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Mandalorian Armor => Armor Construction => Topic started by: Redness on Jan 06, 2015, 05:17 AM

Title: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Redness on Jan 06, 2015, 05:17 AM
And so it came to pass that Redness, longtime forum lurker, has finally decided to make his WIP thread...
It's been almost 11 years that I've had this idea of my own armor in my head - the avatar you see is the thing which I drew back in 2004 in high school cafeteria ;) and so last year I came in touch with Merr-Sonn (http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=7933),bought my first real bucket and just like that my adventure started :)
Just so you know, there is no rule as to order in terms of armor making, eg. I have already finished my bucket, gauntlets and shoulder bells but I'm still missing a flightsuit, vest and chest armor :D So as you can see - it's all kind of random, mainly because it's difficult for me to find a coverall that would fit me just right, and while I'm not looking for it I just make other parts of my armor :)
Enough typing, let the horror picture show begin:
(http://i59.tinypic.com/33dxs1e.jpg)
From Mando Maker to reality

(http://i60.tinypic.com/i539kg.jpg)
Busy April 2014

(http://i60.tinypic.com/8zqv48.jpg)(http://i59.tinypic.com/29413pw.jpg)
Final Effect & left ear detail

Buy'ce done, time to work on gauntlets.
Using WOF's templates and two layers of 3mm foam PCV I got this:
(http://i60.tinypic.com/rciomu.jpg)
Which I first turned into this:
(http://i58.tinypic.com/2vskaab.jpg)(http://i62.tinypic.com/2u8c7z4.jpg)
And finally got this (pre-weathering pic):
(http://i59.tinypic.com/211nczn.jpg)
The plan was for the inside of the blade to light up (pretty much like in Republic Commando) but due to unforeseen consequences I had to abandon that idea :(
Aaand for unknown reasons flamethrower batteries heat up and melt the plastic battery housing, probably will need to add a resistor to fix it up.
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Jorad Werde on Jan 06, 2015, 10:17 AM
Those look amazing!
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Redness on Jan 11, 2015, 10:22 AM
Those look amazing!
Vor entye, ner'vod. Still lot to do though ;)

New progress pics:
Gauntlet rocket from RKD after Montana (Black series) Silverchrome treatment
(http://i62.tinypic.com/2m2zuww.jpg)

Cod and butt pieces after shaping
(http://i62.tinypic.com/33eqtza.jpg)

Cod piece after using expanding foam. I got this brilliant idea after reading Yevrah Null's (http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=16193) thread.
(http://i58.tinypic.com/mjprh5.jpg)

Now I just have to wait for the foam to fully cure and off to the next step
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Natan Vizsla on Jan 11, 2015, 12:13 PM
I like it man. I'm going black and red on my kit as well. I think my favorite part is the inside the ear details.
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Bowfanny on Jan 15, 2015, 01:12 AM
That inside ear detail is pretty sweet Vod. How long does it take for that foam to dry completely so you can show us some updates!
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Redness on Jan 15, 2015, 02:43 AM
Thanks for the kind words, vode. As for the foam - it's fully dry in 24hrs, so it's dry alright ;) right now I'm in the not too exciting process of bondo-ing, so there's not much to show and I ran out of paint so I had to order more Montana cans. When I get home I'll sand the codpiece and will show some new pics ;)
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Redness on Jan 15, 2015, 12:06 PM
Sorry for double post but... PROMSIED UPDATE TIME!

(http://i59.tinypic.com/ic7nrq.jpg)
(http://i59.tinypic.com/33e6k4p.jpg)(http://i57.tinypic.com/23qykjq.jpg)
Codpiece during bondo-ing. Just when I thought I'm done with it, I noticed it still needs some little work here and there...

(http://i62.tinypic.com/292l8ix.jpg)
Haven't showed you those yet - shoulder bells were the very first elements I made

(http://i62.tinypic.com/x3z3tk.jpg)
And last but not least - my disassembled pride and joy (originally Nerf Longstrike). Took me ages to find it and then some more to find accessories I wanted.

(http://i61.tinypic.com/2qs8d50.jpg)
And here she is in all her beauty!

(http://i61.tinypic.com/vgixd2.jpg)
Can't be too perfect - the chamber is broken and the rifle is NOT firing, oh well...
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Natan Vizsla on Jan 15, 2015, 12:17 PM
Cod and shoulders are nice, the Nerf has to be rendered inoperable, but it still looks too Nerf.
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Redness on Jan 15, 2015, 12:42 PM
Cod and shoulders are nice, the Nerf has to be rendered inoperable, but it still looks too Nerf.
Well it IS inoperable, so I got it covered :P as for it being too Nerfy - I don't really have any ideas how to change it :s
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Natan Vizsla on Jan 15, 2015, 12:55 PM
Take away the things that make it a Nerf; charging handles, magazine (and cover the mag well), alter the stock. I would also say drop the extended barrel and the laser light on the bottom.
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Redness on Jan 15, 2015, 01:21 PM
Take away the things that make it a Nerf; charging handles, magazine (and cover the mag well), alter the stock. I would also say drop the extended barrel and the laser light on the bottom.
Gah, of course! charging handles! How could I forget, gah I feel stupid right now :P Hmm I suppose I could cover the mag well with a nicely cut PCV piece, yea. As for the stock - I could cut out the mag holders, make it look less bulky. But I'd keep the extended barrel - I don't really like the way she looks without it. And the laser pointer is... fun :P But! It's removable so I can think about it still ;) Thanks for the ideas, Natan
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Jorad Werde on Jan 15, 2015, 07:12 PM
if you cut the tac rail on the bottom of the barrel off you should be fine to keep it
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: NegativeEleven on Jan 16, 2015, 04:02 AM
I hate the Nerf mods. I don't care what anyone says. They don't look like Star Wars to me. They look like Mass Effect/Halo weapons. I think modding a decommissioned real gun or airsoft copy is more in line with the original trilogy. My Mando will carry a modded German MG-42 I hand crafted (the rifle Dengar had in ESB) and a DL-44 (the Han Solo Endor variant, based on an airsoft Mauser).
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Redness on Jan 16, 2015, 11:58 AM
I hate the Nerf mods. I don't care what anyone says. They don't look like Star Wars to me. They look like Mass Effect/Halo weapons. I think modding a decommissioned real gun or airsoft copy is more in line with the original trilogy. My Mando will carry a modded German MG-42 I hand crafted (the rifle Dengar had in ESB) and a DL-44 (the Han Solo Endor variant, based on an airsoft Mauser).
For me, many of the Nerf guns have that sci-fi look (ME/Halo as you said), and in hands of a skilled worker require little tweaking to make'em look just right. I'm all thumbs when it comes to things like that (as you can clearly see) so my Nerf requires a LOT of work. As for ww2 weapons or airsoft replicas - I don't buy it, just no. Same goes for Verpine rifles - they're plain fugly in my opinion.
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: NegativeEleven on Jan 17, 2015, 03:18 AM
It's not whether it looks sci-fi that matters. It's whether it looks like Star Wars. Almost all the original trilogy guns were built on WWII and WWI guns.

