit cards are precisely what I had in mind. And yeah binder cuffs make more sense than lethal instruments like a knife, in the case of a jailer
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Mar 16, 2016, 04:55 PM
Sounds solid. Have you thought about incorporating a data slate into your gauntlets or on your hip as an extra? Jailers could keep track of their captives etc and have quick access to the info etc.

My left gauntlet is going to be for communications-- I've got a few greeblies I think would work well (especially a tiny phone greeb that would make for a good-looking holo-projector). Not sure what you mean by a data slate, do you have any examples?

Much ideas, very like  :P The etched and lit cards are precisely what I had in mind. And yeah binder cuffs make more sense than lethal instruments like a knife, in the case of a jailer

My thoughts exactly. The whole point of having all these weapons was so that, if by some chance a prisoner got one from the armor, they couldn't do any real damage. The knife was the only outlier, and having cuffs makes far more sense. Also convenient for jailing-and-bailing! :D
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Verco Nuhla on Mar 16, 2016, 04:56 PM
Jailing and bailing... I just pictured some very confused stormtroopers handcuffed to a lamppost  :laugh:
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Apr 08, 2016, 10:05 PM
WOW SO OKAY WHOOPS. I do this thing where I don't update in forever.

I do have a job that pays me pretty well now though, so that helmet might be in my near future! \o/ Haven't made any other progress though.
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Verco Nuhla on Apr 09, 2016, 11:19 AM
Same here lol cause, ya know, college stupidity and all that crap
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Apr 18, 2016, 11:07 AM
So the good news is I heard back from NME props about the sizing on the Stalker Medium... the bad news is they think it might be too big since it's one of their biggest helmets. I've asked them if any of their helmets would fit someone like me, but it seems it's time to start looking for a backup. :C A sad development, because I really had my heart set on the Stalker, but I'd rather not look like a giant bobblehead while in armor. Alas!
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Verco Nuhla on Apr 18, 2016, 11:32 AM
Looking like a bobblehead really doesn't matter if you can kill with ruthless efficiency...
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Apr 18, 2016, 11:42 AM
Looking like a bobblehead really doesn't matter if you can kill with ruthless efficiency...
True, but I want my enemies to die by my hand, not from laughing themselves to death!

That being said, their Mercenary helmet is actually a bit smaller than my current, so I may go for that. I'd like to add some stuff onto it because I really love the look of the Stalker and all its doodads, but I'm not sure what I'd use to add on-- fiberglass, resin, etc. Defs not bondo, it'd crack if I dropped it...
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Verco Nuhla on Apr 18, 2016, 09:18 PM
You could cut some slots to insert sintra into for structure then bondo the fine parts... Might be a little complicated but that's what comes to mind.

Another thing you could do is a lowering blast shield or night-vis goggles. Both would be appropriate in a dark or dangerous jail, I'd imagine.
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Apr 18, 2016, 09:43 PM
You could cut some slots to insert sintra into for structure then bondo the fine parts... Might be a little complicated but that's what comes to mind.

Another thing you could do is a lowering blast shield or night-vis goggles. Both would be appropriate in a dark or dangerous jail, I'd imagine.
Using sintra is an idea, though I'd really rather not cut into any helmet I buy just because I'd haaaate to ruin all that good work. But a blast shield or night vis goggles could be interesting. I was just thinking of purely aesthetic changes, lol.
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on May 03, 2016, 11:47 AM
WHO HAS TWO THUMBS AND JUST ORDERED HER BUCKET?

MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.

Since the Stalker would be too big, I ordered a Medium Mercenary since it's about the same size as a J2P. Also paid for visor install because I'm lazy and terrified of my band saw. >___> But should be here in 8 weeks from what the folks at NME have told me. In the meantime, can start working on drafting armor, soft parts, etc.

EXCITED. NO TURNING BACK NOW.
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Malek Dair on May 03, 2016, 02:16 PM
My left gauntlet is going to be for communications-- I've got a few greeblies I think would work well (especially a tiny phone greeb that would make for a good-looking holo-projector). Not sure what you mean by a data slate, do you have any examples?

Better late than never I suppose. Here is a link to what I was envisioning for a jailer!

http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/halo/images/2/2d/H4_Campaign_DataPad.png/revision/latest?cb=20150505221630
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on May 03, 2016, 02:59 PM
Better late than never I suppose. Here is a link to what I was envisioning for a jailer!

http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/halo/images/2/2d/H4_Campaign_DataPad.png/revision/latest?cb=20150505221630
Thanks!
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Ikaan Deema on May 16, 2016, 02:30 PM
If the App Team doesn't like the taser setup as is, you might consider making taser-knuckleplates. You hit them, they'll go down every time.
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Verco Nuhla on May 17, 2016, 12:07 PM
If the App Team doesn't like the taser setup as is, you might consider making taser-knuckleplates. You hit them, they'll go every time.

Ooooohhh like the taser brass knuckles from CoD Zombies? lol that'd be sweet
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Ikaan Deema on May 17, 2016, 01:18 PM
Um... I don't play CoD very often, but yeah. Same idea.
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: StormMaker on May 19, 2016, 09:48 PM
     After reading everything on this thread, I got just 3 words for you: "Go for it!!"

     Overall, I think the idea is unique.
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on May 20, 2016, 01:02 PM
Haha, thanks everyone! No real progress to show, will probably be a bit slow going since I only get paid monthly and this month there hasn't been much work to do. But the helmet, which has been the most expensive piece so far, is likely on its way! I'll probably do the soft parts next so I can repattern my torso pieces accordingly.

These are the fabrics I'm planning on using for the flak vest and then the optional cape/loincloth:

http://www.joann.com/jo-ann-stores-duck-canvas-fabric/prd23683.html#q=duck+cloth&start=1 for the vest, in Olive.

http://thefabricexchange.com/solid-metallic-foil-spandex-60-inch-olive/ And for the optional half-cape and the loincloth. I wanted something with a wet-look shine, but not satin/sequins. Had little luck with finding a lame in that color, but this looks like it could work! To me it looks pretty futuristic, and adds a little 'oomph' to an otherwise dark kit lol

Just gotta pattern things out!
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Kris Jasra on May 21, 2016, 05:35 AM
Duck cloth looks good, metallics not so much. Foil fabrics look futuristic in a super spaceman way rather than a down to earth star wars way.
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: StormMaker on May 21, 2016, 02:22 PM
Duck cloth looks good, metallics not so much. Foil fabrics look futuristic in a super spaceman way rather than a down to earth star wars way.

     Yeah. I'm afraid Kris is right. The metallic will probably make you look like something from a Black & White SciFi movie. Many of the outfits/costumes in Star Wars really didn't use that.
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on May 21, 2016, 10:46 PM
Duck cloth looks good, metallics not so much. Foil fabrics look futuristic in a super spaceman way rather than a down to earth star wars way.

Darn, oh well! Better to know now before I buy it! Thanks :)
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Jun 30, 2016, 04:35 PM
Who's got two thumbs and is terrible at doing things in a timely fashion?

Meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee~.

