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Mandalorian Armor => Armor Construction => Topic started by: Sizors on Jun 19, 2017, 09:51 PM

Title: Sizors' WIP
Post by: Sizors on Jun 19, 2017, 09:51 PM
So I started my mando armor for MegaCon in Orlando Fl back in 2016 with my wife. We bought some sintra and used the templates to create our armor. We had a friend help us make our vests to attach the armor.  I bought the rubies jango helmet while my wife tried to make her own out of home depot buckets. We did all this in just under a month, but didnt get as far as we wanted because of the limited time.
(https://i.imgur.com/WFktE33.jpg)

Obviously we wanted to do better but we had started to late. My rubies helmet was simply hot glued together and the seam was clearly visible. I didnt have any matching clothes or a belt. It was a last minute job all the way.

So we decided to work a little more on our overall costumes for Halloween. My wife decided she didnt like the one she made as much and bought a rubies jango and then I sealed up the seam with bondo.
(https://i.imgur.com/ErUsRa4.jpg)

We got some cheap belts, gloves, and knee pads off amazon. While searching for cool trophy ideas, I came across a guy who had an imperial badge and I thought that was pretty cool. So I decided to get one myself as well as an old light saber Ive had for years.
(https://i.imgur.com/hd6zpvz.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/QsVUdwW.jpg?1)
(https://i.imgur.com/XyCogDi.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/ODdHbXo.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/hJ9MOpF.jpg?1)


I found an old nerf gun and I took it apart, painted it black, and used it for my blaster.
(https://i.imgur.com/IkTZl8i.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/RtDgd6v.png)


Its hard for us to find time with 2 small kids running around the house all the time. It was all pretty basic, but it worked for my wife and I. So fast forward some more time and MegaCon 2017 was just around the corner. We hadnt planned on going since we were supposed to be out of town. 2 weeks before MegaCon and we find out our plans hand change we could in fact go.

We had been talking about completely redoing our armor and everything, but that just wasnt going to happen with 2 weeks. So I decided to a communications back pack, and I also picked up a shemagh for cape.
(https://i.imgur.com/WOG5tXk.jpg?1)


During this time I also created some gauntlets from some plastic cups and pieces of sentra. I think they looked alright, the problem was that they were top heavy and would slide all over my arms and rotate upside down. A day before MegaCon I decided to scrape them and just go with some painted cups instead.
(https://i.imgur.com/CJ7Z1zF.jpg)

I had also made a cod piece, but I didnt like the way it had turned out so I scraped it as well.

Blaster:
(https://i.imgur.com/NOntpiv.jpg?1)
(https://i.imgur.com/5RWlCjC.jpg?1)

belt with trophies:
(https://i.imgur.com/p1SAuw7.jpg?1)

gloves and gauntlets:
(https://i.imgur.com/DdzNwqf.jpg?1)

bucket:
(https://i.imgur.com/wP4qpPx.jpg)



We also ran into the BVC. I meet some really cool people and they convinced me to do all the social media stuff as well and join here and post some of my pictures. Unfortunately, I dont remember any of their names, but they were all super friendly and helpful.
(https://i.imgur.com/tHnMfbT.jpg)
Title: Re: Sizors' WIP
Post by: Darth_Vemon on Jun 21, 2017, 05:31 PM
Might just be me, but none of your pics are showing up.
Title: Re: Sizors' WIP
Post by: Og' Reh on Jun 21, 2017, 06:10 PM
Might just be me, but none of your pics are showing up.

Telepathy? I wanted to use exact same words. :)
Title: Re: Sizors' WIP
Post by: Sizors on Jul 05, 2018, 11:52 AM
so my wife and i had created a new kit for megacon 2018.  i am planning on trying to get it approved before megacon 2019. while talking to the batuu clan members at megacon, they convinced me to get back on the forum and post pictures and updates. im more of a facebook guy but decided to get back in here and continue on with my wip thread.

whatever site i had originally used to host my pictures died almost as soon as i had posted them.  i had no idea because i basically posted them and just got to busy with work/kids to remember to check back. i wasnt actively working on that kit anymore so life took over.

so i took the time and went back through my phone and found the relevant pictures, put them on imgur and hope to keep this going. im going to start posting some pictures of my 2.0 kit. i hope to post some of them later today/tomorrow.

my wife and i plan on attending an armor party this weekend and hope to make so progress on her kit. shes basically doing something completely new.
Title: Re: Sizors' WIP
Post by: grantaire on Jul 05, 2018, 03:52 PM
So you've got a really great start for both of your kits. You did a great job cleaning up that seam along the dome of the Jango 2 Piece (J2P). With regards to your gauntlets sliding down - it's helpful to add padding on the inside. The fit on the gauntlet will be tighter and it will help keep things in place a bit better. In terms of going for OM status, the three issues I see off the bat are (1) your shoe laces which have to be covered, (2) your functional lightsaber has to either become nonfunctional or not added to your kit, and (3) you can't just use sports armor for your knees.

