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Mandalorian Armor => Armor Construction => Topic started by: Jesse Libarra on Feb 06, 2012, 07:49 PM

Title: Jesse's WIP **#wearable!!**
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Feb 06, 2012, 07:49 PM
Ok. Here goes. So, I have a list of supplies made up, and I have some questions before I go crazy and buy everything. Question 1: Is trash-can plastic acceptable for armor? Or will I have to use something else? Question 2:I own a pair of converse Air Force sage, composite toe combat boots. They do lace, and they zip on the sides. I know I will have to cover the laces, but are these boots acceptable?   (http://dgu1g3ll0xfv4.cloudfront.net/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/c/8/c8990_1_1.jpg)
 http://www.uspatriottactical.com/converse-8-inch-sage-green-stealth-composite-toe-side-zipper-boots.html

Also, I read that the camo body suites are out. Can I still paint my plates camouflage?
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: No'saj Huune on Feb 06, 2012, 08:09 PM
Question 1: Is trash-can plastic acceptable for armor? Or will I have to use something else?

Question 2:I own a pair of converse Air Force sage, composite toe combat boots. They do lace, and they zip on the sides. I know I will have to cover the laces, but are these boots acceptable?    http://www.uspatriottactical.com/converse-8-inch-sage-green-stealth-composite-toe-side-zipper-boots.html

Also, I read that the camo body suites are out. Can I still paint my plates camouflage?

1: Yes it is acceptable.  Easy to work with and affordable for your first build.

2: Not really sure as they look more like "sneakers" however if you cover the laces with spats or armor plates they should be good to go.  Check out Leatherup.com for some good looking boots that are affordable and don't have laces (its what I use for costuming).

3: The camo must not look like any "earthly" patterns with the exception of the "dazzle" pattern.  Meaning it can't look like BDU, digital camo, desert, "real tree" or Mossy Oak, so on and so on.  An example of a dazzle pattern:

(http://love.hollybliss.co.uk/uploaded_images/HMS_Furious-764677.jpg)
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Feb 06, 2012, 08:48 PM
so the camouflage colors (green, black, brown, gray, and so on) are acceptable, just not the pattern?
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: No'saj Huune on Feb 06, 2012, 10:56 PM
The colors are fine, its just the pattern that can't be used.  For example:

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_-MIczXJ2R9w/TNgc7dCyEbI/AAAAAAAAIsA/jvBSwNMKW04/s1600/camo_arf.jpg)

The ARF Troopers look like they have a digital camo design however on closer inspection this is what it actually looks like:

(http://img132.imageshack.us/img132/7528/arfcamo.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/132/arfcamo.jpg/)

Uploaded with ImageShack.us (http://imageshack.us)

The same design could be applied with the colors you want, just be sure to take close up pics to show that it isn't the regular BDU design.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Feb 06, 2012, 11:15 PM
hmm. That'll be fun... lol Thanks for the image. I'll see what I can do with it. :)
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: No'saj Huune on Feb 06, 2012, 11:27 PM
No worries.  Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Feb 06, 2012, 11:51 PM
ok. Helmet question. Is it cheaper to buy or scratch-build a helmet? I would love to scratch-build my own some day, but right now it's kind of (very) intimidating.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Ordeyn on Feb 07, 2012, 12:19 AM
Glad to see you made it to the Mercs site, Jesse! :)

It was intimidating to me too! My first bucket was a scratch build. It took me a very long time to make it though. There's a lot of sanding . I think my scratch build was really only the cost of bondo, fiberglass resin, and fiber glass cloth. The rest I did with cereal boxes. It was about, oh, 30-40 dollars for all the supplies, but I didn't use up any of the things I bought. I probably could've gotten a second bucket out of all of it if I hadn't used the rest of it on other projects.

I've only bought one bucket (I haven't even gotten around to using it yet!), so I can't say much for how expensive they generally are.

It's also a very good idea to poke around other threads here on this site. You can learn a lot just from seeing/reading what other people have done. And if there's something specific you want to find, use the search engine towards the top of the page -- it's helped me on many an occasion!

I hope that helps you out! :)
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Feb 07, 2012, 12:30 AM
Thanks Ordeyn. :) I was mainly concerned with the price of fiber glassing, bondo, etc. 30-40 dollars doesn't sound too terrible. I may can do that...
Oh, and I don't know if I got to tell you, but your armor is...incredible, Ordeyn. :D
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Ordeyn on Feb 07, 2012, 12:37 AM
Well, after 4 years it had better be, LoL! And I'm still not done. ;) Thank you, Jesse!
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: CaptainMorgan on Feb 07, 2012, 03:42 AM
ok. Helmet question. Is it cheaper to buy or scratch-build a helmet? I would love to scratch-build my own some day, but right now it's kind of (very) intimidating.

Scratch building is a ton of work, but the other side to it is you aren't paying someone else for all that time and you can get exactly what you want.

I easily have put in 20 hours on mine so far.  I also am super excited to have my own bucket like this.  I'll be scratch building again in the future when I'm ready for an upgrade for sure.

The big thing with me on the scratch building is that I think it's worth it to use the right tools.  You'll get so frustrated fighting with the wrong stuff that it'll become a monster of a project.  I certainly go overboard on this (I like having cool tools) and there is a middle ground, but I would still consider the total cost to include acquiring everything you need.  If you have parents or friends that can loan you things then you will be all set.  You also need a place to fiberglass that is not inside your house because the fumes and sanding is a big problem indoors.  You also have to have a respirator, no paper masks.  The chemicals in that stuff are nasty to breath in and really unsafe.

If you do it right though and can manage to get what you need without spending too much money then I say go for it.  I am having a blast doing it to the point where I'm already confident enough to tackle some more extreme costuming after my Mando.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Byloc Phosmont on Feb 07, 2012, 09:35 AM
I am one of those people who is incredibly intimidated by scratch building a helmet. If you've got the patience, tools and know how's to build your own (like Captain Morgan above) then you can create something really awesome. If you don't, the helmet will look a little funky... maybe lean to the side, be uneven, etc.

For my first build which I started a few months ago, I went with the rubies 2 piece. I've made two with it so far, one for myself and one for my brother. I really enjoyed working with it since most of the helmet is built for you and all that's left is some modification to make it less crappy. Just like with any helmet choice, there are tons of threads about how to make it, etc. I found one on the dented helmet that I followed to the letter and came out with something I am very happy with. The helmet cost $35 shipped, and I put about $40 into supplies to make it. Keep in mind the supplies I bought (such as spray paint, a hot glue gun, box cutter, for sale sign, etc.) I also used for building the rest of my mando. My only complain about the 2 piece is that it can break easily. Dropping it off a table would likely split it right down the seam on the dome. Hope that helps!
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Hondo Karr on Feb 07, 2012, 10:19 AM
ok. Helmet question. Is it cheaper to buy or scratch-build a helmet? I would love to scratch-build my own some day, but right now it's kind of (very) intimidating.

That's variable... if you have the tools on hand... a dremel, a powered palm sander etc., the materials are very cheap... a can of Bondo (10.00), a can of fiberglass resin ($10.00), a tube of glazing putty (4.00) and a roll of joining tape (5.00) should be enough materials to make 2 helmets. Then a posterboard, which probably only makes 1, costs a buck. You can try to build your own dome or start with something like a hard hat or a bike helmet for your dome base. If you have to go out and buy tools (you could always hand sand but that is so time and sand paper consuming I personally don't find it worth it) you can easily get close to the 200.00 range between supplies and tools. But, you will likely need those tools anyway so, youre going to have to invest in them regardless at some point.

Scrathbuilding is awesome. If youve never worked with this stuff, it can be very hard and may take 2, 3,4 attempts before you nail it. But, there is a point of pride to wearing a well made scratchbuilt helmet you can never get with one you buy from me or Saz or ASOK etc.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Feb 07, 2012, 07:33 PM
hmmm. Looks like I'll be going with scratch build, then. :) My uncle has a lot of experience with bondo, so I may enlist his help.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: CaptainMorgan on Feb 07, 2012, 09:11 PM
hmmm. Looks like I'll be going with scratch build, then. :) My uncle has a lot of experience with bondo, so I may enlist his help.

If you have someone like that with experience then you should definitely go for it.  Good luck!
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Feb 07, 2012, 10:41 PM
Thanks, Captain. (I'll need it. :laugh:)
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Feb 08, 2012, 07:38 PM
sorry about the lack of updates, but I'll (hopefully) by buying my trash cans this Friday (payday) and I've currently been trying my hand a drawing the ARF trooper's camouflage. so, yeah, I'll try to have more updates soon. Thank you for your patience.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Ordeyn on Feb 09, 2012, 12:35 AM
Sounds good! I look forward to updates. :)
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: CaptainMorgan on Feb 09, 2012, 01:33 AM
sorry about the lack of updates, but I'll (hopefully) by buying my trash cans this Friday (payday) and I've currently been trying my hand a drawing the ARF trooper's camouflage. so, yeah, I'll try to have more updates soon. Thank you for your patience.

Certainly play around with it for fun while you wait, but don't get too hung up on paint at this stage.

I still haven't settled on my paint scheme, I'm going to build all of my armor pieces first.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Feb 09, 2012, 08:29 PM
right, captain. It's just an idea that's up in the air at the moment. I'm simply trying to wrap my mind around doing it.  :laugh: I may end up going with a solid color (purple, maybe. or green) but currently I'm using it to keep my mind working on my beskar'gam, 'cause if I don't keep it in mind it will end up never getting done. 
Certainly play around with it for fun while you wait, but don't get too hung up on paint at this stage.

Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: CaptainMorgan on Feb 09, 2012, 11:49 PM
right, captain. It's just an idea that's up in the air at the moment. I'm simply trying to wrap my mind around doing it.  :laugh: I may end up going with a solid color (purple, maybe. or green) but currently I'm using it to keep my mind working on my beskar'gam, 'cause if I don't keep it in mind it will end up never getting done.

One of the really cool things about Mando costumes is the way the paint works as far as layers and weathering.  You could do the lower coats solid first, then take the top coat and do your best to imitate the camo pattern (or even better, make a few stencil sections that you can spray through).  As long as you get a rough paint layer you can just do the rest in sanding.  You'll want softer weathered textures anyways.  If you bomb this layer you can sand it off down to the lower coats or just say screw it and paint over, then still sand to the other layers in weather spots.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Feb 10, 2012, 06:04 PM
One of the really cool things about Mando costumes is the way the paint works as far as layers and weathering.  You could do the lower coats solid first, then take the top coat and do your best to imitate the camo pattern (or even better, make a few stencil sections that you can spray through).  As long as you get a rough paint layer you can just do the rest in sanding.  You'll want softer weathered textures anyways.  If you bomb this layer you can sand it off down to the lower coats or just say screw it and paint over, then still sand to the other layers in weather spots.
sounds good, Captain. :) I don't have too much experience with paint, but I can give it a go, so to speak.
Also, as sort of an update, money is tight (well, tighter than normal) so, I will be pricing things tonight, but I may or may not end up actually buying anything. So, we'll just see what happens.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: CaptainMorgan on Feb 10, 2012, 10:57 PM
sounds good, Captain. :) I don't have too much experience with paint, but I can give it a go, so to speak.
Also, as sort of an update, money is tight (well, tighter than normal) so, I will be pricing things tonight, but I may or may not end up actually buying anything. So, we'll just see what happens.

One cool way to get into these costumes on tight budgets is to just go stroll through thrift stores and places like Goodwill.  You can find all kinds of cheap used items that can be deconstructed into Mando costumes.  I've seen guys buy crappy handbags just to get the buckles they wanted for a girth belt for dirt cheap.  You might stumble onto something that could be used as a vest, who knows.  That lets you make some progress without having to fork over a ton of cash yet.

By the time you get to paint there are tons of fantastic tips on how to get good results for cheap.  You don't need an expensive set up like I'll be using at all, I just happen to have it for the purpose of getting into painting car panels.

How good are you at stuff like sewing?  Being able to make some of your own soft parts is a big plus when trying to keep things cheap.  The scrap and bargain bins at places like Joann's are a fantastic place to check regularly too.  I almost got my vest material for super cheap, but in my usual fashion I decided I had to have exactly the material I wanted which is a slightly darker marine grade vinyl.  If I wasn't so picky I could have made my vest off 8 dollars in fabric.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Feb 11, 2012, 02:45 AM
well, Captain I'm fairly good at sewing. (I can do it rather well, but I don't really care for it) so, I will probably be making my vest, and some other soft parts. And I'm looking forward to hitting the thrift stores in my area. :D

ok, so, time for an update. My mom and I went to Wal-Mart tonight, and I priced most of my needed supplies. Trashcans are, like, $15 dollars, but the other stuff (sand paper, paint, stuff that like) wasn't too expensive. However, I didn't see any Bondo. Can you even buy bondo at Wal-Mart?? Will I have to go to an auto supply store, or something like that? Anyway, getting back on track, I got some water guns to fix up. :D I'll be posting pictures for everyone to evaluate.
 
Also, my mom raised some interesting questions. Are there membership dues when you join the Mercs? What do you have to do to remain a member? Do you have to pay to get in? Do you have to go to a certain number of meetings per quarter/year?
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: CaptainMorgan on Feb 11, 2012, 04:58 AM
well, Captain I'm fairly good at sewing. (I can do it rather well, but I don't really care for it) so, I will probably be making my vest, and some other soft parts. And I'm looking forward to hitting the thrift stores in my area. :D

ok, so, time for an update. My mom and I went to Wal-Mart tonight, and I priced most of my needed supplies. Trashcans are, like, $15 dollars, but the other stuff (sand paper, paint, stuff that like) wasn't too expensive. However, I didn't see any Bondo. Can you even buy bondo at Wal-Mart?? Will I have to go to an auto supply store, or something like that? Anyway, getting back on track, I got some water guns to fix up. :D I'll be posting pictures for everyone to evaluate.
 
