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  1. Jawa and Tusken Bandoliers. There are tutorials for making your own, and fan-made bandoliers out there. However, some of them are made from vinyl or thin leather, or have the clip pockets spaced too far from each other. They also just don’t have the same feel, hang, and look of the real-deal, reproduction/replica made from a good piece of leather. I’ve been very happy with “luckyline1945”, an eBay seller, and the quality of their bandoliers. I will be using theirs in this WIP for my own Jawas. Jawas wear their bandoliers over their shoulders (none around the waist). And they need to reach the waist… above, at or below what is considered waist area. But importantly, not tight around the chest. In most cases an extension of some length will need to be added. I’m keeping an eye out for used goods stores like my local SaVo or the Open Door Mission, The Resource Exchange, etc. for materials. I snatch up every leather belt I come across. You just can’t beat a strip of leather for $1.99, and some are weathered and worn beautifully! That can save you the time of distressing it yourself. I have a 9-pocket and a 5-pocket 1903 Bandolier. http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Jawa%20References/5pocket.jpg So I pulled out several belts to look at. http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Jawa%20References/C2A42695-D641-4EBB-9704-3ACA2C2D6732.jpg Sometimes the skin side (outside/front) looks nice, but sometimes the flesh side (inside/back) has a better color or texture, so be sure not to miss looking at the back when you’re shopping for belts. http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Jawa%20References/ACC87D22-24AC-4C61-9406-6AE0687C1E9D.jpg http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Jawa%20References/87A00CD0-79D6-4347-A844-E35CF38014FA.jpg First I removed the loop and triangular ring. Don’t need those. I removed and saved the buckle from this to use later. So I found one that was the same width as the ends of the bandoliers. http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Jawa%20References/IMG_0516.jpg For the first one, I’m going to use the buckle-end of the donor belt. http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Jawa%20References/IMG_0517.jpg I just buckled the bandolier tab into the belt buckle. For maximum material I used the first hole. If I needed more length to reach the belt loop I would. Note the “outside” of the bandolier tab is the flesh side since I removed the triangular ring and stretched it out. It makes a nice textural change with the belt facing skin side out. http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Jawa%20References/IMG_0518.jpg I need seven inches (7” or 18cm) of extension, so I measured from the end of the bandolier tab, and added two more inches to account for the overlap on the other end. Measure after you attach one end so you know exactly how much donor belt you need to end up with the extension length you actually need. I used the buckle on one end in case I wanted to undo it and add another pouch, a bag, etc. On the other end I permanently used a 3/16” pop rivet and washers. http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Jawa%20References/C5ECFDF4-7206-40B3-A76E-630D8141E090.jpg Here is the completed extension. http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Jawa%20References/1AD8B70E-4139-4E68-B974-B7F8E0973C92.jpg I used garden sheers to cut the leather, and a hole punch for the rivet holes. http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Jawa%20References/0D0A682A-3408-462A-A35E-BFEF1C226B2B.jpg http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Jawa%20References/C4D3E4DA-5446-4903-9A31-0DD3546DE677.jpg This bandolier was fairly soft and broken in, so I just focused on surface weathering. I used some 60-grit sandpaper on a block. http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Jawa%20References/7CDB8E66-5104-4252-9BFE-0EB44F857C0D.jpg Weathering is a multi-step process. First scuff up the edges of the belts, pouches, pouch flaps, and some on the flat surfaces. Then I put on some gloves, make some diluted black (since my pouches are dark brown) RIT dye into a spray bottle. Then sprayed the leather, working the dye in with my hands. I used some newspaper to rub off some of the standing dye. After it dried (overnight), I went back with my 60-grit sanding block and selectively went back over the edges and some surfaces to re-expose some raw leather. This is another reason vinyl won’t weather and wear like real leather. Now you have the original dark brown color, some black (or at least darker) spots, as well as some highlights. http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Jawa%20References/7B978866-A75F-4A59-8BB6-06C7FE30409A.jpg http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Jawa%20References/2213ECAA-A87A-4EE9-8019-75BC642BD1CF.jpg http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Jawa%20References/7F6697E5-A0C1-46BE-AA69-65B9E6E1D6A6.jpg Make sure to get the edges and some of the back to complete the look. You can dust on (very lightly from a distance) some tan matte spray paint to mimic sand dust if it needs it. http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Jawa%20References/091CA2E6-FF66-4796-A5CD-2591D46DC45F.jpg For the second bandolier, I used the tab end of the donor belt. http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Jawa%20References/IMG_0526.jpg I mounted the bandolier buckle that I had removed earlier. http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Jawa%20References/IMG_0527.jpg Passed the belt tab through the second buckle. This was more difficult because this bandolier is new and stiffer, making working with short tabs hard on the