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Mandalorian Armor => Female Armor => Topic started by: Vercopaanir on Jun 21, 2021, 10:00 PM

Title: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: Vercopaanir on Jun 21, 2021, 10:00 PM
I was discussing my plans for future kits with my handler (one of my sisters) when my younger sister leaned over my shoulder and told me she liked it.  I showed her my color test, and yup, she said she'd wear it if I built it.  So here it goes, build number two.

The original design has changed a bit from the first sketch and I have altered it a bit more to make it more personalized for my little sister.  This is the current working sketch I am building off of.  Some design ideas have already been scrapped or changed according to my vod'ika's perferences.

(https://i.imgur.com/F63Av0k.jpg)

And the color test

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

The kit will be a legacy kit with an Ursa Wren styled bucket.  Due to the fact that she needs to fit her glasses in the bucket (the suggestion of contracts was met with hard no) I am planning to pad the shoulders a bit and do several layers of plates on the shoulders to enlarge her silhouette and prevent the bobble head look.

My original plans for this build was a beast tamer, sniper, forest specialist.  Considering that she is about half my size (yet some how taller?) I am taking her down to a light armor kit and we're just shooting for beast tamer at this point.  Well OM first, then beast tamer after that.
Title: Re: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: Rhue_Shofytt on Jun 21, 2021, 11:55 PM
Looking good, I love that color combination! And yay, another member of team "shorter than my younger siblings" !  :laugh:
Title: Re: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: Arco'thyel Wyshla on Jun 22, 2021, 07:41 PM
Definitely following this one -- what a gorgeous color scheme!

And aww yisss, a fellow aspiring Beast Tamer! Does she know any beasts she'd like to specialize in?
Title: Re: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: Aster Veris on Jun 22, 2021, 07:45 PM
Looks cool! For the big shoulder affect, I recommend doing a vest/shoulder setup like Jango where the shoulder pieces go straight out instead of being more attached to the upper arms (like Boba). I did that for mine and it makes me look huge (I'm tiny)  :laugh:
Title: Re: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: Vercopaanir on Jun 22, 2021, 09:17 PM
Looking good, I love that color combination! And yay, another member of team "shorter than my younger siblings" !  :laugh:

Yes, three are already taller than me!   :porg2:  But they're still my 'little' siblings  ;)

Definitely following this one -- what a gorgeous color scheme!

And aww yisss, a fellow aspiring Beast Tamer! Does she know any beasts she'd like to specialize in?

Thanks  :like:
If I were to pick a beast for her it would be a varactyl.  She's our chicken whisperer (they come when she calls and they follow her around) and loves reptiles so that seems the best fit.  When I asked I got a shoulder shrug, so... :rolleyes:


Looks cool! For the big shoulder affect, I recommend doing a vest/shoulder setup like Jango where the shoulder pieces go straight out instead of being more attached to the upper arms (like Boba). I did that for mine and it makes me look huge (I'm tiny)  :laugh:

Thank you! 
I suggested doing that with the shoulders, she said no.  She wants to be able to walk through doors,  :P  I tried to reassure her that she would be able too but she followed that up with how she would run into everything, couldn't argue with that one.  So were going to go the padding route first and see where that gets us.  I'll keep that one in the back pocket incase of emergencies though.   :D

For those who are following this build, I am starting mainly with the softs so this thread will be a little quiet for a bit.  I'm throwing in a link to the softs through so y'all can see what we've been up to.

https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=203568.0

Title: Re: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: Falke on Jun 24, 2021, 04:02 AM
I really like your colour scheme, I will follow this build!
Title: Re: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: Vercopaanir on Jun 29, 2021, 12:08 PM
I really like your colour scheme, I will follow this build!

Thanks Falke!  Advice is always welcome  :)

Update:

Softs are nearing a point where they are completed enough to start patterning armor for her.  (Plus there is an armor party this weekend so I can get some help heat forming it if I have it at least cut out before the party.)  So I reassembled the tape pattern we made for her vest and drew a rough outline for where I wanted her armor to fall based off the lines and shape of the vest pattern.

(https://i.imgur.com/ZzAdqc6.jpg)   (https://i.imgur.com/et6R02R.jpg)

Then I cut the pieces out and transferred them to my tissue paper.  I use this step to help even out and straighten any lines that I know need to be straight regardless of how I drew them on the tape.  I also added the additional length I will need to overlap the plates for the legacy style.

(https://i.imgur.com/71mi2Ev.jpg)   (https://i.imgur.com/7HMU0Yi.jpg)

Then I made cardboard mockups

(https://i.imgur.com/F5PV7aS.jpg)   (https://i.imgur.com/atacVGK.jpg)

Taped them together

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

And brought them to my sister, who put on her vest and allowed me to use her as a, ahem, 'dummy'.  :D   Issues were quickly made apparent and I trimmed the plates accordingly.  What isn't shown is the notch I took out of the collar to bring the edges closer to the neck and the bit I trimmed off the the outside edge of the collar plate.

