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Title: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
Post by: Arch on Oct 03, 2010, 07:55 PM
(https://scontent-ort2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/26903690_1434751069980560_8403049755045900858_n.jpg?oh=3e703991e1a2b8c72492a409f78e8ae9&oe=5ADFE51E)



Click here to jump to my most recent kit! (http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=30886.msg1065638#msg1065638)



_____________________________ THE JOURNEY BEGINS! _____________________________

Hi all!

I've been a lurker for a long time now, and me and my fiancee (Chro) have been working on our kits over the course of the past year. During this time, we've made mistakes, new friends, and a couple of full kits with scratch-built helmets.

Here's the mug shot of my first kit:

(https://scontent-ort2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/26908103_1434749716647362_5962032282594708013_n.jpg?oh=89bcef4b8f497b4daefd30d25601c196&oe=5AF7BE6E) (https://scontent-ort2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/26805459_1434749713314029_7506654110416010068_n.jpg?oh=8a33bbc75c6797d8bdb11e88e87f5570&oe=5AF46D67)

(https://scontent-ort2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/26805070_1434749709980696_3994134255118436884_n.jpg?oh=1a7e88a60b9771ccd2842efcab2740be&oe=5AB0FB29)

I wanted to make a female kit with sharp edges instead of smooth curves. I think that this kit looked decent from the front, but was really lacking from the side... Check out the gaps.

Recently, I relented and took out my frustration on a poor T-shirt mannequin, ala Sinclair and some of the other Mando girls here:

A Dremel worked great for this, however, I think I could have managed my RPM speed a little better. The fiberglass / resin / plastic / whateveritwas melted into little Hershey Kiss-looking things all around my cutting disc. I had to stop a few times to clean the Dremel off.

(https://scontent-ort2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/26907831_1434749783314022_927225861939675157_n.jpg?oh=bf37dc95937de75add9f8828ce2a8380&oe=5AFECBD9)


Time for paint! I love weathering armor. I used some gel toothpaste to mask things out before applying layers of paint. As it has in the past, this method worked like a charm!
(https://scontent-ort2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/26994217_1434749786647355_9147887431840348177_n.jpg?oh=de21bf49d85ca19275f6ca84aace3bfb&oe=5ADAD392)
(https://scontent-ort2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/26814515_1434749849980682_7025981653573163456_n.jpg?oh=87c9936832b6f67af996ea234ecc30aa&oe=5AF8FD93)
(https://scontent-ort2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/26993452_1434749856647348_7297254207904626779_n.jpg?oh=756a0f1de615890dbb91b9ef1ed05394&oe=5AF85E08)

New knee pads are next on my list! I don't like how they sag on my original kit. Cold weather is on its way around these parts, so I hope to make speedy progress on the things that require outdoor attention!

Thanks for having a look at this madness!
- Arch
Title: Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
Post by: Dha'ward Krayt on Oct 03, 2010, 08:03 PM
Great job on the first kit! Looking forward to the next one. Will we being seeing you guys at AB next year?
Title: Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
Post by: Arch on Oct 03, 2010, 08:06 PM
Absolutely! :) We've been going to Anime Boston for years. Last year, the Firaxan and Wampa folks were kind enough to let us tag along in our armor. Hopefully we can be official this year!

Thank you for the encouragement!
Title: Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
Post by: Dha'ward Krayt on Oct 03, 2010, 08:25 PM
Lol i know i was there! I was the all black Mando. Just upgraded my kit and took on a new paintjob
Title: Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
Post by: Arch on Oct 03, 2010, 08:48 PM
Aha! :) Sorry I didn't put that together! I remember ya'.

In that case, thanks for having us along! :D I am definitely looking forward to AB 2011!

Title: Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
Post by: Dha'ward Krayt on Oct 03, 2010, 09:01 PM
Thats okay! Haha. AB2011 should prove to be a blast!
Title: Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
Post by: Biohazard on Oct 04, 2010, 09:41 AM
You've made great progress, Arch! I'm proud. :D

One thing I might suggest is to use a bit of crushed up conte crayons where the paint is chipped away. Just get a little of the dust on your fingers and rub it along on where you weathered the paint. It'll get in the little crevasses and help those lines pop a bit more, and add some more depth to it.