fingers. http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Jawa%20References/IMG_0528.jpg Measured what I needed for this extension, added two inches, cut, punched a hole in the bandolier end, and pop riveted them together. http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Jawa%20References/IMG_0536.jpg So I wouldn’t have a mushroomed end to catch on my robe fabric, I pounded the pop rivet end as much as I could. Then carefully tapped down the edges of the bur I created by doing that. http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Jawa%20References/IMG_0529.jpg http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Jawa%20References/IMG_0530.jpg This bandolier was new and fairly stiff, and the embossed surface left the edges a little sharp. I pulled out my edge beveller to take care of that. Be very careful when using one of these as it can easily skip off the edge and into your holding hand. http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Jawa%20References/466C3292-21E9-4CAA-8FBE-1783A3433732.jpg I took the edges off the belts, pouches, pouch flaps, then did all of the same weathering as above. http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Jawa%20References/1A174AB9-6D79-47D2-98F3-A0A66A3A284F.jpg http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Jawa%20References/FC3372B7-97AC-418A-817E-60B50D26ED3F.jpg http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Jawa%20References/84018C4B-A9A7-4614-BAA0-59DF2A4E82C6.jpg http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Jawa%20References/IMG_0525.jpg Give any shiny new-looking buckles or rivets a spritz with some black matte spray paint and blot some off. http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Jawa%20References/23C3C46F-E773-4943-9A57-D48B7B04AE65.jpg The more you handle your pouches, the softer they will eventually get. If you come across any old or dried out leather, I highly recommend treating it with some Fiebing’s leather care before working with it. Use it with a cloth to help remove any rivet schmekus or other buildup. Working with dried out leather can cause it to crack and break like cardboard. You need to rehydrate the leather. To do so, I put on some gloves, and liberally work in the leather conditioner into every nook and cranny. Really get it everywhere… work it behind pouch flaps and tabs, into stitching, etc. Then put it in a plastic bag and somewhere warm for a week. The warmth will help the conditioner soak in. You may need to repeat this depending how sad the leather is. It’s not a cure-all, but can bring an otherwise unusable piece back to life. http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Jawa%20References/ADE541AE-D47C-41C8-A987-F95BD94107D1.jpg
  2. Jawa and Tusken Bandoliers. There are tutorials for making your own, and fan-made bandoliers out there. However, some of them are made from vinyl or thin leather, or have the clip pockets spaced too far from each other. They also just don’t have the same feel, hang, and look of the real-deal, reproduction/replica made from a good piece of leather. I’ve been very happy with “luckyline1945”, an eBay seller, and the quality of their bandoliers. I will be using theirs in this WIP for my own Jawas. Jawas wear their bandoliers over their shoulders (none around the waist). And they need to reach the waist… above, at or below what is considered waist area. But importantly, not tight around the chest. In most cases an extension of some length will need to be added. I’m keeping an eye out for used goods stores like my local SaVo or the Open Door Mission, The Resource Exchange, etc. for materials. I snatch up every leather belt I come across. You just can’t beat a strip of leather for $1.99, and some are weathered and worn beautifully! That can save you the time of distressing it yourself. I have a 9-pocket and a 5-pocket 1903 Bandolier. http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Jawa%20References/5pocket.jpg So I pulled out several belts to look at. http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Jawa%20References/C2A42695-D641-4EBB-9704-3ACA2C2D6732.jpg Sometimes the skin side (outside/front) looks nice, but sometimes the flesh side (inside/back) has a better color or texture, so be sure not to miss looking at the back when you’re shopping for belts. http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Jawa%20References/ACC87D22-24AC-4C61-9406-6AE0687C1E9D.jpg http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Jawa%20References/87A00CD0-79D6-4347-A844-E35CF38014FA.jpg First I removed the loop and triangular ring. Don’t need those. I removed and saved the buckle from this to use later. So I found one that was the same width as the ends of the bandoliers. http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Jawa%20References/IMG_0516.jpg For the first one, I’m going to use the buckle-end of the donor belt. http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Jawa%20References/IMG_0517.jpg I just buckled the bandolier tab into the belt buckle. For maximum material I used the first hole. If I needed more length to reach the belt loop I would. Note the “outside” of the bandolier tab is the flesh side since I removed the triangular ring and stretched it out. It makes a nice textural change with the belt facing skin side out. http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Jawa%20References/IMG_0518.jpg I need seven inches (7” or 18cm) of extension, so I measured from the end of the bandolier tab, and added two more inches to account for the overlap on the other end. Measure after you attach one end so you know exactly how much donor belt you need to end up with the extension length you actually need. I used the buckle on one end in case I wanted to undo it and add another pouch, a bag, etc. On the other end I permanently used a 3/16” pop rivet and