(https://i.imgur.com/1g8vUDm.jpg)   (https://i.imgur.com/hQjXYPa.jpg)

And trimmed down

(https://i.imgur.com/SvhHr0C.jpg)   (https://i.imgur.com/4U93s04.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/Gj3glhN.jpg)   (https://i.imgur.com/TOagixR.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/D1b9YgW.jpg)

Obviously the plates are floating a bit as they are only attached to her at the shoulders but I think the overall fit is just about right.  Next step will be transferring the patterns to sintra and cutting it out.  Now I need to decided if her plates will be 3mm or 6mm.  Mine were two layer of three because I wanted trauma plates but I don't think we will put any on hers so...TBD.
Title: Re: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: Falke on Jun 29, 2021, 03:19 PM
The template looks good!
Title: Re: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: Aster Veris on Jun 29, 2021, 04:09 PM
Looks nice! Btw, where do you get references for legacy armor?
Title: Re: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: Vercopaanir on Jun 29, 2021, 04:28 PM
Looks nice! Btw, where do you get references for legacy armor?

So these plates are just what I wanted no particular inspiration but there is a whole legacy board if your looking for more stuff like that.

http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?board=167.0


The template looks good!

Thanks!
Title: Re: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: Vercopaanir on Jul 01, 2021, 09:10 PM
Alright, so I got my vod'ika dressed up in everything we've got so far that will stay on and stuck the carboard armor on her.  I got the back armor templated out and then everything drawn onto my PVC board.  (I'm still using the stuff I bought for my armor.)  The blue tape was just a visual placeholder for the shoulders.  Those haven't been templated yet as we are still discussing styles.  I made the back armor templates same as I had done the front.



(https://i.imgur.com/RySKirP.jpg)  (https://i.imgur.com/k62hxib.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/MwwfjdV.jpg)  (https://i.imgur.com/JBlvqKs.jpg)

She choose a backplate with a similar style to mine.

(https://i.imgur.com/02q7eBf.jpg)   (https://i.imgur.com/pK3Umeh.jpg)

She also want's the half shell bracers and knees out of PVC so that they can take more damage without risk of being broken.  We have a rough knee design taped on to her suit in the photos but we're not sold on it just yet. 
Title: Re: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: Arco'thyel Wyshla on Jul 01, 2021, 11:30 PM
Man, I'm amazed at how quickly you're breezing through such a detailed kit! Looking forward to the plates! :like:
Title: Re: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: Vercopaanir on Jul 02, 2021, 07:01 PM
Man, I'm amazed at how quickly you're breezing through such a detailed kit! Looking forward to the plates! :like:

Yeah, I went from three jobs to one over the first part of the summer.  I was going to take it easy.  That lasted about three days, I don't do well with inactivity.  So this is getting my extra time and attention.  Won't last too much longer, second job starts back up in two weeks so back to a more normal pace soon.

Update:  Plates cut out and a quick rough sand on the edges to give them a bit of a bevel before we heat form them tomorrow.

(https://i.imgur.com/4AEP87K.jpg)
Title: Re: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: Vercopaanir on Jul 04, 2021, 07:11 PM
We got the bulk of the shaping done at the armor part Saturday.  I still have to finish the shaping of the abb plate and a little bit more on the top back plate at the overlap.  It's doesn't quite lay right so  just a bit of heat and it will be ready.

(https://i.imgur.com/78APrTA.jpg)

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

(https://i.imgur.com/2RN4QJd.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/4rRcKSE.jpg)
Title: Re: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: Vercopaanir on Jul 09, 2021, 09:17 PM
I started work on two sheaths for over top of the leg wraps.  She wanted a more knife heavy kit then I had planned so we are going to be adding a few more bladed weapons to this build.  :)

(https://i.imgur.com/ivtMNsX.jpg)
Title: Re: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: Vercopaanir on Jul 20, 2021, 07:16 PM
Today we finally got around to doing the little bit of heat forming that still needed to get done.  I adjusted to corners of the little angled plates at the bottom of the chest plate and did a little bit of heat forming on the edges of the backplate.  I glued the little angled pieces to the chest plate.  I glued them in place initially with superglue.  Then I ran a bead of hot glue to help hold it together until we fiber glassed it.   Then my vod'ika and I fiber glassed the inside of the chest plate.  She had to help me as I stabbed myself with the Exacto blade and am down the use of a thumb for a bit.  (No worries, nothing permanently damaged, just need to keep it immobile for a bit.)  Never been so grateful to be ambidextrous (that has it's own problems but for something like this it is a good thing).  It is also getting her more involved in making her kit which is also a good thing. 

(https://i.imgur.com/QkqnZOJ.jpg)   (https://i.imgur.com/KiIMfxI.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/cKcIbnk.jpg)   (https://i.imgur.com/YaEourt.jpg)

I also worked a bit more on the knife sheath box.  I got one mostly assembled, just need to add a bit of filler to the one seam and then paint it up before attaching it to the straps.

