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SkiBlue Armor Concept
« on: Sep 11, 2015, 11:53 AM »
I think I have a solid enough idea to start getting feedback on it.

This armor set is based off a strong character concept I've had since I was a teenager. Her Mando name would be Zamira Kelborn (as long as it's okay to use actual clan names). In a nutshell, she is an infiltrator for hire. She's much more versatile than an assassin or a saboteur. While she does take on those kinds of jobs, she's also extremely skilled at retrieval, hacking, gathering information, "relocating" goods... you get the idea. She specializes in taking on "dirty" underhanded jobs for higher class citizens of the galaxy that deal with their political games and gossip.

For the hard pieces, her armor is based off the modern style, obviously only wearing the light armament. She would add simple thigh plates, something that wouldn't impede upon her movement. I love the Night Owl/Sabine Wren style helmet; she'll be wearing Sabine style, since it seems sleeker than the Night Owl version (as long as that's allowed). For her gauntlets, they would have useful items built into them: a short range comm/sensor jammer, a small hacking system, a small grappling line, or other useful tools of the trade (ideas still forthcoming).

For the soft pieces, she would wear a close-fitting flightsuit and vest, with soft-soled boots (for quiet footsteps and ease of movement) and fabric shin wraps. She'd have a small girth/utility belt over a thin sash with a small loin cloth (she'd still wear the cod piece underneath). She can't decide between a scarf or a cowl/scarf hybrid (again, she'd still wear the back and collar pieces of the armor). Her fingers must be covered, so full gloves under the gauntlets.

For her weapons, she likes the Relby K23 blaster pistol and the Verpine Shatter as a silent weapon. She can't decide between a beskad or a stun baton for her melee, though leaning toward stun baton (I haven't seen many of those).

While she specializes in covert operations, she doesn't like all black. Her color palate would be black, gunmetal/charcoal grey, burgundy, and gold. Here is a look at the colors together:



We're still working on the paint scheme for the full armor set (yes, it's a joint effort; she's not going to wear it if she doesn't like it). I'll post pictures of some ideas when I get them finished (still working on them).

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Re: 1st Armor Concept
« Reply #1 on: Sep 11, 2015, 01:42 PM »
Really like those colors. Looking forward to seeing a sketch of what you're thinking for the rest!

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Re: 1st Armor Concept
« Reply #2 on: Sep 11, 2015, 04:53 PM »
I like it.  I think it's well thought out.  Looking forward to seeing it come together.

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Re: 1st Armor Concept
« Reply #3 on: Sep 11, 2015, 11:57 PM »
That looks pretty awesome.  Can't wait to see more.

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Re: 1st Armor Concept
« Reply #4 on: Sep 14, 2015, 10:10 AM »
Okay, I want to share the problem that I've been having with a paint/color scheme of the kit.



This is the bare bones color scheme that I was thinking. Dark gunmetal for the base soft pieces, black for smaller spots (gloves, boots, belt). The armor pieces will be made primarily of the darker burgundy color. I made some smaller pieces gold, but I was hoping to come up with an over-arching paint design for all the armor pieces. Obviously, the helmet will have a different paint design on it, since it's the Sabine-style helm (working on a photo of it atm). Another thing I was thinking: would it be allowed to have a pearlescent paint on the armor pieces? The husband made the suggestion, thinking that it might give it that sci-fi appearance of armor that was able to subtly change its color tone. Obviously, it'd be the burgundy and gold combo, but I thought it would be interesting.

The (hopefully) obvious issue that I'm having with the above set-up is this: what color do I make the added soft pieces (sash, loin cloth, shin wraps that aren't pictured yet, and scarf/cowl, represented by cape)? Honestly, I think the lighter burgundy kind of clashes with the armor pieces. If I used a light, slightly transparent fabric, it might be passable, but I'm not feeling it. I was thinking about using a black color (not quite full black) with burgundy accents. I'll try to get a photo of what that looks like when I have it done. But that's the only solution I could think of, besides gold, which I'm not sure how I feel about that either.

Hopefully, I can come up with a complete sketch here by the end of the week.

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Re: 1st Armor Concept
« Reply #5 on: Sep 15, 2015, 01:45 AM »
Looking forward to you build, love your color selection

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Re: 1st Armor Concept
« Reply #6 on: Sep 16, 2015, 02:28 AM »
As far as I'm aware, a slight pearlescence should be ok. You'll want an App Team member to weigh in to be sure.