But a couple of updates: I poked NME about the status of my order since it's been about 8 weeks since I placed it and I wanted to make sure I'd get a tracking number. He says it should ship on Saturday, woohoo! I'm also hoping to get some patterning paper this weekend, maybe order the leather fabric I'll be using to mod my turtleneck and then the duck cloth. Maybe I'll buy some yarn too to make the belt once I get a better idea of the duck cloth's color in person. Sorry for necro'ing, no new pictures or anything but hopefully getting that helmet will kick my rear into gear lol.

EDIT: So to avoid a double-post, just editing this one. I'm still looking at the duck cloth for my vest, but I also found some cool batiks and was wondering if any of these would be acceptable. My primary concern is the design being too flashy, but I'm not sure if batik designs are too earth-y, either.

https://www.fabric.com/buy/0384582/artisan-batiks-prisma-dyes-mottled-jungle
https://www.fabric.com/buy/0436714/island-batik-tuscany-sun-fern-dark-green
https://www.fabric.com/buy/0384579/artisan-batiks-prisma-dyes-mottled-aubergine

The second one in particular I really like! But if they are a no-go, I might opt for a darker green instead of the olive. It's lighter than I remember it, and I'd like something just a tinge darker.
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Jul 20, 2016, 05:12 PM
So I finally bought my fabric to make my vest! Gonna be following the design of Jaki's side-opening vest (found here: http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=116746.msg1597095#msg1597095).

The outer fabric is just a basic purple Kona cotton. It's a little darker and less blue than the picture shows. I'll be lining it with some quilt batting to give it a little more heft and structure (no more pleather vests for me.. learned that lesson last time!).

(http://i63.tinypic.com/2rcnyh4.jpg)

Also, obligatory pic of my ferocious beast. He's a noisy pain in the shebs, and I've no doubt my kit will have a distinct orange tint by the time it's done, haha!

(http://i63.tinypic.com/65qr1l.jpg)

Hoping to put this together soon. Still have to pattern it out, shouldn't be too hard to throw together in an afternoon, though. Then I need to buy some pleather to modify my turtleneck... progress! Baby steps!
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: StormMaker on Jul 22, 2016, 08:49 PM
So I finally bought my fabric to make my vest! Gonna be following the design of Jaki's side-opening vest (found here: http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=116746.msg1597095#msg1597095).

The outer fabric is just a basic purple Kona cotton. It's a little darker and less blue than the picture shows. I'll be lining it with some quilt batting to give it a little more heft and structure (no more pleather vests for me.. learned that lesson last time!).

(http://i63.tinypic.com/2rcnyh4.jpg)

Also, obligatory pic of my ferocious beast. He's a noisy pain in the shebs, and I've no doubt my kit will have a distinct orange tint by the time it's done, haha!

(http://i63.tinypic.com/65qr1l.jpg)

Hoping to put this together soon. Still have to pattern it out, shouldn't be too hard to throw together in an afternoon, though. Then I need to buy some pleather to modify my turtleneck... progress! Baby steps!

     Oh yeah. The lovely baby steps, but she'll be running before you know it.
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Jul 22, 2016, 11:30 PM
     Oh yeah. The lovely baby steps, but she'll be running before you know it.

Haha, yup! Really the toughest part is just buckling down and working instead of slacking off or playing World of Warcraft.. but I've just about finished the mockup (good thing, too, or I would've wasted my fabric), and I may have to buy some more fabric anyway because I'm not sure I bought enough, but hopefully this weekend I can finish up the vest!
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Aug 27, 2016, 12:20 PM
Here I am again with little progress done. I'll post pics later but the vest is complete. Not 100% satisfied with it but I'm running short on time to get this done by Halloween. I can always make more tweaks later.

Unfortunately, one of the biggest downsides I've discovered from being out of the costuming/armor-making scene for as long as I have is that I'm extremely rusty, and it's rather frustrating. I've got a project schedule that I can follow, but right now I'm really struggling with sizing and templating my torso armor. :/ Especially when I'm trying to sketch it on Sintra and then find that pencil doesn't really erase on it so now I've just made a mess and still haven't gotten where I needed to go.

If y'all have any tips for how to best template (aside from doing it on paper, which I will) armor, particularly for a chica who is trying to keep her look as close to the male templates as possible (boob plate isn't practical for a jailer!), I'd really appreciate it. I'm finding it really hard to stay motivated on this project, or any project lately, but if I can at least get the torso armor sorted that's likely the toughest part.

EDIT: Found some templates on the dented helmet that should fit. Sized for someone who is 5'1", which is a half-inch shorter than I am so I don't know if I should go for that or the 5'3", which is 1.5" taller than I am.
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Kris Jasra on Aug 27, 2016, 01:24 PM
I would heavily advise not templating until you have the vest if you're wanting to try for masculine plates and have a larger bust as you may have to add padding in a couple of places to lose the breast profile. If you don't think you'll need to pad then wear whichever bra or binder you plan on costuming with before starting.
I ended up making my template from scratch as I had no printer back when I started. I put on a strip of fabric to simulate where my girth belt would sit and measured from the top of that up to my neck. I then measured across my chest and then simply drew out a set of armour using Boba and Jango as my references for angles and cut it all out of folded paper so it was symmetrical. Then it was just a matter of refining a few parts that needed adjusted angles due to me being 3D and the flat paper not.

I did get my hands on some templates eventually and it turns out that I require the 5'5 ish set for width and 4'9 ish for height when I am 5'3. So the templates can be a great start but without the actors body shape you will have to adjust them to fit anyway - so grab a size and use them for the basic shape and angles but add and cut them till they fit you.
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Aug 27, 2016, 02:16 PM
I would heavily advise not templating until you have the vest if you're wanting to try for masculine plates and have a larger bust as you may have to add padding in a couple of places to lose the breast profile. If you don't think you'll need to pad then wear whichever bra or binder you plan on costuming with before starting.
I ended up making my template from scratch as I had no printer back when I started. I put on a strip of fabric to simulate where my girth belt would sit and measured from the top of that up to my neck. I then measured across my chest and then simply drew out a set of armour using Boba and Jango as my references for angles and cut it all out of folded paper so it was symmetrical. Then it was just a matter of refining a few parts that needed adjusted angles due to me being 3D and the flat paper not.

I did get my hands on some templates eventually and it turns out that I require the 5'5 ish set for width and 4'9 ish for height when I am 5'3. So the templates can be a great start but without the actors body shape you will have to adjust them to fit anyway - so grab a size and use them for the basic shape and angles but add and cut them till they fit you.

Thanks for the input! I do have my vest done and I'm just a little lazy right now, but I'm also thinking of changing it some. It currently velcros on the sides, but it's a little hard to put on-- are life-vest style buckles accepted for vests? They'd be on the sides, and black of course to match the flight suit underneath. Wanna make sure that's okay before I make any changes.

Once I can get some answers there and potentially refine my vest, I'll see if I can't have my husband print out some templates when he can and play around with sizing. I expect I'll have to make some changes no matter what, whether it's to width or height or whatever, and I'll probably start out with templates that I expect to be too big so I can shave them down instead of having to size up, if that makes sense.

Thanks again!
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Kris Jasra on Aug 27, 2016, 07:25 PM
Life vests tend to use parachute clips - they're completely fine. Dont use elastic to attach them if it will be visible. Try and colour match the strapping to either vest or flightsuit if it's any other material. And try and use metallic buckles, or if plastic give them a spray with a metallic colour or use black and silver highlighting to make them appear metal.
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Aug 28, 2016, 12:26 AM
Life vests tend to use parachute clips - they're completely fine. Dont use elastic to attach them if it will be visible. Try and colour match the strapping to either vest or flightsuit if it's any other material. And try and use metallic buckles, or if plastic give them a spray with a metallic colour or use black and silver highlighting to make them appear metal.

