All this work and the con went by in the blink of an eye.
We had a team show up on Thursday afternoon, and as expected it took little to no time to assemble.
I wanted to have Dianoga, or as he’s been affectionately named Blinky in a toilet… the toilet build failed, so we decided to turn him into a piss pot monster
Here is a view of the Tatooine set. I have to say it came out way nicer than I expected and people loved it. As big as it was, it felt smaller on the con floor. Rob M brought a menagerie of aliens to help decorate, as well as several R2 builders brought their droids. People seemed to love the more practical set over the backdrops we used in the past.
And here’s a view of the whole set area.
It was A LOT of work, it was stressful, I got tired and frustrated, but over all it was fun. I can’t wait for next year. Hopefully I’ll be able to take things in and enjoy more of what the con has to offer.
Wow haven’t had a chance to post cause of all the work I put into Comic Con lately.
But I pretty much finished my Sandtrooper build. Yes, I know, I’ll never be DONE, but it was close enough to be able to suit up for the con.
As I was completing the bucket, I brought it to work. Actually ended up wearing it to a meeting.
I’m actually quite proud of how it turned out. I still need to add the fans, but damn that’s one sexy dude!
That night, I got home and tried to put on the armour… WOW that’s hard to do on your own.
I started with the garter and thighs, then realized I could put the boots on, so I unsnapped them and lowered the thighs, only to topple over. I then put on the ab plate and the back parts. Once these were on, I could bend to put the shins on. Then the fight with the shoulders started. Finally once everything was done, the chest popped off and well… I got frustrated. But it was good to give me an idea.
But I ended up looking ok for the con.
All in all it was fun. I still have some work to do on the thighs, fix the shins that I ended up breaking. Getting better pouches and then the work on the gun and backpack.
Awww yeah… getting dirty!
Needed a break from cutting and sanding and snapping so I started weathering the armor.
I’m using a technique described by PandaTrooper. I basically start by sponging on a Burnt Umber all over the piece and let it dry a bit.
Once it’s dry, I take a face cloth and soak it, then wring it out and start wiping off most of the paint.
So last night I got most of this first coat on the upper armor. I still have to sand the ABS sludge I put on the kidney plate, before starting it.
Once this is done, and I glue the thighs, I can start on the next stage.
The next step, is to mix 1/3 Burnt Umber, 1/3 Black and 1/3 Warm Grey and start sponging that on. This will give the desert oil look. Again, I’ll be wiping most of it off.
But as I said, I still have to glue the back of the thighs, sand the kidney plate, add the snaps on the kidneys and glue the hand guards to the gloves.
Then I can start painting the helmet, and add the lens and screen.
It’s going to be close, but I just might finish everything for Saturday’s troop.
So we spent the weekend working on the booth and it is now complete. But damn am I ever sore today.
Only thing left is painting.
Friday night, Luc and I went to get the wood needed for building the Tatooine wall.
We then spent all of Saturday working on the walls and got them completed. We also started the door. However, we noticed that we were missing some of the brackets we believed we had built for the jail. So he had to go back and get more wood.
While I cut the 2X4s, I had Chris L working on the crates that will be used for set decorations. They look awesome. Hank will be making stencils to spray on labels on them.
So that’s what it looks like inside Mod Eisley? No, this is just the back of the wall panels. They’re built so solid!
Richard is admiring the construction. Once everything was built, he, luc, RobP and myself assembled the wall with the tarps underneath so we could start painting
Here we have the door being made. This is to represent the door that R2 and 3P0 hid in, while the Sandtroopers are looking for them. We re-used the frame of the door from last year, and I cut up a layer of MDF, that is laied on top of an other to add the depth of the texture.
Since these need to be stored flat, we couldn’t go with the texture I originally wanted, as it would just flake off. So Corey went and got several earth tones. Here we’re painting the base, which is a cork like color. Once this is dry, we’re going to sponge on darker and lighter tones on it. The braces at the top and bottom will be painted brown, to simulate wooden beams. And the door will be a nice orange color.
John painted an other stand up for us, this time of Darth Maul, considering Ray Park will be in attendance. Also ironic, since John is our local Darth Maul too
Matt started painting an other mural, this one of Hoth.
And Hank started Coruscant. These are in the back of the lockers and will accompany Bespin and Tatooine.
Now that this is all done, I need to finish my costume. Most of it is done now, and I have shims installed on the sides to cover my big ass gut… But I still need to finish the thighs and weather everything… And of course… this weekend is full so I have to get it done by Friday if I want to use it on Saturday at Four Wishes
Well, got more done and pieces are starting to get attached.
I finished sewing the sew on snaps onto the straps and attached them to the shoulder bells. I also attached the back plate to the kidney plate.
So at this point, I figured I’d try it on.
Fits pretty well if you ask me I then went and attached the other shoulder bell and the bicep on one side. At this point, I figured I’d see what it was like to have this on and the neck seal and pauldron.
Funny enough, the only hard part to put on was the pauldron.
I then continued gluing on some of the last bits. Next step is to add the straps to the ab plate. I also got in to work this morning and found a nice 2′X2′ piece of ABS and a heat gun on my desk. I’ll be able to make the shims this weekend.
Then all I have left other than painting and weathering is the garter for the legs.
Can’t wait to have this done.
Alright, done as much as I can tonight.
- Thigh front cover strips glued (going to have to put big strips in the back, my thighs are a bit big it seems)
- Belt is done – Snaps in place in shoulder bells – Snaps added to chest and ab – Snaps added to kidney plate to attach to back
- Snaps added to Back to attach to the kidney plate
- Add snaps to the elastic strips
- Do back of thighs
- Do back of shins – Attach hand plates to gloves
- Make straps for arms
- Make straps for upper body
- Make belt system for thighs
- Weather everything
- Finish painting helmet
Not so bad actually… Just need to figure out the back of the leg pieces
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!