Also, my mom raised some interesting questions. Are there membership dues when you join the Mercs? What do you have to do to remain a member? Do you have to pay to get in? Do you have to go to a certain number of meetings per quarter/year?

Well you don't have to like it to pull off making your vest :).

Wal Mart actually does carry Bondo, but honestly for your body filler NAPA autoparts if they are in your area is a really good choice.  They don't make their own, and neither does the company they contract it to.  Their fillers are all evercoat products, who is a great company for this stuff.  It'll still be a cheaper version but be better to use than Bondo.  I honestly don't know of the best cheap resin and fiberglass source though, I got the nicer stuff.  I know other people here will say Bondo is fine, but I personally wouldn't touch the stuff.

As far as membership you just have to come to one event a year, and if you don't you become retired.  There are no dues, this organization is all run on donations.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Feb 11, 2012, 10:23 PM
ok. I know exactly were a NAPA is so I'll see what I can do about looking around in there. and about Membership dues, I didn't think there were any, I just wasn't sure.
 all right, I got pictures of my guns, but I am having a difficult time getting them to upload, so I'll ask my dad to help me. (He's a whiz at this type of techie thing. :) )  so, anyway, I'll try to have pictures up by the time I go to bed, or tomorrow at the latest.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: CaptainMorgan on Feb 11, 2012, 11:34 PM
ok. I know exactly were a NAPA is so I'll see what I can do about looking around in there. and about Membership dues, I didn't think there were any, I just wasn't sure.
 all right, I got pictures of my guns, but I am having a difficult time getting them to upload, so I'll ask my dad to help me. (He's a whiz at this type of techie thing. :) )  so, anyway, I'll try to have pictures up by the time I go to bed, or tomorrow at the latest.

The real trick with uploading pictures is that you need a third party hosting site to upload them to, and then you link them into posts.  Forums rarely host that many pictures themselves.  I use photobucket, but there are a bunch of free sites out there.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Feb 12, 2012, 12:29 AM
Pictures! (I think. It may upload, and it may not. We'll just see how it goes.)
(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG7350.jpg)
(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG7349-1.jpg)
(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG7348.jpg)
(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG7347.jpg)
(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG7346.jpg)
(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG7345.jpg)
(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG7344.jpg)
There. :) Ok, these (obviously) are water guns that I got at Wal-Mart. I realize I will have to sand, paint, and mod them. I will also have to remove the 'water-gun' triggers. But other than that, are these acceptable 'star warsy' type guns?
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Feb 12, 2012, 12:33 AM
sorry about the lighting. It's not great...
and special thanks to Biohazzard, without who's tutorial, I might never have figured out how to upload pictures from photobucket. :)
http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=7579.msg172374#msg172374
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Feb 12, 2012, 06:05 PM
so, if nobody responds, does that mean my guns are ok?
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Moradin Covarian on Feb 12, 2012, 07:25 PM
THe first ones and third will look good in my opinion, I'm not really feeling the other two.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: CaptainMorgan on Feb 12, 2012, 07:46 PM
so, if nobody responds, does that mean my guns are ok?

It's hard to reply on guns, it's all about how your modifications look.  Just about anything can work as a base, it just depends on how far you have to take it to make it look "Star Wars."  Nothing off the shelf like that will pass without some work.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Feb 12, 2012, 09:45 PM
THe first ones and third will look good in my opinion, I'm not really feeling the other two.
^^ that's what I thought.
It's hard to reply on guns, it's all about how your modifications look.  Just about anything can work as a base, it just depends on how far you have to take it to make it look "Star Wars."  Nothing off the shelf like that will pass without some work.
ok, Dan, thanks. :) I will definitely have to modify these, but I was expecting (and looking forward) to. :)
Thanks again everybody
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Remo Jadd on Feb 13, 2012, 08:28 AM
The guns will make a decent base, but they will need modding ;) .
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Feb 14, 2012, 08:14 PM
okie dokie, I've got the templates printed and cut out. I'm going to tape them on and see if they're the right size.
In the mean time, does anyone have any good ideas about what kind of greebles (greeblies? what's the right word?) to use to mod my guns?
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Feb 14, 2012, 10:38 PM
and another question. Well, first of all a statement. I'm not *real* wild about the idea of a 'cod piece' and I'm really unimpressed with the 'loincloth' idea.  So, can I just not wear something there, or is it a required piece?
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: No'saj Huune on Feb 14, 2012, 10:50 PM
Its either one or the other, gotta have something down there.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Feb 15, 2012, 12:15 AM
Its either one or the other, gotta have something down there.
sigh. that's what I though... ah well. Thanks
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: CaptainMorgan on Feb 15, 2012, 08:19 AM
sigh. that's what I though... ah well. Thanks

One thing I have noticed though is that there is a significant amount of flexibility in style of armored cod piece.  For the female form obviously you don't need the bulging shape, so it could look a lot more like the triangle of a bikini.  The other idea to look into is a soft cod piece, it doesn't have to be armor.  The key, straight from the CRLs, is that it has to be high quality and look in universe.  Darth Vader and Biker scouts are the examples given.

(http://onlyhdwallpapers.com/wallpaper/star_wars_lightsabers_darth_vader_startwars_desktop_1800x1600_wallpaper-236434.jpg)

The biker scout has tons of costume pictures out there, but I wanted to check an actual screen shot.  I finally found one here.  Not the highest resolution, but good enough to see that it really is just fabric like everybody uses.

(http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj309/ThinWhiteDuke3/FH1.jpg)

So just sow your self up a piece of cloth armor out of the right materials and you are all set.  The biker scout style I think would be really easy, and I would check on this but I bet that if you made the material match your flak vest then it would be good.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Feb 15, 2012, 01:06 PM
That's not so bad...
 Thanks SO much Dan.  :D I really appreciate it.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Feb 15, 2012, 07:11 PM
ok. This isn't really an update, I guess, but I am running a 100.7 fever so :( I'm not sure anything will be done on my armor tonight, but I will get back to work as soon as possible.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: CaptainMorgan on Feb 16, 2012, 12:13 AM
My biker scout picture didn't paste into my previous post, so I put it back in. 

I was talking with my wife about it tonight and she likes that idea a lot too.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Feb 16, 2012, 01:48 AM
okay, another idea/question. This time it's about...chest plates. (always an interesting problem, eh?) I'm think about going with the Legacy chest plates. I hear it's good for girls who don't want to go the 'cupped plate' way. Only, while I can wrap my mind around the
'Fett' style plates, Legacy is harder for me to visualize. Also, can I wear a Fett/classic style bucket and classic leg (thighs, knees, shins, etc.) and shoulder bells with a Legacy chest plate? *shrugs* I'm so confused...lol. I know Falin did some legacy armor, so I'm thinking about asking him.


Any help/suggestions/commentary would be most welcome. :)
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Ca'tal on Feb 16, 2012, 01:14 PM
First off Jesse, welcome to the Mercs. I apologize for not doing so sooner, it been a busy month for me. That said, always glad to see another Texan.

The answer to your question is, yes and no. CRL's say there's no mixing of Eras, but there hasn't yet been a seperation of Legecy Era from Modern Era. So technically you could, but from a purely asthetic viewpoint I wouldn't as it will look piecemeal and disjointed.

I'll tell you, "standard" Fett style plates can be made to fit anyone. It's a matter of resizing them and shaping to fit, which is more trouble than most people are willing to take on. It's worth it though. The fit of the kit to your body makes a huge difference in the final appearence. Best advice you will get is to take your time and don't cut corners. That extra step will make an "ok" kit a "fantastic" kit.

Best of luck and if you need any help just ask.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Feb 16, 2012, 02:35 PM
Thanks Ca'tal. I was thinking it would look kinda funny...
Well, I'll look into fixing my Modern chest plates. (that's really what I wanted to go with all along)
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Mayg Miit'ganard on Feb 16, 2012, 02:48 PM
I suggest you look at Bo katan's chest armor. It is not cupped style, and is still beautifully feminine.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Feb 16, 2012, 09:15 PM
hmm. I looked into Bo-Katan's armor. It looks pretty sweet.
However, I'm looking to get as far away from the 'feminine' look as possible. ah well. Thanks for the suggestion, Mayg. :)
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Mayg Miit'ganard on Feb 16, 2012, 10:12 PM
To problem, looking forward to seeing what comes together for.you. 
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: CaptainMorgan on Feb 17, 2012, 02:04 AM
Hmm, well if you are trying to make the kit not look feminine that is in some ways an easier way to go.  If you aren't too big in the chest then strap em' down with a sports bra and shape the armor plates to be big enough to cover but not contoured at all. 

For that idea I think this drawing shows an awesome way to go.
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v205/miststlkr/mando/img-tas_female_deathwatch.jpg)

The plates still fit the shape of a female, but it's done with flat sides and is flat across the middle (no cleavage).  This I think is the easiest way to fit modern era armor but not be that feminine.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Feb 17, 2012, 06:10 PM
That's awesome, Captain. :D Thanks. :)

ok, so, last night I was thinking about what I wanted for my armor (color, kama style, etc.) and this is what I came up with. I apologize for the quality. My scanner hates my notebook...lol
(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/th_mandoarmorconcept.jpg) (http://s1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/?action=view&current=mandoarmorconcept.jpg)
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Feb 17, 2012, 06:11 PM
sigh. Sorry it's so small...
You can click on it to see it on photobucket
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Feb 18, 2012, 12:34 AM
oh! I just realized there's no flak vest on there. Sorry. :( I forgot about it.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: CaptainMorgan on Feb 18, 2012, 01:14 AM
That's awesome, Captain. :D Thanks. :)

ok, so, last night I was thinking about what I wanted for my armor (color, kama style, etc.) and this is what I came up with. I apologize for the quality. My scanner hates my notebook...lol
(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/th_mandoarmorconcept.jpg) (http://s1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/?action=view&current=mandoarmorconcept.jpg)

Is that all drawn freehand?  I like it a lot, very cool.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Feb 18, 2012, 01:18 AM
Is that all drawn freehand?  I like it a lot, very cool.
yeah, that's all freehand, and thank you. :)  It's not real great. I could probably have done better, but I was just 'thinking with a pencil' as they say. I'm probably going to do another one to explore some more options (chest plates, flak vest, etc.) When I get that done I'll post it if anyone's interested.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: CaptainMorgan on Feb 18, 2012, 01:56 AM
yeah, that's all freehand, and thank you. :)  It's not real great. I could probably have done better, but I was just 'thinking with a pencil' as they say. I'm probably going to do another one to explore some more options (chest plates, flak vest, etc.) When I get that done I'll post it if anyone's interested.

Well I can't really draw, so it's cool to me.  I am just really good with computers and fabrication as methods to bring my imagination to life.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Feb 18, 2012, 01:17 PM
Thanks, Dan. :) I wish I could do the computer stuff, but I don't have any programs to work with. I'm wishing for Adobe PhotoShop... :D
Anyway, I drew another version/angle last night, so I'll try to scan it and get it up later today. :)
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Kiel'ani Cardas on Feb 18, 2012, 03:10 PM
I definitely want to see this! I'm not too sure on the chest-plate style I want either. Tiny women quickly become "she-men" in mando armor... not sure if I can effectively combat that. Maybe I'll let you do the thinking for a little while...  ;)
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Feb 18, 2012, 03:26 PM
Well, here's another concept from a different angle. :) quality, again, isn't great. :(
(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/th_mandoarmorconcept20001.jpg) (http://s1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/?action=view&current=mandoarmorconcept20001.jpg)
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Serim Merec on Feb 18, 2012, 05:58 PM
Hmm I like this  :) If you can achieve the look your going for this will be one sweet lookin' kit!

I'll be watching!
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Feb 24, 2012, 02:18 AM
ok, please excuse me while I bump this back up so I don't forget about it. :)

I've got the templates printed out and I'm going to try to wrangle somebody into helping me take pictures of them this Saturday. :)
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: seugtai on Feb 24, 2012, 09:17 AM
I was looking for something else the other day and came across Arch's first set of armor in her thread and thought of you. Her first chest plates were more of an angled look. The can be seen HERE (http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=30886.msg432457#msg432457), I'm sure she'd be willing to explain how she did them if you wanted to go that route.

And I love your concept art too by the way, can't wait to see that made! :D
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Feb 24, 2012, 07:27 PM
Thank you, Seugtai. That looks very much like what I'm after. :D Thank you for the help.

And you're armor is...breathtaking. You're like, the goddess of Bondo.  ;D
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Feb 25, 2012, 06:21 PM
Okay, so I taped the templates on me, and wrangled my mom into taking pictures of me. I think these are the right size, but I'd like some feedback before I go and cut everything out and find they're not right.

Note: Please excuse the chest plates. They are for reference purposes only.