I wasn't sure what the actual name was, but yes, a parachute clip! That's what I'm looking at using, so perfect. Glad I can use those, think it'll be easier to wear the vest if I just have to buckle it, rather than velcro it. Can also fix some of the other issues with the sizing. I'll make sure the clips and strapping is black, since that's the color of my flightsuit since I imagine there will be at least a little gap.

Thanks!
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Sep 07, 2016, 04:54 PM
OMG AN ACTUAL UPDATE. I'm actually making progress, -what-?!

(http://i66.tinypic.com/qppe2q.jpg)

Finally finished my vest, or as least as done as it's gonna get for now. I slimmed it down multiple times with darts at the bust, front, and back, and pulled out the velcro (too hard for me to fasten and my goal is to be able to put this on entirely without help lol) and added parachute clips instead (may add more down the line). It's not perfect, I know, but the imperfections at places like the hem will be covered with a belt so I'm not too worried right now. Especially being on a deadline for a KC Zoo troop in October (and obviously, Halloween).

I also got my husband to print out the Boba templates, these are sized at 5'3" and actually fit me pretty well from what I can tell! It's near impossible to see in the pic, but I have drawn on my ab plate and collar piece to mark where I need to make some adjustments to account for not being a 5'3" guy. Will add the shoulders later once I make those adjustments.

Everything looking good so far?
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Kris Jasra on Sep 07, 2016, 09:02 PM
Small pic is a little hard to see details and I have no idea where you've marked :P but the only thing I can say is that you may need to shift the collar so it sits closer to your neck on either side, but it's hard to tell if it's gap or neck seal.
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Sep 07, 2016, 10:38 PM
Small pic is a little hard to see details and I have no idea where you've marked :P but the only thing I can say is that you may need to shift the collar so it sits closer to your neck on either side, but it's hard to tell if it's gap or neck seal.

(http://i68.tinypic.com/14tlny9.jpg)

Hope that size is a little better; trying to upload from FB is a pain! The collar is sitting pretty close to my neck, the black is my flightsuit. The vest also has a bit of a high neck, but the plate is sitting pretty much as high as it can go. As far as the rest of the plates, though, those are looking good size/spacing wise?

EDIT: When you say 'on the sides' do you mean on either side of my neck? Because yeah, I see what you mean. There is some space there, so I should probably fill that a bit?
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Kris Jasra on Sep 08, 2016, 08:38 AM
EDIT: When you say 'on the sides' do you mean on either side of my neck? Because yeah, I see what you mean. There is some space there, so I should probably fill that a bit?

Yeah, the inner sides of the collar next to the neck. The templates are made from plates made for men so the neck spacing is often a little wide for women.

And slightly better :), looks like you've pretty much got it in hand. (Mirror selfies are hard, my only well lit mirror is high enough I have to stand on the loo to get a decent photo...??? )
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Sep 08, 2016, 11:32 AM
Yeah, the inner sides of the collar next to the neck. The templates are made from plates made for men so the neck spacing is often a little wide for women.

And slightly better :), looks like you've pretty much got it in hand. (Mirror selfies are hard, my only well lit mirror is high enough I have to stand on the loo to get a decent photo...??? )

Sweet! I'll adjust the outer sides of the collar plate (they go into my shoulders so too wide there) and see if I can't use that extra on the inside space. Gonna adjust the ab plate so I have proper spacing towards the bottom of the chest plates and then I'll post a new pic. Will probably need husband's help pinning the backplate on lol! Or maybe I'll just opt for a cape now and work on that later.

EDIT: Went ahead and trimmed the collar and ab plates. The shoulder plate is kinda affixed badly because I can't reach the way back. They are kinda big, but I kinda like it. Gives me a little extra on the intimidation factor, lol. Everything look good?

(http://i66.tinypic.com/2vaav7s.jpg)

And of course, not content to be left out is my little jerkbutt of a cat. :D

(http://i65.tinypic.com/2r6o8b5.jpg)
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Sep 12, 2016, 04:46 PM
Not a whole lot of progress to show yet. Got my patterns transferred to some sintra, which I tried to cut with a box cutter. Got one chest piece out, but snapped off the bottom tab (cue frustration). Managed to super-glue it back together, hopefully it won't break again when I shape it. I'll bondo over the seam later. Gonna cut the rest out with my dremel since I'm terrified of band saws, but I need a dust mask and to find my safety goggles first.

Tried to pattern my left gauntlet today, but it's been frustrating. I want to use my old phone as a data pad, but I'm stuck on how to be able to insert and remove it from my gauntlet without it falling out, or without it looking really obvious. I don't want it permanently in the gauntlet, but I'm just out of ideas. It's been a frustrating day in general, so not being able to translate what I see as a finished product into separate pieces hasn't helped.

So if anyone has tips on the following, would be greatly appreciated:

1. How to install said phone into gauntlet, but in a way that still allows me to take it out if I want to.
2. How to make a basic LED circuit that I can operate with a switch. I want to make stun batons as my first weapons, and have them light up at one end, with the switch at the other. I don't know how to make a circuit, and I don't have a soldering iron either so.... no idea.

Thanks all <3
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Ikaan Deema on Sep 13, 2016, 02:01 AM
Depending on how you're going to make the gauntlets, you might consider putting in a panel or something on the inside of the gauntlet that keeps the phone in place. That way there's no external edges or evidence of a closure method and even if the panel comes off, your arm will keep the phone from falling out of place.

If that's too rambly/badly communicated, I can clarify. Or at least attempt to.
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Sep 13, 2016, 11:25 AM
Depending on how you're going to make the gauntlets, you might consider putting in a panel or something on the inside of the gauntlet that keeps the phone in place. That way there's no external edges or evidence of a closure method and even if the panel comes off, your arm will keep the phone from falling out of place.

If that's too rambly/badly communicated, I can clarify. Or at least attempt to.
I'm not sure I quite understand, no. Right now the plan is to have a base shape for the gauntlets (probably more square than cylindrical so I can fit the phone on top without it looking weird) and then build the structure on top. I thought maybe velcroing the attachment to the gaunt, but I'm not sure how much of a visible attachment that would leave (with velcro on the top of the gauntlet and the bottom of the phone 'case').
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Ikaan Deema on Sep 13, 2016, 09:08 PM
If you create a frame or something that the phone fits into on the gauntlet shell, you can leave a space where the phone fits into it from the inside. Kinda like a picture frame.
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Sep 16, 2016, 02:08 PM
I've got most of my armor patterned and have started cutting it out with my dremel. SO DUSTY. However, it feels like it isn't cutting as efficiently through the 6mm as I'd want. I'm using the reinforced cutting disk on speed.. IDK. 13-14? I'm not sure if I should use a higher speed. I've been doing it a little bit at a time, often going over the same area repeatedly so I'm not using too much pressure and damaging the disk.. should I use a higher speed?
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Sep 19, 2016, 02:46 PM
Nevermind! I went ahead and got some new blades for my box cutter/utility knife and it worked really well. My hand is a bit sore but I've got all my fingers still! Cut out just about all the pieces I need. Still need shins and back plate, but I need to buy more sintra for that.

