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Mandalorian Armor => Armor Construction => Topic started by: Straka Zulu on Jun 03, 2013, 05:48 PM

Title: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jun 03, 2013, 05:48 PM
OK, first off, I don't have pics yet, camera's being a pain in the shebs.  I hope to post some soon-ish.

Second, I am wondering on the proper spacing for the chest plates.  Using the large Jango Fett templates on my 6'5" frame.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Einn_Karel on Jun 03, 2013, 06:09 PM
for reference, a direct quote from the CRLs " Good rule of thumb, maximum spacing should equal no more than 1 inch between collar/chest/gut plates. No more than 1/2 inch between diamond and chest plates."

in my opinion, one inch is a huge distance between plates on most people, around a half inch is optimal. however, given your larger frame, more space may be appropriate and properly proportional. best bet would be to throw some pics up here once you get your camera working, and we can see whats up. general rile of thumb is to start with larger plates, they can always be trimmed down to fit
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jun 03, 2013, 09:54 PM
http://s95.photobucket.com/user/x_so_x/media/0603132113-00.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0  (http://s95.photobucket.com/user/x_so_x/media/0603132113-00.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0)

Having some trouble figuring out just exactly how to post an actual pic on here.

So, here's my paper template mock up, just for sizing.  I have them copied onto the panels from a tote bin, as this is my first attempt.  Bummed I can't use the CT helmet, but, them's the breaks.  Looking forward to finishing this, and going to WizardWorld CC in Columbus, OH.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Mirja Yugen on Jun 03, 2013, 09:57 PM
This thread helped me with posting pictures: http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=560.0

Hope it helps you.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jun 03, 2013, 10:08 PM
Vor'e!
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Swift on Jun 04, 2013, 12:54 AM
Not too sure, but it looks like they're a tad small. Try to line up the bottom of the ab plate just above the belly button, then work up from there (that's what I do anyhow). These ones looks far too short.
Good luck with your build, vod!
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jun 06, 2013, 12:33 AM
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/DSC00847.jpg)

Is this better, or am I going to need the XL plates?  ;D

Thankfully haven't started cutting the plates yet, so I can go and cut the larger size if needed.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: dcubed121 on Jun 06, 2013, 01:58 AM
The width looks ok but  I think you need to make them longer. Long torso And all.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Remo Jadd on Jun 06, 2013, 05:55 AM
They're a little too small for you. Get the next size up and lets see what they're like on you.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jun 06, 2013, 10:31 AM
Sounds good, should have that done today.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Ronin Tavic on Jun 06, 2013, 11:12 AM
You might have to customize the sizing a bit, seeing as you're tall but not large. If you stretch the plates to make them a bit longer I think you'd be golden. I ordered my plates from a seller on here, and gave him my measurements, which he used to make a "one size fits all" set... I am not one size lol Took a lot of working to get it to my frame.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jun 06, 2013, 11:28 AM
Vor'e for the tips. 

Does anyone know if hand wraps are still approved?  Don't have the money to buy or skill (yet) to build a set of gauntlets.  If they are, does anyone know of a pic to get ideas from?
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Ronin Tavic on Jun 06, 2013, 12:08 PM
I don't believe hand wraps are allowed, but I do know you can do a hard top gauntlet with a leather bottom or something like that. I made my gaunts out of a toilet bowl brush cleaner kit I got at target. they come in big cups, and all you gotta do is cut the bottom off and cut it in half. http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=49194.15 I just added some toy guns and painted the thing. super simple and cheap
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jun 08, 2013, 10:44 AM
Going to see if Target still carries something like that, I know Walmart doesn't.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jun 17, 2013, 09:14 AM
OK, just tried the XL templates, seemed to be a good fit.  Got the plates cut, not formed yet.  Will post pics soon-ish.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jun 27, 2013, 10:43 PM
Here's an update.  Have a bit of news that will affect my build, first of which is I have a new job.  Still planning on attending WizardWorld CC in Columbus, though.

Now, on to the pics.  Not the best quality, but...
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/0627132217-01.jpg)
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/0623131627-00.jpg)
And what inspired me to try this:
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/829px-XashaFettCatoNeimoidia-TFU2.jpg)
Also, switched to the Boba XL templates.  Going to be trying to find some scrubs for the "flightsuit", and just printed up some templates for making a flak jacket.  Any suggestions on material?
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: seugtai on Jun 27, 2013, 11:05 PM
That helmet is not going to fly.
Per the CRL's, "No modified Hasbro CLONE HELMETS or modified clone helmets not already approved."
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jun 27, 2013, 11:07 PM
It's until I can save up for a real bucket. 

Other than that, how's the spacing? :D
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: seugtai on Jun 27, 2013, 11:09 PM
As long as your not planning to apply with it. ;)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jun 27, 2013, 11:12 PM
Not going to try for an official kit yet, maybe with my MK. II  ;)
Need a little more confidence in my build skills, might try metal for my next one, unless I just order them...

Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: seugtai on Jun 27, 2013, 11:44 PM
Other than that, how's the spacing? :D


(http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/ee452/delviangirl/STRAKAZulu_zpsc7afa074.jpg) (http://s1228.photobucket.com/user/delviangirl/media/STRAKAZulu_zpsc7afa074.jpg.html)

Everything needs to be shifted up. Collar needs to be centered over the chest plates, line those outside edges up. Center the diamond in that opening. And a good rule to go by, the bottom edge of the ab plate usually sits right above the belly button. ;)

But, the paper template sizing looks good. Just match the real thing to that after pic and you'll be golden. :D
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jun 28, 2013, 10:09 AM
Vor'e.  Nice job on the photoshop. :)

It's tough centering things when you're doing it yourself.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Niabi on Jun 30, 2013, 03:25 PM
What Seugtai said ;D
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jul 02, 2013, 02:12 PM
OK, been focused so much on getting the chest plates right, I completely forgot about from the waist down.  What is acceptable for knee/shin?  Not overly fond of the Boba or Jango style knees, is there an approved way to make the lowers a one-piece?  And Is having a loincloth still cool?  Most of these are just me not being confident in my armor-building skills, yet.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Ronin Tavic on Jul 02, 2013, 10:51 PM
Shnees is the nonspecific term for it. An yes its CRL. loin cloth and Kama are also acceptable, just make sure it fits with the rest of the kit. A random loincloth would look kinda odd.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: jonathansams on Jul 02, 2013, 11:03 PM
Off the topic a lil, but would a CT bucket fly even if it was from a 501st supplier, and not a Hasbro toy?
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Einn_Karel on Jul 02, 2013, 11:23 PM
no it wont. CRLs are very strict on no modified Clone helmets.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jul 03, 2013, 01:10 AM
Kinda bummed that CT's aren't allowed, but I can live with it. :D  Just have to save up for my real buy'ce & a mirrored visor.  Thinking either the reflective blue or black.

Any tips on what style kit I should shoot for if I want the loincloth/kama?  Was thinking of a cape as well, since I haven't made a back plate, yet.  I like the idea of a scout/sniper, or a close-combat specialist. Maybe both...


Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Ronin Tavic on Jul 04, 2013, 08:08 AM
If you got a good Mando helmet I believe I've seen them with the clone trooper helmet fin up the middle, would be Mando but with a hint of clone. Why not a sniper with blades? You'd have close and log range covered :D best tip I could say would be sketch out the general shape of the loin cloth and Fidel with it till you find something you like.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jul 06, 2013, 01:14 PM
Who's Fidel?  :rolleyes:


Gotta love the spellcheck on these supposed "smart" phones....
Does anyone know where I can find a template for shnees?

Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: jinstarkiller on Jul 06, 2013, 01:40 PM
I know you said you wanted opinions for kama/loin cloth and cape ....I would go the Kama/ loin cloth( or cod piece ) if you use all three I believe would be cloth heavy and that was from others critiquing my own kit
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jul 12, 2013, 01:30 PM
Going with a Loincloth and Kama.   What fabrics are good for that, and also for the flight suit? I'm going to have to make my own.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kal'Verec on Jul 12, 2013, 02:28 PM
Hey, Straka. I have yet to talk to you on the Mercs. I'll give you a welcome! (Its me , A'tin) Anyway, as far as cloths, I just got some fabric from a Michaels arts store. But if you want higher quality stuff, there is duck cloth, leather or (faux leather). And as for the flightsuit, try this website: http://www.awawork.com/coco.html (http://www.awawork.com/coco.html) I got mine here for $35 and they fit just right. Albiet it can be tough to get in an out of, but it fits once you're in it. Hope that helps! ;D
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jul 12, 2013, 11:58 PM
Thanks for the advice, A'tin.   See you on Live!

Just to mark it down somewhere, I need a 46 Long, maybe a 48 Long.  Now, on to the flak jacket...

Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jul 20, 2013, 11:35 AM
Ok.  Found a decent flightsuit ( http://www.automotiveworkwear.com/RedKap/CT10/coveralls.html (http://www.automotiveworkwear.com/RedKap/CT10/coveralls.html) ), now on to my next problem.

Is this acceptable?
http://www.airsoftmegastore.com/2319-NCS-CPV2915B-NcStar-MOLLE-PALS-Modular-Tactical-Vest-Black.aspx (http://www.airsoftmegastore.com/2319-NCS-CPV2915B-NcStar-MOLLE-PALS-Modular-Tactical-Vest-Black.aspx)

Was double-checking the CRL's, and it said MOLLE vests are still acceptable, but I'm not sure which style of vest would work.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Ronin Tavic on Jul 20, 2013, 11:51 AM
I don't think that vest is gonna work... The flak vest should appear like a form fitting leather vest(or a material that resembles leather).
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jul 20, 2013, 12:30 PM
Think that any of the ones on there would work?  Or maybe a pattern I could find for a decent price?
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Ronin Tavic on Jul 20, 2013, 01:34 PM
Most of the air soft gear I've seen people try to use requires a LOT of work to make it not look like earth gear. If you check the sales thread there might be some people who sell patterns. I got mine by finding a leather jacket at a thrift store and removing the sleeves.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kal'Verec on Jul 20, 2013, 02:21 PM
Yeah that sounds like a good idea. Go to a Goodwill or a thrift shop and find a cheap leather jacket. Turn it so that the zipper would be at your back, and just trim off excess around the collar for the new "front". And as Ronin suggested, cut off the sleeves.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jul 22, 2013, 12:02 AM
I hadn't even thought about that.  And bonus on there being a Salvation Army store not 5min. walking distance from home!  :D

Vor'e!
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Ronin Tavic on Jul 22, 2013, 12:12 AM
When it comes to thrifting, check as many as you can, as often as you can, until you find what you need... I have three within 10 minutes of each other, and an army navy store, and I went to them like every other day for a few weeks until I got what I needed. (side note, I actually bought a women's vest, because it was a better fit and didn't require any tailoring, so don't count stuff out until you're sure you can't use it)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kal'Verec on Jul 22, 2013, 12:14 AM
No shame in that. Just don't mention it at any armor parties at Mand'alor's house; he'll start makin fun of ya.  :P
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jul 22, 2013, 11:10 PM
I think he might know now.  ;D

Found a padded vest, fits better when worn the right way, but I'll have to sew something over the zipper to hide it.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Ronin Tavic on Jul 22, 2013, 11:33 PM
Hey, I couldn't buy scrap leather to make a vest for $10 bucks.. but I found the jacket for that. I stand by my decisions...  :laugh: :laugh:
I took leather from the collar and made that a flap to cover the zipper, but the sleeves would work for that too(or as pouches.)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jul 22, 2013, 11:57 PM
Going to have my sister do a little hunting for me, see if she can find something better. She's the queen of thrift store hunts.  Unfortunately, all my local shop had was a polyester fabric...  Still, this is only my first build. The next one will be better.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kal'Verec on Jul 23, 2013, 12:11 AM
Don't sell yourself short. The more stuff you do on this one keeps you from having to do more in the long run. Have patience, and take the steps slowly.  ;D
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jul 23, 2013, 02:10 AM
Saw someone's shnee, just a mod of the regular shin plate, think I'm going to go with that.   Downside?  I need a little over 18" of material (plastic, metal, w/e) to make them.

Can someone find me the link to the MandoMaker?  I can't seem to find it, post-site rearrange.

Nevermind, found it.   
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jul 23, 2013, 11:18 AM
What's the best way to bend the plates to what I need?  I'll be using a heat gun to soften them up, was just wondering how to get them to the right shape.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Ronin Tavic on Jul 23, 2013, 12:06 PM
Heat gun, hands, gloves and a sponge of cool water is all I use. Shnees are a good route, I have a set that I bought off another merc that I'm going to be modding soon
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Thaxos on Jul 23, 2013, 02:33 PM
Ronin pretty much covered it right there, it's pretty straight forward.

Worst case, you've got some wrinkles and warps in the plastic. Easy enough to fix though, reheat and reshape til you're satisfied with it.  ;)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jul 30, 2013, 08:47 PM
Update!  :D
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/102_1521.jpg)

Armor still isn't shaped, but it is trimmed down a little.   Found this vest at a Salvation Army, need to find some fabric to cover the zipper and make pauldrons for the shoulder armor.   Planning on turning the airsoft shotgun into a flachette gun, and the Nerf gun will be a hold-out blaster.  Any tips if I want to make a sword, kinda want to be an assassin.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kal'Verec on Jul 30, 2013, 09:32 PM
Nice work so far, man! Can't wait to see how everything turns out.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jul 31, 2013, 11:43 AM
Before I start on shaping, I want to run a test of the paint I just got, a can of Krylon Paint+Primer, metallic silver.  It says multi-surface, so I'm hoping it will not warp or melt the plastic.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Thaxos on Jul 31, 2013, 12:20 PM
Before I start on shaping, I want to run a test of the paint I just got, a can of Krylon Paint+Primer, metallic silver.  It says multi-surface, so I'm hoping it will not warp or melt the plastic.

Always a good idea to test it on some scrap material before painting all your armor.  ;)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: seugtai on Jul 31, 2013, 03:41 PM
^Listen to Thaxos, he speaks the truth! ;)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Ronin Tavic on Jul 31, 2013, 06:23 PM
Home Depot has an awesome selection of plastic specific paints.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Aug 01, 2013, 12:20 AM
Had planned on doing the test today (7/31), but got tickets to see Weird Al.  Great show, and my 6yr. old's first concert (outside the womb).
Minor technical glitch aside, a great show.  So proud to see my "Mini-Me" singing along to White & Nerdy and Yoda. ;D
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kal'Verec on Aug 01, 2013, 10:37 AM
Yeah, I wouldn't paint on the armor before shaping it. Because when you use the heat gun, there's a big chance that it will make the paint run, especially since you are using plastic. I would just get the armor formed, and then worry about paint.  ;D
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Thaxos on Aug 01, 2013, 11:55 AM
I believe he's only intending to paint a scrap test piece, and then will shape his armor before painting the actual armor.  ;)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Aug 02, 2013, 10:45 AM
That's the plan. :D

Got some Testors competition orange, Krylon Paint+Primer metallic silver, and Valspar flat black.

Any tips on weathering?  I've seen some people talking about mustard...
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Thaxos on Aug 02, 2013, 11:36 AM
Our Mand'alor has a great tutorial on weathering here (http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=23514.0).
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Ronin Tavic on Aug 02, 2013, 04:58 PM
There are 2 ways to weather; Additive, and Subtractive.
Additive. Paint a pretty, shiny clean kit with your primary color, then add spots of paint to simulate weathering, ie. scratches, dents burns etc.
Subtractive: Paint your armor in layers, and remove areas where your damage to show. Example:
My final color was white. I painted a grey base coat. then added mustard on areas I wanted scratches and marks of grey to show(don't go crazy with it, less can be more). Then I did a coat of silver. Clean the mustard off my scratches, and I have a silver armor with grey showing through in areas. Then I mustard-ed more and painted the final coat of white.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Thaxos on Aug 02, 2013, 05:08 PM
There are 2 ways to weather; Additive, and Subtractive.
Additive. Paint a pretty, shiny clean kit with your primary color, then add spots of paint to simulate weathering, ie. scratches, dents burns etc.
Subtractive: Paint your armor in layers, and remove areas where your damage to show. Example:
My final color was white. I painted a grey base coat. then added mustard on areas I wanted scratches and marks of grey to show(don't go crazy with it, less can be more). Then I did a coat of silver. Clean the mustard off my scratches, and I have a silver armor with grey showing through in areas. Then I mustard-ed more and painted the final coat of white.

Well said.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Aug 04, 2013, 01:35 PM
I guess it's a good thing my new job is in a nursing home's kitchen, mustard packets galore! :D
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Drako Katora on Aug 04, 2013, 06:41 PM
Mustard is a godly material when it comes to weathering I've found. I like to apply mine with a paintbrush to have more control as opposed to just squirting it on. The draw back to using it however is if you're using very light colors such as white or chrome it can give the paint a yellow/green tinge. The solution to the yellowish color is leaving it out in the sun for about half an hour after you've wiped it off. It sort of sun bleaches it back to the proper paint color.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Ronin Tavic on Aug 04, 2013, 11:29 PM
Hmm, I never had any issues with discoloration.. And all my colors were light(to start with at least lol) a tooth pick works really well too for getting in cuts and such.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Aug 07, 2013, 11:47 AM
Minor update.   Tested the paint and primer can, works great.  Now I have to see if it'll hold up to my colors.

Second, for those of us who are gamers, the Saint's Row IV Inauguration Station is up, if you want to make your Boss before the game drops on the 20th.  It has a suit set called "Ransom Collector" which looks as close to a Fett suit as they can get, without being sued.

Third, made another great find at Salvation Army. Found a leather trench coat for $6.  It's sleeves are too small, otherwise I'd keep it intact, but I'm going to cut them off, rip out the liner and make a cloak (cape, w/e) out of it, and use the excess for a loincloth. thinking of making a hidden holster for my hold-out in there, too.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Einn_Karel on Aug 07, 2013, 12:13 PM
hahaha i like the holdout-under-the-loincloth idea.
"is that your blaster or are you just happy to see me?"
"uh, well actually, its  a blaster..."
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Aug 07, 2013, 12:17 PM
"But I AM happy to see you... Bounty."

Was actually talking about under the cape/cloak, but it is an interesting idea...  ;)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Tact Kor on Aug 07, 2013, 01:23 PM
Nice WIP,

For weathering I've started using toothpaste (thanks to a certain Mr. Kelan Ord) and it works very well, it's much easier to control compared to Masking Fluid. Basically apply your primer a few light coats, then apply your bare metal finish, most people use silver (I've been waiting for someone to try bronze or gold...) then using a small paint brush apply the toothpaste where you want to see damage, I try to do corners and raised parts, think of how and where is would get hit, scratched, rubbed and damaged, try not to do big blobs, small chips and lines look good, also less is better than more, I've aways overdone my damage even though I try to hold back.

It you want layered colors jsut apply more toothpaste over the layer then repaint. Once you've got the final layer on, rinse off the toothpaste with water and your hands et voila!
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Thaxos on Aug 07, 2013, 01:50 PM
Tact has excellent advice on the weathering with toothpaste.

(There have been some base metal gold or bronze mandos, FYI)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Aug 07, 2013, 09:06 PM
Didn't even think about the toothpaste trick.  I'd read about it someplace else, and kinda forgot it.

I might try for a different base color on my next kit, been having issues on deciding what pattern I want for my colors.  Thinking orange for the main, black for details, but have also been thinking the opposite would look good.

Already set on the suit (grey jumpsuit, black flak/boots/gloves), but the decision on what to do for the armor plates and buy'ce is driving me mad... It's a short trip, but the only way is via backroads... :-\

This is the trench coat:
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/102_1527.jpg)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Tact Kor on Aug 07, 2013, 10:36 PM
Try using Mando maker to help you set our color scheme, not sure what your issue for the helmet and armor, are you referring to products/ makers or the style?
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Aug 08, 2013, 01:03 PM
Mostly just the color.  I'm doing Modern era plates, and am trying to gather funds for a Night Owl from Skirata Arms.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Aug 11, 2013, 10:26 AM
Would hot water work for shaping the plates?  Getting tired of waiting on getting this kit together, want to show myself how far I am.
Just FYI, I am using tote bin plastic, so it's thin.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kal'Verec on Aug 11, 2013, 12:29 PM
Don't use water. It can crack the armor. Use a heat gun if you have one, or try to find one (whether you buy it or borrow from someone you know has one) You could try using a hairdryer but they might not get the plates hot enough to bend.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Drako Katora on Aug 11, 2013, 01:05 PM
I would strongly recommend getting a heat gun. A cheap one runs about $25-$30 and will save you a lot of time and frustration when shaping your plates. You'll also get much more evenly shaped plates that will ultimately be a better fit.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Aug 11, 2013, 01:27 PM
Got this idea from cutting the sleeves off that trench coat:
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/102_1536.jpg)
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/102_1535.jpg)

Folded the excess leather (there wasn't that much) into the sleeve, then clamped the shell of my first attempt at a gauntlet over it to hold it in place.   I'm pretty sure others have done the same, just looking for feedback.  Already have in my head the how's and where's to make the changes.

Off topic: Yes, I play Rock Band; NO, do not ask me to play drums.  Vocals/Bass is my thing.

On-topic:  How do I best form the plates, once I heat them?   Do I just bend by hand, or try to shape them "on body"?
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Drako Katora on Aug 11, 2013, 03:16 PM
What you want to do is hat gun 8-12 inches away and go in a circular/ sweeping motion around the inside of the piece. Do this until you feel that the plate is pliable enough to take the shape you want. You'll get a feel for how long it takes to do each plate once you get into it. You'll need gloves for this whole process, especially the actual forming. For my body plates I had my friend help me but you should be able to do it yourself. Take the warm plate and with a towel or other barrier on you so you don't burn yourself gently apply pressure to where it needs to be shaped. For example a thigh plate need pressure on the left and right to wrap around more so than the top or bottom. Remember to use gloves and always have a good insulating barrier between you and the plate to avoid burns.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Aug 13, 2013, 04:55 PM
Here's the update:
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/102_1537.jpg?t=1376340674)

Took the sleeves from the coat, removed the excess, and added a hook & loop for the seam to get them on and off. Will be adding some to the cuff to attach the gloves to, then cutting new gauntlets.  Thinking of keeping them smooth, for now, then adding some "tech" for later versions.

Questions, comments?
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Remo Jadd on Aug 13, 2013, 04:58 PM
You will be putting the hard armour on top won't you?. Because as they are now they'd be considered too soft for approval ;) .
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Aug 15, 2013, 09:30 AM
If you'd look at previous posts, you'd see that as my intent  :P
Just have to figure out the Dremel I borrowed, cut the gauntlets I have down.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Aug 23, 2013, 11:11 AM
Minor update:

Been very busy with work, so I haven't had much time to work on my build.  Just got my own "dremel" tool, and a heat gun, so on to the point. Tips and pointers would be appreciated.

I'm also thinking of a slight change to my cape idea.  Was thinking of attaching the top to the collar piece of the armor, and making the bottom into a kama.  Going to use the front of the jacket's leather as a girth belt.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kal'Verec on Aug 23, 2013, 11:17 AM
Sounds interesting. Lets see some progress with those gaunts though!  :P
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Aug 24, 2013, 12:48 AM
Should have some pics for them next Wednesday, it's the next full day I have off, will be working on my kit as much as I can then.

Here's a rough idea (very rough):
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/102_1540.jpg)

Thinking flachette launcher from an old airsoft shotgun, and a hold-out blaster from a modded Nerf Triad EX-3.  Need to find either a Nerf sword, or find the foam to make one.
Would have tried for a more "action" pose, but I drew this on a break.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Aug 29, 2013, 08:54 AM
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/102_1546.jpg)
I hate it when the person taking the pic catches me talking...

(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/102_1547.jpg)
The cape/kama combo.  Still needs a little work, but got some good ideas.

So, got the plates shaped, for the most part.  Still needs a little tweaking, here and there, but I'd say a good effort on my first attempt.
I know the spacing is not quite there, but it's tough to judge when you do it yourself.
The "girth belt" will have some work done to hide the velcro back, and still need to fix up a loincloth.  Shnees are still in-progress and the hard part of the gauntlets need some trimming done.  My diamond went MIA just before I had these taken.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Aug 29, 2013, 02:59 PM
Another update.
Got plenty comfy with my heat gun skills, so I shaped the plates pictured even better than before. Next up for them is sanding & priming.  Finished shaping my shoulder and boot armor, might need an extra boot piece to cover the laces and zipper (Rocky Boots, style 2177). 

Need to make a new diamond piece, since I've searched and not found it.  Also need to find some fabric to cover the zipper on the flak vest.

Pics to come later. Now, off to work!
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Remo Jadd on Aug 31, 2013, 10:19 AM
Must admit i'm not a fan of the cape and Kama combo. Honestly stick to one or the other and i'd much rather see a backplate.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Aug 31, 2013, 10:39 AM
Must admit i'm not a fan of the cape and Kama combo. Honestly stick to one or the other and i'd much rather see a backplate.

Sounds like a plan.  Might attempt a back, now that I'm more comfy with my shaping skills.  Any other comments and critiques?  Spacing, size, what-have-you?
Also, going to make the shnees out of layered shoulder or boot armor pieces, kinda gave up on a 1-piece when I figured that I'd also need to cover the top of my boot, too.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Remo Jadd on Aug 31, 2013, 10:45 AM
Your plate size looks OK. If i didn't think so, i would've said so before ;) .
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Aug 31, 2013, 10:53 AM
 :P

Thanks, vode.  Going to be reshaping a couple of the plates, they flattened out a little in storage, then getting the base coat on today.  Also repainted my temporary helmet last night, using a flat black for my primary color, with orange accents/highlights.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 02, 2013, 09:36 PM
Couple of updates, pics included.

Early days on the gauntlets, need to find a "closure" then prime/paint them.
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/102_1552.jpg)

Got the plates shaped as I like them, going to fit them to the flak vest with velcro, then prime & paint.
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/102_1551.jpg)

Any pointers on how to best get the fitting to the vest? 

And I know that the Clone bucket is a no-go, but it'll have to stand in till I get my real one from Skirata Arms.  Gotta give him his props, I only wish I could do half as good as him and Saz.
And, where would I look to find how to make a crest to attach to a buy'ce?  Did a search earlier, but couldn't find anything.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Ronin Tavic on Sep 02, 2013, 11:28 PM
You can make some snazzy gauntlet with two continuous hinges and a little ingenuity.. Condar's easy gaunt base. Can't beat it. What kind of crest are you looking for? Like on the phase 2 clone helmets? Shouldn't be too hard to make. Or even cut off the helmet there when you get your real bucket.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 03, 2013, 12:05 AM
Cutting this one is a no-go, going to put it on display as a "trophy".

(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/102_1553.jpg)
This happened just after test fitting the first one I cut.  It cracked along the one side of the cut, leaving a nice little gap.  It does give me a little more flexibility in the arm I want to use it on, just doesn't look perfect. Was thinking of getting some webbing, or something like a cut-down belt to attach to the inside as a "closure".

Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Ronin Tavic on Sep 03, 2013, 12:08 AM
Does it meet on the other side? It would still be usable. Gauntlets don't have to be full coverage. They just look better that way. If you do them well it could still pass as long as it covers most of your arm.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 03, 2013, 12:23 AM
The sides don't meet, anymore.  Still one piece, but there's the gap.   I kinda like the idea of having the "In" side of the gauntlets being open, just need to get it right.  Original plan was to not attach anything to them, keep them plain for now.

Have a buy'ce on order from Skirata Arms (Night Owl).  Which should I go with, T-Visor, or Seragon's?
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kal'Verec on Sep 03, 2013, 10:03 AM
Just get the regular visor...
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 03, 2013, 10:37 PM
MORE PROGRESS!!

(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/102_1555.jpg)
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/102_1556.jpg)

Once again, only getting help from family after bribing them, and all they would do was take the pics...

