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Brigades => Canon => Canon/Legends => TCW/Rebels => Topic started by: Ruus bal'Neta on Dec 07, 2018, 04:32 PM

Title: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Ruus bal'Neta on Dec 07, 2018, 04:32 PM
I am starting to build the TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant) with the intention to have it approved by the "Big 3" Clubs by Celebration. Being a Merc first I want to build it to MMCC standards. Given that we currently do not have a published CRL for the Maul Grunt I am hoping I can get a lot of guidance from the members and resources here.

That said, this is what I have so far for the build.

Helmet - Imperial Surplus cast of the Cruzer mold
Armor kit, Westars and jetpack - Eternal Armory
Boots - Palladium Pampa high tops as suggested for other DW kits
Lightsaber - Saber Forge Redeemer (I know that's not allowed for MMCC but I'm going to be documenting my work on the RL and 501st forums as well)

The Rebel Legion CRLs call for a black or charcoal gray flightsuit. I believe this should be charcoal gray but I need confirmation before I make the plunge.

For the flak vest, is leather/pleather the preferred material or would a waxed canvas/duck cloth suffice? I ask not just for accuracy but also comfort. I'm in SoCal and leather/pleather isn't very comfortable in this climate. If its the preferred material I'll use it but I'd like to know if there's a more comfy option.

My plan is to get the helmet and armor rough cut this weekend so I can start checking shape/size.

The Rebel Legion has a nice repository of reference material for this particular variant so I think I can manage the paint colors and detail. If there is anything I need to look out for on this please let me know.

Pictures of the armor kit and questions (most likely) coming soon!

For my own reference
Hik'aari WIP thread (http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=104763.0)
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Mi'ix on Dec 07, 2018, 04:55 PM
Hik'aari is definitely a great place to start as he's brigade cleared.  Give me a little bit to look over what you have. 

:)
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Ruus bal'Neta on Dec 07, 2018, 05:26 PM
Thanks Mi'ix. Hik'aari has the only WIP on the forums that I've found was followed through to completion and approval. That's been a great reference as I started planning this kit.
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Kryamla Redalur on Dec 07, 2018, 08:48 PM
Commenting to follow!
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Ruus bal'Neta on Dec 09, 2018, 09:13 PM
Thanks to a warm, dry couple of days I got a decent start on my armor and helmet.

I have the helmet all cut out and almost ready for paint. I want to take another pass at sanding and fit the visor before paint.

(https://i.imgur.com/8rphMaj.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/B6kTgFq.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/AlyBHpv.jpg)

I also got all of the armor rough cut. The collar and backplates were too wide. With the help of a fellow ruusíalor today I got them marked and cut down to a much better width. I need to fill the gaps (out of spot putty) and sand. The return edges donít quite meet my personal standards for realism. So I plan to fil the underside edges of all the armor with a narrow band of 3mm sintra. This will help give the armor the illusion of thickness without the added weight.

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

And because I wanted to get something actually built, I put the gauntlets together. They are 1 piece with no hinge because I have narrow hands so I can slide them through easily. Iíll be trimming the ends with sintra as mentioned above and filling the seam lines.

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

We have a busy weekend coming up so Iím going to try to get some work done in the evenings this week.

I do need to know what material I should get for the vest and girth belt. Pleather/leather or duck cloth?
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Hik'aari on Dec 10, 2018, 05:14 AM
Commenting to follow.

In my opinion black duck cotton is correct for both the flight suit and the vest, and I have been approved with them.

The girth is an odd one; mine is made from leather, but turned back-to-front so the "soft" side of the leather that is a bit more textured faces out. This gives a nice contrast against the "ammo pouches" which are just more black leather, but this time with the smooth side out, which are sewn to the girth to make sure it is always in the correct place. There is an appoximate order for the size and shape of boxes, but in my opinion it is more important to get them spaces to the center piece is correct, and the pieces with the square cut outs are on the outside of the hips.

Also watch out for the height when you mount the ammo boxes to the girth, the top and bottom gaps are not equal, the ammo boxes are actually mounted slightly above center to give the top side a smaller amount of girth showing than the bottom.
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Ruus bal'Neta on Dec 12, 2018, 06:39 PM
So a fellow Mando mentioned this new way to attach armor to a vest using pin blanks and locking backs. So I snagged this stuff to give it a try on this kit.

