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Genessa Draltuur


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WIP Gen Draltuur *newbie* SV Mando
« on: Jun 28, 2015, 12:50 AM »
Hey all! I am still finalizing my conceptual design and I have some questions that will help me decide everything else since I want my pieces to all be interconnected.
I know the least about making helmets but I know for sure that I can't afford to buy a cast one so I'll have to make mine from scratch. That gives me a bit more freedom in the shapes I can do but I want to know what's acceptable!

Would this shape for the visor be acceptable? It's a poor drawing I know but the general idea is curved, almost like sunglasses.

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Re: WIP Gen Draltuur *newbie* SV Mando
« Reply #1 on: Jun 28, 2015, 02:25 AM »
A design like that should pass muster. The CRL states "Full T-shaped visor dark enough to obscure the wearer’s face." You'll find that there are a number of buckets with unconventional visors that are permitted, as long as they meet that condition.



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Re: WIP Gen Draltuur *newbie* SV Mando
« Reply #2 on: Jun 28, 2015, 03:40 PM »
Sweet thanks so much for the quick response, Vailin :)
Here's my second question (and I know this one is really a stretch) but does anyone know if the style below would definitely not get approved? The only CRL I think it may oppose is the second one for helmets, "Must LOOK like a Mandalorian helmet from the MODERN ERA."

I know it is just a rough sketch. The idea is that it still has a T-visor but is kind of a half helm with just fabric below to the collar plate, all the way around. It would need to be dark or obscuring fabric and probably heavy, I know.
My main goal is to be a good looking mando'ad so I thought of this idea but it seems kind of crazy. I just need someone to tell me that would definitely not get approved and then I can get my mind off it :)
Thanks!

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Re: WIP Gen Draltuur *newbie* SV Mando
« Reply #3 on: Jun 28, 2015, 05:13 PM »
Hit one of the App team with a PM.  They can give you a definitive answer.

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Re: WIP Gen Draltuur *newbie* SV Mando
« Reply #4 on: Jun 28, 2015, 05:38 PM »
We have members with fabric attached to their helmets, but they still maintain the full helmet. I know there is one member going to do something similar with the fabric going into the cheeks and around the base of the helmet instead of making a half helm.

Asking the App Team is a definite way to get the Yea or Nay, they do respond to PMs and through their Q&A board (http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?board=420.0).

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Re: WIP Gen Draltuur *newbie* SV Mando
« Reply #5 on: Jul 05, 2015, 01:35 AM »
A few updates!
  • The app team got back to me and my half helm idea with fabric for the lower half wouldn't get accepted so I get to make a full helm.
  • I bought a sleeved shirt and cut it into a vest, attached a zipper and button, became a seamstress, and used a sleeve to make a velcro neck wrap to cover up that area! It's not featured in the pictures below but the vest is.
  • I completed paper templates of my torso and thigh armor to size, just to see how they would fit together and look on me. Any sizing advice? They aren't perfectly spaced in the picture because they were pinned onto my vest rapidly. I was excited :)
  • My boyfriend started making armor as well! He has wanted to do it for longer but never had enough motivation to start. We made our duct tape dummies together, see below!! You can check out his WIP here! [once he makes it i will link it here]


check out my Shonare Vhekalda shoulder bell logo! :) so prepared.

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Re: WIP Gen Draltuur *newbie* SV Mando
« Reply #6 on: Jul 05, 2015, 02:27 AM »
It's better if you don't pose but I think the sizing is good for the chest plates. Make sure you get a collar so that you know where the chest plates will be, maybe make the ab piece a bit thicker to follow the same line as the bottom of the chest plates and make the shoulders a bit bigger in my opinion.

Russiya (I think that's how it's spelled) has made a helmet with a leather piece running down similar to a snowtrooper that you may want to take a look at that.

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Re: WIP Gen Draltuur *newbie* SV Mando
« Reply #7 on: Jul 05, 2015, 04:32 AM »
I'm a big fan of heavy armor.  The more coverage, the better!  So with that in mind, I'd suggest you take a look at the thigh plates.  You'll more than likely want some coverage on the front of your thighs.  Also, your shoulder bells could stand to be wider, I think.  That being said, I think this is a very nice start.