Looking great! Keep us updated!
Title: Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
Post by: Len'ya Sarsk on Oct 04, 2010, 10:35 AM
Look'n good so far! I kind of like the chest diamond being up a tad more than normal. :)
Title: Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
Post by: Arch on Oct 09, 2010, 10:58 AM
Thanks, Bio and Len'ya! :) I think I'm going to end up with a somewhat large collarbone piece with this one, because everything wants to sit kind of low.

I love the conte crayon idea! You're right; I bet that would really help bring the weathering around. Will it stay put on its own, though, or would I need to find a clear coat to seal it in?

I'm going to go harvest some beskar, now... Probably in the form of a storage tote. Wish me a happy hunt! ;)
Title: Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
Post by: Biohazard on Oct 09, 2010, 12:45 PM
Thanks, Bio and Len'ya! :) I think I'm going to end up with a somewhat large collarbone piece with this one, because everything wants to sit kind of low.

I love the conte crayon idea! You're right; I bet that would really help bring the weathering around. Will it stay put on its own, though, or would I need to find a clear coat to seal it in?

I'm going to go harvest some beskar, now... Probably in the form of a storage tote. Wish me a happy hunt! ;)

You'll want to seal it with an appropriate clearcoat. I usually use Krylon. If you want matte, gloss, or satin, etc... juse use whatever type you want. I'd do two good coats of it. Spray it on, let it sit for twenty minutes, do another coat, let it sit for twenty, then let it sit for a week indoors, just to be safe.

Note: if the clearcoat glazes a bit (like frosting on the paintjob), just let it dry, then use a lintfree cloth to just gently rub it away. The frosting sometimes happens when the paint dries in the air, and then beads on the surface you're spraying. Since it's a clear coat, it doesn't reflect teh light correctly. However, if you gently brush it away, those beads should fall off.
Title: Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
Post by: Arch on Oct 12, 2010, 09:33 PM
It never occurred to me that they make clear coat in matte finish! This is probably the best news ever! :D Thanks again!

I bought a Sterilite tote over the weekend and started making some new plates for my kit. Here's an ugly picture of it, complete with an obnoxious flash flare!

(EDIT: lol jk Photobucket killed everything I love. The photo is gone.)

(It gets dark outside too early now, and my lighting gear is MIA. Boo!)

The knees are not pictured well here, but you can see from here that the way they're curled doesn't quite match yet. I'm still fighting with the plastic to get it to set the way it should. If you give this stuff a few hours, it likes to relax right up and all of the pretty curving goes bye-bye. Once I'm sure that the plastic is done being wishy-washy about what it wants to be when it grows up, I'll start in to painting it.

I also have a pair of coveralls and a 2-piece Jango helmet coming my way. Bring it!

Suggestions are more than welcome! I'd love to take the time to do this kit right and try for official with it. :)
Title: Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
Post by: Dragon Sunkiller on Oct 13, 2010, 01:02 AM
Looking great! Love the paint! Can't wait to see it finished!
Title: Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
Post by: Arch on Oct 23, 2010, 10:06 AM
Thanks!

I've come up on another question: How do I get straps attached to my tote-plastic armor?

The shin armor pieces on my last trash can kit were a mess of elastic ribbon and duct tape on the back. Turns out that Gorilla Glue doesn't stick to this material. I'm not sure what the best way to adhere straps would be. Suggestions?

The other pieces are easy-- I have the gaunts bent so that they'll just clap onto my arms and stay put. Everything else will use Velcro. The adhesive on Velcro is just about the only thing I've been able to find that will bond with trash can-type plastic.
Title: Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
Post by: Dha'ward Krayt on Oct 23, 2010, 09:41 PM
What i did on my thighs is buy two boxes of velcro. One box of the heavy duty sticky back type. This is what i stuck to my armor plate, on on top on on bottom. The second box is the same heavy duty velcro just in sew on form.

Then i headed out to Jo-Anns and got some 1 - 2 inch straps, about 2 yards i think. Measured the length around my thigh with about an inch and a half of over lap on both ends.

Now comes the sewing. I sewed a equal length of sewing velcro to the sticky velcro that i put on the pate. I placed that in the middle of the strap. Then i sewed velcro to either end of the strap so its and over lap on the other side of the plate.

If you need pics as a reference i can take them
Title: Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
Post by: Arch on Oct 24, 2010, 10:41 AM
I see what you're talking about. Thanks! I'll have to stock up on some more Velcro.

Really, dude. The adhesive on that stuff is magical.

