Please forgive the battle rifle, I needed to see how mobile I was while holding a weapon! In the meantime I have a very nice Mattock kit on the way.
Currently I am still looking for a good cheap pair of boots to sacrifice for this project. Other than that the costume is finished build-wise. I was able to go back and build the elbows and hand plates. The initial painting is done. Weathering will be next. Then the lights. I have some very nice LED strips which I need to plan to install so that should be fun.
I thought I'd update the description to help answer some questions, most of these have already been explained in my other "In Progress" images.
* The entire suit is constructed from mostly gray EVA foam mats (the kind that interlock and are used as flooring), 1/4 in. black construction foam, 3mm black construction foam, and a few 3mm styrene pieces were used as shaping supports along curved edges (so I wouldn't have to heat form), and also clear plexiglas for the visor.
* I did not use a heat gun at all for the foam, any curves were achieved with styrene glued along the edges. However, a heat gun was used for the visor which was heated and worked over a curved foam "buck" that I made.
* Paints used - Plasti-Dip Spray, Black (used as sealant/primer - must be very generous with coating to get best finish! It will get expensive so spread your build out!), RustOleum *Metallic* Charcoal Gray, Liquitex Crimson Red and Titanium White acyclic paints for the stripes. VHT Niteshades to tint the clear visor.
* All parts where cut using a scroll saw (not by hand)
* Many MANY areas like the chest were formed by beveling edges of small parts and gluing together (not stacking/layering thick foam sections on top of each other) The interior bevel gaps were filled with tiny beveled 1/2 in. foam strips to provide reinforcement for the parts.
* Invest in a scroll saw
* Some shapes and panel lines were made by actually cutting the larger foam part where the lines are and re-gluing it together, then running the end of the hot-glue gun or wood burning tool along the seam to create an industrial welded effect. Don't be afraid to cut up a large part into smaller areas and re forming! It looks way better than if you try to cut those lines by hand afterward.
* Areas like the Ab section started as one piece then were cut and offset by half the foam's thickness and re-glued to give the illusion that it was layered. By keeping it thin and not layering the thick foam mats over one another you get more curvature and a clean silhouette. THIN TO WIN
Alright, I'm happy to say I made some progress this week!
- Attached the lower back to the central torso. I had to leave the outermost edges unattached for now. The chest core was a bit too difficult to get in and out of. I am going to install small clasps for the tips to lock the edges in place.
- Attached the upper back weapon mounts. Nothing fancy here, just used a sheet of black 3mm foam as a buffer to attach the part. The holes for the lights need to be drilled in.
- Created the upper legs. I thought these would take longer honestly. I have some painters tape holding the shape until the strapping and buckles arrive later this week.
Not much left to build now. - Still need to finish heat forming the visor. - Need to remake the elbow plates. I'm not happy with the current ones. - I have to create the padding for the gloves. - And I need to make the boots of course.
Thanks for reading and let me know if you have any questions!
Well, this is what I was able to get done this week. I have been reading up on how others have done theirs and kind of adapted my own methods for templates and checking proportions. But with that said I really have no idea what I am doing.
The front and back are actually one piece. From the other builds I have researched people typically keep the front and back separate so they can strap themselves in. I decided to try and keep it as simple as possible and see if I could get in and out of a one piece chest on my own. Turns out it's much easier than I thought. The ab and lower back sections are going to be attached as well and connect between the legs. For the forearms, I am going to add two sets of straps as opposed to the single strap that is seen on the in game armor. That way I can pull the foam closer to my arms and give it a cleaner look. Strapping will have to wait until after I seal and paint though.
Materials are your standard EVA interlocking floor mat (1/2 inch), Black foam sheets 8.5 x 11 inch (1/4 in thickness), and 3mm white Sintra board to help guide certain areas of the armor into shape. The white sintra doesn't bother me since it is all going to have to be repainted anyway (the gray is too bright for my liking)
This is/was my first build ever. I feel like it turned out amazing! Let me know if you like it. After the build I figured a few things out and was able to work out a bunch of bugs in my system. From start to finish, including template's, it took me 11 days to complete.
Armor and carnifex pistols by [link] Undersuits by me Photo by JoanneD. Photography [link]
This was quite a labor of love for my boyfriend and I! While he was working on his own Zaeed costume he came across some femZaeed fanart and decided he wanted to make me a matching costume.
His work took the longest, spanning over 3 months, while taking a break to work on a N7 commission. He works in EVA foam and is a madman on details. If you want to see WIP and videos on it please go here [link]
My part was to sew the undersuit, which was so simple compared to his work. I finished the suits in under 2 weeks, but I will need to go back and improve the tattoo sleeves.
Had my roommate help me take a photo since the mirror self shots weren't working out. Thanks Melissa!
Reworked both shoulders and added some black details. I attached the inner and outer shoulders since having them separate didn't limit my range of motion any less. Plus I wanted the outer shoulder to maintain the correct distance away from the inner piece.
Started experimenting with Plexiglas for the visor. It is not my first choice and I'm not a fan of how brittle it is. But it heat forms well and I have no other plastic that is 17" wide. I'll take suggestions