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Costuming => Space Marines => Topic started by: cilegray on September 21, 2013, 09:03:00 AM

Title: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - Complete; time for upgrades
Post by: cilegray on September 21, 2013, 09:03:00 AM
Allright, so long story short, I've been building my 935 scale Power Armor for about a month now, and
until recently had mostly followed other builds and just replicated, so I didn't see much reason to post
about it here.

Fast forward to now; where I couldn't settle on a particular color for the Glospex (eyes). In an attempt
to circumvent the problem, I installed 4 RGB LEDs which are controlled with an arduino compatible "FLORA" device from Adafruit. It allows for basic coding to control the LEDs individually; giving me full control over the eyes. While at it; I decided to go a little over board and add a Light Sensor, whichs picks up whatever color is in front of it, and matches to eyes to that color.

Here's a few preview videos of the operation. The helmet is awaiting paint, so the lenses won't be
mounted inside for a while...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKv_wRfVgaA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98AW23rMVh4

That's all for now, I'll upload more shots once I make significant progress; or if anyone has any questions on the setup

Edit : Added a push-button to control the refresh of the color. I also made it 'quick swap' to full red on a short press for 10 seconds... I have some ideas in mind that'll use this feature later on.
Title: Cilegray's WIP - with 100% more rainbows
Post by: CLOTHAR on September 21, 2013, 04:36:00 PM
Nice job going high tech!  The ability to change the eye color will be great!
Title: Cilegray's WIP - with 100% more rainbows
Post by: rero_design on September 21, 2013, 04:45:00 PM
[img]http://i6.ifrm.com/html/emoticons/blink.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='blink.gif' /> Like it...can you write a little tutorial?
Title: Cilegray's WIP - with 100% more rainbows
Post by: cilegray on September 21, 2013, 06:46:00 PM
Quote from: rero_design date=1379796300
<!--emo&:blink:--><img src='http://i6.ifrm.com/html/emoticons/blink.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='blink.gif' /><!--endemo--> Like it...can you write a little tutorial?
I could, but the company that sells these gadgets allready have dozens of very detailed tutorials about a myriad of projects and applications. This was my first time using an arduino and the code was pretty simple to adapt to my needs. Wiring was pretty straightforward and hard to screw up.

To attack the round flat LEDs, I simply sandwiched the lens with a small sliver of foam that I split down the middle to give a bigger surface area to glue the LED on. Here's what it looks like wired up and glued down to the lens.

Parts needed for this build were :

1 x Flora (you could get away with a Gemma or a Trinket and simpler code, IIRC)
4 x RGB LED NeoPixels
1 x TCS sensor if you want to go down the color sensing road.

All parts are available from adafruit. I recommend ordering from them as they ship rather fast, and offer bulletproof aftersale service via their forums .

Here's a few links to tutorials on their websites that I learned a lot from. Let me know if you have specific questions about the build.

http://learn.adafruit.com/adafruit-neopixel-uberguide/overview
http://learn.adafruit.com/chameleon-scarf
(http://i.imgur.com/LNiCmCj.jpg)
Title: Cilegray's WIP - with 100% more rainbows
Post by: rero_design on September 21, 2013, 08:58:00 PM
Thank you...that enough...
Title: Cilegray's WIP - with 100% more rainbows
Post by: cilegray on September 24, 2013, 07:03:00 AM
Might as well post a few shots of the actual build; sorry for the 3 year old phone camera quality; at least it's not bandwidth heavy. Started work on the cod piece last night

(http://i.imgur.com/hBTHS9q.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/aueuhID.jpg)
Title: Cilegray's WIP - with 100% more rainbows
Post by: rero_design on September 24, 2013, 09:54:00 PM
[img]http://i6.ifrm.com/html/emoticons/blink.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='blink.gif' />  looks very good and clean...
Title: Cilegray's WIP - with 100% more rainbows
Post by: cilegray on September 28, 2013, 02:49:00 PM
Just a little update; did some detailing on the chest piece. I'm doing a MK V design, even tho the mid section of the actual MK V model is different; I'm going to stick mostly to the MK VII design for mobility's sake.

(http://i.imgur.com/HJLi127.jpg)
Title: Cilegray's WIP - with 100% more rainbows
Post by: Legion on September 28, 2013, 04:19:00 PM
Do I spy jump pack straps ?  [img]http://i6.ifrm.com/html/emoticons/dry.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='dry.gif' />
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - with 100% more rainbows
Post by: cilegray on September 30, 2013, 04:19:57 AM
No, those are standard on the Mk V Torso. I don't think I could go with anything bigger in terms of scale than the standard marine.

On another note, finished a boot tonight.
(http://i.imgur.com/eoM1nkN.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/EcNMk45.jpg)
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - with 100% more rainbows
Post by: rero_design on September 30, 2013, 02:41:17 PM
Thats a good idea for the MK V design...I use some cable tubing for that...maybe I steal your midsectiondesign...
but I want that look...
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/1234053_624250270929699_433184337_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - with 100% more rainbows
Post by: cilegray on September 30, 2013, 08:22:02 PM
I was using these for reference :

(http://i.imgur.com/HSrcxqX.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/SARO1m8.jpg)
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - with 100% more rainbows
Post by: rero_design on October 01, 2013, 07:22:04 PM
I like that look from Ortan Cassius armour, the cables going in the skull. I have a skull on my chest already so I think its the easiest way.

(http://wh40k.lexicanum.de/mediawiki/images/thumb/6/6e/CassiusII.jpg/250px-CassiusII.jpg)

I like the look of your torso too...
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - with 100% more rainbows
Post by: cilegray on October 06, 2013, 09:32:59 PM
A lil work done on zee codpiece/belt.

(http://i.imgur.com/TXY0rCL.jpg)
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - with 100% more rainbows
Post by: CLOTHAR on October 07, 2013, 12:08:38 AM
Looking good!  I really like the chest piece. 
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - with 100% more rainbows
Post by: ViolentDream on October 07, 2013, 03:22:03 AM
Nice idea on the changing lens color. I'm also working with Arduino, but am tackling the voice changer and sound player shields.

Love that torso detail, man. Clean and BIG!
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - with 100% more rainbows
Post by: cilegray on October 08, 2013, 02:00:07 AM
It has been decided; as my friend is also doing a build at the same time, we finally picked a chapter and paint scheme.

It's a compliant chapter; I'll leave the name out so the know-it-alls can bask in showing off their knowledge.

We'll be following this paint scheme/armor setup
(https://lh3.ggpht.com/_kX3htCfXgVU/TBzyMslvJuI/AAAAAAAADko/QGVUDNX6Hgo/s1600/SWSternguardPaint01.jpg)
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - with 100% more rainbows
Post by: cilegray on October 09, 2013, 04:59:39 PM
Just a few bits I picked up from the Halloween aisle at walmart and the dollar store; and 2 Storm Warden shields/badges.
(http://i.imgur.com/8kJBovZ.jpg)
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - with 100% more rainbows
Post by: CLOTHAR on October 09, 2013, 07:50:46 PM
Nice colour scheme!  They are going to look awesome.
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - with 100% more rainbows
Post by: prev on October 09, 2013, 08:03:42 PM
I agree with CLOTHAR, very nice minis dude.