I've been making a lot of progress on my armor without posting pictures because I'm a huge doofus. Pictures soon, I promise! :)
Title: Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
Post by: Dha'ward Krayt on Oct 24, 2010, 06:16 PM
Quote
Really, dude. The adhesive on that stuff is magical.
Lol it really is. It is such a pain in the shebs to pull of if you have to fix it too.  :P
Title: Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
Post by: Arch on Oct 25, 2010, 08:37 PM
It is! I tried removing some before fiberglassing my old armor!

(https://scontent-ort2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/26804394_1434750016647332_5529081056255049964_n.jpg?oh=7cbf5d7b6d3f59c24378cce6e244ad17&oe=5AEA7A2F)

I didn't want a range finder, so it got blown off. :D

Rubies Jango 2-piece, assembled, Bondo'd, and painted!
Title: Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
Post by: Dha'ward Krayt on Oct 25, 2010, 08:49 PM
Very nice! Great job on modding it. I like the idea of the blown off RF. Maybe if you tore a bit off the top of the earcap? Maybe melted it under a flame for a few seconds to give it a scortched blaster bolt look?
Title: Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
Post by: Dragon Sunkiller on Oct 26, 2010, 12:58 AM
Awesome idea! Or even if you just attached the bottom inch or two of a broken range finder.
Title: Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
Post by: Jagen Ordo on Oct 29, 2010, 08:38 AM
I have a feeling you won't be happy with that diamond piece.
But I really like the blown-off RF.
Title: Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
Post by: Arch on Nov 01, 2010, 09:39 PM
Jagen Ordo: Why wouldn't I be happy with it? It's like a prize ribbon. I'm like an award-winning horse or something. :P

I kind of like the wires in lieu of a partially-broken range finder stem-- It looks like it was blown off, then yanked out for good measure.

I did hack a chunk of the ear cap off, but then I put hot glue on there to make it look melted. It's hard to see in any of these pictures, though! The hot glue kind of ended up 'reconstructing' the shape and undermining my broken ear cap plan, too.

I like this bucket a lot, though!

Here's some pictures... I think I'm just about there. Is there anything here that needs major attention?

(http://i630.photobucket.com/albums/uu29/Archxilla/Mando%20Armor%20II%20Previews/SMALL-Right-Side.jpg) (http://i630.photobucket.com/albums/uu29/Archxilla/Mando%20Armor%20II%20Previews/SMALL-Left-Side.jpg) (http://i630.photobucket.com/albums/uu29/Archxilla/Mando%20Armor%20II%20Previews/SMALL-Front.jpg) (http://i630.photobucket.com/albums/uu29/Archxilla/Mando%20Armor%20II%20Previews/SMALL-Back2.jpg)

(http://i630.photobucket.com/albums/uu29/Archxilla/Mando%20Armor%20II%20Previews/SMALL-Bucket-Off.jpg)
Title: Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
Post by: Dragon Sunkiller on Nov 01, 2010, 11:54 PM
Looking great! I love the light armor look! I may go that direction myself for my next build. I wasn't sure if you had gloves on at first glance.  :D
Title: Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
Post by: Dha'ward Krayt on Nov 02, 2010, 12:16 AM
Looking great! I like the tied off cloak around your neck. Very nomadish. I like the custom chest plates as well

Suggestions:
Weather up the soft parts.

Your left shoulder looks higher than the right. I cant tell if thats the way its supposed to be. 

I would switch out the small red belt for a bigger one to fill in that area.

EDIT: Wow i couldnt even tell you had gloves til Jagen said it!


Title: Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
Post by: Jagen Ordo on Nov 02, 2010, 01:45 AM
Ever tried bending over with that diamond? It just looks painful.


Wow i couldnt even tell you had gloves til Jagen said it!
I did?
Title: Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
Post by: Mandalore the Uniter on Nov 02, 2010, 10:51 AM
Yeah, I think some good weathering on the soft parts is all this kit is lacking. 
Title: Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
Post by: Dha'ward Krayt on Nov 02, 2010, 03:21 PM
I did?

I wasn't sure if you had gloves on at first glance.  :D

Yep! It looked like she had tattoos on her hands then i read this and was like OOOOHHHHH.
Title: Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
Post by: Arch on Nov 02, 2010, 06:43 PM
Thanks for checking back in on this, everybody! It means a lot to me.

The chest piece doesn't bother me at all. It looks sharp and pointy, but I've done my share of moving around with it and I haven't even noticed that it was there.

