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Death Watch Super Commando

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    Death Watch Super Commando

    Figured I'd cross post this from my build thread on TheBHG...

    I just can't help myself, two animated clones and now I am tackling animated death watch Long Live the Clone Wars.
    I will be building the Super Commando patterned after Darth Maul below. I have started with the following:
    Blasters: Woodchuck with LED's (couldn't resist splurging on these)
    Armor: KW Designs
    Helmet: Eternal Armory
    Flak Vest: Local Seamstress
    Flight Suit: Arkady
    Boots: Brahma from Wal-mart
    Backpack: Eternal Armory - pending
    Wrist Comlink - custom
    I think that's the general parts list. With the exception of the backpack, I've set all of this in motion. I've collected a series of screen shots here for reference. There are a lot of shots with the various Death Watch characters because I need reference shots for the Wrist Comlink mentioned above.
    Death Watch Screen Caps[/url]

    Oh and let's not forget the guns

    ...well that's just karma for ya, as I'm posting this pic my wife walked by my door and "shot" me with my own blasters.

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    Updates:

    My flight suit is officially on order hopefully I'll have that around the beginning of July. I met withmy local seamstress over the weekend to get the Flak Vest started. Here is the material I'm using for the vest. I went with a upholstery vinyl in a dull black color. I plan to make the belt out of the same material.



    I finished trimming up and rough assembly on the second gauntlet. I haven't done much work yet on the communicator for the left gauntlet. Also, lesson learned while trimming my first gauntlet. On Kev's kit I took out all of the material between the two halves of the inside face. When I closed it there was a considerable gap so I went back in and glued in a backer which needs to be trimmed down a little yet.



    I began assembling the knees pieces. As I've had to shave down the return edges at the knees on both of the clone suits I've assembled from Kev, I wasn't suprised to learn I had to shim the knees a bit. This worked well for me as I wasn't keen on having a large bondo joint on the front of the knee. It seemed like a future crack waiting to happen. I basically just took some .1 think ABS and cut and pre-bent it into shape. I glued the two haves of the knee to the new front plate and the used my dremel to shape the plastic.





    This knee on the right is still a work in process. I still need to smooth out the edges and hit it with some bonod putty.



    I also got the belt assembled over the weekend. Another valuable lesson from working with previous kits from Kevin...he's skinny :P So when I was trimming the belt I left myself a bit of extra breathing room. In the picture below the whole section between the lines is supposed to come out. As you can see I left about 3/4" on each side for comfort.



    Finally, I trimmed up the boot armor and attached it to the boots. I prepped the boots first by rubbing them down with acetone to get rid of as many oils and such as possible. I then roughed up the areas with some sandpaper to help the glue adhere. I opted for E6000 to attach the armor. I haven't worked with it much previously but I've been told it should stay a bit flexible which sounded ideal for my shoes.



    My helmet shows up later today, I'm looking forward to starting some preliminary work on the horns.

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    And today's project.....

    After assembling the forearms, I took measurements and mocked it up in AutoCAD. Using the screen caps, I proportioned the size of the communicator to Kev's to the top of the gauntlet. I used a base of 1/8" MDF board and then took a trip to the hardware to buy a few miscellaneous things. I wouldn't say the results are 100% screen accurate, I think it will get the job done. I still need to make the mounting bracket for this but that's for another day.



    Assembled with primer



    And on the gauntlet for reference.


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    Re: Death Watch Super Commando

    Getting close to the fun part! All of the parts have been primed and I've hit all of the pieces that will eventually be red with a coat of silver metallic. I'm hoping to put some quality time in this weekend on the painting of those parts. I've got a new helmet on order from Skirata Arms which I hope ships out this Friday. I've also got a backpack harness on order although I'm still waiting to source the back pack itself. I may end up being forced into a scratch build.

    I've also finished up the comlink for the left gauntlet. After reviewing the pictures however, I believe I'm going to redo the "button" as I'm not entirely happy with it at the moment. There is also a screw head detail to be added which should be a quick trip to the hardware. Here are the pics of the comlink with the mounting tray.








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    Re: Death Watch Super Commando

    Wow this costume is going to be so cool. I've seriously considered doing a death watch after my Boba build so I can march in Star Wars Weekends next year. Kev never fails with an armor kit.

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    I can't wait to see this unfold. Should be spectacular!

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    Got an early start today. I painted up my boots and did a color test for the red on the shins. I figured they would be the easiest thing to sand down and repaint if I didn't like the looks of them. I'm happy with the results and will be finish in up the red on the rest of the armor pieces over the weekend.

    Paints used on Boots:



    Paints used on the shins in the order they were applied. Note that all of the armor has been primed and has a coat of silver metallic applied.