(https://i.imgur.com/tC35nP3.jpg)   (https://i.imgur.com/VNxHcET.jpg)

I also got a bit of sanding done on the knives and grav charges but no pictures of those.
Title: Re: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: Aster Veris on Jul 21, 2021, 02:06 PM
Looks good! Hope your thumb is okay  :<3:
Title: Re: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: Vercopaanir on Jul 26, 2021, 05:37 PM
Looks good! Hope your thumb is okay  :<3:

Thanks!   It will be good, just have to not use it for 3 weeks or so.   Honestly I just feel a bit stupid about it as I am always the one harping about PPE.  I took off my gloves to change the blade and yup that's when it happened.

Update:  Vod'ika is crafting!!!  She cut out her own trauma plates and did a bit of sanding for the edges.  Then we started to heat form them to match the plates they are going on top of.  We also finished the rough construction of the second knife sheath.

(https://i.imgur.com/dqn9J7V.jpg)

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

(https://i.imgur.com/48QO964.jpg)
Title: Re: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: Vercopaanir on Aug 01, 2021, 07:21 PM
We finished heat forming the trauma plates and glueing them on to the other plates.  ;D

(https://i.imgur.com/vkW0McL.jpg)   (https://i.imgur.com/Gyk5Y9L.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/EP9na4R.jpg)   (https://i.imgur.com/LYKprFL.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/n2J0grI.jpg)   (https://i.imgur.com/I1OWg9P.jpg)

We still need to heat form the ab plate but then we can sand in the inset spots for the magnets.  After that we get to paint!
Title: Re: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: Vercopaanir on Aug 05, 2021, 05:14 PM
Since the last post we have heat formed the ab plate.  We marked and sanded out the spots for all the magnets on the back and chest plate.  Then we cut and sanded both knees and the one half shell gauntlet.  We then procceded to fill some of the small gaps between the plates with bondo.  Then we sanded them down and did a layer of wood filler.  I also used the wood filler on the knife boxes.  I really like this combo because the wood fill allows for a finer finish.  After that we sanded the armor pieces for the loin cloth.  We'll have to wait on the weather to get some paint on the plates.

(https://i.imgur.com/xKbPVkT.jpg)   (https://i.imgur.com/5a5bWUM.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/DVKL4Mp.jpg)   (https://i.imgur.com/4YK8oar.jpg)

We still need to finished sanding down the Karta and I need to pattern out the plates for the alternate gauntlet (aka the bite guard).
The helmet should be finished printing and in our hands by the middle of this month so we should be close to my self appointed deadline for finishing this kit.
Title: Re: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: Vercopaanir on Aug 07, 2021, 09:24 PM
Alright, there are lots of photos in this post.  Today was painting day.  We started with the primer,

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

Then we lightly sanded that with 400 grit sand paper, and on to the silver base coat!

(https://i.imgur.com/SyVhX6i.jpg)   (https://i.imgur.com/J6HJc8o.jpg)

Then I sealed the silver off with a clear coat. ( I did not take any pictures at this step because it looks exactly the same)  The next thing that went on was the copper.

(https://i.imgur.com/SJiSDsA.jpg)  (https://i.imgur.com/IJhSQba.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/K0EPmdL.jpg)

Then came the taping, lots and lots of taping to get the pattern that we wanted.

(https://i.imgur.com/vrq3oHl.jpg)   (https://i.imgur.com/9teM9We.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/kVTs2pL.jpg)

These sections were then painted with a glossy grey.

(https://i.imgur.com/mn61LZB.jpg)

Then more taping for the next two colors.  We are using two different shades of green to get a semi-camo look for this kit.  We have also been using toothpaste as the masking fluid to get the layered paint chips and to help get the camo look.

(https://i.imgur.com/bTYdRev.jpg)   (https://i.imgur.com/q5PDZjx.jpg)

Tape pulled but before washing the toothpaste off

(https://i.imgur.com/PJWOTaH.jpg)   (https://i.imgur.com/9hJDv58.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/YzI2sZF.jpg)

And all cleaned off

(https://i.imgur.com/O8BWuG7.jpg)   (https://i.imgur.com/4ad7a28.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/UuhKz5D.jpg)   (https://i.imgur.com/F2SMCra.jpg)
Title: Re: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: Jennari on Aug 07, 2021, 11:45 PM
Nice! I love the scale pattern and weathering.
Title: Re: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: Vercopaanir on Aug 08, 2021, 10:38 PM
Nice! I love the scale pattern and weathering.

Thank you!  It was inspired by the Varactyl but I kept getting told it looks nautical.

Update:

My vod'ika poked her nose in my room today and asked if she could try it on.  So we got the strapping done and then taped it to the vest.

(https://i.imgur.com/hJCgDht.jpg)   (https://i.imgur.com/P7NlXxE.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/yN348SU.jpg)   (https://i.imgur.com/NisO5HS.jpg)

The knees are taped in place and completely falling off but it gives the idea of what's going on.  The half shell is only at the silver stage in these photos but it still provides a rough idea.  The other arm is for the bite guard. 

