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)
Well today we started to build. I have to say, the addition of Dave MacDonald was so appreciated. He’s quite handy and pointed us in the right direction.
We basically built frames, just like for house walls using 2X4 wood and then cover it with thin MDF. Here you can See Luc and John drilling away.
By the end of the day, we had a few frames done. This brings a whole new meaning to a wretched hive of scum and villainy
So for Ottawa Comic Con this year, we wanted to go over the top… more so than last year.
At our Christmas party, Andy mentioned how the Mando Mercs do a Jail and Bail event at cons. So we ran with it.
Tonight, we ended up going to get the materials.
Since it was raining and snowing, we had to cover it all up before bringing it to the hall.
This is going to look AMZING!
Started the painting process yesterday. I first primed it black as I want darker richer colors
Once that dried, I started mixing purples, reds and browns to make the base coat. Tonight I’m going to start dry brushing lighter colors on it. After that, I’m going to be adding “slime” and then can start on the eye lid. To start, it’ll be static but after all the excitement from comic con, I’ll be adding the servos.
Well more work went into this.
If you look at the pics of the movie used version, there’s all these little tendrils sticking out of it’s “face” Hmmm how to do these? I started cutting some butcher’s twine and attaching it with more tape.
Now to start turning it into an alien and not just a taped up tube! I grabbed one of my many bottles of liquid latex and a cheap glue brush and started applying it to the surface. I believe in the end, there was about 8 coats applied. Now, liquid latex STINKS! So make sure you’re doing it with a window opened. Or if winter ever left, outside!
Looking and feeling right, I now needed to make those tendrils thicker! Hmmm it’s a trash monster… how about TP! Grabbed a few sheets and started coating the twine with latex, then wrapping it in toilet paper. This was probably the most frustrating part… as for those of you who don’t know, latex sticks to itself. When working with it, you need to coat it with talcum powder to prevent this. So all these strings… were getting stuck. Once they dried, I’d coat them with more latex and more TP and more latex. This is actually the stage I’m at right now and still have tons of latex on my hands as I type this.
For those of you who don’t have me as a friend on Facebook (the shame) here’s one of the projects I’ve been working on for ComicCon.
Dianoga, AKA Trash Compactor Monster.
“Will you shut up and listen to me! Shut down all the garbage smashers on the detention level, will ya? Do you copy? Shut down all the garbage smashers on the detention level! Shut down all the garbage mashers on the detention level!”
PVC Pipes and joints (Home Depot)
Upholstery Foam (Fabricland)
Clear Plastic Christmas Ornament (Michael’s)
Liquid Latex (Malabar’s)
Butcher’s Twine (Grocery Store)
Masking Tape (Canadian Tire)
Assorted Acrylic Paints
Toilet Paper (The bathroom)
Craft Foam (Michael’s)
This was the initial Prototype, I couldn’t find the proper eye pieces, so just used a Tupperware. and the foam was just attached using zip ties.
Now that I found the right part, I got the eye started. I first drew the pupil with a sharpie marker. You’ll notice the little bit sticking out in the upper right side, this is actually accurate to the screen used one.
I then took various green paints and flicked them on the inside with a stiff brush.
I then painted the different greens and and reds by hand. Once this was done, I coated the inside with some clear coat. At this point I noticed some cracking on the paint.
Because of the cracking, I tapped it up to protect the outside and sprayed the inside with more red paint using my air brush.
Now that the eye it self was done, time to work on the body.
Since the Dianoga is actually huge, but we only want the eye stalk and some tentacles, I started on the stalk. I took some PVC and wrapped it in upholstery foam that I had lying around from my first Jawa build. Once on, I put some masking tape around it, knowing well enough that the liquid latex would just get absorbed by the foam.
Once secured, I started to go nuts with the tape, just adding more, causing creases and wrinkles in the skin and well filling out the body a bit more.
Went to Ottawa Fasteners this weekend to pick up some screws for R2 and some nuts.
The screws I got are for attaching the center Ankle to the frame’s ankle plate and for attaching the skin blocks to the frame.
The skin blocks are little pieces of machined metal that screw into the frame using 10-24 screws and then there’s tiny little screws in them that the skins attach to.