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Ahsoka Tano - Adult [Build] (season 3-5) *WIP*
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2015 10:25 pm    Post subject: Ahsoka Tano - Adult [Build] (season 3-5) *WIP* Reply with quote

Overview Status:
Headpiece - WIP
Outfit - WIP
Lightsabers - Waiting Game
Body Inking + Tattoos - Waiting Game w/ Outfit
Leather Armor + Attachments - Waiting Game w/ Outfit

I can tell that she get's alot of foot traffic here, not enough Togruta running around. Never can have enough! Haha.

Speaking of which, greetings and salutations folks.

I'll get this out of the way. I'm a man whose looking to make an outfit of a female character.
Cropped Images. Click links for HD Scanned Versions
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http://i.imgur.com/goMeI0y.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/8iBOObO.jpg

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I was not comfortable with this decision at first, but than I realized if your going to represent one of the characters you've come to love, where does the shame come from? It's an involved question that I'm sure won't get approval with the Rebel Legion, but it's being made regardless. I'm being quite stubborn, that headpiece is too awesome to NOT do! Haha.

If it is not possible to get approval for this, I plan to make this an OC Character instead. His name will be Osoto Talas. He likes playing with sabers and eating your cookies when your not looking. The basis of this character is at least 90%+ related to Ahsoka's Season 3-5 outfit. You'll think it's obvious when you see the concept art.

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The Plan:
A Male-Oriented Ahsoka Tano. This outfit will be made in a very similar fashion as Ahsoka's outfit, except it'll be fitted for a man instead of a woman. Less cuts are made in the tunic and more of the masculine elements (muscles) are revealed on the suit. Rather the morphology adheres to the fabrics used in the tunic, rather than cutting them intentional to expose them. When I was making these alterations to the suit, the character started to look a bit different. It looked alot like Ahsoka, but wasn't her. This will be an adult instead of a young adult so the headpiece will be much larger. Her suit is mainly her body in a generic tunic w/ armbands, it can fit a male just as good too. The drawings speak for themselves.

Inspiration:
I have been having many dreams about Ahsoka, as if she was an adult, as a consultant on my issues. Siting in a park or walking down a street in an abandoned shore town. We all enjoy the presense of our most beloved characters either in games, films, or TV, she just happens to be one of the most influential to me. She, like myself, was a loner in a crowd of people. She had this halo-like glow about her, as if she was always the protagonist even in the darkest of nightmares. This relationship, along with 3 other characters I like, developed over a decade in my mind. I feel like I owe it to them to represent them, in the way I see them, to the world.

The Reality:
I didn't know what I was getting myself into. This is going to be my first costume since the dawn of time. The announcement of the movie springed me into action, where as my relationship with my characters has lasted alot longer. They cannot wait any longer, now is the time to act. I started my tale about a year ago with intense research into finding out what I was getting it. I've lost alot of weight before the announcement of the Star Wars movie, my life changed as I found a stable job in the midwest. After things have gone out of control for so long, I feel the need to improve myself while I have a chance before things go back out of control again. As Shia says, "Don't let your dreams be dreams!" Haha!

I plotted the whole outfit out in about a month's worth of time. The materials I would use and how I'd perform the said tasks to accomplish those steps in the master plan were still a mystery. I knew that as a newcomer, it's not in a newb's nature to re-invent the wheel, as the saying would go. Find someone who has done this already, remain in contact with them to enhance your wisdom on this project. Out of everyone on the internet, I only found 2 people who explained an Ahsoka build, in tremendous detail, enough to not make me so confused, were Neimhaille [Rebel Legion Member] (http://www.arrayedindreams.com/) and Taria Damsin (http://becomingahsoka.yolasite.com/headpiece.php). They both helped me out a bit, though as many would know about these types of builds (at least for the headpiece bit), building Ahsoka's Montrals can be quite the challenge! Understand I need a pair of Adult Montrals, not the Teenager/Young Adult kind.

These are the desired kind I wish to build.

Wow does he have some talent. Someday when I'm not so busy.. haha!

From the headpiece to the rest of the outfit:
Link to bigger img.
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-hF88Z7-lc3c/VVkyNmHYbqI/AAAAAAAAB0c/nDxQKcyZOjw/s1600/ahsoka%2Btano%2Bangles.jpg


The uniform, boots, gauntlets, undersleeves (both appendage pairs), the belt are all a project by themselves. The headpiece is another project all together. That is the dominating prop of the outfit. Many talented people who have done Ahsoka have targeted Moleskin to be the fabric for the armbands and tonic. The gauntlets are going to be made out of brown leather. So will the boot armor plates. I've been debating if I'm going out have Moleskin underneath my boots or I might use a different type of material. I intend to wear this outfit in the winter so perhaps some Fleece might be in order. If it slips in and off easy, I could make it a slipper, made to be flush with a nice hump underneath the boots 'V' cut in the front and back. The same can be said with the skin cover underneath the gauntlets. The belt is going to be a tricky piece to make. I planned on having it hang off of the torso instead of supporting it. All designs can change though. My concept art is what I'm relying on, for the sake of approval, everything can be replicated from the original Ahsoka version still too. Many tutorials exist on how to make the belt buckles, boots, gauntlets, etc.. If that is the case, I'll be making the adult variation first, than make a pair of smaller head tails for the young edition in another build. I plan to go through several iterations of this project. The first being completed by the end of this year.

I'll edit my main post to have everything in it, and have my original post of the update remain the way it is. This way, the nexus of info can all be found in one place. I'll do this once one element of the costume is completed.

*Deep Breath* The headpiece now...


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2015 11:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Headpiece: (WIP)

I learned from others that if you intend to make something out of clay, it's going to be heavy. It'll slink, it'll want to go against it's own weight enough to not make it easy work with. Don't have this happen to you. The idea of my armature was born. I didn't know what to make it out of though. I've read somewhere that you could use Worbla to make a form and than make a mold over it. I didn't think you could do that! I was thinking about how light it would be and I envisioned it collapsing as I would put liquid latex brushings over it to form a mold for the piece! That and I've never made a latex brush on mold before ever in my life. I've seen a few videos but never attempted it myself. The clay form of the headpiece seemed like the most secure route to achieve that organic, fleshy, appearance that the Montrals have. That along with it being self supporting. Were talking about getting a shape here so we can make the form into a much lighter-self sustaining piece here. I believe liquid latex can do just this. I'll have to see.

Images are very large, scalled down for forum's sake. Click links for HD.

