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Mandalorian Armor => Armor Construction => Topic started by: Slade Kel on Mar 06, 2018, 07:43 PM

Title: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Mar 06, 2018, 07:43 PM
Hey folks, old timer here. You might remember me from such times as several years ago, the OG Horns-On-Head mando. I popped back in briefly shortly after Celebration lamenting the regrettable POS kit that I wore to that lovely event. I made the mistake of helping a bunch of other people get their armor done with the hubris-laden belief that I could slap together a new set of armor in a week. It did not go well.

So here I am, back from Outer Space and starting the job right, from the ground up.

The outfit is heavily influenced by the SW Rebels mando armor, specifically clan Wren:
(https://i.imgur.com/RnNvhp9.png)

Now, the helmet came out pretty good, in my opinion at least, so that's going to be kept from the travesty that was the Celebration Kit.
(https://i.imgur.com/LA9pbsb.jpg)
BTW, I had the bloody handprint before TFA made it cool :P

Torso plates have been rough-cut out of 16 gauge steel.
Chest, Collar and Ab:
(https://i.imgur.com/AyL6bgf.jpg)
Back Collar and Main Back:
(https://i.imgur.com/rVUrunF.jpg)

My Hitachi metal shears are almost a decade old and a little clunky, so I need to cut the diamond out and do cleanup of angles and corners with the dremel, but that'll be going forward. Hopefully I'll have more updates soon. I'm planning to keep my nose to the grindstone on this, as I've been putting off building a new kit for years now and I have to blot the disappointing sack of dung that was my Celebration armor out of my own mind.

Edit: I had a request for templates, and as I found none online and had to draw my own, I figured I'd offer them up if anyone is interested. Just gimme a shout-out if you use them for a build! :D. It's an incomplete set, as I'm doing a custom job here, but it should be a solid start for anyone looking to do their own Wren grunt/Rebels mando.

https://imgur.com/a/LVnO5
For actual Clan Wren plates, I have the back plate and back collar, front collar, chest plates and ab, knees and the top half of the gauntlet shells. I appear to have misplaced or chucked the shoulder, and the lower half of the gauntlet shell I just free-handed using my measurements...

The gauntlet shell top and collar plates need to be mirrored to get the full template, and the back plate needs to be cut out, put together and then mirrored. I was also having some issues with the lines showing up, so any extra thick lines you need to cut on the outside of the line to get it at full size. My printer/scanner was also otherwise acting up so I could only do jpegs, but they theoretically were scanned into 8.5x11 inch size and should print out accurate to size for that. For reference on sizing, I'm 5'7", stocky and chunky, 16.5" from armpit-to-armpit across the chest and 16" from collarbone to navel and the bottom of the ab plate sits at about the center-point of my navel.

And upon closer inspection the tip of the ab plate was out of the scan area and the front end of the gauntlet shell top is a bit past the printable area. Neither should have a great effect on the final product, easily fixable with a pencil and a ruler.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Mar 07, 2018, 07:07 PM
Day two, most of the remaining armor parts rough-cut out.
(https://i.imgur.com/xJ2T7Rj.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/nuv05S2.jpg)

All that's left for actual armor parts are the gauntlets, and if I decide on finger armor for the full crushgaunt look. Tonight and perhaps tomorrow will be dremel cleanup of the current pieces, as I more or less ran out of metal and can't even start cutting out the gauntlets...and we're supposed to get 12-18 inches of snow tonight into tomorrow, so it'll be a few days before I can get out to buy more metal.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Havelock on Mar 07, 2018, 07:18 PM
Nice.  Very nice.  Not sure the bloody handprint will fly, though, with the House of Mouse and "No Gore."  But very nice.  I'm going to enjoy watching this come together.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Darasuum Prudii on Mar 09, 2018, 08:36 PM
Cant wait to see those plates formed!!! Helmet pain is nice!!!
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Mar 10, 2018, 01:15 PM
Nice.  Very nice.  Not sure the bloody handprint will fly, though, with the House of Mouse and "No Gore."  But very nice.  I'm going to enjoy watching this come together.
Thanks! And on the handprint, if that's the final ruling of the App Team when go time approaches, then fair's fair, but the handprint has been a bit of a thing since 2011 so I'll just have to repaint it. My one defense of the 'bloody' print is that (even though I did it first!) the Powers That Be used it in TFA on Finn's helmet.

Cant wait to see those plates formed!!! Helmet pain is nice!!!
Thanks  :D
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Havelock on Mar 10, 2018, 01:34 PM
Unfortunately, it's a case of "Do as I say, not as I do," with the higher-ups in the Galaxy Far, Far Away.  That aside, I'm really interested in seeing this kit come to life.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Mar 10, 2018, 06:51 PM
Fair Havelock, I'll burn that bridge when I get to it, though before submitting I'd appreciate it if you would do me the favor if pitching it to the full team to see if you all officially think it would violate the no gore rule. If that's the ruling of the team, it isn't the end of the world, I'll just repaint it another color.

Anyway, progress. Spent all day cutting, dremeling and hammering. Nothing has had the final sand and polish, some still needs to be touched up with the dremel and a lot of it still needs at least a little hammering.

The torso plates are the closest to done:
(https://i.imgur.com/bKUuSvc.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/nI6cSzt.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/rLpoRYT.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/dGQ5NB6.jpg)

The gauntlet shells are about done, but I need to either find a source of templates for the toppers or make my own:
(https://i.imgur.com/mZrZMEl.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/bGm4wcT.jpg)

I intend on doing crushgaunt style hand armor, but until I find a suitable pair of gloves all I've done are the back of the hand and the plate over the first knuckles:
(https://i.imgur.com/vV0xl7O.jpg)

Thighs are a cross between those seen on some of Wren Clan, and the old TCW Death Watch, knees are standard Wren, and feet are custom for comfort.I'm also working on enclosed greaves, but they're not far enough along to be worth posting.
(https://i.imgur.com/SCotrKf.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/ICW6EJ5.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/t7BLBjR.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/1QWhqJC.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/mgpyFyi.jpg)

The cod piece is going to be attached to a padded vinyl backing for comfort, and attached to the flight suit so that it fits snuggish, not loose hanging.
(https://i.imgur.com/czYOF2F.jpg)

Oh hey, and the mess that is my hammering workspace :D. I have a sliver of log for a dishing stump at the moment, a small anvil and a cast iron pedestal for them to stand on, along with a set of ballpeens in various weights from 12-20 ounces and a rubber/plastic mallet combo job.
(https://i.imgur.com/MBBFK6P.jpg)

I also finished the back collar plate, but I'll picture it when I get more done on the back plate. I will say it was a stone cold sonofa-you-know-what to get shaped so that it lay flat to my back, and in the end doesn't quite line up with the collar plate anymore and will require some adjusting. I ran out of arm strength before I could get far with the back plate. Been a while since I hammered for more than a few minutes.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Talon Ven'ad on Mar 10, 2018, 11:21 PM
I'm gonna have to go with Havelock here. That hand print isn't gonna fly. No blood and gore, and that's clearly a bloody handprint. I think you could change the paint color and keep the hand, but the bloody version will get bounce back. 
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Sep Ho'ban on Mar 10, 2018, 11:27 PM
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Powers That Be used it in TFA on Finn's helmet.

The hand print would be fine if you were doing a canon FN-2187 -- but that would be Rebel Legion or 501st territory. As a merc, it's not CRL compliant, regardless of what prior CRL's or approval precedents are.  The CRL's are a living document.  Otherwise you wouldn't be able to use the Clan Wren inspiration. 

I think you'll do great things with this kit, and I want to see that, but I don't think you need the bloody handprint as a crutch to sell it.  You can find other ways to show your Merc means business vod!
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Mereelajum on Mar 11, 2018, 12:04 AM
Slade lives!!  Long time no see, good to have you back in action. 


Looks great by the way.  I love metal plates so much.  Iím using Sintra now for my new set (one you commented on on FB) and it just doesnít have the same feel.  Gonna have to go back to metal again eventually
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Mar 11, 2018, 12:36 PM
I'm gonna have to go with Havelock here. That hand print isn't gonna fly. No blood and gore, and that's clearly a bloody handprint. I think you could change the paint color and keep the hand, but the bloody version will get bounce back.
The hand print would be fine if you were doing a canon FN-2187 -- but that would be Rebel Legion or 501st territory. As a merc, it's not CRL compliant, regardless of what prior CRL's or approval precedents are.  The CRL's are a living document.  Otherwise you wouldn't be able to use the Clan Wren inspiration. 

I think you'll do great things with this kit, and I want to see that, but I don't think you need the bloody handprint as a crutch to sell it.  You can find other ways to show your Merc means business vod!
Thanks for your input guys. I'm not one for pedantry, but the current phrasing is
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No gruesome themes or items/elements including, but not limited to, human or human-like bones, skin, or organs. This policy is not limited to trophies and includes sculpted or otherwise attached elements.
But like I said, if the App Team makes the call that it meets those restrictions, I'm okay with repainting it. As it's been a staple of 'Slade' for so long I'd like to keep it as is if I can. And I'm well aware of the changeable nature of the CRL's, I used to be part of the revision process, after all :). 

Slade lives!!  Long time no see, good to have you back in action. 


Looks great by the way.  I love metal plates so much.  Iím using Sintra now for my new set (one you commented on on FB) and it just doesnít have the same feel.  Gonna have to go back to metal again eventually
Thanks bro, glad to be back :). And yeah, sintra isn't a bad medium, it's just not my favorite. Takes less time to make the plates, but more time and tlc to make them look as good with paint and weathering, in my opinion. Metal is definitely my preferred medium :D.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Havelock on Mar 11, 2018, 01:00 PM
No worries on the pedantry.  While not specifically included in the CRL, "gruesome" includes bloody hand prints.  And blood an gore in general.  Sorry, vod.  I wish you could keep it, as it's pretty bad shebs, but it's a no-go.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Mar 11, 2018, 01:55 PM
No worries on the pedantry.  While not specifically included in the CRL, "gruesome" includes bloody hand prints.  And blood an gore in general.  Sorry, vod.  I wish you could keep it, as it's pretty bad shebs, but it's a no-go.
Understood vod, no worries. I'd like to have kept it, but if that's the official word then I'm not going to fight it :).

I made a little more headway on the gauntlets, the hinges are attached and they're more or less final shaped, just waiting on the toppers and such. Next is touch-ups on the other plates and attaching the hinges to the shins. More pictures to come.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Havelock on Mar 11, 2018, 02:38 PM
Looking forward to more pics, vod.  I"m really enjoying this build.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Mar 13, 2018, 08:10 PM
Ask and ye shall receive :D

We got another slight snowpocalypse up here in the frozen northeast, so shoveling wore me out enough that hammering the back plate was not in the cards...and I got the wrong size belts for my belt sander the other day and didn't notice until I opened them today. Still got a fair bit of sanding done with dremel and mouse and hand. Realized in the sanding process I'm more out of practice hammering than I thought, so I had to do extra finishing work, but we're getting there.

The front torso and upper back are almost finished, except for some trimming to make the collar plates line up again now that they're shaped.
(https://i.imgur.com/QcfMO1x.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/yMWiR6d.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/jCiyiVR.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/wOQ788C.jpg)

The gauntlet shells are more or less finished and hinged together, they just need a little edge smoothing and for my magnets to arrive. Plus I'm still working on the topper problem. Still no luck on templates, so I'm going to try mocking some up myself. I guess I've made all of the other templates, so I should be able to come up with something. Maybe build something up out of foam and face it in thin aluminum? Hand and top knuckle plates are essentially done, though I'll be adding 'rivets' to the hand plates and small spikes to the knuckles later.
(https://i.imgur.com/3ybM8eu.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/EMheXdm.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/0tcvEQZ.jpg)

That's all for now, more to come soon!.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Straka Zulu on Mar 13, 2018, 08:16 PM
Hey, vod, would you have templates of the Wren style plates?  I'm looking to make a set myself.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Mar 13, 2018, 09:05 PM
Drew them all by hand with ruler and pencil, but I can probably get them scanned and uploaded if you want. You'd have to play around with sizing most likely, but it would give you somewhere to start from.

