OK...I was in two minds as whether to post the images as even though I am quite pleased with how this turned out, I still feel it could be so much better.
I debuted this at MCM Birmingham UK last weekend.
Improvements to look at;
1 - The leather trousers are too loose.
2 - The shins need to be...
Next was the cape.
I cut 4 panels in both the sateen material that I had chosen for the outer material and the satin which will be the lining.
I sewed the panels together and then the 2 half circles to each other.
Lastly I cut the curve for the neck.
I also decide to fold the cape back at the...
Turned my attention to the saber as the Master Replicas is both a valued collectable and not very bright in convention settings.
I happened to have a cheap plastic Luke ROTJ with telescopic blade.
I took out the blade and made space for a RGB LED practice saber that I have.
Now I have a chunky...
And with a bit of wiring and a couple of LED's this is are now done. For the belt itself I went with the 2 1/4 inch (57 mm) ANH/ESB version.
I may add a bit of light weathering as Luke is likely to have seen a bit of action during this particular story timeline.
I decided to go for a bit of a hybrid for the buckle. Mainly the design from the DE II #2 cover with a few cut out slots.
I also decided to use the traditional buckle hook system that was used for the OT filming on Vader's belts.
For the boxes themselves I decided to go with a couple of my early prototype Wookie bandolier boxes.
These are made in a very similar fashion to the Vader ANH boxes, folded aluminium.
Overall these match up quite nicely with the only image of a box which is seen on Dark Empire II #2 cover.
While I'm waiting for the cape material I turned my attention to the belt and boxes.
I have a variety of parts from the Vader belt sets that I produce so I thought I could combine a few elements.
I still have a couple of Telefunken tape machines which I use the speaker mesh for the ANH Vader so...
Yeah, I’m going with the leather sleeves from my Vader followed by a sleeveless mandarin collar shirt and then a high collar, short sleeve outer tunic.
Similar to the way my Vader cape attaches to my armour, I’m going to use either Velcro or snaps around the base of the collar on the outer tunic...
Here are my buckle variations.
The first is uses a modified Death trooper buckle to fit the proportions from the DE II #1 cover. I added a couple of Vader element (Slots and Disc).
The second is based closely on the Vader ROTJ buckle. This is more similar to the DE #2 cover.
The final one is...
The buckle is a tricky one as it is different in almost every picture that shows it.
I've started adapting the Death Trooper buckle that I make and adding a few details to approximate the version on the DE II #1 cover.
I may try a couple of versions and see how they look.