Day 1:
Here is my first attempted armature piece. It is made out of 1" PVC Sch.40 pipe. Heat treated to this shape.
http://imgur.com/H33vSXw

http://imgur.com/dfq6Avc

http://imgur.com/BNMSVRx


Day 2:
I do not have a lifecast of myself so I was forced to improvise. For a couple of days, I forgot to bring my improvised head cap to my workshop area. I did many other things though to make up for it. I knew that the headpiece was not a single, wavy line at a specific angle. The tails are equally dynamic. I started trouble shooting. Alot of burns later I started to understand that I needed a head to rest this on! Haha. I'm by no means a professional here. This is my first time doing something like this.

Day 3:
I forgot the headcap again, but I made great strides in talking to people who knew things about special efffects. I need to know more about this sort of thing from professionals. In my local area, only 1 studio exists that does this sort of thing. I know their is one near Madison but my attempts to hail him have fallen on deaf ears. So sad. I still need to do this. I was trying to rationalize finding local businesses, seeing how scarse they are, I need to develop a package on the internet to convey my problems. Something like this thread I could show the man. I'll be making videos once I train up a bit on some video editing software. You guys don't need to hear me sing in the workshop .

Day 4:
Got the headcap! My head is huge for some reason (maybe too much thinking). I thought I could put some water-based clay on top of the mannequin foam head. I've worked extensively with oil-based clay but never water-based. I had both on hand. I worked with what was actually workable (the water-based clay was rock hard, even while being submerged in water for 2 1/2 hrs.) Surprise Image Attack!
http://imgur.com/24MjdVz

http://imgur.com/qr71M78

http://imgur.com/ZB9W46d

http://imgur.com/G5WBBBq

http://imgur.com/aWWaT1c

http://imgur.com/EM01rJZ

http://imgur.com/JrnArtO


I put the cap and montril base on next. I applied packaging tape around the ends. The supports were flush with the duct taped muslin cap I made of my own head. I got so excited! Than I had to leave for other business after this.

http://imgur.com/AOwozsX

http://imgur.com/EUdwvqO

http://imgur.com/zYMIAlO


Update: 8/30/15
Day 5:
Well, this was a bit annoying but I managed to pull through.

I scrapped that last idea I had to hold the horns together. The duct tape was losing it's durability as I heat treated the horns. Plus the bulkiness of the tape was getting in the way as well. I needed something to give me a more 'controlled' way of holding these horns in place as I heat treated them into their central shapes, ready for filler + clay later on. Just before I made my duct tape attachments, I thought about using L Brackets to hold the pieces. I didn't know how it would work with PVC but I do remember using those extensively on the workbench me and my father built about a year ago. Those things can be flexible if you want them too, or be as strong depending on how tight you push in the screws. I gave it a try. What a world of difference that made! Here's today's progress shots:

That's me! No scary makeup needed for halloween. Very Happy
http://imgur.com/a4DJRjc


Angle shots of the new and improved headpiece.
http://imgur.com/uFBAk5v

http://imgur.com/JSNyfu5

http://imgur.com/GkTkWT4


As you can see, the pipes look more straight, but are actually in a new formal 's' shape. Using Raikoh's Adult Ahsoka as a reference, you can see that her jaw line is partically covered. Where the bend from her ear to her mouth happens, it's mostly covered. The sense of depth exists just as the line from her jaw-to-mouth begins. This suggests that the side lekkus lean more down than forward in front of the shoulders. The shoulders, in fact, give the lekkus their curve. They are meant to rest on them. With this in mind, when a cast is made of the finished piece, the prop will naturally lean weight off of my shoulders without making any kind of ugly crease like you'd see on a thin sheet on a bed or a pillow! The horns tips are symmetrically straight from the very top to the bottom on both sides. They lean a bit more back on purpose than the bottom lekku holders (the lower side of the pipe underneath the brackets). I'm still debating if they need to be lowered or not, to give off a good flush structure for the horns to be constructed from. This is an armature after all, it doesn't need to be perfect. I think it looks mighty close to it though. It needs a lifecasting to rest on for further calibrations.

The planned filler for this piece, once the extra screws are applied to the brackets (they each contain 2 at this time, giving them mobility in motion. Another 2, filling the rest of their holes, will give them a much more sturdier structure but will eliminate the mobility), I either planned on using Expanded Foam to lather onto this thing or use Bubble Wrap with a thin layer of Cling Wrap to create a nice, curved finish for the clay to rest upon. Expanded Foam to me right now is a mystery. I know it likes to drop off of vertical surfaces. I saw some videos of people drawing a pattern on a piece of cardboard, than lace that pattern with the insulation foam, let it and fluff up, do this repeatedly until you get enough structure to carve the filler in. I plan on using an Electric Kitchen Knife to carve the foam, or a possible Hot Foam Wire to do the work. I'm not afraid to use utility knifes or even a dremel, whatever I must do, I'll do it. Their is always more than 1 way to do something after all. I'll explore my options.

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Updated 8/30/15
Day 5

The brackets will receive their 2 remaining screws. Tests will be done with Expanding Foam and Cling Wrap on Bubble Wrap. Things like this need to be discovered:

-What will clay hold onto better?
-What's easier to work?
-Would my 3M 77 Spray Adhesive Contact Cement work at all with these items?
-How does these things react to Foam Rubber glued on them?
-What would the thinnest layer of clay look like on these items?

Worbla seems to not exist in any store near me, so I'll have to get some online. I was looking at this as a surface for my headpiece. Alot of research has yielded no results on how well this stuff can handle being molded. A brush-on mold for this piece is the mold of choice. Even with this method, wouldn't the brush strokes of the molding material imprint themselves on the Worbla? Giving a very rigid structure to the finished mold when it should be nice, straight, and flush with the material? I'll need to test this theory. I'll investigate online as well, the more I know, the better.

Overall, with the armature, I cannot do much until I have a lifecast of my head to rest this thing on. The quagmires of this armature is that it's formed to the center of my head. The armature will not rest on top of my head when I apply filler to it. It will be elevated above my head by a very small margin (I'm going to assume at least 1/4th" or 3/8th" of an in.), enough to make a difference. If all else fails, I can either cut the armature with an Angle Grinder + a thin disk to carve enough extra room for the filler to take. I got a feeling I'll be using more Cling Wrap than Bubble Wrap, I'm now worried if 100 sq. feet will be enough for this job lol! I'll reach the end of the work involving this armature when I feel content with the side view of the headpiece. It must cover the ears at least. I can always add less filler in areas where I think places are too far off from the design of the lekkus. I'm really starting to think Expanding Foam, might be a good alternative, as you can carve away foam than glue it back on if you make a mistake. You can't do that accurately with Cling Wrap + Bubble Wrap.