For actual Clan Wren plates, I have the back plate and back collar, front collar, chest plates and ab, knees and the top half of the gauntlet shells. I appear to have misplaced or chucked the shoulder, and the lower half of the gauntlet shell I just free-handed using my measurements. The rest of the plates are custom designs so they won't be helpful in an actual Wren build.

Edit: I scanned and uploaded them anyway :) https://imgur.com/a/LVnO5
The gauntlet shell top and collar plates need to be mirrored to get the full template, and the back plate needs to be cut out, put together and then mirrored. I was also having some issues with the lines showing up, so any extra thick lines you need to cut on the outside of the line to get it at full size. My printer/scanner was also otherwise acting up so I could only do jpegs, but they theoretically were scanned into 8.5x11 inch size and should print out accurate to size for that. For reference on sizing, I'm 5'7", stocky and chunky, 16.5" from armpit-to-armpit across the chest and 16" from collarbone to navel and the bottom of the ab plate sits at about the center-point of my navel.

Edit2: Upon closer inspection the tip of the ab plate was out of the scan area and the front end of the gauntlet shell top is a bit past the printable area. Neither should have a great effect on the final product, easily fixable with a pencil and a ruler.

I also added the link to the first post in case this gets lengthy or someone's just feeling lazy.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Mar 15, 2018, 09:23 PM
So the rest of the armor cleanup has been slowed because I keep forgetting to get the measurements on my belt sander and I have been too sore from work to want to hand sand everything. In the meantime, I made a little bit of headway with the gauntlet toppers.

So for reference, for those of you that haven't looked closely, this is what I'm aiming for:
(https://i.imgur.com/vY5oSxT.png)
All of the rebels mandos have basically similar armor, except for the 'hero' characters like Katan, Rau and Sabine.

I started from paper, went on to foam and finally made this mockup out of sintra.
(https://i.imgur.com/Ds807Fw.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/Tk8tiXD.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/GfVmBCU.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/XYs3F4d.jpg)

Very rough as I've done basically no cleanup on it, but I think I've started to get on the right track. I'm giving some thought to making the top entirely out of sintra. The proportions aren't as good as I'd like, but such is the problem with building from cartoon references; they don't exactly have human proportions and their armor bends in weird ways.

Edit: An equally rough mock-up in 22 gauge aluminum, slightly wider-built.
(https://i.imgur.com/uaqZrRu.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/ad9Ucgt.jpg)

I like the wider look better, and of course metal is my preferred medium. I'll have to play with both more and see what's what.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Havelock on Mar 15, 2018, 10:31 PM
This is looking absolutely great, vod!
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Straka Zulu on Mar 16, 2018, 05:49 AM
This is looking absolutely great, vod!

I agree!  :D
Kinda envious of your metalworking skills, but, I'll get there.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Mar 16, 2018, 06:01 PM
Thanks guys! And Straka, it's just a matter of time and experience; I've been doing this since 2006 and have built (for myself and others) somewhere on the order of a dozen or fifteen full sets of metal armor for myself and others. I'm a fair bit out of practice as I haven't done any real armor work in about a year, so I'm taking it easy on this set, but I think anyone can do the metalworking if they put in the time and effort. If you have any specific questions, feel free to PM me at any point and I'll get back to you asap.

I will hopefully have a more concrete update this weekend, but I have to pull some overtime because of the snow day earlier in the week so I might not have anything until next week.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Mar 17, 2018, 10:27 PM
Fair certain over a day later isn't double-posting, but even if it is I'm doing it anyway because I don't believe editing a post makes it pop back up on folks' feeds or as 'new' in the forums. If it does, well, someone can educate me on that.

Anyway, I've been working on this most of the day, since getting home from work at 10. I got some work done on the backplate, much of the dishing in fact:
(https://i.imgur.com/Yd8tYwL.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/jGAVc3w.jpg)

And then my dishing...device...broke in half D:
(https://i.imgur.com/PGchVE7.jpg)
That 16 gauge can really be a pain in the shebs.

Welp, it is what it is. Also took that left gauntlet top prototype and converted it into 22 gauge steel and started hammering it into shape. I had to get creative because my anvil was a bit too wide and, being the idjit that I am I forgot I had a second, slimmer anvil in my car.
(https://i.imgur.com/2QZv1TY.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/mDcDMUQ.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/DWmZijs.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/y5LaxaR.jpg)
Did a little tweaking, then hit it (along with most of the rest of the armor) with the belt sander, then wirebrush, then fine grit sandpaper. And then I began the mounting process.
(https://i.imgur.com/ARMb44K.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/07ZTav2.jpg)
Unfortunately I lack the bossman's welding skills, so this is attached using Amazing Goop, which I've found to be ideal as it so far has glued anything I want to anything else; metal-to-metal, metal-to-plastic, plastic-to-plastic, wood-to-wood, wood-to-metal, wood-to-plastic, etcetera. So far I haven't found anything I can't glue together with it. The white bit between the teeth of the topper is a bit of sintra, as the easiest material to fill in there. The whole of it will be bondo'd to the gauntlet shell when I have a chance to do so, along with bondo on the seams with the sintra to blend it all into one lovely whole.

I also made some progress with the right gauntlet topper, because I was bored and needed to give my hands a break from bending, sanding and hammering. You get to have a snapshot of the Slade Template Technique.
Reference pic:
(https://i.imgur.com/q0IHBdz.jpg?1)

First template proved to be a little too small:
(https://i.imgur.com/4xVmVMs.jpg)
As you can see, there's a lot of ruler-guided lines and paper folding.

Then that got used as a template for another template :D template-ception:
(https://i.imgur.com/7X3fPlX.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/tvTBDK4.jpg)
That one seems to be better proportioned, and also frankly better than the first topper template. Like I've said, I'm a little rusty

(https://i.imgur.com/VbKpAeN.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/9tyY2jz.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/lyeL4iy.jpg)

All-in-all productive day. Tomorrow I'll likely be tweaking the leftt gauntlet topper and getting the right cut out of metal. Not sure if I'll be able to do it in one piece like the template, though regardless I have plenty of bondo in my future. I think I got enough dishing done on the backplate to jigger it into fitting, so I might do more hammering on that tomorrow. Backplates are by and far the worst part to work on though, so I may need a couple more days of recovery for my arm. Unfortunately I work in manufacturing and spend all work day bending what amounts to metal spaghetti with my hands. The thin metal tubing isn't hard to bend and we have templates and forms to bend around, but it's still tiring on the hands, arms and shoulders once you do a few hundred in a day :P. Hopefully all of this hammering builds my stamina back up soon.

Also, stay tuned for more; I've decided that with my triumphant return, I'm going to build a kit from each era. This is my main project, but I've already templated and traced early era crusader armor. It'll be done out of 'sintra' because it's supposed to be bone and that's the easiest medium to get that look with minimal effort. Fortunately, Home Depot just started carrying pvc sheets and I was able to pick up a 2'x4' each of 3mm and 6mm. I just haven't worked up the motivation to cut a full suit out, especially as most of it is the 6mm for that beefy armor look and will need to either be cut with a dremel or jig saw. I'll post it up in the appropriate area when I get beyond the traced-out-on-the-sheet stage.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Straka Zulu on Mar 18, 2018, 01:19 AM
Looks like it's time to upgrade to an actual dishing stump!  :laugh:
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Mar 19, 2018, 09:45 PM
Looks like it's time to upgrade to an actual dishing stump!  :laugh:
Well...you're not wrong :P

Got the shins more toward finished. Not in love with the hinges, but it's hard to attach them otherwise. I decided to go with a style I did previously for enclosed shins, with the closure at the back and two smaller flaps as the back half.
(https://i.imgur.com/BC6AfIM.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/tQw1BfR.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/JKIxyXm.jpg)
And yes, the front detail pieces are different, one raised more than the other. Part whimsy, part laziness of shaping, but the assymetry will be tied in with the final details and paint done. If I decide I hate the hinges too much once they whole of it is painted, I might pull them, make a simple back clamshell and attach at both sides by magnet. Time will tell.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Mar 23, 2018, 01:56 PM
A good deal of the armor is complete, simply waiting on paint, velcro and straps. I have to wait on the weather for the former, and for the arrival of the latter two. As a teaser, here's much of it sanded, wire brushed and ready for paint.

(https://i.imgur.com/IfrKDj8.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/BEDPxou.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/eAIBnRz.jpg)

Not pictured here are the parts of the cod plate (I realized when cleaning up my indoor craft space yesterday that I somehow missed them in my grand sanding/wire brushing session) as well as the back plate and the gauntlets. The back plate is still in its dished only state, as it's a large, awkward piece and relatively tiring to work on while manhandling into place. The gauntlets are still in process.

I did manage to convert the paper template of the other gauntlet topper into metal format, 22 gauge steel like the first one.
(https://i.imgur.com/2u5TMW4.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/EYQvT1T.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/hQUySsm.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/i0a6TSF.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/krLp62E.jpg)

Unfortunately, my second anvil also proved too wide for the detail work on the bent topper, but I was able to make use of the iron frame for a fish tank stand that has been living on my back porch since the previous tenant moved out. It's solid metal, and by tipping it on its side and bracing the other legs under my foot I was able to use the end to hammer the piece into place. Unfortunately my cuts were not as neat as could be wanted because of the tools I was using, but they'll be adjustable in the final cleanup.

The inside of the seams have been thoroughly gooped to hold them together, and hopefully this weekend I'll acquire some bondo and seal the outer seams on both toppers. Then it's just a matter of adding the detail pieces and weaponry! I've also done some work on my early era crusader armor if any of y'all are interested in checking it out, link's in the signature.

Edit: I had time to get the cod plates sanded and wire-brushed today, and hit the gauntlets with bondo. Only had enough time to sand one of them tonight, however.

(https://i.imgur.com/RACAevu.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/NuJI5Qk.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/GnxcbTE.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/7BC0ihL.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/zTiooVQ.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/nxkbiDu.jpg)

So a bit more work on the back plate and gauntlets, and cutting out a chest diamond, and I'll be done with as much as I can until straps and velcro arrive and the weather decides to cooperate.


Edit: 24Mar2018

Finishing touches on the gauntlets. Just need weapons added, and backfill inside the toppers.
(https://i.imgur.com/AdyO0SS.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/6XCBTQ9.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/5LWNeJO.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/am7qnNK.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/MmBdyeN.jpg)
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Apr 01, 2018, 05:29 PM
So with the exception of the diamond and the accessories on the gauntlets, the armor is done. It's still a bit too cold for painting around here, but I got it all velcro'd up, and stuck the torso plates on my old vest to check 'em out.

There are still some imperfections in the back plate, but I'm going to wait and see how it looks after the primer before putting more energy into getting it just so. Considering most of it is going to be covered by a jetpack anyway, I think it's come out pretty good.
(https://i.imgur.com/Aqonk3G.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/ZrUzQ0C.jpg)

The plates don't fit quite right on the vest and the spacing is a bit off as the velcro is set up for my old Galaxies style armor. I think it gives a good show of how the shaping and sizing are, though. The back plate  looks a touch wide in the picture, but I think once I have a vest with properly placed velcro it won't be a problem. If necessary, I can always shave a half inch off each side or something.
(https://i.imgur.com/PGiQEMW.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/PzoZsky.jpg)
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Apr 07, 2018, 03:45 PM
Broke down and made a duct tape cast to help with sizing, because I feel like it's a little off.

