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  2. Newly approved DS 11601 requesting TFE detachment access. https://www.501st.com/members/displaymember.php?userID=35189&costumeID=268
  3. I am a 501st Legion approved ESB TK (TK 23011) and would like to have access to the forums. Profile: https://www.501st.com/members/displaymemberdetails.php?userID=33885
  4. Looking for a few ideas or some suggestions. I have the MWA v2 revan armor and was wondering how some of yall store your costume while not in use. I was planning on hanging the soft parts in hangars but the armor im not to sure about. I want to svoiding warping or degregation of the material as much as possible. Was thinking of making a little wooden "T - stand" that the armor could drape over while not in use.
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  6. This is such a treasure trove of information. Thank you for sharing. Sent from my Pixel 6 using Tapatalk
  7. Hi Everyone! I am Tarkan from the Florida Garrison, specifically Everglades Squad, and joined the 501st Legion as an ESB Stormtrooper in August 2021. Sharing the Star Wars excitement in the entire family, my wife wanted to join as well and she picked as her costume of choice Asajj Ventress: Nightsister. Inspired by the Star Wars Clone Wars and her unique character, this was a great fit. Last week, my wife (@nightwitch) got her costume approved and is now an official 501st Legion member as DS 11601! We started to explore all available resources in October 2021 to determine what is out there, what we have to do, and how to get started. This forum was helpful to get started, but any Ventress build as a Nightsister was ages ago, hence we struggled to find the right information. Many images where already removed from the forums too, which is why we could only follow already completed costumes and the official character. As we started, we gathered relevant key information for anyone who wants to pursue this costume, but have to admit that we did not take photos through all steps, but at least the materials. Furthermore, a friend of ours, who is a tailor, took the first run to work on the fabrics. Luckily, my mother is a tailor and added the final touches. We decided to build the costume with the hoodie as this eliminates the need for a bald head or any type of bald-look-alike solution that also reduced the need for lots of makeup. Furthermore, with the pandemic, the hoodie and mask were just perfect. Here are the photos of the costume we submitted for approval: The following approach and materials were used to fulfill the CRL requirements:: Materials for "hard" parts We used 3D printing for all hard parts of the costume. All was printed with PLA materials and it worked out really well. We used a Prusa i3 MK3S+, which was perfect. Greaves: This was probably the one we had to try several times to get to the right size, format, and curved shape to fit our needs. On the way, we found also this template, but highly recommend not to use it as the symbols are carved and incorrect: Asajj Ventress Armor at 3Demon (https://3d-mon.com/3d-model/groupe/unisex3dprintmodel/asajj-ventress-armor-star-wars/) A friend of mine, who is more professional with Fusion 360 designed ours and the outcome is great. Paints used: Rust-Oleum 260510 2-in-1 Filler & Sandable Primer - Gray Rust-Oleum 249127 Painter's Touch 2x Ultra Cover - Flat Black Rust-Oleum 285144 Charcoal Chalked Ultra Matte Paint Rust-Oleum 7581838 Professional High Performance Enamel Spray Paint - Light Machine Gray Rust-Oleum 271920 Automotive Acrylic Enamel 2X - Gloss Cherry Red There were a few other Rust-Oleum gray tones we tried out, but will leave them off the list. Once printed, I used Rust-Oleum Filler Primer to smooth out the surface and sanded it. Especially since the print was two parts (top and bottom). This way we could cover the gluing and connection points. Based on the original character, I painted the greaves in Flat Black with Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch 2x Ultra Cover, but once submitted for approval, we had to change the color to a dark gray. Hence, used Rust-Oleum Charcoal Chalked Ultra Matte Paint and thinned it with white to get the right coloring. For the top and bottom edge, I used Light Machine Gray as a paint. Thanks to @ionicdesign and this forum post: https://www.theflagshipeclipse.com/forums/index.php?