It's time for a new log and this year's crazy venture is a set of Mandalorian armour.
Some of you may be asking what happened to my stromtrooper amrour. Well I still have it but have made no progress in about 2 years. The main reason for this is that because of how the plates fit together at the side, I need to get into much better shape before I can achieve a look I'm happy with.
However, the mando armour involves a lot more soft parts so that hopefully won;t be an issue in this build.
I've learnt a lot since trying to build the trooper armour and a project like this offers so much more flexibility in terms of what you have to have to pass the requirements to join, as well as scope for creativity.
So I had a think about the colours for my armour last night, found a Boba Fett ink and coloured it in photoshop to mock up the scheme.
After looking at a lot of build threads I think I'll be making my armour out of plastic (most likely cut from the body of some poor household item) and buying a helmet.
Going this route means the build should hopefully remain reasonably cheap (Under £150 is my goal) but look nice (Hence why I'm spending most of the budget getting a quality helmet)
The biggest issue this route presents is the gauntlets. I'm not too sure whether I'll be able to build gauntlets like Boba's, and I think (not finished looking yet) buying them would put me over budget much faster.
I've a few ideas as to how to get around this. One of which is cannibalising parts of my trooper armour for the project, which I'm reluctant to do as I'd like to return to that one day. Another idea is building a arm frame to heat mold some plastic around and then build up the shapes of the gauntlets with clay and all that good stuff.
In terms of soft parts, I'm pretty sure I'll be getting this: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Designed-Prestige-Boilersuit-Coverall-Overalls/dp/B00617QDOI/ref=sr_1_1_m?s=clothing&ie=UTF8&qid=1362687162&sr=1-1 to use as my undersuit.
I have no idea what to do about the vest yet, but I'm pretty sure I'm going to use snaps to attach the plates to the vest, which will allow me to totally dismantle the armour for transport, should provide a strong bond and mean I can swap out plates if I upgrade etc.
For the cape I'll probably pick up a heavy thread bed sheet, dye and weather it and snap it to the chest. I won't be going with a jetpack (another cost saving/skill measure) so my back plate will probably have the UK clan logo either painted on or built up with plastic.
Those are my ideas so far. Comments, criticisms and help in general will be greatly appreciated!