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  1. Feb 20, 2010, 12:07 PM - Sith Stalker WIP #1

    Being a mad lover of the Force Unleashed game and seeing the amazing armour that Rob from 'My wicked armour' had made I felt inspired to make my own version.
    I purchased a helmet off of Rob as it was very reasonably priced. Basically I couldn't make it myself for any less and his looked superb in the photos.

    On recieving the helmet I decided to give it a few tweeks as I wanted to upgrade it a bit. Plus Rob is a good bit smaller than me so I had to enlarge certain bits. So within 10 mins I had it stripped down and ghost coated it with primer to see what needed doing.

    Then I cut off the mouth piece and started filling the edges to crisp them up but after a while I decided to make my own mouth piece as I would take them same amount of time to make one from scratch. The new mouth piece was made with alot of car body filler and ALOT of filing and sanding. I then also made a mould of this.

    When I took the ears pieces apart I noticed they were a little un-even and not as crisp as I would like, so I decided to get some new ones turned on a potters wheel then take a light weight cast of that.

    I cast both pieces in aluminium resin. It is amazing stuff that you mix up and cast like a grp resin but when it is set it behaves like aluminium. Hence you can polish the hell out of it and add weathering etc. It is actually hard to tell from the real thing even if you hold it. See below for the finished pieces.
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  3. Feb 20, 2010, 12:16 PM - Re: Sith Stalker WIP #2

    The helmet has got a re-shape and paint. Came really close to binning it and starting again on that too. But with a little chopping and adding, like making the visor slit rounded etc iI was starting to be a lttle happier with the way it was sitting on my big melon!

    Cut some new side bits out of some lovely thick smooth leather then shaped and painted them. The original was painted polythene that wouldn't last 5 mins in my clumsy hands!

    So I've added a bit of paint and laquer to seal it all.

    It is way to shiny in the first pic but once I flatt it down, added weathering, blood spatters and a nice new optically perfect visor we are in business!

    I ended up mounting the mouth piece on to some Vader style mesh, as details like this are unidentifiable in the game imagery I thought it would add a bit of authenticity to the lid. Bearing in mind that it is made up from bits of Mando, Boushh and Grievous. (it also helped with ventilation and vision!) I ended up sticking some more mesh in the ear pieces and at the nape of the neck.
  4. Feb 20, 2010, 12:23 PM - Re: Sith Stalker WIP #3

    Next up is the body armour. I actually did a very quick packing tape body cast (initially for another project) as I have no one locally who can cast me.

    I sculpted the shoulder armour in wet clay, sealed it with a plastic spray then made a silicone jacket mould.

    I again used the ali resin to cast the final piece and strengthened it with a fine layer of fiberglass to keep the weight down.
    After a quick trim and polish.

    I'll add some weathering and scratches later.
  5. Feb 20, 2010, 12:28 PM - Re: Sith Stalker WIP #4

    Next on the list was to start making my first ever lightsaber.
    This first saber is Galen Mareks one that he uses before becoming the Sith Stalker.
    It is then worn on the Sith Stalker belt along with the other 5 sabers that he collects from his prey.
    Bearing in mind I have a total of 6 sabers hanging off my belts they need to be light weight reproductions.
    I cut this one from vinyl plumbing pipe.

    All the other bits are foamex and acrylic.
    I knocked together a little LED light board for the hilt that runs off a 3 volt watch battery to keep weight down.

    It may not be the most accurate saber as the artwork for it changes from media to media (that's the problem when you are doing a none movie character!), so I went for what looked the most appropriate and proportionate IMO.

  6. Feb 20, 2010, 12:35 PM - Re: Sith Stalker WIP #5

    These are the Sith Stalker claw blades that he wears on both hands.

    I originally made the first claw blade out of aluminium. It was lovely, light and very strong.
    The only problem was it was also extremely deadly! And I suspect illegal!
    One wrong move when you are half blind in your helmet and costume and little Johnny will be minus a head.
    After much deliberating I went for a foamex version. I think they actually turned out better than the ali ones as they have a better thickness to them.
    (... yes I know I am wearing one claw too many!)
    I was able to get hold of a beautiful bit of electronics made by 'Fettronics" for the little light box that sits at the nape of the neck.
    Any of you Bobba makers out there I strongly recommend these guys for your electronics. Fantastic service, super quick shipping and the PCB is a thing of beauty!(You probably guessed I'm well impressed with them!! )

    Anyhoo, I made a nice little light weight box out of Foamex to mount it in. Skimmed it with filler and gave it a little rub and buff.

    This will then be poppered onto a leather base that attaches to the armour.
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    Feb 20, 2010, 12:37 PM - Re: Sith Stalker WIP #6

    Everything looks amazing! Keep it up
  8. Feb 20, 2010, 12:40 PM - Re: Sith Stalker WIP #7

    Decided to dive in and start the rib armour.
    Firstly I sketched on a rough layout for the shape.