(https://i.imgur.com/wFFwIcv.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/2aVMGxD.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/YwscIaA.jpg)

So, the back plate needs a little more shaping, and upon closer inspection the ab and chest plates are just a little too big. They go too far down my torso; that line on the bottom of the ab plate is around where my belly button is. The blacked out parts of the plates are where I intend on trimming them. I'm going to mess around with the back plate today, so if anyone disagrees and thinks the size/spacing is ok, there's time to change my mind before I get a' cuttin'.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Barrise Tisa on Apr 07, 2018, 07:54 PM
This is looking amazing.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Straka Zulu on Apr 07, 2018, 08:56 PM
The plates look pretty good, Vod.  When you trim them, be sure to do it a little at a time, so you don't over do it.

And, do I spy a Supernatural ward on you?
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Apr 07, 2018, 09:22 PM
Thanks! This is the first time in, oh, six years I've really built myself a new suit from the ground up properly, so I'm sort of feeling my way through some of it.

And, do I spy a Supernatural ward on you?

That you do! Opposite the Dragonmark of Passage.

So I finished reshaping the back plate and rear collar plate, but I didn't bother with pictures as it doesn't change the look of them dramatically, just makes them fit better. I also went ahead and did the trimming on the chest and ab plates. Duct Tape Leroy helped!

No flash:
(https://i.imgur.com/0cwMKeT.jpg)

With flash:
(https://i.imgur.com/RDEPVg6.jpg)

Needs a touch of reshaping as well, especially the trimmed areas, and the upper half of the ab plate, but it's a wee bit too late for hammering around here.

Also, my dog cosplays!
(https://i.imgur.com/axvmC7G.jpg)
By which I mean my fiance torments Orrie by making her try on costume bits. That dog is remarkably tolerant, I'll have to make her armor of her own some day.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Straka Zulu on Apr 07, 2018, 09:34 PM
That you do! Opposite the Dragonmark of Passage.
Sweet.

I'm not sure if you answered this, but what gauge metal are you using?  I'm in the middle of a rebuild, and have been using 22ga steel.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Apr 08, 2018, 08:33 AM
All of the torso plates are 16ga steel. The shoulders, gauntlets, and below-the-waist armor are all 22ga steel. I've always done either 22ga steel or 14ga aluminum, but decided to give the 16ga a chance on the bossman's recommendation during one of the Warmaster's Workshop livestreams.


Edit:
Just in case anyone checking the thread out has any delusions in regards to my talent, I'd like to share the pictures of my very first suit, the one I technically got approved in back in late '08, early '09, when Mandalorian Costuming was still mostly a lawless jungle.
(https://i.imgur.com/BwzMQCV.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/5JP3K0R.jpg)

As you can see, it was a fair bit of a mess, and I doubt it would warrant more than a glance from the App Team before getting kicked back with a veritable mountain of required changes :P.

Then, my most recent officially approved kit, from circa 2013-2014
(https://i.imgur.com/XVIqUWE.jpg)
Still a bit of a mess in areas, notably bagginess of flight suit and those first run vac-formed Legacy shoulders being too small, but leaps and bounds improved. That was after five solid years of practice, well over a dozen separate sets of torso plates hammered into existence, not counting utter failures and an ever-varying number of other armor parts.  The proper armor build is all about time, practice and patience.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: The Unknown Mando on Apr 12, 2018, 06:10 PM
Nice work vod, I'm kicking around idea of next armour set being metal. Watching this with interest
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Apr 12, 2018, 07:01 PM
Thanks vod, If you have any questions on metal armor building feel free to message me any time. I get notified by email when someone PMs me, and my email goes to my phone so I should respond in a timely manner. It's easier to get into than people expect, though it can be tough work on some parts. Getting all of the tools can be a little pricey as well, but once you have them, most of them will last you for many years. All of the hard work and cost is definitely rewarding when the armor is done.

Updates will be thin on the ground the rest of the week, as I had a surprise Flushing week. I make tubing assemblies for medical instruments, analytical quipment mostly related to liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry, which means almost nothing to me :P; one of the sales guys once explained it to me as "we make the -censored- that tells you what -censored- is in your -censored-". Part of the process in the Tubing department where I work is flushing solvents through the raw tubing after it's cut and then blowing them dry with nitrogen gas. We take turns working one week at a time with the full time flusher, which means going in there every 7 or 8 weeks. It means extra hours worked, and hours spent hunched over a pump outlet and often turned off to one side because of longer tubes. I was supposed to have one more week before my turn, but the Saw operator is out on temporary medical after surgery, and the guy who's turn it was this week is the backup Saw operator, so it's a'flushing I have been :P.

TL;DR: Super exhaust from bonus work and have to work Saturday and have an engagement party Sunday, so chances are real updates won't resume until next week.

Also, don't let my blaring overconfidence fool you; I am as insecure about my work as anyone, or more so, so compliments, encouragements and constructive criticism are very welcome :D.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Kol Varek on Apr 12, 2018, 10:22 PM
Nice to see another of the old guard return! Watching with interest.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Apr 13, 2018, 05:29 PM
Thanks Kol,

Minor update, as the weather decided to be nice with only slight humidity. I decided to hit the front torso plates with a coat of primer, as it's a great way to see any remaining imperfections.
(https://i.imgur.com/eurglib.jpg)

More to come, of course.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Sep Ho'ban on Apr 13, 2018, 05:31 PM
Those look awesome Slade!
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: The Unknown Mando on Apr 13, 2018, 05:56 PM
Thanks vod, If you have any questions on metal armor building feel free to message me any time. I get notified by email when someone PMs me, and my email goes to my phone so I should respond in a timely manner. It's easier to get into than people expect, though it can be tough work on some parts. Getting all of the tools can be a little pricey as well, but once you have them, most of them will last you for many years. All of the hard work and cost is definitely rewarding when the armor is done.

Thanks vod, I'll definantly have some questions
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Apr 13, 2018, 08:15 PM
Those look awesome Slade!
Thanks :D

So I caved to the lady and brought the dog outside to play in the yard while the weather held, decided to take all of the plates downstairs and hit them all with some primer.
(https://i.imgur.com/fwLGyRs.jpg?1)
(https://i.imgur.com/Q5yCNKO.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/rcmkwML.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/VMpWNpI.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/C9XOrkl.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/vsNbTLx.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/9EPsX9c.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/AfLIVpE.jpg)

Please ignore my scrubbiness in that last :P. I had to go in for 4am today, so as soon as I got home it was sweatpants and t-shirt time.

My main intent with the primer coat now was to look for imperfections that still need hammering/sanding, but for once I seem to actually have been thorough enough with my cleanup work before painting. There are a couple spots that need touching up on the gauntlets, but I think the rest of the plates are ready for more paint. I also got most of my new vest done; it just needs a closure method and velcro for plate placement. One step closer.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Apr 16, 2018, 09:43 PM
Realized I completely missed my cod plates and my hand armor. Did some work on the latter over the last couple days, as well as banging out a chunk of my early crusader armor for a change of pace.

Unfortunately, the knuckle spikes are a bit uneven, but I'm not sure how much motivation I have to redo them, especially given the cost of the metal drill attachments for my dremel. I'm going to wait until I paint them and see how they look.
(https://i.imgur.com/HXrPLmq.jpg)

Start with handplate:
(https://i.imgur.com/TaSaW3E.jpg)
Take leather studs and remove spikey bits with tin snips
(https://i.imgur.com/BTlWis8.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/4Funorv.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/fy5WGkl.jpg)
Glue onto hand plate with Goop
(https://i.imgur.com/6BX8uX4.jpg)

Of the 16 domes, four came off because the goop within didn't have enough air to cure. So I filled them in and will glue them back on tomorrow.

The reference for the gauntlets is the old wookiepedia shuk'orok, crushgaunts:
(https://i.imgur.com/VmabKRr.jpg)

More to come, of course!
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Havelock on Apr 16, 2018, 10:24 PM
Well.  That's just stupid fancy.  Nicely done, vod!  Looking forward to seeing those completely put together. 
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Rhysal on Apr 16, 2018, 11:07 PM
Metal kits amaze me, they're an impressive level of craftsmanship. Nice work! I'm excited to see the finished product!
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Jennari on Apr 17, 2018, 12:24 PM
Finally, some crushgaunts! Eager to see how they and your kit come out.  ;D
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Apr 17, 2018, 10:06 PM
Thanks guys :D. I had some major car trouble (as in my car has gone to the great parking lot in the sky) so I didn't get home until about an hour and a half ago. BUT I did get the four domes that failed to adhere glued on. We'll see tomorrow if it holds or if I have to seek alternative attachment methods. Good thing is the goop I filled the domes with cured just fine, so the final layer should hold. It'll also help once I paint them, as the paint will further seal them on.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: MalacorV on Apr 17, 2018, 10:48 PM
My kit's color scheme was/is inspired by Clan Wren also - I LOVE This build and can't wait to see where you take it.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Apr 18, 2018, 09:11 PM
Nice! And thanks :D, I'm not sure if I'm going to go Wren colors, I'm leaning toward my old gold and purple colors.

Small progress, and update! The renegade domes seem to be securely glued on. I also mounted the plates (removeably for later painting) onto the left hand glove. Would have done both, but the right hand seems to have disappeared :/. Hopefully it's in my lady's car, as that was the last place I remember having them when I wore my old kit to my friend's house for his birthday.

(https://i.imgur.com/bql1fmM.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/p2u3i3J.jpg)

Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Kol Varek on Apr 18, 2018, 11:21 PM
Very nice
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Havelock on Apr 19, 2018, 12:24 PM
Looking great, Slade.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Apr 22, 2018, 06:18 PM
Thanks folks :D. Today's weather spiked enough to get some painting in!

First coat!
(https://i.imgur.com/7KcxZOM.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/YIKEa8A.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/mjRUY21.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/1RFsJyA.jpg)

As you can see, I decided to go with something akin to my old colors rather than Wren Clan colors, but I'll be incorporating some Wren elements in the final painting stage. I unfortunately couldn't find my old colorshift purple/blue paint in stores and was too impatient to order it online, so I found a nice purple I liked for my secondary color.

The shins up close!
(https://i.imgur.com/KeDFUcF.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/AZS7Fkx.jpg)
As you can see, the paint is still a little splotchy, so it'll need another coat but I ran out of warm weather. I unfortunately pulled the masking off already because I couldn't tell out in daylight that the paint wasn't evenly coated. You'll also note that the front panel on one of them is raised up, the intent is to make a slim vibroblade that can be sheathed in that one, it leaves about a 1/16 inch gap between it and the actual shin plate.

The cod plate needs a little more weathering, but I expect a mando would still avoid getting shot in the groin, even with beskar.
(https://i.imgur.com/N3lbkXX.jpg)

Minimal weathering on the backplate, because Slade rarely shows his back to the enemy!
(https://i.imgur.com/QrhDSoE.jpg)

Some throwbacks to the weathering on my first 'proper' kit that I wore for years on the front torso plates.
(https://i.imgur.com/IpWZ0ha.jpg)

And unfortunately some spiderwebbing on the boot and shoulder armor, but those are getting sanded down and purpled anyway, so there it is.
(https://i.imgur.com/mVl0ZTG.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/9qrTceS.jpg)

Now, the whole of it needs blackwashing and carbon scoring, and it will be getting some patterns influenced by Tristan Wren's markings on the chest and back plate. And of course since I went with different colors, one of my buckets is going to need to be stripped down and repainted...orrrr I need another bucket.

