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Anansi's Armor WIP
« on: Apr 08, 2017, 09:44 PM »
I'm finally getting around to getting my armor attached to my vest.  I'm fairly certain the spacing is off an I could use your help figuring out how to fix it.



Also, I've noticed that my back plate doesn't line up with my collar plate. It's approximately 1 3/4" too wide. Therefore, I was considering marking the mid line of the back, cutting it in half and trimming 7/8" from the inside of each side. Thoughts?

EDIT: I attached the shoulders and slightly reshaped the chest plates and gave it another go.


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Re: Anansi's Armor WIP
« Reply #1 on: Apr 08, 2017, 10:56 PM »
If you move the outside of your right chest plate down just slightly, then shift your ab plate slightly to your left, that should take care of your spacing.  Although it appears that the angles between the chest plate and ab plate don't quite line up, so you may wind up needing to trim the angles on your ab plate just a bit so they match.  But don't go trimming until you've moved stuff around, taken another set of photos, and had an App Team member or your Ruus'alor take a look at it.

As for the back plate, I don't see why you couldn't trim some out of the middle and bondo it back together. 

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Re: Anansi's Armor WIP
« Reply #2 on: Apr 08, 2017, 11:15 PM »
Vor'e. I'm making a few more shifts, lowering the chest plates by a little bit and shifting everything down in comparison. I tried to compare it to this image of Jango, although the ab spacing seems excessive.


Also, upon further examination, the only reason the collar and backplates don't line up is because the collar has more of a curve than the back. I don't know whether I should cut or just try to shape it to match.

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Re: Anansi's Armor WIP
« Reply #3 on: Apr 30, 2017, 11:34 PM »
Not that my gauntlets are built, I can return to working on my armor. Today, I focused on my leg pieces. Originally, I was going to leave them vanilla Jango but since I'm sporting a Mando Stalker for a buy'ce, I figured the armor needed a bit more texture.

It's a little hard to see but I sectioned and sanded the side panels at the front of the shin to replicate the front of the helmet.


And I patterned the cod piece after the rectangle sections flanking the ridge (the grey section is Apoxie Sculpt:


I'm going to do similar things to the chest armor at some point.

Next, I tackled the knees. I made my own style and thus needed custom dart boxes:
 
Those "darts" are mono jacks I picked up when our local Radio Shack went out of business.
After coating the caps in the apoxie, I set them on the knees and they await sanding.
Well, that's all for now.

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Re: Anansi's Armor WIP
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2017, 01:52 AM »
Looking good, just make sure you don't stay sponsored by Gatorade once you assemble your knees.  :P

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Re: Anansi's Armor WIP
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2017, 04:00 PM »
Spacing looks fine, the top on the "V" starts at the tips of your collar, although there is some funkiness on your stomachache plate, I've circled it in green. Also great idea for the knee darts, electrolytes are what the plants crave  :P


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Re: Anansi's Armor WIP
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2017, 04:50 PM »
Thanks, vode. I definitely will not rep Gatorade when those knees are done.

I just have to sand it smooth. As for the plate spacing, I played around with it but I never took a new photo and I think I fixed the oddness with my ab plate.

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Re: Anansi's Armor WIP
« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2017, 12:07 AM »
A little more work done.
I sanded the dart boxes down and rounded them.


And build out the codpiece a bit more. Not pictured, all the sanding to smooth it out. There are a few "dents" where the apoxie didn't fill right but as always, my motto is "It's not a mistake, it's battle damage"


Then, I set to work adding straps to all of my lower body armor, save for the codpiece. That's when I realized my lower flight suit needs a bit more tailoring.



So, everything is attached except for my backplate, due to sizing issues. Lucky for me, there's an armor party this coming weekend and once that's all sorted, I can focus on my buy'ce and my soft parts...then painting!

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Re: Anansi's Armor WIP
« Reply #8 on: Jun 01, 2017, 07:03 PM »
Hokay, vod. Still making the slow march towards completion. After the last AP, my ruus'alor helped out a lot with making sure the collar and backplate lined up properly and we made a few adjustments. I did end up cutting it down the middle and knocking a few inches out. Then, I worked a little more on reshaping it so that it contoured a bit more. I'll get pics of that soon.