    Then I sculpted the armour profile in wet clay onto my forma. I've decided to do one side at a time for the sake of ease.
    That silver finish is just a protective spray coat that stops the sculpt drying out.(not that there's much chance of that in this weather!!)

    Next I took a silicone mould and cast it in the same aluminium resin that I did the shoulder piece in.
    I decided to do a silicone cast of the little light box too after seeing it next to the other aluminium resin pieces it looked like poo!
    'Rub and Buff' is great stuff but it doesn't hold up to the finish you get with the aluminium resin.

  9. Feb 20, 2010, 12:47 PM - Re: Sith Stalker WIP #8

    Pulled the moulds on the light box and the chest armour.
    Cast (yet again!!) in the ali resin. Hot glued in the pcb and velcro strap to hold the battery box in place. Not the prettiest from behind, but hey, who's gonna see that?

    Looks like the real deal from the front compared to the foamex, rub and buffed version. The ali resin allows you to gouge nice big slashes and chunks out of it, basically as any metal would(apart from adamantium that is LOL)

    Aluminium Resin cast on right, foamex original on left.

    The rib armour is made in the same way as the light box the only difference being that it got a layer of fibre glass for strength.
    Now it just needs a good sand and rub down with wet and dry then I'll give it a polish when I make the other side.

    Thinking of mounting this with quick release buckles to the leather armour that's worn underneath.
  10. Feb 20, 2010, 12:54 PM - Re: Sith Stalker WIP #9

    Had another bash at some lightsabers.
    I need a working saber known as a 'Sith Claymore' that would be light enough to hang on my belt with the 6 other sabers and have a detatchable blade.
    Dougie Fett kindly sold me his MR Luxeon conversion Vader saber(cheers mate!) . With the guts of this I could use for the Claymore and the rest of the saber I could use to make a light weight Vader saber(another of the 6 sabers that hang on the belt!)
    Much the same as the Galen Mereck saber I cut a load of PVC pipe to size and shaped some pieces of foamex for the Claymores pointy fins.

    ...and the same for the Vader, using the original as a template.

    Once everything was sanded I fitted the guts of the Vader into the main chassis of the Claymore and used a thunb screw instead of a grub screw to hold the blade in place.(saves having to get out an allen key everytime you want to remove the blade.

    For the pommel I turned a piece of hard wood on a lathe then skimmed it and gave it a metallic finish.
    I added plumbers compression washers, a pretty red button and screwed the fins into position and hey presto...
    a working Sith Claymore!

    Those Luxeons sure are bright buggers!

    The Vader is a bit rough around the edges, but it is barely seen as another saber sits on top of it on the costume.
    So now there are 3, phew! Only 4 to go!!
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    Feb 20, 2010, 1:36 PM - Re: Sith Stalker WIP #10

    Incredible. Amazing workmanship, absolutely top shelf.
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    Feb 20, 2010, 4:06 PM - Re: Sith Stalker WIP #11

    Most Impresive, dude.
    Exelent Work!
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    Feb 20, 2010, 4:37 PM - Re: Sith Stalker WIP #12

    wow thats awesome!!!!
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    Feb 20, 2010, 4:39 PM - Re: Sith Stalker WIP #13

    Awsome job on everything and looks great.
    I've had some e-mail conversations with Rob. He's a great guy and does impressive work. If anyone doesn't know about his work they should head over to his website.
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    Feb 20, 2010, 5:39 PM - Re: Sith Stalker WIP #14

    absolutey amazing!
    Great job!
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    Feb 20, 2010, 5:56 PM - Re: Sith Stalker WIP #15

    look's great jules.....well done buddy
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    Feb 22, 2010, 11:37 AM - Re: Sith Stalker WIP #17

    Nice work so far,cant wait to see it all put together
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    Feb 22, 2010, 12:26 PM - Re: Sith Stalker WIP #18

    Great work, and thanks for the WIP details and pics.
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    Feb 23, 2010, 3:10 AM - Re: Sith Stalker WIP #19

    Awesome armor, and thank you, it's great to have so good pics!
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    Feb 24, 2010, 5:57 PM - Re: Sith Stalker WIP #20

    never ceases to amaze me to see what some of you guys can create
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    Feb 27, 2010, 8:02 AM - Re: Sith Stalker WIP #21

    Following you tutorial with great interest Jules across the forums, fantastic buddy.

    Intrigued to what your going to show us next.

    I see my Cad Bane sculpt there in his younger days lol.
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    Feb 27, 2010, 11:13 AM - Re: Sith Stalker WIP #22

    very cool. Im thinking of doing some sort of Sith costume in the future, you may have swayed me.
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    Mar 1, 2010, 11:02 PM - Re: Sith Stalker WIP #23

    whats the difference between foamex and foamcore? Or are they both the same?
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    Mar 1, 2010, 11:50 PM - Re: Sith Stalker WIP #24

    simply amazing
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    Mar 2, 2010, 12:13 AM - Re: Sith Stalker WIP #25

    So how much longer till you're done with this armor?...................................... so I can convince you to sell it to me.

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