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    Apr 12, 2018, 12:53 AM - ROTJ Emperor Palpatine WIP #1

    I’m getting ready to start my next build.

    I feel very fortunate that I was able to pick a Mr Bungle silicone mask.

    Obviously, second to a good sculpt of the mask, the robe would be what really helps define the look.



    Ive been researching the robe material and think I found a good fabric. I just need to dye it black.

    I laid the material with a 1:1 broach over a resized screen shot of the original prop posted on the force.net (taken at the myth and magic tour for comparison).


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    Let me know what you think.
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    Apr 12, 2018, 5:29 AM - Re: ROTJ Emperor Palpatine WIP #2

    Looks a rather good waffleweave to me ... not square yet slightly rectangular Having seen STAR WARS Identities I realised the cape for Lando Calrissian is the same fabric ... in blue



    Cha´m
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    Apr 12, 2018, 1:46 PM - Re: ROTJ Emperor Palpatine WIP #3

    Ha! I never really looked at the Lando Cape to notice...good eye!
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    Apr 13, 2018, 4:36 AM - Re: ROTJ Emperor Palpatine WIP #4

    Now before you cut your precious fabric ... I would like you to notice the double layers in the Emperor's hood which extend to halfway his head (about 15 cm from the front, see top 3 arrows) and also calculate a lot of fabric for said hood to get the proper appearance :



    Most replica robes I've seen over the years lack the double thicker layers hence always seem to result in a not-quite-right appearance when put on. Whereas the created bump is quite visible from any angle when the hood is draped right :



    Looking forward to your progress

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    Apr 13, 2018, 10:24 PM - Re: ROTJ Emperor Palpatine WIP #5

    I did see that and then it dawned on me....I think there’s a formable built-in cap/visor hemed within the the two layers in there.

    I was just watching a few emperor scenes in ROTJ and noticed that when he turns his head center to right to say “fire at will commander”
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    the hood would maintain its stability. Much like the nazgul in LOTRs, but with a slope (in all emperor scenes including the images you posted)

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    Apr 14, 2018, 8:52 AM - Re: ROTJ Emperor Palpatine WIP #6

    No cap ... it's the way the facial make-up is applied and then Ian McDiarmid's own hair
    underneath which adds to the stability of the double layered hood :



    Cha´m
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    Apr 14, 2018, 9:43 AM - Re: ROTJ Emperor Palpatine WIP #7

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    Apr 14, 2018, 12:18 PM - Re: ROTJ Emperor Palpatine WIP #8

    Sorry, I was referring to the lip. It’s the same every time.
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    This is image does not have the prosthetics
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    I’m wondering if something like a bra wire was attached within the hem to hold its shape
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    Apr 14, 2018, 3:58 PM - Re: ROTJ Emperor Palpatine WIP #9

    I just realised you were talking about the brim of the hood ... in my last picture the hood is down and eventhough it's possible there's a wire inside the hem I sincerely doubt it ...



    ... having at least 3 layers of the fabric makes it quite firm to hold that shape like it does, don't you think? Since you have the fabric at hand perhaps you could do a test? It's quite a challenge to figure out how that hood was made, isn't it?

    Cha´m
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