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My Darth Vader WIP

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    My Darth Vader WIP

    I am starting a thread to show off my WIP Vader, but honestly I was not forced to do much of the work, so its not as labor intensive as I hoped it would be (maybe not a bad thing!)

    I started with a helmet casting from a 501st member. It was totally raw other than a coat of primer on it. I ordered every bit that fenix props had in stock for the helmet and the chest box, so all I had to do was sit back and wait.

    I got the helmet in one day about 2 weeks ago and jumped on my dremel, prepping it to get put together and I got an email from someone selling a suit. I was reluctant at first because I REALLY wanted to build mine the way I wanted, plus what are the odds the other guys would fit, right? Well after discussing price and measurements, turns out I have him by about 15 lbs and everything I needed fits PERFECT.

    I have to say I owe him a SERIOUS debt of gratitude, this thing is amazing! I knocked out more than half of the suit in one swipe. I had already purchased machined parts from fenix for my chest box, I am currently tracking down the few switches I still need for it. I also need to rig up a chest box harness, but that shouldnt be too bad.

    I will upload a few pics as soon as I can, waiting on my wife to send them to me. I was able to hook a guy up at my local comic shop with my helmet. He isnt exactly rolling in $$$ so he is going to slowly pay for the helmet and parts as he can, its a win-win situation. I will be pricing leather tomorrow, my mother in law can sew like a pro, so I will still get a little of my own work in the suit. I cant complain though, I skipped months of waiting for various pieces, I am hoping to find all the others by the end of the month so I can get it all together.

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    Re: My Darth Vader WIP

    First pic! This was my helmet as it came out of the box

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    Re: My Darth Vader WIP

    Facebook profile shot, lol

    Inner robes

    perfect length!

    outside with some better lighting

    full frontal

    Stop looking at my butt!

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    Re: My Darth Vader WIP

    The humidty was so bad here, you can see it in the pics! I will get better shots tomorrow hopefully

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    Re: My Darth Vader WIP

    its gotta feel super ba in it

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    Re: My Darth Vader WIP

    Boy you aint kiddin about the humidity in Little Rock the last week has been stupid, feels like a steamroom outside. Very nice start and the helmet is night and day from the 1st pic to the 2nd.

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    Holy Sith Batman
    good work keep it up

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    Re: My Darth Vader WIP

    Took a few pics last night. I have a HUGE rubies body suit on with the chestbox and the shoulder armor, but it made for a few fun pics. I should be finished up by next weekend. HUGE debt of gratitude to the boardies who helped me get this thing together!

    Next up Han in Carbonite, then I am doing the Fett!

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    Re: My Darth Vader WIP

    CongratsnBro..Looks great! I am doing some mods as well to my rubies suit. Mines not as labor intensive either but I am managing to do some myself : ). The armor just got painted at my local auto shop...turned aout phenominal! I'll post some pics as well. They will be in the thread entitled "ROTS supreme darth vader helmet". I also have the MR helmet and am getting the rubies helmet painted today. I am also in the process of upgrading the inside of the helmet to better match the MR. Great job!

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    Looks AWESOME bro! nice helmet! Im concidering building a Vader myself...we shall see how that goes....cash is the only constraint...but i have some new offerings for everyone not too far down the line, so maybe that will help finance the dark lord!

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    funny ^^

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    Re: My Darth Vader WIP

    Well, here are a few "finished"shots of Darth Tim

    I am going to upgrade the bodysuit, tweak the lid a little bit and redo my chestbox now that I have all the parts I need. Its awesome for now though, I would say its about 85-90% of where I want to be. Not too bad for 3 months work!




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    Re: My Darth Vader WIP

    The shoulder bells are not on in any of those pics. I couldnt find a way to stick them that would work. I tried hinges, velcro, industrial strength duct tape, gaffers tape...I finally broke out the dremmel and about a foot of mylon strapping and had the mother in law do some quick sticking! Works like a charm now!

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    Re: My Darth Vader WIP

    Since this is the most recent Vader thread, I'm gonna ask my question here...

    I'm throwing together a minimal vader costume for my girlfriend. It's not exactly "sexy vader," but far from the "vader couple" photo that comes up on a google image search. I'm taking huge liberties with the chest/shoulder pieces because it doesn't have to be acurate and it's my second from-scratch project with sintra and bondo (I'm rather proud of my first: ROTJ fett gauntlets) and this one had to be done without any templates.

    The helmet, however, I'd like to look good (so i can use it later!). I've got the cheap rubies helmet... I know, but accuracy isn't important here. I wanna repaint it, but I can't tell from screen grabs what's supposed to be gunmetal and what's gloss black. The 501st site just says alternate gunmetal and black. I know the neck is gunmetal, the dome is black... looks like cheeks are black, but when looking at photos taken with a flash and dark screen grabs the rest could be either. Anyone got specific details on this?