I think these are bad camera angles because I swear the collar is about a thumb's width away from the chest plates on both sides and the corners line up. Honestly.

I tried again, ones with the camera in each hand.


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Re: Anansi's Armor WIP
« Reply #9 on: Jul 05, 2017, 03:27 PM »
WIP Arise!

I'm getting closer and closer to getting finished and it's really difficult to contain the excitement!
So, after completing the gauntlets, I finished two pieces of armor that needed a different painting process from the rest of the kit: The Ka'rta Beskar (chest diamond) and one Bes'Marbur (Shoulder Plate). They were going to be completely blue instead of blue and grey.
Before

After



Then I set to work on the rest of the beskar'gam. It was already beat up, metal, clear coated & masked so it was time for the base color. Full disclosure: I wanted to use Krylon's Camo Grey as it's ultra flat and chip resistant but grey is really hard to find compared to the other colors in the Camo line. Therefore, I settled on grey primer. It's Ultra flat and has a great blue-grey tint which works with the blue I'm using. Plus it soaks up weathering really well.


Perfect. Then came the second masking and the addition of the blue striping:



Even better. Now came the fun part, removing the latex. Now in some places, it was easy to rub off with my thumb but the primer did it's job and formed a good coat. I took out some 150 & 220 grit sand paper and gently scraped away the masking. This also had the benefit of feathering the edges of some of the chips and wearing down some non-masked areas to show the coat underneath. It also makes the paint job look like it's been thoroughly beaten. I didn't pull up every single bit of masking and I think it looks a little more genuine, as it may come off later.




Next stop, it's time to apply washes. Stay tuned, ner vode!

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Re: Anansi's Armor WIP
« Reply #10 on: Jul 10, 2017, 07:10 PM »
Wash time! Ok, gather 'round, ner vode, and behold my washing process! It's pretty messy but I really love the results.
First things first, the color palate:

In addition to black, I've got "Brown Iron Oxide", "Burnt Umber", "Brown Velvet", "Barn Red", another brown (the name which escapes me), Purple, Ultra Blue and a Silver. Now, you may ask, "Anansi, why in the world do you have Red, Purple and Blue?" The red gets mixed in with a brown to give me a second shade of rust. The purple and blue are used to simulate metal that's been heated. If you have an airbrush for this, I'd recommend it, otherwise, brushing is fine.

Of course, there are some really, really good weather tutorials on here so I won't go into the process as much. Sometimes I use less water to get something to stain more. With the purple and blue, use a 50/50 ratio to water and let each application sit for a little bit before you dab (dab, don't wipe) up the excess. Let it dry and then drop down the next color. 

There's one thing I want to pass on that I think will give your weathering job just a little something extra:

You see that black "rag"? That's a paper towel that's been used to wipe away the washes; the black, the brown, everything. DO NOT THROW THIS AWAY. When you wipe an unwashed piece with this paint soaked rag, it's going to give you a mix of black wash and brown wash all in one. There's no hint of patterning at all; it's your best brush. 

Ok. I went through all of this until my hands were black with paint and here are the results.



The only thing left to do is hit it all with a clear coat (flat if you can swing it). That clear really makes the colors pop. If you're concerned about the shine, hit it with a high grit sandpaper or dust it with a little dirt and there you go!

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Re: Anansi's Armor WIP
« Reply #11 on: Jul 10, 2017, 07:53 PM »
How did you make it look like the pieces were welded together?

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Re: Anansi's Armor WIP
« Reply #12 on: Jul 10, 2017, 10:57 PM »
I made that using Apoxie Sculpt. I laid out a strip on the chest piece and made the impressions with a dowel. It took a little trial and error to get it to look right but I'm really proud of how it came out.

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Re: Anansi's Armor WIP
« Reply #13 on: Jul 11, 2017, 06:39 PM »
It looks super realistic. Might have to steal that.

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Re: Anansi's Armor WIP
« Reply #14 on: Jul 14, 2017, 12:38 AM »
Quick update: After letting the clear coat dry, I got the front torso plates back on the vest.




Before you say it, vode, I know my vest is longish, maybe an inch below my navel. It's going to be covered by my girth belt, ammo and gun belts (all the belts!).

