One of the joys that I had writing for io9 was a column that I wrote about my stormtrooper build. Week to week, I provided some updates for readers on my progress, and got to do a deep dive into what building armor, cosplay and trooping entail.
Here’s the entire series:
Introduction to the column, with some background information on the FX/MTK armor type.
How to go about trimming a kit.
The finer points about film accuracy.
Approval guidelines for the chest / back / shoulders. Note: I opted to glue the front and back together, which isn’t *technically* accurate.
Upper arm assembly.
Forearm assembly. (Plus a bit on the blaster)
What tools I’ve been using to construct the armor.
Leg assembly and handplates.
Continued leg assembly, plus ammo belt / sniper plate.
The story behind the E-11 Blaster, and how to to modify a blaster with add-ons to make it more accurate.
Stormtrooper belts, drop boxes, holster and the grenade.
Snap plates. Handplates and mocked up handcuffs.
Paint, Straps, etc.
Undersuit, Neck seal, Gloves, Boots, and refitting my FX kit with new paint, straps and snap plates. (No more Velcro!)
Thigh cover strips, corners / edges
Helmet assembly, preliminary test fit.
Minor tweaks, donning the armor, test fit.
Display, storing, cleaning, etc.
Anovos Armor first impressions.
Looking at the armor from Rogue One and comparing them to the original series troopers.
Prop gun safety.
Trooping safely in the summer.
Conclusions and bigger picture stuff.
Write up on the incoming Anovos TFA TK:
How to turn a Jakks Stormtrooper into a child-sized costume.