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So... here we are again :) Because I like to start a few dozen projects, and never finish any take a really long time to finish them, I thought what the heck, what's one more LOL :laugh1:

 

To set some expectations up front: I'm not interested in taking the build to Centurion level, my HWT will mostly be clean, as this is going to be a dual TK/HWT costume. I'm also in Australia, where we don't have access to the wide range of oil pan options our US brethren have (unless one fancies paying $$ in shipping).  

 

I haven't decided which BFG I like yet. In the absence of the Z-6 rotary blaster cannon, I'm leaning toward the T-21. Realistically though I'll probably just end up submitting my approval paperwork without a blaster. :rolleyes:

 

The oil change pan container I've gone with is the Daytona 8L. At 325mm wide and approx. 510mm high (once the pour plug has been removed), it's about 10% smaller than the Wedco 12.5 quart pan. As such, I'll be scaling the suggested height and width measurements featured in the TIP: NOTE ON HWT PACK SPECS thread down by 10%. My pan measures 100mm thick/deep, so I see no need to scale this particular dimension, but, hey, anything can happen.

 

One of the concerns I have is with the curvature of the bottom of the pan, but a garrison mate asked about this on these fine forums a couple of months ago, and the general opinion was that it should be fine. Hopefully that position hasn't changed.

 

Some initial WIP photos: 

 

Razorsaw and Xacto saw blade made quick work of the long funnels/pour plugs.

 

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One of the great features of this pan is the square funnel/drip area, which slides neatly over the TK backplate box. It should make wearability a bit easier.

 

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I did a quick mock up with appropriately sized (scaled) junk lying around the garage to see how it might look.  Are the visible arms of the "X" going to be an issue? I think it adds character.

 

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At this point I'm uncertain whether I'll use Eric's 3D files, or just hunt down tupperware boxes. I had a quick look online last night and I couldn't find anything within the dimensional tolerances I would find suitable.

 

A question for those in the know: does the width of the webbing straps matter?

 

Finally, I've ordered a pauldron from this fellow: Stormtrooper Pauldron Shoulder Pad Sandtrooper Armor (Orange)

 

Initial thoughts? If it's too light, I can darken it. If it's too thin, I'll pad it out. 

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Great to see another HWT build! I agree that having the back plate box fit within the indent on your pack should be helpful. As for the width of the straps, there are a couple schools of though. Some go for wider padded straps (think like a nice backpack), but to me those look a little out of place with the whole kit. The other option is a more narrow (1" or 2.5cm) strap which you could slip into the gap between your shoulder bridges and bells. This would hide the straps more, and also have them resting on your actual shoulders, versus on top of your armor bridges or bells.

 

I myself am hoping to integrate a mix of Eric's 3D parts with my plastic containers and photo box. And finally, in regards to the pauldron, I think you'll just need to wait and see what the actual orange color is once it arrives. Photos can sometimes be deceiving, but initially the one you linked to appears a bit light. Keep up the great work, and don't let @justjoseph63 pressure you too hard into weathering your armor. Or perhaps give in and use the washable makeup method. Haha.

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5 hours ago, MaskedVengeance said:

Keep up the great work, and don't let @justjoseph63 pressure you too hard into weathering your armor. 

Pressure?  Me? :laugh1:  (Well, perhaps a little).  I look at it this way..  Theoretically, HWTs are deployed directly onto front lines, where (unlike a TK stationed on a ship) we are exposed to lots of enemy fire from all manner of weapons.  Having that extra weathering (battle damage) is part of what makes us unique (along with being able to carry BFGs, lol) which is why the CRLs require it at Expert Infantry level and above.  Otherwise, you kinda' look like a first-time HWT that just stepped off of the transport ship. ;)

 

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2 hours ago, justjoseph63 said:

Pressure?  Me? :laugh1:  (Well, perhaps a little).  I look at it this way..  Theoretically, HWTs are deployed directly onto front lines, where (unlike a TK stationed on a ship) we are exposed to lots of enemy fire from all manner of weapons.  Having that extra weathering (battle damage) is part of what makes us unique (along with being able to carry BFGs, lol) which is why the CRLs require it at Expert Infantry level and above.  Otherwise, you kinda' look like a first-time HWT that just stepped off of the transport ship. ;)

 

And sadly those clean newbies get dropped immediately. But boy they looked clean doing it.:laugh1:

 

All serious now. Thanks for the cover!:salute:

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Manny the Mannequin has had half a Red Bull: he's got a wing! :rolleyes:

 

The pauldron arrived today. My initial concerns about the colour were misplaced: I think the orange is passable. What say you fine peoples?

 

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