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Avatar190

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About Avatar190

  • Birthday December 13

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  • Name
    Mike Dickinson
  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Plainfield, IL
  • TKID
    66598
  • Garrison / Outpost
    Midwest Garrison
  • 501st Profile
    http://501st.com/members/displaymemberdetails.php?userID=21196
  1. Avatar's Imperial Knight WIP (redeux)

    I did neglect to update here that I was approved on September 11th. Yes, that is very strange our chestplates are different, wonder if somehow you got an older model that was lying around or something. The one I have matches the one in his Facebook armor album he posted this year (and I got my stuff August of 2016). I custom ordered my undersuit from Giovanni (Crow Props). When I saw the First Order TIE Pilot flightsuits up close, and how similar to leather they looked, I just knew I had to see if I could get the suit for the IK made. Gio and I communicated a few times, dug up a bunch of reference photos from Jan and Thomas, and he went to his seamstress and they came up with a plan. Submitted my measurements, and granted it took quite a while, but he got the job done. And I am very pleased with the result. The suit breathes, so I don't sweat my cajones off, yet gives a leather-like appearance so it looks right. I inquired, and Gio said that he is able to make more suits, for those interested. He also makes the male and female versions of the belts, and boots for those who need.
  2. Hey Tank! Welcome aboard!
  3. Hello. I just received notification of my Imperial Knight approval today, requesting Detachment access. Here is the link to my costume profile: http://501st.com/members/displaymember.php?userID=21196&costumeID=309 And thank you!
  4. Avatar's Imperial Knight WIP (redeux)

    Thanks Tommy, and thanks for the help earlier. To answer your questions, the pants I'm wearing in these pics, actually, are just some Champion running pants I had from Target. So, yeah, they have a sheen to them, but don't think it gives a leather-like sheen...ya know? And the sleeves should be relatively easy to fix...just tighten up what already has been stitched a little bit more. I'm not expecting much difficulty with that. I'm also considering sewing some velcro right on the cuff edge, and then on the inside of my gloves, just so they will adhere together just a little bit.
  5. Imperial Knight WIP

    Avatar190's Imperial Knight WIP Album
  6. Avatar's Imperial Knight WIP (redeux)

    Current checklist for changes needed: Pants - ones in these images are incorrect. I do have a pair of Vader pants, but I do not like them they are too hot. But if my replacement takes too much longer to arrive, I'll do what needs to, and suffer. Sleeves - need to tighten up the wrists, they are too big Bracer & Hand guards - after fixing the wrists, get that gap closed up Upper back plate - ensure velcro is not visible below the shoulder straps Touch-up Painting - not really visible, but I know it's there, and I want it fixed Shoulder straps - install padding That's it for now...I think...
  7. Avatar's Imperial Knight WIP (redeux)

    So, the latest test run was at RennCon this past weekend at Bristol Renaissance Faire. The cod piece definitely held in place better. Ab plate still pops out a bit, and the snaps kept popping out, which might have been the problem at the time of this image. Might replace the snaps for stronger snaps, or incorporate velcro with the snaps (likely this). Wondering if I reinforce the pleather, or go with leather and harden it... Really need to get that hand guard and bracers placed correctly...too much gap. I'm going to tighten up the sleeves on my tunic, and make sure those bracers are sitting in the proper place to marry up with the hand guards. Oh, and pad the shoulder straps, like I mentioned before...damn I was sore after this run. I'm just waiting for my pants to arrive, and aside of those few tweaks, I might be ready to go. Anyone here have any thoughts, comments, suggestions?
  8. Avatar's Imperial Knight WIP (redeux)

    The snap configuration with the strip of pleather. Hoping this provides enough rigid support to prevent breathing and my gut to pop the armor pieces out or alignment with the belt. All of the pieces snapped together, as viewed from the backside. This is the front view, without the belt Front view, with the belt
  9. Avatar's Imperial Knight WIP (redeux)

    Back to square one, I decided to switch to a snap system and a hopefully less pliable strip of pleather. So, replaced all the velcro, and glued snap anchors in their place.
  10. Avatar's Imperial Knight WIP (redeux)

    I used YaYa Han "leather" fabric strips to tie the armor pieces together behind the belt with velcro, It worked well, I had no problems with anything popping off. Problems I experienced, the YaYa Han fabric was too stretchy, so it allowed for a lot of movement. This would be comfortable, but... As noted above, the stretchy YaYa Han fabric was too stretchy, and as I found out at Celebration, the armor pieces would be popped out of place from my gut. I didn't care for the look.
  11. Avatar's Imperial Knight WIP (redeux)

    Backside of the chest plate and pauldrons, now painted black. Used snap system, à la stormtroopers, to attach the shoulder bells. Velcro to attach the sides and, as I mentioned before, the ab plate and cod piece. Ab Plate (front and back w/velcro) Btw, notice the black...this isn't paint. I thought I'd give it some "weight" by using Flex Seal. DON'T DO THAT. It does give it weight, but Flex Seal does not let you stick anything to it. So, none of the velcro or any glue that I tried to put onto it would not stick. And it was a HUGE pain in the testicles to get the residue off, so things would adhere. Cod Piece (front and back w/velcro)
  12. Avatar's Imperial Knight WIP (redeux)

    Strangely that last image didn't post, it only linked...let's try again. And here is the upper back plate, secured in place. I feel that the velcro is far less noticeable when I'm wearing it, then it appears in this picture...
  13. Avatar's Imperial Knight WIP (redeux)

    Chocolate brown cape, made from YaYa Han suedecloth. Velcro strips sewn along the top to secure it along the inside of the back plate, the outside of the back plate at the shoulder blades, as well as under the left and right pauldrons. Attached first to the top of the back plate. Then pulled down to the inside of the back plate, and secured again with more velcro. Here is the upper back plate, which covers the top of the cape. Inside of upper back plate, with piece of velcro for a strip of cloth, I velcro that cloth strip to the upper back plate so as to be able to secure the upper plate to the back plate. And here, secured over the top of the cape, holding it in place, and keeping the upper plate anchored as well. http://i.imgur.com/fYdy3eY.jpg
  14. Avatar's Imperial Knight WIP (redeux)

    Here's how I did my snap assembly for the pauldrons and the shoulder straps. After a few test troops with the armor, I have determined that I do need to pad the shoulder straps, as the snap buttons dig into the tips of my shoulders, and it really starts to hurt after about an hour...
  15. Avatar's Imperial Knight WIP (redeux)

    Ok, by now, I've painted the inside of the chest and back plates black (mostly to cover the white stripes left from hanging the armor when it was painted red). And, velcro strips are in place to secure the shoulder straps to the top of the back plate, and the sides of back and chest together. Also, velcro pieces in place for attaching the cape and the upper back plate. This is a newer photo, initially those snap anchors were not on the bottom of the chest plate, I had velcro there. I'll explain later.
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