Darktrooper Progress Thread 8MAR2011: Getting back to it

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    I'm going to be honest in that this won't be getting completed anytime soon on my end. I recently enlisted in the Army Reserves and will be leaving in about 2 months, and won't be back for 8 months. I have too many obligations and projects that I need to take care of before I leave, so I won't be working on this anytime soon unfortunatly. When I return, however, I actuallly have money to my name and be able properly fund this.

    -TC

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    Back when I was deciding on character to base my first armour sculpt on, I had narrowed the selection down to two characters; The Dark Trooper and DURGE.

    In conversation with my Garrison Commander,--president of the local chapter of the 501st costuming community--I learned that the Dark Trooper had already been done, in 1996;


    From the web gallery of Valhalla Arms

    I post this to encourage those working on their own Dark Trooper projects, Chris and others, to completion.

    Be well,
    Thomas

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    Re: 1996

    The Clone Emperor said: View Post
    Back when I was deciding on character to base my first armour sculpt on, I had narrowed the selection down to two characters; The Dark Trooper and DURGE.

    In conversation with my Garrison Commander,--president of the local chapter of the 501st costuming community--I learned that the Dark Trooper had already been done, in 1996;


    From the web gallery of Valhalla Arms

    I post this to encourage those working on their own Dark Trooper projects, Chris and others, to completion.

    Be well,
    Thomas
    Encourages me to pick up where I left off, any other pics of this 96 DT Phase III?? I know the one Chris and I are working on is a Battlefront (2.5 version between Phase II and III) of the Dark Trooper.
    Last edited by Jangojedi; Jan 16, 2010 at 12:44 AM.

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    I've still got a few pages left to read in the middle of this thread, but I've really been enjoying going through it. Been providing me with a lot of ideas and inspirations of my own. Best of luck with the Army and establishing a cash flow! I'll look forward to seeing more progress.

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    KJeep plugging at it Chris, it looks awesome!

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    Is there any way i could get the pep files please i want to make the helmet thank you

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    Hello to everyone who reads this before I return! I am going to Army basic and AIT tomorrow morning! I won't be back until December! So 8 months! I'm planning to get back into this project sometime in the Spring, when I get everything settled with school upon return! See ya'll later!

    -TC

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    Congratulations Chris, I know you talked about this before, good to see you following through, take care and God Bless.

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    Lookin great so far

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    I really wish I could be finishing the helmet sculpt while I'm here

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    I've been thinking alot about this lately. I feel bad about the lack of attention I should have given this. I find that having a job now is really going to get me moving along with this when I get back.

    My biggest goal is to get this helmet done. I haven't completly decided yet, but if things are looking hopeful, I'm going to change over to an original DarkTrooper from Dark Forces. I haven't gotten much done except for the helmet, biceps and forearms anyhow, so I can go two ways: finish this version out or start fresh.

    -TC

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    If your not already you should head over to the 501st Spec. Ops forums and Awesome build by the way
    http://www.501stspecopsdet.net/forum/index.php

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    lunarlord said: View Post
    If your not already you should head over to the 501st Spec. Ops forums and Awesome build by the way
    http://www.501stspecopsdet.net/forum/index.php
    Oh wow, yea, I haven't been on the site since before basic, but they changed it alot! My old thread is no longer there. Two forum programs before, I was actually the mod for the darktrooper section, but the change overs kinda threw a few things out of place

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    its accually a whole new website lol

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    Man, I hate this thing to still be all talk..I feel helpless not being home. For those that don't know, I have been giving this project alot of thought and I have been wanting to transition this from the current BF2 version, to the original incarnation of the Phase 3. I can't really decide this for sure, but I will eventually be aquiring an almost one of a kind phase 3 jetpack kit made by RichiesArmor some years ago.

    That being said, I am NOT abandoning the current one (as I've put too much time, effort and money into this). The helmet, oh man, I really want to finish this thing. I really, really want to get the details fixed from the move and get the transition mold made!


    Ugh, I hate being trapped here!

