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Title: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Kurshi BeJahaal on Nov 27, 2019, 09:24 PM
Alright. So I've been tossing the idea around for about a year to do either a True Mandalorian or a Protector. Aaaaand now here we go.

Iíll be trying to keep this as cost effective as possible. Since Iíve got two 3íx4í sheets of 6mm sintra, Iíll be making a brand new set of plates from one. Iíll be keeping to a light armor configuration for this build.

I plan on starting with soft parts first before getting my plate templates cut out. Which brings me to my first big question.

Iím thinking my current flight suit will be too dark of a gray to use for this build. Iíll provide a picture for reference. If it is too dark, Iíd like to see if I could do white scrubs, dyed to mimic Bobaís color. I know that this build requires double-sleeves. I was thinking that if I got both a long and short sleeve scrub top, the extra material could make the thigh pouches and shin tool pockets. I am also open to a regular one piece coverall. Iíll be looking at lots of picture references to figure out my final color schemes. Flight suit color is subject to change at this point.

For the gloves and boots, can leather be used? Iím wondering if I can use any of my current parts on this build.

My boots:
(https://i.imgur.com/3mglCzH.jpg)

Hereís my current flight suit color:
(https://i.imgur.com/Mbii5N6.jpg)

Another big question I'll have is paint color suggestions. I plan on using rattle cans because I don't have airbrush access. I've used predominantly krylon for Kurshi, but will be happy to try other brands.

I'll be asking a LOT of questions during this project and I'm open to whatever advice you guys might have!
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Fenn Beviin on Nov 29, 2019, 09:28 AM
Even started a thread I see! The idea is reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeal  :like: lol Welcome to the fun man! Flight suit wise, yeah I believe you will need to do a lighter version - if you wanted to keep the blue, I would suggest going more for the faded denim blue of the PrePro Fett flight suit. As for the game plan with the scrubs, that is a really clever idea.

Gloves and boots can be leather - unfortunately my laptop at work blocks all pictures unless shared from DeviantArt so I can't  give a direct recoomendation for your current boots but from what I remember when seeing them in person, I believe you should be good to go there.

Rattle can wise I only use Rustoleum personally but I know that Krylon generally seems to have a wider variety of greens (at least around my area).

Overall paint scheme wise, the True Mandalorians and Mandaloran Protectors are nearly identical with the difference being the chest logos of ( ), [ ], and < > coupled with the different shoulder insignia. Outside of that, feel free to pull some inspiration from their overall color schemes. No protector has gone the green armor with blue accents yet on the helmet and armor yet. Going that route would be more unique for your build while also maintaining the proper colors and allow you to use some current stuff you have.
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Kurshi BeJahaal on Nov 29, 2019, 10:12 AM
I told you that I was serious haha!

It's funny, because I really was debating on doing the green with light blue face for this one. I like the red and yellow secondary color, but I was thinking of spicing things up a bit and do something a touch different. As with color schemes for my first kit, I do need some help with color/brand selections. Being colorblind makes colors look completely weird. I easily mix up gray and the green colors we need. They look Really similar to my color deficient eyes.  :laugh:
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Fenn Beviin on Nov 29, 2019, 11:53 PM
Word. Now that I can see your photos, to go for protector status your boots I believe may fly if you added shin wraps like the 1313 version of Fett as along as you added toe spikes to them. Leaving them as is, I believe that they would look too different from Fetts standard boots in order to meet the CRLs. Also as I suggested to Jaster, belt pouch wise I would also suggest removing the external strapping to your belt pouches to break up the profile a bit more and make them look distinctly different then the actual mauser (?) Ammo pouches that they are and be more similar in appearance to Fetts.

Also we can continue the color choices talk over on Instagram  ;) :laugh:
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Kurshi BeJahaal on Dec 04, 2019, 12:25 AM
Update time!

I plan on starting with soft parts first before getting my plate templates cut out though. I did my templates and cutting before I had a vest on my first build and thought I'd do it differently this time around.

Flight Suit
I might have lined up a new flightsuit with thigh pockets, double sleeves, and hip pouches for a great deal. It's a much lighter gray, so if I manage to pick that up, I'll be set! I'll know more later this month and update with pictures when I can.

Vest
I'll probably commission K'raam for a vest since I have some seriously sub par sewing skills. I'll see what my gray options are from him and if I need to buy a white one and dye it, I can do that.

