Well, I woke up early today and I decided to go out to the garage and start cutting out my mando armour. I had earlier bought some trashcans from Walmart (one sale for $7 each, woot), and I traced my WoF templates on them. About 45min. later, I had the front chest armour cut out. The armour is still rough, and needs to be cleaned up some. But, it's a good start. I think I may need to trim it down a little bit. I'm 5' 8", but I'm a little slimmer with an athletic build.
Here's what I have so far, on my old duct tape chest. Haven't had anything to put on him since I cut down on cosplaying.
When thinking about my mando, I went back to thinking about the origins for Boba Fett. They wanted someone mysterious and menacing, to stand there and hold their rifle like Clint Eastwood...like Clint Eastwood, that part kinda stuck with me. I love speghetti westerns, and I love Clint Eastwood. So, after a few days it hit me...Lee Van Cleef! He's another one of my favourite actors, and one of the roles of his I loved best was Colonel Douglas Mortimer (opposite Clint Eastwood's "Man with No Name") in For a Few Dollars More. So, I am gonna go off of that idea, and base the mando around that.
I'm going to have a single Westar-34, holstered infront by my belly/codpiece, like Colonel Mortimer. I may try to elongate the barrel and add a detachable rifle stock, to make it similar to his firearm. Also, some random rifle I have yet to design. The armour is going to be a mix of Jango/ESB Boba, with a little bit of custom work thrown in. For the jet pack, I LOVE the Jump Trooper pack from the PS2 Force Unleashed. So, I am going to do that. Here's the concept art for it, Merr-Sonn JT-12 Imperial.
Only thing I am really stuck on...is the colour scheme. I have a navy blue military jump suit, but I am not sure if I want to use that. Van Cleef's characters were usually known as the "Man in Black", so I may just do black with other darker shades. Who knows...lol. I DO know the right shoulder pad is going to be royal purple with a gold pattern on it. As a tribute to my mom, she's alive but this year has been pretty hard for her. She had corrective surgery on her foot, but because of the bones and other things the pins in her toes and foot aren't setting...and, now she can't really move around on her foot that well. If the next operation doesn't do some good, she is most likely going to be permanently disabled. I've always been pretty close to her, so that's something for her on my suit.
At the moment, I'm kinda at a standstill. The printer is out of ink, going to have to wait on the other templates. The fiance surprised me and printed out the chest templates, because she knew our printer was out of ink. And, she wanted to help me with the project. How sweet of her!
I'll update this as I get more done. Any ideas or comments are welcome and appreciated.