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Title: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP - APPROVED
Post by: Skub Dunkhus on Apr 28, 2021, 03:20 AM
Hey everyone! I have wanted to join a Star Wars costuming club for years, but have always been too intimidated to try. After making too many excuses and waiting too long, I finally decided to take the gundark by the ears and give it a shot! I've been slowly working on my Mando kit over the course of the last year or so with the help of the Naast Facebook group, but I've been delaying getting my WIP started and updated, so here goes! I know that some threads tend to be more detailed than others here, so be prepared for a pic heavy thread! Over sharing is always better in my opinion, just to make sure I'm on the right track. And if I am, hopefully someone else can learn from my journey! Let's get right into it.

The Design
As I posted in my concept thread, I wanted to create a color palette that was unique yet significant. So, being in the Peach State, I chose to go with a Peachtree inspired color scheme. Here's my updated concept:

(https://i.imgur.com/2yO30Lf.jpg)

For those of you who are interested in my original concept thread that has my old concept design renders, here it is: https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=193255.msg2148919#msg2148919

The Helmet (COMPLETE)
After asking around, the overwhelming majority recommended I start with the helmet. I ordered a Mando blank from Lonewolf Customs and washed it upon its (extremely quick) delivery.

(https://i.imgur.com/M5cywpV.jpg)

The next thing to do was to glue on the ear caps. I sanded down the flashing and then used Gorilla Glue Gel to attach them.

(https://i.imgur.com/XOw9q8Q.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/63PzsDA.jpg)

Then of course, I had to try it on!

(https://i.imgur.com/bhc5tBY.jpg)

Note: I know it fits a bit wide on me here, but my head barely fits inside. I consulted a Russ'alor on this, and my solution will be to make a Jango/Deathwatch style flak vest with the shoulders sticking out a bit more to compensate.

Next, I used spot putty to fill in the gap between the ear cap and the helmet, then sanded it down even.

(https://i.imgur.com/dEU9Bqw.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/Uk0HKhl.jpg)

Then I sanded down the remaining flashing and gave the whole thing a light surface sand. Washed it, let it dry, and then it was on to painting! I started with a base coat of silver.

(https://i.imgur.com/RwNOq7W.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/gU4XYzy.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/R7tWHEn.jpg)

After that dried, I applied my first layer of masking fluid (I used liquid latex), and let dry. The next coat is a smoke gray.

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

(https://i.imgur.com/xdmWp3M.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/sEw50L0.jpg)

Added more masking fluid, then on to the espresso brown.

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

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

(https://i.imgur.com/7E6ei4j.jpg)

Then, it's time to peel the masking fluid off! I've officially decided that this is my absolute favorite part of the process. Here's the reveal:

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

(https://i.imgur.com/3FQABEs.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/pf5TmhN.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/4mHvXdE.jpg)

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

Note: on the image directly above, I used steel wool to get those little bits of paint and masking fluid up that look like they're starting to peel later on in the process.

Next up was the cheeks! In my design concept, the cheek color was intended to be a sandstone color, but I ended up accidentally discovering this brick color that I thought worked much better, so I went with that! Here's how it came out:

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

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

(https://i.imgur.com/Z2LlggB.jpg)

Now,  on to the color I was most excited to see on the bucket, the peach! When putting the first coats on, I got a little too impatient (it's a very pale peach) and sprayed too much on the first coat. That, coupled with the humidity (this part of the process was done last August) made the whole thing peel. And not just the regular orange peel. This thing peeled in sheets. Here's the carnage:

(https://i.imgur.com/ZBx8oCq.jpg)

This was super discouraging at the time, as I hadn't seen anything peel like that before. But, I learned what to avoid doing, so that's the important part. Nothing a little sanding can't correct, so I started sanding it down.

(https://i.imgur.com/6ePOCTp.png)

What was cool about this was that even after sanding, there were some ridges that I couldn't quite get all the way even, so I ended up keeping those, and they ended up looking really cool in my weathering process later on! But we'll get to that later. Once I finished sanding the peeled paint down, I started repainting the peach. This time, in lighter coats.

(https://i.imgur.com/ddB7Alm.png)

After several more coats, the peach was nice and even with no peeling. Then I peeled my masking fluid off and dry fitted a t-visor in to see how I was progressing.

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

The last step was the topical weathering! I used brown and black acrylic paint washes, along with charcoal to achieve the desired look. Once the weathering was to my liking, I sealed it and installed the t-visor (I used a welding face mask for mine). Here's the finished product!

(https://i.imgur.com/3WZIbpw.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/Kbws9XJ.jpg)

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

I also got some pads for the inside:

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

 It fits like a glove and doesn't wobble at all, I'm super happy with how it came out, especially for my first stab at a helmet like this.

