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!

 Integrated Jet Boosters/Thrusters For Backplate Build (Updated, page 6 pics!)

  • 103 Replies
  • 25677 Views

Sirus the Red


    *
  • *
  • 544
  • Now with OM status! #802 (Sy-rus, not Sir-ius!)
  • Awards Clan with the most recorded invasions in 2016/2017 Hard Contact - Clan with the most recorded invasions
So, as of right now I'm thinking that I'm going for a very melee heavy build. I want a blastsword in one hand and a pistol (probably with some kind of bayonet attachment) in the other, so I'm going top be very highly optimized for close combat. But I found myself thinking what if I was enaged with targets that have much longer range than I do in an area of minimal cover, or if I was to go up against something with supernatural speed and agility, such as a Force-user? I'd want some kind of augment to give me an edge, to either close the distance or outmaneuver my opponent.

My immediate reaction was "Jetpack!" but those seem better for going up rather than forward, if that makes sense. Also, they seem rather bulky, and after re-watching  the fight between Kenobi and Jango Fett in Episode II, it didn't take much for the jetpack to be rendered inoperable.

So I was thinking, what if I had a collection of small thrusters integrated into key points in my armor? I know Cad Bane-style Jet boots are allowed, but after doing a bit of searching I have yet to find anyone who completely integrated thrusters into their backplates. Is this against the CRLs? Has this been done yet, and I just didn't look hard enough? In any case, I would want this set-up to focus primarily on speed, with only a little bit of lift, and pretty much no hover capability. I would imagine this would include at least two nozzles on the back, and one on the back of each leg.

Thoughts?

« Last Edit: May 29, 2013, 01:47 AM by Sirus the Red » Logged
Ib'tuur jatne tuur ash'ad kyr'amur!
(Today is a good day for someone else to die!)

Armor WIP thread: http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=52662.0

Weapon projects WIP thread
http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=55824.15

deviantArt
http://argnarock.deviantart.com/
Re: Integrated Jet Boosters/Thrusters?
« Reply #1 on: Jun 30, 2012, 06:12 PM »
Do you have any sketches of your idea? I like it, just wonder how you see it in your minds eye. I picture the nozzles with little canisters (like co2 looking things, but greeb'd up) on the shoulder plates, shoulder blade area, and maybe the gaunts and boots.

Logged

Sirus the Red


    *
  • *
  • 544
  • Now with OM status! #802 (Sy-rus, not Sir-ius!)
  • Awards Clan with the most recorded invasions in 2016/2017 Hard Contact - Clan with the most recorded invasions
Re: Integrated Jet Boosters/Thrusters?
« Reply #2 on: Jun 30, 2012, 06:55 PM »
I plan on having the armor integrated into the armor in such a way so that they kind of poke out from under layers of armor instead of looking slapped on top of them. I'll get some good sketches put together and post them up soon

Logged
Ib'tuur jatne tuur ash'ad kyr'amur!
(Today is a good day for someone else to die!)

Armor WIP thread: http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=52662.0

Weapon projects WIP thread
http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=55824.15

deviantArt
http://argnarock.deviantart.com/

Sirus the Red


    *
  • *
  • 544
  • Now with OM status! #802 (Sy-rus, not Sir-ius!)
  • Awards Clan with the most recorded invasions in 2016/2017 Hard Contact - Clan with the most recorded invasions
Re: Integrated Jet Boosters/Thrusters?
« Reply #3 on: Jul 01, 2012, 09:17 AM »
Okay, I got some sketches done. They're not really good, and I need to do a bit more research, but they're close to what I see in my mind's eye.

Here is my backplate idea:

Ignore the random crap, this was done on a very used page of my pocket sketch book. I do plan on having fabric wrapped around a shoulder, so the nozzles might be a bit low so as not to light me on fire, but that's fine.

