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  1. Jun 3, 2010, 4:36 PM - Re: Another Deathwatch helmet starting up #26

    Look forward to the updates of this!
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    Jun 8, 2010, 2:26 PM - Re: Another Deathwatch helmet starting up #27

    Hey stormtrooperguy!
    As you know, I'm working on armor myself, I am looking for either a kit or the bucket itself. I can do the armor, but how much would the helmet be?
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    Jun 9, 2010, 3:44 PM - Re: Another Deathwatch helmet starting up #28

    yo what are you making those helmets with?
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    Jun 10, 2010, 11:30 AM - Re: Another Deathwatch helmet starting up #29

    The helmets are cast with Smoothcast Roto, and the silver finish comes from smooth-on's cast magic silver.
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    Jun 10, 2010, 1:52 PM - Re: Another Deathwatch helmet starting up #30

    it just keeps getting better and better, great work man! ^^
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    Jun 10, 2010, 4:56 PM - Re: Another Deathwatch helmet starting up #31

    The prototype back plate is done. I have to refine the edges / fill some dimples, but the overall fit is good.

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    Jun 11, 2010, 6:12 AM - Re: Another Deathwatch helmet starting up #32

    looking beautiful as always, excellent work!
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    Jul 9, 2010, 5:40 PM - Re: Another Deathwatch helmet starting up #33

    prototype is assembled!



    i mangled the bottom in assembly... over trimmed, over glued, etc...



    but it will still be workable. i'm going to start in on the addon parts this week, and hope to have the pack knocked out by the weekend.

    now i just need to learn how to use my lathe!!
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    Jul 12, 2010, 9:35 PM - re: WCA Deathwatch helmet & armor #34

    marching forward!

    primer and final filler down on the body.



    you can see there that i've also made up the base for the rocket assembly. it will be cast in resin ultimately, so for now the original is just loosely fitted into place.

    i also made up the bottom vent/thruster/whatever for the center tube. it's not particularly accurate since i only had a couple of fuzzy shots of that part. it's good enough for me though! it will also be cast in resin.



    the rocket base will be 1.5" PVC... it should plug right into the resin socket. i hope



    hopefully randy will be able to help me out with the lathe and get the rocket made. i could do it by hand, but it would be nice to have it more precisely crafted.
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    Jul 12, 2010, 10:00 PM - re: WCA Deathwatch helmet & armor #35

    yo man do you take orders?
  11. Jul 13, 2010, 12:03 AM - re: WCA Deathwatch helmet & armor #36

    can't wait until you built the dark saber
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    Jul 13, 2010, 12:12 AM - re: WCA Deathwatch helmet & armor #37

    Quote pondababacutoff said: View Post
    can't wait until you built the dark saber
    i *think* i have a good idea as to how to do it. but that will be the last thing

    for celebration, i'll probably have either just a hilt, or a hilt with a static black blade just for posing.
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    Jul 14, 2010, 12:18 AM - re: WCA Deathwatch helmet & armor #38

    Beautiful Work! I am getting ready to embark on this costume too. Your work here is invaluable, thanks!
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    Jul 17, 2010, 2:57 PM - re: WCA Deathwatch helmet & armor #39

    Boy, building jetpacks is thirsty work...



    Let's just pour a nice, refreshing cup of Smoothcast ROTO!



    Hrm... this isn't tasty at all!



    But it does make a pretty awesome base for the thrusters!



    I'll just have to do a bit of detailing on the underside and make the base to mount it to the pack. The final ones will be made with Featherlite rather than ROTO, since ROTO is heavy.
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    Jul 26, 2010, 2:52 PM - re: WCA Deathwatch helmet & armor #40

    Progress marches on at an alarming rate! 2 weeks till C5! PLENTY of time!

    Since last I updated here, I've finished the sculpts for the jetpack, molded the resin parts, cast them up, and assembled my pack:



    I made the thigh armor:





    And last night did the hands, cod, knees and shins:



    The shins might be flared out too wide. They looked good over my jeans, but I'll need to see them over the suit with the right boots to be sure. If they are, it's easy enough to sand the mold down a bit and re-pull.




