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Mandalorian Armor => Armor Construction => Topic started by: Oren-Cathal on Mar 28, 2014, 04:19 AM

Title: Oren's First Build WIP
Post by: Oren-Cathal on Mar 28, 2014, 04:19 AM
Hey Howdy Hey,

I have the helmet concepts in the helmet section, but in my drawings the helmet is obviously included.
Now please keep in mind, I am not really an artist per-say. I am not terrible, but not great either. So with that in mind might I present my idea. Or base idea to expand from.

Alright, so I am a tad lazy and didn't feel like shading the whole thing in so I just highlighted shapes and lines and the like. Which you can kind of see.
(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g241/patrickseabrooke/photo4_zps750bafa0.jpg)

So I was thinking of having the character as an Echani Hybrid, so the idea of less is more was the basis for the concept. Over the shoulder bes'kad, han solo kind of style thigh draw holster. Couple of thermals, thinking something for the small of the back but not quite sure as of right now.
(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g241/patrickseabrooke/photo5_zpsb677a752.jpg)

So please, hit me with the feedback. Good and bad, can't learn and improve otherwise. Thanks!
Title: Re: Armor Concepts First Build
Post by: Epyon Ca'tra on Mar 28, 2014, 04:48 AM
For the small of the back you could always put a horizontal mounted beskad ^___^

Designs are looking killer vod!
Title: Re: Armor Concepts First Build
Post by: Oren-Cathal on Mar 28, 2014, 04:56 AM
I am a huge GW fan, love the Epyon nod. And I dont know why the pics loaded upside down.
Title: Re: Armor Concepts First Build
Post by: Epyon Ca'tra on Mar 28, 2014, 05:29 AM
I am a huge GW fan, love the Epyon nod. And I dont know why the pics loaded upside down.

Thanks vod, my fav MS by far lol.

The pics were right-side up for me. If it's photobucket, it's done that to me a few times, especially if I changed the orientation within the photobucket suite.
Title: Re: Armor Concepts First Build
Post by: Oren-Cathal on Mar 28, 2014, 05:41 AM
Might just be my phone then looked fine on my laptop. Been talking to a guy about my bucket, might be placing the order very very soon!
Title: Re: Armor Concepts First Build
Post by: Niabi on Mar 28, 2014, 02:15 PM
cool art ;) I look forward to seeing it come together ;)
Title: Re: Armor Concepts First Build
Post by: Oren-Cathal on Mar 28, 2014, 03:44 PM
Cheers, I am super excited to get started on this build! Impatience will be so hard to fight, I will take my time to make it the best I can.
Title: Re: Armor Concepts First Build
Post by: Oren-Cathal on Mar 29, 2014, 11:00 PM
Alrighty!

So here is an update, went and got some supplies today to start my templates and what not. Now first off I used the Jango templates, size small since I am a slim build guy. But even those might be too wide, so I might have to track down the Boba templates and give those a go.
Now, I did the taping of the cut outs on me. But since its paper they aren't the best, but it gives a general idea. I wasn't sure of the placement, so I looked around and went with what felt right for me. So please give me your feed-back, and I will go from there.

And a BONUS! There is a place in town here sells Sintra right out of the store, 96x48. They will even cut it in half form so I can get it home!

And pic.
(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g241/patrickseabrooke/Testfit_zps8015449f.jpg)
Title: Re: Armor Concepts First Build
Post by: Oren-Cathal on Mar 29, 2014, 11:01 PM
And please excuse the bathroom, currently doing a reno on it so the walls are stripped and base boards pulled.
Title: Re: Armor Concepts First Build
Post by: Oren-Cathal on Mar 30, 2014, 08:28 PM
Alright, so I scraped the Jango cuts. I tried the Boba Templates, and am liking them waaaay better. Now I am pretty happy with the size, and they seem to sit better than the Jango ones. So I took two snaps, and would like some feedback please.

(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g241/patrickseabrooke/TestSize2_zpscf4b8169.jpg)

(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g241/patrickseabrooke/TestSize1_zps232ebe11.jpg)

Would love to hear what you guys think.
Title: Re: Armor Concepts First Build
Post by: Carid Vhett on Mar 30, 2014, 09:41 PM
Spacing and sizing on both were spot on. I say go ahead and start building.
Title: Re: Armor Concepts First Build
Post by: Svik Katora on Mar 30, 2014, 09:46 PM
The plates look a little short to me, where does the ab plate sit in comparison to your belly button?
Title: Re: Armor Concepts First Build
Post by: Oren-Cathal on Mar 30, 2014, 10:39 PM
The bottom of the ab plate is roughly at my belly button. If I make the chest plates any bigger they will interfer with my shoulders.
Title: Re: Armor Concepts First Build
Post by: Svik Katora on Mar 30, 2014, 10:42 PM
Ok, that's where they should be. Just making sure.
Title: Re: Armor Concepts First Build
Post by: Oren-Cathal on Mar 30, 2014, 11:16 PM
Alright, time to make better quality templates for tracing to sintra.
Title: Re: Armor Concepts First Build
Post by: Vraeden on Mar 30, 2014, 11:32 PM
The plates look a little short to me, where does the ab plate sit in comparison to your belly button?

