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    May 31, 2006, 7:54 PM - Lizean Akai - Custom Fem'mando (100% Complete) #1

    Su'cuy everyone! Hi, I'm rather new, well, I've been a lurker for a couple of years now so it's about time I say hello. Now at least that I feel I'm serious about starting this project.

    These are the concept drawings so far for my custom Mando, Lizean Akai. She has an entire detailed back story if anyone's interested. But for now I'd like to discuss my plans for the armor/costume. Which will be of the more heavily armored variety, her tools of the trade almost always surround a big bang and shower of dirt. (Aka, she dosen't really enjoy handling smaller firearms, but she will if the task ahead requires it.)



    (Just a quick print out color test, this shows good detail on her helmet, I've decided since then to ditch the jet pack.)




    (This was done particularly fast so don't pay attention to the sloppy anatomy. And the critter would be her lovely pet Nexu, Cyare, adorable hmm? Haha.)

    First of all, I guess I want opinions on my plans before I jump into it and or go off evaporating too much of the already minimal cash flow.

    First of all the helmet. Keep in mind I'm:
    5" 3', medium build. So from what I've read around, the rubies Jango would be the way to go because it is the smallest. Though, being a particularly picky perfectionist, the little quirks in the helmet are really getting to me. Should I just pick one up and give it a go anyways?
    I've been tempted to just break out my WED clay and attempt to scratch build the helmet myself at this point.

    About the chest: I really want the form fitting style, similar to the glimsp of the female mando'ade in the Star Wars Insider #86 Artical.
    Now to do this... I've had the idea floating around that it would require the casting of my chest area and then a vacuum form over that (I would then cut out the desired shape).

    As for the her pack, I discovered that I really liked the style that Scorch(The farthest to the right), from the Republic Commando video game, wore. And also that it would be something a little less played out and a little more original then the jet pack.

    As for my little play on the Mandalorian insignia, it's not pernament, but I had the idea that at times different Mandalorian clans would slightly modify the skull to better define the group. Just a concept, not meant to be a butchery.
    Now I'm off to go busy myself with commissions so I can truely get started on this as soon as I can.

    Comments, suggestions, idea anyone?
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  2. Katua Fett's Avatar
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    May 31, 2006, 7:59 PM - Re: Lizean Akai - Custom Fem'mando (Concept Pics) #2

    That is lookin very slick, i like the symbols and colors. Very nice helmet pattern
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    May 31, 2006, 8:16 PM - Re: Lizean Akai - Custom Fem'mando (Concept Pics) #3

    WOW! this is gonna look amazing pretty.

    great job so far.
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    May 31, 2006, 8:33 PM - Re: Lizean Akai - Custom Fem'mando (Concept Pics) #4

    Yeah, I love that colour scheme! The whole concept is fantastic. I'm currently working on a custom pack that also leans toward the Republic Commando style.
    You have a good idea with Vac'ing your own form. You will not get a better fit than that.
    Nice work so far!
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    May 31, 2006, 8:48 PM - Re: Lizean Akai - Custom Fem'mando (Concept Pics) #5

    Thats probably the beastliest concept art I've ever seen for a non-lucas work.

    GJ, I'm going to love this armor.
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    May 31, 2006, 8:51 PM - Re: Lizean Akai - Custom Fem'mando (Concept Pics) #6

    I agree..
    The concept drawings and the color scheme look amazing.

    Welcome to TDH too.
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    May 31, 2006, 9:19 PM - Re: Lizean Akai - Custom Fem'mando (Concept Pics) #7

    Great! I love how it's not just another repainted Jango
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    May 31, 2006, 9:29 PM - Re: Lizean Akai - Custom Fem'mando (Concept Pics) #8

    Yeah, I really love your cape design. I also love the fact that you have a good three or four sets of bandolier pouches, it looks like this will be a very cool looking costume. The whole tri-color element is very spiffy as well.

    I would be greatly interested in your back story as i've been writting mine for several years now.

    Your gauntlets look sick as well, just a question how much funding do you have for this b/c this looks as if it could get pretty pricey?
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    May 31, 2006, 10:38 PM - Re: Lizean Akai - Custom Fem'mando (Concept Pics) #9

    Thanks so much for the flattery guys! I'm really glad people like the sceme, it took me a while to find the right one, for sure.


