A thread devoted to the debate between the traditional mandos(fett style),and the custom creations.
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A thread devoted to the debate between the traditional mandos(fett style),and the custom creations.
Try to keep it civil.
P.S.If the mods dont want this going on,please feel free to delete.
Personally, I enjoy seeing both. I don't like seeing 8 different Mando's with a dent in the exact same place, but I have no problem whatsoever with different paint schemes on Boba/Jango templates. I also enjoy seeing original templates that are still reminiscent of Fetts, but change up the shapes. I like seeing modified T-visors. Of course, I'm very fond of unique gauntlet designs. I like seeing vibroblades and different greeblies on them, rather than the same rocket and flamethrowers.
Personally the only thing I hate in customs is the dent, IMO leave it out or atleast get a jango helm and make a different dent ELSEWHERE on the helmet. Other than that I could care less about the armor style. Jango/Boba or different there's no difference to me. Verd ori'shya beskar'gam.
Personally, I think that the standard Mando set up is a little played out. By that, I mean standard chest, leg, gauntlets, kneepads, etc. Introducing a unique design into it, be it the chest, back, gauntlets, legs, helm, whatever, is cool. Didn't Mandalorians really just modify their gear for whatever their mission was?
Well think up a backstory, and modify it. And not just the colour scheme!
Like, if your speciality is sniping, you might want lighter armour because you'll have to be in a concealed spot for a while. If yours is heavy weapons and demo, then you'd probably want heavier, more reinforced, kind of industrial armour. It's all relative, but I do agree that the same repaints of Jango and Boba do get kind of boring.
I hope this thread and the topic it covers doesn't lead to further trouble. There is room enough for all types of Mando costume, be they based upon Jango, Boba, KOTOR, Deathwatch, Games, figures or just straight out of your head in this world and the Star Wars universe. My only stipulation is that it should look like it could've been in the movies.
Anyone who knows me - knows I'm all about the customs baby! It is very challenging to make a custom suit that looks like it what designed and created to look like it belongs in a movie. But I have no choice most of the time. All the cool characters I like are usually male so I do female versions.
Yeah. It's all good. My only problem is when people repaint a Boba helmet and don't take out the dent. Is it possible that every Mandalorian is initiated into the fold by having their Clanlord dink them in the helmet with a hammer in the same spot? Then there are the gauntlets. Do ALL Mandalorians have the very same gauntlet weapons, or are there other gauntlet weapons available to the Mandos. Does every Mando have to have a range finder? It seems to reason that in earlier times, we should see the rangefinder evolve. A buddy of mine suggested as I was creating the helmet for my Mando a sort of crosshair that pops down in front of the visor where the right eye would be. That would be cool, but I'm not crafty enough to come up with it or I would. The machine gun gauntlet was going to be a gatlin gun that spun around using a small electric motor. I couldn't get it together after scratching my head about how to gear it down and not make it so bulky. It's still a good idea.
The whole reason I got into the custom stuff was because I'd wear my Boba to a convention and there would be a hundred other Bobas who looked much better than mine (mine doesn't have all the blinking lights and whatnot). To top it all off, the 501st would come over and tell me I'm all wrong, even though I tried my best, and I had some bad experiences with a few 501st guys. I mean, I didn't kit my stuff. I made it with my own two hands out of a numerous gaggle of materials. Those guys can be way too serious. So, if I'm custom, I get to do my own thing and not worry about some guy pointing out that my toe darts are 1 centimeter too far apart. (and what I just said may get flamed, but I don't care. I'm not the only one who has been miffed by the 501st, even though I don't think those guys who did that to me represent the organization. It's a good organization and I have friends in a Garrison who care about my views.)
However... I understand that not everyone has the technical knowhow to create their own gaunt designs and stuff. It's hard. I made my Boba gauntlets from sintra and other odds and ends. It was a nightmare, but I think they look pretty accurate. A friend of mine machined the tip of the rocket dart out of aluminum and I made the rest out of pvc pipe. Sometimes it's easier to buy your armor (Jango/Boba) and repaint it. That's ok. It still looks cool. I've seen some pretty wicked paint schemes. However you go, it's really cool. I just don't have the money to go online and buy premade armor kits or spring for fancy paint jobs. I do what I can with my sintra and my dremel tool. I've seen hundreds of costumes on this site that TOTALLY put mine to shame, and I'm totally ok with that.
