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    Sep 11, 2008, 11:47 AM - Vader's Apprentice #1

    Hey all,

    So unless you have been in a coma the last month I'm sure you are aware of the new game coming out on tuesday called "The Force Unleashed". After playing the demo I can say this game is going to be sweet.

    Yesterday I started looking into making the Starkiller costume, origionally for the premier but due to school work it looks more like it will have to suffice for Halloween. Anyway here is what I am going off of:



    And here is where I got with about $20 at wal-mart, which I didn't think was too bad for proof of concept.




    I plan on rading good will and the salvation army for belts today or tomorrow, and I am still working on the templates for the shoulder armor which I plan on making out of sintra and bondo.

    the wrappings you see here I cut from som cheap fabric. If anybody has a better idea how to do the wrappings please let me know.
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    Sep 11, 2008, 11:51 AM - Re: Vader's Apprentice #2

    Looks pretty good. Now shave that head!
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    Sep 11, 2008, 12:03 PM - Re: Vader's Apprentice #3

    Freaking awesome man! For only $20 deep you are almost done! I'd (and everyone else I'm sure) love to see some progress pics of the shoulder armor you are making!

    Saint_Nasty is also making a SA costume for his friend. Maybe you and he could trade ideas?
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    Sep 11, 2008, 1:03 PM - Re: Vader's Apprentice #4

    shave...shave...shave...!!!!
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    Sep 11, 2008, 1:19 PM - Re: Vader's Apprentice #5

    Shave, shave, shave....!!!!
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    Sep 11, 2008, 2:05 PM - Re: Vader's Apprentice #6

    yes ... show us the shaved head! LOL
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    Sep 11, 2008, 3:03 PM - Re: Vader's Apprentice #7

    Quote mmgraphics said: View Post
    yes ... show us the shaved head! LOL

    That is the LAST thing I am going to do, because if I don't finish the costume to a presentable level by sunday I really don't care to be walking around with a buzz cut for no reason.

    Ironically, this is the shortest my hair has been in the past 5 years since I am looking for a job right now, and I already feel it is too short. So if I cut it I am making sure I have a good reason.

    Any tips about the wraps yet? That is my major hold up at the moment.
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    Sep 11, 2008, 5:41 PM - Re: Vader's Apprentice #8

    there are several of us working together to make this costume for a friend of mine, http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/showthread.php?t=27591

    all the observations we've made looking at promo shots as well as the character in the game have been posted in that thread. take it in, enjoy it, i hope it helps you.

    what we're going to do for wraps is probably going to go to walmart and get a few yards of 60" muslin and just start slashing it up into ribbons and wrap, wrap, wrap.
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    Sep 12, 2008, 10:24 AM - Re: Vader's Apprentice #9

    Quote saint_nasty said: View Post
    there are several of us working together to make this costume for a friend of mine, http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/showthread.php?t=27591

    all the observations we've made looking at promo shots as well as the character in the game have been posted in that thread. take it in, enjoy it, i hope it helps you.

    what we're going to do for wraps is probably going to go to walmart and get a few yards of 60" muslin and just start slashing it up into ribbons and wrap, wrap, wrap.
    I was going to make my armor out of Sintra, but after I saw your armor I decided to put away my hatred of fiberglass and try it your way. After making a manaquin of ductape I took some paper and poster board and made a template. the collar is glued on the poster board, and I plan on glassing it later tonight after I go belt hunting.






    Wish me luck!
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    Sep 12, 2008, 12:28 PM - Re: Vader's Apprentice #10

    Looking good! Are you going to get a droid restraining bolt?

    I like your R2 trash receptacle
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    Sep 12, 2008, 1:07 PM - Re: Vader's Apprentice #11

    Quote LostSonOfSparda said: View Post
    Looking good! Are you going to get a droid restraining bolt?

    I like your R2 trash receptacle
    The plan is to make a restraining bolt ( I still don't get why he is wearing one) out of bottle cap and a PVC coupler. I used a similar teqniue to make one of the vents on my old proton pack.

    And if your wondering R2 is made form a domed trash can found at walmart and the legs are foam and paper mache. the panel detail is done using pin stripes. If anyone wants to see more pics of that project let me know.
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    Sep 12, 2008, 1:16 PM - Re: Vader's Apprentice #12

    Quote Dark Jedi said: View Post
    ( I still don't get why he is wearing one)
    Yeah, me neither, guess we'll find out Tuesday.