    Quote Nachturnus said:
    I would be greatly interested in your back story as i've been writting mine for several years now.
    Sure thing, here's the start to the story I wrote last year, finally posted it and things are already outdated! (So not everything is spot on, but you'll get the idea I'm sure.) The Verge of Treachery

    Basicly it's about Lizean's small clan that broke away from the larger traditional Mandalorian clan during the Mando'ade civil war, when Bryen didn't feel he could no longer trust the youngly appointed Mandalore (Jango, haha). I'll be continuing the story but I don't want to spoil it just in case. The basic strong point is that she has her own personal little war with the Mandalore and her future connections with the Deathwatch, pretty dramaic stuff.
    (Alright I'll stop my rammbling before I get too carried away!)


    Quote Nachturnus said:
    Your gauntlets look sick as well, just a question how much funding do you have for this b/c this looks as if it could get pretty pricey?
    Well my bank account at the moment is weeping, but, I have the vacuum form table, the clay, the plaster, the sintra and full access to a "candyshop" of tools. I also have connections through an army surplus store and Hobby Lobby(that takes care of the fabrics). So really the only things I need to restock at the moment is the primer and paint!
    (It helps when you have a friend to help you through the process of aquiring all this.)
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    May 31, 2006, 11:05 PM - Re: Lizean Akai - Custom Fem'mando (Concept Pics) #10

    Freaking awesome concept. Can't wait to see the final project.
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    Jun 1, 2006, 4:03 AM - Re: Lizean Akai - Custom Fem'mando (Concept Pics) #11

    This I am looking forward to seeing come to life.
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    Jun 1, 2006, 9:55 AM - Re: Lizean Akai - Custom Fem'mando (Concept Pics) #12

    I love that 2 about it that its not like all the other mandos where it looks like jango and painted. yours is great. those drawings are fast drawn wow thats good.
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    Jun 1, 2006, 11:25 AM - Re: Lizean Akai - Custom Fem'mando (Concept Pics) #13

    Great concept!

    Love the artwork!
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    Jun 1, 2006, 3:07 PM - Re: Lizean Akai - Custom Fem'mando (Concept Pics) #14

    Thats awesome, alot of detail, even more than Boba Fett, or Jango.
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    Jun 1, 2006, 3:13 PM - Re: Lizean Akai - Custom Fem'mando (Concept Pics) #15

    one of the best custom fem design I remenber.......hope to see it someday on you!!!!
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    Jun 1, 2006, 3:23 PM - Re: Lizean Akai - Custom Fem'mando (Concept Pics) #16

    Hey !!!! You are stealing my ideas !!!

    I already invented a "youth, rare albino pet Nexu" for MY bounty hunter I used to play in an online RPG over at the now gone BeJedi.com forums.....

    But you can use it ...

    Anyway, I just like you concepts and I hope you don´t mind, that I already saved it and added to my collection of Mando designs. Its way creative. Can´t wait to see the physical armor.

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    Jun 1, 2006, 3:48 PM - Re: Lizean Akai - Custom Fem'mando (Concept Pics) #17

    Great design! Is it fair to assume you have a fashion background? There's a great style to your drawings, and including a color study is a nice touch. The cape style is cool (sort of an evil little red (grey) riding hood, lol), the way the belt rides the hips in a decidedly feminine way, and the outstanding use of shades of grey with accent green. I dig it. 8)
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    Jun 1, 2006, 5:48 PM - Re: Lizean Akai - Custom Fem'mando (Concept Pics) #18

    This is an odd question, but I've been wondering for a while, how do you shape the... "chest alowances" on fem-mando armor? I've sat here and thought about it, and I think the only way to do it is via vacu-form
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    Jun 1, 2006, 6:41 PM - Re: Lizean Akai - Custom Fem'mando (Concept Pics) #19

    Now those are some spiked boots!
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    Jun 1, 2006, 6:51 PM - Re: Lizean Akai - Custom Fem'mando (Concept Pics) #20

    Thanks so much again for the kind comments guys!

    Quote Real Scooby said:
    Hey !!!! You are stealing my ideas !!!

    I already invented a "youth, rare albino pet Nexu" for MY bounty hunter I used to play in an online RPG over at the now gone BeJedi.com forums.....
    Um... ok, I've never heard of "bejedi.com," so I hope there's some sort of sarcasm played in here... I really try and strive for originality in my designs, you know? Nexu were actually quite popular as pets and came in many color varieties, seen in a few comics here and there (including a smaller nexu in the arms of San Hill in the "Visionaries" Graphic Novel). I don't think really anyone has the right to "claim" to the idea of it. But hey, great minds think alike hmm?