Above all, it is my hope that all of us on this site can give each other constructive criticism on costuming, because if we are not honest in our criticism, we are cheating the person being criticized. After all, it's just opinion anyway. You can take it or leave it. I don't care.
first Mando helmet doesn't have the standard RF, I have a texting eyepiece in place. My second one will have something like what you're talking about with the crosshairs, I just need to figure out how to mount it while keeping it removeable.
Kantis, your first Mando helmet puts my Boba to shame. Sweet sight. I love that. Is that a working LED on the left side (yours)?
I don't like Boba and Jango repaints at all, personally. But this roots it's self in the fact that I like to think that every custom has his or her own place in the fictional galaxy (unless they're gimmick characters). That means to me that every single one of them grows up differently, preferring different styles and techniques... I can understand a few similarities with Jango and Boba, perhaps if that character comes from the same clan as the Fetts… But other wise I don't particularly see an excuse in having just a repainted Fett when it's been emphasized that Mandalorians are very strong indivisuals.
Mandalorians are strong individuals but also strong in their ways and traditions.
It is a culture. A way of life adopted by many people throughout the galaxy in the EU. Without a base orginization or true homeworld to speak of. So how a mandalorian is represented i believe is up to the individual. But the Mandalorian traditions remain.
How we interpret those traditions is as varied as the people who make the costumes. We all are different ages and come from different backgrounds just like in the EU so our interpretation of what an Mandaloiran should look like will always be just as varied.
I think we all started out thinking Boba or Jango were the ultimate in coolness at one time or another and wanted to make a costume like them, but being that we wanted to be different we decided to make a custom mando.
Again age and background come into play. Some of us want to stay close to the original Fett style while others want to do something completely different.
More power to ya whichever way you decide to go.
I myself prefer the more classic style and went with what parts were available at the time when making my costume. Time, money and availability of parts and materials were also factors.
The other customs i have seen i happen to think most of them Rock. Some dont.. But i think just like Boba and Jango costumers they are all pretty much works in progress. Are they really ever finished?
From wild tribal paint work and custom accesories to a simple color swap on standard parts and armor.
One thing we all have to agree on. It's Mandalorian.
From what Ive seen, most Mandalorians have the same armor as Jango and Boba (as seen here), but with different paint jobs/color schemes. What this means to me is that the Fetts' armor is the basic Mandalorian design;essentially, the armor comes off of an assembly line, and the Fetts never reall cusztomized theirs due to the fact that they felt no need to display individuality. Boba Fett altered his armor for practicality (knee dart-launchers, wrist rockets, etc), only adding the Wookiee braids as an attestment to how tough he was ("I've killed Wookiees. I can handle you."), intimidating opponents who tried to take him on hand-to-hand.
Now, if you look at canon customs, you can see that, despite subtle changes to the armor, it retains that Boba/Jango look. So to me, a "repainted Boba/Jango" does not exist (unless you keep the dent); you're just using "assembly line" designs.
That's why I say "cookie cutter" instead of repaint, even if you use the same cutter the cookies turn out different when they're done.
To get completely different armor would require extra money to commission and/or metal-smithing skills as well. Most Mandalorians probably wouldn't have either at their disposal since their typical lines of work bring in money that would likely be used on things like weapons, the essentials, ships, etc before anything else.
And most probably wouldn't be well off to the point where they'd pay for something like completely different armor when an "assembly line" version that's just as good is available. That would probably be especially so during periods like the civil war where the mentality would likely be "use what you can get and then get back out onto the field."
To draw a parallel between Mandalorians and custom builders, Mandalorians would probably also have their share of "traditionalists" just like custom builders have their share of traditionalists that prefer the "Fett style" armor.
For the typical soliders and traditionalists, tried and true would be the way to go. While it would also make sense for the periodic specialitst (ie heavier armor for demos, etc.) to show up.
