Category Archives: Sandtrooper

Pretty much done

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.

Bucket at work

Bucket at work

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.

Test Run

Test Run

But I ended up looking ok for the con.

Sexy trooper

Sexy trooper

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.

Getting Dirty

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.

Mud Trooper?

Mud Trooper?

Once it’s dry, I take a face cloth and soak it, then wring it out and start wiping off most of the paint.

Wiped off

Wiped off

More dirty armor

More dirty armor

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.

Upper Armor

Upper Armor

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.

Assembly time

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.

Attached

Attached

So at this point, I figured I’d try it on.

Playing Dress up

Playing Dress up

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.

Pauldron

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.

TD Update

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

What’s left?

  • 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

Painting painting painting Oh crap it’s enamel!

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).

Belt

Belt

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.

HelmetPaint

Painting the bucket

Unfortunately, after starting, I realized the paint is enamel and not acrylic… and ruined one of my last good miniature paintbrushes. 🙁

 

Diaper!

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!

Trooper Diaper

Trooper Diaper

Lots of progress…

Well most of the day was dedicated to working on this.

Here’s a pic of me goofing off with the arm parts

Clunky Arm

Clunky Arm

And of me tired as hell trying on the armor

Tired Chris

Tired Chris

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!

Angie Trooper

Angie Trooper

 

So what’s left?

– Thighs
– Left Arm
– Strapping for arms/shoulders
– Attach velcro to shins
– Straps for ab/chest
– Painting Helmet
– Weathering EVERYTHING

 

I Kan Haz Earz?

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.

Raw Ear

Raw Ear

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.

Trimmed Ear

Trimmed Ear

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. 🙁

Helmet Right View

Helmet Right View

Next is the left ear, way more smooth… Starting to love this!

Helmet Left View

Helmet Left View

And finally the full on view! So proud of myself, I can’t wait to paint it!

Helmet Front View

Helmet Front View

Now with the nerves shot from all of this, I needed something simple to work on… Snap covers for the belt!

Snap Covers

Snap Covers

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!

Not Funny Ange

Not Funny Ange

Armor Building Party

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. 🙂

Sanding away

Sanding away

Here’s a great before and after shot of the boots.

Before and After

Before and After

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!

Cutting Plastic

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.

Right Arm

Right Arm

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.

Grieve

Grieve