Note: Modified because I hit 'post' preemptively like a putz :P
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Vhett Naast on Apr 24, 2018, 12:40 AM
Glad to see our OG horn-head mando back in action  ;)  8)

I look forward to following your progress man, looking good so far!
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: GoldenCat on Apr 25, 2018, 04:18 AM
That is looking so cool  :o
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Apr 25, 2018, 05:43 AM
Glad to see our OG horn-head mando back in action  ;)  8)

I look forward to following your progress man, looking good so far!
Thanks vod :D

That is looking so cool  :o
And thanks GC, I try my best!

Minor update folks: I was unable to take advantage of the gorgeous weather the last three days because I've been running back and forth to the car dealership. Long story short; my car crapped out for good, so I got a new one :D. I paid the down payment and fees yesterday and barring disaster I'll be picking it up today. Been driving since I was 16, so half my life, and this will be my first actual new car. Today's going to be garbage weather here anyway, but tomorrow highs in the 60s, so I should be able to resume painting then.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Apr 29, 2018, 08:57 PM
Updates! Weather held the one day I was super busy, but I managed to get some painting in.

(https://i.imgur.com/ohafYcy.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/85LYS0h.jpg)

Sooo, you can see the tape lifted some paint, so I had the choice to either repaint the gold or turn it into battle damage. I'm trying it out as battle damage for now and seeing where it goes. I still need to give the whole suit a blackwash and some carbon scoring.

The gauntlets are also getting some markings, and the helmet will get the same Wren clan markings my grey and yellow one does, albeit in gold, purple and red. My amazing fiance has a penchant for pepakura, so she's giving a shot at pepping one of the helmet files available. She's skittish about the actual fiberglassing part, but she does a great job at the cutting, folding and gluing stage.

More to come!
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Havelock on Apr 29, 2018, 09:00 PM
Nice.  Very, very nice.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Sep Ho'ban on Apr 29, 2018, 09:13 PM
Agree with Havelock.  Circle gets a square!
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Straka Zulu on Apr 30, 2018, 05:03 AM
Sick! ;D
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Apr 30, 2018, 08:28 PM
Thanks guys! :D

Took a break from painting to wage war on my sewing machine and got some of the velcro attached to the vest. Here's a test fit of the front torso plates:
(https://i.imgur.com/b2olJwg.jpg)

So the spacing looks large to me, but it's half an inch, and a literal thumb's width. I have some wiggle with the velcro to trim it and move the plates in if necessary, I sewed a bit in from the edges more or less on purpose. Taking a break from that, though, and might do some blackwashing. And, of course, I still have to make a diamond for this kit :P.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Havelock on Apr 30, 2018, 08:53 PM
Yep.  Looks good, vod.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: The Unknown Mando on May 01, 2018, 09:46 AM
Looking good vod, keen to see it after a wash
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Kol Varek on May 01, 2018, 09:47 PM
Some good looking armor you got going on there. Keep it up Old Guard!
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on May 05, 2018, 11:56 PM
Thanks folks :D. Got a little teaser for you, should have more pics tomorrow, got the first wash down on everything except the shins. Going a little heavy on sections as I may or may not rejoin the brigades and jump back into the mechanics.

(https://i.imgur.com/QyUt92f.jpg)

Also I got my vest mostly finished and mostly velcro'd! Just have to add the flaps for the shoulder plates and velcro for the back plate.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on May 06, 2018, 08:15 PM
The rest of the pictures! Except for the cod plates because they still aren't mounted on the padding.

Forgive the obvious titling, back collar, back plate and shoulders. Black-washed but lighter than the rest.
(https://i.imgur.com/fUB8x2b.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/f1bUDp6.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/dMSKDjK.jpg)

The knees, boot plates and gauntlets got the most of it, as the places mostly likely to be in the way of splashing oil and such. Shins got a lighter treatment but still more heavily washed than the other plates.
(https://i.imgur.com/VgPkGZu.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/Sq9YRHx.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/kHk1cDv.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/mdsgccb.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/Zsuh02C.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/0l47EiM.jpg)

Also not pictured are the thigh plates, as they're side mounted like the Rebels mandos and will probably get some secondary weathering added once I decide how my holsters are going to go, and my tools. Brigades or no, Slade is a grease monkey and he'll have the appropriate tools. Hell, might even do a set up to send to the boss man to replace my original tools that are still part of the speeder display.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Sep Ho'ban on May 07, 2018, 02:19 AM
Really like the splashes of red and purple!
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on May 09, 2018, 07:30 PM
Thanks! So mini-update, I finally got around to making a chest diamond :P. Everything else is still as previously reported. I've had to do things over and above work every day for the last five days, so I've taken it easy for the most part. Supposed to be 60s and 70s the next few days, so I'm hoping to get a clear coat down on everything tomorrow, as well as finish sewing velcro on the vest, add shoulder flaps and make the mount for the cod plate.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Havelock on May 09, 2018, 08:01 PM
Looking great, vod.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Raene on May 09, 2018, 08:10 PM
I've loved reading about your journey and craftsmanship. I'm new and I even I can tell the first wouldn't pass CRLs today.  Your recent work is truly breathtaking. What do you use for the blackwash?
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on May 10, 2018, 07:59 PM
Looking great, vod.
I've loved reading about your journey and craftsmanship. I'm new and I even I can tell the first wouldn't pass CRLs today.  Your recent work is truly breathtaking. What do you use for the blackwash?
Thanks :D

I'm super cheap when it comes to washes, literally just fifty cent Walmart paint mixed about 30/70 paint to water. These only have a blackwash, but I typically add a lighter brownwash and occasionally a graywash for additional depth and accent. I also add a bit of black paint dry brushed and wiped off of extra detail spots like scratches or battle damage spots. In the case of the shoulder plates in particular, I didn't put enough layers of clear coat down before taping off for the tertiary red, so it peeled some of the purple off and let the gold through. I decided I liked it and just added a bit of extra blackwash around those points.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on May 28, 2018, 12:45 PM
Moderate setback. Need to start from scratch with the vest. More to come.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Straka Zulu on May 28, 2018, 01:54 PM
That's a bummer, but not a hard thing to do.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Jul 03, 2018, 09:10 AM
Hey vode, just wanted to touch base with you all. I'm alive! I took a little time off initially to help my fiancee get some costumes sorted for a con this past weekend, and then last week I was in a car accident. I'm okay, just battered and bruised, but no internal injury and nothing that appears to be long term. My brand-new car is totalled, however D:. I don't know if it will be officially yet, as the appraiser hasn't taken a look at it, but it was pretty smashed up when EMS took me off scene. I go today to check it out and get my stuff out of it. Hopefully I'll be back to the grind soon; the first step being to make a new vest. I also have to touch up the weathering on some of the armor parts, and actually complete the gauntlets which are lacking any mounted weapons systems (wouldn't matter except there are obvious slots for them that are just empty). Hopefully I'll have some new progress for you soon. Thanks for stopping by!
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jul 03, 2018, 09:42 AM
Glad to hear you're OK.  :o
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Tal Akaan on Jul 03, 2018, 09:48 AM
Glad you were able to walk away from it, canít keep a good merc down! Your kit is looking great BTW!
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Jul 03, 2018, 09:54 AM
Glad to hear you're OK.  :o
Glad you were able to walk away from it, canít keep a good merc down! Your kit is looking great BTW!
Thanks vode :D.

And yeah, I was hobbling, but I was able to walk myself onto the ambulance, and walking around Foxwoods Comic-Conn this weekend didn't kill me, though the 7 miles a day would've been brutal suited up :P. I'd already paid for tickets (non-refundable) and it was too late to cancel the hotel room so I was damned well going to enjoy the con :P.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Havelock on Jul 03, 2018, 03:39 PM
I'd already paid for tickets (non-refundable) and it was too late to cancel the hotel room so I was damned well going to enjoy the con :P.

Right on, ner'vod!
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: The Unknown Mando on Jul 03, 2018, 05:29 PM
Good to hear you're ok,and  no prosthetics needed
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Jul 16, 2018, 05:37 AM
Good to hear you're ok,and  no prosthetics needed
Thanks :D

Another update: the recovery is going slower than expected thanks to my pre-existing back issues, but it is going. Hopefully no more than another week before I'm well enough to really get back to work.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Havelock on Jul 16, 2018, 10:59 AM
Pre-existing back issues: bad.  Recovery in progress: good.   :)  I hope you feel a little better very day, vod.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Kol Varek on Jul 16, 2018, 11:29 AM
You're nuts Slade, glad you're doing okay though!
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Aug 06, 2018, 09:17 AM
Thanks vode, just wanted to pop in with an update. My recovery is going slowly but well, and my car has been replaced. Insurance covered everything, fortunately. Hope to get back in the saddle soon!
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Straka Zulu on Aug 06, 2018, 11:15 AM
Good to hear, vod! Wish i could say the same.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Sep 15, 2018, 12:56 PM
I yet live.

My recovery has and is going far more slowly than anticipated, due in no small part to me returning to work way sooner than doctor's recommendation. However, I am getting there, and have begun evaluating what I need to finish this baby up. Turns out the vest is recoverable, which is good, other than that, it's a matter of strapping up, repainting the helmet (or acquiring a new one!) and finishing up accessories like the crushgaunts and gauntlet-mounted weapons. Oh, and finding the missing third piece of the cod plate and paint the diamond :P. Anyway, here are some fresh pictures of the plates as they currently stand.

(https://i.imgur.com/WrmxiRY.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/WAntoJ5.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/Lhewpji.jpg?2)
(https://i.imgur.com/3y0FiMn.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/65h4t8M.jpg)
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Sep Ho'ban on Sep 15, 2018, 02:52 PM
Welcome back again!
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Tal Akaan on Sep 15, 2018, 10:56 PM
Glad to see you back at it Vod!
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Havelock on Sep 17, 2018, 02:58 PM
Welcome back, Slade, and looking great!
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Nov 10, 2018, 08:55 PM
Thanks guys, had a small hiccup in the recovery, but I appear to be well on the mend. Still not 100%, but Mercs Con has motivated me. The vest situation seems to be mostly sorted, I was able to repair my vest but I'll need to reposition velcro and may just swap it for magnets. I also realized when I had my missus take the pictures that either my posture was off or I velcrod the side panel closed crooked. Good news is, after some minor trimming to line up the front and back collar plates and even out the gaps between them on each side I have the torso plates about done! That balance between front and back collar plates has been a nightmare since the beginning, and today was no different :P.

(https://i.imgur.com/GBoyVKy.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/Fki5AE2.jpg)

As usual, I rely on y'all to point out anything I'm missing other than the overall alignment thing. In addition, I have nearly completed installing the magnets on my wrap-around shins, just waiting for the first pair on the right shin to cure before I put the second set on. I was also able to get my hand armor mostly mounted:

(https://i.imgur.com/ETJAelW.jpg?1)

I'm waiting on magnets before I can mount the right hand's plate, though the knuckle plate is already bolted into place. From there, I still need to finish the cod piece mounting flap, the weapon mounts for the gauntlets (minimally, I have a set coming from the bossman that will undoubtedly be better), straps for the thigh plates and mounting the boot plates (and finding the boot plates :P). Oh, and I need to either strip and repaint one of my helmets or acquire a new one . My goal is to finish this and submit before New Year, though that might be too ambitious. Certainly I intend to be approved by Celebration.

In the meantime, I hope to be more active again!
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: The Unknown Mando on Nov 10, 2018, 10:08 PM
G'day vod, looking pretty cool. I like your vests material, looks awesome, wearable trophy?
Your painting looks good too vod, got some depth to it too...very nice. The weathering / damage has variety to it too
Hopefully the recovery continues mate 👌🏻
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Nov 10, 2018, 10:51 PM
Thanks and thanks :D. And yes, re: trophy vest, Slade's always had a grudge against Trandoshans.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Sep Ho'ban on Nov 10, 2018, 10:58 PM
good to have you back again! again!