Update 8/31/15
Day 6

Things that were done:
-3M 77 Adhesive does indeed hold onto many unusual surfaces (I've made a rendition of an armature for this headpiece BEFORE the PVC build, all out of foam and a bike helmet.). If you spray 1 continuous coat on each surface of the material you'll be sticking together. 5 mins later, it's good to stick to the other surface. 25 mins later, it's stronger than a brick out-house. I have found out that if you leave it in a heated room (70+ degrees), the bond will begin to weaken. The adhesive is still strong around than that time, meaning the foam can be reattached easily.
-Foam Rubber's reaction to the 3M spray was exemplary, it needs tape though to assist with the bond (or clamps) curing.

Things that were NOT done:
-The tests with clay and bubble wrap. I didn't have time to get some great stuff.
-Clay on the Foam Rubber, PVC, Cling Wrap, or Bubble Wrap

When it comes to the end of the month, I start to plan for the next month ahead. If things need to be purchased online, I'd love for it to be on my doorstep at the beginning of the month. Not only that. Every month brings it's own set of challenges, with one large goal as the prize. I've failed this month's objective, which was to make significant progress on this headpiece. I was distracted heavily by the idea I could make this thing out of Foam Rubber. I probably can still, though Foam Rubber is quite resilient when it comes to carving it. It gives a degree of torgue when you cut it. Even in the smallest thicknesses. Perhaps I was using the wrong blade. I should be using a Hot Wire Cutter. Also I have no idea on how to bend this foam and make it form fitting! Alot of foam will be sacrificed to figure this pattern out. The PVC build holds alot of promise still. Clay is probably the best form fitting stuff out there since it's infinitely pliable.

This new month will be dedicated towards the understands of sewing. I have no idea how to sew clothing! Haha. Thank goodness for youtube. I have an old sewing machine from my grandma that's still working. I wonder what I'll do once it breaks down... I take it the internet could help out with that too. Alot of things to do and plan. The patterns for the armor, clothing, and boot covers should be done first. I need an assistant though to cut me out of a duct tape mannequin of myself. That copy of my body will let me make the most out of the patterns I'll make. How to make the sewing look good (and professional), will take a bit of time I'm sure. I have several Goodwill stores in a 25 mile radius of me + Joanns is right down the street for more Muslin (got a bolt to play with right now, just need to start breaking myself into the machine).

Tonights Goals:
-What does a professionally done Ahsoka look like (thinking of a Disney stage costume or of 1 particular Rebel Legion member I forgot the name of)? What makes them so different.
-Tackle Great Stuff Foam! Want to know it's expansion ratios with water and a damp surface lathering over/under it. Want to know how carvable it is once it's cured. Spacing out the foam; does it help?
-Fabric Hunt, online only sadly.

Found some Burgundy colored Moleskin, but it only stretches 2 ways instead of 4. It was on sale, bought enough to practice on, for effect. Since I don't have breasts or wide hips but have unidirectional muscles to present, 4 way stretch is the way to go. That and the leather pads on the boots + hands. Was told that you could bring in what you have to a place like Tandy Leather w/ your character references, they can help you find what you need. The buckles remain a mystery. Also does the belt. The patterns for those two items will have to be a trial by fire approach. The belt I have planned will need to be form fitting AND be capabile of carrying my shorts up (leggings maybe? If I plan for approval), 2 fully equipped EFX Sabers, phone, 3 snacks, flask of water, and an emergency makeup kit. The sabers will be the heaviest things no doubt. This outfit going to go through many iterations, we'll see what I come up with.

Update: 9/1/15
Day 7

Today wasnít as eventful as expected. Many things were accomplished however, always a step in the right direction.

Things that were done:
-Great Stuff is actually quite cool. In a well ventilated area, a damp surface to be laid upon, and a good mist of water coming from a spray can (like a windex bottle) can cure Great Stuffís Expansion Foam in under 3-4 hours depending on your circumstances. The place I did it at was in a very humid place, plus I did it at night. You donít want this stuff curing with direct sunlight, as that wicks the moisture away from the curing process. These are my results:

*Feel like a moron for not taking 'before' pictures. This is the result after the foam curing.*




Their expansion rates were not as expected. I donít even know if that truly is doubling their own size. What I do know is this was a 16x16x15Ē in. box I cut one corner of to lay it all flat. I used the entire can. You better plan on where you intend to spray all of this before you use it. It will also cure inside the bottle, rendering it useless after one use. If you were, say, going to be making a Togrutan Montral with this thing, youíd probably need 6 cans, or 8 just to be safe. 3-4 for each side of the surface you plan on spraying on. Taria, from Becoming Ahsoka, tells me that a Ďmixed mediaí headpiece was done for disneyís variation of Ahsokaís headpiece. This was shown in another thread before in another WIP of Ahsoka. (Alisoka's WIP): Linky - http://www.forum.rebellegion.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=66528



Another angle I found somewhere else. Found it was the same actor in this one!



*At the time of this writing, I didn't have communication with anyone in any WIP thread for Ahsoka. I have since than and learned the truth, nevertheless the proceeding Approaches do have merit*

The horns were done in this expansion foam, I believe, than the lekkus were made from a liquid latex I think.. There is a pattern with all of these headpieces. Many require Liquid Latex to achieve the finish product, but they all need a master item to work with. Many have made different kinds of headpieces. Iím seeing it done in EVA Foam (but there is the issue of it not being flush with the face, thatís something left to experimentation I suppose). Iím seeing it done in Fabric. Iím even seeing it done in clay as the finished product (though itís incredibly heavy!). After looking at all of these design approaches, I believe I know what I must do to achieve my form. I canít do jack bogus until I get my lifecasting done though *Fist-in-air action*!

Approach 1:
-Use the armature design Iím doing at this time.
-Get foamboard or cardboard. Brand new preferably without any form of wrinkles. Needs to be strong enough to hold itself straight.
-Apply it to the sides of your PVC links you made on left and right sides of the pipe.
-Do the Expanding Foam method on this cardboard. Itíll take about 2 or 3 days to get the desired height with 4-6 cans of Big Gap Filler to get enough to carve out. You do this on the top and bottom part of your cardboard thatís along the armature
-Use a miter saw to cut excess areas that grew too large.
-Depending on your sanding tools available, this will either be a modest time sink or a very long one. If you have a Belt Sander or a Palm Sander, you can start sanding off the foam to start making the desired shape of the headpiece. You may not like what comes out, so long as itís the general shape of the headpiece, front and back wise, youíll be ok. If you have only a coarse piece of sandpaper or a dremel, prepare to sit down and enjoy Pandora today, you ainít going anywhere anytime soon! Haha. I will admit that if your using smaller tools for this job, your attention to detail will be more fine. You could incorporate both approaches of course. If you cut off too much foam, thatís no problem, you can add more easily. Thatís whatís awesome about this stuff. Keep going until you get the desired headpiece.

