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Mandalorian Armor => Armor Construction => Topic started by: GHOSTLASER15 on Jan 02, 2019, 10:46 PM

Title: First Armor Build-WIP
Post by: GHOSTLASER15 on Jan 02, 2019, 10:46 PM
Hello everyone I finally got my armor plates so how is my spacing of my armor? 
(https://i.imgur.com/Z3Wl0sz.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/PGFCeyn.jpg)
 
I know that the is a bit off ab plate is off centered. Aside from that which one is better?
Title: Re: First Armor Build-WIP
Post by: Kol Var'Das on Jan 04, 2019, 03:36 PM
The mockup can be perfect on the dummy, but it won't be the same when you're wearing it. We won't be able to tell until you have it on. I would recommend acquiring a vest and wearing it in a test mockup, tape the plates on for now to see where they need to go. We'll be able to guide you from there  :)
Title: Re: First Armor Build-WIP
Post by: Bryn Cin'Prudii on Jan 08, 2019, 12:27 PM
These look like DHPFX plates. As someone who has worked a lot with those in the last year as DHPFX is local to me, I would recommend more shaping on the collar (center applied heat to fit closer to chest) and some on the diagonals of the ab plate to get it to sit closer to the ribs.

Are you by chance in CO?
Title: Re: First Armor Build-WIP
Post by: GHOSTLASER15 on Jan 08, 2019, 10:18 PM
The mockup can be perfect on the dummy, but it won't be the same when you're wearing it. We won't be able to tell until you have it on. I would recommend acquiring a vest and wearing it in a test mockup, tape the plates on for now to see where they need to go. We'll be able to guide you from there  :)

OK I will get those up soon :)

These look like DHPFX plates. As someone who has worked a lot with those in the last year as DHPFX is local to me, I would recommend more shaping on the collar (center applied heat to fit closer to chest) and some on the diagonals of the ab plate to get it to sit closer to the ribs.

Are you by chance in CO?


OK, and yes they are DHPFX plates and no I am not in CO I am from WA so a little too far.   




Title: Re: First Armor Build-WIP
Post by: GHOSTLASER15 on Jan 26, 2019, 04:58 PM
While still working on the vest for the armor, I finally got my knee guards from demon dog studios on Esty so I I have gotten the knee darts on and the left one had a rather gap so I used mili-putty to fill in the seam and am now about to a coat of primer on it. and What is the best way to put the straps on the knee guards ? I am planning on have a small strip of velco in the inside and on the suit so they aren't constantly sliding down aside from that I am not sure what to do. Any suggestions?

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

(https://i.imgur.com/R2mQYsA.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/49qdKAG.jpg)
Title: Re: First Armor Build-WIP
Post by: Bryn Cin'Prudii on Jan 27, 2019, 01:13 PM
Are you planning on using elastic straps? If so, I would recommend sewing that strap to some nylon webbing and then attaching the webbing to the inside of the knee with some heavy duty adhesive (contact cement) or screwing it into the material with some short screws. Basically, you want to ensure they aren't going to come off or degrade while trooping. Something sweat resistant will help a lot.
Title: Re: First Armor Build-WIP
Post by: GHOSTLASER15 on Jan 27, 2019, 04:54 PM
Are you planning on using elastic straps? If so, I would recommend sewing that strap to some nylon webbing and then attaching the webbing to the inside of the knee with some heavy duty adhesive (contact cement) or screwing it into the material with some short screws. Basically, you want to ensure they aren't going to come off or degrade while trooping. Something sweat resistant will help a lot.

Yes I am and thanks for the advice on securing them to the knee-guard! I have to get some elastic straps soon!

UPDATE

I am using my old vest but how does it looks for spaciing and quick side note is this material for the vest approve able?

(https://i.imgur.com/l3Z6KsA.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/pxnKVyG.jpg)
Title: Re: First Armor Build-WIP
Post by: Jenga Feet on Feb 03, 2019, 05:46 PM
Neat fabric texture! Though I'd need a further away picture to give you an educated answer on if it's approvable or not. So long as it is a heavy enough fabric to support the plates and not super rubbery in texture, I don't see much issue. But I'd defer to the app team Q&A section for the final word from the team as a whole. Some fabrics are tricky.

