Sabine Wren S03 Heavy armor build

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Sabine Wren S03 Heavy armor build

#1 Post by 38501 » 05 Jan 2018, 11:31

I've been a huge fan of Sabine Wren since I first saw her, and now I'm finally going to make a costume of her. My only other costume is Juno Eclipse, and I envy everyone going around with at bucket.

So here goes...
First step: Lots of research. I've been studying the reference library images found at the Rebel Legion Costume reference page: http://newsite.rebellegion.com/sabine-w ... vy-armour/

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From the Rebel Legion forums I found out that Mandalorian Arsenal was a good place to get the armor kit, so I ordered from them http://themandalorianarsenal.com/armor.html#Sabine. They estimated 8 weeks production time, which they stuck to. I ordered my armor 13th of October 2017, and received it before Christmas (my package got stuck in Norwegian customs for over a week).
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Sadly there are no tutorials for her build on the Rebels forum, so I'll rely on my experience from building a 501st clone trooper for my husband. My first idea now is to do more research:
1. What kind of fabric do I need for the shirt and pants
2. Find out all the paint colors I need, how much and what kind
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Re: Sabine Wren S03 Heavy armor build

#2 Post by 38501 » 19 Jan 2018, 14:36

I've been talking to some nice ladies on the Rebel Legion forum about the fabric used for Sabine Wrens top. It is black (I thought it was dark grey first), but it is a rougher and not so shiny quality. There are also light grey details and I got the same kind of fabric in a lighter shade. I think I found the perfect fabric and I am super happy :) I also bought a whole lot of colors from Humbrol (which was a tip from a "dellow felegate" :D

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Re: Sabine Wren S03 Heavy armor build

#3 Post by 38501 » 19 Jan 2018, 14:44

I am totally new to airbrushing. And the Sabine Armor is a whole lot of airbrushing. Therefore I thought I would start with something simple so that I may practice. And if I totally screw it up, I can just sand it down and start over again. So I chose to start on the elbows.
They are to be orangy-with a dark brown/reddish background and also metallic underneath.

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First off I marked my elbows. There are 4 pieces in total, two on the left and two on the right. I cut off the excess plastic and sanded them down all nice and smooth.
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Then I primed them.
Since it is winter now, and I do not have any good places to spray, I found out that spraying inside this box worked pretty well:

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And today was my first test with the airbrush:
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It was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be. I thought I would have more precision and control, but I guess that comes after a while with practice :)
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Re: Sabine Wren S03 Heavy armor build

#4 Post by 38501 » 22 Jan 2018, 21:11

I checked on my elbows today, and noticed that when I dragged my nail along the paint, it came off. :( And this is with primer on the bottom. I am a little afraid that the Humbrol Enamel paint won't stick. I sanded them down today and started over with a spray I have previously used for Hennings Clone Armor. I am hoping that the Humbrol paint will stick to this better. Also, the weathering solution I bought and tried didn't work at all. So I am back to using toothpaste.

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I've also started to sew the top. I took an existing pattern I had and modified it. It looks quite good so far. I even managed the tricky corners by sewing and clipping :)

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Re: Sabine Wren S03 Heavy armor build

#5 Post by BH-11380 » 23 Jan 2018, 03:31

Could be that the primer you used on the plastic did not work. I used plastic primer bought from Motonet, and also used Humbrols.

After painting the layered paints on my Fett are still there. Hope the other primer is better.
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Re: Sabine Wren S03 Heavy armor build

#6 Post by 38501 » 25 Jan 2018, 11:09

BH-11380 wrote:Could be that the primer you used on the plastic did not work. I used plastic primer bought from Motonet, and also used Humbrols.

After painting the layered paints on my Fett are still there. Hope the other primer is better.
It seems, so far, that the new coat sticks to the plastic well. I am in the process of painting the shoulders now (layer upon layer upon layer) and hoping that the results will look awesome.
Are you having trouble with coverage with the humbrol paint? I noticed that when I wanted to paint orange over the silver metallic that even after three coats that the orange seemed dark and murky. So now I am trying to paint with a yellow first and then the orange on top.
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Re: Sabine Wren S03 Heavy armor build

#7 Post by 38501 » 28 Jan 2018, 15:28

The Elbows are finished! I think they look pretty sweet. But if any of you have any comments, please say so :)

I used toothpaste as weathering. This has proven to work well in the past. So after I painted the silver/metallic I added toothpaste to the areas where I wanted the metal (and the brownish color) to come through. And thereafter I painted the elbows yellow so that the top color would seem brighter. I used a regular paint brush to evenly distribute the color. I wasn't too concerned about the brush strokes as there will be a top coat of a different color.

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On top of the yellow I painted the orangy color. I used some time to get the color right, and found out that I needed red, yellow and a little bit of pink :)

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After all the paint was dry, I scraped off the places where the toothpaste was. The metallic had, in some areas, become white-ish. So I topped up the metallic with a brush afterwards. I think the end result looks good :)

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Re: Sabine Wren S03 Heavy armor build

#8 Post by 38501 » 05 Apr 2018, 11:50

So, I've been working on and off on Sabine. I am still not friends with the airbrush. I do not know if this is due to the quality (I bought it from Biltema), or if I am just so inexperienced that I need more practice. My main issue is that I never know how much pain comes out and when (it varies each time I pull the button/leaver). Even with my challenges I feel that the results are pretty nice :)

My shoulders are progressing nicely. I am finished with one and have started on the other. As you can see from the images I haven't removed the toothpaste yet. It is difficult to see from the images that I have of her shoulders if I have managed to duplicate the colors or if mine are too vibrant. I'll have to chew on this for a while :)

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Shoulders back:
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Re: Sabine Wren S03 Heavy armor build

#9 Post by 52117 » 05 Apr 2018, 21:43

Very nice!
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Re: Sabine Wren S03 Heavy armor build

#10 Post by Mandobjorn » 09 Apr 2018, 07:24

Nice :)
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