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Mandalorian Armor => Female Armor => Topic started by: DragonLady on Nov 26, 2017, 08:15 PM

Title: DragonLady's First Kit~
Post by: DragonLady on Nov 26, 2017, 08:15 PM
Greetings All,
Been lurking, learning, and patiently gathering for some time now.  Having started on a few things already, I thought this would be a good time to start up a WIP!

I'm going for a desert look, end goal of sniper, but just concentrating on basics to get official.
Here's a rough concept from MandoMaker:
(https://i.imgur.com/SLtfbGK.png)

There are a few tweaks I would like, such as markings and knee high spats or leg wraps. Thinking a bit of a poncho style cape, but not sure yet.
Anyways, I'm excited to finally get started!
~DragonLady
Title: Re: DragonLady's First Kit~
Post by: JR on Nov 27, 2017, 01:21 AM
It looks fantastic! I am also going for the desert look, but with a different era and specialty.
Title: Re: DragonLady's First Kit~
Post by: Havelock on Nov 27, 2017, 11:35 PM
It seems like you've got a solid idea of where you want your kit to end up.  I'm eager to watch this evolve.
Title: Re: DragonLady's First Kit~
Post by: Kryamla Redalur on Nov 30, 2017, 03:38 PM
Nice concept :) canít wait to see more from you!
Title: Re: DragonLady's First Kit~
Post by: Ordeyn on Dec 01, 2017, 11:00 AM
Welcome to the no-longer-lurking side of things! ;D It's so important to have a vision of what you want to do, and the dessert idea is awesome. I can't wait to see this come to life!
Title: Re: DragonLady's First Kit~
Post by: DragonLady on Dec 10, 2017, 01:14 AM
My flight suit came in, and mostly finished my vest/neck seal! (Yes yes, I know,  please do not mind zippers and pockets and all that, I have not cleaned up flight suit yet!! ). So wanted to do a rough placement of plates to see how it looks.

Im not sure, but the collar plate seems to look small? It is balance compared to the chest plates though. (Armor from Mandalorian Arsenal).  I wanted to trim it along the neck to follow the edge of the vest. I also think I need to make the bottom of the vest a bit shorter. Flight suit needs some shaping as well, arms are rather baggy.


(http://i.imgur.com/FoQ7rZv.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/EPOUk35.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/inIQcHT.jpg)


Title: Re: DragonLady's First Kit~
Post by: Kris Jasra on Dec 10, 2017, 02:18 AM
The size of the collar looks fine, a small trim to follow the neckline would help. The ab plate could do with about an inch taking off the bottom as it is far too long.

As long as the vest doesn't poke out from under the waist items that length is fine (Jango's vest is built like this) or you can trim it to just below the ab plate (Boba style).
Title: Re: DragonLady's First Kit~
Post by: DragonLady on Dec 28, 2017, 08:31 PM
Soooo...it has been a busy holiday but finally have a chance to post some updates!

Corrected the fit on the neck seal; shortened and changed the style of closure on the arming vest; Flight suit is free of pockets and fitted a bit more snuggly on arms/lower back; Collar plate has been trimmed to follow neckline, and trimmed bout 3/4 inch off the bottom of ab plate; Made a girth belt!


(http://i.imgur.com/sOArxM9.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/AGSmivv.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/7l9APp2.jpg)


Title: Re: DragonLady's First Kit~
Post by: Kris Jasra on Dec 28, 2017, 09:31 PM
Very nice fit now.

Only thing I might suggest is just adding a very subtle curve to the bottom of the ab plate to mirror how the girth sits - I found that the outer corners of my ab occasionally caught on my girth till I just gave it the tiniest bit of curve.
Title: Re: DragonLady's First Kit~
Post by: Ran on Dec 31, 2017, 02:34 PM
Looking cool!

Just out of curiosity from your concept art, are you plates going to be grey, or plain metal? I think a plain steel look would look awesome for your desert theme. ;)
Title: Re: DragonLady's First Kit~
Post by: DragonLady on Jan 01, 2018, 01:56 AM
Very nice fit now.