Flight Suit (COMPLETE)
Now that I have a helmet that can sit on a shelf and constantly motivate me to finish my kit, the next step everyone I spoke with recommended was to get my soft goods dialed in. First up, the flight suit! I got a pair of khaki coveralls (I'll get these recolored later on to match the colors in the concept image) for my base, here's what they looked like when they came in the mail:

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

After getting some help bringing it in, this is what it looked like after the first round (pockets still attached):

(https://i.imgur.com/ngCFi4b.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/BwWw8kq.jpg)

Still a bit too baggy at this point, I got more help bringing it in even further, and this is where we ended up after I removed the pockets:

(https://i.imgur.com/yQTSi7l.jpg)

I then weathered the suit (see last page for reference images).
Title: Updates!
Post by: Skub Dunkhus on Apr 28, 2021, 03:38 AM
I've got some more progress pics to share, but I figured I'd break it up some as my first post is super long. Next up, the gauntlets!

Gauntlets (COMPLETE)
I bought a pair of used April Storm gauntlets from Omega, and they were a perfect fit. The darts and blaster tips were all broken off, and I needed to repaint them to match my color scheme. Here's what they looked like during the sanding process. The one on the right is what they looked like before, the one on the left is fully sanded:

(https://i.imgur.com/2PGabfj.jpg)

I then used filler primer and primed both gauntlets. From here on out though, for the sake of thread length, I'll show a detailed look at the process for one gauntlet, then show the finished product of the second. That being said, after the filler primer dried I used more spot putty to smooth over some problem areas, then sanded the gauntlet down.

(https://i.imgur.com/MWKD9Nk.jpg)

Ready for paint, I used the same paint layering process as the helmet, so here's what the first gauntlet looked like after the last coats of paint were applied and the masking fluid was peeled away:

(https://i.imgur.com/Cg8eaI4.jpg)

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

(https://i.imgur.com/CmIR9UH.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/jb0UfNr.jpg)

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

Then it was on to painting the buttons and weathering! I used the same method as the helmet to keep consistency, and here's where I ended up:

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

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

(https://i.imgur.com/aHGwh2e.jpg)

Got the darts and blaster tips roughly sanded enough for a dry fit! The gauntlet on the left is obviously not finished in terms of weathering, but it's looking good so far!

(https://i.imgur.com/K9I3SZz.jpg)

I also have the padding for the inside of the gauntlets, I got some sponge neoprene with an adhesive backing that should work really well.

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

Update: 6/5/21

Got the second gauntlet weathered, and I finished sanding, priming painting, and weathering the blaster tips and darts! I attached everything, and this is what we're looking like now.

(https://i.imgur.com/n0ctML9.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/jfcmc2x.jpg)

Then all I had to do was seal them and add the padding on the inside:

(https://i.imgur.com/n1K8uWD.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/4SjFX41.jpg)

Gauntlets finished!!

Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Gatorlorian on Apr 28, 2021, 03:47 AM
I thought I smelled new paint.... :P

Looking good dude. Great progress.
Probably one of the most in depth WIP threads I've seen.
Keep on it. Dragoncon is coming. Maybe we can help get you approved and official by then?

🐊
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Skub Dunkhus on Apr 28, 2021, 04:01 AM
I thought I smelled new paint.... :P

Looking good dude. Great progress.
Keep on it. Dragoncon is coming. Maybe we can help get you approved and official by then?
Keep on it.
🐊

Thatís the goal, sir! Trying to make a big push to be ready for the next AP so I can get help shaping the armor plates. Lots to do by then, Iíve been struggling with a flak vest, but Iíll get it done.
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Fenn Beviin on Apr 29, 2021, 12:50 PM
I really like where this is going and definitely a unique color scheme.

Following along with interest!
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Skub Dunkhus on Apr 29, 2021, 03:23 PM
I really like where this is going and definitely a unique color scheme.

Following along with interest!

Thanks Fenn! I was really surprised that most of the feedback I got on this was that the color scheme was really unique. I'm glad it's a bit out of the ordinary, but really happy that the response has been positive on it.
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Fenn Beviin on Apr 29, 2021, 03:37 PM
Very welcome and it's true. Personal opinion here but Mandos look their absolute best when we as makers stick with more earth toned color schemes and I think yours will look great when completed.

I am also slightly biased to any Mando that has a western ish, gun slinger type vibe and I think that aesthetic would look great with your kit.
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Skub Dunkhus on Jun 01, 2021, 12:39 PM
The Flak Vest  (COMPLETE)
I'm gonna level with everyone here; I've been dreading tackling the soft parts on this kit. I'm much more experienced in armor construction, and I absolutely cannot wait to finish this part so I can finally get working on the rest of the armor. As always, any constructive criticism would be more than welcome, especially on this part. Let's get into it:

I started by drafting a pattern form an old t-shirt, and this is what I came up with (front, back, and shoulder bells):

(https://i.imgur.com/HXb0ndh.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/0Ouwn1U.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/nErqTIY.jpg)
 
Took several drafts and dry fits to get it fitted right, but I think it's right where it needs to be. Next step was to trace onto the fabric! The vest will be made from duck canvas (the brown material), with a quilting cotton (the beige material) for the lining. The colors will be modified slightly before it's finished, so just know that this isn't what this will look like in the end. Here are the patterns traced out:

(https://i.imgur.com/rSwG90c.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/rWMiy7D.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/hyvDPrJ.jpg)

I got some help with the sewing, and got it put together enough for a dry fit (sans side closures and shoulder bells). Here's the fit:

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

With the shoulder bells and side closures finished, we ended up looking like this:

(https://i.imgur.com/OZwjX2p.jpg)

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

(https://i.imgur.com/o1q4d2G.jpg)

In these pictures, the neckline is WAY too low to put the collar armor on, but I have a plan to correct this with the neck seal.

