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Hoth Trench Trooper

Post by KyleKatarn » Sat Sep 14, 2019 4:32 pm

Hoth Trench Trooper

I felt we need to redress the balance in SU77 a bit, what with all these scruffy Scarif Troopers that keep appearing!

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Just for background, the Hoth Trench Troopers appear mainly in the exterior battle scenes in ESB, although a number can be seen in the hangar and elsewhere in Echo Base.

The full costume comprises:
-standard Hoth hat with comm ear piece
-long sleeve white undershirt with tan diamond-quilted shoulders
-white padded backpack vest with grenades and rank badge
-tan trousers with diamond-quilted knees
-tan gaiters/shoe covers with white straps
-white pistol belt with two grenades in holder loops
-tan square belt pouch
-white fabric holster with either DH-17 or DL-21 blaster
-backpack
-A280 rifle

The pack, rifle and belt pouch are still a work-in-progress, but I thought I'd fully finish the rest of the parts and submit, then add the extras later since there's examples of troopers without each of these items. I plan to build the backpack separately and submit it later once I can source or make an appropriate pack frame.

Hat

I made this about 4 years ago for my Hoth Hangar Trooper costume. It's basically the same hat as worn by Luke, Han, Derlin and the regular Hangar Troopers. The ear piece I scratch-built out of a couple of old ADSL filters and various scraps.

The scarf is a new one I've made, as the standards call for tan or black for this costume, as opposed to the brown one I had on my Hangar Trooper.

Goggles

These are not an exact match for the screen-used ones, which were made by a company called Swan. However, they are from the right 70s/80s period, and are pretty damned close. The main difference is the rectangular holes along the inside top edge, where the originals had circular holes.

Undershirt

This is the first new part I needed. Not hugely difficult to make, but just lots of little parts which have to be put together in a specific order. Took quite a lot of thinking to figure out the order to make and sew the parts together, but seems to have turned out reasonably well.

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O quilting! I love you soooo much . . .

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The shoulder yoke section does not completely cover the front, and actually drops down in a kind of V-shape where the collar is. You can see in the reference photos that the quilting does not appear in the V-neck behind the vest:

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This picture is not great, and this configuration of trooper never appears anywhere in the movie (no vest, and RFT belt?!), however the lack of vest highlights the basic shape of the shoulder quilting on the front, and is a useful reference for that reason:

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The lower edge of the quilted section is also not stitched down on the front or the back. You can see in the last pic where it lifts up a bit on the front, and is clearly lifting on the back here:

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Backpack vest

This resembles a life-jacket and is worn around the neck. The lower sides fasten with straps around the back, and there is an adjustable connecting strap between these and the back of the neck.

2 buckles hang either side of the centre back strap, and these are the connecting points for the hardpack. The lower vest straps are designed to thread through the lower pack frame, keeping the hardpack securely in place. The buckle straps are stitched onto the outside of the vest, rather than being part of the construction.

There is some top stitching either side of the neck, which resembles the padding on Sandtrooper/Death Star Gunner pauldrons. With this in mind, I used my Gunner bib as a rough guide for the shape and size of the vest. I had to extend the bottom a bit more, and bring the shoulders in to try and replicate the look of the vest more accurately, but the Gunner bib was a good guide and I was happy with the pattern I got from it:

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It's padded inside with an old fleecy baby blanket which seems to have worked quite well.

4 grenades are attached to the lower right section of the vest front. These were provided by our own Roman Bella, and I highly recommend his 3D printing service. Fast, efficient delivery, and high-quality items.

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The rank badge on the left side of the vest is larger than the standard Hoth badge (as worn by Luke, Han, and various other characters). This was scratch-built from styrene and scraps.

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Unlike the other Hoth jackets and vests, this one doesn't feature any window pockets, and the badge and grenades are just attached to the front. For this, I was very thankful!

There are two loops which hang from the front lower edge, through which the pistol belt is threaded. As with the rear buckle straps, these are stitched onto the top of the fabric, rather than inside the seam.