washers. http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Jawa%20References/C5ECFDF4-7206-40B3-A76E-630D8141E090.jpg Here is the completed extension. http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Jawa%20References/1AD8B70E-4139-4E68-B974-B7F8E0973C92.jpg I used garden sheers to cut the leather, and a hole punch for the rivet holes. http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Jawa%20References/0D0A682A-3408-462A-A35E-BFEF1C226B2B.jpg http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Jawa%20References/C4D3E4DA-5446-4903-9A31-0DD3546DE677.jpg This bandolier was fairly soft and broken in, so I just focused on surface weathering. I used some 60-grit sandpaper on a block. http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Jawa%20References/7CDB8E66-5104-4252-9BFE-0EB44F857C0D.jpg Weathering is a multi-step process. First scuff up the edges of the belts, pouches, pouch flaps, and some on the flat surfaces. Then I put on some gloves, make some diluted black (since my pouches are dark brown) RIT dye into a spray bottle. Then sprayed the leather, working the dye in with my hands. I used some newspaper to rub off some of the standing dye. After it dried (overnight), I went back with my 60-grit sanding block and selectively went back over the edges and some surfaces to re-expose some raw leather. This is another reason vinyl won’t weather and wear like real leather. Now you have the original dark brown color, some black (or at least darker) spots, as well as some highlights. http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Jawa%20References/7B978866-A75F-4A59-8BB6-06C7FE30409A.jpg http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Jawa%20References/2213ECAA-A87A-4EE9-8019-75BC642BD1CF.jpg http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Jawa%20References/7F6697E5-A0C1-46BE-AA69-65B9E6E1D6A6.jpg Make sure to get the edges and some of the back to complete the look. You can dust on (very lightly from a distance) some tan matte spray paint to mimic sand dust if it needs it. http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Jawa%20References/091CA2E6-FF66-4796-A5CD-2591D46DC45F.jpg For the second bandolier, I used the tab end of the donor belt. http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Jawa%20References/IMG_0526.jpg I mounted the bandolier buckle that I had removed earlier. http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Jawa%20References/IMG_0527.jpg Passed the belt tab through the second buckle. This was more difficult because this bandolier is new and stiffer, making working with short tabs hard on the fingers. http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Jawa%20References/IMG_0528.jpg Measured what I needed for this extension, added two inches, cut, punched a hole in the bandolier end, and pop riveted them together. http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Jawa%20References/IMG_0536.jpg So I wouldn’t have a mushroomed end to catch on my robe fabric, I pounded the pop rivet end as much as I could. Then carefully tapped down the edges of the bur I created by doing that. http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Jawa%20References/IMG_0529.jpg http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Jawa%20References/IMG_0530.jpg This bandolier was new and fairly stiff, and the embossed surface left the edges a little sharp. I pulled out my edge beveller to take care of that. Be very careful when using one of these as it can easily skip off the edge and into your holding hand. http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Jawa%20References/466C3292-21E9-4CAA-8FBE-1783A3433732.jpg I took the edges off the belts, pouches, pouch flaps, then did all of the same weathering as above. http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Jawa%20References/1A174AB9-6D79-47D2-98F3-A0A66A3A284F.jpg http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Jawa%20References/FC3372B7-97AC-418A-817E-60B50D26ED3F.jpg http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Jawa%20References/84018C4B-A9A7-4614-BAA0-59DF2A4E82C6.jpg http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Jawa%20References/IMG_0525.jpg Give any shiny new-looking buckles or rivets a spritz with some black matte spray paint and blot some off. http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Jawa%20References/23C3C46F-E773-4943-9A57-D48B7B04AE65.jpg The more you handle your pouches, the softer they will eventually get. If you come across any old or dried out leather, I highly recommend treating it with some Fiebing’s leather care before working with it. Use it with a cloth to help remove any rivet schmekus or other buildup. Working with dried out leather can cause it to crack and break like cardboard. You need to rehydrate the leather. To do so, I put on some gloves, and liberally work in the leather conditioner into every nook and cranny. Really get it everywhere… work it behind pouch flaps and tabs, into stitching, etc. Then put it in a plastic bag and somewhere warm for a week. The warmth will help the conditioner soak in. You may need to repeat this depending how sad the leather is. It’s not a cure-all, but can bring an otherwise unusable piece back to life. http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Jawa%20References/ADE541AE-D47C-41C8-A987-F95BD94107D1.jpg
  3. A series of pics showing: - Robe fullness. Robe should have enough fullness to it to flounce and drape appropriately. - Bandolier placement. Jawas wear one or two bandoliers draped over the shoulders. Bandoliers should be long enough to reach the waist. Bandoliers should not be tight across the chest or up under the armpit. Jawas do not wear bandoliers around the waist. Images above are linked. Images below are uploaded... to ensure the load.
  4. 501st Access Requests