The one shoulder on the backplate looks like it got a bit warped so I have to try and add a bit of gentle heat and see if I can fix it up without ruining the paint job.

The straps for the knife sheaths around the shins are temporarily clipped in place.  The sheaths are just about done but the knives are still under construction.

I will be taking the belt in some more (I already took off about 6 inches but it still sags just a bit too much). 

After these photos, I added the copper coat to the half bracer, and finished the armor plates for the loin cloth.

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

(https://i.imgur.com/OCGuCRx.jpg)   (https://i.imgur.com/a6BjYyE.jpg)

I still need to pattern out the shoulders and the panels for the bit guard.  I also need to finish the Kar'ta.  We also heard from the person printing the helmet, due to technical issues the print has been postponed about a week.  Which isn't an issue at, while I would like to have this kit approved by Sept. I am realistic enough to know that it will be very close.

It will be pretty cool when it's all done. 
Title: Re: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: Vercopaanir on Aug 14, 2021, 09:59 PM
Alright so I definitely haven't posted here in a bit.  We put a rush on some parts of this kit to get it wearable for MegaCon.  Not at approvable level yet but definitely wearable.  It got a test run the past three days.  This post will be a big photo dump.

Knees: Attachment method is butterfly pins with locking backs.  They stayed in place very well.  The only complaint I got was that they were a bit scratchy on the knees.  I should be able to add some foam inside and make them much more comfortable for the next trip out.

(https://i.imgur.com/yHvTJqH.jpg)   (https://i.imgur.com/rp4ETlN.jpg)

Gauntlets/Bite Guard: Attachment method is a magnets for the gauntlets and hook and eye snaps for the bite guard.  I didn't have time to add the strap to help hold down the hand plate portion of the guard but that is coming.

(https://i.imgur.com/obDHVHx.jpg)   (https://i.imgur.com/HYYQd54.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/xnU2UcT.jpg)   (https://i.imgur.com/az5bcuP.jpg)

Chest plates:  Attachment method is magnets.  The front magnetizes on with the exception of one pin on that odd corner that just didn't tuck right.  I will be going back with my heat gun to try and gently fold it down into place.  The plates themselves are held together with nylon strapping and chicago screws.

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

Back Plate:  Attachment method is magnets.

I seem to have failed to take a picture of the backplate all completed but before weathering.  Ahh well, just look at the unattached version from the earlier post.  ;)

Shoulders:  Attachment method- temporary.  These are currently held in place with a buckle on the top (that will stay) and a butterfly pin through the strapping at the bottom (this one will change).

(https://i.imgur.com/6oH56KX.jpg)   (https://i.imgur.com/HUPiaPc.jpg)

Again I seem to have failed to take an assembled, finished painted picture.  Rushing to get this done has done a number on my documenting.

Knife sheaths:  Attachment is Chicago screws onto the former belt which then velcros around the leg.

(https://i.imgur.com/s1A3XyF.jpg)   (https://i.imgur.com/a76NmnQ.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/YAhFWGo.jpg)   (https://i.imgur.com/nEpSbuJ.jpg)

I took a chunk out of the belt to both shorten and change the angle at which the belt sits.

(https://i.imgur.com/D1zWjOI.jpg)

Then we weathered it all with black and brown washes.  Vod'ika hated this bit.  She kept asking why it needed to be dirty, "she could be a neat freak mando".  "Sigh, what do we look like when we get back from riding?"  "Fine."

(https://i.imgur.com/KuNlUuX.jpg)   (https://i.imgur.com/uUfHCLO.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/2Q9bxZu.jpg)   (https://i.imgur.com/Nly9NG1.jpg)

I may have gone a little overboard on some of the weathering (you can barely see some of the stitching in the belt) and there are still a few places where I feel it needs more.  (Like the caramel sleeves)  But overall I think it came out pretty good.  We still have bit more to go but it was done enough for her to debut it at MegaCon Orlando

(https://i.imgur.com/f60Qv71.jpg)   (https://i.imgur.com/uYJUHz4.jpg)

Con photos graciously provided by Stacy DeDeo.
Title: Re: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: Arco'thyel Wyshla on Aug 16, 2021, 01:15 AM
That is some seriously impressive paint masking! You're really setting the bar high for creative paint designs. Both the kits you've made have breathtaking details.

Then we weathered it all with black and brown washes.  Vod'ika hated this bit.  She kept asking why it needed to be dirty, "she could be a neat freak mando".  "Sigh, what do we look like when we get back from riding?"  "Fine."

I definitely know where she's coming from! :laugh: That's the part of my build I'm dreading most.

She looks great at the con -- fits right in! The hood and scarf are a great look, will she wear them with the helmet?
Title: Re: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: Vercopaanir on Aug 17, 2021, 11:02 AM
That is some seriously impressive paint masking! You're really setting the bar high for creative paint designs. Both the kits you've made have breathtaking details. 

Thank you!  I might be a bit of a perfectionist.  It's also really fun to take the picture in my head and make it real.


