A hello and a I'm building a suit thread

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    A hello and a I'm building a suit thread

    Hello all

    Thought I'd best introduce myself. My names Rhys and I live in SW england. I've been a Sci-fi and more specifically star wars fan all my life. Some friends of ours asked us to come down to St Ives for new years as everyone dresses up and has a good time. Initially we opted for DC Villains costumes but after seeing the options of female costumes star wars was offered up instead. Naturally I jumped at the chance

    My wife called dibbs on Han Solo and I figured everyone and their mother would go as a jedi so I began to look around for what else I could do. I was reading a few EU books at the time with Kal Skirata in and fell in love with the Mandalorian culture, language, and general way of doing things. But I didnt want to do the usual boba/jango costume. I wanted something more individual. So after stumbling across the dented helmet I began to plan my own mandalorian merc commando costume.

    Then last week whilst drinking with a friend who runs a movie/sci-fi shop(and who attends conventions) we got to chatting about it and he told me about the 501st garrison in the UK. So I figured why just use it for fancy dress.

    I got my hands on a A2 piece of foamex from a sign maker and got a friend over to give me a hand with the various bits.

    The foamex moulded a lot easier than I expected. I only had an A2 sheet to play with so I managed to get the knees, shins, shin plates, and thighs done from it but that's a decent start for someone who has never made a proper costume in his life. I'll put some thumbnails up below to the pieces. Had fun finding a pot big enough to fit the thigh piece in! they still look rough because the edges need sanding down. Incidentally if anyone knows a better way to cut foamex than a Stanley knife I'm all ears!

    After chatting with the 501st folks I think I'm going to paint up as a specific character too. Perhaps Kal himself.

    Going to see about getting some bigger foamex sheets this week and digging out the glue gun to maybe get started on the helmet. Hope you like the look of it so far and a pleasure to meet you all

    Rhys

    this is the cut out templates


    some templates on the foamex pre cutting


    the pieces so far

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    Re: A hello and a I'm building a suit thread

    oh and a big thanks to all the members here. the various posts and templates were invaluable to me!

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    Re: A hello and a I'm building a suit thread

    The pieces look good so far! Welcome to TDH

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    Re: A hello and a I'm building a suit thread

    yeah looks like a great start, and welcome

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    Re: A hello and a I'm building a suit thread

    looking good, welcome to the board

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    Re: A hello and a I'm building a suit thread

    thanks all. I do have a quick question if I may. Did you guys use anything special to shape the cod piece? the curved lip on it looks like it maybe difficult to do so was wondering if you had any tips

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    Re: A hello and a I'm building a suit thread

    also does anyone have suggestions for named mandalorians I could choose to costume up as? someone else is currently making a Kal suit at the UK Garrison and whilst I dont mind doubling up it'd be nice to have a unique suit I was tempted by Walon Vau or Ordo Skirata but struggling to find "official" images for them

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    Re: A hello and a I'm building a suit thread

    Maybe look into painting it up as Fenn Shysa, Tobbi Daala, or Jodo Kast... there are loads of pics of them on the net

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    Re: A hello and a I'm building a suit thread

    thanks for the tips. I just looked into Fenn's loadout and quite like it

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