Showoff: ESB stormtrooper armour

Discussion in 'Star Wars Costumes and Props' started by troopermaster, Mar 17, 2006.

  1. troopermaster

    troopermaster Well-Known Member

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    Well here it is....finally.

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    After a lot of hard work over the last year,I am proud to showoff my new ESB armour.This suit has taken me six years of hard work to get where it is today,and I think it is awesome :)

    The plastic is .100 gloss white HIPS and only the helmet has been sprayed white over beige to look like HDPE.The helmet decals are from Jeezycreezy and fit my helmet quite well.It's grey inside with a foam liner,chin strap and green film fo the lense.

    The armour is all strapped up how I think the real suit's are.The belt is custom made canvas and the cannister has the right belt clips :) The boots are jodhpus painted white.I made the holster from vinyl and I also made a custom neck seal from the same stuff.It has 12 ribs and the 'bib' goes down to my waist.

    That's it for now,hope you like it.

    -Paul.
     
  2. RKW

    RKW Sr Member

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    Simply stunning. Atleast I can still say I've got an accurate blaster :p

    But when did I miss your ANH suit?
     
  3. Tim Allen

    Tim Allen Sr Member

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    That is excellent. I love the weathering on the helmet, looks great.
     
  4. Clutch

    Clutch Master Member

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    Nothing short of amazing. Congrats dude.
     
  5. imaginager

    imaginager Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Nice work, Paul. Really amazing. Congrats.

    Allan
     
  6. Stormtrooper

    Stormtrooper Well-Known Member

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    Paul, that is a fantastic piece of work and an amazing testament to your 'eye for detail'... well done mate :thumbsup

    I'm lovin' the elastic loops holding down the back of the shoulder-bridges and the overall proportions / armour-spacing... looks like you nailed it.

    But.... to me an ESB trooper just ain't an ESB trooper without the 2 lil' notches on the front of the hand-guards, which the nylon thread was attached to... but I'm deliberatly nit-picking, here :p

    Give yerself a pat on the back. :)

    Cheers,
    John
     
  7. Tatooine_Todd

    Tatooine_Todd Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    That is fantastic armor, I also love the weathering on the helmet.
     
  8. DL 44 Blaster

    DL 44 Blaster Sr Member

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    WOW those drapes are gorgeous....oh wait :lol

    BEST ESB Trooper I've ever seen.. The bucket is fantastic....I'd love to see some closeups of it.

    Steve
     
  9. Too Much Garlic

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    Really fantastic looking piece of armor. You really are a talented guy and deserve all the praise you get. Absolutely stunning. :thumbsup
     
  10. KevVader

    KevVader Sr Member

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    Fantastic...not too many ESB Troopers around. :thumbsup
     
  11. OldKen

    OldKen Master Member

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    awesome paul.

    when you said soon in that last PM, i thought you meant soon like youve said for the past year or so. :p

    LOL.

    your time and hard work has deffinately paid off.

    looks as though it walked straight off set.
     
  12. FON

    FON Well-Known Member

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    Well.. That rocks.
     
  13. Boba Frett

    Boba Frett Sr Member

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    Sweet :thumbsup

    Looks great
     
  14. gizmo

    gizmo Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I see it but I don`t beleive it.
    You`re a genious. :thumbsup

    Cheers
    Ben
     
  15. Darth Kahnt

    Darth Kahnt Sr Member

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    Looks great. Excellent job on the weathering of the helmet. :thumbsup
     
  16. Stormy320

    Stormy320 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Wow - that is awesome.

    You did a fantastic job. Looks like you just walked off the set.

    By far one of the best troopers I've seen.

    In my opinion this is up there with xxxxx's Fett (shoot - I can't remember his name). He finished his ESB Fett about 2.5 years ago and it is amazing.

    Oh well :$ .

    Do you mind sharing how tall you are and how much you weigh. You look like the perfect trooper size.
     
  17. rebel scum

    rebel scum New Member

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    What a brilliant job you've made of that. Looks stunning. :thumbsup

    Chris
     
  18. TK8410

    TK8410 Well-Known Member

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    WOW.

    Simply awesome Paul...excellent work *tips hat*

    Now, if I can just have it back... :p

    Cheers, Gord.
     
  19. voice in the crowd

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    Hi Paul,

    Looks fantastic the attention to detail second to none. Always a pleasure seeing your stuff :) .

    :thumbsup :thumbsup :thumbsup :thumbsup :thumbsup

    Cheers Chris
     
  20. troopermaster

    troopermaster Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for all the excellent comments,they are really cool.

    I am so glad to hear that you really like it.As most of you know,I have agonised over this suit for too long but it has been well worth it :D

    If you look closely at the suit,you'll see that it is like no other armour out there.There are some nice suit's available,but all still have the ROTJ tells and lack all the little things that make up the 'look' of an original.

    I'm going to have another go at making a helmet in beige PolyPropylene.The last time I had some issues with the heating,but I think I can do it now.It'll be painted up as an ANH with all the paint chips,only this time the beige will be real plastic.

    Thanks again everyone :D

    -Paul.

    edit: Stormy320...I am 6' and 185lbs
     
  21. HDPE

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    WOW Paul, this is absolutely stunning. :thumbsup

    For being completely obsessed with ESB troopers I can tell you..... I'm jealous.

    So I assume you went with the 'hero' hand guard look and didn't sew them to your gloves.....