The shoulders seem to sit a little uneven because they're shaped a little differently. The one on my left shoulder is Chro's, and it's made of Sintra instead of the softer plastic I've used for the other pieces.

A bigger belt sounds like a great idea, too. I'll have to see what I can find!

I would absolutely love to weather the cape and other fabric, but I'm not sure where to start. The bottom edge of the cape is unfinished to let it fray, and the rest of the fabric is also unfinished. Can somebody share their fabric-weathering wisdom with me?

Title: Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
Post by: ConDar Ward on Nov 02, 2010, 07:00 PM
Honestly ...... this is what I did ....  ;D

Title: Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
Post by: Arch on Nov 02, 2010, 07:59 PM
This is exactly the kind of awesomeness I'm looking for. :D Great tutorial, thanks for sharing!
Title: Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
Post by: ConDar Ward on Nov 02, 2010, 08:11 PM
This is exactly the kind of awesomeness I'm looking for. :D Great tutorial, thanks for sharing!

Anytime ......  8) 


Your kit looks Superb .......  ;)
Title: Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
Post by: Dha'ward Krayt on Nov 02, 2010, 08:20 PM
I can add in some wisdom  ;D

For blaster hole what i did on my cape i used to use is i lit a candle and then held a flat area of the material over the flame and left it burn through. It looks awesome when its done. Looks like a real blaster bolt went through it cause its all burnt and crispy on the edges.
Title: Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
Post by: Kel Toi on Nov 02, 2010, 08:35 PM
I can add in some wisdom  ;D

For blaster hole what i did on my cape i used to use is i lit a candle and then held a flat area of the material over the flame and left it burn through. It looks awesome when its done. Looks like a real blaster bolt went through it cause its all burnt and crispy on the edges.

Same here , i rubbed it with sandpaper too then kicked it over the hedge and gave it to the dog for a quick shake  ;D
Title: Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
Post by: Arch on Nov 02, 2010, 09:45 PM
I wanted to take a flame to my fabric, but I don't really know what it's made of. The brown panel is cotton, but I have no idea what the green stuff is. I have a feeling that it'd all flare up and leave me with a hunk of melted plastic stuff instead of a cape.
Title: Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
Post by: Arch on Nov 07, 2010, 07:16 PM
Hey all,

Thanks for all of your help in getting me to this point. I'm very excited to now be an official member!

There is (and always will be) a lot of tinkering to do with this kit, but I've reached a huge milestone. Thanks to all of you for the advice-- You have really helped me come a long way! I can't wait to work out new ideas with all of you. :)

(https://scontent-ort2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/26814746_1434749919980675_284948541245182623_n.jpg?oh=9d759bf441b4e9aeff0554b8210e486c&oe=5AF4A456)
Title: Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
Post by: Jagen Ordo on Nov 08, 2010, 04:35 AM
Cute.
Title: Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
Post by: seugtai on Nov 08, 2010, 12:51 PM
I love the whole prize ribbon thing, too funny! I think it was definitely a clever solution to the problem you encountered with using the mannequin form, great way to think outside the box. Just another idea for you, when I distress fabric I have this small hybrid of a cheese grater/zester thing that works great ripping up edges or putting holes into fabrics. Then I use permanent ink pads or watered down craft paint with a triangle makeup sponge to apply it. I also use a soldering iron for small controlled burn holes. Love the colors you choose to do with this kit, itís very striking.
Title: Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
Post by: Kione Iviin'yc on Nov 12, 2010, 09:12 AM
I love the colors you used for your kit and I think your chest diamond idea was ingenious!  I also really like how your gloves pull out the color of your belt.
Title: Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
Post by: Arch on Nov 12, 2010, 05:59 PM
Thank you, Seugtal and Kione!

I think that the addition of that tan belt really helped the gloves make more sense. Before, they really didn't seem to fit in.

When I first cut out the strange chest diamond, I wasn't too sure that it would work out. When I got the pieces on my vest, though, I was very impressed at how it all came together. Mannequins are a pain, because their proportions typically only reflect a very minute percentage of people.

Using sponges and ink for weathering is a great idea! I might go in on my cape a little bit more. I'll have to keep that technique in mind!
Title: Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
Post by: Arch on Dec 30, 2013, 07:17 PM
Vhe Oyre linked to this in her awesome updated Female Armor Resources thread (http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=70240.0). I should get my shebs into gear and share some things that are at least almost current, huh?

