First build: Thom A293 based concept armor

Discussion in 'New Recruits' started by Thom A293, Nov 21, 2016.

  1. CaminusPrime


    This build is looking Amazing!
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  2. Thom A293

    Thom A293

    So I got a question... What are some crazy strong magnets that I could use to hold the front and back half's of the chest piece together? I bought some but they are too weak, but I don't want to so strong as to lock together and snap the glue off.
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  3. PaiganBoi


    Look for rare earth magnets. They have a more technical name but, it escapes me at this moment.
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  4. electricknite


    neodymium rare earth magnets is the technical name
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  5. PerniciousDuke

    PerniciousDuke RXO 405th Regiment Officer

    There are different grades of rare earth magnets which indicate their strength. Here is a calculator so that you will know if the magnets you are buying are strong enough. I wouldn't recommend buying them off this site because they are much cheaper through ebay.
    K&J Magnetics - Magnet Calculator
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  6. Thom A293

    Thom A293

    Sweet thanks guys, now for try number two of magnets.
  7. Thom A293

    Thom A293

    I have not forgotten!
    The suit has been a slow pace but it is still moving. Right now it has mainly been a lot of painting and painting on the suit. All the pieces are quite close except the chestpiece and the helmet, both of those are mainly a solid green.


    Previously I had been talking about how I had been using toothpaste as my paint coverer and was praising it. Yes, it created a result that looked quite good, but it was a pain to clean up and take off... I then tried Vaseline and low and behold it created a better result and came off super easy :eek::mad:... Why I hadn't been using that before I don't know, but in short don't use toothpaste, use Vaseline.

    Not relative to my suit but still halo cosplay, my friend got two molded helmets that he wanted me to fix up and primer. I was super jealous cause the noble 6 was a regular $130 I think, but the original mark he got for $10. Anyway, they were quite fun to do the touch up work on, removing the seams and such. I cant rn but ill post pics of those two helmets later.

    What I will do to keep hopefully more posts going is each armor part I "finish" with the basic painting I will post some pictures of it.
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  8. mblackwell1002


    took ya' long enough. :D

    Looks sick man! And show us a premature suit-up!
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  9. SI3RRA 117

    SI3RRA 117

    Once everything is painted are you going to give it all a black wash? It's going to really bring out the detail you have built into all of the armor.
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  10. Thom A293

    Thom A293

    Yeah lol, it did take a while. Once I get the magnets for the chest I will do a suit up for ya guys. Can't do a suit up if the chest piece won't stay.

    Yes, my plan is to do a black wash with a few other weathering colors on the armor. There is quite a bit of painting I still got to finish beforehand though.
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  11. jsg6


    Hey, nice build. I also prefer the more realistic spartan armor as most times I play with Soldier body armor as it has ammo pouches and stuff.
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  12. jsg6


    Another thing, I may not of been paying attention but where did you get the helmet visor?
  13. PerniciousDuke

    PerniciousDuke RXO 405th Regiment Officer

    Hey jsg6 if no one has replied since your last post you can just edit it instead of double posting.

    Here is a link to when Thom talks about where he bought his visor.
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  15. Thom A293

    Thom A293

    Thanks jsg6 for liking the build. Yep, that's the link. PerniciousDuke is stealing guy questions :cry::cry::D:p Jkjk now it's fine, I don't go on enough.

    I see everybodys builds going and I've gotten so close, just a little bit more and it's done.
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  16. PerniciousDuke

    PerniciousDuke RXO 405th Regiment Officer

    Lol. Just trying to help. You've still got things to do! I need you to finish so I can see it. :) You gonna be at ECCC?
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  18. mblackwell1002


    Go to Jet City Comic-show as well, it's a nice little convention. It's pretty small, not a major comic-con, but it's the only convention-like thing in October. The convention is located in downtown Tacoma, so it's not far from the 3 of us. They have a sweet costume contest for adults, and I think you have a good chance, Thom. last year, they gave away $200 worth of casting rubbers and resin. Worth it to me. :D

    I'm going to enter with my Warlock costume. my MC got 5th or place. They value both fabric and armor combinations; the overall best-executed costume. So I'm trying again with a better costume, you guys gonna come, PerniciousDuke and Thom A293?
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  19. PerniciousDuke

    PerniciousDuke RXO 405th Regiment Officer

    I'm trying! :) I still have pieces to pep. :p Jet City was my 1st tier goal and I think I'm still on track. I doubt I'll beat Thom though if we both enter.

    Love to see you too jsg6 ! but I was talking to Thom.
  20. Thom A293

    Thom A293

    Oooh, jet city sounds cool, yeah it would be sweet to go. Yeah my plan PerniciousDuke is to go to Emerald city comic con.
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  21. Thom A293

    Thom A293

    Chest piece has magnets but some decided to pop out, so I got to re attach a few. Other than the chest, the suit is all painted and I'm working my way 100% finishing each armor piece. First up on the completion list is the boots. I weathered them with a mix of a dirt and sand modeling paint, I thought they turned out pretty good. The paints I used are more of a lighter water based paint so I just did a lot of coats and dabbed the paint with a paper towel to get that realistic weathered look. Once I do some more of the armor I might add more dirt to darken them up some more, I'll wait and see.

  22. Thom A293

    Thom A293

    2017 Maker fair in Seattle.
    Suit is pretty much done, but I will do a post with an update on it all:



    And guess who I met? :D:eek:
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  24. TheAstroBot

    TheAstroBot Member

    Paint job looks absolutely amazing!!

    Question, do you have any plans to make an undersuit?
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  25. Thom A293

    Thom A293

    Thanks man, I was pretty excited to meet them as well.

    I do have plans to make an undersuit. I was just trying to knock out the suit and then do the light machine gun/undersuit next. I know its kinda lacking with an undersuit :D

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