I loved Hondo from the Clone Wars series. His attitude, demeanor, and especially his style.
His costume changed later in the Clone Wars series. This build is for his season 4-5 appearance.
Here is the costume for Hondo A (Seasons 1-3) and Hondo B (Seasons 4-5)
I started by purchasing a mask. I didn’t want a latex mask. Latex doesn’t seem to last as long or hold up under as much use. I found a Etsy shop (WulwhitesWorkshop) that makes awesome masks. He made and painted a Animated Weequay and even punctured / pulled yarn for hair through. This picture is as he just painted it (still drying). It is not shiny anymore.
Once received, I started tweaking. I picked up some earrings in varying sizes and pierced Hondo’s ears.
I also ordered a few gold chain necklaces and worked up magnetic clasps that would keep them on. The one that looks like a ball is the magnetic clasp.
I wanted to have as close to accurate as possible. So, I replaced the yarn with something closer. Hondo has thick strands in the show, and the closest thing is leather strips. I purchased a few spools of leather and went to work.
I also braided white and grey yarn for the left pigtail. Both pigtails have real leather strips (orange & red). I also completed them with PVC rings.
Some work is being done on the helmet file.
I designed the belt buckle and printed it. This picture was mid-print. Made it partially hollow to keep it light.
It will get a nice shiny black coat, then gold coat of paint!
Here is the coat and shirt template:
SMP Designs who is doing the coat for me sent me some awesome photos of progress!
Here is a pic from a while ago of the whole Coat and amazing Shirt.
Front part of the chest is printed. I will be printing the other parts each night.
I have already printed both shoulder pieces (printed in one whole piece! It is larger than the photo looks)
Progress shots. 4/6 parts of the helmet have been printed (not cleaned yet). Last 2 parts are 18 hours each and one is still on the print bed. Temporarily holding pieces to see fit with tape.
Here is the armor! Printed an extra spacer so I can get it over my head (model was just a tad tight). This also helped to get the model to my shoulders.
Here is the helmet (not yet glued together, but testing fit).
Glued the helmet together and added lots of spot filler to fill the seam lines. Also filled the armor seams.
Hands. Started with skin tone gloves. Sadly they are not Hondo skin tone so we need to change that.
boom. Now we add the wrinkle lines (the clone wars showed strong lines but very little wrinkle in the skin texture, so I am replicating with lines as well with differing strengths). Nails will be added later
They look the part when on my hands. I’ll get a pic soon with the nails added.
First coat of paint on the armor:
Lost my buckle somewhere so I printed another.
Buckle printed and weathered with rub and buff paints.
Armor is painted!
went with a darker base coat to match the coat panels and then did the weathering to match the still shots from the clone wars.
Helmet sanded, spot puttied, sanded more, etc.
Until we get to this stage:
Then comes weathering
In the screenshots there are these two dark shadows so I incorporated them as well.
I made sure to match the white spots to the screencaps as best as possible.
Also installed a hardhat liner just inside the lip.
Painted the tail in the same fashion and glued leather to back it so it can still flex just like it should versus being stiff and stabbing me in the back.
Tail finished and glued on
Since I didn’t get the goggles designed I went for scratch building them out of expanded PVC. The black layer was thicker which I used my dremel to shape. Then laid over a white layer to give it the depth it needed.
Two side panels cut and shaped (Hondo’s goggles have these side panels if you zoom in close enough on the face shots).
These were a pain to get to shape and fit around the black parts
Also cut strap holes and angled them right after so the straps can slide right through, but not be seen.
Heat formed using my heat gun
Then lots of filler and priming