[ORIGINAL IDEA] "SuperNSwoman" // Design Ideas wanted!

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  1. kialna

    kialna Sr Member

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    Hi all!

    I'm an ambassador for the Dutch National Railways. But I'm also trying to become a traindriver (or engineer, how you want to call it) However,

    I already know so much about the railways, that I've become known as the "Super NS Woman"... the name is cliché. (NS is Nederlandse Spoorwegen)

    But we're going serious in this. Like a mascotte/carnival costume. Even cosplay it. For the helmet I'm going to use the design of our trains and some other resin parts. However, I also think about something spandex and with cape. However, I'm not so sure about it.

    Still, when I think of an "Super Woman" I think of the superman series. But it shouldn't be a ripoff. I'll post some pictures later this evening, but I was wondering if you people had ideas to use on the suit.

    This is the logo the NS uses. Naturally, it will return on the suit (belt buckle or something, or chest logo...)
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    The colors are White, blue and yellow. Like this
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    and the trains look like this:

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    I also would like to give it a little touch with the High speed company which is still in start-phase but I'm good friends with them. The white should be a nice overlap:

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    So...after you guys have laughed your * off about our train design and such, I'd greatly appreciate your help, ideas and inspiration! I think the RPF is the best place to go! I'm creative, yet other people's ideas can never be wrong!

    I hope we can get some awesome suit-ideas out of this! :D
     
  2. kialna

    kialna Sr Member

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    Here are the first sketches to see where I'm sort of aiming at. I also would like a minimum of armor. Like pauldrons, shinprotectors and maybe something for the chest, in a minimum..

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    this is with color mockup.

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  3. Ruddigger

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    Haha, I read that as Super Norfolk Southern Woman, I didn't know it was really about trains. I'm a railroader myself. (NS is a freight railroad in the US)
     
  4. DaddyfromNaboo

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    I´d say you should look at the designs from "Starlight Express" for inspiration. Less details maybe better for your design, but still a starting point.

    Michael
     
  5. kialna

    kialna Sr Member

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    When I look for Starlight Express, I get some sort of musical?

    @Ruddinger;

    Haha yeah I know, but that's not the NS I'm talking about ;) hahaha


    Also, I can quite inderstand that the colors are quite bold now. I imagine them a bit toned down. I just copied the colors of the official website. I'm working on a better drawing now. I'll add some 'armor' to it for as far as I imagine it.
     
  6. Bootlegger137

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    I actually think this looks great as is. :thumbsup I'm digging the colors alot, and the helmet that's top left.

    Seeing as it's the Netherlands, maybe work in some orange (that is the "national" color, right?)...perhaps the belt, or some snaps on pouches or gloves, or something. Just a thought.
     
  7. EyeofSauron

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    wow, im glad this thread isnt about what i connected to NS :)


    but to not spam, heres some starlight express costumes :D
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  8. kialna

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    :lol :lol :lol hahahahahaha those are fun, but not my aim.

    I added some armor in a new drawing. I like it, but it seems to be an upgrade of the costume I already designed..in case of need ;) But I don't know. Maybe it's too much of a battle thing now. Personally I love the lower helmet the most. The top left can also be sculpted a bit more dynamically.

    One thing is for sure: At least the helmet(s) will be made. Because I'm just dying to make one! :")

    As for the color orange; I'm afraid that doesn't quite work. It's not really connected to the scheme at all. Only when I'm doing an international suit it might come close to the warm red they use for the hi-speed stuff. :)

    I'll upload the new drawing soon. (and I suck at drawing females. I'm a man-drawer!)
     
  9. kialna

    kialna Sr Member

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    Yes I draw fast. No this is not my best drawing. Yes it is a sketchy thing...

    this is the 'armored' version.

    I don't know, she feels like...uber battleready now. Less of a superhero (to me!)
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  10. Ruddigger

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    I think the belt should be chunkier, maybe incorporate little detachable railroad spikes for throwing weapons. ;) And personally I like the first helmet design, sort of looks like the hood of a locomotive.
     
  11. AdamL

    AdamL Well-Known Member

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    I'll get my tablet hooked up and knock out a design. Or I'll draw it. Not sure but I think I can come up with something.