Thankfully, all of those things are quick fixes that I'm sure members at BVC will help you with at the armor party. I'm sure they can also touch on things that I didn't notice. But otherwise, you guys look great and are already so close to getting approved. Can't wait to see the upgrades you make with your kits and where it all goes from here.
Title: Re: Sizors' WIP
Post by: Sizors on Jul 05, 2018, 10:31 PM
thanks. so this kit was actually old. im uploading the pictures of the newer kit right now.

for the helmet, it wasnt the cleanest job for the seam, but ive been told its decent.

i still have the cup gauntlets for now. for whatever reason, they dont slide as much now. maybe i just dont notice. i plan on eventually buying some gauntlets off of april storm's etsy store. right now im leaning towards the sabine ones.

i am looking for boots without laces that i can dedicate to my kit. as soon as i find a decent pair at a reasonable price, i will pick them up. i didnt want to put time into making the shoe lace covers just in case they dont work quite as well with the dedicated pair of boots. i saw a couple people posting about the man of war store, but i just cant spend that kind of money. i am open to cheaper options.

the lightsaber is just for fun. i put the little hook attachment on there so it can easily be added/removed.

well that sucks about the knee pads, they are pretty comfortable. maybe i will attempt to make the more traditional ones at the armor party this weekend.



so i started working on my 2.0 kit back in january 2018 with the hope of getting it done for megacon in may. i got most of what i wanted to built out before then. of course its never done so im going to hit up the batuu clan armor part this weekend with hopes of doing a few more things.

my idea was to create a multi layered armor design. i saw a couple really cool designs on the forums and wanted to give it shot. i also really like the hexagon pattern so i bought some stencils off amazon.
(https://i.imgur.com/wkbkJ5n.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/YrY1X0D.jpg)

i was still playing with different armor designs so i decided to update my communications back pack first. i thought about doing a jet back but decided it would simply be too much work right now. the original comm pack was just made out of an old amazon box, water bottle, antenna, and some pieces from a vacuum, so i wanted to upgrade it.

my concept was something similar to commander gree's comm pack.
(https://i.imgur.com/znHDHoe.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/dzkE3Ru.jpg)

i found a electrical utility box on amazon to use as my base.
(https://i.imgur.com/nBhYT9T.jpg)

i took the old water bottle off and added a vent.
(https://i.imgur.com/bL30FAV.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/eDkiVol.jpg)

used a couple electrical twist knobs as dials. i cut a couple pieces of rectangular sintra as buttons.
(https://i.imgur.com/lzF0TIN.jpg?1)

right now i am debating if i should to back and repaint the hexagons with my bigger stencil or just leave it as is.
Title: Re: Sizors' WIP
Post by: grantaire on Jul 05, 2018, 10:56 PM
Woah your new comm pad looks awesome! I think I like it the way that it is - but it's really up to you.

I was actually looking into buying the Sabine gauntlets on AprilStorm's etsy as well but I think it says it sold out? I could be wrong but I would suggest that you check in with her when you can.

Typically you can just google for men's chelsea boots and you'll find a similar style of shoe to the Boba Fett/Storm Troop. But since it isn't a custom shoe, it's much more reasonable ($40~) and pretty much approvable.

I figured the light saber attachment was just for fun. You can probably still keep it for more casual events like cons and children's events, I'm sure. Just be sure not to include them in the application picture or in official LFL troops (sporting events, screenings, etc.)

For the knee pads, you can build the knee on top of the knee pads if it is really comfortable. You just can't have it visible since it's too off the shelf for the app team. Hope that all helps!
Title: Re: Sizors' WIP
Post by: Sizors on Jul 06, 2018, 09:17 AM
i noticed that april storm also sells the plans for 3d printing the gauntlets as well. i might look into doing that.

thanks giving me a specific type of boot to look up. i got lost in just searching for mens boots. im seeing a bunch around the $40-50 mark that could work.

