My Vader ANH Early Progress Pics

Discussion in 'Star Wars Costumes and Props' started by Hedjii72, Jun 2, 2006.

  1. Hedjii72

    Hedjii72 Sr Member

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    Hey gang,

    I thought you might enjoy seeing my Vader ANH project as it evolves. This has been about a year in the making, since I first got the helmet for it. Now seemed like a good time to post pics, because I finally got a mannequin for it. ItÂ’s very much a work in progress, but it might be fun to see it in its early stages before itÂ’s finished.

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    The mannequin is 6’4” tall. It came painted black, which is perfect while waiting for the leather suit, codpiece, and cape. He sure does look skinny, but that will all change. I’m going to bulk him up with lots of bubble wrap, and hopefully add some height to the mannequin as well.

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    The gloves and chest armor are ESB. It will be awhwile before I upgrade them to ANH. Hopefully I can get some chest armor that feels more substantial. To be honest, IÂ’m not sure if the armor is Prowse sized or not. I got it cheap last year before halloween.



    The mannequin separates at the arms, waist, wrists, and one leg. IÂ’m not quite sure if I put the stand in properly. I have to experiment with it again. For this reason, I am not leaving my fiberglass helmet on all the time yet!

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    The belt has a ways to go, but that will change once I get my russrep boxes! (YAY!) . I have the green lights for it, but am waiting to get a set of belt boxes made.

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    One glove went on fine with a little effort. The other one.... forget it! I will have to do some “surgery” on the hand to make the glove fit. Only one boot is on at this time, because some holes need to be cut in the bottom and back of the right boot to accomodate the stand. No big deal since they wont be visible.

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    I’m hoping to add some height to the mannequin, to get him up to 6’6”. I will most likely add some plywood to the waist, and maybe a bit of bubble wrap on top of the head.

    This last pic is just for fun!

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    IÂ’ll definitely share more as he evolves. But any feedback or criticism is welcome!
     
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2008
  2. yakcam

    yakcam Sr Member

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    WOW...

    That's the best Bat Vader I've ever seen, I keeed, I keeed. B)

    Seriously though, that is a great start. You're going to have a quality Vader there. One suggestion though, I used bubblewrap on my Vader and over time he slowly deflated. I ended up doing him again with thin foam sheets.

    Well done :thumbsup and If you want to do a Batman in the future, you know where to get a good mannequin, just the right colour too.

    Cheers,

    Kraig
     
  3. propsculptor

    propsculptor Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    WOW. Is THAT Vader SKINNY. :lol :lol

    Sorry, I couldn't resist.

    Looks like you are off to a great start, all I have is a Helmet. :)

    By the way, I would suggest that you "Bulk-up" the mannequin with different thicknesses of Sheet Foam, by doing that you can trim the foam to match the bodyshape of Prowse without having to sculpt amd mold the shapes/forms.

    Here is a link for Foam-building for Puppet making:
    http://www.puppetbuilder.com/info/
    Just modify the plans for your project needs...
     
  4. SurferGeek

    SurferGeek Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    <div class='quotetop'>(propsculptor @ Jun 2 2006, 07:02 PM) [snapback]1255227[/snapback]</div>

    He's been eating at Subway. :lol








    Great start. With the mannequin already being 6'4" it shouldn't make the torso look too long by the amount you need to add. Definately looks silly without all the bulk.
     
  5. Darth Kahnt

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    I love prgress pics like this where you can look back and where you started and have a laugh for yourself. That mannequin definately is funny but I have no doubt it will evolve into something great.

    You're off to a great start. Looking forward to seeing it all done.
     
  6. clancampbell

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    Peter Parker in a Vader outfit.... :p

    Seriously, swell looking Vader, man.
     
