Don't like ads? Help support the Mercs by becoming a Supporter or Auxiliary Member today!
Official Members also get to use the forum ad-free - so kit up and join us!

 J'Khara Vontess WIP

  • 100 Replies
  • 18286 Views

J'Khara Vontess


    *
  • *
  • *
  • *
  • *
  • 1813
  • Ever heard of shock and awe? You're looking at it
  • Awards Family events 6 or more Education Points in a single year. 15+ clan level invasions 40+ hrs of Charity Work 11+ Invasion Report Appearances
J'Khara Vontess WIP
« on: Apr 05, 2016, 12:47 AM »
I just started cutting out my armor and placing the pieces on my duct tape dummy. I found it useful to put one of my regular bras on my dummy because, though I stuffed the dummy, that area didn't hold shape very well. I also found it helpful to cut darts into my paper chest pieces so they would curve better and I can get a better idea of what it looks like. Because I didn't have enough material to stuff my dummy, the ab plate is a little too close to the other pieces, so I'll wait till I get more stuffing, or tape the pieces on my body, before making a final template for that piece. I'm so excited to see my ideas start coming alive! Any feedback is much appreciated, thank you!

« Last Edit: Aug 11, 2017, 10:05 PM by J'Khara Vontess » Logged

GardenGeek


    *
  • *
  • *
  • *
  • 442
  • Awards Award for 10 official invasions. 40% increase or more
Re: J'Khara Contessa WIP
« Reply #1 on: Apr 05, 2016, 01:17 AM »
Excellent start!  I think your chest plates might be a bit on the long side. One of the most helpful pieces of advice I got with my armour was that the chest pieces didn't have to cover your whole breast. Kris Jasra pointed out that if you follow the curve to about halfway down then it's significantly less curving/darting and messing around than if you try to cover it all exactly. I ended up recutting my chest pieces and I'm way happier.

Aria


    *
  • *
  • *
  • *
  • 2595
  • They told me to dress for the job I want...
  • Awards Clan with the most recorded invasions in 2016/2017 Most invasions trooped in 2017 Award for 25 official invasions. Celebration Orlando 2017 Special Weapons
Re: J'Khara Contessa WIP
« Reply #2 on: Apr 05, 2016, 02:08 AM »
Kirs and Garden (I'm gonna call you Garden now, ok?  ;) ) Are both correct. You want your ab plate to end at your belly button and the tails of your chest plates should end about half way down your rib cage.

I love the shape of your collar plate and chest plates!

Logged
The Aria Pics
He/Him
Swimmy Rancor Clan of Cold Frozen Northerness || MMCC#1248 || Light Melee#001 ||  M5#47 || Ficus Relocation Brigade

Kris Jasra


    *
  • *
  • *
  • *
  • 8792
  • "A womprat could pilot better than you" Jaxx Jasra
  • Awards Order of the Ori'Ramikad 6 or more Education Points in a single year. Family events Award for 25 official invasions. Clan with the most recorded invasions in 2016/2017
Re: J'Khara Contessa WIP
« Reply #3 on: Apr 05, 2016, 03:04 PM »
I feel summoned... I like the shaping on those plates.
And lol, yeah, unless you have a really long torso, you may find it easier to have the ab start higher than you'd expect. The top of my ab is actually sitting against the bottom band of my bra rather than against my stomach. And my chest plates cut off at my lower breast, makes for a lot less curving as you don't need to go all the way back under the breast.

And some advice you likely won't find on the main boards so much :P - buy yourself a couple of mando only bras. Something comfy to wear for long periods that has no bits that dig in if armour is over them. Shape and trim and fit everything while wearing that bra only. And drop the other one into whatever you use to store or transport your armour. There's nothing worse than realising you have the wrong bra on for an event (alas for the experience to say that).

Logged
Vi ram'or te'prudiise. Gotal par akaan, vi jatnese be te jatnese. Bal cuun kote o'r gar tal.

Quote
The only safe way to take out Kris would be with an orbital bombardment.... and even then your chances of surviving are only 50:50

Draceline


    *
  • *
  • *
  • *
  • 277
  • Angel of War
  • Awards Award for 25 official invasions. Celebration Chicago 11+ Invasion Report Appearances Award for 10 official invasions. Special Weapons
Re: J'Khara Contessa WIP
« Reply #4 on: Apr 05, 2016, 04:57 PM »
Also, remember that the dart on the chest plates may make things fit differently in sintra or metal. I had a much more, umm, severe need for curves, so more darts, and then had to completely change everything when I noticed the sintra fit differently (read: badly) than the paper which had been drafted and formed to fit me. I ended up actually rotating the chest plates 180˚ and swapping the sides they were on (it was strange, really. I couldn't believe that it actually worked).