    I just can't imagine all the work (and patience) that must have been done to get this far :thumbsup


    BTW do you have any updates for my ESB hand guards and shoulder connectors, so that I can showoff mine and compete :love ;)
     
  22. troopermaster

    troopermaster Well-Known Member

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    Thanks HDPE,I knew you'd be jealous :p

    I haven't sewn the handguards onto these rubber gloves because they would just rip,so I'll have to get some cotton/similar gloves to sew onto.I noticed on ESB that the gloves were very short and you can see the actors wrist in one scene.

    I still have to weather/beat up this suit.As you know,the ESB's were battered and gaffer taped up everywhere and I'm gonna try and replicate that.

    I'll crack on with you parts asap Anthony ;)
     
  23. Star Wars Helmets

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    very very very very VERY well done

    Great work, it looks superb

    Cheers

    Jez
     
  24. jeezycreezy

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    I'm speechless here. That's just...I mean...wow. Great work. Can't wait to see it beaten up and weathered.

    Cheers.
    TJ
     
  25. elwood49

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    That is excellent, I love the weathering on the helmet.

    Now, your next project is to upgrade those drapes. ;)
     
  26. TK1536

    TK1536 Sr Member

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    Stunning. Amazing. Speechless.
     
  27. Keith

    Keith Sr Member

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    Fantastic work Paul. Well done :)

    Keith.
     
  28. Veedox

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    Say, HEY, that's a pretty neat looking Stormtrooper. I wonder how accurate it is?

    ;) Hmmm.
     
  29. Swedolorian

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    Awesome. Great work...
     
  30. troopermaster

    troopermaster Well-Known Member

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    Thank you all,you are too kind :thumbsup

    Here are a few pics of my helmet and a couple of the ab section,showing just how close it is to the real deal :p As you can see,I cannot take pictures to save my life :unsure
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  31. StarWars Collector

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    Are you sure it isn't the real deal? :D Looks amazing. :thumbsup

    Cheers,
    Leo
     
  32. Star Wars Man

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    what kinda pic is this? in the box? and what blaster is that?
     
  33. troopermaster

    troopermaster Well-Known Member

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    The pic with the armour in the box is a real ANH suit from the LFL archives,which I've posted for comparison.The blaster is a rebel endor commando's I think.
     
  34. decaturvader

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    Holy crap.
    That is a nice looking trooper you have there. :thumbsup
    I'd love to do a photo shoot with you.
     
  35. troopermaster

    troopermaster Well-Known Member

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    Here are some BIG pics for those who asked. Just click on an image for huge pics :p

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    -Paul
     
  36. Too Much Garlic

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    And you made the whole thing yourself? Even the helmet? Also the Blaster?

    Color me impressed. WOW.

    Off-topic: I also really look forward to more progress info and photos on your Biker Scout project.
     
  37. Stormtrooper

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    Great pics Paul :thumbsup

    And a real coincidence as I was reading through this thread again earlier on this afternoon, whilst looking through old threads for the 'Stormtrooper Oddities' thread. :)

    Keep up the good work, mate.

    Cheers,
    John
     
  38. TK9120

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    Awesome work Paul. One of the best for sure.

    How are the chest pieces held on? Just like on the originals, the back of the ribbed shoulder strap doesn't look like it's connected. I heard that there was some sort of vest underneath that the armor was attached to. So basically the straps were just for show. I never understood how that worked. Any insight?
     
  39. troopermaster

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    The chest is only attached to the ab plate by two elastic straps riveted in place.The back has a white canvas strap glued to it with snaps on the other end that connect to a snap on the inside of the chest.There are a couple of snaps running along the length of the strap to allow for some adjustment.

    You are correct about the plastic shoulder strap :) It is basically there for show and does not serve any real purpose except for hiding the canvas strap underneath.It is glued to the chest only and basically hangs there with just a thin white elastic strap connected to the back loops over it keeping it in place.

    Take a look at these links to see what I mean.

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    Oh,the blaster is one of 'judgedredds' resin ANH E-11 and very nice it is too :p

    -Paul.
     
  40. voice in the crowd

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    Thanks for the new big pics and extra info Paul. I always look forward to seeing your trooper gear.

    Great stuff :D

    Cheers Chris.
     
  41. Darksaber212

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    Awesome job. Supernice looking ESB trooper. :) :thumbsup
     
  42. TK9120

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    I see what you mean now. But that bring up another question. In the scene with Han and Luke in the control room, I tried looking for something like that on Han's suit. I didn't see anything. Did the originals have a black strap? Yours seems more noticeable.
     
  43. lambotour

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    Fantastic work Paul :thumbsup
     
  44. troopermaster

    troopermaster Well-Known Member

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    If you look closely the strap it's there,but it looks as if it is glued to the plastic strap or threaded through the elastic keeper but you can see where it is doubled over right at the back plate.

    Check out Luke's armour when he is in the trash compactor trying to contact 3P0,it very visable there :)
     
  45. Star Wars Helmets

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    Great work - love the new pics

    Cheers

    Jez
     
  46. SethB6025

    SethB6025 Well-Known Member

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    Ack. I must have missed this originally. EXCELLENT WORK PAUL. That is positively wonderful. :thumbsup
     
  47. JediCarl

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    Paul,

    I remained stunned by this. Seriously, when I look at the pics it looks like you yanked an ESB suit straight from the LFL Archives. :p

    Simply OUTSTANDING....
     
  48. troopermaster

    troopermaster Well-Known Member

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    Thanks everyone,

    It's always nice to hear positive feedback :thumbsup

    -Paul.
     
  49. Lukes Roommate

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    Awesome.
    I love the ESB troopers, my fav.
     
  50. stormtrooperguy

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    very nice. i've gotten the helmet paint colors changed and the replacement handbacks to make my FX armor "esb-like", but this is SO far beyond what i've done...

    :)
     

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