Completely New Here with my First build.

Discussion in 'New Recruits' started by PHCosplay, Jun 8, 2017.

  1. PHCosplay

    PHCosplay New Member

    Now currently the only pictures i have are of unpainted pieces and i would rather not put my armor on as of right now but i have just recently put the finishing touches on my Custom ODST armor. it took about three days to finish and im going to a con this weekend so i hope i can meet some of the others there.
     
  2. Voren Marr

    Voren Marr

    Well done buddy in getting a suit of armor completed. Get some pics up when you can ;)
     
  3. EVAkura

    EVAkura 405th Regiment Officer

    Please post pics when you get a chance... would love to see!
     
  4. PHCosplay

    PHCosplay New Member

    So this is the helmet to the build, it was destroyed at the con after it was taken off and put away, the armor did nothing but break and i kinda hate it
     

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  5. PHCosplay

    PHCosplay New Member

    The knees actually stayed together for the most part.
     

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  6. PHCosplay

    PHCosplay New Member

    My Shin, Thigh, and Mock M6 Magnum cut out
     

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  7. PHCosplay

    PHCosplay New Member

    The gauntlets, Abs and butt plate, and a should plate
     

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  8. PHCosplay

    PHCosplay New Member

    and then the chest armor
     

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  9. EVAkura

    EVAkura 405th Regiment Officer

    3 days for a full suit is not much time (I can hardly get one piece done in that)! Even with the parts breaking during the con (common occurrence), I hope you had fun and were able to meet other members. Hoping to see what you can create if you have more time! ... and, thanks for sharing :)
     
  10. serenko3

    serenko3 405th Regiment Officer

    For your next build take your time. The marks that are jagged are from doing a sawing motion. To get angles on parts cut them at 45 degrees and such to get desired slants instead of cutting the outer foam (nothing wrong with it, in some cases you have to in others you get less material to glue together) like I said I will try and find you the pep files for foam. With these files contact or barge cement are your friend, along with white acrylic painable caulk to fill in seams. Extra thick tacky glue will also do the trick.
     
  11. FANGS

    FANGS Commanding Officer Division Staff

    Well done on your first kit! I can't say I did that well with my first costume many years ago so congrats! Don't hate it...learn from it! It really is the only way to continue to grow and expand on your skills. There's lots of help for you here! Welcome to the 405th!
     
  12. Ashuraa

    Ashuraa Judicial Officer Division Staff 405th Regiment Officer

    We were so pleased to see you on Saturday in armor at Sci Fi. My only regret was that I wasn't able to get photos of you in it.

    I am SO,and I can't stress it enough, so happy that you won the ConQuest and the ODST bucket and basic torso armor.
     
  13. PHCosplay

    PHCosplay New Member

    Thanks guys but after I got home everything else exploded and I'm very disappointed. I'm actually so discouraged that I don't even want to finish the build that I had won at the contest. The crappy edges actually weren't sawed the foam just did not want to cut. I may or may not even try to make armor anymore. It was a lot of money to begin with and I don't have the time to work on a new set that might take years...
     
  14. SI3RRA 117

    SI3RRA 117

    Sorry to hear this. I know I have had some discouraging moments on my builds. There'd been times when I have put it up for months at a time. But I always come back to it. I would hate to see you totally give up. Your first build came up pretty well. All you can do is learn from there. So if you do hang up the hat I wish you luck in any of your new endeavors.
     
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  15. Dirtdives

    Dirtdives

    @PHCosplay, nothing to get discouraged about.....for your first time out, it's not bad. The foam not cutting is most probably due to the blade getting dull.....It is a nature happenstance when cutting foam. Changing blades or sharpening them can correct this problem. I recognize the style of ODST armor as that from Andrew DFT. It is a pretty basic set but w/ just a little effort, it can really be a great suit. I was at the SciFi con the following day (Sunday) and had built my daughter the same armor. I would be more than happy to help you out in any way that I can to get your suit to where you want it.
     
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  16. Asgardianhammer

    Asgardianhammer Identity Officer Division Staff 405th Regiment Officer

    Great offer Dirtdives! I know as a general rule of thumb, i sharpen my blade across a small sharpener I have at my work bench, before i make each cut. It is a simple rule that yields big results. And we all have days where we don't want to continue with a project, or we feel a certain way about it...just keep building! This community will support you!
     
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  17. PHCosplay

    PHCosplay New Member

    See I changed my blade every 20 minutes or so but it was still coming out poorly and I'm very discouraged. I might have to make a new suit regardless as I'm trying to go for a mixed fandom suit, some advise would be wonderful
     
  18. jsg6

    jsg6

    God, everyone's first armor is ODST armor, well not everyone but a lot of people's.
     
  19. PHCosplay

    PHCosplay New Member

    Twas the only armor I could find a template for but I almost regret making it now. I really want to know if Spartans are easier than ODSTs
     
  20. Dirtdives

    Dirtdives

    20 minutes......I sharpen my blade after 20 cuts.........


    You have to admit that it is a very popular suit......one that can be modified as the builder wants.....It is a bit harder to do that w/ a character specific suit.
     
  21. jsg6

    jsg6

    Indeed it is, I did it too.
     
  22. jsg6

    jsg6

    Ah, don't regret it, its good armor, did you happen to use AndewDFT's template? The armor looks very similar as I used his templates for my armor, sadly my helmet visor was not the best.
     
  23. PHCosplay

    PHCosplay New Member

    Yeah I used the AndrewDFT template which worked but I see everyone else's stuff and I kinda feel like I should have tried much harder and I'm not sure what I can do to fix it
     
  24. SI3RRA 117

    SI3RRA 117

    It's all about the time and effort you put in. That's why you see some these build take a year or more to build. The more you work at it the easier it will be to build of quality work your seeing. No ones first build is their best. Got one build done start another - I bet you'll see a huge improvement over your first especially if you don't rush things.
     
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  25. PerniciousDuke

    PerniciousDuke

    Biggest thing you can do to improve is to not give up. :) Just having more experience you will automatically get better with each piece you craft. But, if you want to speed up that learning curve don't just look at what other people are doing, read it too and watch more videos. Actually hearing someone talk (or reading) about the steps they take will really do wonders. You'll also start to find your own way of doing things that works best for you. I remember Mesh when he finished his first costume he was proud for finishing it, but wasn't happy with his skill level. Second costume he covered in fabric and it is one of the better suits I've seen! So, lots of things are possible when you don't give up.

    Super glad to see you finish your suit. Hopefully you will post pictures of you suited up. Believe it or not, but we would all love to see it. Because any of us who have made costume pieces remember we all start somewhere and as a community it is the journey we enjoy the most. Striving to do better is part of that journey. Taking a moment to be proud of something that you've finished (no matter how unhappy you are with it) is also part of that journey and we're right there with you.
     
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