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    Larry
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    TX USA
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    Star Garrison
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    Central Texas Squad
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  1. Update time. So I went ahead and did the CRL version to submit and hopefully wear while the game version goes through the NttL process. Front Right Back Left Any feedback welcome! The red is actually growing on me, the more I work with it.
  2. Weathered soft armor: I went with some of my good inks for this and I think it went pretty well. It definitely dinged them up a bit, but they don't look overly fake. I think I am pretty much ready to submit pics for approval. Are there any red flags I should fix before I do? Thanks in advance for any more feedback!
  3. Weathered hard armor: My phone isn't really capturing any of the weathering well, but I am happy with it in person. The pieces have more depth and look used now.
  4. Did some more work on this costume today. I think I improved the fit of it overall. The vest has been taken in a bit (a bit more even after these pictures) and fits with less wrinkling. I tinkered with the skirt, sashes and cape too and I think they all fit a bit better now. I did some shading and highlighting on the armor, so it looks less pristine. The pictures don't seem to capture it much, it is different when I compare it to the pieces I remade that have not been weathered. The boot armor straps are complete and on in these pics, as is the belt pouch. I think the weathering is the last outstanding issue? Is there anything else that needs to be fixed before I look at doing some approval pics? I really appreciate the detachment leadership feedback on this, it has been helpful in getting this ready. I am very excited to be getting close to (hopefully) getting approved and joining TFE officially! EDIT: So I went after some more weathering after really going through and getting some more game images. The armor is just base weathering in the pic, no dry brushing or highlighting. This is the vest (still the old vest, not my current one!) with some more aggressive inking: It doesn't photograph well, but is that about right?
  5. I'm trying out some weathering on my first prototype vest: Good? Bad? Too much? Too little? It looks washed out because of the flash, but the right side of the picture shows it. I mixed a few colors to get a dark grime color and brushed it on in the seam lines, tapering up from the bottom. It stops around half way up. I also did some light scrubbing to make it look less pristine. I'm trying to keep it pretty light because there isn't much weathering visible on the game images or the concept art.
  6. Awesome! Thank you for the feedback! I was planning on dry-brushing and shading the hard armor to give it some more character. I am fairly skilled at that. However, I have not weathered pleather before. Any tips on that? I was mostly looking at scuffing it up as bit, but I'll have to do some homework on it first. Also, the pouch and boot armor straps are done, so I am pretty much finished up the construction. So I am doing some final fitting and the weathering this weekend. Hopefully that will be it and I can submit for approval really soon.
  7. OK, progress time! I'd like to get some feedback on the fit of this costume thus far. I think it is getting close to submission worthy, but I want to get the fit and finish just right before I do. Front: Right: Back: Left: A few things: The boot straps are done, I just didn't put them on for these pics. They are pretty straight forward though. The flap on my belt is a placeholder for the pouch. I wasn't happy with the first few I did, so I have another in process that I think will work. The primary issue I see is how the cloak rests on the shoulder armor and the draping on the right side. I think I may need to secure it in the back somehow or put a draw closure to get it to hang better. Any suggestions for this would help a lot. I am also working securing the shoulder armor to the vest. I think I am just going to hook & loop it to keep it in place. Any suggestions on that? I also need to think about securing the skirts to the obi or vest or to belt them more heavily to keep them in place. I also think I'm going to add some hem weights, at least at the front corners.
  8. Well, it looks like a will not be able to get a helmet for my Starkiller Hoth for a while, so my next endeavor will be Darth Revan while that is back-burnered! I am working on getting the sizing and spacing right for hard bits. Do these roughs look right? The bottom of the ab armor is sitting just at the top of my hip bone and I think I have the space at the top about right to show the hood and shirt properly. From the reference pictures and pictures on this board it looks like that is about where they fit, but not having it done it before I'd appreciate some input from folks who have done this costume. I am planning on some suspenders/suspension straps to keep the cuirass in place, an elastic belt backing the flexible gap seal and a webbing and elastic belt backing the ab armor. I'll be attaching all three together with direct hook and loop and some strapping, probably. I am planning the hood, caplet and cape to all be separate pieces so it will be easier to fit, adjust and upgrade each piece. I have duck cloth for the hood and capelet and some stiffer upholstery fabric for the cape. I want it to really hold the knife pleats like the reference images and this fabric should be great for that. I have questions on the pleats for the cape. How many are there? The main reference pic I have seen going around has what looks like 5 knife pleats per side and the center box pleat. A lot of the approved costumes and the CRL pics seem to have some variation in number, but 3-4 knife pleats per side seems common. I just want to check if there is a preferred or approved number before I get to sewing. Similar question about the skirt, it is split in the front and back with about 3 box pleats on each side. Is that right? I have tons more questions, but this should kick it off.