I have a few problems with the looks of the Rebels cartoon, (which gets the tone, narrative and dialog of Star Wars right), especially Sabine's guns which look more like Nerf than Star Wars. I know they're in the Clone Wars, but I haven't gotten far in that because the narrative is so dumb in so many episodes.
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Redness on Jan 17, 2015, 05:44 AM
It's not whether it looks sci-fi that matters. It's whether it looks like Star Wars. Almost all the original trilogy guns were built on WWII and WWI guns.

I have a few problems with the looks of the Rebels cartoon, (which gets the tone, narrative and dialog of Star Wars right), especially Sabine's guns which look more like Nerf than Star Wars. I know they're in the Clone Wars, but I haven't gotten far in that because the narrative is so dumb in so many episodes.

Haha, I gotta admit - I haven't seen a single episode of those CGI Clone Wars. The only CW I watched were the 2003 animated ones ;) But yea - I know the guns you're talking about.
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Ally93 on Jan 17, 2015, 07:49 PM
For your first build this is starting to look really awesome.
Really love the mods you did to the nerf gun, they can be awefully hard to mod but I think its starting to give a little bit of a sci-fi look.
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Redness on Jan 18, 2015, 06:57 AM
For your first build this is starting to look really awesome.
Really love the mods you did to the nerf gun, they can be awefully hard to mod but I think its starting to give a little bit of a sci-fi look.
Thank you! Yea, they're pretty tricky to mod. Can't just cut off one part, 'coz I'll have a gaping hole that will need some serious bondo-ing :s

It's Sunday morning so what can you do with all this free time? Work on your armour of course!
(http://i61.tinypic.com/2hcjhwh.jpg)
Codpiece covered in chrome primer base-thing. It didn't turn out as I'd hoped it would but I can use the uneven places to make small dents and scratches look more natural.

(http://i61.tinypic.com/1z3w3fc.jpg)
I've also worked on my rifle. Please ignore the paint on the front grip for now.
(http://i58.tinypic.com/34sm6i9.jpg)
Here's my idea and I sure could use some input - to leave the old muzzle brake and replace the front grip with a new one, I think it should look better now. I've also bondo'ed anoying openings on the main body.
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Natan Vizsla on Jan 18, 2015, 09:42 AM
The dings and imperfections in the cod are just natural weathering, nothing has to be straight up perfect. The Nerf is getting there, I think the stock looks way too Nerfy.
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Jorad Werde on Jan 18, 2015, 03:51 PM
The stock, everything that is painted silver, and the tactical rails all scream NERF!!!!!
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Redness on Feb 01, 2015, 02:25 PM
Not much going on atm, as I've ran out of paint and still haven't received new batch. Decided to give Molotow a go. I noticed they have a colour named Signal Black, which might not be as black/deep as the one I use from Montana - I want to try it out on my rifle. We'll see when it gets here ;)

While I wait for the cans to get here, I toyed around with my helmet and some old graphics card and here's what I got now in the back of my bucket:
(http://i60.tinypic.com/315nxj5.jpg)

Thing is, it's pretty deep/high and I have to be extra careful when I put the helmet on.
(http://i62.tinypic.com/2qwoenc.jpg)
Still need to add some padding once the glue is super-dry.

In other news - I finally bought a coverall online that fits me like a glove :P $7 with shipping included! For the time being I gave it away for small adjustments such as short sleeve addition and minor extension of the legs
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Bowfanny on Feb 01, 2015, 04:07 PM
Looking great Vod!
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Yevrah Null on Feb 03, 2015, 12:15 AM
Looking good, nice work... especially that cod.  ;D  Also, I fought long and hard to get my Bondo perfectly smooth before it dawned on me that I didn't need to, that those little imperfections would help when weathering later on. Digging the paints, what are you using?
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Redness on Feb 04, 2015, 11:20 AM
hehe, thanks ;D as for the paints - I use German-made Montana Cans (http://www.montana-cans.com/products/Cans/3). They're pretty quick-drying but it's advisable to use a clear varnish on top as they tend to feel sticky at times.
Today I wanted to try new cans - Molotow (http://www.molotow.com/products/) to paint the stock and barrel aaaand... it didn't go too well, as I didn't remove old Montana paint... as a result both stock and barrel have bubbles and cracks. As of now I don't really know what to do with it, all I have left is the rifle body, still half-painted with Montana :/
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Yevrah Null on Feb 05, 2015, 01:49 AM
Osi'kyr!  :-\  Sorry to hear that. Would sanding it down be more work than it's worth?
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Redness on Feb 05, 2015, 02:53 AM
Honestly, I have nothing else better to do right now, as I still don't have my flight suit fixed and vest sewn - this means I'm not starting chest plates yet. So when I get back from work I'll head down to the basement and start sanding it all down :P main body included, as it's painted with Montana... at least I'll sand down all the seam lines
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Redness on Mar 20, 2015, 12:03 PM
Not much going on atm, flightsuit still not ready, struggling with cod/butt + belt attachment and main weapon... but I found someone willing to make a vest for me sometime in April :)
aaand I got to work on my knee armor and here's where I need your feedback, folks. I got only one pictured but both look like this:
(http://i60.tinypic.com/2iuwem9.jpg)
The question is - does it look ok? I know you can't see much (that's what you get when your SO cba to take picture of your knees :P) but It seems to me that the inner part sticks out too much and that the front should be a bit wider but as I said - I need your input before I decide to spray it with primer
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Bowfanny on Mar 20, 2015, 01:06 PM
Looks like a knee to me! It looks fine Vod keep up the good work.
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: mobcake on Mar 20, 2015, 01:10 PM
It's not whether it looks sci-fi that matters. It's whether it looks like Star Wars. Almost all the original trilogy guns were built on WWII and WWI guns.

I have a few problems with the looks of the Rebels cartoon, (which gets the tone, narrative and dialog of Star Wars right), especially Sabine's guns which look more like Nerf than Star Wars. I know they're in the Clone Wars, but I haven't gotten far in that because the narrative is so dumb in so many episodes.