(http://i65.tinypic.com/2qwls1t.jpg)

Chest pieces. Shoulders are 3mm, rest is 6mm. Probably gonna recycle my old shoulder armor too to use as a 'second' shoulder for a bulkier look.

(http://i68.tinypic.com/219rl1l.jpg)

Gauntlet pieces, or at least the basics. Recycling the backs from my old kit, and my left gauntlet is gonna be using my old phone as a data pad. Gonna greeb it up, of course. Also the vaguely circle-shaped piece and the smaller square will be a housing for a portable charger for said phone, which will be running a slideshow of 'inmates'. :D Right gauntlet will have a taser set-up. Still need to find or make a transformer box and a battery pack, as well as cut out the plating for the back of my hand/knuckles.

(http://i63.tinypic.com/2l8ym8y.jpg)

And my leg plates. Thighs and knees. Will make shins when I get more sintra, along with the back plate. Also helper-cat decided to 'help' by sitting and being cute (this was after many times he interrupted my work by literally sitting on my sintra piece. :|)

Boots should be here this week, gotta think about my girth belt, ammo belt, and how to disguise my actual phone, which is pretty large! Anyone have any ideas for how to disguise a Nexus 6? I don't want it in my armor, but I'm not sure if a pouch for it would be too big.
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Verco Nuhla on Sep 19, 2016, 11:11 PM
You people and your cats  :laugh:
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Sep 19, 2016, 11:24 PM
You people and your cats  :laugh:
What would I do without him... (the answer is probably get more work done and spend less time scouring the apartment wondering what clever hiding space he found for a nap -this- time..)
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Kris Jasra on Sep 20, 2016, 11:29 AM
What would I do without him... (the answer is probably get more work done and spend less time scouring the apartment wondering what clever hiding space he found for a nap -this- time..)

This. Entirely this. I posted a full wip that had cats in every picture just because they got in the way so much... - Fabric is for lying on. Plastic is for lying on. Metal is for lying on. Trophies are for chewing on. Kit sorted.

Your cat is cute. I suppose I should congratulate you on your progress plate cutting, but you have a cute cat. Cat!
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Sep 20, 2016, 07:47 PM
This. Entirely this. I posted a full wip that had cats in every picture just because they got in the way so much... - Fabric is for lying on. Plastic is for lying on. Metal is for lying on. Trophies are for chewing on. Kit sorted.

Your cat is cute. I suppose I should congratulate you on your progress plate cutting, but you have a cute cat. Cat!
Yep yep yep. That's Familiar. Also everything is a toy. Patterning paper is a toy. Metal straight-edge ruler is a toy. My hand doing anything work-related is a toy. Box cutter? ALSO A TOY. NO. CAT. NO.

He is cute though. He's a monster and he has me whipped, but he is cute.... (also got the plates sanded today. Dad has more sintra apparently so that'll save me some money.)
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Verco Nuhla on Sep 20, 2016, 08:29 PM
Probably why I don't have a cat, they'd drive me absolutely bonkers lol but good to see there's progress being made despite feline shenanigans
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Sep 20, 2016, 08:39 PM
Probably why I don't have a cat, they'd drive me absolutely bonkers lol but good to see there's progress being made despite feline shenanigans
Haha, yup! I'll probably start forming the plates tomorrow (gonna cover up any imperfections or cuts with bondo -after- they're shaped).
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Sep 24, 2016, 09:27 PM
I've been working, promise! Plates are all formed, and my parents will be coming by with more sintra tomorrow so I can make my shin and back plates. Will form those and bondo out any imperfections like cuts or nicks, etc. Then it'll be time to buy paint! Pics soon.
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Jailer(???)
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Oct 04, 2016, 03:58 PM
Been a little bit, time for an update! I'm feeling the time crunch, but at the same time I think the toughest parts are now behind me (mostly), and I can get to the fun parts like painting, attaching greebs, and making weapons!

(http://i64.tinypic.com/28horuo.jpg)

Torso armor! Shaped, sanded, bondo'd, the whole shebang. Yes, those are my old Akiva shoulders. Gonna re-use 'em and then have some bicep armor. No chest diamond because I somehow lost it???? and had to make a new on. I got one now. It's all gravy.

https://scontent-dft4-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/14572169_10207807520929339_109027566045432339_n.jpg?oh=051d2e32d3c1d2405718e023d993b350&oe=586B0D1B

Leg armor! Thigh, knee, and shin specifically. I guess technically this makes this a heavy armor kit? Makes sense, though, considering the character. I'm tempted to make the corners of the knee plates more rounded than they are, not sure yet.

(http://i68.tinypic.com/2cy3ck3.jpg)

Back armor! The first ever! I did segment it a little bit because.. mobility and I wanted to, haha. The fit feels right to me (the bottom plate ends about at the base of my spine, I'm still able to bend backwards though not as much as normal because of the plate), so I'm gonna roll with it.

I do have all my greeblies ready to go, as well as the armor plates for my taser gauntlet (I have a knuckle plate and a hand plate that I'll probably join together with wires so the 'current' will go to all the 'points'). Gauntlets I had to make some serious adjustments on though, they're presently sitting and curing. The top half was meant to have a very sharp, 90 degree angle on either side, but when I bondo'd it I didn't want to risk breaking the piece and stuff and so it ended up at a less steep angle, which meant I couldn't use my old gauntlet halves. So I made some new ones.. which then also didn't fit. So I made some spacers, slapped some bondo on 'em, and will sand tomorrow. They won't be the prettiest, but they'll do.

Also got my loincloth cut (you don't have to have a kama if you don't have a cod piece, right? I know a loincloth can be in place of a cod, but do you -have- to pair it with a kama for it to be approvable?), as well as my girth belt. Gonna use an old cheap WalMart belt I bought for the ammo belt (loincloth will cover the buckle and holes).

To do still:

1. Prime and paint all pieces (all paint should be here by Friday, YAY).
2. Purchase EL wire for stun batons/shock whip.
3. Purchase PVC pipe and other necessary pieces to make the above.
4. Purchase ammo pouches; make a pouch to fit phone.
5. Purchase black leggings.
6. Attach all armor pieces to vest/put strapping on all pieces.
(Optional for time)7. Purchase zabrak horns and face paint (surprise, this Mando is a Zabrak :D).

I'd like to have this done for our local zoo troop on the 22/23 of Oct, but we'll see how time goes. At this rate it'll probably just squeak by in time for Halloween.

EDIT: I think Facebook messed up, because I have -no- idea what that black and white picture was, or where it came from. So there's a link to the leg armor. ???? Facebook r u okay????
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Warden
Post by: Kris Jasra on Oct 04, 2016, 04:52 PM
Medium actually :P Heavy tends towards wrap around plating plus even more bits like neck armour.

Chest diamonds do tend to do that. I've spent hours before now hunting down mine when it somehow grows legs and wanders.

Loin cloth does not need to be paired with a kama. However the loin cloth does need to attach underneath the sash/girth.

If the backplate is overlapping the belt/girth/sash then it's too long, if not then roll with it.
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Warden
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Oct 04, 2016, 05:01 PM
Medium actually :P Heavy tends towards wrap around plating plus even more bits like neck armour.