  7. GundamZeppelin

    GundamZeppelin Sr Member

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    Hedjii72 did you take pictures of me in my vader suit when i wasn't looking. LMAO thats what i look like with out the rest of my costume on that is AWSOMW.. :thumbsup :thumbsup :thumbsup :thumbsup
     
  8. DarkLordSalvo

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    You know, just paint some vertical stripes on it and give it a "Dracula-style" collared cape and you'd have an accurate replica of the original '77 Kenner figure. :D
     
  9. Boba Frett

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    You are off to a good start
     
  10. SithLord

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    Often I see the mannequin come last....good to see you're using it as a base on which to build an accurate ANH Vader...nice start...it's certainly got the right height :).
     
  11. Qui-Gonzalez

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    My first thought was "Oh look, a Hayden sized Vader".:p

    Seriously, you are off to a good start as others have said.
     
  12. ROBOSTEVE 0671

    ROBOSTEVE 0671 Sr Member

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    Great looking helmet and chest box, the whole thing should start to take shape once you bulk him out as others have said. Simply cool. I'll be watching this one :thumbsup

    Steve
     
  13. jedivigneri

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    LOOKS LIKE A GOOD START :) your gonna have the same prob i had with my chest box...the holes for the red/green accurate squares you are getting are to big for the accurate plexiglass lites...anyone know how to make the holes smaller? putty? anyone? :) mo later curt :)
     
  14. Hedjii72

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    Hmmm... hadn't considered that. When I get my new chestbox buttons, I'll let you know. I may use some kind of filler and then paint over it.

    If worse comes to worse, I may start from scratch and do a new chestbox out of wood, keeping the best parts of my old chestbox for the new one.

    Any other ideas from anyone else?
     
  15. Reel Fakes

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    Speaking from experience, I wouldn't bother extending the mannequin at the waist if I were you.
    You'll be suprised how much taller he gets just with padding.
    6' 6" could easily be achieved by padding the mannequin's head - it's probably too small anyway. ;)

    Good luck. You're off to a great start ::)
    -Chris
     
  16. Hedjii72

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    Thanks for the kind words, everyone. :)

    JediPunk Did you try extending a mannequin at the waist and have it fail? Do you mind elaborating?

    Yeah, I figured 1.5 inches at the waist plus a little extra padding on the head would bring me up to about 6 feet 6 inches, which is close enough for me.
     
  17. chris1748

    chris1748 Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    cut him off at the ankles and add 2x4's in between his feet and ankles to add a couple of inches to his height and pad his head.

    chris
     
  18. Reel Fakes

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    <div class='quotetop'>(Hedjii72 @ Jun 4 2006, 06:33 PM) [snapback]1256237[/snapback]</div>
    Sorry if I was unclear - I just meant that it's a lot of work to make a waist extention, and it's not really nessesary in your case. If your mannequin is really 6' 4" as you suggest, you really only need another inch.

    In my case, I used a cheap mannequin and decided I didn't like the pose. I ended up making completely new arms and legs for mine. :rolleyes
    Ahhhh memories...
     
  19. vaderdarth

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    To get the best "proportional" height increase......you may want to consider adding an inch at a time at different places.......neck, waist, knees, elbows.....etc....until you achieve the height you desire. The padding will take care of the bulk for ya. Just a thought I had for my own mannequin conversion. it's more work, but the waist is really easy.....as you just slide the two halves apart and stick in an inch spacer. Of course cutting the fiberglass will be necessary for the other parts. Still, the end results would be incredible. :)

    Dave
     
  20. Hedjii72

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    Yeah, I'm going to attempt 1.5 inches of plywood at the waist, plus another inch or so on top of the head. This would equal 6 feet 6 inches, which works for me. I want to avoid modding the legs, because I fear that's where most of the stability lies, and I'd hate to compromise stability for an inch on the legs.

    I will of course let you know how it works.
     
  21. kurtyboy

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    Just shove some kind of spacer between the legs and torso, then fiberglass a few layers around it. You'll be surprised how strong the fiberglass is once it sets. Its rock hard.
     
  22. Hedjii72

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    The only thing that bothers me about that is I wouldn't be able to separate the mannequin at the waist if it's all bonded up. Would that make putting the suit on more difficult?
     