Spacing is looking much better! The only thing I'd watch is making sure that collar to chest spacing is the same as the ab to chest. Right now you have more space on the outside on the collar. You can fix this by rotating the chest plates out slightly.

You're getting closer!
Title: Re: First Armor Build-WIP
Post by: GHOSTLASER15 on Feb 04, 2019, 02:06 PM
Neat fabric texture! Though I'd need a further away picture to give you an educated answer on if it's approvable or not. So long as it is a heavy enough fabric to support the plates and not super rubbery in texture, I don't see much issue. But I'd defer to the app team Q&A section for the final word from the team as a whole. Some fabrics are tricky.

Spacing is looking much better! The only thing I'd watch is making sure that collar to chest spacing is the same as the ab to chest. Right now you have more space on the outside on the collar. You can fix this by rotating the chest plates out slightly.

You're getting closer!

Sweet and the fabric is actually what flak vest is made out of so it is more subtle then how it looks do these pictures work? and ill get armor pics up later today 

(https://i.imgur.com/lmeYVli.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/0dBe1qx.jpg) 

UPDATE:

I tried to adjust the plates and hold them down with tape and..... it did not work as well the first time are there any other ways to temporarily attach the plates?

Here is how it turned out. I know the chest plates need to be lowered and should they be almost parallel to the collar plate once rotated?
(https://i.imgur.com/Zd3VYHz.jpg)
Title: Re: First Armor Build-WIP
Post by: Kol Var'Das on Feb 04, 2019, 10:08 PM
I would recommend maybe a different type of tape? Not entirely sure, but we won't have a great idea on how the plates are now unless they're straightened out.
Title: Re: First Armor Build-WIP
Post by: Bryn Cin'Prudii on Feb 04, 2019, 10:25 PM
Since these are DHPFX plates, you may find yourself having to trim the collar down after shaping to ensure the space between the collar and chest plates is consistent all the way across. I think people used to be able to get approved with the tapering space from outer to inner, but not so much anymore. I would however suggest you start getting velcro on so that your local Ruus'alor or helpers can get you in the right neighborhood.
Title: Re: First Armor Build-WIP
Post by: GHOSTLASER15 on Feb 05, 2019, 02:31 PM
Thank both for the suggestions, I tried duct tape and it worked out so here is the turnout how does it took?

(https://i.imgur.com/ghfkLRa.jpg)
Title: Re: First Armor Build-WIP
Post by: Bryn Cin'Prudii on Feb 05, 2019, 02:39 PM
Looks like you will need more shaping on the collar. Heat up the middle so those corners sit flat to your shoulders. Same with ab plate. See photo to where shaping needs to happen.

(https://i.imgur.com/ouoRKT0.jpg)

Red lines are where to apply heat to bend. Green is for direction of rotation.
Title: Re: First Armor Build-WIP
Post by: GHOSTLASER15 on Feb 05, 2019, 05:47 PM
Looks like you will need more shaping on the collar. Heat up the middle so those corners sit flat to your shoulders. Same with ab plate. See photo to where shaping needs to happen.


Sweet so since the plates have curve on the outside would making a small cut on the ridge like the one shown below make so that the edge is not messed up? 

(https://i.imgur.com/af54uhv.png)
Title: Re: First Armor Build-WIP
Post by: Bryn Cin'Prudii on Feb 05, 2019, 07:16 PM
You're exactly right. Or you can let it bow and use gentle heat to push it back into shape. This suggestion is more difficult.
Title: Re: First Armor Build-WIP
Post by: GHOSTLASER15 on Feb 05, 2019, 08:58 PM
You're exactly right. Or you can let it bow and use gentle heat to push it back into shape. This suggestion is more difficult.


Cool ill take a crack at forming the plates this weekend.