There aren't too many custom Chapter builds on here, can't wait to see how you take this on...
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - with 100% more rainbows
Post by: cilegray on October 10, 2013, 04:16:17 AM
Sadly I didn't paint those minis myself. I was a blood angels somewhere in the early 90s then switched to playing a Tau army when those came out. Sadly I believe I only got to dust off my armies once during the last couple years. Still have all my 2nd ed models

I will, on the other hand, build and paint a mini to match the full size suit. Since we're on the subject, here's a small gallery of my own minis. Painted 7-10 years ago...
http://imgur.com/a/2RqFQ
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - with 100% more rainbows
Post by: cilegray on October 12, 2013, 02:24:31 AM
An update! I'll let the images speak for themselves :

(http://i.imgur.com/Lrury2K.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/ft3Zyrt.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/w7EJ9Jg.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/573iwhj.jpg)
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: Rraijjar on October 12, 2013, 03:16:57 PM
Looks sweet what you have made so far  ;D
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: CLOTHAR on October 13, 2013, 12:30:49 PM
Excellent work!  The pauldrons look great.
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: Grove.of.Dreams on October 13, 2013, 12:33:46 PM
Excellent work!  The pauldrons look great.

+1  Freaking amazing
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: cilegray on October 18, 2013, 10:22:21 AM
It's update time again. Took a "holiday" from work on thursday which ended up being the "spend 20h straight with no breaks working on a backpack day". At least the progress is noticeable. Onto the pics :

(http://i.imgur.com/i2gxM7l.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/wemOeim.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/QQdzQGC.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/rKepU7E.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/KOLMOJ1.jpg)
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: Rraijjar on October 18, 2013, 11:14:22 AM
Hmm, what is that white stuff? Cause it now looks absolutly smooth and seamless
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: cilegray on October 18, 2013, 11:21:04 AM
Hmm, what is that white stuff? Cause it now looks absolutly smooth and seamless

The white stuff is Gesso. You can get it at arts supply stores. It's intended use is to smooth out canvas before painting on it. It takes at least 5-6 coats before you can sand it, re-coat, sand, etc. I'm a bit of a perfectionist so it's a tedious process but it does cover seams beautifully. It starts to crack when it gets too thick or if you bend it too much or scrape it against something. My helmet allready has Gesso + PlastiDip and the dip really fixes any issue with the cracking.

Edit : Not to be mistaken with the white foam on the backpack; we're talking about the torso piece here.
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: CLOTHAR on October 19, 2013, 12:02:55 PM
Nice work on the backpack.  And your perfectionist attitude really shows;  The pieces look excellent.
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: cilegray on October 19, 2013, 12:20:59 PM
Thanks for all the comments, everyone. The morning shows a wee bit more progress.

(http://i.imgur.com/pBIPg1S.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/ofsJwYV.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/1HEBWaA.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/7bJ1g4v.jpg)

The little diverters are not attached yet; which is why they end up taped over in the last shot.
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: The knight on October 20, 2013, 03:12:03 PM
Loving your work
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: cilegray on October 22, 2013, 02:05:48 PM
I tackled the backpack balls on sunday, and instead of using the snake-like pattern that was included with the peps, I decided to waste a little more material, and make my life a whole lot easier. If anyone wants to try this out to cut/assemble the backpack balls, take a look at how I've laid out the unfold. It will fit on a 22 x 22 piece of EVA floor tile. Made glueing and shaping very, very easy.

(http://i.imgur.com/1apXf4V.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/9wonT8t.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/O2EOhrl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/vr1P1Pi.jpg)

I do still have a fair bit of sanding to do, but expect them to turn out really nice.
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: cilegray on October 26, 2013, 05:18:18 PM
I should have the balls mounted on the backpack somewhere this weekend, but in the meantime, I worked on the shoulder innards and rigging; results.

(http://i.imgur.com/d6VCtwL.jpg)
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: prev on October 26, 2013, 05:24:22 PM
Looks good dude, but I'm just wondering whether or not your helmet is a bit pointy looking in the forehead area? Might be the light, might be me...
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: cilegray on October 26, 2013, 05:44:46 PM
Light + plastidip. At the very middle where it rolls back to the other side, the light that's to the front/right of me just stops catching. Camera making it 10x worse than it actually is
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: Grove.of.Dreams on October 26, 2013, 06:27:30 PM
Looking good, man  :D
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: Finnlock on October 26, 2013, 06:27:50 PM
Looking good, the shoulder scale looks spot on!
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: cilegray on October 26, 2013, 06:40:47 PM
Looking good, the shoulder scale looks spot on!

If there's one thing about these characters that really make them stand out from anything else imho, it's the imposing shoulders. Didn't want to compromise on those at all, but I will need to work the holes in the torso piece to get more arm room under those shoulders. I can mount them ever so slightly higher, but that will impair visibility to my left greatly.
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: Rraijjar on October 26, 2013, 06:54:58 PM
Always love the massive upperbody with the tiny normal humans legs ^^ looks great so far over there
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: CLOTHAR on October 26, 2013, 07:04:38 PM
yikes!  That is big.  Looks really nice though.
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: ViolentDream on October 27, 2013, 12:00:37 AM
awesome shoulders! For the torso...how many coats of Gesso does it take to achieve that? What's the density / texture like? Hard / smooth / still has flex?
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: cilegray on October 27, 2013, 12:16:16 AM
The bottom of the torso has 1-2 coats and the top half has probably 4 or 5. It remains flexible but loses some of that flex with each added coat... There is alot of cracking going on in the top part of the torso as I've been handling it alot lately, but as you can see it's very fine and hardly noticeable. Will not show thru once it's plastidipped.
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: cilegray on October 28, 2013, 03:43:46 PM
A few new pictures...

The mounting bolts for the shoulders. These bolt into aluminum strapping going around the torso.

(http://i.imgur.com/WJVM3cs.jpg)

And the backpack now has balls. Big balls.

(http://i.imgur.com/kS37vkj.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/dDBvqc7.jpg)
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: Gunhead on October 29, 2013, 01:44:19 PM
The proportions look spot on. Good luck getting through a door!  8)

I am always amazed with the speed at which foam builds can go together and the results you get. I have been wondering if I could not have produced foam suits faster than on a vac table.

Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: cilegray on October 29, 2013, 04:07:45 PM
I'm about 200-250 hours deep right now. And 'reproduction' would be the same quantity of work all over again. Once your vac forming equipment is ready you can make multiple suits in a day...
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: Grove.of.Dreams on October 29, 2013, 04:31:03 PM
I'm about 200-250 hours deep right now. And 'reproduction' would be the same quantity of work all over again. Once your vac forming equipment is ready you can make multiple suits in a day...

I think more he was pointing out that you, being generous, have spent about 2 months (or about one out of every two 8-hour 'work days') on your build, and have an already impressive, mildly refined setup to display.  Meanwhile he's over a year into his build, has a few pieces, and a few more forms / bucks in progress.  Yes, in theory once his forms were all done, he could churn out suits to his heart's content (assuming he never, ever wanted to change anything about the suit that was more than superficial), but that's not what he was saying - he was comparing the time invested in making 1 suit his way vs. the foam way.  Even if one were to include the 'mass production' angle, I would say that in terms of individual, custom-design suits, your two builds are effectively a 'wash' in terms of time / effort commitment vs. end products.

In any case, he was complimenting you...I think it's ok to say "thanks!"  ;) :P
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: cilegray on October 29, 2013, 04:38:22 PM
Lmao, thanks grove. English isn't my first language and I might have missed some subtelty, but what I was really answering is this little part

Quote
if I could not have produced foam suits faster than on a vac table.