Chest diamonds do tend to do that. I've spent hours before now hunting down mine when it somehow grows legs and wanders.

Loin cloth does not need to be paired with a kama. However the loin cloth does need to attach underneath the sash/girth.

If the backplate is overlapping the belt/girth/sash then it's too long, if not then roll with it.
Medium then~ All the same, definitely the most number of plates I've ever had on a kit!

The same thing happened to a small circular piece of mine that was gonna cover a portable phone charger.. so I just used the top to a little paint dish that fit. We'll work with it.

Really? I could've sworn I've seen some folks with kama/loincloths that are looped around the ammo belt (where the belt is threaded through), but if that's not approvable then I'll have to just fill the belt holes. Are visible belt buckles acceptable, provided they're painted black? (Trying to minimize spending where I can because paint was really pricy lol.)

Hmm. I should be good then on the back plate. Guess once I do a test fit to figure out velcro placements I'll know for certain. Thanks!
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Warden
Post by: Kris Jasra on Oct 04, 2016, 05:11 PM
Buckles are fine on show providing they're not a gaudy plastic colour :P Black or metallics will be fine. The holes may also be good as they are - post a pic.

I have 3 belts - my cod/loin is on the same belt as my thigh strapping and that goes on first, then my girth belt and ammo belt go over the top so all the straps and such are hidden.
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Warden
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Oct 04, 2016, 07:20 PM
Buckles are fine on show providing they're not a gaudy plastic colour :P Black or metallics will be fine. The holes may also be good as they are - post a pic.

I have 3 belts - my cod/loin is on the same belt as my thigh strapping and that goes on first, then my girth belt and ammo belt go over the top so all the straps and such are hidden.
It's a metallic silver, so cool! Here's a picture of the holes.

(http://i63.tinypic.com/2pyamvn.jpg)

I hadn't considered a separate belt for thigh strapping, but that seems like it'd be helpful to have, in addition to having strapping that wraps around the thigh. Where is easier to find that stuff, a sewing store or a place like Home Depot?
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Warden
Post by: Kris Jasra on Oct 05, 2016, 06:26 AM
My first ever strapping for my thighs and shins was made by cutting up old belts from a charity shop (goodwill store?). Since then I've got my leather from a fabric and craft store we have in the UK, so probably anything similar to that may be worth looking into. I think there's a shop called Tandy Leather over in the US.

Belts like that are fine, when I used one like that I simply had a couple of my pouches towards the front - they covered the excess holes on one side and kept the excess strap from dangling on the other side.
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Warden
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 05, 2016, 10:14 AM
Tandy Leather can be a bit expensive, though.  Check on Amazon, or search for local leatherworking shops. Just make sure to keep the Safe Search ON!  :o
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Warden
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Oct 06, 2016, 05:24 PM
MOAR PICS, MOAR PICS \o/

(http://i66.tinypic.com/35l4tgo.jpg)

WIP of my taser plate. This goes on the back of my right hand. For the taser points, I cut plastic beads roughly in half (more like 1/3 vs. 2/3rds), sanded them so paint would stick later, and glued 'em on. The button on the curved portion is meant to be the on button. (Most of my greeblies I've obtained from old phones or MP3s. SO MANY GOOD BUTTONS.)

(http://i65.tinypic.com/501k3t.jpg)

My right gauntlet + taser plate. WIP. DON'T FREAK OUT. I know the gauntlet is wonky and looks really loose. It is. I'll be adding padding later. These are meant to be bulkier gauntlets. I still need to add the small transformer on the back of the gaunt, as well as a power pack on the side. I may yet add more greebs to it as well down the line. We'll see.

(http://i67.tinypic.com/9hnz9f.jpg)

Just the gauntlet. Again, no padding or greebs yet.. but soon. Soooooon...

Just the taser plate. I'm thinking I'll attach it two separate ways: one with wires to the gauntlet (current's gotta get there somehow!) over the back of my wrist, and then attaching it to my hand by way of having one strap go around the underside where my fingers and palm meet, and then around behind my thumb so it doesn't slide around.

FACEBOOK WHAT IS GOING ON. Or maybe it's tinypic. Every so often it makes one of my pictures into something that I definitely didn't take.. it's a little weird. Anyway, it was a close-up of the taser plate.

(http://i68.tinypic.com/2eqcrpx.jpg)

And then there's this. Still a WIP, but it's my pride and joy already. My comms/datapad gauntlet, AKA my left one. I made a phone case out of some sintra for my old phone, slapped some greebs on it, and then used industrial velcro to attach it to the gauntlet itself. I have a holoprojector towards the wrist that I made from a camera lens from-- you guessed it-- another old phone, sitting on an MP3 player from days of yore. Gonna add more buttons and such to that too, worry not. And then on the side a still-WIP case for the portable charger. I need to attach it and make it longer to cover the rest of the charger (and probably the USB cable too, yes?).

HOORAY. PROGRESS. This weekend I'm hoping to buy new vest fabric and make the remaining soft parts (gonna buy that batik I liked.. life's too short. Get the cool fabric), as well as some primer, finish attaching greebs, and if all goes well, order my ammo pouches and EL wire. And some more PVC. We'll see when my paycheck gets here, lel.
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Warden
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Oct 14, 2016, 06:59 PM
Sorry for the radio silence lately! I have to commute back to my hometown four days a week to help with some construction the family business, which doesn't leave me as much time for work as I used to have! That being said, I did get some progress made!

(http://i67.tinypic.com/21kyqog.jpg)

I remade my vest. Completely. It took three tries (that is, I cut my pattern, tried it once, modified the pattern, tried again, then modified it a third time before just making note of extra adjustments) but I got it! Point is amazing, but I failed to listed to his ever-wise step of making a mug of tea. That's probably why I got it so mussed up before rofl. But this vest fits so amazingly. It's snug but still comfortable, sturdy (I used a quilt solid for the lining instead of just batting), crisp, and best of all, I have a pretty flat silhouette. I'll see if I need to modify my chest pieces later.

My EL wire is gonna be here tonight, so I'll probably edit this post once it arrives. :D

(http://i64.tinypic.com/vh40ah.jpg)

EDIT: It's heeeeere! I love Amazon Prime. o uo I got three of these bad boys, all in blue as that seems to be the color for stun/shock in SW. Gonna make a Home Depot/Joann/WalMart trip on Sunday for the following:

1. Primer and clear coat.
2. PVC pieces to make the batons/shock whip.
3. Padding for helmet (speaking of that-- it's an NME, not sure if I want to use the viewfinder, but would just superglueing the ears on be a viable option?).
4. Strapping for thigh plates and kama (because I have enough fabric now to make both, yay!).

