Hi everyone. I'm new at Star Wars costuming (and to the dented helmet!), and have largely been blundering around with support from one like-minded friend since about mid-June. We were both really interested in making Mandalorian armor, and like any resourceful men with nothing better to do on our days off than arts and crafts, we quickly turned to ikea furniture boxes to begin construction. Largely, I scaled up the sizes of the armor on my mandalorian action figures. Note: I'm fairly certain I was doing pretty much the same thing when I was half the age I am now. Building armor out of cardboard and playing with action figures.
Anyway, our cardboard beskar not only looked pretty good as a prototype, but it stood up well in a hilarious game of paintball, so with the end goal of creating a professional level costume at some point in the future, I decided to proceed with designing a prototype helmet and a hardened version of the cardboard armor.
My solution to hardening carboard was casting plaster and gauss. I'll keep you posted on how well this works once the plaster dries and I re-assemble the plates. On a side note, I was wondering if anybody had any experience working with simmilar techniques?
My real question, however, has to do with tomorrow's job. I've had to somewhat speed up my regualr prototype building pace in order to get the costume at least serviceable for halowe'en. Since I am mercifully unemployed for another six days, I should have plenty of time to paint my kit, but, and this is the important part: other than a base colour for my plate, I'm short on ideas for decoration. If anybody has suggestions or can point me in the right direction as far as "this topic has already been covered," it would be greatly appreciated.
Also, if anybody's interested, I can get some pictures of my less-than-masterpeice work in progress.