This, sadly, means that I now have to redesign and recut the ab and collar plates as retrofitting them to the new shape didn't work. My collar is going to end up similar in shape to yours. I haven't posted pictures of the current configuration on the forum yet, but this post is basically reminding you to expect the unexpected.

Unless you have a great deal of patience and money to replace things, I personally recommend fitting the chest to your desired shape first and then reshaping the surrounding templates as needed before you cut them out of your material. I also waited to cut the edge with the diamond until I was happy with the fit. This may not be how others do it (I don't know), but if it might help, great!


Note: contrary to Kris' and Garden's suggestion, mine DO cover my entire breast, but because of my shape, and the bra I've got, that was necessary to get the spacing of everything right.

Logged
"As Mandalorians, we don't need the Force.
But should you ever want it on your side, don't give it a choice:
Make the Force be with you."

Armor - Soft Parts - Buy'ce - Armory
MARS #47 | NOS #02 | LOB #18 | Draluram #8 | MAJIC #161

J'Khara Vontess


    *
  • *
  • *
  • *
  • *
  • 1813
  • Ever heard of shock and awe? You're looking at it
  • Awards Family events 6 or more Education Points in a single year. 15+ clan level invasions 40+ hrs of Charity Work 11+ Invasion Report Appearances
Re: J'Khara Vontess WIP
« Reply #5 on: Apr 05, 2016, 10:16 PM »
Thank you all for the advise and compliments! I've got a few more adjustments to make and then I'll post another update soon.

Aria


    *
  • *
  • *
  • *
  • 2595
  • They told me to dress for the job I want...
  • Awards Clan with the most recorded invasions in 2016/2017 Most invasions trooped in 2017 Award for 25 official invasions. Celebration Orlando 2017 Special Weapons
Re: J'Khara Contessa WIP
« Reply #6 on: Apr 05, 2016, 11:57 PM »
And some advice you likely won't find on the main boards so much :P - buy yourself a couple of mando only bras. Something comfy to wear for long periods that has no bits that dig in if armour is over them. Shape and trim and fit everything while wearing that bra only. And drop the other one into whatever you use to store or transport your armour. There's nothing worse than realizing you have the wrong bra on for an event (alas for the experience to say that).
^^THIS.^^^ ALL FEM-MANDOS TAKE NOTE.
This is why Kris is awesome.

Believe me, the more you troop, the more this makes sense.

Logged
The Aria Pics
He/Him
Swimmy Rancor Clan of Cold Frozen Northerness || MMCC#1248 || Light Melee#001 ||  M5#47 || Ficus Relocation Brigade

SkiBlue1737


    *
  • 112
  • I always play fair, exactly as fair as my opponent
Re: J'Khara Vontess WIP
« Reply #7 on: Apr 06, 2016, 09:32 AM »
I must echo everyone already; the shape of your plates look great!

And some advice you likely won't find on the main boards so much :P - buy yourself a couple of mando only bras. Something comfy to wear for long periods that has no bits that dig in if armour is over them. Shape and trim and fit everything while wearing that bra only. And drop the other one into whatever you use to store or transport your armour. There's nothing worse than realising you have the wrong bra on for an event (alas for the experience to say that).

I believe you just saved the lives of fem-mandos everywhere. You just saved mine, and I haven't constructed my armor yet.

J'Khara Vontess


    *
  • *
  • *
  • *
  • *
  • 1813
  • Ever heard of shock and awe? You're looking at it
  • Awards Family events 6 or more Education Points in a single year. 15+ clan level invasions 40+ hrs of Charity Work 11+ Invasion Report Appearances
Re: J'Khara Vontess WIP
« Reply #8 on: Apr 22, 2016, 12:31 AM »
Update: I trimmed a few template pieces and they seem to fit nicely. I am going to trim the top of the ab plate a bit more to match the spacing between collar and chest plates but other than that I'm happy with it. The back plate is done too but I need to take a better picture of it.