-Tip: When your carving it all out, just do 1 side at a time. You can than use the carved side of the headpiece as a reference for the other side! I intend to use Oil Based clay once I get the shape to cover the porous areas + create a smooth finish, all the while fixing any kind of Ďinaccurateí shavings Iíve done. I donít want to wait for foam to glue on, Iím just lazy like that Razz.

-I would stress that you do this separately from the lekkus of the headpiece. If your making the Adult Ahsoka Montril, her lekkus Ďsocketí in, giving the cupped look between the connection of the lekku (on the sides of the socket region) that go all the way around.

Approach 2:
-Make the armature out of PVC like I did.
-Put in filling material (like bubble wrap, newspaper, foil, maybe even some Styrofoam, how about those little pellets you get in your packages sometimes and than wrap them up in Cling Wrap?)
-Than make the whole piece out of clay. Oil Based Clay.
-Make a Brush-on latex casting of it. Details on how to do that, are on the internet somewhere. I hear Brick-In-The-Yard does extremely thorough (and long) videos on the process. They donít leave any details out.
-Itís recommended you practice doing this type of method with an item or a creation you donít have all that much care for or about. If you mess up, itís a learning experience. You donít want to mess up a creation you really care for!
-When you get a successful pull, start stuffing the lekku with polyfill or even expanding foam (in certain areas, like the horns) for support.
-Think about making a helmet form fitted to you made out of strong materials (perhaps a brushed-on foam agent, these grow in size after you lay them down, not as thick as expanding foam however). With the top horns filled with expanding foam or polyfil, get a gentle-tipped strut (Like a shaved ruler made from wood) and have it glued/drilled into the helmet youíve made. This will provide stability for the whole headpiece + help with the weight distribution of the whole piece on your head.

Approach 3:
-The Fabric Method! Make designs of your headpiece through patterning.
-This might be difficult to achieve at first. Some ways I could see this being done. These will all be trial by fire :\.
1) You copy someone elseís designs, make their design, than alter those designated pieces to match your own desired length. Trial by fire method.
2) Make your form out of EVA foam if you have no idea what youíre doing when it comes to 3rd dimensional shapes. Use a felt marker to point out where the points connect, cut, stick the pieces together. Being flush doesnít matter at this point, you need the shape first! With the designs discovered, heat treat them flat, pin them to foamboard/cardboard, than trace the design. Apply trace to fabric.
3) Do the expanding foam method mentioned in the previous approaches. You can get the nice folding appearance of fabric even with using aluminum/galvanized wire if you wanted to (not sure which gauge you should get, Iíd assume 16. 14 gauge is extremely tough!).
-Stitch them all together, apply filling material to give the headpiece thickness. Put some lightweight stones in the bottom of the lekkus to give them some gravity.

There are more approaches of course, these are all I could think of right now.

-Fabric Hunt
Donít reinvent the wheel, I keep telling myself. The outfit is easy compared to the headpiece. Thatís what I want to believe, or I may be in over my head! Haha. Hereís the fabric I found today at Hancock Fabrics:

Maroon 2-way stretch Moleskin. For sale!

Under an umbrella, under blue sky

Didn't get a chance to have sunlight hit the fabric. Tried it under incandescent and florescent lighting. Promising results still. It did not turn purple! Or at least not to my eyes.

Under a blue sky


I was scouring the local area for fabric suppliers. Iíve bumped heads with a few wholesalers who sell exclusively in Spandex but they didnít give me names of who their buyers were or of who else might have a use of their fabrics (even after asking a couple of times, trade secrete I suppose). Joann Fabrics doesnít have moleskin but they have a microfiber that stretches. I was looking for the color more than I was looking for the stretchy materials.

This is a Maroon colored Moleskin that only has a 2-way stretch. It made me livid when I found out. I really want 4-way stretch as my contours will be highlighted through my muscle tone instead of my anatomy like a female body would. Like I said though, I plan to make a few iterations of my outfit. This is the first, 2 way stretch fabric might make a good template to run off of. I also found it on sale for $6/yard. Got me 4 yards as I know Iím going to mess up a few times. This material will also be the armbands. The 2 way stretch will help out in that field, their support to stay in position though will be done through fishing wire. Itís practically invisible and I can tap it underneath my bicep all the way to my shoulders.

I wonít tackle the leather, yet. I want the outfitís main body to be completed before I go buying that material. Leather is supple, needs to breathe, and needs proper storage to not get damaged. Might be something to look into when the outfit is all primed and good to go. I do have to distress the leather somehow.. BAH! Donít get ahead of yourself! Haha.

Things I did NOT Do:
-Investigate professional done Ahsoka Versions
My internet doesnít show any of these at all. I searched ĎAhsoka Tano Cosplayí, ĎDisney Display Ahsokaí, ĎStage Costume Ahsokaí, etc.. couldnít find much of anything. I could see Victoria Schmidtís Ahsoka version, which looks very impressive. I remember seeing this up on my computerís internet (and not my phoneís version, I believe the internet on the phone filters Ďmobile friendlyí pages first, than your typical search results second) of what her build was all about. I donít think she did a WIP, I donít even know if she constructed it herself, but what I do know is that they are out there. How and what they did, is a secret that needs to be figured out. Iím eagerly awaiting to go to conventions to talk to those people, Iím sure there will be a line of people ahead of me! Haha.

Tonightís Goals:
-RELAX! Stop working so much on this.
-If my internet isnít so wonky, start on my sewing education through youtube. I wonít be posting my learning progress through sewing as I believe too many people out there know about sewing already. Iím an absolutely rookie to it, Iíve never stitched anything in my life. From what I hear, if you know your tools, materials, types of stitches, patterning, and darting, you can accomplish anything sewing related. I bought many clothes from Goodwill that could give me good practice for pattern making. I even got a trench coat for $10! Who knows, might even make Ahsokaís Snow Coat w/ some dark dyes and a hat! Haha! I love the Togrutaís headpieceÖ they drive me wild!

Update: 9/2/15
Day 8

These updates are all progressive, but for the next month, I will be focusing on the clothes of this costume. When I communicate with my SPFX contact, I'll update the said posting. I'll give prompt notifications on the updates in replies to the thread or edits to my last replies. Good organization pays off here Smile.

