The Adventures of a tiny TK

YES! I am too short for a Stormtrooper!

Archive for the month “January, 2012”

All the little things

Ou crap! So much to think and decide and buy, I’m a little overwhelmed!

I should be a little more organized like I was when I was making my Mara Jade costume. (I kept a journal with pictures and notes of what I had to do or buy) but this time around I’m being a bit lazy!

Cause of course i got so much in my plate. Besides working longer hours now, I’m working on 4 other costumes.

1 is a “burlesque” type of sexy stormtrooper so mostly now I depend of the plastic parts of the actual armor! Otherwise everything else is pretty much done.
There’s the corset Imperial Officer I said I’d make like… 3 years ago, and I never did! Just need to finish a little detail on the jacket sleeve!
I’m doing a Zatanna and need to make shorts, a jacked and find a hat!
And a surprise one, that is a bit intricate as well, fabric, plastic and probably foam involved!

So yeah! I’m super overwhelmed!

But for the TK… Things that I need from the top of my head:

– under armor. – I want 2 piece! Easy way out! You know???
– gloves (nomex)
– rubber gloves and latex hand plates for centurion status
– balaclava
– neck seal (I’m gonna try to make it)
– belt and clips for the thermal detonator
– webbing and elastic ( no idea sizes, amount, etc cause the strapping system still confuses me)
– line 24 snaps
– rivets and rivet gun
– split rivets and the ones for the side of the ab and kidney plates
– sealing iron
– heat gun
– scissors (straight and curved)
– paint for the helmet ( blue, grey, black and white. Gotta find out the right shades)
– straps for the helmet
– foam
– drill (probably should borrow one it I can’t really use my dremel! Is there such a thing as drill bits for dremel??? )
– blaster ( I want it all ready. Def don’t want to work on it hahah call me lazy)

I’m pretty sure theres a lot more stuff I can’t remember right now, but I’ll keep adding to it I’m sure!!!

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These boots are made for trooping

The boots are here! And they are UGLY! hahahha

yeah, i don’t like the way they look very much, but it’s for a costume right?!?! and with armor, everything ties up together nicely… so I will stop complaining.

I also got the paint.

This paint is awesome! Of course i needed a lot of coats, but to be able to turn black shoes into white… that’s amazing.

I was told that this was impossible so many times… but thank goodness for all those amazing people that do so many research for us.

 

I told you they were ugly! hahaha Getting them ready for paining. Apparently this Angelus paint is so good the leather doesn’t need to be roughen up. HEY is roughen even a word????? lol

Here is after the first coat. Not sure how many more I’m gonna need. 10?

I have to wait until the paint is super dry to be able to give another coat. So i think this is going to take a while.

These boots are made for trooping

The boots are here! And they are UGLY! hahahha

yeah, i don’t like the way they look very much, but it’s for a costume right?!?! and with armor, everything ties up together nicely… so I will stop complaining.

I also got the paint.

This paint is awesome! Of course i needed a lot of coats, but to be able to turn black shoes into white… that’s amazing.

I was told that this was impossible so many times… but thank goodness for all those amazing people that do so many research for us.

 

I told you they were ugly! hahaha Getting them ready for paining. Apparently this Angelus paint is so good the leather doesn’t need to be roughen up. HEY is roughen even a word????? lol

Here is after the first coat. Not sure how many more I’m gonna need. 10?

I have to wait until the paint is super dry to be able to give another coat. So i think this is going to take a while.

Tiny feet anyone???

Ok! Not so tiny!

But still… very small, especially for the american standards!

In my country, i’m average everything… height, weight, feet size… here… i’m just small. oh well…

I contacted a seller that most stormtroopers in the 501st Legion seem to get their boots from. His smallest size was Men’s 6. Well… i’m Women’s 5 so i didn’t want to risk it.

But… when i finally found out the name of those boots (Jodphur) i found these

Jodphur Boots

They looked good and the price was very reasonable. So, there! Got it!!!!

this tiny TK here got BOOTS! lol

Now… let’s research on how to paint them white!

Yes, I am…

This is it!!!

It’s time people!!! Time to become a stormtrooper! The back bone of the 501st Legion.

At first I confess… I didn’t want a stormtrooper costume at first. Seriously! From the top of my whole 5’2″ I know what I’m going to hear is: “Aren’t you too short for a stormtrooper?”

I’d seriously get tired of that line! Well, I already was and I wasn’t even a stormtrooper yet.

But I changed my mind. Maybe the challenge of working with plastic for the first time. Maybe just the coolest idea of being under a helmet, who knows. But the best of all is that after so many years i FINALLY get to dress up as some of those guys that i had always thought were robots (hahahahahha) from my favorite movie in the whole world!

=D

So here i want to document my path into Stormtrooper-hood!

And yeah… I gotta apologize in advance because… There are so many things I have to learn along the way… not just things I have to learn how to make, but also their names. So, if I come up with weird names… just hang in there.

So… I’ve been hanging around at the First Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment (FISD) a lot. REALLY a lot.

It’s an awesome place for everything stormtrooper and the people there are amazing and really know what they are doing.

I have many things to consider before I buy my armor kit.

uhmmm… for those not so familiar on how these things work… The first step to become a stormtrooper (of any size hahahah) you have to buy an armor kit. You know… all the pieces of it and then you have to put together.

Some kits come with helmet if you want, but you can also buy without. I think nowadays pretty much all kits are made of shiny ABS plastic. And don’t ask, i have no idea what ABS means! lol

There are different kit sellers and there are different kind of armors!

There are some kits that were fan sculpted (you know..  fans sculpted the whole armor based on reference pictures and stuff, and made their own molds, and all those good things) and there are armor that come from the original molds (yep… the ones used on the movies) Well… to tell you the truth I’m not an expert in stormtrooper armor history… what i understood was that… some one got hold of the original molds and authorization to make armors out of it. And from that mold and armors came other generations of kits and stuff.

I don’t have a sharp eye for the kits yet. All I can do is see the difference on the FX armor and helmet. Everything else looks awesome.

I do know though, that some of the kits are bigger. And this was definitely one of my main concerns.

Also the size of the helmet.

After much much talk and reading on the FISD, I decided to by an ATA kit.

Placed my order today. Helmet will most definitely arrive first… good i guess, cause i can work on it first.

And in the mean while I have sooooo much other stuff to get…

It’s extremely excited to take the first step into becoming a Stormtrooper! Tiny one that is!

 

 

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