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 Mercy - A Togruta rears it's fearsome head...the painting begins...

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Hey all.

Well, I'm ready to dive in headlong...
This is by far the most complex part of my build, so I'm sure the going will be slow. I appreciate all of your feedback and suggestions along the way.

I have an old HBF that I butchered a few years ago, so that will be the dome for this build. The interior was fiberglassed for rigidity, and the face and ears had been completely removed, so first steps are to build a custom face.

I curved a piece of sintra around the entire front and drew the shapes for the tee and cheeks. Obviously, there is no template available for this shape, so the cheek pieces were created from scratch...rough cut with thick paper, trim, fit, re-shape, step back and look, scratch head, throw out and start over, rough cut, trim.....repeat as necessary. You wouldn't think that cheeks could be so tricky to get just right.





You might have noticed from the other threads, but I love a thick, dimensional look to everything. So another full piece of sintra was laminated on to the first layer.



Once the adhesives cure, the final shape of the tee gets trimmed out, exposing the cheeks underneath. Then apoxie sculpt to fill and smooth.
Once I can confirm that polyester resin will not melt sintra, I'll lay a quick layer on the inside to stiffen up the whole thing. I hate warped helmets, so I'm going a bit overboard to make sure that doesn't happen.

I also planned ahead for the visor, making sure that there would be a 1/2" flat flange all around the tee cutout to make sure it will mount flat and even.
Face should be done by tomorrow night (hopefully), then on to the montrals/lekku. Here's a hint of the next steps coming up...





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Re: Mercy - Starting on the helmet
« Reply #1 on: Jul 24, 2015, 01:41 AM »
As always- lovely job. It seems like the visor-T will be fairly narrow compared to the usual buckets.

I'll be watching this one with interest. I find your lamination techniques to be very inspiring :)

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Re: Mercy - Starting on the helmet
« Reply #2 on: Jul 24, 2015, 11:18 AM »
Very nice! I like the lekku/montrals detail and you're off to s fantastic start!

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« Reply #3 on: Jul 26, 2015, 01:21 AM »
I think your ideas are genius. I'm actually thinking of just buying a large boba fett helmet and bondo-ing the crap out of it.

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Re: Mercy - Starting on the helmet
« Reply #4 on: Jul 26, 2015, 01:27 AM »
Holy crap dude. This looks awesome so far, keep it up and you'll be a real Togruta in no time.

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Re: Mercy - Starting on the helmet
« Reply #5 on: Jul 26, 2015, 02:10 AM »
OK, lots of work done today on the kit, but mostly little detail work underneath the hood, so not very exciting.
But, here's a little of what's going on...

Exposed the cheeks today. The photos don't show the cool little difference between now and yesterday...but you can trust me :)
Only stinker is that I'm super anal-retentive about things, and I noticed that there is a height difference between the left and right cheeks of about 3/32" which throws the curves off a touch. Gotta build one side up just a hair to make them match.

 

The horns began as a substructure of foam-core. This way I could make the left and right sides identical. (yes I'm picky about symmetry lol!)
I then wrapped then in paper strips and stuffed them with poly fill to force them into a round shape.
Tomorrow they will get a coat of fiberglass to make them rigid. I hate using bondo, but I'm pretty sure there will be no way to avoid it.



Once the horns are finished and attached, that paper triangle in the middle will become a sintra layer used as a base for an akul-tooth "trophy".
I Keep thinking about animal trophies fitting with Togruta culture, but they clash with my backstory/personality, so these ideas may change.


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Re: Mercy - Starting on the helmet
« Reply #6 on: Jul 26, 2015, 06:45 AM »
Loving the idea and its looking great so far. Although filling the horn section with polyfilla is going to make them extremely heavy depending on the weight of the rest of the helmet might make it slide off to one side.

Have you thought about using expanding foam instead? Can spray it in the gaps and cut away at the excess, it's also much lighter than filler.

Edit: just re read and saw that you have already done that section, how did it turn out?

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Re: Mercy - Starting on the helmet
« Reply #7 on: Jul 26, 2015, 09:35 AM »
instead of bondo try Apoxie Sculpt.  It's a 2 part putty that is oderless and fumeless so it can be used inside safely.  it's also very easy to smooth (just a bit of water) and has a 2-3 hour working time once mixed together.

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Re: Mercy - Starting on the helmet
« Reply #8 on: Jul 26, 2015, 01:30 PM »
Loving the idea and its looking great so far. Although filling the horn section with polyfilla is going to make them extremely heavy depending on the weight of the rest of the helmet might make it slide off to one side.

I think we're talking about two different things. This polyfill is an ultra-fine nylon "fluff" that weighs about 2 pounds to fill a garbage bag. :)

I just started working with apoxie sculpt (it's the gray stuff in the seams of the cheek parts). I have yet to try it on anything bigger...I'll give it a shot.

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Re: Mercy - Starting on the helmet
« Reply #9 on: Jul 26, 2015, 03:00 PM »
Vod, I've said it before and I'll say it again.  You are absolutely, totally, completely, bat-osik insane!  And I cannot WAIT to see this bucket finished!  :laugh:

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Re: Mercy - Starting on the helmet
« Reply #10 on: Jul 26, 2015, 03:36 PM »
Vod, I've said it before and I'll say it again.  You are absolutely, totally, completely, bat-osik insane!  And I cannot WAIT to see this bucket finished!  :laugh:

Lol! I'll take that as a compliment :)

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Re: Mercy - Starting on the helmet
« Reply #11 on: Jul 26, 2015, 07:11 PM »
I think we're talking about two different things. This polyfill is an ultra-fine nylon "fluff" that weighs about 2 pounds to fill a garbage bag. :)

I just started working with apoxie sculpt (it's the gray stuff in the seams of the cheek parts). I have yet to try it on anything bigger...I'll give it a shot.

Could you post details on the "polyfill" you mentioned.  Like to look into it.  Thanks

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Re: Mercy - Starting on the helmet
« Reply #12 on: Jul 26, 2015, 07:45 PM »
WalMart craft section...near the pillow foam.
Poly-Fill polyester fiber fill (for stuffing pillows, teddy bears, etc.)
It looks like a plastic bag filled with a huge cotton ball.


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Re: Mercy - Starting on the helmet
« Reply #14 on: Aug 01, 2015, 09:07 PM »
Let me say this....

I LOVE APOXIE SCULPT!!

It's a pleasure to work with.

Horns formed and now being molded to the helmet. I had to epoxy a bolt into each horn and holes in the helmet to secure them in place while I did the work, But overall I'm very pleased with how it's going.

Next step is to finish shaping the horns, getting them perfectly symmetrical, and applying a smooth finish.
I haven't decided whether to make them real horns poking through the helmet, or the helmet formed over the horns. I suppose I won't know until I see how it evolves.

What do you think?


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