Back in the saddle - foam armour for my kids

Discussion in 'Halo Costumes and Armor' started by Jme, May 4, 2017.

  1. Jme


    Time to get building again. Both of my girls (13 and 10) have requested their own Spartan armour (I'm so proud). They are especially excited because I told them they can have it any colour that they can find as a spray paint.

    I found templates for kids helmet an chest on JFCustom's foam thread on The RPF:

    JFcustom's FOAM files - Page 64

    They look like this:

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    I then plan on doing standard H3 Mark VI lower body armour, well, simplified Mark VI lower body armour.

    The foam work of the first helmet is mostly done, except for the side boxes. It actually took me four attempts to get the sizing right. Luckily these templates are pretty easy. The helmet only took two nights (about six hours) to complete, as opposed to a week for my Mark VI helmet.

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    Can't wait to have my own little fire team!

    Marking out helmet number two

    Last edited: May 4, 2017
  2. Schankerz


    Looking awesome Jme! Glad to have you back building again!

    I look forward to seeing your own little Spartan fireteam come together!
  3. Jme


    Thanks, good to be back! it would be very cool to get them done for Fan Expo.
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  4. Schankerz


    With the progress you've made so far I think you could finish before September hits. Would love to see you guys there!
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  5. Jme


    image.jpeg Both helmets are foamed.

    And they fit the kids.

    Last edited: May 10, 2017
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  6. SI3RRA 117

    SI3RRA 117

    Awesome job. Yes glad to see you back and building again. I like the looks of the chest files you found. I will be checking them out. Good luck I'll be watching this one.
  7. Dirtdives

    Dirtdives would hope they fit the lids.......since it's for them right? Just saying.......
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  8. SI3RRA 117

    SI3RRA 117

    Haha speaking of kids lids......I may need you guys opinion in the near future . :confused::oops: I might of had a moment
  9. Jme


    Thanks, going to be figuring the sizing of the chest file out this weekend. It is going to take some work as I have no idea which measurement to use. I am going to play around with it and use the measurement tool to make sure that the parts are close the the right size.
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  10. Jme



    But the first three helmets fit
    A). Your giant noggin (seriously it was big on me)

    B) Kermit the Frog

    C) my youngest, barely.
  11. Jme


    Something you'd like to share?;)
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  12. SI3RRA 117

    SI3RRA 117

    Awesome you can be the guinea pig. I'll happily learn from your mistakes ;) alright sorry this will be it. I'll stop clogging up your thread with nonsense. Happy building
    Edit : it shall be shared at a later date :whistle: I have a new thread coming too. But I've been slacking (n)
    Last edited: May 11, 2017
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  13. Jme


    Well, this build is not dead. Although it took a bit of a hiatus over the summer.

    I have managed to get both helmets, both forearms, a chest piece and three right one left shoulder piece (yeah I know) completed.

    Work is going well but I need to get building in earnest, Halloween is right around the corner.

    Here is the eldest modelling her set so far.
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    chest still needs to be sized at the bottom and clips put in. This will pull it in to her waist, it isn't as bulky as it looks in the photos. As well, I need to cut and insert a spacer at the back of the neck as the thrusters are too close together and don't allow the head to turn.

    More to come...
  14. PaiganBoi


    Looking good.
    I know how you feel about getting the suits done before Halloween.
    I like how they are turning out. You did mention that the photo makes the armour look bulkier than it is but, the upper arm/shoulder area does seem to be too bulky. If you could find a way to trim some foam out, you might be able to bring the shoulder in a little.
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  15. Jme


    I think it will be fine when it is padded and strapped. Right now it is just sitting there.

    I am, however, going to take a look at it all when complete and make sure sizing is good. Luckily with this CE armour you can cut out the back side of the pieces if needed for sizing without hurting the piece.
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  16. Dirtdives


    Time is a ticking away dude.......Looks great so far.
  17. Jme


    I hear ya.

    So it's update time!

    Finished both sets of thighs. On to the shins, which given timing (we are headed to Florida for a week in mid-October). Might be th final pieces. I never like the look of armour without boots but I may have to leave them till after Halloween. We'll see.

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    I have used the same sizing for both girls but had to add some foam to the back of the elder's thigh pieces.

    Feel free to note the discarded too-small helmet sitting in the doll crib.

    Oh and if you are wondering, I am not doing cod pieces so that it is easier for the girls to walk and use the bathroom.
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  18. Joffersmk2


    Oh and if you are wondering, I am not doing cod pieces so that it is easier for the girls to walk and use the bathroom.[/QUOTE]
    They've less to protect down there anyway haha.
    Those builds are looking awesome. Can't wait to see the colours they pick.
    What are you thinking for visors?
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  19. Jme


    I am going to make my own. I did that for my armour and it is pretty easy...and cheap.
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  20. Jme


    Foaming is done. Now sanding post filling of seams. Hopefully hardening will start tomorrow.







  21. PaiganBoi


    It's the giant heads on Easter Island!
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  22. Dirtdives


    YES!!!! They defensively look like Moai statues. Created by aliens........... from Canada!!!
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  23. Jme


    All right, hardening day!

    As with my armour I am using the polyeurethane/Plasti-Dip method. I also used this with my daughters Jyn Erso costume last year and it seems to work well.

    Three coats of polyeurethane and a final coat of Plasti-Dip.

    This is the poly party

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    Then on to Plasti


    I discovered a serious issue while drying. I am not sure why but the glue on some of the pieces has started to detach. Although I have heard of people in hot climates have this issue with hot glue I have never had a problem.


    Not a really big deal though, I will just fix up those pieces prior to painting.

    The rest of the pieces look very good in my opinion with the Plasti-Dip doing its job of smoothing out the piece. As always, any imperfections will become battle damage.

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    Also, I know that there are a number of visible seams. This really isn’t an issue as my kids could care less (they aren’t going to be looking to be deployed) and further coats of primer and paint will continue to even things out.
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  24. Dirtdives


    It's like an assembly taking orders for the next batch?
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  25. PaiganBoi


    I learn something new everyday. Hardening foam huh? We'd to try that sometime.
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