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 Post subject: Joining the Praetorians- Shikkakku's Praetorian WIP
PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2018 4:59 am 
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Hello my fellow Guards,

I've taken the plunge and have started my Praetorian Guard build. I'm doing this in conjunction with one of my garrison-mates at the Capital City Garrison. We're both dedicated martial artists and when I first saw that throne room fight, I knew that I had to build that kit and see how I can apply my martial arts training :D. In fact, the PG is reason why I joined the 501st in the first place!

But enough of that. I've split this WIP into five sections:

Base Layer:

We ordered our undertunic and pants from Daniel Stonebraker at Steinbrecher Designs. (https://www.etsy.com/shop/SteinbrecherDesigns) While my build partner ordered a complete shirt and pants, I decided to order one of Daniel's shirt kits- he sends you pre-cut squares of the crackle spandex that one can use to custom-make a shirt. I bought a long-sleeved shirt from the local thrift shop and salvaged it in order to create a pattern. I'll be posting the WIP of that as I get parts.

Boots and Gloves

We ordered our gloves and boots from Gio at Crowprops. (https://crowprops.bigcartel.com/product/combo-praetorian-tlj-bots-and-gloves-with-free-balaclava-in-your-order) From what I've read on the Facebook build group, there might be a need to re-dye the leather to better match the armour and skirts. Will check once everything is complete.

Armour

The big ticket item. We ordered our armour from Jimmiroquai, who we both believe is the gold standard when it comes to PG armour. I opted for the Mando bucket (version 1) since the electro-bisento is my jam, while my build partner opted for the Samurai bucket (Version 3) for some vibro-arbir goodness. We both went with fiberglass ab sections (Jim also offers a vinyl ab section, which is more movie accurate) and plan to do multiple passes of primer, sanding and painting to get that very nice gloss shine.

Skirt

We also ordered skirts from Jimmiroquai. I was considering making my own, but red cavalry twill was difficult to find and expensive to boot, I decided to just use Jim's.

Weapon

After considering my options, I decided to purchase an Electro-Bisento 3d-print .stl files from Empire3D. (https://empire3d.net/) While I did have the option of ordering a complete print, I went with the file as it gives me the option of modifying them and adding little details in the future. Plus I have access to 3D printers so I hope I can get the electro-bisento printed in a timely fashion.

I'll be updating this WIP thread with images as things arrive and I make progress. Suffice to say that this will be a very complicated build and the most complex costuming project I've ever done. Ideal completion date would be by Ottawa Comic Con in May 2019, but if I can get it finished before then it would be amazing.

(Note: Mods if this WIP is in the wrong place please let me know and I'll move it to the discussion page. Gracias!)

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 Post subject: Re: Joining the Praetorians- Shikkakku's Praetorian WIP
PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2018 2:59 am 
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Entry #1

Base Layer:

Base layer is on the way from fabricator. In preparation, I created a mock-up of the undershirt I needed to sew. I traced out where I wanted the crackle fabric to be and cut the template shirt accordingly, then traced the pieces on some red fabric that I got from Fabricland.

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I then sewed the shirt together. I definitely needed the practice as my sewing skills are quite sub par. But the shirt did fit! Excuse the muffin top pictures. :P 

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Next step is to make necessary adjustments, take things apart again, and once the actual work materials have come in cut out the crackle fabric sections and put things back together. Will update post once that happens! 

Everything else:
Still in progress! 

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