Female GEN2 SCOUT Armor (Spartan Commander Sarah Palmer) Build [+ more]

Discussion in 'Halo Costumes and Armor' started by CommanderPalmer, Nov 18, 2015.

  1. CommanderPalmer

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    Sarah Palmer. Commander Sarah Palmer. I lead all Fireteams onboard Infinity.

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    Hi there and welcome to my first build.
    As it's my first costume, please be understanding if it isn't perfect - I'm doing my best here on all levels.

    MJOLNIER GEN2 SCOUT variant painted with Commander Palmer's scheme (+ some personal details).

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    // If you're interested in some origins and the story of the costume, here you go //

    I love Halo since years - I've gotten an Xbox with Halo game for my birthday just after it came out. Back then I didn't even know what Xbox or Halo was, but I fell in love at the first sight.
    Since then Halo never left me.
    I never was into costuming - always thought it looked cool, but I never trusted myself into making one.
    This year, after watching E3 and gamescom and all the nice pictures and videos I suddenly gotten a nice kick of inspiration and motivation to finally make my own costume.

    Soo... Of course I wanted to make the armor I like most - GEN2 SCOUT variant. Also, I already knew what color scheme I want light/dark gray with some red details.
    I've been rocking such color scheme in Halo games, and also as a nice coincidence character Sarah Palmer is wearing same armor and pretty much the same colors.
    At first I didn't want to make Palmer cosplay. Why?
    I know many people dislike her, no idea why, because I really like her as character.
    This was the reason why I was afraid of turning this build into a cosplay - I respect her character (a lot) and because of that if I were to make a Palmer cosplay, I wanted it to be good. Best even.
    I was afraid I won't be good enough and I won't live up to the expectations. (and simply I thought I'm not good enough)

    Anyway, like I said - after watching the conferences online and all the Halo 5 hype, end of September came and I finally started the build.
    I printed the pepakura files - BIG THANK YOU to the masterbuilder for the AMAZING files. I can't thank you enough, you did great and I loved working with them.
    First, I didn't even know that I had to scale these.
    I was a total n00b.
    My first pepped thing were boots - I didn't even have the thicker cardstock just very default printing paper... I learned first lesson - buy thicker card stock AND you have to scale parts... Well, the shoes and everything was scaled for a 2meter tall person, while I'm shorter... So the boots and shins I pepped were scrapped.
    The beginning was hard, a lot of trial and error - I ended up pepping most of the armor pieces even up to 5 times to get the scale alright and everything.

    I started this thread in middle of November. By that time I had majority of the costume already pepped.
    Why didn't I start this thread immediately after I began working on the costume?
    I wasn't sure if I'll make it, if I won't stop and throw everything away.
    I also didn't want to start the thread and then just disappear if it didn't work out.
    To me, starting a thread is kind of responsibility - I wouldn't want to just disappear - as you see I update frequently, I share things so maybe they help you and I like to share the progress, it's a motivation for me as well.

    Anyway, after many many wasted sheets of paper, glue and my time - I finally had everything pepped and in the meantime I started to harden the parts.
    I might have chosen the worst time to work on the costume, because resin doesn't like winter and low temperatures and it was the time I was doing all of this.
    However, I made progress hardening most of the armor pieces.

    As I previously wrote, it's my first costume, so it isn't perfect. I don't aim for perfection anyway, because I know I won't be able to achieve that - well, maybe if I had unlimited budget and resources like 3D printer and a lot more.
    However, honestly I enjoy building it all by hand. I enjoy it A LOT.


    If you want to see more - please read through the whole thread.


    Here is the first picture back when I started this thread:

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    // CURRENT STATE OF THE BUILD //


    TO DO:
    - shoulders
    - chest
    - boots

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    - INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS, TUTORIALS & WALKTHROUGHS -

    How I paint and weather my armor pieces:


    Adding details and raised areas to armor:


    Cut and assemble pepakura pieces fast and easy:


    Glove - trigger finger detail:


    My dual-layer visor:


    // MATERIALS USED //

    For the starting part I used cardstock 250g and while I was pepping, I glued the parts with super glue.
    I wouldn't recommend hot glue - super glue is super fast and after it's hardened, it's way easier to sand it down.