The series gets a lot better further on. Definitely keep watching it. As for the gun, put the magazine on the side if you could. From what I've seen that's a standard change for nerfs here
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Redness on Mar 20, 2015, 01:16 PM
Thanks Bowfanny :D
mobcake - you are a genius, vod! I'm so out of ideas and yet here you are with such a brilliant and fairly easy mod :D I also got info from Q&A that should help me to get rid of that nerfy look
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: mobcake on Mar 20, 2015, 01:21 PM
No problemo, vod. You're kit is looking really good, can't wait to see more!
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Redness on Mar 20, 2015, 01:29 PM
Said the guy who's making metal armour :D YOUR armour looks bad-shebs and I feel it will be a beauty once it's done! Not to mention colour scheme ;)
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: mobcake on Mar 20, 2015, 01:30 PM
Said the guy who's making metal armour :D YOUR armour looks bad-shebs and I feel it will be a beauty once it's done! Not to mention colour scheme ;)

Thanks, vod! I really appreciate it!
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Redness on Mar 22, 2015, 12:14 PM
You want it - you got it:
(http://i57.tinypic.com/15o86xz.jpg)
(http://i61.tinypic.com/2ahi8nk.jpg)
(http://i57.tinypic.com/23v1df4.jpg)
Just need to blackwash'em :)
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Redness on Apr 09, 2015, 03:16 PM
Cod + butt plate progress:
(http://i59.tinypic.com/2hzqx02.jpg)
Sorry for the crappy quality of pictures below. My front camera sucks and it's pretty hard to take good pictures of myself by myself
(http://i62.tinypic.com/n3u7ph.jpg)(http://i62.tinypic.com/33a5pqs.jpg)
^Need opinion #1 - does it make my junk look... big? :s
(http://i57.tinypic.com/29yfc8.jpg)
^Need opinion #2 - any ideas if this will pass as an ammo/utility belt? with added molle pouches of course
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Cin Vhe'rang on Apr 09, 2015, 03:26 PM
^Need opinion #2 - any ideas if this will pass as an ammo/utility belt? with added molle pouches of course
Unless every inch of strapping is covered, no.  MOLLE is not acceptable.
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Redness on Apr 09, 2015, 04:08 PM
Unless every inch of strapping is covered, no.  MOLLE is not acceptable.
Well, the main idea is to cover the strapping :) what about the buckle, which is on the back, then - acceptable?
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Cin Vhe'rang on Apr 09, 2015, 04:57 PM
Well, the main idea is to cover the strapping :) what about the buckle, which is on the back, then - acceptable?
I... don't see a buckle.  Pics?  If it's the standard black parachute clip, it might fly, but...
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Redness on Apr 10, 2015, 12:37 PM
I... don't see a buckle.  Pics?  If it's the standard black parachute clip, it might fly, but...

Heh, I had no idea they're called "parachute clips". here in Poland they're just "clips/buckles"
Anyway, here it is:
(http://i57.tinypic.com/1znl5r5.jpg)
I suppose I could do something cheap like this and hide it:
(http://i61.tinypic.com/14o0fi8.jpg)
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: NegativeEleven on Apr 16, 2015, 03:11 AM
Yeah, those are fine. I believe here in the US, they're labeled "parachute clips" or "quick release clips"
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Redness on Apr 22, 2015, 10:34 AM
Ever since I built my gauntlets I had no idea how to attach the rocket on the left gauntlet and yet make it detachable... as my gaunts are scratchbuilt and there's a crapload of filler on the left gauntlet, the screws were a "no no" and I didn't want to drill any wide holes for rare earth magnets. But today I made something that I am really proud of and I don't think I saw it done here (granted - I haven't searched through the WHOLE forum). Here it is:
(http://i62.tinypic.com/2mequz8.jpg)
Mini Jack plugs on the rocket
(http://i60.tinypic.com/24ux5hg.jpg)
Mini Jack sockets on the gauntlet
(http://i59.tinypic.com/2rroq53.jpg)
Et voilą!

(http://i62.tinypic.com/kbbn2b.jpg)(http://i60.tinypic.com/2zfophd.jpg)
Close up shots, note that they're not fully plugged in, there's still that one last "click". Ignore the gauntlet colour - it's pretty bright outside today.
As always - any comments are welcome
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Natan Vizsla on Apr 22, 2015, 10:44 AM
That's genius
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Jorad Werde on Apr 22, 2015, 12:35 PM
Clever
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: mobcake on Apr 22, 2015, 09:47 PM
That is a lovely idea lol
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Cin Vhe'rang on Apr 23, 2015, 02:09 PM
Hah!  Major points for creativity.  Are you going to use adhesive to keep it in there, or are you gonna leave it as is, so it's removable?
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Redness on Apr 23, 2015, 03:19 PM
Thanks for the kind words, vode, it really raises my morale.

Quote
Are you going to use adhesive to keep it in there, or are you gonna leave it as is, so it's removable?

Both the plug and the socket are glued in with a two-component adhesive, so they're not going anywhere.
I can still remove the rocket, as the socket looks a bit like this:
(http://i61.tinypic.com/f4k1f5.jpg)
and therefore the plug is shielded from any glue
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Jorad Werde on Apr 23, 2015, 03:29 PM
Red, I think what Cin was asking is if you're going to be gluing the rocket in place so it stays on your gauntlet.
Cin, I think Red's whole point of using the audio jacks was to make the rocket re-movable.
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Redness on Apr 23, 2015, 03:32 PM
Thanks Jorad, now it's all clear I guess :P

EDIT:
Look, Jorad - no rails ;) and a new scope mock-up (need to find some sort of lenses)
(http://i61.tinypic.com/307w6io.jpg)

What it looks like assembled:
(http://i58.tinypic.com/2r5g3eu.jpg)

Also, I'm considering painting it like that:
(http://www.londongraphics.co.uk/netalogue/zoom/montana-gold-coke-spray-paint.jpg)
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Delta13 on May 08, 2015, 01:24 PM
I just take a litle longer tour thru your topic Vod. Amazing work. What I notice is cod plate. Did you made it so puched forward on purpose? 
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Redness on May 08, 2015, 03:28 PM
Thanks for the positive feedback, Delta. As for the cod piece... it kinda... just happened. I didn't want it to be flat but when I used foam it expanded like crazy and before I noticed it's too big, it was too late and I just didn't feel like remaking it. Makes my junk look big, doesn't it?
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Delta13 on May 09, 2015, 04:23 AM
A little ;) But you know it can also look impresive :P Generaly it looks fine, only question is: is it comfortable to walk in?

And in case of oryginal cod pieces: This element is more flat. like here: http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b230/brian507im/Picture_0316.jpg
It is few mm. hihger then rest of code but it keeps it, just go uder, more beetween legs. But again  as far as you like it it is fine.

Oh, and I love the scope. Is that some kind of plubing element? Becouse when I'm in some hardware store I can stare at plubing elements and I thinck of things that can be made of that shapes :laugh:
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Redness on May 09, 2015, 07:11 AM
Yea, it's pretty comfy. And it's not as "deep" as I feared so it's OK :)

And yup - the scope is from some sort of pcv pipe reduction. Gotta love hardware stores. I still need to manufacture a mount of some kind aaaand I'm not sure if my rifle's good enough. I've got an idea how to mod the barrel, just need to put my -censored- back in gear and get it done.

As for now - small update:
(http://i59.tinypic.com/2i0dm4j.jpg)
I've finally decided to complete my rangefinder. Added 2 LEDs on one side and green screen on the other. LEDs are non-functional.
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Gale Cabur on May 09, 2015, 09:43 AM
Oh. I really like that. Where did you get the lens and the targeting computer cutout? I may need to steal that idea.
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Redness on May 09, 2015, 10:22 AM
Vor entye, ner Vod. The lens is actually a... piece of Sprite bottle :) The targeting cutout came along with the helmet from Merr-Sonn.