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Re: WIP Gen Draltuur *newbie* SV Mando
« Reply #8 on: Jul 08, 2015, 03:43 AM »
I agree. Those shoulders seem a bit slim. I might be wrong, but maybe the ab plate could do to be shortened? [see signature]
The visor should definitely be fine. I like the overall design! the shape is looking unique and very stylish! good start!!  :D

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Re: WIP Gen Draltuur *newbie* SV Mando
« Reply #9 on: Jul 09, 2015, 03:18 PM »
Interesting styling so far, definitely need to go bigger with that shoulder plate. As mentioned before when checking for sizing try to have as neutral a stance as possible, I know it's super exciting!

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« Reply #10 on: Aug 21, 2015, 06:25 PM »
Su'cuy! Sorry for my inactivity, I had a busy summer :)
Can anyone advise me on the spacing and size of my plates [images below]?
I tried to stand as straight as possible this time for everyone's benefit and now I think I just need to work on my posture! Lol
Note to Havelock: I didn't increase the size of my thigh plates yet but I wanted them in the pictures so that these pictures will have my most complete WIP mando.

And I understand the plates aren't all straight and probably need to be adjusted.

above: My left pauldrons probably look weird. The idea is that I have a shoulder bell and additionally a smaller piece sticking out horizontally because I'm a fan of asymmetry.

above: I'm planning on having a thigh length cape that appears to have been ripped diagonally so my back will have some coverage. However to follow the CRL's I know I need a back plate as well! I was unsure how big to make it and also whether to cover more of my upper or lower back.

above: I'm not set on that collar plate by any means. By that I mean I kind of hate it but it offers the most coverage. Any suggestions are welcome! :)

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Re: WIP Gen Draltuur *newbie* SV Mando
« Reply #11 on: Aug 21, 2015, 07:28 PM »
The general rule of thumb for collars is that they should almost be choking you.  So you should pull it up about an inch or so.  That being said, I like the shape of it.  It flows really well with the chest plates - which have a very nice shape, by the way.  I really like the look of them.  The ab plate looks really nice, just long. It should end around your navel. 

The spacing on everything looks really nice, by the way, so if you pull up the collar and pull the rest of the plates up to match, shave off the ab to about your navel, this will look pretty darn good.

Now for the back plate, it'll definitely need to be bigger.  As per the CRLs, 2/3 of your back should be covered.  The shape looks fine, it just needs to be bigger.  And I'm a big fan of asymmetry, so different sized shoulder bells are fine.  Although they still look a bit small.   ;)

Overall, this is looking really good.  Keep up the good work, vod.

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Re: WIP Gen Draltuur *newbie* SV Mando
« Reply #12 on: Aug 21, 2015, 08:36 PM »
I don't think the problem with the collar is it's placement, because the high edge in the middle is right at the collar on your shirt the issue is the shape...the sides are too narrow & the design of the neck area should be more of a half circle, not a square...with those changes, I think the collar will be fine.

Spacing looks pretty good too & I'm really diggin the custom plate design.

Also per CRLs, if you have a cape that covers your back, you don't NEED a back plate, although most of us do it anyway.

...now for some bad...I would suggest rethinking the purple design on your chest armor, it's VERY similar to another one of our Mando's here & Arizona. Check out Mesh'la Buruk's kit...your a little too close for comfort

Other than that, I'd say you're coming along beautifully...keep up the good work & if you have any questions message me, that's what I'm here for!

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Re: WIP Gen Draltuur *newbie* SV Mando
« Reply #13 on: Aug 22, 2015, 04:06 PM »
Remember to cut a little bigger, once you start bending plates they will change on you, easier to cut stuff off than to lose what you have and start over. Especially around the bottom of the chest plates - especially for women. Unless you are fiberglassing them directly from a duck tape or packaging tape dummy.

That said the only huge problem I see thus far is that your back plate MAY BE a bit too small - mostly lengthwise.

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Re: WIP Gen Draltuur *newbie* SV Mando
« Reply #14 on: Aug 30, 2015, 09:10 PM »
Thanks everyone for the advice on sizing, spacing, and even design!

I have redone my collar according to your advice and those images are on the way. In the meantime I finished my lower plates and I'm looking for some OM critiques. I don't even know if these shapes are allowed on thighs, knees and shins but it's what I had in my head when I set out to make my mando. I understand if I should stick with the templates, just let me know!

Also those black boots are what I'm hoping to actually use and attach to my plates. Any suggestions about the actual footwear itself? I really like them but I can get more combat-style boots if necessary.
Here are my lower plates from five angles:


Here is a close up because the lighting was a little weird in the top 5:


Lastly, for Naasad and my future clan I redesigned my planned pattern to differentiate myself from another mando. Here is my new proposed design with the colors I'm hoping to use! And ignore the multiple capes :)

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