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/th_CIMG7375.jpg) (http://s1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/?action=view&current=CIMG7375.jpg)
(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/th_CIMG7374.jpg) (http://s1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/?action=view&current=CIMG7374.jpg)
(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/th_CIMG7373.jpg) (http://s1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/?action=view&current=CIMG7373.jpg)
(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/th_CIMG7376.jpg) (http://s1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/?action=view&current=CIMG7376.jpg)

EDIT: Sorry two of them are sideways. You can click on them to see them right-way-up on Photobucket. And I apologize for the size of them. I did re-size them on Photobucket, but it doesn't look like I did.  :-\

Never mind...
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Kardos Shantiel on Feb 26, 2012, 05:07 AM
Hmm, they look good! Although, to me, it seems like they are a tad too wide. I don't know, it might just be me.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Remo Jadd on Feb 26, 2012, 08:46 AM
Placement, size and spacing look fine  ;) .
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Feb 26, 2012, 09:38 AM
Thanks, all. :) I'm thinking I may have to trim the collar plate a little...
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Ordeyn on Feb 26, 2012, 10:03 AM
Thanks, all. :) I'm thinking I may have to trim the collar plate a little...

I trimmed my mine. I couldn't move my arms up very far due to the width of the collar plate. But because I trimmed the collar plate I also took off some of the chest plates too so they match up still.

Your concept pics look great! :D Keep up the good work.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Feb 26, 2012, 10:31 AM
I trimmed my mine. I couldn't move my arms up very far due to the width of the collar plate. But because I trimmed the collar plate I also took off some of the chest plates too so they match up still.

Quote
Your concept pics look great! :D Keep up the good work.

Thank you, Ordeyn. :)
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Mar 04, 2012, 10:24 AM
So, it's been forever since I posted on this, so I'm just going to bump this back up. :)

I'm looking at doing the angled plates, and I was wondering, how would you go about shaping the angled plates? Ideas and suggestions are most welcome. :)
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Mar 16, 2012, 02:33 AM
all righty, I thought up another question.  :D

I've been reading through the various threads regarding helmet sizing and buying, and I've been trying to figure out the sizing ratio. I'm still scratching my head about the '1:1' or the '2:1' ratios. Is there a specific mathematical formula to this, or is just a relative thing? Also, I was thinking I'd need to be absolutely positive that the helmet was the right size before I spent all this money.

I've been tossing around the idea getting of the Jango 2 piece ('cause I'm small [like, 5 foot nothing]) and I was wondering if you can only buy it online, or if there's a place to go and try on different helmets. (That may just be wishful thinking on my part)
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Zorim Dran on Mar 16, 2012, 09:50 AM
all righty, I thought up another question.  :D

I've been reading through the various threads regarding helmet sizing and buying, and I've been trying to figure out the sizing ratio. I'm still scratching my head about the '1:1' or the '2:1' ratios. Is there a specific mathematical formula to this, or is just a relative thing? Also, I was thinking I'd need to be absolutely positive that the helmet was the right size before I spent all this money.

I've been tossing around the idea getting of the Jango 2 piece ('cause I'm small [like, 5 foot nothing]) and I was wondering if you can only buy it online, or if there's a place to go and try on different helmets. (That may just be wishful thinking on my part)

"1:1" is referring to the helmet's size relative to the original prop in the movie. A 1:1 Boba is the same size as the helmet Jeremy Bulloch wore in the OT. A 1:1 Jango is the same size as Temuera Morrison wore in AoTC.

"2:1" is referring to the ratio between your shoulder width and the helmet width, as in you shoulders should be twice as wide as your helmet.

As far as trying on helmets, you could see if the clan in your area is throwing an Armor Party any time soon, you could likely try on some helmets there.

As for finding a 2-Piece online, they're getting to be pretty scarce (Looking for one myself ???).
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Byloc Phosmont on Mar 16, 2012, 10:34 AM
Mines a two piece and it fits very well, I'm 5'7".

But if you're looking to buy a 2 piece jango you shouldn't have to spend more than $35 on the toy helmet. I've seen some going for $50, which is just ridiculous. On the somewhat "official starwars costume website" the rubies 2 piece as going for $23, but it was out of stock last time I checked about a month ago. As far as looking in stores for them, I've tried newburyport comics, target, walmart, etc. They have all the newer toy helmets like the new boba, grievous and clone trooper, none have had jango.

I'm sure with some research you could find one online, but at the moment it looks as though all the people who are asking a fair price don't have any in stock or are no longer selling... maybe because there's half a year til halloween?? I don't know.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Mar 19, 2012, 12:01 AM
so, with all the helmet info in mind I had my wonderful buir (mother) measure my shoulders, and we came up with an ~18 shoulder span. This seems like it will make my helmet kind of small if I go with the 2:1 ratio...*raises eyebrow* 9 inches at the base? Seriously?

 So, am I looking at a 1:1 helmet?

Like I said before, the Jango 2 piece is looking (to me, at least) to my most viable option as of right now.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Mayg Miit'ganard on Mar 19, 2012, 03:23 PM
From what I understand on helms, you definitely do not want a 1:1 Boba, though i believe the 1:1 jango, which is a bit smaller, should work.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Zorim Dran on Mar 19, 2012, 03:59 PM
so, with all the helmet info in mind I had my wonderful buir (mother) measure my shoulders, and we came up with an ~18 shoulder span. This seems like it will make my helmet kind of small if I go with the 2:1 ratio...*raises eyebrow* 9 inches at the base? Seriously?

 So, am I looking at a 1:1 helmet?

Like I said before, the Jango 2 piece is looking (to me, at least) to my most viable option as of right now.

I read it was 9.5 inches on the J2P. At any rate, it's not an exact science, but based on your measurements and everything I've read, the J2P is the right fit for you.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Mar 19, 2012, 09:39 PM
From what I understand on helms, you definitely do not want a 1:1 Boba, though i believe the 1:1 jango, which is a bit smaller, should work.
I read it was 9.5 inches on the J2P. At any rate, it's not an exact science, but based on your measurements and everything I've read, the J2P is the right fit for you.

That's what I thought. :) And I found one for ~$32 so, I'm happy ;D

All right, so my mom and I went scavenging in the garage and we found some plastic packing totes! :D (Getting these had been my greatest concern, besides the helmet) And I also found this.
 (http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG7427.jpg)
It's an antique knife that my Great Grandfather (I think) got in Israel.
(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG7428.jpg)
For Reference:
(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG7429.jpg)
(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG7430.jpg)
Detail shot. Sorry it's fuzzy
(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG7433.jpg)
Here's a better one:
(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG7435.jpg)

Anyway, I thought it might be cool if I could carry it around, but I'm not sure of the CRLs on this one. Is the policy 'No potential lethal weapons?

And yes, I know the date on my camera is way off  :-\ :laugh:
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Kora on Mar 20, 2012, 01:48 AM
The problem with live steel weapons is that a lot of conventions don't allow them and at the ones that are more lenient you still often have to have them peace bound so you can't draw them. Not to mention the potential problems at events that aren't at conventions since local laws often restrict what size real blade you can carry on your person. I love real blades, but I try to avoid actual ones on my kits for anything other than photoshoots.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Mayg Miit'ganard on Mar 20, 2012, 01:56 PM
Beautiful blade, I love it! But yeah, most of the time live steel (ie real, metal blades) won't be allowed.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: CaptainMorgan on Mar 31, 2012, 11:27 AM
Hi Jesse, poking my head back in (been busy but not gone).

You could mock up your own blade in the same shape out of a different material and keep the sheath.  This way you can have it all.  There are tons of good knife tutorials on here with materials like sintra.

Looks like it's coming along, I personally am taking a slightly different route with sizing my armor plates.  I want the fitment to be precise so I'm getting my vest all sewn together first.  I'm going to test fit while wearing the actual flight suit and vest for my costume.  I'm also a super skinny guy (over 6' 153 lbs) so if I'm not careful the costume will look awkward and poorly fitted. 

Have you started looking at the flight suit and vest yet?
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Apr 01, 2012, 01:12 PM
You could mock up your own blade in the same shape out of a different material and keep the sheath.  This way you can have it all.  There are tons of good knife tutorials on here with materials like sintra.

That sounds good. I've have to look into that. :)
 

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Have you started looking at the flight suit and vest yet?

I have been tossing around some ideas. I'm leaning toward scrubs (I'll have to modify the top some, I know) as opposed to a flight suit (for cost and fitting issues). I know a good place in town that has a very large supply of scrubs, so I'm looking for an excuse to drive all the way in ;)  I'm also hoping to have a look around Goodwill and other thrift stores in hopes of finding something good for a vest. And if that doesn't happen, I may be making the vest.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: CaptainMorgan on Apr 01, 2012, 08:38 PM
I'm going to make my own vest, the pattern tutorial linked from here is really good.  I made some slight modifications to it where the tutorial over simplified a couple spots.  I already made my pattern and cut the material.  I pinned it and tried it on to make sure the pattern was good, time for sewing.

A female vest is a little different though, there are more decisions to make in how you're planning on shaping around your figure.  For my wife I'm going to make a completely form fitting vest, but I know that isn't the most common direction.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Apr 11, 2012, 09:47 PM
I am officially necroing this thread  :D

well, not much progress to speak of, but I do have some plans to acquire some of my needed paraphernalia (toilet brush holders for gauntlet base [see ConDar Ward's tutorial] and my scrubs [for flight suit], things like that).

Now, my sister is on the way to the hospital for what we think is her appendix.  :-\ So, I'm thinking that the ensuing hospital bills will negatively affect the spare cash that can go toward my kit, so I'm looking at some more delay. (not that this is my sister's fault, it's just I remember how it was with my little brother. Hospitals and ambulances are expensive.  :-\)
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: CaptainMorgan on Apr 15, 2012, 10:54 AM
Just out of curiosity do you have a target event to be able to wear this by?
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Apr 15, 2012, 09:34 PM
Just out of curiosity do you have a target event to be able to wear this by?

sorta, kinda. *shrug*

Maybe by the end of the year, maybe by the next Star Wars Celebration (in what, 2 years?). Right now there's not anything particular that I'm aiming for. That may change, though.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on May 05, 2012, 01:46 AM
Yay! Update!

No pictures as of yet, but I got my toilet brush holders for my gauntlet bases and I got a pattern for making my own scrubs for my flight suit.  ;D

I'll get pictures up as soon as I can.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on May 05, 2012, 04:49 PM
Okay, here are the pictures I promised. The toilet brush holders were like, $6 at Target. I tried to talk my mom into something cheaper, but being the wonderful buir she is, she wanted me to be happy with what I got no matter what it cost. I love her so much...;D

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG7581.jpg)

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG7582.jpg)

and here is my pattern for my soon to be flight suit. It was a couple of dollars at Wal-Mart.  I'm planning to modify it slightly around the collar, and I will be doing the double sleeve idea. This just gives me a base to work off of.

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG7579.jpg)

sorry about the glare.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Ordeyn on May 07, 2012, 09:40 PM
I'm excited to see those gaunts take shape! Aren't buire the best? ;) The flightsuit plan is cool and I'm looking forward to seeing that work out so that I can perhaps steal your ideas... heheheh  :P Good update!
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on May 08, 2012, 01:53 AM
I'm excited to see those gaunts take shape! Aren't buire the best? ;) The flightsuit plan is cool and I'm looking forward to seeing that work out so that I can perhaps steal your ideas... heheheh  :P Good update!

Yes, yes they are. Mine especially. ;)

And when I figure out what exactly I'm doing, feel free to steal anything you want. That's what ideas are for: to be come up with and shared. :)
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Aug 20, 2012, 11:49 PM
Well, I am necro-posting. I wouldn't normally, but I hate to start a whole new thread.

Anyway, I have all my templates printed, cut out and taped together. I have a plastic tote box, some snips and I am getting ready to begin in earnest. But, before I do, I have some questions.

Number 1: a. How do I close my gauntlets? Buckles, straps, magnets, what?
                  b. What type of hinges do I need for my gauntlets? I think I read somewhere that piano hinges work well. Is this correct, and if so, where do I buy them?
 
Number 2: How would I go about layering my shoulder plates? I am trying to minimize the 'bobble head' look as much as possible, so I was hoping to add some bulk to my shoulder area. Suggestions?

                 
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Moradin Covarian on Aug 21, 2012, 11:34 AM
For the hinges, I know a lot of people (myself included) use these or very similar:
http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-202034110/h_d2/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&keyword=48%22+hinge&storeId=10051 (http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-202034110/h_d2/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&keyword=48%22+hinge&storeId=10051)
36-48" should give you more than enough, they are at lowes, home depot, or whatever hardware store you shop at.

For closing, I actually used another piece of the hinge with a removable pin, so it slides in to lock. Very secure, and you already have the material. This is what the 3-4' hinge length is based on, you only need ~8-12 for one side of a gaunt. Another option is a metal plate & magnet, or velcro. Just glue one half in one side, and one on the other. Velcro usually takes an extra piece of plastic to hold half so it covers the other half.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Aug 21, 2012, 03:50 PM
Awesome. Thanks Moradin. :D
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Kardos Shantiel on Aug 21, 2012, 07:13 PM
Yaaaay progress!
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Aug 24, 2012, 04:17 PM
I now have scrubs. :D I waited to take the tags off until I got the OK. The top may end up getting replaced, but I think it ought to work for right now. I had to hem the pants almost six inches. *chuckle* Also, I am wearing the boots I'll be using for my kit. With boot spats, do you figure they will work?

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG7701.jpg)

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG7704.jpg)

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG7702.jpg)

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG7703.jpg)

they revamped photobucket, so I don't know how anything works anymore.  :-\ So, we'll just see how this works out.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Kardos Shantiel on Aug 24, 2012, 09:44 PM
It all seems to look just fine.