Also may go ahead and purchase my prosthetic pieces this weekend too since I finished up a commission today so can now transfer that ~$85 to the bank. IT'S SO CLOSE TO DONE. SO CLOSE.
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Warden
Post by: Aden Banto on Oct 14, 2016, 08:46 PM
Perks to you for being a cat person!  :)

Any who.....For your gaunts are they material all around or are they being held together with elastics?? I couldn't tell from your pic...
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Warden
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Oct 14, 2016, 08:58 PM
Perks to you for being a cat person!  :)

Any who.....For your gaunts are they material all around or are they being held together with elastics?? I couldn't tell from your pic...
They're sintra all the way around, but there's a spacer in between the top and bottom halves I had to add because they didn't quite fit together the way I wanted. So I put in the sintra spacer and bondo'd over everything.
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Warden
Post by: Verco Nuhla on Oct 14, 2016, 10:16 PM
Oh lord, so much progress... Lookin' good, vod!
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Warden
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Oct 14, 2016, 10:26 PM
Oh lord, so much progress... Lookin' good, vod!
Thanks! Glad to see you back :D There's still a good bit left to do, but it's the fun stuff-- weapon-making and painting C:
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Warden
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Oct 16, 2016, 04:10 PM
So! Ran some errands today, still have a few things left to get, but here are some progress pictures (and some concerns/questions at the bottom):

(http://i64.tinypic.com/2qdnadh.jpg)

WIP of one of my batons. I got some PVC to fit around and make an outer core (so I can take this piece here out to change the batteries).

(http://i67.tinypic.com/2s13vx5.jpg)

My left gauntlet, padded and nearly done greebling. Need to buy some PVC to cover the charger (the sintra was just too poorly shaped and I'd already superglued it...) but then it'll be done pretty much.

(http://i68.tinypic.com/egpqbs.jpg)

And that's my concern. Granted I'll have a black flightsuit, and the gauntlets will be mostly black (gonna paint the padding too, at least the visible edges). But I'm suddenly concerned that there's too much space. Problem is, I have neither time nor sintra to fix.. and some of these are already superglued down. :/ I'm really hoping it's acceptable and just a wider-style of gauntlet. I don't see anything in the CRL's about spacing between your arm and gauntlet, and again, my flight suit top is black, the padding will be black so... fingers crossed. ;_;

But I've got all the PVC I need to make my weapons, I've glued my ears onto my helmet and cut out necessary padding.. it's getting there.. but time for a late lunch.
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Warden
Post by: Kris Jasra on Oct 16, 2016, 05:12 PM
You could add a small sliver of sintra round the rim on the inside. Not enough that it's a hindrance to you wearing it but enough to give the edges some bulk.
It will hide some of the padding and give an older tech appearance as the electronics are clearly taking up more room inside - right?
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Warden
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Oct 16, 2016, 05:23 PM
You could add a small sliver of sintra round the rim on the inside. Not enough that it's a hindrance to you wearing it but enough to give the edges some bulk.
It will hide some of the padding and give an older tech appearance as the electronics are clearly taking up more room inside - right?

I may try something like that, though with my gloves and flight suit top on this padding is actually too thick. So I might double up on the stuff I used to line my vest and see how -that- goes... but yeah. The... totally functioning electronics .. -tooootally- take up more room on the inside. Yup. Legit. Totes. >_>
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Warden
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Oct 19, 2016, 04:35 PM
I swear, the theme for this kit is "if things are going smoothly, expect something to go awry shortly after". <_> But I did make some good strides today, just not as much as I wanted.

(http://i65.tinypic.com/156ygid.jpg)

Most of my pieces have been primed. Several still need sanding (the old shoulder bells particularly, as the primer cracks which tells me something needs fixing), some need more bondo (aaaaaagh it's so hard to sand ;_; Why me), but some are good to go for the first coat of black come Friday (which is my next day off).

(http://i64.tinypic.com/2wegsp0.jpg)

WIP pic of the loin cloth. It'll hit about knee length, and I thought it'd be cool to put brown bias tape on the edges, as well as pleat the front. I'm doing the same for my kama, but no pics of that yet because I need to buy more bias tape.

(http://i1028.photobucket.com/albums/y341/tezuli/loincloth2_zpsoescykw3.jpg)

The almost-finished loincloth. Just need to sew the loop in where the belt will go but it's practically done and I need a break to get ready to go out tonight lol. I like the way the pleats came out, and it just has that little extra 'oomph' to make it stand out.

Here's hoping I can get more done Friday and Sunday. Gonna miss my original deadline of this Sat/Sun for sure, but... c'est la vie, I guess. This is what I get for putting it off :'D

As for the stun batons, things are pretty much ready to assemble, but I wanna see if my Dad can't help me when I go into work tomorrow-- I need the slots carved into the part that will cover the EL wire (so it shines through) as well as holes drilled for where the buttons will be. I don't have the tools (I don't think) or the confidence/surety to do some of it so I'll see if he can't help.

That's all for now folks!
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Warden
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Oct 23, 2016, 08:18 PM
SO MUCH PROGRESS. I CAN SEE THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL. Prepare for pic spam. Today was a painting day.

(http://i68.tinypic.com/27xh5l.jpg)

I took the Yustapir clan logo (in decal form because it's simpler) to put on my left shoulder bell. The river behind the skull will be in ghost chrome, the skull in the color-shifting paint.

(http://i67.tinypic.com/4pxd06.jpg)

The black basecoat all down. I used up both cans of my Alsa paint (that stuff does not go as far as Rustoleum, lemme tell ya! Wider spray is probably why), and bought a can of flat black Rustoleum and it all came out dandy.

(http://i64.tinypic.com/35hjktk.jpg)

The stencil with the back portion cut out.

(http://i64.tinypic.com/1zxmzcw.jpg)

I also used this piece as the test piece. Went a bit heavy on the ghost chrome so the edges are a bit messy (you'll see). I'll probably correct it a bit to make the lines a bit sharper.

(http://i68.tinypic.com/bebwol.jpg)

More work on the ghost chrome! I did this in two/three parts really. First coat was the first half of the pieces, then I did the first coat on the rest, then came back for a second coat on all the pieces once they all had one layer down. I wanted to make sure I had enough paint, and even switched up my design to ensure it. Honestly, I like this a lot better. It's simpler, and will let the black shine through too.

(http://i65.tinypic.com/ot3yvk.jpg)

More work!

(http://i64.tinypic.com/25a6zkl.jpg)

CAN I JUST TAKE A MOMENT TO SHRIEK WITH JOY? YES? OKAY. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH.

For realsies though, I'm so super happy with how this turned out. Much as I love the flat black, it's gonna be glossy come end of day because that's what Alsa recommends for the basecoat and the mystic, especially the latter for it to show up well and that paint has to be seen. xD But I love this ghost chrome. Wow. Also curious beast investigating new smells.

(http://i67.tinypic.com/2wq60pk.jpg)

The chest pieces, shoulder pieces, and bicep armor. Bicep armor will be silver, but I'll probably buy a can of Rustoleum for that since I'm nearly out of ghost chrome. I'll also probably make the chest diamond flat black or straight mystic (though to do that it'll need to be black first) because the square in the middle isn't perfectly aligned.

(http://i63.tinypic.com/2h3sm5g.jpg)

Leg pieces. You can see there are some places where the paint either bled through or I forgot to mask (whoops), but I'll go back and fix those.

(http://i68.tinypic.com/34hyohu.jpg)

And the back plates! Oh, and one more thing:

(http://i65.tinypic.com/t8xaxk.jpg)

My Dad's been helping me with my weapons-- specifically he cut out the slots on the batons, as well as drilling where the button will be. (He also cut one of the pipes because I got lazy and didn't wanna hacksaw it rofl). Thanks Dad!