I wanted to point out that he would go crazy/die of old age if he was thinking of producing multiple foam suits. The amnt of work for say, a shoulder pad, was enough to make me grimace at the thought of having to do it all over a second time. I can't even fathom building another full suit...      .... for now
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: Grove.of.Dreams on October 29, 2013, 04:47:57 PM
You and I both - I've been working on the 'sidonus' pepakura pieces.  3 hours in I sat there thinking: "This is a horrible mistake."  Good thing my planned 'reveal' is somewhere around summer 2015  :o
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: cilegray on December 15, 2013, 10:57:02 AM
Well it's been a little over a month without an update; but given that since early November, I've been stuck in a Winter Wonderland, which pretty much limits the amnt of work that can be done outside/in my friend's shed (my primary workplace).

This is what it looks like outside right now... and probably till late march early april.
(http://i.imgur.com/7PxKikh.jpg?1)

In the meantime, I've been sealing and smoothing with Gesso, working on smaller details etc. Got the fan/ventilation done on the backpack... etc. Pictures will speak for themselves.

(http://i.imgur.com/gbrGUM7.jpg?1)
(http://i.imgur.com/mNKO84I.jpg?1)
(http://i.imgur.com/b0w69Su.jpg?1)
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: Rraijjar on December 15, 2013, 11:19:31 AM
Nice update you have there ^^
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: Rraijjar on December 16, 2013, 05:44:13 AM
But im curious about a couple of things, does gesso crack easily or not? And is it heavy when you use it all over the suit?
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: cilegray on December 16, 2013, 07:56:27 AM
Gesso does crack or get surface damage quite easily; solution to that is to cover it with a coat of plastidip. I've used so far 1.5 pounds of gesso... which is probably about 1/2 that weight once dried.
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: Ronan on December 16, 2013, 10:36:14 AM
Looking great. 
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: Rraijjar on December 16, 2013, 11:01:38 AM
And then it can take a small hit? Not a full hit hammer blow or something, some some bumping and stuff?
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: cilegray on December 16, 2013, 11:10:26 AM
The gesso, by itself, will crack/dent permanantly if it moves much. It is flexible, but not tremendously. Plastidip on the other hand is extremely flexible and can be stretched pretty far and it will return to shape. I don't know how the gesso's looking under the dip on my helmet, but even after squishing the foam to 1/2 its thickness, everything sprung back into place, nice and smooth. It's also pretty scuff resistant
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: LadyDrakas on December 21, 2013, 03:48:09 AM
Oh my gosh, more Storm Warden love!  I'm in the process of making a Stormie Librarian, as well as a big Stormie table top army.  *fistbump*  Looking good!
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: cilegray on December 21, 2013, 12:45:01 PM
Oh my gosh, more Storm Warden love!  I'm in the process of making a Stormie Librarian, as well as a big Stormie table top army.  *fistbump*  Looking good!
Now I don't need to feel so lonely in Highcastle. Hurray!
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: Daeouse on December 21, 2013, 07:16:54 PM
Looking awesome!!! 8)
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: jim_rush51 on December 22, 2013, 09:45:47 AM
your lack of seams is tremendous. well done sir, well done!
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: cilegray on December 22, 2013, 11:02:45 AM
Thanks very much for the good comments everyone. I've been putting a lot of time and effort into hiding the seams... I love the perplexed look I get from coworkers when I tell them it's made from square foam mats glued together.

Had time to work on the louvers for the different vents on the backpack; and was lucky enough to catch a day of ABOVE FREEZING temperature (33*F / 1*C)... so I went ahead and sprayed part of the backpack in black plastidip. Had to use the hot halogens to get it to cure faster, but in the end it worked out pretty good. Since then, I've been spraying small sections at a time, indoors.

Here's a few shots.

(http://i.imgur.com/7CdgGw9.jpg?1)
(http://i.imgur.com/Crbd6aC.jpg?1)
(http://i.imgur.com/1PR5fsX.jpg?1)

Going to work on some louvers to cover up the fan that's smack in the middle and I think that's gonna be all for ze backpack till paint.
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: Rraijjar on December 22, 2013, 12:02:55 PM
Wow :o So that is Gesso with plasti dip? How heavy is it? Or is it pretty light so far?
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: cilegray on December 22, 2013, 12:12:50 PM
The backpack is full 'dawn of war' size (wider than it should be) and the back is 1/4 inch hardboard... rest is foam.

It weighs 7 lbs exactly at this point.
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: AlexanderGriffith on December 25, 2013, 07:10:38 AM
Really nice work so far! Can't wait to see this completed.
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: cilegray on January 11, 2014, 03:43:00 PM
Took a little bit of a break from the actual build to make a work/display stand for it. The stand itself is a 2 inch ABS pipe sliding into a bigger 3 inch pipe, which makes it adjustable from about 4 feet tall to somewhere around 7. The parts were just taking up too much room in the apt.
(http://i.imgur.com/xmVBkPo.jpg?1)

Edit : Sorry had to resize that image.
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: SqueekinOrka on January 11, 2014, 03:58:28 PM
This is looking amazing! Love the details, really nice. :)
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: cilegray on January 14, 2014, 04:22:46 PM
Minute little update. Made some bulletproof brackets for the knee joints. I will try and take more shots of how these will be assembled into the legs for maximum strength.

(http://i.imgur.com/NAH4fv5.jpg?1)

+ 1 random "this is what I got so far" shot.

(http://i.imgur.com/PkEW3Cc.jpg?1)
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: Amish Trooper on January 17, 2014, 11:20:21 PM
Looks great love the clean look of the pack. Roughly how many 4 pack floor mats have you had to use? I have a toneof gesso from prepping my canvas so I may have a go at this with the plasti dip
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: cilegray on January 18, 2014, 06:19:49 AM
I did not count exactly how many 4 packs I have in here so far, but if I had to guess it would be 9-11 packs.
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: Amish Trooper on January 18, 2014, 06:14:54 PM
I did not count exactly how many 4 packs I have in here so far, but if I had to guess it would be 9-11 packs.
Thanks a bunch. I figure I'll grab 10 packs from Harbor Freight. They are only $9.99 for a 4 pack.
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: cilegray on February 07, 2014, 03:08:16 AM
A (long overdue) update on my slow wintery progress.

There's a wall of pictures coming up, so I'll just sum it up real quick here. After dipping the left shoulder cup, I noticed a pretty decent unevenness along the top. Everywhere I looked online said that plastidip was not sandable, period.

Lies.

I was able to patch it up with some filler, sand everything smooth, and redip right over. It is now invisible and on par with my obsession with (near)perfection. Along the same lines, the helmet, which is the first piece that I completed, needed some attention as well and has undergone the same process. Plastidip is wet and dry sandable, per my experience. Use fine grit paper, I'm personally sanding with 220.

Legs are complete w/ bullet-proof knee joints. Mish-mash of pics follows

(http://i.imgur.com/NPDG3Ay.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/plkizQh.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/Vsd1GHt.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/9unH21T.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/2Rg7AkT.jpg?1)
(http://i.imgur.com/U7ohiA7.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/cPGowet.jpg)
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: Lupus Irae on February 07, 2014, 04:30:29 AM
That attention to perfection is paying off for you. This build is looking great. What did you use as a filler? Glad to know that dip is sandable.
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: cilegray on February 07, 2014, 04:56:57 AM
I'm using thick gesso to fill.
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: Lupus Irae on February 07, 2014, 05:17:34 AM
Ok yeah thats what I was guessing. Glad to see the dip didn't set you back.
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: Amish Trooper on February 07, 2014, 09:35:35 AM
Like the knee joint. Have you tried walking with the new assembly?
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: Grove.of.Dreams on February 07, 2014, 11:07:45 AM
It's all looking damn good, man :)
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: cilegray on February 09, 2014, 08:20:45 AM
Sadly, I don't have any good pictures of just how bad the helmet used to be, but basically every joint in the top half = a slight high spot... I had not corrected it earlier on thinking I could fix the little issues once I got to painting, but it was too seriously flawed to bring back with just a nice paintjob.