Girth Belt
I'll probably do a homemade girth belt for this one too unless I stumble across a great deal. I might be able to pick one up from the flightsuit guy.

Boots
probably some sort of gray suede Chelsea boots.

Spats
I'll get those from the Trading station

Gloves
I think I can make some appropriate gloves with a little bit of brainstorming. Otherwise, ManofWar sells them if I need to order a pair.

Cape
I'll definitely do a half cape. I currently have a linen cape, I love how light it is, but I might go something a bit heavier for this one. Maybe a little ESB stripe in there for fun.

Pouches
If I get the flight suit, It has hip pouches with it. For my belt pouches, I was thinking something along these lines:
(https://i.imgur.com/a0TkKvQ.jpg)



As far as color scheme goes, it doesn't hurt to think ahead.

Primary
I've been trying to find some shade of green for my primary color. I spent some time on TDH and TheRPF and found some good leads on rattle can colors. I don't have airbrush access, so I'm limited on what I can do. I think Rustoleum makes a few nice greens: Satin Moss Green, Spruce Green and a Dark Hunter Green. I also came across a humbrol dark green 30 in an acrylic spray option. If anyone has any suggestions on those, I'm all ears!

Secondary
I'm still debating. Fenn was trying to get me to go for a yellow tone and it's not a bad idea, but I was there's a Rustoleum Satin Claret Wine that may work. This all may change if I find a yellow that I like.



No concrete updates, but I've been busy trying to source everything before I get too far ahead of myself.
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Kurshi BeJahaal on Dec 06, 2019, 01:13 AM
I got a mock up of some colors. Any suggestions or ideas are welcome.  :)

(https://i.imgur.com/5vt5jHz.jpg)
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Fenn Beviin on Dec 08, 2019, 11:05 AM
I got a mock up of some colors. Any suggestions or ideas are welcome.  :)

(https://i.imgur.com/5vt5jHz.jpg)

Nice dude! I am digging the mock up. My only 2 cents as to color scheme would be to make the ear caps that summer squash yellow as well. Outside of that.... Money  :like:
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Kurshi BeJahaal on Dec 08, 2019, 11:23 AM
Nice dude! I am digging the mock up. My only 2 cents as to color scheme would be to make the ear caps that summer squash yellow as well. Outside of that.... Money  :like:

Itís funny that you suggested that. I originally had it mocked up that way, but changed it just before I posted it. I might have to change it back!

It was suggested to maybe keep the gauntlets all one color, so Iíll go with the red for that.
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Fenn Beviin on Dec 08, 2019, 12:09 PM
Itís funny that you suggested that. I originally had it mocked up that way, but changed it just before I posted it. I might have to change it back!

It was suggested to maybe keep the gauntlets all one color, so Iíll go with the red for that.

I like the two for one special with the double colored gauntlets. I would suggest only doing partial bits a second color though - like how my gauntlets are all green but the blasters are blue. Something like that but with your red and yellow. It would be a cool subtle shout-out to how the OG Mando Protectors were colored in the comics
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Kurshi BeJahaal on Dec 08, 2019, 12:58 PM
I like the two for one special with the double colored gauntlets. I would suggest only doing partial bits a second color though - like how my gauntlets are all green but the blasters are blue. Something like that but with your red and yellow. It would be a cool subtle shout-out to how the OG Mando Protectors were colored in the comics

Yes! That's a perfect idea. I was kinda doing the top half/bottom half idea, but I think the little detailing and rocket parts would look sweet with that splash of yellow. I think I'd like for my cape to be green too now that I think about it. Hmm...

Does anyone know it there is there a way to get those comics in digital format so I can get a better look at everything? I have the Open Season ones on my kindle, but haven't thought to look for these on there.
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: The Unknown Mando on Dec 08, 2019, 07:44 PM
I've an iPad with marvel comics app...those old comics are on there. Don't know about kindle though
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Kurshi BeJahaal on Dec 08, 2019, 09:52 PM
I've an iPad with marvel comics app...those old comics are on there. Don't know about kindle though

I hadn't looked yet. The kindle is getting old and slluggish, so I haven't looked for them on there. I've got an iPhone, so I don't see why I couldn't download the Marvel comics app on here!