I thought the same thing at first glance, too, because you are wearing a long t-shirt over your jeans, it's hard to tell where your belt line is, but it looks good.
Title: Re: Armor Concepts First Build
Post by: Oren-Cathal on Mar 30, 2014, 11:43 PM
Haha I knew that might cause problems when I started taping the pieces on the shirt.
Title: Re: Armor Concepts First Build
Post by: Oren-Cathal on Mar 31, 2014, 05:00 AM
Alright, so I thought I would give the Mandomaker a whirl. Now its not a for sure scheme, but the basic idea of what I am shooting for. Though the weapons will be reversed, and that was the closest I could get lightsaber not looking like a lightsaber. Will be a Bes'kad.

(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g241/patrickseabrooke/Untitled_zpsafa6f08f.jpg)
Title: Re: Armor Concepts First Build
Post by: Carid Vhett on Mar 31, 2014, 05:08 AM
Not that keen on the neon green to be honest.
Title: Re: Armor Concepts First Build
Post by: Oren-Cathal on Mar 31, 2014, 05:41 AM
Won't be neon or lime, wanted a lighter green to go with the dark green. But that was around the shade, a bit too bright I won't lie.
Title: Re: Armor Concepts First Build
Post by: Dar'manda on Mar 31, 2014, 05:47 AM
I feel the green plates on the green vest may be to similar, may try adding some contrast make the plates pop or differentiate themselves from the vest or vice versa.
Title: Re: Armor Concepts First Build
Post by: Oren-Cathal on Mar 31, 2014, 06:08 AM
Yeah was thinking that, will for sure have to do the vest a different color.
Title: Re: Armor Concepts First Build
Post by: Oren-Cathal on Apr 01, 2014, 02:59 PM
So nothing to special to update on, got some of the templates cut out on thick poster board for better tracing. And got my backplate printed out, cut, and taped together. And question, how do I go about updating the title of this thread. Not really a concept anymore, starting to take shape as a WIP.

I label everything, if anyone was wondering why I did that.
(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g241/patrickseabrooke/armor1_zpsaa77f886.jpg)

(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g241/patrickseabrooke/armor2_zps5d9664f3.jpg)

And secondary question, does anyone know whats up with the site? Why is everything crooked?
Title: Re: Armor Concepts First Build
Post by: Carid Vhett on Apr 01, 2014, 05:09 PM
Check the date.

Templates look nice.
Title: Re: Armor Concepts First Build
Post by: Oren-Cathal on Apr 02, 2014, 04:39 AM
Wow, as soon as I read that the overwhelming feeling of stupidity crept it. Hoping to go and get my sintra this weekend, hopefully.
Title: Re: Armor Concepts First Build
Post by: stinkylinkz on Apr 02, 2014, 08:40 AM
Wow, as soon as I read that the overwhelming feeling of stupidity crept it. Hoping to go and get my sintra this weekend, hopefully.

Yup! That just happened to me. It was quite annoying though, glad it is back to normal!

Anyways, good luck with the build. Just a tip on sintra. If you plan on using a heat gun to bend/shape it, I highly suggest doing it outside. Not sure if the fumes are harmful, but they smell pretty bad for awhile.

Good luck with the build! I honestly struggle with cod pieces, so I am looking forward to seeing what you do for your first time.
Title: Re: Armor Concepts First Build
Post by: Oren-Cathal on Apr 02, 2014, 02:02 PM
Thanks, it's honestly my first time working with it. So it's going to be a learning curve, and I had heard that it's not the best smelling stuff. That's why I wasn't keen on using my oven.
Title: Re: Armor Concepts First Build
Post by: Atin Vhekadla on Apr 02, 2014, 03:26 PM
Yeah, the fumes are harmful (it is plastic after all). I would do it outside, or if you can't then use a very well ventilated room.
Title: Re: Armor Concepts First Build
Post by: Oren-Cathal on Apr 02, 2014, 04:27 PM
Yeah, was planning on doing it on my covered back deck. Better for everyone, plus my I have a respirator with organic vapor filters.
Title: Re: Armor Concepts First Build
Post by: Niabi on Apr 03, 2014, 04:00 PM
Love the Neon Green ;D and that last pic on sizing was spot on ;)
Title: Re: Armor Concepts First Build
Post by: Oren-Cathal on Apr 03, 2014, 04:14 PM
Thanks! They were Boba plates instead of the Jangos. The sizing worked out better, plus the shape is more to my liking.
I am currently looking at my vest, in the talks with someone. As my needle skills are... Well zero. And I thought it would work out better to shape the plates to the vest they would be going on to.