NOTE: when this was initially finished in July of 2021, the fit was also a bit baggy without the flight suit on under it. I have adjusted and tried test fits at an AP and the fit is MUCH better. Please see subsequent replies for a more updated look.


I also weathered the vest (see last page for reference).
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Aster Veris on Jun 01, 2021, 11:07 PM
Your build looks awesome! Great paint job
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Skub Dunkhus on Jun 03, 2021, 10:36 AM
Your build looks awesome! Great paint job

Thanks!!
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Skub Dunkhus on Jul 19, 2021, 05:15 PM
Update time!

Armor (COMPLETE)

Finally, we have Beskar!!! Got my armor plates printed by Bade Dunn, a fellow Naastie, and it's all finally here in the mail! Here's what I'm starting with:

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

(https://i.imgur.com/k9K0Hoa.jpg)

I then sanded the plates down, starting with 120 grit to knock down the lines a good bit, then ratcheting up to 220, then 320 before applying the filler primer. Then finished off with 400 grit, and then painted! See final page for finished armor.
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Aster Veris on Jul 19, 2021, 11:55 PM
Those prints look nice, good luck!
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Skub Dunkhus on Jul 20, 2021, 01:20 AM
Those prints look nice, good luck!

Thank you!! The weather here has been really humid and rainy so no luck in getting any filler primer on them yet, but hopefully later this week it'll clear up and I'll be able to get some progress in. The prints are pretty clean, so there shouldn't bee too much work to do.
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Sylvilagus on Jul 20, 2021, 04:53 PM
About the fit of your vest- you might want to add a couple of darts in the back, parallel to your spine. T-shirts are tubes, while human torsos are cones. If you leave it loose, the added weight of armor might pull it away from your body.
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Skub Dunkhus on Jul 22, 2021, 04:15 PM
About the fit of your vest- you might want to add a couple of darts in the back, parallel to your spine. T-shirts are tubes, while human torsos are cones. If you leave it loose, the added weight of armor might pull it away from your body.

Yeah, we gotta do something about this thing. Tried putting armor plate templates on there and it's just not the right cut right now. I may have to completely redo it. I'll keep this thing posted until I figure it out. Darts may do the trick, thanks for the tip!
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Cattriss Wren on Jul 26, 2021, 09:30 PM
Su'cuy vode! Cool paint job!! :like: gauntlets are looking sick!!!! ;)  I used the t-shirt pattern two. It worked well!! I hope dose for you two. ;D I liked the funny faces you made in some of the pictures!! :laugh:
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Fenn Beviin on Jul 27, 2021, 09:42 AM
Overall, good progress dude. Keep at it. Slow and steady wins the race  :like:
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Skub Dunkhus on Jul 27, 2021, 11:09 AM
Su'cuy vode! Cool paint job!! :like: gauntlets are looking sick!!!! ;)  I used the t-shirt pattern two. It worked well!! I hope dose for you two. ;D I liked the funny faces you made in some of the pictures!! :laugh:

Thank you! I'm having to rework the flak vest unfortunately, but I'll keep this updated as I make progress.

Overall, good progress dude. Keep at it. Slow and steady wins the race  :like:

That's the goal!! Trying to make a massive push to get approved this year.
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Skub Dunkhus on Jul 27, 2021, 11:22 AM
The Cape (COMPLETE)

So in an effort to expedite the build and approval process, I won't be doing a back plate (at first anyways). So here comes the cape! Been looking forward to this part. I got some material from a craft store in an off-white color. I believe it's duck canvas, but it's not as thick as the material I used for the flak vest.

(https://i.imgur.com/I8fTGwB.jpg)

Now to the dye! Here's a little before and after action.

(https://i.imgur.com/AeEg1mF.jpg)

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

UPDATE 9/21/21

After trimming and test fitting, I wasn't happy with neither the material I initially chose nor the color I had dyed it. The material was too thin and didn't drape in a way I was satisfied with, and the color was too robust for my liking (I wanted it to look a bit more sun bleached since my Mando has a desert vibe). So, back to the drawing board! I ended up getting some duck canvas from Joann and started over with that.

(https://i.imgur.com/7GkYg22.jpg)

Then I chose a new, lighter color to hopefully get the material to look more faded. Here was the result of the first dye bath:

(https://i.imgur.com/8XkCHNh.jpg)

Okay, so that was too faded. Took it back to the bath and dyed it a second time.

