ANH Tusken Raider Mask rebuild

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    ANH Tusken Raider Mask rebuild

    Ok so i got a ridiculously good deal on a Tusken gear ($120 complete/shipped!!) right here on the dented helmet, so i jumped on it. It was all home made and not to bad. But me being the way i am, and loving to "rebuild" stuff, i decided to completely re-do the mask. I THINK its a poor mans kit (please correct me if im wrong any of you Denizens out there!)

    So heres how it looked when i got it:




    Not bad but when i look at this reference pic....

    .... it looks way off.

    One of the things i didnt like, was the "nose" (or i call em teeth) was too high up. I actually noticed most fan made Tuskens look like this. They dont look BAD, but they dont look "right" to me. I have actually started my own sculpt of a base mask, but thats for another thread lol. I also barely fit in it vertically. My chin was right up against the leather wraps on the bottom of the snout.

    So i decided to strip this one down and do a kind of daring mod, hoping i didnt destroy the mask lol. Here it is stripped down:




    So my plan was to remove the "snout" and part of the bottom/sides and lower it about an inch. I know..daring...and i wasnt even sure it would work, but i went forward... and did this!:


    And here is my holding the pieces to what i was hoping i could get it to:



    I then proceeded to CA glue and rivet spare HIPS to the sides to reattach the snout/bottom sides. I also added support in the nose area.We now have this:




    I then cut the hole for the Metal Nose (KINGJAWA) and tried to remove most of the leftover hotglue from the previous build.



    I then taped on the old resin eyes just to get an idea what it would look like:



    Not bad.

    So i now added some wire mesh to the open areas on the mask:


    i also attached what the previous owner had used as the back of the head (construction helmet i believe) but did it with elastic straps. It was just basically tape holding it together previously. I also padded out the forehead.




    Then i added the vinyl on the mouth/face areas:



    I then added the leather and metal parts..all by KING JAWA.




    Then i started the wraps..trying to emulate the Peter Diamond Tusken as best i could.


    Here is how it came out:





    What do you guys think? It was as close as i could get it to the reference. One of the things i want to address with my scuplt is the width of the bottom of the snout. Should be a tad wider to match the reference Tusken i posted. Couldnt do too much with this kit in that sense, but all in all im happy with how it turned out.
    Heres a compare pic. Not quite the same angle heh. Obviously its not perfect, and still a bit off..but at the very least i got the eyes/nose ..well i always called em "teeth" ...spacing pretty close! Im happy with this bad boy for now!

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    Re: ANH Tusken Raider Mask rebuild

    I still need to weather this overall, but i decided to do the mod on the mouth, and think its much better now. Heres what i did.

    I made a "frame" to support the extra width with pieces of HIPS.




    I then wraped it with craft foam to give it a flat surface and added the vinyl and the leather wraps. I also dyed the thin leather wrap dark red, and re-did the Nose. I think face wise, this is the best its going to get. Just want to add a few more wraps and weather it and im done.




    Heres a new comparison....the best i could get. The eyes are angled differently than the reference, but i think i got the overall look down:


    Heres a compare of my original, my modded rebuild and the on set reference.

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    Re: ANH Tusken Raider Mask rebuild

    Hm...i think maybe i should brush up on my Tusken speak? LOL

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    Re: ANH Tusken Raider Mask rebuild

    It looks MUCH better and I think the mouth build-up was well executed. Awesome!

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    Re: ANH Tusken Raider Mask rebuild

    Muad'Dib said: View Post
    It looks MUCH better and I think the mouth build-up was well executed. Awesome!
    Thanks Muad'Dib! I wish i could make the top of the head taller, but i don t have much more material for wraps so i think this is it with major mods on this. Im sculpting a base mask i hope will address all these issues i had. when thats all done, maybe ill give another go

    Here it is weathered with the same shot for color comparison.
    Last edited by Darth Voorhees; Dec 17, 2011 at 3:03 PM.

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    Re: ANH Tusken Raider Mask rebuild

    nice work. I love the aging.

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    Re: ANH Tusken Raider Mask rebuild

    Looking good. I built one of these a few years back and struggled a lot with the weathering on the wraps, it looked flat next to the reference photos. I started adding some subtle greens and reds and suddenly it just popped.

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