First build WIP - Halo 4 Recon Helmet / Halo 4 Mark VI Armor

Discussion in 'New Recruits' started by T086, Jul 28, 2013.

  1. T086

    T086 Jr Member

    Hey thanks! I got the visor from amazon, I just searched for motorcycle visors then found one I liked and cut it to fit. The hex pattern came from a stencil. The link for the stencil is on the first page of this thread.

    3/9/14 UPDATE!

    Lost a couple days this past week because I was sick but the paint is almost complete. Actually it's further along than you see in this group of pics but it's so close I would rather just wait to completion to show you more :)

    I've also started on the shoulders. So far the right shoulder is folded, filled, and shaping is about to begin. I'm using custom aluminum offsets to achieve as close to in-game positioning as I can.







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  2. EVAkura

    EVAkura RCO 405th Regiment Officer

    OMG! You are such a tease! Seriously going to leave us there??? Haha. I guess I will just have to keep checking back to see the final paint on those boots!
  3. AWACS89


    Such an awesome build. Really hope you go to CT-con dude, so I can droll in my helmet :p I just dont understand how you make everything so smooth...

    Out of curiosity, what is the combined weight of your armor so far?
  4. RYNO 666

    RYNO 666 Well-Known Member

    Wow man just wow!
  5. T086

    T086 Jr Member

    //...receiving data....
    /The HALO 4 MK.VI BOOTS are now fully complete, pics up in the second post on the first page under the complete helmet and torso pics. Quick link: HERE

  6. T086

    T086 Jr Member

    Check the post above! Wink wink

    Thanks! I hope I can make it there! I still have to weigh the boots but the torso is 28lbs and the helmet is 7lbs I believe.

  7. AWACS89


    Awesome pics on the boots dude, they turned out awesome. Love the subtle hexagon pattern that you did too, just makes the pieces that much better.
  8. T086

    T086 Jr Member

    Thanks again! I used the same stencil for that pattern as on the visor, it adds a nice effect to the area and makes it less bland.
  9. T086

    T086 Jr Member

    Hot off the heels of finishing the boots (which if you still haven't seen them, are now up for viewing in the second post of this thread) I'm now diving right into the shoulders. Here's two more pics after securing the mounting system that holds the two pieces together.



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  10. steveo0521


    Your build looks absolutely amazing! Looking forward to see what else you can do with this project!
  11. SuperFly1414

    SuperFly1414 New Member

    Absolutely amazing! I am itching to start my first build! I don't have a whole lot of experience with any of this stuff so it is nice to see this and with the same suit that I want to make!
  12. T086

    T086 Jr Member

    Thank you, I'm always making progress in some form or another, I cant wait till its finished!!

    Thanks, Just dive right in and give it hell is the best advice I can give you. The more you do, the more you develop you own techniques and ways of doing things. That's how you get comfortable with building stuff like this.


    So at this point I've decided to get the remaining pieces of armor totally PEPed. I can make much better use of the warmer weather to come in the next few months if all my pep work is done by then. Right now the right shoulder is in the filler shaping stage, the left shoulder is all PEPed and ready to go, I've also PEPed both hands (gloves), and I'm right now stating the pep work for the lower abdomen and butt plate.

    here's some pics for ya!

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    And last but not least - I got majorly distracted this afternoon and spent way too much time making this pic:


    Stay tuned for the next update!

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  13. T086

    T086 Jr Member

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  14. SavedbyGraceG12

    SavedbyGraceG12 Well-Known Member

    Where can I find those gloves?
  15. T086

    T086 Jr Member

  16. SavedbyGraceG12

    SavedbyGraceG12 Well-Known Member

    thanks bro, actually i had found them right after i asked you. anyways, just wanted to say your build is very on point. from pep, to bondo, and the paintjob is just fabulous! keep up the good work!
  17. killerownz11

    killerownz11 Member

    so with your boots, how does the bondo not peel away from the tape/ cardboard. i noticed that in one of your pictures on the inside near the top of the boot, that there was a definite connection between body filler, cardboard. i've had bad experiences with those connections, they always peel.
  18. T086

    T086 Jr Member

    Thanks a lot, I'm churning away at it!!