Unfortunately I ran out of plastidip so do not have shots of the actual completed upgrade (I sanded the dip with 400 grit paper after the last pics, and need to redip for uber smoothness).
Basic process ended up being filler > block sanding > filler > block sanding > filler > block sanding > spot filler > plastidip > sanding > plastidp. It is now very smooth to the touch and barely any visible flaws remaining, even with the matte plastidip highlighting every micron of imperfection.

(http://i.imgur.com/Ibs1vXr.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/uxc54lS.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/71USAIN.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/Q7MXBvC.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/IFMOZxf.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/dTazhEA.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/52P4jhU.jpg)
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: Ronan on February 10, 2014, 12:16:12 PM
What are you using for filler?
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: Amish Trooper on February 10, 2014, 12:29:02 PM
What are you using for filler?
I think he's using gesso and then plasti dip
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: cilegray on February 11, 2014, 01:18:09 AM
Amish Trooper would be correct.

I've also done some (sucessful) testing with lightweight joint compound for pieces that do NOT need to flex or move. Works wonders and sands really easily... but not exactly flexible
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: cilegray on February 12, 2014, 07:41:11 AM
Tiny update, got some of the arm parts cut and glued, and decided to start work on some leg details for a change of pace.

I'm going with the skull and laurels as pictured here

(http://megabitzshop.com/bilder/produkte/gross/Warhammer-40K-Bitz-Space-Marine-Sternguard-Veteran-Squad-Legs-B.jpg)

Just sketched it out in photoshop real quick, cut it out, and drew the linework. Will be cutting up my foam/fingers tomorrow night. Hope it actually looks good or it's a bunch of time wasted.

(http://i.imgur.com/IRTcJSG.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/KWKrlsv.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/Ilsoo7T.jpg)
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: cilegray on February 13, 2014, 04:56:41 AM
Started working on it some. Second shot shows the right side after some sanding and the third shot is the same deal with the 'fuzz' taken down via a quick swipe with a blowtorch

(http://i.imgur.com/8juzF4d.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/e0L5aX8.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/Cjwkysj.jpg)

Edit : More progress

(http://i.imgur.com/spEYhqp.jpg)
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: Lupus Irae on February 13, 2014, 07:23:43 AM
The laurels actually came out pretty damn good cile!! cant wait to see it on the leg piece for reference ;D
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: cilegray on February 13, 2014, 07:31:46 AM
I actually posted an edit while you were replying ^^
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: Lupus Irae on February 13, 2014, 07:36:31 AM
LOL Cilegray you beat me to the punch ;D!! That looks pretty damn spot on. When painted up its going to look sweet!
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: cilegray on February 14, 2014, 02:48:45 AM
Making some more progress on the leg decorations tonight... and the mailman made my day. Finally received my 'alternate' costume for the con. It's a very nice, quality jacket that I'm probably going to end up wearing in the spring anyways; it's too awesome to just be a con piece. It has obvious Assassin's Creed inspiration.

(http://i.imgur.com/hBjryL4.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/MALe8nd.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/bCqF07B.jpg)
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: Lupus Irae on February 15, 2014, 06:53:36 PM
LoL that's so funny!! My wife just got in the mail yesterday that same coat, but in blue and white. We are going to alter it so she can go as a fem Connor Kenway. She will be my handler so I'll have an assassin on my side (even though a hardened Space Wolf like myself wont need it haha  ;D)
(http://i563.photobucket.com/albums/ss71/antcas56/assassin.jpg)
The wife's connor coat.
(http://i563.photobucket.com/albums/ss71/antcas56/Bane.jpg)
I'll be most likely going as Bane ( mask completely hand made) for the first day of the boston comic con. Which con are you going to??
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: cilegray on February 15, 2014, 10:40:34 PM
Not exactly the same. I got the original, you guys got the knockoff... but as it's purely for a costume, I understand the >200$ savings. The build quality on the Volante is awesomesauce; best piece of clothing I own.

I'll be going to fanexpo in Toronto. ^ Canadian.
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: cilegray on February 17, 2014, 03:46:14 AM
Progress !

Good news on the laurels; they turned out pretty good. Finished 'that' leg to match this leg design right here. Bad news, I'm gonna need a bigger skull : 

(http://i.imgur.com/d8rEDN3.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/uzfkJOY.jpg)

Also picked up some paint cans and started running some tests in my makeshift paintbooth. Helmet has 2 coats of base (dark gunmetal) and will be highlighted with the brighter silver.

(http://i.imgur.com/5XAJopC.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/shV6UAL.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/40Iar7e.jpg)

PS : The scratch over the eye has been overdone; I was not planning on having any kind of damage around the face, but the mouth part of the helmet wasn't symmetrical and the scratch was an easy way to get over that problem without redoing half the helmet.
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: cilegray on February 19, 2014, 05:05:35 AM
Not getting much feedback :/ so it's time for another update, however tiny it is.

Paint is taking 10x longer than I thought to dry. 1 coat primer + 2 base coats took roughly 60 hours to be hard enough to mask over and start highlighting. You'll have to pardon the bathroom shots, lighting is a bit better over there and the metallic highlighting was really hard to pick up with the phone camera... lot of glare. The highlighting looks a shade lighter in person. After this layer dries, I'll remask and highlight the mouthpiece and sides. Plan is to go over with a drybrush in a lighter shade for the edging. Trying to get the look as close to well painted minis as possible (massive light/shadow exageration).

Ps : First shot shows midway thru masking. I completely wrapped the underside with newspaper before spraying.

(http://i.imgur.com/siZ51dN.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/rquuEkG.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/vWEVsqx.jpg)
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: Lupus Irae on February 19, 2014, 06:15:01 AM
Man that's looking clean as hell. What brand of paint? What did you use for the tube on there?
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: cilegray on February 19, 2014, 07:09:44 AM
The tubes are made from a sleeve used for running cables thru walls and ceilings, I believe. Anyways I picked it up at Home Depot... it's a 8 foot lenght and very rigid.

Paints that I am using right here (on the left obviously) :

(http://i.imgur.com/jfDgdwQ.jpg)

Note that I would not recommend that particular can design for detailing/shading... but they're awesome otherwise. The nozzle on the metallic cans provides a very wide and feathered mist; similar to that of an air-fed sprayer... which will be great for larger surfaces, but was slightly hard to work with on pieces like the face. The other cans have a more traditional nozzle with a smaller, rounder spray pattern, which should make highlighting a little easier to control.
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: cilegray on February 19, 2014, 08:23:29 AM
Moar pictures. The very fine coat of silver dried really fast and I was able to squeeze another coat on the bottom of the mouth piece before hitting the sack. Lighting being a bit of a bitch so I tried to take some shots in lower light.