In the end, have fun with what you make your custom to be. That's the point of the hobby. If you want to make a completely different variant go for it, but what's the point in attempting to belittle those that went traditional? You don't see them going "eww another mando mutant" when a variant pops up afterall; while in contrast there's always someone saying "ack another repaint" when a traditional style shows up. No, you see them giving a thumbs up if they like it.
my personal opinion on mandos is look at the kotor comic books i cant remeber which numbers but theres so many styles, not all have the t visor, some have a bar slit or seperate eye peices, a twi'lek mando had eyes painted above his brow, they all had so many variations of armor, gauntlets, weapons, jet packs some had no packs, alot wore neo crusaders i mean the possibilities are limited by your imagination. i do enjoy the super commando armor style, my first suit im workin on is a sort of variation of the jango armor with different plates here n there and im building a custom pack, gauntlets, and knees, possibly bicept too. ill agree seeing the same dent in the same place is very tireing and over done, but mandos are individualistic in their gear, be it color or total differentiation in their suits i do plan how ever to expand ive already begun custom parts of armor. so as long as you(your charecter) are mando it shouldnt matter what your gear looks like be it T visor, bucket design, anything. a mando is more then just their armor( i think skirata said that ) but im hopefully not stepping on any toes here.
The way I see it, the Mandalorians were a tight-knit paramilitary-style organization. While standardization was not a requirement, it occured quite frequently so parts were easily replaceable and repairable without having to have special equipment or carry unique replacement parts for hundreds of different styles of armor, which takes up space and weight either in your ship or on your back.
And like in a paramilitary organization, there are those who are unique and like to demonstrate their uniqueness in different ways.
Then there are the 'trophies' taken off fallen opponents which were better than what they were using, so they adapted it into their gear.
And there are always the tinkerers who 'tweak' an existing design to better suit their uses.
And a dozen other reasons why an armor might or might not be 'cookie cutter'.
Personally, I like the unique designs which really reflect the person behind the "T". I'm hoping my armor design will turn heads because it won't be 'the ordinary'.
Put me down as one would doesn't mind the assembly line look. I was always under he impression that Jango Fett's armor was typical Mandalorian Super Commando armor, and Boba Fett's was too (with some slight variation). And this armor was a standard uniform for the period in the Mandalorian history just before the first movie Arc (epi. 1-3). If you look up "Supercommando" You find that they were loyal to Jaster Mareel's Supercommando Codex, which was guidelines on how "True Mandalorians" should be-
From Wookipedia. So it doesn't specifically talk about armor, but it doesn't seem too far out that if there was mandates on "True Mandalorian" Behavior, then there would also be a Standarizing of what a Mandalorian should look like also. Never mind the financial sense in standardization that others have talked about.The Supercommando Codex was a guideline to proper Mandalorian behavior drafted by Jaster Mereel upon becoming Mandalore in 60 BBY. The goal of the Codex was to purge the dishonorable, mercenary ways that had become prevalent among them. However, a group of Mandalorians under Vizsla opposed the reforms, leading to the Mandalorian Civil War.
That really stinks that that happened to you with the 501st. I have heard some good and bad things about them. No one should dis anyone for trying. I think you get kudos for making everything by hand rather than just buying everything.
And I agree with everyone about the dent in the helmet. A little bondo would fix that problem in a snap.
Again, I will be flamed for this...
If I bought an OCC Chopper, custom made by the boys at OCC and then repainted it when I recieved it, could I say I "customized" it? Of course not. I repainted it. If I bought a Luke Skywalker costume and then died it purple, did I customize it? Same goes for buying Jango and Boba recasts and then repainting them and wearing a different color jumpsuit. It's not really customizing. The idea that Mandos would have all the same gauntlets is illogical. They are a nomadic culture who borrowed from everyone, who kept war trophies, who were masters of warfare and improvisation. Codex or not, they are as old as the Jedi. There are bound to be aberrations, and as I have seen in the KOTOR comic, there are thousands of variations on the Mandalorian. As long as it has a Mandalorian style to it, who cares? I've seen some really cool custom Mandos on this site, but I've also seen some really cool repaints. But let's call them what they are. It's a question of semantics, really. Don't you think?
