Custom Halo 4 Armour Build+Lightrifle+Magnum [Commander Button Fox now a musical!]

Discussion in 'New Recruits' started by Black Underdog5, Sep 25, 2013.

  1. Black Underdog5

    Black Underdog5

    Hello fellow 405thians!
    Welcome to my new project I have started to work on.

    In this thread I am going to be building the following:

    * Custom Halo 4 Armour - COMPLETE [Currently under going an upgrade to support Button Fox Crafts with their Button Fox Plushie Kickstarter]

    * Undersuit --------------- COMPLETE
    (Spartan IV Undersuit Template File Available Below)
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_-2m6wM-KHJacumdTfC1c4YVq7KmN5yslx5_iW4SXys/edit?usp=sharing
    To download: Go to 'File', then 'Download as', then 'Microsoft Word (.docx)'

    * Lightrifle (Halo 4) x3 --- COMPLETE (x1)
    https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Tv-Ko-ABK6f3fnnl2G0mTYHihgBTblXwMbjhcxKC58Q/edit?usp=sharing
    To download: Go to 'File', then 'Download as', then 'Microsoft Word (.docx)'

    This sliced template lightrifle file has been created by Zoogami Studios.
    By downloading this file you are complying to the international copyright laws.
    I give you the permission to use this file to create your own lightrifle build, NOT TO SELL!
    You are welcome to modify this file as you like but please DO NOT REUPLOAD THIS FILE unless approved first by Zoogami Studios.
    If you do use this file in a build thread please give credit to Zoogami Studios :)
    If you use this file it would be cool to see some pictures of your build :)
    I hope you enjoy this build!
    NOTE 6MM THICKNESS NEEDED FOR LAYERS TO KEEP CORRECT OVERALL THICKNESS

    * Magnum (Halo 4) x2 --- COMPLETE (X1)

    *Rarely I will also show my progress on my Livian race costume design.

    After my failure with bondo, as well as my previous Halo Reach armour attempt to use the pepakura method,
    I have decided to build my new Halo 4 suit out of foam.

    The majority of this build is going to be scratch built with some assistance of 3d model files.

    The following show which armour I am building as well as what stage each piece is at:

    Pathfinder Helmet---------Complete-----------------------------------------[Build Starts on Page 3]
    Rogue Chest---------------Complete-----------------------------------------[Build Starts on Page 6]
    Rogue Shoulders----------Complete-----------------------------------------[Build Starts on Page 7]
    Outer Plated Forearms----Complete-----------------------------------------[Build Starts on Page 9]
    Outer Plated Handplates--Complete-----------------------------------------[Build Starts on Page 9]
    XG-89 Narrow Butt--------Complete-----------------------------------------[Build Starts on Page 9]
    XG-89 Narrow Thighs-----Complete-----------------------------------------[Build Starts on Page 9]
    XG-89 Narrow Knees------Complete-----------------------------------------[Build Starts on Page 9]
    XG-89 Narrow Legs-------Complete-----------------------------------------[Build Starts on Page 9]
    XG-89 Narrow Boots------Complete-----------------------------------------[Build Starts on Page 9]

    Undersuit------------------Complete-----------------------------------------[Build Starts on Page 11]

    Lightrifles------------------Complete----------------------------------------[Build Starts on Page 6]
    Magnums------------------Complete----------------------------------------[Build Starts on Page 15]

    Livian Race Costume------Head Completed--------------------------------[As seen on Page 6]

    Halo4SpartanPoseComplete_zps6c34314c.jpg

    Halo4SpartanPose3_zps0580a052.jpg

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    Best Pictures:

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    download_zps0a580394.jpg

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    Halo Armour / Undersuit Now 100% Complete:

    Front on-
    Halo4ArmourCompleteCloseup1_zps7cda6508.png

    Side View-
    Halo4ArmourCompleteCloseup2_zpsb8bc440f.png

    Back view-
    Halo4ArmourCompleteCloseup4_zpsc0929f68.png

    Lightrifle Now 100% Complete:

    LightrifleComplete1_zpsdd339810.jpg

    LightrifleComplete3_zps4fede8ee.jpg

    Magnum Now 100% Complete:

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    Picture comparing size differences of weapons / helmet:

    HaloWeaponsLMCompleted2_zps90632859.jpg

    Livian Race Progress:

    Head Completed
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  2. Black Underdog5

    Black Underdog5

    Re: Pathfinder Helmet

    I decided to start with building the Pathfinder helmet.