(http://i.imgur.com/nDi9agu.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/taFWIw4.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/pQ7KC9k.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/6pzeWjY.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/SScZewo.jpg)
Title: Re: Cilegray's WIP - Storm Wardens Build
Post by: cilegray on February 21, 2014, 02:23:49 PM
I'll just leave those here... (not finished, but the spray job is. Final brush detailing later....)

(http://i.imgur.com/vRvTCaf.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/7wLOMfZ.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/tlFJFqU.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/2zHTA7r.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/LcDsfDX.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/GGrTDos.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/edYKg7R.jpg)
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 10 % painted
Post by: Amish Trooper on February 21, 2014, 03:19:24 PM
So nice and clean. look forward to more updates and the detailing
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 10 % painted
Post by: Lupus Irae on February 21, 2014, 04:27:06 PM
Seriously has to be the cleanest build I have ever seen. This is ridiculously good bro. Can't wait to see more!!
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 10 % painted
Post by: cilegray on February 22, 2014, 12:36:52 AM
Better lighting situation in the workshop room at night

(http://i.imgur.com/xqEv5qH.jpg)
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 10 % painted
Post by: Amish Trooper on February 22, 2014, 02:31:10 AM
I hate you... This is just too nice
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 10 % painted
Post by: Lupus Irae on February 22, 2014, 08:01:00 AM
I love that two tone blue you got going, how did you get that look while painting?
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 10 % painted
Post by: cilegray on February 22, 2014, 08:24:12 AM
I love that two tone blue you got going, how did you get that look while painting?

Scroll all the way to the top of this page (7) and you'll see two different cans of metallics, and two cans of blue. The darker one is the base color and the other one for the highlights. I'm trying to mimic a painted miniature, supersized. Lots of shading and highlights... a little like these guys :

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_kX3htCfXgVU/TDT100xaAjI/AAAAAAAADvc/e3NxqkpDWsM/s1600/jawasquad.jpg
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 10 % painted
Post by: Lupus Irae on February 22, 2014, 06:44:18 PM
Ah ok gotcha... it looks awesome for just using spray cans. It almost looks airbrushed with how you got that look with the shading. Great job brosive!!  ;D
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 10 % painted
Post by: cilegray on February 22, 2014, 06:55:13 PM
A little planning and a dash of patience goes a long way. I'm also nowhere new to the spray can... it's a skill that develops over time ;)
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 10 % painted
Post by: cilegray on February 24, 2014, 02:14:52 PM
Another slight change of pace... had 2 strokes of genius on the same day and bought some supplies.

Tool belt + padded suspenders = not having to make my  own set. The padding is allready very nice on these. 50$

Cheap and light stilts : ABS pipe + 2 polyethylene cutting boards from walmart. Need to add a toe pocket, and a heel stop, some straps, and a sole. Should be under 50$ for both, will need to make another trip to the hardware store.

(http://i.imgur.com/2VrKXF5.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/SvF7P4s.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/nVAbi6a.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/n7k45N5.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/ZJToegy.jpg)

Not pictured is another layer of cutting board with holes for the bolts on top so I'm not stepping on pointy metal bars all day. Just gotta figure out the best way to stick it on there
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 10 % painted
Post by: Gunhead on February 24, 2014, 02:53:52 PM
Well done blogging your rigging. Your "field expedient" stilts make me wish I had waited to buy those drywall stilts.  ;)
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 10 % painted
Post by: cilegray on February 24, 2014, 03:00:35 PM
Well done blogging your rigging. Your "field expedient" stilts make me wish I had waited to buy those drywall stilts.  ;)
Thanks !
I was going to buy drywall stilts up until 2 days ago... to be honest. They were slightly too tall, unnecessarily adjustable, and a little heavier than they needed to be, so I brainstormed with my team of 1 and came up with this as an alternative. Gonna have to wait till there's 2 of them built and complete before I can attest to their usability.
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 10 % painted
Post by: Gunhead on February 24, 2014, 03:07:20 PM
Let us know when you get to the testing phase. I also noted the min height of the drywall stilts (18") only after I got them. The extra 6" makes the proportioning difficult, but not impossible. If your stilts work, replacing the drywall stilts might be something to consider.
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 10 % painted
Post by: cilegray on February 24, 2014, 03:12:26 PM
At least if you're stuck with the drywall stilts you'll be able to recycle the foot straps and the ankle piece and use those on your MacGyver ones.
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 10 % painted
Post by: mightytank on February 25, 2014, 11:07:39 AM
Let us know when you get to the testing phase. I also noted the min height of the drywall stilts (18") only after I got them. The extra 6" makes the proportioning difficult, but not impossible. If your stilts work, replacing the drywall stilts might be something to consider.

Yea i feared this too.  The shortest that i'm aware that you can buy drywall stilts is 15".  I have a pair for my chewbacca at that height. 
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 10 % painted
Post by: cilegray on February 26, 2014, 02:12:43 PM
Little bit of an update. Made some straps for the stilts, and a heel stop, which I still need to screw into the base. Started paint (and finished spraying) on the backpack. I was a bit overzealous and ended up taping over some half-cured silver to shoot the blue... I'll have to respray a little section of the silver, but it came out rather nice, I think ^^

(http://i.imgur.com/a8Ajbw6.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/vrCrf6F.jpg?1)
(http://i.imgur.com/tKqvRnD.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/rPscBFr.jpg)
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 10 % painted
Post by: FLYzilla on February 26, 2014, 04:20:00 PM
nice i like your stilts plan very nice
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 10 % painted
Post by: cilegray on February 27, 2014, 02:44:28 AM
I forgot to post this last picture in the last post. Thought it would be a good time to show the extent of my workspace. This is our spare bedroom, IE my computer room. Notice that I'm working mostly off the floor, across from the computer.

Disregard the mountain of stuff, I'm still sorting thru old boxes that were in the closet where my finished pieces are stored nice and safe away from the fumes of rattle cans.

(http://i.imgur.com/3jhWE3u.jpg)
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 20 % painted
Post by: Amish Trooper on February 27, 2014, 10:24:07 PM
I was looking at your shoulder bell mounts and was thinking of doing something similar but maybe wrapping it in a piece of water noodle
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 20 % painted
Post by: Lord Abaddon on February 28, 2014, 03:16:29 AM
I love this build, your paint scheme is awesome!

|Can't wait to see more
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 20 % painted
Post by: cilegray on February 28, 2014, 03:45:33 AM
I was looking at your shoulder bell mounts and was thinking of doing something similar but maybe wrapping it in a piece of water noodle

Here's how the other end of the hookup looks. It's 3-4 layers of foam + a copper plumbing cap at the bottom to prevent the bolts from doing any damage.

(http://i.imgur.com/ILBTsV9.jpg?1)
(http://i.imgur.com/922rkd1.jpg?1)
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 20 % painted
Post by: Amish Trooper on February 28, 2014, 04:12:13 AM
Ah that makes better sense now.. Cheers
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 20 % painted
Post by: cilegray on February 28, 2014, 04:47:34 PM
Today was a day of major setbacks and lesson learning.

The paints I'm using are enamel. I figured I could spray an acrylic clear over top to seal everything and protect the acrylic paints that I had used to do the detail work. Turns out I bought an acrylic lacquer clear... and upon spraying the back of my backpack, the paint started wrinkling and coming off, just as if I had applied paint stripper to the piece. Few hours of sanding and 2 coats of paint later, I'm back to where I was before this whole mess.

It doesn't peel if sprayed very very lightly, but I'm not taking any more chances with the stuff, so I'm gonna have to find another alternative.