EDIT:
Guys, I'm in need of sizing opinion. How does it look:
(http://i59.tinypic.com/wiclg.jpg)(http://i57.tinypic.com/jja3on.jpg)
I know the spacing isn't perfect, I just need to know if the sizing is alright ;)

Aaaand here I tried the combination of chest armour + combat belt + cod piece
(http://i58.tinypic.com/2l9hc2p.jpg)
The belt is supposed to have pouches, to hide the front curve.
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Natan Vizsla on May 09, 2015, 11:55 AM
That's awesome work on the RF piece.

The sizing looks good, it's a little difficult with the turtleneck sweater. I would shave a 1/4 inch off each side of the collar though.
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Vassk on May 10, 2015, 06:54 AM
I'd say that the gap between the chest and collar should be a little bigger, other than that it looks fine.
I'm not sure about the belt you're using though. It should be good substitute for girth belt/sash but i wouldn't use it instead of a standard belt with pouches.
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Redness on May 10, 2015, 07:09 AM
Thanks, you guys. Yea I noticed the gap after the pictures were taken, it must have slipped a bit when I started moving.
As for the belt - I have a mixed feeling as well... I suppose I'll end up with a girth belt and (probably Delta's) pouches.
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Ralin Voth on May 10, 2015, 08:25 AM
Nice work so far. I agree with the assessment to trim down the collar, it's definitely a bit wide. Move the chest pieces a closer in to the diamond, I usually use a sideways pinky finger to space the diamond, then trim the collar width so the bottom corners of the collar match the top corners of the chest plates. Then the bottom tip of the "fang" from the chest plates should flow to the outer edge of the ab plate, so there's one straight line from the collar to the ab. Otherwise, I think the sizing of the plates is probably going to be okay. It's always a bit trickier on black though, so if you have a lighter shirt you can take your next pics with, it would help.

The belt is interesting, as long as you have enough pouches to cover the tactical webbing, it will work. And the buckle is fine, I use the same ones but smaller for my leg plate straps.

Keep it up, it's looking really good so far!
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: NegativeEleven on May 10, 2015, 05:41 PM
I really like the idea of attaching the rocket that way, but a word of warning, you're going to want to glue it if you do many events with kids. They will take that off and you might not notice it right away. My first set of Boba gauntlets just had the rocket held in place with velcro and kids stole that all the time, but at least with velcro, I usually heard it being taken. I ended up putting a screw through the bottom up into the rocket. There's never really a reason to remove it other than eventually upgrading, right?
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Redness on Jun 14, 2015, 04:39 AM
Thanks for the feedback vode. Not much going on at the moment, caught up in that "real life" or whatever they call it. I did however work on my sniper rifle:
(http://i61.tinypic.com/27wyamw.jpg)
^I swear, I have no idea how to take pictures...
Details:
(http://i58.tinypic.com/257136v.jpg)
(http://i58.tinypic.com/wa3hio.jpg)
(http://i58.tinypic.com/r72dd0.jpg)
(http://i58.tinypic.com/4qo9xi.jpg)
Rails removed, triangles sanded down and filled, magazine moved to side, some radiators added on top of main body and other greebles on the side and added new aluminum barrel. I might wrap the grip with some cloth once it's all painted, haven't decided yet.
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Delta13 on Jun 14, 2015, 07:30 AM
It looks realy nice, solid piece of sniper rilfe :)
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Jorad Werde on Jun 14, 2015, 09:12 AM
A few more things to change to really take the Nerfyness out of it.  Remove the little bar that is filling out that notch just where the barrel becomes the body and wrap the grip with a thin leather instead of cloth (cloth makes it look like you're trying to hide something instead of just adding a bit of swarzyness.  Also, the trigger should be re-shaped.  Other than those few small things it looks really good and very swarzy
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Redness on Jun 14, 2015, 09:23 AM
thanks for the input, Delta and Jorad. Trigger is tricky to mod, as the rifle is glued shut... I could try to re-shape it with a dremel, though.
And...
(http://i61.tinypic.com/52dumq.jpg)

EDIT:
Trigger fixed:
(http://i59.tinypic.com/spf5fm.jpg)
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Natan Vizsla on Jun 14, 2015, 02:29 PM
I believe he means the bar on the bottom, below your highlighted bar. Same thing on the bar at the bottom of the buttstock, howeve if it gets wrapped then it's not a big deal. Can you bondo up the half circle and circle left in your modified trigger? It will help smooth out the back of the trigger as well. Massive upgrade from the blatant Nerf gun.
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Redness on Jun 14, 2015, 03:30 PM
ah, stupid me... well... i need those bars to attach my sling(s), so they have to stay, that's why I didn't even take them into consideration
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Jorad Werde on Jun 14, 2015, 04:44 PM
ah, stupid me... well... i need those bars to attach my sling(s), so they have to stay, that's why I didn't even take them into consideration

That is the bar I mean.  As long as they are going to be used to attach your sling then you're fine, but they are pretty distinctly nerf if they aren't used. 
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Redness on Sep 24, 2015, 02:21 PM
(http://oi61.tinypic.com/9tg6er.jpg)
Back in action! Got my vest, so it's time to get back to work...
(http://i57.tinypic.com/jpvgd5.jpg)
Re-did my plates. As always the back plate is a pain in the shebs... I hope I won't have to do it again... ever!
(http://oi59.tinypic.com/2cmr890.jpg)
New shoulder bells - the one one the right is an emblem proposal for when we'll have a Polish stronghold/clan/place to call home
(http://i57.tinypic.com/jkktfp.jpg)
Ankle spats testing
(http://i62.tinypic.com/egoa2p.jpg)
First test fit quickie. Sorry for poor quality - both of the picture and the pose. That's what you get when you take pictures in the evening with poor lighting and when you have no idea how to pose.
(http://i61.tinypic.com/14cr60j.jpg)
aaand pose test!


Guys, you have any suggestions as to how to make one's own toe spikes? I've looked at speaker spikes but none of them seem to be long enough :s
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Kavryn Falco on Sep 25, 2015, 04:48 PM
No worries, straight on hands at sides is what we like to see.  Makes it easier to tell if stuff fits  ;)

Vest looks like a good size, but you'll need to tailor your flightsuit's arms and legs. Almost everybody does  :(

Can we get a fit check of your new plates?
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Bowfanny on Sep 25, 2015, 11:38 PM
No worries,.....Vest looks like a good size, but you'll need to tailor your flightsuit's arms and legs. Almost everybody does  :(

Unless you're me in which case you're lugging around Popeye sized forearms and massive calves. But like you said "Almost everybody" ;D
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Redness on Oct 10, 2015, 11:44 AM
Sorry it took me so long, Kavryn, but there ya go:

(http://i58.tinypic.com/25040ls.jpg)
I know, I know - plates still need a bit of (re)shaping. They should stick more to the sides.
The distance between the plates is about 1 inch and I think it looks alright. Thoughts?
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Kavryn Falco on Oct 11, 2015, 03:06 PM
Hmm, they look a little wide. Ideally you'll want the chest plates to roughly follow he line of your pectorals - you don't want it to hang off your sides at all. Then you just square up the other plates with the new width.