Looks like your ab may be a bit further away from your chest plates than your collar, but it's looking food overall.

I'd recommend blunting the knuckle spikes a bit.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Nov 11, 2018, 04:08 PM
Thanks! :D I need to weather the hand armor anyway, so I can take a dremel to the spikes while I'm at it. I definitely need to redo the attachment for the plates, anyway, as I had to reposition the collar plates, so moving the ab a bit closer shouldn't be a problem, and with my attention drawn to it I think it could do with a little more carbon scoring over that big ol' blaster mark. Don't recall if I mentioned and don't feel like checking, but the shabla paint lifted with the tape and I didn't want to repaint the whole thing :P. I'm considering magnets for the reattachement and ordered a bunch of them for testing purposes that should arrive tomorrow or Tuesday. Never done them for full on plate to vest attachment, but I figure it should be easy enough.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Havelock on Nov 14, 2018, 06:14 PM
This is looking great, Slade.  Looking forward to more.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Nov 14, 2018, 10:11 PM
Great progress! Sorry I haven't commented sooner. Life. And. Stuff. Ok, I don't have a good excuse. But great work.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Nov 23, 2018, 05:16 PM
Thanks guys, no real progress to report because of the holiday, but I did get most of the work done on a new vest. Just need to attach the shoulder flaps, nail down an issue of it folding and sticking out at the back of the neck and add attachment points for the armor. I ended up just remaking the thing because of some small weight loss and uneven hemming on the old one.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Jan 06, 2019, 12:25 PM
Hey kids, papa Slade is still alive, still recovering and made a little progress!

So I started weathering on the crushgaunts, and as suggested ground down the spikes a little. I have to do final polishing on those with hand files, but if it isn't enough, please advise!
(https://i.imgur.com/J87fbrv.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/SDKYsIt.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/9Q5Vb5Q.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/Blk7H21.jpg)

And I actually got around to making the flap for the cod-piece! I need to adjust the spacing a bit, and the whole of it is going to be attached to the groin of the flight suit so that it has that natural cod piece shade, but it actually doesn't look have bad as an armored loincloth either.
(https://i.imgur.com/4Xt1Ai5.jpg?1)

Then there's the thigh plates. Now these will be secured flush(ish) to the pants with velcro, and there will be holsters strapped down over them, but this is just for an idea of how they'll hang.
(https://i.imgur.com/oNbIJs4.jpg?1)
(https://i.imgur.com/mJEL7oc.jpg?1)

We're getting down to the wire here. I need to add magnets to the new vest (still) for plate mounting, because I've been waiting on assistance, then final attachment points to the pants for these parts, mounting the knees and boots, and finally weapon mounts for the gauntlets and a new/repainted bucket and I'll be there. That's only like 5 things, to paraphrase a 4-year-old I read about on the internet. Oh, and there definitely needs to be a weathering party on the soft parts, so I guess that's just 6 things :P. By the time I'm done, the boss will probably be done with my new gauntlets and I'll be retiring these ones anyway :D. Hope to have more for y'all in a more timely fashion next, now that the holidays are over. It's time to knuckle down and really prep for Celebration. I'm hoping to be re-official by then.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Novoc Mereel on Jan 12, 2019, 02:23 AM
Glad to see you're back at it, mate!
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Feb 01, 2019, 08:15 PM
Thanks! I'm getting there slowly.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Feb 20, 2019, 09:42 PM
Been in full Celebration mode of late, so I've actually made some progress. I have since failed three more times at making a vest, but the most recent was very close! Armor, however, has been going well. I had to remake my shins because I committed the sin of making shins before acquiring footwear, and my wrap-arounds don't fit over my new boots. NBD, though, I knocked out a set of shins this afternoon and just have to create detail pieces for the front and paint. We, ah, fabricated a paint hood in our living room that is working actually quite well, and leaves me hopeful for building a permanent one after the celebration hype is over.

(https://i.imgur.com/dchUOJ9.jpg)
It looks like crap, but the fan in the hose works wonders; within five minutes of painting the smell is gone unless you shove your head in the hood itself.

So, new shins:
(https://i.imgur.com/D33eyTc.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/7DMnJLj.jpg)
Extremely simplistic, will have a shape like that on the front of the Wren Clan grunts on the front, probably made of sintra for ease of shaping and speed.

I've begun mounting magnets on my boots to hold on boot armor and keep shin plates in place (straps will hold them up, the magnet's for stability).
(https://i.imgur.com/GbG8ph2.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/VcKnzEj.jpg)
Question for my App Team compadres; those straps and rings, do they need to be removed or are they alright? At the moment, they're a useful catch for the lower edge of the shin plates but if they gotta go, they gotta go.


The hope is to finish this up soonish so I can hopefully get an application in in time to get approved for celebration. So, in that vein, to do:

The helmet previously shown is going to be used, a modified TCW Deathwatch style from Stormtrooperguy's molds, done by Adamscottfm, aka Rabid Badger Builds (https://www.facebook.com/rabidbadgerbuilds/) which I am currently sanding down for repainting  :(

Edit: Technically wouldn't be a double post, but I figured I might as well add in here today's progress.

Basically two days of sanding turned the bucket in my profile pic and down in my signature into this:
(https://i.imgur.com/7FAFfVN.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/OgapdbB.jpg)
I also took the time to actually dremel out the keyslots, because apparently last year I was strapped for time and barely even cut through them D:.

The aftermath! Yes, that's a pile of resin and paint dust in the background of the first pic, probably about an inch deep and three or four across
(https://i.imgur.com/wJOqJHZ.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/h7yEA6N.jpg)

And beginning the silverification, feat. the interior of the hooptie hood, complete with lazy susan and the cardboard 'door'.
(https://i.imgur.com/efJvxVj.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/qigwLCK.jpg)

Sintra details for the shins, pre-shaping and pre-paint.
(https://i.imgur.com/oVaMmHJ.jpg)


More to come, hopefully! Maintain an attitude of constant improvement, eh?
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Vhett Naast on Feb 22, 2019, 03:11 PM
Nice work man! Nothing like sanding down a helmet to repaint, it's a good arm work-out  :P
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Feb 22, 2019, 07:10 PM
Thanks! And yeah, definitely an arm workout, feeling the burn especially after hammering plates the day before. Slight progress in the meantime:

First layer of gold
(https://i.imgur.com/jfMWX76.jpg)

And began gluing the detail pieces on the shins
(https://i.imgur.com/cCOr4Kk.jpg)

Edit:
And weathering on the gauntlet armor!
(https://i.imgur.com/OFiJRXu.jpg)
Still need to do some weathering on the gloves themselves, but constant improvement!
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Havelock on Feb 22, 2019, 08:02 PM
This is all looking amazing, vod!
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Feb 22, 2019, 08:15 PM
Thanks vod :D. I'm running into a slight hiccup on the boots; the left boot plate won't stay put even with the extra magnets on the sides (you can see the glue marks where they went in the pics above), so I'm going to try a few small tabs of velcro for reinforcement. I submitted a question to the Q & A board, but you wouldn't happen to have any insight on whether the straps and rings on the boots are approvable, would you? It wouldn't take much effort to remove them, but the straps do provide a nice cushion for the bottom edges of the shin plates. Now that I think of it, if they are a problem as too recognizeable I could make armor plates to mount over the rings.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Havelock on Feb 22, 2019, 08:32 PM
I've had constant issues with my right boot plate, so I absolutely feel your pain.  As for your question about the boots, your Q&A question will be published in due time, I'm sure, but the short answer is that no, you don't have to remove the straps and rings.  Personally, I would, but you're welcome to leave them in place.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Feb 23, 2019, 08:46 AM
I'll probably take your advice, you haven't steered me wrong yet.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Mar 02, 2019, 10:23 AM
Straps have been removed from boots, new shins and helmet repaint are coming along swimmingly!

Bit less dramatic as a grease stain, but also within the confines set by our mousy overlords!
(https://i.imgur.com/VPag70M.jpg)
The handprint is #backinblack
(https://i.imgur.com/6PSEhYG.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/vF0BMPw.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/w67HoiT.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/OFiJRXu.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/J3GqL0Y.jpg)

I can't imagine not having mentioned this already, but just in case, Slade is a mechanic/smith, a grease monkey, so heavier weathering particularly on hands and forearms, shins and knees. Doubt I'll put a particular effort into making this version brigade ready before Celebration, as I want to focus on getting done and reapproved by then, but it oughtta be on the right track.

The markings are inspired by Clan Wren's; I had thought to make Wren markings in my red/gold/purple but decided against it in case it was frowned upon on a non-canon costume.

I've also begun the foray into leatherworking for pouches and holsters!
(https://i.imgur.com/9uumeFe.jpg)

I'm hoping to get everything wrapped up in a week or two so that there's time to get approved before Celebration D:. Wish me luck!
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Havelock on Mar 02, 2019, 11:52 AM
This is coming along so very nicely.  This WiP is a pleasure to read.   :)  Now get it done so you can apply!   :P
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Mar 03, 2019, 07:47 AM
This is coming along so very nicely.  This WiP is a pleasure to read.   :)  Now get it done so you can apply!   :P
Doing my best!

(https://i.imgur.com/QuyQ6fe.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/yNReo6D.jpg)
Holsters and straps with first round of dye, the tiny bois there will get sewn together and fit over a belt, and the holster straps will snap to them.
 Unfortunately I was a fool and did not put a attachment point for the leg straps on the holsters before putting them together, so I'll have to glue some on or something and hope it holds.

(https://i.imgur.com/HtX1oOO.jpg)
Helmet and shins both clear coated. My new visor is on it's way and should arrive Tuesday, there was some delay in shipping. Today I'll be setting straps on the shins and knees and mount points on the pants, and if the Manda wills it my new vest might even be done.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Havelock on Mar 08, 2019, 01:18 PM
Niiiiiiiiice
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Straka Zulu on Mar 08, 2019, 02:17 PM
Need some more "grease/oil" stains on the bottom of the helmet.  :laugh: :P

Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Carid Vhett on Mar 08, 2019, 04:36 PM
Grease stains on the thighs too, from wiping it off your hands maybe?

Looking good. Love the colours
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Mar 09, 2019, 11:21 PM
Thanks guys! I'll take more grease on the helmet into consideration :P, As for thighs, wellll...

(https://i.imgur.com/ltkhNZM.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/BlusYuj.jpg)
Since I've gone away from the Wren colors and some of the style along the course of this build I decided to swap for some traditional thighs. I forgot to grab another pic after finishing the planishing, slapping down some masking fluid and getting the first layer of paint down, but I'll get a shot once the painting is done of course.

Also decided on a Jango-esque cod plate because I do intend on going mechanic as it was my original brigade (and possibly copying Sep with doubling down, perhaps Gunslinger, as I like the cut of it's jib).
(https://i.imgur.com/3hm7bEz.jpg)

Annnnnddddd recently helped a friend (Missmollythecosplayer, if any of y'all are familiar with her on social media) make her first set of armor, and she liked the Rebels style standard backplate. Working on hers gave me some insight into shaping them, after having done my own, so I made a new one that fits better. And this one I did manage to get 'finished' work pics of as the others are taking up the paint hood right now.
(https://i.imgur.com/GT1LT1y.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/sm6e1Ig.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/v8dU7B8.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/fB7raGh.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/JAoJeY7.jpg)
Shoutout to Leroy (my old duct tape form, no longer fits since I've dropped 25 pounds since making it) for helping with basic shaping and serving as a pedestal for the pre-sanding/wirebrushing pictures.

I should have more pics soon, and we're really getting down the wire on pre-application. I've fairly to moderately confident that it'll be 'done' in the next week.