Here's what I was thinking with the leg and gauntlet boosters:

Sorry for the mess, I was also using those as references to how big I should make them once I start cutting them out. But they should get the idea across, does that help you out Vos?

Logged
Ib'tuur jatne tuur ash'ad kyr'amur!
(Today is a good day for someone else to die!)

Armor WIP thread: http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=52662.0

Weapon projects WIP thread
http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=55824.15

deviantArt
http://argnarock.deviantart.com/
Re: Integrated Jet Boosters/Thrusters?
« Reply #4 on: Jul 01, 2012, 01:17 PM »
Yeah, that looks way cooler than what I would have come up with. Cant wait to see you start building.

Logged

Sirus the Red


    *
  • *
  • 544
  • Now with OM status! #802 (Sy-rus, not Sir-ius!)
  • Awards Clan with the most recorded invasions in 2016/2017 Hard Contact - Clan with the most recorded invasions
Re: Integrated Jet Boosters/Thrusters?
« Reply #5 on: Jul 01, 2012, 01:48 PM »
Thanks, I'm actually going to an armor party today and will hopefully begin work on it. I'm still not entirely happy with the design though...

Also, if you want to see how the rest of the build is coming along, you can follow it through this link :
http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=52662.0

Logged
Ib'tuur jatne tuur ash'ad kyr'amur!
(Today is a good day for someone else to die!)

Armor WIP thread: http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=52662.0

Weapon projects WIP thread
http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=55824.15

deviantArt
http://argnarock.deviantart.com/

Sirus the Red


    *
  • *
  • 544
  • Now with OM status! #802 (Sy-rus, not Sir-ius!)
  • Awards Clan with the most recorded invasions in 2016/2017 Hard Contact - Clan with the most recorded invasions
Re: Integrated Jet Boosters/Thrusters?
« Reply #6 on: Aug 23, 2012, 11:32 AM »
Ok, so I actually have something tangible for my back plate integrated thrusters thing. Take a look:



I still have a bit of work I want to do to it. The openings you can see will have nozzles inserted into them, probably angled pvc joints. I don't want them pointed straight down, as I want them to give the look that they propel forward at great speed more than they lift up.

I also plan on shaping it enough so that it appears to conform to my back, but I don't want to shape it too much, for fear of the angles no longer being able to match up. The openings on the side facing up will be close, probably by adding sintra so that it slants down to my back. I'll also be adding some greeblies to it eventually, once I'm satisfied with the base of it. Thoughts?

Logged
Ib'tuur jatne tuur ash'ad kyr'amur!
(Today is a good day for someone else to die!)

Armor WIP thread: http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=52662.0

Weapon projects WIP thread
http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=55824.15

deviantArt
http://argnarock.deviantart.com/

Kered Taakure


    *
  • *
  • 344
  • Tal'galar par Aliit
Re: Integrated Jet Boosters/Thrusters?
« Reply #7 on: Aug 23, 2012, 12:10 PM »
This reminds me of the jetpack spartans from Halo Reach

Logged

Sirus the Red


    *
  • *
  • 544
  • Now with OM status! #802 (Sy-rus, not Sir-ius!)
  • Awards Clan with the most recorded invasions in 2016/2017 Hard Contact - Clan with the most recorded invasions
Re: Integrated Jet Boosters/Thrusters?
« Reply #8 on: Aug 23, 2012, 12:18 PM »
The Reach jetpacks have a vastly different design, but I'm glad it's reminiscent of other Sci-Fi jet packs!

Logged
Ib'tuur jatne tuur ash'ad kyr'amur!
(Today is a good day for someone else to die!)

Armor WIP thread: http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=52662.0

Weapon projects WIP thread
http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=55824.15

deviantArt
http://argnarock.deviantart.com/

TracynSenaar


    *
  • *
  • 194
  • Awards Award for 10 official invasions. Clan with the most recorded invasions in 2016/2017 Hard Contact - Clan with the most recorded invasions
Re: Integrated Jet Boosters/Thrusters?
« Reply #9 on: Aug 25, 2012, 09:36 PM »
So I might need a jetpack now too if I do this flamethrower thing.