I did just that, relaxed today. Though I get restless if I don't do anything with my costume. You see, I've been working on this project for so long, I don't know anything else to keep my mind occupied. It's been the cause of many sleepless nights. Besides organizing my tasks in getting this costume one step closer to completion, I have to negotiate with people to see if they could lend me their aid with their expertise. Either through their knowledge of what they've done or possibly getting involved with the project. This is one of the many reasons why I need to talk to a SPFX expert. I am a rookie; talking to a mentor of sorts would truly help here. It's a strange sense of irony that a Padawan character would demand a Padawan mentality lol. At least I'm learning detective skills on top of my crafting skills. My profession is in maintenance, mechanical repair, and elbow grease, I have no skills in sewing, mold making, and many other crafts demanded to make a costume. I have learned that these suits are never entirely made on their own. People of different skill sets are involved to make them accomplished. Those that do it themselves have a certain sense of skill with every craft but their is definite areas of improvement that can happen. Beyond my ranting and personal inquiry, here's a status report:

Things I did do today:
-Investigated boots to use for the outfit.
-Started my talks with fellow Ahsoka WIPers in the Rebel Legion. They are really nice people!
-Looked at all Togruta-based WIPs and studied their approaches.

Things I still haven't done:
-Professional Ahsoka Costumes
-Investigate Disney's Star Wars Weekends and their outfits

Alright, so these boots. This is an interesting conundrum here. Since I am the first male to make a Togruta, of sorts (or to my knowledge), and of Ahsoka, I am pioneering for what a male boot would look like in an Ahsoka build. For approval's sake, at least in my next build, I'll be using the same boots in this build to make the next project a whole lot easier. These are the boots I've found thus far:

For reference's sake, this is Ahsoka with good views of her boots with the appropriate foot gear

Full Scale Linky - http://imgur.com/Wh3aUJf

Poses for depth studies:
Full Scale Linky - http://imgur.com/NQupX36

Full Scale Linky - http://imgur.com/Rjn6JIC


I'm noticing a boot underneath the leather armor cover that wraps around the leg. That has a non-flush appearance as it overlaps the boot. Plus I'm looking at the sole of the boot as well. Their is a small hump to accommodate the foot here. I'm not expert on shoes here. I bumped into this type of boot called a "Chukkas". Their heel is quite low to the ground, fit a male foot, and most importantly look like a boot that would go under the armor. I do wonder though how well would a cover fit above this boot.

I think the spandex/lycra region might show alittle on this boot: Will need to be dyed. It's an ankle boot, leaving that for reference.

These look promising. Regions of exposure don't show any kind of attachment device. Could use a bit of dyeing or straining of sorts.
Images from Ebay love to not work. Got little time. Here it is. http://www.ebay.com/itm/MENS-LEATHER-ARIAT-OIL-RESISTANT-DURATREAD-WORK-RANCHER-COWBOY-BOOTS-SZ-11-5-/161809803280?hash=item25ac9da810
Another set here:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/VTG-MENS-ARIAT-COWBOY-LEATHER-SQUARE-TOE-BROWN-BOOTS-SIZE-11-5-D-/311437453725?hash=item48831e699d

I've found others of the exact same kind but they were not of a suede-kind of nature. They were more like a croc skin or ornamental cowboy boots. Though I'm thinking I could stitch on some similar leather over that spandex/lyrca region of that particular ankle boot. Will need some practice with an stitching awl of course. I'm going to need to anyways for the belt install.

No goals planned for tomorrow. It's my off day.

Update: 9/3/15
Day 9

I went out hunting thrift stores today. Found some well needed clothes and a few gems to boot! I wish it were a real set of 'boots', I hate you phrase of speech....

I found 2 Trench Coats for $10 each! I needed one of these badly as it gets real rainy in Wisconsin during the Winter->Spring durations. Plus I got another for the possibility of making a Snow-Soka accessory to the suit! Was thinking I could make some temporary velcro attachments to the sides of the trenchcoat to enable velcro-attached Stormtrooper shoulder pads + knee pads with some slip-on black furs (to compliment a male commander look). I could always go with the typical white furs to make a fur-style coat with the obligatory bunny eared hood lol. I actually think that would be quite cool.

I needed rest. Restless night again. Thanks to my headpiece conundrum. So eager to start working on it!

Update: 9/2/15
Day 10

Got in contact with the Ahsoka WIPs and success stories out there. Half of them replied and needed my undivided attention. Some were extremely helpful, the others were nice but didn't tell me anything I didn't know already. I appreciate the fact they replied still. Even the repeated information revealed a detail or two I missed. The more you know, right? Currently looking at the possibility of avoiding a Liquid Latex pull and looking at a Fabric overlay of the lekkus of the Montrils. Extremely nice texture, very nice crease wrinkle that looks life like, and lastly I think it has also a life-like skin texture as their are additives out there that easily go on fabrics to make it look lifelike. Plastidip being one of them.

Made a very thorough post involving a breakdown of the headpiece. Currently wondering how I should be making the guts of the lekku. If I am not making a mold of this headpiece and it's intended to be worn as constructed, I need to find a way to make them look alot more life like. I found some Pantyhose that could be stuffed to mimic this effect, but I've been told they are quite lumpy and unparallel when stuffed with Polyfill material. I've been thinking about making clay going over this set of nylon socks to both give them weight plus the must needed contour support to look convincing. Plastidip can hold all the clay in place. I will need to worry about the clay bending though if I hit it against stuff. Do not like that thought. This can be acceptable as my first iteration for the outfit. Improvements are always necessary so it would seem.

I also broke down where I need to go with my sewing. For the next couple of days, I will be breaking down my sewing mission. I need to learn how to sew as fast as humanly possible. Making these updates can be quite time consuming. I will be back if I have any further updates on the headpiece. The next posting will be about my outfit and the journey that lies ahead. Feeling quite intimidated at starting yet another craft, I have faith in myself so long as I remain diligent in it though. For the sake of this character, I owe it my all to make this to the best of my abilities.

Update 9-8-15
Day 16

This is a quick update that I think would be worthy to note down for the construction of the headpiece. I met a Special Effects Professional today. We met at a Starbucks. We had a great discussion that broke the headpiece down and the suggestions he was stating were all but an alien language to me. I was impressed at how many ways this headpiece could be constructed that I was quite lost on my current approach towards this sculpted item. That needs some form of explaining before I start listing his suggestions:

My format:
-Make a cap of some kind on my head. On a lifecast preferably.
-Make an armature of some sort to enable a degree of support for the small amount of clay that'll be on the headpiece.
-Put filler all over the place. Bubble Wrap for thick areas, cling wrap built up in layers over small areas, and newspaper/foil in medium/small areas.
-Apply oil-based clay over the surface, make an eyeballed picture of the headpiece. Keep applying clay until the shape is complete.
-Make a brush on mold of it
-Make a casting in Liquid Latex, pour mold style.
-Dremel any form of seams that appear, make adjustmets in the head rest area with the dremel too. Something comfortable to wear so it's a bit tolerable to wear for an extended period of time.
-Paint with alochol based ink w/ an airbrush.

