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 Armour Planning & WIP for 2 of us

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Syko Voss


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Re: Armour Planning & WIP for 2 of us
« Reply #360 on: Jul 07, 2016, 01:52 PM »
A follow-up post for another day (so I'm not double-posting!) :)

Ages ago I bought a sheet of waterslide decal paper that I thought might come in handy for creating decals for our kits.  Now that we're OM's I decided to give it a try and see whether it would work for us, and whether it would be any good for putting the clan markings on our shoulders.

So, I broke out Illustrator and did a couple of vector versions of the clan logo, sized for our respective shoulders, did a couple of colour variations to see what would work when the paper was used as a decal.

(The paper's great - print onto it with your printer, let the ink dry for 30 minutes, then 3 coats of clear coate 15 minutes apart, leave over night = page of customised waterslide decals...)



Anyways, rapidly discovered that the clan logos weren't going to work for us as the underlying transparency means the colours don't hold up against a dark background (you can get paper where the white stays white on the decal, but this paper the decal is transparent and relies upon the ink for all its colour)



But, where the paper really shone was in small decals - Mandalorian letters and numbers that represent our OM # and our characters' first names...









I'll weather these in with a few intentional scratches, a bit of dirt wash and a clearcoat.

As for the clan logos, I'll do them now 'the old fashioned way' with a stencil and spray paint, but this was a worthwhile exercise since the paper only cost a few pence and it's definitely a good way of getting nice clean lettering and symbols.

Right, back to sewing tonight - to finish off the custom helmet bags or else we'll be wearing our buckets in the car to Celebration...

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Re: Armour Planning & WIP for 2 of us
« Reply #361 on: Jul 07, 2016, 03:19 PM »
Love those decals Vod.

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Re: Armour Planning & WIP for 2 of us
« Reply #362 on: Jul 07, 2016, 05:29 PM »
I actually really like the faded out look from the clan logo you've got there. Not what you were after for that, but definitely a nice effect when used where you want that sort of look.

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Re: Armour Planning & WIP for 2 of us
« Reply #363 on: Jul 11, 2016, 12:41 PM »
Yep - can really recommend the decal paper - here's what I bought: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B006DDK0OY 1 sheet for 1.45

One thing I didn't use it for but should have would be decals on my gauntlet keypad...only occurred to me once I'd printed the whole sheet out and cut it into bits!
But definitely the way to do lettering and complex, accurate details, things on the side of Rebel Pilot helmets, etc.

The approach I eventually took was this one...

Masking tape on the plates, then glued print outs on top with some contact glue...



FRESH knife blade to cut the whole thing out...



Spray, remove tape, curse at the layers of paint the masking tape lifted...

(I'm beginning to think this may be a side-effect of the salt weathering - despite getting a good scrubbing with soap and water, the hairspray used to fix the salt is creating a thin barrier between the coloured paints and the silver which weakens the grip on the top coats.  Add masking tape and it lifts the top coats in a few random, but annoying places.)



Touch up the missing bits of paint...



Dirt wash and clearcoat it...



(Anyone on the App Team that has to deal with UMs wanting to put the clan sigil on before app, worrying about weathering, etc, feel free to point them to this post! ;) )

For the rest of the weekend, I broke out the soldering iron and made a couple of USB-powered fans for mounting in the helmets.



...and spent many hours working on tiny tweaks to our kits, practicing the whole dance routine of the two of us getting kitted up together at the same time as well as sewing both padding for our immense armour crate and a couple of helmet bags so we can get everything to Celebration in LESS THAN 4 DAYS!

Still have a list of minor 'To Dos' as long as my arm to be completed before Friday morning, but as long as I 'Stay on Target' I'm sure we'll be fine.


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Re: Armour Planning & WIP for 2 of us
« Reply #364 on: Jul 12, 2016, 12:06 PM »
...and the prep for Celebration continues...

Finally finished two custom helmet bags...



2m of material, some filler, a circle of card to give the base a little more resilience and repurposed the webbing from an old laptop bag strap.  Learned how to sew button holes on the bag for my helmet - to allow two of the antennae to poke out of the top of the lid!