    It is understandable, that I used resin and body filler as well, however I prefer a lot more to use the rondo mix.

    My undersuit is a morphsuit. Zentai-thingy. Standard black.



    // CREDITS //

    masterbuilder for the amazing female Spartan Scout / Palmer pepakura files

    HEX-VISOR MATERIAL IS BY AWESOME ICON PROPS

    mjolnirwip.JPG
     
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2017
  2. The BorosBoss

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    Re: Female GEN2 SCOUT Armor Build

    Looks good! Do you have any WIP pics? Also, are you keeping it white or painting/detailing another color? Welcome to the 405th, btw..
     
  3. krad2004

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    Re: Female GEN2 SCOUT Armor Build

    Oh my... that looks awesome! I was wondering about ur plans for colour too... the white on black look pretty bad *!! :)
     
  4. ErMaC

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    The pieces look well put together and sized just right. Good Job and keep up the good work
     
  5. Dirtdives

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    Re: Female GEN2 SCOUT Armor Build

    Looks good. What are you using to scale you pieces?
     
  6. CommanderPalmer

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    Re: Female GEN2 SCOUT Armor Build

    Thank you! :D
    As for color... Actually I was planning to use gray colors. Lighter and darker gray (and some red) for details and silver for damage and scratches. I also plan to add blue lights. :)
    It's the color scheme I'm running for a very long time on my Spartan, well... Now since the reduced customization I'm running gray/red.

    I'll be adding more WIP pics very soon. :D
    And thank you for nice welcome ^^
    I'm planning on gray/red color scheme with some blue lights. :)

    Thanks! It's been a huge pain to get the scale right... Really... But, it pays off. xD

    Thank you! :D
    What I'm using to scale pieces? Well... Myself. O.O It's really a method of errors... errors... and bit of luck.
    I just try to imagine the thickness of the pieces and then try to measure it on my own body.
    Well, like I said - it often didn't work on the first try - but it was also my fault - I'm a newbie and I didn't measure right - I once just measured my body, but didn't add extra for the actual armor... so yeah. xD
     
  7. Dirtdives

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    Well, if error is working........error away.
     
  8. ZP180

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    Re: Female GEN2 SCOUT Armor Build

    Looking good. Might I ask what files you're working from?
     
  9. SavedbyGraceG12

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    Re: Female GEN2 SCOUT Armor Build

    Judgeing by the looks of the pepped parts, those files are from MasterBuilder. Even though it took a few trys to get scaling right, thus far everything looks spot on! And yes, welcome to the 405th! Keep it up!
     
  10. CommanderPalmer

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    No other option. Error away. :D

    Aye. It's by MasterBuilder. I can't say much, but they are literally a Master Builder.
    It is hard to get the proportions right, but it is great job they did on the pep file... Even if it's only for females (female scout armor). ;)

    Thank you very much, SavedByGraceG12 :D
     
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  11. PerniciousDuke

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    Grey, grey, red.. sounds cool. Looks good so far. I'm gonna subscribe and I hope you post more pics!! :)
     
  12. DoopleStick

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    This looks really good! Good luck on the chest and the helmet, those pieces really tie the whole thing together!
     
  13. GingerOfDoom

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    Well done! I cant wait to see more. Personally, Ive been too nervous to try my hand at Pepakura yet.. Maybe some day!
     
  14. Master Builder

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    Re: Female GEN2 SCOUT Armor Build

    Great job with the proportioning! It's usually what makes or breaks a suit in my opinion. Just make sure you get the helmet properly scaled to, cut out the bottom brim as much as need be to fit your head though (it's intended to be cut back).

    Can't wait to see some more progress!
     
  15. BPipkin

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    Looking good so far! Scaling always sucks but in the end the headaches are always well worth the trouble!
     