 Anyways I was sort of thinking of doing a logo on one of the shoulder bells I made this (Shown below) What do you all think?
I planning on making it a sticker of it then apply to the shoulder bell, would that work?
(https://i.imgur.com/u7yaTVr.png)
Title: Re: First Armor Build-WIP
Post by: Bryn Cin'Prudii on Feb 06, 2019, 08:39 AM
Custom Logos like that are great. They bring a lot of character to a kit.
Title: Re: First Armor Build-WIP
Post by: GHOSTLASER15 on Feb 09, 2019, 08:56 PM
So I formed the collar and the ab plate how does it look now?

(https://i.imgur.com/psDTKmX.jpg)
Title: Re: First Armor Build-WIP
Post by: Bryn Cin'Prudii on Feb 10, 2019, 11:17 AM
Really close vod.

The chest plates likely will need to be rotated out to ensure the space above and below the diamond are the same. (red arrows)
Collar is really close too maybe a touch more shaping over your right shoulder. (Yellow circle)

(https://i.imgur.com/qKr6Qh1.jpg)
Title: Re: First Armor Build-WIP
Post by: Straka Zulu on Feb 10, 2019, 03:06 PM
Bryn's got you covered.  You are very close, vod.
Title: Re: First Armor Build-WIP
Post by: GHOSTLASER15 on Feb 10, 2019, 08:41 PM
Sweet  :D I will make the adjustments soon, my center medallion needs another coat of paint. I have finally put some attention to a piece that I have not done yet which would be the codpiece so printed out the template for it then traced it on to styrene and have done a rough cut and will touch it up soon 

(https://i.imgur.com/as03tO6.jpg)
Title: Re: First Armor Build-WIP
Post by: GHOSTLASER15 on Feb 12, 2019, 07:27 PM
Okay here is another one with the plates on, they sorta slid a little before I took the pic. Pretty soon I will actually use Velcro my plan is to sew the Velcro on the vest and then use adhesive backed Velcro for the plates. As for the codpiece  (still not trimmed) here it is with the waist items, how does it look? and are waist items approve-able? 

(https://i.imgur.com/FW1pHv3.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/nUBDqfl.jpg)
Title: Re: First Armor Build-WIP
Post by: Straka Zulu on Feb 12, 2019, 07:31 PM
The plates look good, and you have the required two waist items.  :like: ;)  Just smooth out the edge of the left side of the cod, by your leg.
Title: Re: First Armor Build-WIP
Post by: GHOSTLASER15 on Feb 14, 2019, 08:12 PM
Cool!! my concern was with the holster because its it a Han Solo one and I know that there is some concern with named character items so i did add a different pouch and will also a little mythosaur on the front buckle just to be on the safe side of things. Anyways, what is the best way to place the Velcro on the vest? I was thinking of using advise Velcro then placing the plates on then removing the plates leaving the Velcro on the vest then sewing it on permanently on. will that work?
Title: Re: First Armor Build-WIP
Post by: Straka Zulu on Feb 14, 2019, 08:56 PM
That should work.  I'm not an expert, though.
Title: Re: First Armor Build-WIP
Post by: GHOSTLASER15 on Feb 17, 2019, 08:56 PM
That should work.  I'm not an expert, though.

Ok guess ill have to try it to see. 

Updates on the armor, I got the coat of silver on the armor then hit with clear coat and I also got my stickers! One is going on the left shoulder bell sorta like shown below and it also looks good on my computer.  :D

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

(https://i.imgur.com/RIGCAT6.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/kIBrP3g.jpg)
Title: Re: First Armor Build-WIP
Post by: GHOSTLASER15 on Feb 25, 2019, 08:57 PM
It's been a little while since I posted here but I have yet to put the Velcro on the vest or the plates hopefully doing it tomorrow but here is my idea for the placement on my armor, but the places on the armor the are diagonal (Upper chest plates and collar) the Velcro will be parallel to it. Also since my armor has a curved edge, I was thinking of gluing down foam layers behind the Velcro so it would sit flush with the armor. Would this work?

(https://i.imgur.com/nFXZD5N.png)

(https://i.imgur.com/x61H0b5.jpg)
Title: Re: First Armor Build-WIP
Post by: GHOSTLASER15 on Mar 02, 2019, 02:48 PM
Finally got the Velcro on the vest and I noticed this. Does the collar and the back piece have to be aligned so it looks like one piece that was cut off or it this good? I also trimmed up the Codpiece now just need to form it a little.

