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    Aug 1, 2009, 1:35 AM - Re: Another First for Jax and Shado #26

    This is the first I've seen of the thread, or I'd've replied sooner. Gotta say, I don't like the "natural" materials for armor. Seems to me it becomes more a costume and less a variation of durasteel/beskar/etc. On the other hand, I have to admit that you're definitely doing something different here, and I know you really focus on metal--every time someone asks about material for armor, you suggest metal. You said earlier that you had no intention of this being a medieval or renaissance mando, but when you pull some materials in, like chainmail, for instance, you have to deal with the connections people form in their heads. Like if you incorporated samurai armor, for instance.

    Then I see the pictures you loaded yesterday. Forget everything I said above. I can't argue with your weathering ability or your eye for color or your ability to completely alter a material when you make it part of a look. Those last two pictures of the male leather plates--just fantastic. And you know what's funny? I'm not sure which one I like more, even if the light in the garage was wonky. So my next question is method--how did you achieve that effect? Paint and weathering, I assume, but I'd like to know details, if you're willing to share them.

    You seem to bang out these relatively quickly, so I'm looking forward to a more complete picture. I hope that the same level of weathering continues on the rest--flight suit, etc. Nothing looks more out of whack than a masterfully weathered set of plates on a brand-spanking-new flak vest.

    Impressed me again.
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    Aug 1, 2009, 1:37 AM - Re: Another First for Jax and Shado #27

    After I posted this, I looked back at your recent photos and saw the vest under the plates. Can't see too clearly, but it's obvious you've done weathering on that, too. Looking forward to more.
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    Aug 1, 2009, 2:48 AM - Re: Another First for Jax and Shado #28

    I like it, great work!
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    Aug 1, 2009, 3:57 AM - Re: Another First for Jax and Shado #29

    tried to dye vest. disastros results. came out pink, and i used brown RIT dye.

    ***??

    so i bleached it and left it in over an hour. now its brown. but i cant use brown, so ill be sellign it locally.

    anyway, not sure i like the plate design anylonger. colors are pissing me off. can seem to nail down the desert look.






    again, with different light sources




    thanks for the VOC.

    until i figure out the colors, im not gonna be happy. :\

    possibly white plates with that vest?

    also note: PRE-WASH ALL DUCK CLOTH, IT SHRUNK LIKE CRAZY DURING THE DYING PROCESS!
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    Aug 3, 2009, 12:28 AM - Re: Another First for Jax and Shado #31

    update:

    located some proper colored duckcloth and the thread count is higher, so thats nice. Im gonna prewash it this time, so i dont have issues later on down the line.

    repainted the plates as well. finally found a correct color after lots of trial and error.

    what do you think?

    (yes, i know i have the female ab plate and male ab plate mixed up)



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    Aug 3, 2009, 12:30 AM - Re: Another First for Jax and Shado #32

    I likey!
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    Aug 3, 2009, 12:50 AM - Re: Another First for Jax and Shado #33

    So far so good
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    Aug 3, 2009, 2:41 AM - Re: Another First for Jax and Shado #34

    heres first stage weathering on the male...
    using 4 different flash settings








    I think im happy with color choices now.

    making 3rd vest tomorrow....
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    Aug 4, 2009, 2:13 AM - Re: Another First for Jax and Shado #35

    finished vest minus the velcro on the sides....

    tried the boba sleeves. came out pretty good i think.




    stuck on with duct tape


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    Aug 4, 2009, 2:47 AM - Re: Another First for Jax and Shado #36

    LOVE the 7603 in the vest
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    Aug 4, 2009, 3:04 AM - Re: Another First for Jax and Shado #37

    shhhhhhhhhhhh
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    Aug 4, 2009, 11:27 AM - Re: Another First for Jax and Shado #38

    ............. it's like a futuristic middle earth....ya know?
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    Aug 6, 2009, 12:54 AM - Re: Another First for Jax and Shado #39

    um..no?

    but okay!!

    desert mandos are coming to a town near you....
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    Aug 6, 2009, 1:05 AM - Re: Another First for Jax and Shado #40

    So far so good; I am actually looking forward to seeing you guys in the new armor. Hopefully, at the Phoenix Comi-Con I know I already saw you there and even had a picture taken but its looking good with the armor. Can't wait to see what you get when it is finished.
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    Aug 6, 2009, 1:49 AM - Re: Another First for Jax and Shado #41

    maybe it wont be so hot in the desert in leather rather than metal?
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    Aug 6, 2009, 1:56 AM - Re: Another First for Jax and Shado #42

    its not the metal. its the darn marine vinyl vest.
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    Aug 6, 2009, 10:27 AM - Re: Another First for Jax and Shado #43

    is the duckcloth better?
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    Aug 6, 2009, 10:52 AM - Re: Another First for Jax and Shado #44

    yup. it breathes better. and isnt as heavy
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    Aug 6, 2009, 11:06 AM - Re: Another First for Jax and Shado #45

    This is shaping up really nice, great weathering!

    So leather chest armor, but what about gaunts?
    One idea I was thinking of using was to attach a piece of gadgetry to a wrap around material gauntlet !? (does that make sense??)

    I decided to bail on that idea because I dont think it would fit my mando too well but its some thing for you to consider maybe?!

    keep up the great work man.

    Here is a very quick photoshop to try and explain my madness.
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    Aug 6, 2009, 11:27 AM - Re: Another First for Jax and Shado #46

    cool idea. I'm staying away from stuff that isn't star wars-ish.

    ill prolly use normal gauntlets.
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    Aug 6, 2009, 11:38 AM - Re: Another First for Jax and Shado #47

    Wow, awesome! Very well done, I love it. That's a cool effect. Are the plates actually leather or just made to look like leather?
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    Aug 6, 2009, 11:42 AM - Re: Another First for Jax and Shado #48

    Thats the main reason i dropped the gaunt idea, TBH you would never tell from the pics (other than the stitching) that this is leather.

    I'm interested to see how you tie all the elements together!

    Great stuff ( oh and btw you're only 99% pure condensed awesome because you used too many e's )
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    Aug 6, 2009, 2:59 PM - Re: Another First for Jax and Shado #49

    yes, its actual leather.
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    Aug 10, 2009, 1:55 AM - Re: Another First for Jax and Shado #50

    Yeah I kind of figured that gauntlets will be the hardest thing for me for my mandalorian armor. See I was thinking of using bicycle knee pads as my knee pads and it is still in effect but I am concerned for the gaunts in a way. Maybe I can purchase something in the saftey bicycle world and use that as my gauntlets but I'm not sure. I am actually going to have to head out to wal*mart and search around the store and see what can come up for gauntlet ideas.

    All in all the "desert" armor is looking great vod. Hopefully, mine will be finished up in time for the Saboten Con and maybe I'll just show up the 2010 Phoenix Cactus Comi-Con and hang out with all of you mando guys there. That will be fun!!!!!

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