    Done
  5. New Underworld Detachment

    Trying to fit every character in the Detachment into the logo is just [sic]. No other Detachment tries to cram equal representation into their logo. http://databank.501st.com/databank/Costuming:CRLbydetachment Merch has minimums to make a run even viable. If it could be guaranteed a minimum of 50+ coins or 100+ patches would move, then a character-exclusive merch run could be proposed. Prices at these minimum numbers would be higher than our normal runs. I've always felt the KC represented those non-Empire-born/trained characters on Tatooine who are not specifically on the side of our heroes. I would like to see it focus on that, and let a new (one or even more) Detachment(s) pick up the new slew of characters being introduced into the SW universe. Someone else needs to step up and figure out what that may be and how it would be organized/categorized, a conversation best suited on the 501st Legion boards so everyone affected can weigh in.
  6. 2017 Trooping Incentive Program - The Memorial Troop

    Forum Name: TrooperPX TKID: DZ-9215 Event: Fan Expo Canada Date: 09/01/2017 Costume: Tusken Raider Photo by Canadian Garrison. http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/2017 Troops/21317890_1857536204258358_2085060802062855144_n.jpg
  7. TrooperPX Event Roster

    Fan Expo Canada, 09/01/2017. Photo by Canadian Garrison. http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/2017 Troops/21317890_1857536204258358_2085060802062855144_n.jpg
  8. TrooperPX Event Roster

    Montreal Comiccon, 07/08/2017. http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/2017 Troops/IMG_6408cc.jpg
  9. TrooperPX Event Roster

    Montreal Comiccon, 07/07/2017. http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/2017 Troops/IMG_6370cc.jpg
  10. 2017 Trooping Incentive Program - The Memorial Troop

    Forum Name: TrooperPX TKID: DZ-9215 Event: Montreal Comiccon Date: 07/08/2017 Costume: Tusken Raider http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/2017 Troops/IMG_6408cc.jpg
  11. 2017 Trooping Incentive Program - The Memorial Troop

    Forum Name: TrooperPX TKID: DZ-9215 Event: Montreal Comiccon Date: 07/07/2017 Costume: Tusken Raider http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/2017 Troops/IMG_6370cc.jpg
  12. TrooperPX Event Roster

    Niagara Falls Comic Con, 06/02/2017. http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/2017 Troops/20170602_191129_207.jpg
  13. 2017 Trooping Incentive Program - The Memorial Troop

    Forum Name: TrooperPX TKID: DZ-9215 Event: Niagara Falls Comic Con Date: 06/02/2017 Costume: Tusken Raider Photo by Kevin Daniel. http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/2017 Troops/18891844_10213238174171810_8684798701485861913_o.jpg
  14. TKIDs: DZ-9572 and DZ-9215 At Star Wars Celebration Orlando, you can have this landspeeder for the low, low price of...
  15. TrooperPX Event Roster

    Star Wars Celebration Orlando, 04/15/2017. http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Tusken Raider Troops/IMG_6128cc.jpg http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww103/TrooperPX/Tusken Raider Troops/IMG_6108cc.jpg
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