Thanks for that tip!
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Jaster Fett on Dec 10, 2019, 03:47 AM
Glad to see you're joining us Super Commandos, Kurshi! Lol
Looks like you and Fenn are having a good back and fourth so I'm not sure how much I can contribute, but I'll comment anyway to keep track of this build progress.

I modeled my own after elements of Pre-Pro Fett and Mythos Fett and that's how my design came to be! (I'm personally NOT a huge fan of the bright, flamboyant original colors from the comics but it was the 80's so go figure lol), but I digress

I'm liking where your design is going. Don't be afraid to mix it up if you find some parts and colors a little too generic for your liking

Lastly, have fun with this the challenge. I had way more fun building my Protector than any costume I've worked on to date
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Kurshi BeJahaal on Mar 13, 2020, 12:21 AM
Glad to see you're joining us Super Commandos, Kurshi! Lol
Looks like you and Fenn are having a good back and fourth so I'm not sure how much I can contribute, but I'll comment anyway to keep track of this build progress.

I modeled my own after elements of Pre-Pro Fett and Mythos Fett and that's how my design came to be! (I'm personally NOT a huge fan of the bright, flamboyant original colors from the comics but it was the 80's so go figure lol), but I digress

I'm liking where your design is going. Don't be afraid to mix it up if you find some parts and colors a little too generic for your liking

Lastly, have fun with this the challenge. I had way more fun building my Protector than any costume I've worked on to date

Thanks for the encouragement! It looks like it'll be fun, but a bit intimidating. I definitely like a challenge though!

I've been trying to get my soft parts in order before jumping into this. After a flightsuit fell through, I kinda halted all my progress but I might have new leads on a double sleeved flightsuit. I don't trust myself at all with a sewing machine to make my own suit and the pockets? Not a chance haha.

I ordered a vest from K'ram in light gray. Hopefully the color will work okay. He had it next to the paper to show the color. He apparently had had someone complain that it was white?

(https://i.imgur.com/tgSz3pH.jpg)

In other news:
ēI'm looking for the right pair of boots to stand out to me.
ēAlso deciding if I want to actually try to make my own gloves or not. That would mean I'd have to sew... Or die trying.
ēI've got the pvc glue to start putting together my "Kick The Bucket" ABS helmet. Not sure if I'm going to like it or if it'll work, but I'm going to try it out.
ēI'm also updating my current kit's sidearm from a Westar 34 to a D-200 for brigade updates there. I've never really liked my westar's paint job, so I'm thinking about giving it a new look and using it for my Protector sidearm.

And I think that's about it so far! Hopefully it'll be less time before I have an update.  :)
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Kurshi BeJahaal on Mar 19, 2020, 12:36 AM
My vest arrived already!

(https://i.imgur.com/adQJbHg.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/66ULs9r.jpg)

So I'll likely start on plates next. I'm still not sure if I want to buy a backplate with slots for the jetpack already in it or attempt to make it on my own.
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Fenn Beviin on Mar 30, 2020, 12:04 PM
I say make your own!!! Use your existing back plate as your 'form' and just heat up the new one and shape it to that. Easy peasy
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Kurshi BeJahaal on May 06, 2020, 11:30 PM
Big ol' picture heavy update coming!

So a friend has had an Arkady ESB Fett suit lying around for a few years. If you're familiar with The Dented Helmet, you'll know Arkady makes some great quality flight suits! This one didn't fit him, so he asked if I wanted to check it out. (THANK YOU AZRAYEL!) It even comes with the cloth hip pouches.
Uh... YES! So here's what I've got.

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

Now, I know those laced Rocket Dog boots aren't going to work, but it gives the idea of the boot height that I'll be using.

(https://i.imgur.com/7vozGTv.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/5rU9bvM.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/M5YbHR5.jpg)

Notice in that last picture that the sleeves are a bit short. I'm not too worried because my gauntlets should hide that and I can use longer gloves to hide the skin. A minor issue. But overall, it seemed like it was gonna fit. So I threw on my vest and current knees, girth and pouch/cod belt.

(https://i.imgur.com/1xIhuNy.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/28CEPEH.jpg)

Hue hue hue! This just might work! So I decided to throw on my current plates to check it out.

(https://i.imgur.com/mVYcSYx.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/6IT3FWR.jpg)

Either the vest's neckseal has to be removed or the flight suit's. I didn't factor in getting a flight suit like this when I ordered my vest. I need to get matching spats and my gloves done still. But this was a major hang up for me. The flight suit was what I was most worried about. Next up will be the dye. Any suggestions are welcome!