    Now it just needs some sanding and paint.
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    Jul 26, 2010, 3:14 PM - re: WCA Deathwatch helmet & armor #41

    ya know, i don't really even like the clone wars, but this is completely awesome, and i want one!
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    Jul 27, 2010, 2:21 AM - re: WCA Deathwatch helmet & armor #42

    Beautiful work!
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    Jul 28, 2010, 2:25 AM - re: WCA Deathwatch helmet & armor #43

    You are truly an epic artist! Out of curiousity...if you WERE to sell a limited run of these helmets, how much would you charge?

    I'm sure it's out of my price range...but it might be better than having to heavily mod an already expensive helmet. :P

    Plus these look ten times more amazing than I can imagine mine turning out. :P
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    Jul 28, 2010, 3:28 PM - re: WCA Deathwatch helmet & armor #44

    The helmets are for sale on the Mando Mercs board. AdamScottFM is doing the casting... there's a thread in the trading post. His current run is done, but I'm sure he'll do another some time.
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    Jul 29, 2010, 2:33 AM - re: WCA Deathwatch helmet & armor #45

    BIG night tonight! My armor color quandary has been solved, straight from the source. From Kilian Plunkett, lead character designer for the Clone Wars series:

    Vislaís armour is actually a dark gunmetal colour. So itís metallic and slightly reflective but itís a dark, very, very slightly indigo, grey. His flightsuit is a very dark green gray. Only his boots and the leather Ďvestí that his breastplate sits on are actually black. The values are close to each other, anything thatís not fully black is about 70-75% black, the blue sections should pop quite a bit from the rest of the outfit.
    Turns out that a local Star Wars author that I've come to know is friends with Mr. Plunkett. He relayed my question on the colors, and now I know for sure. The Gentle Giant one isn't right

    Beyond that, *I finished the @#%@!@#!ing vest!!! UGH. It took me 2 tries to get it right. I used the pattern drafting tutorial on TDH. The first one just didn't sit right... not sure what I did wrong, but I scrapped it and started over. Second time was the winner!

    I ended up doing something like you see in the movies regularly... My vest is not black, it's deep, deep blue. I made one in black and it just didn't look right. I remade it in midnight blue, and now it looks black in photos, but has some detail to it, rather than just being a solid mass of #000000. I'm going to apply some black weathering to it as well, so it should read as black nicely, but looks... I don't know... richer?

    Here's a bathroom mirror shot of the flight suit and vest:



    I've got the armor clamped on with magnets. Each of those silver dots is a neodymium magnet pulling at just shy of 8lbs. Works great for clamping most anything... the PSI is about as good as a 1" spring clamp.

    Since the Deathwatch shoulder armor sticks out pretty aggressively, I added a 1.25" wide strip of 0.125 HIPS into the sleeve, so that it supports the shoulders and makes them stand out, rather than falling flat against my arm.

    I also picked up the cape fabric tonight. Cotton duck in a nice shade of light blue... looks and feels good.

    Here is is just draped over my shoulder:



    *phew*

    Neck seal is up next.
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    Jul 29, 2010, 2:44 AM - re: WCA Deathwatch helmet & armor #46

    Awesome work stormtrooperguy! This one turns out fantastic!
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    Sep 13, 2010, 3:39 PM - re: WCA Deathwatch helmet & armor #47

    just wondering if you have any completed pics of this?
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    Sep 13, 2010, 4:22 PM - re: WCA Deathwatch helmet & armor #48

    Quote Verbal21 said: View Post
    just wondering if you have any completed pics of this?
    indeed! Vizsla is finish and 501st / Mando Mercs approved!







    I've been working on post-celebration upgrades... New gauntlets, lighter jetpack, and an updated belt. All coming soon!
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    Sep 14, 2010, 11:10 AM - re: WCA Deathwatch helmet & armor #49

    Most impressive!
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    Sep 15, 2010, 7:41 AM - re: WCA Deathwatch helmet & armor #50

    How did I miss this thread? This is excellent!

    I think you took a pic with my son during CV(I have too look for it)... I would have introduced myself.

    I think its amazing how you've sculpted this AND the animated armor in the last two years.

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