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Re: 1st Armor Concept
« Reply #7 on: Sep 17, 2015, 12:27 PM »
Thanks for the feedback, guys! I'm glad to hear the color selection is appealing; it was a bit of a random combination that I found trying to decide which colors to pick. They've definitely grown on me.

I discovered a solution to my own problem about the color combination. I did say she didn't like ALL black, but that doesn't mean she can't use it with the others. So the additional soft pieces will end up being black. I've got another basic color scheme with the added shin wraps on it from the Mando Maker:



I think the black fits on the soft pieces. I'm probably going to go with a soft shade of black or something, but that'll depend on the fabrics I end up finding. I've added a darker gray to several pieces, so the basic suit isn't so... bland. And here's a paint idea for the helmet:



Depending on the overall paint design I decide on, that helmet design might change, but we'll have to see. That's the ONLY thing I cannot decide on. I'm still liking the pearlescence idea. I'm also thinking about using a metallic gunmetal gray color as a base instead of a silver that would show up with the weathering.

Complete sketch is in the making...

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Re: 1st Armor Concept
« Reply #8 on: Sep 23, 2015, 09:27 AM »
Okay, I've got a completed concept sketch done and inked. Since hands and feet are the hardest things for me to draw, I've left them out; I didn't think that she needed them to get the full armor concept across. >.<



I didn't add color, as I already know what colors go where (for the most part). I guess that it's a matter of details now, like the design of the vest and flightsuit, how to do the extra soft pieces, and finalizing a design for the gauntlets. I'll worry about the paint scheme when I get there.

Let me know what you guys think!

Re: 1st Armor Concept
« Reply #9 on: Sep 23, 2015, 10:29 AM »
This is looking good! I like the idea of the pearlescent paint scheme. I imagine while she's infiltrating, the armour morphs to her surrounding (similar to the octocamo from MGS4) but in between missions, when she's spending her hard-earned cash, it turns to purple and gold. I would certainly run it by a member of the apps team before painting anything, though.

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Re: 1st Armor Concept
« Reply #10 on: Sep 23, 2015, 11:16 AM »
This is looking good! I like the idea of the pearlescent paint scheme. I imagine while she's infiltrating, the armour morphs to her surrounding (similar to the octocamo from MGS4) but in between missions, when she's spending her hard-earned cash, it turns to purple and gold. I would certainly run it by a member of the apps team before painting anything, though.

Metal Gear Solid is a major influence on this character concept and armor. I was about to start doing some hard research to figure out details. And that's exactly the thought I had in mind with the pearlescent paint! Even walking around normally, it would shift colors, so it gives the imagination that "oh snap, she blends in" effect. I had the idea to do a basic paint scheme and then have another set of armor on the side painted in pearlescent for fun, if it's not approvable.

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Re: 1st Armor Concept
« Reply #11 on: Sep 23, 2015, 02:38 PM »
I cannot WAIT to see you build this!  Get on in it!   :laugh:

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Re: 1st Armor Concept
« Reply #12 on: Sep 23, 2015, 02:48 PM »
Very nice, vod! I like the palette choices and the head scarf (I think that is what you're referring to) idea. It will add a lot to the look. I look forward to seeing it all put together!

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Re: 1st Armor Concept
« Reply #13 on: Sep 24, 2015, 09:45 AM »
I cannot WAIT to see you build this!  Get on in it!   :laugh:

You don't have to tell me twice! :) I'm really excited to get started. Probably going to start with soft parts, as I've got a good deal of sewing experience already and have all the tools for it.

Very nice, vod! I like the palette choices and the head scarf (I think that is what you're referring to) idea. It will add a lot to the look. I look forward to seeing it all put together!

Thanks! I didn't want to go full cape, but I love the idea of a helmet cowl and LOVE scarves (Kamen Rider, red scarf of justice!), so I'm just gonna try to combine the two.

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Re: 1st Armor Concept
« Reply #14 on: Oct 03, 2015, 09:38 AM »
Both Eman'melo and Naas Falco have colorchanging paint, so you should be good to go ;D  I have heard that it is VERY difficult to apply properly, fyi.

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