That's all for now folks. :D More to come Weds! Still waiting to hear back from a vendor on how long her zabrak horns take to ship before I buy any of my makeup or prosthetics.
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Warden
Post by: Kol Varek on Oct 26, 2016, 02:34 PM
Oh those look cool!
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Warden
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Oct 26, 2016, 06:55 PM
Oh those look cool!
Thanks!! I started working on my phone/wallet pouch today (it's almost done, just need a SWarsy closure) and did some cleanup work on the black. Will bring those pieces inside after dinner probably, and start working on masking for the chameleon paint.

I didn't notice this until the other day though, which is that right now, with the black/silver and the lines, my kit is hardcore reminding me of Robbie Reyes's Ghost Rider... xD

TO DO STILL:

1. Assemble weapons. All the pieces are pretty much there, I just need to put them together.
2. Paint weapons.
3. Finish painting armor.
4. Make girth belt.
5. Finish pouch.

But right now, I gotta finish making dinner. Mmmm, burritos...
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Warden
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 27, 2016, 08:24 AM
I can see the similarities. ;D
Maybe it was a subconscious thing.  Just need to get an Executioner bucket, and airbrush some flames onto it. ;)

Kit is coming together nicely, makes me look forward to seeing it finished! 
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Warden
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Oct 27, 2016, 06:03 PM
I can see the similarities. ;D
Maybe it was a subconscious thing.  Just need to get an Executioner bucket, and airbrush some flames onto it. ;)

Kit is coming together nicely, makes me look forward to seeing it finished!
Haha, maybe it was! Ironically the conscious motivation was 'I'm not sure if I have enough of this expensive paint to do my original design, how can I modify it..?' and my subconscious must've been quietly whispering "Ghost Rider..." the whole time.. xD

Thanks!

Also, got my Zabrak horns today, so I have all my makeup and prosthetics now! :D Will probably do a makeup test tomorrow while I work on the armor so I can get used to having horns stuck to my face :B
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Warden
Post by: Kol Varek on Oct 27, 2016, 07:13 PM
(http://i64.tinypic.com/25a6zkl.jpg)

That helmet design looks similar to a particular mark I build  ;)
(http://i.imgur.com/W3eBatF.jpg)
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Warden
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Oct 27, 2016, 09:14 PM
That helmet design looks similar to a particular mark I build  ;)
(http://i.imgur.com/W3eBatF.jpg)
Ha! That's awesome. xD I actually based this design off what I was gonna paint my NME Stalker. When the Stalker turned out to be too big, I xferred the design to the Mercenary, but then modified it more to ensure I had enough paint. Simple designs are good. :P Popular too, apparently! There'll be more added with the chameleon paint though. Gonna do that tomorrow prolly!
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Warden
Post by: Kol Varek on Oct 28, 2016, 12:01 AM
The basic helmets are good for their own reasons. I actually got this helmet because I knew I was gonna do custom stuff to it, granted I also didn't know EXACTLY what I was gonna do. Also the reason I didn't get a rangefinder. It wound up being worth the forward thinking, as it made the V2 very unique and identifiable
(http://i.imgur.com/G0ddm6E.jpg)
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Warden
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Oct 28, 2016, 04:52 PM
Today's progress!

(http://i68.tinypic.com/33p91mw.jpg)

(http://i67.tinypic.com/ebe87r.jpg)

Makeup test. I originally was gonna use liquid latex and cotton balls to form little pockets around the horns as if they were actually protruding.. didn't go so well so I scrapped the idea and just stuck 'em on with spirit gum. Gonna make the magenta line thinner and maybe not try to fade it out. May look for a proper black lipstick too.

(http://i68.tinypic.com/2diim4y.jpg)

The first round of color-shifting paaaaaaaint~~~ *u*

(http://i67.tinypic.com/16i5xtk.jpg)

After the second round. The helmet, unfortunately, was ruined. KIDDING, KIDDING. It does need some touch-ups though, since I made a mistake on it that you won't see. >_> Ever. But the left cheek also developed a crackling issue, which I think is because somehow, the black paint never dried fully?? Which is a mystery to me, but I'll sand it when I have some time again, then go back and hit it with the black. Good news is all the expensive paint stuck just fine!

(http://i65.tinypic.com/jg5nra.jpg)

(http://i65.tinypic.com/2hmkowp.jpg)

(http://i67.tinypic.com/nwkowk.jpg)

The color-shift paint in acttioooooon~. Depending on the angle of the light, it'll be purple or green. This is my ab plate. I'm also getting a very 'Huntress' vibe from this kit now, ahahaha.

(http://i65.tinypic.com/21kcdbb.jpg)

(http://i64.tinypic.com/6nxdgk.jpg)

(http://i65.tinypic.com/8y7410.jpg)

Naturally, I gotta show off this rad stencil. C: I worked hard on this piece, and it shows, and I'm super proud of it.

TO DO - ARMOR:

1. Fix helmet crackling, paint inside, pad.
2. Assemble/paint weapons.
3. Paint gauntlets (they need some metallic paint is all) and bicep armor.
4. Clear coat all pieces.
5. Attach remaining velcro/elastic to pieces and then to vest.

TO DO - SOFT PARTS:

1. Fix shoulder bells on vest.
2. Sew girth belt.
3. Finish pouch.
4. Make holsters for batons/whip.
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Warden
Post by: Kol Varek on Oct 29, 2016, 07:48 PM
OOOOOOOOOH very nice!
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Warden
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Oct 29, 2016, 08:40 PM
OOOOOOOOOH very nice!

Thanks!!
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Warden
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Oct 31, 2016, 11:14 PM
So first, the bad news: I didn't make my deadline. Which lead to a stress meltdown. I threw together a last-minute costume and still had fun with my friend and hubs, but I was seriously upset that I didn't get my kit done. Between not doing as much work as I could've yesterday and running into multiple issues today, there just wasn't enough time to pull it together.

Good news: I can probably get it ready by Rogue One. I'll edit this with pics tomorrow or w/e. The only thing truly 'done' is the leg armor at this point. Most pieces have been clear-coated, but there are still some issues on the helmet I want to fix, and things need to be attached to the vest.. and I need to redesign my weapons completely, because somehow, somewhere, something got completely borked and things didn't fit they way they should've.

So a bummer of a night in the kit-making department (almost typed 'derpartment' which is also appropriate somehow), but I still enjoyed spending time with friends. :)
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Warden
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Nov 05, 2016, 10:44 PM
Forgot to upload some pics, so here we go!

(http://i66.tinypic.com/1g6fit.jpg)

(http://i65.tinypic.com/23k4vi9.jpg)

This is my helmet, with the glossy topcoat on top. Most of it is good, but you can see a white spot on the dome-- where my painters tape peeled off my expensive paint. :| If I have enough I'll paint over it, if not I guess I'll be battle-damaging this kit. The left cheek also posed some issues with consistent peeling of my black paint, and while I got that fixed, I had to try and paint over the tape lines where I had to fix the initial cracking/peeling problem. I'd also like to put metallic color inside the helmet so it looks.. well.. like metal. XD

(http://i64.tinypic.com/148hz6g.jpg)

The chest armor, thankfully, is done! I just need to fix it to my flak vest.

(http://i66.tinypic.com/33kyxxt.jpg)

The back armor is also done, and just needs to be attached!

