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The Asylum's Custom Armor Progress Thread

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    The Asylum's Custom Armor Progress Thread

    First pics up of my progress on my Flickr page:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/asylum_...7594541105528/

    I'm very interested in hearing the opinions, good and bad. Please hold no punches.

    http://farm1.static.flickr.com/124/3...acb04bbf47.jpg
    Last edited by The Asylum; Mar 26, 2007 at 11:02 AM.

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    Re: The Asylum's Custom Armor Progress Thread

    Looks interesting, what are the lines for? They give your armor a circut board look.

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    I'm going for a 'panel lines' thing on the armor. Like it may be made up of modular parts or has tiny compartments in it. Just an added accent that will be much more visible once the grime is weathered into it.

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    Re: The Asylum's Custom Armor Progress Thread

    I didn't work a lot on the armor this weekend but here's what I have done so far.

    http://farm1.static.flickr.com/135/3...c691739c_b.jpg

    I've got lots more progress pics on my Flickr site (link higher up in this thread).

    I'm very interested in people's opinions on the 'panel lines'.
    Last edited by The Asylum; Mar 26, 2007 at 11:02 AM.

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    Re: The Asylum's Custom Armor Progress Thread

    What is this made of? Sintra or ABS vacumform? I REALLY like the shoulder bell you have there. I want to see this armor together. I'm thinking that shoulder bell or something like that would look great on a Heavy Assault Mandalorian armor I am envisioning. I look forward to your progress.

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    It's ABS armor from TK 1223. Really really great stuff.

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    Re: The Asylum's Custom Armor Progress Thread

    That looks fantastic! I'm just confused on how you got the lines on there. How did you do that?

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    Re: The Asylum's Custom Armor Progress Thread

    the grid line texture gives it a very unique look, as does your colour scheme, its lookin excellant so far!, shoulder bells are nice too

    -Wulfie

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    Re: The Asylum's Custom Armor Progress Thread

    Alright, a punch right in the Stomach:
















    :thumbup :thumbup :thumbup :thumbup :thumbup



    I ****ING LOVE IT! :thumbup :thumbup :thumbup :thumbup :thumbup :thumbup :thumbup :thumbup :thumbup :thumbup

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    Re: The Asylum's Custom Armor Progress Thread

    Toragh said: View Post
    That looks fantastic! I'm just confused on how you got the lines on there. How did you do that?
    First, I used masking tape to lay out the design. Then I VERY slowly and lightly traced along the tape with a razor blade. Once you go over the line a couple of times, you'll get a groove in it and then you can start adding force. If you go to your local hobby shop and buy a scribing tool, this will be easy. Otherwise, angle your razor blade 45 degrees from center to form a "V" channel in the plastic.

    NOT TOO DEEP or you'll cut through your armor!

    Did that make sense or should I take pictures? It makes sense to me, but I can picture it in my head...

    Am I under the impression that this hasn't been done before?
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    Re: The Asylum's Custom Armor Progress Thread

    Just out o curiosity, why does your ab plate have allmost like a woodgrain on it?

    Other than that I like your concept

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    Re: The Asylum's Custom Armor Progress Thread

    zombierepellent said: View Post
    Just out o curiosity, why does your ab plate have allmost like a woodgrain on it?

    Other than that I like your concept
    I'm thinking that's from the wood mold used in the vac process. You really don't see it under regular light and once I paint the final colors over the silver, there won't be enough shine left to reflect it like that, so I'm not going to bother trying to sand it out.

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    Im not an expert, but thats a little unusual if thats from vacu-formed. Yea, the molds could have been wood, but at the same time, they should be smooth enough to not show features like that. Thats my thought

    -tubachris

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    I dunno. Could be old molds. Could be the plastic wasn't soft enough. It won't matter in the final equation as it's really not that visible in regular light.

    I was gonna get started on adding color on top of the chrome, but my latex rubber is all dried out so it will have to wait a day or so.

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    Your Armour is looking great, even if it has that type of woodgrain effect, it just adds to the look. I too have been cutting lines into Armour, but thats in my Imperial Knight outfit that i'm working on along with my Mando.. Keep up the good work it looks great.....

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    Re: The Asylum's Custom Armor Progress Thread

    Well, I went out and got a new Black & Decker 'dremel' tool. Much nicer than my old 5-speed. And tons of cutting wheels. I've got the armor pin-striped off and ready to make the final trim. That's my weekend project. Then I'll get the airbrush out of mothball and get new masking material and start adding color.

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    Re: The Asylum's Custom Armor Progress Thread

    Got the armor trimmed today. Just need to take the sander to the edges to get everything smoothed out. This armor just gets better and better the more I work on it!

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    Re: The Asylum's Custom Armor Progress Thread

    The Asylum said: View Post
    This armor just gets better and better the more I work on it!
    Let's see some pics then.

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    Re: The Asylum's Custom Armor Progress Thread

    Here's the latest. Not a lot to look at right now, but I did want to show off the one-piece knee armor and the chest armor's paint job. The armor was primed 2 coats and then painted with Krylon Chrome paint for an additional two coats. Then it was allowed to dry for three days and I'm buffing it out with a cotton ball until I can see myself in it. It won't be a mirror finish, but it doesn't have to be as I'm going to paint a number of coats of paint over top of it very soon.

    Oh yeah. Please excuse my dirty pink shop towel. Shop towels don't stay clean very long and pink was CHEAP.

    http://farm1.static.flickr.com/175/4...77edeb7d_b.jpg

    http://farm1.static.flickr.com/150/4...68ee3f4a_b.jpg

    http://farm1.static.flickr.com/177/4...9ddf7080ec.jpg
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    Re: The Asylum's Custom Armor Progress Thread

    Received a Stormtrooper shoulder bell and right thigh from MonCal today. Exceptional quality stuff and it's already been trimmed, primed and is waiting for chrome paint. I can't wait to get some pics up.

    Gonna have to figure out how to wear a shoulder bell like this with the collarbone armor. I'm thinking of cutting it like a pauldron to make room.

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    Re: The Asylum's Custom Armor Progress Thread

    Seriously, I can't wait to see this in it's final stages. I might have to make a trip back to New England to get some pics with the Mando's out there.

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    Re: The Asylum's Custom Armor Progress Thread

    It's been a while since I've had time to play in the basement with my armor.

    I've finally got everything shaped so I can put away the sandpaper. And I think I'm done with chrome spraypaint now. Next up will be the masking of what will STAY chrome.

    http://farm1.static.flickr.com/145/4...48061307a2.jpg

    And my rifle.

    http://farm1.static.flickr.com/179/4...d7920e15c7.jpg
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    Re: The Asylum's Custom Armor Progress Thread

    Looking really good.
    I like the infusion of tk armor.

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    Re: The Asylum's Custom Armor Progress Thread

    Thanks! I'm looking at using a 'cereal killer' helmet as the base for my Mando's bucket, too.

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    Re: The Asylum's Custom Armor Progress Thread

    like it

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