OK, so I'm working on a budget-ish chick version of Boba Fett, with the goal that it be ready by Halloween. Limited time and cash will be a challenge, but my enthusiasm will hopefully make up for some of that. Plus, not having to make it screen perfect will make life a lot easier on me.
one of the ref pics: http://www.spectre-studios.com/104_4200.jpg (David Johnson)
So far/the plan:
- um, hoping to get an off-cast or less-loved version from one of you lot; being a girl I have a smaller head and smaller frame than the average Boba connoisseur, so I might lean toward a Rubies (and repaint it) even though they don't look so hot.
Today I went on a Value Village (do you guys have that in the US?) raid and actually found some great pants for the bottom. They fit well but will need the addition of extra pouches, weathering etc. The colour is a khaki green but I'll have to test out bleaching on a scrap portion from them. They could stay the same colour and I could adapt the costume around them, orI could use them to make a pattern, since the fit is superb. At 5.99 they were basically the same price as a pattern!
so, also at value village, I found a small wetsuit that fits like a dream. It has the right amount of structure, stretchiness, etc. and I though I know I can't paint that neoprene, I could use it as a pattern if I could get neoprene in that colour (plus, I can use the wetsuit for surfing anyway!). Neoprene fabric would be a nice stable base in case the chest plates are heavy, but I'm worried about doing the seams on a regular sewing machine, and I don't know if it would come in the right colour. If it doesn't work out, I'll just make the pattern from the suit in something stretchy but non-neopreney. It might look good in canvas, but the fit would have to be so perfectly tailored and I don't think I'm capable of that yet.
Aiming to have the long sleeves (with the short-sleeve overlay), tall neck cuff, and crop just at the base of my rib cage, potentially with a longer back panel.
probably won't do the red, but will go ROTJ stylz with a shelter half or other distressed green canvas fabric.
all to be made of sintra/bondo/... or bought on the cheap from DH people; for the femm shapes, live casting would be ideal but I'm not set up for that. So instead, might use a female half-mannequin as others have done. Need all of:
- shoulder bells
- chest plates incl. gorget
- back plate
- knee covers
will just use some brown curtain braid from the fabric store.
Can't afford a 99centtaco special, though they are gorgeous. There are some $50 ones from evolution and costumebase. Not sure if there are any sig diffs between the two. [Haha I almost typed 'sig figs.' = Geek!]
I've got the base for the boots, which are pretty similar to the reference pic though I'll have to add piping and spikes.
I found some white ones and cream ones, lady-specific, at VV. Gotta add some grey patches and other details to make them more boba-y, as they are distinctly feminine and not very "bounty hunter" at present.
These seem key, but they could look really bad if I tried to scratch build them. Probably another kit to purchase. That, or find someone who has ones they aren't pleased with, and convince them to let go of them
- I bought a cool "Bakugan" toy that I think could be made into a thermal detonator easily enough: http://www.kookerkids.com/features/i...era_closed.jpg
- have some toy guns that I'll mash together into a blaster, but I can't seem to get hold of a Rebel Blaster (Hasbro) for parts since those Ebay folks won't ship a toy 'gun' across the border to Canada. It would have been nice to have for the barrel but I'll just scratch build that.
this one could be a scratch build. probably would go with cardboard/bondo; i might leave it until last as it is not critical though would be an awesome addition.
overall, lots to buy, build, and paint; I'll be in the Cargo Hold WTB'ing tonnes of stuff I'm sure, in the near future. Any advice graciously welcomed!