(https://i.imgur.com/zsz9ZMr.jpg)

Basically you epoxy/glue/whatever the pin blank to the back side of the armor and poke it through the vest. The locking back secures it and there is no need for a reinforced hole like with Chicago screws. Just pop the back off and reset the plate as needed, leaving only a small pin hole. In theory it should make alignment easier without the "get it right or you're hosed" pressure of bolts or screws. We'll see...
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Mi'ix on Dec 13, 2018, 09:01 AM
Ha, that's the attachment method I use for my Boba. 

It pulls the armor in really nice so you don't have any floating plates.  :)
(https://i.imgur.com/NBSAq4K.jpg)

That helmet cleaned up really nice. 

Who is the maker of your helmet and armor? 
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Ruus bal'Neta on Dec 13, 2018, 11:10 AM
The helmet is from Imperial Surplus and the armor is Eternal Armory.
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Padm Thano on Dec 14, 2018, 06:18 PM
Chiming in to talk about that flightsuit;

In agreeance that black is the color that makes the most sense. And I agree with duck cloth, as well. It's a good sturdy material that I think matches the visual refernces fairly well. A little weathering on it would help it match up, too :)
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Ruus bal'Neta on Dec 19, 2018, 05:47 PM
Would a dark charcoal gray for the flightsuit be acceptable? In the references it appears to be lighter in color than the black vest.
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Hik'aari on Dec 20, 2018, 03:08 AM
Would a dark charcoal gray for the flightsuit be acceptable? In the references it appears to be lighter in color than the black vest.

Personally I still think it is black, but weathered. In that episode too the "light bleaching" is unreal. Some scenes are so bright what is accepted as black in some scenes turns a blue colour (like black cloth does with a bright enough light). It is really hard getting any consistent colours from it as references.

However, I am not who will be approving anything. Purely personal opinion from my own research.
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Mi'ix on Dec 20, 2018, 05:00 PM
I'm in the weathered black camp.

Padm and I have spoken about this at length and that's what we feel would be the most accurate. Just keep in mind we represent the Brigades, not the app team. If you haven't done so already, I would shoot them a question and get their take on it.
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Ruus bal'Neta on Dec 20, 2018, 05:08 PM
I've sent the question in via the Q&A forum, just waiting for a response.

For Brigade approval you're saying the flightsuit and girth belt (as it matches the suit) need to be black?
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Mi'ix on Dec 20, 2018, 05:10 PM
I can post the images that we are looking at when I'm at a proper computer again but yes the weathered black looks the most accurate to me.
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Ruus bal'Neta on Dec 20, 2018, 05:21 PM
http://www.kjo.rebellegion.com/?portfolio=obi-wan-kenobi-mandalorian-super-commando-armor-tcw

That's the main source of reference pics I've been using. If you look past the light gray weathering, the main color of the flightsuit looks lighter than the unweathered areas of the vest. Its a slight difference but enough that it doesn't look like the same base color, in my eyes.
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Hik'aari on Dec 20, 2018, 05:32 PM
They are horribly low res images, here is my folder of references I took from the Bluray: https://imgur.com/a/WyYOt

(https://i.imgur.com/35oMb85.png)

Images like this, to me, make it very much seem vest and suit are the same material, colour and weathering as each other.

(https://i.imgur.com/S5FrC2E.png)

Further examples of suit and vest matching.
Taking references that are not under a direct light is how I approached mine.



(https://i.imgur.com/VKBBZMa.png)

This is an example of how badly the lighting in this episode warps stuff. Outside, under a direct light, is really light bleaching this to almost seem a blue colour. This is what real black material can do under bright lights in real life too.
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Ruus bal'Neta on Dec 20, 2018, 05:38 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/g8aRNzO.jpg)

Look at the exposed flightsuit between the vest and girth belt. The unweathered areas are clearly a different color than the unweathered vest.
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Hik'aari on Dec 20, 2018, 05:49 PM
...seemed to jump over the examples I gave in the last post. So, using the photo you gave the area all around the legs shows a black flight suit with weathering.

(https://i.imgur.com/UUvr2T2.png)
In this one the vest and flightsuit sleeve match, as does the legs, and the gloves, all showing black.

(https://i.imgur.com/p7Ynd12.png)
Indoor photo showing all matching soft parts.

(https://i.imgur.com/TGdymmt.png)
Even images like this, where the flightsuit looks lighter than the vest, to me just seem black with weathering.

