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Sith Armor cosplay MkII
« on: Sun Jun, 25, 2017, 06:51:PM »
Working on a new version of my previous Sith Armor cosplay.
This time, I'm using Sintra rather than EVA foam.

Started the new armor base in 1/4" Sintra versus the older version being in 1/2" EVA foam
Layouts started, based on the older piece


For the bracers, I'm basing the detail on bracers worn by Therion Jinn in Star Wars: The Old Republic


Finished laying out the new chest piece.
This version won't have the center plate of the original


Base piece cut out.
This was done with a LOT of passes using a box cutter


I laid out the pieces for the arms and legs, and then cut them out with a jig saw. Saved a LOT of time and work doing that





Began heatforming with the chest piece, and then went to the bracers and leg pieces.
While Sintra can be heated and formed with a heat gun, you need to use patience, and a respirator is a good idea because of the fumes




Laid out the detail pieces for the bracers on construction paper, and then laid it out onto 1/8" Sintra


I cut new angles into the chest piece for a different, less square look



Due to the stiffness of the Sintra, I had to rework my idea on how to fit the bracers.
I wound up having to cut about 1/4" from either side of the under seam to allow for my thumbs to make it through the piece


Laid out new angled shoulder covers to add to the main piece. This was part of why I made the angle cuts on the chest piece


Tested the layout of the detail pieces on the bracers


And now, the gluing begins. I'm using E6000, which is the adhesive of choice for the 501st Legion and the Mandalorian Mercs when working with Sintra.
I'll reinforce these later with Chicago screws.
Here are the bracers and the beginning of the chest all clamped up



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Re: Sith Armor cosplay MkII
« Reply #1 on: Sun Jun, 25, 2017, 07:04:PM »
    Lotta doing going     8)

         You make me google the Sintra   ,    this kinda stuff --? --> http://www.foamboardsource.com/sintra-pvc-foam--sintra-pvc-board.html

   

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Re: Sith Armor cosplay MkII
« Reply #2 on: Mon Jun, 26, 2017, 12:27:AM »
Yep, that's the stuff
This is actually a couple of weekends work, but yes there is a lot going on.

Sintra's the same stuff the Mandalorian Mercs and the 501st use for making their armor kits.
I have a friend at work in the 501st. He's the one who recommended it
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Re: Sith Armor cosplay MkII
« Reply #3 on: Sat Jul, 01, 2017, 04:03:PM »
Pretty cool stuff!  Cos Play certainly has come a long way from back in the day when I made the a Darth Vader costume for Halloween in middle school using cardboard and Testors model paints.

Nice work!
Eric

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Re: Sith Armor cosplay MkII
« Reply #4 on: Sun Jul, 02, 2017, 12:20:PM »
Thanks, Eric.
It's definitely come a long way
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Re: Sith Armor cosplay MkII
« Reply #5 on: Sun Jul, 16, 2017, 09:37:PM »
Update time for the Sith Armor

Got the banding/clamps off on the chest and bracers.
Also installed the Chicago screws that will be doing the main work of holding the pieces together.
Chest piece

Bracers


For the underside of the bracers, I used two layers of 2mm EVA foam.
I used my soldering iron to cut 'pad' lines in the first layer prior to gluing them together.
I then glued them to the main parts.


Decided to show a little comparison between the Mk1 and Mk2 sections so far.
This is mostly to show the differences in what I can do now
Chest piece

Bracers


Turning my attention to the leg pieces, I cut them using similar methods to what I used for the arms and then heat formed them.
I also added a 'center line' to use for placing the detail pieces


Laid out a template for the leg detail pieces, then separated the segments for cutting



Laid out the templates on the 1/8" Sintra and then cut them out


I heat formed the detail pieces, and then labeled them to make sure they get applied in the correct order to the correct leg


Using hot glue, I mounted 1" webbing to the 4 and 2 pieces of the detail layer.
I'll add the buckles to them after I get it all mounted to the leg pieces



Glued the 4, 3, and 2 pieces to the leg forms using more of the E6000 I'd used previously.
I also got the 4 and 3 pieces secured with Chicago screws


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Re: Sith Armor cosplay MkII
« Reply #6 on: Mon Jul, 17, 2017, 02:50:PM »
Looks good!

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Re: Sith Armor cosplay MkII
« Reply #7 on: Mon Jul, 17, 2017, 11:35:PM »
Thanks, John
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Re: Sith Armor cosplay MkII
« Reply #8 on: Sat Aug, 12, 2017, 11:36:PM »
Update time on the Sith Armor.

Got the legs out of the clamps, and installed the strapping and Chicago screws


Drew up a templat for the new 'spats' for covering my shoes.
This one is designed to go over both sides of the foot with armor plating over the top


Pieces for the spats cut from 3mm Sintra.
I used my Dremel to cut grooves in the top pieces for ease of later assembly


Pieces shown how they'll sit after heatforming



Drew up a template for the knee plates


Cut the layers from more 3mm Sintra


Finished knee plates, awaiting straps


With all of the parts now built, I decided to go ahead and paint them up.
I started by coating the craft foam on the arms with Plasti-Dip
Then, I primered all of the parts with black primer.
I masked off the detail plates and painted them with Testors Graphite Dust lacquer.
Once the masking was removed, I hand painted the black areas between the plates





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Re: Sith Armor cosplay MkII
« Reply #9 on: Sat Aug, 12, 2017, 11:52:PM »
Elaborate   ;D
Looking pretty professional  , Q
What are you using to heat that stuff for forming ?  Boiling water ?

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Re: Sith Armor cosplay MkII
« Reply #10 on: Sun Aug, 13, 2017, 12:54:AM »
Thanks, urumomo.

Using a heat gun, actually.
Set on high, it doesn't take long to heat the Sintra up for forming.
Well, at least the 3mm stuff.
The 6mm stuff takes forever to get warm enough (I use a respirator when dealing with large sections. Fumes can be nasty)
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Re: Sith Armor cosplay MkII
« Reply #11 on: Sun Aug, 13, 2017, 01:06:AM »
You should try the boiling water
More efficient , and it can't get it hot enough to off-gas

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Re: Sith Armor cosplay MkII
« Reply #12 on: Sun Aug, 13, 2017, 11:42:AM »
-shrugs
Was going with what I've been seeing on Youtube, and the guys I know from the 501st
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Re: Sith Armor cosplay MkII
« Reply #13 on: Sun Aug, 13, 2017, 12:20:PM »
Heh Heh    ;D   - just a suggestion  , if only to avoid the fumes

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Re: Sith Armor cosplay MkII
« Reply #14 on: Sun Aug, 20, 2017, 06:32:PM »
Update on the Sith armor build

Installed some 1/2" strips of elastic on the 'spat' pieces that will be covering my shoes.
This will keep the pieces from moving as I walk around the con


For the knee pieces, I opted to use 1" elastic

These will be adjustable during the day by using velcro for the closures


At this point, the armor is done.
For the first time, I put on the full suit I'll be wearing at Salt Lake Comic Con in September.

A look at the upper body



A look at the leg sections



The whole suit, complete with saber



Finally, a side by side comparison with the Mk1


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"There must be some way out of here," said the Joker to the Thief.
"There's too much confusion. I can't get no relief."
--Bob Dylan, "All Along the Watchtower" 1965--