I posted this in the equipment section I believe, but not really getting feedback.

Was just wondering what people might recommend for greeblies? Stuff that worked well for them, stuff to steer clear from. Stuff that just isnt a good idea?
Title: Re: Armor Concepts First Build
Post by: Svik Katora on Apr 05, 2014, 02:24 PM
Just stay clear of easily recognizable things. Other than that just keep an eye out for interesting shapes.
Title: Re: Armor Concepts First Build
Post by: Oren-Cathal on Apr 06, 2014, 03:51 AM
Alright, nothing major to report.
Was originally going to use a Death Watch bucket, modifying it to my needs. I drew it from a Boba Fett helmet.
(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g241/patrickseabrooke/photo3_zps8f495180.jpg)

But the more and more I looked at the NME Props Stalker... the more I fell in love with it. I love the sharp lines, the shape. So I redid my concept for the bucket, taking the Stalker and changing small things to make it my own.
(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g241/patrickseabrooke/NewConcept_zps4f9e42a2.jpg)

And as you can see, I also spent more time drawing this one that's how much I like this bucket.
Title: Re: Armor Concepts First Build
Post by: Niabi on Apr 06, 2014, 04:00 AM
That stalker sketch looks great vod ;D
Title: Re: Armor Concepts First Build
Post by: Oren-Cathal on Apr 06, 2014, 03:54 PM
The part inside lower cheek is gone, going to fill and sand that. As well as the subtle raised bits to be sanded down.

And thanks, just loving the Stalked helmet. I think my wife might be jealous haha.

Just a small update. Took a side by side of my old concept with the new one. Now just waiting on my tax return so I can get the bucket, tough being patient.

(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g241/patrickseabrooke/Sidebyside_zps8cc0b85f.jpg)

And I grabbed some stuff while at work yesterday that might work for greeblies. Black pieces are replacement parts for a supplied air respirator. Silver parts are: threaded grease nipples, strapping eyes, wire guides for a welding machine, cutting torch parts, and a sanding drum for a die grinder. Going to have a peek again today, see what other goodies I can find.

(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g241/patrickseabrooke/Greeblies_zps74cc608a.jpg)
Title: Re: Armor Concepts First Build
Post by: Oren-Cathal on Apr 11, 2014, 05:28 PM
I just threw this together as an idea for my dual gauntlet blaster, thoughts?

(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g241/patrickseabrooke/Cannon_zpsa084afe3.jpg)
Title: Re: Armor Concepts First Build
Post by: Svik Katora on Apr 11, 2014, 11:23 PM
WOW! :o I like it, and the metal is already heat discolored.
Title: Re: Armor Concepts First Build
Post by: UnFathomable on Apr 11, 2014, 11:30 PM
Seems like you have an interesting build starting. I noticed the gauntlet with the screen, I just built a similar one with an old phone if you want to check it out.
Title: Re: Armor Concepts First Build
Post by: Oren-Cathal on Apr 12, 2014, 04:45 AM
Nice. We are getting a new security pad installed this weekend. Going to see if I can do something with the old one.
Title: Re: Armor Concepts First Build
Post by: Oren-Cathal on Apr 12, 2014, 07:02 PM
Was toying with a "either this style or that one", but was actually thinking of using them both for the dual wrist blaster. Kinda like that they don't match, was actually toying with the idea of a mismatched armor pattern to begin with. Like the armor had been pieced together from different sets.

(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g241/patrickseabrooke/Cannon2_zps7eb7d1de.jpg)
Title: Re: Armor Concepts First Build
Post by: Svik Katora on Apr 12, 2014, 07:06 PM
I like it. I would be lying if I said I wasn't a little jealous of your greeblies.
Title: Re: Armor Concepts First Build
Post by: Oren-Cathal on Apr 12, 2014, 07:09 PM
Extra parts liberated from my job, used welding nozzles, torch tips, spray nozzles for a paint gun, respirator parts, etc. Just anything I thought would look cool.
Title: Re: Armor Concepts First Build
Post by: Niabi on Apr 13, 2014, 02:16 PM
cool dual gauntlet blasters vod ;) They look Great
Title: Re: Armor Concepts First Build
Post by: Oren-Cathal on Apr 13, 2014, 02:27 PM
cool dual gauntlet blasters vod ;) They look Great

Just only figured out how to quote someone... I know, I know. But that aside, thanks. Going to heat treat the tips inserted into the barrel to give it that heated look.
Title: Re: Armor Concepts First Build
Post by: Niabi on Apr 14, 2014, 04:11 PM
Going to heat treat the tips inserted into the barrel to give it that heated look.