Also my missus has finally posted a WIP! Avelin Kel (http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=166389.msg1975515#msg1975515) is the post if any of y'all wanna give it a look and let her know how she's doing. The armor was made by the Mandalor so the fit is beautiful, but I think she did a paint job worthy of some praise. Of course, I could be biased, so  :-\
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Vhett Naast on Mar 10, 2019, 01:41 AM
Backplate looks like it turned out very nice!
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Mar 10, 2019, 12:59 PM
Thanks!

Got some post-paint pics, and post weathering!
(https://i.imgur.com/2y9hgwR.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/2T2vDNC.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/l9lOEy1.jpg)
I didn't grime up the cod plate dramatically, as it isn't really a plate that would end up saturated so much as hit with backsplash.

(https://i.imgur.com/y1GwUgZ.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/qgucXF8.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/DgFLtEs.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/sYWsRw6.jpg)
Going off of suggestion, I literally set the plates on my thighs, painted my (gloved) hands and wiped them on the plates! Then I used a paper towel to lightly scrub it around as if I quickly wiped them with a rag, and patted them down so that the paint wasn't uniformly thick.

(https://i.imgur.com/iu5KqrB.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/P5B2amO.jpg)
The back plate has not been weathered yet because I still have to add the red markings. It's been clear coated and will be left to sit for a day so that the sealer cures and the tape is less likely to lift the paint. Personally experience has shown that Rustoleum metallics, and particularly the 'aged bronze' that I use as gold, likes to come up off bare metal or primer when taped over, even when left to cure. So over the years I've established a habit of a light clear coat prior to taping, then markings, then weathering, then a couple layers of clear coat. In the next couple days I should be able to get straps on the thighs to match the shins and knees. Once those are done and the back plate is painted, it's really a short list to completion.

Still To-Do
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Mar 15, 2019, 06:46 AM
So tragedy struck! Minor tragedy. I've lost too much weight in the past month, between diet, exercise and health issues, so my chest plates don't fit right. This led to some reshaping, which led to realizing the diamond cutouts were uneven, which led to trimming and not liking how they look at all. And they still don't fit right. 

Fortunately I can tear through a set of torso armor in a couple-three days if I focus down and don't do anything else. I may go with legacy style plates as they'll be easier to adjust if this weight loss trend continues, and will make the vest's fit less crucial.  I'll look at templates later today and make my decision.

Edit:  So I played around with Falin Skirata and company's old legacy templates, the original set today, and I'm giving them strong consideration.
(https://i.imgur.com/xE3heKu.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/4QB77im.jpg)

Obviously I did some modifications, and even more since having those pictures taken. I made the outer angle of the ab plates even and a little sharper, and shortened them all just a hair. My Boba Fett t-shirt is actually a pretty decent reference for this kind of work, as the chest and ab plates are actually almost the right size and very nearly in the right places. The bottom ab plate comes down to a little less than half an inch below my belly button.

Also we're having a thunder storm and my strill is experiencing a heckin' big fear.
(https://i.imgur.com/YqankSf.jpg)
It appears that a pillow fort is just what the dogtor ordered.

I'll mess around with other options, as I have until about 11 AM tomorrow before I can start cutting metal anyway.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Havelock on Mar 16, 2019, 12:36 PM
I'm sorry to hear that you might not be able to use the plates you've already put so much work into, but I'm definitely looking forward to seeing where you go from here.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Mar 17, 2019, 12:36 AM
Thanks Havelock. Honestly, the chest plates are probably still approvable, with maybe just a little more work but the diamond cut-outs are just not what I want in them, and in frustration I just wanted a change. Since I went away from the Wren grunt build (for now), I decided to go back to my legacy roots after all. After Celebration, I'll revisit the Wren grunt, but for now, I did a thing today!

(https://i.imgur.com/gBMXxDA.jpg)

I ended up tweaking the design a bit for fit and positioning. With the three ab plates, the bottom plate sat too low, but with only two they did not go low enough. Narrowing them further to make the three fit made the balance look off, as did shortening the chest plates enough for three abs or lengthening them enough for two. So I settled on lengthening the two ab plates, and narrowing them more along the lines of Cade Skywalker's armor. Obviously held together with magnets at the moment, so the positioning is slightly off. I also started the back plate, but I need to make a new duct tape torso before I can continue with it. That should be finished tomorrow, and hopefully I'll also get started on the harness to attach it together.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Sep Ho'ban on Mar 17, 2019, 12:53 AM
New plates look awesome vod! Nice day's work!!
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Mar 17, 2019, 01:12 AM
Well damn! hey there oldtimer you always been metal?
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Mar 17, 2019, 10:07 AM
New plates look awesome vod! Nice day's work!!
Thanks! I was actually a little surprised myself to make as much progress in a day. Last time I made Legacy plates it took much longer.
Well damn! hey there oldtimer you always been metal?
Yes sir! I've had some sintra plates here and there, but even going back to the tragedy that was my first approved kit, I've mostly done metal. I've been checking in on your sales thread for when you have a helmet slot open so I can go full metal from head to toe! I've tried my hand at a metal helmet a couple of times, but with lacking any welding skill I haven't had a success yet.

Edit:

New back plate nearly complete as well:
(https://i.imgur.com/9GsbNAx.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/MR15vUn.jpg)

Unfortunately, my new duct tape form, Leroy Junior, is a liar and the plate doesn't actually fit on my back that way. Fortunately, should be easily fixed by adding a third plate between those too, so very minor setback. Considering I chose to scrap almost my whole torso setup due to quality dissatisfaction two days ago, I'm in good shape. Also fortunately, all of the rest of my armor is pretty well come together. I just need to mount attachment points on the pants and I can do a test fit and show-off of the lower body armor.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Mar 19, 2019, 10:11 AM
Lol Ill have to incvite you to join the Aluminati. My most up to date stuff is on facebook(bad of me, I know.. my harddrive is being recovered rate now so i cn get back to restoring my sales thread to). Just finishing up the prior helmet run(welder exploded) now so next run will probably be august/september roughly thereabouts.
https://www.facebook.com/AcacinArmouries/

What you have there looks great so far tho, not too long ago I was talking to thaxos about how all the popular mercs from when I was UM seem to have vanished lol. Also are you going to do any packpieces like how the comic legacy armour has an air supply like TKs?
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Mar 20, 2019, 05:17 PM
I'm definitely up for joining the Aluminati, and I actually follow your armory page on Facebook! August/September is perfect for a next run from a 'time to save money' perspective, so certainly color me interested :).

I'm glad you're liking what you see, and yeah, I noticed when I returned that a lot of the old frontrunners weren't involved anymore, and given my own hiatus I can understand why. I'm hoping to get fully back in and more involved once I'm out of retirement. The plan is to build up a back plate much like the comic references, but currently I've been running into trouble with metal quality from local suppliers, and with the Celebration Crunch getting into full swing, I've had to compromise for the sake of getting my and my fiancee's armor done in time. To that effect, after struggling for a while with the back plate shown previously, I've revised and gone with a layered style inspired by Sep's back plate using scrap pieces I had laying around and an old plate I could salvage. I'm satisfied with the look of it, for now at least, and I'll revisit a full legacy back plate after Celebration when I can take the time to order some steel shipped to me.

In the meantime, this ol' boy will have to do:
(https://i.imgur.com/gDYADDY.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/nm2xoNo.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/XV2PWuk.jpg)
Again, Leroy Jr's back is a little untrustworthy, but when draped on myself-myself, the lowest point is about even with the lowest point on the bottom ab plate, and the negative space should be filled in pretty well by my girthbelt and ammo belt.

Fortunately, the future missus's plates were commissioned, made by the bossman in the Warmaster's Workshop videos, so I haven't had to worry about major unforeseen fit and shaping problems. It's just been a matter of paint and attachment, and hopefully we'll be done with that before the week's out.

Edit: Finished strapping the plates together, and working on the shoulder straps to connect back to front.
(https://i.imgur.com/ShVFXbq.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/NJMXRF6.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/jzkj98w.jpg)

As of these images, the positioning was a little off. Even just since then I've brought the left side of the back plate up half an inch to match the strap length of the right side, which centered it more fully on my back. I'm a little concerned about the width of the back plate, but I'm hoping it isn't too narrow. Once I have the base paint down, I'll take another picture with my vest and proper flight suit top on.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Mar 21, 2019, 10:02 PM
24 hours isn't double posting, eh? If it is, I throw myself upon the mercy of the moderators  :porg1:

Paints and base weathering down, probably gonna add a little detail weathering and then clear coat.

(https://i.imgur.com/yFwSOtz.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/zOGVShQ.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/9wJyjjw.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/tTDu4kN.jpg)

More to come, now for bed, gotta be in for 0500 which means up at 0330 thanks to the commute.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Sep Ho'ban on Mar 21, 2019, 11:09 PM
It's coming together quickly, thanks for the compliment above :) Your wife's kit is coming together too!

Home stretch for you both.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Mar 23, 2019, 01:39 AM
It's coming together quickly, thanks for the compliment above :) Your wife's kit is coming together too!

Home stretch for you both.

Thanks :D! Your armor has been a pretty big inspiration for this plot twist build, especially as the Slade armor was a mechanic in the old days too. I'm not sure if the tools will be done for Celebration, as I'm focusing on base approval right now, but I think I'm getting pretty close. I spent my lunch break today (yesterday, technically as it's past midnight :P) putting together lists of To-Do's, one of which is all of the Mission Critical stuff. I'm basically down to tailoring my flight suit top, adding attachment points to flight suit bottom for lower body armor and to the vest to keep the torso harness in place, installing the visor in my bucket and weathering all of my soft parts and leather goods. I genuinely intend to at least get pre-app pictures in this weekend, barring utter disaster.

Managed a test fit of the painted, weathered and sealed torso plates.
(https://i.imgur.com/qgyYR6L.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/iZmiOoP.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/O8eaPpd.jpg)
Re-mounted the torso plates with heavier leather internal straps, as the original straps were already starting to stretch, and fixed up my failed vest. Avelin made me a perfectly functional vest using PointofOrigin's old tutorial...and then I lost a few inches off of my waist-stomach and turned it into a sack :P. The one in the pictures is a mess of darts on the front as I had no idea what I was doing, but it was easier to bring the side panels in on that one, and the mess is covered by the armor plates anyway, so no muss, no fuss.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Straka Zulu on Mar 23, 2019, 08:51 AM
Getting closer and closer, vod!  Keep up the good work!
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Mar 24, 2019, 09:14 AM
Great work vod

and yea the OG mercs coming back must see me and be like
(https://media.giphy.com/media/1BFCXEeA38efS/giphy.gif)
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Avelin Kel on Mar 24, 2019, 06:17 PM
Keep up the good work husband :)
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Mar 24, 2019, 11:10 PM
Thanks vode :)

So, visit from the mother in law meet cleaning until about 1:30, so time lost and not quite pre-app ready today, but I did manage to get kitted up sans helmet.

(http://i.imgur.com/lrqi7SN.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/a3QGznv.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/YezePeI.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/9s5Vmrb.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/PEzck4o.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/GA9JO4I.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/56KMqXs.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/xYjFq6Z.jpg)f immediate note; cod piece needs more shaping, but I already knew that, knees and thighs need to be moved up and straps tightened up, flight suit maybe needs to be tighter and shoulders need to be secured so they don't move about like that.  Flight suit and vest are weathered but I'm not sure how well it shows up in pictures here, since I know where to look, so I might have to be more creative in weathering them.

If there's other stuff I'm missing, hit me with it, or if you concur with my assessment.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Sep Ho'ban on Mar 24, 2019, 11:21 PM
weathering on the flight and flak, definitely on your butt.
in the side photos, your backplates are doing some weird things and pulling away from you in places-- mostly in the one where you're facing photo left.
You've got quite a bit of space between your collar in the back and the base of your neck.