But I am no expert, so I'd wait for one of them. :P
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Sirus the Red on Aug 24, 2012, 11:28 PM
First off, I would like to award you +20 cool points for owning a game of Rock 'em sock 'em Robots. Good taste.

I'm no expert on the spit and polish of soft parts, but the boots should be fine as long as the laces don't show. You could cover them with spats, or even just have a small armor plate covering them. It would be best if they complemented your color scheme in some way though.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Aug 24, 2012, 11:38 PM
First off, I would like to award you +20 cool points for owning a game of Rock 'em sock 'em Robots. Good taste.


*chuckle* Thank you ;D

Quote
I'm no expert on the spit and polish of soft parts, but the boots should be fine as long as the laces don't show. You could cover them with spats, or even just have a small armor plate covering them. It would be best if they complemented your color scheme in some way though.

Yes, they will be covered with the boot plates/spats. I'm also hoping at some point to get boots of a different color. These are just placeholders until that time comes. Thanks for the feedback. :)
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Sirus the Red on Aug 25, 2012, 12:09 AM
No problem, feedback is what we're here for! I'm looking at your concept sketch right now, and I notice that you have brown in a few spots, so as long as you have a few accent pieces that match your boots my personal style peeves will be satisfied!  Also, good work on the sketch, kind of makes me want to do a nicer one now...
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Niabi on Aug 25, 2012, 02:58 PM
Scrubs look good ;) but are you going to be adding long sleeves ?

as for boots as long as laces and logos are coved they should be good ;D
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP (lots of pictures)
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Aug 26, 2012, 12:23 AM
Well, I finally got myself together and cut out some armor plates! I got my collar and ab plates out of the box, as well as both thighs, both shins, both boot plates, and the diamond plate. I still have to get my knees, shoulders, back and chest plates cut.

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG7713.jpg)

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG7712.jpg)

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG7711.jpg)

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG7710.jpg)

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG7714.jpg)

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG7715.jpg)

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG7715.jpg)

*chuckle* Wow. Lots of pictures.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Kardos Shantiel on Aug 26, 2012, 12:48 AM
Wooah! They look nice, but we won't know exactly how they look until we get a pic with them taped to you. But so far they look nicely cut, and well made!
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Aug 26, 2012, 10:39 AM
Wooah! They look nice, but we won't know exactly how they look until we get a pic with them taped to you. But so far they look nicely cut, and well made!

 Thank you :)

By the way, don't try cutting a plastic tote box with kitchen scissors if you can help it. My hand is still recovering.  :laugh:
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Kardos Shantiel on Aug 26, 2012, 04:43 PM
Thank you :)

By the way, don't try cutting a plastic tote box with kitchen scissors if you can help it. My hand is still recovering.  :laugh:

Ouch! I'll be sure not to do that then. :P
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Sirus the Red on Aug 26, 2012, 08:49 PM
Oh, I know that pain. The scissors work great for those detail cuts, but man do they hurt on the hands. I'd suggest stuffing some cloth between your fingers and the scissors (if the holes are wide enough) to help cushion a bit. It's not much, but it helps some.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Aug 26, 2012, 10:14 PM
Oh, I know that pain. The scissors work great for those detail cuts, but man do they hurt on the hands. I'd suggest stuffing some cloth between your fingers and the scissors (if the holes are wide enough) to help cushion a bit. It's not much, but it helps some.

I shall definitely do something like that. Thank you :)

Right now my thumb is kind of numb down the side. I'm hoping it isn't permanent...
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Sirus the Red on Aug 26, 2012, 10:42 PM
Ha, don't worry, it isn't permanent! At least mine wasn't... if you end up switching to sintra eventually, that's a little bit easier to cut through.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Aug 26, 2012, 11:11 PM
Ha, don't worry, it isn't permanent! At least mine wasn't... if you end up switching to sintra eventually, that's a little bit easier to cut through.

whew. Good.

Well, today my wonderful buir (my father this time) took me to Harbor Freight and bought me a heat gun! ;D I will have pictures up later to prove it. ;)

I'm currently working on my kama, both to give my poor little hand a rest and to ponder a little longer on my chest and back plates.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Sirus the Red on Aug 26, 2012, 11:56 PM
Nice, happy heat gun! I would recommend testing out your heat gun on some scraps before you ever point it at your armor, just to practice shaping.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Aug 29, 2012, 12:03 AM
Well, I now present to you a color scheme questions. I'm doing something a little different with my shoulder plates. They will be (with a little luck) two pieces layered on top of each other. You can see my concept drawing for a better explanation.

My armor will be dark green, with black and brown highlights, and possible olive drab/sage green logos. So with that color scheme in mind, which option do you like better? Top or bottom?

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/Shoulderoptions.jpg)
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Serim Merec on Aug 29, 2012, 12:25 AM
Well now that's a toughy  :-\  I think the top one might give ya too much green so, if you make the gaunts primarily black aswell, I would vote the bottom one.
Just my humble opinion :)
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Aug 29, 2012, 12:29 AM
Well now that's a toughy  :-\  I think the top one might give ya too much green so, if you make the gaunts primarily black aswell, I would vote the bottom one.
Just my humble opinion :)

Wow! Thanks for the quick response, Serim. ;D

And yeah, I was leaning toward the bottom one myself.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: BLUE 4 on Aug 29, 2012, 12:31 AM
bottom.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Niabi on Aug 29, 2012, 09:25 AM
i like them both :P not helpful i know.  :laugh:nut you could do one shoulder one way and the other the other way ;)
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Vult Tavik on Aug 29, 2012, 03:35 PM
I like the bottom one myself.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Moradin Covarian on Aug 30, 2012, 06:34 PM
THe bottom scheme will help set off the grey/black plate from the black flight suit, so I vote for it.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Sirus the Red on Sep 01, 2012, 06:49 PM
I'm also voting bottom on this one, I rather enjoy that green more as a highlight than a primary color.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Sep 15, 2012, 05:42 PM
well, I got all my armor plates cut out. I'm working on sanding them right now, but I'll have pictures up later.

Also, I have another question. I know the holes will have to be filled, but are these knees acceptable?

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a208/jfett69/store/5956.jpg)
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Serim Merec on Sep 15, 2012, 07:07 PM
Yup they are. Go to Lucas' sales thread. He'll sell ya sme of those for cheap! :D
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Sep 15, 2012, 08:04 PM
Yup they are. Go to Lucas' sales thread. He'll sell ya sme of those for cheap! :D

Cool. Do they hold spray paint? Or should I just not paint them?

Sorry for any typos. I'm trying to type with a band-aid on my index finger. :laugh:
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Sep 15, 2012, 08:36 PM
I own a identical pair for work-and I wouldn;t reccomend them; the vynol/rubber the pads are made of gouge very easily even with your finger nail, and they only work of the hoels are filled, which you can;t exactly use bondo for...but you may be able to remove the existing soft pad and put a sterilite(bin plastic material like below) plate shaped for it. Thing about the sterilite is it's a pain to glue because it's flexible.

    Depending on the circumferance of your knees, you may be able to do just a sterilite plate and use parts of the bin tops as the "dart box" things on the side. I could sell you my aluminum knees once I make my V4.5knees, originaly made 'em about a year ago and now their too small >.< (depending on the circumferance of your knees anyways-they would be good for about 14" around)
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Sep 15, 2012, 08:52 PM
I may take you up on that, Dresdon. My knees are around 13". Would padding or tighter strapping fix serve to make your knees wearable for me, do you think?

I'm actually looking at acquiring some RedKraytDragon knees sometime in the futre, but I'm looking for a stand in until I can get the money. *chuckle*
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Sep 15, 2012, 09:08 PM
Probably, I was just using some 2" black holster webbing elastic(the type that doesn't look like elastic, so therefor can pass as webbing) but for my new set I'll be using 1/2" leather webbing and buckles going under the flightsuit like a baws...same for the rest. The boxes on the sides are a bit bulky, but the knees are all meatl(mostly aluminum except for a couple greebs) and will hold together even with actual use. Vac-formed knees are umm...y'know...plastic... and therefore cannot be kneeled in.
(http://i810.photobucket.com/albums/zz28/Dresdon_Acacin/IMG_1140.jpg)

I will start working on my V4.5 knees tomorrow.

o and I've made a new cod-one in this pic is my old one which I no longer use...
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Niabi on Sep 15, 2012, 09:13 PM
im not a massive fan of of swat knees with the holes filled. i just think other knees look better ;)
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Sep 15, 2012, 10:57 PM
Hmmm....my knees are 18" around, and after measuring 13" cloth measuring strip and such, they look like they might still be a tad bit too big for you >.>
from the left interrior side to right interrior side they are 5", from the front of the knee to the back of the dart box their 4.5", 4.25" tall. the interier diameter, if you were to go straight across at the back were it opens, is 11". with a 13" circle, there is 1" of extra space  all round the front and sides :c      I could probably make you some smaller versions of my V4s out of aluminum after i get the  V4.5 made though

edit: I've got a better idea. I'll make paper templates of my V4.5 knees, have my dad scan them at work, email them to you at 100% size in a PDF file, then you print out and mess around with until you get the proper scale that fits you, then tell me the scale, I print out in that scale, make'em, and there you go :D
2nd edit 20mins later: got the template made, only tricky parts seems like it'll be the dart boxes...but I could probably make those out of small project boxes if I can find any sized to your knees. I'm guessing that 75-80% size of these templates would be about good for you.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Sep 16, 2012, 01:52 AM
that would be indescribably helpful Dresdon! Thanks ;D
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Sep 16, 2012, 09:32 AM
My templates make the knees 4part builds, theres the dart box, the dart box plate, the knee cup(cup as in like a bra for the knee...lolz) then the other side's plate going around to the inner side. And on there I have a raised metal square that conceals a net/bolt for attaching the webbing. Same principle applies to the dart box, since I use a project box the top unscrews from the bottom via 6/32 machine screws and at the bottom I am flattening them downwards so instead of them(asuming ths is them flat on their bottoms, [] regular, it would be [\ instead were I remove some of the excess to make them less bulky. For yours I may even make the boxes from scratch, metal of course.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Sep 16, 2012, 09:54 AM
*mutters to self: bra for the knee*  :laugh:

That sounds good, Dresdon. Thanks so much for doing this for me ;D
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Sep 16, 2012, 06:44 PM
double post, sorry.

But, I've got pictures :D

I got my chest plates cut out. These may be scraped in favor of something different at a later date. Sorry they're fuzzy.

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG7733.jpg)

Left

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG7734.jpg)

Right

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG7736.jpg)

Here's the back plate.  This may also change at a later date. It obviously needs sanding and shaping very badly.   :rolleyes:

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG7742.jpg)

I'll also be trying something with the shoulders. Here's a sneak peek.

Top:

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG7738.jpg)

Bottom:

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG7739.jpg)

Here are the two pieces together.

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG7737.jpg)

Also, I did do some rough sanding. That's what the white patches are. And speaking of sanding, I managed to rub a blister on the end of my index finger. It was in my way, so I promptly *cough* cut it open. Probably not the best idea...  :-X

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG7745.jpg)

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG7746.jpg)
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Sep 16, 2012, 06:56 PM
But the chest plates...how-nvm; it's not my place to ask. I'm not sure what kind of glue would work very well for that kind of plastic though; shoulders may need to be put together with rivets or something of the sort. You should add a small semi-circle cutout at the bottom of the backplate, it helps alot with the movement and such.

and don't feel bad about the blister lol, I worn my finger tips down into the pink flesh with my armour  :laugh:

   :(  :-[  :'( 
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Sep 16, 2012, 07:02 PM
But the chest plates...how-nvm; it's not my place to ask.

I've been thinking about that, I and think I have a plan. I'll let you know when I'm sure.

Quote
You should add a small semi-circle cutout at the bottom of the backplate, it helps alot with the movement and such.

ooh. I've seen that done. I'll get on that :D Thanks
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Sep 16, 2012, 07:16 PM
For your size, a generic soup bowl should be about good for the backplate cutout I'm thinking...mine's the about 7.5" across and I'm 6'1 with 19.5" shoulders and 38" waist at the naval(were the back and bottom of the ab plate go at the lowest if you intend on ever sitting in your armour)
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Oct 07, 2012, 12:39 PM
Ok, so, I have fabric for my vest and will be beginning work on that shortly. I have my plates cut out and need to begin forming them. I've been thinking ahead to the painting stage, and I have come to the age old question: Krylon or Rustoleum?
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Oct 07, 2012, 01:06 PM
Krylon, you can mix more brands than rustolium.

Krylon mixes with:
Any tpype of krylon paints
Tremclad metal paints
ArnmourCoat metal paints
and Krylon cannot be mixed with Rustolium so...plus Krylon has Plastic Fusion, as long as you sand your plates a bit it'll work like a charm  ;D   

Krylon also has selection IMO-the Paint&Primer paints even have purple...have you ever actualy tried finding purple spray paint?!
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Karvas Dral on Oct 07, 2012, 01:10 PM
http://www.montana-cans.com/products/Cans/Montana_BLACK/27
This is what I use. Amazing variety of colors and I just like it better than Rustoleum or Krylon, doesn't get tacky and you're less likely to have dripping.
Also, careful with that exposed blister. They can get infected quite easily.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Oct 07, 2012, 01:21 PM
Those look...expensive :L    Krylon is about $5-$7  a can up here in canadia, and is probably cheaper for you yanks down south
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Karvas Dral on Oct 07, 2012, 01:27 PM
That's about the same for these cans if you purchase them from here: http://www.utrechtart.com/
Rustoleum cans are about 2-4 bucks here.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Remo Jadd on Oct 07, 2012, 01:37 PM
I'm afraid the SWAT knees will not be accepted from from this time forward with any new Applications.