(https://i.imgur.com/HmKdC3f.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/PQNRmK8.jpg)
Title: Re: First Armor Build-WIP
Post by: Arkham on Mar 03, 2019, 09:05 AM
Looks like you are on the right track.

You'll want to make sure that the velcro is not visable. Currently we can see it under the edge of your collar plate.

Additionally, you'll want to make sure that all of the edges of your armor are in contact with the flak vest.
Title: Re: First Armor Build-WIP
Post by: GHOSTLASER15 on Mar 03, 2019, 06:42 PM
Looks like you are on the right track.

You'll want to make sure that the velcro is not visable. Currently we can see it under the edge of your collar plate.

Additionally, you'll want to make sure that all of the edges of your armor are in contact with the flak vest.


Phew, and will get more Velcro on the plates soon


More updates on the armor Since the Velcro on the vest I finally start on my bandolier here is how it sorta looks like. Where the masking tape is there will be these greeblies there. One slight problem with the bandolier, I does not really want to stay like that in the photo any recommendations to fix this?  and I also got the codpiece formed.
(https://i.imgur.com/lWCiFkf.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/sjZACHK.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/DM69sBW.jpg)

Title: Re: First Armor Build-WIP
Post by: Kol Var'Das on Mar 03, 2019, 10:53 PM
Maybe try a method of attaching the bandolier to the vest just behind the collar? Everything looks great so far, plate spacing is spot on. As for the back, see if you can get a picture with the backplate on, it may need some trimming to make it slimmer on the sides.

Glad to see things are moving along!  :mcq1:
Title: Re: First Armor Build-WIP
Post by: GHOSTLASER15 on Mar 04, 2019, 09:56 PM
Sweet!! and I will get that up soon and slight update I deiced to paint the spacers in the greeblies here is how they turned out

(https://i.imgur.com/luXJm1a.jpg)


EDIT I forgot, I may change out my vest  to this material which is pleather the other material which is called "Cosplay by Yaya Han Hex Fabric -Black" just because it may not last for as long as this it is also rather stretchy so it may also move spacing around after a few wearings

(https://i.imgur.com/w2AwoHS.jpg)   
Title: Re: First Armor Build-WIP
Post by: Straka Zulu on Mar 05, 2019, 08:42 AM
Yeah, I would go with the pleather over that "professional cosplayer's" fabrics.  Heard too many horror stories about people getting chemical burns from it.
Title: Re: First Armor Build-WIP
Post by: GHOSTLASER15 on Mar 05, 2019, 12:31 PM
Yeah, I would go with the pleather over that "professional cosplayer's" fabrics.  Heard too many horror stories about people getting chemical burns from it.

Yikes! :o Definitely swapping out the vest then 
Title: Re: First Armor Build-WIP
Post by: Kol Var'Das on Mar 05, 2019, 11:44 PM
Check around to see if there are places that do wholesale of leather. Personally I've always dug a good duck cloth vest!  ;D  :mcq1:
Title: Re: First Armor Build-WIP
Post by: Straka Zulu on Mar 06, 2019, 09:48 AM
My original vest was made from a leather jacket.  But, yes, duck cloth is a good choice.  It breathes.
Title: Re: First Armor Build-WIP
Post by: GHOSTLASER15 on Mar 06, 2019, 12:52 PM
Thank you both for the advice, but that one is the new vest I am going to use, this is the one that is made out of the Cosplay fabric material (shown below) which I will no longer use, looking to at that the post I see that I worded that post very weirdly, sorry for the confusion.
(https://i.imgur.com/HmKdC3f.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/pxnKVyG.jpg)
Title: Re: First Armor Build-WIP
Post by: GHOSTLASER15 on Mar 08, 2019, 09:01 PM
Here is the back piece on me, it is not on the new vest I am going to use, but I don't think it makes much of a difference either way. If it does, Ill get it on the new vest tomorrow

(https://i.imgur.com/RurooOZ.jpg)
Title: Re: First Armor Build-WIP
Post by: Bryn Cin'Prudii on Mar 08, 2019, 11:20 PM
Thanks backplate could use a bit of a trim. Probably up to half an inch on either side. Left and right.
Title: Re: First Armor Build-WIP
Post by: GHOSTLASER15 on Mar 09, 2019, 12:25 AM
Thanks backplate could use a bit of a trim. Probably up to half an inch on either side. Left and right.