    I was able to get a awesome high res unfold of the helmet
    THANKS to:

    DigitalCantina (for designing the 3d template)

    and

    Zaff (for unfolding it)


    To begin I decided to try something new with the printed pieces.
    Last time when I did it, I found that because I was using normal paper, the templates weren't very strong.

    With this in mind I decided to contact spray them onto felt paper for extra strength before I cut them out.

    PathfinderHelmetProgress1_zps90a2f9cb.jpg

    Once done, I great journey of cutting began.

    PathfinderHelmetProgress2_zpse7e3d1c4.jpg

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    Once I finally finished cutting, the next stage begun:

    I decided to attach the pieces together with tape and hot glue.
    (Tape on the paper side and hot on the felt side)

    Because of the felt the little connecting fold bits had to be cut off to keep it smooth.

    Here's what I have done so far:

    PathfinderHelmetProgress3_zps5bed4ddb.jpg

    I started with the top because it seemed the easiest point to start.
    I then began working back along the head.

    PathfinderHelmetProgress4_zpsded4ea26.jpg

    Here's a pic of the inside:

    PathfinderHelmetProgress5_zpsb22aa5cf.jpg
     

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  3. Dorvack

    Dorvack Jr Member

    Wow, that's an unusual choice of material, but it looks like it's going well.

    Looking forward to further updates.

    Subbed! :)
     
  4. TWanderer

    TWanderer New Member

    So many pieces... that must have taken ages! Can't wait to see how it comes together! That'll be an epic suit of armor.
     
  5. GenericCola

    GenericCola New Member

    I misread the title of this thread as "Custom Halo 4 Armor Build + Lingerie." I think it's time for bed....

    I'd reconsider your approach with the felt, however. What does the felt offer you that it's worth using? As it is, it seems to compromise the integrity of your build more than help it. I see a LOT of wrinkles and warping :C
     
  6. harican89

    harican89

    in my opinion you should go with the connecting flaps and only hotglue.
    the unfinished helmet looks a little warped... and the other thing is, you cant sand the tape down for smoothing and the bonding of the resin is an other thread... i would restart the project for a better result... to give smoothing a higher rang than the warpes or sanding isnt the right way :-/
     
  7. Black Underdog5

    Black Underdog5

    Re: Pathfinder Helmet update

    I had heaps of felt around and I thought why not.
    So far its working so fingers crossed.

    Surprisingly it didn't seem to take as long as last time, but ya lots of fun :p

    Just working on the back of the head at the moment and as some as I finish it I'll post some more pics.

    At the moment I am trying to just put the pieces together and get the base shape.
    There's not really any wrinkles on the piece, I would say that it looks like there is though because of the tape on it.

    To be honest, I know from last time I made a suit, due to the fact I'm just using regular paper, the parts needed a lot of tape on them to make it a bit stronger.

    I had felt lying around and I thought I would give it a go.
    I don't plan on using it on the outside, just as a base extra strength layer.

    I appreciate your help :)

    P:S Maybe I can use Lingerie for the undersuit :p.

    I see where your coming from Harican89.

    I'll see how it go's and if it doesn't work out, try another way like your idea.

    When it comes to the next stage of the helmet, I'm not really sure yet how I plan to do it,
    but I may have to anyway make another one because I have a feeling that its not going to fit on my head.

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    So, I finally finished the back part of the helmet, and all I can say is that it was a little tricky.