There is a link at the top of this board stickied which will give you some information.

Here's the link: http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=56431.0
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Oct 07, 2012, 02:09 PM
Awesome. Thanks for the quick feedback, guys ;D

And thank you for the head's up, Remo. :)
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Haran Tracyn on Oct 07, 2012, 02:41 PM
I prefer Rustoleum only because I found a line of it that's paint and primer in one and REALLY saved me time since I had a very tight timeframe to work with. It's more expensive per can, but I believe it's cheaper than buying paint and primer separately. So if you're limited on time and/or budget, that's the way I'd say to go.
Off the top of my head from what I saw, I know there's black and silver, pretty sure there's green and brown too. Might vary by store though. The cans are the ones on the right of this image.
(http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m9ysczKxFl1qcj3kwo2_500.jpg)
I personally find it easier to spray with them too - also didn't have to sand my plates to get the paint to stick, but that might just be the plastic used.

So in the end I'd suggest testing a brand you think will work on a scrap of plastic, then picking what you want to used based on that.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Peregrinus on Oct 07, 2012, 08:49 PM
I also swear by RustOleum. I haven't used Krylon for several years. They changed their formulation(s) and it just stopped working right for me. I have no problem using the one or two Krylon colors I need to keep over RustOleum, though -- I just make sure to let the under layer cure for a good week before putting anything over it. If it still smells like paint, it hasn't finished outgassing and probably still has reactive substances that could (probably will) cause issues.

--Jonah
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Oct 08, 2012, 09:22 PM
Thanks for all the advice guys. :)

I know I'm probably (definitely) getting ahead of myself, but at the risk of looking like Batman, I would like some blades on my gauntlets. Any ideas on making them or attaching them to the gauntlets?
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Haran Tracyn on Oct 08, 2012, 09:40 PM
I'd say magnets if you can, like rare earth magnets (can be found in Home Depot). Just in case some places don't want pointy bits sticking off your armor or are in a particularly crowded convention you can remove them easily.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Karvas Dral on Oct 08, 2012, 09:43 PM
Lucas has blades, you should ask him.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Oct 08, 2012, 10:05 PM
You culd have your gauntlets extend onto the top of the hand like knuckle plates for RC style knuckle/gauntlet blades...(my gauntlets are supposed to have some, but I havn't goten around to it yet :L )
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Carid Vhett on Oct 25, 2012, 09:05 AM
Sorry, I only just found this thread. If you want blades out the side then yes either rare earth magnets or a way to fold them into a housing. if the blade is to go forwards then a slide out blade (Hand operated for CRL's and those pesky laws) that slides in and out of a housing, it depends on what you would use then for. Looks like it is coming along nicely, is there a helmet in the works or is that in a different thread.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Carid Vhett on Nov 12, 2012, 08:33 PM
Updates please, any work done.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Nov 12, 2012, 08:47 PM
Yea, no one likes a slacker  :laugh:
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Nov 13, 2012, 12:00 AM
Yea, no one likes a slacker  :laugh:

Updates please, any work done.

*hangs head* nope. School and life in general have gotten in the way. I do have a weeks break coming up so I may have progress soon.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Than'del Coret on Nov 13, 2012, 12:33 AM
Glad to see you back on the threads. A word of warning about the bins though. I had some trouble with them keeping shape and holding paint. I know it can be made to work its just difficult. I took some advice from experienced members and got some sintra and I love it.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Nov 13, 2012, 02:03 AM
Glad to see you back on the threads. A word of warning about the bins though. I had some trouble with them keeping shape and holding paint. I know it can be made to work its just difficult. I took some advice from experienced members and got some sintra and I love it.

Right. And I'm hoping to upgrade to sintra or metal at some point. Right now my problem is finding a sign shop in my little town.

Also, is it bad that I'm already working on my upgrade list?

First off, I want a good resin bucket. Then, I want one of those lovely verps I've seen around the forum. ;D

I better start saving my money...  :laugh:
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Manbrolorian on Nov 13, 2012, 09:44 AM
Right. And I'm hoping to upgrade to sintra or metal at some point. Right now my problem is finding a sign shop in my little town.

While metal is heavier than Sintra, it is by far the best material I've worked with, and I reccomend it to everyone.  ;D

Also, is it bad that I'm already working on my upgrade list?

 :laugh: Nope! I started planning mine out before I got my craptastic V.1 finished.

First off, I want a good resin bucket. Then, I want one of those lovely verps I've seen around the forum. ;D

Of you want to wait a bit, it'll be the best for your money. Get some your main pieces finished up, mod those guns a bit, mess around with your concept a bit... Just get a resin bucket last. It's one of the most expensive items for a kit, other than movie accurate/material accurate props.
And yes... Verps are nice.  :D

Good luck!
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Kalyn Solari on Nov 13, 2012, 10:01 AM
Been watching this for a good while, waiting for ya to get back on it  :laugh:

While metal is heavier than Sintra, it is by far the best material I've worked with, and I reccomend it to everyone.  ;D

Metal is great to work with. I'm using aluminum sheets got two 4' by 4' for about $36-40 and I still have a good 3'by2' sheet left of it after all but my collar piece is cut out. Hope that helped and I'm not just rambling again... pulled an all nighter on a paper due today  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Nov 13, 2012, 11:34 AM
yes, I'm looking forward to having metal plates. I've just got to figure out how to work with metal.  :rolleyes:  :laugh:
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Kalyn Solari on Nov 13, 2012, 12:51 PM
If you use aluminum, most parts can be shaped by hand. The hardest part is the chest plates which I'm still trying to get right  :laugh: you'll need a ballpin (spl?) hammer which i love to death :)
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Carid Vhett on Nov 13, 2012, 05:24 PM
I prefer sintra and a heat gun. Personal pregerence. I find it really easy to work with, plus easy to paint etc. Also, I started on a verpine, need some better tools to complete it though.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Karvas Dral on Nov 13, 2012, 05:35 PM
Falin is having a sale, so you might get in  on a good deal if you get your bucket around this time.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Peregrinus on Nov 13, 2012, 05:58 PM
All you need to work metal is a hard surface, a couple of light hammers, and a lot of patience. Make friends with your local sheet-metal shops. I get "samples" from mine for a pittance, and scrap for free. And it saves me having to cut smaller pieces to work with. *chuckle* They also ran the 1-gauge stainless steel I got for my Imperial belt buckles through their rollers for free, since it was so small and simple a job -- just asked that I maybe contribute to their snack fund, so I put a couple bills in the jar. ;)

Aluminum and mild steel can be hammered alone. Stainless steel needs a blowtorch to soften it enough to work, but the benefit is no corrosion and high resistance to bending or denting accidentally. Some people pooh-pooh the weight of stainless, but my 16-gauge torso armor (minus backplate, which I haven't made yet) comes out to under three pounds. The biggest consideration is getting something thick enough and ductile enough that you can dish/raise the bumpy bits for the chest armor without overstressing the metal. By the time I finished all the hammering and grinding, my 16-gauge plates are probably closer to 18-gauge.

--Jonah
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Nov 13, 2012, 06:30 PM
A very similar case to Peregrinus as mine-I used 1/4" plate aluminum for the "simple" parts, cold forged those, and after I was done all the dishing and grinding to remove the hammering marks(because you can't really planish 1/4" without some specialty forms :( ) it ended up at around 3/16" thick. Then for the more complex parts like the gauntlets I brazed them together with an acetalyne torch and a mix of silver bearing filler metal and flux coated bronze. You can get simple logs and carve out a bowl shape into the top to hammer out plates on, and I second Peregrinus on what he said about Stainless, I am bias about plastic plates....they braek too easily lol

Buuut, when working with raelly thick plates it can be pretty much impossible to get "sharp angles" on paltes like the shins, so I recomend just getting the basic shape of them and you can just make the edge by putting bondo-glass over the curved side. I recomend fiberglass reinforced bondo because it's a lot stronger than the pink stuff and has some give to it. After I ground off all the hammering marks from my thick plates I coated it in a layer of bondo to hide the gouges in the surface from the grinder wheel, and that gave some pretty good resaults.

The most basic metal shaping form i can think of would be dirt. Just place the plate on the dirt and pound it into the ground like it owes you money  :laugh:

But if you want to be more "proper" with that-you can get a sack, fil it with sand, and wrap it in leather so you don't leave crators all over your yard. At the moment all the metalworking forms/tools i use(d) are:

heavy ballpeen
crosspeen riveting hammer
small files
leather wrapped sandbag
segment of a train track(was "lost" while moving  >:( )
compressed gas cylinder lid as planishing form
small 1/4" steel plate as a flat hammering surface
Left cutting medium duty Rigid aviation snips
4 1/2" angle grinder
folding bar
Acetalyne Brazing torch and lots of Sil Fos

and that's pretty basic considering the industry I usualy work in (industrial H-VAC/R) so even with those simple tools(counting standard 20 gauge sheetmetal working tools and  forging tools included in that list).   And you don't allways need to heat the stainless, I find if you use the right hammer with the right form you can easily cold forge 14g 403 SS (the norm for what I get, I recomend 403 because it isn't all that bad to work with-in my case anyways, the stuff I get is allways kind of a satin platinum colour) and requires almost no preperation to braze or form it. I made my gauntlets from 14g 403 and...well-it atained desirable resaults. :I
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Peregrinus on Nov 14, 2012, 04:08 AM
segment of a train track(was "lost" while moving  >:( )

Dude. That sucks. Find your local public-works garage and see if you can snag a retired jackhammer bit. Clean it up and grind one corner a little rounder and you have a nice combination forming strake. ;)

--Jonah
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Karvas Dral on Nov 14, 2012, 10:58 AM
After reading all this I'm not sure why you guys are still saying metal is easier to work with. All you gotta with Sintra is heat it. Shape it. That's it lol
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Peregrinus on Nov 14, 2012, 04:42 PM
And if you overheat it it warps and i you underheat it it cracks and even if you heat it just right it only wants to take simple (one direction) curves. Compound curves will either be very shallow or require darting, which requires time and practice to learn how to do well... And so on. Both metal and plastic have their learning curves, and their pros and cons. I'm not knocking plastic as an option. Half my v0.5 kit is plastic of one kind or another, including sintra. But to get something that really follows the shape of your body and will stay once formed, I strongly advocate metal. It's not as scary to work with as a lot of people think. :)

--Jonah
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Nov 17, 2012, 08:04 PM
I found some interesting greeblies. What do ya'll think?

This was a thermometer holder. I thought it would look neat painted to match my gauntlet.

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG8108.jpg)

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG8107.jpg)

This is (obviously) an empty spool. I thought I could cut it in half long ways and lay it flat on my gauntlet.

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG8106.jpg)

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG8105.jpg)

This, I honestly have no idea what it is. But I thought I could cut off the ends, and lay them next to each other and they would look neat.

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG8104.jpg)

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG8101.jpg)

I'm not sure what I can use this for, but it looks neat. ;D

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG8100.jpg)

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG8099.jpg)

and, last, but not least, an empty floss box.

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG8095.jpg)

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG8094.jpg)

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG8093.jpg)

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG8092.jpg)


Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Nov 17, 2012, 08:30 PM
Use the spool in a scope and atach the thermometer holder onto the gaunt as either a laser, narr-socket(r2-d2 computer port arm thingy), or maybe some kind of medical related device?  and the fabric thing could be used on part of a gunbelt or the strap atop of a holster?
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Than'del Coret on Nov 18, 2012, 12:36 AM
Those are good. Honestly how I used my greebs was I sat there, stared at them, slid them around, flipped them over and rotated them til lightning struck my brain.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Nov 24, 2012, 12:32 AM
Ok, so I've been working with my dremel and the only problem I've had so far is that the bit I'm using chews up the edges really bad. Is there a certain bit that works best for plastic?
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Carid Vhett on Nov 24, 2012, 02:47 AM
The basic blade works well, or the drill bit. I don't know what to call the pieces, I borrow a friends.But for Sintra to cut it, use a craft knife. Or sand the edges, it is a fact you will have to get use to. Sanding is the only way to smooth everything out, or filing.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Niabi on Nov 24, 2012, 08:21 AM
I like the diamond cutting wheel ;D
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Manbrolorian on Nov 24, 2012, 11:12 AM
I like the diamond cutting wheel ;D

QFT! It's the only thing I use to cut 6-mill Sintra!
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Karvas Dral on Nov 24, 2012, 01:15 PM
Yep. Diamond wheel all the way. Can that thing ever even break.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Nov 24, 2012, 01:49 PM
yeah, this is the bit I've been using.

(https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSZPLf1uLF2esevDM620r9jZWgm_LG-FVtrDaF47pxPRVaHRgbN)

My dad only has, like, four bits for his dremel. *sigh* I'll have to look into buying some more.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Peregrinus on Nov 24, 2012, 05:58 PM
Yes. Yes you do. Up side is there are maybe a half-dozen I use all the time and most of them are pretty cheap. Down side is a couple of the most useful aren't. The smaller (inch diameter or so) diamond cutting wheel is between $15 and $18 depending on where you find it. And the larger one is a bit more. However, they last pretty much forever. I'm on my third in, like, five years, and that's only because of how much I cut with them. The diamond coating does eventually start to wear down.

