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Adenn Gra'Tuar Early Crusader Force Hunter WIP build (1st kit)

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    Adenn Gra'Tuar Early Crusader Force Hunter WIP build (1st kit)

    This is the thread for my armor kit.

    Here is the sketch for my build, so far. Whats on paper will most likely transform via availability of materials and interest...but the concept is there:




    Humanoid mandalorian force hunter, early crusader era.
    Taozin armor plating.
    Scalped padawan braids, crushed/cleaved lightsabers & lightsaber crystal trophies.
    creature skull shoulder plates
    leather cape/codcloth
    Crushgaunts
    shin-to-knee full plates


    flight suit:





    tonight is a work night for the armor and suit. might be going with a slimmer version of the helmet, a scratch fiberglass molded version, as I have all this cloth, resin and mold-release wax on hand and a little time on my hands...I'm thinking something more head shaped...might use a lacrosse helmet as a base, with a little adjustment to resize it to my dome, but at least it already mostly covers the head in a snug and slimmed down fashion. and has some forms to it that aren't just straight lines...

    - - - Updated - - -

    Here's what little I was able to get done, after giving up on messing with a scratch built. Just too many variables and not enough time to invest...
    So I goto work on the bought bucket, taking out the panels:




    and here's a sneak at what will replace said panels...



    possibly more work tomorrow, depending on schedule...

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    Re: Adenn Gra'Tuar Early Crusader Force Hunter WIP build (1st kit)

    minor glassing inside, so I can get to work on it later, with less trouble with the two halves coming apart...


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    Re: Adenn Gra'Tuar Early Crusader Force Hunter WIP build (1st kit)

    That look cool Mr, I like the idea of a Mando force hunter. Looking forward to your progress pics Brother



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    Re: Adenn Gra'Tuar Early Crusader Force Hunter WIP build (1st kit)

    forming contours on hardest part of the bucket...


    and glassed

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    Re: Adenn Gra'Tuar Early Crusader Force Hunter WIP build (1st kit)

    right shoulder armor work...getting the basic form before contour wire work...




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    Re: Adenn Gra'Tuar Early Crusader Force Hunter WIP build (1st kit)

    Next phase in helmet contour work is the cheek and the browline


    Also more contour forming for left shoulder armor



    Last edited by AdennGraTuar; Apr 10, 2014 at 12:46 AM.

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    Re: Adenn Gra'Tuar Early Crusader Force Hunter WIP build (1st kit)

    cool. guy.
    Esky Heli Tools

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    Re: Adenn Gra'Tuar Early Crusader Force Hunter WIP build (1st kit)

    Sorry about the crap pic links. Fixed them.


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    Re: Adenn Gra'Tuar Early Crusader Force Hunter WIP build (1st kit)

    more contour forming for left shoulder armor





    picked up some pvc and a 2x12x4' hunk of cedar for gun stocks...Going to be doing double duty pretty soon and start building a modern kit with the same character base, just flash forward a few thousand years.

    Last bit of contour work for the mask before I go on to work on the helmet and armor...hard to make out the curves and forms, but it looks awesome and better than the drawing by far...the visor will have to be wider on the "l" as the width has increased due to the form of the half skull nose...







    ****BUILD UPDATE - 04102014****

    Just ordered my shade 5 green visor from Airgas, as I am in need of a custom shape due to the width of the vertical bar. Also got some form work done for the top of the bucket, but nothing glassed. Next step is glassing the top and shoulder armor, as well as resin jelly work on the mask.

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    Re: Adenn Gra'Tuar Early Crusader Force Hunter WIP build (1st kit)

    Looking forward to more progress ! It's coming along nicely ! keep up the great work

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    Re: Adenn Gra'Tuar Early Crusader Force Hunter WIP build (1st kit)

    Wire form work for most of the bucket, before I attach the horns.






    glassing tonight.

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    Re: Adenn Gra'Tuar Early Crusader Force Hunter WIP build (1st kit)

    wow. I'm interested to see where this is going. I really like what you're doing so far!
    Keep up the great work!
    -ghost

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    Re: Adenn Gra'Tuar Early Crusader Force Hunter WIP build (1st kit)

    GhostDarAvode said: View Post
    wow. I'm interested to see where this is going. I really like what you're doing so far!
    Keep up the great work!
    -ghost
    Thank You, vod! This is what I have accomplished in the last hour:

    Glass work begun





    Next is the armor

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    Re: Adenn Gra'Tuar Early Crusader Force Hunter WIP build (1st kit)

    First shoulder skull glasswork begun





    what type of beastie could this be? Ran into it on the way to a jedi conclave...thoughts? Closest I've come to think (since it just popped outta my imagination) is Veermok.



    UPDATE***
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    Building up teeth forms for glassing after the boys get picked up by their mom...


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    Re: Adenn Gra'Tuar Early Crusader Force Hunter WIP build (1st kit)

    Almost time to do the first bout of heavy sanding on the helmet


    Teeth ready to cure, next is the upper mandible...details details...it's all in the details...



