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TCW Deathwatch Grunt - Airborne
« on: Jan 09, 2014, 08:29 AM »
Hi all, I'm a 501st member and am just starting on this build, will be going for approval through the 501st and Mercs and thought I should put up a build thread here so I can get some feedback from the Mando experts :)

I'm building a Deathwatch Grunt from Season 5 of The Clone Wars. Season 4 & 5 diversified the generic season 2 grunt into 4 varieties - Infantry, Grapple, Torch and the one I will be doing, Airborne. (there were also a couple of Lieutenant versions and of course the Nite Owls as well)

Here's a few screenshots of the Airborne.







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Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt - Airborne
« Reply #1 on: Jan 09, 2014, 08:41 AM »
I purchased a Deathwatch armour kit from a supplier on the Bounty Hunters Guild detachment and it arrived the other day :)



Some of the parts for the costume aren't being made though so I've got to make them myself, such as the handplates with the dart housings and the rockets and console on the right gauntlet.

I decided to make a start on the handplates the other day.

Drew out the handplate as a template on cardboard.



Then decided that I had been a little conservative on the size, attempt #2



Comparison



Grabbed a spare piece of PVC left over from a previous project, heated and flattened out with the help of a piece of board and a random canister for a weight.





Then using the template drew the shape onto the PVC and cut out three copies.



Then glued all three together.



Then left overnight and proceeded to do much sanding and filing the following afternoon.



I got to this stage and decided that while it was taking shape (ish) I wasn't completely happy with the dimensions. It wasn't a complete failure but it was just not quite right and I decided to go back to the drawing board.

Version #3




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Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt - Airborne
« Reply #2 on: Jan 09, 2014, 08:49 AM »
The darts for the handplates arrived this morning before I got started, yay :)



Which did lead to a slight revision of the template as they were just a touch shorter than I had thought. (version #3.1)

Time for some more cutting and heating of PVC, I kept a little curve this time.



Taking a different approach this time.







Time for a nice hot cup of tea while the glue dried and then a third plate added top the top, used a thinner piece of pvc this time due to the size of the darts.



And then some filing/sanding.



The darts are just sitting there for now and need to have holes drilled for them but that will be later on after painting. The small "arms from the centre plate are there to act as guides for me when I fill in the spaces. Going for the build up approach as opposed to the shape down approach I tried yesterday. But it was getting late so I'm leaving the filling for tomorrow. Much happier with this result than yesterdays :)

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Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt - Airborne
« Reply #3 on: Jan 09, 2014, 08:56 AM »
Look's like you are off to a great start! 

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Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt - Airborne
« Reply #4 on: Jan 09, 2014, 09:02 AM »
Solid, solid start!!

I'll be watching this thread with interest!

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Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt - Airborne
« Reply #5 on: Jan 09, 2014, 02:40 PM »
Love the work on the handplates!  Keep up the good work!

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Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt - Airborne
« Reply #6 on: Jan 09, 2014, 03:42 PM »
Very Nice work Vod ;) Looks like you know what you are doing and i suspect that you have........ the Knack  :rolleyes:   ;D

I await more updates ;)

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Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt - Airborne
« Reply #7 on: Jan 09, 2014, 08:50 PM »
redoing the handplates was a good call. it's one of those little tweaks that'll make a big difference. looks real nice :)

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Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt - Airborne
« Reply #8 on: Jan 09, 2014, 09:27 PM »
Yeah this guy knows what he's doing scratch building ;)

Good work sir, I might make myself some similar handplates *strokes beard*

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Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt - Airborne
« Reply #9 on: Jan 09, 2014, 09:57 PM »
Thanks Vode :)

I scratch built a T-21 blaster rifle but this is my first attempt on armour components so hopefully it will all work out.

I will have some more pics soon hopefully.

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Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt - Airborne
« Reply #10 on: Jan 10, 2014, 01:14 AM »
Just... Wow. Such detail, if those hand plates are any indication, I think Niabi is right. You've got the knack.