    Quote Dark Jedi said: View Post
    If anyone wants to see more pics of that project let me know.
    Why, yes please!
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    Sep 13, 2008, 4:50 PM - Re: Vader's Apprentice #13

    So last night I started to get busy on the armor and probably killed a few brain cells in the proccess. I fiberglassed over the poster borad with a $10 container of resin and 1.5 packs of fiberglass cloth, so this little piece has 12 sq ft of glass cloth on it. Today I trimmed it, bondoed it, glazed it and painted it. Here are some of the high lights:













    Tonight after I shower and eat I plan on finishing the restraining bolt (anyone else see the irony of a restraining bolt on the main character in The Force Unleashed?) and adding some grime with back spray paint and charchol. Tomorrow Ill add the straps and then if everything looks good I'll see about getting the haircut.
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    Sep 13, 2008, 6:33 PM - Re: Vader's Apprentice #14

    looks good dude! did you mirror the template patterns or make seperate temps?
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    Sep 13, 2008, 9:20 PM - Re: Vader's Apprentice #15

    Excellent job! I was playing this last night and the armor is looking good!
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    Sep 14, 2008, 12:40 PM - Re: Vader's Apprentice #16

    Quote saint_nasty said: View Post
    looks good dude! did you mirror the template patterns or make seperate temps?
    I made one template for one shoulder and mirrored it, althought the collar I had to have fun matching since I glued it on before I traced the other half.

    Ill be trying to put straps on in a little bit, so expect a "finished" product this evening.
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    Sep 15, 2008, 7:55 AM - Re: Vader's Apprentice #17

    "Finished"? Just in time for the Midnight Madness launch of the game tonight! Be sure to take pics!

    And yes, the restraining bolt seems useless, but maybe we'll figure out why once we get our hands on the game.
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    Sep 15, 2008, 9:38 AM - Re: Vader's Apprentice #18

    That's looking great!
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    Sep 15, 2008, 10:52 AM - Re: Vader's Apprentice #19

    Almost there!

    Yesterday I added the straps to the shoulder armor and I think it came out really well. Earlier in the week I cleaned Goodwill out of belts, and I found some dark brown fabic I had lying around I got on ebay for cheep when I was planning on making a better ep 3 anakin. Pretty much all I have left for tonight is to get a hair cut and wrap my boots (I did wrap them last night as a test, but I didn't get a picture since I had to take all the belts off so I could bend down. So here is a little preview of tonight:






    For Halloween I will try to get some better belts and make the red gauntlet thing for my right arm.
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    Sep 15, 2008, 10:58 AM - Re: Vader's Apprentice #20

    Wow! That's awesome. Very nice work! Got it done pretty quick too.

    I wonder if that is 501st acceptable??? Seriously, will SA costumes be a new addition to the 501st?
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    Sep 15, 2008, 11:05 AM - Re: Vader's Apprentice #21

    Quote LostSonOfSparda said: View Post
    Wow! That's awesome. Very nice work! Got it done pretty quick too.

    I wonder if that is 501st acceptable??? Seriously, will SA costumes be a new addition to the 501st?
    You know, I was wondering about that if I get better belts and fix a few details on the armor (better bolt, better paint, etc)

    Anybody know who I have to talk to about Starkiller in the 501?
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    Sep 15, 2008, 11:11 AM - Re: Vader's Apprentice #22

    Quote Dark Jedi said: View Post
    You know, I was wondering about that if I get better belts and fix a few details on the armor (better bolt, better paint, etc)

    Anybody know who I have to talk to about Starkiller in the 501?
    What would his two letter code be? He's a dark jedi, yeah, but not really a Sith Lord. Maybe a DZ?
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    Sep 15, 2008, 11:15 AM - Re: Vader's Apprentice #23

    Very cool!
    =)
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    Sep 15, 2008, 11:32 AM - Re: Vader's Apprentice #24

    Quote LostSonOfSparda said: View Post
    What would his two letter code be? He's a dark jedi, yeah, but not really a Sith Lord. Maybe a DZ?
    Huh???????
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    Sep 15, 2008, 11:49 AM - Re: Vader's Apprentice #25

    don't forget to get those boots wrapped too.

    since the game is officially cannon, and there are plenty of seperate reference pics of him, i don't think it will be too long before he is an accepted 501st costume. and even though he's not officially a sith lord, i'm pretty sure that he'd fall into the starship eclipse detachment. the difficult task is going to be costume standards for the million and a half outfits he wears in the game.

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