And just as importantly; who would define that line? You? Who appointed you arbiter? Would your opinion differ from mine or others? Would the battle for definition just cause strife and discomfort among a group of people who visit this site, and build this armor just for the pure fun of it and don't want to get caught up in a semantics argument because someone gets a wild hair up their rear?
Last edited by webchief; Feb 8, 2007 at 5:16 PM. Reason: Swearing not allowed per the Code of Conduct.
Those are the words i have been waiting for.
Let there be peace between the canons,the customs,and the redesigned customs.
I think we all just need a group hug.
You're not going to be flamed. People disagreeing with your point of view does not mean that they're flaming you. If they do so in a rude manner, call you names, then yes, they're flaming. However, there are not many here who do that.
Actually, it's quite logical for many Mandalorians to have similar gauntlets. Why? Because they were a military/mercenary group. As such, they had to have the best equipment, versatile and powerful. The gauntlets that we see are just that; the overall design is a tried and true weapon of the Mandos, so it is only logical that they use it. Rocket, blaster, dart launch, flame thrower... a walking arsenal.
Also, Mandalorians ceased to be nomadic during the time of the Galactic Civil War, as they began operating from their homeworld of Mandalore. Therefore, mass-production of the armor and gauntlets came into effect, distributed among Mandalorians who came of age. If you look at many of the Mandalorians that Boba Fett has been leading, most have virtually the same color scheme as he does. Green and red armor, identical flight suits, etc. Mandalorians are about efficiency, with some individuality. Paint schemes, certain designs, etc represent this individuality while retaining maximum efficiency.
Anyway, they are called "custom Mandalorians" more because of their backstories; they are fanmade, not canon, therefore, they are referred to as custom characters. It's the same principle as if you created an RPG character.
I love them all I must say. You have awesome, just off the screen looking Jangos and Bobas and really really ****** Jangos and Bobas. Same for customs. You get some customs that look really really well done, and then those who look like they gave the preschool class some acrylics and a big brush and said paint my armor.
I always look to Boba and Jango when working on my Fett. The flight suits are worn in and weathered. The boots are very well thought out, and details for the need, not a ton of greeblies just for the sake of it.
I like hearing back stories and seeing that evolve tastefully in the custom mando. Mandos are a mercinary, nomadic warriors, who do not need flashiness and a ton of extra do-dads, but useful weapons.
I enjoy seeing different shapes to the armor, but well done, well thought out.
I guess you can take from the tone of my thread, is that IMHO, the best customs are well thought out, beyond the helmet and armor and carefully crafted and could have just stepped in for Boba or Jango.
That being said, I dont think you can beat a well crafted, expertly done Boba or Jango Fett. No insult meant, as I dont own either, but they speak mastery when you see them at a con or event. Even more so when the wearer has the character well rehearsed.
I guess since im the one that started the thread,i should post my opinion.
I think that every custom is fantastic.
Whether it be the fantastic basic armor most do,the revamped armor made by
big fett daddy,or darth valcars complete redesign,they are all great.
I disagree. A custom Mando that looks like it could be in a movie beats that because you don't have forums telling you what colours to use, what accessories to get, etc. You have to kind of think up a backstory to make it seem realistic, and you have to add all your own pieces in addition to the imagination you have to have.
I appreciate your opinion, in kind I would say look at the very forum you are posting on. The Dented Helmet is not a regime organized to force you to have certain colors, they are living the same fantasy as you, only on canon costumes. Honestly, without Boba first, then Jango we are nothing. Thats not meant to sound arrogant.
I would actually say thanks to the TDH for letting us have the space to share our customs and gleem from the work they have done. No flaming meant, just something to think about.
Well, does it really matter? I mean its all star wars. At least their not merging mandos with star trek for god's sake...