Now that sounds awesome ;) cant wait to see it vod
Title: Re: Armor Concepts First Build
Post by: Oren-Cathal on Apr 15, 2014, 04:47 AM
Update, worked on the barrels for the gauntlet blaster. Wanted to heat the pieces together, but do to different thicknesses it just wasn't cooperating with me. So I had to heat separately, then assemble them. I think they turned out alright.

(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g241/patrickseabrooke/2_zps3c205102.jpg)

So I will have to use some paint to get the blue coloring on the main part of the barrel, as its so thin that it just wouldn't go blue without bubbling and melting.

(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g241/patrickseabrooke/1_zpsf0942f81.jpg)

Even having my torch at a low heat, I ruined 4 barrel bodies. It was just as if once it started to blue... bubbled.

(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g241/patrickseabrooke/3_zps7c80e8d7.jpg)

And for an idea of size.

(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g241/patrickseabrooke/4_zps02d3de56.jpg)
Title: Re: Armor Concepts First Build
Post by: Niabi on Apr 15, 2014, 02:05 PM
Wow they looks awesome vod ;) Love the heat weathering ;)
Title: Re: Armor Concepts First Build
Post by: Oren-Cathal on Apr 15, 2014, 04:14 PM
Didn't show, but they are stuffed tight with industry grade towels. Then a washer as inserted in the open end to keep everything tight, with a cut piece of card board to hide it. Even though with what I have in mind you won't see it.
Title: Re: Armor Concepts First Build
Post by: Oren-Cathal on Apr 21, 2014, 01:15 AM
Okie dokie

So, this shoulder idea will only be for the left shoulder. Will still use a normal shoulder bell on the right side. Please keep in mind that it is only taped to my shirt for an idea of how it looks, the placement isn't set in stone. Also, I am not sure I like the way the top flares out the way it does, so it might be getting trimmed inwards or when I make it from sintra heat it in so it curves with my shoulder more.

(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g241/patrickseabrooke/shoulder1_zps2f2ea1f0.jpg)

(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g241/patrickseabrooke/shoulder2_zps2b668fc0.jpg)

Alrighty, and here is a general sketch of the Bes'kad I had in mind.

(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g241/patrickseabrooke/beskad_zpscf44a574.jpg)
Title: Re: Armor Concepts First Build
Post by: Skan Mir'sheb on Apr 21, 2014, 02:42 PM
Everything is looking good! Keep it up!
Title: Re: Oren's First Build WIP
Post by: Oren-Cathal on Apr 21, 2014, 05:22 PM
So after I posted the pictures of the shoulder mock-up, I really wasn't liking how the top corners stuck out the way they did. So I trimmed them, and pulled the edges in.

(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g241/patrickseabrooke/shoulder3_zpsab9c87f4.jpg)

(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g241/patrickseabrooke/shoulder4_zpsae74002f.jpg)

Then this morning was looking through some pics on google, trying to get some sort of inspiration. When I saw an old armor picture of a knight, it was a leather shoulder bell overlap. It used a baldric, which I won't as it will be attached at the shoulder with a strap around my arm. If I choose to use this idea. Now they stick out, which won't be the case when done in sintra. They will be pinned so they move and pivot on one another and lay flatter. But this was just to get an idea.

(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g241/patrickseabrooke/shoulder5_zps14db8eea.jpg)

(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g241/patrickseabrooke/shoulder6_zps2b6017eb.jpg)
Title: Re: Oren's First Build WIP
Post by: Dred Malachore on Apr 21, 2014, 06:14 PM
I like the big shoulder, was thinking about something similar for mine.  But the cannon information on beskads describes them as short and wide/thick, ideal for being extremely close.  I really like the sword design though, so please keep it  ;).  The helmet is beautiful by the way  :o
Title: Re: Oren's First Build WIP
Post by: Oren-Cathal on Apr 21, 2014, 08:21 PM
I like the big shoulder, was thinking about something similar for mine.  But the cannon information on beskads describes them as short and wide/thick, ideal for being extremely close.  I really like the sword design though, so please keep it  ;).  The helmet is beautiful by the way  :o

Was thinking of widening the blade after the fact, but for the length I think I still want to go longer with it. I have seen references for the length being 16 to 18 inches long, to me that's just a big knife. Though I suppose I should have someone weigh in on that for approval reasons.
And thanks on the helmet compliment.
Title: Re: Oren's First Build WIP
Post by: Oren-Cathal on Apr 21, 2014, 08:25 PM
Sorry, meant for all this to be on one post. Oops.

Mocked up some glove armor, just a random design on top. Not sure if I will stick with it. The curvature of it isn't perfect, as its only done from cardboard for mock-up reasons. And excuse the helly-hanson underglove, haven't picked out my gloves yet.