Tested both Krylon and Rustoleum clears on a scrap piece and they both yielded the same results; disaster.
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 20 % painted
Post by: Lupus Irae on February 28, 2014, 05:14:59 PM
Sorry to hear that  :( Hopefully you can find a work around for this issue
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 20 % painted
Post by: cilegray on February 28, 2014, 05:42:20 PM
Done like dinner. Did some reading around online and found alot of model makers and model rocket flyers using something I would never have thought of as a clear coat. It's called Pledge FloorCare Tile and Vinyl Floor Finish. It's basically a water-based acrylic clear that brushes on, and dries in about 20 minutes. So far application on tested area was super easy. Waiting on it to dry before I come to any conclusions but so far this seems very promising. It's made to take the abuse of foot traffic, so I think it's gonna hold up just fine here.
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 20 % painted
Post by: Lord Abaddon on February 28, 2014, 06:09:52 PM
Glad you found  solution!

I do hope it turns out to work as well as you hope. Adapt and overcome! That's what I love about this hobby, each experience is a potential sponge of knowledge, waiting to be wrung out.
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 20 % painted
Post by: cilegray on February 28, 2014, 06:57:16 PM
Did a coat of floor polish on the entire front side of the pack. This is exactly the result I was looking for. About the same shine as the blue paint used to have, but looks deeper, especially on the metallic parts. The black wash was dull and didn't blend at all before - now it's looking just perfect. Here's a few close up shots of the shadowing with the black wash.

(http://i.imgur.com/rsValnq.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/EGvx0eY.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/VieWPxU.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/np1MwV7.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/qFmKCvR.jpg)
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 20 % painted
Post by: Amish Trooper on February 28, 2014, 07:08:30 PM
Good to see you were able to recover and discover this cool alternative. Do you know once it's dry if you can go back and add more weathering?
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 20 % painted
Post by: cilegray on February 28, 2014, 07:20:18 PM
I don't see why you couldn't. The only thing with this stuff is it is removable, with amonia or probably other strong solvents.
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 20 % painted
Post by: Haggard13 on March 01, 2014, 01:24:58 PM
this is one hell of a clean build, I'm loving the blue paint job  ;D
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 20 % painted
Post by: Lupus Irae on March 02, 2014, 08:50:21 AM
You said that's a brush on clear coat!! I see no brush marks in those close ups which is a major plus. Looks like you discovered a great product to keep the paint sealed in nice!!
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 20 % painted
Post by: cilegray on March 03, 2014, 04:30:36 PM
Time for moar pictures. Got the second stilt built to the point the 1st one was at, and finished the first one; complete with sole. At this point it's 4.2 lbs, but I can cut it down a bit more by trimming the sole, it's made from recycled tires and is fairly heavy and very heavy duty. 'Real' testing to come when I can finish the second one, but the bottoms are very grippy, should be perfect.

Pics

(http://i.imgur.com/YsAvPbk.jpg?1)
(http://i.imgur.com/odZDbdm.jpg?1)
(http://i.imgur.com/S7kHEec.jpg?2)
(http://i.imgur.com/wAjdf3g.jpg?2)
(http://i.imgur.com/sX3zmx7.jpg?2)
(http://i.imgur.com/XlM6LwR.jpg?1)
(http://i.imgur.com/83XVhkR.jpg?1)
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 20 % painted
Post by: Lord Abaddon on March 03, 2014, 07:06:59 PM
Those stilts look pretty neat, I might have to steal that chopping board idea, good call.
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 20 % painted
Post by: cilegray on March 06, 2014, 04:23:57 PM
Middle of the week update.

Started off by going back to the helmet and finishing off the highlights.

(http://i.imgur.com/cxoMjAw.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/FRSFS5B.jpg)

Then I added some shading around the inside edges

(http://i.imgur.com/CvUsbUY.jpg)

And then proceeded to drop it straight to the floor from the top of my 6-7 foot tall stand. It made a little bit of a kink somewhere underneath the paint... barely visible, but frustrating to know it's there!

(http://i.imgur.com/QhZy7lo.jpg)

Shaded the corners of the shoulder as well with black wash

(http://i.imgur.com/W3MFxSu.jpg)
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 20 % painted
Post by: doomfist on March 07, 2014, 12:24:05 AM
Completely insane ninja-level clean build going on here.  Can not wait to see the finished job.   

Totally gonna use the Pledge stuff from your experiment on my next build.  Nice find!   
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 20 % painted
Post by: cilegray on March 09, 2014, 12:00:31 PM
Did a little bit of trimming on the upper arm parts are they were interfering with the chest piece. Did the joints with spring clips.

(http://i.imgur.com/ojeoALT.jpg?1)
(http://i.imgur.com/Ef5eeL6.jpg?1)
(http://i.imgur.com/ND0Q9ox.jpg?1)
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 20 % painted
Post by: cilegray on March 10, 2014, 04:14:50 PM
3 mors pics. Put the rigging inside the chest, and got the second shoulder rdy for paint.

(http://i.imgur.com/qv44xW5.jpg?1)
(http://i.imgur.com/uxx4Yc8.jpg?1)
(http://i.imgur.com/ROWhT9f.jpg?1)
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 20 % painted
Post by: Gunhead on March 11, 2014, 01:19:07 PM
If you are around sometime, maybe we can get together. I would love to take a look at what you have so far.
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 20 % painted
Post by: cilegray on March 11, 2014, 04:15:51 PM
I'm in the gatineau area pretty much anytime I'm not at work :P 10 mins MAX from ottawa. Sadly, I don't think I could fit everything in the car to bring it over, tho. PM me your cell phone number perhaps we can meet up easier then.

Edit : spent 3 hours last night ripping all the rigging out of the chestpiece, gouging out about an inch of foam and reinstalling all the rigging in order to gain a bit of headroom for the helmet to fit, otherwise had my chin almost flush with the collarpiece. I'll post some pics of that process when I get home, but they don't really show much. On a positive note it's now very stable on my shoulders.
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 20 % painted
Post by: Caramel on March 11, 2014, 11:02:13 PM
Around how big are the knees that you made? I'm working on the knee for a.. relic, or veteran leg (can't remember which) and it seems absurdly oversized. I know that it's a bit larger than a normal knee but this seems to be a bit much.
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 20 % painted
Post by: cilegray on March 12, 2014, 12:03:16 AM
Around how big are the knees that you made? I'm working on the knee for a.. relic, or veteran leg (can't remember which) and it seems absurdly oversized. I know that it's a bit larger than a normal knee but this seems to be a bit much.

Which dimensions are you looking for exactly for the "knee"? Ill try and take pics with a tape measure when I get home but I'm not exactly sure what you want to know... I know for a fact i had to takr an inch or so out from the foam to match the paper template as foam has a tendency to expand when bent alot.
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 20 % painted
Post by: Caramel on March 12, 2014, 06:18:13 AM
I guess width. The knee I cut out is almost as tall as a 5gal bucket and as wide when curved. I had to take out some foam too on the inside layer to get it to fit.
(http://img4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110909184714/spacemarine/images/4/4b/Armor_Relic.jpg)
It's the knee from this armour.
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 20 % painted
Post by: cilegray on March 12, 2014, 12:05:16 PM
I don't have a real 'knee' per se, as I went with

(http://i.imgur.com/CDkn3Ln.jpg)

this leg design. Dimensions of the bottom half are about 28 inches high by 10 inches wide at the top (a bit wider at the bottom as they're a bit of a conical shape)
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 20 % painted
Post by: Caramel on March 12, 2014, 01:01:41 PM
Whoops, I got confused trying to look at the images mobile. The black outline on the leg piece looked like the separation for a knee. That does help, though, because I was making the other leg like one of those.
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 20 % painted
Post by: cilegray on March 12, 2014, 01:18:25 PM
Oh, the black outline was the original pep, which accounts for a knee. I obviously had to skip cutting it out and adding another piece on top instead.
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 20 % painted
Post by: cilegray on March 13, 2014, 08:28:40 PM
Well here's the update with all the pics of the week's work.