If we are saying that the lighter colour is the suit (making it charcoal grey) then the weathering must be darker and black patches? Which to me doesn't make sense. Dark material when heavily used, warn, and weathered, will go lighter as the dyes come out and it show lighter weather more obviously.
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Ruus bal'Neta on Dec 20, 2018, 06:02 PM
I still see the flightsuit and vest as different shades. Its very very close for sure but in my eyes there is a distinct difference. The vest is black and the suit is a very very dark charcoal gray with light weathered highlights on both.
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Padm Thano on Dec 20, 2018, 06:05 PM
I'm going to have to agree with the others on this; that suit is black and weathered with some gray.

The images Hik'aari posted just emphasize this to me. (& a lot of those are the same images Mi'ix and I have been looking at)
Black, aesthetically, even makes the most sense.


Also no, that space between the flak vest & girth belt is not a different color. That is colored that way to, more than likely, show wrinkles, to show that the flightstuit is held tight by the girth belt. It's showing lighting & shading differences on the animated model.
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Ruus bal'Neta on Jan 04, 2019, 06:25 PM
I have all of the armor pretty much ready for paint except the thigh plates. I think they might be a bit big but I'm not sure 100%.

The plate is slightly forward of where it should be on my leg but even moving it back a half inch or so it still seems too big at least in the front.

(https://i.imgur.com/ldjz4Hg.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/7J5EMPl.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/MRhLVy2.jpg)

Also started the paint on my helmet before the weather took a dump and decided to not be warm enough to paint more.

(https://i.imgur.com/H5txHtN.jpg)

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

(https://i.imgur.com/v91aoa3.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/J7z1XTx.jpg)
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Kryamla Redalur on Jan 04, 2019, 07:29 PM
You may need to take a little bit out of the front of the plate depending on where the cod sits with the thigh plates. Iíd guess only an inch out? But Iím hesitant to say to do it lol

The paint on the helmet is looking good so far :)
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Hik'aari on Jan 05, 2019, 01:24 PM
Those thigh plates do look really big, they are not hard to make from Sintra either (including the ammo boxes) to custom size them to yourself. Really you need to get your knee plate on, and your girth belt in the right place to then size the thigh to sit between them.

Interesting approach with the helmet painting there. Interested to know how you're approaching the layering now..
Are you putting a blue underlay around the front face, rim, etc. to weather through to?

(https://i.imgur.com/rMNa0Mp.jpg)
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Ruus bal'Neta on Jan 14, 2019, 03:57 PM
Quick CRL checklist so I keep myself on track. I'll try to lay everything out tonight and add pictures of the current status of it all.

Helmet - need to finish painting, add padding and fans

Collar/Chest/Ab Armor - Install pinback attachments then paint

Shoulder Armor - Add velcro attachment, then paint

Back Armor - Add pass through holes for jetpack harness, velcro attachment and paint

Gauntlets - Prep for Level 2 LED, paint, install padding and LED

Hand Armor - Add velcro attachment, then paint

Cod Piece - Add velcro attachment, then paint

Thigh Armor - I'm adding an internal drop strap from a hidden belt to help hold these up. The resin blasters I have are too heavy for velcro alone to hold to my pants. So install harness strapping, velcro attachment then paint and padding inside the holster to keep the blaster secure

Knee Armor - Add velcro attachment, then paint

Shin Armor - Add velcro attachment, then paint

Boot Armor - Paint then glue Toe Armor to boot and attach ankle spat and heel armor with velcro

Jetpack - needs assembled, harness attached, then painted

Flight Suit - 2 piece Dickies scrub pants and shirt. Need to add double sleeve to shirt and velcro to pants for the armor

Flak Vest - Need to pick up the duckcloth for this and the Girth Belt then get them put together. Also need to include the neck seal and pass through holes for the jetpack harness

Girth Belt - Need duckcloth then assembly, velcro for the Ammo Belt attachment

Ammo Belt - Once the Girth Belt is finished I'll cut out the Ammo Belt pieces, get them finished and painted then velcro attachment to the Girth Belt

Gloves - Velcro attachment for Hand Armor

Boots - Remove logos and attach velcro for ankle spat and heel armor and glue toe armor

Westars - The only reference I've found for lights in the blasters is when they are firing. So to get the Level 2 requirement I'm going to add red LEDs inside the end of the barrel, a switch to the trigger area and battery compartment in the grip somehow. Then finish cleanup and paint

The plan is to weather everything at the same time so it is consistent across the whole kit and to match the references. Then its all about final fitting, a shakedown troop and pictures for approval. All before Celebration in less than 3 months.
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Kryamla Redalur on Jan 14, 2019, 05:51 PM
You can do it vod! :D
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Ruus bal'Neta on Jan 15, 2019, 03:17 PM
As promised, progress pictures.