You may also wanna move the plates together a bit more vertically - they can be up to an inch apart, but I always think it looks better closer together.
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Jorad Werde on Oct 11, 2015, 05:18 PM
What Kavryn said
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Redness on Oct 12, 2015, 02:29 AM
They may look a bit wide and hangy but it's mainly because of the angle of the photo and the fact that they need a bit of bending at the sides. They don't restrict my movement at all at the moment and they keep a nice line. We'll see after reshaping. I wouldn't want to end up redoing collar piece to make it all fit.
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Redness on Nov 18, 2015, 12:58 PM
I'm a bit busy with this so-called "real life" at the moment but in my spare time I managed to get something done.

(http://i65.tinypic.com/2v0zps5.jpg)
Scope finally got a reticle. The design is made by one and only WOF and can be found here: http://www.therpf.com/showthread.php?t=126847
(http://i64.tinypic.com/2vkxgfc.jpg)
(http://i67.tinypic.com/2niz5lh.jpg)
Added some wiring to the body and barrel
(http://i67.tinypic.com/z4xw3.jpg)
(http://i67.tinypic.com/30cnmzb.jpg)
Made macrobinoculars from Radica's Sub Assault.
(http://i66.tinypic.com/xoqrfq.jpg)
And last but not least... :) made by Fettronics, using Rafalfett's sequence, for those wondering
(http://i64.tinypic.com/t84wgm.jpg)
(http://i64.tinypic.com/2u883vb.jpg)
I'm considering using window tint film to darken the display a bit though

Now that I finally have the chest display I can paint chest pieces and be somewhat closer to the end of stage 1 :)
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Redness on Jan 23, 2016, 12:23 PM
Chest plates are done!
(http://i63.tinypic.com/awf0nr.jpg)
Back plate is done! Still needs weathering, though
(http://i66.tinypic.com/2wmibe8.jpg)
Upgraded my right gauntlet a bit as well:
(http://i66.tinypic.com/bef3ht.jpg)


There's also some new melee weapon project that I'm working on:
(http://i63.tinypic.com/2ibc4lz.jpg)
Blade covers sanded/angled
(http://i68.tinypic.com/5ez790.jpg)
And some lights:
(http://i66.tinypic.com/2lnd56d.jpg)

Oya!
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Vassk on Jan 23, 2016, 12:48 PM
Everything looks great Vod,  love it ;)
One thing - I'd move the belly plate a bit higher & left chest plate closer to the center.
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Delta13 on Jan 23, 2016, 01:11 PM
Yeep looks awsome :D

Are the vibroblade parts  laser cutted?
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Redness on Jan 23, 2016, 02:58 PM
One thing - I'd move the belly plate a bit higher & left chest plate closer to the center.
Will do ;) Thanks!

Are the vibroblade parts  laser cutted?
Yes they are :) Perfect cut
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Delta13 on Jan 24, 2016, 04:11 AM

Yes they are :) Perfect cut
Awsome ;D
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Redness on Feb 05, 2016, 03:16 PM
Alright! Straight and to the point - today marks the first full armour gear up!

(http://i68.tinypic.com/2z99kw1.jpg)
(http://i63.tinypic.com/aw94i.jpg)
(http://i66.tinypic.com/34i32ok.jpg)
(http://i67.tinypic.com/wb6ma1.jpg)
Apologies for the surroundings and poor lighting - pictures were taken in my living room at dusk ;) Aaaand I forgot to plug in chest display power ;)
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Kavryn Falco on Feb 05, 2016, 04:19 PM
Looks like you're coming along pretty well!

What's left to do? ;D
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Bowfanny on Feb 05, 2016, 04:28 PM
Like the Vibro-knife!
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Redness on Feb 07, 2016, 08:45 AM
Looks like you're coming along pretty well!
What's left to do? ;D
Thanks :) Well actually I'd like to think that I'm done :) Just need to wait a moment to get warmer outside so I can take some proper pictures and see what the app team has to say :)
Like the Vibro-knife!
Thanks! I'm really proud of it although after painting it looks a bit poor on the details:
(http://i67.tinypic.com/bhm5iv.jpg)
There's always room for improvement. Hopefully my next knife will be better, now that I know how to do it more or less properly ;)
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: NegativeEleven on Feb 07, 2016, 05:22 PM
The build looks great. I suggest moving whatever attaches your plates closer to the edges, as they all seem to be hovering away from the vest. It's especially noticeable in the first and last pics where there's a visible shadow under the chest plates. They could be a little closer together too (1/4 inch to 1/2 inch for the diamond and a little more for ab plate and collar). You did a great job making the spacing even, so it sucks to tell you to move anything.

I don't think it will keep you from passing, but I would have picked another color for cod/boots/ammo belt. All that black blends together. I had knee-high black boots with my black flightsuit originally and it just looked "off" because I had a bunch of color above the waist. I switched to light grey boots and it looked more balanced. Perhaps a lighter color of flight suit would look better and be easier than replacing one or more of those things?
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Kavryn Falco on Feb 07, 2016, 07:19 PM
Also, before you put your app in, make sure you talk to your clan's Ruus'alor. They'll be able to let you know if you're ready for the App process, or if you have any tweaks that'll improve your chances of passing ;D
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Redness on Feb 08, 2016, 05:01 AM
The build looks great. I suggest moving whatever attaches your plates closer to the edges, as they all seem to be hovering away from the vest. It's especially noticeable in the first and last pics where there's a visible shadow under the chest plates. They could be a little closer together too (1/4 inch to 1/2 inch for the diamond and a little more for ab plate and collar). You did a great job making the spacing even, so it sucks to tell you to move anything.

I don't think it will keep you from passing, but I would have picked another color for cod/boots/ammo belt. All that black blends together. I had knee-high black boots with my black flightsuit originally and it just looked "off" because I had a bunch of color above the waist. I switched to light grey boots and it looked more balanced. Perhaps a lighter color of flight suit would look better and be easier than replacing one or more of those things?

Now that's constructive criticism :) Thanks!
I admit I didn't look at the plates as I was gearing up for the photo shoot, so I didn't notice that they hover away. And yea... moving it all will be a pain ;)
As for the all things black - my initial plan was for the cod piece to be red but I felt it might look weird so intead I went black... I can still repaint it with no problem, really. It would be easier than looking for new flightsuit. It took me ages to finally find the one that fit and makes moving possible. Boots - it was a bargain that I couldn't pass up, so they're to stay for now. Unless I can repaint them too somehow... should look ok in grey I suppose.

Also, before you put your app in, make sure you talk to your clan's Ruus'alor. They'll be able to let you know if you're ready for the App process, or if you have any tweaks that'll improve your chances of passing ;D

We don't really have a Ruus'alor in our Polish Stronghold but I'm in touch with our 2 official members :)
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: NegativeEleven on Feb 08, 2016, 06:03 AM
Maybe some spats or leg wraps will separate the boots from your legs?
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Kris Jasra on Feb 08, 2016, 11:18 AM
If you take Pre-app pics then give me a pm, I'll put them into the European pre-application board and then return any comments to you. I do try to keep up with all the European builds coming through. Also, if you need to speak with a Ruus'alor, then Karas is the European Ruus'sol and is there to help any EU strongholds without a Ruus'alor of their own yet.

