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  1. Wook's Docking Bay 94 Captain Build (AP)

    Found some time to work on my helmet again today... happy stormtrooper day (TK 4-21). I had no idea that was a thing until today. Anyway. I think I finished my paint blemishes and I fine tuned the shape of the brow some more. I still have to finish shaping the ears and cut some length off the brow. I found this on someone’s SWAT application - used it as a partial check list Here are mine. The lighting isn’t great and you can’t really even see the large run on the top, but weathering should bring out some detail.
  2. Wook's Docking Bay 94 Captain Build (AP)

    Short answer: practice. I used a small brush, dipped it in the ABS paste, and carefully brought it to the exact spot I wanted. As the “paint” transfers to the helmet, I dragged the paint brush upwards when it starts to look like the drip is getting too large. The ABS paint sets very quick, so if it looked like it might start to run, I just gently blew on it and tilt the helmet back. The paint forms a skin very quickly so you can use that to keep things in place. Oh, and luck. I actually had no intention of doing this when I did but I was testing the consistency of the ABS paste and it was working on a piece of scrap, so I went for it.
  3. Wook's Docking Bay 94 Captain Build (AP)

    So I just bit the bullet and went ahead with the defacing of a perfectly good TK bucket. I mixed up some ABS paint. Which is essentially coloured acetone, and proceeded to slop it onto my helmet. This will take a few attempts and some sanding and polishing, I’m sure. It is just a few drops here and there, but still nerve wracking.
  4. Wook's Docking Bay 94 Captain Build (AP)

    Yeah, I noticed that in the pics (and have seen more than one SWAT applicant get called on it too ). It took a lot of effort to get rid of the gaps on my TK build... and now for my TD I have to add them. Agreed! After staring at reference images, it is amazing how different they can look. And armor or not, it is usually the person's face we look at most... well, usually.
  5. Wook's Docking Bay 94 Captain Build (AP)

    Picking away at things. I’m upgrading my TK right now for a big troop in a couple weeks, so not much time left for the TD. I got the ears rough trimmed and on for my first of many rounds of seeing where I need to trim. This guy has spaces, so I don’t need to close the gap. Question: is his right ear thinner than his left? All the pics I've seen seems to suggest so, but the angle is hard to figure out. Here are the ears. The tape are reference markers for paint blemishes on the original. The original has a very roughly painted surface. I won’t be replicating every bump of course - just the ones that are seen onscreen or have been pointed out in previous SWAT applications. Of course, SWAT applications are notorious for becoming more strict every application. I did consider painting the helmet HDPE-like green and then painting over with white - but I didn’t want to do that for the whole suit. Plus, I want the whole thing to still look good in person to the general public. I want it to look like how they think they remember the armour looking, if that makes sense. Maybe others will chime in and change my mind about that. I’m trying to test how I’m going to add the paint drips. Just using white paint doesn’t work well - it is a warmer white and just interacts with light differently than ABS. So I’m planning on using ABS paste. Really runny ABS paste as it turns out. Paint is on the right. My first attempts at ABS paste on the bottom. Final test on the left. Should work but the ABS does dimple so... who knows. You can’t tell from the pick, but I was able to fine tune the locations of the blemishes by overlaying pics in photoshop.
  6. Wook's Docking Bay 94 Captain Build (AP)

    Here is another composite of my helmet and the original. I put tape on according to the measurements I did with the marked tape to size and locate the brow in the right spot. I realized that the original appears to have extra plastic trimmed from the bottom- good news for my big Mellon. Made some marks and trimmed for the brow Adjust the locations of the bottom screws. I might shave a bit more off in the center part of the brow but I’m pretty happy with how it is looking. I had to shape the sides a little so the brow ran parallel with the top and bottom of the traps. Compared with my TK bucket. Oh yeah. This came in the mail a couple of days ago. Thanks m4vrick (Vincent)!! I still haven't decided what I'm going to do about a pack. I like the ones CrookKnight sells - I just worry about the 3D printed canteen - I'm clumsy enough to break that off when trooping. This should be more durable.
  7. Wook's Docking Bay 94 Captain Build (AP)

    As interested as I am, I'm afraid what my OCD would do with that information
  8. Wook's Docking Bay 94 Captain Build (AP)