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    tubachris85x said: View Post
    Man, I hate this thing to still be all talk..I feel helpless not being home. For those that don't know, I have been giving this project alot of thought and I have been wanting to transition this from the current BF2 version, to the original incarnation of the Phase 3. I can't really decide this for sure, but I will eventually be aquiring an almost one of a kind phase 3 jetpack kit made by RichiesArmor some years ago.

    That being said, I am NOT abandoning the current one (as I've put too much time, effort and money into this). The helmet, oh man, I really want to finish this thing. I really, really want to get the details fixed from the move and get the transition mold made!


    Ugh, I hate being trapped here!
    Keep at mate! I know you will get over this Hump! I know the feeling mate!

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    tubachris85x said: View Post
    Man, I hate this thing to still be all talk..I feel helpless not being home. For those that don't know, I have been giving this project alot of thought and I have been wanting to transition this from the current BF2 version, to the original incarnation of the Phase 3. I can't really decide this for sure, but I will eventually be aquiring an almost one of a kind phase 3 jetpack kit made by RichiesArmor some years ago.

    That being said, I am NOT abandoning the current one (as I've put too much time, effort and money into this). The helmet, oh man, I really want to finish this thing. I really, really want to get the details fixed from the move and get the transition mold made!


    Ugh, I hate being trapped here!
    dude! you suit so far is awesome! the helmet is so good! i feel for you! i also have a helmet in progress and i have to wait till i can go back to edmonton to finish casting it. when i think of how its gonna look and what i need to do to get it done i loose sleep!
    mine was made of card board and packing tape, then we made a mould of it . its gonna have 11 fans inside and a mini can that can record 8 hours of footage.

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    Since I'm back, Im going to spend some time focusing on this. I've decided I'm going to make a plaster mold, 4 parts. Going to be freaking massive, but I can handle it!

    I'll cast it in solid plaster as well. Wish me luck!

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    I'm glad to see that you are going to be continuing this project. I've always loved watching the progress on this since the beginning.

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    Chris, I cannot believe you are still cracking away at this!

    I remember this thread when it first started up and I have got to say I really admire your dedication.

    Don't feel disheartened, you are doing a fantastic job and I'm so pleased to see how far you have come.

    Keep up the great work!


    Dan

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    Chris, I cannot believe you are still cracking away at this!

    I remember this thread when it first started up and I have got to say I really admire your dedication.

    Don't feel disheartened, you are doing a fantastic job and I'm so pleased to see how far you have come.

    Keep up the great work!


    Dan
    Thanks bro! Been along time. Never thought I was gonna be taking so long on this project! I have the helmet sculpt on my desk just sitting there, so I always see it, and it bugs me that I haven't done anything.

    Anyways, I was giving it some more thought today. My buddy is going to help me out with it. I'm going to make one mass box. Going to pour the plaster in either 2 or 3 halfs.

    If I go with two, it'll seperat length-wise, with a seam down the center of the face to the rear fin. If I do a 3 part, I'll have two sections spliting the face and the rear half of the helmet will be it's own section.

    IDK, alot of ways I can do this. Either way, it's gonna be massive

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    i can't wait to see more progress on this thing. the drak trooper is my favorite character from battlefront 2. and you really have done a great job so far.

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    Thanks again!

    I'm wanting to get the mold done before megacon, but funds is holding me back! I had to repair my car last week and that took a significant amount of cash! Anyways, other than that, I'm in the process of planning how to make the mold since the thing is so massive!

    From the cast, I'm going to be doing the final smoothing and detailing, adding the mouth grill and sharpening the details.

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    Hi tubachris85x, I got some flat sheets of white plastic from Industrial Plastic. They have Styrene and Foamed PVC which bonds well with my PVC fittings from Home Depot. Easy to work with.

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    Re: Darktrooper Progress Thread 8MAR2011: Getting back to it

    Getting prepped and ready for this molding. I'm recruiting some fellow soon to be 501st'ers for the transition mold process. It's going to be a two part plaster mold straight down the centerline (length wise). Since I have the huge opening, I'm going to be attaching a "neck ring" so that I can mold this and not worry about trying to fill the opening.

    From that, I'll be using shell shock brushable resin that way I don't have to do a slush cast with a soon to be 40+ pound plaster mold!

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