Apart from those... Large and small sanding drums, with each in both coarse and fine grit. A couple of grinding bits that I'd have to photograph cuz describing them is too tricky. I also have about eight drill bits from an eighth-inch down. Carbide cutting bits -- the round-head ones -- in three sizes. An engraving bit... *heh* But the diamond cutting wheels and the sanding drums are what see the most use at my workbench.

--Jonah
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Nov 24, 2012, 06:28 PM
I've gotten about a dozen 800pce Master Craft Rotery Tool Bit Sets over te years so far(on sale obviosuly-I ain't made of money!). I've only used the diamond wheels for cutting through resin so far in my prop shenanigans, and it removes(the hyprid resin at least) in a dusty form, or it will melt it kind of like plastic if you cut against the rotation.(or maybe it was the other way around?) For plastic cutting, I would suggest a type of wheel that cuts with friction rather than the little steel saw blade thingies(the mini cut-off wheels or diamond wheels) because the saw discs wobble way more. Since I mostly use my dremal to cut small detailed bits not exactly ideal for the diamond wheel, I'm not an expert on it(yet) but Peregrinus is right on them being extremely durable.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Feb 16, 2013, 06:07 PM
Copied and pasted from Soft Part Thread (http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=54688.msg876549#new).

(http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff29/zingmaster/Demotivational%20Posters/threadrevive.jpg)

 :laugh:

Ok, I have more progress!

My wonderful buir (mother) bought me a black shirt, and I promptly ripped it up and re-purposed it.

I pinned the sleeves into the scrub shirt's arm holes like so:

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG8366.jpg)

Then I sewed the sleeves together like this: (it's blurry. sorry)

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG8368.jpg)

And I got this:

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG8367.jpg)

Tada!

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG8373.jpg)

Then I had to put on my gloves and gauntlets (excuse the face and hair, please):

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG8372.jpg)

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG8374.jpg)
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Axiom on Feb 16, 2013, 06:47 PM
Good so far!
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Kalyn Solari on Feb 16, 2013, 06:50 PM
Yes ;)
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Buurenaar Morran on Feb 16, 2013, 07:09 PM
very good work thus far! I'm still working at the "get the armor plates to fit right" stage.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Serim Merec on Feb 16, 2013, 07:46 PM
Way to go sew!  8)
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Feb 16, 2013, 07:48 PM
Way to go sew!  8)

 :laugh: :laugh:

Thanks ;D
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Than'del Coret on Feb 16, 2013, 08:00 PM
Looking great! I'm loving the double sleeve.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Sirus the Red on Feb 16, 2013, 10:44 PM
Yay more progress! Looks like your kit is coming together bit by bit, keep it up!
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Feb 16, 2013, 10:49 PM
Yay more progress! Looks like your kit is coming together bit by bit, keep it up!

haha yep. Bit by very little bit.  :laugh: And Thanks ;D
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Sirus the Red on Feb 16, 2013, 10:53 PM
Hey, every bit counts. I'v made the mistake of wanting to get mine wearable by a rapidly approaching date, so I'm going to have to go back and make stuff look perfect later. My advice to you is to take your time and don't let yourself get rushed or stressed out.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Than'del Coret on Feb 16, 2013, 11:09 PM
^^^ This

Taking it slow really does help. I've had to go back and make alterations before my kit was ready. Not as fun as much fun as you'd think.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Ran on Feb 16, 2013, 11:50 PM
And you've got two years before you can get official. Look at people like Dresdon, he's had all this time, he's had the time to make his kit do good, that he's already doing upgrades, without even being official. He's only 16 also, and the second he turns 18, he'll be able to apply for membership in one of the best kits out there.
So keep it up. ;D
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Kal'Verec on Feb 17, 2013, 12:45 AM
Yeah, good work! Cant wait to see the rest of your kit come to fruition. Im sure you will do a great job!  ;D
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Kardos Shantiel on Mar 15, 2013, 10:05 PM
Good job! It's all coming together nicely! :D
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Ca'tra Firaxan on Mar 28, 2013, 01:56 AM
Nice work Jesse!
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Mar 28, 2013, 02:07 AM
Nice work Jesse!

Thanks Ca'tra ;D
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Ca'tra Firaxan on Mar 28, 2013, 07:51 AM
Finally! Somebody doesn't call me Cath'y! (Whoops! I just told you the nickname) :laugh:
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Calder Varad on Mar 28, 2013, 09:46 AM
And you've got two years before you can get official. Look at people like Dresdon, he's had all this time, he's had the time to make his kit do good, that he's already doing upgrades, without even being official. He's only 16 also, and the second he turns 18, he'll be able to apply for membership in one of the best kits out there.
So keep it up. ;D

^ Dat right der. It's coming along great so far Jesse, keep it up!
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Feb 02, 2015, 02:15 PM
(http://www.anime.web.tr/upload/1201/thread-necromancy.png)

Woah. It's been a long time since I posted in this one.   :-X

I thought I'd go ahead and update my main thread since I've posted in my others. Anyway, I made myself a body form:

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/20150130_224442.jpg)

and I've almost got my vest finished:

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/20150131_213423.jpg)

I've still got to hem the bottom (I've got the pins in it now), but it's almost done.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Calder Varad on Feb 02, 2015, 02:25 PM
Jesse posted a thing! Jesse posted a thing!

(http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a600/Falconaught/tumblr_m0f3zedDrv1r8fyszo1_250_large_zps8ab77982.gif)

Ahem... sorry about that. Looks good, and with that vest, it also looks like you might beat me to being official.  :laugh:
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Serim Merec on Feb 02, 2015, 05:46 PM
^That^ made me Lol! :laugh: :laugh:

The bummer is she might beat ME to being approved :-X I'd be a little ashamed about that :P
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Feb 02, 2015, 05:58 PM
^That^ made me Lol! :laugh: :laugh:

The bummer is she might beat ME to being approved :-X I'd be a little ashamed about that :P

That's the thing to watch out for when sudden and inexplicable bursts of motivation come into the picture.  :P :laugh:
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Feb 07, 2015, 09:25 PM
Neck seal:

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/20150204_190220.jpg)

And

*drum roll*

Tada:

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/20150207_200514.jpg)

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/20150207_200504.jpg)

That was nerve wracking, but I think it turned out pretty well, especially for my first vest.


I also did some work on my kama:

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/20150207_180830.jpg)
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Feb 07, 2015, 09:45 PM
Thats turning out really well vod!
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Calder Varad on Feb 07, 2015, 10:28 PM
I really like that vest! It turned out great.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Feb 07, 2015, 10:34 PM
I really like that vest! It turned out great.

Thank you ;D
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Niabi on Feb 08, 2015, 02:48 PM
Nice work vod ;)
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Feb 08, 2015, 06:26 PM
Nice work vod ;)

Thanks ;D The vest was the scariest part of my armor. I think, now that it's out of the way, I can make some real progress. :D
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Mar 16, 2015, 02:12 PM
Guess who lives in a big cardboard box at the foot of my bed?
(http://i810.photobucket.com/albums/zz28/Dresdon_Acacin/Jesse%20Libarra_Kerri%20Hammers%20Beskargam/DSCF4551_zpswrhrjuvt.jpg) (http://s810.photobucket.com/user/Dresdon_Acacin/media/Jesse%20Libarra_Kerri%20Hammers%20Beskargam/DSCF4551_zpswrhrjuvt.jpg.html)

Aquaman? not quite-she doesnt wear orange fishscale shirts(that I know of) but she probably has a trident
(http://i810.photobucket.com/albums/zz28/Dresdon_Acacin/Jesse%20Libarra_Kerri%20Hammers%20Beskargam/DSCF4567_zpshwh6l760.jpg) (http://s810.photobucket.com/user/Dresdon_Acacin/media/Jesse%20Libarra_Kerri%20Hammers%20Beskargam/DSCF4567_zpshwh6l760.jpg.html)
Best box contents ever.

I was also amused by a size comparison. 1:1 boba scale SA/HSP Destroyer 11" ear to ear, so she'll need Jango scale at the most or smaller
(http://i810.photobucket.com/albums/zz28/Dresdon_Acacin/Jesse%20Libarra_Kerri%20Hammers%20Beskargam/DSCF4553_zpsgricqisz.jpg) (http://s810.photobucket.com/user/Dresdon_Acacin/media/Jesse%20Libarra_Kerri%20Hammers%20Beskargam/DSCF4553_zpsgricqisz.jpg.html)

ab comparison(hwat, you and your friends dont compare abs? rofl)
(http://i810.photobucket.com/albums/zz28/Dresdon_Acacin/Jesse%20Libarra_Kerri%20Hammers%20Beskargam/DSCF4552_zps01pdmbxa.jpg) (http://s810.photobucket.com/user/Dresdon_Acacin/media/Jesse%20Libarra_Kerri%20Hammers%20Beskargam/DSCF4552_zps01pdmbxa.jpg.html)


Best trade ever...I offered more armour to compensate for earlier art but she refused until she did more art for me :rolleyes:
(http://i810.photobucket.com/albums/zz28/Dresdon_Acacin/Jesse%20Libarra_Kerri%20Hammers%20Beskargam/DSCF4556_zpshrc7yon0.jpg) (http://s810.photobucket.com/user/Dresdon_Acacin/media/Jesse%20Libarra_Kerri%20Hammers%20Beskargam/DSCF4556_zpshrc7yon0.jpg.html)


anyways, now for relevant stuff

Her plates are made of 1/8" 6063 alloy T4 aircraft aluminum, same stuff I use for my newer plates/upgraded parts like the mk6 gauntlets and wraparound arms so no expense was spared except the workshop being strangely devoid of all but one marker the whole time.
(http://i810.photobucket.com/albums/zz28/Dresdon_Acacin/Jesse%20Libarra_Kerri%20Hammers%20Beskargam/DSCF4555_zpspwamnrwq.jpg) (http://s810.photobucket.com/user/Dresdon_Acacin/media/Jesse%20Libarra_Kerri%20Hammers%20Beskargam/DSCF4555_zpspwamnrwq.jpg.html)

After the first day we got everything cuy weret out and began dishing out the breastplates. Looking at it now I see where they were uneven and caused us an hour of hammering on that one plate trying to get it corrected*cough shouldve just flipped the same template over for both plates*
(http://i810.photobucket.com/albums/zz28/Dresdon_Acacin/Jesse%20Libarra_Kerri%20Hammers%20Beskargam/P3140077_zpslfyp8c7n.jpg) (http://s810.photobucket.com/user/Dresdon_Acacin/media/Jesse%20Libarra_Kerri%20Hammers%20Beskargam/P3140077_zpslfyp8c7n.jpg.html)


like 2 weeks later when she was free again we shaped the front....BUT since she was on her side in a box with armour the stuffing began to shift and deform or something so shes got a strange astigmatism going on in the lady parts, chickenwing shoulder, and a caved in kidney....Im sure she'll be fine, nothing a bit more ducttape cant fix  :rolleyes:                 and then the next night we did the backplate and taped everything for better pics.

heres whe


re shes at now:(funfact, ducttape will not work at these temps)
(http://i810.photobucket.com/albums/zz28/Dresdon_Acacin/Jesse%20Libarra_Kerri%20Hammers%20Beskargam/P3150089_zpsmi8tnxn0.jpg) (http://s810.photobucket.com/user/Dresdon_Acacin/media/Jesse%20Libarra_Kerri%20Hammers%20Beskargam/P3150089_zpsmi8tnxn0.jpg.html)
XL shoulder plates to help with the helmet sizing....also they cover the gap between the front and back plates quite nicely.
(http://i810.photobucket.com/albums/zz28/Dresdon_Acacin/Jesse%20Libarra_Kerri%20Hammers%20Beskargam/P3150090_zpsvvnywglo.jpg) (http://s810.photobucket.com/user/Dresdon_Acacin/media/Jesse%20Libarra_Kerri%20Hammers%20Beskargam/P3150090_zpsvvnywglo.jpg.html)
(http://i810.photobucket.com/albums/zz28/Dresdon_Acacin/Jesse%20Libarra_Kerri%20Hammers%20Beskargam/P3150091_zps8fzenxqs.jpg) (http://s810.photobucket.com/user/Dresdon_Acacin/media/Jesse%20Libarra_Kerri%20Hammers%20Beskargam/P3150091_zps8fzenxqs.jpg.html)

she didnt include shoulder templates...oh well lol
(http://i810.photobucket.com/albums/zz28/Dresdon_Acacin/Jesse%20Libarra_Kerri%20Hammers%20Beskargam/P3150092_zpsfjoiyh6s.jpg) (http://s810.photobucket.com/user/Dresdon_Acacin/media/Jesse%20Libarra_Kerri%20Hammers%20Beskargam/P3150092_zpsfjoiyh6s.jpg.html)


Still a little bit more to do on the backplate
(http://i810.photobucket.com/albums/zz28/Dresdon_Acacin/Jesse%20Libarra_Kerri%20Hammers%20Beskargam/P3150093_zps2bknzhld.jpg) (http://s810.photobucket.com/user/Dresdon_Acacin/media/Jesse%20Libarra_Kerri%20Hammers%20Beskargam/P3150093_zps2bknzhld.jpg.html)

(http://i810.photobucket.com/albums/zz28/Dresdon_Acacin/Jesse%20Libarra_Kerri%20Hammers%20Beskargam/P3150094_zpsrmtkezhh.jpg) (http://s810.photobucket.com/user/Dresdon_Acacin/media/Jesse%20Libarra_Kerri%20Hammers%20Beskargam/P3150094_zpsrmtkezhh.jpg.html)
(also I broke a hammer on her left boob plate ?_?   visible to the left is whats left of the handle)

It takes a lot more shaping to match the female form...
(http://i810.photobucket.com/albums/zz28/Dresdon_Acacin/Jesse%20Libarra_Kerri%20Hammers%20Beskargam/P3150095_zps7ihcacsa.jpg) (http://s810.photobucket.com/user/Dresdon_Acacin/media/Jesse%20Libarra_Kerri%20Hammers%20Beskargam/P3150095_zps7ihcacsa.jpg.html)


I say we as in she was watching over skype. Also she has some WIP/inprogress pics she can post, I only got pics before and after.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Al'ike Gett'syc'kote on Mar 16, 2015, 11:41 PM
That kama looks mighty shiny and frilly for a lady out in the verse...
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Mar 17, 2015, 08:16 PM
Thanks for posting these, Dresdon! I'm so excited!  :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Mar 17, 2015, 08:38 PM
Yea you and...however many other people saw this lol    A lot of ladies are jealous of your plates ma'am  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Mar 17, 2015, 08:59 PM
Yea you and...however many other people saw this lol    A lot of ladies are jealous of your plates ma'am  :rolleyes:

I don't blame them. You've got skillz, vod.  :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Mar 17, 2015, 09:16 PM
 ;D
(http://i3.kym-cdn.com/entries/icons/original/000/010/809/happy-oh-stop-it-you.png)
Ive got 4 people waiting on the results of your plates lol, another in TX, at least one in UT, and the other two Im not sure where their from
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Jul 28, 2015, 11:18 PM
Straight from the Manufactory of the Master Metal Manipulator, more progress on my plates.

