WIP: Syper's Mando Build

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    WIP: Syper's Mando Build

    Ok here goes nothing

    Started my Mando build this weekend. Over the years of collecting Fett parts and pieces while also picking up odd parts from flea markets here and there. I have just about everything I need to create a full Mando suit. I’m in between my Fett PP2 project and I thought why wait let’s start my custom Mando build. Here’s the main direction I want to take my Build in. I would like to create a Mandalorian Worrier that looks like he could have been in any Star Wars film fighting alongside Boba Fett. Yeah I know tall order for sure, I’ll give it my best.
    Thought I would start with the helmet. let the sanding begin
    This “Horn” is my play on the Fett rangefinder, or sensor array
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    Ok back to sanding, painting

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    Re: WIP: Syper's Mando Build

    looks cool! i like the horn idea, very interesting take on the rangefinder. i'll be watching your thread!

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    Very cool concept. Be interested to watch this. Any ideas on armor at this time?

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    Re: WIP: Syper's Mando Build

    Man where do you get the time to work on two costume projects? Looks real good, also interesting.

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    OK guys i'm finally done with the painting and weathering of my helmet I made just about every painting mistake one could possibly make but its a custom build so its all good right. let me know what yalls think.
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    Re: WIP: Syper's Mando Build

    Adding some close up pics.

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    Very tribal feel to him, looks real good bro

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    WIP: Syper's Mando Build

    Thanks Brother

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    90-91 i was in the gulf war sitting on an aircraft carrier thinking about home, my girl (wife Today) and my family. I remember passing time by drawing super heroes thinking wouldn't it be cool if there was a Boba Fett / Robocop / Ironman / Deathlock kind of hero. here's the conceptual drawing i came up with at the time and it's now the vision for my Mando build.
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    Also i talked about collecting cool parts and pieces over the year that i thought could work well on a custom Mando build. Where's what that collection looks like.
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    Re: WIP: Syper's Mando Build

    Spent some time on the custom Mando build this weekend. Painted armor and finally decided to attach the knees to the shin guards.

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    Knee attachment - I used a hinge with screws on the knees and bolts on the shin guards
    e-jpgf-jpgg-jpgh-jpgyes these are old school MOW Knees

    Boots
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    Sidearm and Holster
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    Belt
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    I'm toying with the idea of using MOW boots for this build?
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    I started weathering the armor pics coming soon.
    Last edited by Syper; May 4, 2014 at 11:54 PM.

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    Re: WIP: Syper's Mando Build

    Great work dude :-)

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    Thanks DanzoFett....

    Weathering is done sorry pics are not the best. I used a Rust-Oleum 7760 Heritage Red, Silver and Pearl Paint markers. then i used a combination of dry brush and airbrush for the black.

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    And here's the rest of my gear i'm planning on using...
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    Re: WIP: Syper's Mando Build

    Really like the simple red and silver

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    Re: WIP: Syper's Mando Build

    Syper,

    I love the fact you're doing the throwbacks to Pre Pro Fett (Uzi, patched gloves, pockets, etc), which is a fantastic way to make that "in universe" feel.

    If I could possibly offer some constructive criticism, it would be maybe scaling back on the amount of "skulls" down to one, possible keeping true to the shoulder instead of on a patch, helmet, and ab piece. The symbol loses its subtlety when it's all over the armor, and it's something I see as major overkill on a lot of customs. As my wife puts it, "It's like the Ed Hardy of Mandalore when it's giant and all over the armor".

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    Syper,

    I love the fact you're doing the throwbacks to Pre Pro Fett (Uzi, patched gloves, pockets, etc), which is a fantastic way to make that "in universe" feel.

    If I could possibly offer some constructive criticism, it would be maybe scaling back on the amount of "skulls" down to one, possible keeping true to the shoulder instead of on a patch, helmet, and ab piece. The symbol loses its subtlety when it's all over the armor, and it's something I see as major overkill on a lot of customs. As my wife puts it, "It's like the Ed Hardy of Mandalore when it's giant and all over the armor".
    Thoughts, suggestions always welcome and appreciated Brother, I'm starting to see your point I thought the skull on the ab plate may have been a bit much, thanks for pointing that out Mr. I can buff that ab skull out I’m sure. And the patch skull I can leave out. The helmet skull was a vinyl sticker that the previous owner painted over so I’m hoping that having just two skulls won’t be over kill.

    I’m hoping to Build a Mando that could have been in the same unit with Fett at one point or maybe on some of the same campaigns. Also because my mando came from around the same time frame as Fett he could have been issued or collected some of the same gear as Fett. I also want to be careful / mindful that I’m not just recreating Fett but in another color scheme.

    So keep tabs on this build and let me know if something’s not right, all good.

    Thanks man

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    I’m hoping to Build a Mando that could have been in the same unit with Fett at one point or maybe on some of the same campaigns. Also because my mando came from around the same time frame as Fett he could have been issued or collected some of the same gear as Fett. I also want to be careful / mindful that I’m not just recreating Fett but in another color scheme.
    I honestly feel like this is the best route to go. Considering Boba was the only "Mandalorian" in the Original Trilogy, seeing any variant of it other than a kit-bash of multiple colors and found items is a bit...odd. When customs start getting mono-chromatic and uniform, it detracts from the look of Star Wars and starts getting into "Hey...is that a Halo character?" territory...you hear the public making comments like that at cons, trust me.

    I'd highly recommend visiting gun shows, militaia stores, etc...find anything Pre-1980 and work on altering it with greeblies and chop-mods. Take long, hard looks at the damage Joe Johnston applied to Boba's armor and replicate that look. Before you know it, you'll have something that looks like it belongs in Lucas' archives.

    I feel the most impressive custom costumes are the ones where you look at them and go "Now THAT was something Lucas' team made in the late 70's!". There shouldn't be anything "modern" or "futuristic" in a recent sense to it.

    Shoot me a PM on this any time you want man, and I'm sure a lot of people here will be more than willing to help you out! The WANT to self-improve and stay true to the Star Wars aesthetic is 90% the battle.

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