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    My Custom Design

    Morning guys,

    I started work on my custom design lastnight. Not building it, just designing it, getting a look for him. I'm using the templates I did a few days ago and drawing my idea onto that. I've done one or two sketches on paper but now I'm drawing it in Paintshop. It just makes it easier for me to try out color schemes and ensure that it's all balanced from left to right.

    The reason for getting the even left/right and eventually front/back is beause I plan to model my armor in 3D and build it out of card, then fibreglass it. See, the armor for my upper body will be bulkier than standard Mando armor because my idea is that this is heavy armor built for war over the more lightweight armor panelling which better suit a bouny hunters life. So, area like the chest will be bulky as if it were dsigned to protect the body from heavy attack.

    Also, the panels won't fix to the vest like most Mando gear. I plan to have like a webbing system from nylon straps that fix to each panel to hold them together. Then 6 buckles will be used to attch the front to the back. 2 at the shoulders, one each side, then 4 at the sides of the body, 2 each side.

    The design is still in early stages but it's all in my head so I just need to get it down before something pops into my head and erases this design in the process! LOL!

    Anyway, here's a pic of where I am at the moment. It's not a great deal but should give an idea of where I'm going.
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    Any feedback is more than welcome.

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    Re: My Custom Design

    Great start Skip...
    What are you gonna design around the cod and butt plates?

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    Re: My Custom Design

    Looking good - I like the different approach (and I really like the way you're actually drawing it on your template).

    On a side note - I'm beginning to think there are more custom Mando's in Wales than the rest of the UK!!

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    Thanks guys. I'm trying to keep it very Mando and SW, yet break away from tradition a little. I'm almost afraid to say this but I don't want it to look like a Fett but with different color scheme. Not knocking other customs at all, I think they're great. I just want to go a little more out of the box.

    Mojo - I'm not sure about the waist yet. That's why it's blank. My thinking is that this guy is more heavily armed but I've not given too much thought to weapons and accesories yet. Just getting the actual armor down.

    See, I'm a big guy. In build anyway, plus I carry some excess weight. So the other reason for the heavier armor and gear is tht it will hopefully mask my weight and balance me out. LOL!

    The other thing I can't decide is weather to go for the flightsuit underclothes, or something more figure hugging. I'll probably go the for flightsuit but maybe tailor it a little.

    It's early days anyway.

    Thanks for the comments guys.

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    Re: My Custom Design

    First - this is a great design Skup.

    It's fun to see how much our 2 designs shares the same concepts.
    Like you I'm looking at something a bit more than just a different color scheme... I want the armor to serve a different purpose and that will make it look different from the usual mandalorian.

    My backstory is that my guy is hunting Jedis or whatever is the "hardest" catch at the moment... while he's a seasoned warrior, he knows that he might not have the skills to catch all those "prey" - but what he lacks in talents, he makes up in equipment (protective as much as offensive). So I'm going a more Royal Guard armor way (more plates, better "body coverage" - but then without sacrificing agility).

    I've also decided to use the net of nylon straps to attach those plates to me - I think it's going to be easier to adjust and make the armor more form fitting... and also decided to go fitting bodysuit instead of the usual flightsuit + vest. I want the armor to seem like it's an extension of my body.

    Oh - and I'm like you, I carry the excess weigth too... I'm currently looking for something that will go under the bodysuit and hold my gut - that will give me a better looking V-shape and that should make everything fall as it should be

    I'll be looking at your progress closely - seems like we can exchange ideas cause we're going in a similar direction for our mandalorian project.
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    What a post! Thanks buddy! And there was me thinking I was totally original! LOL!

    It's good to see another trying to go a slightly different direction!! I haven't quite come up with a back story yet but I have some rough ideas.
    Feel free to PM me if you want to bounce ideas off me buddy!

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    Cool start!
    I remember having a magazine some years ago (Cinescape, I think) that had SW prequel speculation, and the cover of it had an army of grey Mandalorian Warriors... it was just one cloned picture of a pristine Boba Fett, but it really got my mind racing about the possibilities of an army of these guys.
    That's what seeing your WIP made me think of... how cool some of those guys could be.

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    INDEED! I think Mandalorians are probably the coolest of the SW characters. I mean look at the following Boba has. The dude looked bad ***, for a character who didn't really feature that much in the original trilogy, he certainly picked up a massive fan base.

    There are certainly a lot of very impressive customs out there now too.

    I've been giving some thought to my helmet. I've been looking around here as well as Mandalorian Mercs and have seen a helmet that I fell in love with! Well, the helmet looks great but it was the eyes/visor that got me! The helmet of Novall Talon is amazing! For so many reasons really, it looks awesome, is painted beautifully(great color scheme) and is jam crammed with real working gadgets!

    weather2-jpg

    Though the visor on that particular helmet is what I liked the most. So much so that I'm going to incorperate that into my own. I quickly modified my existing model this morning to alter the visor. I'm not going for a total copy of this helmet, just the visor really. I have some ideas for the rest of it.

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    Looking awesome Skip!!! Great stuff as always!

    G-Fett

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    you could contact marrow sun and see if he could churn one up for you? i've got one of those and it's real pretty. now we just have to talk him into making a custom helmet with more of a "girly" look, so i can get my girl into a custom mando some day.

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    Thanks Studio! I'm just off to read your PM!!

    I like the MS bucket, though the reason I'm doing my own is so that I can corperate things I like and not be restricted to one particular design. Like I said the helmet is great but for mine I just wanted the eyes.

