gfxgfx
 
Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
 
gfx gfx
gfxgfx
 
Welcome to the Obscurus Crusade!
 
gfx gfx
gfx
48496 Posts in 2474 Topics by 3888 Members - Latest Member: Jay_Cashman May 27, 2017, 07:11:55 PM
*
gfx* Home | Help | Login | Register | gfx
gfx
Obscurus Crusade  |  Costuming  |  Space Marines  |  Thorssoli's Vacformed Space Marines
gfx
gfxgfx
 

Author Topic: Thorssoli's Vacformed Space Marines  (Read 83133 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline thorssoli

  • Marine
  • ***
  • Posts: 229
  • :
Thorssoli's Vacformed Space Marines
« on: July 25, 2011, 08:10:00 AM »
I've been contemplating this build ever since I finished making my vacformed stormtrooper armor in 2002.  After discussing it at great length many times, doodling out countless sketches of the pieces and parts, and untold hours of studying the miniatures and source artwork, my friend Matt and I finally started on it yesterday morning.

The beginning was modest enough.  We began with a piece of 2" insulation foam:


Then we cut out the outline of the shoulder plate and checked to see how it looked:

The plan is to make a full-scale suit of armor.  This means that a normal-sized person will be looking out through the throat of the armored Marine.

Satisfied with the scale and shape of the first slice, we made a series of smaller slices:


Then we laid them all up and glued them together with Gorilla Glue:


After gluing them, we bound them together with a customized strapping system referred to among professionals as "duct tape:"


While waiting for the glue to set up, I did another test fit:


Once the glue was set, the next step was to smooth out the edges with a combination saw, a body rasp, and a flapwheel grinder.  Still, there were recesses that needed filling.  To fill the grooves I used a little bit of urethane expanding foam:


With a bit more sanding and grinding, the general shape was pretty well established:


In the next day or two I'll be posting pictures of the last little bits of smoothing out the shoulder plate as well as the first couple of pulls on the vacforming table.

Stay tuned...

Offline Lamia

  • Fanatical pyromaniac power-armoured battle nun
  • Obscurus Convention Staff
  • Company Champion
  • *
  • Posts: 1356
  • :
Thorssoli's Vacformed Space Marines
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2011, 01:27:00 PM »
I am following this thread with fascination - I don't work with these materials, so this is new and exciting [img]http://i6.ifrm.com/html/emoticons/smile.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='smile.gif' />

Offline Finnlock

  • Sororatis Fan Boy
  • Administrator
  • Company Champion
  • *
  • Posts: 3046
  • :
Thorssoli's Vacformed Space Marines
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2011, 02:45:00 PM »
Cooll, glad to see another of these taking shape!

Will it be a full kit or will bit's be available?

Offline Daeouse

  • "And what have we learned?"
  • Company Champion
  • *****
  • Posts: 1122
  • :
  • "And what have we learned?"
    • http://daeouse.deviantart.com
Thorssoli's Vacformed Space Marines
« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2011, 04:12:00 PM »
[img]http://i6.ifrm.com/html/emoticons/blink.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='blink.gif' />  [img]http://i6.ifrm.com/html/emoticons/blink.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='blink.gif' />  [img]http://i6.ifrm.com/html/emoticons/blink.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='blink.gif' />

That's gonna use up a hell of a lot of plastic! Good gravy! Have you already planned for a thickness of plastic? With this, I'd almost recommend something thicker. . ..

Offline thorssoli

  • Marine
  • ***
  • Posts: 229
  • :
Thorssoli's Vacformed Space Marines
« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2011, 04:55:00 PM »
Quote from: Finnlock date=1311619500
Cooll, glad to see another of these taking shape!

Will it be a full kit or will bit's be available?
I'm going to make the full kit from head to toe.

As I go along, I will be making parts for my friends as well.

If you would like to be my friend, please feel free to PM me.

Offline Daeouse

  • "And what have we learned?"
  • Company Champion
  • *****
  • Posts: 1122
  • :
  • "And what have we learned?"
    • http://daeouse.deviantart.com
Thorssoli's Vacformed Space Marines
« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2011, 06:30:00 PM »
Quote from: thorssoli date=1311612900
Quote from: Finnlock date=1311619500
Cooll, glad to see another of these taking shape!

Will it be a full kit or will bit's be available?
I'm going to make the full kit from head to toe.

As I go along, I will be making parts for my friends as well.

If you would like to be my friend, please feel free to PM me.
Oh I think your friends list will grow exponentially now. . . [img]http://i6.ifrm.com/html/emoticons/cool.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='cool.gif' />  [img]http://i6.ifrm.com/html/emoticons/laugh.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='laugh.gif' />  [img]http://i6.ifrm.com/html/emoticons/laugh.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='laugh.gif' />

Offline wookieegunner

  • Administrator
  • Company Champion
  • *
  • Posts: 1580
  • :
Thorssoli's Vacformed Space Marines
« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2011, 07:02:00 PM »
What expanding foam are you using?

Offline thorssoli

  • Marine
  • ***
  • Posts: 229
  • :
Thorssoli's Vacformed Space Marines
« Reply #7 on: July 26, 2011, 02:30:00 PM »
Quote from: wookieegunner date=1311634920
What expanding foam are you using?
The foam is a 2-part expanding foam from Aeromarine Products: http://aeromarineproducts.com/boat-foam.htm  If you buy from them, tell them I sent you.

The foam is only for this early stage of the project.  Repeated vacforming will cause it to deform, so I'm only using it to get one or two pulls vacformed.  Once I have those pulls, I'll reinforce them with fiberglass and use the reinforced pulls as vacforming bucks.  For other parts, I may reinforce the foam itself with fiberglass and actually use the reinforced foam for forming bucks.  We'll see.

