So after a horrible day at work and the migraine continuing I wasn’t really in the mood to work on my armor. However, with the deadline looming I had to get a bit of stuff done at least.
I started work on the belt. Basically, having to drill 3 holes in the plastic utility belt, adding snaps and then puncturing 3 holes in the canvas belt and adding the other part of the snap. Once this is done, I had to glue the covers on the snaps (also affectionately known as TK Condoms by my friend Kim).
Also, before heading to bed, I’m working on the paint on the helmet. When I made my big order from Trooperbay, I got the Humbrol paints. Since for the hire certifications of the Sandtrooper, everything has to be painted, and not decals, I started. All the grey trapezoids have a black outline, so here you’ll see painting the outline before filling it with grey. I also painted the mouth piece.
Unfortunately, after starting, I realized the paint is enamel and not acrylic… and ruined one of my last good miniature paintbrushes.
Didn’t get much done at all yesterday, I got home with a migraine, then had to make dinner, and do groceries. So all I managed to do was glue on the snap plates on the butt.
Here it is in all it’s glory, my trooper diaper!
Well most of the day was dedicated to working on this.
Here’s a pic of me goofing off with the arm parts
And of me tired as hell trying on the armor
Here’s a list of what was done
- Right Arm pieces – Done
- Chest (shoulder) Snaps – Done
- Back (shoulder) Snaps – Done
- Butt rivets – Done
- Crotch rivets – Done
- Kidney/Butt Snaps – Done
- Canvas shoulder snaps – Done
- Grieves (front) – Done
- Straps for attaching Butt/Kidney – Done
- Hand Guards glued – Failed
I did wake up to this… NO Ange…. NO!
So what’s left?
- Left Arm
- Strapping for arms/shoulders
- Attach velcro to shins
- Straps for ab/chest
- Painting Helmet
- Weathering EVERYTHING
WOW! What a day of progress!
After doing some errands with Ange, I started work on my armor. I swear at this rate, I should be done tomorrow and be able to start weathering the whole thing on Monday night.
Anyway, here goes. As you can see in the pic below, this is how the ears look when you get them from the Vacuum Form table… big, clunky, hard to see where you have to cut.
I’d been struggling with this for a while. I’m guessing it was just my own fear of screwing it up more than anything. I had cut one up and it just didn’t seem to fit.
After a slight panic attack about them last night and Kevin reassuring me that the helmet is ok, I started trimming… and trimming and more trimming. The real trick is just remove a SMALL amount… then test it, then remove more… and so forth. However, it’s REALLY hard to get it right and until you drill out the holes and screw them in, you won’t really know.
Once trimmed, this is what it ends up looking like.
So I bit the bullet and attached them. First here’s a pic of the right side of the helmet. There’s supposed to be a gap in the ear, as there was in the films, however, the plastic isn’t smooth enough for my liking, so I’ll have to remove it and sand it a bit. But this was the first ear installed. Being so scared to fuck up the ear, I ended up not thinking and ripping some of the black brow trim.
Next is the left ear, way more smooth… Starting to love this!
And finally the full on view! So proud of myself, I can’t wait to paint it!
Now with the nerves shot from all of this, I needed something simple to work on… Snap covers for the belt!
These little guys get glued on the belt and cover the snaps that attach the utility belt to the canvas belt.
Of course, in typical Ange fashion, she starts eyeing the build. NO! This one is NOT for you!
So, with it being Good Friday and having the day off. Luc was coming over for an impromptu armor building party. He’d work on his Iron Man and I’d continue on the Sandtrooper.
While waiting for him I decided to work on a boring part… the boots! After starting the other day and the dremel wheel falling off, I went to buy some new ones, but ended up getting the wrong one. Luckily Dave had one at work yesterday and handed it to me.
Ange thought it amusing that I was working on this and was so concentrated. As mentioned in a previous post, I’m simply using a polishing wheel on the boots to remove the shine. This however causes TONS of dust, so breathing mask is a must! Of course, it being Easter, Ange was inside stuffing her face with chocolate.
Here’s a great before and after shot of the boots.
So once Luc and Colleen arrived, the girls went in and started gossiping or what ever it is they do while drinking. Luc and I were in the garage, he was painting glue on his armor parts in preparations for rotocasting it, while I was doing the finishing trims and sanding armor parts. Surprisingly got alot done. After it started raining, we went in, ate and watched a movie… More tomorrow!
More work on the trooper. I started assembling the right arm. In the picture below, you can see the bicep and forearm. One thing you need tons of when working on this type of armor is clamps.
In this pic you can see the back of the damn helmet, but what I’m showing off here is the grieve. The front cover strip is being glued and clamped. I’ll have to add a strip on the inside as well, since it needs added strength because the back of it has to open up.
The proper way of closing the back is with bras hooks. For now though, I’ll just do it with velcro.
So with something like 25 days left till ComicCon, I spend some time working on my Sandtrooper this weekend.
My helmet is almost ready. I still have to trim the teeth a bit, add the lens and the ears. Then it’s painting time.
I then started work on my boots. Unfortunately the boots I bought through Trooperbay are caboots, so they’re really shiny and have a front stitch. They should do for basic CRL approval, but not for Police or SWAT levels.
I’m really not a fan of the shine, so I took a polishing wheel from my dremel to them and surprisingly it got rid of the shine. Unfortunately, the wheel died on me, so I need to pick some more up before getting any further.
Being blocked on this, I moved on to the armor. I did a dry fit and will need to make thicker cover strips for the back of the thighs… and I thought I had skinny legs
Oh well… Once we taped the pieces, I decided to glue my first piece. Being a bit nervous of screwing things up, I went the e6000 route.
So tonight I’m going to finish the forearms.
I’ve also started assembling snap plates. Basically I’m cutting little pieces of ABS and drilling holes in them, then adding snaps to them. These will be used as part of the strapping system to attach all the pieces together
So we spent the day working on the jail. It’s mostly complete, we just have to finish a few more U Channels in order to solidify the structure.
It’s BIG… which is awesome, it’s solid, someone could ram it and it would take it. The best part, is it took us about 10 minutes to assemble it.
I had to go get more PVC pipes for the front, as well as some hinges for the door.
Nicest part, we had materials left over to start the Tattooine wall… 2 of the 7 wall pieces are done.
Also to note, Hank started painting the back of one of the lockers and Matt started sketching the last one. We’re looking good
Started work on the tentacles this morning. Using some pipe insulation tubes that are attached to small pieces of PVC pipe. I’m going to cut them tonight and add metal wire in them to hold the shape better. Then attach suckers I’m making out of latex before texturing them and painting them.
Then I’ll add a servo to make them flail a bit. I can’t get over how much fun this is to build. Kinda don’t want it to end… Any suggestions as to what I should build next?
An other day and more building
Today we had quite the turnout.
Everyone was hard at work, we had some people covering the frames with MDF.
Some people were sanding down the PVC pipes that we’re using for the prison bars, in order to get paint to stick to them.
Others were working on the channels in order to have the wall sections stay put
And some were working on the new cut out to add to our collection.
Once assembled, the prison walls are quite solid (and heavy)