(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g241/patrickseabrooke/glove1_zps3d9c7e81.jpg)

(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g241/patrickseabrooke/glove2_zps44d35ccb.jpg)
Title: Re: Oren's First Build WIP
Post by: Solus Raam on Apr 22, 2014, 01:30 PM
I like the smaller shoulder bell a lot more. The other just seems like way to much to me.
Title: Re: Oren's First Build WIP
Post by: Oren-Cathal on Apr 22, 2014, 02:29 PM
I like the smaller shoulder bell a lot more. The other just seems like way to much to me.

I starte feeling the same way last night, on a shelf that I was staring across at all night. And besides I actually had to break out my math and brain power to make the smaller one work. Thanks.
Title: Re: Oren's First Build WIP
Post by: Svik Katora on Apr 22, 2014, 07:21 PM
I like both of them. Though the larger one reminds me a bit more of a samurai.
Title: Re: Oren's First Build WIP
Post by: Serim Merec on Apr 23, 2014, 02:30 PM
Can't believe I haven't found your build until now! :rolleyes:

(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g241/patrickseabrooke/shoulder2_zps2b668fc0.jpg)

Personally, I woulda taken ^these^ guys and turned them upside-down. I think that woulda looked shweet! ;)

Loving the work you've done so far, and I have to say that I see some skills in this thread! 8)

Keep it up, ner vod, I'll be watching! :)
Title: Re: Oren's First Build WIP
Post by: Oren-Cathal on Apr 23, 2014, 06:38 PM
Can't believe I haven't found your build until now! :rolleyes:

Personally, I woulda taken ^these^ guys and turned them upside-down. I think that woulda looked shweet! ;)

Loving the work you've done so far, and I have to say that I see some skills in this thread! 8)

Keep it up, ner vod, I'll be watching! :)

So ask and you shall receive, though as I modded the first design I had to rebuild the shoulder bell. Reversing it and I got this.
Now, do to the way the bends are the overlap is now facing the other way which I am on the fence about.

(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g241/patrickseabrooke/s3-1_zps25faea00.jpg)

(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g241/patrickseabrooke/s3-2_zps74ec6919.jpg)

Now I didn't stop there, as I was looking at the template for my right shoulder bell and came up with these. Identical shape, just facing opposite directions.

(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g241/patrickseabrooke/s1_zps47425ea9.jpg)

(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g241/patrickseabrooke/s1-2_zps61f11828.jpg)

And reversed...

(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g241/patrickseabrooke/s2-1_zpsb1f5aa5c.jpg)

(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g241/patrickseabrooke/s2-2_zps7e770354.jpg)

WARNING.... Not for the faint of heart! As one cereal box was harmed in making just one shoulder bell mock-up... Three for the bigger one.

(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g241/patrickseabrooke/shouldercollection_zpsc7856f4c.jpg)
Title: Re: Oren's First Build WIP
Post by: Serim Merec on Apr 25, 2014, 04:42 PM
Just as I suspected! I do like that first one upside-down! 8) However, I agree with the "on-the-fenceness" on the direction of the scalloping... Is it possible to layer it like it was before, but still have the wide part on your bicep? Or do the shapes not allow for that?

I also like the second set you posted right above me, though they may be sitting a little low...

Of course this is all IMO! ;) Let what you want come forth!
Title: Re: Oren's First Build WIP
Post by: Oren-Cathal on Apr 25, 2014, 04:47 PM
Do to it's shape, it's tough with the templates I already have. Tomorrow maybe I will mess with some math and change them up and see what I can do. Gives me something to do while the wife and kid are out of town haha.
Thanks for the input!
Title: Re: Oren's First Build WIP
Post by: Niabi on Apr 26, 2014, 04:32 PM
I like the 1st one upside down ;) But they all look good vod

cool idea  8)
Title: Re: Oren's First Build WIP
Post by: Oren-Cathal on Apr 27, 2014, 11:11 PM
Its been slow going, as I am juggling not only family life with a 6 month daughter. But 10 hour long work days, with studying to the RCMP entrance exams. But I have ordered my vest, which I will be impatiently waiting for. Wanted the vest before I shaped my plates, so sintra will be my next purchase I am thinking.

I like the 1st one upside down ;) But they all look good vod

cool idea  8)

I am on the fence about it, truthfully. I tried to reverse them, so that the layer downwards. But do to the shape, it just wasn't cooperating with me. But I think I have the design I like, and will see how it turns out. Thanks for all the positive input!

So to start, I think I already said in a previous post that when doing my plates they won't match too much. The sizing will be the same, but paint scheme wise will differ slightly. As I want to give the look of salvaged armor, or honoring the fallen by upgrading my own armor with pieces of theirs.

I wanted however my own sort of symbol to be displayed on one of the chest plates, and rather than just painting it on I was thinking of doing a layered design approach.