Ripping out the strapping; replacing it significantly deeper into the collar. 2nd shoulder getting some paint. Lil slip up while unmasking so there's a small blemish I'll have to redo. Fitted the left stilt/foot together as well.

(http://i.imgur.com/201I7BZ.jpg?1)
(http://i.imgur.com/hK09KxE.jpg?1)

Left side done, right side not.
(http://i.imgur.com/TobM3Q4.jpg?1)

Improved spacing.
(http://i.imgur.com/Gd8iukt.jpg?1)

1+ hour of masking.
(http://i.imgur.com/OBNsCMX.jpg?1)

Worth it. Lettering and skull still need to be painted.
(http://i.imgur.com/oi4QDtm.jpg?1)
(http://i.imgur.com/8cIPgUL.jpg?1)

I hate you
(http://i.imgur.com/gGyMJlE.jpg?1)

Foot.
(http://i.imgur.com/muypDkz.jpg?2)
(http://i.imgur.com/crT2H2M.jpg?1)
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 20 % painted
Post by: cilegray on March 16, 2014, 07:58:40 PM
No replies ? Moar pictures.

Trimmed the back of the torso to look more like the mini.

(http://www.bitzbox.co.uk/images/space_marine_tactical_2013_torso_back_large.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Isz4hkf.jpg?1)
(http://i.imgur.com/q82Mzti.jpg?1)
(http://i.imgur.com/Q2x1ES7.jpg?1)
(http://i.imgur.com/nfJon5o.jpg?1)
(http://i.imgur.com/827IKDZ.jpg?1)
(http://i.imgur.com/8ZiElS4.jpg?1)
(http://i.imgur.com/sPOO6g9.jpg?1)
(http://i.imgur.com/RTKNaS9.jpg?1)
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 20 % painted
Post by: FLYzilla on March 17, 2014, 11:17:38 PM
very nice work. how did you mount your stilts to the boots?
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 20 % painted
Post by: cilegray on March 18, 2014, 02:52:13 AM
Boots basically float at the top (stilt tops rest at the same height as the top of the foot) and the soles of the big boot are 2 layers of 1/2 inch foam, hot glued straight to the rubber sole of the stilt. Did a small band of foam going across the top of the stilt bottom to both sides of the foot ; and the toes are just glued to the 1 inch thick sole; they're stiff but they'll bend if I'm going to trip over them.

(http://i.imgur.com/AREfiq7.jpg?1)
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 20 % painted
Post by: FLYzilla on March 18, 2014, 08:27:15 PM
thanks for the information
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 20 % painted
Post by: cilegray on June 29, 2014, 05:06:27 PM
FYI, this project ain't dead; and I'm not either.

I've been slacking for the past few months up until recently, but now with Con about 2 months away, work has resumed at an adequate pace.

I'll take some shots of where I'm at when I've got everything together in one spot... but it's coming together
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 20 % painted
Post by: Gunhead on July 01, 2014, 02:17:57 PM
LOL it is funny how a little nice weather really remotivates the project. Are you thinking of going to the con in Toronto?
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 20 % painted
Post by: cilegray on July 01, 2014, 03:15:26 PM
Ticket's bought for Toronto. There is no maybe. :P
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 20 % painted
Post by: Gunhead on July 02, 2014, 09:18:31 AM
Excellent. Make sure you have a camera crew to take some shot of you purging the heretics.
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 20 % painted
Post by: cilegray on July 11, 2014, 01:33:05 AM
As promised here are a few shots of how (mostly) everything is looking. Got about 45 days till deadline.

(http://i.imgur.com/QM27zxk.jpg?1)
(http://i.imgur.com/5lmBKSf.jpg?1)
(http://i.imgur.com/fpXKa2k.jpg?1)
(http://i.imgur.com/wJaZBF5.jpg?1)
(http://i.imgur.com/FVyJLpd.jpg?1)
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 20 % painted
Post by: Gunhead on July 11, 2014, 10:44:17 AM
Looking very solid. I have not seen a build that makes a cut out for the feet to accommodate your foot print like that. I assume that it is not visible once the greave is in place?

The paint job is pretty wild. I see that I am going to have to sit down with you over a coffee (aka beer) and pick your brain.
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 20 % painted
Post by: cilegray on July 11, 2014, 05:38:16 PM
The top of my stilts sadly puts my foot right in that area I had to do the cutout at. Also had to modify the bottom of the leg part to hide my foot completely but it doesn't look too crazy.

(http://i.imgur.com/AxWDDw9.jpg?1)

Chest is getting 2nd color. And I have the sun IN my room apparently.
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 20 % painted
Post by: doomfist on July 11, 2014, 11:08:51 PM
Very sweet.  What color/brand paint are you using on the metallic parts?  (Specifically the helmet and boots) 
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 20 % painted
Post by: cilegray on July 12, 2014, 01:49:12 AM
http://obscuruscrusade.com/forum/index.php?topic=1881.msg43259#msg43259 (http://obscuruscrusade.com/forum/index.php?topic=1881.msg43259#msg43259)

This paint
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 20 % painted
Post by: cilegray on July 15, 2014, 03:07:18 AM
Very sweet.  What color/brand paint are you using on the metallic parts?  (Specifically the helmet and boots)

Just a precision... There's two different shades in that post i linked to. What I try to do is shoot the darker base color, 2 coats, and highlight with the lighter color while the dark paint is still wet. Two good reasons for this; first it's alot easier to switch back to the darker shade and fix any overspray, and second reason being the overspray from the second color creates a bit of a texture and kills the gloss of the darker base color, when applied to a dry base. It takes a bit more experience and control with the rattle can when done this way, layering 2-3 coats of wet paint can easily lead to runs and drips... and that's game over... 48 hours drying time + sanding + respray + 48 more hours of drying. So far so good... haven't messed any part up too bad.
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 50 % painted
Post by: cilegray on August 02, 2014, 06:25:55 AM
Now, to tie back into the first post of the first page; the crazy modded glospex are finally mounted in the helmet and working. Here's how it looks inside, with the color sensor in the back.

(http://i.imgur.com/x9qsol0.jpg?1)

And how it looks in the front with a few shades I could get with the Sharpie markets I had laying around

(http://i.imgur.com/I4h6T8f.jpg?1)(http://i.imgur.com/8CVJrQ9.jpg?1)
(http://i.imgur.com/HsHQMgv.jpg?1)(http://i.imgur.com/NG3ezSR.jpg?1)

even pink...

(http://i.imgur.com/ZQG5HWN.jpg?1)

The rest of the power armor is coming along pretty well, too.

(http://i.imgur.com/R7ewmZm.jpg?1)
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 50 % painted
Post by: Thornhide on August 02, 2014, 08:57:34 AM
THIS^ all of this. Fantastic. keep it up man.
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 50 % painted
Post by: Draco705 on August 08, 2014, 08:58:37 PM
Noob question: is 935 the standard scale, or is 850 the "proper" scale? I just started and I want to know.
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 50 % painted
Post by: Quothcorvus on August 12, 2014, 08:27:34 AM
Draco- 935 build will give you a finished height somewhere in the region of 7ft tall (210cm).  Theres plenty of info on the forum about scaling etc.