Seeing this set up makes me want to ditch my shin plates on Kurshi V1, get lower cut boots and go even light armor. So I may be selling an extremely comfy size 13 pair of Uggs here soon haha.  :laugh:
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Kurshi BeJahaal on May 08, 2020, 12:04 PM
More updates.

I found some shoes that I went ahead and ordered. They've got the basic Fett feel but are khaki in color. Seemed like a great base to work from. They're from Wish, so they could look exactly like this or I could get a potato peeler with LEDs and a massaging grip for all I know. Haha.

(https://i.imgur.com/jnj2N8B.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/Uken2TW.jpg)


I went ahead and started reworking my Westar 34 to use for this kit. The knob on the back broke off, so I've replaced that and going to give it a repaint.

And the most exciting news:
(https://i.imgur.com/7WgJGZr.jpg)

I was fortunate to end up with this bad boy. It's not in my possession yet, but it should be sometime next week. He said that it still needs work, but I'm more than happy to use his base and keep working with it. So stoked on this!
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Fenn Beviin on May 09, 2020, 09:04 PM
it grooooooows!!!!!!!  :boba:  Pumped to see more man.
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Manco Fett on May 17, 2020, 03:10 AM
 :boba: This is looking good dude. Keep at it!!!
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Kurshi BeJahaal on May 27, 2020, 11:30 PM
:boba: This is looking good dude. Keep at it!!!

Thanks! Slowly but surely!

I spent a little time working on the jetpack tonight. I used a razor to trim excess bondo and sand most of the rough spots down.

I can see some little pits here and there that will call for a little spot glaze putty. I'm also considering adding a little quiksteel here and there to reinforce it structurally if need-be. Since Bondo doesn't do much in the way of adding strength to things, quiksteel might help with adding to the structural integrity.

Nothing seems flimsy right now, though, definitely a solid build. If it ever decides to stop being humid outside, I'll give it a coat of primer to tie it all together. I always feel like that shows the imperfections a little bit more.

Oh! If anyone has a suggestion for a good 3D print filler, I'm all ears!

(https://i.imgur.com/JrFYgYP.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/5gCMe7T.jpg)
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Fenn Beviin on May 28, 2020, 11:44 AM
What 3D printed item are you looking to fill? I know there is a liquid solution that helps with print lines if you soak an item in it but I would bet that depends on the size of the item. That being said, bondo spot filler and primer is about all I know of outside of that.
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Kurshi BeJahaal on Jun 18, 2020, 10:52 PM
What 3D printed item are you looking to fill? I know there is a liquid solution that helps with print lines if you soak an item in it but I would bet that depends on the size of the item. That being said, bondo spot filler and primer is about all I know of outside of that.

Basically anything that wasn't made from sintra was 3D printed. Or anything that's not a large flat area haha.  :laugh:  I ended up grabbing some Rustoleum automotive filler primer to try.


I do have a small update though!
I got some new kick off of Wish for my Protector! I'm not sure they look exactly like the photos, but what does when it arrives from Wish?  :laugh:
I think I can make them work, though. They're a bit big but some nice insoles will help. Then I'll just have to wear and weather them!

(https://i.imgur.com/Q1AN1oR.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/ituvFLP.jpg)
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Fenn Beviin on Jun 22, 2020, 08:18 AM
These boots were still an awesome find man.

Make sure you look into some pretty sturdy toe spikes though haha
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Kurshi BeJahaal on Nov 05, 2020, 11:54 PM
Beginning to get back to this. I'm thinking about using a DE-10 for my sidearm. I've found 3D prints on Etsy but I'd prefer to go resin cast (if possible) or would go 3D printed if I could support a fellow Merc.

That being said, anyone know of someone selling resin options or printing them on the forums?
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Mi'ix on Nov 06, 2020, 05:50 AM
I've got a spare resin pulce 40 spear gun of your interested!
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Fenn Beviin on Nov 06, 2020, 11:28 AM
I've got a spare resin pulce 40 spear gun of your interested!

Booooooooo. No DE-10..... too over used lol.