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/all%20armor%20taped.jpg)

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/on%20hanger.jpg)

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/back.jpg)
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Carid Vhett on Jul 28, 2015, 11:31 PM
Sweet as vod.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Jul 29, 2015, 02:53 AM
wait till you see the pics of her surfaced plates B|
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Jul 29, 2015, 11:11 PM
It's so beautiful  :'(

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/finished.jpg)

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/shiny.jpg)
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Jul 30, 2015, 10:22 AM
Here are a couple higher quality pics i took before skyping  8) ( because shiny)
(http://i810.photobucket.com/albums/zz28/Dresdon_Acacin/Dresdon_Acacin056/P1010400_zpssgakopem.jpg) (http://s810.photobucket.com/user/Dresdon_Acacin/media/Dresdon_Acacin056/P1010400_zpssgakopem.jpg.html)
(http://i810.photobucket.com/albums/zz28/Dresdon_Acacin/Dresdon_Acacin056/P1010402_zpswow123l9.jpg) (http://s810.photobucket.com/user/Dresdon_Acacin/media/Dresdon_Acacin056/P1010402_zpswow123l9.jpg.html)

Ive got plans for a larger polishing/buffing settup so it could be chrome if I had a larger polishing surface, for now its shiny swirly from the angle grinder felt wheel.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: The Mandler on Jul 30, 2015, 11:05 AM
Ooooh....Shiny.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Jun 20, 2018, 09:02 AM
How does my placement look? (other than, everything is black and you can't see any details  :-X)  ;D  :boba:
(https://i.imgur.com/ofgY5zz.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/omZyy1M.jpg)
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Jun 20, 2018, 07:23 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/WyLiBeE.jpg)
And, just like that. I have knees.  :o
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Sep Ho'ban on Jun 20, 2018, 08:18 PM
Your placement is pretty close. Make sure your gaps are no bigger than 1 inch, and that it's a consistent gap between all the plates.  Don't forget a diamond :) The gap around the diamond can be smaller than the rest of the gaps.


Yay knees!
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Ran on Jun 21, 2018, 06:12 PM
Pargressss!.... :o ;D

Steel plates look so dang cool, I need to get my butt in gear.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Jun 21, 2018, 09:25 PM
Pargressss!.... :o ;D

Steel plates look so dang cool, I need to get my butt in gear.
They do look really cool! Dresdon is a master at his craft!  :o

Aaaand... Hand plates!
(http://i.imgur.com/xbcrQpM.jpg)
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Jun 23, 2018, 06:48 PM
So, I had all my body plates (except shoulders) on for the very first time ever. I think I'm gonna raise my ab plate a little (even though the space is right at an inch). And I've got to rework some of the curvature on the backplate, but I'm pretty happy so far.
(https://i.imgur.com/TrYMUgv.jpg)

Here you can kind of see that I need to close down the curve on the shoulder part of the backplate.
(https://i.imgur.com/ZxM4bT4.jpg)

This side is better:
(https://i.imgur.com/T8G9L4s.jpg)

And here I am from the back. Sorry if it's crooked. I desperately needed an armor-bearer and didn't have one:
(https://i.imgur.com/qCLlYg8.jpg)
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Jun 23, 2018, 08:40 PM
Croikey - the ever elusive PROGRESS!

Also its entirely possible you just simply grew or lost weight or got more gainz. As for the spacing if I remember correctly for your plates about 1/4 or 3/8" should be plenty. The old rule of thumb is use your thumb for plate width spacing.. well the thumb of the wearer anyways.   Also if you choose to paint rough up the surface with 150grit-220grit and clean it with isopropyl alcohol before painting otherwise you may get fisheyes in the paint from leftover oils and wax from the polishing. Now for the backplate to collar, to get around trimming since it's 1/8" aircraft aluminum your going to have to use an angle grinder with a cutoff wheel otherwise sheers will deform the plate, you can put a piece of leather Rav Bralor style, or the scarf sorta thing some of your concept art had.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Jul 05, 2018, 06:12 PM
Finally decided my gray plastic shins were too long, so I cut out/formed some new ones.
(https://i.imgur.com/DsfmA3B.jpg)

The difference between Rubbermaid plastic and legit sintra is HUGE! It is so worth the money/trouble to get sintra instead of plastic bins.  :laugh:
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Jul 10, 2018, 07:49 AM
Have you reached out to your clanmembers to give you a hand? Not that I think you cant figure it out on your own, but it'll save you from having to learn from your mistakes in building armour. Also Texas has like 4 clans now so NO EXCUSES lol
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Sep 23, 2018, 10:25 PM
Ladies and gentlemen, the moment I have been waiting for since *looks at calendar* 2012!  :o :o

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

(https://i.imgur.com/GwNR40V.jpg)

Pre-black wash, obviously. I will be adding sigils/stripes, etc and further weathering, but the first coat is put on!

Edit to avoid double post:
I used the toothpaste weathering method, and I'm pretty pleased with how it's turning out.
Thighs, shins, and one shoulder plate done today.

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

I do have a question for anybody out there who is reading this. I am planning to specialize as a medic. Do I have to be all red and white or can I have, like, one plate painted white with the medic symbol? And, can I paint this symbol on my plate before I'm officially accepted in the target brigade?

(http://emblemsbf.com/img/61826.jpg)
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Havelock on Sep 24, 2018, 06:09 PM
You don't even have to have one painted white, for OM level.  Brigades might be a little different, but the symbol you posted is an in-universe sigil for Medics, not the Brigade Medic sigil, so you're welcome to use that one on your kit now.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Sep 26, 2018, 08:43 AM
Got my knees painted:

(https://i.imgur.com/k89jcXZ.jpg?1)

(https://i.imgur.com/dCf7Xzq.jpg)
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Sep 26, 2018, 09:11 PM
So, here is my brief, inexpert stencil tutorial :

Cover the target area in painter's tape:
(http://i.imgur.com/5SQXV57.jpg[/IMG

Draw your shape on the tape:
[IMG]http://i.imgur.com/iqiyblF.jpg)

Using an xacto knife, cut your shape out:
(http://i.imgur.com/gDBwGdJ.jpg)

Paint:
(http://i.imgur.com/LnOzg0o.jpg)

And peel :
(http://i.imgur.com/Z79wLtG.jpg)
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Ran on Sep 27, 2018, 04:43 AM
You're motivating me to finally get my kit together!

Also, are those knee darts made from pen caps? Because if they are that'd be very fitting! :boba:
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Sep 27, 2018, 08:07 AM
You're motivating me to finally get my kit together!

Also, are those knee darts made from pen caps? Because if they are that'd be very fitting! :boba:

The darts on the knees are actually caps from insulin needles. I saw somebody do that one time (a thousand years ago), and my mom is diabetic so she saved me a bunch of them to use however I saw fit.  :8):
(http://www.eastmedhealth.com/photo/pl12559176-disposable_insulin_pen_needles.jpg)
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 27, 2018, 10:57 AM
Medical supplies come in handy, don't they?  I have a box of the hard plastic covers for the thermometers, and a couple of the walkie talkies that they use.

I also have a ton of the caps from the boxes of concentrated juices that we use in the kitchen, the plan is to make restraining bolts from them.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Fenn Beviin on Sep 29, 2018, 11:27 PM
The darts on the knees are actually caps from insulin needles. I saw somebody do that one time (a thousand years ago), and my mom is diabetic so she saved me a bunch of them to use however I saw fit.  :8):
(http://www.eastmedhealth.com/photo/pl12559176-disposable_insulin_pen_needles.jpg)

Got'a love that Mandalorian resourcefulness. You never know what odds/ends/trinkets will end up on your kit. That is why I keep any tiny thing I find that even looks remotely interesting. Though that might be a diagnosable cognition somewhere..... lol keep up the good work  :like:
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: jett drexel on Sep 29, 2018, 11:45 PM
" GREEBLOMANIA"  :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Sep 30, 2018, 05:11 PM
80% Test fit!

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

(https://i.imgur.com/FVre11I.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/VOZwY0A.jpg)

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

Sorry for the hair. This wasn't actually planned as a photoshoot for the greater internet.  :laugh:
Need boots, helmet, belt, etc. I'm painting my backplate now, and will be doing my gauntlets and helmet this week. I'll also be doing some blackwashing to knock the shiny new look off my plates.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 30, 2018, 06:39 PM
Looks good, so far. Was wondering if you were going to leave that backplate metallic, cause it kinda works.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Nov 21, 2018, 12:30 PM
Doing some detail work:

"Dare and Endure"
(https://i.imgur.com/he9igq5.jpg)

This was NOT easy.  :-\
(https://i.imgur.com/yhWxjkH.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/Hq5nQ4g.jpg)
"Dynamite comes in small packages"
(https://i.imgur.com/NmUlnPX.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/8PjOmNI.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/5L6rZZy.jpg)
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: J'Khara Vontess on Nov 21, 2018, 02:29 PM
Looks awesome! Love the Mando'a
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Darasuum Prudii on Nov 21, 2018, 03:53 PM
Love the mandoa touch on the bell. I would go and scuff the mandoa up just a little, with some light sanding to the paint, to make it be consistent in weathering for the rest of the bell. It  the script looks almost too clean lol. Nice work so far vod!!!
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Vor'en Marr on Nov 21, 2018, 04:24 PM
Great job so far.
As Darasuum Prudi said ^^ adding some scuffs, sanding will pull the weathering together
Following ..
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Nov 21, 2018, 07:24 PM
Thanks for the input, guys. I'll be doing some scratching soon.  :8):

Here's some work on my gauntlets as well:
Black washing complete:

Left
(https://i.imgur.com/zZfiBkK.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/OORmJ5U.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/Qgzl4vL.jpg)

And some detail added to right gauntlet:
(https://i.imgur.com/PjFd737.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/nokJ9Lz.jpg)
"Blood, toil, tears, and sweat"
(https://i.imgur.com/JzaGvFH.jpg)
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Nov 25, 2018, 07:28 PM
Back plate:
"Ni su'cuyi, gar Kyr'adyc.
Ni partaylis, gar Darasuum.
Diane Spire, Tharon Davison.
Nu kyr'adyc, shi taab'echaaj'la (Not gone, merely marching far away)"
(https://i.imgur.com/w0ZlCgK.jpg)
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Ran on Nov 25, 2018, 10:00 PM
That's sick.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Straka Zulu on Nov 25, 2018, 10:18 PM
Love that! I do the same on the back of my helmet.
(https://i.imgur.com/f7GLkhc.jpg)
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Nov 26, 2018, 11:24 AM
Hot damn I thought I would never see you with a wearable kit(no offense)

also, take it from me...
(https://i.imgur.com/k89jcXZ.jpg?1)


you may have difficulty walking with greeblies on the inner side of the knee, back when I had them they'd bust off after a few steps because they would get caught  together. If you just want details try JB welding on some flat washers or something low profile like that
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: J'Khara Vontess on Nov 26, 2018, 11:30 AM
This gets more awesome every time I see it!
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Dha'werd on Nov 26, 2018, 11:35 AM
This is impressive, good details in the armor, all armor tells a story OYA!!!... literal  :like:



Back plate:
"Ni su'cuyi, gar Kyr'adyc.
Ni partaylis, gar Darasuum.
Diane Spire, Tharon Davison.
Nu kyr'adyc, shi taab'echaaj'la (Not gone, merely marching far away)"
(https://i.imgur.com/w0ZlCgK.jpg)
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Nov 26, 2018, 05:08 PM
Thanks for all the feedback!  ;D

I did some detail work on my knees today.
Here's the right:
"Bend no knee"
(https://i.imgur.com/HxcS6Bq.jpg)
and the side
(https://i.imgur.com/IYpXIl4.jpg)

And the left:
(https://i.imgur.com/OTwpvJD.jpg)
and side
(https://i.imgur.com/gvbgKpv.jpg)