Belt

This is a 2-inch white strap, with a rectangular silver buckle. The obvious choice was white webbing, however it looks more like a soft fabric belt and features parallel lines of stitching which run the entire length of the belt:

I decided to have a go at making a fabric belt from the same material as the shirt and vest, and I'm quite pleased with the results. I simply used a long strip of fabric, then folded and stitched it onto itself a couple of times. Finally I ran it through the machine along the length to replicate the stitching lines:

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The buckle is a standard MOD buckle, of the type used on parade and ceremonial belts, with a circular greeblie in the centre. There has been some speculation that the greeb is the same as the ones found on the Imperial Snowtrooper belts, but this comparison pic shows it is a little different (Rebel on left, Snowtrooper on right):

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I put mine together from some scraps, and it seems to be quite close to the reference.

To the wearer's right are two fabric loops which hold grenades. I scratch-made the grenades from scraps

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Holster

This is a soft fabric holster with leg strap, which hangs from the belt by two loops. Either a DL-21 or DH-17 can be used, and they are seen variously seen with the grips pointing forwards or backwards. It was pretty easy to make up, using my DH-17 as a size guide.

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Trousers

These were scavenged from another member's parted-out Hoth Han costume. I dyed them tan and the colour seems to have come out quite well.

Gaiters/shoe covers

Again purchased from another member. Unlike the “hero” boot worn by Luke, Han, Rieekan etc, the Trench Trooper boot appears to be either a gaiter or gaiter/shoe cover combination which fits over normal shoes or boots.

Gloves

The standard welding-type gauntlets, white with grey cuffs, as worn by pretty much all Hoth Rebel characters. The wrist comm on this is larger than the ones worn by Luke, Snowspeeder pilots and officers. The same comm can be seen on a few Hangar Troopers and Technicians, but is mainly found on the Trench Troopers.

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So this lot is in for submission, expecting rifle in next few weeks.

After that it's the tan belt pouch to make, and the real work will be the hardpack.
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Re: Hoth Trench Trooper

Post by tenebris » Sat Sep 14, 2019 5:35 pm

Really lovely WIP, good luck with submission.

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Re: Hoth Trench Trooper

Post by BigFatCat » Sat Sep 14, 2019 6:09 pm

Nice work. Got a Sturmgewehr44 to mod?
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Re: Hoth Trench Trooper

Post by KyleKatarn » Sat Sep 14, 2019 6:25 pm

Thanks guys. Re the rifle, I’m getting a resin one from another member. It actually belonged to me a few years ago but I let it go as I didn’t use it for anything. Typically now I’ve gone and built the one costume I actually need it for! So hoping to buy it back.
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Re: Hoth Trench Trooper

Post by Jerrick Sunrunner » Sun Sep 15, 2019 1:41 pm

Looks great dude! nice and white!
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Re: Hoth Trench Trooper

Post by StephenDutton » Tue Oct 22, 2019 4:53 pm

I have a question about your backpack vest since I'm following your your example and starting work on my own trench trooper. You give the colour as white but the standard says "4. Backpack Vest in a beige or ecru colour". Is white also acceptable?

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Re: Hoth Trench Trooper

Post by KyleKatarn » Wed Oct 23, 2019 12:15 pm

Hi Stephen good to hear there is another!

First off, the standard for this is very old. I'm not sure when it was updated last, and can't see anything on the page to indicate when it was revised.

There's some old visual guides put together by veteran Phyllis Schulte on the main forum, and both costumes used as examples have white vests. This dates from at least 2011:

http://www.forum.rebellegion.com/forum/ ... 53&start=0

As with any build, my advice is always to use the CRL as a guide, but compile your own references and research to back up how you feel it should be done.

With all the movies, there's the question of post-production lighting techniques which make things appear different colours than what they actually are in real life - Han's Hoth jacket, AT-AT Driver helmet/armour, RFT helmets etc. There is precedent to accept both examples so long as you make your reasoning clear and discuss it with the judge prior to building.

However, I researched the costume extensively prior to building, and at no point could I find any image where you could deem the vest to be beige or ecru. It just looks white in every picture. Even in the OT costume book, which has been very useful in suggesting what colours the costumes really were, the Trench Trooper example appears largely the same as it does on screen, with a white vest.

Since mine has cleared, and since the few examples I've seen coming through with WIPs on the main forum have white vests, I'd say you should be ok to go with white, unless you can find a really clear example to support the beige/ecru argument.
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Re: Hoth Trench Trooper

Post by StephenDutton » Wed Oct 23, 2019 12:23 pm

Thanks, that's a relief. I'd already started work going in white.

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