I also have a resin cast of the 1313 mentor blaster if you want to go a more custom looking route ;) It's by no means a perfect cast though lol
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Kurshi BeJahaal on Nov 13, 2020, 12:21 AM
I've been thinking about helmets here this week. I've got two spare "Kick the Bucket" helmets from Drako Katora that I haven't touched but I'm not sure if they'd pass here. An example of a finished helmet is as follows:

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

My kit has a rangefinder and normal ear caps, but these just have a different "feel" that I can't put my finger on.

I'm wondering about Black Series Helmets, too. Particularly the proto Fett has me interested. It apparently already has some textured "damage" where the paint would be peeling but it's just the white, standard Proto Fett. I was thinking that it might have some neat depth to paint my colors over and have my own weathering.

Anyone have any experience with these helmets? How are they scale-wise for someone who's 6'2"? Seeing some available for around $100, is it worth it to try one of these vs a little more for a cast bucket? I have never worn a cast, so I don't have much experience there.

I'm not opposed to defaulting back to the Rubies Boba 3 piece. That's what I have now for my red kit and I do really like it. I'm just considering all the options as I resume inching my way through this.
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Fenn Beviin on Nov 13, 2020, 11:19 AM
I've been thinking about helmets here this week. I've got two spare "Kick the Bucket" helmets from Drako Katora that I haven't touched but I'm not sure if they'd pass here. An example of a finished helmet is as follows:

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

My kit has a rangefinder and normal ear caps, but these just have a different "feel" that I can't put my finger on.

I'm wondering about Black Series Helmets, too. Particularly the proto Fett has me interested. It apparently already has some textured "damage" where the paint would be peeling but it's just the white, standard Proto Fett. I was thinking that it might have some neat depth to paint my colors over and have my own weathering.

Anyone have any experience with these helmets? How are they scale-wise for someone who's 6'2"? Seeing some available for around $100, is it worth it to try one of these vs a little more for a cast bucket? I have never worn a cast, so I don't have much experience there.

I'm not opposed to defaulting back to the Rubies Boba 3 piece. That's what I have now for my red kit and I do really like it. I'm just considering all the options as I resume inching my way through this.

Honesty the "kick the bucket" helmet looks fine to me and appears to fit your build perfect. Toss that on with your flak vest and armor on though too to see if it still looks ok. As long as your have ear caps and range finger for that bucket you should be fine.
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Kurshi BeJahaal on Nov 13, 2020, 01:01 PM
Honesty the "kick the bucket" helmet looks fine to me and appears to fit your build perfect. Toss that on with your flak vest and armor on though too to see if it still looks ok. As long as your have ear caps and range finger for that bucket you should be fine.

See, the thing is, I haven't put the Bucket together yet. It's still in 3 pieces. Haha. But I plan on putting it together, if nothing else, as a table prop to show a budget option for buckets. When I get it together, I'll do that!
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Mi'ix on Nov 13, 2020, 01:06 PM
That kick the bucket helmet looks good. I trust it's got Fett style ear caps and keyslots, rf, etc...

Target 3 piece is also a solid option.
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Kurshi BeJahaal on Nov 13, 2020, 02:48 PM
I don't think it has any keyslots, actually. Hmm...
I think I'll see if I can have someone print one and I'll slap it in if I go this route.
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Kurshi BeJahaal on Nov 27, 2020, 05:08 PM
So a little update. These were waiting for me when I got home from work today. The Pulce just needs a little tweaking and cleanup before paint. And then check out that buckle I'll throw on my jetpack harness.   :8):

(https://i.imgur.com/jkhWOzn.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/BOYwNZb.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/PFVkrLb.jpg)
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Rayne on Nov 27, 2020, 06:11 PM
Yay! Very nice!
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Kurshi BeJahaal on Dec 03, 2020, 11:31 PM
Steadily working to source more parts for this build. Bryn Cin'Prudii has come up with a design for Jodo Kast's right gauntlet based off of the concept art from Brian Matyas at Lucasfilm. It's a pretty cool design but I want to make sure that it'll fit with what our BRLs call for.

(https://i.imgur.com/hqves0c.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/8gpBi2U.jpg)

Concept art:
(https://i.imgur.com/JcdM5xi.jpg)

He has not come up with one for the left yet, but I was wondering of I could steal some inspiration from Boba Fett: Twin Engines of Destruction. He and Kast both have very similar gauntlets is most frames.