(https://i.imgur.com/i7skA09.jpg)

That's more like it. With some weathering that'll look much more like my original design concept. I then trimmed the material and hemmed the edges. I also sewed rare earth magnets into the ends where the cape will attach to the collar plate. Here's how we're looking:

(https://i.imgur.com/Bbv7LWe.jpg)

After a bit of weathering, I'd say this thing's good to go.

(https://i.imgur.com/m8KNc1j.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/4dgjZLz.jpg)
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Fenn Beviin on Jul 27, 2021, 11:43 AM
That dyed cape looks fantastic dude.  :like:

that's really going to pop on your kit.
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Skub Dunkhus on Jul 27, 2021, 11:54 AM
That dyed cape looks fantastic dude.  :like:

that's really going to pop on your kit.

Thanks vod!! I'm super happy with how it came out. Weathering is gonna be fun  ;D
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Skub Dunkhus on Jul 29, 2021, 11:58 AM
The Westar 35 - COMPLETE

Maybe a basic choice, but for my sidearm, I chose the standard Westar 35. Wanted to keep with the Deathwatch influence for my character's backstory. Got this one printed for me by another Naastie (thanks vod!), and it came out beautifully. Here's what we're starting with:

(https://i.imgur.com/uKiiIl6.jpg)

I've already sanded down the print, then put a wet coat of filler primer on it. Once that first wet coat dried, I wet sanded the whole thing with 400 grit sandpaper. I repeated the process, and it's feeling really smooth! Just gotta do a little spot putty work here and there, then we should be ready for the base coats of paint!

Update time!
Finished the spot putty work and wet sanded the whole thing again. I got too excited to get to work on it when I first got it that I forgot to take enough WIP pictures, so I made sure to add a few more angles for this step  :laugh: This is what I ended up with:

(https://i.imgur.com/d5q0bv0.jpg)

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

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

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

First coat of paint is on! We silver now  :8):

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

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

The second coat is a nice gunmetal gray:

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

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

And to finish off the base coats, some espresso brown on the grip:

(https://i.imgur.com/jOCkDP1.jpg)

Finished off with some weathering! I also added some scorch marks on the tip that I'm pretty happy with. Here's the finished prop!

(https://i.imgur.com/TLW3AI0.jpg)

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

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

(https://i.imgur.com/Lb3g9E9.jpg)
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Fenn Beviin on Jul 29, 2021, 12:04 PM
The Westar 35

Maybe a basic choice, but for my sidearm, I chose the standard Westar 35. Wanted to keep with the Deathwatch influence for my character's backstory. Listen, if it's good enough for Lady Bo-Katan, it's good enough for me! Got this one printed for me by another Naastie (thanks vod!), and it came out beautifully. Here's what we're starting with:

(https://i.imgur.com/uKiiIl6.jpg)

I've already sanded down the print, then put a wet coat of filler primer on it. Once that first wet coat dried, I wet sanded the whole thing with 400 grit sandpaper. I repeated the process, and it's feeling really smooth! Just gotta do a little spot putty work here and there, then we should be ready for the base coats of paint!

What's Next: spot putty work, then one final sand before applying the base coat. Then on to painting and weathering! More to come soon...

Blaster is looking good. 3D prints are great but they are a lot of work to fill and smooth it seems ha.

How is your character going to be tied to the deathwatch? Going to add some symbols associated with them to your kit or has he "cut ties" with them?
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Skub Dunkhus on Jul 29, 2021, 12:17 PM
Blaster is looking good. 3D prints are great but they are a lot of work to fill and smooth it seems ha.

How is your character going to be tied to the deathwatch? Going to add some symbols associated with them to your kit or has he "cut ties" with them?

So he was a zealous member of the Watch, but he's cut ties with Deathwatch after Maul's coup and the Siege of Mandalore. The idea is that he's kind of a drifter like Din, but more specifically during the first days of the Empire. I'd like to eventually do a second kit for this character in the Post-Imperial style to show some evolution. But this is the start!
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Fenn Beviin on Jul 29, 2021, 12:21 PM
Right on. Lone gunslinger vibe. I dig it.

Personally -  I would suggest keeping the traditional style chest plates but perhaps incorporation a full shoulder pauldron and shin plate(s) or thigh plates with some shin bandoleers or something to evolve the kit (I'm a Mando traditionalist though so I'm biased towards the very non-Mando looking armor from the TV series, at least in my opinion lol)
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Skub Dunkhus on Jul 29, 2021, 12:25 PM
Right on. Lone gunslinger vibe. I dig it.