After much debating with myself, and upon Remo Jadd's suggestion, ditching the cape/kama combo.  Cape will be attatched to the collar piece, and need to strip out a little of the leather to make a loincloth.  Put that scrap there to kinda give myself a little modesty.  ;)

Work on finishing the plates and gaunts continues tomorrow!
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Ronin Tavic on Sep 04, 2013, 01:03 AM
The cape kama was a good thing to ditch.. I couldn't see it working out well without a butt load of difficulty... they're better separate  :) As for visors, I would say for now get a T-visor. Seragon's are NICE, and as such, you might want to get a training visor like from Tvisor so you don't mess up a good one(i messed my first one up, so I know what it's like  :laugh: )
Collar plate looks just a fraction too wide. I can't tell on the other ones because you aren't facing the camera. but it looks good to me. Don't forget to get that flight suit tailored!
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 04, 2013, 08:26 AM
Tailored?
Couldn't find a 1-piece suit, so I went with the scrubs method.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Ronin Tavic on Sep 04, 2013, 07:43 PM
Legs look a little baggy. Easy fix though.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 04, 2013, 09:21 PM
 :D Yeah, I'm tough to find clothes for...
Having the shnees should cover some of the baggy-ness, and was thinking about tucking the bottoms into my boots. Kinda sucks that we have to hide zippers... And just how is everything that is worn in that galaxy far, far away kept closed?! :rolleyes:
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 11, 2013, 11:45 PM
First, R.I.P. Remo Jadd.   :'(
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/RIPRemoJadd.jpg)


Second, trimmed about 1/16th" off each side of the collar piece.  Work has gotten hectic to the point of me looking elsewhere for a job. 
So little time to do the things I need to... Like finally priming my damn plates!

Picked up a Halloween prop sword to mod as my main melee weapon, and got some basic ideas going for my blasters.  Canning the flachette gun, going to change it up to make it a stockless rifle.
Dusted-off an old paintball pod belt, might turn that into a girth belt. Just need to take out the center pod holder, and shorten the others into pouches. Will post pre-mod pics later.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 14, 2013, 11:21 AM
Update!
Finally got paint to plastic!!
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/100_1564.jpg)
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/100_1570.jpg)
Got the primer coat on last night, toothpaste and base coat today.
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/100_1571.jpg)
Here's the pod belt, post-1 mod.  Took the middle of the 5 pockets off, and have some really good ideas as to what I'm going to do to make it less "Earthy".  Going to rivet the pouch tops to the back, and get a couple of rivets to hold the sides in place.
 
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kel Toi on Sep 14, 2013, 11:43 AM
Looking through yer build, i would recommend long sleaves. Maybe under the sleaves you have to give the same effect as the Jango look. Imho, bare arms only look good with large arms (Big guns in US speak).

The plates look good mate ;)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 14, 2013, 11:49 AM
Looking through yer build, i would recommend long sleaves. Maybe under the sleaves you have to give the same effect as the Jango look. Imho, bare arms only look good with large arms (Big guns in US speak).

The plates look good mate ;)

Thanks, vode.  Working on the "guns", but with the cooler weather coming up, I can see the advantages in longer sleeves. ;D
Gong to be taping off some of the orange, once it dries, then putting the main color on. Going with a basic black.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 15, 2013, 11:52 AM
 >:( >:( >:(
I hate it when I forget an important step...  In my haste to finish yesterday, I forgot to do some light sanding to the plates, and... Well, the paint I had done peeled off when I removed the masking tape.  Now I have to either peel it all off, or sand it off, and start over.
 :-[ :'( :(
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kel Toi on Sep 15, 2013, 04:36 PM
Is it that bad? Maybe get away with it and call it weathering. I take the masking tape off after paint i dont wait till it dries or that will happen.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Ronin Tavic on Sep 15, 2013, 06:04 PM
I would post some pics. We might be able to save you! Worse comes to worse just make it look like you lost a hot potato game with a thermal det  :laugh:
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 15, 2013, 10:28 PM
It goes all the way down to the base plastic, which is a beige color.  Kinda mad at myself for not sanding first.  Well, I have this coming weekend to get hot on it, need new cans of paint, and hope to find that my buy'ce is in the mail.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 17, 2013, 07:28 PM
OK, got a question about the shnees I have planned.  I am cutting some Boba Fett shoulder bells to layer down the length of my calves, maybe covering the top of the boot, as well.  Should I have them a solid piece, or make it so that it is flexible?

Also, got word from Hondo that my buy'ce will be shipped in about a week or so.  Any tips on prepping it for paint & a visor? Getting a Night Owl V.2.  Going to be one of the few guys to rock this one, style reminds me of Roman gladiators.  Anyplace I could find a Clone Trooper crest?
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Ronin Tavic on Sep 17, 2013, 11:36 PM
Hmm.. I saw make the shin coverings rigid, but give a little flex as it goes to knee.
Prepping the helmet,
Don't cut the visor out till you put the last coat of paint on. If you cut it out too soon, the helmet can warp as it's moving about your house.
Wash the helmet with soap and water and let it dry well before you paint it, and sand it lightly before that.
Clone crest... make one  :P
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 17, 2013, 11:55 PM
Thanks, vode.
Was thinking about possibly making the lower part of the shnee wrap around the lower part of my calf, covering the top of the boot.  Would that be acceptable?
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Ronin Tavic on Sep 18, 2013, 12:25 AM
I don't see why not. just make sure you can get your foot through it.  :laugh:
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 18, 2013, 11:13 AM
Going to add some snaps or velcro to close the side.  What use is armor if you can't get into it, right? :D
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Ronin Tavic on Sep 18, 2013, 12:15 PM
Just make sure you can't see the velcro  :) sounds like a cool idea, can't wait to see it. How's the gauntlets comings?
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 18, 2013, 02:47 PM
Stalled, the frustration with the main plates has me focusing on my soft parts.  Fixing up some parts on my cape, and trying to cut the plates for my shnees.
Also modding my "girth belt".
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 19, 2013, 12:55 AM
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/c8ef4c11-a1c1-45a9-bf8c-34a125be55e9.jpg?t=1379566302)
Here's what happened to my paint, when I tried removing the masking tape.

I'm guessing the primer didn't bond with the surface well enough to fight the weak-shebs adhesive on the masking tape.
Maybe the ab plate can be salvaged, but the others I'm pretty sure I can fix.  The diamond turned out fine, just need to cover over where the masking tape left a gap. I did some toothpaste weathering on some of the edges, and I think it turned out good.  Just need to fix that big splotch of missing paint.

Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Ronin Tavic on Sep 19, 2013, 01:06 AM
What kind of plastic is it? Also I assume you sanded it well before the primer coat went on?
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 19, 2013, 02:46 AM
Pretty sure I mentioned that I forgot to do that... :P
It's tote bin plastic, I don't have anything nearby that sells sintra.  Most of the damage can be fixed, but the big spot on the ab plate is my main concern.  I do have an idea, but going to talk it over with my cousins.  They both are big into Warhammer 40k, and do some kick-shebs painting.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Ronin Tavic on Sep 19, 2013, 08:29 AM
Well it isn't too late to sand it down. Also if there's a a lowes or Home Depot around, look for 4 inch or 6 inch  diameter PVC  pipes. I found a ten foot long pipe for like 15 bucks. And I can get a whole suit out of it.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Niabi on Sep 19, 2013, 03:03 PM
Its probably a mix of the plastic not liking paint and not sanding it :(

best advise is to sand it down, then sand the plastic and try once more, that or get some PVC ;)   
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kel Toi on Sep 19, 2013, 03:14 PM
As above, rub it back to plastic then give it a wash in warm soapy water, rinse well and let dry. Get a good self etching primer or one the same brand as the paint you are using. One other tip is keep the paint and plates at the same temp before paint.

Also, light coats and leave 15 mins between. Or just follow the instructions on the can. Leave the paint to fully cure over night before you start masking too, then after masking and paint remove the tape right away being careful as ye do, hope this helps ;)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 20, 2013, 12:34 AM
Yeah, need to learn to take my time. 
Any suggestions as to which visor I should get from T-Visor?  Thinking standard, but not sure with the Night Owl if it would fit.  And, what would be the best way to fix it into place?


Kinda off topic, any tips on coming up with my Mando name?  Looking to do something that is similar to my real name, but really don't like the SW Name Generator's technique: first 3 of last name + first 2 of first name comes up with Strst... Needs a vowel or two... :rolleyes: :laugh:
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Ronin Tavic on Sep 20, 2013, 12:41 AM
I would email the maker of the helmet and ask for visor specifics. Or someone who has a night owl. I don't think t visor has one specific for it yet. Hot glue is the way to go with visors. You can put it as much or as little as you're comfortable with, and can get it off pretty easy should you want to as well.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 20, 2013, 12:44 AM
Getting it from Skirata Arms, one of Hondo's last before retiring from trooping. :'(
I don't know anyone who has the buy'ce, yet.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kel Toi on Sep 20, 2013, 03:31 AM
If you want cheap and movie accurate get a #5 welding shield, easy to cut to shape and install. You should get them for under $10.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Ronin Tavic on Sep 20, 2013, 07:11 AM
Getting it from Skirata Arms, one of Hondo's last before retiring from trooping. :'(
I don't know anyone who has the buy'ce, yet.
I think Reeza Krayt on here has one, shoot her a PM. or you could go with the welding visor and cut it yourself. I never had any luck finishing a blank welding visor...
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 20, 2013, 09:53 AM
If it's cheap enough, and I don't have to wait for shipping, I'll give the welding shield a try.  Might be a good learning experience.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kel Toi on Sep 20, 2013, 02:30 PM
This is what it looks like, but you will need to find a USA supplier.

http://www.weldingsuppliesonline.co.uk/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=10_159&products_id=759

It looks green but once its installed it looks jet black. To make a template, just get a piece of paper inside the bucket held in place near the T, then draw on the outside where the paper shows. Then add 10mm to that line, then try the template for size till it fits then use that.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 20, 2013, 04:11 PM
I'm gonna have to look online, neither Home Despot or Lowes had anything I could use.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Einn_Karel on Sep 20, 2013, 04:53 PM
try a smaller hardware store, like an ace or harbor freight. they are much more likely to have a welding shield
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 21, 2013, 11:41 AM
Thanks for the tip, vod. :)

There's a couple ACE Hardware's in the neighborhood, I'll see what they have.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 21, 2013, 04:24 PM
Time for the Weekend Update! ;D

(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/100_1578.jpg)
Got first and second coat of primer on my first gauntlet, re-painted the worst of the chest plates.  Also have the first 2 coats of primer on the boot armor.

(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/100_1579.jpg)
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/100_1581.jpg)
Got some touch-ups done to the other pieces, just need to get some flat black paint to cover up the sparkle from the primer.  I hate when the wind takes the vapors everywhere...

Picked up a pair of scrub pants to cut into the second sleeves for the flight suit.
Got an idea for a slicing kit, just need to find a place to mount it and a coil of old headphone cable.  Got any ideas to alter an old Motorola Razr keypad, or add lettering to the screen?
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kal'Verec on Sep 21, 2013, 09:39 PM
Nice work on the repaint.  ;D I think a good blackwash will help make it look better. Not sure what the pad thing is, so can't help you there.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kel Toi on Sep 21, 2013, 09:47 PM
The weatherin looks good, if you touch up with more scrapes and scratches yer golden ;)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 22, 2013, 01:10 AM
Nice work on the repaint.  ;D I think a good blackwash will help make it look better. Not sure what the pad thing is, so can't help you there.
Thanks.  Left my camera behind, otherwise I'd have another pic to show off. 
Any other scratches or blast marks will have to be added with a paint-over, liking the minimal damage for now.
The pad is an old Motorola Razr flip phone, figured I'd put it to good use, instead of just taking up space in the bottom of a junk drawer.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kal'Verec on Sep 22, 2013, 09:44 AM
If you could take it apart, you could probably mount the keys on one of your gaunts as a control pad for armor functions. (jetpack, flamethrower, RF, etc etc.) You'd just have to paint over the numbers and letters.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 22, 2013, 12:22 PM
Here are the main plates together.
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/0922131210-00.jpg?t=1379780202)
Resting on a pillow, like a Norwegian Blue parrot, tired and shagged out after a long squawk...
Not putting any icons or stickers, just keeping them plain for the time being. 
Maybe after getting my killstripes, I'll add the Rancor Clan sigil...

Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Ronin Tavic on Sep 22, 2013, 12:29 PM
Add some scratches and black wash the big spot so it looks like you took a grenade or something. Then you'll be golden :)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 22, 2013, 12:40 PM
Add some scratches and black wash the big spot so it looks like you took a grenade or something. Then you'll be golden :)
Best way to add scratches?  Have some sandpaper, 320 grit, and some cutting tools... Have to be careful, though, as evidenced by earlier posts... :rolleyes: :P
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Niabi on Sep 22, 2013, 01:48 PM
add scratches using different grit sand paper / wire wool. Do light passes and only one or two passes with each (Max) then hit them with a black brown wash and BOOM. awesome plates  ;D
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 22, 2013, 02:03 PM
Where do I find a good black wash?
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Einn_Karel on Sep 22, 2013, 02:30 PM
for a balckwash mix black acrylic paint with water is about a 1:4 ratio, sponge on, then after a few moments, rub off.  repeat with brown for a more matural look
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Ronin Tavic on Sep 22, 2013, 02:40 PM
Any sharp knife, xacto knife and the like  or heavier grit sandpaper like 80 or 60. Just a couple quick passes in different directions. Black and brown wash can also be achieved with windex and acrylic(how I did mine) just dip a paper towel in the mixture, then dab on your armor, and wipe what you not want. REPEAT until you've achieved the look you want :)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 22, 2013, 02:45 PM
for a balckwash mix black acrylic paint with water is about a 1:4 ratio, sponge on, then after a few moments, rub off.  repeat with brown for a more natural look
So, 1 part paint to 4 parts water/windex, or other way around? ;D
Got some 60 grit sand paper, thinking of taking it to the edges, add a little "rub-off" from the other plates.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Niabi on Sep 22, 2013, 03:38 PM
you want more water than paint ;) get it nice and thin and do lots of thin coats ;) swapping between black and brown ;)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 22, 2013, 08:51 PM
Cool, thanks. :D

Going to have to go with a brown wash, since most of my armor is black.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Thaxos on Sep 24, 2013, 03:05 PM
What Niabi said, better to go light than too heavy.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 24, 2013, 11:18 PM
Gotta go looking for a hobby shop, most of the stores around here don't have anything other than spray paints.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Tact Kor on Sep 25, 2013, 04:48 AM
You need akrylic paint, where I live they sell it at "Dollar stores" cheap, I use black and Burnt umber. And I'll second Niabi lots of light coats are better than heavy coats.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 25, 2013, 11:31 PM
Acrylic paint it is.   Got a couple days off, will be trying to get a test fitting in, and maybe the mounting locations set on the soft parts.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Drako Katora on Sep 26, 2013, 06:25 PM
I always get my paints form Michael's craft stores if you have those around you. I use the testor brand and they run about $1.50 for a quarter ounce bottle.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 03, 2013, 12:33 AM
Ok, back from an unexpected hospital stay, and sad to say it sidelined my plans for getting work done.  I DID get some of what I planned fixed, just nowhere near as much as I had hoped. So, no pics, yet.

First, trimmed the cape a little by getting rid of the wings on the bottom. Got a two-layer loincloth made, soon to be mounted to the paintball "girth belt". Can anyone recommend a place to get rivets?
Got some quick and dirty alterations done to the flight suit, added just one long sleeve to the inside of the short one, giving a nice Jango Fett look. Just need to fix the other one.
Also got half of the zipper cover on the flak vest attached, just need the velcro affixed to the other side.
Just need my buy'ce to show up, and I'll be very close to done.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 03, 2013, 05:08 PM
So.... Anything?
 :rolleyes:
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Thaxos on Oct 03, 2013, 05:11 PM
Patience  ;)

Rivets can be acquired at your local hardware store.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 03, 2013, 05:48 PM
Patience  ;)

Rivets can be acquired at your local hardware store.
Getting kinda worried that my buy'ce is stuck in Des Moines or something... Damn not knowing what gov't branches are open with this idiotic shutdown.

Really want to get cracking on my suit, have a few days off for recovering from an infection.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kal'Verec on Oct 03, 2013, 10:15 PM
Pics, my friend, pics. We cannot judge without all teh pics!  :P
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 03, 2013, 11:35 PM
Pics, my friend, pics. We cannot judge without all teh pics!  :P
They are coming, vod.  Just need to retrieve my kit from where I left it before heading to the ER.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 04, 2013, 03:28 PM
JOYGASM!!!!
My buy'ce finally arrived!!
I'll have pics up by the end of the weekend.

Just curious, about how long between coats should I wait when painting a helmet? ;D
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 05, 2013, 11:01 AM
OK, now I can, hopefully, get some work done this weekend.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 05, 2013, 02:20 PM
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/100_1589.jpg)

It's HERE!

Downside:
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/100_1588.jpg)
I might be a Tic-Tac...  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kel Toi on Oct 05, 2013, 02:21 PM
To be fare, the camera angle is a bit low.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 05, 2013, 03:08 PM
Yeah, had my 4'2" son (who turns just 7 next month) take it.

Last photo from that camera, as it sadly died after this one.
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/100_1590.jpg)

I just tested the hold of the fabric glue I got for this first attempt.  Worked out nicely, but will be going for something better on my Mk II.

And, I do know I need a plate on the back of the gloves to hide the logo, but would i have to put plates on the fingers to show that they are crushgaunts?
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kel Toi on Oct 05, 2013, 03:13 PM
Nah, still rough. Need a decent pic from your height, stand yer kiddie on a chair  :laugh:
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 05, 2013, 03:18 PM
I would, but then he's be taller than me (6'5") :o 8) :laugh:
Besides, camera's full-on busted. :'(
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kel Toi on Oct 05, 2013, 03:20 PM
Well mate, yer pretty much u'phric'd till then  :laugh:
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 05, 2013, 03:33 PM
Sadly, yes. :rolleyes:
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 05, 2013, 08:19 PM
OK, got the excess trimmed off of the buy'ce, and can say I'm gonna love it when it's finished!  Plenty of room for my fat head, even with my glasses.  Just have to hunt down a Shade 5 visor.  Looking like Amazon is my best bet. Leaving the visor fill in until I get that and paint it.


Side note:  Never buy a cheap "dremmel" tool.  Had to bust out my Dad's Craftsman variable speed model to get the trim off.  Mine kept going "nnnno, noooo, no, nnnnnoo, nononono, nno..." :laugh:
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kel Toi on Oct 05, 2013, 08:24 PM
Hope ye remembered to wear a dusk mask, the dust is harmful and leaves a nasty taste in yer mouth for weeks. Like skinnin a rabbit and burstin its -censored- bag.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 05, 2013, 10:19 PM
Never skinned a rabbit, but I can relate.  and yes, I did mask up. ;D
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 07, 2013, 11:28 PM
OK, just curious, would these work as a support for some knee armor?
http://www.lowes.com/pd_76663-47520-2L-318_0+2z8vi__?productId=3825885&Ntt=knee+pads&pl=1&currentURL=%3FNtt%3Dknee%2Bpads%26page%3D1&facetInfo=$1%20-%20$5 (http://www.lowes.com/pd_76663-47520-2L-318_0+2z8vi__?productId=3825885&Ntt=knee+pads&pl=1&currentURL=%3FNtt%3Dknee%2Bpads%26page%3D1&facetInfo=$1%20-%20$5)

And if "yes" what would be the best way to glue them to the armor piece?
After much soul searching, (and some failed attempts) going to go with just some simple knees and boot armor.  Just need to make some spats to cover the laces and zipper on my boots. Or find a pair of slip-on boots, cheap.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Ronin Tavic on Oct 08, 2013, 01:02 AM
You'd have to do some work to them to get the shape you'd need, I think it'd be easier to make knee, then hot glue some foam or something on th back if you're worried about comfort(just so ya know, my knees don't have padding, but I'm not on them constantly. So it's not that uncomfortable[an I have horrible knees from five years as a mechanic]) I believe a big glob of e6000 works as good padding as well. So to sum up;
For those, I would say no. But there are other options, and it's just my opinion.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 09, 2013, 12:54 PM
My knees are shot, too. 5 years in semi-pro paintball, and a couple warehouse jobs.

Fixing the pads up won't be a problem.
Any painting tips for the SA resin helmets?  I was thinking of taping off the visor area, since I want that to remain a "bone" white, but will a paint/primer that says OK for plastic be alright to use?
Still having serious trouble in getting a shade 5 visor, about to break down and get a T-Visor.

Update:
Found a visor; for my NE Ohio vod, the place I got it is Praxair Welding Supplies on W.130th and Huffman, north of Snow Rd. in Cleveland.
Now comes the mad rush to put everything together, before the Cleveland Comic Con on the 19th.
Wish me luck!  ;D
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 10, 2013, 11:34 PM
Nothing like having just 2 days free to work on a kit before a con.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Swift on Oct 11, 2013, 03:15 AM
Nothing like having just 2 days free to work on a kit before a con.

In my experience, that's when the majority of the work happens :D
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 11, 2013, 09:00 AM
In my experience, that's when the majority of the work happens :D
Too true.  Literally threw together my Halloween costume last year about a half hour before the party my wife and I were expected at.  Combination Halloween/Anniversary party.  It'll be 14 years of wedded "bliss" this year...

Back to the build:
Scrapped my original vest, found another leather jacket to mod.
Trimming down the knee pads to fit my knee plates onto, maybe hitting them with a little heat to better shape them and my shoulder bells.  Just hoping the paint won't bubble.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kal'Verec on Oct 11, 2013, 10:23 AM
Looking forward to seeing the progress.  8)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 11, 2013, 10:30 AM
Looking forward to seeing the progress.  8)
I'll need to borrow a camera, should post something soon-ish.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 11, 2013, 10:29 PM
Sorry for double posting, but what glue would be best for attaching the visor?
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kal'Verec on Oct 11, 2013, 10:31 PM
Most people use a lot of hot glue, or plastic epoxy.  8)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 12, 2013, 12:30 AM
Hot glue it is. :D

Update:
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/1012132203-01.jpg)
How's it look?  Not wearing my flightsuit yet, got a few things to fix on it. Took that pic with my crappy camera/phone....
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Ca'tra Firaxan on Oct 12, 2013, 11:01 PM
The weathering and the colors go really well together.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 12, 2013, 11:43 PM
Thanks, vod.  Kinda worried about the spacing, but have made a few adjustments since that pic.  NEED MOAR VELCRO!! :laugh: ;D
Also need to get some blackwash on it, especially on those big "blast marks".
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Ronin Tavic on Oct 13, 2013, 12:57 AM
don't forget to balance the bigger damage with little scratches and nicks. Light passes with varying sandpaper grits will give it a more natural and balanced look. It's definitely getting there vod  :D
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 13, 2013, 01:02 AM
Thanks, Ronin.  Now to get hot on the buy'ce and weapons.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Niabi on Oct 13, 2013, 11:16 AM
size is good ;) but spacing is a bit off.

get the gap between the collar and chest even then get the gut plate sitting nicly in the gap between the plates ;) with an even gap all the way ;)

also your shoulders are not even.

and as for those knees :( dont do it. they would need to be completely covered to use them. 
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 13, 2013, 09:42 PM
Thanks for the advice, vode.   

For the knees, going to strip out the elastic, and attach it directly to the armor.
As for spacing, going to need help from a friend or family to get them right, my wife is always "too busy" to help. :rolleyes:

There are some small nicks and scratches on the plates, the resolution on that camera is crap.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 17, 2013, 12:01 AM
Borrowed a camera:
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/DSC01002.jpg)
Couple minor adjustments, and I'm golden.

One downside, my hard parts to the gauntlets have vanished.  So, I'll try to build something for this weekend, not making any promises.  Being worked like a dog the last few weeks, and the foreseeable future.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Niabi on Oct 17, 2013, 01:48 PM
Looking Better ;) but your chest diamond is wonky  ;)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kal'Verec on Oct 17, 2013, 03:24 PM
The white around the visor throws the color balance off a little bit since there's no white on the rest of the armor. I see the small orange outline, but it seems a little off. Maybe if you reversed the colors there? What if the cheeks were white and around the visor was orange? Just a few suggestions. Good work so far. I'm liking the progress.  8)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 17, 2013, 09:40 PM
I need a squire to get into this properly. ;)

Got a few little things to fix up, like making a mad rush to make new gauntlets.  Searched everywhere at home and at my parents' garage, and no sign of them.

Does anybody sell them?

The helmet needs some touch-ups, and need to get the real orange highlights in.  The ones in the pic are from the angle my mother took them at (wheelchair height, recovering from foot surgery).
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Niabi on Oct 18, 2013, 01:54 PM
Got a few little things to fix up, like making a mad rush to make new gauntlets.  Searched everywhere at home and at my parents' garage, and no sign of them.

Does anybody sell them?


Check out the trading station Vode ;) there are loads (well a few)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 19, 2013, 06:57 PM
Found my gauntlets, but not in time to have them done before the Con. :(
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/DSC01008.jpg)

Public test went well, even got a few pointers from my vode at the MMCC/501st/Rebel table.  Gonna have to steal their idea of the hard hat supports for inside my bucket.

Thanks, guys!
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/1019131437-00.jpg)
Sorry it's blurry, got bumped by an ad in a Boba costume.

Can someone tell me the brand of the 2-part epoxy gel that would work best to fix my earcaps?  The right one fell off right after the con.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kal'Verec on Oct 20, 2013, 04:07 PM
Loctite works well.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Seth'ume on Oct 20, 2013, 05:46 PM
I've used JB Weld with success. I've also used what's called green stuff, which is 2 part epoxy putty and becomes green when you mix it. Don't know specifically what that's called but it works real well. You could find it at any hobby store or tabletop/board gaming store.

If you're having attachment issues, you might consider boring a few small holes in the ear cap and helmet to give more surface area for the putty to hold. It should only take one or two for an ear cap, I used five to attach the center piece on my cod plate and works like a charm.  But even if you don't do that, definitely be sure to sand the area of attachment so the putty can better hold
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 20, 2013, 09:17 PM
Thanks, vod. :D
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 24, 2013, 11:13 AM
Found Loctite 5-Minute epoxy, and an inexpensive hard hat at Lowes.  Wish me luck.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Niabi on Oct 25, 2013, 04:08 PM
Good luck vod ;)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 27, 2013, 12:41 AM
Vor'e

Seems there's too much flex in my buy'ce, I keep having to redo the hot glue for my visor.
And any tips on attaching that hard hat support inside my helmet?

Update:
Got the earcaps epoxied on, added a short antenna for a coms unit.
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/1027131526-00.jpg)
It settled kinda crooked, so just need some bondo to hide it, and make an end piece for the top.
Also epoxied in the visor. THAT was a pain in the shebs...

Got some knee armor, now.
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/1027131515-00.jpg)
Just need to get some color on them.

Made some progress on my main blaster, got it here:
http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=67053.0 (http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=67053.0)
Just need to finish my knives and sword, but as it stands, I'm ready for Halloween (also my 14th anniversary).
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 30, 2013, 01:42 PM
Been thinking of adding some trophies to my kit, what would people think of some Death Watch colored chest diamonds on some wookie braids?
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kal'Verec on Oct 30, 2013, 07:26 PM
That'd be pretty cool.  8)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 30, 2013, 07:33 PM
Do I go with the black from the comics, or the silver/blue from the Clone Wars?
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Ronin Tavic on Oct 30, 2013, 11:52 PM
Do I go with the black from the comics, or the silver/blue from the Clone Wars?
Yes. (Why not do both???)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Ca'tra Firaxan on Oct 31, 2013, 12:06 AM
Go with death watch hair braids. It's the only completed part of my kit. Join the club! :laugh:
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 31, 2013, 12:41 AM
Why not?  ;D
A Death Watch commander plays a part in the short story I'm writing.  Started as a list of things in my character's backstory, but kinda took a life of it's own.  I might post it, once it's closer to being done.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 31, 2013, 11:42 PM
Happy Halloween, vode!! :D
Also Happy 14th Anniversary to me and my wife.
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/DSC00006.jpg)
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/DSC00009.jpg)
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/DSC00005.jpg)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Nov 01, 2013, 07:35 AM
Yeah :D
How's your kit coming along?
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Ca'tra Firaxan on Nov 01, 2013, 07:36 AM
Happy 14th anniversary!!!

