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Lookign forward to seeing what your concept looks like. however, be forwarned that if it's too heavy on the RC side and not heavy enough on the Mando it could be a set that would be fun to build and wear and would probably look cool but, wouldnt be acceptable for club use.Not passing judgement without seeing the concept just letting you know early on.
I like the concept. You might have problems with the individual chest pieces hanging or drooping. My suggestion is to reinforce the whole chest with a sheet of sintra behind your primary layer of armor, also possibly make the gaps smaller to about a thumb sized space. I like the colors and the overall look can't wait to see some progress!
I believe the CoMando helmets are no longer being made. Apparantly you can find them from time to time on ebay but they are suspected recasts. Also from time to time someone here parts with one. Theyre honestly not in high demand. You may check through the Trading Station, there could be an old thread where someone tried to sell it but it never sold. It is a small helmet though. It's roughly Rubies 2 piece Jango in size. If you haven't yet, you should check out the sizing and buying tutorial stickied to the top of the Helmets boards to figure out the size you need.Is your plan to cannabalize a set of RC armoror pepakura some piece? If I may through out a few suggestions... honestly until it starts coming together in 3D it's hard to tell too much. The basic artwork you've laid out seems plausible though. I would suggest going with standard Mando chestplates or even Legacy style chest plates. The split chest diamond design is very identifiable and while I see you have it in your drawing, buying an RC chestplate to cut it up or pepping one and cutting it up is alot more cost intensive and labor intensive than doing stock Mando chest out of Sintra or Sterilite bin. I use a pair of Rc gaunts on my kit. I didnt use the resin greeblies and modded them out so theyre not so readily identifiable. I got them as "B pulls" from Polymer armory. If you plan to buy the armor for a custom Mando rather than pepping it, I would suggest hitting up a couple of Commando armor makers, such as Polymer armory, and requesting prices and availability on B pulls. B pulls generally have some flaws that add alot of work to a screen accurate set or render them unuseable. however, for a custom set or armor they work great and save alot of money. My b pull Rc gaunts with the resin parts were only 40.00 shipped. Anyway, back on track, that's a good source for your gaunts, I would think adding an RC backplate to the Mando chest pieces would look cool as well. As far as the helmet, I know I already wrote about the CoMando in the opening paragraph but I'll come back to it... although it is an acceptable helmet for the club, in general we feel it's better suited for a Late Era Crusader than a Modern era kit. It really doesn't scream modern era Mandalorian even with the full t visor. It you want something that has some cloneish features but is still recognizable as Mandaloran, check out MDSB's Enforcer helmet.
Honestly, backstories are best suited for the Fanfic area and left out of the armoing sections as they tend to become "crutches" and can/will become a point of attack.One area concerning your backstory and armor idea that is in contention is... if he defected to Mandalore on Kal's invite and joined Clan Skirata, Kal would have outfitted him with top of the line beskar and trashed his RC plastiod. Remember, defectors are wanted criminals in the new Empire. they would be even less like than any scavangers, bounty hunter's or other Mandalorians to wear any pieces of clone armor as they wouldn't want to rsik identification. They would want to blend in and get lost in the general Mandalorian population. So, the idea of wearing modded RC armor, is flawed with that logic in mind.
Armor design looks cool. The M-DSB "Enforcer" has a good "clone" look while still being an acceptable Mando helmet, so I'm gonna throw out an endorsement for it. The M-DSB crew are all top-class people and I can vouch for their friendliness, professionialism, and willingness to work out a payment plan. LOL
Yeah be careful about your back-story here. When you submit your app, it counts for zero when they decide whether or not your stuff is Mando enough. Opinions might range from "wow that's cool" to mild disinterest right down to raging fanboy hate. It's important not give up your backstory, though. Really, that's the foundation of why you're a custom Mando, and not a Jango or Boba. A'den is right, backstories are best left in the fanfic section, but it's important not to lose sight of it.You'll hear that nobody cares about your backstory when the chips are down. This may be true, but it's important to remember when people do care about it. The reason the backstory gets marginalized, in my opinion, is that when members of the public see you, they want to see Star Wars first and foremost. So certain elements in a Mando costume have to be there no matter what, regardless of back-story.
The thing is, though... you can change your armor to fit backstory, and vice-versa. A'den's got some good story points to consider for Venku Cuyir. The Empire would be on the look-out for someone running around looking too much like a clone commando, so Cuyir would want to ditch some of it. However, that's not to say you can't keep your design. I think it's suitably Mando, although you might have to make some things a little more Mando.If I were to suggest changes, I'd probably have the cod-plate and knees be straight-up Jango or Boba style. You have the chest diamond already and that's a good thing, because that's pretty iconic of Mandalorians.
I like the cape and hood, those are very cool.All-in-all, keep plugging away at this design, because I think it has a lot of potential and could be among the coolest customs out there. Don't take suggestions for change personal, because they're not personal. It's all to make sure your kit will be approved. If they say that a certain element won't pass for approval, find a way to change it so that's it's acceptable, but think of ways you can still honor your backstory. If you have to switch out a piece of clone armor, maybe he still carries his old Deece. Maybe he still has his armor tally, dangling from a chain on his ammo belt.