Back in 2012, I met Viradechtis (http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=53595.0) at a Wampa Clan armor party. She had a very awesome idea for some paneled plates! She had very elegantly achieved what I had tried so hard and failed to do with my very first kit. Inspired, I decided that I was going to do the rational thing and... start all over again, totally from scratch. Vira even let me use her idea. Thank you, Vira! :)
 
Click here for a template of the chest plates! (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bw3WW_X3OV-LSEl6ckQ2clppTFk/view?usp=sharing)

And I was going to get it finished for Celebration VI.

Because it was such a quick build, I didn't stop to take many photos. I'm regretting that now! Here's what I could dig up:

(http://i630.photobucket.com/albums/uu29/Archxilla/Mando%20Armor%20III/girltroubs.jpg) (http://s630.photobucket.com/user/Archxilla/media/Mando%20Armor%20III/girltroubs.jpg.html)
This was the obligatory "AH I HATE IT I'VE DONE IT ALL WRONG" grumpy phase.

(http://i630.photobucket.com/albums/uu29/Archxilla/Mando%20Armor%20III/IMG_0370_zps0ec54e73.jpg) (http://s630.photobucket.com/user/Archxilla/media/Mando%20Armor%20III/IMG_0370_zps0ec54e73.jpg.html)
An early picture of the painting phase of my J2P.

(http://i630.photobucket.com/albums/uu29/Archxilla/Mando%20Armor%20III/IMG_0393_zps5d955936.jpg) (http://s630.photobucket.com/user/Archxilla/media/Mando%20Armor%20III/IMG_0393_zps5d955936.jpg.html)
My girth belt is actually three belts, tied together!

(https://scontent-ort2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/11265312_703677026421305_6159895984343913092_n.jpg?oh=ca37d570e48620333042cdf56665d6f7&oe=5AEBAA2E)
And now I look like this!

(http://i630.photobucket.com/albums/uu29/Archxilla/Mandalorian%20Mercs/IMG_2456_zpsac7e591b.jpg) (http://s630.photobucket.com/user/Archxilla/media/Mandalorian%20Mercs/IMG_2456_zpsac7e591b.jpg.html)
Dang, it feels good to be a Mando.




Title: Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
Post by: Jagen Ordo on Dec 31, 2013, 05:22 AM
Only one comment to the last picture: "Pew, pew!"

I like the armour re-design
Title: Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
Post by: Niabi on Dec 31, 2013, 08:55 AM
Looks really cool  8)

I love the damage to the Buckets ear ;)
Title: Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
Post by: Ronin Tavic on Jan 02, 2014, 03:10 PM
This is a great kit. And the j2p conversion is spot on. Have you thought of applying to the beastmasters brigade? With all that fur you could be a wampa hunter...
Title: Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
Post by: Arch on Jan 02, 2014, 10:03 PM
Thanks, everyone! :)

I love the Beastmaster Brigade! I haven't really gotten around to making the necessary modifications to my armor and weapons quite yet. I'm still trying to figure out if this particular trade can be made to work with my character's backstory somehow, I think!

Also, the new kit couldn't be much more different from my other kit... Except for the parts that are identical to my other kit.

(http://i630.photobucket.com/albums/uu29/Archxilla/Mandalorian%20Mercs/courage_arch_zps826f6c17.jpg)
Title: Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
Post by: Arch on Oct 05, 2014, 06:15 PM
I've been making some really small modifications here-and-there to my armor. This will be the first major overhaul of my white kit.

The next version will have a back plate and a furry half-cape. Aside from that, the adjustments I'll be making to will be minor. I'm going to revisit things like the belt configuration and my knees, since these parts like to shift around as I wear them.

These templates are a work in progress. I'm still working on getting the back plate where it needs to be. Stay tuned! :)

(http://i630.photobucket.com/albums/uu29/Archxilla/Mando%20Armor%20III/IMG_0950_zpsb4b73a29.jpg) (http://s630.photobucket.com/user/Archxilla/media/Mando%20Armor%20III/IMG_0950_zpsb4b73a29.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
Post by: Kavryn Falco on Oct 05, 2014, 10:37 PM
Oh interesting, looks like you've modified Vira's templates a bit.  How does that affect the shape and placement of it?