For things that I can see now that will probably need changing - Don't forget to add a bit of weathering to the vest - it's a little shiny new clean compared to the chipping on the plates. Don't need to do too much, just a touch here and there.
You will likely need a bigger weapon. While melee weapons will be allowed as you 1 required weapon that knife is a little small. If you are planning another, perhaps make a bigger one so you have a nicely matched set.

These are all just suggestions for breaking up the black not necessary changes - I'd actually add a vibroblade sheath at an ankle, probably out of a grey leather, that would lighten that area up and add something extra of interest. For the thighs, perhaps think of adding some tools or some grenades or something to fill in the gap. The cod plate might work with red on, perhaps the outer edges and leave the centre black.
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Redness on Apr 23, 2016, 01:39 PM
I'm alive! Just busy with life stuff and in my free time I'm playing about with some ideas:
Knife ankle sheath as Kris suggested:
(http://i64.tinypic.com/2r6ee0i.jpg)(http://i68.tinypic.com/jjr56w.jpg)
Toe spikes maybe?
(http://i63.tinypic.com/s30p5d.jpg)
(http://i67.tinypic.com/2nro875.jpg) <- crappy picture but you get the idea

Also, I'm considering repainting my butt plate and cod piece light grey to break up the blackness. Don't want to add anything on the thighs though ;)
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Daxar Arkada on Apr 23, 2016, 05:21 PM
I like the boots! Where did they come from?
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Redness on Apr 24, 2016, 04:05 AM
I like the boots! Where did they come from?
Thanks! :) These are Cycle Spirit biker boots. Got'em pretty cheap at a second-hand shop.
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Redness on Aug 12, 2016, 10:31 AM
Sorry (not sorry) for double posting but THIS just happened:

(http://i66.tinypic.com/2pqmjbq.jpg)

Aaaand I'm off to celebrate in the nearest cantina, I suppose  8)
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Bowfanny on Aug 12, 2016, 11:10 AM
Sorry (not sorry) for double posting but THIS just happened:

(http://i66.tinypic.com/2pqmjbq.jpg)

Aaaand I'm off to celebrate in the nearest cantina, I suppose  8)
4 months between posts isn't considered a double post, however it might be considered necro posting unless as in your cases here there's a relevant update as this one you've posted here.
Congrats and welcome to the next level!
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Redness on Aug 15, 2016, 01:57 PM
Thank you, thank you :)
Still waiting for my killstripes, though... BUT! I know the App-Team is pretty busy right now, so I don't complain.
In the meantime - some app pictures for your viewing pleasure ;)

(http://i66.tinypic.com/jsnl0n.jpg)(http://i66.tinypic.com/2rp5wlx.jpg)
Front & back
(http://i63.tinypic.com/121v5lg.jpg)(http://i68.tinypic.com/1z1dz6f.jpg)
Sides
(http://i66.tinypic.com/2epkjlv.jpg)

Thanks to everyone here and my inbox for their support and ideas!
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP (Official as of page 7!)
Post by: Og' Reh on Aug 26, 2016, 05:58 AM
Oh mate! Just remember if you "hit the road" it doesn't mean you actually need to start punching it! ;)

So what's next you're working on?
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP (Official as of page 7!)
Post by: Dha'senaar on Aug 28, 2016, 11:24 AM
Just stumbled across your build! WOW! I love your kit, and I'm happy to see those killstripes by your name! Great work vod, keep it up!  8)
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP (Official as of page 7!)
Post by: Redness on Aug 29, 2016, 02:16 AM
Oh mate! Just remember if you "hit the road" it doesn't mean you actually need to start punching it! ;)

So what's next you're working on?
Thanks, I'll try to remember that :P
As for what's next... I've got this one small secret project that I'm working on in my spare time but I feel this need... to build something new from scratch... but this time something canon. But definitely not Fett, there's too much of them ;) I have that particular someone in mind but can't go into details just yet ;)
Just stumbled across your build! WOW! I love your kit, and I'm happy to see those killstripes by your name! Great work vod, keep it up!  8)
Thanks :) it's been a long road (12 years, taking my first drawings into account, hehe) but it's great to have killstripes :) Now it's time to earn some awards ;)
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP (Official as of page 7!)
Post by: Redness on Sep 27, 2016, 01:34 PM
Double posting but with a relevant update :)
Back in july/august I had corrective eye surgery, which meant 3 weeks of sitting at home. Once I could be more mobile I got back to my abandoned project - jetpack!
Below is my attempt at WOF templates. I do realize that it's far from perfect, it's a bit crooked on the right side but it's mine and I love it. I know what I did wrong, so if I ever make another one, I should be more aware of the build.
(http://i64.tinypic.com/2wdw0tf.jpg)
^Rough jetpack shape.
(http://i66.tinypic.com/23rmqfr.jpg)
(http://i66.tinypic.com/314t8c5.jpg)
^How to make thrusters using sprinklers and plumbing rotating elbow joint-thing
(http://i67.tinypic.com/20p52ww.jpg)
(http://i63.tinypic.com/25rchdz.jpg)
^scratch-built thruster nozzles
(http://i68.tinypic.com/2lx6ovb.jpg)
^first test-fit
(http://i67.tinypic.com/sq07k6.jpg)
^Next step - filling everything with expanding foam. It works wonders and has pretty good adhesive properties.
(http://i68.tinypic.com/1zz5r1j.jpg)
^ Trimming. At this point I realized that the foam itself is not the best idea for the top part. Needed something different:
(http://i64.tinypic.com/2s8l1dh.jpg)
^ Decided to go with ribs...
(http://i64.tinypic.com/2zi0e95.jpg)
...which made the next step easier
(http://i66.tinypic.com/2ajxrap.jpg)
Expanding foam part 2. Much better.
(http://i64.tinypic.com/2q9xtgg.jpg)
^Now it kinda resembles a jetpack...
(http://i66.tinypic.com/2n861l0.jpg)
^Arguably the best looking and best measured and made part in my jetpack. Probably because it's lathed ;)
(http://i67.tinypic.com/2z9fdw1.jpg)
^How it all sits together so far

Thanks for reading!
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP (OM and pic heavy as of page 7!)
Post by: Bowfanny on Sep 27, 2016, 02:25 PM
Doesn't count as double posting Vod, you had nearly a month between posts.