/topic/2296-nightsister-ventress-from-texas/&tab=comments#comment-24478, I used the shin armor template and adjusted the size to the actual greaves size fitting my wife's costume needs. Once adjusted, I printed it out on Premium Printable Vinyl Sticker Paper for Your Inkjet Or Laser Printer - 15 Glossy White Waterproof Decal Paper Sheets (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07NX2VK6K/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1) I cut out all the symbols of the printout that gave me a perfect template to use to cover the areas on the greaves. Once the decal was put on the greaves, I use the Gloss Cherry Red paint to spray two layers on. Outcome was great once dried. As mentioned above, had to change the flat back to a dark gray, which I used a brush for. As straps, we used Strapcrafts 1-Inch by 5-Yard Grey Colored Double-Side Twill Non-Roll Wowen Elastic 72250 (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01EYOSBR6/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1). We cut them based on upper and lower width of the lower leg length and use velcros to connect them on the inner side of the lower leg. Medallions: Designed these in TinkerCad online, was easy, adjusted the size to our needs. Used the Light Machine Gray paint and weathered it with the Flat Black one. In order to attached them to the sash and the body suit, we used snaps, which we glued on the medallions with E6000 Rectangular buckles (curved): We struggled to find anything close to match these buckles, hence decided to design them in 3D to be printed. Used the Light Machine Gray paint as well. Cut three different lengths of Elastic Bands for Sewing Elastic Spool knit width 0.6 Inch x 5 Yard Black (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08VDXCYX9/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1). Glued these with E6000. Costume-related materials and tinkering Neck Cowl: we purchased the fabric from Michael's, unfortunately do not recall the exact name for the material. Our tailor created the neck cowl for use alongside other items below. Bodysuit: Considering being in Florida and potential outdoor troops, we wanted to have light fabric, but that looks good, meets the requirements, but is also stretching enough to allow movement. We used Cali Fabrics (www.califabrics.com) - Eggplant Grey Space Dye Moisture Wicking Designer Athletic Knit, 4 yards. Tailor took measures and created the bodysuit and the leggings from this fabric. Added to the front leg triangles snaps to keep it in shape and attached to the leggings. Leggings: Same material as above but we considered to connect it with a white biker shorts, which we purchased on Amazon (there are plenty). We sewed them together with an elastic thread. Added the snaps to keep it connected and in shape with the body suit. Sash: We got the fabric from the Online Fabric Store (www.onlinefabricstore.net😞 Cherry Red Crushed Taffeta Fabric (Product ID: CTAF643) As we submitted our first try, it was clarified as too red, hence had to make adjustments. We used Rit DyeMore for Synthetics - Graphite and dyed it to darken it. Used several snaps to keep the sash in place and also velcro to attach it to each other. Hood: Same material as the bodysuit, but it is a separate costume item, to make it easier to wear. Tailor added a plastic based, but still elastic band to keep the front of the hoodie in shape. Mask: For the mask, we decided to use a black balaclava: Achiou Balaclava Face Mask UV Protection Ice Silk (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08591Z9TD/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1). Bracers: Buckles are 3D printed (as outlined before). The material we used for bracers are actually dark gray knee high socks. I do have to check where we purchased those. We cut the foot part and used it as the upper arm end of the bracer to keep the loose fit look of the bracer. Boots: Finding boots was difficult, but we found at DSW - Journee Collection IVIE Riding Boots - Grey. Had to cut off the belt on it, but that worked fine. Additional items we considered for a more comfortable fit are Nike Pro 365 - Women's Mid-Rise Crop Leggings in White to be worn under the leggings. More comfortable for longer troops because of the compression and keeps you dry in the Florida heat. Nike Dri-FIT ADV Aura - Women's Slim Fit Short-Sleeve Top in black to be worn under the Bodysuit. Makeup - Complexion and Battle Tattoos Pale-color makeup: Considering being in Florida, heat, and humidity, we looked into something that can withstand these, but is also easy to apply and remove. Best worked for us Mehron Makeup Fantasy F/X Water Based Face & Body Paint (1 oz) (Moonlight White). Easy to apply and easy to remove. Using it for face and the hands. For the other colors, this worked out the best: Mehron Makeup Paradise Makeup AQ Face & Body Paint (1.4 oz) (Mauve) Lightsabers Twin hilts 3D printed to have lightsabers without blades With red blades: Hasbro - Star Wars The Black Series Asajj Ventress Force FX Hope this is helpful and I will add the missing items once I have the information. Now, we are looking for her first troop! Tarkan
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  9. Just completed the belt buckle. I found a wholesaler who sold me 5 blank buckles with a ridge along the edge that fit perfectly. For the detail pieces in the buckle I took ABS plastic from my current Clone Trooper build, cut the shapes out and painted them a metallic color as well as painted the recesses of the buckle to be darker in color.
