Long time surfing the forum, first time posting.
A small introduction:
I have been a fan of Boba Fett since I was a teenager. It's only been recently that I have felt confident to finally build my own costume and get it 501st approved. Before my wife, I had no idea about Cosplay. She was scared to tell me she was into cosplay when we started dating. When she finally told me, I thought it was cool. I have always been a nerd and she introduced me to her friends (one being in 501st already as Chewbacca and a Clone trooper), also to DragonCon in Atlanta, which has to be the one thing I look forward to each year. It's been 6 years since we met and just over 1 year into marrage. I have always been intimidated about making a costume for 501st and the prices I have seen to buy complete suit has been mindblowing. She finally convinced me that its not that bad and she would help out as much as she can.
After months of research and PM'ing and Emailing people in this forum about items, prices, accuracy, reliability, and differences in Pre-pro, Pre-pro2, ESB, RotJ, and RotJ SE, I have finally got a base of where to start and what my goals need to be.
I would like to build a RotJ 501st approved costume. I already pulled the trigger on armor from RKD a couple days ago, and a helmet from DVH. Which every arrives first is what I will start on. I feel that the armor is the most time consuming part being that the detail in damage has to be just right. I will either order my flight suit from Arklady or ladysewforus later on. Or I may just try and sew up my own, but right now I wanna focus on the armor and helmet.
My first question. I would like to start off with airbrushing. I am not familiar with stencils, and I can't find a good write up on how to do stencil on the armor. I got an idea of how I think it should be done, but I feel its the long way of doing it. If anyone has any good links or youtube vids that has helped them, would be awesome.
With all that said, I am really excited to begin. I will be gathering up all my paints and tools I will need before it anthing gets here. ALL SUGGESTIONS are welcome. I been reading the sticky threads about paints to use. I have done a little bit of paint work but nothing that requires the detail that needs to be for this. So still debating on how I will tackle this project. A lot of build threads I have read, but all I have seen is progress updates, no How-To's...
Thanks everyone so far that has been really helpful.