My buire just had theirs.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kel Toi on Nov 01, 2013, 08:20 AM
Happy anniversary! I dunno what it is, but something about the look of yer armour plates makes me think that its been cut straight from a sign. Maybe its the lines or the weathering, dunno. Maybe try more thinner scratches to break it up and a throw some dirt on it?
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Nov 01, 2013, 08:57 AM
Still working on weathering it.  Quite a ways away from sending in app pics.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kel Toi on Nov 01, 2013, 12:36 PM
looking forward to seeing more mate.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Nov 01, 2013, 08:39 PM
And more is coming.  This is becoming an addiction...  Already have ideas for my next kit.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Niabi on Nov 03, 2013, 06:31 AM
Its coming along vod ;)

a few placement issues ;) and some light scratches with diff grit and papers would be cool ;) maybe a black wash ? 
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Nov 03, 2013, 09:35 AM
Does anyone have experience with magnets?  Thinking of switching out the velcro with them, might solve some issues with placement.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Nov 07, 2013, 02:47 PM
Some post-Halloween updates:

Forgot to unpack the cape and leather part of the gauntlets, had a little mold.  Cape was cleanable, but gauntlets are goners.
Looking for some better boots, any suggestions are welcomed.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Lem'zig Dee on Nov 07, 2013, 02:58 PM
Does anyone have experience with magnets?  Thinking of switching out the velcro with them, might solve some issues with placement.

I use rare earth (neodymium) magnets for all my upper body plates.  Love them!  I attached them to the plates with 2 part plastic weld, then use heavy duty duct tape (yes, duct tape) on the inside of my leather vest.  Only had to adjust them one time in 22 troops...and that was just redoing the duct tape on about 3 of them.  I know some folks sew the magnets in, but the tape has worked so far.  And the best part is that I don't need anyone to help me kit up!
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Nov 07, 2013, 03:06 PM
Thanks for the info, now to hunt them down! :D
I hope to find them fast, my job situation is getting shaky.  Besoms want to hold me at fault for my getting hospitalized for almost a week.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Nov 15, 2013, 11:30 AM
Minor paint update:
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/DSC00035.jpg?t=1384446474)
Just got the basic part done of the highlights I planned, now to get a fine brush to it, sharpen the edges.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kal'Verec on Nov 15, 2013, 04:59 PM
NICE!! That really makes the helmet look better! Good job man!  ;D
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Muscle on Nov 15, 2013, 06:19 PM
Hey I met you briefly at cleveland comic con. Really like what you did to your helmet. Keep plugging away and you will be official in no time
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Nov 15, 2013, 10:51 PM
Thanks, vode.  Kinda slowing down for a bit, just fine tuning. Working on a short story, and just came up with it's cover art.  Also, planning on a back plate upgrade, turn the cape into a kama.
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/DSC00041.jpg)
Trying to talk the wife into letting me build her that armor.  Honestly, neither of us is built like the drawing, but I think it would be something fun for the whole family to get into.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kal'Verec on Nov 16, 2013, 09:51 AM
Nice drawing. You have some art skillz, vod. Maybe make an art thread,  ;)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Nov 16, 2013, 09:03 PM
Where would I put it? Already have 2 topics, this one and one for my weapons ;)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Ronin Tavic on Nov 16, 2013, 09:16 PM
You could start a new one... :P
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Nov 16, 2013, 09:58 PM
The hard part would be getting all my good stuff out of storage to be scanned or photographed. :P
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kal'Verec on Nov 16, 2013, 10:22 PM
...in the fan art section vod.  :P
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Nov 19, 2013, 11:38 AM
Have to get my stuff out of storage, now.  My art has kinda taken a backseat to this build.  ;D
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Nov 20, 2013, 12:53 PM
WOOT WOOT!
Over 4k Views!
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Niabi on Nov 22, 2013, 02:45 PM
cool stuff vod ;)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Svik Katora on Nov 24, 2013, 10:28 PM
Lookin' good, It takes a real man to rock a night owl.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Nov 25, 2013, 08:05 AM
Vor'e, ner vod.  Having a little trouble finding a big enough piece of plastic to do my back plate, any suggestions?
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Ronin Tavic on Nov 25, 2013, 10:08 AM
6 inch diameter PVC pipe, or a trash can. Or you could always do segmented.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kal'Verec on Nov 25, 2013, 07:59 PM
You could always get a big plastic bin from walmart. They are around ten bucks.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Drako Katora on Nov 26, 2013, 02:24 PM
Check if you have any local plastics companies around. I apparently lived within one mile of one my entire life and never realized it  :laugh:
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Nov 26, 2013, 11:44 PM
Thanks for the tips, vode. :D
I'd like to see what a segmented back plate looks like.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Svik Katora on Nov 30, 2013, 02:25 AM
Check kalyns wip http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=55899.30
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Nov 30, 2013, 11:20 AM
Borrowing from Kalyn:
(http://i1253.photobucket.com/albums/hh595/KalynSolari/back_zps51ac810c.jpg)
Looks cool, but not sure how well it would work on me.  I'll see about making some out of paper or something, first.
Thinking of getting a trash bin and seeing if the regular will work on it.

Story Update:
Have written in a partner/love interest and the main villain. Now to see where that will take the rest of the story.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Svik Katora on Nov 30, 2013, 11:25 AM
Most people who do segmented have a more simplistic look, on or two side pieces and chest diamond sized pieces in a line to form the spine. Alternatively you could try something like this guy. http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=69244.0
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Ronin Tavic on Nov 30, 2013, 05:47 PM
Also look at Reapwinds WIP. He's got a great segmented back piece.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Dec 02, 2013, 10:44 PM
I just checked it out, and I think that could work for me.  Going to try it in cardboard first.

Would anyone want to be part of my story?  Part of the current chapter involves meeting with a more experienced Bounty Hunter, and was about to give the honors to Remo, but not sure if I'd be doing him justice with a cameo.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Ronin Tavic on Dec 02, 2013, 10:50 PM
I just checked it out, and I think that could work for me.  Going to try it in cardboard first.

Would anyone want to be part of my story?  Part of the current chapter involves meeting with a more experienced Bounty Hunter, and was about to give the honors to Remo, but not sure if I'd be doing him justice with a cameo.
if the timeline fits and you need a little crazy....  ;)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Dec 02, 2013, 11:12 PM
Now, are we talking goofball or Hawkbat-osik?
The story is set in the post-Clone Wars period. Have just had a run-in with a Death Watch shabuir who interfered with my hunt, and tried to kill me and my partner.  Just contacted my Guild handler to meet with a hunter who's been at it longer.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kardos Shantiel on Dec 07, 2013, 04:50 AM
Looked through your whole thread! Gotta say, inspirational! You had a few rough moments, but you kept going and now it's all coming together swimmingly! And it looks great on top of that! Insipres me to make my kit!
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Dec 07, 2013, 10:09 AM
Glad to be an inspiration, and good luck in making your kit, vod!
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Dec 23, 2013, 02:36 PM
After careful consideration (and a short conversation with PJ, a.k.a Hondo), I am planning on opening up the visor a bit on the Night Owl I have, Legacy-style.
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/cfcaaf02-4094-4fed-a81a-c3645869f086.jpg?t=1387826926)
The lines are where I was thinking of chopping, but am looking for other input.

In other news, the back plate is on hold for now, since I am now the only one employed in my household.  Still looking to do a segmented back, though. 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all my vode. K'oyacii.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Drako Katora on Dec 23, 2013, 02:42 PM
I opened my bucket up and vision was drastically improved, I don't know if I could have survived otherwise. I say go for it but make absolutely sure you like where your lines are and be super accurate with your measurements
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Niabi on Dec 23, 2013, 02:58 PM
hmmmmm  ??? im not convinced its a great idea  :rolleyes: but its your bucket and id be interested to see what you do with it / what it looks like in the end ;)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Ronin Tavic on Dec 23, 2013, 05:08 PM
Personally, I'm not a fan. I'm not much of a fan of the legacy visors though.. maybe a less gradual cut?
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Cin Vhe'rang on Dec 23, 2013, 06:30 PM
Personally, I'm not a fan. I'm not much of a fan of the legacy visors though.. maybe a less gradual cut?
Gotta agree with Ronin here.  The best-looking part of the Night Owl is the visor, and it'd be a shame to chop it up.  Maybe elect to replace it with a new helmet, one with a wider visor.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Dec 24, 2013, 10:43 AM
Gotta agree with Ronin here.  The best-looking part of the Night Owl is the visor, and it'd be a shame to chop it up.  Maybe elect to replace it with a new helmet, one with a wider visor.
I'd like to get another buy'ce, but with money getting tight, that is gonna be a while.  Might see about a less severe cut.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Svik Katora on Dec 25, 2013, 04:32 AM
I see what you mean, the thinnest part would be right were your eyes are.
I have two styles you might like.
Style one is a less severe cut, but should give you that much more vissiblility.
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3742/11544363446_3ed63ac641.jpg)
Style two has a more severe cut, but would really open up your field of view.
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3782/11544272344_fc7c3cc18e.jpg)
The first doesn't change the helmet to much, but the second one really changes the expression your helmet makes. And trust me, they make an expression.
In the end this is just food for thought, more cut out, or less. You can probably guesse were my vote lies though :P.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Dec 25, 2013, 08:38 AM
Liking the first one more, keeps with the flavor of the Night Owl.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Ronin Tavic on Dec 25, 2013, 09:35 AM
One looks pretty good. It's about what I had in mind. 2 looks like batmando.  :laugh:
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Niabi on Dec 25, 2013, 12:40 PM
Yuuuuup one is the best ;)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Svik Katora on Dec 26, 2013, 04:16 AM
One looks pretty good. It's about what I had in mind. 2 looks like batmando.  :laugh:
HAH! Batmando.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Dec 26, 2013, 10:11 AM
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/d6011e41-ffc1-4dbf-ad14-fe05a00261f3.jpg?t=1388070668)
I'm BatMANDO!


Damnit, now I want to build that as my next unofficial kit... Blast you, Svik...
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Svik Katora on Dec 26, 2013, 02:40 PM
All in a days work.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jan 05, 2014, 10:24 PM
OK, getting behind a bit on my kit, but here's the latest:
Ditching the current gauntlets, have an idea for how to replace them. Keeping with the simple style, but for sturdiness I'm going to be stacking the brush cups within each other, and having a segmented look.
The eye expansion is on hold for now, saving up for a good Dremel (or asking the missus to get it for me for my birthday). Going to just trim about 1/16th inch off the bottom.
Taking my original diamond off my kit to send in as a show of support to Cando, and making a new one.
And looking for an old recurve bow and quiver of arrows.

Story update:
Kinda stalled, having a bit of trouble transitioning from being on a hunt to the "off-season". :-\
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jan 10, 2014, 01:02 PM
Some small paint updates:
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/DSC00080.jpg)
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/DSC00081.jpg)
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/DSC00082.jpg)
Did some touch-ups, getting a light coat over some spots that still showed the base through the black. Added some "burnt" paint around the slash on the left eye. Still need to sharpen the edges of the orange highlights, and Dremel the eyes just a smidge larger.

Also fixed my gloves, replaced the ruined leather "under gauntlet" part.

Also, can anyone point me to a way to install a hard hat style insert for the helmet?  The foam I have in there isn't really cutting it.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Niabi on Jan 10, 2014, 01:51 PM
I like the pattern vod ;)

Needs a little bit of clean up on the orange ;) but you could hide it with weathering  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jan 10, 2014, 02:27 PM
Still kicking around a few things on it, one of which is painting the raised part around the back. :-\
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jan 19, 2014, 01:08 PM
Got some minor news.
Going to scrap my original gauntlets, mostly because the brush holder plastic is REALLY weak.  Any tips on making them out of PVC?  Still want to keep the smooth look I had going, maybe greeb-up the left one a little, small dart launcher and a poison holder, maybe.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Niabi on Jan 19, 2014, 01:45 PM
If you can get PVC guttering ;) I find that it is pretty easy to shape a nice set out of it ;)

I like to get some squire Guttering for the top and some Round guttering for the bottom ;)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jan 20, 2014, 10:24 AM
Thanks.   :D
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Svik Katora on Jan 20, 2014, 02:12 PM
Well I got some 4 inch pvc pipe and made my gaunts, they pretty streamline, pm me if you want the template.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jan 21, 2014, 08:34 AM
It's slow going, but I have come up with an idea for my back plate(s).  I have printed out the Jango XL collar, and will be using that as the starting point for a set of scaled back plates.  The cape is getting cut down to make a kama (I might have mentioned that before :rolleyes: ), but had an idea for a codpiece.  Would making a flat version to attach to a loincloth work?
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Ronin Tavic on Jan 21, 2014, 04:54 PM
Doing a loincloth with armor on it? It's worked before. It can very easily look really odd though, so make a few templates an see what works best. If you're scaling the back you could try scaling the cod too.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jan 21, 2014, 09:38 PM
Hadn't even thought about that...
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Svik Katora on Jan 25, 2014, 10:43 PM
How are those gauntlets coming along?
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jan 25, 2014, 11:37 PM
Been busy with work, so it's slow going.  Getting the PVC for it soon-ish.
So sick of my job... :rolleyes:
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jan 27, 2014, 05:07 PM
Paint Update!:
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/DSC00104.jpg)
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/DSC00108.jpg)
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/DSC00107.jpg)
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/DSC00106.jpg)
Did some touch-ups, covered some spots I wasn't satisfied with, and did some dry brushing to make some spots look burnt. Made a new diamond, have to mail out the original to Cando soon.
Also adjusted the plates a little, had to stuff the vest with a pillow to get it to "proper proportions".  The collar was just a little offset to one side.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Einn_Karel on Jan 27, 2014, 06:30 PM
weathering is looking good! could use a bit of dirt and grime imo, but the scorching looks great
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Svik Katora on Jan 27, 2014, 06:47 PM
Personaly It could use a few smaller dents and dings here and there, but it's a lot better than my first paint job.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jan 27, 2014, 09:12 PM
Still practicing my wash methods, and figured that since it's beskar, it would be really hard to dent.
Going to try a 4-to-1 water/paint mix, then try it on a scrap of the plastic I'm using.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Svik Katora on Jan 27, 2014, 09:21 PM
Well yes, beskar is nearly impossible to dent, what I meant is you don't have many small scratches.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jan 27, 2014, 10:17 PM
Working on those.

Story Update:
Have my character and his Mandokarla partner are getting close to a target at the Cloud City Casino sabacc tournament.  Just had him knock out the Muun target's bodyguard, while she's at the table facing off against him in the second day's last hand.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jan 29, 2014, 10:54 PM
Took advantage of the snow. Not exactly what I had in mind, but the missus was complaining about the cold. :laugh: ;D
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/9d490661-af5e-4c78-994b-5afcc027b799.jpg?t=1391053756)
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/97823165-6944-4ce3-b059-954a64196c5c.jpg?t=1391053671)
Thinking of doing one next time by the aliit's fire pit...
And yes, they were taken at slightly different times.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Nemo on Feb 01, 2014, 01:48 AM
Went and read through your thread, you have made some really nice progress, thumbs up to you Vode!

Keep up the good work.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Feb 01, 2014, 09:26 AM
Vor'e, vod.  :D

List of "Still Needs:"
Gauntlets- Going to be getting PVC for those, soon.
Boot Armor- Need to cover the laces, or just get a set of pull on boots with my taxes...
Kama
Loincloth and Cod piece- Need better leather/pleather, maybe use leftovers to make a holster.
Bow and Quiver
Hand wraps- Since I'd like to go Assassin at some point.

I now have 2 suits to wear under the armor, the grey and now white.

And now, I need to get new gloves.  Lost one of them somewhere...

Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kal'Verec on Feb 01, 2014, 08:31 PM
As far as a bow, I would look at trying to make something futuristic. Not that many con-goers would know that bows exist in the Star Wars universe, and seeing a plain wooden one for example probably wouldn't make sense to them. The wookieepedia article says that there had been bows made out of wood that had stone or metal enhancements, but that was closer to the beginning of the Star Wars timeline. Anything used in the Modern Era would have been of composite materials. (other than what the Ewoks used)

As far as handwraps, it is your preference, but I would suggest using streamlined pvc gaunts as you had mentioned. Too often I see hand/foot wraps being used to cut effort out of kit. In my opinion, if you are going to put the effort in to starting a kit, you should make it the best you can. I guess I just don't like wraps, but that's just my opinion.

Also, if you are wanting to go Spec Ops and keep your kit light, I have a few ideas for you. You could make some spats (instead of boot armor) that are 1) the color of your flightsuit or 2) the color of your boots. Either should probably work fine.  Here's a link to a spat tutorial (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfxGVQ3WpSc&feature=player_embedded). Using some nice pleather/leather would look good. You could also have maybe a shin holster for a knife or some type of weapon. And you could have thigh pouches. Not the Boba style ones, but something that sits on the outside of your leg(s).

And for an assassin route, I would stick to the grey probably since it is more muted than white. Anyway, this is all my two cents, and I hope I have helped. I look forward to seeing your progress.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Feb 02, 2014, 10:57 AM
That tutorial helps! :D
Going to go for that, maybe make it much taller than the boots, with a couple armor plates on it. Nothing too fancy. The gauntlets are coming, just need to get off my lead shebs.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Feb 03, 2014, 11:30 PM
Found some new paint to try on those gaunts I'm procrastinating on, a gunmetal grey metallic acrylic.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kal'Verec on Feb 04, 2014, 10:10 PM
Unless you plan to have the gray on another part of the kit that compliments the design, I would suggest sticking to the colors you've already chosen. You don't want to have too many colors that it makes your kit too "busy".  8)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Feb 04, 2014, 11:03 PM
Going to use it for the base coat, then put my black and orange over it.  Also going to be using it for the base on some extra diamonds, taken as trophies from Death Watch opponents.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kal'Verec on Feb 05, 2014, 12:25 PM
Oh okay. Makes sense.  8)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Ronin Tavic on Feb 05, 2014, 12:27 PM
Metallic base coats ftw.  :)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Feb 11, 2014, 10:48 AM
Quick question: I saw someone mention a kneepad mount, using neoprene knee supports.  Is this still kosher?
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kal'Verec on Feb 11, 2014, 11:00 AM
No I don't think it is. It kind of falls under the sports armor/swat gear category. Your best bet for knees is to just Velcro your cut out pattern to the flightsuit, and use straps going around the back of the leg for support.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Feb 13, 2014, 11:47 PM
Ok, minor update.
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/DSC00140.jpg)
Have the base coat of gunmetal grey on it. Now for the tough part: Do I paint it a solid color Black or Orange, or do I paint it in a two-tone?
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Cin Vhe'rang on Feb 14, 2014, 12:22 AM
Ok, minor update.
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/DSC00140.jpg)
Have the base coat of gunmetal grey on it. Now for the tough part: Do I paint it a solid color Black or Orange, or do I paint it in a two-tone?
Depends on the look you're going for.  Solid color shoulder bells tend to look good, but it's very much a personal choice.

Honestly, when it comes to paint schemes, I tend to not have recommendations, aside from appraising weathering techniques.  The color of one's kit is the most obvious expression of one's own self.

That said, orange, to make the bells more obvious.  Two-tone would also work, with a focus on the orange for the outside/ border colors.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Feb 14, 2014, 12:40 AM
That's actually the knee, but I did use the Boba shoulders for them.  Not a big fan of the Boba-style knees, and not enough skill yet to make Katarn shnees.
Will most likely go with a black front, with the sides done in orange. 

No progress on the back plates, yet.  Need to get to a Rancor clan armor party, run some ideas past them.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kelan Ord on Feb 15, 2014, 08:39 PM
That's actually the knee, but I did use the Boba shoulders for them.

You might want to modify them some more... Unmodified shoulder plates as knee wont pass.

There are some "easier" alternatives.
- Galactic Marine style
- Star Wars Galaxies style
- Death Watch style

And any custom look really. Just not unmodified shoulders... Sorry.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Feb 15, 2014, 09:38 PM
So... Any tips on turning those into the GM-style?
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Svik Katora on Feb 15, 2014, 09:40 PM
If they'r sintra then you just get it hot and try and introduce a bend at the top.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Feb 15, 2014, 11:12 PM
Tote bin plastic.  Does take heat rather well, just have to figure the angles.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Feb 23, 2014, 08:56 PM
I finally have a Dremel I can call my own!  Time to start the minor adjustment to the visor!

P.S.: A big Thank You to my mother-in-law for the late B-Day present. ;D
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Feb 24, 2014, 09:39 PM
Helmet Update:
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/DSC00156.jpg)
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/DSC00157.jpg)
Got the widening of the visor area started, just need to straighten out the corners.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Svik Katora on Feb 24, 2014, 09:45 PM
Looking good.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kal'Verec on Feb 24, 2014, 10:24 PM
I would actually leave the visor's shape as it is now. It has a subtle difference to it that makes it look cool. Your choice though.  8)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Feb 25, 2014, 08:21 AM
I do kinda like it... ;D
Maybe just sharpen the edges a smidge.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Drako Katora on Feb 25, 2014, 10:43 AM
I think you just sharpen up the edges and leave it as it is. It's just different enough to stand out but small enough to not be a completely different helmet.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Ronin Tavic on Feb 25, 2014, 03:53 PM
i agree :)
how's the rest coming along?
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Feb 25, 2014, 09:24 PM
Had to put off getting the PVC for the gaunts till after my taxes come in, mostly due to trying to get a new apartment.
After much consideration, will be making a 1-piece back plate, Jango-style.  Sterilite garbage can, here I come.
Gauntlets will be simple, streamlined. Going to try making Galactic Marine knees, and will be getting Jedi-style boots, and adding an armor piece to the top of the foot.
Cape has been cut into the kama, just need to get it onto a belt, and make a codpiece.  Have the plate cut for it, but it looks kinda uneven.  Will post a pic later.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Drako Katora on Feb 25, 2014, 11:25 PM
If you're looking for cheap streamline gauntlets 4" PVC pipe is a great material, just cut it to shape, slice down the middle so you can get your arm in it, a minimal bit of forming and boom, cheap and easy gauntlet. Svik can probably send you some templates and better instructions if you're interested.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Feb 25, 2014, 11:28 PM
He sent me them a little bit ago.  :D
It's what I'm going to get, have to get the green PVC.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Feb 28, 2014, 12:54 AM
And out of curiousity, what should the measurements be, from a centerline, on a Large Jango codpiece?
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Feb 28, 2014, 09:07 AM
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/DSC00158.jpg)
Added some names to the buy'ce.  My brother Art just passed away this morning.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Jaing Vau on Feb 28, 2014, 01:47 PM
Nice touch. My deepest condolences ner vod.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kelan Ord on Feb 28, 2014, 01:48 PM
Man that sucks. My sympathies vod.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Thaxos on Feb 28, 2014, 02:44 PM
So very sorry to hear that, my condolences.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kal'Verec on Feb 28, 2014, 04:13 PM
Sorry about your loss. My condolences.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Drako Katora on Feb 28, 2014, 06:03 PM
I'm sorry to hear that Straka. My deepest of condolences. It's a very touching addition.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Feb 28, 2014, 10:02 PM
Thanks, vode.  I'll never be able to watch Roger Rabbit without hearing my brother with the "PBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBLLLLLLLEASE".
He was the only person I know that could do it perfectly.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Ca'tra Firaxan on Mar 01, 2014, 10:40 PM
I'm very sorry for your loss. The loss of a brother must be incredibly devastating.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Mar 01, 2014, 11:18 PM
It's also a kick in the shebs, in more ways than one.  FINALLY got the PVC for the gauntlets, and will be starting an exercise program.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Mar 03, 2014, 06:13 PM
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/DSC00160.jpg)
FINALLY!! Cut the back plate! ;D
Now to smooth the edges, get it sanded and primed.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kal'Verec on Mar 03, 2014, 08:03 PM
Still got some forming to do there!  :P  8)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Mar 03, 2014, 08:18 PM
Not as much as you'd think, but yeah.  Does the back need the flat section? Not planning on a jetpack or anything.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kal'Verec on Mar 03, 2014, 08:19 PM
You can have it flat, yeah, but I meant the tabs at the top have to be formed so they meet with the collar plate.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Drako Katora on Mar 03, 2014, 08:20 PM
it would also be pretty difficult to strap on not mention uncomfortable in its current shape wouldn't it?
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Mar 03, 2014, 08:20 PM
That's happening soon. ;D

Ever wonder just how intimidating a Wookiee Mando would be?
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kal'Verec on Mar 03, 2014, 08:22 PM
There's one of those...somewhere in star wars lore. I forget where he/she popped up.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Mar 03, 2014, 08:27 PM
it would also be pretty difficult to strap on not mention uncomfortable in its current shape wouldn't it?
Lol wut?
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Svik Katora on Mar 03, 2014, 08:28 PM
Might get int the way of shoulder blades.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Mar 05, 2014, 10:19 AM
Here's it after the first attack with the heat gun.
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/DSC00161.jpg)
Still feels way off, but it's much better than it was when originally cut.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Mar 05, 2014, 10:38 AM
Also, when I try for the Assassin's Brigade, would a Bes'bev count as an exotic weapon?  Going to be carrying a blaster and a vibrosword, might just turn that into a beskad, though.  My bow and quiver will be put on hold for a little bit.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kal'Verec on Mar 05, 2014, 11:21 AM
Lol I have no idea if a besbev would count. You'd have to hit up the brigade team for that one.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Mar 14, 2014, 11:47 AM
After two attacks with the heat gun, the back plate is still curling in on itself, trying to return to it's original shape.  Would reinforcement with some flat pieces help?
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: ConDar Ward on Mar 14, 2014, 12:50 PM
After two attacks with the heat gun, the back plate is still curling in on itself, trying to return to it's original shape.  Would reinforcement with some flat pieces help?

I'm sorry to say I've missed quite a Bit of your Build .....  :(

But As Far as the Backplate ,You Should Heat it A lot , then Press it as Flat as you Can with Something of Substantial Weight ,
then Subject it to Cold Water or Just let it Cool on it's Own While being Flattened .

Then Re-add the Curves back in as you Go ..  IMO ...  :rolleyes:

Good luck ner'vod ...  ;)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Mar 15, 2014, 10:53 PM
Looks like I'll need someone's car to flatten this out. Being a total pain in the shebs.

You haven't really missed much, vod. :D
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Mar 20, 2014, 10:25 AM
Can't find if I posted these here yet.
http://www.discountstarwarscostumes.com/mens-anakin-boots.html (http://www.discountstarwarscostumes.com/mens-anakin-boots.html)
Like the style of these, and if I'm going Assassin, I won't need any more armor that cod and knees.
Has anyone purchased items from this site? Just curious of quality and reliability.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Drako Katora on Mar 20, 2014, 06:19 PM
I believe this is the site that I bought my rubie's jango helmet from. I can attest that they are legit and I received the expected goods. Just remember to take their products with a grain of salt, look for actual examples of the boot instead of just their marketing images. i.e. the deluxe jango helmet looks NO WHERE as good as the photo but was still a reliable base bucket.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Mar 20, 2014, 10:00 PM
T'is good news. I'll be ordering those relatively soon.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Ronin Tavic on Mar 20, 2014, 11:07 PM
they apparently don't know their star wars though.. a kids boba fett costume's write up is; The only genetic, un-cloned son of famed bounty hunter Jango Fett... much fail.  :laugh:
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Drako Katora on Mar 21, 2014, 12:15 AM
Like I said, they're a legitimate company but just take everything with a grain of salt and know what you're getting into before you make your purchase.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Mar 21, 2014, 01:55 AM
Did some searching online, and it seems every costume shop sells these exact same boot for Anakin, right down to the SKU. Guess I'll just have to chance it. :-\
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Mar 24, 2014, 09:58 PM
Some progress, but camera is MIA, so I'll have to post some pics when I find it. 