She looks great at the con -- fits right in! The hood and scarf are a great look, will she wear them with the helmet?

So the scarf was actually my clan mates.  Her bucket is still being printed so she didn't have it for this past weekend.  When he noticed that he pulled the scarf from his bin and offered it to her to wear this weekend.  I took and wrapped it into the hood she's wearing.  We do have plans to add a hood/short shoulder cape-ish thing to this kit but it wont be this particular scarf.  So the answer is both yes and no.  She will have a hood/scarf-ish thing that she will wear.  Up to her if she tries to pull it over her bucket or only wear it when the bucket is off.

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

(https://i.imgur.com/28TZytX.jpg)

Title: Re: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: Vercopaanir on Sep 03, 2021, 09:09 PM
We got the helmet!  After a few delays it was handed off to us at the armor party.

It's pretty big bucket.  So I will have to enlarge her silhouette to avoid the bobble head look.

(https://i.imgur.com/CkPlzBV.jpg)   (https://i.imgur.com/YioHtBj.jpg)

So to make her look bigger I added quilted cap sleeves to the vest.  Put some foam on the inside of the top section of her shoulder armor and we will be adding a cape-ish thing made from this fur I pulled from the clearance bin.

(https://i.imgur.com/YDoKcqF.jpg)   (https://i.imgur.com/VO4YLMW.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/KubVv7H.jpg)   (https://i.imgur.com/xlZsC7c.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/13QxBqO.jpg)   (https://i.imgur.com/sJvb8Dd.jpg)

I measured and with the fur added to the padded shoulders she is within the range of the recommended helmet to shoulder width ratio.  So her helmet is 1/2" bigger then half her shoulder width with the addition of all the armor.

I also properly finished one of the knives for her kit.

(https://i.imgur.com/Qzyo6kb.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/9XBExX3.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/k6cIUyZ.jpg)
Title: Re: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: Vercopaanir on Sep 23, 2021, 08:21 PM
My vod'ika did the first two layers of sanding because she wanted to do her helmet herself.  She finished the second and handed it to me with a, you can work on it now.  So I did.  I like to start with a layer of resin after a rough sand of the 3-D print.  (Vod'ika did both the rough sand and the sanding of the resin.)

After which I added a layer of filler primer and then sanded it down to help expose the spots that need more work.  I did a thin layer of bondo in the lowest spots, sanded it down and added a second coat of filler primer. 

(https://i.imgur.com/VrNfeH9.jpg)  (https://i.imgur.com/6qaJLu3.jpg)

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

After this I did a thin layer of wood filler.  ( I like to mix the two fillers, bondo for the bigger deeper stuff and the wood filler for the shallow stuff.)  Then I added a layer of black primer.  The black is purely so I can see the spots that still need work.

(https://i.imgur.com/RlHe7IA.jpg)   (https://i.imgur.com/DBQx7Se.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/M9d3LiH.jpg)   (https://i.imgur.com/3wD5bGM.jpg)

I wet sand with a higher grit paper after each layer.  Some more wood filler and by this point I'm up to about 320 grit.

(https://i.imgur.com/aedvf1Y.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/PIWulBd.jpg)   (https://i.imgur.com/0B999ni.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/QZzI5CV.jpg)   (https://i.imgur.com/OzQb4MV.jpg)

I think once more with my 400 grit and then we can put on our base metallic.
Title: Re: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: Vercopaanir on Oct 01, 2021, 09:32 PM
I just realized that I never posted the painted bucket on here.  It does still need to be weathered but here it is with all the paint on.

(https://i.imgur.com/pyyzh2h.jpg)   (https://i.imgur.com/NPDevSl.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/vOVGSzR.jpg)   (https://i.imgur.com/TAbDCwk.jpg)

And then after the touch-up to the copper in some places

(https://i.imgur.com/fRKVpv9.jpg)    (https://i.imgur.com/mzCOlCO.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/aAmK14O.jpg)
Title: Re: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: Vercopaanir on Oct 30, 2021, 10:03 PM
I have been working on getting the visor installed for the last couple of days and it's finally in!  I haven't tightened it down yet but it's more or less installed.  I also reinforced the cheeks and dome with a bit of resin and fiberglass mat.

(https://i.imgur.com/XU8s4Qi.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/D7zLO9Z.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/RWLhBJ2.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/1zYVROA.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/XvZyX5m.jpg)

Both of those areas are sanded down and now we just need to determine fan and battery pack placement before we get the final padding in.

I am also making her a second set of shoulders that will help bulk out her frame for bobble head prevention.

(https://i.imgur.com/x8ZLRPT.jpg)   (https://i.imgur.com/YqbPMlm.jpg)
Title: Re: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: Aster Veris on Nov 05, 2021, 03:05 PM
Wow can't believe I haven't seen the helmet! Looks epic  :<3:
Title: Re: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: Vercopaanir on Nov 05, 2021, 06:23 PM
Wow can't believe I haven't seen the helmet! Looks epic  :<3:

Thank you!  It was time consuming but I think the results were worth it.

I finished painting the over-shoulders.