Jetpack is looking fantastic too. I'll be joining the group of pack wearing ninjas here soon myself as after two years I have one I'm working on. What are the orange plastic bottles and where did you find rotating pipe joints?
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP (OM and pic heavy as of page 7!)
Post by: Redness on Sep 27, 2016, 03:28 PM
I also remember it's not necro-posting ;)
Do you have any pictures of your jetpack wip? ;) I'd love to see it :)
As for your questions: orange bottles are trigger spray bottles, like this one but better shaped ;):
(http://www.avatargarden.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Plastic-Trigger-Spray-Bottle-Plants-Water-Sprayer-500ML.png)
And I found rotating pipe joint at home improvement store, plumbing section. I don't even know what it's called in Polish, so sorry if I can't help much ;)
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP (OM and pic heavy as of page 7!)
Post by: Bowfanny on Sep 27, 2016, 11:58 PM
I haven't started. WIP thread yet since I just got it this week and I'm 3D printing pieces that I want upgraded from what the modeler sent me. My OCD is gonna rule my build so I've got a bit to do before I start my WIP.
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP (OM and pic heavy as of page 7!)
Post by: Redness on Sep 28, 2016, 02:36 AM
Happy are those who are smart enough that can design their own stuff and have access to a 3D printer so they can make their designs a reality ;)
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP (OM and pic heavy as of page 7!)
Post by: Bowfanny on Sep 28, 2016, 03:47 AM
There are some pretty simple programs out there to make modeling easy lol
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP (OM and pic heavy as of page 7!)
Post by: Og' Reh on Sep 30, 2016, 02:45 PM
I want your "another one"! ;)

Good job vode!
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP (OM and pic heavy as of page 7!)
Post by: Redness on Oct 03, 2016, 11:16 AM
I want your "another one"! ;)
Good job vode!
Hehe thanks :) This one is build using WOF's plans but I might do another jetpack using Pepakura, just need to find the right one. If I find one, I can send you the file xD

Update time:
(http://i68.tinypic.com/15wgnrk.jpg)
^Primer
(http://i63.tinypic.com/20fzybp.jpg)(http://i64.tinypic.com/2myvxir.jpg)
^Montana Silvercrome base

Hopefully sometime around weekend I'll have it painted in full. Need to get it done before winter because then my basement becomes less spray-friendly.
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP (OM and pic heavy as of page 7!)
Post by: Bowfanny on Oct 03, 2016, 11:18 PM
Your killing it Vod. As for Pepakura files for a Jetpack. I thing Fierfek has a free file over on RPF in his pep thread.
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP (OM and pic heavy as of page 7!)
Post by: Og' Reh on Oct 05, 2016, 11:50 AM
So shiny. .. It needs more mud-work Vode!

Great thing otherwise. .. Makes me regret my dreamed brigade uses grav equipment  in lieu of  jet packs.
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP (OM and pic heavy as of page 7!)
Post by: Redness on Oct 15, 2016, 11:20 AM
Update time!
Been working on the jetpack a bit aaaand:
(http://i65.tinypic.com/ei7g3t.jpg)
^ 'lil bit of red
(http://i68.tinypic.com/n1t76h.jpg)
^ 'lil bit of black

(http://i67.tinypic.com/n5my34.jpg)
^ and it's done!
(http://i66.tinypic.com/kcni8m.jpg)
^ details, man! :)

I even got it weathered, just haven't taken any decent pictures for now... Also I'd like to gt my hands on the beacon and stabiliser at some point in the future, to make it look more complete.
And of course I need a harness.
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP (OM and pic heavy as of page 7!)
Post by: Bowfanny on Oct 16, 2016, 04:07 AM
Which beacon and stabilizer are you looking for? I know a guy who can 3D print a beacon and possibly the stabilizer.
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP (OM and pic heavy as of page 7!)
Post by: Redness on Oct 17, 2016, 02:23 PM
I'm looking for Boba set atm. I kinda like Jodo Kast version too
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP (OM and pic heavy as of page 7!)
Post by: Bowfanny on Oct 17, 2016, 02:44 PM
Give me a little time and I might be able to set you up with a stabilizer and a beacon.
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP (OM and pic heavy as of page 7!)
Post by: Redness on Oct 18, 2016, 12:57 PM
Thank you, kind sir. I appreciate the help :)
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP (OM and pic heavy as of page 7!)
Post by: Bowfanny on Oct 19, 2016, 08:17 PM
Thank you, kind sir. I appreciate the help :)
Shoot me a PM Vod and we will see what can be done here shortly!  8)
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP (OM and pic heavy as of page 7!)
Post by: Og' Reh on Oct 29, 2016, 02:46 PM
Ech, great as usual, nothing below perfection to see... Move along, move along... ;)
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP (OM and pic heavy as of page 7!)
Post by: Kol Varek on Oct 30, 2016, 06:44 PM
I admire the craftsmanship you've put into this, well done!
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP (OM and pic heavy as of page 7!)
Post by: Redness on Dec 10, 2016, 10:56 AM
I admire the craftsmanship you've put into this, well done!

Thanks ner vod. I aprecciate the comment coming from AppTeam member :)

I'm still here ;)

If you're wondering what am I doing lately, be sure to visit my... VERPINE BUILD THREAD! (http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=124841.0) :D
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP (OM and pic heavy as of page 7!)
Post by: Redness on Feb 09, 2017, 10:46 AM
Soo.... I got these done at work:
(http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k291/mandalorian_blaze/20170204_183611_zpsatsgdp50.jpg) (http://s91.photobucket.com/user/mandalorian_blaze/media/20170204_183611_zpsatsgdp50.jpg.html)

Test fitting with new harness:
(http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k291/mandalorian_blaze/20170206_190456_zpsiuk65ffy.jpg) (http://s91.photobucket.com/user/mandalorian_blaze/media/20170206_190456_zpsiuk65ffy.jpg.html)
(http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k291/mandalorian_blaze/20170206_190502_zpsefuuhxsm.jpg) (http://s91.photobucket.com/user/mandalorian_blaze/media/20170206_190502_zpsefuuhxsm.jpg.html)(http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k291/mandalorian_blaze/20170206_190511_zpsms1wx3ug.jpg) (http://s91.photobucket.com/user/mandalorian_blaze/media/20170206_190511_zpsms1wx3ug.jpg.html)
(http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k291/mandalorian_blaze/20170206_190519_zpsvmww6huo.jpg) (http://s91.photobucket.com/user/mandalorian_blaze/media/20170206_190519_zpsvmww6huo.jpg.html)

Sometime over weekend I'll do full armoured up run, to see how it goes with the armour ;)
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP (OM and pic heavy as of page 7!)
Post by: Bowfanny on Feb 09, 2017, 12:40 PM
Soo.... I got these done at work:
(http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k291/mandalorian_blaze/20170204_183611_zpsatsgdp50.jpg) (http://s91.photobucket.com/user/mandalorian_blaze/media/20170204_183611_zpsatsgdp50.jpg.html)