i am going to attempt to make new knee pads this weekend. i will also see if i can post some updated pictures later tonight.
Title: Re: Sizors' WIP
Post by: grantaire on Jul 06, 2018, 11:47 AM
Glad I could help! Can't wait to see your updated pictures and hope you have fun at that armor party!
Title: Re: Sizors' WIP
Post by: Sizors on Jul 06, 2018, 10:31 PM
Here is the evolution of my 2.0 kit
(https://i.imgur.com/RNSwc2C.jpg?1)
i wanted to do a layered design.
(https://i.imgur.com/tO2wxrB.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/LhDGp7q.jpg?1)

a friend of mine was able to make me some stickers. obviously i had to have the skull on the shoulder. for the sticker on my chest i wanted to incorporate both the house of florida buurenaar verda and my specific clan batuu. at first i was going to do a one on each chest piece. but then i noticed how they both kind of flowed together. so i just kinda used ms paint and threw them together. i thought it looked cool. idk if thats what the clan had in mind when they designed it but i went with it.
(https://i.imgur.com/0G4lCcx.jpg?1)

here it is all together.
(https://i.imgur.com/FDJfBFf.jpg?1)

i also added the hex pattern to the back side of the helmet. i thought it helped tie it all together.
(https://i.imgur.com/7LTBJyw.jpg?1)
(https://i.imgur.com/cyfTvc9.jpg)

some of the kit laid out.
(https://i.imgur.com/Rg7XyTw.jpg?1)

megacon 2018
(https://i.imgur.com/wQMexSr.jpg)
Title: Re: Sizors' WIP
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jul 06, 2018, 11:41 PM
From your initial pics to the latest, that is some amazing progress! 
Title: Re: Sizors' WIP
Post by: Jennari on Jul 07, 2018, 03:37 AM
There's no other way to describe it; that is beautiful, vod! Outstanding work! I love it!  :like:
Title: Re: Sizors' WIP
Post by: Havelock on Jul 07, 2018, 01:16 PM
You're doing some nice work, vod.  Well done.  Your cape, however, is quite clearly a shammah-style piece of fabric, and recognizably earthly.  Unfortunately that means you'll have to replace it.  I'd recommend a nice matching purple with no pattern on it; just go with a solid piece of fabric.

Again, good work, and I'm looking forward to seeing new pics.  With some knee plates.   :P
Title: Re: Sizors' WIP
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jul 07, 2018, 03:20 PM
Or, you could go for something like Boba's: a single solid stripe of a complimentary color running through it.

But Havelock has you on the right track. Keep at it!
Title: Re: Sizors' WIP
Post by: Sizors on Jul 08, 2018, 08:34 PM
Would a hexagon patterned material be ok to use because its so heavily featured in my design? i did a very quick search and already found some that could possibly work if thats ok.
(https://i.etsystatic.com/8181393/r/il/964e1e/1211842020/il_570xN.1211842020_37i2.jpg)
(https://s3.amazonaws.com/roostery-composites/compost/2902496/fabric-preview-swatch_0_m.jpg)
Title: Re: Sizors' WIP
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jul 08, 2018, 08:44 PM
Yes, plenty of people use a hex pattern on their armor.
Title: Re: Sizors' WIP
Post by: Sizors on Jul 09, 2018, 09:25 PM
worked on this the other day.
(https://i.imgur.com/1He2OIQ.jpg?1)
(https://i.imgur.com/lkxzUXv.jpg?1)
i added a little hook at the top of the handle so that i can attached it to my belt.
Title: Re: Sizors' WIP
Post by: Dha'werd on Jul 11, 2018, 12:48 PM
 :like: Excellent progress vod,
I like the 2.0 plates, maybe the cod plate is very big. I can see a screw in the blaster

regards
Title: Re: Sizors' WIP
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jul 11, 2018, 02:28 PM
I have a pair of those blasters, that screw is part of the design.
Title: Re: Sizors' WIP
Post by: Sizors on Jul 12, 2018, 03:18 PM
I plan on redoing the collar piece. its a little small and doesnt cover enough area. also some of the angles i bent it in didnt look as cool as i thought it would at the time.

i might redo the cod piece. it actually looks a lot better now that i bought some pants that fit alot better. however, it was the first piece i actually panted. i wasnt sure if i was going to like the design or not. so i never shaped the cod piece like i did the others. so im going to try and shape it but i have a feeling it will destroy the paint job. it might just be easier to redo.

for the blaster, that side has the fake screw, its part of the design. i need to fill in holes on the other side. i was just playing around with colors to see what i liked.
Title: Re: Sizors' WIP
Post by: Sizors on Jul 22, 2018, 05:17 PM
i have been very busy visiting with family and friends the past couple weekends. i havent really been able to do any work until this point.

I made a trip to joanns fabrics and bought material to make the square utility pouches that go on the pants. Now I just need to see if my friend has time to make them for me.

I had purchased the rubies ee3 blaster for my wife awhile back. I filled in the holes and did a base of black but then it started to rain so i didnt get any further. I finally filled the holes in on my pistol but the rain stopped my painting for the day.