    Starting with the helmet. For those who haven't worked with AP armor, it is sanitized compared to something like RS. So the helmet is pretty smooth. Adding the details will be a balance of getting it to look like the reference material but not making it look to out of place with the rest of the armor. Anyway... . helmet I trimmed around the ears but used a drill to avoid a sharp corner (I get nervous with sharp corners as they invite tearing). Then I scored and snapped the extra off. And then with reference pics in hand I started to carefully shape the eyes to match the original. So, this will be a slooooow build. I used up all my favours with my family during my TK build. Anyway, all I’ve managed to do in a week is get one eye more or less shaped and started to test the positioning of the brow. Having a number of detailed images of the helmet is great – the light plays tricks with the subtle return edges so many angles of the same thing are necessary. And the return edges on the AP armor are a little soft, so that makes things a little tougher when you’re trimming to match the original. Still have some work to do. Also, that brow is as far up as it will go without trimming. So… I guess I will be trimming the brow area of the helmet. Also, it looks like the brow in the reference pick is thinner too. I will also need to trim the opening at the bottom of the helmet a little more than I did with the TK so my head will fit in. To match my helmet to the original, I’ve been taking pictures of my helmet to match the reference pictures (relative camera location and lens zoom) and overlaying the images in Photoshop. I think I have a set-up that matches the original photos. Now I just have to mark up my helmet with some tape with reference points and I should be able to place things like tube stripes, paint runs, and cracks in the right location. I’m terrible at free-handing anything.
  9. So, I have this thread going over at FISD - but I'll post here too. I recently finished a TK and now I'm starting another build - much to my wife's chagrin. The goal is to build as close as I can for SWAT approval. Both kits are from AP so this build should be very similar to my TK build - except of course: TD is dirty TD has a pauldron, pouches, and sometimes a pack TD does not have plastic shoulder bridges or large button panel on ab. They also don't have the 4 button panel - they have a three button panel (not painted) TD is dirty TD does not have the black lines on the traps or tears of the helmet Sniper knee plate if different shape. TD is dirty TD does not have holster or TD (or drop boxes) on the belt The fun part about the TD build is that one is encouraged to build a specific onscreen trooper. There was no question for which trooper I wanted to build. This guy: The captain that talks to Garindan. The first shot above was one of the most memorable trooper scenes for me back in '78 (didn't get a chance to see the movie until '78 - longest year ever). The best part about this trooper is that the helmet is still around (it was recently at auction - I think it went for $250K, but don't quote me). Anyway, there are pictures of the helmet floating around. Starwarshelmets.com is a good place to see these images. Here is an example: This guy. There is one snag to the whole process. For basic approval in to the 501st as a TD, you need at least two pouches with one of those being a proper shoulder pouch. So I will need to add a shoulder pouch in addition to the belt pouches. For level 2 (PO), I need a backpack. This trooper does not have one - so If I want to advance to level 2 I need the pack (and from what I understand, I don't need said pack for level 3). To put together a proper pack takes some time - so I won't be doing that right away. My plan is to build the actual armour as close as possible to what would be expected at Level 3 (SWAT) and just go for basic approval for now. I have a variety of pouches so that I will be able to emulate other characters - most notably the Cantina Captain who wears the exact same armor as the Garinden captain. He also has a pack (#3) - so this might be a Plan B. Gear collected so far: First two pics are from trooperbay. Sniper knee, original strapping kit (the screws showing on the outside of the armor is a upper level requirement), three button plate (as well as all the other button plates), S-trim, and strip stencils. Although the stencils are the "sandtrooper" stencils, they don't match this helmet - so I will need to modify. Collection of pouches and my pauldron from Trooperbay. I couldn't decide on which pouch configuration I was going to do, so I ended up with a little of everything. I have a canvas shoulder pouch and two more leather MP40 pouches in another pic. I'll have plenty of pouches - I can pretty much emulate both versions of the docking bay 94 captain and the cantina captain. From Anthony (blaster 8266) . Nice!! I can use these for the Cantina Captain if it comes to that - plus I need the shoulder pouch for basic approval. 3D print of a T-21 from TK421 propstop Sling, sling swivel, tubing for theT-21. Some wire for my DLT-19 as well. I'm still missing a few greeblies for the T-21, but I think I have them sorted out. Need some wire around the t-tracks and some dirt, but this DLT-19 should be good to go if I decide to emulate the Cantina Captain.
  10. New guy with a few questions

