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Starting My Suit Tonight - Venom Mandalorian

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    Starting My Suit Tonight - Venom Mandalorian

    Hi Everyone!

    I'm Loshi, and I've been in love with Star Wars for a long time.

    For the first time in my adult life, I've had some disposable income and some spare time, so I've decided to finally realize a dream - Make a full suit of armor of a Star Wars Character (Either Trooper or Fett)

    Ever since coming across your website while absentmindedly looking up costume patterns, I've been in love, and yesterday I decided I would finally achieve my dream.

    I'm going to build my first custom Mandalorian Suit!

    I see the amazing jobs you've all done on Boba and your custom suits, and after much forethought (Undead, Dragon, Samus-esque...) decided what I want my custom suit to be. It will be combining two of my favourite characters of all time, and I'm really excited.

    Venom and Boba Fett.

    I've drawn some schematics on post-its, and have a great idea for custom chest armor (Involving the Venom Logo).

    I was going to build a Cardboard Helmet (Thanks to Wizard of Flight for the amazing template), but a friend has graciously offered to give me his old helmet from a costume when he was young, so I'll be modifying it. The antennae is broken, and the visor is cracked, so I'll be replacing those.

    I'll be building the armour out of layered cardboard, as this will mostly be a preliminary suit (In time for Halloween). If it is successful, I fully intend to purchase some Sintra to make proper chestplates, and do a proper molded helmet.

    I just wanted to make this thread to chronicle my efforts, and hopefully become a part of this amazing community!

    I'll post the notes as soon as I can.

    Thank you all so much for the welcomes, I look forward to sharing my experience with all of you!


    If anyone has any tips, suggestions, or questions, please don't be shy! Thanks again!
    Last edited by Loshi; Oct 3, 2009 at 2:46 AM. Reason: WIP status is official!

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    Good luck vod just remember to take your time.

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    New Plan - Getting a Trashcan. Easier than cardboard to use, and more durable. Saw BrenSett's pics, looked supercool. I need to find these "snaps" everyone keeps talking about for attaching armor to their flakvests...
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    Re: Starting My Suit Tonight - Venom Mandalorian

    Loshi said: View Post
    New Plan - Getting a Trashcan. Easier than cardboard to use, and more durable. Saw BrenSett's pics, looked supercool. I need to find these "snaps" everyone keeps talking about for attaching armor to their flakvests...
    industrial strength Velcro works also.

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    Hey man welcome aboard good decision w/ the trash can armor

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    Re: Starting My Suit Tonight - Venom Mandalorian

    Welcome aboard! Any questions you need answered, just give a shout and I'm sure someone here will be able to help.

    Also,
    http://www.tandyleatherfactory.com/s...=line+20+snaps
    Line 20 snaps.
    I will have a tutorial posted up here in just a few minutes on how to use them...


    A'den

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    ey man good luck! sounds you got most of your flanks covered.

    btw... you combining the coolest villains ever! cant wait to see it

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    Re: Starting My Suit Tonight - Venom Mandalorian

    Thanks for all the support!

    I got a bunch of supplies, I've got the snaps situation covered, and I made my chest pieces tonight.

    The Blue pieces are cut from a big blue rubbermaid container. it was discounted because it had a shattered corner, and it's alright flat and very slightly curved.

    Second picture is after painting. Will need to do detail lines for the leg definition.

    The last picture is the claws I'll make, those are prototypes out of scrap paper at work. My left arm will be melee.

    I also got a longsleeve biking shirt for underneath, a black tshirt (took the pocket off) which I'll hem and trim to make into my "flak vest", will eventually sew a vinyl one.

    Figured out how my snaps work, will attach them to the armor plates by attaching them to a small piece of fabric and gluign it to the back of the armor plate.

    Still need to do the collarbone armor piece, as well as the back pieces, and codpiece. Also, shoulders. I think I'll go with the traditional Mandalorian shoulder, back, and codpieces, since I can't think of anything that';d be venom appropriate.

    Also, I'll get my friend to stencil and spray the venom logo on the backpiece, and we were concepting a super unique (looks like it's made of corrupted organic material that's attached to an original jetpack, looks rad in theory)

    I'll also make a cape which I'lla ttach with snaps.

    Tomorrow morning I work on the helmet!

    Also, I'm gonna make a cast (in plaster) of the plastic helmet, then later down the road I can mass produce them once I learn (From you amazing Mandalorians) how to do plaster casts.

    We also concepted some more designs, using rusted metal as a medium (my artsy friend suggested this, so he might do it as an art piece for his school, lol)

    Let me know what you all think, sorry it isn't more, but we spent a lot of time concepting stuff tonight, and shopping.

    EDIT: oh, and I'll probably be using industrial velcro for the below-waist armor (copiece etc.) so that I can take it off while driving. is it uncomfortable to wear while sitting?
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    dude... i love your chest plates!