Also added a decal to the right chest plate. Behold the fabled Sky Chicken.  :laugh:
(https://i.imgur.com/b6CwKGW.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/WpbTkWc.jpg)
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Serim Merec on Nov 26, 2018, 05:48 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/WpbTkWc.jpg)

You did the THING. Nice! That's a little blast from the past :8):
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Nov 26, 2018, 06:15 PM
You did the THING. Nice! That's a little blast from the past :8):

You remembered!  :laugh: I emailed Ran looking for the original file, but it's been so long that it has gone to alphabet heaven.  :P I freehanded it from memory, so I'm glad it's recognizable.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Nov 29, 2018, 10:02 PM
So, I weathered my Kama. I used a combination of spray paint, bleach, actual paint applied with a kabuki brush, and real dirt. It looks lighter in the pictures than it is in real life (because of the flash), so I'll get some outside soon.
(https://i.imgur.com/7rQcriG.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/JPp9PFw.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/lor03WE.jpg)

I also blackwashed my helmet.
(https://i.imgur.com/KRpCWdz.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/3NQwhzW.jpg)
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Dec 01, 2018, 09:22 AM
"And how can man die better, than facing fearful odds" (Probably gonna redo the letters so there is more space between the words.  :rolleyes:)
(https://i.imgur.com/SVmHud0.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/yNQNfCR.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/zgekpej.jpg)

And the left side:
(https://i.imgur.com/0g5gv4Y.jpg)

AAAANNDDD!! 95% wearable InflataMando!
(https://i.imgur.com/dc6HtXk.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/SEEszVI.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/gY3JTLY.jpg)

Obviously need belt, pouches, boots, and visor for helmet. Things I'm seeing: I need to knock the shine off the body plates so they blend better with the plastic/sintra plates. Also wondering if I should extend the red stripe up onto the thigh plates to get a more cohesive look. In addition I will probably be swapping out the sash for a longer, wider version in a different color. Maybe really dark red or a teal that matches the sharkbite marks on various pieces of my kit.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Ran on Dec 02, 2018, 01:46 PM
Looks awesome! I especially love the patches in the kama. And of course, the mighty Sky Chicken, which rises from the ashes of memory like a Phoenix.  :P I'm so glad you could keep it alive from memory.

I personally like the shin stripes as they are, don't need to make it to uniform-y.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Serim Merec on Dec 06, 2018, 08:24 PM
I also think the stripes are fine how they are. However, if you do want to extend them, I think it might look neat if you only extend the line a short way up the thigh plate. Like 2-3 inches, or so. Just as a thought.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Dec 11, 2018, 07:40 PM
I also think the stripes are fine how they are. However, if you do want to extend them, I think it might look neat if you only extend the line a short way up the thigh plate. Like 2-3 inches, or so. Just as a thought.

You know, I really like that idea. Maybe I'll do that.  :8): They seem so bare as they are.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Jan 01, 2019, 01:19 PM
Tada! Visor installation complete.

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

Installation was a three-man job. My fiberglassing process warped the cheeks out of round, so it took my sister to hold the thing in place, me to heat, shape, and hold the visor in, and my kid brother to hold the hot glue gun.  :laugh:

I kept the upper cheeks where I wanted them like this (MacGuyver skills activated), and my sister held the bottom.
(https://i.imgur.com/3ER8bgl.jpg)

I used generous globs of hot glue (on the recommendation of several fellow Mercs) and it seems to be pretty sturdy.
(https://i.imgur.com/2L8Q6Nb.jpg)

Next up, padding!
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Corvyn Nuhunar on Jan 02, 2019, 11:44 AM
Your kit is totally gorgeous, vod! I'm usually one for brighter colors, but the colors you picked look so nice together, and the Mando'a script looks super cool. Also, the helmet and sweater is a great look  :laugh:
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: J'Khara Vontess on Jan 02, 2019, 02:00 PM
I love all the little details. Fantastic!
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Mar 04, 2019, 05:01 PM
So, contrary to appearances, I have not been completely idle, just swamped with a Microsoft certification exam, a two-week Ikea contract, a business trip to Florida, and a month of cold, rainy weather!

I went ahead and put the half stripe on my thigh plates.
(https://i.imgur.com/1XQbJyS.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/WitMp4u.jpg)

Also bought padding to keep my helmet from spinning around on my head. Cut it up into strips, and hot glue where desired.  ;D
(https://i.imgur.com/eOXaRoH.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/e5yhJIA.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/FPxYhLL.jpg)

I also made the switch from a green sash to a burgundy. Weathering to come later.
(https://i.imgur.com/fdpsK3c.jpg)

And here's some weapons progress (still a wip, obviously).
(https://i.imgur.com/nKD5Z3M.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/RnyiSrw.jpg)

Not pictured here, but I also added slits in my pants for my leg plate straps.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Mar 04, 2019, 10:06 PM
Weathering on your thighs is top notch, dare I say it looks like a paintjob I'd do \m/
What's your masking medium? I use toothpaste because I kept spilling the latex masking fluid, at $20 a bottle I figured toothpaste would work fine lol
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Mar 04, 2019, 10:51 PM
Weathering on your thighs is top notch, dare I say it looks like a paintjob I'd do \m/
What's your masking medium? I use toothpaste because I kept spilling the latex masking fluid, at $20 a bottle I figured toothpaste would work fine lol

Thanks! I've been using toothpaste too. I put it on with a toothpick, let it dry for a while, paint over it, then scrub it off with a wet rag or a brush.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Mar 05, 2019, 08:59 AM
Thanks! I've been using toothpaste too. I put it on with a toothpick, let it dry for a while, paint over it, then scrub it off with a wet rag or a brush.

Y UP thats exactly how I do it, except I use whatever stick-like piece of detritus is laying around lol lately its been allen keys
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Apr 04, 2019, 11:14 AM
So, I weathered my sash.

(https://i.imgur.com/qkBChVL.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/v0pzmaM.jpg)

I cut up the ends a bit and shredded them using a serrated steak knife. I also enlisted my vod'ika and his BB gun to put some interesting holes in strategic places.  :P
(https://i.imgur.com/64Q8qJH.jpg)

I also did some work on my gun:
(https://i.imgur.com/PsjHoGY.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/GG28YTN.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/44l30P7.jpg)

Pre brown-wash:
(https://i.imgur.com/PdHBNM0.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/IqP9e9w.jpg)

Post brown-wash:
(https://i.imgur.com/7NLcAmr.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/gcCu6qB.jpg)

Gun loosely inspired by this guy:
(https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/starwars/images/c/c1/A280_blaster_rifle.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20061203115750)
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Kad Kyryc on Apr 05, 2019, 12:40 AM
I look dorky in my pajamas and flip-flops, but I have a nice gun... *Chambers round*
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Apr 06, 2019, 10:31 AM
Looks good- birdshot makes for nice weathering on soft parts like capes and kamas too, get a decent spread mabe 20 feet back so it looks like random littl hoels caused by say spark burns or something. And your in Texas I dont want to hear  "idk how" xD
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Apr 12, 2019, 09:00 AM
Ok, so I bit the bullet and decided to do boot armor. I was kind of up in the air, but decided that my pull on boots made my feet look ludicrously tiny in comparison with the rest of my kit. So, I will be doing boot armor to cover the laces on my combat boots.

After cutting two inches off the standard "small" pattern, here they are painted silver:
(https://i.imgur.com/UB9t42T.jpg)

Painted brown (to match my knee plates)
(https://i.imgur.com/b0cBQA5.jpg)

Red stripe:
(https://i.imgur.com/GmvcjSi.jpg)

And black-wash (not that you can see it in my phone camera):
(https://i.imgur.com/83qtECu.jpg)

Next up, snaps and elastic.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP **#wearable!!!**
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Apr 14, 2019, 08:56 PM
So, got the strapping done on my boot plates:
(https://i.imgur.com/PT3QXhw.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/MKTcu2p.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/msb6wj2.jpg)

and then....
*drum roll, please*

I'm #wearable!

Here are the pictures taken by a vod'ika who was nearly beside himself with excitement.
(https://i.imgur.com/dS3ci1N.jpg?1)

(https://i.imgur.com/SKm5U31.jpg?1)

(https://i.imgur.com/2vm8iGH.jpg?1)

(https://i.imgur.com/bD9JICY.jpg?1)

(https://i.imgur.com/OmtgG2O.jpg)

And requisite helmet shots:
(https://i.imgur.com/rP47nXn.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/0Kz71sO.jpg)

So, things I've got to fix:
1. I'll bring my sash further down my hips, so there's more red under the belt. The sash will also cover the top of the kama/loin cloth so they look separate.
2. Fix vest/ab plate region so it's not loose. (The ab plate was sagging because my vest wasn't secured tightly enough)
3. Close gauntlets completely so the velcro doesn't show.
4. Put on backplate/belt in such a way that the teeth of the backplate are actually under the pouches instead of over.  :-\
5. Probably tailor the arms a little. There's already so little space to work with on my 5ft frame, I don't need any more bulk.
6. Gotta put one more piece of padding in the forehead region so the helmet doesn't keep slipping down over my glasses.  :laugh:

I also will not be taking my next set of pictures standing on a downhill slope with the sun in my eyes.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP **#wearable!!**
Post by: Serim Merec on Apr 14, 2019, 09:33 PM
As I said before, TOP notch kit! Love it!

I think your list of tweaks is pretty good, too. I'm not sure, but your may need to pull your chest plates in a little closer to each other. Spacing looks a little bit on the wide side, but I could be wrong and it's actually fine :P
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP **#wearable!!**
Post by: Ran on Apr 17, 2019, 08:19 PM
Gotta say, that looks pretty dang darn awesome! :boba:
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP **#wearable!!**
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Apr 19, 2019, 08:54 AM
Gotta say, that looks pretty dang darn awesome! :boba:

Thank you! It's only been... what? Seven years in the making?  :laugh:
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP **#wearable!!**
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Apr 20, 2019, 02:36 PM
Okay, okay.  :P Due to the majority of comments being of the "too earthy" variety, I went ahead and modified the buttstock.

(https://i.imgur.com/j83WKs6.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/u3M5ElN.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/au5bHiU.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/0l8DGyU.jpg)

Before:
(https://i.imgur.com/IqP9e9w.jpg)

After:
(https://i.imgur.com/GPJHwGz.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/QpTVK0i.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/AyYZ6kp.jpg)

Referenced the A-280 for the stock design:
(http://www.galacticempiredatabank.com/BlasTechA280.jpg)
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP **#wearable!!**
Post by: Ran on Apr 22, 2019, 09:04 PM
That looks super cool!
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP **#wearable!!**
Post by: J'Khara Vontess on Apr 23, 2019, 11:28 AM
Overall looks good, well done. I Would suggest, for comfort reasons, to go ahead and cut the teeth off the backplate. Your back plate will still exceed the minimum size requirement without them. Your list of tweeks is solid. Can't wait to see your next round of photos!
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP **#wearable!!**
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Apr 28, 2019, 08:20 PM
Overall looks good, well done. I Would suggest, for comfort reasons, to go ahead and cut the teeth off the backplate. Your back plate will still exceed the minimum size requirement without them. Your list of tweeks is solid. Can't wait to see your next round of photos!

Oh yes, that's definitely going to have to happen. I discovered the wisdom of your statement in my....

 :porg2: IMPROMPTU PHOTOSHOOT :porg2:

First, the pre- pre- pre-app pictures:
(https://i.imgur.com/zHlAo6y.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/h8Fozz0.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/9Q5s6HA.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/Cz5tGdo.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/8x2rF90.jpg)

And, classic "Looking directly into the sun" picture:
(https://i.imgur.com/e9nAOVg.jpg)

Now for fun with the vod'ika:

(https://i.imgur.com/ubHRc7t.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/oMQ8wmh.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/a9rniyn.jpg)

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

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

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

(https://i.imgur.com/fia9ZVP.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/Bw2jCDC.jpg)

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

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

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

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

(https://i.imgur.com/y3mPC8u.jpg)

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

Ok, so here's my updated list of fixes:
1. I'm re-doing the velcro on my gauntlets so it's a) not so hard to get them off and b) not so obvious
2. I'll be moving my thigh plates down a little, and my knees up a smidge.
3. The teeth on the backplate have to be trimmed, because they're currently resting on my pelvis. I'll be adding more velcro to the backplate as well, to keep it from coming off (like you can see in some of the pictures)
4. Elastic strap on right shin will be blackened (it got painted by accident)

Next round of Pre- Pre-apps will be taken in better lighting! Who woulda thought black on black would be so difficult to photograph?  :rolleyes:

EDIT:
I cut about an inch off the backplate teeth. I may go a little higher, but I may not depending on the experience with my next kit-up.
(https://i.imgur.com/aMQg2Po.jpg)
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP **#wearable!!**
Post by: Ran on May 02, 2019, 05:16 AM
The Jesse Braid! That looks so awesome! You're inspiring me to maybe finally eventually get my kit out of the gutter.
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP **#wearable!!**
Post by: Jesse Libarra on May 08, 2019, 09:53 AM
So, I went ahead and trimmed my collar plate a little. Now it sits on the inside of my shoulder joint, and I can actually raise my arms a little.  :laugh:

(https://i.imgur.com/58Iejm2.jpg)
Title: Re: Jesse's WIP **#wearable!!**
Post by: J'Khara Vontess on May 15, 2019, 11:50 AM
Yes!! Take comfort where you can get it!
Kit looks amazing, loved the Photoshoot.