    Also started the sculpt for the shriekhawk skull shoulder piece


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    Re: Adenn Gra'Tuar Early Crusader Force Hunter WIP build (1st kit)

    Started glasswork on the right shriekhawk pauldron









    only about 3 hours work, from design to glassing ;D

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    Re: Adenn Gra'Tuar Early Crusader Force Hunter WIP build (1st kit)

    More work on the pauldrons and the helmet. Inside structural glassing on the helmet as well as some finishing on the contours to make it less of a costume and more of an entire piece.












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    Re: Adenn Gra'Tuar Early Crusader Force Hunter WIP build (1st kit)

    So, I did some work tonight...

    Rough sanded with my handy dandy dremel barrel, then took to them with some 300 grit automotive paper






    then it was time to do some layer repair finish glassing for the veermok and the helmet, before I sink into the innards of the helmet, and the underside of the veermok. more shriek hawk glasswork coming tomorrow...




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    Re: Adenn Gra'Tuar Early Crusader Force Hunter WIP build (1st kit)

    more patchwork before last rough sand on veermok skull



    also affixed shriekhawk skull to pauldron pad (using construction glue - eg: hard as nails) before trimming pad to skull form





    and glassed inside of helmet after last rough sand before horns go on



    and started on oxygen rebreather backpack console thingamajigger (amazing what you can do with a utensil holder, water bottle, a tin can and some odds and ends)


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    Re: Adenn Gra'Tuar Early Crusader Force Hunter WIP build (1st kit)

    Put in a lil more work tonight on the backpack



    trimmed up the pauldron base for the shriekhawk





    tomorrow I get started on sanding the inside of the helmet, the final rough sand on the veermok, more backpack work, more glasswork on the shriekhawk and possibly get into form work on the shin/knee armor

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    Re: Adenn Gra'Tuar Early Crusader Force Hunter WIP build (1st kit)

    I'm enjoying your craftsmanship Brother, I can't wait till you start airbrushing ****. Thanks for all the pics


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    Re: Adenn Gra'Tuar Early Crusader Force Hunter WIP build (1st kit)

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    I'm enjoying your craftsmanship Brother, I can't wait till you start airbrushing ****. Thanks for all the pics


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    Thank you! I will most likely be using a combination of can and brush, as I do not own a AB kit yet...

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    Re: Adenn Gra'Tuar Early Crusader Force Hunter WIP build (1st kit)

    Work day has come!

    Rough sanded the inside and outside of the helmet, and went back over it with 80 grit emery. Attached horns after predrilling 1 1/2" ports through the helmet for speakers for the outside amps. Decided to go the asymmetrical route with the horns, as I felt it looked a lot more natural and combat-torn...condensor mics will be ported through the horns to pick up public yammerings. Other electronics to include a mini-fan & voice amp.





    Went over the Veermok with the dremel and rough sanded with 80 grit emery. After which, I applied resin jelly to get final smoothness to the skull. will sand tomorrow after cured a full 24 hrs.



    Went back through and affixed the shriekhawk to the inner pauldron. Now it isn't going anywhere. Also applied a little more to the skull. Finishing skull glasswork to come, and then rough sand and resin jelly coat.



    Went into detail work for the backpack (knobs, cooling fins, core plate), before beginning glassing to give it the authentic look. Note, this is NOT the breather hose I will be using. It is just there to give you an idea of purpose. The actual hose is coming to me from Lithuania. Should be here to attach in the next two weeks.





    Later on, I plan to do formwork, and possibly do 1st glass on the knee/shin guards.

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    Re: Adenn Gra'Tuar Early Crusader Force Hunter WIP build (1st kit)

    Thought I would update before getting into the beer, lol

    Helmet is rough sanded and awaiting resin jelly coat
    perty, aint it?






    Veermok has been final sanded and attached to the base for sturdiness, awaiting fine sanding and primer filler coat.







    Shriekhawk final glassing for sturdiness. Awaits rough sand & resin jelly coat.





    Rebreather pack glassed and resin coated for sturdiness and form. Next comes rough sand and more form work.





    tomorrow is more sanding, resin jelly coat on helmet and shin/knee wire form work.

    Cheers!

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    Re: Adenn Gra'Tuar Early Crusader Force Hunter WIP build (1st kit)

    OK...long awaited update...lots of stuff done, just haven't had the chance to post up...

    Helmet resin jellied


    Shriekhawk resin jellied


    and sanded and set up for mockup (note the no-neck space)


    Started formwork and glassing on lower canister of rebreather


    Then the helmet oxygen hose was installed


    And the shknee guards were shaped, drilled for mounting to boots and knees secured to shinguards with metal plating



    Tomorrow's forecast calls for shknee guard wireform and initial glassing, beginning gauntlet construction, cleaning of the upper armor for fitting to set up for chestplate alignment & design, as well as chest plate design and initial wireform (possible glassing)

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