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:
Building Stormtrooper Armor
Introduction to the column, with some background information on the FX/MTK armor type.
Measure Twice, Cut Once
How to go about trimming a kit.
The finer points about film accuracy.
The Finer Details
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.
Arm Up, Part II
Forearm assembly. (Plus a bit on the blaster)
Tools of the Trade
What tools I’ve been using to construct the armor.
A Leg to Stand On
Leg assembly and handplates.
Break a Leg!
Continued leg assembly, plus ammo belt / sniper plate.
Sun’s Out, Guns Out
The story behind the E-11 Blaster, and how to to modify a blaster with add-ons to make it more accurate.
Belt it To Me
Stormtrooper belts, drop boxes, holster and the grenade.
Connecting All the Dots
Snap plates. Handplates and mocked up handcuffs.
Abs made of ABS
It’s the Little Things in Armor
Paint, Straps, etc.
Accessories and a Side Project
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.
Storage and Care of Stormtrooper Armor
Display, storing, cleaning, etc.
Oops, I Did It Again
Anovos Armor first impressions.
What We learned About Those Rogue One Troopers in 13 Pictures
Looking at the armor from Rogue One and comparing them to the original series troopers.
Public and Safety
Prop gun safety.
Beating the Heat
Trooping safely in the summer.
The Final Lessons
Conclusions and bigger picture stuff.
You will soon be able to suit up as a Force Awakens Stormtrooper:
Write up on the incoming Anovos TFA TK:
Here’s How to Build Your Child The Best Stormtrooper Costume Ever
How to turn a Jakks Stormtrooper into a child-sized costume.