  23. Boba Frett

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    If you are going with a two piece bodysuit, I think you won't have any problems.
     
  24. Machina

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    looks great. thanks for the info.
     
  25. Hedjii72

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    I've been working on my 1:1 ANH Vader. There's been some progress. The belt needs work, the hands need to be stuffed, and I need a codpiece. Also have to prop the helmet a bit higher, but I'm pretty happy so far.
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  26. KevVader

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    Gettin' there Andy....looking good. Darth needs to hit the gym tho... :p
     
  27. SithLord

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    nice progress......needs a saber too :)
     
  28. Too Much Garlic

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    Really nice progress, though you really need to do something about those arms, imo... makes him look lifeless... or underwhelming. Costume, armor and helmet looks absolutely stunning. :thumbsup

    This here is my all-time favorite pose: [​IMG]

    There are also the ESB pictures where he's holding his hands closer to the belt buckle, but then you can't see the belt boxes.
     
  29. jvasilatos

    jvasilatos Sr Member

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    Nice job. Who did your gloves?

    JV
     
  30. ob1al

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    The components all look great, but I would suggest that the mannequin needs bulked up more around the chest, shoulder and arms. It took me a few goes with my own ANH mannequin to achieve that bulky Prowse look.

    But aside from that, its all looking fantastic, nice job.
     
  31. Hedjii72

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    Yes, thank you for the advice ob1al, NHM, and Kev. I will definitely try to pad him a bit more up top. Problem is, it's already a tight fit with the suit, but I think I can. Another factor is the armor is undersized. Once I get my accurate armor, I think (hope) that will help. I also hope to raise the helmet a bit off the shoulders. Look at that pic NHM posted and compare it to mine, and you'll see what I mean.

    I do so appreciate the honest feedback. That's exactly what I posted for. After a while, I get so excited to just see Darth Vader standing in my basement, I begin to loose objectivity about it. Always helps to have a second set of eyes.

    But I will say, I got a rush seeing this thing come together. :D At the very least, I have something cool to put in my foyer when the kids come for Trick or Treat.

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    They were the $25 cheapies on eBay. :lol Worth every penny.
     
  32. jvasilatos

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    They were the $25 cheapies on eBay. :lol Worth every penny.
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    They are nice, I just checked their auctions though for the close up pics, and they don't have the outer stitched fingers like the screen used gloves. I researched mine against the last stitching on the screen used ones to make them as authentic as possible including the fingers with the outher stitches which my glove guy charged me extra for because he told me they have to be hand stitched to look that way.

    JV
     
  33. Too Much Garlic

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    <div class='quotetop'>(Hedjii72 @ Oct 7 2006, 08:24 PM) [snapback]1333774[/snapback]</div>
    Is that possible? I mean... won't the mannequin's head be in the way?

    Well, you could always saw off part of the chin and lower jaw to make it fit or cut the head off completely and replace it with a rod with a soft round top to rest the helmet on.

    Looking forward to more pictures... :)
     
  34. Hedjii72

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    That is EXACTLY what I was thinking I'd do. I'm going to attempt to slice the face off, and then pad out a new head. The face of the mannequin will be the new neck.

    You're right about the arms too. I will probably live with them for awhile. I'd love to have poseable arms somehow...
     
  35. Too Much Garlic

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    Well, poseable arms would be cool... though, you could just cut up those you have and add hinges at the elbows and shoulders to reposition them in the pose you want and then glue them into place... until you get posable arms that fit the mannequin....
     
  36. Hedjii72

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    I wish I had the skill or knowledge to do what you described. :lol
     
  37. Too Much Garlic

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    LOL... who needs skill... just do it... that's how you learn. :lol
     
  38. Darth Kahnt

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    Where did you get the body suit?

    (Nice progress BTW. Any suggestion I would make has already been covered by others.)
     
  39. Hedjii72

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    The bodysuit is made by Lucas Alvarez. :thumbsup Very much worth the price IMO.
     

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