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  1. I helped at SDCC '08 NovallTalon's Avatar
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    Nov 20, 2007, 12:56 PM - Mandalorian Mercs, Mand'alor helmet. #1

    Well, I've been working on this for a good month now. Wow, this has probably been the hardest piece of armor to paint and mask that I've ever worked with. It's coming together really nice though, been keeping a WIP on the Mercs forums and figured I would toss some pics up here so that everyone who hasn't seen it yet can.









    Still working on getting all the masking off the bronze domes ontop. I had to use multiple layers because tape didn't work. There are a couple really small blemishes that I gotta sponge some white over...there almost unnoticeable. Anyhow, it's coming together nicely...I think future Mand'alors of Mercs will enjoy wearing it =)
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    Nov 20, 2007, 1:18 PM - Re: Mandalorian Mercs, Mand'alor helmet. #2

    is this a custom thing or based on something? either way it looks great! i just don't know EU stuff well at all.
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    Nov 20, 2007, 1:30 PM - Re: Mandalorian Mercs, Mand'alor helmet. #3

    This is one of Marrow Sun's custom helmets he pulled a while back. This is the helmet of the elected leader of the Mandalorian Mercs group. It's not something from EU, just an organizational perk of being elected to lead. It's supposed to be passed from leader to leader just like the traditional mask of Mand'alor was done.

    Thank you for the compliment! It's a testament to Marrow Sun's sculpting ability and one pain in the whazoo to paint =D
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    Nov 20, 2007, 5:57 PM - Re: Mandalorian Mercs, Mand'alor helmet. #4

    Are my eyes playing tricks on me? It looks like the pics are reversed. I've been following this on the Mercs site and I guess I must have missed these. I'm assuming the reversed ears are on purpose.

    David.
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    Nov 20, 2007, 6:08 PM - Re: Mandalorian Mercs, Mand'alor helmet. #5

    These pics are in the Mand'alor helmet thread on the helmet board =) Yes, the ears are reversed. Thats how MS molded it.
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    Nov 20, 2007, 6:09 PM - Re: Mandalorian Mercs, Mand'alor helmet. #6

    Oh.:o I got told...



    David.
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    Nov 20, 2007, 7:23 PM - Re: Mandalorian Mercs, Mand'alor helmet. #7

    Thats a sweet bucket dude!!!
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    Nov 20, 2007, 8:10 PM - Re: Mandalorian Mercs, Mand'alor helmet. #8

    is the helmet made of metal or is that all paint? cause it looks darn good. awesome job!
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    Nov 20, 2007, 8:14 PM - Re: Mandalorian Mercs, Mand'alor helmet. #9

    It's the paint. The bottom layer is aluminum and then above that is a darkleaf bronze. It's supposed to be 2 separate layers of Beskar (Mandalorian Iron). The aluminum is the hard layer for absorption, and the bronze is a softer layer for dissipation.
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    Nov 21, 2007, 8:06 AM - Re: Mandalorian Mercs, Mand'alor helmet. #10

    That's truly sweet, great job Novall!
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    Nov 21, 2007, 6:44 PM - Re: Mandalorian Mercs, Mand'alor helmet. #11

    Looks fantastic! Keep up the great work.
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    Nov 21, 2007, 10:02 PM - Re: Mandalorian Mercs, Mand'alor helmet. #12

    Novall,

    Great job on the painting so far!!

    Keep up the great work.
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    Nov 22, 2007, 6:03 AM - Re: Mandalorian Mercs, Mand'alor helmet. #13

    I appreciate all the great comments guys, I'll probably get a chance to work more on it this weekend.
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    Nov 26, 2007, 4:00 PM - Re: Mandalorian Mercs, Mand'alor helmet. #14

    That is an amazing job so far. I really like the scaring you have done to it.
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    Jan 2, 2008, 6:30 PM - Re: Mandalorian Mercs, Mand'alor helmet. #15

    Updates! They are always good right?

    Anyhow, here we have the helmet with the visor in.



    And with the tubes on the back.

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    Jan 3, 2008, 12:38 AM - Re: Mandalorian Mercs, Mand'alor helmet. #16

    I like those hoses. *steals idea*
    That visor is a bit hard to see against the black highlights, it may be the lighting though.
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    Jan 3, 2008, 1:07 AM - Re: Mandalorian Mercs, Mand'alor helmet. #17

    What kind of visor did you use?
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    Jan 3, 2008, 7:03 AM - Re: Mandalorian Mercs, Mand'alor helmet. #18

    I had an extra Bobamaker visor sitting around. I gotta wipe the smudges off.

    Yes, after alot of consideration...I decided to keep all black around the visor. When you look at the helmet straight on, or even from the side...it takes on a very mysterious and menacing look. I had thought about painting the inside of the distended mandibles white, but ruled it out for the look I'm trying to produce.

    The hoses are awesome, and will be providing me with air via battery run silent air pumps. I used soft drink bottle lids on the helmet, and soft drink bottle necks in the hoses. The connect seamlessly =)
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    Jan 3, 2008, 1:02 PM - Re: Mandalorian Mercs, Mand'alor helmet. #19

    Looks like I need to get a couple of sodas before the helmet gets here... I'm stealing that idea. Now I just need a backpack. XD
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    Jan 3, 2008, 2:19 PM - Re: Mandalorian Mercs, Mand'alor helmet. #20

    Wow! looks great! I'm not so sure about the red and white flak vest with ducks on it though. Little duckis don't necessarily scream, "I demand respect!" The fringe is a nice touch though.
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    Jan 3, 2008, 2:53 PM - Re: Mandalorian Mercs, Mand'alor helmet. #21

    It's looking great, Tom! I can't wait to see what you do to the inside of that bucket. THe last one had what, 50 volts worth of battery power? This is going to have 75 maybe?
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    Jan 3, 2008, 3:13 PM - Re: Mandalorian Mercs, Mand'alor helmet. #22

    There will be alot =D Luckly the visor optics are run by their own small rechargable pack. I'm sure there will be 70+ volts in this helmet...there's plenty of room for it.
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    Jan 3, 2008, 7:18 PM - Re: Mandalorian Mercs, Mand'alor helmet. #23

    What kind of electronics are you putting inside?
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    Jan 3, 2008, 7:39 PM - Re: Mandalorian Mercs, Mand'alor helmet. #24

    This helmet will have day/night optics on inside of the visor, the RF also has working day/night optics. Voice amp as well as limited channel comms, an RF servo with remote board. There will also be fresh air pumped up into the helmet via the rubber hoses and 2 silent battery operated pumps in the jet pack as this helmet will have a leather seal around the bottom.

    That enough =D I don't think I'll be able to squeeze much else inside.
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    Jan 3, 2008, 9:39 PM - Re: Mandalorian Mercs, Mand'alor helmet. #25

    this is going to be the greatest thing since gold bond medicated powder!

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