Is it necessary because there a curved edge all along the back piece and i think it could be noticeable if i do trim it.  also quick question, when say left and right, do you mean something along the lines of this? and if so what would be the best way of doing that? Dremel?

(https://i.imgur.com/XRcr2XH.png)
Title: Re: First Armor Build-WIP
Post by: Bryn Cin'Prudii on Mar 09, 2019, 10:29 AM
It isnt necessary, but it will help the plate not to be too big for you.

Yes that is almost exactly what I mean. With this being a DHPFX plate, dremel would work or you can use tin snips. ABS tends to heat up and cause problems with dremels so it will take a bit of time and patience.
Title: Re: First Armor Build-WIP
Post by: GHOSTLASER15 on Mar 09, 2019, 02:01 PM
It isnt necessary, but it will help the plate not to be too big for you.

Yes that is almost exactly what I mean. With this being a DHPFX plate, dremel would work or you can use tin snips. ABS tends to heat up and cause problems with dremels so it will take a bit of time and patience.
Ok ill think about doing it.

Update: I got the armor on the new vest spacing is a bit off, I feel like the ab is a little tight wise spacing wise but that is the beauty of Velcro, it's adjustable. I am also going to shorten the bandolier so it doesn't fall down as much or move around me as much. I will also add small bit of Velcro between the collar and back piece to help with that as well like what Kol Var'Das suggested.  Also I just realized for this picture I put it on the right shoulder but once done it's complete it will go on the left shoulder
(https://i.imgur.com/zLOxGd4.jpg)
Title: Re: First Armor Build-WIP
Post by: Slade Kel on Mar 09, 2019, 11:58 PM
I'm personally concerned about your velcro layout if it's as depicted in the mockup picture, but I also arguably over-velcro my plates. I practically cover in the inside, but  my plates never shift :P. In previous pics your plates were just fine, so with more velcro you shouldn't have it shift with the bandolier. Another suggestion in that vein, if you're going to keep the bandolier, it might behoove you to put two or three small velcro points on the plates and bando so that it doesn't shift and possibly move your plates out of alignment. 

The Solo belt should be just fine; especially as with the Solo movie it's been established as simply a holster and belt type that Han happens to wear, what with Beckett using the same style (albeit with double holster).

I've also heard of the Yaya Han fabric causing chemical burns to people, but as I understand it that was one particular batch of fabric. Either way, it's kind of sub-optimal for armor mounting from what I've seen handling it in-store, so moving on to duck cloth is definitely a good move. Pleather is also nice in that, as a more rigid material, it helps with keeping the plates from moving around much, but it is definitely less breathable, and you'll end up swimming in your own sweat. I sweat at room temperature, but with the layers of plastic and fabric pretty much everyone sweats in mando armor :P.

Coming along well, though! Trimming the back plate certainly won't hurt, too, both for sizing purposes and comfort.
Title: Re: First Armor Build-WIP
Post by: GHOSTLASER15 on Mar 10, 2019, 01:02 PM
I did change up the up velcro placement so and it does shift around as much.  Instead of Velco on the plates I may just have some magnets in the pockets that way if i decide not to wear the bandolier the velcro is not shown when its off but ill have to experiment  and see it that works or not.  and good point about the holster did even think of that.. but will still do some minor mods just to make it mine and not solo's.

