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
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)
I'm preparing some Mass Effect 2 armor for my girlfriend ~aelice and I for a video game con (DEVASTATION in October - who's hitting it?). I'm working on Shepard out of sintra and foam, and at the same time I'm getting her Tali'Zorah costume done.
I added my own variations to the helmet design aesthetically. I've watched other artists struggle with it (I did too!). If you have any questions on how I did mine, let me know. I'll post a video showing the voice light shortly. (I wired it so it blinks when she speaks!)
Edit: Thanks for the feedback. A video will be coming soon! We got the kit from thatscoolwire.com. Very cool guys. I'll post pics of my Shepard build soon too.
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.
Chest armor. I decided to redo the whole body armor of the concept armor. The chest armor is made out of EVA foam interlocking floor mat's. The blue parts are gonne be painted to match the material and color of the helmet. Those 3 white things on the back are going to be housing cool lights so they look like energy generators or something.
left; me wearing what I got, sort of a impression. Gotta add some black foam to the ab-plates to make them wider and ofcourse attach them to the chest plate. Now they just hang loose. Middle; back of the chestplate, I still have to make the light fixture things that go on the round things. Right; the front of the chestplate, just need to add some more details.
Sorry for the crappy quality. A quick shot of me and 's mass effect N7 Armour, to be worn this weekend at the Eurogamer event in London.
Costumes are almost done. Things to do on the list is shin and calf armor, another thigh to be painted, more weathering and remake the box on the back that will store the batteries. Then I need to do the straps, and the fitting, AND THEN A WHOLE BODYSUIT FOR UNDER.
Model: Me [ Vocoderion ] Phot: www.facebook.com/daria.zcichegolasu \ My N7 cosplay armor from Mass Effect 2 videogame. Photo taken during Baltikon 2014. Ofcourse every part of the armor is self made. [See more at facebook.com/vocoderion]