Personally -  I would suggest keeping the traditional style chest plates but perhaps incorporation a full shoulder pauldron and shin plate(s) or thigh plates with some shin bandoleers or something to evolve the kit (I'm a Mando traditionalist though so I'm biased towards the very non-Mando looking armor from the TV series, at least in my opinion lol)

Oh absolutely! My original concept had thigh and shin plates, but I've been working on this kit for over a year already, and I'm making a big push to get approved this year, so I'm starting with the bare minimum. I'd LOVE to do the shin bandoleer and a rifle as well at some point, but we'll start small.
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Cattriss Wren on Jul 29, 2021, 03:26 PM
Cool blasters :like: nice color for a cape two!!!
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Skub Dunkhus on Jul 30, 2021, 11:17 AM
Cool blasters :like: nice color for a cape two!!!

Thanks!!
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Catra Veshok on Aug 04, 2021, 02:57 PM


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

Note: on the image directly above, I used steel wool to get those little bits of paint and masking fluid up that look like they're starting to peel later on in the process.

Next up was the cheeks! In my design concept, the cheek color was intended to be a sandstone color, but I ended up accidentally discovering this brick color that I thought worked much better, so I went with that! Here's how it came out:

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



That double layering of weathering is really cool, realistic looking.

Where did you find the sandstone and brick colors? What brand?
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Skub Dunkhus on Aug 04, 2021, 03:52 PM
That double layering of weathering is really cool, realistic looking.

Where did you find the sandstone and brick colors? What brand?

Su'cuy Catra! For the brown, I used Krylon Colormaxxx Matte Coffee Bean. For the brick color on the cheeks, I'm using Krylon Fusion All-In-One Satin Brick.
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Skub Dunkhus on Aug 07, 2021, 09:05 PM
Test Fit!
Suited up at the armor party this afternoon with the flight suit, flak vest, and helmet to see how it all looks together! Then we taped the armor plates to the flak to see how we were looking:

(https://i.imgur.com/r8oDwNN.jpg)

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

Pretty happy with how everything is fitting so far. More to come soon!
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Fenn Beviin on Aug 09, 2021, 08:07 AM
Yeah man! This is turning out great. Keep up the good work  :like:
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Cattriss Wren on Aug 09, 2021, 09:24 AM
Very nice!! ;)
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Skub Dunkhus on Aug 10, 2021, 12:27 PM
Spats (COMPLETE)

Just finished up my spats! Finally cracked this sewing machine (I think), and they came out pretty well! Gonna tackle the neck seal tonight.

(https://i.imgur.com/E9cntcH.jpg)

I then weathered the spats!

(https://i.imgur.com/0GuVyX5.jpg)
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Catra Veshok on Aug 14, 2021, 12:07 PM
Su'cuy Catra! For the brown, I used Krylon Colormaxxx Matte Coffee Bean. For the brick color on the cheeks, I'm using Krylon Fusion All-In-One Satin Brick.

Thnaks! I will look for those colors.
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Aster Veris on Aug 15, 2021, 12:13 AM
Armor looks great! Fits well!
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Skub Dunkhus on Aug 16, 2021, 01:01 PM
Neck Seal (COMPLETE)

As previously mentioned in this WIP thread, the neckline on the flak vest goes down WAY too low for me to attach my collar armor. That's a problem, but after talking with an Alor'ad  and Russ'alor, a neck seal with a bib on it was the consensus rather than scrap the vest entirely (which I almost did). So! I did some digging and found this lovely pattern on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/758092956/space-mercenary-neck-seal-pattern?epik=dj0yJnU9Y1p6aEh0QzNsSWJ6VUdBRC1GbVVVRzJ2YlNIRXZzeXQmcD0wJm49U0xXNktJbkptemFpa2dwT2RnMjV1USZ0PUFBQUFBR0VIZmFB (https://www.etsy.com/listing/758092956/space-mercenary-neck-seal-pattern?epik=dj0yJnU9Y1p6aEh0QzNsSWJ6VUdBRC1GbVVVRzJ2YlNIRXZzeXQmcD0wJm49U0xXNktJbkptemFpa2dwT2RnMjV1USZ0PUFBQUFBR0VIZmFB)

It has a bib built in and is really easy to make even for a novice like myself! I was able to knock it out on my first attempt. Here's what it looks like test fitted with the flak vest:

(https://i.imgur.com/e9xkZvO.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/gqliv0a.jpg)

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

(https://i.imgur.com/539Qi2D.jpg)

This solves the issue pretty well I'd say. With the collar armor on now, it'll have a seamless look to it.

I then weathered the neck seal (see last page for reference)
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Fenn Beviin on Aug 16, 2021, 01:11 PM
Looking good. Keep it up  :like:

Vest appears to kip up the left side. Are you planning to cover the visible zipper?
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Skub Dunkhus on Aug 16, 2021, 02:08 PM
Looking good. Keep it up  :like:

Vest appears to kip up the left side. Are you planning to cover the visible zipper?