Test fitting with new harness:
(http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k291/mandalorian_blaze/20170206_190456_zpsiuk65ffy.jpg) (http://s91.photobucket.com/user/mandalorian_blaze/media/20170206_190456_zpsiuk65ffy.jpg.html)
(http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k291/mandalorian_blaze/20170206_190502_zpsefuuhxsm.jpg) (http://s91.photobucket.com/user/mandalorian_blaze/media/20170206_190502_zpsefuuhxsm.jpg.html)(http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k291/mandalorian_blaze/20170206_190511_zpsms1wx3ug.jpg) (http://s91.photobucket.com/user/mandalorian_blaze/media/20170206_190511_zpsms1wx3ug.jpg.html)
(http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k291/mandalorian_blaze/20170206_190519_zpsvmww6huo.jpg) (http://s91.photobucket.com/user/mandalorian_blaze/media/20170206_190519_zpsvmww6huo.jpg.html)

Sometime over weekend I'll do full armoured up run, to see how it goes with the armour ;)
I still have that beacon and stabilizer for you Vod.
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP (1st troop and upgrades!)
Post by: Redness on Aug 20, 2017, 02:57 PM
Update time. Much has changed since my last post. Did my first ever troop back in April/May at Pyrkon - biggest Polish convention, lost toe spikes and broke gauntlet front while releasing the blade ;) But all in all it was great! There was four of us from Poland Stronghold (3 OMs) and we made quite an impression with our Mercs banner.
(http://i.imgur.com/Wzb7A6B.jpg)
First Stronghold picture. Yup, we crashed that Tie Fighter ;)
(http://i.imgur.com/uN412rX.jpg)
Gauntlet damage during repairs

When I was making new blade I wanted to make it wider and look like Death Watch had in their gauntlets but in the end I just made a wider version of the old one.
(http://i.imgur.com/Vakkubx.jpg)
Much better
(http://i.imgur.com/nv1LAPB.jpg)(http://i.imgur.com/7TfMRXd.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/MKfkQ4b.jpg)(http://i.imgur.com/7k4IL2a.jpg)
Repairs, repairs...
(http://i.imgur.com/gMvkoy1.jpg)
That new part kinda looks like on Jango Fett's gauntlet so I don't really mind the visible line.

Then, at the end of July we went to SkierCon, small convention in a small city but some really nice things happened:
(http://i.imgur.com/qIPQ8rv.jpg)
Myself, Vassk and Dexal got interviewed for a local radio station!
(http://i.imgur.com/160nOPq.jpg)
Here's yours truly solo ;)

What's more! We even got a professional mini-photo session:
(http://i.imgur.com/CKCW5eF.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/JVIzP8P.jpg)

And today I've decided that I just have to change my knee armor and behold, work in progress with cardboard prototype:
(http://i.imgur.com/ccqIOGu.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/g3T0hm7.jpg)
While not perfectly shaped, the new one looks better, doesn't it? ;)

That's all for now, stay tuned for more!
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP (New things on page 8!)
Post by: Og' Reh on Aug 20, 2017, 04:17 PM
Great job Vod!

You start rolling!
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP (New things on page 8!)
Post by: Redness on Sep 08, 2017, 11:27 AM
BEHOLD! My newest creation!
From this:
(https://i.imgur.com/i1BPqji.jpg)
Into that:
(https://i.imgur.com/864ZvB8.jpg)

How it happened:
Ankle boots bought at a sale, 3D printed toe spikes, leather dye (polish equivalent to Angelus brand), rubber wire sleeve and off we go:
(https://i.imgur.com/lHQdzKl.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/6nMA8gh.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/KpYOero.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/1SiKUDT.jpg)

I blame the weather for the photo quality ;)
Just a bit of weathering to do and I'm done :)
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP (New things on page 8!)
Post by: NegativeEleven on Sep 08, 2017, 07:03 PM
That's great, but I'd worry about 3d-printed toe spikes. When you're wearing the kit, it's easy to bump your toe into something. How strong are the spikes? I'd go with some metal screw-on ones from studsandspikes.com (https://www.studsandspikes.com/) and a metal backing plate.
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP (New things on page 8!)
Post by: Bowfanny on Sep 08, 2017, 07:33 PM
That's great, but I'd worry about 3d-printed toe spikes. When you're wearing the kit, it's easy to bump your toe into something. How strong are the spikes? I'd go with some metal screw-on ones from studsandspikes.com (https://www.studsandspikes.com/) and a metal backing plate.
It depends on what the 3d printed pieces are printed in. Pla is the weakest, abs is stronger, and petg is easy like pla but strong like abs.
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP (New things on page 8!)
Post by: Redness on Sep 09, 2017, 01:56 AM
They're made from ABS, and they feel pretty strong, so hopefully they won't break too fast ;) They just need to survive the big event we have in mid-October, haha
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP (New things on page 8!)
Post by: Aden Banto on Sep 09, 2017, 02:15 AM
I love your kit vod. The new knees look so much better. Just a suggestion I think your kit would look so much cooler is you weathered your soft goods heavily  :)

Keep at it

Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP (New things on page 8!)
Post by: Og' Reh on Sep 09, 2017, 02:27 AM
I'll be honored to stand by your side! :D
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP (New things on page 8!)
Post by: Redness on Sep 09, 2017, 02:50 AM
Thanks for the kind words ;)

Just a suggestion I think your kit would look so much cooler is you weathered your soft goods heavily
Yea I know... Even though I dragged the flightsuit through the basement floor it's still not dirty enough :-/ But I've got a new flightsuit ready to be tailored, so I'll try some paint weathering next ;)
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP (New things on page 8!)
Post by: Aden Banto on Sep 09, 2017, 02:53 AM
Thanks for the kind words ;)
Yea I know... Even though I dragged the flightsuit through the basement floor it's still not dirty enough :-/ But I've got a new flightsuit ready to be tailored, so I'll try some paint weathering next ;)

I know what you mean vod. I buried my flight suit and let it sit for a day or two and still not dirty enough though. The paint idea works great. Start with light browns then dark browns on top.   ;)
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP (New things on page 8!)
Post by: Kol Varek on Sep 15, 2017, 09:03 PM
Liking the boots, nice budget Boba boots vod!
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP (New things on page 8!)
Post by: Redness on May 31, 2018, 12:09 PM
Update time!
It's been a while since my last visit here... Where to begin?
Back in October 2017 we had a convention here in my home city called Starforce - there was a parade and 2 days of Star Wars goodness. Some pics below:
(https://i.imgur.com/U8NA3YF.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/d9k5JOX.jpg)
Lost one of my toe spikes while on the parade, le sigh :P
(https://i.imgur.com/OE261CM.jpg)
And that's about it when it comes to 2017 in costume.

May 2018 - Pyrkon. Pyrkon is a convention for fans of broadly defined fantasy organized in Poznan. In 2017 Pyrkon was visited by over
44k people. No idea about 2018 edition yet ;)
Did some updates to my armor, such as new Vassk-made bucket (Vassk #1, babe), self-contained RF lights (taken from that unfortunate Jodo Kast bucket of mine) and Boba Fett-inspired ammo belt in gray. Some photos:
(https://i.imgur.com/oSp91w3.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/NvlzxjM.jpg)

Next event - July - Polcon in my home city with my vode :)
Title: Re: Red's first armor WIP
Post by: Og' Reh on Jun 10, 2018, 04:24 PM
I just love what I see! :D