  10. I made the easiest part first - the unitard. Could I buy a unitard off the shelf instead of making it? Yes. Would it fit me? Absolutely not. My body has some pretty wacky proportions going on, most problematic being my EXTREMEY short torso. Therefore, all of my costumes have to be custom sized. Lucky me. For the pattern, I used the same one I used for Nezmi Mara (Jalie 2105). I already extended the sleeves and pants to full length and made the necessary modifications to the pattern to make the suit fit me correctly when I did my Nezmi build, so all I had to do for this was add back in the portion of the sleeve I cut out for the sleeve insert. I also got clever and designed in an "easy access gusset" for when nature calls (reverse engineered from my Spanx) because removing four layers of costume to use the restroom would be awful. Now for the fabric. I initially had a ridiculous thought that I could find a nylon/spandex fabric about the right color off the shelf and not have to dye. I found one that looked really close - the Storm Grey Milliskin Nylon Spandex Matte #216 from stretchhouse.com, but when I ordered it, the color was more like a light grey than a dark steel grey. Back to the dye bath and the headaches it involves (sigh!). Luckily after less than ten small-scale trials, I was able to lock in the formula that gave me a very close match to the comic. I overdyed with 50% RIT Pearl Grey, 25% RIT Denim Blue, and 25% RIT Hyacinth, at 4 oz total dye per lb of fabric. Note: the color looks slightly different picture to picture because this fabric/color does not photograph consistently. So then I spent a few hours with the scissors and sewing machine this weekend and banged out a unitard! One piece down, several to go.
  11. I'm doing it. I'm going for the Mara Jade triple threat! I already have Black Bodysuit, I built the Nezmi Base version and got the CRL released, and now I'm going to build the Black Nebula version. Mara has been my favorite Star Wars character for over 30 years, and one of my favorite ways to honor her is to, well, become her, so this just seems right. Carlos Ezquerra's depiction of Mara is my favorite of all her comic appearances, so I'm pretty excited to add another of her outfits from By the Emperor's Hand to my collection. I would LOVE to also build the Arica bodysuit from the same series, but unfortunately I have bad plantar fasciitis, so the shoes are a deal breaker (also covering up multiple tattoos would be a pain). Onward to my latest costuming adventure...
  12. Thanks again everyone! I reached out to Pam via email yesterday. Unfortunately it looks like all her Nihilis stuff is sold out. I was looking at that lightsaber because it appeared to be a sculpt of the Unicron saber found at the Pach store: https://www.thepachstore.com/products/unicron However, that one by lucifer sabers seems to be more in line with what I'm looking for.
  13. Happy to be able to help out and to have wips to look at from other members are a great resource, also for someone, who wants to join in the future. 😉 As to my tunics, I actually just laid one of my t-shirts out and used it as a base to cut the fabric after, didn´t use any pattern. Just remember to have enough fabric so that you can make the cross-over - as to the sleeves, I used a normal pattern and made it ca. 2 sizes bigger, so that I could make the quilted sleeves. I bought my "hood" from Pam, not sure if she sells them anymore - you could try and ask her : https://twilekpam.com/products/darth-nihilus-hood?variant=13962054041718 . I can see that it is sold out. Perhaps you can 3d print it ? I attached the fabric to it with velcro and sewed in an extra piece of fabric in the front to close the gape between it and the mask. As for my black-out mask, I bought a cheap plastic Halloween face mask, cut it and painted it black, I am trying to get my oldest son to 3d print me a new one, because I am not all that happy about the fit on this one. He did print me a saber that I just need to sand down, put together and paint, so hopefully that one will be nice to have for canon events. It will be without blade, but that is fine with me. The one you link to doens´t quite look right though. Try this one : https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2223990 - or take a look at the one Daniel wrote about - you can find it here : https://lucifersabers.com/en/product/nihilus/ - that is nice. You´re on the right way
  14. Look at lucifer sabers. I have the nihilus saber of them and it's perfect with light and sound and combat Blade Enviado desde mi ASUS_I004D mediante Tapatalk
  15. I did find this file though. It looks like a good option for hanging off my belt until I can find a good saber. Also, anyone have any leads for a dueling "combat ready" saber. I've been invited to join the Saber Guild, but obviously, I don't want to go in there with a printed blade or an expensive fragile saber: https://www.cgtrader.com/3d-print-models/art/sculptures/star-wars-darth-nihilus-light-saber-hilt
  16. Heidi, Thanks for the info. I actually looked at your thread a couple days ago. It looks like you went the route I've been thinking about going. I am curious what you used for your tunic patterns though. I think I've settled on the Wicked Armor mask, but I may still print one off and play around with it while I wait. It seems like all the masks I've seen have the raised stripes above the eyes, so I think if I print this off in resin, sanding will be pretty easy. However, then I run into the issue of finding a black-out mask. One other reason I'm thinking about printing is because if I'm going to make my own soft parts, that's the only way I can apparently get the cowl. I've seen a couple 3D files that include the cowl, so that might be my only option unless one of you can point me towards a "kitty ears" tutorial. I kind of feel like I'm "late to the party." With the exception of Wicked Armor, it seems like all the Nihilis masks are either sold out or no longer made. I'm also now having a hard time finding an in-stock lightsaber. Thanks again for your assistance
  17. I haven´t seen any correct 3d file yet of the COFT version, I had to remodel the one I got by reshaping the checkbones and eyes + sand done the lines over the eyes before it could pass approval. As to Wicked Armor, yes that mask with the blackout mask is fine for approval for the COFT version You can see my build thread here :
  18. Thanks guys. I saw the Wicked Armor mask earlier, but what's throwing me off is that it says "Knights of the Old Republic II," but it has the black out mask as in the COTF CRL. When you both say you were approved, were you approved as COTF or KOTOR? Also, David, the lines and oval details on the site picture do indeed look like those in the COTF CRL, so I think you're right. Do either of you know who's mask was used in the COTF CRL?
