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Gone Wookie - Torment's Tarfull **Full pics page 8**
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 07, 2010 1:00 am    Post subject: Gone Wookie - Torment's Tarfull **Full pics page 8** Reply with quote

Well I have decided to go big. Really big. All 7'6 of him. I have started the preliminary stuff like research already. I have even started to get a few kits. I have Duck's skull and face kit on the way and I have some gorilla hands on the way as well. For the suit I will be doing all the latch work with my GirlFriend who has sworn to me she knows what she is doing...(pray she is telling the truth). On the thinking board is the stilts. I need about 12 inches under my feet. I am thinking about doing a steal based welded set up. Ill get into that a bit later when I approach that step. For now, however I am working on the armor bits. I just finished working on the chest and the belt buckle. I know its not a million percent accurate, but I think its pretty good. I will be casting these parts so I can have the back pieces. The next part for me to tackle will be the shoulder bells. Well I am off to think tank those. If you know anyone who has made them alaready, that would be a great relief to me. But if not, I am more than capable of making something. Just more time added to the build.

Well here are the first pics of what I have done. I will update as I do more.

Enjoy..





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PostPosted: Wed Jul 07, 2010 1:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Off to a good start! Looking forward to seeing WIP pics tremendously!!

Curious though, why make steel stilts? Won't they be heavy?

You Wookies probably know about these already, but
I would suggest drywall stilts, I've seen them used in the construction industry, they are light enough to be pretty darn manueverable (those guys can hang and tape drywall allllllll day long in them. With surprising dexterity) Adjustable to various heights also.

Now, they probably aren't cheap...
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 07, 2010 2:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I only need 12 inches of lift. Most stilts are 14 inches. I know 4 inches dont seem like much, but the arm ratio looks bad in my mind. I wont be making solid lifts. I will be doing some prong like stilts. Ill have to do a drawing to show what i mean, but they should be lite weight and super strong. Plus no squeeking from springs or such.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 4:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Get drywall stilts. Seriously, or look at what Duck did in the tutorials forum.

I did exactly what you did on my first Wookiee. Home-made steel stilts. Unless you can duplicate the ankle articulation found in commercial drywall stilts forget it. No matter how tough you make your steel stilts they will break again and again.

My stilts were 12" and weighed 20+ lbs. It doesn't seem like much at first but it really saps your energy. Commercial drywall stilts are just like walking, sort of.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I went with Marshaltown Drywall stilts , and I still get a ton of comments if I am really that tall. The movement that you get from these stilts are much better than most realize. The ankle spring really confuses people into thinking that your that tall. Once you get good at them you can make walking a ton more flued.

There are a couple of modifications you can do to hide some of the squeaks in stilts like these. Placing hardened leather washers between moving parts is one way (I still have to mod mine out Sad ).

My stilts add 15 in total to my height, bringing me to around 7 foot 11ish. If you make the costume correctly and learn how to pose you will never get the short arm comments... I have yet to hear any at a troop. I have toyed with going with just lifts, but the height you get with stilts is really impressive and most can't get past your size to notice the short arm issues.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jason, good luck in your adventure. It will be great to have a Wookie here in Florida.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=drywall+stilts&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&cid=5489022797457244978&ei=MDg3TIahIpTCwAWOloy8CA&sa=button&ved=0CAkQgggwADgA#p

There are also other cheaper suppliers....look around. I can't wait to see your Tarful next to Grinch's Chewie.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 5:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with bob. I have the marshaltown stilts. They are the best!!! The movement and natural feeling you get is spectacular. The height of the Chewie in my opinion is very important. Being able to be 7'9 is critical. The way you assemble the costume and the proportions of the illusion of torso length and leg length and arm length can all be haned in the making of the costume. I regularly dance and run in my Chewie costume at many events. Static stilts are not as easy.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 14, 2010 4:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well a small but significant update. I got my mold silicone and some resin today. One mold was a flop sad to say. I just didn't mix it well enough. The other was a success. So I started to copy it already. So far I have made 3 buckles. I have to make at least one more. I am trading with another wookie parts so I don't have to make the ammo boxes. It picked up just about every detail and there is very little sanding to do. I will clean the edges up before anything.

I don't know how many buckles I will get out of this mold, but if anyone is interested, please let me know and I can make some for people.

Here is what I got.

In the mold and resin poured.



And here are the first two pulls.



I will be re doing the chest mold tomorrow. I should have just enough left to redo that piece and I will try pulling a set sometime in the evening. I am very excited to see how this all comes out. Once I have my set and Wookiegunners pulled, I will get started on the shoulders.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 17, 2010 1:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another small update the mold for the chest piece is done and I got my first pull. I ran out of resin till monday, but the piece came out perfect. I must have done something right cause I have about 30 seconds of clean up on these before they are ready to paint. But my next endeavor is the shoulder bells. I think the masters for them are going to be part leather and part plastic. That should give me nice varying textures on the molds. My only question is should i mold and cast them flat then heat and bend. or mold and cast with the bends in the shoulders ahead of time? well thats what this week is for.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 17, 2010 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm so excited you are doing this Jason! Keep us posted! Great start!
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 17, 2010 7:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the nod on this. I would have done a Chewie if we didnt already have one. But since we do Tarfull got the loves. However I dont believe I have seen a finished one. Does this mean I would be the First? If anyone knows please tell me. I am trying to go all out on this so I would love to know if someone has finished this or not.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 17, 2010 11:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Torment wrote:
Thanks for the nod on this. I would have done a Chewie if we didnt already have one. But since we do Tarfull got the loves. However I dont believe I have seen a finished one. Does this mean I would be the First? If anyone knows please tell me. I am trying to go all out on this so I would love to know if someone has finished this or not.

Yes Jas, you would be the first to do Tarful Wink Can't wait to see it done, it will be awesome

As for our new Chewie, I need to contact him (grinch) and have him submit it to the RL. Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 18, 2010 7:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

People have said they are working on him but I have never seen a finished one yet.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 18, 2010 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a wookiee costumer out there (Lukenukem) that made a wookiee similar to Tarfful, more like a wookiee warrior!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75WEtgQPVjI&feature=channel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E09Y15gXh_U&feature=channel

Yes there are a few in progress, one in our garrison too!
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