That's all that's jumping out at me vod!  Nice progress!
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Mar 25, 2019, 06:26 AM
Thanks for the input vod. I have feared I need to just replace the top lame of three back plate, but I think I have enough metal around to do so. I also need to lengthen the flank straps of the torso; part of the funky sit of the back plate is the upper plate, the rest is the straps being too tight I think.

About what I expected on the flight suit too, I'll stop on the way home today and get brown and darker grey fabric paint; all I had was black and light grey, so without daylight it doesn't stand out. Fortunately I drive right by a Michael's craft store and there's a joann's within two minutes of my work place.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Mar 25, 2019, 10:26 AM
Will this kit be part Zabrak likem your old one? Reason I ask is if you get a helmet from me I can weld on Zabrak horns TCW DW style made of 2205 duplex stainless steel... I got a fair bit of it laying around from my strut bar brackets.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Mar 25, 2019, 09:30 PM
Will this kit be part Zabrak likem your old one? Reason I ask is if you get a helmet from me I can weld on Zabrak horns TCW DW style made of 2205 duplex stainless steel... I got a fair bit of it laying around from my strut bar brackets.
Yeah, that's the plan going forward, though not for Celebration. I intend to get prosthetics and all this time around, so TCW style horns would be dope! :D

So I spent the afternoon making Avelin's second thigh plate and cutting down and reshaping my cod piece (too wide), but I did not get a chance to remount it yet. I also made a new top plate for the back, in the hopes that it alleviates the issues Sep pointed out.

(https://i.imgur.com/NKJldni.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/DCiLc7C.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/VKBwfnT.jpg)
Still some tweaking to do on the plate shapes, though they'll never lie fully flat as my back is weirdly curved, and I still need to make new straps for the harness. These closeup shots really illustrate how short they are D:. Hopefully I'll be able to knock those out tomorrow while waiting for paint to dry :D.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Sep Ho'ban on Mar 25, 2019, 11:08 PM
Backplate looks awesome now :)
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Mar 26, 2019, 05:16 AM
Thanks! Big glaring issue is I can't get it on and off without undoing one of the Chicago screws, so I'm going to have to play around with it today after work. I can't reach it myself and I'd rather not be trapped in my armor in a pinch :P
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Sep Ho'ban on Mar 26, 2019, 07:56 AM
Cotter pin on a string and clevis post.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Mar 26, 2019, 03:52 PM
You could replace the chicago screw with either a large bolt/stud/acorn nut setup boba style, or a pair of snaps on the strap. Thats how Mandalores kits fasten at the top. I usually do 3/4" buckles or the aforementioned bolt stud method.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Mar 26, 2019, 10:19 PM
Thanks for the suggestion vode, I'll play around with a few options and see what works best. In the meantime I got the new top back plate painted, and worked on fixing the straps for the thigh plates.

(https://i.imgur.com/eKgWLSV.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/vDrBiyu.jpg)
No pics of the thighs, as the dye on the adjusted straps is still drying, but hopefully I'll have more tomorrow.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Mar 28, 2019, 11:24 PM
So a minor adjustment to the harness straps lets me slip the torso plates over my head again without widening the gap between collar and back noticeably, saving me additional time and effort. In addition, I finally got the visor installed in my bucket, and finished the straps on the thighs :D.

(https://i.imgur.com/LrhMlYS.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/BkX7n4M.jpg)
The straps still need a touch of weathering, but I was able to salvage most of the old straps when I added the buckles by using Chicago screws to attach extensions. I also decided to go with buckles so that I could make the straps adjustable, in case my on-going weight-loss regimen has an effect on the fit of the thighs. I was able to use the same method to adjust the torso straps as well, so the fit should be much better. Hopefully tomorrow I'll be posting Pre-App pics!
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Novoc Mereel on Mar 29, 2019, 02:10 PM
Looks phenomenal!!
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Mar 30, 2019, 09:27 AM
Thanks! I got some pre-app pictures done this morning. This time, what jumps out at me is that the sleeves look a little baggy and the cod piece might need to be moved up a little. If y'all don't see those as problems, I can submit as early as tonight :D. If they are fixes needed, probably looking at tomorrow. It won't take but a few minutes to adjust those, but Avelin is working this morning, then we're off to family parties all day.

Without further ado:
(https://i.imgur.com/TW9jWbp.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/MXkRuHD.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/PN6jjkj.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/WQm4nrZ.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/35DrKax.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/wDVQxUF.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/9XtERsf.jpg)
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Sep Ho'ban on Mar 30, 2019, 09:57 AM
Alright, first off, your kit is looking great!

Second: Super nitpicky mode ACTIVATED

Agree -- sleeves need tailoring or tucking -- and there's some baggyness at the arm pits as well
The front facing side of your pouches on your sides need some weathering
Vest at purple shoulder side needs a bit of tailoring/tucking/rolling to match the red shoulder size and eliminate the airgap between it and the flightsuit
Agree -- cod is floating a bit, either move up, additional shaping, or trim, or combo platter of those
I can see part of your neck and chin in the side photos
If you can tuck the point of your first ab plate down a bit closer to the second ab plate do it, but it's part of what comes with legacy, and that bit is tricky.
The gun in your right holster appears to be silver in kitted photo, but both appear black in weapon photo, could just be lighting
A touch of really nitpicky tucking on the shins between knee and shin
Your blasters could use  a bit of weathering -- just a touch of silver drybrushing on high spots and corners would do it.

Stay on target Vod!  You're almost there!
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Mar 30, 2019, 10:16 AM
Nitpicky is exactly what I want!

Some of it is simple wear issues; I kitted up in a hurry so I could get Avelin to take pictures before she got to work.
With the weight loss, I might just need a smaller shirt, but I'll see if I can't offset the issue by better tucking the sleeves into the vambraces and leather gauntlets, maybe sew a thumb hole in them to keep them taut.

Pouch weathering is an easy fix!

The vest is almost entirely an issue of rushing it on; the velcro on the flank and be pulled tighter, and it looks like it wasn't sitting straight on, as the armor is not actually attached to it.

That darn cod :P. I'll trim an inch or so off the top, re-tap the strap holes so it sits higher and see if I need to reshape it a bit.

Yeah, I see what you're saying on neck and chin on closer inspection. I do have a lightweight balaclava laying around that I've been toying with adding to the kit, looks like I'll be doing so officially!

I can get the ab plate a little closer by using a velcro strip on the inside. There's already velcro on the plates from when I was first mounting them, and that might help make them sit together better.

Definitely lighting on that blaster, between the kitchen light and the flash on her camera I expect.

I can definitely tuck the pants better to avoid the issues around the knee and shins, I've considered sewing a stirrup onto the bottom of each leg to keep them from riding up when I pull my boots on. Dangers of pull-ons, I suppose.

And last but not least, I can definitely hit the blasters with some silver dry brushing. I actually did do so, but them I blackwashed them as heavily as the rest of the kit and washed out most of the silver :P.

All in all, easy fixes, and I thank you for your input!
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Sep Ho'ban on Mar 30, 2019, 11:19 AM
Happy to be of service Slade!  Looking forward to seeing those stripes reinstated!!!
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Novoc Mereel on Mar 30, 2019, 01:57 PM
I really dig the look of those non-anmiated Westars. Where'd you pick 'em up?
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Vor'en Marr on Mar 30, 2019, 04:43 PM
Really nice work Slade..
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Mar 30, 2019, 05:46 PM
Thanks guys :D. Novoc, the blasters are resin cast from a 3d model made by a fella using the handle 3dpicasso. The file is like $15, but he open licensed them so that people can do pretty much whatever they want with them. I think that's part of the caveat for posting something on cgtrader.com, as I everything I've seen on there has been open license. We're (and by which I mean Avelin as she's the 3d print guru) probably going to alter the model a bit. She zipped off her 'iron' sights and took off the back loops like one of mine and it looks much better. Unfortunately, those two little loops (right above the grip on the back end) are a little fragile and one broke, so they translated weird to the mold, which is why I cut them off the right hand blaster.

I have, since this morning, made all of the straps for Avelin's armor, cut down and remounted my cod piece and weathered the pouches. Only have pics of the pouches, as I forgot to grab a 'before' of the cod, so an after won't really reveal much. I also remounted the velcro on the ab plates, and I tried on a large shirt (mine is an XL) and it seems to eliminate much of the sleeve bagging. There's a Work N' Gear in the city that carries all of the Dickies stuff, so I'll hit there up as Walmart doesn't seem to carry them anymore. They're about to close, but they open at noon tomorrow! Avelin has graciously offered to repaint my Westars, as she's a whiz at paint and weathering and only going to get better with practice.

In the meantime, I have pouch pictures!
(https://i.imgur.com/MVPV9T2.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/e5o5kUv.jpg)
I added more weathering to both sides and a bit more to the fronts, just on principal.

Hopefully tomorrow afternoon I'll be able to post another batch of pre-app pictures, though I'll have to wait for the weathering on the new shirt to dry, of course.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Mar 30, 2019, 06:01 PM
Getting very close vod. Next time you take full app style pics I'll break out my fine tooth comb :maul:
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Novoc Mereel on Mar 31, 2019, 12:58 AM
Thanks guys :D. Novoc, the blasters are resin cast from a 3d model made by a fella using the handle 3dpicasso. The file is like $15, but he open licensed them so that people can do pretty much whatever they want with them. I think that's part of the caveat for posting something on cgtrader.com, as I everything I've seen on there has been open license. We're (and by which I mean Avelin as she's the 3d print guru) probably going to alter the model a bit. She zipped off her 'iron' sights and took off the back loops like one of mine and it looks much better. Unfortunately, those two little loops (right above the grip on the back end) are a little fragile and one broke, so they translated weird to the mold, which is why I cut them off the right hand blaster.

Duly noted! I keep debating on buying a 3D printer and you're not making my struggle any easier :P
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Mar 31, 2019, 12:24 PM
Thanks Malkier! And yeah, Novoc, the 3d printer certainly adds a lot of new options.

So last night I ran out of things I can do before getting that new shirt, and my costuming ADHD/Mania kicked in, so I did a thing and upgraded my vambraces.
(https://i.imgur.com/LXvFLoq.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/gVRGLM5.jpg)
The blaster on the right hand vambrace started life as a defunct flashlight I had laying around, with a little waterweld to seal the gaps between the gauntlet and the flashlight. The mini-missiles and blaster on the left vambrace are 3d printed, from one of April Storm's files. I've added a little more weathering since last night, but nothing major enough to warrant new pictures.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Havelock on Mar 31, 2019, 03:19 PM
I didn't see any nit-picky details that Sep didn't list.  Although I do want to stress that with the cod hanging that low, it looks really...odd.   :laugh:  Overall your kit is looking great!
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Mar 31, 2019, 05:52 PM
Thanks dude :P. So got another round of pictures, even with the smaller shirt, sleeves are still baggy. I have no idea how to remedy that, as any tighter and I won't be able to get into the shirt.

(https://i.imgur.com/EHzMnnM.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/PgtX9ft.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/vvgLs1m.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/I4ta03t.jpg)

I know I need to tighten the straps on the knees to get their alignment right, and my right thigh plate appears to have been put on a hair lower than the left. I'm also going to have to figure out how to tailor that right vest armpit because it's still floating, and I expect I'll need to do those pant stirrups or something because just turning in place was enough to make the legs untuck and bag a bit D:.