Side note I have been looking around for a container to store my armor in. what do you all use?  I have been looking at these two they seem a bit big but i could be wrong. 
(https://i.imgur.com/pC8bnkp.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/s0RnHsE.jpg)
Title: Re: First Armor Build-WIP
Post by: Bryn Cin'Prudii on Mar 11, 2019, 09:29 AM
I personally like the husky. While it is bigger than what you may need, it does allow for expansion of your kit.
Title: Re: First Armor Build-WIP
Post by: JEStucker on Mar 11, 2019, 10:05 AM
No matter what you choose to transport your kit in, it will never be big enough.
Always go bigger than what you think you might need.  It allows for layers of fabric between components so you don't scratch or damage things, as well as packing material so things don't shift in transit to and from events.  You'll be amazed at how much room you really need for the whole kit to be stored nicely for any period of time.

I've barely started a kit, but from other cosplay things in the past, the space disappears faster than you ever realize.
Title: Re: First Armor Build-WIP
Post by: Fenris Claddanna on Mar 11, 2019, 10:50 AM
I'd go with the husky bin. I have the sterilite, and while it's big enough for me to fit two kits in if I pack it properly, the handle is a pain in the shebs to deal with.
Title: Re: First Armor Build-WIP
Post by: GHOSTLASER15 on Mar 14, 2019, 12:09 AM
thank yall Ill get the husky then,

Any ways here's my armor progress
 
(https://i.imgur.com/s47UxbQ.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/ZilRe3r.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/yIqJWVN.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/NC7J1yw.jpg)

The vest will be trimmed up ( It makes look like I am shrugging but I am not) and the installing the knees and codpice will be done tomorrow as well as finishing the bandolier as well. Let know if you seen anything off, but it will be ready enough for ECCC! ;D
Title: Re: First Armor Build-WIP
Post by: Bryn Cin'Prudii on Mar 14, 2019, 09:32 AM
Good follow through on the concept to application!

One tip when taking pictures, try to stand more erect so it doesn't pull your head forward. Makes you look more confident  :)

Plates are very close to fitting you perfect , I would recommend shaping the corners of your ab plate a bit more. Granted at ECCC you will have tons of help from the other MMCC members eyes.

Best of luck at your first event in kit! You always learn a lot about things you want to do better after trooping for a while.  :cookie:
Title: Re: First Armor Build-WIP
Post by: GHOSTLASER15 on Mar 19, 2019, 09:27 PM
Will do and ECCC was a blast! And I found some mercs there, I got a lot of feedback on my kit. I was over all comfy and in the costume 
What's good:
Boots
Helmet
Waist items
Flight Suit

What needs improvement:
The ab plate needs some trimming and forming so its above the belly button
 The collar piece was wonky, but I think what happened was the one of the Velcro pieces came off made it look weird (see below)
The codpiece is too small, I need to make a larger sized one 
The chest plates need to be rotated a little and the “Fangs” needs the formed inward to fit me better
Backpiece needs to be trimmed 

Other Recommendations:
Gauntlets could be greebled up a little more
The vest is good, but they highly recommend changing for comfort which I will to because I was a tad sweaty afterwards. While I was relatively cool the convention center, it could be a problem that's worse in the summer and I don’t want to feel like a rotisserie cooked porg while walking around.  :porg2: 
Otherwise, I am really close!
(https://i.imgur.com/q5jaBfq.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/DertBVg.jpg)



Title: Re: First Armor Build-WIP
Post by: Slade Kel on Mar 21, 2019, 12:20 PM
You seem to have most of the improvements needed covered. One additional suggestion from me is tighten up the bandolier, and maybe add a few discreet magnets or patches of velcro to get the pouches sitting evenly. Oh, and I recommend either dyeing (or painting) the bandolier black to match the belt and holster, or those two brown to match the bandolier. It's not necessarily an approvability thing, but it always looks tighter, better when your 'strappy bits' match, more or less. If you're concerned about dyeing, you can also pick up acrylic leather paint and get the same effect. I think changing the others to brown would be better than the bando to black, as it'll make the holster pop more in comparison to the black soft parts. Otherwise, make those other fixes and you'll be in awesome shape.
Title: Re: First Armor Build-WIP
Post by: GHOSTLASER15 on Mar 21, 2019, 01:46 PM
Sweet! I did have a small piece of Velcro on my shoulder but it also fell off, so I will look into magnets instead of Velcro and have it in multiple places so it does not sag. Ill look into the paint, the holster is not real leather would that effect the finish of the paint?
Title: Re: First Armor Build-WIP
Post by: GHOSTLASER15 on Apr 30, 2019, 04:32 PM
Well, it has been a while since I posted here, but I do have some things in the works I got a larger codpiece cut out and have also brain storming Ideas for the gauntlets because right now it has nothing on it. Here is the concept for the right one the two buttons will keyboard keys that will be painted up the three dots will be LED lights and the multicolored rectangles will be wired and then the screen in the middle will be a printout of something. What do you all think?