    Here are some pics of the helmet so far.

    PathfinderHelmetProgress6_zps4a8a2d4a.jpg

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    So today I have been working on the front half of the helmet.
    All I have to do now is attach both the front and back pieces on.
    The main issue I think I will have is the fact that the helmet may be a bit small but will have to wait and see when I finish it.

    Here is a pic of the helmet so far:

    PathfinderHelmetProgress8_zps4075f69a.jpg
     

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  8. Dorvack

    Dorvack Jr Member

    That's looking spot on and the size doesn't look too small.
     
  9. SIKAXIS

    SIKAXIS Member

    That's looking pretty good considering that you just used stacked paper. But if you go to walmart you can pick up a pack of 50 sheets of colored cardstock for just 5 bucks ... It's really quite a necessity if you want a detailed piece of armor . How many hours have you invested in this thing anyways?
     
  10. Ghost Bear 027

    Ghost Bear 027

    Maybe I've got molasses in me, but I can't get anything done quick. I'm looking triple figures for a helmet it seems... 5-6 hours? Good on ya.
    Maybe i need better tools or to rethink some of my approach... Keep it up, best of luck, and patience with the bondo...
     
  11. Black Underdog5

    Black Underdog5

    Hopefully cause of my big head, I will be able to put it on easily.
    If not will have to adjust it.

    So far it has taken around 5-6hrs of work I think.

    I'm thinking I am going to do a combination of fibreglass, and foam just not sure yet.
    Maybe use foam for detail and the rest fibreglass...

    Will keep you posted.

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    Thanks Ghost Bear 027.

    The file I used was really good because the pieces weren't to complex so it saved a lot of time.

    The more you do it the faster you get :)

    Yep... bondo... going to be interesting

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    I have now attached the front and back pieces together.

    The helmet is now ready for the next stage.

    Here are some pics of the helmet so far:

    PathfinderHelmetProgress9_zps87eda61a.jpg

    PathfinderHelmetProgress11_zpsede41f1c.jpg

    Lucky the helmet fits on my head fine which is good because I don't have to make another one the next size up.

    More coming soon...
     

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  12. nerdtron99

    nerdtron99

    nice work on the helmet! +1 sub
     
  13. Zaff

    Zaff

    I got a pack of 150 sheets of plain white 110 lb. cardstock at my local Walmart for a little under $7. Sometimes it seems they try to hide them, but in all the Walmarts I've been to recently (there are about 3 within an hour of my house) they've all had these 150 sheet packs somewhere. Definitely worth the bit of extra effort searching to save a little more than 50% off the price of three 50 sheet packs.
     
  14. ferret304

    ferret304 New Member

    Woot! Another Aussie! Best of luck with your build, mate
     
  15. Black Underdog5

    Black Underdog5

    Thanks for the support guys :)

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    I have another update on the helmet.
    I have been working on the visor today, and I have almost finished it, just got to buy a file to smooth the edges tomorrow.
    I'm using a tinted colour reflective motorcycle visor.
    Due to the pathfinders visors shape I am making the visor out of multiple pieces.

    Here are some pics of it so far.

    PathfinderHelmetProgress12_zps5417cfbc.jpg

    PathfinderHelmetProgress13_zps7588888b.jpg

    More updates on it tomorrow when I finish it.

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    As for the helmet itself, I am thinking of using bondo to smooth the design, and then attach foam for extra detail.
    As for my foam supply, due to where I live the closest place to get some eva foam is 3hrs away in Canberra, so I have ordered a bulk amount online.

    Should arrive soon... I hope

    Thanks Ferret304 :)

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    So far today I have managed to finish filing smooth the visor for the helmet.

    In the end due to the visors shape, I have had to make it out of 8 pieces.

    PathfinderHelmetProgress14_zps2a35b236.jpg

    I'm about to attach it together so hopefully it will look alright.

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    Yay I finally finished the visor.