Roughed out ideas.

(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g241/patrickseabrooke/n2_zps22240202.jpg)

But after staring at it for much longer then I probably should have, I settled on this one. Mocked it out of cardboard and masking tape, drew around the design in pen just to make it stand out more.

(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g241/patrickseabrooke/n1_zps8e7c9dbd.jpg)

Then as I want my character to employ a bes'kad, I wanted to go with a sort of swordsman finger guard. Opposite of the pointed glove plate which will be used on my left hand. The design is being dropped from this plate, as I hate it furiously after thinking it looked nifty. It will just be a plain plate.

(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g241/patrickseabrooke/n4_zpsd07a4e3e.jpg)

(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g241/patrickseabrooke/n5_zpsce02f0b0.jpg)

(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g241/patrickseabrooke/n3_zps3bea5a46.jpg)
Title: Re: Oren's First Build WIP
Post by: Niabi on Apr 28, 2014, 03:09 PM
you are not going to use those gloves are you ?

I do like that Logo ;D
Title: Re: Oren's First Build WIP
Post by: Oren-Cathal on Apr 28, 2014, 04:37 PM
you are not going to use those gloves are you ?

I do like that Logo ;D

Haha, oh heck no. Those are just a base layer winter glove, just to get an idea. I have been looking at plain bmx or dirt biking gloves. Simply for the snug fit, thinness for dexterity and so on. As well as being much cooler then other style gloves, already going to be warm in kit don't need overly sweaty fingers too.

And thanks, I think the design is pretty neat.
Title: Re: Oren's First Build WIP
Post by: Niabi on Apr 30, 2014, 03:43 PM
Try looking at Horse Ridding gloves ;) MacWet do some really nice thin cool ones ;)
Title: Re: Oren's First Build WIP
Post by: Oren-Cathal on Apr 30, 2014, 04:05 PM
Try looking at Horse Ridding gloves ;) MacWet do some really nice thin cool ones ;)

Those are awesome! Those are way better thanks Niabi!!!
Title: Re: Oren's First Build WIP
Post by: Oren-Cathal on May 19, 2014, 10:59 PM
Well, its been a bit since my last update. Real life has been a real pain, always getting in the way of the fun stuff.
So! Ordered my vest, and have received it since my last post. Ordered it from Sidi Ren, saw all the positive reviews and wow was I not disappointed. If anyone is looking at getting one from her, DO NOT hesitate. DON'T think about it, just do it. And if anyone hasn't seen them, check her thread out. http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=62756.0

Vest with built in neck seal.
(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g241/patrickseabrooke/photo1_zps2263a171.jpg)

(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g241/patrickseabrooke/photo2_zps741e0744.jpg)

Parachute buckles instead of D-rings.
(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g241/patrickseabrooke/photo3_zps084dba10.jpg)

Half zipper instead of velcro or full zipper, thought it would be easier for self dressing.
(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g241/patrickseabrooke/photo4_zps3cad9715.jpg)

Velcro closure to hide the zipper itself.
(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g241/patrickseabrooke/photo5_zps0cdf78d3.jpg)

So, the plan was to go to the Army surplus this weekend. But I got roped into helping my wife do her garden.... front and back. So my plans got put aside, so hopefully I will have my flightsuit next weekend!

Also, saw this concept for the Mentor blaster from the cancelled Star Wars 1313 video game. And I fell in love! It will work nicely with the Taurus Raging Bull airsoft revolver I saw that I instantly wanted to mod. Thoughts on how best to go about this? Or does anyone have suggestions on what sidearm would work better to modify?

(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g241/patrickseabrooke/photo1_zps536af6c1.jpg)

Taurus Raging Bull .44 Magnum.... with a scope.
(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g241/patrickseabrooke/213436_01_taurus_raging_bull_444_44_mag__640_zps3e7ab5e7.jpg)
Title: Re: Oren's First Build WIP
Post by: Svik Katora on May 19, 2014, 11:06 PM
Pics didn't upload properly on my end.
Title: Re: Oren's First Build WIP
Post by: Oren-Cathal on May 19, 2014, 11:17 PM
Haha fixed, reviewed my post when I realized I copied the wrong link. Sorry about that.
Title: Re: Oren's First Build WIP
Post by: Svik Katora on May 19, 2014, 11:24 PM
It's all good, I've made that mistake more than a few times.
Title: Re: Oren's First Build WIP
Post by: Niabi on May 20, 2014, 03:47 PM
cool vest vod ;)

as for the blaster  :rolleyes: scratch build ;)
Title: Re: Oren's First Build WIP
Post by: Oren-Cathal on May 20, 2014, 04:32 PM
cool vest vod ;)

as for the blaster  :rolleyes: scratch build ;)

Knew someone was going to say that, guess it might as well have been you Niabi.
Title: Re: Oren's First Build WIP
Post by: Oren-Cathal on Aug 02, 2014, 08:26 PM
Alright. So its been 2 full months of hectic home life, I don't really have much. But it is something, finally got some time to get my behind to the Surplus store here in town. And as luck would have it, they had a flightsuit in my size and colour I wanted. Trying it on it fit great, perfect in the shoulders, length of torso and height. Though I need to hide some zippers I am very pleased. I believe the owner said its a Militaire Flightsuit.