His method: (This might not be entirely accurate, we talked over so many details that it's all hopping in my head, disorganized like)
-Make a clay cap over your lifecasted head. Over the regions that show being covered on the face.
-Make a thin armature over your head.
-Trace this armature on some pieces of poster board, glue onto the armature.
-Use Great Stuff Expanding Foam, carve into the exterior shape of the central headpiece.
-For the inside region of the headpiece, use a Flex-it Foam 16 or 17 to adhear to the head.
-The headpiece cups the head in front of the ears a bit, it would be difficult to wear a cupping material that has absolutely no give to it.
-Use 'uresoft' to layer over the Flex-it Foam and the Expanded Foam.
-Make a mold.
-Pour mold into Latex (what type, I don't know).
-The plug regions for the lekkus will be cylindrically shapped to accept the lekkus (like a funnel's bowl shape). Glue would hold them in place.

*The lekkus would be a different story.*

I have plenty of craft foam sheets I haven't used yet. Ahlisoka's plan made a plan for her headpiece that was quite well crafted. You use craft foam sheets to make the walls around the central headpiece. How it'll remain in it's form AND remain rigid is a very important question that needs to be answered. Once I gather enough information on the materials for casting and molding this headpiece, I'll run down to a FX Supply shop in Chicago, which is a 2+ hr drive for me, to ask for assistance with my materials + questions. She recommended Plastidip but I have no clue how that will hold the headpiece. The horns will be made out of clay, so something that can hold the clay upwards is just as important as the lower walls remaining symmetrical. I'm giving Ahlisoka full credit here, she is truely a genius in design! Haha. I want to think were all in this together, these Headpieces are exceptional tricky to make. If I can help the community in anyway, I will do what I can do offer my intellect to this cranial conundrum. The Lekkus, to get a nice flex look, can be made out of fabric. It's lightweight, fold friendly, can be stuffed very easily, and can accept adhesives easily. You just need to know how to sew! That is what I'm working on right now. I'll make an edit to one of my earlier posts to contain my project updates in a concise manner to eachother. I've been extremely prolific in finding boots and researching stitching methods for heavyweight synthetic fibers (such as moleskin). I should just experiment with the material to see what happens. More updates about this will be put in their approriate sections from now on.

Update: 9-12-15
Day 20

*Many things are happening that are not primarily related to the headpiece. I intend to do a dry run by the middle of October next month, if things go according the plan.*

My boots arrived today in the mail. The size is perfect except for the front foot region. I don't intend to sprint or workout in those boots for this 1st iteration of my character. I might attempt to do so still, you really feel good (and look good too) after a nice 6 minute sprint! Your shoulders really POP if you build up a sweat. With this headpiece too, wow, I can't even imagine it, I'm sure it would be quite fetching to look at! I digress though, back to the topic at hand.

I've decided to use an EVA Foam, Craft Foam, and Fabric approach to my Headpiece. I resign on being very creative right now with the headpiece due to my time crunch. Though I intend to do alot of beautiful things after this year for my 2nd iteration of an Adult Ahsoka. I traveled to the place my local SPFX contact spoke of, Reynold's Advanced Materials, and discovered the mother of all Smooth-on Molding and Casting Supplies! I have never seen so many Smooth-on applications in a single place before, it's a shame it's in Chicago. I don't like driving for over 4 hours to get something I need tomorrow, that's the price of piss poor planning I guess. Good to have this option in your pocket though, if ever your in a bind. I'd recommend giving these people a call for someone who might be near you. Might not be this type of retailer but they know things about their trade that might be beneficial to you. Play private investigator!

Behold! Smooth-on paradise.
Bigger img - http://imgur.com/c6POEIl

Bigger img - http://imgur.com/DbhiFSK


Many different types of casting materials are in this place. They had samples all over the place as well! You could really get a good idea on how flexible or rigid you want something to be. I'm thinking that the 2nd iteration will be a foam-based combination of rigid foams + flexible foams. They are super light, can let your head breathe, and are very susceptible to additives to make everything look flush (color and finish wise). The problem. For a headpiece, like an adult Togrutan, would be about 2-3 gallons of needed materials to accomplish a 1-piece casting of everything. 1 gallon goes for $143. You do the math. They got trial sizes of these casting items too so you can do a good degree of practicing before making the large investment, to know what your working with. These are very intricate materials for casting, meaning they got special instructions in their pouring mixtures. It's all worth it though. These guys do free consultations, advice for your project, and even planning over the phone if you guys are interested. These are their details:

Address: 5324 East Ave, Countryside, IL 60525
Phone:(708) 354-0969
Hours: 8am-5:30pm Mon-Sun.

The headpiece remains in exile right now. I have EVA foam along both sides of my face and crowning my head right now. It has nothing to rest on though at this time. I'll need to make a PVC + MDF Board cutout with a Foam head to hold this beasty prop. Or I just might find a light stand at Hobo or something, cut off the top with a Miter Saw, than mount the foam head there. Options exist. The outfit takes precedence right now. My goal is to get the patterns and mockups made up of all the pieces of my outfit before my airbrush gets in the mail. The plan is to get the perfect outfit ready to go, stitch up the designs with the final fabric in one day with those mockup designs (desired, could be two days worth of time, life happens), than bring the outfit to Tandy Leather with images of the character. I have the Dark Boots right now and the fabric, that's enough to give a professional a good idea on what type of leather I should use. I can already tell it's going to be a brown leather base. We'll see.

Update: 9-13-15
Day 21

I got a lifecast made of myself. The experience was quite horrifying.

HD http://imgur.com/VRut9gG


HD http://imgur.com/iJIpudZ


HD http://imgur.com/L8hayTo


I was ready to pass out after siting on that iron chair for over 4 1/2 hrs while the FX Specialist was applying it to me. This isn't dramatic at all, I saw the ghosts in my head just as I was ready to go under. They kept saying "Go back". It was vivid, firghtening, and a very confusing experience. I couldn't breathe, plus I saw them with my own eyes for the very first time! It's a very strange experience to discuss with someone unless they've really felt it. When I got out of that chair, I was mad at the world. I felt possessed somehow, and I still do. I hate everything right now. I just exploded in front of 3 girls who were looking at me, they didn't deserve it. I didn't care, it's people like them that have make me lose it. It's a complicated issue that can fabricate drama, this is no place for it. No more excuses, I could of died today if the person who was doing this molding didn't know what to do. All the care I had in me is now gone. It better not be permanent.

