Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Some of my backpack blueprints.

Just in case anyone might be interested, here are some of my blueprints for constructing this backpack:

Note: the radiobox faceplate blue print is not accurate since I made it based on the older version of faceplate. But since this january the original Radio (sonix) was found, I need to update it. i do have it but I have not taken the picture yet.

Ill try and take pictures of the rest of my blueprints and upload them soon.


Hope it helps.

Backpack... almost there.

Ive been working for a few months on my sandtrooper backpack. As you might have read, the most difficult part was finding the parts: original, replica and substitutes. The second most difficult part was getting the correct blue color for the blue parts. And finally, the least difficult but must fun of all was putting it toguether.

So, here are a few shots from my las working sessions on the pack.

So first of all, I fixed the blue box to the pvc frame.

Then, I used a "caution" sign to cut out and put together the tool box. And used the same kind of sign to make the exhaust port's box. After gluing it together, painting it black, fixing it to the black seedtray and adding the electricians tape, it came out like this:

I then printed the sticker for the radio box.


After that, I just painted blue the bottle, fixed the mushroom cap and worked on the final details.

Still need to work in some details on the radio box, the mortar tube and the radio dish... and then weathering it. But so far I think it looks fine.

Monday, February 23, 2009

TE2 Sandtrooper Bucket done.

TE2 bucket
Original english rubber parts
Mike's assembly
Mike's decals
Acetate Lenses
Handpainted details
MH's weathering tutorial

To do the weathering, what I did is this:

1. With a sponge, make a few strokes of paint at its 100%.
2. With a damp sponge, extend the paint to the area while thinning a lot.
3. With a dry paper towel (or you could use some clothe) take away as much paint as you want to achieve the look.
4. With a damp paper towel take off all the paint you want to make some cool textures.

Repeat as necesary... and do this in several layers with different colors. Go from a black layer to a lighter (yellow, tan, etc), back to a dark one (brown, dark tan, etc), and then black again.

Finish it up by spraying some hairspray on the areas you want some "sand" and spread some fullers earth over it using a brush. I would advice to do this slowly and just a bit at a time and from at least 20cm from the bucket. I used some yellow dust in this step.

The result:


Now Im ready to meet again the constant rising deployed standards of the Mos Eisley Police Department...

Monday, February 09, 2009

Orli Shoshan's fan!

Last week I was told to check the new Orli Shoshan's website. I did and big was my surprise qhen I found this picture:

It was taken about 2 years ago when in a SW collectible convention in Mexico City. So these are fellow 501st trooper Rotten, Orli Shoshan (jedi Master Shaak Ti), and myself.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

TE2 Bucket progress

Finally I decided to start working on my TE2. So after a couple of months in and out of the box, the bucket finally started to get all the features that will make it the face of a Sandtrooper.

Backpack updates.

It has been a slow project, but Im working and making some progress with my screen accurate backpack.

Since my last post I got a MH/SB backpack kit from Crashman, and seedtrays from MrBoJangles at the MEPD, so although Im still working in the built from scratch pack, I now have all the cool stuff to finish my screen accurate one.

Here are some pictures...