Welcome to my nerdy world of costuming

In this blog I will, to some extent, document costumes I make and describe how I did the different things.

I will post some pics and info around my stormtrooper armor, which I finished in the fall of '08. But most importantly show how I'm coming along with my current project, which is the ESB version of Boba Fett.

Enjoy your stay!

Ok guys, big update today!!

First of all, I got my BM lid today. It´s a real beauty to say the least. So, in good TK-2330 tradition, the first thing I did when I got it home was to paint it!! I just did the insides black to start with. When that had dried I went over it woththe first layer, a light grey. Tomorrow I´m starting on the left ear (following TerminalFettlers step-by-step ESB guide on this one).

Here´s some pics (they are mirrored, so no, the dent is not on the wrong side):





I also have an aluminum RF-stalk with a hollow top for working LED´s on the way, a new ammo belt, the volkerc ESB sidearm, Fettpride holster, shin tools made from accurate found parts and a working scope for the blaster on the way.

Fettpride also said that my armor will ship today, so it´ll be here soon I guess:) 

Lastly, I dyed my flightsuit the correct color (from grey to light blue) and also started weathering it, pics to come tomorrow.

Here's another one I made the other day:


I recieved my ESB pouches and flashtube from FettDad at TDH today! I'll post some pics later.

I also fiddled a little with photoshop for fun, doing up this image of Wickedbeards Vader (the original can be seen here http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/forums/showthread.php?t=32751:



Here´s what´s to arrive in the following couple of weeks:


1 set of Fettpride v. 3 ESB armor
ESB side pouches
Sidewinder ESB resin blaster kit
1 Heiland flash tube

Updates with pics will follow as the items arrive at my door, stay tuned!

Here's where I'm at right now. Everything is painted except for one of the thruster, since I had to glue it back together after dropping it, and a couple og the parts on the underside of the pack (yellow bottoms on the two cylinders and the greeblie-kit in the center). I also have to make a fundtioning LED for the beacon and the hooks for the harness.

On to the pics:

The pack:

Pack 1

Underside:

Pack underside

Metal ring on the rocket:

Metal ring

Handpainted stuff:

Spine details

Rocket top:

Rocket top

Rocket body:

Rocket body

Weathering details:

Piano keys

Rusted stabilizer:

Stabilizer

Rusted beacon:

Beacon

Thruster:

Thruster 2

Rust, wear and tear:

Rust details 1

Hope you like it!

Painted most of the jetpack today, still som details to get on there though. But I'll get that done tomorrow or in the coming week.

Here's what it looks like so far:

Photobucket

Rusted connectors on the bottom:

Rusted connectors


Yesterday I finished painting the silver layer on the pack, and it's looking mighty nice!


Got the silver on today, all parts done there. I also started painting green on one thruster, but it didn't look right, so I'm painting it silver again and trying a new green tomorrow.

Here's the silver:

JP silver

JP backplate

NEW ARRIVAL!!

Today I recieved my jet pack, courtesy of BFUK at TDH.


I am so stoked! Check it out (I need to shrink the images to the correct size, will fix tomorrow):

JP 2

JP 1

Another testrun

I did another testrun with the jumpuit and flakvest as well. It suddenly dawned on me....my armorpieces are too small!!

test 3

So, I'm going to try to get a set of FP to replace these armor pieces ASAP.

I recently bought myself a new airbrush set!!

Check it!

Evolution airbrush

Compressor

And here's the first results I've gotten with it (these pieces are not done yet):

Painted 1


I've exclusively painted with Vallejo Model Air paint.

It's been a while since I updated the blog last, but there's been some progress to share at least!

After testfitting the armor, I made some trades and bought som stuff as well. I traded my ROTJ braids for a harness for the jetpack and a girthbelt (the latter seen in the photo below):

Kit so far flash

I also acquired a set of JW Fett boots and ESB gloves from batninja over at TDH:

Gloves back


Boots front

So, there you have the new stuff I have gotten since the last update.


I testfitted the chestarmor today, mainly because I was gewtting unsure as to whether it was big enough. I've posted on TDH to get some feedback before I paint this, 'cause I don't want to spend several hours on it if it's too small. You can check out the thread here.


I'm also considering doing a set in 5mm sintra just to see how it would look with a little more "substance" on the armorpieces. The ones shown here are 3mm.


My two year old son just found out that wearing a TK helmet is really, really cool. He´s running around the livingroom with it every day now! I´m gonna get him his own once I can afford it:)

After viewing the blog from work, I saw that the middle column is misplaced. I'm not sure how to fix this just yet.

The page does view correctly in Firefox and Safari at least. You shouldn't be using Internet Explorer anyway, so there you go... :-)



Here's a little update... I went to Sandvika with my wife yesterday, looking for fabric for a cape. I found something that sort of matched, but getting the excact colors is a neverending quest, as there really aren't any good lighted images of Boba from ESB showing the colors.

I sewed tha cape together after TK409's measurements (36" long, 30" wide), used an exactoknife to make some rips and tears and then I put it in the washing machine for 4 hours. Today, after it dried, I found some matte black spraypaint I had lying around, and some light brown. I misted black all over the cape to dull the colors down and added some extra at the bottom. I also used the brown to dull down the orange on the stripe, as it was really bright. I'll post some comparison pics later on.

The weathering on the bottom need to be more frayed, but that's something that will happen over time, so I'm not gonna spend to much time "making" it.

I finally got my lazy butt out to a store here in Oslo. I knew from their website that they sold Vallejo-paints, but I kinda got hung up on Floquil for some reason. Aaaanyway... I found the green, yellow and silver I need for the best Boba-paintjob, and I don't have to buy it from eBay either...woohoo!
I still have to get the red, concrete, gunbolt, light yellow+++ But they have them all there.

I did a colortest today, and it looked great, so I'm totally stoked! I'll post a couple of pics tomorrow showing how the color turned out and the names of the different colors.

It's also looking like I'm not getting my gauntlets sold, so I'm considering redoing them for ESB in stead. We'll se how that fares at a later time.

Until next time....

One more...

Photoshopping!!






A fellow trooper over at FISD was kind enough to post a tutorial on some basic Photoshop techniques. It got me inspired, so I edited myself into some SW pics I had. And these are what I came up with. More will come at a later time. Enjoy!

Finally, after much searching and html-editing, I've got the new blog up and running. As some of you may notice, the colotheme is taken from the Boba Fett ESB helmet. I thought it would be a nice touch seeing as it is my current project.

I'll get some pics and stuff on here ASAP. But, since I've taken a couple of steps back in my progress (I started on a ROTJ Boba, but changed mid-way to ESB in stead), there isn't that much to show off just yet. I'll post pics showing what I have purchased/made so far though, and more items are on the way shortly. The parts I'm really looking forward to getting now is my Bobamaker helmet kit and Bobby Fett UK's jetpack!! And also a facecast of Jeremy Bulloch (#1 of 30 made by Bobamaker).