Fett:
(https://i.imgur.com/YxY7yFz.jpg)

Kast:
(https://i.imgur.com/OX3G7wR.jpg)

I didn't figure there would be much issue with this left gauntlet but more curious on the right. Does it stray too much from the aesthetics that were shooting for?
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Jaster Fett on Dec 04, 2020, 12:51 AM
Steadily working to source more parts for this build. Bryn Cin'Prudii has come up with a design for Jodo Kast's right gauntlet based off of the concept art from Brian Matyas at Lucasfilm. It's a pretty cool design but I want to make sure that it'll fit with what our BRLs call for.

(https://i.imgur.com/hqves0c.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/8gpBi2U.jpg)

Concept art:
(https://i.imgur.com/JcdM5xi.jpg)

He has not come up with one for the left yet, but I was wondering of I could steal some inspiration from Boba Fett: Twin Engines of Destruction. He and Kast both have very similar gauntlets is most frames.

Fett:
(https://i.imgur.com/YxY7yFz.jpg)

Kast:
(https://i.imgur.com/OX3G7wR.jpg)

I didn't figure there would be much issue with this left gauntlet but more curious on the right. Does it stray too much from the aesthetics that were shooting for?

Based on my interpretation of the BRLs, your right gauntlet design should be fine. It seems to have enough of the right aesthetic
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Mi'ix on Dec 04, 2020, 09:11 AM
I do not have an issue with this.
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Fenn Beviin on Dec 04, 2020, 11:56 AM
Love everything but that T-visor design but yeah, those gauntlets are perfectly fine!

Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Larson on Dec 04, 2020, 02:42 PM
Like how the concept art is looking but I think it be better with a full T-visor
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Kurshi BeJahaal on Dec 04, 2020, 03:38 PM
Thanks everyone!

Oh yeah. I don't plan on taking any inspiration from the visor/bucket, just the gauntlets. I thought it might be cool to have something a bit different than the standard Fett/Bralor ones, even though I really do love them.
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Kurshi BeJahaal on Dec 07, 2020, 09:16 PM
Welp.

This was gonna be a budget build, but OCD isn't gonna let that happen. I picked up a pair of Bobamaker gloves today from TDH, so I'm expecting those to be in within a week.

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

They may be a touch small, but we'll see how they fit when they come in.
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Fenn Beviin on Dec 07, 2020, 10:01 PM
Welp.

This was gonna be a budget build, but OCD isn't gonna let that happen. I picked up a pair of Bobamaker gloves today from TDH, so I'm expecting those to be in within a week.

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

They may be a touch small, but we'll see how they fit when they come in.

Oh snap!! That reminds me, I still need to look for those patches for you. I keep forgetting  :laugh: They would love even better on those gloves
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Mi'ix on Dec 08, 2020, 07:02 AM
Oh, very nice.

Lovely pickup!
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Kurshi BeJahaal on Dec 10, 2020, 08:58 PM
So earlier this year I picked up a pair of shoes for this build from wish. They actually seem pretty sturdy and should work with some dying or staining. (https://i.imgur.com/ovrc56v.jpg)

However, I forgot that I had these boots on my Amazon wish list and my wife gave them to me for the first night of Hanukkah.
(https://i.imgur.com/JXsxFTc.jpg)

They're a touch big but are nice and sturdy and seem like they'd hold up great.

My question to you all: which ones should I keep for this build? We can do a return to Amazon with no trouble, because t I think I'm stuck with the wish ones. I wouldn't see there being a problem reselling them though. So I'm good to do whichever.



Update:
I put them both on with my flight suit just to see how they looked.
(https://i.imgur.com/FMsukee.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/6L8fxBD.jpg)

I need to have some tailoring done in the crotch area. It's pretty baggy and could come up another two or three inches.
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Rayne on Dec 11, 2020, 08:30 AM
I think you could go either way and itíd look good. The darker ones donít require more work and the tread on the bottom looks a little nicer. Just a thought  :maul: 

I agree on your flightsuit, a little tailoring and youíll be good to go!

Looking really good!
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Fenn Beviin on Dec 11, 2020, 09:29 AM
Hmmmmm.... I would say it's hard to say which boots to keep because it would depend on how everything looks all together. That being said, the brown ones will probably hold up a lot better whole trooping - I have a feeling the light colored boots will start to fall apart relatively quickly and might require another pair sooner.
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Mi'ix on Dec 11, 2020, 09:52 AM
I swap out my Fett boots on rougher troops or when I can't get to them.  I generally like the look of the brown as it goes nicely with the brown leather belt. 