    Quote GAR Mando said:
    Great design! Is it fair to assume you have a fashion background?
    Actually no, haha. I've had no art schooling and take pride in the fact that I'm self taught, though I'd really love to persue a fashion/design major, that is if it'd be designing armor and the like and not some silly dress on a runway. :P
    I adore designing mando'ade, so for a small fee I'd love to be able to design more armor scemes for people who'd perhaps be interested. I'd love to do it for free, but art is my source of income and that of which I need to work on this project.


    Quote Nachturnus said:
    This is an odd question, but I've been wondering for a while, how do you shape the... "chest alowances" on fem-mando armor? I've sat here and thought about it, and I think the only way to do it is via vacu-form
    Yeah, certainly. I'd go for taking a live cast of the actual person with plaster bandages, then re-enforce that mold and then go for a vac form.

    Another idea might be to look up some torso modeling Mannequins(the ones you see modeling lady's undergarments), build them over a little with some sort of heat resistant modeling material (perhaps air drying paper clay sanded down?) to make them look a little more rounded, thick, and give alowance for the material warn under the armor. I searched all over ebay myself and the prices average at around $40 I believe. Sadly for myself I couldn't seem to find any that would suit me.

    Anything to avoid the awkward "bubbles" that I believe would come forth from a freestyle attempt with flat sintra.
    Hope this helped.
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    Jun 1, 2006, 7:12 PM - Re: Lizean Akai - Custom Fem'mando (Concept Pics) #21

    Wow, that really looks great. You should contact Badkitty on this site. She's designing an original female Mando too.

    The design, colors, concept and artwork all look great. I would only suggest a couple things which you might think about. Use ammo pouches that resemble the Fett's and possibly collar armor as a nod to your Mando predecessors (along with the iconic Mando helmet you've already got). Also, I like the cape idea, but I'm not sure if having the shoulder bells on the cape will work well if the cape moves freely. If the shoulders are under the cape on a vest, then problem solved, or if you use collar armor the cape could be attached to it w/o the shoulders on the cape.

    Well, there's my .02 cents (alright, about .35 cents). Great job and take progress pics.
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    Jun 1, 2006, 10:45 PM - Re: Lizean Akai - Custom Fem'mando (Concept Pics) #22

    Quote MandalorFett said:
    Wow, that really looks great. You should contact Badkitty on this site. She's designing an original female Mando too.

    The design, colors, concept and artwork all look great. I would only suggest a couple things which you might think about. Use ammo pouches that resemble the Fett's and possibly collar armor as a nod to your Mando predecessors (along with the iconic Mando helmet you've already got). Also, I like the cape idea, but I'm not sure if having the shoulder bells on the cape will work well if the cape moves freely. If the shoulders are under the cape on a vest, then problem solved, or if you use collar armor the cape could be attached to it w/o the shoulders on the cape.

    Well, there's my .02 cents (alright, about .35 cents). Great job and take progress pics.
    i agree on the shoulders and the cape, but it looks great! If i didnt draw myself, i would pay you to do a drawing for me!
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    Jun 2, 2006, 4:01 PM - Re: Lizean Akai - Custom Fem'mando (Concept Pics) #23

    Oh, about the cape! It was completely intentional, I should post a reference of her backside and I think the idea I have down would be more appearent. The actual cape is kind of like a shawlXscarf hybrid. So there's the shoulder/collarbone portion that fits like a shawl, with strands like a scarf that overlap over the shoulders via the clips up there and dangle. When I get more time this weekend, I'll clean up a reference for this.
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    Jun 2, 2006, 4:28 PM - Re: Lizean Akai - Custom Fem'mando (Concept Pics) #24

    Sounds cool. What material are you thinking of using for the shawl? A leather or something sturdy like that would be cool.
    I think the overall idea is very cool. You've got a really creative look there.
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    Jun 6, 2006, 12:35 AM - Re: Lizean Akai - Custom Fem'mando (Concept Pics) #25

    Quote MandalorFett said:
    Sounds cool. What material are you thinking of using for the shawl? A leather or something sturdy like that would be cool.
    I think the overall idea is very cool. You've got a really creative look there.
    Well I was thinking towards a heavy canvas or pleather, I'm still deciding of course. An idea I floating around is to have the scarfing to be pleather on the outside with the inside lining as canvas. Any opinions on this?

    Canvas colors I have at the moment:

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