« Last Edit: Aug 11, 2017, 10:14 PM by J'Khara Vontess » Logged

Aria


    *
  • *
  • *
  • *
  • 2595
  • They told me to dress for the job I want...
  • Awards Clan with the most recorded invasions in 2016/2017 Most invasions trooped in 2017 Award for 25 official invasions. Celebration Orlando 2017 Special Weapons
Re: J'Khara Vontess WIP
« Reply #9 on: Apr 22, 2016, 12:42 AM »
You could also try shifting everything up just a little instead of trimming the plate down, but it all looks really good so far. Are you going to even up the sides of the chest plates when you move them to sintra?

Logged
The Aria Pics
He/Him
Swimmy Rancor Clan of Cold Frozen Northerness || MMCC#1248 || Light Melee#001 ||  M5#47 || Ficus Relocation Brigade

Kryamla Redalur


    *
  • *
  • *
  • 4342
  • "Wait...how do you say your name?"
  • Awards 15+ clan level invasions Family events 6 or more Education Points in a single year. 15+ invasions in 2018 11+ Invasion Report Appearances
Re: J'Khara Vontess WIP
« Reply #10 on: Apr 22, 2016, 12:45 AM »
You could also try shifting everything up just a little instead of trimming the plate down, but it all looks really good so far. Are you going to even up the sides of the chest plates when you move them to sintra?

Oh you beat me to it! Lol so uh what she said :P

Logged
Manda'galaar Clan || MMCC #1278
Bo-Katan WIP - Bo-Katan Brigade WIP
- S7 Bo-Katan WIP

Kris Jasra


    *
  • *
  • *
  • *
  • 8792
  • "A womprat could pilot better than you" Jaxx Jasra
  • Awards Order of the Ori'Ramikad 6 or more Education Points in a single year. Family events Award for 25 official invasions. Clan with the most recorded invasions in 2016/2017
Re: J'Khara Vontess WIP
« Reply #11 on: Apr 22, 2016, 06:13 AM »
Couple of tricks I've found while doing breast plates in sintra. Cut the sides of the chest a little longer than you think you may need - that will give a margin to cut them all down smoothly without having to worry about trimming to one section thats ended up a little short. And cut and form the collar and chest, then re-template the ab - between paper and sintra the angle of the bottom tab on the chest plate can change and the ab made now may not fit as well.

Logged
Vi ram'or te'prudiise. Gotal par akaan, vi jatnese be te jatnese. Bal cuun kote o'r gar tal.

Quote
The only safe way to take out Kris would be with an orbital bombardment.... and even then your chances of surviving are only 50:50

GardenGeek


    *
  • *
  • *
  • *
  • 442
  • Awards Award for 10 official invasions. 40% increase or more
Re: J'Khara Vontess WIP
« Reply #12 on: Apr 22, 2016, 09:56 AM »
I was going to suggest the same thing as Kris- I ended up having to recut my ab plate a lot smaller after my chest plates were formed and attached so that they would all meet up properly :)

Vheh Zoller


    *
  • *
  • 677
  • The One Armed Merc
  • Awards 15+ invasions in 2017 15+ clan level invasions 40+ hrs Charity 11+ Invasion Report Appearances Clan with the largest number of new OM's in 12 months
Re: J'Khara Vontess WIP
« Reply #13 on: Apr 22, 2016, 10:38 AM »
Your armor looks like it's going to have a great shape on your body! I love the little details with the points <3

Logged

Vheh's Facebook   |    The One Armed Merc    |   JesCosplay

MMCC: #1080, M5 #37, EMTS #115,G.O.M.O.L # 007, P.M.S. #2, QMU#039, Kilted Mando Brigade Member #33

J'Khara Vontess


    *
  • *
  • *
  • *
  • *
  • 1813
  • Ever heard of shock and awe? You're looking at it
  • Awards Family events 6 or more Education Points in a single year. 15+ clan level invasions 40+ hrs of Charity Work 11+ Invasion Report Appearances
Re: J'Khara Vontess WIP
« Reply #14 on: May 24, 2016, 09:24 AM »

sorry it has been a while, but I've definitely been working. I changed up the spacing on my templates and evened up the sides of the chest plates. I started cutting pieces out of 6mm sintra...well technically I've only cut it the collar so far. Y'all were so right about the bra thing, I'm wearing a different one in this picture than the one before and it's more comfortable and tons cheaper than the one I had on the the other picture, so I bought another just like it for my Mando.

« Last Edit: Aug 11, 2017, 09:58 PM by J'Khara Vontess » Logged
 


Don't like ads? Help support the Mercs by becoming a Supporter or Auxiliary Member today!
Official Members also get to use the forum ad-free - so kit up and join us!




Powered by EzPortal