It’s been a while since I’ve posted any sort of progress thread. My last WIP thread was my Carter build, which unfortunately has been scrapped. After seeing builds like LongshotX and Starvinartist, and with the announcement of Halo 4, I have been inspired to complete my Halo 3 Mk VI build. The problem I have had with other builds is time. I rushed my Carter build and that was it’s downfall. With Halo 4’s release date set in November of 2012, I have tons of time. So, I will be focusing on one portion of the armor at a time and as such, this may be a build that will go on for a long time.
I started this build over two years ago with the pepping of the helmet and only recently finished the helmet. This thread will show my progress toward completing my own Mk VI suit in anticipation of wearing it to a Halo 4 midnight release and any other conventions. I will be keeping most of the progress photos and the photos of the finished product in the first few posts so they will be easy to find. Any videos or requested images will be posted as needed further down the thread.
I hope you all enjoy this build, it’s going great so far.
Edit1: Looks like I'll be pushing this one to the wire again. Halo 4's release is less than 5 months away and I still have to complete the thighs, cod and gauntlets and start the biceps and the torso. At the rate I'm going, it will be close. I am, however, still confident I can complete this in time!
Edit2: It seems that finishing up the suit in time for the Halo 4 release is more and more realistic. I hope to be finished with everything except the torso and a weapon by the end of August, then finish up the torso by the end of September. After the suit is complete, I'll turn my focus onto a weapon. As of now (July 9), the most realistic option is a new Halo 3 pistol, but I may be able to finish up my battle rifle as well. With builds here on the 405th like MacAttack's and Cereal Killl3r's, the motivation is running high!
Edit3: I was saddened to learn yesterday that one of the builds that inspired me to start this, StarvinArtist's, has ended. With most of his students graduating and moving on, there is no one to continue the build. He was able to create a great looking suit, and hopefully he will find more students to share the hobby with! I remain on track to having my suit finished by the end of September, and look forward to donning the armor to show it off at the Halo 4 launch, and beyond.
Edit4: With the completion of the cod piece on the last day of August, I'm perfectly on schedule to finish the armor by the end of September, as I had planned! That will give me a month to make any adjustments/repairs/improvements to the armor as well as work on finishing up my Battle Rifle!
Edit5: Down to the wire. Less than 6 weeks left until the release of Halo 4. Unfortunately, I will not be finishing my torso before the end of September due to financial restraints. It will, however, be finished by the end of October, and realistically, around the middle of October. That will give me less time to work out all the issues before finalizing it for the midnight release. This also means that the chances of finishing my Battle Rifle will be slim as well (the store may not even allow a weapon, so it may be pointless to rush it anyway).
Edit6: With less than three weeks left until launch, I'm in great shape! All the armor pieces are built and painted. The only thing left is to light up the torso, and the armor is complete. I also have enough supplies and time to make a decent run on the battle rifle, and possibly the pistol!
Edit7: October 25th, and the armor is complete. I'm all set for Halloween, and the Halo 4 launch at my local Game Stop. I will be doubling my efforts to finish the battle rifle since I've been offered a small role in a short film a student from the University of Iowa will be shooting the weekend before launch. Since it is a battle scene and the spartan I will be portraying will use his weapon, I figure that having a BR would be appropriate.
Edit8: Well, here it is November 6, 2012.The Mission: Finish the suit before the end of October, Accomplished. Finish the Battle Rifle in time for the video shoot, Accomplished. Have a great time at the Midnight release of Halo 4, Accomplished!