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 Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor

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Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
« Reply #25 on: Nov 02, 2010, 03:21 PM »
I did?

I wasn't sure if you had gloves on at first glance.  :D

Yep! It looked like she had tattoos on her hands then i read this and was like OOOOHHHHH.

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Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
« Reply #26 on: Nov 02, 2010, 06:43 PM »
Thanks for checking back in on this, everybody! It means a lot to me.

The chest piece doesn't bother me at all. It looks sharp and pointy, but I've done my share of moving around with it and I haven't even noticed that it was there.

The shoulders seem to sit a little uneven because they're shaped a little differently. The one on my left shoulder is Chro's, and it's made of Sintra instead of the softer plastic I've used for the other pieces.

A bigger belt sounds like a great idea, too. I'll have to see what I can find!

I would absolutely love to weather the cape and other fabric, but I'm not sure where to start. The bottom edge of the cape is unfinished to let it fray, and the rest of the fabric is also unfinished. Can somebody share their fabric-weathering wisdom with me?


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Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
« Reply #27 on: Nov 02, 2010, 07:00 PM »
Honestly ...... this is what I did ....  ;D


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Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
« Reply #28 on: Nov 02, 2010, 07:59 PM »
This is exactly the kind of awesomeness I'm looking for. :D Great tutorial, thanks for sharing!

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Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
« Reply #29 on: Nov 02, 2010, 08:11 PM »
This is exactly the kind of awesomeness I'm looking for. :D Great tutorial, thanks for sharing!

Anytime ......  8) 


Your kit looks Superb .......  ;)

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Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
« Reply #30 on: Nov 02, 2010, 08:20 PM »
I can add in some wisdom  ;D

For blaster hole what i did on my cape i used to use is i lit a candle and then held a flat area of the material over the flame and left it burn through. It looks awesome when its done. Looks like a real blaster bolt went through it cause its all burnt and crispy on the edges.

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Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
« Reply #31 on: Nov 02, 2010, 08:35 PM »
I can add in some wisdom  ;D

For blaster hole what i did on my cape i used to use is i lit a candle and then held a flat area of the material over the flame and left it burn through. It looks awesome when its done. Looks like a real blaster bolt went through it cause its all burnt and crispy on the edges.

Same here , i rubbed it with sandpaper too then kicked it over the hedge and gave it to the dog for a quick shake  ;D

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Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
« Reply #32 on: Nov 02, 2010, 09:45 PM »
I wanted to take a flame to my fabric, but I don't really know what it's made of. The brown panel is cotton, but I have no idea what the green stuff is. I have a feeling that it'd all flare up and leave me with a hunk of melted plastic stuff instead of a cape.

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Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
« Reply #33 on: Nov 07, 2010, 07:16 PM »
Hey all,

Thanks for all of your help in getting me to this point. I'm very excited to now be an official member!

There is (and always will be) a lot of tinkering to do with this kit, but I've reached a huge milestone. Thanks to all of you for the advice-- You have really helped me come a long way! I can't wait to work out new ideas with all of you. :)


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Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
« Reply #34 on: Nov 08, 2010, 04:35 AM »
Cute.

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Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
« Reply #35 on: Nov 08, 2010, 12:51 PM »
I love the whole prize ribbon thing, too funny! I think it was definitely a clever solution to the problem you encountered with using the mannequin form, great way to think outside the box. Just another idea for you, when I distress fabric I have this small hybrid of a cheese grater/zester thing that works great ripping up edges or putting holes into fabrics. Then I use permanent ink pads or watered down craft paint with a triangle makeup sponge to apply it. I also use a soldering iron for small controlled burn holes. Love the colors you choose to do with this kit, itís very striking.

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Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
« Reply #36 on: Nov 12, 2010, 09:12 AM »
I love the colors you used for your kit and I think your chest diamond idea was ingenious!  I also really like how your gloves pull out the color of your belt.

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Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
« Reply #37 on: Nov 12, 2010, 05:59 PM »
Thank you, Seugtal and Kione!

I think that the addition of that tan belt really helped the gloves make more sense. Before, they really didn't seem to fit in.

When I first cut out the strange chest diamond, I wasn't too sure that it would work out. When I got the pieces on my vest, though, I was very impressed at how it all came together. Mannequins are a pain, because their proportions typically only reflect a very minute percentage of people.

Using sponges and ink for weathering is a great idea! I might go in on my cape a little bit more. I'll have to keep that technique in mind!