I'm with the guys who like the "assembly line" look. It's sort of like Special Forces soldiers in my opinion. The all wear the same uniform/armor/gear/etc, but each guy makes his own special modifications to suit HIS particular needs and preferences. Some guys might prefer a thigh holster to keep their backup weapon, others a waistband holster, others a vest-mounted holster, etc. But in the end, they are pretty much identical in appearance.
I dont think there is anything wrong with using some artistic license while building your Mandolorian, but at the same time, when Mandos start looking more and more like Master Chief or a Transformer, I think the "personalization" has gone a little too far.
Crossovers can be cool if they are done right. Most people don't.At least their not merging mandos with star trek for god's sake...
This is a cool thread. Its nice to hear how passionate people are about Mando and costuming.
its kinda nice ta c what others think about our passion/hobby what ever you may call it so i agree with thebiggunns also i saw ure pred queen at the lair im excited ta c what you do with a mandalorian
According to the article about Mandalorian culture in Star Wars Insider, the Mandalorian armor was something that was perfected over centuries. Who is to say what it looked like in its infancy. I mean, look at these:
NONE of these look like Boba/Jango, but they have the Boba/Jango feel to them. I think that as long as the custom has the style of Boba or Jango and looks Mandalorian, it is ok. However, the creativity of the maker of the armor is the limit, really. Maybe later in the history of the Mandalorians, the armor became more cookie cutter as they refined their gauntlets and whatnot. Who knows. Just don't say they all have to be the same.
You have a point, however the only one of the above that has the "Boba/Jango feel" is the third one.
None of those look like Boba or Jango because of the time period. The first? Ancient Mandalorians, thousands of years before ANH. The second? Neo-Crusaders (which dont really have a Boba/Jango feel; rather, they have an Imperial Guard look), about 4,000 years before ANH. The third? Death Watch, a group that splintered from the true Mandalorians, and fashioned their own helmets so as not to be associated with the true Mandalorians. Even then, their gauntlets are virtually the same as Boba's.
Sure, they dont all have to be the same... but they dont all have to be different in a glaringly obvious way, either. Making a Mandalorian costume, and having others not mistake it for Master Chief or a Cylon, relies heavily upon symbolism. After all, you make this costume to show it off, right? What good is it to show off a Mandalorian costume if nobody has any idea what you are? There's nothing worse than walking around in a costume from Star Wars and having someone ask if you're from Battlestar Galactica or Farscape. In order to avoid this, you'd want your custom Mandalorian to represent the well-known Mandos in the movies, which people will then recognize.
Now, why are the gauntlets usually the same? Simple: it's cost-effective. It's difficult for amateurs to create completely custom gauntlets, especially if said-amateur is in college, with tuition costs and rent. Not to mention the hundreds of dollars that go into buying books for class. People like that (myself included) do not have the spare cash to buy clay and create molds, buy the material and assemble a vaccuuform table, and then buy the plastic on top of it all. Then they have to find the time to make it; not easy for a full-time college student who also has a part-time job. They'd have to do all of this just to get a quality pair of unique gauntlets when it'd be cheaper and more convenient just to purchase a normal pair (which will most likely be of better quality).
Dude. I completely understand. I am a high school English teacher with 4 kids and a wife who chooses to be a homemaker. I scratchbuilt my gauntlets from sintra pvc, odds and ends from Radio Shack and bondo, but they still cost 1/4 of what some of these guys are charging for premade gauntlets online. My custom scratch built Mando (I scratch built the bucket, too) cost a total of $500. That's pretty cheap when you think about how much some of us on here have thrown into theirs. My dear mother (who complained most of the time) stitched together all of the soft parts for it. My boots are from Payless, my gloves are from Home Depot, etc.Originally posted by Boba_Fett_03
It's difficult for amateurs to create completely custom gauntlets, especially if said-amateur is in college, with tuition costs and rent. Not to mention the hundreds of dollars that go into buying books for class. People like that (myself included) do not have the spare cash to buy clay and create molds, buy the material and assemble a vaccuuform table, and then buy the plastic on top of it all. Then they have to find the time to make it; not easy for a full-time college student who also has a part-time job. They'd have to do all of this just to get a quality pair of unique gauntlets when it'd be cheaper and more convenient just to purchase a normal pair (which will most likely be of better quality).