    PathfinderHelmetProgress16_zps2bd5ac18.jpg

    PathfinderHelmetProgress15_zps0d818b8b.jpg

    In the end I had to make the outside pieces 2 parts each because the visor wouldn't bend and stay in the correct shape.
    I used hot glue to attach the pieces together.

    When I went to buy a file, I got some bondo at the same time, so I plan to prep the helmet for it tonight and maybe work on it a little tonight
    otherwise I plan on doing some more tomorrow.

    Here are some pics of the visor on the helmet. (I decided against using a gold visor and used this one instead).

    PathfinderHelmetProgress17_zps0281acce.jpg

    More updates coming either later tonight or tomorrow...
     

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  16. Dorvack

    Dorvack Jr Member

    Staggering work on the visor...
     
  17. U513

    U513

    have you thought about doing a home vac form? there are videos of making a home vac former which will be ideal for this. all you have to do is fibergalss and bondo as you would to get it all smooth. cut it out and then just follow the vac forming procedures on you tube.

    EDIT*** or you could buy a 0.5mm a4 arclic sheet which you can cut using a sissor tominimise the gaps. If you put a window tint on it it works just like a visor. I did this for my commander helmet from reach.
     
  18. harican89

    harican89

    you can seperate the visor in 3 pieces horizontal as well instead of 10 pieces. after that you can use a head gun to bend the visor nearly into the correct form
     
  19. monsterhelljump

    monsterhelljump

    it looks so good so far!
     
  20. Black Underdog5

    Black Underdog5

    Thanks Dorvack, it was the only way I could think that would be best.
    Alot of filing and gluing there was but I think it was worth it.
    Going to try to make the pieces of the visor connect in line with the helmet design.

    Thanks for the cool idea of vac forming U513.
    Hadn't heard about it before, it looks pretty interesting.

    I might try it next time for the visor.

    I had a look at your Carter build and thought damn that looks good.
    The idea of the phone in the forearm, brilliant.

    Thanks for the tips, may try it next time. I'm happy with the visor I made.

    Thanks for the support :)

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    Just a small update today:

    Have managed to coat the helmet in body filler.
    Planning to sand it back tomorrow

    PathfinderHelmetProgress20_zps95c440bd.jpg

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    After doing a bit of sanding back today, I realised that I have put too much bondo on.

    Listening to what you guys said (Harican89 and Arcanine) I decided it was best to remove it and try again.
    I had an idea of how to use bondo but when I used it for the first time, I may have gotten a little carried away.

    Having a look at Cereal Kill3r's bondo tutorial has given me a better understanding of how to reapply it.

    Trial and Error... this time its going to work a lot better.
     

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  21. harican89

    harican89

    why did you use so much body filler? this isnt even necessary and is now a lot of work :-( but good luck with that
     
  22. Chernobyl

    Chernobyl

    I'll second this. You're going to have one hell of a job getting the detail back out of such a thick coat - the idea of bondo is that it's there to remove surface imperfections, and as such it should be applied in thin, easily-managed layers. Whacking an entire pot on in one go will only make you lose those nice, crisp lines from the pep work, and you'll be wasting time, money and effort trying to regain them. More often than not it just ends up with the piece looking sub-par.

    If you want a solid tutorial on how to properly apply bondo, I'd look at Cereal Kill3r's build progress, specifically THIS video. You'll never look at bondo in the same way twice.
     
  23. xxxxM0NSTERxxxx

    xxxxM0NSTERxxxx

    Wait how did you remove it?
     
  24. Carpathia

    Carpathia

    I was wondering the same thing...
     
  25. Chainsaw ninja

    Chainsaw ninja Jr Member

    It was all that tape, I believe with resin and cardstock it would be much more attached to the paper. With all of that tape though and its smoother surface the Bondi didn't firmly attach
    (Just a guess anyways.)
    it's lookin like a pretty good build so far man! Keep it up!
     

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