(These took a lot longer than anticipated - the fabric is lightweight, water resistant but really tough, which meant lots of opportunities for the sewing machine to jam at the most inopportune times and a few meters of hand-sewing that I swear has improved my grip strength by 500%!)

More tiny details and tweaks to address tonight as the Countdown to Celebration continues!


ADDITIONAL UPDATE 13 July:

Added a grey Wookiee braid after this thread popped up about us older members of the MMC...



And to stop my carbine sliding off my shoulder (despite the sling being attached in the same way as Boba's) I turned the sling into a 3-point one by adding an extra strap that goes from my right shoulder, across my chest to my left shoulder...




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Re: Armour Planning & WIP for 2 of us
« Reply #365 on: Jul 13, 2016, 12:20 PM »
Very nice vod! Love the wookie braid! I read the link, love the idea behind it! :)

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Re: Armour Planning & WIP for 2 of us
« Reply #366 on: Jul 14, 2016, 03:09 PM »
Thanks Den - I understand it'll be a while before you join the Grey Brigade ...yep, Zolar made it a thing!

Just sharing a link to Jayne's blogspot where she blogs her take on our first year becoming OMs...


http://jp2mk.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/star-wars-celebration.html

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Re: Armour Planning & WIP for 2 of us
« Reply #367 on: Jul 14, 2016, 04:22 PM »
Thanks Den - I understand it'll be a while before you join the Grey Brigade ...yep, Zolar made it a thing!

Just sharing a link to Jayne's blogspot where she blogs her take on our first year becoming OMs...


http://jp2mk.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/star-wars-celebration.html

I'm not sure what the age requirements are ,but I'm sure at least another 23 years if it starts at 40. 33 if it starts at 50. :) But I plan on still being an active member then.

I checked out the blog, it looks good vod! :)

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Re: Armour Planning & WIP for 2 of us
« Reply #368 on: Jul 14, 2016, 05:17 PM »
Thanks! You'll see why I had to give Jayne the option of mouse ears now! ;)

Last minute running around doing stuff on the computer...

Finally got the iPod slideshow set up and working in my chest plate...



Added a couple of elastic straps to guarantee it doesn't slip out during trooping...



Created slideshows for our gauntlets digital photo frames...





Here are the 128x128 pixel images I cooked together for it mashing up bits of Google imagery.







(I had to include a Lothcat in there at the end, sorry...)

Right - it's 22:15 here in the UK.  Time to start packing for the big drive to London tomorrow and the culmination of the journey I began over a year ago - two Mandalorian costumes to go cosplaying at our first convention together....wow, what a ride it's been so far!



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Re: Armour Planning & WIP for 2 of us
« Reply #369 on: Jul 14, 2016, 05:32 PM »
Wow!! Both those kits are extremely awesome!!! Congrats on your OM
A follow-up post for another day (so I'm not double-posting!) :)
So if you wait a day you post rather than just edit your other post? I ask cause my WIP sank to page two and I'm adding stuff but people probably won't see it :( Have fun at celebration!

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Re: Armour Planning & WIP for 2 of us
« Reply #370 on: Jul 14, 2016, 06:41 PM »
Thanks.

With the double posting thing - I've always taken it in the spirit that I believe it's meant in - don't post multiple times during a day and spam the feeds, but sometimes if no comments have been added and a few days have gone by then it's okay - especially if you're posting a sufficiently different update to what you posted before.

I could be wrong, but that's the way I've approached it and I haven't managed to tick anyone off yet! ;)

Re: Armour Planning & WIP for 2 of us
« Reply #371 on: Jul 14, 2016, 07:29 PM »
Mate. It's like you got OM and went mental with your build! the detailing is excellent, well done!!

Love the loth cat btw! made me chuckle haha

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Re: Armour Planning & WIP for 2 of us
« Reply #372 on: Jul 14, 2016, 08:41 PM »
Mate. It's like you got OM and went mental with your build! the detailing is excellent, well done!!

Love the loth cat btw! made me chuckle haha
That's the way it's supposed to go Vod.

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Re: Armour Planning & WIP for 2 of us
« Reply #374 on: Jul 22, 2016, 05:23 PM »
Seriously.......seriously dying from the awesomeness.... :o :o :o

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