so i finally have some pictures of the construction of my custom mandolorian costume, which i hope to debut at super megafest in boston in a few weeks.
here it is, my don post 96, all sanded and ready for some bondo to fill in the dent and copyright stamps.
i first decided to add some extra battle damage in the form of dents and scrapes, so i beat up the bucket with a file. however, i apparently hit the back of it too hard, because a huge crack about 6 inches long formed as two large chunks shattered off. talk about battle damage. more than i wanted, but not unfixable.
i was able to glue and bondo the pieces back into place, and i'm pretty happy with the results. i wanted battle damage, and i got it.
i also filled in the dent. it's not perfect, but it works for me. i want the helmet to look really beat up.
next came the silver base coat. i plan on doing the layered method of weathering, with a silver base, a gray middle layer, and gunmetal/charcoal gray for the top layer.
next up is the armor. i got some cheap but good sintra armor on ebay, the stuff you see all the time. and the i beat the hell out of it, added dents, scrapes, and chips. i had a lot of fun with it, and i'm pretty happy with how it came out.
i also got a set of jango leg armor that i'm working on. all i need now for armor is a cod and knees, which i hope to get in time for the con.
then there's the gauntlets, which were a great find. i got them used from Mandalorian_70 for $58 including shipping. he said they used to belong to a friend, so i know they're at least third-hand by now. it looks like they were once rotj boba gauntlets that were modded to be jango's, and now i'm turning them into some kind of custom hybrid. they need a ton of work, the bottom parts are very thin vacu-fromed plastic, and they're cracking in a few places. however, the tops are all fiberglass, so that was a nice surprise! they even have hoses attached. these things are pretty huge, and i feel like i got a good deal for the price.
i've got a jumpsuit, belt, pouches, boots, and now armor. all i have left is to build my jet pack and assemble and weather the whole thing. wish me luck.