Got the back plate flattened out somewhat.  Still needs a little work, but I should have it ready soon.
Got the cod shaped, just need to attach it to the belt and make a Boba-thong for it.

Also, been waiting for better weather to work on the gauntlets.  Any advice if I want to try making the Clone Wars style Jedi gaunts?
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kal'Verec on Mar 24, 2014, 10:54 PM
Just use pvc pipes. Cut out the "tabs" on either end of the gaunt, and you're good to go.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Mar 29, 2014, 11:22 PM
Photo Dump!
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/DSC00165.jpg)
Back plate, after heat attack #4

(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/DSC00166.jpg)
Cod plate. Still seems a little lopsided. :-\

(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/DSC00167.jpg)
New gloves. I know I'll have to get the Kobalt logos off of it, just digging the pre-armored aspect. ;D

(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/DSC00163.jpg?t=1396063241)
And a possible fuel tank for a flamethrower upgrade. Design of the bottle reminded me of the RC's backpacks.

As always, any tips, comments or critiques welcome. :)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Jaing Vau on Mar 30, 2014, 09:05 AM
Very ingenuitive idea with the water jug! I can totally see where you're coming from ner vod :D
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Mar 30, 2014, 01:36 PM
It's amazing what greebs you can find working at a nursing home.  Have a full pack of those thermometer covers for possible darts. Either need to fill them with something to harden them, or leave them empty to keep their flexibility (and safety).

Thinking of using those gloves as crushgaunts, think they'll pass muster?
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kal'Verec on Mar 30, 2014, 01:48 PM
Well, theres not crls defining crushgaunt specs. Its all in backstory. But.crushgaunts are bulky. They would be akin to power fists from fallout.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Mar 30, 2014, 01:56 PM
Saw a set on the wookiee that looked thin enough, and I figured in the Post-CW modern era they'd have figured out how to thin them down a bit. 

In backstory news, figured out my character's name: Anton Strix.
Using my middle for his first name, and the name of a local owl species, Strix Varia.  Having him and his aliit (wife and son) infiltrate a cloning facility aboard an Arc Hammer-class factory ship, in pursuit of a crazy clone of a former Death Watch leader and her benefactor, a disgraced former Moff.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kal'Verec on Mar 30, 2014, 04:12 PM
Well, its all ambiguous because they had been banned.until boba became  mandalor, and I dont think any pics.have surfaced.from that.era for crushgaunts
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Drako Katora on Mar 31, 2014, 02:34 AM
There are several pictures that are commonly accepted as crushgaunts but no definitive "this is what it has to look like" In general I believe it has to be an obviously metal plated gauntlet that is a medium - heavy glove. Other than that it's all personal preference as far as I know
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Niabi on Mar 31, 2014, 03:34 PM
Lets see those plates on you vod ;)

as for the Crush Gaunt
(http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20070713090947/starwars/images/7/75/Mandalorian_Crush_Gaunts.JPG)

They dont looks to heavy / bulky to me  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Cin Vhe'rang on Mar 31, 2014, 04:58 PM
There are several pictures that are commonly accepted as crushgaunts but no definitive "this is what it has to look like" In general I believe it has to be an obviously metal plated gauntlet that is a medium - heavy glove. Other than that it's all personal preference as far as I know
Largely personal, yes.  Niabi's shot is the one image accepted as canon, but there have been many variations...

(http://i1265.photobucket.com/albums/jj513/Ian_Crash_Tarr/Weapons_zpsadedf9c7.jpg) (http://s1265.photobucket.com/user/Ian_Crash_Tarr/media/Weapons_zpsadedf9c7.jpg.html)
Mine...

(http://i448.photobucket.com/albums/qq208/TracynOrdo/Tracyn%20Ordo%20Custom%20Mando%20v1/IMG_1627-2.jpg) (http://s448.photobucket.com/user/TracynOrdo/media/Tracyn%20Ordo%20Custom%20Mando%20v1/IMG_1627-2.jpg.html)
Tracyn Ordo's...


(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m210/Mandalore987/Force%20Hunter%20Album/DSC_0495_zpsa83da42d.jpg)
Je'karta Kad Verda, clearly going over the top with his... :D


(http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k201/PJR_76/Armor/IMG_0676.jpg)
Hondo Karr/ Head Shot Props' crushgaunt, back from when he was in his Falin Skirata days...

Most of us here do ours big.  Subtlety just doesn't cut it for a Mandalorian.  The lack of real canon references basically means you can stick with the little ones in the pic, or you can make a skull-crushing monstrosity like most of us prefer.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Mar 31, 2014, 06:26 PM
Theres also "Ironman" type gloves like mine....you see Dresdon doesnt have real hands so Im going with these being kinda like super battle droid inspired...
(http://i1012.photobucket.com/albums/af246/DresdonAcacin/10008419_597371887022508_508935093_n_zps2fe868ca.jpg) (http://s1012.photobucket.com/user/DresdonAcacin/media/10008419_597371887022508_508935093_n_zps2fe868ca.jpg.html)
(http://i1012.photobucket.com/albums/af246/DresdonAcacin/10009562_597371890355841_1465129697_n2_zps7489d557.jpg) (http://s1012.photobucket.com/user/DresdonAcacin/media/10009562_597371890355841_1465129697_n2_zps7489d557.jpg.html)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice. Now a WIP!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Apr 08, 2014, 01:19 AM
Trying to avoid the "Big 'n Bulky" look, but it's something to consider for my Mk. II. ;D

Trimmed the old knees, still need to do a little shaping.
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/DSC00187.jpg)
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/DSC00188.jpg)

Tightened up the text on the buy'ce
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/DSC00191.jpg)

And added killstripes
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/DSC00189.jpg)

Nevermind the mess, we're packing for a move.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Apr 09, 2014, 03:23 PM
IRL News, just got my MMCC Trading Cards!!

What, no love for Rancor Clan?  :rolleyes: :P :laugh:
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Apr 15, 2014, 10:42 PM
OK, having some serious doubts about the back plate.  Thinking of making a poncho, but am wondering if there are any tips, pros and cons, etc. Also scrapping the kama, it interferes with where I am putting my holster.

Main reason for osik-canning the back piece? It WILL NOT cooperate with me, and keeps returning to it's original shape, even after four heat attacks. Even tried weighting it on the reverse of the curve with a 5-gallon bucket of ice-cold water.  >:( :'( ???
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Ronin Tavic on Apr 16, 2014, 01:13 AM
what material is the back plate? and have you gotten the piece wet with cold water, or just placed a very cold bucket on it?
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Apr 16, 2014, 08:00 AM
Both. It's kinda frustrating. I'll be giving it another try, as soon as this crazy-shebs weather gets better.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: FreemanBanana on Apr 16, 2014, 08:40 AM
I wouldn't worry about the backplate too much. If you are evening thinking of going with a poncho or cape, just do that for now. You can always come back and work on the back plate later.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: ConDar Ward on Apr 16, 2014, 09:33 AM
Backplates can be a pain ... Keep at it .. You'll get it ...  ;)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kal'Verec on Apr 16, 2014, 09:55 AM
To be honest...find someone in your clan who can do metal work and make one out of metal. At least you don't have to worry about it bending back!  :laugh: Or just buy a rounded trash can or plastic bin (what I did) and cut the backplate out so the shoulder area is on the curve, and BAM instant armor shaping!  :P
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Apr 16, 2014, 07:07 PM
I plan on keeping at it.  It WILL bow to my will! Just not right now.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Svik Katora on Apr 16, 2014, 07:26 PM
Did you try giving it the evil eye? Always worked for me.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Apr 16, 2014, 07:33 PM
Doing that as we speak. :P
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Apr 16, 2014, 08:19 PM
Keep at it vod: it will be so much better to have persevered and accomplished something that drove you insane trying to figure out than to jsut start over.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Apr 17, 2014, 03:19 PM
Thanks, vode.
 Going to keep trying, but still doing the poncho for the time being, see if I can get approved with it for now.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Apr 19, 2014, 04:42 PM
Aaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrggggggggghhhhhh >:(
PVC, why doest thou hate me?!
Looks like I'm going back to the scrub brush gaunts. The PVC I got burns instead of becoming flexible.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Apr 20, 2014, 09:46 PM
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/WP_20140419_18_38_14_Pro1.jpg)
Issues I can see:
Spacing on rt. chest plate
Can barely see cod plate
Knees need paint
Going to be changing "girth belt"
Need to tailor "undergaunts" to hide glove logo
Need new hard gauntlets.

I do like the short sleeve look, if I can get some henna ink and a few stencils, I'll have a reason to show off the arms. :D
Will be hunting down a bow, since I failed miserably with flattening out a PVC pipe to make one. But, I was able to make my bes'bev. will post a pic later.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kal'Verec on Apr 20, 2014, 09:56 PM
Keep at it man. Yeah pretty much everything you mentioned is what I see so far.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Apr 20, 2014, 10:08 PM
Anything on the boots? Just got them, so they're still VERY shiny :rolleyes:
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Ronin Tavic on Apr 20, 2014, 11:22 PM
I'm not a fan of the belt system thing you have going there. I feel the pouches could be positioned farther apart and have a better look.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: dcubed121 on Apr 20, 2014, 11:40 PM
i agree on the spacing of the pouches.
move them to the sides. leave the middle(cod) exposed

also to me the flight suit seems to stand out.
maybe try darkening it a bit.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Apr 20, 2014, 11:57 PM
Got some ideas for the pouches, going to try a couple things soon. The flightsuit is another thing I'm looking into. Might pick up a darker set of scrubs, if I can sneak them past the wife...
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: dcubed121 on Apr 21, 2014, 12:09 AM
you could try dyeing them.

I have the same colour scrubs and thatís what my plan is.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Apr 21, 2014, 12:34 AM
Saw a charcoal grey set at a Kmart a week ago, the missus saw me drooling over them. :P
Was trying to have a little contrast in the flight suit, but starting to think it's too light. Going to hang on to them, maybe use them in my MK. II or something. :rolleyes:

Just did a minor edit to the undergaunts. Made a thumb hole, hides the logo and the strap, and will hopefully keep the gaunts in place when I remake them.
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/DSC00198.jpg)
Note the battlecat enjoying an evening repast.

(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/DSC00199.jpg)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: FreemanBanana on Apr 21, 2014, 06:54 AM
Love to see it coming together! I'm not a fan of exposed skin. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. But you really can't judge that until it is all together. But I'm sure you can pull it off  ;D

Also, a note on henna, that stuff stays on for a long time. I may have agreed to let some ladies draw on me, back in the day. Did not expect to have a horse on me for a week.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Apr 21, 2014, 10:29 AM
Oh, I know about that. Had an arm done in a traditional design for my brother's wedding. ;D
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Apr 21, 2014, 11:32 AM
Finally broke the back plate's will!!!
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/DSC00201.jpg)
Even have a slugthrower dent, to remind it who's boss. Now to get the base coat, and figure out a pattern for my colors.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: FreemanBanana on Apr 21, 2014, 12:10 PM
Very well done! Sometimes a back piece just needs to be shown who runs the show, ya know?
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kal'Verec on Apr 21, 2014, 02:58 PM
Actually I kind of saw something that could be argued as semantics but I thought I'd point it out. It is the big gun shot weathering on the gut plate. You said your character was an assassin and I just figured that an assassin would most likely be able to avoid those kinds of hits, and wouldn't be in the line of fire to receive that caliber of damage. It may be something you want to repaint. Horribly nit-picky, I know, but I just needed to voice my opinion.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: FreemanBanana on Apr 21, 2014, 03:10 PM
Actually I kind of saw something that could be argued as semantics but I thought I'd point it out. It is the big gun shot weathering on the gut plate. You said your character was an assassin and I just figured that an assassin would most likely be able to avoid those kinds of hits, and wouldn't be in the line of fire to receive that caliber of damage. It may be something you want to repaint. Horribly nit-picky, I know, but I just needed to voice my opinion.

 ;) I love opinions like this, makes me realize I'm not the only person out there with crazed, specific, ideas. This is totally just an opinion though. Maybe he got shot in the gut, under a table, at a bar... while on the job.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: ConDar Ward on Apr 21, 2014, 03:12 PM
Or he keeps it as a Reminder to "Keep his Distance" now ...  ;)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Apr 21, 2014, 04:06 PM
Or he keeps it as a Reminder to "Keep his Distance" now ...  ;)
It's more of a "I got to see the lights go out, but the target was defiant to the last."
A souvenir of my first up-close job.   ;D
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Drako Katora on Apr 22, 2014, 01:28 AM
hopefully it will also be your last "souvenir" as well  :P
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Apr 22, 2014, 10:53 AM
Yup.  ;D
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Apr 26, 2014, 12:01 AM
Hoping for good weather this weekend, going to be making the gaunts again, and trying to paint and attach the back, cod and knees.
Going back to the scrub brusk holders for now, had to get a new set, since the last ones shattered. Gotta love sub-zero temps... :rolleyes:
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Ronin Tavic on Apr 28, 2014, 12:24 AM
one or two up close shots wouldnt be unheard of.. I have one lined up with the heart on the back of my assassin build.. I thought the job was over, the bounty turned in.. looks like someone had placed a bigger price on me... so I decided to paint the room red, if you catch my drift....
but for real, one assassin weapon is close quarters, so a big direct hit or two might happen.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Apr 30, 2014, 06:57 PM
Got to get my shebs in gear, need to get things cut and painted befor we finish the move. Also, I am in need of a much bigger bin for my kit.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: FreemanBanana on May 01, 2014, 07:08 AM
Got to get my shebs in gear, need to get things cut and painted befor we finish the move. Also, I am in need of a much bigger bin for my kit.

My wife didn't appreciate my suggestion of a mannequin for my kit... So maybe I need a big box myself.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on May 01, 2014, 08:32 AM
My wife didn't appreciate my suggestion of a mannequin for my kit... So maybe I need a big box myself.
Oh, I can relate. Everytime I mention one, I get  :rolleyes: from her. 
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: ConDar Ward on May 01, 2014, 08:34 AM
Just Make one ...  ;D
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: FreemanBanana on May 01, 2014, 08:35 AM
Just Make one ...  ;D

I was going to! With PVC from work. She still did not seem to appreciate it   >:( Maybe I'll do it anyways... Ha. No. We all know that's a mistake  ;)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Cin Vhe'rang on May 01, 2014, 05:29 PM
I was going to! With PVC from work. She still did not seem to appreciate it   >:( Maybe I'll do it anyways... Ha. No. We all know that's a mistake  ;)
That largely depends on how comfy a couch you have. :D
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: ConDar Ward on May 01, 2014, 05:57 PM
It's pretty simple actually .... Would like some details ?  PM me ...  ;)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on May 01, 2014, 11:10 PM
I know my couch is comfy, been sleeping there for a couple years.  :rolleyes:
Long story short, my son was afraid of his bedroom, kept saying he saw someone standing in one corner of the room, so for the last few years I'd sleep in the living room with him.
Got a near 100k Gamerscore that way. :P
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on May 06, 2014, 01:02 PM
OK, slight delay in getting things finsihed.  Seems I got so caught up in finishing this build that I almost forgot something important, like the fact I only have a week to pack everything for a move ??? :rolleyes:
So, I'm putting this on hold for the moment, our regularly scheduled programming will resume shortly. ;D
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on May 18, 2014, 04:21 PM
Ok, still unpacking from the move. Looking for info on a speaker/mic kit, similar to the ones our TK brethren use. Kinda partial to the static click they have.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on May 18, 2014, 05:44 PM
For the static click thatd be like an Icomm board.as for a voice amp pm me I possibly might be able to hook you up with one set up for a helmet.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on May 23, 2014, 03:32 PM
For the static click thatd be like an Icomm board.as for a voice amp pm me I possibly might be able to hook you up with one set up for a helmet.
Thanks for the info, vod. And I might have to take you up on he amp.

Currently in the unpacking stages of the move, but picked up some black military style belts, was thinking of mounting the pouches on those. Will try to post pics of them later.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on May 31, 2014, 11:31 PM
Some minor progress, I have the gaunts cut and primed, along with the back plate.
Just for shiggles, I'm hoping to take it for a test run at Race for the Place Cancer Walk/Run tomorrow. It's a 1k run, 1 mile walk for cancer research.  Will be a good test of it's durability... And mine. Will post pics soon, can't find the cable to upload my camera...



Update: Due to A Series of Unfortunate Events, I was unable to kit-up today. 

I DO have the back attached, though, and as soon as I can make sure it's in place correctly, I'll post pics.  Still have to hunt down that blasted cable...
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jun 01, 2014, 10:26 PM
Back plate pic:
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/WP_20140601_22_08_18_Pro1.jpg)
Issues:
Shoulder section seems too long and sticks too far off the shoulder.
Left shoulder is just a hair too wide, when compared to the collar piece.

Anyone see something I'm missing?
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Jun 01, 2014, 10:38 PM
Worste case scenario if you cant make the tweaks work you can just put a mini-pauldron over one side...
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jun 01, 2014, 10:46 PM
I think I'd like that...
Where's the pauldron WIP? ;D
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Ronin Tavic on Jun 01, 2014, 10:54 PM
hows it look from the side? i at all possible I would trim some off the shoulders. it is a bit wide.
pauldrons also arent that difficult.. scour some pics from clone wars and grab a ruler and free hand some pieces outta card board and viola; easy cheap pauldron.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jun 02, 2014, 10:13 PM
I floats on the side, not enough of a curve to it.  I will be trimming some down.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jun 09, 2014, 09:58 AM
This is how bad the shoulders turned out on the back plate:
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/WP_20140608_01_24_45_Pro1.jpg?t=1402319002)
The right side isn't as bad, but it's close. 
Also, feeling the need for a simple girth belt. Have the Easy Girth tutorial bookmarked, just debating on the colors.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Ronin Tavic on Jun 10, 2014, 01:46 AM
Heat that corner up super hot and roll and pull the shoulder forward. The bend is too extreme for the curve of the shoulder. If necessary cut some darts in it to help the curve.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jun 18, 2014, 06:58 PM
Was about to do just that today, but the weather turned to osik. So, going to get to working on my girth belt.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jun 19, 2014, 10:29 PM
Ok, having a "fun" time trying to find grey dye, so here's a question: Would a dark Denim Blue go with my colors?  Would use Navy Blue, but if it dyes to dark, it looks black.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jun 22, 2014, 09:00 PM
Ok, got it heated and bent a bit more, will see just how much of a trim it needs. Also got some paint to it, the orange for the accents. Will be taping and spraying the black later. Have a line on a hip pouch, about the size of Chewie's, for my belt. Will post pics later, having camera issues again. Grrrrrrrrrr.... >:(  ;D
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kal'Verec on Jun 22, 2014, 10:27 PM
Not really sure...I'm trying to picture the blue in my head and it looks good for what *I* can visualize, but you never know until it's actually in front of you. I do think the gray looks good though. it's your call.  8)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Thoranios Xast'or on Jun 22, 2014, 10:37 PM
Ok, having a "fun" time trying to find grey dye, so here's a question: Would a dark Denim Blue go with my colors?  Would use Navy Blue, but if it dyes to dark, it looks black.

DO NOT get Rit Liquid Dye in Pearl Gray. I dyed my vest in it and it came out in a purple-grey color.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jun 23, 2014, 12:33 AM
DO NOT get Rit Liquid Dye in Pearl Gray. I dyed my vest in it and it came out in a purple-grey color.
Saw it on the shelf, said "That ain't dark enough", and left it there.
My other option for the blue is my wife's old scrubs, she's got some in a dark blue.

Back plate pics!
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/WP_20140622_19_29_50_Pro1.jpg)
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/WP_20140622_20_46_53_Pro1.jpg)
Got the shoulders evened out, will see how much needs trimmed later this week.  Also got them painted for the markings, will be taping it off for the final black coat.  that big blue-ish blob is the main point of damage, a lucky shot to the back as I ran from the scene.  8)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Xyyyr Black on Jun 23, 2014, 02:31 AM
Nice looking back plate! Love this kit how it's progressing!
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Jay Krayt on Jun 23, 2014, 10:35 AM
That back plate is looking good  8) Also like your choice of helmet   8)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jun 23, 2014, 03:15 PM
Thanks, fell in love with it when I first saw it on Clone Wars.  Still looking to get a Boba style one, though. Maybe next kit...  ;D
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Drako Katora on Jun 23, 2014, 11:49 PM
Glad to see you finally wrestled the back plate into shape  :)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jun 23, 2014, 11:56 PM
It has submitted to my will! >:( ;D :rolleyes:

(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/WP_20140623_23_46_24_Pro1.jpg)
Final paint app, had the same damn problem with my blue painter's tape as with the ab plate. Not as bad this time, though.  Going to hit it with some silver paint to make it look like wear and tear. Still need to check and see how much off the shoulders needs trimming. Other than that, pretty pleased with it. ;)

Now, on to the gauntlets!
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kal'Verec on Jun 24, 2014, 12:25 PM
Nice work, man! It turned out great! Once you get the smaller weather on, it'll be superb.  8) I like how you did the orange accents too, by the way.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jun 24, 2014, 03:32 PM
Thanks. The gauntlets are next, thinking straight black, with some "raised" orange accents to hide the closure method I'm using.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jun 26, 2014, 10:11 AM
GAUNTLETS!! ...And some other parts... :rolleyes:

(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/WP_20140625_19_33_45_Pro1.jpg)
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/WP_20140625_19_33_53_Pro1.jpg)
After some shaping and a repaint, got my gauntlets, the closure pieces, and my cod plate close to finished.
Just need a new can of the orange paint to finish them off.

(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/WP_20140625_20_51_08_Pro1.jpg)
Here's a closer-to-finished product.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Frushie on Jun 29, 2014, 08:44 PM
Just looked through a bunch of this forum, can't wait to see the final product! :D
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jun 29, 2014, 10:10 PM
Slow but sure, it's getting there.  Got the gauntlets their base coat of black, need to find some rattle-cans of my orange. 
Needing some tips on attaching the codpiece.  I have a couple belts I can attach it to, just trying to figure out a couple ways to do it.

Option A) Glue the clasp of the belt (military style, picked up from a Army/Navy surplus store) to the back of the plate.
Option B) Make slots in the piece for the belt to slide through.
Option C) Make "belt loops" out of spare plastic, and attach those to plate.


Side Note: Been kicking around the idea to become a Wookiee-lorian. 
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kal'Verec on Jun 29, 2014, 10:22 PM
I just velcroed my codpiece to my flightsuit  8)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Thoranios Xast'or on Jun 30, 2014, 12:07 AM
Slow but sure, it's getting there.  Got the gauntlets their base coat of black, need to find some rattle-cans of my orange. 
Needing some tips on attaching the codpiece.  I have a couple belts I can attach it to, just trying to figure out a couple ways to do it.

Option A) Glue the clasp of the belt (military style, picked up from a Army/Navy surplus store) to the back of the plate.
Option B) Make slots in the piece for the belt to slide through.
Option C) Make "belt loops" out of spare plastic, and attach those to plate.

Scuff up the back of the cod and e6000 the belt right to it. It worked great to me.


Side Note: Been kicking around the idea to become a Wookiee-lorian.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Ronin Tavic on Jun 30, 2014, 12:33 AM
e6000 to a belt works wonders. its how I do.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jul 02, 2014, 01:16 PM
Going to be painting the cod and knees today.
Any suggestions on weathering the cod? Already have plans on how to do the knees. Will post pics later.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Jul 02, 2014, 01:19 PM
id say mostly edges of the co, maybe a couple scrapes in random areas on it.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Thoranios Xast'or on Jul 02, 2014, 07:15 PM
Going to be painting the cod and knees today.
Any suggestions on weathering the cod? Already have plans on how to do the knees. Will post pics later.

I would say weather any edges, and any prominent raised areas if you have a Fett-style one. Just be careful not to overdo it. It coul give off the site that you've been hit in the jewels far too many times. :P
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jul 03, 2014, 12:24 AM
Here they are:
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/WP_20140703_00_15_29_Pro1.jpg)
Going to leave the cod orange, kicking aroound the possibility of the knees being black/orange. Weathering to happen once I settle on it.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Jul 03, 2014, 08:59 AM
Looks good.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Jay Krayt on Jul 03, 2014, 09:56 AM
Looking great so far vod!
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Xyyyr Black on Jul 03, 2014, 10:39 AM
Doing a very nice job vod! 8)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jul 04, 2014, 01:25 AM
OK, got some Good News/Bad News.
It has been brought to my attention that my flak vest won't pass muster.  Visible pockets, and the front keeps shifting, knocking the plates out of whack. >:(
Other than that, I'm in decent shape.  ;D

Any recommendations on ways to make a vest? Have a couple bookmarked, but not sure which to try.

Side note: The heavy "chipped" sections on the gaunts are the bottom, so it kinda goes along with blocking a weapon or two with that part of the forearm.  I have some knife scrapes on them (made with my actual knife) and will be crawling on the pavement to simulate just that... :rolleyes:
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Jul 04, 2014, 08:12 AM
pavement is exquisite for that kinda weathering
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Jay Krayt on Jul 04, 2014, 01:04 PM
That is a bummer about the vest! There's Ori Cabur's tutorial on his thread, it's simple and easy to follow. http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=20379.285

Like how you're using various methods for weathering.  8)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jul 05, 2014, 02:47 AM
Thanks! I'll keep this in mind. ;D
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jul 12, 2014, 10:05 PM
Can anyone recommend a cloth for the vest?  Duck cloth is $12 a yard, and I just got his with a $400 repair to my van... :'( :'( ???
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Jul 12, 2014, 11:32 PM
well you only need like 2 yards tp make a vest, perhaps black denim might work? idk the cost of it though.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: dcubed121 on Jul 13, 2014, 12:35 AM
Thats a lot more than i paid for it. I think it was ~4 dollars a yard. Where were you try to buy it from?
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Thoranios Xast'or on Jul 13, 2014, 01:24 AM
I managed to make my vest with less than a yard of duck cloth that was 59 inches wide, so I would get 2 yards for safety. And Walmart has duck cloth for $6.99 a yard, and in multiple colors. :)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jul 13, 2014, 10:21 AM
Gonna have to look; the one closest to me, their fabric section is a shambles.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: dcubed121 on Jul 13, 2014, 04:21 PM
Yeah I had no help from then when I got mine. My wife happened to see it.   Both of the walmarts I have seen it in it was next to the poly filling/ pillow stuffing.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jul 13, 2014, 09:08 PM
Ok, I'll have to look when I go to pick up "Weird Al" Yankovic's new album, Mandatory Fun.

HUGE fan. ;D
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Ronin Tavic on Jul 13, 2014, 11:43 PM
well hobby lobby if you have one has duck cloth for pretty cheap. and they have a 40% off coupon on their site...
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Thoranios Xast'or on Jul 14, 2014, 01:54 AM
well hobby lobby if you have one has duck cloth for pretty cheap. and they have a 40% off coupon on their site...

You could also check Michael's or Joann Fabric for duck canvas. Those two, including Hobby Lobby, seem to always have pretty similar pricing.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jul 14, 2014, 02:43 AM
found some @ JoAnn, but it was $11 a yard.  going to keep looking.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Thoranios Xast'or on Jul 14, 2014, 04:35 AM
found some @ JoAnn, but it was $11 a yard.  going to keep looking.

Your best bet is probably Walmart then. Do what I did: suffer through the absolutely horrid fabric section, buy some white duck cloth, and dye it yourself. UNLESS you like/want one of the other colors they have. When I went they had natural, white, black, blue, red, and brown.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jul 16, 2014, 09:46 AM
Got 2 yards at Walmart, white.  Might just have to get a new bucket to dye all the parts that need it.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Thoranios Xast'or on Jul 16, 2014, 05:14 PM
Got 2 yards at Walmart, white.  Might just have to get a new bucket to dye all the parts that need it.

I would HIGHLY suggest getting a new, clean bucket from Home Depot or the like, because you don't want any leftover residue to affect your dyeing.