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    Hay skupil, heres a link to the thread with the 3d vairant helmet I told you about.

    http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/showthread.php?t=22309

    The image near the bottom is a close .3ds file. I dont know if its something your interested in or not, if you are, i can look for it and send it to you.

    Nice ideas, Cant wait to see more. I justr saw your pic with the eye slots changed thought you would like this.

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    I like your thinking there budy. Very much! Keeping the Mando look and feel but totally bringing something new.

    I even saved the pics for later pondering.

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    That cod peice looks.....dangerous. I realy like your chest armor though, I can't wait to see more, thats for certain!

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    LOL! It's a boxy design. Few curves. So I guess it does look a little nasty. Though the 3D version should illustrate it better.

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    Morning guys,

    I printed out my custom helmet templates this morning. I've ordered lots of fibreglass cloth, resin and some clear styrene for my visor too!

    I'll start building today and hopefully get it done for when my supplies arrive. I'm busy as hell with everything I've taken on but I need to have something to do when my backside is aching from all the PC time I've been spending. LOL!

    For my visor, I'm opting for a kind of Halo look. Not by shape, but by color and reflective finish. I've not chosen my color scheme yet but when I do I hope to use some colored mirror film(the stuff for car windows and motorbike helmets) and apply that to the clear styrene. I want something mirror but with a color to it, kinda like Commander Gree in ROTS. Remember he had a green mirror visor? I like that look but just need to pick a color.

    Anyway, I need to get building first!

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    I built most of my bucket yesterday. It's shaping up well I think. Though to give it a stong base to work on, I opted to laminate my cardstock sheets to thicker 1mm cardboard. Parts like the dome I left as is because I wanted the flexability when I put it together and the flat areas inside the cheeks/mandables I laminated twice to make them strong.

    I've got the whole helmet asembled now, as in the dome and then the rest of the helmet. Though I'm going to redo the dome as I didn't like the way it looked after building it. It didn't turn out as smooth as my RG dome. As a result, I've altered I've re-unfoled the dome to rebuild it the same way I did the RG dome.

    Hopefully I'll have that done tonight and attach it to the rest of the helmet just in time for the arrival of my fibreglass and resin tomorrow!!

    I've decided what colour my visor will be too. I've opted for a mirrored visor, no colour, just simple chrome!! That should look pretty good with the colour scheme I'm thinking of going for.

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    Sounds very cool!

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    Can't wait to see it Skip, you're designs are Genius!!!

    G-Fett

    Skupilkinson said: View Post
    I built most of my bucket yesterday. It's shaping up well I think. Though to give it a stong base to work on, I opted to laminate my cardstock sheets to thicker 1mm cardboard. Parts like the dome I left as is because I wanted the flexability when I put it together and the flat areas inside the cheeks/mandables I laminated twice to make them strong.

    I've got the whole helmet asembled now, as in the dome and then the rest of the helmet. Though I'm going to redo the dome as I didn't like the way it looked after building it. It didn't turn out as smooth as my RG dome. As a result, I've altered I've re-unfoled the dome to rebuild it the same way I did the RG dome.

    Hopefully I'll have that done tonight and attach it to the rest of the helmet just in time for the arrival of my fibreglass and resin tomorrow!!

    I've decided what colour my visor will be too. I've opted for a mirrored visor, no colour, just simple chrome!! That should look pretty good with the colour scheme I'm thinking of going for.

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    Thanks guys.

    I didn't get to finish my dome yesterday so I'll have to get it done today.

    I've also started modelling a visor attachment for it. Similar to Commander Thire from ROTS, it'll hopefully pivot up and over the dome when not in use, and them come down over the existing visor when needed.

    Supplies arrive today hopefully so I need to get this dome done so I can get into the garage to fibreglass it!

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    Well, I still have to get my dome fixed into place but I have been making progress!

    I've bought some great boots, an overall and some fabric for my flightsuit. I've got a sewing machine on the way to customise the overall to make it more Mando and less industrial estate. LOL!


    I've also bought supplies for a scratch built weapon an the things I need for my visor!


    On top of all that there's my armor! I've posted about it before but I've started to model it tonight and above is my progress! I love how it came across in 3D and hope it'll look just as awesome when I come to built it all.

    I have loads more to do and more ideas for it so this one should be fun!!

    To anyone who may be interested in the armor when it's finished. Sorry guys, but this set is just for me. Us customs have gotta stand out in the crowd right?

    Here's the start of my armor:
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    And my boots:
    boots2-jpg

    I really like these as they have a square toe on the sole but a round toe on the boot! I thought they'd be prefect for adding toe spikes to after adding some armor plating to the top of the boot.

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    Those boots look wicked mate - you'll just need some spats or boot armour to cover the laces. Love the idea of the squared off end though

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    Thanks buddy. I'd never seen boots like that before. They're steel toe so they'll keep they shape and not end up looking flat and daft in time. Though they're unusual because I've never seen square soles on a round boot before. I thought it made them look more kinda spacey! LOL!

    And what a bargain at 12.99 delivered!! It could mean they're rubbish but I'm hopeful.

    "Spats" was the word I couldn't think of when I typed "armor plating" LOL Yeah, that's what I'll be doing there.

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    Here's another update on my armor model. I've added butt plate, back plate, cod, and collar.

    I've yet to add a lower back plate the the rest of the limb armor though.

    The back plate has a flat area on the upper portion, this is to fasten my backpack to. It won't be a jet pack. Though I have ideas for it I've not decided on that bit yet.

    That's about it really, I'll post more when I have it. Hope you guys like it.

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    That's looking amazing mate! Can't wait to see it made

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