  19. I was also approved with the whole kit from Wicked Armor, though I did ask him to make sure all the lines and ovals on my mask matched the CRL. He made changes to his mold, based on my request, and I believe his COTF mask can pass out of the box now.
  20. Lol hi, not dead - just busy! I haven't done much for progress beyond taking the straps off of the boots (besides the ones parallel of the inside and outside of the boots - I want to keep those for stability, hoping they'll work for approval) But I just got my blaster today at an armor party! It still needs some filling, sanding, painting, and gluing but it looks amazing! Super happy I was able to have a Merc friend do this for me, and hoping he can print my Rey blaster as well. Hoping to finish everything else soon!
  21. https://wickedarmor.com/collections/darth-nihilus/products/darth-nihilus-mask-inspired-by-star-wars-knights-of-the-old-republic-ii-custom-prop-replica I went through Wicked for my whole kit I am waiting on a Walts kit as well as see how it compares but I know Wicked's is correct
  22. Hey all, I've been looking through the threads and can't seem to find a good source for a Nihilis COTF Mask. Every page I go to says sold out. I'd prefer a cast piece, but if anyone can point me towards some ACCURATE 3D files, I'm more than happy to go that route also. Additionally, I'm reading some mixed messages regarding the shape of the mask. The CRL specifically states that it's supposed to be the skull-like mask and adds that the "KOTR II mask is not acceptable with this version." Likewise, the KOTR II CRL states "COTF mask is not acceptable with this version." However, I've seen a few posts leading people to masks that will "work for both CRLs," so you can imagine I'm a little confused. Regardless, I'm ready to buy a mask, cowl and black out mask right now, but need some assistance. Thanks!
  23. We are here to help you, so no worries in asking too much, there is no such thing I use E6000 glue on all my costumes/armor pieces - that should do the trick.
  24. Ok, here we go, first question. I was messing around with the armor, adjusting the fittings making sure everything looked in place. when i ran into my first roadblock. Some of the leather tabs came undone, looks like there is a black sticky residue from the previous adhesive. Any recommendations on what kind of glue/binding i should use to fix this? These are the leather straps that suspend the big O ring for the red drape and the black cloth piece
  25. Awesome thanks for sharing your journey! And believe me, ill be asking tons and tons of questions haha. Right now my focus is on getting the hood right. Finding troubles on getting the hood to sit right and attaching the shawl portion of the hood to the 4 silver rings on the upper breastplate. Trial and error
  26. Hi and welcome to this amazing world You´re of to a very good start - you can see the CRL here : https://databank.501st.com/databank/Costuming:SL_revan it is a to-do-list about the costume, there are also lots of great wip threads here on this forum, so do take a look on, how other members have done their costumes. When I began back in 2012 with a biker scout armor, I was totally lost - but a member helped me out, even when he was deployed to Afghanistan, and is now one of my dearest friends. What I learned through that process is, you can never ask to many times about something, so do use us as much as you can, and I am sure, that many in here will try their hardest to assist you in getting your costume put together and approved. If I were you, I would go by the CRL, make a list and just start from the top and go check off the items as you work through them. Have fun - looking forward to follow your build.
  27. Good evening everyone! newbie here but hopeful on being able to join the 501'st Imperial Sands garrison out of San Diego. This is my first attempt at costuming and i have never been more excited. i have been lurking these forums for a while and im excited to announce that i got 90% of my costume in the mail tonight. I have a MWA V2 Revan and some good boots i will be trying to modify. I appreciate any help yall might be able to provide since i have little to no clue what im doing. fingers crossed i get to be apart of something as amazing as this group. Cheers!
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