your own Endor Commando
the boots, to the helmet, here's how to make your own.
from the third Star Wars film, Return of the Jedi
wanted to add a villain to my Stormtrooper fan film, and after
much debate with my production staff, a decision was made
to have a familiar Rebel soldier as the faceless enemy to
our stormtrooper fan film.
soon realized that, we needed a couple more Rebel costumes
to round out the look for the film. First was the X-wing pilot.
They are to play a key role in the story. Also, I decided
we needed a Rebel Sniper to do some damage, so the first costume
to pop in my mind was the Endor Commando. With the camouflage
gear, a cool looking blaster, backpack and that funny looking
helmet, a decision was made to make a few of these guys.
costume will include the following parts:
Helmet - complete with the 'donut' and the skull
Jacket/Vest/Shirt - this is a hard one to nail
down. Some screen caps will help!
Pants - I'm thinking of using the same $18 BDU
pants in light tan, and paint them cammo
- I have a pair of wader boots that are almost perfect.
The gaitors will have to be custome made.
- frame and boxes will have to be custom made.
- several options are on the table. The traditional Endor
blaster will work, and is pretty easy to scratch build.
[airsoft AR15/M16 used as a base] Another option is to make
a Hoth trooper blaster [I like this version better] and
a final option would be to introduce a new blaster to the
mix, a WWII German FG42 paratrooper rifle as a Star Wars
universe sniper gun. [one of my favorites]
Accessories like wrist communicators, grenades,
belts, binoculars, and such.
The next section
is a collection of links for things you can easily and cheaply get
to complete your own Endor Commando costume.
Locating and Modifying
the Costume Parts:
boots are some sort of lace-up tan colored military style
are some cheap $25 ones. In addition, tan or OD green gaitors
were added, and these will have to be custome made.
shirt appears to be a long sleeve nit-type, tight fitting
loose-weave shirt. An option is currently being researched.
A long sleeve T-shirt is an option, and a custom dye to
tan may be required.
appears to have this shirt in a natural and a Sand color
for less than $7.
Barre Army Navy Online Store
pants need to be some sort of military style cargo pocket
pants. Here are some we used for the RFT pants, and are
actually a near tan color [not so gray looking as seen in
this picture]. Perfect for painting camoflage.
the Ultra-Force SWAT Gray BDU pants. You will have to look
on the Barre Army Navy store site for them.
to order a pair. Cost, about $19. Navigate: StoreFront--Military
Equipment & Clothing--Military Clothing--BDU pants-Ultra
Force--Grey BDU Pants
Endor commando had several options [See top reference image
for details]. A vest, jacket, or duster. For the Rebel Sniper,
we are using some Swedish M40 snow
jackets painted the proper camo colors. The
jacket will need to be dyed tan, and then a few inches taken
off the bottom of the jacket. Also, some elastic will need
to be added to the cuffs, or some sort of hidden snap fastener.
The buttons will have to be removed from the front as well.
with spray paints both green, and brown Ultra Flat Camo
the bottom of the jacket off, about 4-6 inches to make it
more of a wind breaker.
for the donut, as part of a custom made helmet, email
helmet consists of a WWII era light weight AN-H--15 type
flying cap with a custom ribbed top, visor, and hard plastic
donut. I am currently working on this prop.
made from HIPs vacuumformed plastic, painted green. Very
limited quanitity. Get yours here.
material and visor bill added.
holes coveres with speaker foam.
Commando's wore a bandoleer with all sorts of greeblies
on it. Click here to view the assembly guide for the
kit can be ordered here.
the Sunrider Base for details on making you own cloth
Commando 2 box back pack.
now the hard shell 2 box pack as seen in Return of the Jedi
appears to be the same packs used in The Empire Strikes
back, and those also appear to be made from similar if not
exactly the same boxes used on the Sandtrooper packs from
the original Star Wars movie.
for the purposes of our fan film, and since I have already
made the Sandtrooper back pack main boxes, we will use these
as the basis for the Endor Commando boxes.
on a PVC pipe frame, and wrapped in canvas, with some greeblies
added, this should pass as the Endor Command 2-box pack.
the Wells MR722 and add a dress-up kit...
you get your own Commando A281 blaster.
are several options, but by far the easiest is to use
on of our kits added to an Well's MR722 Airsoft M16 gun.
- My plan was to use a stg44 as a basis for the Sniper
Rifle, but demands for an Endor variant have come up. [a
personally like the look of the Hoth version better.
We even consided using an FG42 as a possible new sniper
option, but budgets are just not there to invest in the
master pattern at this time.
- The Hoth blaster is called the A280 Blaster Rifle. No
name is given to the Endor variant, but it is my opinion,
that due to budgets, the stg44 basis as a prop, the
BATF laws regarding machine guns, and the filming locations,
a decision was made to use a the Colt AR15 as the base
gun, instead of the stg44.
unofficial name A281 has been applied to the Endor variant.
- Click here to learn more about building your own Endor A281
Blaster using a kit and an airsoft AR15.
Unpainted Commando 'Bunker Buster' Explosive Charge Prop Kit
- "Toss me another charge!" Well, now you can. This obscure prop was used to destroy the Empire's shield generator, and Solo, attaches on the the ceiling of the bunker in RTOJ.
- Reference are few and far between, but I have created a few screencaps, and will include them with the kit.
- With these durable, single-piece cast polyurethane kits, you simply paint them and go. Add magnets or velcro if you want them to 'stick around'! Kit includes one hollow core prop, and painting guide.
- Available in 2011 for a limited time. Check here for updates.
building tutorial for making your own donut from a kit.
Blaster A281 Tutorial for making one from a kit and an airsoft gun.
StudioCreations - How to site. Great references,
and a great tutorial!
- Another great reference site for the Fleet Trooper.
update, January 24, 2011