I've pretty much given up on the idea of getting reapproved before Celebration, but hit me with what needs doing and I'll keep doing my best to get as close as I can before the event. I expect I'll manage to get app pics in before Celebration at least, given that we have eight more days before starting our adventure to Chicago.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Mar 31, 2019, 06:16 PM
Ok, Super nitpicky fine tooth comb mode activated!

-Pictures are taken at a bit of an angle, which is causing some of your placements to look off
- Indoor pictures means the lighting is washing out weathering. It's also giving everything a weird sheen.
- Knees are both sitting oddly. Might be your stance. Left is high, right is twisted
- Right holster looks a bit cleaner then the rest of your leather goods. Might be lighting
- Vest is flaring around right arm.
- Plastic buckle that holds together leather cincher (I think?) visible. ensure other belts covers it or weather it to look metal
- Edges of Kama's could use more weathering. some aggressive sandpaper usage would go a long way

That's all I see right now. Your flightsuit is a little baggy but well withing what I would consider reasonable.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Mar 31, 2019, 07:34 PM
Ok, Super nitpicky fine tooth comb mode activated!
Exactly what I want!

I agree on the pictures; it's rainy and getting too dark out for pictures, I'm going to have to try to get them done during the day outside. The angle is partly just the positioning required to get far enough back in our apartment to get a clear shot...the place is not conducive to full body picture taking :P.a

I'm going to have to come up with better strapping for the knees. Part of it probably is stance. My left foot's natural position is at about a 60 degree angle due to development and injuries as a child, so standing with my feet more or less straight on is a pain. I might move to elastic strapping instead of leather, as it'll flex better and hopefully keep the positioning. I might have to reposition the velcro too. Fortunately the straps will be hidden by the kama and will match the flight suit.

Upon closer inspection of the right holster, I think you're right. That's the first leather piece I ever finished, and I was pretty heavy handed with the dye so what weathering is there is hard to see. I'll hit it with some lighter colors to even it out compared to the rest.

Definitely agree on the vest. Strapping it tighter and shifting the position did not do much to alleviate that issue, so I'm going to have to go back to the tailor's board.

Yep, leather girth-sash-thingy, old plastic buckle. I can paint it up to look metal-ish, or I might replace it with proper metal buckles. I actually have all new buckles coming in tomorrow that are the same color as my chicago screws and armor, so I could add two straps and buckles to the girth thingy.

Ironic that you should mention that :P. This is my old kama, and when I cracked it out of storage I realized that none of the edges were finished except the top, they were all just un-hemmed fabric so I went through and hemmed them all, lol. I can definitely weathering them up to get it good.

Thanks for the input!
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Apr 02, 2019, 12:28 PM
Managed to get some work in yesterday, no kitted up shots, but here are a few pictures.

(http://i.imgur.com/NSUfpfs.jpg)
In case I don't get around to replacing the buckle I silvered and black washed it.

(http://i.imgur.com/CAuVMVD.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/jBxQ1Z0.jpg)
Repainted the blasters, added more obvious weathering

(http://i.imgur.com/WlP4FyB.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/cKlZhfm.jpg)
Heavier weathering on both holsters

(http://i.imgur.com/15rKGeb.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/uLMqiKi.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/Mn6HSij.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/68AzwpP.jpg)
Heavier weathering overall on the kama with extra attention to the edges. Weathering soft parts is definitely not my strong point, so of it looks too contrived please let me know. I'll try to get suited up today to let you all see it alongside the rest.

(http://i.imgur.com/meKzpUQ.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/lakSjlo.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/KpN3MdU.jpg)
Also worked om the vest, tailoring a few spots in closer and hemming the right arm hole to try to make it more even.

Not pictured here, I added stirrups and velcro straps to the pants so that the legs will stay more stable in the boots, and more velcro to the groin to better secure the cord piece. Hopefully the weather will cooperate later and I'll be able to bribe Avelin to take some outdoor pictures of me!
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Straka Zulu on Apr 02, 2019, 01:01 PM
Sweet!
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Havelock on Apr 02, 2019, 04:43 PM
This is all looking awesome, vod!
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Tal Akaan on Apr 02, 2019, 11:13 PM
So glad to see this build is wrapping up and almost ready for submission! Everything looks great Slade! Great Job!
Title: Re: Return of the Slade pre-app update, photodump
Post by: Slade Kel on Apr 03, 2019, 05:24 PM
Thanks guys, managed to get some pictures outside today, fortunately it's sunny, if considerably windy. My strill was very interested in what was going on, as you can see in some of the pictures. Didn't realize that my dang shoulder plates were not level and the buckle of my girth wrap wasn't centered D:, so I'm guessing I'll have to retake them again before I can submit but here's a sizeable photodump.

(https://i.imgur.com/l0p6MHX.jpg)
First shot was in shadow, so we moved to where we could get the best light. Unfortunately, city living means being surrounded by triple deckers at the best of times.

(https://i.imgur.com/z12LjWk.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/nJiCXQO.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/wXFKVOz.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/BapiVNw.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/GssVB5Z.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/Me8RJoG.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/SBkHvKh.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/iZkeq4H.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/ph8gxdP.jpg)

Anyone note anything that needs fixing other than the shoulders and girth?

Edit: Apparently I posted the wrong back picture, Avelin said that one was crooked, so here's the good one :P
(https://i.imgur.com/D6b6Y3C.jpg)
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Jennari on Apr 03, 2019, 06:30 PM
Looking good!
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Sep Ho'ban on Apr 03, 2019, 09:05 PM
nothing else jumping out at me vod -- be sure we can see your whole face for the bucket off shot ;) Gotta see the pretty.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Apr 03, 2019, 09:33 PM
Looking good!
Thanks!
nothing else jumping out at me vod -- be sure we can see your whole face for the bucket off shot ;) Gotta see the pretty.
Huzzah! So come tomorrow after work when the sun deigns to grace us with her presence once more I'll retake the standard app shots with the shoulders and girth set properly, and make sure to pull the balaclava for the bucket off shot :D.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Apr 03, 2019, 11:07 PM
If you can I'd also recommend hanging a solid colored blanket or sheet behind you to provide a backdrop.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Apr 04, 2019, 06:53 PM
So, I was unable to hang a backdrop, as there was really nowhere to do so outside and nowhere in my apartment I could get straight on full body shots D:. But I did manage to shift the table next to the shed so I could stand in front of a semi-neutral background. I've been messing with my helmet padding trying to get everything straight, but struggling a bit thanks to my jacked up spine :P. I think I've gotten it about as good as I'm going to with the time constraints, so I'm going to shoot the app through and hope for the best. I want to give you all my heartfelt thanks for all of the help you've given me through this rebuild, although it had some ups and downs with the crash and all. I couldn't have made it this far without all of your support  :)
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Straka Zulu on Apr 04, 2019, 07:30 PM
Good luck, vod!
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Apr 04, 2019, 08:04 PM
Thanks vod! :D And, of course now that I've sent pictures off I think I've sorted my padding issue to get the helmet as straight and centered as possible :P
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Havelock on Apr 04, 2019, 09:43 PM
I'm really looking forward to seeing that "retired" fall off your profile... ;D
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Sep Ho'ban on Apr 05, 2019, 02:12 AM
I'm really looking forward to seeing that "retired" fall off your profile... ;D
100% agree... Now if we can just get Jett to app...
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Carid Vhett on Apr 05, 2019, 02:53 AM
I'll app before he does.

Good luck vod, can't wait to have you back in the fold.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Apr 05, 2019, 09:01 PM
Thanks guys :). I appreciate all the support :D

Now, for the immediate upgrades!

I mentioned previously how I lucked out and the 'antique bronze' chicago screws matched my armor color. Well, turns out there are buckles in the same color :D.
(https://i.imgur.com/QbuRm8o.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/u8vipix.jpg)
I've replaced all of the buckles on my kit with them, and replaced the snaps on my holster straps with buckles for ease of wear and overall appearance. Best thing is they come in like four sizes with the pack I got, so I could just reuse the same straps.

So, also in true Slade fashion, I decided I didn't like an armor part's look and started to completely replace it :P.
(https://i.imgur.com/FxFska8.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/s8wKIMM.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/L41VSB5.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/Nv1kISQ.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/49kCX1l.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/FNcSwuT.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/aPhBOSl.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/sY1fjQq.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/3gB3dKY.jpg)

I didn't like the way the modern shoulders looked with the Legacy. They don't look bad exactly, but I just feel like the shape interrupts the flow, so I decided to draw up a shoulder bell based on the actual Legacy style. Since my trusty hitachi metal shear died last month, I've been using the jigsaw with metal cutting blades. My dishing stump has that unfortunate split in it, but is still going strong. These are definitely the deepest-dished plates I've ever worked on  :o. I was able to cheat a bit by using the plastic/rubber mallet to dish, leaving less deformity on the other side of the plate, but my arm is definitely feeling the planishing burn. I have some more sanding to do, but Avelin finished her work-from-home-work so I'm pausing to help her get sorted. I'll finish sanding tomorrow, might need to do a little more mild planishing, and then I just need to dremel the edges and cut out the notches on the bottom and paint and mount them :D. Not bad for an afternoon's work.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Sep Ho'ban on Apr 06, 2019, 01:07 AM
Focus on your wife Slade :p Also, be sure to get your upgrades approved by your Ruus, should your submission photos be approved.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Avelin Kel on Apr 06, 2019, 10:38 AM
Focus on your wife Slade :p Also, be sure to get your upgrades approved by your Ruus, should your submission photos be approved.

Thanks for the backup Sep!  ;D
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Apr 06, 2019, 10:40 AM
I was waiting for her to finish working! :P and I will reach out to the Firaxan ruus'alor if my app is approved, and if not the new parts will be in the new app photos :D

Edit: did Avelin's updated pics fully kitted up,  and finished the shoulders.

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

They're currently in the paint hood getting a basic paint job, purple and red this time. More pics later probably.

Also, anyone going to celebration that wants to link up, we'll be by the booth plenty and also feel free to PM me if you want to exchange contact info
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Apr 07, 2019, 02:54 PM
Quick quick,  final alteration before packing it up for celebration, I successfully finished the new shoulders!

Simplistic paint job for now, I'll be stripping and redoing then with sigils once I'm official!
(http://i.imgur.com/kJaDoYu.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/VNOegPj.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/jGTpf84.jpg)
The Chicago screws have been painted to match the plates, clear coat drying now.  Shortly I'll be laying it all out to make sure I have everything, then packing it up for transport!
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Kol Varek on Apr 07, 2019, 04:30 PM
Looks good! You'll be back and official in no time!
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Apr 08, 2019, 09:50 PM
:D :D  :boba:
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Apr 10, 2019, 11:07 PM
I got my approval email today!  :D :D. The team suggested I tailor the flight suit arms a bit, which isn't unexpected, so I have a specific goal for when I get home from celebration.

Edit: and,  to reiterate what I said before, I really could not have done it without all of your support, advice and encouragement. Y'all rock
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Kol Varek on Apr 10, 2019, 11:41 PM
YES!!!
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Carid Vhett on Apr 11, 2019, 12:43 AM
Welcome back vod
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Sep Ho'ban on Apr 11, 2019, 08:44 AM
Welcome home ;) :cookie:
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Apr 12, 2019, 11:04 AM
It's good to be back,  thanks! :D
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Havelock on Apr 16, 2019, 05:36 PM
Welcome home, vod.
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Vhett Naast on Apr 19, 2019, 04:06 AM
Congratz!  :like:  :like:
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Apr 21, 2019, 09:36 AM
Sorry I was out, good stuff congratz!
Title: Re: Return of the Slade
Post by: Slade Kel on Apr 21, 2019, 09:02 PM
Thanks guys! I am, of course, already looking at upgrades and new kits mere days post-Celebration. I have a pipe-dream of an approved set from each era, and perhaps a canon set or two, but we'll see what comes.