Palladium boots
(https://i.imgur.com/QtKdgyS.jpg)

I cut the thighs down a little over a half inch all the way around and shaped them for a better fit. Knees and shins as well
(https://i.imgur.com/rIshCt0.jpg)

Collar, chest, diamond, ab, cod, shoulders, gauntlets and handplates
(https://i.imgur.com/qmzzriC.jpg)

Backplate cut down to fit my narrower width. Jetpack parts waiting to be assembled
(https://i.imgur.com/xXKmjbm.jpg)
The screen accurate center housing with the cutouts on the sides
(https://i.imgur.com/FEU8Esi.jpg)

Blasters
(https://i.imgur.com/UxJ3CAX.jpg)
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Ruus bal'Neta on Jan 17, 2019, 12:37 AM
Velcro for the hand plates has been sewn onto the back of the gloves.

(https://i.imgur.com/fnBPaUD.jpg)
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Kryamla Redalur on Jan 17, 2019, 10:43 AM
Nice :)
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Ruus bal'Neta on Jan 20, 2019, 10:34 PM
Got a coat of paint on everything that is ready for it. I think I need a second coat, then a light sanding, black wash and clear coat.

(https://i.imgur.com/aVUtRN7.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/haJAmNQ.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/Dx6haHu.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/gRVcfEq.jpg)

Tomorrow I start the jetpack build.
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Padm Thano on Jan 25, 2019, 02:57 PM
Looks like the paint is coming along nicely  :)

How's the jetpack looking, if you don't mind me asking? I'm just curious to see progress cause this is an interesting build
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Ruus bal'Neta on Jan 25, 2019, 03:39 PM
The weather hasn't been very accommodating for building the last couple of weeks so the jetpack has been on hold. That will change this weekend as we're getting some true SoCal weather and I plan to get the jetpack built. Look for more updates soon.
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Ruus bal'Neta on Jan 29, 2019, 09:11 PM
Jetpack progress. Got everything rough cut and dry fit.

(https://i.imgur.com/z1sJY2w.jpg)
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Padm Thano on Jan 30, 2019, 01:39 PM
Huzzah!

Looking good  :sabine:
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Vexos on Feb 11, 2019, 03:45 AM
Commenting to follow
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Ruus bal'Neta on Feb 24, 2019, 09:14 PM
Got the rough assembly of the jetpack done. I still need to fill in the gaps around the rocket and thruster openings and do some body work. But this major piece is well under way and I feel a lot better about this costume going forward.

(https://i.imgur.com/AOtx0Oh.jpg)

I also got the rest of the base paint on the helmet. It still needs all the weathering and detail work but like the jetpack, now that the main paint is down I feel better moving forward.

(https://i.imgur.com/AlTR95Q.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/D5jqiFM.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/LugZMOG.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/JlpgksW.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/zJxBM1G.jpg)







Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Kryamla Redalur on Feb 24, 2019, 11:59 PM
Yasss it looks so good! :maul:
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Hik'aari on Feb 25, 2019, 04:26 AM
Jetpack was a major hurdle for me too, it is a great feeling to get that piece together.

Helmet tattoo shapes look good on the dome, but I presume you're going back in with black to separate the cheek ones into the two separate "lightning bolts"?

Is the grey you have used on the dome and back of the helmet an undercoat? Or you are using this colour as the main coat? My understanding is this area of the helmet should all be black (hence asking if grey undercoat to weather through black to it)
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Ruus bal'Neta on Feb 25, 2019, 06:48 PM
I'm going off the 501st CRL as its the only one with any detail (RL just says "match reference"). So the helmet is mostly dark gray as I've painted it. I will be applying a heavy black wash to all the armor to darken everything. And yes the split on the red cheek paint will be there as part of my detailing. I goofed it when I painted it and didn't want to mask it all again just for that strip.
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Padm Thano on Feb 26, 2019, 11:14 AM
I think the back and dome are supposed to be the same color as the cheeks; black with gray weathering. In any reference I'm seeing they are the same color.
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Mi'ix on Feb 26, 2019, 11:21 AM
Wow! The Maul accents look great. Super top notch!