Yesterday I layered over the shaped foam shoulder block with some urethane resin.  In this case I added enough microballoons to make it into a thick paste that I could trowel over the whole thing.  At that point it looked like so:


I also added some red pigment to the resin so it would be a similar shade of pink as the rest of the foam.

Once I'd sanded that smooth I added a bit more resin with fewer microballoons.  I was in a hurry at this point, so I switched to the black resin:


Once I had that layer smoothed out, I went ahead and made a pull:


It came out somewhat okay, but it revealed some trouble spots for the form that I'll have to work on.  The plan will be to do these things in pairs, so I'll need two good pulls to turn into forming bucks.  They'll sit on the forming table like so:


Here's another idiotic test shot for scale:


I'm starting to think I'll have to sculpt a larger helmet.

Stay tuned...

Offline Djinn

  • Thug Life
  • Administrator
  • Company Champion
  • *
  • Posts: 938
  • :
Thorssoli's Vacformed Space Marines
« Reply #8 on: July 26, 2011, 04:51:00 PM »
Impressive and ridiculously fast work as usual.
Hopefully you won't have to sculpt a new helm.

Offline Daeouse

  • "And what have we learned?"
  • Company Champion
  • *****
  • Posts: 1122
  • :
  • "And what have we learned?"
    • http://daeouse.deviantart.com
Thorssoli's Vacformed Space Marines
« Reply #9 on: July 26, 2011, 09:14:00 PM »
Sculpt yourself a new head? [img]http://i6.ifrm.com/html/emoticons/huh.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='huh.gif' />  [img]http://i6.ifrm.com/html/emoticons/wink.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='wink.gif' />  [img]http://i6.ifrm.com/html/emoticons/laugh.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='laugh.gif' />

Looking great so far!

Offline Volgon

  • Disciple of Khorne
  • Marine
  • ***
  • Posts: 137
  • :
Thorssoli's Vacformed Space Marines
« Reply #10 on: July 27, 2011, 05:13:00 AM »
If you are going to do this full scale, why not follow Schrambo's path (stilts, arm extenders etc) rather than have the wearer looking out of the neck? However, if you dont do that, im curious to hear what you were planning for the arms. Either way, keep up the amazing work, and if you ever need an extra pair of hands around the workshop, im just a 20-30 minute drive away [img]http://i6.ifrm.com/html/emoticons/biggrin.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='biggrin.gif' />

Offline thorssoli

  • Marine
  • ***
  • Posts: 229
  • :
Thorssoli's Vacformed Space Marines
« Reply #11 on: July 28, 2011, 06:37:00 AM »
In addition to looking out through the neck, the wearer will also be standing up on platforms and there will be arm extensions as well.

It will all be clear as we make progress.

Today there was no progress.  Instead, we spent a lot of time staring at it adn talking about it:



Offline Daeouse

  • "And what have we learned?"
  • Company Champion
  • *****
  • Posts: 1122
  • :
  • "And what have we learned?"
    • http://daeouse.deviantart.com
Thorssoli's Vacformed Space Marines
« Reply #12 on: July 28, 2011, 05:47:00 PM »
Quote from: thorssoli date=1311835020
In addition to looking out through the neck, the wearer will also be standing up on platforms and there will be arm extensions as well.
I've lost my enthusiasm for this. . . [img]http://i6.ifrm.com/html/emoticons/mellow.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='mellow.gif' />

I simply wanted a "normal" Space Marine armor set.
I accept that everyone may want something different, thus I shall move on, and save the trouble. . .

Thanks anyways!   [img]http://i6.ifrm.com/html/emoticons/sleep.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='sleep.gif' />



By the way, that "beaky" helmet rocks!

Offline Djinn

  • Thug Life
  • Administrator
  • Company Champion
  • *
  • Posts: 938
  • :
Thorssoli's Vacformed Space Marines
« Reply #13 on: July 28, 2011, 06:23:00 PM »
I think I have shoulderguard envy. I'll just have to go buy  a few service studs and an extra large weapon to compensate.
Nice work so far!

Offline Finnlock

  • Sororatis Fan Boy
  • Administrator
  • Company Champion
  • *
  • Posts: 3046
  • :
Thorssoli's Vacformed Space Marines
« Reply #14 on: July 28, 2011, 07:11:00 PM »
Quote from: Djinn date=1311891780
I'll just have to go buy a few service studs and an extra large weapon to compensate.
I totally read that the wrong way and was like "Whoa..I didn't know Djinn swung that way...!" LOL  [img]http://i6.ifrm.com/14623/129/emo/d90ef53c8f7c0555ea208fbf08e19c08.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='d90ef53c8f7c0555ea208fbf08e19c08.gif' />  [img]http://i6.ifrm.com/14623/129/emo/d90ef53c8f7c0555ea208fbf08e19c08.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='d90ef53c8f7c0555ea208fbf08e19c08.gif' />  [img]http://i6.ifrm.com/14623/129/emo/d90ef53c8f7c0555ea208fbf08e19c08.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='d90ef53c8f7c0555ea208fbf08e19c08.gif' />  [img]http://i6.ifrm.com/14623/129/emo/d90ef53c8f7c0555ea208fbf08e19c08.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='d90ef53c8f7c0555ea208fbf08e19c08.gif' />  [img]http://i6.ifrm.com/html/emoticons/tongue.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='tongue.gif' /> [img]http://i6.ifrm.com/html/emoticons/laugh.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='laugh.gif' />  [img]http://i6.ifrm.com/html/emoticons/laugh.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='laugh.gif' />

Obscurus Crusade  |  Costuming  |  Space Marines  |  Thorssoli's Vacformed Space Marines
 

gfxgfx
gfx gfx
Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!