I did buy my wife a new helmet and look forward to working with her on her new design. We got her this one: https://www.etsy.com/listing/567625130/bo-katan-inspired-mandalorian-helmet-old
Title: Re: Sizors' WIP
Post by: Sizors on Jul 26, 2018, 09:46 PM
I filled in my pistol's screw holes and painted them over the other day.
(https://i.imgur.com/vPdPerH.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/IycKpHv.jpg)

I also worked on my wife's ee3 blaster.
(https://i.imgur.com/IJkOUhx.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/KundBML.jpg?1)
(https://i.imgur.com/Rqq6ohq.jpg)
Once she figures out her final paint colors I'll go back over it and use it as a highlight.
Title: Re: Sizors' WIP
Post by: Sizors on Sep 30, 2018, 04:40 PM
Ive been incredibly busy with school starting for my kids and college football is back. I havent gotten to work on my gear like I wanted, but I made a little progress this weekend. My wife decided that she didnt like the brown on the stock, so i decided to make it mine and add some purple. I also added a hook to the blaster so that it can easily attach to my belt to go hands free from time to time.
(https://i.imgur.com/POrRWEN.jpg?1)
(https://i.imgur.com/El2U2E3.jpg?1)

I bought another rubies ee3 for her and did a black base coat. She's still trying to figure out her color scheme.

I also had a friend work on my sewing utility pouches onto my pants. She said she just completed them. Hopefully I can pick those up soon and post a picture of them as well.
Title: Re: Sizors' WIP
Post by: Sizors on Oct 03, 2018, 04:12 PM
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01CH0PITI/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I just bought these pair of boots and should be here by friday.
(http://dennisamith.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/stanleydredge.jpg)
Title: Re: Sizors' WIP
Post by: Sep Ho'ban on Oct 03, 2018, 04:40 PM
Just remove the stanley tags, and good to go :)
Title: Re: Sizors' WIP
Post by: jett drexel on Oct 04, 2018, 05:22 AM
you will also need to hide the logo on the heel.
Title: Re: Sizors' WIP
Post by: Sep Ho'ban on Oct 04, 2018, 09:23 AM
you will also need to hide the logo on the heel.

Good eye :)
Title: Re: Sizors' WIP
Post by: Sizors on Oct 06, 2018, 11:39 PM
I plan on coloring over the stanley tags so they are just black and then tucking them back in while wearing them. They really help getting the boots on and off.

What should I do for the logo on the heal? Its indented into the leather.
Title: Re: Sizors' WIP
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 07, 2018, 12:07 AM
You can add an armor plate to cover it.  Or, Boba spats.
Title: Re: Sizors' WIP
Post by: Sizors on Oct 26, 2018, 09:34 AM
https://www.etsy.com/listing/596018021/sabine-wren-gauntlets-from-star-wars?ref=listing-shop-header-2
(https://i.etsystatic.com/8643685/r/il/a74dbd/1435969894/il_570xN.1435969894_caa8.jpg)
I purchased the 3d models for the sabine wren gauntlets from april storm earlier this week. someone from my clan, batuu, is going to print them up for me.

she mentioned 2mm bike spokes to help keep them closed. would these work?
https://www.amazon.com/20pcs-Black-Spokes-Mountain-nipples/dp/B0135NJKTU/
Title: Re: Sizors' WIP
Post by: Sizors on May 24, 2019, 02:33 PM
Leading up to Megacon 2019 in Orlando, we focused mostly on redoing all my wife's costume.
(https://i.imgur.com/FWW2hJW.jpg?1)
(https://i.imgur.com/0jwwFGd.jpg?1)
(https://i.imgur.com/x0BoEzI.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/SiZ6hCv.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/wuoxUaj.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/Pb5uX3U.jpg)

I think it turned out really well.
(https://i.imgur.com/bbYToOC.jpg)

I only worked on a few things. I got some handcuffs and new 3d printed gauntlets. the prints were pretty good, but still had quite a few flaws. We were running out of time so instead of taking my time to fix them, i just simply painted over them for the show.
(https://i.imgur.com/2v5R3ck.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/RoUgQDh.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/Zcr3LIW.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/TiOE8y4.jpg)

I also had a family member create some utility pouches and sewed them onto my pants. I dont have any close up pictures to share. Unfortunately it was a rushed job and while some people think they look good, they arent up to the quality that I wanted. I think I will purchase some from an etsy vendor and dye them black.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/250961333/star-wars-biker-scout-trooper-utility

Here are a couple pictures from Megacon 2019 in Orlando.
(https://i.imgur.com/2kUDwYs.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/ny0MZIK.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/oJJwlDX.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/DlCeIiq.jpg)