If you need tips or have questions, feel free to PM me, as I have just done what you're about to do. :)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jul 18, 2014, 12:50 AM
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/WP_20140718_00_36_02_Pro1.jpg)
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/WP_20140718_00_35_51_Pro1.jpg)
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/WP_20140718_00_35_40_Pro1.jpg)
So... What do y'all see here? ;D :P :rolleyes:
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: ConDar Ward on Jul 18, 2014, 01:04 AM
I See Tons and Tons of possibilities here bud  ...  :o


Now I'm anxious to See what you Do with it .. ;)

  I'm sorry that I haven't Commented on your build more.
I read it often and watch for new posts , but you have been getting
some great Advice and I really like how your kit is Shaping up.

Keep up the Fine Work ...  ;)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Svik Katora on Jul 18, 2014, 01:33 AM
Oxegen/flame thrower tank. That's what I'd do with it.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jul 18, 2014, 02:20 AM
Oxegen/flame thrower tank. That's what I'd do with it.
Well, it WAS the oxygen sensor/filter for my wife's car...

I was thinking of making them into macrobinoculars, with a regular and a "telephoto" lens.  Kind of a shame I'll have to clean them it up to mod it, has some great real weathering.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Thoranios Xast'or on Jul 18, 2014, 02:32 AM
Well, it WAS the oxygen sensor/filter for my wife's car...

I was thinking of making them into macrobinoculars, with a regular and a "telephoto" lens.  Kind of a shame I'll have to clean them it up to mod it, has some great real weathering.

Macros. Make macros. for the love of all that is good in the world make macros.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Svik Katora on Jul 18, 2014, 02:47 AM
I almost said macros, but I feel like there are better bases out there for macros, and the lopsided nature of this thing might make that hard.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jul 18, 2014, 04:24 PM
That lopsided look is what I wanted. ;D
Picked up a NAVY  flightsuit, will post pics later.


Update: Scratch that, I am NOT a 42L...  I could have done it, but I need  to bend and breathe... ??? :rolleyes:


Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jul 20, 2014, 01:11 AM
Ok, was able to return the WAY too small suit, and got another.  Will post a pic as soon as my wife wakes up. I hate taking "selfies"...
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jul 20, 2014, 09:06 AM
As promised:
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/WP_20140720_08_50_11_Pro1.jpg)
No pockets on the arms, so bonus there.

Plan to put a tab of velcro on the collar, have that covering my neck.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Thoranios Xast'or on Jul 20, 2014, 10:40 AM
As promised:
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/WP_20140720_08_50_11_Pro1.jpg)
No pockets on the arms, so bonus there.

Plan to put a tab of velcro on the collar, have that covering my neck.

Looks to be fitting pretty good. I think I may be upgrading to a new jumpsuit as well. :P
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jul 20, 2014, 09:54 PM
And this is where I'd like to be:
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/WP_20140720_21_38_31_Pro__highres1.jpg?t=1405821139)
I know placement is bad, but this is my temp vest. ;D
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Ronin Tavic on Jul 23, 2014, 07:20 PM
Those colors go well together. Something you should do with the vest though is trim a good bit off the bottom. It doesn't need to be below your belt line.
As for macros.. (which is what I saw in them too) nothing wrong with being lopsided... (http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o497/mervdaninja/Mobile%20Uploads/20140722_105204_zpsn96lqdfq.jpg) (http://s1144.photobucket.com/user/mervdaninja/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20140722_105204_zpsn96lqdfq.jpg.html)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kal'Verec on Jul 23, 2014, 07:42 PM
I like the vest. Other than what ronin said, you should stick with it. 8)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jul 24, 2014, 01:17 AM
I'd like to keep it, but got a heads-up from one of my clan's pre-app guys. I'd be getting sent back for visible pockets on the vest.  I'm also not too keen on the seam on the front.  Keeps shifting, throwing off my placement.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: ConDar Ward on Jul 24, 2014, 08:16 AM
I'd like to keep it, but got a heads-up from one of my clan's pre-app guys. I'd be getting sent back for visible pockets on the vest.  I'm also not too keen on the seam on the front.  Keeps shifting, throwing off my placement.

You are Correct on all Counts I'm afraid to Say . ...... Now Before Someone
 Says Just turn it Around and Wear it Backwards ... Don't ...just saying.
For more Reasons than I'd care to go into ... plan and Simple , You Won't be Comfortable .. ;)



Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jul 24, 2014, 07:06 PM
You are Correct on all Counts I'm afraid to Say . ...... Now Before Someone
 Says Just turn it Around and Wear it Backwards ... Don't ...just saying.
For more Reasons than I'd care to go into ... plan and Simple , You Won't be Comfortable .. ;)

Believe me, I know... :rolleyes:
Besides, it still has the liner.  :o  :-\
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kal'Verec on Jul 24, 2014, 07:27 PM
Oh, I didn't see the pockets. That might be due to me being on my phone as of late on the mercs.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Ranok Drakkar on Jul 25, 2014, 12:29 AM
Looking great vod, love the heavy yet subtle damage
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jul 25, 2014, 10:33 AM
Yeah, it's cool when an accident can inspire. :D
The two big spots were from the masking tape.  I liked the way the ab plate peeled, so it turned into a double shot.  I figured my character is like me; clean, but likes his scars.

Having trouble with the "easy" girth belt, need to find my glue gun.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jul 27, 2014, 09:52 PM
Well, some progress:
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/WP_20140727_19_15_46_Pro1.jpg)
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/WP_20140727_20_05_34_Pro1.jpg)
Got my girth belt made, thinking of either dying it brown or leaving it white.
Also, got a gloss coat on my bes'bev, and a leather belt loop for it.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Ronin Tavic on Jul 28, 2014, 06:59 PM
I'd dye it. you got lots of darks, i'd keep things that way.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: ConDar Ward on Jul 28, 2014, 07:07 PM
I'd dye it. you got lots of darks, i'd keep things that way.

Agreed .... But may be a Complementary Color instead of Dark Muddy Color .. IMO .. :rolleyes:
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jul 28, 2014, 08:42 PM
Was thinking of dying it the same as my vest, a denim blue. Think brand new jeans... ;D
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Thoranios Xast'or on Jul 28, 2014, 08:51 PM
Was thinking of dying it the same as my vest, a denim blue. Think brand new jeans... ;D

Maybe dye it a similar orange to what's on your armor?
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jul 28, 2014, 09:46 PM
Worth thinking about...
Thanks ;D
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Aug 15, 2014, 10:48 PM
OK... Having some issues with the "Easy vest tut".  Mainly that I can't cut a straight line in the t-shirt template to save myself. ???

Also, what materials would be acceptable for a kama?  I got some burlap to line the back of the girth with, but it didn't work out.  So I have a little over 2 yards of material, and nothing to do with it. Kicking around a cape, an Eastwood-style cloak, kama... Help... ??? :P
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Swift on Aug 19, 2014, 12:48 AM
Burlap probably isn't the best choice; after all, kamas are designed to protect from shrapnel and fire blasts and the like, and burlap doesn't really have the look of a material that would offer that kind of protection.

Generally kamas are made from leather or pleather. There may be a way to incorporate burlap though, assuming it fits with the whole aesthetic of your kit. Hope this helps!
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Aug 19, 2014, 11:34 PM
Going for the aesthetic, might have to mock it up in the different ways I'm thinking of.  Pics to come, I guess...:P
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Aug 22, 2014, 09:55 PM
GAAAAAAH!! How could I be so stupid...  ??? :rolleyes:

With the focus on my soft parts,  I've completely forgotten my Cod and Knees. :facepalm:
Have to get some e6000 to attach a belt to the cod plate, and some elastic to the knees.  Will be covering them with some fabric that matches the flightsuit.  Was wondering, would a single strap be enough, or should I use two?

Now for an unofficial poll:
Which is better?
A: (http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/WP_20140821_15_25_22_Pro1.jpg?t=1408672301)
OR
B: (http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/WP_20140822_21_37_06_Pro1.jpg)

Had to take a pic of my print from MandoMaker 3.0, since it won't let me screencap it.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Jaing Vau on Aug 22, 2014, 10:22 PM
I have to go with option B. I'm not much on for kamas. As well as the second one just looking outright better in my opinion :D
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Aug 22, 2014, 11:36 PM
Forgot to add in color choices for the parts:
Either a "denim blue" like the vest, or navy blue like the flightsuit.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Ronin Tavic on Aug 22, 2014, 11:47 PM
yeah im feeling b here.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Aug 22, 2014, 11:59 PM
That settles it.  Cape it is.  Between you guys, and my Rancor vode, B is the most popular.

Thanks! :D
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Aug 30, 2014, 03:35 PM
Gaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh!!!  >:( ??? :-\ :-[

Got majorly sidetracked, seriously need to take a week away from work to get moving forward on this build. Found a Halloween short sword, can use it for a placeholder weapon, untill I get a better.

REALLY need some help with this vest, and am glad I shave my head, or I'd be pulling my hair out, trying to get my cod and knees attached.
/rant
 :blank:
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kal'Verec on Aug 30, 2014, 04:06 PM
What material were you wanting to use again?
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Aug 30, 2014, 09:40 PM
I have duck cloth for the vest, and burlap for the cape.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kal'Verec on Aug 30, 2014, 10:11 PM
Hmm.  You said you've already tried some tutorials? Is there anyone local in your clan that has a sewing machine? Or you could try taking it to a local seamstress and just tell them where to sew.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Aug 30, 2014, 11:22 PM
Going to have to talk to a couple people.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kal'Verec on Aug 31, 2014, 09:32 PM
I hope those ideas help. I know trying to get soft parts sorted out can be a pain. If those don't work, i think there are a few new vest makers popping up. Might be worth checking out  8)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Aug 31, 2014, 09:40 PM
Really have to kick this in gear, have the Cincinnati Comic Expo later in September. I would love to be OM by then.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 02, 2014, 10:31 AM
Just gave my plates a good cleaning, got kinda dusty waiting for progress.
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/WP_20140829_12_17_19_Pro.jpg)

Going to do the 1-shoulder cape, ala Uncle Boba:
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/WP_20140829_12_06_25_Pro1.jpg)
I HATE doing these pics...

Infalte-A-Mando!
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/WP_20140829_12_24_17_Pro.jpg)
Still need to get the knees sorted (have some elastic and some navy blue cloth to cover that), and need to get the cod mounted to the belt.

Backplate:
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/WP_20140829_12_27_43_Pro.jpg)
Need to fix the chipped spots on the bottom.

I HAZ CLOTH!
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/WP_20140829_12_31_21_Pro1.jpg)
Duck cloth, burlap and the cover for any elastic.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Darth Daniel on Sep 07, 2014, 04:00 PM
Looking real good vod. really liking the colors and how the masking tape accident turned damage/weathering came out.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 08, 2014, 07:58 AM
Thanks, vod.
Getting kinda frustrated; having trouble with the vest, and almost broke my ankle at work.

Made some progress on my knees, going with an asymmetric look, added an extra plate to the right knee for protection or offense in melee.
Will post pics later.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kal'Verec on Sep 09, 2014, 03:12 PM
Sounds cool man. I always thought it was weirdly cool that stormtroopers had the asymmetrical knees. It's interesting to see that on a mando.  8) What if you made an off-set shoulder piece to go on the same side of the body as your knee plate?
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 13, 2014, 10:58 PM
Going with a cape, for now.
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/WP_20140913_22_36_12_Pro1.jpg)
Need to get it and the girth belt dyed.

(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/WP_20140908_12_47_34_Pro1.jpg)
Belt needs work...

(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/WP_20140908_12_46_46_Pro1.jpg)
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/WP_20140908_12_47_05_Pro1.jpg)
Not the best shots of the knees, but it's what I have to work with.

Unfortunately, I will not be Official by Cincinnati Comic Expo, mostly due to being couch-bound by a nearly broken ankle two weeks ago.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Danok Maveric on Sep 13, 2014, 11:01 PM
Sorry about your ankle  :( And how are you dong to attach your straps to your knees? Are you going to leave the duct tape or replace it cause im not sure how I want to do mine yet
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 13, 2014, 11:09 PM
The duck tape is temporary, need to get some e6000 or something.  It's just to get me through the coming con, then it's a full-on charge to fix things to become official.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 14, 2014, 05:52 PM
Not the photo people want to see of me, but...
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/WP_20140914_17_20_52_Pro1.jpg)
So, here they are, codpiece and knees, with the temp attachments.

Dye-job fail. >:(
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/WP_20140914_17_37_58_Pro1.jpg)
I know it looks white still, but it came out a pale blue, with those darker spots. Not going to work... :rolleyes:
The cape is behind it, took the color MUCH better. ;D
That is the color I am planning for the vest, once I get it completed. I will most likely be working on it right up to the day before the con, then finishing it up after.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Thoranios Xast'or on Sep 14, 2014, 06:00 PM
What material is the girth belt? There may still be ways of dyeing it. :)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 14, 2014, 06:14 PM
It's a $4 clothesline, as suggested in the "Easy Girth Tutorial".  Might just break down and buy a real one at some point.
Thinking of using a black "sash" with a leather belt for the time being, don't have time for a full-on rebuild before the con season.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kavryn Falco on Sep 14, 2014, 09:40 PM
My advice: spraypaint.  My clothesline didn't take the dye either.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Niabi on Sep 15, 2014, 02:25 PM
yuuup spray paint can work well on gurth belts ;)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Thoranios Xast'or on Sep 15, 2014, 02:58 PM
yuuup spray paint can work well on gurth belts ;)

You could always try stain, but that stuff runs around $40 a gallon.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 15, 2014, 09:27 PM
Will give the spray paint a try, couldn't hurt, right?
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Thoranios Xast'or on Sep 15, 2014, 09:36 PM
Will give the spray paint a try, couldn't hurt, right?

Yeah I would try it. Just bear in mind, that after you spray it, it'll seal the clothesline. That MAY effect later treatments.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 15, 2014, 09:46 PM
Kinda figured as much.  It's my first attempt at the girth, so it's not going to be perfect, or around for very long... :P :rolleyes:
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Thoranios Xast'or on Sep 15, 2014, 10:53 PM
Kinda figured as much.  It's my first attempt at the girth, so it's not going to be perfect, or around for very long... :P :rolleyes:

Yepp.... Everything needs an upgrade eventually. :D
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 16, 2014, 10:05 AM
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/WP_20140916_09_51_18_Pro1.jpg)
Well, here it is. :rolleyes:

And, NEW pointy thing!
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/WP_20140916_09_58_42_Pro1.jpg)
Decided to leave the chipped sections, make it look like the blade has seen a lifetime or two of use. Obviously not beskar, but still a family heirloom. ;D
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Thoranios Xast'or on Sep 16, 2014, 11:13 AM
Belt is looking good vod! I would clear coat it before you wear it to keep the paint from bleeding onto your suit.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kal'Verec on Sep 17, 2014, 11:33 AM
Is that....a lawnmower blade..?
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 17, 2014, 02:03 PM
Is that....a lawnmower blade..?
Cutting board.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 19, 2014, 10:18 PM
Critique Time!!
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/WP_20140917_20_48_30_Pro1.jpg)
Did a test fit the other day, and want the input of my vode.  I know the vest is a major problem, so the placement is one of the things I am aware of.
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/WP_20140917_20_49_04_Pro1.jpg)
Didn't attach either of my holsters or the Bes'bev to the kit.
The right knee is a double-plate deal, trying an asymmetric look.  Might extend it up further, add an extra plate to the shoulder, and an elbow piece to the right gauntlet.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kavryn Falco on Sep 19, 2014, 11:11 PM
My advice: if you're going asymmetric, play it up.  If you only do one piece, it can look unbalanced... but the more unbalanced you make it the better it looks  :laugh:  Funny how that works, no?

Super jealous of your boots, by the way.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 20, 2014, 01:11 AM
Yeah, found them on Amazon. Look for Dark Jedi/Sith boots.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Niabi on Sep 21, 2014, 03:08 PM
OK Vod this is what i'm seeing ;) BUT app style pics would help  :P

apart from the wonky chest plates  :rolleyes: your knees are not even.

also you cod does look a bit high  ???

your close vod ;) only small things and they are mainly placement ;)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 21, 2014, 10:54 PM
OK Vod this is what i'm seeing ;) BUT app style pics would help  :P

apart from the wonky chest plates  :rolleyes: your knees are not even.

also you cod does look a bit high  ???

your close vod ;) only small things and they are mainly placement ;)
All good in pointing out, Niabi. ;D Thank you.
The knees look offset, but there is a black secondary plate on the right knee, so they are aligned.  Might have to add some color to show that.
Cod was high in this pic, adjusted it a bit lower for the troop I just went on. 

As is always the case, wearing for an extended period will show exactly what you need to fix:
-Said knees need better attachments, elastic pulled loose.
-Helmet could use better ventilation and padding.
-NEED some insoles for the boots.
-Need to get better fixtures for the chest/ab plates.
-Shoulders of the backplate need better bends, float way too high off the shoulder... STILL... >:(

Other than that, had a blast!  Pics to come!
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 25, 2014, 09:59 PM
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/WP_20140920_15_04_12_Pro1.jpg)
Action Figure Pose!
Need to fix so much...
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Thoranios Xast'or on Sep 26, 2014, 12:21 AM
NICE! Very good, vod! :)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 03, 2014, 01:40 PM
OK, some minor updates:
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/WP_20141003_11_33_31_Pro1.jpg)
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/WP_20141003_11_33_45_Pro1.jpg)
So, fixed up a couple paint spots that had been bothering me, and added some ventilation to the bucket.  Next, might drill some small holes to the sides, in the groove of the earcaps, to be able to hear better.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Oct 03, 2014, 01:45 PM
Looks good vod-only thing I'd change is it looks like the botom keyslot is fully opened while the  rest are just cut with slits? it might be cool to cut them all full andthen put a perforate metal grill behind it like the metal  that covers speakers or something
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 03, 2014, 05:43 PM
Yeah, was figuring on that. ;D
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice. Almost there...
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 08, 2014, 06:12 PM
So close I can taste it... Although, it could just be paint fumes. :rolleyes:
Got some ideas for taking up some real estate between my ab plate and girth belt, main one being one of the web belts I have, and hanging my pouches off of that.
Also, need to get some sticky-back Velcro for my knees, have to sew some of the regular kind to my elastic for that.
Need either a better Dremel tool, or a thin saw to open my keyholes further. Current tool isn't keeping a charge.
Pics to come, as I take them.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice. Almost there...
Post by: Thoranios Xast'or on Oct 08, 2014, 07:20 PM
So close I can taste it... Although, it could just be paint fumes. :rolleyes:
Got some ideas for taking up some real estate between my ab plate and girth belt, main one being one of the web belts I have, and hanging my pouches off of that.
Also, need to get some sticky-back Velcro for my knees, have to sew some of the regular kind to my elastic for that.
Need either a better Dremel tool, or a thin saw to open my keyholes further. Current tool isn't keeping a charge.
Pics to come, as I take them.

Check harbor freight or Menard's for their brand of rotary tools. They only rune about $15-20.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 08, 2014, 07:40 PM
Had one, but it kept telling me "Nnnnnnooooo, nnnnnno, nnnnnnooo...." as I tried to cut.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Thoranios Xast'or on Oct 08, 2014, 08:51 PM
Had one, but it kept telling me "Nnnnnnooooo, nnnnnno, nnnnnnooo...." as I tried to cut.

Does it still run? If so, you should pick up some cutoff wheels, as they do a great job cutting anything. :)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 08, 2014, 09:19 PM
That was with the cutoff wheels :'(

Going to borrow one, a Craftsman, from my buir. It's what I used to finish my visor.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Thoranios Xast'or on Oct 08, 2014, 09:32 PM
That was with the cutoff wheels :'(

Going to borrow one, a Craftsman, from my buir. It's what I used to finish my visor.

That's really odd. At least you have someone to borrow from! :)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 13, 2014, 02:25 AM
So tired of getting stuck with a 4-day on, 1-day off schedule at work. Leaves me zero time to plan or work on my kit.  Anywhoo... Going to try a few things out, see if I like where the ideas I'm coming up with take me. Pics to come.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 19, 2014, 01:56 AM
Looking for input.  The black pouches were what I was using at Cincy, but they were on the belt holding my cod plate on.  The other is a handbag that I found lying around in a bin of Ren Faire stuff that belonged to my sister's ex.  Any chance I could use either of these (maybe both?) on a belt above the girth?
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/DSC00308.jpg)

Painted the knees, so it's a little more apparent that I have an offset piece.  I want to continue this further up the kit, add a elbow guard to the right gauntlet, maybe  an extra plate at the shoulder.
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/DSC00309.jpg)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kal'Verec on Oct 19, 2014, 09:48 AM
Seems like a good idea. The pouches should be fine. I would just dirty up the ten faire pouch though.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 22, 2014, 01:43 PM
Are the zippers a problem, or is it OK for pouches?
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Thoranios Xast'or on Oct 22, 2014, 02:10 PM
Are the zippers a problem, or is it OK for pouches?

From what I have seen and heard from the App Team, I would say that zippers, as well as velcro, need to be hidden on pouches. Wait for input from others.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 22, 2014, 05:42 PM
I'll be taking some pre-app pics soon, so I'll find out then.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 27, 2014, 03:31 PM
Some pre-pre-app pics are up on the Rancor boards, and it got me thinking...
Should I add some Jaig eyes to the bucket?
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 29, 2014, 11:32 PM
After some consideration, I've decided to hold off on adding things to the current buy'ce.  Makes it to busy.
I fixed a couple issues I had with the current vest, and will be getting a few pics on Halloween for your viewing pleasure.  ;D
Fixes: Re-Velcro'd the chest and ab plates, more securely Velcro'd the front of the vest. Trying to find some more pouches for the belt, and was wondering if I should have the clasp at the back or at the front.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Thoranios Xast'or on Oct 30, 2014, 11:28 AM
After some consideration, I've decided to hold off on adding things to the current buy'ce.  Makes it to busy.
I fixed a couple issues I had with the current vest, and will be getting a few pics on Halloween for your viewing pleasure.  ;D
Fixes: Re-Velcro'd the chest and ab plates, more securely Velcro'd the front of the vest. Trying to find some more pouches for the belt, and was wondering if I should have the clasp at the back or at the front.

You can place the belt clasp at the front of the back. Personally I like seeing the belt closure. :)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 30, 2014, 03:45 PM
And having it in the front makes it 1000x easier to put on... :rolleyes: :P
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Nov 01, 2014, 12:20 AM
Halloween pics!
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/DSC00328.jpg?t=1414728633)
Got called a Stormtrooper a couple times, Bob-A the Hutt (WTF??), a Transformer, and Boba Fett.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Thoranios Xast'or on Nov 01, 2014, 02:21 AM
I heard every single one of those when I was out tonight. :P
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Svik Katora on Nov 01, 2014, 02:23 AM
I got Joba Fett. Eh, close enough. Got a surprising amount of "Oh look a mandalorian" though. That's always nice.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Nov 01, 2014, 09:13 AM
Had a little kid say "A Mandalorian!", so that made my night. ;D
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Nov 18, 2014, 03:34 PM
Hope to have some pics up soon, just picked up an ammo satchel to add to my belts. Feel ready to apply.
Also, adding a canteen, figured it would actually be useful. Went through about 6 bottles of water at Cincy, and a bunch more on Halloween.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Kal'Verec on Nov 19, 2014, 10:13 AM
Take some good quality pictures outside (provides better lighting) and post those here before sending them in. We'll be able to examine everything before it goes to the App team.  8)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Nov 19, 2014, 11:36 AM
Here we go, Be gentle... :rolleyes: :P
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/DSC00346.jpg?t=1416414354)
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/DSC00347.jpg?t=1416414404)
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/DSC00348.jpg?t=1416414454)
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/DSC00349.jpg?t=1416414508)
And "Q-ing it" for my blasters!
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/DSC00351.jpg?t=1416328194)

What I see:
Need to darken and damage the cape, make it show that I actually DO have a backplate.
Plates still feel wonky to me, maybe the new vest I might be asking Kraam to make might solve that.
Critique time!
Lemme have it.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Obalon on Nov 19, 2014, 12:01 PM
I agree with ya pal. The cape needs dyed darker. To match your flight suit and blend and contrast to the kit itself. Your right leg knee pad is off slightly. And something I see as well, your right chest piece or what we are seeing is the left is it is slightly off by a smudge. Like literally tiny. Just needs rotated clockwise a pinch. Other than that, that is all I see. But I am untrained, so that's all I see. Really looks great pal! Really like how its going and that your staying strong! Rancor is proud!
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Nov 19, 2014, 12:09 PM
Thanks, vod, for seeing what I see. :D
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Dec 17, 2014, 09:22 PM
http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=77065.90 (http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=77065.90)
Got some updated pics up over on the Rancor boards, just need to get some real good shots to apply with.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jan 01, 2015, 09:32 PM
Ok, state of the build, 2014.
Trying to free up some time to get some minor fixes done. Need to straighten out the chest diamond, keeps shifting while I move.
Shoulders on the backplate still being a pain in my shebs, keep wanting to float off.
Looking for advice on mounting my myriad weapon choices.

Pics to come, or sneak a peek over on the Rancor boards.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jan 18, 2015, 10:42 PM
Update:
Got a matching pair of ammo satchels hanging off the main belt (above the girth belt).
Re-dyed the cape I had, now is a darker blue with some black mottled spots.

Still need advice on how best to mount the myriad blasters I have, along with my Bes'bev. Will post pics to refresh people's memories.


Maybe even submit some pics, too... ;D
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Drako Katora on Jan 19, 2015, 03:04 AM
Pics are always the best way to go vod. I don't know if your clan happens to have a pre app thread but mine has been absolutely indispensable to me. Besides, a pictures worth a thousand bounties  ;)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jan 20, 2015, 12:57 AM
Here's the cape:
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/WP_20150118_22_04_24_Pro2.jpg)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Feb 09, 2015, 08:32 AM
Sorry the pics haven't been forthcoming, Photobucket has been a pain.
Been thinking about a cape or duster, since the back plate has once again proven defiant. I'll be keeping it on the kit, just covering it.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Feb 09, 2015, 09:24 AM
Well worste-case scenario you could just get a Boba backplate from IOA lol

Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Feb 11, 2015, 06:46 PM
Maybe for my next kit.  ;D
Might also be ordering a set of gauntlets from you.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Feb 18, 2015, 12:02 PM
Ok, before I get to cutting, I'd like to get people's opinions.
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/84f10664-7583-4ca6-9c3d-b1dbf4824efd.jpg)
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/b423a6f4-8f73-48ea-9654-b3826006446b.jpg)
Would like to take the sides of the collar and backplate, combine them as a shoulder plate similar to a Sabine concept I saw. Essentially, make a 3-piece collar, extending the shoulder section towards the back, and removing the shoulder tabs from that plate.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Thoranios Xast'or on Feb 18, 2015, 03:07 PM
There's no doubt it can be done, just run it past the App Team to see what they have to say. :)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Feb 26, 2015, 09:07 PM
OK, going to go back to the cloak idea.  The half-cape just isn't my style (I'm not Lando, after all...  :rolleyes: :P ).
The trenchcoat I picked up is just a little to small in the shoulders (I usually wear a 46-48L, this is a 42L), so, OFF WITH THEIR SLEEVES!! I hope to get some work done on this to show y'all soon.  Just have to free up time when I'm not working.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Ralin Voth on Feb 28, 2015, 12:52 PM
Your idea for your collar and backplate should work fine. I'm quite interested to see how it turns out if you go through with it.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Feb 28, 2015, 04:24 PM
Thanks, vod.  HAVE to get some work done to it today.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Feb 28, 2015, 09:01 PM
OSIK!! >:( :'( :-\

So... Tried the segmented shoulder "fix", and well...  Need to replace the backplate. Didn't segment the collar, thankfully.