Also: redo whoop!  Should be fun ;D
Title: Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
Post by: Arch on Oct 06, 2014, 07:37 PM
Yeah! It'll be good to have a second set of plates, too. I'm terrified that my armor is going to end up getting lost on a plane sometime or something, with Celebration coming up and all! :P

When I made my first plates using Vira's template, I found that they made for a weird corner near my armpit because of how I made the corners. Cutting the dart area a little differently allowed me to resolve the corner a little bit better.

Here's a photo of my current plates to show what I mean.

(http://i630.photobucket.com/albums/uu29/Archxilla/Mando%20Armor%20III/IMG_0957_zps151018ce.jpg) (http://s630.photobucket.com/user/Archxilla/media/Mando%20Armor%20III/IMG_0957_zps151018ce.jpg.html)

Re-making these plates also helped me realize that the PDF version of Vira's plate design isn't quite accurate. The tabs on either side of the dart end up two different lengths after the plate is folded, as you can see on my armor here, and I didn't correct that for the PDF. Whups.  :laugh:
Title: Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
Post by: Kavryn Falco on Oct 06, 2014, 10:51 PM
Ah, I see.  Thanks for the pic!
Title: Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
Post by: Arch on Mar 06, 2017, 05:33 PM
2017 Armor Rebuild
It's about that time, eh, chaps? My plates have been long overdue for a rebuild. It probably won't be ready for Celebration, but I expect to be trooping with it this summer! I'll be going for the same look, with the addition of a back plate and some minor touches. I'm trying very hard to remember to take photos as I go!

(https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/r270/16996227_1144518589003811_3447330944728058465_n.jpg?oh=4489e12250fe9d700620657fd0904f0c&oe=5932F732)
Paper templates are always very important, even if this isn't your first rodeo. 

(https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/r270/17155659_1144518592337144_5473609524165205658_n.jpg?oh=49090027162787d408c766eb52c5ec42&oe=596B92DC)
Torso plates traced out onto Sintra, ready for scoring and snapping.

(https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/r270/16995960_1144519185670418_1354710448026157857_n.jpg?oh=6033a2fb85e46ec5de2c6464932bec11&oe=593C8059)
Shoulder plates (I like to call them Pringles), ready for cutting.


(https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/r270/17098634_1144518585670478_8159987094323411852_n.jpg?oh=ed3a0d46aaf613a0dbc74f419d9bb6d6&oe=593451EE)
Cutting away.


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This is what forming these plates looks like. I used a heat gun and my straight edge to get some fairly clean corners. The one on the right is ready for seam reinforcement. The one on the left has just been started.

Aaaand that's where I am so far!
Title: Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
Post by: Aria on Mar 07, 2017, 12:38 AM
It's really nice to see you working on something again! :)
I am a bit jealous of your nice clean lines on your chest plates.  :laugh:
Title: Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
Post by: Kryamla Redalur on Mar 09, 2017, 08:44 PM
I've always admired your kit, looking forward to following your upgrades!
Title: Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
Post by: Arch on Jan 17, 2018, 09:57 PM
UPDATE: I've finally fixed all the old Photobucket links. There are build pictures again!

I also found some WIP photos of my current helmet. I upgraded from my J2P a while back. Check it out!

(https://scontent-ort2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/1907998_768932419895765_2298167840996132463_n.jpg?oh=34602afda28609e5f75fa61859eb93fe&oe=5ADF1996)

(https://scontent-ort2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/11990566_772723979516609_1624193290016824697_n.jpg?oh=a34e302346602024d8bd0ed211760426&oe=5AFE8E02)

(https://scontent-ort2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/12072670_772724299516577_5728636340749990853_n.jpg?oh=84c3deb94f6a982a590ec97bc2c3bbd8&oe=5AF13958)

(https://scontent-ort2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/11228906_775495212572819_4777001577422741198_n.jpg?oh=4da8901e39ba5107de71edde0a93ff1f&oe=5AE75E6E[img]

[img]https://scontent-ort2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/12143087_781552128633794_3634038233942690773_n.jpg?oh=06464b4327b84e9ad5d1630e35fea2d6&oe=5AF7A0B7)

(https://scontent-ort2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/12119083_782000938588913_3355388253020944821_n.jpg?oh=efe88eb96c44fabb227d9021e2558851&oe=5AF6A667)

(https://scontent-ort2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/12143176_785191841603156_1156592047403114333_n.jpg?oh=af30c829224ffdfd67d34e5bcf3e2eec&oe=5AF2726D)

BONUS PICTURE from a long time ago when the sun was still a thing and the trees were still green.
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