    Hmm, I see what you are saying but in practice in my case I've had no such experiences. I did go right over the cardboard with my filler but I am guessing that the reason I haven't had trouble is two-fold. First, I attribute much of the success so far to the type of filler I've been using - Everglass is top notch. Second, Even though I went directly over the cardboard, 95% of my filler is quite thick in its covering.

    I just went and weighed the boots to give you an idea of how much material (hiking boot, body filler, rubber sole) is actually incorporated in them.
    Right boot: 10.6 lbs
    Left boot: 10 lbs

    This was the first time I've weighed them and I'm amazed how close in weight they are. I know a lot of people's jaws will probably drop when they read that because of how heavy they are but it really doesn't feel terrible at all when you have it on your foot. Maybe its just me and I'm used to it because I wear a heavy work boot daily but it doesn't seem like a big deal.

    Anyway, I hope that sort of answered your question. Thanks for asking!
  19. Bobby Boucher

    Bobby Boucher

    This is looking awesome!! Making anything from Halo 4 is hard because of all the detail required. Keep it up!
  20. Stiilus

    Stiilus Member

    TT. man i wish i had a workshop set up again already, seeing this build just makes me miss it all the more. i really like your build style, everything just looks so crisp and clean, and you go that extra mile for the sake of getting the detail just right. well done. credit where it's due, this would be one of the best builds i have ever seen and surely deserves to be made elite!!! i can't wait to see the whole thing put together. once again, well done :D
  21. T086

    T086 Jr Member

    Thanks guys.

    So it's been over a month since my last update and I can assure you I've been making progress even though I haven't been keeping up with you here. My apologies.

    I stuck true to my word and finished all my pepakura work except for the left shin piece. I'm glad its (mostly) out of the way leaving me to the filler shaping all summer now. When I completed the pep work I picked right back up on shaping the right shoulder pieces which you can check out below! The last pic you see is where I enter unknown territory... Silicone molding. I'm attempting to duplicate the right outer shoulder plate for use on the left shoulder which will leave me to shape the left armband part by hand. I'll keep you posted with lots of pics as to how that process goes. That's it for now, next SITREP soon.

    (as per usual - to view larger size pics check out my flickr directly from the link in the first post)














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  22. Chernobyl


    Considering the lack of detail in the raw Pepakura files, you've done an astonishing job of recreating the detail of the shoulder parts. I'm very impressed.
  23. T086

    T086 Jr Member

    hey thanks a ton!

    Here's a thursday night update:

    So the mold making process to duplicate the right outer shoulder piece over for use on the left side was a lot harder to master than I had originally planned mostly because I didn't buy actual mold making silicone. I figured that for a one-off shot like this that it just wasn't worth the price. So in the place of that I used thin painted on layers of thinned down 100% silicone caulk from my local hardware store.

    The last picture in the post above where you see the white silicone, well, that was my first attempt. It failed because for some reason the white 100% silicone just wouldn't cure. The only thing that seemed to work for me was the clear stuff. After three days of doing two painted on layers a day I finally achieved what you see below:



    The only trouble I had was that my outer shell of plaster crumbled on me halfway through de-molding the master. I was able to save enough of it to achieve my intended result that you see above. Now I just need to combine the two halves. In case you are wondering - I cast it with my body filler/ resin mix that I've used so many times before throughout this project.

    It turns out the silicone pieces are still really good and intact so If anyone would like them for casting their own outer shoulder piece I could possibly mail them your way. PM me if you are interested.

    Thats it for now... till next SITREP

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  24. EVAkura

    EVAkura RCO 405th Regiment Officer

    Awesome job! BTW, adding a few drops of glycerin to the silicone helps it cure much faster (for future reference). Also, if you do it on a warmer humid day, that also helps the cure time.
  25. T086

    T086 Jr Member

    Thanks! I'll keep it in mind for next time I need to cast something. I'm thinking since I used naphtha to thin the silicone that it had a bad reaction with whatever the pigmentation was in that specific silicone, that's why it never setup.

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