(https://i.imgur.com/zn4W66G.jpg)

Not a great picture, but it's the best I got.
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Kurshi BeJahaal on Dec 11, 2020, 10:34 AM
Good deal! Thanks all!

My wife was really disappointed to hear that I already had some shoes. But I think she'll be glad to be able to swap them out for a smaller size and know that I can use them still.  :)
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Kurshi BeJahaal on Dec 17, 2020, 12:15 AM
Little update! My Bobamaker gloves came in! And despite being a large, they're a bit small for me. They'll work, but I sort of have "webbed" fingers a little bit. My patches arrived from Fenn too, so we're all set there.

(https://i.imgur.com/1MdBXoT.jpg)


As I'm returning my boots for a smaller size, I noticed they have gray ones available. I know Mi'ix and everyone else said the brown boots would work better vs the other shoe, but how do you guys feel about the gray version?

(https://i.imgur.com/vkMul5l.jpg)


I kinda like them, but if brown would work best, I'll stick to the color I had previously ordered.
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Mi'ix on Dec 17, 2020, 08:45 AM
Gray works too!
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Fenn Beviin on Dec 17, 2020, 08:50 AM
Wooooow! Check out those beautiful patches you have there!

I'm all about for grey as well!

You can always paint those elastic parts of the boots a different color as well to mimic the Boba boots.
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Kurshi BeJahaal on Feb 04, 2021, 12:53 AM
Small but important update!

I finally got my flightsuit in to the person who does all my alterations. (I have little experience or confidence behind a sewing machine)

The flightsuit was a bit long in the torso, crotch and backside area, though it's not very obvious in this picture:
(https://i.imgur.com/yUtOPXR.jpg)

She will be bringing the bottom half up and taking some of the excess out of the midsection to hopefully get the fit to be a bit better. I'm not sure if the legs will need taken in or not. They didn't seem too bad when I threw my current kits plates on just to test it out. Reference photo:
(https://i.imgur.com/6IT3FWR.jpg)

This is currently just pinned to reflect where the alterations will be made.
(https://i.imgur.com/ksjnfrJ.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/zd9NVAV.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/H8u4GHd.jpg)

In that last awkward photo I'm pulling the slack together, not "picking my seat." :laugh:

I'm feeling better about these now and hope that the alterations get everything where I need it to be.

I got some surplus pouches in for this kit. I'm planning on cleaning them up and conditioning them a little to at least get some moisture back in the leather. But I love how beat up they are to begin with.
(https://i.imgur.com/1Z9tM5R.jpg)

A buddy sent me some resin knee darts that he's been working on casting. A nice little surprise that I'm excited to put on this build. Also got a set of yellow chest lights from Fi.
(https://i.imgur.com/puSTX6h.jpg)

I've settled on a bucket for this one... I think. I reached out to Dha Bral to see if he had any BOMB buckets left. And sure enough, he had one. Most helmets are very tight on me because of my dreadlocks. In my current bucket, I only have a little bit of padding on my forehead. Trying to wear it for long periods of time sometimes starts to give me a headache, so I'm looking forward to a little more room in there.

He may need to cast new ears but that's no biggie as I'm not in a rush. I plan on adding an aluminum borden and rangefinder to this.
(https://i.imgur.com/4zt5LNC.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/hNxpVdm.jpg)
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Rayne on Feb 04, 2021, 07:47 AM
Tailoring looks good! Itíll look much better when you get it back!

Those pouches will look great with a little conditioning! And the darts, lights, and helmet, woo! Glad to see your progress!

Canít wait to see it together!
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Tor Johaair on Feb 06, 2021, 10:43 AM
That flightsuit looks pretty good already; shouldn't take much tailoring.
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Kurshi BeJahaal on Feb 07, 2021, 01:29 PM
Thanks Rayne and Tor!

My part sourcing continues. I managed to get ahold of some Kruser knee darts. While not exactly standard Fett style, I'm curious if they're close to what we need to meet the BRL. I also managed to get an aluminum RF stalk that will hopefully fit the Bucket I'll be getting. My buddy threw in a few extras as well. Those are Hasboro "big visor" Fett ear caps. Not sure if they'll work for anything, but I might find a use somewhere else.