Only thing I might suggest is just adding a very subtle curve to the bottom of the ab plate to mirror how the girth sits - I found that the outer corners of my ab occasionally caught on my girth till I just gave it the tiniest bit of curve.

Thank you for the tip! I will definitely make that adjustment!

Looking cool!

Just out of curiosity from your concept art, are you plates going to be grey, or plain metal? I think a plain steel look would look awesome for your desert theme. ;)

Thank you! I am going with the flat grey vs metalic. My thoughts are, shiny bits and  wide open spaces  are not so good for the element of surprise, but wanted some color to break up the different tones of brown.  I came up with the grey when walking out behind my work one day saw how some larger rocks were a slate/charcoal  over the tan/brown sand and smaller rocks.  It was a unique combination that I really like!
Title: Re: DragonLady's First Kit~
Post by: Havelock on Jan 01, 2018, 02:31 PM
This is coming along nicely.  Great progress, vod.
Title: Re: DragonLady's First Kit~
Post by: DragonLady on Jan 01, 2018, 11:40 PM
This is coming along nicely.  Great progress, vod.

Thank you!

----

And finally painting!!

(http://i.imgur.com/yQQANny.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/1Y4K9t2.jpg)

and soft parts continued! Poncho style cape and sash made, gloves found.

(http://i.imgur.com/mIoCCJd.jpg)

Title: Re: DragonLady's First Kit~
Post by: Havelock on Jan 02, 2018, 08:33 PM
Woohoo!  Painting is the most fun part.  For me, anyway.   :P  Keep it up, vod!  You're doing great.
Title: Re: DragonLady's First Kit~
Post by: Kryamla Redalur on Jan 03, 2018, 11:48 AM
Nice progress :)
Title: Re: DragonLady's First Kit~
Post by: DragonLady on Jan 03, 2018, 02:22 PM
Woohoo!  Painting is the most fun part.  For me, anyway.   :P  Keep it up, vod!  You're doing great.

I enjoy painting too! I got ao excited when I started taking some of the masking off... Its awesome to see everything start to fall into place and really  Ďseeí  my armor in reality vs on paper and plain resin/plastic pieces

Nice progress :)

Thank you!
Title: Re: DragonLady's First Kit~
Post by: Ordeyn on Jan 04, 2018, 10:17 AM
Awesome work! I'm excited to see everything come together. It looks like you did a nice job hitting the edges of your plates with weathering as well as getting some nicks and marks on the main surface. And those gloves look very cool. :D
Title: Re: DragonLady's First Kit~
Post by: DragonLady on Jan 10, 2018, 11:16 PM
Awesome work! I'm excited to see everything come together. It looks like you did a nice job hitting the edges of your plates with weathering as well as getting some nicks and marks on the main surface. And those gloves look very cool. :D

Thank you! Once upon a time I did bodywork on KC-130ís (large aircraft) so thought common areas where panels wear from rubbing together, and from bumps, sea/sand etc.

For an update, I went a little insane to try and get kit wearable for clan gathering. We are still waiting in gauntlets, I had not attached knees yet, and need to weather soft parts and blackwash armor...oh yeah, an need to work on weapon!  But wore all together (what I have) for first time!

(https://i.imgur.com/jt2uSLZ.jpg)
Title: Re: DragonLady's First Kit~
Post by: DragonLady on Jan 12, 2018, 12:06 AM
So, wanted to finally cut the bottom bar off, but wanted to secure it in some way...so, built a sort of bracket!
(http://i.imgur.com/UMgPIfI.jpg)

This is what I used! Cant remember what it was...think a pipe strap...Easy enough to bash it into the shape I wanted, lightweight, but still strong enough to keep the helm in the correct shape once the bar was removed.
(http://i.imgur.com/NvaD93d.jpg)


And here it is! Fitted into place
(http://i.imgur.com/t4cPZR5.jpg)


Looks much better! Now to smooth out the cut marks and touch up paint...
(http://i.imgur.com/ara0HBb.jpg)
Title: Re: DragonLady's First Kit~
Post by: Naasad Tal on Jan 12, 2018, 06:47 AM
Awesome progress so far! You & your husband looked great at the potluck!
Title: Re: DragonLady's First Kit~
Post by: DragonLady on Jan 15, 2018, 08:06 PM
Awesome progress so far! You & your husband looked great at the potluck!

