Conceptually, this was a very challenging project. When you work on a very iconic character you have to think long and hard about how much liberty you want to take with the design. On one hand you don’t want it to play it too safe and have it a borderline carbon copy; that would be boring. And on the other you don’t want to go so far it is no longer recognizable or make design decisions that puts the fan base up in arms.
So I settled on trying to capture a number of the design elements within the classic Vader such as the banding patterns and many design lines, and then expanded into the fantasy realm with the red inlays and articulated armor designs.
The design scheme overall is of course very alternate universe. Ultimately I was going for a blend of Sci-Fi, Medieval, and Mystical Fantasy.
Time is short and there many active projects so I can’t do a step by step breakdown of the creation process but I have included a series of WIP photos which will give some insight. I may revisit this write up at a later date to add it with more pics and I will continue to document future projects and will try to do write-ups for them as time permits.
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The concept is a full suit of armor with the following components predominantly made from 10oz premium veg tanned leather:
- Helmet w/ Lobster Tail
- Mask w/ vents, & tinted lenses
- Articulated Breastplate with collar
- Articulated Pauldrons
- Fabric Cape
- Articulated arms with vambrace, elbow, lames, rerebrace
- Belt and pouches (not pictured)
- Articulated Gauntlets & gloves
- Articulated legs with cuisses, full greaves with high knee