No zipper! That's velcro but the photo definitely makes it look like it's a zipper. There's no visible Velcro when it's closed, it just looks off probably because I did a REAL quick fit because I was excited lol.
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Cattriss Wren on Aug 16, 2021, 02:51 PM
Glad to hear that your done with the soft parts! That is exciting :porg2:  Velcro placement looks good :like:
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Skub Dunkhus on Aug 16, 2021, 02:52 PM
Glad to hear that your done with the soft part! That is exciting :porg2:  Velcro placement looks good :like:

Thank you!! I was SO excited to finally be past that part! Until the next kit, that is...  ;D
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Aster Veris on Aug 16, 2021, 07:58 PM
neck seal looks great!
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Fenn Beviin on Aug 17, 2021, 03:20 PM
No zipper! That's velcro but the photo definitely makes it look like it's a zipper. There's no visible Velcro when it's closed, it just looks off probably because I did a REAL quick fit because I was excited lol.

Aaah right on. That makes sense haha I get that  :laugh:
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Skub Dunkhus on Aug 18, 2021, 11:30 AM
Girth Belt (COMPLETE)

Thanks to Bade Duun for the girth belt! I had to modify it to fit me, but I think it looks perfect for my kit! The colors blend really well and it fits like a glove. 

(https://i.imgur.com/SlvmftK.jpg)
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Cattriss Wren on Aug 18, 2021, 01:56 PM
Very nice :like:
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Skub Dunkhus on Aug 27, 2021, 12:16 PM
Holster Belt (COMPLETE)

Next up is the holster belt! Thanks to Gdangerc820 for the custom belt! It's unfinished at the moment, but I'll dye it the same color as the gloves and the boots. Here's my first test fit with the girth belt on:

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

Absolutely perfect fit, now on to dyeing it. Here are all the pieces once the belt is deconstructed.

(https://i.imgur.com/DuN3GBT.jpg)

I'm using the same dye that I used on the boots, but this time I won't have to use the deglazer.

(https://i.imgur.com/wFg7uWW.jpg)

Here it is all dyed up:

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

(https://i.imgur.com/mM0eE5U.jpg)

Just add a little weathering...

(https://i.imgur.com/l67WHiL.jpg)

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

(https://i.imgur.com/XuseQq6.jpg)

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

All finished.
 

Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Nuray Vekarr on Aug 27, 2021, 03:14 PM
Nice work ! I like your color scheme and I really like the fact that you went with your home state for your theme ! I wanted to do a desert tone mando but had to scrap the idea because I couldn't find pretty colors and nice fabric like yours !
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Skub Dunkhus on Aug 27, 2021, 04:50 PM
Nice work ! I like your color scheme and I really like the fact that you went with your home state for your theme ! I wanted to do a desert tone mando but had to scrap the idea because I couldn't find pretty colors and nice fabric like yours !

Thanks Nuray! And if you want to go for a desert theme, I think you should! Honestly, this was really a process of trial and error for me, and lot of it is just making do with what I can get ahold of. There are plenty of vode here who have WAY nicer kits than I do, but I'm just starting out with what I can get my hands on and making the best of it! I'd love to see a concept for what you're thinking, feel free to DM me!
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Nuray Vekarr on Aug 27, 2021, 07:29 PM
Thanks Nuray! And if you want to go for a desert theme, I think you should! Honestly, this was really a process of trial and error for me, and lot of it is just making do with what I can get ahold of. There are plenty of vode here who have WAY nicer kits than I do, but I'm just starting out with what I can get my hands on and making the best of it! I'd love to see a concept for what you're thinking, feel free to DM me!

Oh, you know, I just ended up making it purple and black, it was way easier to source black fabric and purple paint for me than tans, browns and terracota  :laugh:. They are for some reasons the hardest colors to match, but you succeeded to make something very interesting  ;D
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Skub Dunkhus on Aug 28, 2021, 12:02 AM
Oh, you know, I just ended up making it purple and black, it was way easier to source black fabric and purple paint for me than tans, browns and terracota  :laugh:. They are for some reasons the hardest colors to match, but you succeeded to make something very interesting  ;D

Ahh, gotcha. Well purple is always a great color choice! And I appreciate it, I wasn't sure if I could pull this look off, so it's nice to see that it seems to be working!
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Cattriss Wren on Aug 28, 2021, 09:56 AM
Belt looks great vode!! Love the look of it! And the color brown!
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Skub Dunkhus on Sep 07, 2021, 12:42 AM
Finished the Westar! Original post updated  :like:
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Fenn Beviin on Sep 07, 2021, 01:41 PM
Looking good dude! Keep up the good work  :like:
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Skub Dunkhus on Sep 15, 2021, 10:38 AM
Update time! I've had some life stuff come up and my progress has been limited, but I've still made some!

Did a test fit in the armor, and the collar plate snapped clean in half. So I'll be making a new one this week and trying a test fit again! Here's a photo of the damage (I know the plates are too low in this image and there's some floating going on, but I will adjust both issues for my next test fit). Also, please note the neck seal is weathered while the flak isn't just yet.