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Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt - Airborne
« Reply #11 on: Jan 10, 2014, 04:08 AM »
Just... Wow. Such detail, if those hand plates are any indication, I think Niabi is right. You've got the knack.

Thank you :) lets just hope I can keep it going.

Here's the result of this afternoon's work.

Filled, filed and sanded. Details added.





The darts aren't permanently fixed as yet as they need to be removed before painting and it could do with a little more fine sanding but overall, I'm happy enough with this that I'm making a start on its twin  :)

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« Reply #12 on: Jan 10, 2014, 09:53 AM »
I think I know what my kit is missing... :o 8)
Looking good, vod!

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Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt - Airborne
« Reply #13 on: Jan 10, 2014, 01:52 PM »
that is just looking so cool ;)

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Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt - Airborne
« Reply #14 on: Jan 11, 2014, 01:42 AM »
I'm a little Jealous of how awesome these are.

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Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt - Airborne
« Reply #15 on: Jan 11, 2014, 02:20 AM »
Thanks everyone :) it's great to get feedback and know you're on the right track.

And here's today's effort, got out to the shed this morning before it really heated up here. It was 37 degrees Celsius (98.6 Fahrenheit) here at 9:00 this morning and it was 43 (109.4 F) by 12:00 when I finished up, not sure exactly what the temp inside the tin shed was though  :o



I didn't bother putting the darts in the second one as they were still in their packaging and would have to be taken out before painting anyway.

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Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt - Airborne
« Reply #16 on: Jan 11, 2014, 06:48 AM »
It was 47 (114) at the front of my place... I like my air con.

They're looking spot on mate. I know the darts were pre purchased, but I think going with chunkier ones would look a bit better and be slightly more accurate to the show. Same length, wider diameter. Course then you need someone with a lathe. OH WAIT

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Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt - Airborne
« Reply #17 on: Jan 11, 2014, 07:46 AM »
It was 47 (114) at the front of my place... I like my air con.

They're looking spot on mate. I know the darts were pre purchased, but I think going with chunkier ones would look a bit better and be slightly more accurate to the show. Same length, wider diameter. Course then you need someone with a lathe. OH WAIT

I've been thinking the same thing actually, although I don't actually have the lathe at the moment, although I do now have room in my shed for it :)

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« Reply #18 on: Jan 11, 2014, 09:29 AM »
I'm a little Jealous of how awesome these are.

I second Naroko'iss' jealousy... Awesome work on those hand plates, really can't wait to see the rest of this kit!

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Re: TCW Deathwatch Grunt - Airborne
« Reply #19 on: Jan 11, 2014, 02:47 PM »
 :o
Where do you guys live?? Monday it was like -40 here :-X

Also those handplates are looking fantastic 8)
Looking forward to the rest of this....any plans to maybe make more? :laugh:
I'm sure quite a lot of people would have some interest  ;D

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« Reply #20 on: Jan 11, 2014, 03:47 PM »
:o
Where do you guys live?? Monday it was like -40 here

Australia... It IS summer down below...!

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« Reply #21 on: Jan 11, 2014, 09:06 PM »
Australia... It IS summer down below...!

It IS indeed!

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« Reply #22 on: Jan 11, 2014, 09:14 PM »
Where did you get those darts?

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« Reply #24 on: Jan 12, 2014, 07:12 AM »
They're looking spot on mate. I know the darts were pre purchased, but I think going with chunkier ones would look a bit better and be slightly more accurate to the show. Same length, wider diameter. Course then you need someone with a lathe. OH WAIT

Ok vode, opinions please :)

As Pointoforigin said the darts in the screenshots are chunkier than the ones I'm using and that has been bugging me, so now having someone else voice the same concern I have made an attempt at making my own darts but I don't know if i am all that happy with the results.

Here is a pic of the dart I banged out this afternoon on the second handplate with the original next to it for reference. I have quickly photoshopped in the other three darts to see what it might look like with all of them in place.



and here is a shot of the dart by itself.



So, what do you think? Should I scrap it and try again? I'm kinda leaning that way, I think.

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