Time to hack-up the coat, hide this piece of osik backplate.
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/WP_20150228_21_15_56_Pro1.jpg)

Half-cape:
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/WP_20150228_21_13_15_Pro1.jpg)

Duster:
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/WP_20150228_21_14_27_Pro1.jpg)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Drako Katora on Mar 01, 2015, 07:50 PM
what exactly happened to the backplate?
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Mar 01, 2015, 10:25 PM
The shoulder tabs would not keep their curve. I've been trying to get them to cooperate for almost a year, and have finally given up on them. Cut them off to make a flat backplate, thought about welding the pieces to the collar tabs.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Mar 07, 2015, 11:16 PM
Scrapped the extended look on the collar, going with a duster.  Just got the sleeves cut off, and did a test fit last night.  Took a rare bathroom "selfie" (hard to do with the gloves I have  :rolleyes: ). Will update this post once I'm at a computer.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Svik Katora on Mar 08, 2015, 12:44 AM
Sorry to hear about that. I feel your pain when it comes to back plates.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Mar 09, 2015, 11:17 PM
Here it is:
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/WP_20150307_00_11_26_Pro1.jpg)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Vhekad Naast on Mar 10, 2015, 09:49 PM
I saw this while I was at work today. I really dig that helmet.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Mar 10, 2015, 11:38 PM
Thanks.  Slightly modified Nite Owl from Skirata Arms, his last run before his switchover to Head Shot Props.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Mar 11, 2015, 01:08 AM
Going to be posting my app pics soon.  Have to get this in before the cuttoff date.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Vhekad Naast on Mar 11, 2015, 06:54 PM
Going to be posting my app pics soon.  Have to get this in before the cuttoff date.

Yeah, I know what you mean! I am waiting for them to hopefully approve mine, I also need to finish getting my wife's sent in and approved too.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Mar 11, 2015, 07:49 PM
Need to start my wife and son's kits, waiting on my OM to do that.  Pics are up in the Rancor boards  pre-app section.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Mar 11, 2015, 11:38 PM
App submitted, fingers crossed. ;D
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Thoranios Xast'or on Mar 12, 2015, 12:59 PM
Good luck man!
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Mar 12, 2015, 01:16 PM
I have high hopes for you lol
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Vhekad Naast on Mar 12, 2015, 05:05 PM
Good luck bud!
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Svik Katora on Mar 13, 2015, 03:22 AM
Good luck!
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Mar 22, 2015, 10:55 PM
So, yeah, this just happened.

Hello  Straka Zulu
Real Name: Stephen Straka,

    This is Ulrik Kanteer, Mandalorian Mercs Personnel Officer. Thank you for your application to the Mandalorian Mercs Costuming Club! After review of your application and conferring with the Applicant Approval Team, we have determined that your armor submission meets our standards for approval! On behalf of Mandalore the Uniter and the MMCC Command Council, I would like to welcome you to the Mercs!

If youíre not already acquainted with our forums, please make your way around and get to know the other members of your Clan and our community. We look forward to meeting you in person at many future trooping events! 

Ulrik Kanteer
Mandalorian Mercs Personnel Officer
Head Applicant Approval Team
Mandalorian Mercs Costuming Club
www.mandalorianmercs.com
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Thoranios Xast'or on Mar 23, 2015, 03:01 AM
Let me be the first to say, CONGRATS MAN! I've been watching your thread since I've been on this forum, and man has it been a journey. You've earned it! :D
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Mar 23, 2015, 07:48 AM
Thanks, vod!  :D
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: ConDar Ward on Mar 23, 2015, 08:10 AM
Congrats ner'vod ...  8)
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Ronin Tavic on Mar 23, 2015, 10:14 AM
I turn away for 2 seconds and you go and get official! Congrats vod!
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Mar 23, 2015, 10:42 AM
Thanks, ner'vode!  ;D
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Cin Vhe'rang on Mar 23, 2015, 02:57 PM
About damn time. :laugh:

Congrats, vod!
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Mar 23, 2015, 05:41 PM
w00t well done man
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Mar 23, 2015, 06:58 PM
Up next? Upgrades and kits for the aliit!
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Apr 04, 2015, 11:38 PM
OK, here's a couple possibilities for upgrades:
(http://d31snyb1jsf9xb.cloudfront.net/services/image.aspx/media/images-product/Bullseye-shoulder-Holster-attachment-44450-10.jpg-250x)
(http://d31snyb1jsf9xb.cloudfront.net/services/image.aspx/media/images-product/Bullseye-Holster-Kit-Automatic-Large-44450-07.jpg-x250)
(http://d31snyb1jsf9xb.cloudfront.net/services/image.aspx/media/images-product/Bullseye-Holster-Belt-Kit-44448-01.jpg-250x)

Thinking, dye it all black, weather it a little. The question comes to, do I hide it under the coat, or do I keep it on the outside?
Here's the kit, at the moment:
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/ecfd16c7-0bb2-4c01-b00e-d7a8ad6131ba.jpg)
I also could use a better knife and sheath for it.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Apr 04, 2015, 11:52 PM
And OSIK!  SO kriffing upset at not being able to go to C VII, especially after seeing the posting for the LAMP.  Would have LOVED to be in the cantina playing sabacc...

Well, there's always C VIII, if it goes back to Florida... :P
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Svik Katora on Apr 05, 2015, 12:24 AM
Sorry to hear about that mate. I would have liked to see you there.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Apr 05, 2015, 12:44 AM
Yeah, I would have loved to go.  Never been any further west than the Mississippi River, and would love to finally put real faces and names to the armor. :D

Being a responsible adult, and fixing my cars, sucks.  :P
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Thoranios Xast'or on Apr 05, 2015, 08:37 PM
Yeah, I would have loved to go.  Never been any further west than the Mississippi River, and would love to finally put real faces and names to the armor. :D

Being a responsible adult, and fixing my cars, sucks.  :P

I feel you man. My the spark plug coil sensor in my car just bit the dust.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Apr 05, 2015, 09:42 PM
Yeah, spent about $1500 on just my wife's car in November and December, and my van is disintegrating out from under me... :rolleyes:
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Ca'tra Firaxan on Apr 13, 2015, 11:28 PM
"No disintegrations!"

Must be a mando thing :laugh:
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Apr 14, 2015, 09:12 AM
Yup.
The wipers sweep from the center, so it gives the windshield a T-visor look to it in winter. ;)

So, a couple minor updates. I put the mythosaur vinyl I had on one of my gauntlets (too big for the shoulder, wrong color for the chest), and painted "Wrong Side of Heaven" in aurebesh on the inside of one, "Righteous Side of Hell" in Mando'a on the other.  Not a HUGE fan of FFDP, but that song touches a nerve.
Title: Re: My first build, looking for advice
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jul 16, 2015, 11:58 PM
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/WP_20150328_16_13_00_Pro1.jpg)
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/WP_20150406_22_24_04_Pro1.jpg)

I'm working on a thing...
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/Project%20Verpine%20Inverted%20CQB.jpg)

And, I'm hoping to improve the quality of my current kit.  My costume boots will not hold up in a parade, so I'm planning to make a set of slip-on spats for my real boots, maybe get a little armor on them to weigh them down.  I'd also like to make a leather girth belt, if not just make another clothesline one, with a duck cloth backing to keep it together.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Assassin or gunslinger...
Post by: Straka Zulu on Aug 24, 2015, 05:30 PM
Ok, been kinda busy with the new job, so not much to update. BUT, I did get started on my wife's kit. 

The question I now pose, do I continue that here, or make a new topic for her?
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Assassin or gunslinger...
Post by: Kavryn Falco on Aug 24, 2015, 06:01 PM
Personally I'd make a new topic, since it's a new kit.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Assassin or gunslinger...
Post by: Straka Zulu on Feb 10, 2016, 07:53 PM
Thread. REVIVE!!

OK, couple updates and I'll add photos later.  The original girth belt finally gave up the ghost, so I built one more in line with the "easy girth belt tutorial" topic. Have to get some elastic straps and parachute clips for the closure.  Did manage to debut it on December 17/18 for the premier of TFA, and even got some air time on the local Fox affiliate that morning, along with some of the 501st, RL, and Droid Builders guys.
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/temporary_122.jpg)

While under the blaster ban, I built an electrostaff, which debuted that same night.  I also got the majority of my Verpine Shatter Rifle built, trooped that at a charity event.
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/temporary_86.jpg)

Looking at going Gunslinger, just need to upgrade my holsters and a couple belts.  Have a mock-up of a possible shield emitter for one of the BRL's:
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/temporary_93.jpg)

I still want a bow and quiver, maybe for my MK.II...
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Assassin or gunslinger...
Post by: Havelock on Feb 10, 2016, 08:59 PM
Looking really awesome, ner'vod.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Assassin or gunslinger...
Post by: Straka Zulu on Feb 10, 2016, 09:15 PM
Thanks, vod.
I will say, I am my own harshest critic, I see so much I could do better or different... Need new knees, those gauntlets slide and rotate, really want to get rid of those glossy boots, and my cod kinda tries to cut of circulation to my legs if I sit for too long.

But, seems I do look good in pics, according to others...
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/temporary_89.jpg)
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Assassin or gunslinger...
Post by: Straka Zulu on Mar 27, 2016, 06:33 PM
Upgrades happened...
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/temporary_142.jpg)
Hoping to be accepted to someone's merry band of brigands in the Privateer Brigade.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: ConDar Ward on Mar 27, 2016, 08:05 PM
I like the Detail Upgrades ... Well Actually I like any Upgrades ...lol   :laugh:
But I'm mean specifically on an OM.
It means We're increasing our skills and adding Depth. By Creating a new Dimension of our Character ,
you inch closer in that seemingly Never Ever Ending journeys Finnish line for that Just off the Set look.


But you Were , Just Off the Set in that pic ... literally ..   ;) 

Looks good ...  8)
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Mar 27, 2016, 08:28 PM
I like the Detail Upgrades ... Well Actually I like any Upgrades ...lol   :laugh:
But I'm mean specifically on an OM.
It means We're increasing our skills and adding Depth. By Creating a new Dimension of our Character ,
you inch closer in that seemingly Never Ever Ending journeys Finnish line for that Just off the Set look.


But you Were , Just Off the Set in that pic ... literally ..   ;) 

Looks good ...  8)

This made my day, coming from you. ;D

Only thing that sucks about some of the upgrades? The list of names on the back of my bucket has grown longer. It now reads:
Art B.
Sal
Jim M.
Remo
Tina
Eddie
Col. W.
D.F. (Daniel Fleetwood)
Aiden
Terri
Dane
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jun 01, 2016, 09:00 AM
Pics to come, but the boots are finally gone!  Swapped them out for a pair of work boots that are actually comfortable to stand in, with some leather spats to cover the laces.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: ConDar Ward on Jun 01, 2016, 09:25 AM
I look Forward To it ner'vod ...   8)
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jun 02, 2016, 08:16 PM
New spats:
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/temporary_59.jpg)

And at MCCC, a photographer got my good (read: badshebs) side.
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/temporary_57.jpg)

I also came up with a better temporary closure for my girth belt.  Had some scrap leather from a belt, just used that and a couple sections of velcro to keep it together.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: ConDar Ward on Jun 02, 2016, 08:31 PM
Sweet ... Very Nice...   8)
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jun 23, 2016, 08:08 PM
So, I found this:
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/temporary.png)
Battlefront's EE-4 blaster rifle.
Now I NEED to build one!


And I am going to try for Support Brigades, Assassin. 
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: ConDar Ward on Jun 23, 2016, 08:21 PM
looks Cool ..   8)  No problem ..  ;) Build it up ner'vod ! 
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Cin Vhe'rang on Jun 24, 2016, 01:56 AM
So, I found this:
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/temporary.png)
Battlefront's EE-4 blaster rifle.
Now I NEED to build one!


And I am going to try for Support Brigades, Assassin.
Back end and grip look like that of an MP-40.  You might start there as a base.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jun 24, 2016, 04:44 AM
Back end and grip look like that of an MP-40.  You might start there as a base.
:D Thanks, vod! ;D
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 04, 2016, 12:55 AM
It's been a while...

(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/temporary_1.png)
I need to get the full video of this Click360 thing...

I've gone through a few changes since I last posted.
Those spats worked out, for a bit, but I have to go back to the Sith boots, till I can get a new pair of work boots.  Had to troop the Cincinnati Comic Expo in those brown boots, and doing my statue shtick was painful.  Might just stick with them, since I can fit my ankle aircast in them...  :'(
I did a repaint of my Verpine Shatter Rifle.  She's now a slick satin black!
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/temporary_72.jpg)
Also painted the vibrobeskad, but don't have a pic of that yet.  Made a half-sheath for that, worked out VERY nicely!
I'm in the process of sewing up a new vest. Just dyed it black, but it came out a charcoal color. :-\  Picked up some rare earth magnets (pill-battery sized, 2000 gauss), plan is to use these to attach the plates to the vest, and move the shoulder plates to the flightsuit shoulders.  Will be a bit better, heat-wise, for summer troops, since I just swapped the original NAVY trenchvest for a longer leather one.
I need to build a new back plate, maybe even recycle the old one to build a segmented back...
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 07, 2016, 05:07 PM
Been looking around various airsoft places, comparing the in-game EE-4 model to several different pistols and rifles, and cannot come up with anything even close.  It's such an amalgam of parts, I'd be better off just custom making the thing out of wood.  >:(
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jan 10, 2017, 05:49 AM
Couple small updates:
Will post up pics when I can, but I altered the look of the paint on the bucket. Added a set of "horns" around a large cartouche. Not sure if I'll be adding lettering to it, though.  I did add in some new names to my tribute panels, the notable one being Carrie Fisher.

Stole my wife's spats, since we are quite a ways from being done with her kit, ATM, and have no work space to finish, either...  :'(

Work is also on hold for a new bullpup Verp rifle, and I am starting to collect parts for an E-11D build.

So, even with the delays and sub-zero temps, I am getting ready to app-in for Assassins Brigade. Will try to get pics up and sent in soon.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Jr. on Jan 12, 2017, 07:48 PM
Back end and grip look like that of an MP-40.  You might start there as a base.

The front grip is a Soviet RPG-7 grip

Lookin good Sir!
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jan 12, 2017, 08:51 PM
So, here I am, during the first half of the Rogue One troop:
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/temporary_81.jpg)
I swapped out the boots about an hour in, those things have absolutely NO arch support or padding...  :'( >:( :'(

Not sure if I posted these, but here are Thing One and Thing Two
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/temporary_118.jpg)

And the latest additions to the tribute panel:
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/temporary_84.jpg)
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/temporary_83.jpg)
And the new "face"
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/temporary_85.jpg)

And now the beginning of my E-11D build:
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/temporary_151.jpg)

Let me know what you think.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Yolah Hyperion on Jan 18, 2017, 02:24 PM
I personally really like the paint job for the helmet, the names on the back add a lot to it too!

Verp looks very nice too, how long did it take for you to get that staff assembled?
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jan 18, 2017, 09:32 PM
My staves maybe took me five minutes to assemble, but about a day or so to paint.  I just found parts I liked at Lowes/Home Despot, and went from there. ;)
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Yolah Hyperion on Jan 19, 2017, 10:48 AM
I shall have to see what pieces I can find  :laugh:
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jan 19, 2017, 11:13 AM
The plumbing section will be your best friend. ;D
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Feb 03, 2017, 02:07 PM
Minor update:
Since I have no space to build in, ATM, I am dipping my toes into the 3D printing pool.  My local library has a couple of small to medium size printers, and are running classes in how to use them.  Does anyone have files they would recommend?  I would like to print a couple of thermal detonators, maybe the flash hider for a DL-44. I think they charge $0.10 an ounce, so it doesn't sound too expensive.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Yolah Hyperion on Feb 03, 2017, 05:18 PM
I dont have the file but perhaps a westar 34 or a knife.

Lol dipping your toes  :laugh:
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Feb 03, 2017, 05:32 PM
I dont have the file but perhaps a westar 34 or a knife.

Lol dipping your toes  :laugh:
Just what I need, another gun...  :P ;D

Might just give that a try.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Yolah Hyperion on Feb 03, 2017, 06:08 PM
If someone tells you that you have to many guns, disintegrate them..you don't need that negativity in life.  :laugh:
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Mar 01, 2017, 03:11 PM
Wish me luck, folks, I just submitted for Assassin.

Here I am, in action, at the Akron Home & Garden Show:
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/temporary_165.jpg)
Appropriated this vehicle from one of the locals to chase down my target.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Ruus bal'Neta on Mar 01, 2017, 04:00 PM
Wish me luck, folks, I just submitted for Assassin.

Here I am, in action, at the Akron Home & Garden Show:
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l122/x_so_x/temporary_165.jpg)
Appropriated this vehicle from one of the locals to chase down my target.

Please tell me this was an official invasion. :D

Good luck on the Brigade app.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Mar 01, 2017, 09:55 PM
It was, yes. ;D
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Mar 07, 2017, 06:29 AM
So, got kicked back for not showing my back plate.  That one is on me, and a super easy fix.  One pic, and I'm back in the running!  ;D
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Yolah Hyperion on Mar 09, 2017, 11:20 PM
Fingers crossed Vod!!  8)
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Sulkon88 on Mar 10, 2017, 03:15 AM
Really like your kit and color scheme.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Mar 10, 2017, 05:35 AM
Really like your kit and color scheme.
Thanks, vod! ;D
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Mar 19, 2017, 06:47 PM
So, as soon as I can, I should be posting up some pics from Wizard World Cleveland.  Met Jewel Staite, heckled Kato Kaelin, and listened to storytime being read by Barry Bostwick and Lou Ferigno.  Also picked up a resin cast Jyn Erso blaster.  Got some new shots taken for my brigade app, just going to recycle the weapons pics, though.
Wish me luck.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Havelock on Mar 19, 2017, 09:09 PM
You don't need luck, vod.  You're good.  I'm sure you'll pass your App no sweat - as long as you're showing your back plate.  hehe
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Mar 22, 2017, 03:38 PM
Second attempt is in.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Naritir Ka'ra on Mar 22, 2017, 03:43 PM
Jate'kara, ner'vod. *fingers crossed!*
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Apr 19, 2017, 07:09 AM
Still waiting on my app, but have to say Celebration was amazing!!
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Havelock on Apr 19, 2017, 11:10 AM
Agreed, vod.  Very much so!
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Naritir Ka'ra on Apr 21, 2017, 04:12 PM
Still waiting on my app, but have to say Celebration was amazing!!
Agreed!!! I'm still riding that high from meeting everyone. But dang, I wish I were back. The PCD is starting to hit
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Apr 21, 2017, 10:25 PM
Yeah, having withdrawals from hanging out with my vode.  The only known cure? Building stuff!  Just cut a set of shoulder armor, similar in style to the Death Watch ones.  And I'm scouring the web for images of the Special Forces Imperial logo, I want to put that someplace on my kit. 

For those that are reading my story, Straka Zulu used to train SpecOps clones.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on May 28, 2017, 11:08 PM
Sad news... I dropped my bucket at a recent troop, cracked the corners of the visor.  But I was told my the helmet maker to use a good super glue for a temporary fix. I'll get some fiberglass and resin to truly fix it later.

Still waiting on my Assassin app, but heard they are going through some restructuring in the Brigades. Hope something happens soon, this suspense is driving me mad! ??? :P :laugh: :'( :o :-\
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jun 13, 2017, 10:19 AM
I guess it's. '...or Bust"... This just happened:

Good Morning STRAKAZulu,

Upon review, the marshals have concluded that your kit does not meet the quality standard enforced by the brigade team. While your armor thickness meets the minimum standards required by the CRLs, the brigades team would like to see your armor plates have more depth and curvature.  We encourage you to stay in contact with your marshal, and continue to upgrade your armor and the rest of your current assassin build.

Dha Bral
Brigade Team XO
MMCC

Looks like I'm shelving any upgrades for the time being. :( :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jul 28, 2017, 01:07 PM
Looking for opinions.  While looking for voice amps, I came across this:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00L1E6NR8/ref=mp_s_a_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1501261084&sr=8-6&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=voice+amplifier&dpPl=1&dpID=41qrH4MJ5wL&ref=plSrch (https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00L1E6NR8/ref=mp_s_a_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1501261084&sr=8-6&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=voice+amplifier&dpPl=1&dpID=41qrH4MJ5wL&ref=plSrch)
Does anyone use these? I'm wondering if it's worth the money.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Jul 28, 2017, 03:41 PM
For a similar price, I recommend getting an Aker from TK Products. Or, if you want something more compact, Eternal Armories makes a small voice amp that mounts in your bucket, and you can use audio transducers to turn your helmet into a speaker. Not overly loud, but it does work, and it's pretty cheap.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jul 29, 2017, 01:09 PM
Just checked out TK, and what I need would be WAY out of budget. :o :o
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Jul 29, 2017, 01:50 PM
other options:
http://eternalarmory.com/product/kate-voice-amp/
http://eternalarmory.com/product/voice-amp/

I have the 2nd one in my steel bucket. if you get 1 of the larger transducers (another 14 bucks) it does a decent job of turning your bucket into a speaker. Cheaper then an aker (though less loud), more expensive then the one you were looking at (though not by a lot), and far more compact then either (also not as loud, but it's better then yelling to be heard all the time).

That said, the one you're looking at will probably work fine for a while. I just try to stick with places like TK or EA because they troop (EA is run by some Mercs), but that's personal preferance.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jul 29, 2017, 04:55 PM
I'll check those out. Thanks ;D
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Aug 12, 2017, 05:14 PM
Are half-shell vambraces acceptable?
(https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/fr/cp0/e15/q65/20776430_10154924653086482_1693440586024547946_o.jpg?efg=eyJpIjoidCJ9&oh=d82b66f202ae8cf6eecdad7dd3a7f3b4&oe=5A27B048)
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Aug 12, 2017, 06:10 PM
They are,  but remember that the 1/2 is minimum. If the Ruus questions it they tell you it's not enough. Always err on the side of more
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Aug 20, 2017, 01:37 PM
So, work continues.
Looking to add some fans to my wife's helmet as well as mine, and came across this:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00EL938E6/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1503250163&sr=8-2&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=helmet+fan&dpPl=1&dpID=51HDcPCtA9L&ref=plSrch (https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00EL938E6/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1503250163&sr=8-2&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=helmet+fan&dpPl=1&dpID=51HDcPCtA9L&ref=plSrch)
Has anyone used these? How big are they, and do they push air good enough to survive a troop?
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Aug 20, 2017, 02:59 PM
Those are what I use in my bucket. They're about 1.5"x1.5"x0.5", and put out a decent puff. They say 5v, but I use mine with a 9v and haven't had any issues.

My only comment would be that they're fairly loud, but that's going to be an issue with any fan that pushes a meaningful amount of air.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Aug 20, 2017, 03:38 PM
Cool, thanks!  ;D
Does it interfere with using a mic?
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Aug 21, 2017, 12:24 AM
Cool, thanks!  ;D
Does it interfere with using a mic?
No, but depending on placement the fan nice might get transmitted through the mic. As long as you keep your head between your fans and your mic that shouldn't be an issue though
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Aug 21, 2017, 06:05 AM
Good to know. Thanks  ;D
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 07, 2017, 05:22 PM
Looking like I'm headed for a rebuild.   My wife is giving up on her current set of torso armor, and she likes the look of the Clan Wren set.   So, in the spirit of consistency, I'm going to build a male set to compliment hers.  Still keeping our paint schemes, though.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Beviin Akaad on Sep 07, 2017, 05:29 PM
*pops popcorn*

I shall follow your rebuild with great interest.  8)
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 07, 2017, 05:57 PM
Still going to keep it pretty streamlined, since I'm still shooting for Assassin Brigade.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 14, 2017, 06:14 AM
(https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/fr/cp0/e15/q65/21739948_10155009260221482_3179102036558633531_n.jpg?efg=eyJpIjoidCJ9&oh=259b6ae034aff8abb5ff130575b1732a&oe=5A56C304)
Had a bit of fun last weekend, a joint troop with the RL & 501st.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Og' Reh on Sep 15, 2017, 01:52 AM
*pops popcorn*

I got soda's... And pizza is coming. I'm here to stay and watch that show as well! ;)
I'd love to see how it goes!
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 17, 2017, 05:53 PM
(https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/fr/cp0/e15/q65/21751378_1526147844098597_28102047129933733_n.jpg?efg=eyJpIjoidCJ9&oh=53bdeec469d65d42e7ee46e95e127cbd&oe=5A13A80B)
Parma Touch-A-Truck, was cited for a weapons violation. Carrying a disruptor without a license.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Yolah Hyperion on Sep 18, 2017, 09:19 AM
(https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/fr/cp0/e15/q65/21751378_1526147844098597_28102047129933733_n.jpg?efg=eyJpIjoidCJ9&oh=53bdeec469d65d42e7ee46e95e127cbd&oe=5A13A80B)
Parma Touch-A-Truck, was cited for a weapons violation. Carrying a disruptor without a license.

"Its in my other helmet officer I swear" :laugh:
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 18, 2017, 10:09 AM
I left it back in my ship, let me go get it.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Yolah Hyperion on Sep 18, 2017, 12:47 PM
I left it back in my ship, let me go get it.
:laugh: Thats a good one  ;D have you decided on a new helmet yet Vod?
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 18, 2017, 03:25 PM
Got a lead on one from a friend of mine.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Yolah Hyperion on Sep 19, 2017, 08:21 AM
Excellent!!
Patiently waiting for new helmet thread to appear  :laugh:
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 29, 2017, 04:55 PM
Nothing new yet, but I came across an idea whilst I was browsing through the Shadow controllers for the XbOne.  I REALLY like the Copper Shadow one, and it got me thinking.

The new idea is to do a similar scheme to my current kit, but with both the fade from Black-to-Orange, and in the black sections, do a really faint hex pattern, like scales.

Anyone know how I could pull that off?
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Og' Reh on Oct 04, 2017, 02:54 AM
I believ Haran Cuyan (sorry if misspelled!) pulled of what you think of. Check his bucket and armor and rifle WIP below. He also explains how he did that.

http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=100131.0 (http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=100131.0)
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 04, 2017, 06:31 AM
As a matter of fact, that's EXACTLY what I was looking for!  Vor'e, ner vod! ;D
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 29, 2017, 10:50 PM
Really wishing I could move...  Sick of the osik'la way things are going at my current domicile.

Anyways, that's neither here nor there.  What I desperately need is a workshop.  I have a new vest (was supposed to be my wife's, but somehow the thing fits me, not her. Can't complain about Kraam Xyrati's craftsmanship, though! ;D )
Need to dye it my color, and get to work on a new set of plates, in Clan Wren's style, but my color pattern.  I DO like Clan Eldar, though. I'll try to post pics when I can.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Nov 06, 2017, 10:20 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/5CxeJRr.jpg)
The new vest.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Nov 07, 2017, 07:52 AM
Aaahh! My eyes! It's so...bright!

Looks great vod
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Nov 07, 2017, 09:46 AM
Aaahh! My eyes! It's so...bright!

Looks great vod
Looking to dye it, either dark blue or black.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Nov 08, 2017, 03:54 PM
Just curious, where do you guys source the metal for armor?
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Verseus Tahl on Nov 08, 2017, 09:59 PM
I nabbed mine from a local sheet metal supplier... I'd do a search for any around you. Some shops have scraps left over from orders that you can pick up cheap. I nabbed 4 16" x 22" sheets of 18 gauge steel for $12 total. Cheaper than sintra in my case!
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Nov 10, 2017, 09:50 AM
Just curious, where do you guys source the metal for armor?

