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  1. Nov 11, 2008, 1:42 PM - Darth Bane, Full Orbalisk armour #1

    I have shared my progress on this everywhere but here. And since folk have asked about the suit's progress in my other threads here on The Dented Helmet, I thought it tyme to start a progress thread. This has been the project I fall back on when my other projects settle down. He has been with me for ages now.

    Darth Bane was first mentioned in the novelization of Star Wars: Episode I, The Phantom Menance. His bizarre appearance was first visualized by artist Jesús Redondo.


    Darth Bane as interpreted by Michael Sutfin, 2002. This is the third Lucas Film Licensed illustration of Darth Bane, and the inspiration for my costume in progress.

    In brief, Darth Bane's armour is a colony of symbionts called Orbalisks. They are impervious to most all attack--even lightsabre, a significant advantage in the Star Wars Universe--and are very difficult to remove. They also cause the wearer interminable agony. To stop the colony from growing over his face as he sleeps, Darth Bane wears a protective cage-like helmet.

    To begin this project I made sketches to understand the character;


    And then I began to sculpt:


    What resulted was the most difficult mold and casting I have ever worked on;


    But I am happy with the results so far:


    I studied entomology for two years in college as an elective. I approached the anatomy of the Orbalisks with isopods, chiton, and certain beetles in mind.

    This has been a tyme consuming endeavour;



    Inspired by the deadline set by the 2008 Rebelscum Halloween Costume Contest, I turned my focus to arriving at a wearable version of my beloved Darth Bane costume.

    I consider the image above to be a test fitting of the work in progress, with several components left to fabricate and others to finish. I so look forward to having a new suit to wear to events next year.

    Be well,
    Thomas
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    Nov 11, 2008, 2:47 PM - Re: Darth Bane, Full Orbalisk armour #2

    Thomas, thats astounding man...truly masterful!
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    Nov 11, 2008, 3:26 PM - Re: Darth Bane, Full Orbalisk armour #3

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Well done my friend.
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    Nov 12, 2008, 12:22 AM - Re: Darth Bane, Full Orbalisk armour #4

    That's beautiful Thomas! Really nicely done.
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    Nov 12, 2008, 12:10 PM - Re: Darth Bane, Full Orbalisk armour #5

    Unbelievable. Thats amazing.
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    Nov 12, 2008, 4:10 PM - Re: Darth Bane, Full Orbalisk armour #6

    masterpiece, awesome job!!
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    Nov 19, 2008, 1:42 PM - Re: Darth Bane, Full Orbalisk armour #7

    To say that this is amazing would be an understatement! Great work!
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    Nov 23, 2008, 1:13 PM - Re: Darth Bane, Full Orbalisk armour #8

    Wow! Exactly how I pictured it when reading the book.
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    Nov 23, 2008, 4:32 PM - Re: Darth Bane, Full Orbalisk armour #9

    Wau man, fantastic!!!!!!!!without words!!!!!!!!!
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    Nov 24, 2008, 4:04 PM - Re: Darth Bane, Full Orbalisk armour #10

    Thomas, you never seize to Amaze!!! Incredible work as always!!!

    G-Fett
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    Nov 26, 2008, 9:15 AM - Re: Darth Bane, Full Orbalisk armour #11

    Yep. Still hate you.













    Looks awsome Thomas.
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    Nov 26, 2008, 10:46 AM - Re: Darth Bane, Full Orbalisk armour #12

    Great work as always Thomas!
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    Dec 2, 2008, 10:57 PM - Re: Darth Bane, Full Orbalisk armour #13

    That is stunning!
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    Dec 2, 2008, 11:47 PM - Re: Darth Bane, Full Orbalisk armour #14

    Phenomenal work,Thomas! It turned out fantastic! Hope to see Lord Bane at DC09.
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    Dec 2, 2008, 11:59 PM - Re: Darth Bane, Full Orbalisk armour #15

    Thomas, I keep coming back to this thread to read the new replies. While I'm here I take a look at the pics again, I'm really impressed with this!

    I have a question though, The headpiece is cage like and seems to encase the whole of your head? So is the piece in two pieces or did you cast it with with some sort of rubber so that it'd stretch over you head?
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    Dec 3, 2008, 1:20 AM - Re: Darth Bane, Full Orbalisk armour #16

    Wow, this is amazing! It's beautiful!
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    Dec 3, 2008, 8:11 AM - Re: Darth Bane, Full Orbalisk armour #17

    wow interesting concept but great to see you achieving your goal
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    Dec 3, 2008, 8:23 AM - Re: Darth Bane, Full Orbalisk armour #18

    :thumbup:thumbup:thumbup:thumbup:thumbup:thumbup:t humbup:thumbup:thumbup:thumbup:thumbup:thumbup:thumbup:thumbup:thumbup
  19. Dec 3, 2008, 12:22 PM - Re: Darth Bane, Full Orbalisk armour #19

    WOOOOOT!
    KANDOSII, NER'VOD!
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    Dec 3, 2008, 12:46 PM - Re: Darth Bane, Full Orbalisk armour #20

    You have just made Darth Bane much, much cooler!
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    Dec 3, 2008, 4:13 PM - Re: Darth Bane, Full Orbalisk armour #21

    Amazing work as always. I was hoping you hadn't shelved this project, and I'm glad to see it's moving forward so well. Thank you for the tymely update.
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    Dec 3, 2008, 6:52 PM - Re: Darth Bane, Full Orbalisk armour #22

    That looks amazing! He is definetly one of the best Sith ever! Very awesome job!
  23. Dec 5, 2008, 11:18 AM - keeping the dome Orbalisk free #23

    Thank you TDH, you support is invigorating.

    I prefer to hold off posting to my own progress threads until I have new images to share. The following comment supplied an opportunity;
    Quote Skupilkinson said: View Post
    The headpiece is cage like and seems to encase the whole of your head? So is the piece in two pieces or did you cast it with with some sort of rubber so that it'd stretch over you head?
    The helmet is worn as two solid forms in rigid resin, clam shell style front to back;

    The jaw is separate for articulation.


    The back was originally cast as one piece. It took me both hands AND both feet to demold--(and all my strength and a steady flow of maledictions. I tore that mold asunder and as I held the shreds of the ruined form over my head I felt like a predator.) I separated the two processes at the back of the helmet only recently in preparation to make a quality mold. I am not concerned with selling copies; I want the experience of making a functioning complex mold.

    In the photos above I am wearing the painted master helmet. I prefer to use a fibreglass reinforced gold resin casting for the final costume piece.

    I hope to make the Orbalisk neck seal next;


    Be well,
    Thomas
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    Dec 5, 2008, 1:45 PM - Re: Darth Bane, Full Orbalisk armour #24

    Thanks so much for the explanation and more pics Thomas! I'm even more stunned and amazed by this masterpiece now!

    It's beautifully done, the symmetry is fabulous too. You're a master craftsman my friend. I can't wait to see your neck seal.
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    Dec 15, 2008, 7:15 AM - Re: Darth Bane, Full Orbalisk armour #25

    Very, very cool!!!!!!

    I enjoyed the Darth Bane books, think it is one cool dude!

    Congrats with the result.

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