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    Thanks! The bottom "spinneret" of the spider body will extend slightly below the flak vest, I think it'll be a nice effect.

    I could see how someone could easily modify this to be a bat-like chestpiece... I shoulda made the head thinner. Phooo. Oh well. Thats why this one is rubbermaid and I'll make a proper sintra one later!

    Lol, what if Batman took up Mandalorian trianing? xD

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    There is a mando batman out there

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    like the chest plates. and you were nervous lol looks great

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    There is a Mando batman? I must challenge him... Lol.

    Yeah, I was nervous, but my artsy-stype friend is really helping out. I'm a computer tech by trade, so he's being a huge help with the fabrication process. I'm doing all the sewing myself, though.

    The photos are of: THe Don Post helmet from my other friend. We sawed out the cruddy faceplate and will be replacing it with a nice (Possibly mylar) T Visor. Either that or I'll just tint some plexiglass.

    The finished chestpiece, with gloss.

    My workspace. Cigarettes and alcohol... Lol.

    And you get a backshot of Daryl doin' stuff. He's the artsy guy whose been helping.

    The modified Tshirt is going to be my flak vest. Already hemmed and sewed and trimmed it to where it looks good.

    The longsleeve shirt will go underneath everything. Keep in mind, Venom Symbiote, so the sheer shinyness of it will be perfect for imitating the symbiote, while the rest of the armor overtop of that will look more rough and rigid (ie. tshirt looks thicker than sheer biking shirt that I'll be wearing underneath it.)

    Gonna go work on the stylized shoulderpads now, and concept some designs for the backpiece. I'll most likely keep the kidneyguards and the codpiece identical to stock, but, hey, thats what I said about the shoulderpads, and we thought of AWESOME shoulderpads.

    Wish me luck!
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    Re: Starting My Suit Tonight - Venom Mandalorian

    WOW! This is so cool! I love the chest plates, nice idea. Keep it up!

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    Interesting concept, ner vod!

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    Hey vods, sorry for the lack of updates, I've been busy with work, but tonight I plan to have my custom shoulders, kidney plates, and maybe even my back plates done, so I'll post picture later on! Thanks for being so supportive!


    Also, quick question - If I want to curve plastic using the Boiling Water method, how would I shape the backplate to, say, my back? Wont the plastic be booooiiiling hot? What do you suggest?

    Thanks!

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    dude that is sweet!!

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    if you do it like that wear a thick sweater vod

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    I'll be dancing a lot in it. Also, I';m not gonna have the top as baggy as a regular Fett, as Venom is quite a... skintight looking fellow.

    Anyways, here's tons of pics!

    Photos are: Back armor
    Shoulder armor (Flat shoulderpads, with the bent pieces as the "bells". I'll put the Mando logo on one shoulder in Red.)
    Black tubes which will be put onto an armor gauntlet for blasters. Also, I'll get 3 laser points, turn them on, and glue them inside so I'll have lasers on the whole time.
    My staff. I do staffspinning as a hobby. I'll be putting venom-like tentacles on the ends.
    Kidneyguards.
    Nerf blaster, after using a dremel on it.
    The engraving of the venom chestplate logolike thing.

    And for the final pic... I gotta find a girl to wear this for me!
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    Today is sewing day! I'll take lots of pics and show yall. I'm gonna see if I can make my codpiece too, and draw concepts for my kneepads.

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    Got sewing done for some things... But got waylaid.

    This weekend I'm spending all Sat and Sun building my suit and helping a friend with his Halloween costume (Chain Devil).

    Will post lots of pics when done! I should actually be WEARING it! :o

    Just wondering, anyone here in the Vancouver, BC area...?

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    Awesome idea! Venom as a Mando... what could be a greater combo?

    Just wondering how those spinnerets on the spider work out when you sit or bend? I'd almost think about maybe breaking the abdomen into sections so it could curve. Could even make them overlap like Samus's stomach is of her suit. Might be an idea for later down the road if you end up coming back to modify it.

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    Re: Starting My Suit Tonight - Venom Mandalorian

    This is going to be interesting. I always wondered what a Venom Mando would look like

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    Sorry for the lack of updates!

    First is me standing.
    Second is with my buddy's demon horns on it
    Close up of the glowstick holders and laser pointer before painting
    Me sitting after a party I had saturday where I wore it

    My venom/Boba's Staff, with my buddy's brimstone guitar, and the helmet is hidden behind it.


    Decided to forego codpiece/kidneyguard. Going with a white beltbuckle I've made, makes it easier to move in.

    I'll take lots of pics of individual things once the armor is totally done.

    Gonna finish it wednesday, will show you of course, I'm so proud and happy with how it turned out!

    Replies: The spinnerets are fine, they're quite rigid and my gut has been going down since I've been trying the Mando Fitness Challenge and eating healthier.
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    Hello

    Will post more tonight and tomorrow and Sunday!
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