Costuming => Space Marines => Topic started by: vonjankmon on May 10, 2016, 11:19:03 AM
Been working on this for a while but I'll try and keep this thread updated as I work. You can follow me over on Tumblr also at Vonshobbyhabitat, I usually post there as I finish the work since I can do it from my phone. I also have my first walking test with the completed suit over on Tumblr.
Eventually going to be a Dark Angel space marine, thinking a company commander of the 3rd right now but since I'm just now at the point of cleaning things up and adding detail I have a bit of time to change my mind.
I have a lot of work to clean up as this is my first foam build so the learning curve has been significant but I'll get there. Spent a fair bit of time trying to figure out how I was going to make the shoulder pads work, ended up buying a faucet end that had a ball joint and it turns out that the 1/2 PEX I had fit perfectly into the ends, making it easy to attach. Movement is really good too, very happy with how it turned out. I've started in with the epoxy now to fill gaps and cover the seams up.
Looks like a good start!
Good job getting the basic build done. Interesting idea for the shoulder harness.
Work continues slowly but surely as I have time.
The seams on the armor really bother me so I picked up some Bondo All Purpose Putty and while it stinks to high heaven and the sanding is a pain it holds up really well and looks good once I'm done. I did one boot as a test to make sure it all worked our and held up under some stress before I began with the rest of the legs. Right now I'm doing two coats of Mod Podge for extra rigidity, followed by Bondo, sanding, and then two coats of Plasti Dip. After I walked around with the one finished boot for a while and the Plasti Dip began to rub off where the toe of my boot moves as I walk. I think I'll do a final coat of Mod Podge to protect that layer of Plasti dip before final painting.
I also was able to make use of a 3D printer at my wifes work and printed out a grill for the helmet and a purity seal as a test. They came out looking good, I was very happy with them. The color is a bit jarring but they'll be painted eventually anyhow so that's not a big deal but I do think I'll pick up black PLA in the near future.
Between work, family, and crappy weather preventing me from working outside I haven't made a whole lot of progress but I did manage to get some more bondo on and do a first quick sanding on some of it. Circled all of the areas I have to go back with some more bondo but making progress, just slowly but that is why I started this build as early as I did so that I was fairly sure I would have ti done by Halloween.
You are making good time. I hope you don't run into problems with the bondo cracking. It doesn't like to flex.
Well work continues, wasn't even close to done for Halloween but it was wearable at least, one of the pictures is one of my friends who wanted to see me in the armor helping me put it on for a period of time at Halloween. Getting there though, most of the armor is base coated now and I have started on the flexible tube for the joints, I have the knee joints done and just have to do the waist and arms now.
My plan it to get the helmet and shoulder pads all finished up and then move onto the backpack. Once that is built and basecoated I'll do the detail work like highlights, inking, and weathering.
Looking good! I like the chest sigil.
Looking good! I had a bit of a laugh - I looked at your most recent pic first then went back. So, initially I didn't see that you joined two panels together with the interlocking parts. Can't even tell in the last picture, so good job on covering your seams; its pretty impressive.
Also, I agree with Clothar: that chest emblem is looking great - that sword is super clean.
This was my first project using foam, which means I made a ton of mistakes that I had to fix eventually. Had I been smarter about it for instance I would have put that seem in the back. But a lot of time and bondo can fix all of my little mistakes.
To cold out now to do much work outside so finishing the helmet and shoulder pads are on hold until spring. Going to do weathering and detail work on the pieces I got base coated before it got cold so that they are ready for sealing once spring gets here or I can find some warmer indoor,ace to use spray paint and bondo.
Going to try and debut my suit at AwesomeCon in DC this summer so gotta keep working away at it.
Great work, none-the-less! Could you post some pictures of the leg frame - specifically the knee joint? I can't quite see it in the photos you've already posted. Also what is that part you've used to ball joint the pauldron (with a sku number from where you bought it)? I've been wanting to do something similar and was resigned to commissioning a 3d print.
EDIT: It looks like a shower head, but I'm unsure about the hinge looking thing you've used.
EDIT AGAIN: I've found a very similar shower head, but still unclear about the hinge or how you mounted this set up.
I'll try and get some pictures of the knee joint but I have the flexible duct work in place now so not sure how good the picture may be. I basically just got some inch wide flat metal that I cut and drilled holes in for a screw and then attached it to the internal PEX framing I have in the armor.
The shoulder joints were done with PVC and these faucet heads: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00TIWBV5O/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
They work great, I was really concerned how I was going to do them and finding these were a life saver.
Since it is to cold to spray paint anything here in Maryland for a while I've started doing detail work on the pieces that I got base coated before winter set in. Did some real subtle edge highlighting on the boots and then did some minor battle damage making use of some of the imperfections there. Right now I am thinking that I may use some black ink to darken some of the deeper battle scars but not sure whether I really need to do that as they won't be as shiny when I finally matte coat all of the armor to protect the paint, so still mulling that over.
Started cutting the pieces for the vent at the back of the legs and put felt on the inside of the bottom of the legs. When I was testing the fit of the suit out it was rubbing in a few places. One of those places was the feet and lower legs, so I am putting the felt at those locations to prevent scraping, I am going to try for some felt at the knee joints also as there is some rubbing there also.
Boots are done and legs are very close. Nice weather this weekend gave me some outside time to do serious work on the legs and get the boots sealed with two coats of matte sealer.
I'm going to paint the recessed areas in the banner black so that you can actually read that it says "Servus Mortis" I also need to do some paint chipping on the legs but other than that they're basically done. Once I get them sealed I'm going to add a purity seal to the right leg thigh and I'm thinking of maybe doing some gold cord draping across the lower leg on one of the sides. I also started cutting the pieces for the backpack out and I'll start assembling them this week.
Going to work on the waist next I think and some of the items I'll have hanging from my belt. Got a fake book that is hollow that I'm going to decorate up, a plastic sword with sheath that I am going to turn into a Deathwing dagger, 1-2 grenades I still need to make, and I'm thinking of 3D printing an incense censer to hang from my waist also.
Legs and boots are done, 2ish coats of sealer on each, purity seals attached, and ready to go. Working on the backpack now and I will start on the dagger, tome, grenade, and censer for the waist once I get the basic form for the backpack done. Also need to sew the space marine underwear for the waist to leg flexible tubing.
Work is still continuing. Hopefully I am on track to have everything done by AwesomeCon in June, really going to depend on the plasma pistol and power sword I think. Below is the chest with backpack attached, glowing fan to hopefully keep me somewhat cool in the armor. I may put more fans in the front on the waist where I have the mesh after I get speakers in place for sound affects if there is still room. Waist is all done and I made a tome, censer, and grenades to hang from the belt.
Arms are just about done, just need to wrap the flexible duct work for the elbow joints and install those. Going to finish cutting out the edges for the shoulder pads, get those attached, and get some bondo down to smooth them all out this week. After the shoulder pads, the helmet is the last piece of armor left and that is very close to finished, one last quick coat of bondo and then it is on to paint, lenses, and fan.