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Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
« Reply #38 on: Dec 30, 2013, 07:17 PM »
Vhe Oyre linked to this in her awesome updated Female Armor Resources thread. I should get my shebs into gear and share some things that are at least almost current, huh?

Back in 2012, I met Viradechtis at a Wampa Clan armor party. She had a very awesome idea for some paneled plates! She had very elegantly achieved what I had tried so hard and failed to do with my very first kit. Inspired, I decided that I was going to do the rational thing and... start all over again, totally from scratch. Vira even let me use her idea. Thank you, Vira! :)
 
Click here for a template of the chest plates!

And I was going to get it finished for Celebration VI.

Because it was such a quick build, I didn't stop to take many photos. I'm regretting that now! Here's what I could dig up:


This was the obligatory "AH I HATE IT I'VE DONE IT ALL WRONG" grumpy phase.


An early picture of the painting phase of my J2P.


My girth belt is actually three belts, tied together!


And now I look like this!


Dang, it feels good to be a Mando.





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Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
« Reply #39 on: Dec 31, 2013, 05:22 AM »
Only one comment to the last picture: "Pew, pew!"

I like the armour re-design

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Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
« Reply #40 on: Dec 31, 2013, 08:55 AM »
Looks really cool  8)

I love the damage to the Buckets ear ;)

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Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
« Reply #41 on: Jan 02, 2014, 03:10 PM »
This is a great kit. And the j2p conversion is spot on. Have you thought of applying to the beastmasters brigade? With all that fur you could be a wampa hunter...

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Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
« Reply #42 on: Jan 02, 2014, 10:03 PM »
Thanks, everyone! :)

I love the Beastmaster Brigade! I haven't really gotten around to making the necessary modifications to my armor and weapons quite yet. I'm still trying to figure out if this particular trade can be made to work with my character's backstory somehow, I think!

Also, the new kit couldn't be much more different from my other kit... Except for the parts that are identical to my other kit.


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Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
« Reply #43 on: Oct 05, 2014, 06:15 PM »
I've been making some really small modifications here-and-there to my armor. This will be the first major overhaul of my white kit.

The next version will have a back plate and a furry half-cape. Aside from that, the adjustments I'll be making to will be minor. I'm going to revisit things like the belt configuration and my knees, since these parts like to shift around as I wear them.

These templates are a work in progress. I'm still working on getting the back plate where it needs to be. Stay tuned! :)


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Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
« Reply #44 on: Oct 05, 2014, 10:37 PM »
Oh interesting, looks like you've modified Vira's templates a bit.  How does that affect the shape and placement of it?

Also: redo whoop!  Should be fun ;D

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Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
« Reply #45 on: Oct 06, 2014, 07:37 PM »
Yeah! It'll be good to have a second set of plates, too. I'm terrified that my armor is going to end up getting lost on a plane sometime or something, with Celebration coming up and all! :P

When I made my first plates using Vira's template, I found that they made for a weird corner near my armpit because of how I made the corners. Cutting the dart area a little differently allowed me to resolve the corner a little bit better.

Here's a photo of my current plates to show what I mean.



Re-making these plates also helped me realize that the PDF version of Vira's plate design isn't quite accurate. The tabs on either side of the dart end up two different lengths after the plate is folded, as you can see on my armor here, and I didn't correct that for the PDF. Whups.  :laugh:

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Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
« Reply #46 on: Oct 06, 2014, 10:51 PM »
Ah, I see.  Thanks for the pic!

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Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
« Reply #47 on: Mar 06, 2017, 05:33 PM »
2017 Armor Rebuild
It's about that time, eh, chaps? My plates have been long overdue for a rebuild. It probably won't be ready for Celebration, but I expect to be trooping with it this summer! I'll be going for the same look, with the addition of a back plate and some minor touches. I'm trying very hard to remember to take photos as I go!


Paper templates are always very important, even if this isn't your first rodeo. 


Torso plates traced out onto Sintra, ready for scoring and snapping.


Shoulder plates (I like to call them Pringles), ready for cutting.



Cutting away.



This is what forming these plates looks like. I used a heat gun and my straight edge to get some fairly clean corners. The one on the right is ready for seam reinforcement. The one on the left has just been started.

Aaaand that's where I am so far!

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Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
« Reply #48 on: Mar 07, 2017, 12:38 AM »
It's really nice to see you working on something again! :)
I am a bit jealous of your nice clean lines on your chest plates.  :laugh:

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Re: Arch's WIP: A Girl and Her Armor
« Reply #49 on: Mar 09, 2017, 08:44 PM »
I've always admired your kit, looking forward to following your upgrades!

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