I still don't see how an ancient Mandalorian (like mine) can't have a machine gun gauntlet or to be more direct, a slugthrower gauntlet. And also, two missiles on the left gauntlet are better than one, especially if you can guide them in with your helmet laser (like some of the laser guided missiles of our era). I think a whole host of costumes which show the evolution of the Mandalorian armor over the millennia are great. We could have all of us stand in a row and have a picture taken similar to the "evolution of man" picture, except it would be the "evolution of the Mandalorian" That would be fun. Don't dis us for building Mandos with some imagination behind it. Mine and several others like me have our backstory, and that adds to the complexity of the Star Wars universe.
Most people call us Power Rangers anyway, Boba, Jango or Custom. It doesn't matter.
Now I have no problem with those that wish to take a further step away from the established canon regarding Mandalorians and their armour. Many create some very impressive armour indeed BUT and it's a HUGE BUT it's no more valid as someone that chooses to make only minor modifications or a change in colour.
And remember that it's soon gonna lose some of it's shine if you end up arguing with every person you meet on a troop if they can't tell your even from Star Wars let alone a Mando.
This is yours, correct? Your gauntlets have the same basic outline/design as Boba/Jango gauntlets, with just a few different odds and ends. Hence, you are proving my point.
When you say you spent about $500, what are you including? Everything, including the weapons, switches, belts? The most expensive parts on my armor are the gauntlets, which cost me about $150 (more or less). My entire costume has cost me about $370.
I am not "dissing" what you've done. Im defending what you're attempting to belittle. My point is that nothing is wrong with either design; eleborate, or regular. Both take a lot of time, blood, and sweat to create. Belittling either one is an insult to anyone who's put work into making one. Nobody ever said that your ancient Mando (which looks more like a modern one than anything, btw) can't use a gattling gun or slug thrower on your gauntlet; hell, we've got Mandos here who put lightsaber blades on theirs. Go nuts; make your Mando what you want it to be, but please do not step up and belittle the time and effort of others who enjoy this hobby.
Uh oh someone better go find a ruler.....
I think both sides are right in some regards, but I can definately see where the Mando "purists" would complain when Master Chief or Power Ranger-esque Mandolorians come onto the scene saying they are an "evolution" of the traditional design. This thread was meant to discuss not argue, and so far its pretty interesting, so lets keep it civil so they wont shut it down.
There is a difference between custom and sintra armor over sweat pants and sweatshirt.
For every good custom mando i see 10 bad ones.
I really do enjoy seeing the result when someone pulls off their own design or one of the ancient Mandalorians from KOTOR or other EU material, but it takes a lot of talent and time. Since most parts for customs aren't readily available, people have to make them. Some people take the extra step, and some people fall short and it shows.
The first problem is the helmet. It should be relatively simple to alter the rangefinder and fill the dent (not all mandos are going to have the same dent). Also, you don't have to start with a Boba bucket. Starting with a BKBT helm gives you a clean start to alter the helmet. Next the armor, if you can't make molds or pieces of your own at least alter the armor you buy instead of just changing the paint scheme. Maybe accent the edges or add stuff to the armor. You could change a lot around with the gauntlets and knees. Even the jet pack could have a different rocket.
People are able to pull off prepro fetts, jaster mareel, and jodo kast. So making parts for a custom mando while using jango or boba parts to start with is possible
All in all I like what some people are able to do, but most people are going to recognize Boba and Jango and I feel a stronger connection with those two characters.
unconverted rubies are also a custom killer (it just looks bad)
I think he means rubies that still have the stock visor in them
I think he is saying the Rubies buckets are ugly. In my opinion they are, they are just funny shaped and too small.
I agree with CombatBaby. None of my posts are meant as a diss to a custom. I think to make my point, I can will say it as clear as I can.
A lot of the custom mandos out there look bad. They look uncompleted or just half-done. Thats what I meant by weather the jumpsuit. Dont wear sweats, get something different than hiking or work boots. When you have something as obvious as brand spanking new hiking boots, it pulls the audience back in from the fantasy of the character from a different universe right back to normal when they recognize those boots, or sweats, or whatever. Think things through. Its not about how much you have to spend, its about being judicious.
