Well, this is the thread for the newly debuted Tempest costume. The beta was rolled out at Animazement 2010, and I figured he should get a thread here too. ---Conception, Production, Etc.---
This is the earliest full drawing of Tempest, dated to sometime last year. I had no idea what the boots would look like at this time, nor what other certain details of the costume would be. I did many individual drawing sheets after this, however I was unable to decide on a number of important design features. As can be seen below, Tempest lacked a weapon at this time. Certain details are consistant with the current costume however, such as the shape of the visor, the blue pinstripes, as well as the devided collar plate and solid chestplate.
Having done more design and concept work on tempest, I decided he would use a railgun, and put up several designs in a poll. Honestly, I was just hogging attention, as I'de already prettymuch decided on this design at the time. The Gun is comprised of cherry, cedar, and 1/8th inch plate aluminum. it eventually includes e-l wire in the barrel:http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v322/Nachturnus/RailgunA.png?t=1275368576
Here are some pictures from salient points in the railgun's construction, from early to late:http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v322/Nachturnus/IMG_6250.jpg?t=1275369098http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v322/Nachturnus/photo1.jpg?t=1275369095http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v322/Nachturnus/IMG_6257.jpg?t=1275369068http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v322/Nachturnus/IMG_6261.jpg?t=1275369081
The most recent design picture, undertaken after certain components of the costume had been purchased, is as follows. Oddly enough, there is no real armor depicted here, but the railgun, wetsuit, and boots are much more similar to their final incarnations. Ivven Oyre is pictured here with Tempest. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v322/Nachturnus/Scan0000-5.jpg--BETA Version .5B--
In helping Soren Deiderich with making his first (and really awesome looking) suit of armor, my own progress was delayed slightly, and thus I ran out of time to get version 1.0 off the line for animazement. I still wore the costume (as I'm impatient that way) but there are certain features that were not entirely finished, and will be so before I declare Version 1.0 complete.
One can see the costume closely resembles the original concept in color scheme, and even in design schema. The boots are huge, and based loosely off of ironman/war machine style boots.
The Rail gun is actually amazingly large, and fairly heavy (about 12 lbs), and I will need to build a strap system for it. It became very tiresome to carry. One can also see that Tempest has borrowed Frost's belt. This was because I realized, literally 30 seconds before I walked out the door, that my costume had no pockets, and thus I had no where to put my car keys, cellphone, and wallet. Something will be done about that situation in the near future.
The Codpeice hangs quite a bit lower than I expected, and I will need to raise it's attachment system. It is a hanging cod, just as S'Do's is, suspended by two ribbon belt-loops. I will need to shorten these. One can also clearly see the front of the helmet and the SWG-style shoulders in this picture. The shoulders came out pretty well in my opinion, and they fit wonderfully. I discovered to my surprise that they seemed to opperate just fine without a strap around the second part of the shoulder.
The diagonal cuts in the visor actually drastically increase my viewing area, and the range-finder is a very different shape from the standard Boba one. The carriers for the arm/hand armor need to be darkened even further. They were dyed the night before the Con, and didn't take very well to the darker color. I intend to dye them again with a navy blue, which if it gets about 20% saturation like the black did, should bring the color closer in line to a lighter blue than one can see in small areas of the wetsuit.
In this shot, you can see the cut-off back of the helmet (which allows me to look straight up without the helmet wobbling/falling off), the boots, the stop-gap backplate, and my incredibly sexy butt. The boots only have two colors painted on them, as I literally painted both colors that morning, and the same goes for the backplate. The Backplate is actually the baseplate for a very cool looking PSG/Jetpack, however I was unable to complete that before the con. There is obviously a problem with the back of the suit below the backplate, as my butt is prettymuch the only defining feature back tehre, and thus I will have to think of something to do with that. Kamas and Capes are out of the question, but if anyone has any other ideas, please post them in the thread
Another picture of my armor from the front. One can clearly see the split collar, as well as the arm armor. If you're wondering why myself, the Storm Trooper, and Riv Serulius
Don't have any of our weapons with us (other than Riv's sneaky DL-44) is because we were in the Dealer Room at the time, and they didn't want people walking around with large prop weapons for saftey, security, and hazard reasons. A few of the earlier pictures are from the dealer room as well. --VERSION 1.0 AND THE FUTURE OF TEMPEST---Version 1.0
Tempest still has a lot left to do before I will delcare him in his first version Animazment is traditionally my "Test Bed" convention, where I work out kinks and problems with my armor. Tempest will need to complete the afore-mentioned parts in order to be considered in version 1.0. This version will probably never be shown at a con, but will immediately be upgraded into version 1.5
Version 1 to do:
Modifications: Raise Codpeice.
Finish Building- PSG/Jetpack, Boots, Boot armor, Range Finder greebles, A belt with pockets.
Finish Painting- Boots, Railgun, PSG/Jetpack, Range Finder, (dying) Arm armor carriers.Version 1.5
This costume will probably be aired at CV. It will include upgraded and greebled out boots, probably with some modifications to make the knees taller and the back of the knees slightly lower for movement sake. The Rail Gun will include a strap, and probably some other mods, possibly a magazine slotted in on the side. Hopefully his side arm, the Flayer Pistol will also be complete at this time. I will also implement whatever I decide on using to cover up my butt. I also intend to "clutter" the thighs up a little, as they seem bare to me, and thus I will probably either add in an armature around them, or possibly a holster for the flayer, as well as some other armory/belty things. The Future
In the end, I want to Flute all of tempest's metal armor, and run EL wire along all of the metal components, creating the "TRON" effect. I hope to get his PSG working with EL wire and LEDs, as well as figure out some way of not sweating my face off in the costume. I also will probably upgrade the helmet from the rubies 2pc it is now to a resin helmet at some point. maybe get it stuffed with fans and other goodies.