(http://i63.tinypic.com/2gw84ki.jpg)

(http://i63.tinypic.com/2eg47s8.jpg)

The leg armor, actually totally done! ... Actually 99%. All the strapping is on, just need to add some top straps to the tops of the thigh plates to fix them to the belt.

(http://i65.tinypic.com/dggi9j.jpg)

And the leg armor attached to my leggings. No gauntlet pics, and the weapons need a complete redo.
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Warden
Post by: Kol Varek on Nov 06, 2016, 02:12 PM
I'm really digging the color and patterns!
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Warden
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Nov 06, 2016, 03:43 PM
I'm really digging the color and patterns!
Thanks!
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Warden
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Nov 19, 2016, 11:53 PM
I still haven't done anything new with my kit since Halloween, and while the break has been nice I'm gonna need to get back into things, because if I need to do any more spraypainting I'll wanna do that before the cold is here to stay.

That being said, I think I'll nix the shockwhip for now, and instead use the EL wire in the taser gauntlet, something like Je'karta did with his force hunter build: http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=121326.0

Gonna dust some silver over the bald spots on the kit and grubby it up just a little because I don't want to risk screwing up the paint job more with more masking tape. So dry brushing silver, then another couple clear coats probably just to make sure it goes nowhere. Hopefully I can get back to this soon, but work is really kicking me in the shebs right now, and I won't have a surplus of time until after the 5th... :/ So I may be going weaponless for the Rogue One premiere (which is probably wise anyway, doubt the theater will let me in with 'em).
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Warden
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Jan 15, 2017, 11:35 PM
I do exist, I promise! This kit's been sitting in a box over the winter months because it's been too cold to paint. But it's gonna be in the 50s later this week and that's not IDEAL, but hopefully it keeps getting warmer. New deadline is PCC! Once I get back to work there'll be lots of pics C:
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Warden
Post by: Havelock on Jan 16, 2017, 02:45 PM
You've made so much progress.  Your kit is looking really good!  Hopefully it'll be warm enough for you to paint.  I'm rootin' for it, vod!
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Warden
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Apr 12, 2017, 10:36 PM
So PCC is in a couple of weeks and I've made no real progress. I'm sure I can invent plenty of excuses BUT-

I bought some acrylic pieces today to finish my gauntlet and redo my batons, and now that I've gotten some other projects cleared off my plate I can focus on dirtying up the kit and putting on the finishing touches. I just hope it stays warm/dry enough for me to do so! I'll try to remember to take/upload pictures.
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Warden
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Apr 25, 2017, 07:02 PM
OKAY SO I MADE PROGRESS. I think I can get this con-ready for PCC, though it's a far cry from approvable imo so I won't even try for that.

(http://i67.tinypic.com/2myn28l.jpg)

Unpainted updated gauntlet. I took off the box I had on there originally and I'm just gonna slap the new inverter I bought on it with velcro or something so it can be troop ready. My plans always seem to fall apart, yikes.

(http://i64.tinypic.com/2jc8ylt.jpg)

The painted gauntlet/taser plate/knuckles. I used sewing hooks for the ridges and I think it's turned out okay.

(http://i65.tinypic.com/21n45lz.jpg)

I dirtied up my armor. I was hesitant to at first but then I thought about it.. what high-security prison warden wouldn't have scuffed up armor?

Still do to:

1. Get more snaps/velcro(?) - I need to secure my flak vest to my girth belt so it doesn't rise up.
2. Attach chest/back plates - Gonna need a helper-husband for this.
3. Detailing - Need to make a belt for my ammo pouch (aka convenient cell phone case), attach the thigh armor straps, and add any other necessary snaps/velcro to secure things. And pad my helmet.

It's getting there...
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Warden
Post by: Verco Nuhla on Apr 25, 2017, 09:07 PM
Dude, this is freaking AWESOME... Can't wait to see that finished taser gaunt, it's gonna be sick  :P

Are you thinking of adding external wiring along the back of the hand, or any EL wire?
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Warden
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Apr 26, 2017, 10:42 PM
Dude, this is freaking AWESOME... Can't wait to see that finished taser gaunt, it's gonna be sick  :P

Are you thinking of adding external wiring along the back of the hand, or any EL wire?

Funny you mention that... look what I just finished putting together. (Yes, it will need a ton of upgrades. This is just for PCC really.)

(http://i68.tinypic.com/2jbp9ns.jpg)

Gonna put padding in my helmet next, and then it's just attach the plates and last bits of detail work.

I'm actually gonna make a deadline  o uo
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Warden
Post by: Verco Nuhla on Apr 27, 2017, 12:24 AM
 :o Shab, that is awesome... I may need to change my kama...
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Warden
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on Apr 27, 2017, 10:17 AM
:o Shab, that is awesome... I may need to change my kama...

HA. It's a good thing I already finished eating my cereal or I might've ended up wearing it!!
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Warden
Post by: Sto-Las Amari on Apr 27, 2017, 02:16 PM
That paints is so cool, I love the purple and silver look! I'd hide that battery pack with a thin piece of sintra though :)
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Warden
Post by: Akiva Tal'korel on May 14, 2017, 11:27 PM
That paints is so cool, I love the purple and silver look! I'd hide that battery pack with a thin piece of sintra though :)

Thanks! The paint is still probably my favorite thing about this kit.. and probably the only thing that's gone close to right with it.

Oh it's by no means finished. I ran it through PCC here in KC a couple weeks ago and found where all the problems were.

1. Gauntlets. They need to be completely remade because they're too big, too loose, and too heavy. Not to mention everything is poorly attached/hidden (if it's hidden at all because it was rushed).
2. Strapping. My thigh pieces ended up coming off very soon after we got inside because my belt strapping didn't stay up- again, rush job and velcro probably not the best idea. Should also secure the strapping on my knee/shin pieces too. Add another thigh strap so there are two instead of one.
3. Helmet. It's heavy and I forgot how bad visibility was in it. Maybe it's just that I haven't kitted up in literally years so suddenly not being able to hear, see, or speak well while I was already pretty soaking wet (stupid weathhheeeer), sore, and quite literally falling apart didn't help.
4. Other accessories. Things that need to fit better, sit better, etc.

I'm not sure when I'll have time to come back to this costume, though, unfortunately. I've got a lot going on IRL between work, raid nights (don't judge meeee), and recently joining a band that wants to do some Midwest shows. It may end up being shelved which I would hate because I sunk so much cash into it.. but we'll see how it goes.

I do appreciate everyone's feedback thus far- I did still enjoy PCC once I got the heavier pieces of my armor off and in the car, my horns and my makeup stayed on great until the end of the day (all that rain melts spirit gum eventually I guess). I got to hang with friends and eat good food and got some nice swag out of it all the same. So for all the setbacks, it was still a fun day. :)
Title: Re: Navik Sh'vaah - Mandalorian Warden
Post by: Kris Jasra on May 15, 2017, 06:07 AM
You may have already solved this, but thigh dropping was a huge problem for me so here's what I've ended up with after a few years of shifting things around to try and get a comfy none drooping fit.
I attached belt loops to my flightsuit (I have a 1 piece) so the trouser portion wouldn't sag down, then I added strapping over my shoulders, nice and padded at the top which takes some of the weight off my hips and stops the belt from digging in. Then I use drop holster style straps to my thighs which takes the weight, then a strap round the leg and a small patch of velcro on the flightsuit stops them from floating and from twisting round my leg.