(https://i.imgur.com/PFWBCV2.jpg)   (https://i.imgur.com/M05hEfK.jpg)


Then I finished painting on the sigil that I had designed for this kit.

(https://i.imgur.com/CsIin8s.jpg)

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

(https://i.imgur.com/H24e5yc.jpg)

After which we got it all together and did another test fit so I could mark where on the furs I would need to sew them.  She's also been dying to put it all on and jumped at the chance to suit up when I mentioned it.  The left shoulder I had disconnected and reconnected but I didn't get it back in the right place so I will need to adjust it.  Yes it's sitting both higher and tipped forward funny,  I will be fixing it shortly.

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

(https://i.imgur.com/RfZLfa4.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/TA6jNSm.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/z0pL9iX.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/Ubt0LBy.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/qhYFP70.jpg)

We've also still got a little to much fabric bunching up around waist, so I have a little more tailoring to do on the flight suit.
Title: Re: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: Aster Veris on Nov 07, 2021, 10:00 PM
She looks great! Awesome work!

For the bunching on the waist, have you tried just pulling up the belt/kama to her waist? It seems a bit low and hanging on her hips instead of at a higher point. My belt is a little below my waist and I tuck the flack vest in, which eliminates the need for tailoring the blue fabric. For women or people who want a more feminine look I definitely recommend having the belt up higher and eliminating that little space of flightsuit.

Also you've done well getting rid of the bobble head with the shoulders, but her torso looks a bit small compared to her helmet. Maybe try adding some pouches or things to her belt? I know your main kit has a lot of extra tools and pouches and I think that would make her torso, not just her head and shoulders, look wider.
Title: Re: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: Vercopaanir on Nov 09, 2021, 08:18 AM
She looks great! Awesome work!

For the bunching on the waist, have you tried just pulling up the belt/kama to her waist? It seems a bit low and hanging on her hips instead of at a higher point. My belt is a little below my waist and I tuck the flack vest in, which eliminates the need for tailoring the blue fabric. For women or people who want a more feminine look I definitely recommend having the belt up higher and eliminating that little space of flightsuit.

Also you've done well getting rid of the bobble head with the shoulders, but her torso looks a bit small compared to her helmet. Maybe try adding some pouches or things to her belt? I know your main kit has a lot of extra tools and pouches and I think that would make her torso, not just her head and shoulders, look wider.

Thanks!  I see we have similar thoughts on how to make this better.  ;)   The kama and sash are hanging low because she lost 10 lbs!  A 5'7" person should not weigh 100lbs.  She cannot afford to lose weight so I'm trying to get her to eat more and better.  If not, I'll actually have to tighten everything including her vest and drag her to the dietician again. 

Her torso definitely looks too small compared to how much I bulked her shoulders out.  We are planning several pouches of assorted sizes (Her request is that they are not all the same size).  I also will be adding some knives to the back of her belt and I want to make her a shoulder-sling type bag to carry.  We're also thinking some trophies and maybe a bandolier/suspender type rig to add just a bit more width front to back and also provide more room for the multitude of knives that she wants to carry. 
Title: Re: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: Vercopaanir on Nov 14, 2021, 08:25 PM
The knife sheath for the blades that she wants on her lower back are mostly done!  I still need to scuff them up a bit and add a few weathering washes but the majority of the work is done.

(https://i.imgur.com/sn6Iutd.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/I4uwBKP.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/sO1PmKC.jpg)

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

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

(https://i.imgur.com/o7tPBuM.jpg)
Title: Re: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: Aster Veris on Nov 17, 2021, 06:40 PM
Knives look really good! I think the pouch idea is good, make sure your sister is staying safe and healthy  :<3:
Title: Re: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: Vercopaanir on Dec 01, 2021, 03:02 PM
Knives look really good! I think the pouch idea is good, make sure your sister is staying safe and healthy  :<3:

Thanks!  Doing my best to keep everyone healthy.  ;)


Update:  This is so close to app photo time.  I was hoping to have it approved by the end of this year but it might not be quite done in time.

Pouches made and weathered, with clay teeth sculpted by me. 

These are before being weathered.

(https://i.imgur.com/GRq8oSi.jpg)   (https://i.imgur.com/Y04fArF.jpg)

After being weathered, this was the final result.

(https://i.imgur.com/eK4Y8h2.jpg)   (https://i.imgur.com/X9SKeeA.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/2RFhTlP.jpg)   (https://i.imgur.com/UYgoqh7.jpg)

I weathered the gloves.

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

Then I weathered both the wrist guards and attached the strap to hold the bite guard hand plate to the glove.

(https://i.imgur.com/QrC431A.jpg)   (https://i.imgur.com/2g0fwT3.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/PSSGCwo.jpg)   (https://i.imgur.com/urH3usu.jpg)

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

And I strung together some teeth as a first sign of affection and to use as the hold across the chest for the fur capelet.