(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g241/patrickseabrooke/photo12_zpsfd801be5.jpg)

Now does anyone know what this little pocket it for? Its near the crotch, but closed with a snap button. I thought some sort of cylinder tool? Cigar? Pen?

(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g241/patrickseabrooke/photo21_zpsaa14f7f0.jpg)

And test fit with flak vest courtesy of Sidi, excuse the slight bump on my hip. Its actually my multi-tool on my belt underneath.

(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g241/patrickseabrooke/photo4_zps5f566e31.jpg)

Comments or suggestions?
Title: Re: Oren's First Build WIP
Post by: Serim Merec on Aug 03, 2014, 04:02 AM
I think it's money, man! Nice flightsuit! :)
Title: Re: Oren's First Build WIP
Post by: Sulkon88 on Aug 03, 2014, 04:29 AM
Liking the design for your symbol, working up one myself from the Norwegian flag. That gun looks awesome but it's definitely going to be some work. Looks like the vest and suit work very well together.
Title: Re: Oren's First Build WIP
Post by: Oren-Cathal on Aug 03, 2014, 09:41 PM
Thanks, goes well with what I have in mind in my head. Color wise anyways.
Title: Re: Oren's First Build WIP
Post by: Oren-Cathal on Mar 01, 2015, 04:31 PM
Its been awhile, mainly because we are saving for our month long trip to Europe in May. That and raising a temper-ish redheaded daughter.

Anyways, I haven't lost that itch. I posted this on softparts, but only got views and no feedback. I originally wanted some feedback on what to do with my flightsuit. But thought heck with it after nothing back, and just attacked it myself.

Before:
(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g241/patrickseabrooke/photo12_zpsfd801be5.jpg)

I knew that visible zippers had to go. So I wasn't too worried about the breast pockets as they would be hidden by my vest. So I decided in the end.... just get rid of all of it!
The waist cinch went, mainly because it did NOTHING. The elastic was no good, so that went as well  as all the velcro. Next the pockets, all the zippered pockets. All lastly, that un-needed collar. Which was very uncomfortable under the vest. But when taken off, there wasn't a folded seam. So I pulled out my wife's sewing machine, hit up youtube and fixed that problem.
Now the one problem I ran into, well first one. Was that I couldn't find my seam ripper, not until I was done anyways so I did what any manly man would do... I used this. It took a long time, but it worked.

(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g241/patrickseabrooke/photo%201_zpsc5gyhmde.jpg)

So after all that work while rewatching one of my favourite shows, I ended up with this.

(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g241/patrickseabrooke/photo%202_zpsbr9bg7if.jpg)

(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g241/patrickseabrooke/photo%204_zpsyheiuysm.jpg)

This is what the neck looks like, I wasn't about to try and change the thread color as you will never see it anyhow. Not bad for someone who had to use youtube to figure out how to use that scary machine. And this is SO much more comfortable under the neck seal.
(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g241/patrickseabrooke/photo%203_zpsjnv0wclv.jpg)

Any feedback is always welcome. Thanks everyone.
Title: Re: Oren's First Build WIP
Post by: Serim Merec on Mar 01, 2015, 09:40 PM
Looks shweet, man! :D I see nothing wrong with it! ;)
Title: Re: Oren's First Build WIP
Post by: Svik Katora on Mar 02, 2015, 12:11 AM
That's a pain in the rear end without seam rippers for sure. You'll probably find them right after you're done needing them, it's how it usually goes. :laugh:
Title: Re: Oren's First Build WIP
Post by: Oren-Cathal on Mar 02, 2015, 01:20 AM
That's a pain in the rear end without seam rippers for sure. You'll probably find them right after you're done needing them, it's how it usually goes. :laugh:

Yup, pulled out my wife's machine. An there it's was in that little compartment, not where it usually is... The sewing kit. Oh well, leatherman got me through haha.
Title: Re: Oren's First Build WIP
Post by: ares on Mar 12, 2015, 01:27 PM
Looking great!
Thanks documenting your build.. I learned a lot reading it!
BTW: Your logo Design: *Brilliant* sketch utilizing points and lines. Barely visible in the photo, but clear you have some Technical Design skills (Which, also shows in the shoulder plates and other parts!)
Title: Re: Oren's First Build WIP
Post by: Oren-Cathal on Mar 12, 2015, 11:25 PM
Looking great!
Thanks documenting your build.. I learned a lot reading it!
BTW: Your logo Design: *Brilliant* sketch utilizing points and lines. Barely visible in the photo, but clear you have some Technical Design skills (Which, also shows in the shoulder plates and other parts!)
Hey thanks. I find inspiration in nearly every build I look at, everyone on here has so many great ideas. As for me, I am a fan of symmetry when it came down to my symbol, and the shoulders were all measured out. Bit of a perfectionist when it comes to stuff like that.
Title: Re: Oren's First Build WIP
Post by: Vailin Flynn on Mar 13, 2015, 12:08 AM
Quick question:
Did you have any issues removing the thigh pockets on your suit? I'm in the same boat with pocket removal and those seemed to be sewn into the main side seam, and I'm a little iffy on removing them.
Title: Re: Oren's First Build WIP
Post by: Oren-Cathal on Mar 13, 2015, 12:30 AM
Quick question:
Did you have any issues removing the thigh pockets on your suit? I'm in the same boat with pocket removal and those seemed to be sewn into the main side seam, and I'm a little iffy on removing them.

No issues, but mine was the same. What I did after pulling all the seams was use a sharp pair of scissors and slowly and carefully cut the pocket near the seam it was sewn into. Then I washed them after all was done, then cut all the frayed ends that were left over from where the pocket was.
Hope that helps.
Title: Re: Oren's First Build WIP
Post by: Vailin Flynn on Mar 13, 2015, 02:17 AM
Yup, that's much easier than what I was thinking of doing. Thanks :)
Title: Re: Oren's First Build WIP
Post by: Oren-Cathal on Mar 21, 2015, 05:27 AM
Alright, so nothing major to update. Just retired the most comfortable work boots, and thought they might make suitable boots for my Mando. Not much to do to remove what labels are left, and the tough toe will obviously need to be stripped off. They are extremely broken in, 3+ years of use so they are nicely weathered.

(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g241/patrickseabrooke/photo%2011_zpsv3hqiudr.jpg)

(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g241/patrickseabrooke/photo%2021_zpsk3drwinj.jpg)

(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g241/patrickseabrooke/photo%2031_zpswcfuk2hx.jpg)

Thoughts, feedback, suggestions? Thanks everyone.
Title: Re: Oren's First Build WIP
Post by: Serim Merec on Mar 21, 2015, 04:28 PM
Those look awesome 8) I'd leave the toe cap on, though. It's pre-installed armour! ;)

Other than that, you'll just have to figure out how to cover the laces :)
Title: Re: Oren's First Build WIP
Post by: Oren-Cathal on Mar 21, 2015, 04:38 PM
Those look awesome 8) I'd leave the toe cap on, though. It's pre-installed armour! ;)

Other than that, you'll just have to figure out how to cover the laces :)

The tough toe is pretty beat up, and already peeling. Plus I have boot armor planned for the toe. Laces will be covered by future spats.
Title: Re: Oren's First Build WIP
Post by: Serim Merec on Mar 21, 2015, 05:20 PM
The tough toe is pretty beat up, and already peeling. Plus I have boot armor planned for the toe. Laces will be covered by future spats.

Hmm, do continue then! 8)
Title: Re: Oren's First Build WIP
Post by: Zophar Ptay on Aug 13, 2015, 12:49 PM
Hey man, any updates?   Looking forward to seeing this come to life!
Title: Re: Oren's First Build WIP
Post by: Oren-Cathal on Aug 15, 2015, 02:16 PM
Just got back from a cash black-hole that was vacation, England was an expensive trip. Just building funds back up, then I will be tackling this kit again. Seem to just chip away at it haha, but something is better then nothing.
Title: Re: Oren's First Build WIP
Post by: Laaran Kar'ta on Aug 15, 2015, 02:54 PM
I love ow you're like, "Im not much of an artist..." ANd your stuff looks totally bad-shebs!! :laugh: :D I'm an avid lover of the stalker helm too. Can't wait to see your progress! :)
Title: Re: Oren's First Build WIP
Post by: Zophar Ptay on Aug 15, 2015, 03:32 PM
Cool.   There are a lot of people working on kits in BC right now so let me know if we can help any.
Title: Re: Oren's First Build WIP
Post by: Oren-Cathal on Aug 15, 2015, 04:42 PM
I love ow you're like, "Im not much of an artist..." ANd your stuff looks totally bad-shebs!! :laugh: :D I'm an avid lover of the stalker helm too. Can't wait to see your progress! :)

Love the Stalker, but seeing so many going with it... Almost make me want to just do a classic bucket. Love the Animefan casts.

Cool.   There are a lot of people working on kits in BC right now so let me know if we can help any.

Thanks, really appreciate it!