McMaster Carr or Amazon, depending on what exwctly i'm looking for. Amazon is cheaper, but McMaster has a much larger selection. My dad also gave me 4sq ft of aluminum he had left over from a job. However, many people also get old car hoods from junk yards and cut their plates out of that (i know that's where Kra'am sources his metal)
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Nov 15, 2017, 07:39 PM

So, decided to take a look back at my kit.  When I got my approval, March 22 2015, to now, there have been a lot of little changes, but they really added up.  Something I'm proud of, yet still see the flaws that I desperately want to fix.
(https://i.imgur.com/Z18l5ZG.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/birYfCS.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/nHlVnYT.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/gZtO8F1.png)
(https://i.imgur.com/nQvF8JZ.jpg)
Coming up on Straka Zulu's third anniversary as an official kit, and hoping for many more.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Nov 20, 2017, 03:57 PM
OK, just curious, would this be too thin for making armor?
https://www.homedepot.com/p/M-D-Building-Products-36-in-x-36-in-Plain-Aluminum-Sheet-in-Silver-57000/100351161 (https://www.homedepot.com/p/M-D-Building-Products-36-in-x-36-in-Plain-Aluminum-Sheet-in-Silver-57000/100351161)
Or would this be better?
https://www.homedepot.com/p/M-D-Building-Products-12-in-x-24-in-28-Gauge-Galvanized-Sheet-56020/100282523 (https://www.homedepot.com/p/M-D-Building-Products-12-in-x-24-in-28-Gauge-Galvanized-Sheet-56020/100282523)
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Fenris Claddanna on Nov 20, 2017, 04:14 PM
That aluminum is going to be way too thin, ner vod. I don't know enough about steel to be able to tell you anything about the 28 gauge sheet, but I do know that the aluminum you've linked is thin enough that it can be bent into a pretzel without much effort.

For aluminum, the minimum thickness I'd go would be .063" to allow it some chance of actually holding its shape in case of an accidental drop. For reference, your standard stop sign on a street corner is .080" aluminum, if the municipality is following USDOT regulations.

If I had to pick between the two you linked, though, steel hands down.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Nov 20, 2017, 04:20 PM
Sounds good.  Means I can use magnets!  :laugh: ;D
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Nov 20, 2017, 04:56 PM
I use .08" thick aluminum for my metal kit and love it. It's pretty easy to work, but not so easy that you really have to worry about messing it up on accident
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Nov 20, 2017, 05:09 PM
Thanks for the advice!
Oh, and as a bonus, one of my favorite shots from C8:
(https://i.imgur.com/yiX9xZH.jpg)
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Nov 26, 2017, 04:04 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/wUySSDF.jpg)
From the Battlefront II prerelease "party" at my local GameStop.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jan 15, 2018, 01:49 PM
Well, I've been talking to the boss, Mandalore, and he suggested using 20gu steel.  Not sure how I'll be able to cut it, since all I have are yellow-handled snips. I wouldn't trust my Dremel to do it.

Oh, here's my latest.
(https://i.imgur.com/U3JLIn3.jpg)
Had to do my Remo Lean.
Miss ya, vod.

Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Malakier Vhett on Jan 15, 2018, 03:30 PM
Dremel will cut 20ga steel just fine. Make sure you buy the reinforced blades, or they make a 'life time' grit blade that does a decent job as well. Your aviation snips should cut it fine as well, but it will be a literal pain. At the very least, you'll want to rough your plates out with the dremel to make cutting woth the snips a little easier
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jan 15, 2018, 05:49 PM
Thanks for the tips, Vod!  ;D
My main concerns about using a Dremel are mostly about noise and sparks, since I have to do this indoors.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jan 29, 2018, 05:09 PM
So, picked up some 22ga. steel for my rebuild.  Hope to have some shots to show once I have it cut.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jan 31, 2018, 02:03 PM
So, got a bit impatient; printed and used a set of WoF Jango Fett templates.
(https://i.imgur.com/I7evWte.jpg)
Collar should be cut tonight, and have a lot of cleanup to do.

And a size comparison with my originals:
(https://i.imgur.com/d5PmlIe.jpg)
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Havelock on Jan 31, 2018, 02:51 PM
Nice!  Love seeing progress, vod.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Yolah Hyperion on Jan 31, 2018, 03:29 PM
*heavy Breathing in Mando*
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Nahtain Kaar on Jan 31, 2018, 04:01 PM
YEESSSSSSS!!!!! MORE METAL!
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Mar 03, 2018, 09:57 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/yoL3gkU.jpg)
So, I didn't post this here for some reason.

I also picked up a Mystery Box from UltraSabers... Nice milled aluminum with a red blade.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Havelock on Mar 04, 2018, 11:05 PM
Nicely done, ner'vod.   :)
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Mar 05, 2018, 06:53 AM
So, having spent a grand total of fourteen hours in kit this weekend, I have come to two realizations:
1) I need to find a way tp keep my knees and vambraces from biting me.
2) I am really looking forward to getting my metal plates done.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Yolah Hyperion on Mar 05, 2018, 12:26 PM
So, having spent a grand total of fourteen hours in kit this weekend, I have come to two realizations:
1) I need to find a way tp keep my knees and vambraces from biting me.
2) I am really looking forward to getting my metal plates done.

Perhaps stick a small chunk of eva foam on the inside? Small enough to provide cushion but not large enough to be seen.
I did that with my gauntlets and while there is cushion, they don't chaffe (chaff? rub against) my forearms, then again I haven't ever been in a full kit so my credibility on that subject is hazy  :rolleyes:

Your metal plates will be very very interesting to see how they end up fitting and being shaped  :P
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Apr 03, 2018, 08:35 AM
Had a bit of fun yesterday, tried to trim down the plates again.  Gave up after winding up with more than a few sparks hitting me in the face while I was trying to use a cutting wheel.
(https://i.imgur.com/sC8YOWZ.jpg)

I also printed an April Storm DW vambrace, left. Got the halves epoxied, and a bit of wire in the hinge.
(https://i.imgur.com/AoFFpWy.jpg)
Now comes my dilemma... I'm shooting for the Striker Brigade, Assassin Profession. The PRL's say a streamlined gauntlet, so I'm wondering just how far to go in adding the bits and bobs to this.

EDIT: Is this too small? It closes just fine, but was wondering if I need to adjust the length.
(https://i.imgur.com/tjJVYBe.jpg)
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Slade Kel on Apr 03, 2018, 08:40 PM
Nicely begun my friend :). Metal armor is the best armor, but I might be just a touch prejudiced there :P. You'll want to take a hammer to the edges just to flatten out where your dremel chewed a bit, but I'll admit I only actually read this page and skimmed the last few so you might already know that. For gaunts and knees, a bit of the thinnest eva foam (2mm, I believe) will serve to stop pinching, and you can always go a little thicker if you need the padding.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Shurik Bhar'vani on Apr 03, 2018, 08:56 PM
As long as it can still close over a flightsuit I don't see any issue with it  :laugh:

It seems pretty well streamlined to me, but i'm not in the Brigade so i'm not sure if it will work. Have you tried asking in the brigades directly?
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Apr 03, 2018, 09:04 PM
I've got a thread on the Striker boards, just waiting for feedback.  :D
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Shurik Bhar'vani on Apr 03, 2018, 09:19 PM
I've got a thread on the Striker boards, just waiting for feedback.  :D

Fair enough  :laugh: Iím gunning for Privateer myself pretty much the second I get OM, though I donít plan to put anything in that brigade board until I at least have concept art for the plates down
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on May 05, 2018, 12:32 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/NGdL2B5.jpg)
CURSE YOU, THOR!!!
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jun 15, 2018, 12:51 PM
Ugh... Kit work has stalled. A combination of needing a place to DO the work, and my housemates being a bunch of di'kutla besom.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Shurik Bhar'vani on Jun 15, 2018, 01:07 PM
Hey, you arenít the only one with a stalled kit vod. Hope things get better, I know what crap roommates are like
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jul 07, 2018, 12:00 AM
If it's not one thing, it's another... :rolleyes: :'(

So, any of you that follow me on FB know, but I got T-boned coming home from work by some punk kids on 4 July. Car is possibly totalled, and I am SORE... Thankfully nothing broken, and I was by myself in the car.

Really hoping to be back 100% by the 21st, as my clan is finally having an armor party close enough for us Northeast Ohio folk! ;D

The plan is to get my plates better shaped, make a segmented back plate, and get my wife's kit done, while doing all I can to help all our new recruits. Wish me luck.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Jennari on Jul 07, 2018, 03:39 AM
Good luck, with everything, ner vod. Eager to see more progress.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Shurik Bhar'vani on Jul 07, 2018, 07:00 AM
Glad youíre ok vod. Looking forward to the next set of updates
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Aug 01, 2018, 12:23 PM
Not much to report on the upgrades.  Spent all my time at the recent AP working on the finishing touches to my wife's kit.
But, have some new shots from last weekend...
(https://i.imgur.com/V6fwC6S.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/fXji9n9.jpg)
Photo Credit to Diana Rodriguez. 

And thanks to that shoot, I think I need to build a few new parts.  Namely boot plates, shoulders, and cod.  Nothing broke, but the shoulders are too light, kept getting blown into my helmet (sounded like getting hit by Nerf darts), and the cod was stabbing me in the thigh as I knelt down. Boot plates were MIA.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Jennari on Aug 02, 2018, 03:50 PM
Sorry to hear about that, vod. Good luck, and eager to see more progress.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Aug 14, 2018, 08:43 PM
So, got some work done.
(https://i.imgur.com/7gfACL8.jpg)
Now comes the 60,000cr question: Do I dye the vest black? Or leave it as the cream color it currently is?
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: ConDar Ward on Aug 14, 2018, 09:34 PM
Hmmmm .... lets see it ...  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Aug 15, 2018, 02:10 AM
Hmmmm .... lets see it ...  :rolleyes:
This is before paint:
(https://i.imgur.com/sC8YOWZ.jpg)
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Jennari on Aug 15, 2018, 04:10 AM
That's a tough one. If I could see what it looks like with your flight suit it would probably be easier to decide. I'd like to see if it works, but then I also want to see black since that's what I'm used to... And yes, I know this probably doesn't help, but it's my opinion.  :P
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: ConDar Ward on Aug 15, 2018, 10:25 AM
I like the light Color as a contrast personally  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Havelock on Aug 15, 2018, 01:06 PM
I think I'm with ConDar on this.  Kinda digging the vest as-is.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Aug 15, 2018, 01:37 PM
Yay! One less project for me!
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Aug 16, 2018, 09:35 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/vL0eVN3.jpg)
Hello there!
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Jennari on Aug 17, 2018, 03:36 AM
Looking awesome, ner vod! Love the slight changes on your classic look.  :like:
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Yolah Hyperion on Aug 17, 2018, 07:23 AM
(https://i.imgur.com/vL0eVN3.jpg)
Hello there!

"GENERAL KENOBI!"

Had to haha, Like others have said the contrast is very very nice!
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Aug 18, 2018, 01:06 PM
Anyone have tips for removing caked on gel toothpaste?  Tried removing it with a towel like I usually do, but a lot of it wound up sticking.  Even tried using a credit card to chip some of it off, to no avail.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Havelock on Aug 18, 2018, 02:05 PM
Pocket knife?
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Aug 18, 2018, 02:32 PM
Looking at it, I might be better off leaving it, coating it with a clear coat. Adds an interesting layer, and since it's a light blue, it can hint at part of my backstory: having pieced it together after taking out the shabiir that killed my family.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Havelock on Aug 18, 2018, 03:17 PM
Well there you go, then.   :P
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Sep Ho'ban on Aug 18, 2018, 03:36 PM
I just use the cheapest white only toothpaste I can find for masking.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 05, 2018, 10:26 PM
Well, after some gentle scrubbing with vinegar to remove some more rust that developed, the rest of the masking came off.  I also did some light weathering to those spots with a color shifting acrylic. Gold to purple, to kinda imitate the discoloration metal takes when heated. 
(https://i.imgur.com/mABHeBK.jpg)
The little gold flecks on the edge of the black were a happy little accident.  ;D
I also now have a voice amp!
(https://i.imgur.com/HriQ7KT.jpg)
Got good volume, and sound quality isn't bad.  I get nasty feedback if I go full volume, though.

Now, to the meat of this post.  I am in need of advice about my shoulders and shnees.  I was planning on making them out of steel as well, but I am kinda worried about the way the shoulders stick out with the new vest.  Last thing I need is to poke someone in the eye with a shoulder plate, as that is about where it would be. Being a Shade Provider has it's drawbacks...
I am also concerned about the shnees. Where would I find some good examples of designs?  And would having certain designs keep me out of the Assassin Brigade?

Still working on a design for my backplate.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Sep Ho'ban on Sep 05, 2018, 10:38 PM
My shnees can be seen in this photo -- my kama is in the way of them in my kitted up photos.  I like them a  lot.
(https://i.imgur.com/EcCv8Fm.jpg)

The assassin brigade question will get a better answer if you ask it in the sub forum for that brigade.

As for the shoulders, that's a tough one, but you could look at something more bell shaped as opposed to the  corner plates you currently have.

I'd hit up the costume gallery to look for some inspiration, or check out some other in universe kits -- shoretrooper etc. for both shnees and shoulders.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Darasuum Prudii on Sep 05, 2018, 11:16 PM
When I did my Shknees I measured from the bend of my ankle to the center of my knee to get total length and the determined how far I wanted my shknees to wrap around my leg and went by that at the widest part and tapered to the knee and to the ankle to get a tapered look on them. Built mine up with a trans plate in the center which on mine looks like a upside down neck tie lol. Hope the picture of mine will inspire some. I know when I made mine I just went for it and started drawing on paper then cut it out and liked the way it fit and just went with it. (https://i.imgur.com/Jkp8HrK.jpg)

Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 06, 2018, 12:44 AM
Thank you both. Those pics got a couple ideas knocked loose for me.  ;D :like:
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: jett drexel on Sep 06, 2018, 12:06 PM
I don't normally  like shnees but you've converted me. Those look awesome vod.... great design and fantastic fit.   :8):
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 11, 2018, 05:53 PM
Got a test run coming up in a couple days, see how the torso parts work.   Going to talk with my clanmates about what to do for shnees, shoulders and backplate.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 30, 2018, 03:16 PM
Test run was a success.   I found I'm going to have to swap the magnets for Velcro.  They kept trying to attach to each other. I also figured that making shnees is not very feasible,  ATM.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 12, 2018, 07:43 PM
Good news!  I have not one, but TWO new helmets incoming!  Just ordered a B-pull from Dha Bral (ComMando, squeeeeeeeeeee!!!), and in two weeks I will be ordering an Executioner from Lonewolf.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Havelock on Oct 15, 2018, 05:18 PM
Grats, vod!
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 15, 2018, 05:32 PM
Thanks!  They are kinda anniversary presents to myself.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 19, 2018, 09:40 PM
Okay... bit of a delay in getting my ComMando, and it has me thinking, what should I do for the visor?  I'm debating a couple of variants, but was also thinking of just going with the standard "T".  Also looking into a mirrored tinted, maybe a green.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 20, 2018, 11:21 PM
Two days till I get my new helmet!!    :porg2: :porg2: :porg2:
And, in other news, I just got the Velcro temporarily attached, and am going to use magnets to act as support.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Yolah Hyperion on Oct 21, 2018, 11:18 AM
*T-Minus 24 Hours 25 minutes 55 seconds till new helmet arrival*

Always exciting to get a new helmet!! Same paint scheme for it?
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 21, 2018, 12:37 PM
One of MANY things I'm still very undecided about. Was thinking of keeping the same colors: black, orange accents, and white face. Just not sure if I'll keep it in the same pattern.

It all really comes down to whether or not it actually will fit on my melon.

Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 24, 2018, 04:30 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/7eIAfSa.jpg)
IT HAS ARRIVED!!
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Havelock on Oct 24, 2018, 04:35 PM
Grats, vod!
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Jennari on Oct 25, 2018, 01:25 AM
Nice!
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Nov 03, 2018, 01:19 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/WKoVNjJ.jpg)
I wasn't able to get the visor the way I wanted, but I still am happy with the end result.
(https://i.imgur.com/b0tN9Nt.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/KdHJyzI.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/BadpKpp.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/CsHzPKY.jpg)
Just tooling around with my phone's edit options.

Also, guess who won his workplace's costume contest?
(https://i.imgur.com/91Apjns.jpg)
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: The Unknown Mando on Nov 03, 2018, 05:35 PM
How did you want the visor?
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Nov 03, 2018, 11:04 PM
I'd like to get a mirrored visor.  Just picked up a couple of clear face shields, now to find some mirrored tint.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Jennari on Nov 04, 2018, 04:49 AM
Nice work!  :like:
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: J'Khara Vontess on Nov 04, 2018, 07:44 PM
We are officially bucket buddies   :D
Also I can't believe I just now found this wip! Prepare for more positive reinforcement!
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Nov 04, 2018, 09:29 PM
Took ya long enough, vod!  :laugh: :laugh:
Looking forward to it!
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Shevla Kal on Nov 08, 2018, 01:43 PM
Awesome work! I like the color scheme!
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Nov 08, 2018, 02:33 PM
Thanks, vod. :like:
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Dec 06, 2018, 08:31 AM
So, for those that don't know, my father became one with the Force on the 15th of November.  It's taken me this long to come back to some semblance of normal.
(https://i.imgur.com/f7GLkhc.jpg)
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Jennari on Dec 06, 2018, 11:28 AM
Iím glad youíre feeling at least a little better. Your helmet looks great!  :like:  :D
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jan 01, 2019, 02:07 PM
Briikasse evaar'la simir, ner vode! That whole "new year, new me" osik only applies to my armor builds.

As for them, I have come to a couple of different crossroads. The first is my lower half.  I would like to rebuild my cod, knees and boot plates out of the steel, but am unsure on if I should keep them as their current design, or go with something more traditional.  I am also swapping out my work boots for the ones I got approved with, maybe adding in an armor plate behind the straps.

My next thought is on if I should keep the current style (Modern, Jango) for my chest plates, or make a set of Rebels Wren grunt.  I am still working on the design for the back plate(s), and really am torn on the rest.

I am also looking to get some new weapons, more in line with my character's story.  He's currently in the New Trilogy era, and has stolen some First Order tech (a TIE Silencer prototype, some blasters, that kind of thing...).  Anyone have 3-d files for the blasters?
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Feb 23, 2019, 10:35 PM
Been awful quiet, lately.  As is typical in the winter, the build has stalled.  Got some things in the planning stages, though.  Will update when I have more to show for it.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: jett drexel on Feb 23, 2019, 10:39 PM
I'm still waiting for your 4 page comic strip. ;)
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Feb 24, 2019, 10:41 AM
Still working on that.  Might be a while, as Darth Writer's Block has been kicking my shebs.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Apr 17, 2019, 03:21 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/Lgdum8Z.jpg)
My new "Face".  Rest assured, though, that I WILL be getting a new Nite Owl.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Rook Beroya on Apr 17, 2019, 06:37 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/Lgdum8Z.jpg)
My new "Face".  Rest assured, though, that I WILL be getting a new Nite Owl.

I just love the orange visor. This is the second one Iíve seen! It looks amazing.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on May 09, 2019, 10:52 AM
(https://i.imgur.com/ggAJvbv.jpg)
So, with the new helmet, comes new problems.
First, I either need contacts or LASIK in order to properly wear this.  The helmet is awesome, aside from that.
I need new vambraces and gloves.  Found a set of rose pruning gloves on Amazon that might work, and have the files for some new vambraces.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Jennari on May 09, 2019, 05:15 PM
Cool, though I'm still partial to the old helmet.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jun 05, 2019, 12:22 AM
(https://i.imgur.com/NeCslcz.jpg)
So, I learned something about the WoF Jango templates.  If you're not careful, the center point will be WAY offset.
New one made with my original Boba Fett style from my OG kit.
(https://i.imgur.com/5vVukX9.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/oinedys.jpg)

And made a few alterations to the helmet.
(https://i.imgur.com/GHIJS78.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/V7jZXl4.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/9ggcZpF.jpg)

Also got to meet Joonas Suotamo.  A great guy, and worthy successor to Peter.
(https://i.imgur.com/pcsjMgB.jpg)
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Havelock on Jun 05, 2019, 12:50 PM
It's almost scary that he's not that much taller than you.   :P
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Slade Kel on Jun 05, 2019, 04:30 PM
Yeah, the WOF Jango templates are a little janky here and there. Great work, though! I've heard nothing but good things about Joonas :)
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jun 09, 2019, 09:53 AM
Got into a conversation with him about Peter Mayhew.  First thing he said was "Sorry for your loss."  I had to say "I'm sorry for your loss."  Probably talked for a good 5 minutes about how cool he was.


Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Slade Kel on Jun 28, 2019, 10:57 PM
Yeah, Peter was pretty freaking awesome. I only got to meet him two or three times, but he was amazing
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jul 20, 2019, 12:42 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/LsKPokN.jpg)
Work continues.   Just need to weather it a bit.

Weapon loadout is in flux, as I'm torn between building the "energy bow" and the Sith Trooper carbine from RotSw.  Still deciding on what Brigade to join, or if I should cross-class Assassin and Gunslinger.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jul 28, 2019, 02:53 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/FvTMKLk.jpg)
Test fit of the new collar. 
(https://i.imgur.com/hKP5ic0.jpg)
Since a lot of people keep saying that they don't recognize me in the new helmet, I made a crest.  The comm unit will be getting added onto...
(https://i.imgur.com/cfWp5OQ.jpg)
...the new gauntlets I'm making.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Jennari on Jul 29, 2019, 02:03 AM
Keep up the good work, ner vod!   :D
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jul 30, 2019, 10:18 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/dmU509r.jpg)
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Jennari on Jul 31, 2019, 01:06 AM
 :like: :like: :like:
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Aug 12, 2019, 09:50 AM
Some minor progress.
New Vambraces:
(https://i.imgur.com/cfWp5OQ.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/LidwVZw.jpg)
New Knife:
(https://i.imgur.com/uyQhu4u.jpg)
Needs another coat of paint, but the edge has been worked on to even it out better than in this pic.
New Blaster:
(https://i.imgur.com/n2D5VSl.jpg)
SE-44c variant, still early days on it's WiP.  Hope what I learn from this goes into its mate.

And the march towards the Brigades continues.

Oh, almost forgot:
(https://i.imgur.com/jFAPWqn.jpg)
Did a repaint of my old Heavy Blaster, was trying out a red chrome paint.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Aug 25, 2019, 03:28 PM
New shoulders.
(https://i.imgur.com/oQziCUe.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/KmiXkD6.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/0thFC80.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/Hi0ec5F.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/Ak3yxzH.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/oz0ilkB.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/Ar3QQQm.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/iZWpOGb.jpg)
And upgrades to the new gauntlets.  Made a comms/holoprojector unit.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Jennari on Aug 25, 2019, 08:40 PM
Awesome! As always.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 14, 2019, 08:28 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/MjRW2IR.jpg)
March 11th, 2015 to May the 4th, 2019.  A LOT can change in just 4 years.  And it ain't over yet.  Will post updates after CCE.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 29, 2019, 10:40 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/AqrmNuA.jpg)
New weapon incoming!
Just need to carefully sand off the logos, and repaint the arms.

(https://i.imgur.com/TrrQvnh.jpg)
Cincinnati reminds me of home, of Sundari.
Did a test run with the backplates, need to figure out something better, shape-wise.
(https://i.imgur.com/CEjti0e.jpg)
And just keeping it warm for my buddy Sheeve...
(https://i.imgur.com/qgPBoh0.jpg)
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Jennari on Sep 30, 2019, 12:35 PM
 :laugh:  :like:
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Nov 05, 2019, 10:13 PM
Still debating on what to do with the bow.   

But, I now have no original parts left.
(https://i.imgur.com/7MvIMKv.jpg)
New boot plates.
(https://i.imgur.com/NqnqyMg.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/iZZPD4q.jpg)
And new cod armor.

And having a bit of a dilemma.  I love my current Verpine rifle, but had a weird notion to skeletonize it.   Another option would be to build a new one from scratch, but lighter in construction.
(https://i.imgur.com/M5XBTaI.jpg)
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Jennari on Nov 06, 2019, 12:26 AM
Nice progress!  :like:
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Dec 25, 2019, 12:41 PM
I've been neglecting this thread...

(https://i.imgur.com/ncwnznV.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/gjdwkQQ.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/77EWeum.jpg)
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jan 05, 2020, 10:04 AM
Well, Christmas kinda sucked.   About a half hour before my last post, my uncle passed away.  So, yet another name on my tribute panels.

But, work continues.  More changes to the kit are happening in 2020, so stay tuned.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Feb 26, 2020, 12:34 AM
Minor update:

No progress to report, ATM, but plans are underway for some upgrades.
Need to replace my belts with leather, but will be painting the clip on my current belt to keep with the updated CRL's. I'm also looking to fine-tune my girth belt.

Need to come up with a mount for my bow, and a secure quiver with fake arrows.  I like Jannah's setup, and thankfully her bow isn't an energy bow.  Don't get me wrong, I love the Nightsister's bows, but they're not financially practical for me to build.

I need to order and mod a Sith Trooper blaster from the Disney Store.  I loved it at first sight, and just saw a WiP in one of my FB groups that was amazing.

And lastly... the potential return of an old friend, in a new model Nite Owl.  I also have another secret helmet being commissioned,  more on that one after it's in my hands.

As always, "Work Continues"!
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Slade Kel on Feb 27, 2020, 03:57 PM
Tease!
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Mar 27, 2020, 09:16 AM
PHOTO DUMP!!  Oh, and some minor updates.

(https://i.imgur.com/jC1rxaN.jpg)
Once again, BIG thanks to Colin, aka Ashen Kelborn.

(https://i.imgur.com/vQy56Zb.jpg)
Temporary fix for the belt clip.

Got to meet The Armorer. 
(https://i.imgur.com/LRWBDcN.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/O6j8kIb.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/dkfm8w0.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/PNVKUa6.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/g5mqVBH.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/EK5NvQT.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/jxIXrDI.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/hOkvL3k.jpg)
Bumped into an old friend, Tyno Krast.  Here's hoping he can suit up again soon.
(https://i.imgur.com/zCbunqa.jpg)
And seven of the 8 Rancors present, two of which were out of uniform... :laugh:
And my favorite of the batch.
(https://i.imgur.com/yaQBDIN.jpg)

Foundlings are the Way!  This mini-Mando had an awesome kit!
(https://i.imgur.com/TSAg18a.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/SRwM21D.jpg)
Tried something new, went without the duster.   Felt weird.

(https://i.imgur.com/JvVejzi.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/SSLD80b.jpg)
Repainted the gauntlets, and finally added the phrase back onto them.  Tried using an "Ultra-Black" paint, but it felt like I put 300 grit sandpaper on it.  So this is the result of painting over it with a flat black, and a matte jet black.

I also found a side of black leather, going to try replacing my belts, holsters, etc... with it.  And found a tutorial on making sintra pouches on the Builder's Page, so going to try that, too.

#WorkContinues
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Jennari on Mar 27, 2020, 02:45 PM
Awesome as always, ner vod! Keep up the good work, Strak!  :like:
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Apr 05, 2020, 01:30 PM
Some weapons work:

(https://i.imgur.com/Z40C2xt.jpg)
"Scavenged blaster parts" as described in thr TRoS Visual Dictionary.
Stabby Stuff!!
(https://i.imgur.com/0hfq1bw.jpg)
Repaints and minor repairs to my main pistol options.
(https://i.imgur.com/bhXUUNd.jpg)
And some sanding to the thermal detonators.  Still needs work.
(https://i.imgur.com/ZbtYbEh.jpg)
And made a new gun belt, recycled the hardware from the old one.  Now I truly have nothing original left.
(https://i.imgur.com/QL3gqza.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/uqfd2fZ.jpg)
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Jennari on Apr 05, 2020, 02:02 PM
Nice work.  :like: Nite Owl!!!
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Apr 05, 2020, 06:59 PM
I'm hoping to have it repaired soon.  A friend of mine wants to try that Japanese technique that they used in TRoS on Kylo Ren's helmet.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on May 07, 2020, 11:25 AM
So, just to give you guys a heads up, there's a new build incoming.  Few know about this, because I was waiting on the Post-Imperial CRL's to drop, and to get word on a helmet I had ordered.

Now that 1.5 of those have happened, here it is:
A HIM-Inspired Medic!  Actually, more like "him", but...
(https://i.imgur.com/RN9gRNN.jpg)
With a totally out-of-the-box paint inspiration:
(https://i.imgur.com/FFVx5Dg.png)
Doing this in honor of my late father, who was a CPD Detective for 32 years in the second worst district.  And also to honor all our first responders, who have been busting their shebs long before the lockdown. 

