The Lady Arbitrator's new AVP suit for 2009

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Ei luj

New Member
I'd like to start off with many thanks to the folks here on the Lair that make and build the costumes and accessories, and put up the huntorials; they have been an inspiration to me :lol:

This suit is from an earlier time in my character's life, when she was just starting out as an Arbitrator/ bounty hunter....
its based on the generic AVP style.

I started off with the ducktape dummy to do the skin, its even better than a dress form, you get your exact shape plus extra to allow for shrinkage due to latexing.

Saran wrap goes on first, then the tape.
Strips lengthwise, then some crosswise seemed best.

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To get out, have somebody cut down the front to the groin and then down each inseam.
Retape and stuff... I used shop towels from Home Depot.... a lot of shop towels.
I started from the ankles, went up to the waist, having slotted the back.
Then stuff from the wrists to the armpits.
Lastly, stuff the torso and close that slot.
Do a slot in front and stuff the bust, and retape.

Thing is, its heavy... so I had to figure how to get it to stand up for test-fitting.
Hubby came up with the idea of hanging it from a big hook, a woven strap goes around the whole thing, down the front, under the crotch, and up the back again.

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I got some snyder AVP armor & bio plus netgun & blade ruffkin gaunts (many thanks to zubat) neckring (thanks to suicidalraider) loose shoulder bells and bicep flaps (thanks to mannowar) wristcomputer & blade ruffkin gaunts (thanks to seahunterr) snyder feet (thanks to mannowar again)

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Here is the front, no head, gaunts, accessories, or hands, this was the first test fitting for the armor...

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the back:

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with loose shoulder and bicep armor; torso is next to it for size reference:

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More to come

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Ei'luj

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Bovine13

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Very cool. A female AVP Hunter.....watch out fellas! Julie dont mess around at Con. Shes a soldier.
 

il1keme

New Member
nice pics, i'll use your method of a duct tape dummy in a month's time when i begin construction on my alien.
 

Ei luj

New Member
nice pics, i'll use your method of a duct tape dummy in a month's time when i begin construction on my alien.
il1keme,

thanks for checking out the thread, that ducktape dummy is sooo handy, last skin I did was done on a dress form and the bottom part stretched it somewhat... but it was cotton/lycra so it regained its shape upon washing.

.... an alien, hmmm somethin' for me to hunt

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Ei'luj
 

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Ei luj

New Member
Jaded, Paintinja, Garo, Pdisc, Hdogg

Many thanks I'm getting stoked :lol:

question to all, do the shoulder bells look right, or should they be foamed and thus the bicep piece come up higher?
I haven't put the torso there because its shoulders are glued on already :0

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Ei'luj
 

Paintninja

New Member
Throw the torso armor on the dummy and shoot us another pic!
Currently, I think it looks great, but I can't make an accessment on the
shoulder foaming until the torso is in conjunction.
 

CoolleKotten

New Member
Niiiice!
A female AVP is whats missing at the con, you show them who is the boss around there! :lol:
Looking great, keep going.

Kotten
 

Ei luj

New Member
Throw the torso armor on the dummy and shoot us another pic!
Currently, I think it looks great, but I can't make an accessment on the
shoulder foaming until the torso is in conjunction.
Many thanks, Paintninja :lol:

Tomorrow I will try the torso on the dummy and take a pic, its easier to figure the fit that way.

I tried it on me and put 3/8" foam in the shoulder/ collarbone area, and when I move my arms up to the sides a little, the shoulder bells hinder movement... seems maybe they are set too far in.

Without the foam, it fits my better half perfectly.... but he's not the one suiting up :lol: that little bit of padding makes a difference.

Those loose shoulder bells are smaller than the ones that are attached.

I worked on the belt, belt items, and loose bicep/shoulder bells today; didn't have much time due to a black belt seminar at the dojo....

Here's the belt, I cut and overlapped it on the right and the left (thank goodness for Dap Weldwood glue!)

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The loose bicep flaps velcroed to the loose shoulder bells:

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I didn't like the small sections of leather on the belt, so added more :lol:

Front view, the belt has everything except the butt flap and back loincloth; it is separate:

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Side:

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Back:

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Thigh guards with velcro inside; I still have to add loops with velcro or snaps to the top, so they will hang from the belt:

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The butt flap and back loincloth are on a wide elastic, I cut it in the center and am going to put this small quick release on it:

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Better pic of the front of the belt:

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To be continued

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Ei'luj

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Ei luj

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Many thanks BigBadWolf :lol:

OK, I got a few updates.

Little bits 'n bobs:

I did more on the belt, sewed that quick release on the elastic of the butt flap belt:
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Then glued leather loops with velcro closures on the thigh armor and painted the leather silver:
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Here they are installed on the belt, first pic is right and the other is the left:
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I strengthened with leather backing the belt that holds the thigh and cod armor pieces:
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Bigger bit

I put the torso armor on with everything else, with the shoulders padded..... and its too long, it covers the belt pouches

Front view:
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Back view:
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Shoulders compared side by side, the set on the right is a little smaller, just enough to make a difference:
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I have to be on the lookout for something small :lol: , I got a recommendation from Scott as to the "brand", many thanks

Upcoming items: mask items, neckring, backpack, cannon, gaunts, hands, skin, feet items, accessories.... not necessarily in that order :lol:

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Ei'luj

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Bovine13

New Member
You could dremel/cut off the last two scallop sections on the chest armor to shorten it up. Just a thought.
 

Ei luj

New Member
You could dremel/cut off the last two scallop sections on the chest armor to shorten it up. Just a thought.
Hmmm, looking at the pix again, it might work.... but I'm not too keen on cutting this one...
I could first try for a smaller resin one like you mentioned on the other thread, many thanks for the lead

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Ei'luj
 

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