(The Shredder: Complete) Money can not buy you the honor you have earned today.

PartyPyrate

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Time to start the helmet weave.
I am fender hitching a netting for the helmet. I believe this is the most accurate patterning based off the pictures I have studied. Here I will present a picture of the helmet and a picture of my tracing of the roping. To me and my past as a naval/pirate re-enactor I can only see this as a fender hitching pattern.

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Progress:
So I have taped some line in place and started the hitching. I used glue gun sticks to keep the knots even until I had the first row done and then superglued the first row of knots to the brim of the helmet. Now I am in the slow process of weaving the netting for the helmet.

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PartyPyrate

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Well its been a while and well to be frank I had taken a break. But I am back at it. Not much to report except I bought a few supplies and continued the knot work.

I made it to the first rope ridge.

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PartyPyrate

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On to the weekend...
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VilleLeskinen

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You've got an amazing patience! Helmet looks great! :)
 

PartyPyrate

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Helmet is now ready for a thin layer of resin and then prime and paint. Just gotta wait for warm weather. Looks like I will be leather tooling until then.

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Alpha Proto

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This going great! I am looking forward to seeing it painted!
 

George

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Great project and good progress so far :thumbsup I love the '90 Turtle movie.Good luck with this build!
 

PartyPyrate

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No pictures really to report with this time. I have soaked and flattened my leather armor pieces and on a bit of scrap have been working out my tooling pattern. It won't be screen accurate because it won't look like the knot work. It will look closer to the dragon scale a lot of people do. I can tool this out faster and I can make a better set later as I have a deadline in May to be finished. Also I have worked out the cape pattern and how I will hard pleat the fabric. I will be using left over linen sack cloth from my Emperor Palpatine build for the belt and the wrist wraps.
 

fallimar

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Re: Money can not buy you the honor you have earned today.

Awesome! Love the attention to detail with the netting there, reminds me of when I used to make lace! Can't wait to see where this goes, the original ninja turtles cartoon was my favourite thing ever as a kid so this stuff pulls on my little ol' nostalgia heartstrings. Good job, keep it up :D
 

PartyPyrate

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Quick update:
I have tooled a shoulder and will be stretching it after it has a chance to dry and lock in the pattern. I will post a picture of that later but for now...
Dragonscaling on one shoulder pad:

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PartyPyrate

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Well the shoulders are tooled and stretched. They are ready for rivets, leather paint/dyes, and the claws.

First I stretched them in the brown bowls to start the curve and then in the red bowl to achieve a greater defined curve. Then I wet the edging and flattened it to lock in the edgings shape.
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A comparison of red bowl to brown bowl stretching respectively.
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A comparison of red bowl to flattened edges. That's the shape I want.
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Test to see how it fits....
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Perfect!
 

PartyPyrate

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Well this weekend was warm... time for the last resin-ing!

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Now the netting on the helmet is firmly secure thanks to two layer of resin holding it down. Once it is fully cured it will be time for primer and paint. Also I cleaned the edges on the mask and did some minor repairs on the horn(an air-bubble in the fiberglass broke so I filled it with resin). Then I did something that most of you might laugh at... I started coating the mask and the horn in spot putty so that I can sand it down at 180 grit and it will fill all the pinholes and remaining larger grit scratches. The reason you might laugh is I am lazy with this step and just cover the entire piece so that it all sands smooth. I also use sanding sponges at this stage as I don't have to worry about how rigid it is.

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Also I am working on the tooling of the armor still.
 

PartyPyrate

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90% of the sanding done. I still have a little work on the interior edges of the mask but not much.
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But on to the main point of what I wanted to post:
Color Scheme

I finally figured out what I wanted. And I have a real example of it. I don't want to do the standard drab brown that seems to dominate the helmet and armor. I always saw them as aged steel.
For the rivet strips I will be dyeing it a chocolate to mahogany and keeping the rivets virgin metal. For the netting/dragon scale portions of the armor and helmet I will be coloring it to mimic oil coated steel. This is the standard coating that comes on hot rolled structural steel. As a civil engineer I have an example. Not sure how the colors will show up here but since I have the piece I will be directly able to mimic the coloring. This is the picture that I am getting the idea of how to color the armor.

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Best way to describe it: The black of cast iron and the places where its rubbed thin is more of a purpleish, red side of brown.

No flash:
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Flash:
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I have also figured out my cape pattern and how the shoulder armor will be connecting to the shoulder pads.
 
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PartyPyrate

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Weekend Update:

OK so big update. I had time to prime! The helmet looked so sexy in drab gray. It looked like a primed kit as opposed to something I have slaved over for so long. I must say I am extremely proud at how it is turning out. I also drilled the holes in the helmet and horn including a dry fit of the horn so that when they are fully painted the horn will be permanent yet removable if I decide to make a cast.
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I printed out a spare crown from the pep to start a pattern for the interior foam. Now I can wear the helmet without the rim cutting into my forehead.
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Here is a comparison of the primer to the base coat of the helmet. The base coat is Hematite. I am actually about 50% done but this pic shows the contrast the best.
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And chrome vs primer.
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Re: Money can not buy you the honor you have earned today.

Awesome. I need to update my Shredder thread. But now I feel inadequate.. ha ha
 

PartyPyrate

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Weekend Update:

Time to chrome the claws... Nothing like sticky tack so I can get all 36 in one pass.
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Finish off the mask and fit the screening.
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The base coat is done. I will need to detail the rusting.
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And I need to get back to leather work, I have one gauntlet and both shin guards to go.
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