Thank you! We had so much fun!

After looking at pictures, I decided to make some adjustments with color. Wanted to tie in the red a bit more into over all look.

(http://i.imgur.com/a8uLF2o.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/ZhC0Zr8.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/hROICfE.jpg)

Also...armor bits all scratched, blackwash, drybrush! Now just to make gauntlets look like the rest when they arrive! 

And on to weathering soft parts!! Also drafted pattern for gaiters, so will see how well those turn out too!
Title: Re: DragonLady's First Kit~
Post by: fiainros on Jan 15, 2018, 08:43 PM
Looks great!
Title: Re: DragonLady's First Kit~
Post by: DragonLady on Jan 28, 2018, 01:44 AM
A few touch ups, knees, and made pouches! Oh, and gaiters. Still a bit to do, but getting there!

(http://i.imgur.com/saiyG7a.jpg)
Yes...my chest plates went all wonky  this time  -_-

(http://i.imgur.com/LUOsu3J.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/DryTwp9.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/c4ihKwp.jpg)





Title: Re: DragonLady's First Kit~
Post by: Sep Ho'ban on Jan 28, 2018, 08:10 AM
Looking good vod! Would check with your Ruu on your loin cloth-- it may need another layer, or some more structure to meet CRL requirements for "substantial" fabric. 
Title: Re: DragonLady's First Kit~
Post by: Naasad Tal on Jan 28, 2018, 01:07 PM
Looks AWESOME!!!
Title: Re: DragonLady's First Kit~
Post by: DragonLady on Feb 05, 2018, 10:03 PM
Looking good vod! Would check with your Ruu on your loin cloth-- it may need another layer, or some more structure to meet CRL requirements for "substantial" fabric.

Thank you! I was a little unsure as well, so will correct!

Looks AWESOME!!!

Thank you vod!

And on a super excited note...FINALLY HAVE GAUNTLETS!!!

(http://i.imgur.com/007cdvY.jpg)
Title: Re: DragonLady's First Kit~
Post by: DragonLady on Mar 15, 2018, 08:59 AM
Whew, been a good while since an update, will do better!

So what have I been up to...little fixes on armor, weathering/damaging soft parts, double layered the loin cloth as reccomended to be more substantial ( and looks much better!). Working on finishing up gauntlets.

Will get some pictures up soon hopefully 😅
Title: Re: DragonLady's First Kit~
Post by: DragonLady on Apr 01, 2018, 01:27 AM
Sooo nearly there!

Hand/boot armor done
(http://i.imgur.com/nF1em4h.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/Q1M6uhL.jpg)

And gauntlets nearly done!
(http://i.imgur.com/PKBGU92.jpg)
Title: Re: DragonLady's First Kit~
Post by: DragonLady on Apr 01, 2018, 10:02 PM
Well, finally time to kit up and take the good pics!

(http://i.imgur.com/JhhBoRn.jpg)
Title: Re: DragonLady's First Kit~
Post by: Naasad Tal on Apr 02, 2018, 07:35 AM
YAY! You look awesome!
Title: Re: DragonLady's First Kit~
Post by: DragonLady on Apr 04, 2018, 11:12 PM
YAY! You look awesome!

Thank you Nassad!


Got a good few fixes to work on:
*Velcro showing in spats- yeeep when I saw pics I knew that would be one.
*Work on vest fastening- I dont know what was up with my vest, it was all wierd! May need to angle it a bit more to tighten upper torso.
*More weathering on soft parts, especially jumpsuit and vest- yeep, but would much rather under weather and go over again vs over weather and be stuck with it or start over.
*Tripple check plate alignment- Will stand correctly next time so armor is not wonky 😅
Title: Re: DragonLady's First Kit~
Post by: DragonLady on Apr 24, 2018, 04:42 PM
So, just to kinda close this thread up,  my last fixes went well through pre-app, and on to app board! *whew* now thats done...on to brigades!

~Kadíla