rnlaing's fem mando gear


rnlaing

New Hunter
Originally i was going to go as boba, but ya know, reshaped chest to the degree i would need to reshape them would look "redonkulous" as fett. so i made my own mando (story and all) and put it together.
Remember, small budget. I'm a junior in college. Its a 35 dollar set of sintra armor from ebay and a fifty dollar jango fett helmet, a load of supplies from michaels and home depot. As of now , its maybe cost me 100 bucks boots included. The flak vest gets sewn tomorrow.

oh yeah, and the helmet needs a bracket at the base, a new visor and a touched up paint job after the new visor is installed. These are the pictures. Im a first timer at armor, be gentle with me.

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b147/rnlaing/IMG_2761.jpg
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b147/rnlaing/IMG_2762.jpg
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b147/rnlaing/front.jpg
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b147/rnlaing/helmet1.jpg
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b147/rnlaing/IMG_2764.jpg
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b147/rnlaing/IMG_2766.jpg

I have the chest tab, i just...need to find it. My room is a disaster , you know...work, school. repeat.

oh and this is me wearing what i'll have on beneath the helmet
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b147/rnlaing/kissme.jpg
 

superjedi

Sr Hunter
Cool custom! Seen a lot of nice "bare metal" customs lately.
It almost looks like your toenails match the armor too. :lol:

Eric
 

Ronin677

Well-Known Hunter
Wow that looks great, really beat up, battle worn, rugged and rough (y) . i love it.

just one thing, remove the paint from the visor, so the visor is in mint condition and you will be there.

(y) (y)
 

Buckeye 01

Active Hunter
That looks great. I like the baremetal look, and it certainly looks used and abused. What color is your suit and vest going to be?

Ronin...she is getting a new visor.
 

rnlaing

New Hunter
lol, yes i'm getting a new visor for that. Mainly because you can see through it when a camera flashes, but partially because the plastic opaque mouth cover of doom.

The vest, which im sewing today, is going to be that dark orange you see in the decorative bits on the helmet (its a shade darker than that) and the undersuit it black. I've got black boots with silver grips on them and silver mando skulls on the heels (that im wearing right now because theyre new and need to be broken in). Then i'm weathering the boots. The gloves are going to be black. I dont think im going to do knee guards because the costume has shorts and i think it would look rediculous with knee pads. I'll probably just do boot spats and hand gaurds, and if i wearing pants with the costume later, then i'll make knee gaurds.

See how easy it is for me to start rambling? Insane...
I'm off to Joannes to get a faux leather sewing needle and look for fabric for the shoulder cloth.
 

Scott Kaufmann

The Dent
Community Staff
I really like the design on your...um.. bust. Though I dont want to imagine the amount of non mando'ade you take down for staring. The design and colors overall on your armor looks really great.
 

GrottyFurball

Active Hunter
Thats a nice design, i think the kinda "tribal" art people have been doing on their custom mandos fits the armor really well. Who's the maker of that helmet?
 

rnlaing

New Hunter
thats the vinyl jango helmet. I have to replace the visor and sand the lucasfilm emblem off the back. I did the helmet in about two days i think it was.


LOL, the chest design went through about six concepts, i went with the simpler one , because idont want it distracting too much. lol. And i dont mind if they stare, but they'll have their shebs handed to them if they touch ;P

...and im thinking my mando girl collects the teeth of her prey instead of hair. ;P
 
I just want to comment on how awesome the chest plates look. The Fem Mando armour is a tough one to conceptualize, as a look has never really been established and virtually all of the attempts before seeing this one have looked awkward and as if it wouldn't really be practical. Most of them I've seen would just be pieces of cone-like plastic pieces where chest armour should be, which seemed to remind me more of something madonna would wear than a badass Mandalorienne (haha, just came up with that word now :p).

This version, however, looks great because it's like the armour plating would fit naturally. It looks practical and uncumbersome once worn and doesn't try to force a sexy look into it. Still, the look is feminine and retains a sense of it while at the same time looking very "soldiery". A nice balance. You should look like a soldier in your mando armour, you should look like a woman in your mando armour, and there should be a level of cohesion that balances it out instead of juxtaposing it. I think you've done a great job with this balance.

Sorry if that didn't make sense at all. It was prehaps senseless rambling, but the armour was really well done.
 

rnlaing

New Hunter
no i totally get what your saying. i've seen some fem mandos out there with the 'dome' chest plates, and i just thought it looked a little ....goofy. Like the femme trooper armor, and that chest piece. I mean, there are ways around it, people. Ya gotta think, if im sitting and watching something licensed by LF, and a femme mando walks onto the screen with that chest plate, is everyone gonna laugh, and the answer is yes. I just decided to bend the plates a bit to accomodate a bust size that is very difficult to adapt armor too (theres no padding down, pulling in, any other type of technique used to hide it, method) which is one of the reasons going as boba fett wouldnt be possible for me. I would have to bend the chest pieces, and i wouldnt dare do that to a boba costume. It just seemed like a good alternative, making my own mando.

thanks for the comment! im glad you like it.
 

stonerook

Active Hunter
no i totally get what your saying. i've seen some fem mandos out there with the 'dome' chest plates, and i just thought it looked a little ....goofy. Like the femme trooper armor, and that chest piece. I mean, there are ways around it, people. Ya gotta think, if im sitting and watching something licensed by LF, and a femme mando walks onto the screen with that chest plate, is everyone gonna laugh, and the answer is yes. I just decided to bend the plates a bit to accomodate a bust size that is very difficult to adapt armor too (theres no padding down, pulling in, any other type of technique used to hide it, method) which is one of the reasons going as boba fett wouldnt be possible for me. I would have to bend the chest pieces, and i wouldnt dare do that to a boba costume. It just seemed like a good alternative, making my own mando.

thanks for the comment! im glad you like it.


Totally agree, you have to form it with some sort of style, to make it look "battle ready".

Here is an example of real "battle ready armour"
battlefemale.gif



(sorry, cant get larger pictures) - but the shape of the bust flows with the armour, not just two pots on the front.
 

redwingsgirl514

Active Hunter
I never thought about having to reshape the armor to handle certain portions of my figure...*thinking* I was "blessed", and it does make for a strange look, seeing those pics of the "male" hunters with, well...:eek: :lol: . I was already thinking about a reduction, may want to get that done before I attempt my armor.
Your looks very nice. (y) Wonderful job
 
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