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Re: Anansi's Armor WIP
« Reply #15 on: Jul 14, 2017, 10:37 AM »
The vest can be long, it just can't be sticking out of the bottom of your waist items so you're good :)

Weathering looks great! I like your knee darts, very creative!

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Re: Anansi's Armor WIP
« Reply #16 on: Sep 12, 2017, 03:21 PM »
Rise from your grave post!

Anansi here with a few updates on my beskar'gam. We're in the home stretch here so HOPEFULLY, stage 1 (getting OM) will be done before Halloween.
Since last time, all the plates have been clear-coated and the soft parts took focus.
Girth belts were made

Holsters & pouches too
 

I did a quick test fit but found that elastic straps were not holding the leg armor in place. My clan recommended I add snaps and it does work wonderfully!


Then all the soft bits were weathered with dirt from the deck, ash from incense burners, careful use of a lighter, sandpaper and a chunk of concrete

I even added some "repairs" to the torn flight suit. I might need to add more.


All of this work has culminated in this:


Now I know there are a lot of adjustments needed, particularly with my chest plates and my knees and...well I'm pretty sure the codpiece and shoulders are in the right spot. Fortunately, there's an armor party coming up very soon so I'll have plenty of expert eyes on my kit. Hopefully, I can start pre-app!


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Re: Anansi's Armor WIP
« Reply #17 on: Sep 12, 2017, 03:55 PM »
Quick update: After letting the clear coat dry, I got the front torso plates back on the vest.




Before you say it, vode, I know my vest is longish, maybe an inch below my navel. It's going to be covered by my girth belt, ammo and gun belts (all the belts!).

Very nice work. The spacing looks great! Love the knee darts you made. Very creative stuff. My vest is also pretty long which is covered at the bottom with the girth belt so you're all good there.  ;) I recommend you weather your soft goods a lot more. Your kit will look a 1000x more awesome once it's dirtied up  :D
Keep going

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Re: Anansi's Armor WIP
« Reply #18 on: Sep 25, 2017, 10:40 AM »
All right. Phase 1 is almost done and I had some pre-app pics taken to see where I need to make adjustments. I forgot to put on my balaclava but also later discovered that the center pad in my buy'ce made it sit high on my head. With it removed, less of my neck is exposed. I also took a little time to weather the flight suit more after the shoot and I'm considering some loops on my leg armor to keep the straps from sliding.







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Re: Anansi's Armor WIP
« Reply #19 on: Sep 25, 2017, 05:15 PM »
Just wanted to say that I'm thoroughly impressed with what you've built here.  Checking out all of your other WIP threads now, because it's some pretty awesome stuff.  Best of luck with your app!

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Re: Anansi's Armor WIP
« Reply #20 on: Sep 27, 2017, 03:02 PM »
Biggest thing I'm noticing right off the bat is that you're gonna need a neckseal or balaclava to cover all that neckmeat! Looking good though!

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Re: Anansi's Armor WIP
« Reply #21 on: Sep 27, 2017, 03:07 PM »
WOW,  :o

Very impressed, how is movement while your suited up?

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Re: Anansi's Armor WIP
« Reply #22 on: Sep 27, 2017, 03:15 PM »
Kol, I'll get my neck covered for sure. Vor'e.

Yolah, I'm still getting used to moving around in it. Standing and walking are no problem but I think the codpiece complicates things like sitting or bending. I'm going to have either alter how it's attached or figure out a workaround.

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Re: Anansi's Armor WIP
« Reply #23 on: Oct 10, 2017, 01:38 PM »
After receiving feedback in my clan's pre-app thread, I got to work. I actually put on my balaclava this time, trimmed approx 2in from the backplate (which also gave me the chance to fix the lop-sided arc and reshape the entire plate), reshaped the chest and belly plates, altered the cod plate attachment to a "boba thong" (for mobility's sake), AND weathered the flight suit. I reckon the suit will need a bit more and I don't think the lighting is the best but I'm a few steps closer.






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Re: Anansi's Armor WIP
« Reply #24 on: Oct 11, 2017, 10:01 AM »
Well it looks good from here, plates seem like they are sitting where they should be. That's my two creds.

Have any with your weapons and a few action shots to sell the mando for hire image further?  ;D

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