(https://i.imgur.com/vOjrpM1.jpg)

The second update is that I'll be remaking my cape. I cut the dyed fabric and did a quick test fit of it as well, and it just wasn't heavy enough for my liking. The pattern worked well, but I didn't like how thin and light it felt. So I'll be dyeing the new fabric this evening and (hopefully) editing my original post with some new progress pics.

A bit discouraging having to start over on a couple of parts for sure, but all for a better kit in the end! We press on.
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: NegativeEleven on Sep 15, 2021, 01:55 PM
Sorry I skipped most of this thread. I saw 3d printed armor on page 1 and skipped to the end, skeptical that it would be finished properly. I see my fears about 3d prints are founded. They always seem so brittle compared to vac-form or sintra. And the lines, they just seem like so much more work to finish.

Actual critiques I have, you said you're aware that it's all placed "low." That collar sag is a problem on lots of kits. The collar should be almost 90 degrees to the chest. It isn't supposed to be more chest covering.  Look at screenshots of Boba. His collar isn't very visible because it's perpendicular to his chest. This will be much more obvious if you're connecting it to a backplate.

Hard to tell in pics, but it kinda looks like the corners are floating. Some heavy duty snaps in those corners should help with that. My armor has been held in place with a variety of different snaps (in the corners) and velcro (along the edges). This past week (after DragonCon), I decided it was finally time to rip off all the weaker snaps and replace with dark colored metallic, heavy duty snaps. I got so sick of the corners of my collar and the inner chest points pulling apart and needing someone else to reach in thru sleeves to put me back together. We'll see if I get it all done before Incrediblecon in Charleston on Saturday.
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Skub Dunkhus on Sep 15, 2021, 02:28 PM
Sorry I skipped most of this thread. I saw 3d printed armor on page 1 and skipped to the end, skeptical that it would be finished properly. I see my fears about 3d prints are founded. They always seem so brittle compared to vac-form or sintra. And the lines, they just seem like so much more work to finish.

Actual critiques I have, you said you're aware that it's all placed "low." That collar sag is a problem on lots of kits. The collar should be almost 90 degrees to the chest. It isn't supposed to be more chest covering.  Look at screenshots of Boba. His collar isn't very visible because it's perpendicular to his chest. This will be much more obvious if you're connecting it to a backplate.

Hard to tell in pics, but it kinda looks like the corners are floating. Some heavy duty snaps in those corners should help with that. My armor has been held in place with a variety of different snaps (in the corners) and velcro (along the edges). This past week (after DragonCon), I decided it was finally time to rip off all the weaker snaps and replace with dark colored metallic, heavy duty snaps. I got so sick of the corners of my collar and the inner chest points pulling apart and needing someone else to reach in thru sleeves to put me back together. We'll see if I get it all done before Incrediblecon in Charleston on Saturday.

Yeah that was a real buzzkill last week when it happened. But thanks for the tips on placement! I'll remake the collar out of sintra this week and do another test fit to correct those issues. As for the floating edges, I only really have Velcro on the plates right now, and most of it isn't close to the edges. Once I get the placement down pat, I do plan on adding snaps on the edges to kill any of that floating. The velcro along with the snaps should keep that from happening, but those pics were just a very loose test fit I threw together real quick. I'll make sure to address that when I do a proper fitting!
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: NegativeEleven on Sep 15, 2021, 07:46 PM
Good to hear you've considered all that. Good luck with the rest of the build. I'm not too far away, we'll probably troop together eventually.  :porg1:
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Skub Dunkhus on Sep 16, 2021, 01:37 AM
Good to hear you've considered all that. Good luck with the rest of the build. I'm not too far away, we'll probably troop together eventually.  :porg1:

I hope we do!
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Skub Dunkhus on Sep 21, 2021, 11:27 AM
Cape progress updated in original post!
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Skub Dunkhus on Sep 24, 2021, 02:35 PM
Nearing the finish line here.

Boots and Gloves (COMPLETE)

More soft goods on the way! I got these sheepskin leather gloves, and they match the espresso brown of my helmet perfectly.

(https://i.imgur.com/vfqe7zI.jpg)

Note: the logo on the wrist is a metal grommet kind of a thing, and it's secured on pretty well. Removing it would damage the glove, but the gauntlets should cover them up no problem. 

For the boots, I decided to go with a Chelsea style, but I made sure it had a rounded toe and chunkier heel (as opposed to the more pointed toes of other styles). The only problem is that they're not close at all to matching the gloves, so I'm in the process of dyeing them. Here's how they started out in comparison to the gloves:

(https://i.imgur.com/5LL8MYX.jpg)

So I bought some deglazer, dye, and resolene and got started! Here's what the boots looked like after deglazing:

(https://i.imgur.com/wFg7uWW.jpg)
 
(https://i.imgur.com/Dx8woUC.jpg)

Then on to the dye!

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

I'm really happy with how close the shade turned out next to the gloves. It's not a perfect match, but it's really close, so I think this will be just fine after weathering.  Speaking of weathering...

