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My long planned but just started Early Crusader WIP
« on: Oct 31, 2022, 02:53 PM »
I started dreaming of this build right after I got my OM stripes 6 years ago. Life and stuff happened and it was shelved, till now.

I am basing this on a few ref pics


And the absolutely amazing work of Seugtai.

Her WIP can be found here: https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=32070.0

I made the helmet way back at the beginning of my idea phase years ago. Its a 100% custom design by me. 3d modeled and made using Pepkura.



I have a concept imaging being done up and will add to this when its done.

The upper chest as well as vambraces, and maybe grieves, will be done in red leather scaled to look like reptile skin. Smiliar to this pic

Ab plates as well as knees, shoulders, shins, and plates for the vambraces will be done in bone(made of sintra and apoxie sculpt). The flight suit will be custom made as well, not sure what material will be used for that yet.

Ive started working on the vambraces. I have them cut and the plates to go on top cut as well.






 

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Re: My long planned but just started Early Crusader WIP
« Reply #1 on: Nov 03, 2022, 10:30 AM »
Interested in seeing how this WIP goes. Good luck!

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Re: My long planned but just started Early Crusader WIP
« Reply #2 on: Nov 12, 2022, 03:44 PM »
Small little update.
Working on my stamping and pattern skills. Using a few different sizes and still a bit inconsistant. But getting better.


Also working on a pattern for the chest

Hard to see but there is drawing on that lol

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Re: My long planned but just started Early Crusader WIP
« Reply #3 on: Nov 14, 2022, 09:39 PM »
Got a rough mold started for the doing the wet molding on my chest piece


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Re: My long planned but just started Early Crusader WIP
« Reply #4 on: Nov 22, 2022, 06:54 PM »
Got another update for ya.

Finally managed to get my chest template done thanks to some help from my Alorad at the armor party over the weekend.



This will be done in a 9oz leather and molded over a form.

Also got a template made for the ab plate to go with it.



and made my base for the thighs and knees also



The ab, thighs, and knees will be formed and done up to look like bone

Also made a few trophys to hang off the armor. They will be cleaned up and finished off too.



And got the ball rolling on a commision for a custom flight suit.

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Re: My long planned but just started Early Crusader WIP
« Reply #5 on: Nov 23, 2022, 12:23 PM »
Looking good! :like:

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Re: My long planned but just started Early Crusader WIP
« Reply #6 on: Nov 26, 2022, 08:03 PM »
Little bit more progress

I've got a backplate!



Well one is cut out lol. It needs the side and shoulder straps cut to match the chest once thats done. And there will be a backpack covering a good bit of it.

I also got my ab plate cut out and all the "bone" body plates shaped.



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Re: My long planned but just started Early Crusader WIP
« Reply #7 on: Nov 28, 2022, 02:03 AM »
Looking good. :like:

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Re: My long planned but just started Early Crusader WIP
« Reply #8 on: Nov 28, 2022, 08:12 PM »
Started working on my melee weapon.  Decided to go with an executioner style polearm axe for this. The head will be finished out to match the bone on the rest of the armor.



 I cut out the front portion and made 2 of the body to give it some size.

For the handle I used 1 inch PVC and added a wooden dowel in-between two sections to give it a bit more length and add some rigidity



I sanded the pvc to removed the shiny outer layer and printing. I found a technique online to transform the look of the pvc into wood using a rasp to give it grooves and lines to simulate wood grain and then using wood stain for color







The pics really dont show how well this came out.

I installed a screw cap into the axe head so that it can be seperated from the handle for easier storage and transport



I also started on my left shoulder plates.





The right one will be slightly larger since Im not doing double plates there

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Re: My long planned but just started Early Crusader WIP
« Reply #9 on: Dec 05, 2022, 11:52 PM »
Got a few more updates

Got both my shoulders like 95% done, maybe a bit more shaping. But I'm really liking how they've come out so far.


I wasnt happy with the first knees I made so I made new ones. I did the major addons and designs then primered them up.


Also did some work adding details to the ab plate.


Most of the work has been on my axe. I bulked up the middle a bit and added a row of spikes along the top ridge. Will probably add some more to it and sand it up a bit more before moving to paint but Im over the moon happy with it so far.



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Re: My long planned but just started Early Crusader WIP
« Reply #10 on: Dec 06, 2022, 10:58 AM »
So far your doing great progress! It all looks good. That leather..*chef kiss* I know that's a lot. But your making great progress..I don't see anything that screams at me that I should say anything about.

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Re: My long planned but just started Early Crusader WIP
« Reply #11 on: Dec 15, 2022, 12:18 AM »
Some more updates

I got the scales on my chest and arm guards done. Also got the arm guards and base for the top plates formed.





I started the details for the shoulders


And added a pommel to the handle of my axe


Still got lots of finishing to do before moving to paint.

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Re: My long planned but just started Early Crusader WIP
« Reply #12 on: Dec 18, 2022, 10:25 AM »
Got some sanding done and a coat of primer on to see where work still needs done. Found lots lol.


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Re: My long planned but just started Early Crusader WIP
« Reply #13 on: Jan 02, 2023, 02:07 AM »
Got quite a few updates.

Got the leather part of my vambraces finished.