(https://i.imgur.com/YAjA7ZR.jpg)
Title: Re: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: Aster Veris on Dec 02, 2021, 10:11 PM
Awesome work as always!
Title: Re: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: Vercopaanir on Dec 05, 2021, 08:47 PM
We put it all together so we could get some last minute adjustments.  Still not entirely satisfied with how the shoulder sit.

(https://i.imgur.com/4Xa6CEv.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/ghiD8J3.jpg)

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

(https://i.imgur.com/3cKKRe6.jpg)

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

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

(https://i.imgur.com/X8r46zc.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/JO6tkMJ.jpg)

Her belt keeps sliding down in the front instead of staying where it should on the grey sash.  As such I'm thinking a bandolier might solve that problem but she's not keen on the idea.  So maybe some loops built into the sash to hold it up...going to have to keep brainstorming this one.

Title: Re: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: PSessum on Dec 05, 2021, 09:12 PM
Looks amazing. Fantastic job!  :like:
Title: Re: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: Tramp Graphics on Dec 05, 2021, 10:07 PM
We put it all together so we could get some last minute adjustments.  Still not entirely satisfied with how the shoulder sit.

(https://i.imgur.com/4Xa6CEv.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/ghiD8J3.jpg)

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

(https://i.imgur.com/3cKKRe6.jpg)

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

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

(https://i.imgur.com/X8r46zc.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/JO6tkMJ.jpg)

Her belt keeps sliding down in the front instead of staying where it should on the grey sash.  As such I'm thinking a bandolier might solve that problem but she's not keen on the idea.  So maybe some loops built into the sash to hold it up...going to have to keep brainstorming this one.

Try sewing some belt keepers to the sash. Theyíre normally used to secure a utility belt to the belt that holds up your pants, thus keeping it from sliding around. I use them to secure my codpiece and Kama in place.
Title: Re: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: Aster Veris on Dec 09, 2021, 12:10 PM
She looks awesome!
Once again, I think you should at least try to move the waist items up. The little strip of her blue flightsuit that is seen seems unnecessary. The belt/kamma/etc is currently hanging off of her hips. They should really be at her waist to avoid things slipping down. Try putting the girth belt on so it slightly overlaps with the vest. You won't have the baggy flightsuit problem and my guess is that it will fit her better.
And I agree the shoulders sit weird, I'm unsure how to fix them though.
Title: Re: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: Vercopaanir on Dec 11, 2021, 10:01 PM
She looks awesome!
Once again, I think you should at least try to move the waist items up. The little strip of her blue flightsuit that is seen seems unnecessary. The belt/kamma/etc is currently hanging off of her hips. They should really be at her waist to avoid things slipping down. Try putting the girth belt on so it slightly overlaps with the vest. You won't have the baggy flightsuit problem and my guess is that it will fit her better.
And I agree the shoulders sit weird, I'm unsure how to fix them though.

Thanks!
I think I've figured out the shoulder but I won't be sure until we do another test fit.
We are not planning on eliminating the green flightsuit from showing for two reasons.  Firstly she's too long in the torso.  The top of the kama sits at the widest point of her hips allowing the grey to reach and pass her natural waist line.  What really needs to happen is to get the belt to sit in the proper place instead of dropping down onto her hips. (I have a plan.)  Secondly I didn't make the vest long enough to tuck into her sash.  To pull it up that high would put it on her rib cage which is also in the wrong spot to have waist items.  Also we both prefer the look of having the green show which is similar to how the traditional Boba Fett look was.  His flightsuit is visible in the gap between vest and waist items.  It's just not a noticeable because they are so close in color.


Looks amazing. Fantastic job!  :like:

Thank you!  ;D

Update:

Painted the head of the chicago screws for her shoulders and did a bit of work on the knife that is going to be strapped to her one calf.  I forgot to take pictures of the knife progress.  I'm still not happy with how it is coming out thus far so I might change it anyway.

(https://i.imgur.com/7fxc3C5.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/uAOiHms.jpg)
Title: Re: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: Vercopaanir on Dec 24, 2021, 08:16 PM
I made a few belt keepers and sewed them onto the sash.

(https://i.imgur.com/r96sSLv.jpg) (https://i.imgur.com/hBEWA5w.jpg)

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

I also sewed in some more darts onto the sash to help it lay better and added a few more stitches onto the pouches to help them hang better.
Title: Re: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: Tramp Graphics on Dec 25, 2021, 12:09 AM
Looking good.  :8):
Title: Re: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: Aster Veris on Dec 27, 2021, 09:57 PM
Looks awesome! Btw, where do you get the kind of leather that you used for the keepers? I'm trying to get into that stuff but have no idea where to get it  :laugh:
Title: Re: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: Vercopaanir on Dec 28, 2021, 11:09 AM
Looks awesome! Btw, where do you get the kind of leather that you used for the keepers? I'm trying to get into that stuff but have no idea where to get it  :laugh:

So I tend to be a scrap shopper.  The brown upper layer of leather is a 1.5oz  clearance bin leather from the local Tandy Leather shop.  I pretty much shop the last chance stuff exclusively.   The lighter red-ish tan suede was left over from another project and is about 2 oz in weight.  I think I got it as part of a clearance bundle at the local crafts store. (Leather thickness is measured in oz.  the thicker the leather the higher the oz.)  I glued the two layers together to get a thicker sturdy strap.