That was my thought too that the grey is a sort of undercoat that, with some strategic weathering, could be used to get that fade effect on the helmet.

Otherwise, I'm seeing that the dome and back panels should be black like the cheeks with some weathering.

Are you planning on doing the blue paint showing through as well?
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Ashen Kelborn on Feb 26, 2019, 03:01 PM
Is this what you are using as I can't find one for the kenobi one?

(http://databank.501st.com/mw501/images/thumb/0/07/DW_Captain_Model.png/558px-DW_Captain_Model.png)

I ask as thats mine and its a black base, there isn't any grey ;)

I've also painted Hik'aari's which is 501st cleared and that doesn't have grey either  :(

(https://i.imgur.com/tMObOX4.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/kBOyGI3.jpg)

Hik'aari and the canon team know what they are talking about as they have studied the build allot, especially Hik'aari as he was going to be the CRL for 501st except its just never come about yet.  :rolleyes:

Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Ruus bal'Neta on Feb 28, 2019, 09:25 PM
Spent some time digging into screencaps and I think you are right about the helmet being black. Dangit. Guess Iíll be taping and painting it again.
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Ruus bal'Neta on Mar 11, 2019, 03:27 PM
Got the helmet repainted the more accurate black.

(https://i.imgur.com/S5JwfQe.jpg)

I also got the jetpack mostly finished. I had to reset the center cover so it sat flush against the PVC tube. Then I filled in the gaps. I just need to sand it all smooth, put a coat of primer on it and see what else needs to be done.

Now that DST is in effect and we get an extra hour of daylight in the evening, and the weather is looking to cooperate, I can get the armor finished and ready to mount. I just need to weather and black wash everything. That should be happening this week, along with construction of my vest and neckseal.

I also got the girth belt sewn and the ammo belt cut and sized. I want to reinforce the vacformed plates with some 3mm sintra before I start painting them. That will be happening this week as well.

And finally my flightsuit should be modified by weeks end as well. I have a lot on my To-Do list but its starting to come together and I'm getting excited to get it done.
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Kryamla Redalur on Mar 11, 2019, 04:15 PM
The helmet looks so good! If you need help this week with anything, please let me know :)
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Mi'ix on Mar 11, 2019, 04:20 PM
That is just lovely.
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Ruus bal'Neta on Mar 12, 2019, 01:24 PM
The flightsuit fairy visited last night and sewed the long sleeves onto my flightsuit shirt. So that's done. I just need to get my vest done. I want to wait until that is ready before I do the finish work on the armor, just in case there are any adjustments or trimming that needs to be done.
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Mirdala Senaar on Mar 12, 2019, 03:58 PM
The flightsuit fairy visited last night and sewed the long sleeves onto my flightsuit shirt. So that's done. I just need to get my vest done. I want to wait until that is ready before I do the finish work on the armor, just in case there are any adjustments or trimming that needs to be done.

Youíre welcome

 :porg2:Flight Suit Fairy
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Jennari on Mar 12, 2019, 05:42 PM
 :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: Cool.
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Ruus bal'Neta on Mar 25, 2019, 11:53 AM
Got some work done this past weekend.

Vest is done and ready for weathering. Its hard to see in the photo but the vest ends just below the ab plate. Also the armor isn't in its final positions yet but will be properly aligned.

(https://i.imgur.com/VDmiUcR.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/XesGS75.jpg)

I was also able to get the jetpack all prepped and painting started. Should have the paint finished tonight.

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

Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Mirdala Senaar on Mar 25, 2019, 03:45 PM
Yeah, the picture with the plates was taken before I hemmed it to the correct length. This was when we marked it. I can assist, it does end right below the ab plate.
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Ruus bal'Neta on Mar 26, 2019, 01:06 PM
Got everything painted. Jetpack, backplate, Westars and ammo belt pieces (no picture of those though).

Backplate doesn't have as clean a separation line between the gray and red as I'd like but it will be covered by the jetpack and weathered so it'll do.

(https://i.imgur.com/LZ0tJTP.jpg)

Jetpack still needs all the small details and some cleanup but the big colors are done. Now to weather and attach the hooks.

(https://i.imgur.com/5n3El9d.jpg)

And SUPER HUGE THANK YOU SO MUCH shout out to my wife Mirdala and fellow Mando Kryamla for helping me get my Westars painted. I laid down the base coat and they did all the taping and paint for the rest.

