After losing a significant amount of weight (thank you Spartans and P90X:thumbup) I have realized the need to significantly re-vamp my first costume; my own vision of a hybrid/variant of a Cold Assault Clone Commander, circa Order 66+5. This will be, along with my concurrent, new AOTC clone build, my final project (I think) Hell, this project is really representative of an entire wardrobe overhaul. I need to refit everything from board shorts, t-shirts, business suits and my snowboard gear, everything. Might as well make sure I am fitted and equipped for the next Galactic skirmish !
The helmet will be the first job to tackle. Starting with the helmet first seems to be the way I like to get things rolling. It helps me set the tone for the overall project. My current helmet is an MR Basic, heavily modified into a clone Inclement Weather Helmet. The helmet is seen on Commander Bacara, in ROTS. Initially, Bacara started off as a “Tank Driver” in pre-production (see ILM image below) Though I like my current helmet, it still suffers from a handful of subtle inaccuracies. Not to mention, weighs as much as a bowling ball.
The I.W.H. helmet is actually two helmets in concept; a standard Phase-II helmet with outer helmet and “neck guard” (as they are referred to on ancient Samurai helmets) that can be removed. The outer helmet also has two communications mandibles, a receiver and antenna. I will be making a modification to the inner helmet with hook-up’s to solidify the concept when the outer helmet is off. Typically this helmet has two face shields on either side of the faceplate mandibles, though I like the look of the face shields off, for this character.
ILM Pre-Pro image (for basic concept reference only)
The new helmet will have a removable, light weight outer helmet. Here are images of my current helmet, as the outer helmet will be the base Master for the new helmet pull (I am not sure what material we will be pulling at this time)
The primary problem at this time is in fact the dome. My current helmet dome is effectively the existing dome minus the Communications Fin (or Mohawk) rendering it inaccurate. The front of the dome needs to rise higher, and then swoop back over the Mohawk, tapering off at the back. In the case of my current helmet (the master) I filled the gap with bondo, sanded and prepped for a smooth finish.
I will post in a few days further narration and images of the Master build-out.