Sirus the Red


    *
  • *
  • 544
  • Now with OM status! #802 (Sy-rus, not Sir-ius!)
  • Awards Clan with the most recorded invasions in 2016/2017 Hard Contact - Clan with the most recorded invasions
Re: Integrated Jet Boosters/Thrusters?
« Reply #10 on: Aug 25, 2012, 10:00 PM »
That's fine, we found some PVC joints at Lowes today that would certainly make a good starting point!

Logged
Ib'tuur jatne tuur ash'ad kyr'amur!
(Today is a good day for someone else to die!)

Armor WIP thread: http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=52662.0

Weapon projects WIP thread
http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=55824.15

deviantArt
http://argnarock.deviantart.com/

Karvas Dral


    *
  • 1245
  • Poodoo.
Re: Integrated Jet Boosters/Thrusters?
« Reply #11 on: Aug 25, 2012, 10:09 PM »
Be careful that it doesn't set fire to your cape!  :laugh:

Sirus the Red


    *
  • *
  • 544
  • Now with OM status! #802 (Sy-rus, not Sir-ius!)
  • Awards Clan with the most recorded invasions in 2016/2017 Hard Contact - Clan with the most recorded invasions
Re: Integrated Jet Boosters/Thrusters?
« Reply #12 on: Aug 25, 2012, 10:12 PM »
Thanks for the heads up ner'vod, but I made sure to have my nozzles low enough so that any fabric doesn't get lit up! I would also like to imagine that I would be smart enough to use flame-resistant fabric in any potential fire hazard areas.

Logged
Ib'tuur jatne tuur ash'ad kyr'amur!
(Today is a good day for someone else to die!)

Armor WIP thread: http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=52662.0

Weapon projects WIP thread
http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=55824.15

deviantArt
http://argnarock.deviantart.com/

Sirus the Red


    *
  • *
  • 544
  • Now with OM status! #802 (Sy-rus, not Sir-ius!)
  • Awards Clan with the most recorded invasions in 2016/2017 Hard Contact - Clan with the most recorded invasions
Re: Integrated Jet Boosters/Thrusters?
« Reply #13 on: Oct 18, 2012, 10:28 AM »
So I know we were all excited for that integrated jetpack/backplate design I was working on, but for right now that current design is being shelved. I just had too many mixed feelings on it, and I'll probably use it for my next kit after some more work on it, but for now I've moved on to a different design that I wanted to get some opinions on.

The inspiration for my new design struck in my parent's bathroom when I noticed one of these sitting in a corner:



I picked it up, turned it over, and thought about what it would like after I had trimmed some of it down. So I ran to the store and bought two, did some trimming, and taped them together to see what I had:



BAM! Sleek design, no bulk, and it would require minimum shaping to fit to my back. Now I just had to design a backplate to go with it...



So I decided to go with a segmented look to my back plates, and thought it would be cool to go with a "spine" design for the rest of my back armor, similar to what's seen on the N7 armor in Mass Effect 2 and 3. Here's a picture of what I mean:



Thoughts?

Logged
Ib'tuur jatne tuur ash'ad kyr'amur!
(Today is a good day for someone else to die!)

Armor WIP thread: http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=52662.0

Weapon projects WIP thread
http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=55824.15

deviantArt
http://argnarock.deviantart.com/

Kelan Ord


    *
  • *
  • *
  • *
  • *
  • 6165
  • Mando McConaughey
  • Awards 11+ Invasion Report Appearances Legends of Mandalore Brigade Mandalorian Protector Brigade Member Award for 25 official invasions. Order of the Ori'Ramikad
Re: Integrated Jet Boosters/Thrusters?
« Reply #14 on: Oct 18, 2012, 11:11 AM »
Awesome! The thrusters idea is great!!!

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