    Okay, a little edit here. Decided it's easier for me to just draw something. Here's the start of what I have so far. Bear with me, it's a design in progress.

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  12. kialna

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    Haha is the cape attached to the wrists?

    @Rudigger I bought a chunkier belt indeed. :) I like that more. It's this one, but in black:
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    I love the belt. It's chunky enough, and I can make it smaller to fit my hips. I think I will buy another one, to make my Rogue Cosplay better later.
     
  13. silentknight229

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    I liked the train in the first picture and went with that for the design. Forgive the crudeness of my sketch I didn't take a lot of time to draw it up. Thought it would be cool to have white as the main color of the outfit and then use blue for the upper body and yellow on the lower body. Looks a little more heroic using white as the main color as opposed to yellow I think. I was thinking it would be better to use the stronger color up top and on the cape. I also didn't want to over complicate the design so I tried to keep it fairly simple.

    Ditched the belt idea and went with the emblem just above the chest and on the gloves. I was kind of inspired by Space Ghost as far as the mask and emblem but thought it would be cool to have it set up so all your hair is loose. The cape is designed to be part of the suit and not a seperate item.

    With the way I laid out the design I thought a belt would disrupt the streamlined look. Same reason I didn't go with shoulder pads. I did think as far as a belt design it would be kind of cool to have the emblem on something that looked like a railroad track... maybe. Went with a more Gatchaman inspired helmet. Figured the visor would be a clear blue plastic of some sort so you could see the mask underneath.

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    I think if you want to do armor I would probably ditch the cape and go with a backpack of some sort. i'd probably do something more like iron Man at that point and just go full armor though. Or maybe you could do something inspired form the designs from Tron. If you do full armor you could actually have a lot of the elements from the train design itself that would look pretty cool. Almost like something out of Transformers.

    That's all I've got for now. I'll post more ideas if I can think of anything.

    Steve
     
  14. kialna

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    Oh I like that approach a lot! I'll show it to the partner! :D I love this input!

    I'm also thinking about indeed swapping the white and yellow. I'll just give it a try lateron.

    I also get some new inspiration by you guys. The shape of the cape for example is nicely done. Maybe I will mix some in with it. :D
     
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  15. Judge Spartan

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    I really like this design.:thumbsup
     
  16. silentknight229

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    Thanks guys.

    When I did the coloring earlier I just wanted to color the suit itself but looking back at it I was thinking it might be cool to use a white wig and do some blue streaks on the sides.

    Kind of like this...
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    Started to work out an idea for an armored suit design for you also. Got as far as the helmet figured out so far.

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    I was thinking also as a weapon or a symbol you could use something like a rail crossing light post. Of course modified a bit with the design and size.

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    Steve
     
  17. kialna

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    I liked the first design better. However, my partner loves my design to death. I'm still wanting to switch colors to test it out. But at least, I will use your cape idea, since I love that so much! :)

    I think I'll mix some of it in the already designed costume. I hope to start today on at least the helmet....or at least...one of the two.
     
  18. jnjoker100

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    Is it just me or does the train in the second picture (the all yellow with the blue stripe), look like the front has a welders helmet?
     
  19. kialna

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    Haha no, it's not just you. We see a lot in it. I think of caterpillars all the time...
     
  20. silentknight229

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    Yeah the armor may be a bit much the way I was going with the design. I have some revision ideas for the helmet already. Just may have to use that for something myself. That's the cool thing about things like this. Even if some of the ideas don't work for the original project they can sometimes be used for something else.

    I think your initial design is pretty good for the most part. Maybe try making the arms all white or do them in white and add some blue to the arms. I think if you remove the yellow from the arms the rest of the color scheme could work the way you have it now. I would also maybe try yellow on the boots. From a functionality standpoint I would probably separate the knee pads from the attachment on the boots. That or redesign it a bit. I guess it depends on if it's supposed to float separately from the knees or supposed to be attached to the suit. If you're going to do armor on the boots I would consider doing maybe bracers and elbow pads also. You might also consider making the helmet a full helmet instead of a partial. I think that may look a bit better with the way you've designed the visor. That or like Ruddiger mentioned maybe going to your first design you put up and fine tuning that a bit.