    The base coat of apple red was applied in a heavy mist but not enough to fully cover the silver. The colonial red was applied in a light dusting over the whole piece. The Claret Wine was laid down in blotchy patterns to simulate the Clone Wars rendering. I then hit the piece with the dark gray on few specific areas and did a light misting of the black over the gray. This is after the apple red:



    This photo shows the three coats of red:



    This is the finished result after sanding the pieces and rubbing them down with the palm of my hand.



    Oh and completely off topic, I finished my little side project as well....




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    Well after the successful color and weathering test yesterday morning I spent the rest of the day finishing the red parts of the armor. I also went back and weathered my pistols (I'll have to get a pic of those later) because they were looking a little too shiny for my taste. The best news however was that late last night I got an e-mail saying my flight suit has shipped which is about 3-4 weeks ahead of schedule!

    Armor pics before the Tattoos:







    And after a trip to the tattoo parlor...



    Gonna start work on the shoulder spikes today and start painting up the black/ gray armor parts.

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    Well I wrapped up paint on everything I have in the shop at the moment. Nothing as exciting as the first batch, this is all gray and black. I did final assembly on the gauntlet however and I'm pretty happy with the end result.




    And a test fit (flash was on in this shot):


    and a shot of the pistols post weathering...


    And finally the last bits on the shoulders. I did an initial test fit using .1 ABS and wasn't really happy with the result. So, I grabbed the MDF that I used for the base of the comlink and started tracing out the patterns. I left a little leg on the bottom of each blade and cut a slot in the shoulders to give them a bit more positive attachement. I also took the dremel and sharpened the blades to give them some depth.



    The flight suit should be here as early as today, so I can start working on attachments and weathering. My helmet is also sckeduled for delivery so I should have things to keep me rolling over the next week.

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    Re: Death Watch Super Commando

    Oh MAN are these looking AWESOME!!!!

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    Re: Death Watch Super Commando

    Step 1:



    Step 2:



    Step 3:




    Couldn't find any good reference pictures of the back of the helmet so I made something up that looked like it would go with the design. Took a page from the diamond tattoos down Maul's nose.




    Step 4: The Horns....to be continued.

    So I've been playing around with my flight suit a lot this week with various dyes and bleach and paints. I have something that I now feel is passable but I think I'm going to order a new flight suit in a slightly different color. This one was way too yellow for my taste. More on that later.

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    Re: Death Watch Super Commando

    This is looking fantastic!


    Also, who made the helmet? Is it a Skirata?

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    Re: Death Watch Super Commando

    Nyoto said: View Post
    This is looking fantastic!


    Also, who made the helmet? Is it a Skirata?
    Thanks! And yes this is a Skirata Arms helmet. I don't have any shots of it but I glued in a space behind the visor to wide/ straighten out the bottom of the 'T'

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    Re: Death Watch Super Commando

    wow! that's awesome

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    Re: Death Watch Super Commando

    Did some mock-ups out of cardboard today for the horns. I also made my first test mock-up with magnets. It was a partial success in that the magnet actually held the horn in place, unfortunately it wanted to rotate on me. So I've got an idea I need to test out tomorrow using some pins along with the magnets.

    Here are shots of the mock-up:


    You can see the left and right sides of the helmet are slightly different. The ones on the right (helmet left) are what I intend to use.






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    Re: Death Watch Super Commando

    Hi!
    your paintjob looks super crisp! Great work there!
    I'm super happy to see that so many people are still interested in making mandalorians, and ones this epic! the improvisation with the back of the helmet is brilliant!
    awaiting more pics, vod'ika !
    -Ghost

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    Re: Death Watch Super Commando

    Subscribed! Can't wait to see this one completed!

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    Re: Death Watch Super Commando

    Hey Vod,

    I know I've told you before, but it can't hurt to say it again; Fantastic job

    this is one of the builds that I get excited when I see in the "new post" section.

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    totally agree, vod'ika!
    -Ghost

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    Re: Death Watch Super Commando

    Got to chime in and tell you how awesome this is so far - the weathering in particular is gorgeous. How's it coming along?

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    Re: Death Watch Super Commando

    Had to say , thats an excellent job your doing there !... the paint job is dead on and the build is nice , precise and clean too !...great build !

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    Re: Death Watch Super Commando

    Just So UBER COOL!

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    This is absolutely amazing! I need to learn how to do this fast! well done man it looks incredible!

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    Wow it's looking great!

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    Re: Death Watch Super Commando

    Has there been any further developments on this kit, the suspense is immence

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    Re: Death Watch Super Commando

    hi guys

    i need armour and helment of stromtrooper of episode 3 and weapon

    please contact me thanks

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    wow. that is gnarly how awesome that is looking.
    keep it up!
    -Ghost

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