Sabine Build (with Adventure Gear!)

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lilshrt4atroopr

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Hey guys! I'm new here have been lurking for about six months now. I've had several failed projects but I'm hoping to see this one through as I would like it to be done in time for this year's cons.

Below are some pictures of the armor pieces I made from aluminum. I picked aluminum because it's lightweight compared to normal sheet metal but it still has that nice authentic look of armor. I cut the aluminum with heavy duty shears which was a bit tedious. Then I went back and filed off the burrs using a flat file for the edges and convex curves and a round file for the concave curves. There were some scratches on the metal I polished out with my dremel and some polishing compound. This was my first time using my dremel; you basically treat it like sandpaper and start with a rougher grit compound and rubber tip, then move to buffing wheel and brass polish. I'm pretty pleased with the way it turned out. The whole process took a few days to complete.

I will post some more pictures once I get done painting. I haven't started on the adventure gear yet but don't worry it will come! I'm going to make this a bit like a tutorial so that anyone wanting to make this can learn from my experiences and save themselves some trouble by replicating parts of my process if they desire. Starting out with a big project can be overwhelming so I hope I can help someone else out!

Resources

http://rebelsreport.com/2014/10/27/cosplay-101-eva-foam-vs-sintra/

http://eitanya.deviantart.com/art/Downloadable-Sabine-armor-templates-483881333
 

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lilshrt4atroopr

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I'm not quite done with the armor, but I thought it was time for an update. These are some pictures of the aluminum after being painted. I used a violet color for the first coat and then went over it with a fuchsia over-coat to try to achieve the almost two tone color of Sabine's armor. I let the violet undercolor show through in some places. I used a paper towel to create the battle scars by literally ragging the paint off in some areas. For the chest piece with the rebels symbol I made a pattern which I used to transfer onto the armor itself. I used tape to refine some of the lines but I left some of them rough because I felt that created the style I was going for. These photos are taken before I sealed with high gloss mode podge, the liquid kind and the spray.
 

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lilshrt4atroopr

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I got my helmet a couple of months ago from the Mandalorian Arsenal (http://themandalorianarsenal.com/rebels.html) and I'm trying to put it together. It took about 3 months to receive the helmet so make sure you give yourself plenty of time. I think the helmet itself came in great condition right out of the cast so I recommend this seller.

I've only used my dremel a few times so it kind of looked a bit like a dog chewed something up the first few times but I'm getting better and way too stubborn to just give up.

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The red stuff is bondo spot putty. I'm layering it up to fill in the valleys where my dremel bit off too much material. I used a tungsten carbide bit. The youtube video said to use a round cutter, that's probably what I'll do next time!

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Here is a picture of my first prototype of Sabine's gauntlet. I have since found some pictures that suggest the lights at the bottom are in more geometric shapes. The light panel is from a really cool website called adafruit (https://blog.adafruit.com/2015/04/1...-4152015-live-2pm-et-guest-host-jesscalifano/). If you haven't seen this before it might blow your mind. The technology is called EL panel and you can also get EL wire from other sellers. I kind of want to put some EL wire in my helmet so it lights up like a commando. Really cool stuff!
 

lilshrt4atroopr

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So I haven't updated this like I said I would but here's the finished costume as of Dragoncon 2015

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But it's not done! I still want to make the adventure gear and I'm probably going to end up remaking some of the armor so that it looks a little less stiff. The aluminum looks great but it's difficult to shape. I still don't want to use foam! I think I might try using Sintra.

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