(https://i.imgur.com/UXsa3TQ.jpg)

I also found this chunk of cloth that I have. I'm not entirely sure of the material blend, but it drapes nicely. My original plan was to snag a used canvas half shelter from eBay, but I just haven't wanted to spend that quite yet. If this works, I'll certainly dye it to an appropriate color. It's weight is like linen and duck cloth had a baby, so it's somewhere in the middle.  :laugh:

(https://i.imgur.com/cW1SKJS.jpg)



Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Mi'ix on Feb 08, 2021, 09:13 AM
Some very nice pieces there!

Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Kurshi BeJahaal on Feb 23, 2021, 10:53 PM
So the part sourcing continues! I've been working with Bryn Cin'Prudii on a little project. He already offers a print of Brian Matyas' concept Jodo Kast's right gauntlet so I wanted  to see of he could work out Boba's right gauntlet from the Twin Engines of Destruction album. Kast does not use the concept style gauntlet in that comic strip, but I'm okay with that. However, he did not disappoint!

The artwork...
(https://i.imgur.com/6vdBEq2.png)
(https://i.imgur.com/IjG9S9m.png)

his mock up...
(https://i.imgur.com/wRvyKoL.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/1P6i76P.jpg)

and the real thing...
(https://i.imgur.com/8GzLXbk.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/XDIe7hU.jpg)

Notice the lack of a keypad and a recessed try, for that matter. I really don't think I could have asked for a better interpretation. I can't wait to get these gauntlets in!
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Fenn Beviin on Feb 24, 2021, 10:09 AM
So.

Darn.

Awesome.

 :o
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Larson on Mar 17, 2021, 01:49 PM
Those are impressive! Wanna see how they turn out painted
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Kurshi BeJahaal on Apr 28, 2021, 05:09 PM
Those are impressive! Wanna see how they turn out painted

Me too! I'll be excited for that part of the build!

Not a major update since build progress has stalled. Being focused elsewhere has this pushed to the side a bit. However, the gauntlets came in a while ago and I realized that I never shared them.

Left/Fett TEOD
(https://i.imgur.com/0nz7UAJ.jpg)

Right/Jodo Kast
(https://i.imgur.com/wF0qzJF.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/3QhUy5r.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/Y2OyPGT.jpg)

They seem like they'll fit great! The Jodo one is a bit longer on my forearm, which doesn't bother me and might add to the asymmetry look if I do mismatched colors. There's also several cool places to add LEDs in these!

Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Mi'ix on Apr 29, 2021, 10:02 AM
I love it.

Have those been sanded and smoothed at all?  If not, those look awesome for raw printed gaunts!
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Kurshi BeJahaal on Apr 29, 2021, 10:32 AM
Nope not really! He knocked a bit of the lines down, but these are raw for the most part. I think they'll be a breeze to work with.
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Fenn Beviin on Apr 29, 2021, 11:57 AM
Yeeeeeeeeeeees.

Also.... if you ever attend another Indy based con in the future and these go missing...... I know nothing  ;)
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Kurshi BeJahaal on Apr 29, 2021, 12:52 PM
Yeeeeeeeeeeees.

Also.... if you ever attend another Indy based con in the future and these go missing...... I know nothing  ;)

It's not a matter of if I do, but when! So I'll be sure to keep an eye on you at all times hahaha.  :laugh:
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Manco Fett on May 02, 2021, 12:10 AM
On standby waiting to see those finished gauntlets!!!
Title: Re: Kurshi's Protector WIP
Post by: Kurshi BeJahaal on May 08, 2021, 10:07 PM
On standby waiting to see those finished gauntlets!!!

I think they're going to look awesome when they're all done!

Update Time!

So I forgot how much sizing plate templates kinda sucks. I'm 6'2" but opted for the Medium 5'9" (I think) templates. I used Large for my first build and, while they give good coverage, I feel like they could almost be trimmed just a little bit. For reference, my naval is exactly in line with the bottom edge of my vest.

(https://i.imgur.com/PGw1zeo.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/vkGkpKf.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/kn1VeJq.jpg)

I'm looking forward to whatever thoughts and suggestions that you guys might have. Are they too short for me to where I need to maybe make them about a quarter to half inch longer in the chest plate area? I think I like my current width but I'm happy to apply any feedback from you all.