    If you are, this is bit that confused me about pouches. The way this is written, it conveys that you can go with the standard configuration, OR, you can follow the option of replicating a screen used configuration. The standard configuration calls for a minimum of two pouches: one pouch on the left shoulder and one on the right hip. A third worn on the opposite hip is allowed. Option: If choosing to replicate a screen used configuration of equipment, the number of pouches may be altered. See the MEPD SWAT page for more details. Note: Screen used configurations also include specific color Pauldrons and individual backpacks styles. If we require "one pouch on the left shoulder and one on the right hip" no matter what - then the "Option: if choosing..." point is totally moot - or it is merely there as a guide for picking the third pouch. You could even state that the shoulder pouch should be a MP40 (38) canvas or leather ammo pouch and the belt pouches should be leather - I don't recall there ever being any other kind of pouch on the shoulder. They don't always have the shoulder pouch, but when they do... . As for the pouches (and backpack) I just think that whatever is "good enough" for SWAT should be good enough for Basic and PO. I realize the level of detail is different, but the basic components should be built upon, not taken away IMO. If that makes sense. Don't get me wrong - I'm not trying to find an easy way through this (if anything, I'm possibly making it harder on myself ). I'm just saying that there are people that are not going to build a pack for a pack-less trooper just to pass PO. Therefore there are fewer TDs out there that have pushed their build as far as they could have. Sorry for beating the dead horse.
  11. New guy with a few questions

    Relax trooper He retracted that statement. You need PO before SWAT, and you need a pack for PO. Yeah, kind of a wrench in the works for no pack troopers.
  12. New guy with a few questions

    No worries. That actually makes more sense. To summarize, if I'm going for the no-pack, Garindan trooper (Stop that ship) for SWAT approval, I will need (in addition to orange pauldron, two small Spanish pouches, spot-on weathering, and the T-21): Basic approval: shoulder pouch PO: Any backpack that passes PO requirements and shoulder pouch. SWAT: luck and patience. Unleash the OCD. I've been going through a number of the SWAT and PO applications - but is there a place/thread that outlines the backpack requirements (reference gallery with descriptions) for Basic vs PO vs SWAT aside from what is in the CRL. Thanks again.
  13. New guy with a few questions

    Thanks for the response! Ahhh. To echo Daniel... I did not know this! Over at FISD we had to go through level 2 before 3 so I just assumed the same here. Thanks for the clarification! So, no backpack needed for SWAT if going for packless character - big check! The way I read it , the CRL indicates that if I am going for a particular character, then I don't need the shoulder pouch if that character does not have one. But the previous posts above indicate that I need a shoulder pouch for basic regardless. If that is the case, then, yeah, I find the CRL confusing (but I find most things confusing). I'm just trying to sort things out for myself so I can make the most of this build. Thanks.
  14. New guy with a few questions

    So, a few more questions... I want to build my armor as close as possible to this guy - the docking by 94 captain who talks with Garindan. There is great reference material out there, especially for the helmet, so that is all good. From what I've read, this is the same armor as the Cantina captain. I've also seen this alleyway captain referred to as well. Is this because it is the same armor or is this reference for the pack? I know for PO and SWAT that I need a pack. Since the character I am going for does not actually have a pack - do I need to build a character specific pack if I apply for PO/SWAT at some point? Would I have to build a #3 pack? I admit, I've been looking at some of the reference pics (and "researching" ANH ) and I'm finding it hard to discern details from the on-screen packs as outlined in some of the newer SWAT applications. Also, and I hate to go back to this, but for the CRL - the below is indicated for basic approval regarding pouches. Option: If choosing to replicate a screen used configuration of equipment, the number of pouches may be altered. See the MEPD SWAT page for more details. Note: Screen used configurations also include specific color Pauldrons and individual backpacks styles. If the shoulder pouch is absolutely required (as had been mentioned in previous posts), the wording in the CRL should be reworked. For a new trooper, this is confusing (well, at least for me it was). Thanks in advance!