So, here's where I am:  At present, the helmets are still being perfected by Bowfanny.  Very limited run, I think I lucked out in getting the funds for it when I did!
(https://i.imgur.com/x9BXKX9.jpg)
And someone shared a template for the standard P/I chest plates, so I'm going to try modding them for the Heavy style.
If it doesn't pan out, I'll try ... something.
(https://i.imgur.com/mTnR12T.jpg)


As for my Mk.II, I'm looking to swap out the duster for this, at least for the times I don't feel up to all the leather weight.
(https://i.imgur.com/mPrcNDW.jpg)
Also, it'll be for when my Nite Owl gets repaired.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Slade Kel on May 07, 2020, 11:52 AM
Nice! I dig it, looks like a solid concept and plan.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on May 31, 2020, 11:24 AM
Wow... Really been neglecting these.

Weapons update!
Started with the Nerf Poe Dameron blaster (aka Glie-44).
(https://i.imgur.com/iPY2RDu.jpg)

Sanded off the logos and nubs from the top rail.
(https://i.imgur.com/HFKDwYX.jpg)

Screw holes filled, and first layer of metallic primer.
(https://i.imgur.com/1AOrNjD.jpg)

Masked, and pearl white applied to grips.
(https://i.imgur.com/1dA7ine.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/iAenIKX.jpg)

Pre-weathering finished product!
(https://i.imgur.com/ozGfkBm.jpg)

I'll probably have to replace the filler in the pump handle, but for now, it's troopable.


Hope to see you all soon!
(https://i.imgur.com/XW6vql9.jpg)
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jun 20, 2020, 08:18 PM
Was just given something rather special:
(https://i.imgur.com/WpgisM7.jpg)
According to a friend of mine, this is a WWII-era British ammo belt.  "Rare as hen's teeth," as he said.  Not sure if this will go on my current kit, or on the Medic I was planning.

And, time for you to shut off your trackers, vode.  I have acquired the bounty.
(https://i.imgur.com/qBfFP1g.jpg)
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Jennari on Jun 21, 2020, 01:47 AM
Good on you, Strak!
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jun 22, 2020, 01:03 PM
Thanks, Jennari.

Minor update:
(https://i.imgur.com/pmXa0N3.jpg)
Trimmed the corners off the bottom plate for the backplates, and I'm hoping this helps solve the problem of it popping off of the vest when I move.
And I think that this set of belts will be for this kit.  While I think that making a Heavy-inspired Medic would be cool, I'm going to put it on the back burner, for now.
(https://i.imgur.com/WWFqyBv.jpg)

#WorkContinues
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: jthommes on Jun 23, 2020, 08:51 AM
Hi Vod,
         That ammo belt looks more like a WWII American standard web belt with M1 carbine ammo pouches, The Holster is newer issue. The M1 was a small .30 cal carbine that used 15 round straight mags that size. The Brits used the venerable .303 Enfield rifle which was used for the Jawa droid stun gun.That used a much larger cartridge than the pouches shown, or they used light machine guns.  If you do a quick internet search for M1 Carbine mag pouches and .303 Enfield Mag Pouches, you will see what I mean.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jun 23, 2020, 10:38 PM
The pouches are for a 1911, will hold 2 mags each.
The holster is a Bianchi  #UM84.  It will not be on the kit, as it also is for a 1911, and my blasters are a little bit more bulkier than that.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Awall on Jul 03, 2020, 10:11 PM
 :like:
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 05, 2020, 01:32 PM
Work has been slow, IRL stuff naturally took priority.  Was able to scrounge up some more stuff for my kit from my uncleís estate, like a set of motorcycle gloves (and possibly some leather duty holsters, if I ask the executor nicely enough...).
Will post pics once I can. Still learning how to use an iPhone.  Iím used to Android.

Anywho... hereís whatís been done.  Got the visor trimmed out, and am putting a piece of sintra to reinforce the bottom of the ďTĒ.  Iíll be leaving a slim gap at the bottom, to slide the visor material into.  This Nite Owl will be getting the new color scheme, the copper and black.

Was finally able to meet up with Tyno Krast, and he is working to repair my original buyíce.  He didnít even have it for an hour, and sent me progress pics.   The guy is awesome.  I canít wait to troop with that bucket again!!
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Jennari on Oct 05, 2020, 03:13 PM
Woo-hoo! Can't wait to see your classic Nite Owl back. I've missed that bucket like you wouldn't believe!
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 05, 2020, 07:33 PM
 
Woo-hoo! Can't wait to see your classic Nite Owl back. I've missed that bucket like you wouldn't believe!

 :<3:
Thanks, vod.


Update: As promised...
(https://i.imgur.com/RCXJLTw.jpg)
This is why I need it fixed.  The green lines are where it cracked falling from a table at a con.  The peak of the visor was starting to curl in, while the cheeks started pulling away.
And thanks to Tyno...
(https://i.imgur.com/KWqYnsM.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/0zMQROK.jpg)
It's back in shape.  And thankfully the repair isn't as drastic as I feared.

Now, on to the new buy'ce.
Here it is, fresh out of the box.
(https://i.imgur.com/8kzFMEf.jpg)
Trimmed out the visor, and am going to add a reinforcement to the bottom of the "T".
(https://i.imgur.com/R2lgt9U.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/neunFZt.jpg)
Grey Goblin Workshop does a killer job on their helmets!
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 09, 2020, 12:09 PM
Update:
Had an epiphany while talking to a friend about the kits.

I tried on the vest to see how things fit, and found the vest was still well-fit, but the plates (while comforting, weight wise) were uncomfortable.  Iíd forgotten how the corners of the collar stabbed me in the shoulders, and the ab plate was cut cockeyed. So, new plan.

Mk.III is going to be a Post Imperial version of Zulu.  And, to comply with the CRLís, the duster will be hung up, till such time as they allow it.  I will still be working towards Assassin and Pistoleer brigades with this kit, and this is where my OG Nite Owl and ComMando will live.

As for the second Nite Owl, that will now be for a second build, possibly for Medic brigade.  If anyone has ever seen the Cleveland EMS vehicles, theyíll know the color scheme.

Pics to come.

Update:  Pics are here.
(https://i.imgur.com/KlmRUxa.jpg)
The rare Straka Selfie has appeared!
(https://i.imgur.com/eLitdye.jpg)
This is what happens when steel and magnets are left alone for years.
(https://i.imgur.com/YrLhYMJ.jpg)
Sketch of the chest plates I'd like to build.  Still to be in my classic black and orange.
(https://i.imgur.com/wvDwny1.jpg)
Now, this is what I've done so far.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 11, 2020, 08:26 AM
Mini photo dump!
The coolness!
(https://i.imgur.com/vlWemi8.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/XTSt0lS.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/svXjMhD.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/quuuo9g.jpg)

And the disappointment...
(https://i.imgur.com/VoKSWXX.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/4iY8cCW.jpg)
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Celtkhan on Oct 11, 2020, 01:34 PM
Are those bubbles in the visor? You can sometimes get rid of bubbles in adhesive film by puncturing them (preferably in a hidden spot) with a pin and then shrinking the film with a hair dryer.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 18, 2020, 11:41 AM
Yeah.  Going to try a couple things before I go cutting on it.

Switched back to my original vest.  At least until I can make its replacement.
(https://i.imgur.com/73UHmdI.jpg)
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Biodelta on Oct 21, 2020, 11:43 PM
Yeah.  Going to try a couple things before I go cutting on it.

Switched back to my original vest.  At least until I can make its replacement.
(https://i.imgur.com/73UHmdI.jpg)
your looking  good love the colors XD and the vest  looks  great keep it  up  :like:
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: The Unknown Mando on Oct 22, 2020, 02:40 AM
Looking good mate, I like that blue . A deep dark blue always reminds me of the bespin security gaurd figure....the good ol days 🤔
Keep it up
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 27, 2020, 09:22 PM
Looking good mate, I like that blue . A deep dark blue always reminds me of the bespin security gaurd figure....the good ol days 🤔
Keep it up

Thanks.  The Bespin guards were one of my favorites as a kid.

Backplate Update!
(https://i.imgur.com/VwpjRzB.jpg)
Had to space the plates out to cover damage from removing the original set.  Waiting on word from the Brigades to see if I can let it be, or need a plate in the middle.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Nov 08, 2020, 07:21 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/SVzHVkp.jpg)
So, here's a taste of what I would like to do for my Mk.III.  Maybe with, maybe without the cape.

Mk.II, like most of our kits, is still evolving.  Still working towards Assassin, possibly with Pistoleer as a cross-class.
(https://i.imgur.com/GhCd5Sj.jpg)
Cleaning up Rebel scum.
Finally got some real pouches, and some "reloads" for them.  Need to figure out a greeblie to replace the follower and spring in the .45 mags I'm using.
(https://i.imgur.com/ysMUkg9.jpg)
And a more complete shot of my loadout.
(https://i.imgur.com/DQucTRZ.jpg)

A quick sketch of the vest I want to make.
(https://i.imgur.com/JIwhM6c.jpg)

And a bit of fun with the Child.
(https://i.imgur.com/1jl6fcW.jpg)
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jan 03, 2021, 11:51 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/AH6opDL.jpg)
State of the Build, 2021

As with most things, #workcontinues
Still evolving what I want to do with my builds.  But I found something that might kick this into overdrive.
(https://i.imgur.com/PjFdbHz.jpg)
A friend in my clan has been acting as an enabler for most of us, with him having just built an Ironsides buy'ce.  So, I checked out where he got the file, and fell in love with the Shrike.

Most things I'd like to do (building the Mk.III and second kits, any painting) are on hold, since it's the winter.  I hope to have more to add to this, soon.

I hope you all have a great year, and...

Good Luck, and Good Hunting!
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: jethroskull on Jan 04, 2021, 09:59 AM
That Shrike is a beauty!
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Feb 01, 2021, 10:01 PM
Mail Call!
My Kalevala Visors came in, along with the chest display from Fi.

A HUGE thank you to Echota for being the go-between and enabler!

First, my secondary kit finally has it's eyes!
(https://i.imgur.com/vJSXRNh.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/D6tZETv.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/antBPzW.jpg)

The knee darts, courtesy of Matchstick.  Once again, thank you.
(https://i.imgur.com/q7UAwkN.jpg)

And a bag of stuff I have no idea how to put together, but am sure I will have a blast figuring out.
(https://i.imgur.com/ZuXt1zG.jpg)
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Feb 14, 2021, 01:11 AM
The visors I got in, aside from the chrome for my Medic.
(https://i.imgur.com/KfyRXsR.jpg)
The Sky blue one is for my son's build, using the Paz buy'ce that's a little too small for me.
(https://i.imgur.com/FKLe1pM.jpg)

The thought is for me to use the Emerald one in my original Nite Owl, once I get it back from Tyno. 

Got the credit chit and knee darts weathered and polished.
(https://i.imgur.com/WRmULbY.jpg)
Now to build a new set of knees to attach the darts to.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Mar 09, 2021, 10:42 AM
(https://i.imgur.com/mHFX72p.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/9ARlRB9.jpg)
Did a little tightening up of the details.  Right Gauntlet reads "Wrong Side of Heaven", Left reads "Righteous Side of Hell".
Some repainting of the letters on the Tribute Panel, need to finish the ones on the second panel.
(https://i.imgur.com/plTtvjV.jpg)
And added a sixth killstripe for my 6th Merc-iversary, which is coming up on the 22nd of March.
(https://i.imgur.com/vDV31dr.jpg)
And a bit of copper to the Scarlet "A", marking off my second year as a member of App Team.

And it was finally nice enough to do some outdoors work! Painted the boot armor.
(https://i.imgur.com/qNVydpu.jpg)

In other news, I should be getting back my original Nite Owl.  I hope to have it ready for some new pics very soon!
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Jennari on Mar 09, 2021, 01:53 PM
Yay! Good progress, Strak, and I look forward to seeing your original buy'ce again.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Mar 21, 2021, 04:14 PM
HEíS HOME!!
(https://i.imgur.com/ipC5Zis.jpg)
Needs some Chicago Screws to secure in the visor, and make sure it doesnít deform again. I also need to clean up the seams of the ear caps, and refill the gaps with some bondo.

And finally painted the boot armor.
(https://i.imgur.com/qxAV5UJ.jpg)

Edit: Iím going to try working on the helmet tomorrow, since itís my 6th Merc-iversary, maybe even get the vest roughed out in Duck.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Jennari on Mar 21, 2021, 08:33 PM
Great job! SO glad to see the buy'ce back, and the boots and plates look great! And congrats on your Merc-iversary.  :like:
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Mar 21, 2021, 08:37 PM
Great job! SO glad to see the buy'ce back, and the boots and plates look great! And congrats on your Merc-iversary.  :like:
Beígedetíye, ner vod.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Mar 29, 2021, 11:52 PM
The gang's all here!
(https://i.imgur.com/my3t3w3.jpg)
Used Chicago screws (aka: Binder Posts) and some leather straps to tighten up the space, and not have any play in the screws.
(https://i.imgur.com/IEq0EdQ.jpg)

First attempt at a leather holster:
(https://i.imgur.com/09KsACL.jpg)
It's not pretty, but it'll get the job done for now.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Apr 06, 2021, 12:00 PM
Holster V.2:
(https://i.imgur.com/5pLmXzh.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/QGbSF1X.jpg)
Friction Fit, with a leather strap for extra security. All attachments are ďantiqueĒ copper Chicago Screws, and Iím using a D-ring closure for the thigh strap.
(https://i.imgur.com/GHfrbA2.jpg)
Probably going to flip that one screw over, depends on how it falls when Iím wearing it.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Apr 27, 2021, 11:11 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/LRmJ2Lw.jpg)
More to come from this weekend. ;D

Post-Troop repairs and upgrades in progress.  Most likely going to be retiring the Mk.II plates and vest.  Doing that will give me motivation to get cracking on my P.Imp set.
Replacing the boot plates, both of the Sintra ones I made didn't survive the troop. One cracked off a corner, the other broke in half.  I also am replacing the closures to the vambraces.  Ditching the plate covering the gap, swapping them for leather strips.  Have also finally put a tab of Velcro on the leather gauntlets to prevent them from blousing out of the gap.
(https://i.imgur.com/maVx0lt.png)
(https://i.imgur.com/9jig26V.png)

In need of templates to make some gaiters.  The ones I've been using the last five years are wearing out.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on May 03, 2021, 11:35 AM
Photo Dump!

(https://i.imgur.com/5YWk85H.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/Ps3Igp1.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/Fre03RT.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/WM1fnWc.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/65fwm5K.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/GBGrndz.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/nk8t9pQ.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/tbraIMB.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/vC9xsF2.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/ljjuIHz.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/kYXI2hQ.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/RYueIsR.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/UeJnMIJ.jpg)

Photo Credit: Johnny Darthwish

Had a blast of a time with these crazy folks!  Also found JUST how out of shape I am! :laugh:
I have a better grasp of what exactly I need to do when building my Mk.III, as well.

Boot Plates:  NEED to be metal.  The 3mm Sintra ones I had cracked and shattered while climbing all over this site.
Shin Plates: Also, metal.
Gaiters: In Progress.  I have the leather for them, I just need accurate measurements and new templates.
Knee Plates: Replace PVC with metal, add a nub to the outer edge to attach knee darts to (thanks Match! :D).
Cod: P.Imp doesn't require one, unless you have less than the required 4 Lower Body parts.  With the knees/shins/boots, I'll have that number covered.  Still *MIGHT* replace it with a metal one.
Waist Items: I like the idea of the cummerbund, so I'll have to make a couple to test how well that works with my planned build.  The belt I made worked very well, so it will remain as part of this set of upgrades.  I need to make new pouches for my "reloads" and electronics (more on that later).  The holster worked flawlessly. I need to fine tune the attachments when I change up the blasters I carry. A leather Kama will be needed, as well.
Gauntlets and Vambraces: The Mk.II Ver.3 Vambraces will remain with this build, until I get the Sabine S3 ones printed.  Replaced the panel closure with leather straps.  The motorcycle gloves will also remain.  The gauntlet leather should also stay, until I completely replace the Vambraces.
Shoulder Plates: Picked up a set of hard armored kneepads (Thanks for the inspiration, Jeremy and Lucas), and removed the canvas and foam pads. Need to figure out how to best attach them to the new Vest (also, more on that later).
Torso Plates: Paz Viszla style "light" chest plates are in design phase. Still need to make a template for the final version, and am still debating on if I'll stick with the steel, or if I should switch back to Sintra (See: Out Of Shape comment earlier :laugh: ). Will probably make the backplate as well, just to get through my Assassin Brigade app.
Upper Body Soft Parts: New Vest is in the works.  Need to pick up some more leather when it goes on sale.  Leather main body, with a duck canvas collar, neckseal, and shoulder bells.  Will also make a cape, since the duster is not allowed for Post Imperial builds (a bummer, I know.  For a set jokingly called P.Imp, they sure cut back on what a playa can use... :laugh: ). Although a Nite Owl poncho WOULD be... ;)
Helmet: Until I can get the Shrike printed and finished, I will continue to use my original Nite Owl.  MAYBE switch it with the ComMando 2.0 every now and then.
Loadout: Still in flux.  The Bow is still my go-to for the Assassin build, but can get awkward to carry around for long periods.  Need to figure out a way to "holster" it. I also need to build a quiver and mock up some arrows.  The vibrosword needs a guard and some new greeblies, and will need a sheath, since the location I used to mount it will go when I stop using the duster.  The dagger will remain, as it fits with the sword.  Blaster pistols... I have the A180 I love, but I should have a couple pairs of SE-14c's and SE-44c's (Imperial and First Order sidearms, respectively) that will be getting finished soon.  Working on getting some of the Secondary Items for the BRL's, like the "Code Breaker's Keys" or a scomp link.  Need to replace the grenades I've had stashed, possibly with some made from the Plumbing Department at HD  :laugh:.
Electronics: Picking up a set of Baofeng 888's to link into the planned "Comms Network" for troops.  Need to find a way to mount a Bluetooth PTT button someplace on a gauntlet.  A Chest Display from ElectriFi is being soldered together, to be mounted inside the new chestplate.  I already have the power banks for it.  And I need a new pouch for the voice amp I have. 

 
I think this covers the basics.  Any tips, tricks, etc... would be appreciated.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Jennari on May 03, 2021, 12:29 PM
Beautiful photos! And I can't wait to see your kit progress.  :like:
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jul 05, 2021, 01:00 PM
Happy #MandoMonday vode!
So, things happened...
(https://i.imgur.com/okTAgB2.jpg)
Had an absolute blast at an ACTUAL IN PERSON Armor Party!!
Got started of a new set of gaiters, thanks to Matchstick.  Made the second one at home.
(https://i.imgur.com/W1Z8tLY.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/T51xsNk.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/TNyfAGe.jpg)
Picked up a new knife, courtesy of Druj.  Started sanding it yesterday.
(https://i.imgur.com/Nm5MYkM.jpg)
And finally added in a grating I liked to the vents on my Nite Owl.
(https://i.imgur.com/madur9a.jpg)

Still a lot to do before September.  Was hoping to have at least the chest plate done for my Mk.III, but... Life happens.  As always, Work Continues.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Jennari on Jul 05, 2021, 05:10 PM
Great job, Strak.  :like: I'm so jealous!
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jul 26, 2021, 08:04 PM
Photo Dump!
Half of my arms shipment arrived, and I started work on them.
SE-14c:
(https://i.imgur.com/lrKuHFQ.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/Szqw3OK.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/9IjyYGI.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/rold54z.jpg)

SE-44c:
(https://i.imgur.com/L0TOCEv.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/ybhGwuR.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/WAB8F0u.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/7F4cUzh.jpg)

TMS VibroDagger:
(https://i.imgur.com/Nm5MYkM.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/f81PWeO.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/kJN9w6H.jpg)

Sanding and priming the knife and F/O blaster, the hand cannon needs some love before I start.

The bow build is on hold, while I try to get my Mk.III off the ground.  I might go for Pistoleer first, then go for Assassin.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Vercopaanir on Jul 26, 2021, 09:54 PM
Your kit was (and still is) a huge inspiration for me.  It was your build that made me realize that yeah, I can do this too.  Thanks for being an inspiration and keep up the good work.  BTW love the bow and it's always encouraging to see how you improve and change your kit.  :)
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jul 26, 2021, 10:35 PM
Your kit was (and still is) a huge inspiration for me.  It was your build that made me realize that yeah, I can do this too.  Thanks for being an inspiration and keep up the good work.  BTW love the bow and it's always encouraging to see how you improve and change your kit.  :)

Thank you.  Hearing that I inspired people really encourages me to keep at it. 
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Aug 10, 2021, 02:18 AM
Update:
Vibrodagger is finished.
(https://i.imgur.com/GprOqMY.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/wxRM0pj.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/Xm0IpNl.jpg)

SE-44c is getting close.
(https://i.imgur.com/1M1mAaZ.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/w8lKkqC.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/TXLzPa5.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/tdfDOq1.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/cNPEPby.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/u5QZ9Ex.jpg)
Letting the paint cure for a bit, then going to mask it, and add the secondary color.

SE-14c... Still needs love.
(https://i.imgur.com/VWjJ2C1.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/byyhxEG.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/Tq4bZns.jpg)
Might need to hit the center with a dremel or something to take down the high point where the halves are joined.

And Pistoleer is off the table.  I'd need an RF for it.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Aug 17, 2021, 06:07 PM
One down, three to go...
(https://i.imgur.com/oBw1zlF.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/mbZYZec.jpg)

Need to get some high grit paper, and some bottles of the enamels to fix some details, but this is just about ready to troop.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Aug 31, 2021, 10:08 AM
Started making modifications to the vest.

Mock-ups:
(https://i.imgur.com/SgyY59S.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/wGuqWVK.jpg)
Just a rough estimate of what I'm looking to do. 

Then, I started the painstaking (and frankly painful) task of saddle stitching the front panel on.
(https://i.imgur.com/XZrVIlx.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/6LkuA0G.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/yoVX7KW.jpg)
Still need to sew down the sides, folding the canvas over double for extra strength.

Now, I need to lock in how I'm fixing the back, and what method to use for the side closures.
More mock-ups...
(https://i.imgur.com/IyZ4UbA.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/ep4byd1.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/mn5Xs1D.jpg)
The current plan is for chicago screws to affix the straps to the back, either over top, or under the vest, then use snaps for the closure on the front.  I just need to make sure that having the snaps visible is either allowed or not.  I know it's not a problem for the gaiters, but no word about on the vest.
(https://i.imgur.com/2ywhZfl.jpg)
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 06, 2021, 06:39 PM
Work Continues!
Been creating new calluses on my hands, learning how to saddle stitch, and tried the lock stitch using a sewing awl.  I think the hand stitching is a little easier, at least for certain sections.
Back panel is attached at the top, still need to get the sides done.
(https://i.imgur.com/xqeAwIy.jpg)
And still roughing out the closures.
Front bottom mock-up:
(https://i.imgur.com/0tWOOvz.jpg)
Back and side mock-up.  Plan is to reinforce the side with a hem, with that section of leather as a backer.  Chicago screws, saddle stitches, and snaps for the hardware.
(https://i.imgur.com/ckX5N78.jpg)
Thankful for the DTD, helps a lot when test setting the plates from Mk.II for spacing.   I'll be rocking these at Cincinnati Comic Expo, unless by some miracle I get the HIM plates done.
(https://i.imgur.com/uQC6Lei.jpg)
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: evening.echiveria on Sep 09, 2021, 01:53 AM
That's so cool! Leather work is so freaking impressive.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 20, 2021, 09:46 PM
CCE Test Fit!
(https://i.imgur.com/7xVy9fM.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/DYvaDHG.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/2RjwW2G.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/R4ALPcy.jpg)
And I'm not happy with the results.
Let's start from the bottom, and work our way up:
Lower Body: Fabric bunched up between the knees and gaiters.  Need to add stirrups to the pant legs, so they'll stay pulled taut in the boots.  Need new knee armor, shin plates, and boot plates to be compliant with P.Imp CRL's.  Need new holsters, pouches, and need to add more chicago screws to the belt and kama.
Midsection: Need to make a cummerbund to hold in that blasted muffintop.  Not happy with how the girth belt rolled up as I moved.
Torso: Need to finally get the new chestplates made.  AlterEgo Armory made a set that I fell in love with, just need to decide which ab set to use with it.  I also need to order the replacement ToughBuilt knee shells, to make the new shoulders from.  A backplate is in the works, but need to wait till the chest is measured and made. I also need to add in the second set of side closure straps. 
Head: Might have to pull the trigger on getting the Shrike printed.  While I absolutely LOVE my OG Nite Owl, I think it's time to retire her.  She's getting uncomfortable to wear for long periods.  My other option would be to repaint my green and blue N/O.  I'm not ready to give up on that kit, just yet.

I like this set for the chest.  I think this will be the one I choose.
(https://i.imgur.com/R4g3GLV.jpg)

I also picked up a Rubies Mando blaster.  For a Rubies, this is pretty close to actual scale.
(https://i.imgur.com/Sj02Isg.jpg)

And now, for where I'd like this to end up:
(https://i.imgur.com/mdK7iGj.jpg)
I hate how hard it is to color-match on these programs...
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 26, 2021, 11:36 AM
Lighting isn't great, but I fixed a couple problems. 
Second closures added:
(https://i.imgur.com/bfFh8v2.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/aF8wynH.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/XJXVbql.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/dAAsKFx.jpg)
Still bulges a little near the top of the leather panel, but that should be taken care of by the armor.

Thinned down the dome padding, so the OG N/O sits lower, and is more comfortable.
(https://i.imgur.com/TnhzgGj.jpg)
Downside is I'll look like Aang when I take it off. :laugh:
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Svik Katora on Sep 26, 2021, 05:17 PM
I see no downsides here, only benefits.

Maybe it will imbue youe helmet with a little airbending, that would be great for ventilation. :laugh:
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Sep 26, 2021, 07:22 PM
That would be REALLY nice.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 02, 2021, 09:43 PM
MOAR PROGRESS!!

(https://i.imgur.com/6yQTdGe.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/HeHhD4L.jpg)
Used the Large Auto holster template from Tandy, and made a custom rig to attach it to the belt for the kama.  Now, I need to make some pouches.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 07, 2021, 07:44 PM
And now have a rig to swap out when the mood catches:
(https://i.imgur.com/3vMrHhP.jpg)
and good grief... That SE-14c is a BEAST!!
(https://i.imgur.com/Ge01yb2.jpg)

I also have ordered the new chestplates.  Fingers crossed that it shows up on one of my days off.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 16, 2021, 12:57 PM
Me: What's in the box?
(https://i.imgur.com/8xSXlIH.jpg)
Bene Jesserit: Pain.
(https://i.imgur.com/F6eG7UK.jpg)

So, lots of sanding, aligning, and painting in my future.  Going to try a new technique I was told about by Matchstick. Spray with the Textured paints from Rustoleum, then hit with filler primer.  Sand, then it should be done.
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 18, 2021, 12:24 AM
So, a little bit of #mandomonday update.
Mocked up the plates:
(https://i.imgur.com/hsykVbt.jpg)
A quick edit for example:
(https://i.imgur.com/LnQHo5R.jpg)
And mocked up with my helmet options:
(https://i.imgur.com/x27oNFX.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/Qgz4unq.jpg)
Title: Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
Post by: Straka Zulu on Oct 23, 2021, 07:36 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/fKmfd5Q.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/P7cC8Xd.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/Z6zrmX0.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/konw1KV.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/yEXsnwA.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/ZZViPD5.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/3gBFdkk.jpg)
Been rather busy the last couple days.  Figured I might as well kill the time I'm not at MercsCon with something constructive.

And, I was a bad boy yesterday...
I saw that 3Dprinttoys had a sale on the Westar-35M, and bought the last one he had in stock.  I'll post pics when it comes in.