Well thought-out, great executed ideas with some labor shine through.
Someone looked at my unfinished desert helmet (it still has the molded plastic in for now) and suggested that I might cover it with something like a respirator since the desert can be harsh. I thought about it but I desided to cut it out all the way when I install my lens.
I have seen helmets that don't have a full t-visor but have been modded and look great, Phantom Viper and BH1378 come to mind.
Another thing that really irks me is firearms. What I mean is when people just buy a cheap softair or chinese airsoft clone that look like rubbish. Also when people just look at a gun and think it looks futuristic enough, examples being the FAMAS, Aug, P90. I understand that there isnt alot of choices out there for guns that seem to fit the SW galaxy but atleast try and modify the gun more than just putting a BSA reddot on it.
Rubies helmets are a drag. My Boba (first costume ever) was done up with a repainted Jango that I drilled a dent into and redid the visor. I'm still not happy with it. It's too small. This is why I decided to build my own bucket when I did the custom. Believe it or not my nose isn't pressing up against the inside of the visor. I have about a 1.5" clearance now. My firearms for the custom I built (and I'm waiting on leather holsters that a friend of mine is making for me) are two nerf pistols with the red laser effect just beneath the barrel. I removed the stick that stuck out of the back of the gun which is used to cock it and then did some modification to make it look more like a gun. And here is the finished result:
I haven't seen anyone wear sweats under their beskar'gam. Who does that?
I gotta tell you, as a newbie, if I knew there was this much whining and arguing in the costuming world, I'd have stayed with the fanboy jerks who ramble on for four hours about insignificant **** like Picard vs Kirk. You guys certainly can suck the FUN out of this. It's a friggin Halloween costume that we geeks put on when it's not Halloween. If some people are more talented than others, who cares?
My personal pet peeve, and I see it among some of the 'best' of you, is the slap-dash "Look at me uncontrollably rub silver paint on my armor to weather it!" look without any regard as to how paint actually chips or wears. But I'm not going to get my panties in a bunch over it or confront the guy at a con and say 'You suck!' because he still busted his rear end to get the costume to look that good.
This is a Rubies that I touched up in under 2 hours in my garage with spraypaint only. Its far from a masterpiece, but for someone with a small budget and an even smaller interest in 'trooping', it does the job just fine. Not to mention it looks better than alot of the "custom" jobs I've seen that began as nicer helmets in the first place.
I probably should pass this thread by and keep my mouth shut, but if I did, I just wouldn't be "me." I think that we do ourselves a slight disservice by putting too many labels on Custom Mandalorians. Traditional, imaginary, canon, movie quality, etc...Rather than divide ourselves pointlessly, we should unite ourselves in some way, shape, or form. I've suggested some kind of group for customs in the past and was blown out of the water for it-so I can relate to those of you who have been bashed for no real reason by certain folks. Whether my set of armor is the best or the worst, it matters little to me-for the most part anyway. We would all like to have our work praised but my motivations seem to lie in pouring what creativity I have into my projects, and also meeting and getting to know many of you fine people...
Rubies helmets are just big giant pains in the arse. Id recommend either making one out of scratch (that batting helmet thread is around here somewhere) or acquiring a fiberglass bucket. Of course, there are some who can make great looking helmets out of Rubies (lloydkristmas recently made an awesome one). I just know that Im not that talented.
I got my stick, where's that horse?
Funny you should mention that, but my friend who is making the leather holsters for these bad boys managed to make them go in and out of the holster smoothly without any further modification to the gun. He's just that talented.OrtharRrith posted:
I'd suggest removing the nerf lugs from underneath if you want to be able to draw them smoothly from holsters. The same goes for the tabs on the side of the laser.
Dha Syntir, I belong to a Mando group that certainly enjoys a good custom Mando, though we're not limited to only customs, certainly. If anyone feels like checking us out, go here:
I will certainly check out the link-thanks!