Greetings all. Hi! I'd like you all to critique my project! But first, a bit of background. (Also, I know this isn't the standard type of artwork post for this forum, but I did make sure to get mod approval before posting.)
I've always wanted to build a cosplay/costume. However, I always wanted to go all out, whenever it was that I ended up starting a project. I didn't want to just cobble some stuff together and call it a day. And this kind of building really requires a lot of resources and knowledge to be feasible. ReallyI didn't have the tools, or money, or really the know-how to even start until the past couple years. One day, I discovered Evil Ted Smith on YouTube and was introduced to building costumes out of EVA foam. Evil Ted's content taught me a ton about the basics and tools and also showed me resources on the internet and so I was able to start a now-shelved Destiny Titan armor build. I didn't finish that project, but I learned a ton and also was able to build up my toolkit and general knowledge base. The internet is neat, ya'll.
After setting aside the Destiny build, I wasn't working on anything in particular nor did I have any ideas for another project, until I saw The Force Awakens in theaters. Like any dutiful nerd my love of Star Wars was rekindled and I started thinking about a costume project related to SW. Initially I wanted to see about doing a Stormtrooper costume, but I was turned off by the realization that the 501st is well, homogeneous. I wanted to flex my creative muscles and becoming a soldier in an army seemed to contradict that.
I discovered the Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club while doing other SW-based cosplay research and decided to focus on trying to join the organization. They are a Lucasfilm-recognized group, and amongst a ton of charity work and other things, they also encourage creativity in their ranks. Basically, you build your armor, you follow some base rules to what you can and can't incorporate, but outside of those rules, you can go nuts. So, that's where I'm at. My hope is to complete the build by November, hopefully in time for Halloween, or by December, in time for Rogue One. Then I will apply for official member status in the MMCC.
So as I mentioned earlier, here is my build progress for the Mando armor I am building. There are going to be a lot of pics so I will spoiler to try to get things under control.
The original idea was sort of like this. This image was created in a program called MandoMaker that is supposed to help newbies design/color their Mandalorian armor idea:
However, I ended up changing the color and some aspects of the overall design. Went with a dark tan and green, with a cloak and an asymmetrical armor design on the arms and shoulders, the idea was to have the side of my body that I present towards the imaginary enemy to be more heavily armored. Sort of like a Roman gladiator's manica: Please bear in mind that the tan/brown is supposed to be pretty dull and earthy, but it's difficult for me to replicate given my tools. This is also some of my first work drawing on a tablet completely digitally.
I used a standard Mando template freely available online for the paper templates and I was able to purchase a flak vest from an MMCC forum member early in the build. This is all the main plates, and yes that is a Destiny Titan mark that I am repainting and repurposing for my loincloths. This photo also shows early builds on my weapons, and yes the kneeguard on both shins has been installed. The plates are made of Sintra, and shaped by hand with a heatgun.
The helmet is on order, it is an NME Mercenary helmet:http://www.nmeprops.com/marcushelmets/index.php/products/sku/110830/the-mercenary
For the girth belt, I am building it myself out of clotheline, burlap/canvas cloth and odds and ends from the fabric store. Here is it at an early stage, additional backing fabric will be added, and it will be secured with parachute clips and elastic.
I purchased some scrubs as recommended by MMCC forum, and I had the pants tailored for a closer fit, and I had a seamstress convert the short sleeve to a long sleeve by sewing in an extra pair of legs from another pair of scrub pants.
My apologies for the potato quality.
For weapons, the idea originally was going to be a pair of axes and a blaster + rifle, but after some reflection I dropped the number of axes to one. The axe is build from PVC, bondo, Aves, and EVA foam for the blade mounted over an armature wire core. Leather strapping will be wrapped around the handle when complete.
The Blaster pistol went through several iterations also but this is what I settled on, somewhat. This is built from a nerf gun grip, various PVC pipes and fittings, bondo, Aves apoxie sculpt to shape the dome of the chamber.
This is pretty much where I am right now. Have to wait on the helmet to arrive before I can start painting the plates. In the meantime I am working on the belts, making gauntlets, continuing various details on the axe and pistol. I will also be adding raised details and layering plates onto various armor plates once I am satisfied that the shaping of the plates is correct.
Cloak and oversized pauldron will also be started on once more of the build is complete.
Criticism and feedback would be appreciated.
Sev: Your gameplay is the most heavily yomi based around. Usually you look for characters that allow you to force guessing situations for big dmg. Even if the guess is mathematically nowhere near in your favor lol. You're happiest when you have either a 50/50, 33/33/33 or even a 75/25 situation to go crazy with. And you will take big risks to force those situations to come up.