Creating a Hex pattern for undersuits and other sci-fi projects

Spidermonkey60

RMO
405th Regiment Officer
Across modern Sci-Fi I am sure everyone is aware of the generic future Hex pattern prevelant in movies, games, and TV shows.

In the Halo series specifically 4/5 the Hex pattern is most visible on the Gen II Spartan undersuit (or techsuit.)

While creating my undersuit I experimented with many options for recreating this, but finally settled on using foam with hand etched Hexagons! It is definitely a tedious process, but the end result is well worth the time investment!

Once you have a piece assembled, but before you heat treat it using a heat gun, start by doing a line of horizontal dash marks like so:
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Once these dash marks are made, add diagonal lines like so:
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Now repeat that for the other side:
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Boom now you have a line of hexagons! Exciting I know, you have now started the long and wonderfully captivating process of making hundreds of tiny hexagons!

Repeat this process a “few” more times like so:
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Are we having fun yet? Yeah? Perfect!

Once you have the spots you want to have hexagons all hexified hit the piece with a heat gun to make the lines really POP!

*careful not to burn the foam!
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And there you have it! Detailed undersuit pieces complete with everyones favorite shape!

Heres an example of the shoulder pieces completed with the inner bicep and lower tricep attach as well.
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Hopefully this quick walkthrough helps you guys make your own!

The file is directly pulled from the undersuit pepfile available in the armory! Unfortunately it is not a seperate file from the rest of the undersuit so It may take a but to clean up before you can use it!
 

PerniciousDuke

RXO & BCO
405th Regiment Officer
Community Staff
Awesome job Spidermonkey60 ! I love your hex undersuit.

To answer the question about adding to the Armory. You need to save your files as a Zip. Then find the thread for it in the Armory Discussion. Comment and attach your file. Doesn't hurt to tag Art either. If there is no thread similar then you'll need to attach the file in a private conversation with Art.

You can PM me if that didn't make sense.
 

Spidermonkey60

RMO
405th Regiment Officer
Awesome job Spidermonkey60 ! I love your hex undersuit.

To answer the question about adding to the Armory. You need to save your files as a Zip. Then find the thread for it in the Armory Discussion. Comment and attach your file. Doesn't hurt to tag Art either. If there is no thread similar then you'll need to attach the file in a private conversation with Art.

You can PM me if that didn't make sense.
I have a ton of unfolds that need uploading so I will most likely tackle that tomorrow a good portion of them dont have unfolds completed in the armory too
 

xXDashIVXx

Sr Member
Thos looks soooo good. Even though I spent a ton of time on my undersuit, I dont think I am too happy with it currently. I may work on it a little more to see what happens, but I think your just looks so much better. After seeing this I will definatly add the shoulders though.
 

Spidermonkey60

RMO
405th Regiment Officer
Thos looks soooo good. Even though I spent a ton of time on my undersuit, I dont think I am too happy with it currently. I may work on it a little more to see what happens, but I think your just looks so much better. After seeing this I will definatly add the shoulders though.
I think that would be a wonderful idea! A lot of the GEN II armor has small floaty armor for the shoulders and bicep area and this is a perfect way to attach everything and add the nice round shape to your shoulders/profile
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Spidermonkey60

RMO
405th Regiment Officer
If anyone wanted to see how this particular set of shoulders came out with the inner bicep and tricep cone attached and finished here you are! They are a tad tight on me but they are actually for a commission. There are elastic straps on the inner bicep to allow for the wears arms to have full range of motion
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Montique

Member

Shadowshail

RMO
405th Regiment Officer
Yup, now i gotta get my butt up to date on working with foam...especially with the plans of things i want to make XD

Fantasric info and cant wait to try this!

Spidermonkey60 is there a way to maybe print off a negative of the standard hex paper sheets you can find online onto a transfer sheet that may work for more even lines to cut from?
 

Spidermonkey60

RMO
405th Regiment Officer
Yup, now i gotta get my butt up to date on working with foam...especially with the plans of things i want to make XD

Fantasric info and cant wait to try this!

Spidermonkey60 is there a way to maybe print off a negative of the standard hex paper sheets you can find online onto a transfer sheet that may work for more even lines to cut from?
Possibly, I havent tried it myself, this is more of a fast cheap method of doing it. I also was going pretty quick making this tutorial so It definitely could have been more even. You could also get hex stickers and trace those if you dont want to bother with the transfer paper!
 

Shadowshail

RMO
405th Regiment Officer
True, either way its a fantastic idea. Help with making the muscle profile as well.

So you just did little cuts and then passed over it with a heat gun so it shrank right?
 
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