The plate for on-top is in progress

(Ignore the use of finger 🤣)

Got the axe head ends painted in the dark metal color and the cutting edge has a bright shine. The middle is still in progress


Today I did my first leather wrap. It didnt go exactly as planned and I learned some lessons along the way. I am 80ish percent happy with how it turned out.




I got the rear air hose attachment started on my helmet.  And played with putting quick connects on one of the air hoses.



And finally I got all my bone plates sanded and primered. I am still going to take a second look before moving on to paint.


Whew!!💦  Lots of progress and a few pieces are almost complete.

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Re: My long planned but just started Early Crusader WIP
« Reply #14 on: Jan 03, 2023, 02:04 PM »
Blood sweat and tears! Your looking good! I left like the red undertones and that you are taking your time and doing the texture. The spike on the end of that vambrace is my only worry. I would make that a lot closer to the end of the leather or super dull that down a lot.

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Re: My long planned but just started Early Crusader WIP
« Reply #15 on: Jan 12, 2023, 02:42 PM »
Lots of updates!!!

I got all my bone armor pieces paint finished up!






I ran into a problem with my ab plate. It and the ground got into a fight and it lost.
Now I did glue it back together in an attempt to save its life. It was a grueling 5 min of surgery and the recovery was unclear at that time.



It went thru some extensive reconstructive surgery.



But Im happy to report it made a full recovery. Only time will tell if it will live out to its full potential



Now I still need to do all the strapping on these pieces to be fully finished with them.

I did also get the rear airhose attachment done on my helmet and the entire thing repainted.



Now on to a few things that I have finished.

I took my Ruus' advice and sanded down the elbow spikes on my vambraces and have them painted and mounted to the leather.





And last but not least my axe is complete.


Still got a ways to go but getting there!



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Re: My long planned but just started Early Crusader WIP
« Reply #16 on: Jan 20, 2023, 08:32 AM »
Dang dude you have been powering through. Keep up the great work, ypu obviously have a good balance with progress. Great job.

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Re: My long planned but just started Early Crusader WIP
« Reply #17 on: Jan 20, 2023, 09:37 AM »
Lots of updates!!!

I took my Ruus' advice and sanded down the elbow spikes on my vambraces and have them painted and mounted to the leather.



Wow, the level of detail on your leather vambraces/gauntlets is superb.  I know it was tedious to punch them all out, but once the red was added it looks fantastic.  Keep up the great work Vod!

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Re: My long planned but just started Early Crusader WIP
« Reply #18 on: Jan 24, 2023, 06:28 PM »
This update represents the most nerve racking part of this whole build to date......

The molding and dying of the chest piece.

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I started off by making a jig to mount my form onto and allow me to secure the leather in place while it dried.




Then after soaking the leather for about 45 min I secured it tight with clamps and other things tight to the mold and took the time to smooth and press it into all the corners



24 hours later I pulled it off and trimmed the excess leather to make it the final shape.



Then came the dying, which was challenging. Trying to keep nice straight lines using cotton daubers was hard. I did try also using a small brush to outline the red and make it easier to do the black. I am like 90% happy with how it came out. That will have to be good enough lol. I also dyed the back piece as well





Whew!!!  That was the part I was dreading the most so I am glad its behind me. This is coming together nicely.
I still have a bit to figure out: how to bring the chest and back together, strapping for the armor pieces, flightsuit to be made, backpack and air hoses.
But its getting closer......

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Re: My long planned but just started Early Crusader WIP
« Reply #19 on: Feb 02, 2023, 08:22 AM »
This kit will be done in no time! The rest of ypur updates look great! Keep up the good work!

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Re: My long planned but just started Early Crusader WIP
« Reply #20 on: Feb 08, 2023, 01:33 PM »
Wow dude! I'm jealous of your leather work! Great job. I'm excited to see this come together. Let me know if I can help

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Re: My long planned but just started Early Crusader WIP
« Reply #21 on: Feb 08, 2023, 02:40 PM »
Iím kicking myself for not checking your WIP before today - everything looks amazing. Iím very impressed by all the leatherwork, I know itís not easy and your stuff looks great. I think your vambraces might be my favorite part at the moment. I am very excited to see what you do next and I canít wait to see what this is gonna all look like together.

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Re: My long planned but just started Early Crusader WIP
« Reply #22 on: Feb 14, 2023, 08:29 AM »
Very small update.

Found a nice set of boots for this build




That is all. You may go now.  ;D

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Re: My long planned but just started Early Crusader WIP
« Reply #23 on: Feb 20, 2023, 01:46 PM »
Had a chance to "try on" most of my upper pieces. No keep in mind most things including the helmet are not sitting in the proper place. This was just to get a rough feel for things.


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Re: My long planned but just started Early Crusader WIP
« Reply #24 on: Apr 01, 2023, 12:58 AM »
Its been a bit since my last update. Ive gotten a ton done, but not alot finished. But sooooo close.

Ive got one of my greaves finished up. The straps are on but dont have a pic of that yet. The second one is like 80% done.




I got buckles added to most of my straps thanks to the help of my Ruus' at the last armor party.



One fix I had to implement was either painting the rivets on my armor or covering them. I choose the later.




I started on my backpack




 


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