(https://i.imgur.com/TZ7KJQv.png)

As for the right one I am not sure how add to it any suggestions?
 
(https://i.imgur.com/ht1d8H8.jpg)

Both will have these planning on using styrene to create the illusion of an opening

(https://i.imgur.com/97PClKr.png)
Title: Re: First Armor Build-WIP
Post by: Slade Kel on Apr 30, 2019, 05:43 PM
Sorry I missed your last question, I was in full Celebration prep at that point and barely checked the boards :P. Leather paint works pretty well on vinyl as well; I have a few friends that do superhero cosplay that have painted all manner of faux leathers with it.

Your vambrace concept looks just fine and will be a good addition to gussy up that plain shell you have going on :). Not really sure if additions are warranted for the other one, as right now it looks like it'll go well with your plans for the right, keeping both streamlined. The faux-opening will add detail to the blank side of the left vambrace, so you won't have that blank space any more; I think they'll look good!
Title: Re: First Armor Build-WIP
Post by: Anansi on May 12, 2019, 02:50 PM
Your kit is looking really good so far and it looks like you're almost ready for pre-app.
Title: Re: First Armor Build-WIP
Post by: GHOSTLASER15 on May 13, 2019, 10:41 PM
Sorry I missed your last question, I was in full Celebration prep at that point and barely checked the boards :P. Leather paint works pretty well on vinyl as well; I have a few friends that do superhero cosplay that have painted all manner of faux leathers with it.

No worries, hope you had fun!

Your kit is looking really good so far and it looks like you're almost ready for pre-app.

Yup at the five yard line planning on changing out the vest, forming the plates a little more and painting the holster and modding the gauntlet 


Here is  my progress on the holster I am using angelus light brown leather paint and here is a comparison the original and painted

(https://i.imgur.com/z6IkpvI.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/VPQQ1sa.jpg)

Here is the progress of the gauntlet the LEDs will be on the lower one once its all said and done. Just had them there because that one is a practice one

(https://i.imgur.com/SV7nRjw.jpg)   
Title: Re: First Armor Build-WIP
Post by: GHOSTLASER15 on Jul 18, 2019, 06:21 PM
Been a while since I posted here, but here’s what has happened. I realized I forgot to add the knee darts to the knees, so I grabbed them to find this. Upon looking I saw that the gloves somehow took off the paint, so I have to repaint the knee. As for the gloves the silver it took off knee gave me an idea which was to paint the rubber part sliver with enamel which was a bad idea because after a day is was still super tacky and didn’t work so I was about to throw them out when I had an idea which was to use WD-40 because I used prior to get silly putty of a silicone band and it worked like a worked like a charm but still need to some touch up on them. Currently the it the process of repainting the stripe.
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(https://i.imgur.com/BN3Papv.jpg)
How they look now
(https://i.imgur.com/RdJd7Tv.jpg)
As for the holster its painted and looks much better than before and added the mythosuar to front buckle
(https://i.imgur.com/VZAoLG6.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/wsYEi7S.jpg)
As for the gauntlet I added the fake opening and some other detail to it, then added some primer to it see what needs to be touched up
(https://i.imgur.com/sKskqSi.jpg)

Question: My back plate is made of ABS how will react to being cut with tin snips is it brittle and will shatter or softer like styrene?
Title: Re: First Armor Build-WIP
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jul 18, 2019, 07:44 PM
ABS would be better to cut with something like a Dremel.  Just beware of sharp, and VERY hot plastic.