Honestly, I source leather from pretty much anywhere.  Old leather coats, old leather couches, I was recently given leather boat seat covers (The grey leather on my aquatic build is where I am using that).  The only time I actually buy full price leather is if I need a thick strap of leather for a belt (8oz leather generally) and I don't already have a leather belt I picked up on clearance or at a thrift store.  If I am going to buy leather I tend to head for Tandy.  Good quality and decent prices with fair leather making practices.  I glue layers of leather together to get the thickness I want and then add stitching or rivets to strengthen and help hold the layers together.
Title: Re: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: Aster Veris on Dec 28, 2021, 06:45 PM
So I tend to be a scrap shopper.  The brown upper layer of leather is a 1.5oz  clearance bin leather from the local Tandy Leather shop.  I pretty much shop the last chance stuff exclusively.   The lighter red-ish tan suede was left over from another project and is about 2 oz in weight.  I think I got it as part of a clearance bundle at the local crafts store. (Leather thickness is measured in oz.  the thicker the leather the higher the oz.)  I glued the two layers together to get a thicker sturdy strap.

Honestly, I source leather from pretty much anywhere.  Old leather coats, old leather couches, I was recently given leather boat seat covers (The grey leather on my aquatic build is where I am using that).  The only time I actually buy full price leather is if I need a thick strap of leather for a belt (8oz leather generally) and I don't already have a leather belt I picked up on clearance or at a thrift store.  If I am going to buy leather I tend to head for Tandy.  Good quality and decent prices with fair leather making practices.  I glue layers of leather together to get the thickness I want and then add stitching or rivets to strengthen and help hold the layers together.

Awesome, thank you for the advice!
Title: Re: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: Vercopaanir on Jan 09, 2022, 04:25 PM
Alright got the padding in the helmet and we took the pre-app photos

(https://i.imgur.com/DHPG6cW.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/knp5Yca.jpg) (https://i.imgur.com/hsOY9EA.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/0174c8o.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/9nmozQL.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/mcDEYEn.jpg) (https://i.imgur.com/Mc48wOm.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/HCRfGV8.jpg)
Title: Re: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: jethroskull on Jan 09, 2022, 06:11 PM
Thatís such a cool kit!
Title: Re: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: Tramp Graphics on Jan 09, 2022, 07:58 PM
Looking good.  :8):
Title: Re: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: Aster Veris on Jan 09, 2022, 09:40 PM
Looking good! You can see her neck in a picture or too but that's not a problem for pre-app, just wanted you to look out for it when you take real apps!
Title: Re: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: Vercopaanir on Jan 10, 2022, 02:54 PM
Looking good! You can see her neck in a picture or too but that's not a problem for pre-app, just wanted you to look out for it when you take real apps!

I definitely missed that!  Thanks for the catch, we'll be sure her neck seal is in its proper place when we take the app photos.

Looking good.  :8):

Thank you!  :D

Thatís such a cool kit!

It turned out really well, I'm quite pleased with the results if I do say so myself.  ;)
Title: Re: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: Sabine on Jan 10, 2022, 03:08 PM
Very nice! They may ask you to fill in the range finder hole on the earcap.
Title: Re: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: Vercopaanir on Jan 30, 2022, 04:07 PM
Very nice! They may ask you to fill in the range finder hole on the earcap.

Thanks for the heads up!  It wasn't a problem going through apps.  :)


This kit is now approved! 

(https://i.imgur.com/M9n28Wi.png)

(https://i.imgur.com/d3btyFy.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/FB4qtVX.jpg) (https://i.imgur.com/YZzLDrc.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/2w3nuoV.jpg) (https://i.imgur.com/aQ4LreI.jpg)

Now onto Brigades!  Sniper and beast tamer here we come!

Leash/ lasso done!

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

First beast has also been tamed

(https://i.imgur.com/9F4W7jO.jpg)
Title: Re: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: Arco'thyel Wyshla on Jan 30, 2022, 04:12 PM
Congratulations, very nice work! I look forward to seeing what you come up with for brigades!
Title: Re: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: Jennari on Jan 30, 2022, 10:02 PM
Awwww, kitty!  :<3:
Title: Re: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: Vercopaanir on Feb 05, 2022, 07:43 PM
Awwww, kitty!  :<3:

Fuzzy soft, cuddly kitty  :)


First troop today!

(https://i.imgur.com/f672VeH.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/p9iYsrL.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/g4W7zFL.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/2vD8LcK.jpg)
Title: Re: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: Tramp Graphics on Feb 05, 2022, 07:46 PM
Looking good. Great job and congratulations on OM.
Title: Re: Vod'ika's Kit
Post by: Vercopaanir on Feb 28, 2022, 08:38 PM
One of our recruits edited this photo from the troop this past weekend.

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