  9. I have a few new questions. The CRL says the belt closes in the back. Is there any guidance on that closure? I plan on using hook & loop, because it won't show much and I can't get a view of the back of the belt. I doubt it gets rendered in game since he never has the cloak off. The art for the the concept costume shows some rivets or snaps, but I can't tell what the rest of the closure is. What have other people used? I plan on securing the shoulder armor to the vest with some hook and loop. Is that common? Is there a better method? I have also been talking to my garrison's senior GML. He said I'd need to get a CRL to get the costume approved. It is essentially the same as the concept costume that has a CRL, just with a couple of color changes. I hope if I get it "approved" by the detachment, he'd approve it, but this stuff is all pretty new to me still. I'd be happy to help with a CRL, but I gather it is a lot of work for the leadership and I know you are all working on many others. On another note, I have the hard parts shaping done and they are primed (except the foot pieces while I work out the strapping): I'll get them painted, then finish up the belt and I'll be ready to post some full costume pics to get feedback on the build!
  10. kaabous

    Starkiller HOTH ARMOR References (Ultimate)

    Wow, those show a lot of new details. Great work! I have been puttering around with different bits of this costume, these images will help me get going on some more of it.
  11. Updates: Skirts are done. I also still have attach the cape and hood, but they are done other than that. New body armor. Made this one more customizable so I can make improvements or replacements more easily. It also more comfortable and holds its shape better to boot. First draft of the obi. It works, but I think I have a couple ways to improve it. Rough cuts of a new collar armor and belt buckle. Still working on the belt. I have the leather strapping for it, but it is really stiff (8-9 oz). I ordered some thinner straps, I'll see how they work then decide which to use. New shoulder armor is next, I have the next version of that patterned out and it is ready for sewing. I learned alot by attaching the collar to old one and I think I have that all set too.
  12. Well, after stalling on this for a while and life getting in the way, I'mm back at it. Here is an update of my progress: I already know what I am going to do to make a new vest. I'm not happy with how the sleeves lay. I'm also looking at improving the upper armor piece. I think I may have an idea for that too. We'll see how it goes. I am currently sewing the cape and obi. I have sufficient leather strapping for the belts and straps, so those are next. My goal is the get this approved by the end of summer.
  13. Still working on this kit. I have a rough of the body of the vest, a start on the soft and hard chest armor too. I'll try to get the sleeves on the vest next and clean it up, then finish up the chest pieces. I have the fabric for the cape and skirt picked out as well.
  14. Great, thanks for cleaning it up! This is the first game I've played that isn't an MMO or PC FPS since maybe Halo 3, 10 years or so? And playing a console ported to PC is not the best idea either. But, I thought this was the best way to get full 360s and close ups of specific pieces, should I need them. And it refreshes the story of the character for me, which was part of the reason I wanted to do this costume!
  15. OK, so curiosity got the best of me and I bought the game on steam and played through it until I got this costume. Here are some higher res images than the old ones in the gallery. Other than the obvious rendering limitations in this now ancient game, these shots are a bit better lit and show what the in-game version looks like. I will continue to get other angles and try for different areas of lighting effects to get more full data on it. I have already noticed a few interesting bits. The under skirt pieces are there, though they are the same color as the skirt and not embellished. There are a couple of rectangles on the lower part of the left chest armor. The dark maroon bands on the upper forearm are more visible too. There also appears to be at least some texture on the cloak and skirt, though only visible from certain angles. Now that I have my own image source (and some support to go for it), I am definitely going to pursue this version of Starkiller. Thanks again for the guidance so far! EDIT: Updated with imgur hosted images.
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