    If I think of any other ideas I'll post them up. It'll be fun to see where this ends up when it's finished.

    Steve
     
  21. kialna

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    I made two variants:

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    I'm not so sure. I think with the 'white' variant it's way 'too' white, and since the color yellow is more appearant than white.....
     
  22. silentknight229

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    I went and sketched up a quick idea of what I was talking about. On the left is the design the way you colored it up. On the right is what I was talking about as far as taking the yellow off the arms and then just using it on the boots. I added a line to the inside part of the arms to break up the white a bit. I would use the same color you use on the collar for the lines on the arms and I think that could work fine. I would maybe take the blue a little farther down the gloves.

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    I was looking at the second train again and I think you could take the very front of the train and use that for a shoulder pad design. Basically just draw a vertical line where the door begins and take everything from there forward to use for the design. The gray area from the top down to the little bit of yellow where the lights are would cover the shoulder and then the rest of the yellow area down to the gray on the bottom would cover your arm down to a little above where you elbow is.

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    A little something like that.

    Steve
     
  23. jnjoker100

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  24. kialna

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    So today I started working on the helmet. I finally have time. Tomorrow I will buy some other supplies toe fill in the empty spaces. :) It's all about the basic shape now.

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    Mind you, this is the 3rd helmet on the first sheet! It will change of course, but I'm just...getting the basics down.
     
  25. kialna

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    I've done some paper maché-ing :)

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    :) It starts looking like something.
     
  26. kialna

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    Because I couldn't wait, a wearing test + color mockup:

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    The grey part where the mouth is, might be cutted away eventually.. Not quite sure yet.
     
  27. kialna

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    And we're going on...this a few weeks of work.
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    Sanding now again.

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    How do you get hour helmets so insanely round, smooth and shiney!? :|
     
  28. kialna

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    I made a start suit...

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  29. silentknight229

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    The helmet is looking good so far. As far as smooth and shiny it'll be like working on a car. A lot of sanding to get it to the smoothness you want. Then paint, sealer and wax. Then just buff it out and you should be able to get a nice mirrored surface. I think you need to repost the suit pic. I'm not seeing an image.

    Steve

    Nevermind. Seems to be the computer I was using. I'm seeing the image just fine today. Looks pretty good. Should look pretty good when it's cut out and assembled.
     
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  30. kialna

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    I'm just struggling to find a printing company.
     
  31. kialna

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    Anyone knows a printing company somewhere? Maybe overseas? Because I just can't seem to find a company in The Netherlands. It's a pain in the...well you know.
     
  32. PepijnLinden

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    Wow! I really love this project! Sure hope SuperNSWoman doesn't have as much delay as the actual NS. (Ghehehe..)
    As for a printing company.. not sure if you still need it, but you might wanna check fabricondemand.com
    I'm printing my Spiderman pattern with fabric on demand as we speak.
    They're cheap, fast and have a great customer service. Dye-sub printing is still kinda pricy though. You might wanna save at least 80 euro's for a suit.
    Good luck, and feel free to PM me if you need some extra info.
     
  33. MetalMilkMan

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    I think this is actually pretty cool. The original concept looked cool.
     
  34. kialna

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    Thanks! The project is still in the works but pushed back for a bit.
     
  35. sjorsjo91

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    Problem with super NS woman. If she acts like the railroad company she would always be late. Whether it snows or when there are leafs on the road she wouldn't show up at all for hours.
    Sorry i haven't had great experiences with the NS. Something with the Feestfabriek event and a 4 hours delay.
     
  36. kialna

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    My problem with the Dutch is that they always complain about these things while that might have been a one time event. I have had a five hour delay once but I couldn't care less. I don't even remember when it happened.
    So many experiences abroad made me love our railways. Appreciate what you have bro.
     
  37. kialna

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    BUMP!

    The Dutch Railways have started a series of movies in comic style. I responded with the fact that they desperately needed new costumes. They agreed.........


    HELP I STARTED SOMETHING AGAIN!

    Fabricondemand will get an order soon...
     

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