I want it to be clear that I'm a great guy, it's when people don't understand respect, common courtesy, offer simple help when I desperately need it, and that being a by-standard makes you just as bad as the problem I'm facing. Let's say I'll go far beyond testy; I like to make the comparison that I'd be far worse than a 'Mortis' version of myself. We all got issues, we all need help sometimes too. I'll stop before I begin on this topic, I'm going to say alot of things I know I'll regret.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2015 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello and awesome that you want to do Ahsoka. Smile You are right that the Togruta headpiece is too cool not to do.

I can tell you right away that to be approved as Ahsoka you would have to make her costume to standard; no deviating from the references. This goes regardless of your gender and sex. It is possible to make a generic Togruta jedi, which would then need to adhere to the jedi standards. (Whichever one you prefer depending on the era of your choice).

I wish you the best of luck with the headpiece; I know these are very difficult to make and make them look good, so don't be discouraged if you have to try multiple times before you get a good one.
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I intend to make the version of an Adult Ahsoka in my variation first than use the principles I learn from this outfit to use in the one I'll seek acceptance for from the Rebel Legion. The outfit isn't too different at all from the Young Adult Ahsoka, at least from my observations so the change should be practically seamless. Advice and suggestions are always welcome. If anyone has any kind of idea on how to approach sewing in a beginner's light, please inform me! I'm good with tools but not so good with sewing, not at all. How do you make a pattern? What is a stitch allowance? What is interfacing? What are pins/darts? What do I do when my machine breaks down! I can work with tools but a sewing machine is something entirely different than the machines I work with.

I've wanted to be a part of this group ever since I heard of you guys when I was a kid. After Young Ahsoka, which will be an interesting concoction of things never seen before, since I think I'm the first man ever to do it, I'll do an original Togruta Jedi after this.

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The Outfit (WIP)

Success! I made the Tunic Pattern against all odds.
Link to HD - http://imgur.com/MqrHXn6

I made all the measurements on the piece of poster board. It is a modified template of a tranditional tanktop with an additional neckline. I'm aiming to either make 2 Torque bands and a Worbla Necklace for the Diamond Choker. Right now I need to modify this design on a piece of Muslin Fabric. It needs to be either darted or just modified to fit me better. It needs to be fit, but not so much that it's uncomfortable. Since the Moleskin I have is 97% Polyester + 3% Spandex, it will be form fitting when it hits this measurement just from it's natural 'squeeze'.

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I add this to let everyone know that failures due happen. I'll describe how I approached getting the two halves of the tanktop, and what I did that was a colossal mistake.

I got two Muslin pieces of fabric on my Bolt, stretched out the length of the fabric to accommodate the length of my tank top 1/4 pattern, than cut it off the bolt.

Once I did that, I ironed the living daylights out of the fabric. You'll encounter a fold on one side of the fabric that you just cut off the bolt. This is where you'll make your pattern later. Right now, you need to make sure the fabric is laid flat down on a smooth surface, than iron it on a super high temperature. Go over it a few times. Your not going to burn cotton, unless you rest the iron on the cotton, while it's on, and forgetting about it! That's a horror story that could happen with your Moleskin fabric though, you won't do such an atrocious thing would you? YOU MONSTER! Haha. This will make the fabric extremely flat and rigid, perfect for your tracing and cutting needs of your pattern. The heat will bind the top and bottom layers of fabric on your cut out, don't worry about separating the two. A good ironing solves alot of problems I've found out when you sew.

Once the pattern is traced out, it's good to cut! Do this real slow like, you don't want to screw up here.

Bigger - http://imgur.com/T6M32Ov


Start dotting or making lines along the seam allowances. Also pin within the seam allowances. My allowances are a traditional 5/8" in size.

Bigger - http://imgur.com/e57hDv6

Bigger - http://imgur.com/9QecaM7


Here is when things got bad:

What have I done! Haha XD

Bigger - http://imgur.com/1m6kdZy


Why did I sew them together HERE! You need to sew in a way that flaps the two sides out. I'm a total noob with sewing mind you.

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Attempt 2

I was worthless to do this again when I had a better idea on getting a form-fitting pattern. Satay already made a very cool option for doing this (all credit it goes to her on this one). Use Cling Wrap on yourself, than use masking tape on top of that to trace a pattern on yourself! Just as easy as that. Though for my body, I required an assistant.

HD http://imgur.com/O3ygS82


It's a bit frayed but it'll do the job nicely.

A great co-worker of mine said he could help me out. I got it all made up. I didn't have time to enhance more upon this masking tape method, I had a meeting to catch up to (my lifecasting appointment with the FX dude).

I'll cut it out on the outskirts of the drawn seams I discovered, make a pattern on flat material (paper or even cardboard, got that lying around everywhere over here) for a transfer on some crap material for fit testing. I'll be wayyy closer to the intended design by doing it like this.

If I didn't do this, the madness in numbers was mind crippling!

HD http://imgur.com/V2KNkUZ

HD http://imgur.com/HFKbVp7


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Attempt 3

I've really had enough with the number crunching. It isn't helping nor is it a good use of my time. I have a colossal amount of Muslin to work with here, why am I being so frugal? I bought this whole bolt for $80 and I haven't made a dent in it yet! I decided to use one of my old T-shirts that I was planning on donating to Goodwill, used duct tape, than stencil out the regions where the seams would be on Ahsoka's Tunic. The results on where the seam lines are mixed. For one, I have this image that shows the trim around the arm's insert of the tunic. It also show the seam going down (almost) all the way down to her pelvis/cervix (whatever semantics you prefer)



The Sky Blue thin lines are the seams. I tried to make it obvious. What does strike me as curious is her Tunic doesn't have any noticeable seam as it starts to get near the bottom of her pelvis region. I'm almost getting the impression that the suit is actually made out of leather as well. From a realistic standpoint, I could see an outfit like this being done but it's way beyond my skill set! Real leather suede w/ a thick fabric under neath, plus having a washable fabric underneath the thick layer. I digress, those are the seam line locations. I'm beginning to think that without the seam lines running ALL THE WAY to the bottom, the tunic might really be one large piece. I don't think I can find a yard of fabric that can do that, anywhere. The seam lines have to be in that area. I don't even think I got a choice in this matter.

Next up, lets get to some cutting!

*Thank Imgur for dropping it's thumbnail feature, now I can't make easy-to-make cropped images. Will look into alternate options*

Here's me. Had a few burgers past couple of days. I've been sinful!