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    also... has anyone opened up the rubies "voice changer helmet" chest box to see if there's room to cut out the red and blue squares and add LEDs? I'm thinking about doing that too. If there's room in there, it should be just as easy as the two blinking LEDs I threw behind my fett chest piece.

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    Re: My Darth Vader WIP

    Nice to see more Blue Jays fans in the USA.

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    Re: My Darth Vader WIP

    Which vader are yuo going for? All of the movies have different paint schemes

    The bluejays were my daughters softball team BTW,

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    Re: My Darth Vader WIP

    Some updated pics, I didnt realize that these were not put up till today!

    Me in my first attempt to get approved. **** red switch was on the wrong side




    after fixing it (****** camera though)

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    Re: My Darth Vader WIP

    like i said, it's a modified costume for a female... so which movie version doesn't really matter. ESB is her favorite of the 4 it appears in, but I know she does plan on showing the chain on the cape (501st says that's not kosher on an ESB Vader). Looking at all your pictures, it all looks gloss black to me except for the very bottom (under the tusks). Is there a site with clear pictures or a template? Sithtrainingtemple has a graphic that is useless (and hard to find, had to get to directory display because the helmet page is missing). The left and right alternate colors? Is that correct?



    Also, I found Rustoleum Metallic Charcoal spraypaint today. Does anyone use that for the "gunmetal" color? It's the darkest metallic I have seen. I used to do a lot of graffiti, so I know spraypaint, but I don't have much experience with metallic or gloss (they get drippy when you're working fast in the dark on top of other wet paint).

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    Re: My Darth Vader WIP

    MY helmet has the correct paint scheme on it, I just have a dark metalic gray instead of a lighter one. Before I started this costume I didnt realize that it was a 2 tone paint scheme, so I REALLY didn't want it to be super noticeable.

    Check out the 501stsithlords.com site and sign up. All of the info you need is there. This is the correct scheme for an ESB vader helmet

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    So the left and right cheeks alternate colors? Weird. I will probably just do top/bottom and bridge of the nose and then ask her what else she wants done with the gunmetal. It's not going to be worn around anyone who will know the difference. Working on the chest/shoulders this week, I painted it up in silver and black to show off. Even my expert costuming friends who attend multiple conventions every year said "Isn't the whole thing black?"

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    Re: My Darth Vader WIP

    Wha?!? And you're still friends with these people?

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    Re: My Darth Vader WIP

    NegativeEleven said: View Post
    Also, I found Rustoleum Metallic Charcoal spraypaint today. Does anyone use that for the "gunmetal" color? It's the darkest metallic I have seen. I used to do a lot of graffiti, so I know spraypaint, but I don't have much experience with metallic or gloss (they get drippy when you're working fast in the dark on top of other wet paint).
    I don't think that's something to brag about.....

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    Not something to brag about? When you do graffiti, there's a lot of repetition and practice involved. There's also a large community of people (who are very hostile to outsiders and hard to contact) with a knowledge base comperable to that of the costuming community.

    Spraypaint is the kind of thing most people on this forum will buy based on a recommendation online (or the price on the shelf), use half a can to paint one small item, and leave the rest to go bad or get thrown out. Painting a mural with spraypaint will easily empty 5-20 cans and leave you with a lot of partially used cans, too. Getting good at it requires painting often, therefore I've bought A LOT of paint over the years. Spraypainting a wall is done all at once without waiting for each color to dry, so there's tricks to that. There's also can-control similar to the control you'd need to learn for a Dremel thru experience (except you probably don't learn to use a Dremel in the dark). There's different spray tips (which most people don't have because they have to be ordered in quantities of 50-100pcs). Some tips work better with specific brands. Different quality brands and finishes (flat, satin, gloss) are useful for different parts of a piece.

    I was stating that I'm familiar with all of this, but there's a reason I've never used much metallic paints. Now if you wanna debate legallity of vandalism of abandoned, crumbling buildings with me, we can do that with PMs and not fill a Darth Vader costume thread with off-topic conversation.

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    Re: My Darth Vader WIP

    Nice Vader!
    On a side note:
    I for one am proud of my roots....being from the South Bronx.....Graffiti is in my blood. From bombing to all out photo-realistic murals.
    Unfortunately most of America's perception of the art form is looked down on and derogatory. Learning to control the spray of a "rattlecan" prepped me for airbrushing which I rely on heavily in the SPFX industry....I guess you can say that it also helped me in my career as a graphic designer with the digital "airbrush" in Photoshop.
    There are some vandals with no artistic skill out there that give true artists a bad name.......but I assure you, as NegativeEleven stated, it is a skill that can transcend to other forms of creating.

    Now back to our regular scheduled program......

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