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  1. Donation sent! Confirmation number: 9S023278DG798870A
  2. Beautiful work, as usual Thank you for sharing all of your progress!
  3. I don't know if anyone has managed to figure this one out yet and have the hilts stay in place. Love to see what you come up with!
  4. The wraps are coming along nicely. One thing to note: the CRL states: "The edges of the wraps are cleanly cut and are not fraying" so be careful about that
  5. Hello and welcome NightSister! Looks like you're well on track with your Ventress build I must say that the lightsabers you are having printed look amazing!! Most of the time my husband will airbrush my makeup on for me. The advantage is that you get very even coverage of the paint, and if you're using alcohol-based paints like I do, an airbrush works best. However, I have also seen great paint applications done with sponge or brush, so it's really up to you and what you find is the easiest way to achieve the best results. As for the fabric, the 501st standard states "The floor length skirt is made of a crushed velvet or chenille fabric". I would use the same fabric for the shirt and the skirt if possible - use the fuzzy side for the skirt to show the texture, and then use the smooth (back) side of the same fabric for the shirt. That way they are the same colour. Good luck and let us know how it goes!
  6. Hello nicseb and welcome! It's great to see some new Ventress builders making their costumes I wanted to check and see if it is your intention to have your costume approved for 501st membership? If so, make sure you thoroughly review the stardards required for AOTC Concept Ventress as you build your costume. There are some specific details in the skirt for example that you will need to have for successful approval, and I'm not sure I'm seeing them in the pic of your skirt For the shirt, the best advice I can give is to use a fabric that matches in colour to the standard and is stretchy, since the shirt must be form fitting. You can either make the shirt from scratch or use a purchased one and modify it, whatever is easiest for you. Good luck and keep us posted!
  7. If you don't have grey boots, make fabric covers for existing boots out of stretch fabric, like a giant sock. Use craft foam for the shin guards, attach to the socks with velcro. Use black elastic and painted on details for the fore arm strapping. Use a red scarf in a lightweight fabric for the sash. Make the medalions out of craft clay or craft foam. Hope that helps!
  8. I think those boots should be fine. As for the fabric, I can't seem to find where the CRL states the shirt needs to be a knit fabric? But it does say the fabric should be matte and stretchy so that the shirt is form fitting. I think the key thing about the textured fabric you're leaning towards is to ensure it doesn't show up as patterned in pics, since the grey should look solid and not patterned.
  9. Not that I'm a Talon expert by any stretch of the imagination, but I do like the new version of the top much better. I prefer the addition coverage this one has. The only thing I'm wondering about is that the bottom is thicker, like a long-line bra, and I'm just wondering if it might be a bit too thick? The CRL for Talon doesn't have any reference pics, so I'm not sure. Maybe the DL can provide some insight?
  10. Wow, what a great first try/practice run! I think you did very well and I know you learned lots! The trickiest part I've found is around the ears, but be careful not to trim away too much. It's also the area that tends to tear because of the curves so watch for that. To keep little bits of hair out of the way, I use a bit of hair gel or hair spray to keep those suckers in place. I think you did a great job blending the edges, they are very difficult to see in your pics For the adhesive, I prefer to use pros-aide (www.pros-aide.com). The other benefit to having pros-aide is you can make pax with it - pros-aide mixed with artists acrylic - and stipple it onto the cap as your first layer which will give you a bit of texture and help add opaque coverage. The black makeup just takes practice Great job so far!
  11. I prefer a pale grey skin tone to white. I also add low lights and high lights with makeup so as to look more realistic and less flat. Can't wait to see these new sabers! Good luck with your bald cap trial
  12. For the bald head I use a bald cap. I've used both latex and plastic (Glatzan) and preferred the plastic.
  13. Welcome to the Flagship forum, and good luck with your costume build journey! Don't hesitate to post up here with your questions - we'll do our best to help And your Ceremonial Leia looks lovely.
  14. You could do what spiderman cosplayers do - glue the sole of an aqua shoe to the bottom. I'm also a member of a local superhero/villain group, and this is what our spidermans and green lantern have done. Here's a youtube video I found on the subject:
  15. Make sure you also review the CRL: http://www.501st.com/databank/Costuming:Maris_brood
  16. Whatever makeup you find gets you the best results is best IMHO Personally, my husband is able to airbrush my makeup on, and I've used both water-base and alcohol-based makeup and achieved great results. For longevity, alcohol-based make up works best for me and I really like the quality of Reel Creations airbrush paints. There's a bunch of good info in our Makeup and Appliances section: viewforum.php?f=70 And Twi'lek Pam has good info on her website here: http://chucrew.com/Twilek/bodypaint.html
  17. 2-4 inches wider at the bottom is a good guesstimate. I would suggest making a mockup out of paper to test the different widths, as it isn't set in stone. What's more important is that it looks proportionate to the wearer.
  18. From what I've read and seen from others, I would suggest using Worbla and/or Wonderflex to make the armour.
  19. I came across this today, on the RPF from a pepakura file maker: http://www.therpf.com/f84/fierfeks-prem ... ost3285584
  20. Looks amazing as usual Lady B!
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