All stenciled out. I cut right after this. I need one side of the shirt intact. I cut everything outside of the seam lines off, so I had the front of my body covered, as well as my neck, while the back was entirely cut off. Including the arm covers. I'm saving those for the armband templates, one step at a time though! This tunic is the bigger challenge anyways.

No photos are taken of the cuts, but I made a quick outline of this blue shirt cut onto some Muslin fabric to get the general shape. I quickly cut along the outsides of those lines and got a copy of my tracing I made on my blue shirt on the folded fabric. I forgot to mention that, I had to fold the blue shirt in 1/2, since the fabric isn't wide enough to accommodate both sides of my body. I have a med/large build, when I was losing weight, I wanted to know if this was my weight or just the general nature of my bone structure. Turns out I'm a 6 ft. giant, and that does not agree with fabric all that well..

I did this 4 times to get the right size. Still though I didn't have enough time on this day to get the neck region + Trap region (the area between your neck's 'V' line and your shoulder muscles). This will probably need some assistance with, but I'm doing this all off of my own body. I really need a duct tape mannequin of myself if I wish to perform the best pattern measurements of myself! I need an assistant though! I've been flying solo this whole time! Finding good, reliable help is extremely hard nowadays. That is all for today.
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Good luck with them all. Smile And yes, I think you are right: I don't think we have any male Ahsokas yet.
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Very interesting to see, and a concept I have not often seen. Will be sure to keep checking in on this.

Towel pic did make me chuckle though :p
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Updated the past couple of days. So many errors in the typos and my internet is not agreeing with me. My time is limited at the time of this writing. Will proof read at another time.

Updates added: 8/30-9/4

Just a note here. If you guys have any hints, tips, suggestions, etc. on how or where a complete rookie in the ways of sewing can get a serious leg up, let me know haha. I am going to do everything 'learning to sew' on the 'Sailrite' youtube channel to learn. Linky - https://www.youtube.com/user/Sailrite1

PMs work wonders with me too. Emails work as well. Email is srsmith332@gmail.com. I also look at this thread frequently. Please drop a line if your lurking Razz.

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The Lightsabers (WIP)

These are being commissioned, the details of them will be put here.

I received my Ahsoka Main Saber hilt through the mail! Hilt was manufactured by Saberforge. It is no where near screen accurate, I aim to fix that. The cost of purchasing this thing, 2nd hand, was $150. I knew the sabers would cost a bit. My aim for them is beyond pure display.

Linky for HD - http://imgur.com/MFyKAfR

Linky for HD - http://imgur.com/KKHwdyc

Linky for HD - http://imgur.com/J4n18R6


My unboxing video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGfKdE8uIIk

I intend to duel with these once the final iteration of my outfit is complete, which is not happening in the forseeable future, as far as I can tell right now. I want the hilts to be beautiful, screen accurate, extremely durable, and of course give an absolutely breathtaking beam of light. Hampton Custom's Lightsabers just invented a new 'Day Blade' that naturally enhances the Green color to be like 10x as bright as a Tri-Rebel LED component's (the brightest electronic lighting attachment to an FX Saber out there right now) capability of producing. These blades are meant more for display than dueling, as 3/4" or 1" Polycarbonate Blades are the ideal thickness to take a beating, as these blades are much more thinner, Inside Diameter wise. If people request it, I can make a dimensional blueprint of this finished saber when it comes back to me later this year.

That is right, I just shipped this beauty to Belgium. A 3D Printing company that specializes in saber hilts, repairs, and modifications is going to be correcting all the mistakes on this hilt. They can also print out a Brand New Hilt from scratch! I thought I was going to have to provide dimensions for it, turns out the Shoto version of this saber doesn't have a fat end. It's a straight-flush hilt from the top-to-bottom. It's 85% of the size of the main saber's hilt and it'll be just as strong, just as beautiful. It'll have the same Inside Diameter as the main saber hilt to give the sabersmith the most room to install the electronics.

Right now I play the waiting game. The man in Belgium is busy with a convention at the time of this writing. Once he examines my parameters I made for the saber hilt, he's going to offer me a critique on how the process of the Shoto will be made. I don't imagine it'll be hard. Especially if the man has a lathe or a CNC machine at his disposal. I used to work with those things for a brief time in the inner city of Milwaukee (near Cudahy, WI). Those things can get down to the .001 of an inch on a measurement! It's insane.

The 3D Printing Company is Force Relics.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 06, 2015 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I realised it would be more productive if I searched for some boots right now. I've discovered these:


I think these would suit me great. Enough room to wrap the Spats around the buttom of the heel and the dark brown color really compliments the Spat's armor too (since it is leather after all). The Spat's union could cover that elastic region.

The pesky pull band could come off anyways, not like I'll see it Razz
http://www.ebay.com/itm/DOCKERS-11-5-45-Leather-ankle-shoe-boots-dark-brown-EXCELLENT-90-29982-Slip-On-/311437363352?hash=item48831d0898
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Body Ink - WIP

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Oh yes, I just got these bad boys in the mail. I'm so excited to try out these colors! At the time of this writing however, the outfit needs some serious TLC right now so I can't mess with it at this time. What I can do with this though is start practicing with how this beautiful machine works with food coloring droplets, mineral oil, and some 99% isoprppyl alochol. I intend to go to town with these! I hear nothing but good things coming from Iwata Airbrushes. Good reviews from mold makers, prop builders, sculptors, industrial movie professionals, the whole nine yards stack their carrers on these products. I would of gone with a discount airbrush, however I read up on some instructibles (http://www.instructables.com/) and body makeup threads about what makes good body ink makeup. All of them said Alcohol based Inks, a duel action airbrush, a compressor no larger than 35 psi, and don't cheap out on the compressor!

When I get my duct tape mannequin all good to go, I'll be back on my outfit. Doing anything else is a waste of time at this point.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2015 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Regarding the boots, I think option 1 and 3 would work best. 2 has too much elastic that would be showing.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2015 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent, thanks for getting back to me!
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2015 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Updated:

-Latest meeting with a SPFX specialist.
-Added Lightsaber + Outfit WIP postings.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2015 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.ebay.com/itm/DOCKERS-11-5-45-Leather-ankle-shoe-boots-dark-brown-EXCELLENT-90-29982-Slip-On-/311437363352?hash=item48831d0898

*Celebration*
Yay! I got the pair I mostly wanted.

Hurrah for Smith! Hurrah for Smith! He's a horses... um... can't say it here.

*Desire to say it Intensifies*
Don't say it.. Don't say it..
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*Updated Outfit Section*
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 12, 2015 9:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is intriguing! I'm not sure I can say anything helpful, so I am just here to observe! Wink
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Updates:

-New log - 9-12-15
-Edited Outfit WIP. Let the chaoes begin!
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