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Female metal armor WIP.

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    I helped at SDCC '08 NovallTalon's Avatar
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    Female metal armor WIP.

    So I'm putting together a suit of female metal armor for a friend of mine. I've had the thread up on the Mercs board for awhile, but figured I'd post some pics here also.

    http://mercs.firespray.net/forum/index.php?topic=3397.0

    The top half of the armor has been pounded out. It's made out of 20 guage aluminum and 26 guage plate steel. It's light but strong, especially the plate steel pieces!







    Everything has been hand hammered (We call it "dishing" in the armorsmith world), and that has taken a good amount of time. The build is based off a Vhonte Thervo style armor but will have it's own distinct look once it's finished. Those of you going to DCon will be able to see this armor in action.


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    Re: Female metal armor WIP.

    That's looking pretty good, did you guys do a duct tape cast of her torso for the mannequin?

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    Re: Female metal armor WIP.

    She did one and sent it to me yes.

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    Re: Female metal armor WIP.

    Must have been a pain in the rear end to hammer that thing out...

    But anyways, it looks really really nice!

    And I hope you wear a respirator whenever you use that fiberglass filler I see in the background. hehe.

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    Re: Female metal armor WIP.

    987654321a said: View Post
    Must have been a pain in the rear end to hammer that thing out...

    But anyways, it looks really really nice!

    And I hope you wear a respirator whenever you use that fiberglass filler I see in the background. hehe.
    Not as bad as you may think honestly. I spent some time in my early 20's doing medieval style armor, so I just had to remember the curves. I actually finished the backplate up today and am working on a nice metal cod piece. The hardest part about the whole thing is that she isn't where I can just put a piece of the armor on her for sizing up, so she's been sending me measurements as I ask for'em.

    I only use the fiberglass for filling up parts of the cod armor where metal is absent. Of course I wear a respirator...been doing this long enough to not have one and use it.

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    Re: Female metal armor WIP.

    Here's a pic of the armor after thighs and shins are completed. Gonna back them with rubber tonight to give them a good stiff feeling, and keep the wearer comfortable. Cod piece needs to be filled in with some fiberglass also. Will be working on knees, gauntlets, and boot armor soon.


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    Re: Female metal armor WIP.

    Are you dishing and planishing by hand?

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    Re: Female metal armor WIP.

    Yes I am. Theres no way to get the breast curve in metal if you don't. Each piece is hand dished and roughly planished (keeps a better "used" look that way).

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    Re: Female metal armor WIP.

    Would you describe the method and materials used in backing the plates with rubber?

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    Re: Female metal armor WIP.

    It's a spray on rubber undercoating made by 3M. 3 coats stiffen it up good and keep it from having the potential to cut in on ya.

    Here's a pic of the backplate's inside after the 1st coat.


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    Re: Female metal armor WIP.

    Tooled a Mercs mando skull into the left pauldron lastnight. Gotta put a hot iron to it and smooth it out good before dying them black.




    Painted everything that was ready to paint today. Primed, masked, and got the first color of paint on. Cod has to be finished, diamond, foot armor, and gauntlets are on the slate for building next.


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    Re: Female metal armor WIP.

    Dang what are those vicious looking spiked things? Are they for the hands or the feet? Also I might state that your leather working just as impressive as your metal skills. I havn't gotten that far into medivle armor yet, I just work chain. I don't have a place to dish armor out.

    Keep those pics comeing.

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    Re: Female metal armor WIP.

    The spiked things your referring to are her chest armor and thighs. The ends are rounded to keep from impaling herself when bending over, you just can't see it from that distance.

    I wanted to give her a fierce look, and the armor style of Vhonte Thervo has alot of tight angles.

    The dishing isn't so bad, even on the plate steel parts (back). The hard part is getting the correct curve and shape, especially when all you have to work with is a cast of the person instead of the actual person.

    Thanks for the compliments!!

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    Oh now that you say that I can see that. You ought to make her hand armor with spikes like that comeing out. Would be wicked looking, sort of RC clone style.

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    Re: Female metal armor WIP.

    Actually, her gauntlets are going to have spring loaded beskad blades that can be released at will. Of course they will be non-functioning as weapons but they will be extremely cool non the less.

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    Cool deal, can't wait to see them.

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    Re: Female metal armor WIP.

    Nice job on the armor, Colika will be thrilled I'm sure.

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    Re: Female metal armor WIP.

    Here we are after the major painting and weathering on the bulk of the armor.











    Gotta trim down the cod a bit, then paint it. Diamond and foot armor is next, then knees and gauntlets.

    Oh, I'm sure she will LOVE it. She's already beyond thrilled over it. =)

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    impressive

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    Re: Female metal armor WIP.

    Is there a reason you/she went with leather for the pauldrons? Was it so the Mando symbol could be tooled, or because the metal would be too heavy/restrictive? You did such a fine job with dishing the other pieces, I'd've said do those in metal, too. Very impressed with how smooth the plates are. I've only done very basic hammering, and years ago, for a boss for a viking shield, and I lost patience before getting anywhere near as smooth as I would have liked, and galaxies away from your finish.

    Thanks for the info about the rubber backing, too. I'd heard/read about the spray-on rubber before for some things, but wondered if you were applying sheet or pad rubber.

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    Re: Female metal armor WIP.

    Actually Ioelus, the costume is based on the Vhonte Tervo costume, though with some modifications.

    -Naas

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    Re: Female metal armor WIP.

    The leather pauldrons are part of Vhonte's armor, and I liked the idea of using leather so much that I ran with it. It's not very practical to make those out of metal, because you restrict the heck out of movement if you do. I'm probably going to be using earth magnets to hold them in place and make them easily removable. This suit is designed to be put on and taken off fairly easily.

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    Beautiful Novall! Absolutely fantastic, gorgeous and breathtaking work! I look forward to seeing it at Dcon! She is oine very lucky lady!

    Looking forward to later this year!

    Kandosii Novall!!!
    Alexis
    *smiles*


    PS- <3 Mandalore Iron-Pants!
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    Re: Female metal armor WIP.

    Doggonnit--you said that in your first post, too. Sorry for the stupid question.

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    Re: Female metal armor WIP.

    Update!

    Haven't updated this thread here yet, but the metal portions of the armor are almost done.









    Gauntlets are on the table to do next!

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