  16. CommanderPalmer

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    Thanks! :D

    Thank you very much! Helmet actually turned out to be a pain in the butt... but I think I got the scale nicely. :D

    I'm pretty nervous too, lacking patience, hehe... But you should give it a try! :D

    Thank you very much! Scaling is truly pain in the butt... but when you get it right... *, you're truly a MASTER Builder! :D
    I completed the helmet... Took me 3 tries... but I got it nicely scaled, haha :D
    I'll resin and harden it first and then I'll cut out the bottom... otherwise it'd be impossible to get my head in o.o

    Of course! I agree. It's always worth it :D
     
  17. CommanderPalmer

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    Alright... Took me some time and I kinda never had the occasion to take photos... I completed both the remaining pieces - shoulder pieces, chest and helmet.

    I don't have many photos now, I'll post more soon.

    First, the chest front and side. The quality isn't perfect, it was dark in my room but when I finished it I really wanted to see if it was scaled ok.
    *! It was my first try and I actually got it right. O_O
    (lower front chest piece is missing, I know... I'll make more photos soon)

    DSC00537.JPG DSC00538.JPG

    Now, the helmet... If you look right on the photo up higher, the helmet isn't perfect, the "beak" isn't symmetrical and isn't straight... I don't know where it went wrong but I tried straightening it and it didn't work... It was the second try on the helmet, the first one was waaay too big, it turned out.
    I wasn't happy with the helmet because of it and I decided I'll give another try.
    So... I did another helmet, just finished it. It's just a little bit smaller, before I finished pepping it I tried it on my head and it fits even better.

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    Also, as a bonus I did the "hip" pieces of the undersuit. I can't work with the foam, I tried it first before switching to paper... and these hip pieces are what I can do best with foam... v_v
     
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  18. The BorosBoss

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    The hip pieces actually look very clean. Glad the new helmet worked out!
     
  19. CommanderPalmer

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    Thank you! :D
    I'm very happy how it came out, I'll start resining it tomorrow, yay!
     
  20. shwarzwald

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    Seems like its all coming together.
     
  21. Jurassic

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    It's looking really great! Can't wait to see more. I am also currently doing a build of Argus and have been tasked with making a HERMES gen 2 as well ( my fault I told friends to be Blue Team for feb :p)
    Also I might suggest doing the boot parts with either some fiberglass cloth or in a foam(for flexibility) perhaps, it's just an idea!
     
  22. CommanderPalmer

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    Thanks! :D
    Wow, two Blue Team armors! Linda's and Kelly's! I hope you'll post some photos and updates too! :D

    Oh, I plan on fiberglassing and rondo'ing all the parts, I want all of them to be durable and not to break on me :O
    But thanks for the tip ;)

    I'll pass on the foam, I'll just do some necessary undersuit parts and that's all... also was thinking about using some foam for armor detailing later on.
     
  23. Dirtdives

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    Your pieces are super clean. How are you going to visor it up? The front angle is pretty tight. Motorcycle visors don't come in those angles.
     
  24. CommanderPalmer

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    Oh, I didn't plan on using motorcycle helmet... I was thinking about using some plastic sheet and forming it under heat to match the form.
    Well, I also read about the vacuum-forming, but it's kinda too expensive to build the frame and especially to buy a toaster or anything to heat it up. It works great I've seen, but too expensive for me.
    Since I need just one visor I'll try to form the visor with details, then get some transparent plastic and form it under heat of hairdryer or heatgun... and then paint it with some window-transluscent paints to make it blue and I was also thinking about the "hexagon" pattern.
     
  25. Dirtdives

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    clear plastics tends to warp under heat so you might end up w/ distorted vision when looking through it. You can never get the temp or the distance from the heat-gun exact to make plastic soft enough to bend w/o some warp-age. The hex pattern can be stenciled in. You might do 2 coats of the translucent paint, make sure the first coat is extremely thin/light, then put the hex stents on then paint 2nd coat. Just an idea.
     

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