Ciligray, this is a great build!  Are you able to estimate how much gesso (volume) you have used for your build at all?  Thanks.
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 50 % painted
Post by: cilegray on August 13, 2014, 03:15:08 AM
Roughly 3 L, or about a galon.
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 50 % painted
Post by: Quothcorvus on August 15, 2014, 04:24:08 AM
Ok, thank you.  Gives me some idea of how much to buy! :)
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 80 % painted - 10 days deadline.
Post by: cilegray on August 18, 2014, 08:34:21 PM
Today is the first day of crunch time. Test fitted the arm pieces one last time; a final trim before painting them. Took a few beauty shots while I was in the upper half of the torso. Lighting is poo, but these are so worth it.

(http://i.imgur.com/iwcbCHC.jpg?1)
(http://i.imgur.com/1aMbi3t.jpg?1)
(http://i.imgur.com/mSJtCKc.jpg?1)
(http://i.imgur.com/HjgPXnE.jpg?1)
(http://i.imgur.com/Hi8IMM9.jpg?1)
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 80 % painted - 10 days deadline.
Post by: doomfist on August 18, 2014, 10:11:06 PM
F'ing sweet, can't wait to see the finished suit.
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 80 % painted - 10 days deadline.
Post by: cilegray on August 19, 2014, 07:09:53 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/rjxGS7s.jpg?1)
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 90% built ; 80 % painted - 10 days deadline.
Post by: cilegray on August 26, 2014, 08:17:28 PM
Well, tomorrow is the day we leave for the con weekend. There's still a bunch of small stuff to be done, but nothing big. I originally wanted to go with a working chainsword but the build was taking too much time and so 3 weeks before con I started building a Plasma Gun. Modified some hockey gloves to fit snugly in my forearm pieces and gave those a bit of the shiney.

I promise I'll be back with a pic of everything assembled before we leave. For now I'll just drop these pics and get back to work. I wanted the lighting in the gun to be bright so I reused a SSC P7 which puts out about 750-800 lumen (a high end flashlight) at 3 amps. Built up some heatsinking and a flashlight driver to run it off a LiIon battery. Enjoy

(http://i.imgur.com/YiDEscw.jpg?1)
(http://i.imgur.com/to1M0hg.jpg?1)
(http://i.imgur.com/Q0wfRfb.jpg?1)
(http://i.imgur.com/y2hNUS7.jpg?1)
(http://i.imgur.com/Cx7xPPk.jpg?1)
(http://i.imgur.com/MqFZCAp.jpg?1)
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 98% built. 98% painted. Con is tomorrow !
Post by: rhino2104 on August 26, 2014, 08:58:29 PM
Looks great.  The plasma rifle came out awesome for sure.
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 98% built. 98% painted. Con is tomorrow !
Post by: doomfist on August 26, 2014, 09:04:53 PM
Wow!  Looks completely mad balls awesome!   ;D
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 98% built. 98% painted. Con is tomorrow !
Post by: cilegray on August 27, 2014, 01:00:26 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/2HO8z7r.jpg?1)

The belt is a bit low, I'll have to adjust it slightly upwards and lower the leg parts on the boot. Leg/arm joints will be finished in the hotel room. Other than that, ready for con !
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 98% built. 98% painted. Con is tomorrow !
Post by: Rraijjar on August 27, 2014, 04:37:13 AM
nice  :o may i ask what you have used for that "middle" part of the rifle? Just plastic bend in the right shape or what? I'm still looking something for my cannon
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 98% built. 98% painted. Con is tomorrow !
Post by: Marconnez on August 27, 2014, 07:40:46 AM
The plasma rifle became the cherry on top of your awesome build, sir!
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 98% built. 98% painted. Con is tomorrow !
Post by: cilegray on August 27, 2014, 09:30:21 AM
The middle part of the rifle is 1/4 inch plexi (clear acrylic) that I heated up with a blowtorch and formed to the U shape I needed. Same for the strips making the details on that piece.  I gotta mod the arms a bit and the gloves (probably post con) to make it easier to hold.
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 98% built. 98% painted. Con is tomorrow !
Post by: Gunhead on August 27, 2014, 03:22:53 PM
Good luck m8! Looking excellent!
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 98% built. 98% painted. Con is tomorrow !
Post by: cilegray on August 27, 2014, 06:39:08 PM
Did I say I had a friend that built one with a multi melta.... anyways, it barely fits.
(http://i.imgur.com/7tBMS8o.jpg)
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 98% built. 98% painted. Con is tomorrow !
Post by: rhino2104 on August 28, 2014, 12:04:57 AM
Great work.  It looks amazing.  I'm sure that you'll be one of the hits at the con.
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 98% built. 98% painted. Con is tomorrow !
Post by: cilegray on August 30, 2014, 12:31:38 AM
So we got intonthe con 3 hours before closing time but we had time to set off quite a reaction. Hundres upon hundreds of photos taken of us, and the girl from the Toronto newspaper asking us permission to follow us around. It was awesome, looking forward to the masquerade tomorrow. Props to FanExpo for providing us with a dressing room.
(http://i.imgur.com/8eyMV2i.jpg)
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 98% built. 98% painted. Con is tomorrow !
Post by: Terranova on August 30, 2014, 07:44:14 AM
Your suit is incredible!  Thank you for showing all of the in progress pics!
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 98% built. 98% painted. Con is tomorrow !
Post by: cilegray on August 30, 2014, 09:10:54 AM
Cosplay Space Marine @ FanExpo 2014 http://www.shelflife.net/cosplay?360_photo=5400eeff200589169b003bb0&referred_by=cb44a0&utm_campaign=Cosplay&utm_medium=tweet

Heres a 360 shot. Upvote it if u have a minute to spare I could win 250$
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 98% built. 98% painted. Con is tomorrow !
Post by: Terranova on August 30, 2014, 09:38:09 AM
Voted up!!
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 98% built. 98% painted. Con is tomorrow !
Post by: B'rel_Knight on August 30, 2014, 10:30:00 AM
I hope mine turns out half as good as this, looks amazing man.
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 98% built. 98% painted. Con is tomorrow !
Post by: cilegray on August 31, 2014, 04:05:26 AM
We came out with "best in show for workmanship" given that we had no music no choregraphy and a set of 6 stairs to get on stage that was completely uncovered... the whole crowd could see us facing off vs our archenemy.

The con setup wasn't space marine sized costume friendly. We basically had to take it inside in pieces and assemble once inside. 100% worth it, met so many people, and a journalist even asked to follow us around.
(http://i.imgur.com/AALgkQs.jpg)
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 98% built. 98% painted. Con is tomorrow !
Post by: Rraijjar on August 31, 2014, 08:15:32 AM
Looks awesome! to bad of the stairs... but that is the main problem of most space marines i think
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - 98% built. 98% painted. Con is tomorrow !
Post by: cilegray on August 31, 2014, 02:56:42 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/2HcOa4D.jpg)

Still made the toronto star. half page....
Title: Re: Cilegray's Storm Warden Build - Complete; time for upgrades
Post by: dynofiend on December 23, 2014, 09:29:07 PM
Greetings battle brother. Amazing build!

I too chose Storm Wardens for my build! Great minds and all that!