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

(https://i.imgur.com/MJPls6x.jpg)

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

Nice and dirty.
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Cattriss Wren on Sep 25, 2021, 10:58 AM
Nice job! Those are looking sick :like:
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Skub Dunkhus on Sep 25, 2021, 01:02 PM
Test Fitting

Finally, after just over a year of working on this kit, I'm ready for my first full test fitting!

(https://i.imgur.com/Lb9E6di.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/Fk7dNJT.jpg)

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

(https://i.imgur.com/R9dGlLc.jpg)

I'm getting some feedback from Naast leadership in the Facebook group, but feel free to sound off with any critiques! I'm almost ready to submit app photos!
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: NegativeEleven on Sep 25, 2021, 02:13 PM
My only note is the same as before. The collar should be horizontal, not vertical, like almost 90 degrees to the chest plates. It's especially noticeable from the side views. It probably won't hold up your approval, but something that makes a kit look more polished.

(https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRWq6G0Q6sISFQeO02u_LxSkv9XNWfAY1hXmQ&usqp=CAU)
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Tramp Graphics on Sep 25, 2021, 04:25 PM
Personally, I think it looks fine as is. There is nothing in the CRLs that requires that the collar plate be perpendicular to the torso plates. If you were doing ESB Boba Fett, that would be a different story, but most images of Mandalorians donít have the collar plate at that extreme of an angle. Most of the ones Iíve seen form a continuous curve from the pectoral plates to the collar, and over the shoulders to the back plate. 
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Skub Dunkhus on Sep 27, 2021, 02:05 PM
Test Fit (Adjusted)

Spoke with the Naast leadership and took your adjustments into account, and here's where we stand.

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

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

(https://i.imgur.com/wnz1dlW.jpg)

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

Just submitted for official membership!
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Cattriss Wren on Sep 27, 2021, 02:14 PM
Wow vode!! Your kit looks awesome!! I hope you get approved ;D
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Skub Dunkhus on Sep 27, 2021, 05:50 PM
Wow vode!! Your kit looks awesome!! I hope you get approved ;D

Thank you!! Fingers crossed! :porg2:
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Fenn Beviin on Sep 28, 2021, 11:01 AM
Looking good!!

I would suggest tossing up a pre-app with your local clan Ruus as it looks like you are ready to go, in my opinion  :like:
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Skub Dunkhus on Sep 28, 2021, 11:25 PM
Looking good!!

I would suggest tossing up a pre-app with your local clan Ruus as it looks like you are ready to go, in my opinion  :like:

Already done! Spoke with my Ruus and was given the go ahead to submit! Now we wait.
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Fenn Beviin on Sep 29, 2021, 07:46 AM
Awesome!

Good luck and well done.

Any upgrades planned already?!  :laugh:
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Skub Dunkhus on Sep 29, 2021, 10:07 AM
Awesome!

Good luck and well done.

Any upgrades planned already?!  :laugh:

Oh absolutely. Ordering a helmet mic setup soon, and have already looked into some more blasters. Got any good jetpack recommendations??
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Fenn Beviin on Sep 30, 2021, 09:06 AM
Oh absolutely. Ordering a helmet mic setup soon, and have already looked into some more blasters. Got any good jetpack recommendations??

Neat!

And unfortunately I do not. I custom built the one I use. If you're feeling ambitious - perhaps custom build your own unique design using canon/legends sources as inspiration!
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Aster Veris on Oct 03, 2021, 02:32 PM
You look awesome! Good luck with the application process!
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Skub Dunkhus on Oct 04, 2021, 10:21 AM
You look awesome! Good luck with the application process!

Thanks! One week down, two to go until I should hear back! :jango:
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Skub Dunkhus on Oct 07, 2021, 04:38 PM
Jut got my first round of feedback! I'm working on making necessary adjustments and will submit new pictures to the app team this weekend.
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Aster Veris on Oct 08, 2021, 01:13 AM
Jut got my first round of feedback! I'm working on making necessary adjustments and will submit new pictures to the app team this weekend.

Best of luck! Don't let the app team get you down.
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Skub Dunkhus on Oct 08, 2021, 11:12 AM
Best of luck! Don't let the app team get you down.

Thanks! And no way! I'll always accept constructive criticism.
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Bade Duun on Oct 12, 2021, 02:13 PM
Jut got my first round of feedback! I'm working on making necessary adjustments and will submit new pictures to the app team this weekend.

Great job on this, vod. You've come a long way, you're right there!

Bang it out and let us know when you're an OM  :like:
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Skub Dunkhus on Oct 12, 2021, 03:13 PM
Great job on this, vod. You've come a long way, you're right there!

Bang it out and let us know when you're an OM  :like:

Will do, vod!!
Title: Re: The Peachtree Mando Kit WIP
Post by: Skub Dunkhus on Oct 18, 2021, 12:07 PM
Just got my official approval email! Thanks to everyone who helped out along the way with encouragement, advice, and support! So happy to be an official member of the Mercs!!