(https://i.imgur.com/zngmlL5.jpg)
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Kryamla Redalur on Mar 26, 2019, 03:47 PM
Go go go! Youíre so close to finishing this kit! :maul:

And itís no problem at all! You both helped me so much with Bo itís the least I could do to return the favor! :<3:
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Mi'ix on Mar 27, 2019, 12:13 PM
This is looking very, very nice!
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Ruus bal'Neta on Mar 28, 2019, 12:08 PM
Weathering was done last night (Thank You! Mirdala and Kryamla!!!) and I just need to apply a black wash and then clear coat everything and the armor will be finished. Still need to strap the jetpack and attach velcro for the leg armor but that shouldn't take too long. Hoping to have it all done and ready for app pictures this weekend.

(https://i.imgur.com/T6gmHrR.jpg)
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Kryamla Redalur on Mar 28, 2019, 01:51 PM
Glad we were able to help! Canít wait to see this completed :D
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Vexos on Mar 28, 2019, 07:21 PM
Nice! That blackwash is going to look awesome
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Mi'ix on Apr 22, 2019, 10:01 AM
Back tracking a little bit...

How did the helmet turn out?  What you had looked super solid, and I was wondering if you got around to adding the blue chipping on the mandibles?   :maul:
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Ruus bal'Neta on Apr 23, 2019, 02:10 PM
Back tracking a little bit...

How did the helmet turn out?  What you had looked super solid, and I was wondering if you got around to adding the blue chipping on the mandibles?   :maul:

It came out okay. I need to add some more blue to the mandibles and do some more sanding on the dome.

Took it out for a spin at Celebration and have a nice little fix list. Its down to the fine tuning details now.
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Ruus bal'Neta on Aug 06, 2019, 04:39 PM
I got seriously burnt out on this build before and at Celebration. So much so that as soon as I got home this kit went into a storage bin and hasn't been touched since. But... that's about to change. I'm ready to pick it back up and get it finished. To start I'm going to take an inventory of what I have done, what needs to be finished/fixed/changed and get it approved by the end of the year. I could probably get it done sooner but I'm not pushing myself like I did at the start. So watch this space for updates coming soon.
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Juts te'Shev'la on Aug 26, 2019, 02:11 PM
I love this kit so far! Awesome chronicling your steps. I've got my Droid Hunter brigade upgrades to finalize but I'll be making this Obi Wan Death Watch kit myself. Keep going, I'd live to see more
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Ruus bal'Neta on Sep 12, 2020, 02:04 PM
Iím finally looking to pick this back up. I have a lot of work to do but no better time than the present.

Iím replacing the Eternal Armory collar, belt and boot covers with parts from Imperial Surplus. The EA parts are too flat where the IS have the right contours.

Iím also swapping the resin Westars for 3D prints purely for weight considerations. The resin blasters are great but heavy and weigh down the thigh armor.

The softs need tailoring and the jetpack harness needs to be fitted properly.

Its a bit of work but I can do it.
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Mi'ix on Sep 15, 2020, 02:32 PM
Pics or it didn't happen!  :laugh:

Glad to see you're still cracking away at this.
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: jethroskull on Oct 05, 2020, 02:24 PM
Replying to follow...

Would this be the same as the Kenobi Super Commando Armour over in Rebel Legion?
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Ruus bal'Neta on Nov 23, 2020, 08:49 PM
Replying to follow...

Would this be the same as the Kenobi Super Commando Armour over in Rebel Legion?

Yes. Thatís the version Iím building. Its the Supercommando Grunt for the 501st.
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Ruus bal'Neta on Apr 20, 2021, 03:42 PM
I pulled everything out of the bin and laid it all out so I can see what I have and what needs done.

(https://i.imgur.com/H9W6NHp.jpg)

The flightsuit for sure needs to be tailored. I need to get a pair of gloves just for this kit so I don't forget to swap them out from my clone. The jetpack harness needs a lot of work. I plan to replace the collar, belt and boot tops with better shaped pieces from Imperial Surplus. And I'd like to get 3-D printed Westars since the resin ones I have are HEA-VY and pull down the thigh plates. I have straps rigged to the jetpack harness to help hold up the thigh plates but I'd just rather not have to worry about them.

(https://i.imgur.com/J5cWHZ1.jpg)

Not sure how quickly I'll get this work done but I wanted to at least inventory what I have and what I need to do.
Title: Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt (Kenobi/Maul variant)
Post by: Rayne on Apr 22, 2021, 09:14 AM
Looking forward to seeing it all on you!