First Helmet - Mark V[B]


Stickalope

New Member
So this is actually about 90% post-mortem, since the helmet is basically done except the visor, but anyway here goes.

I'm new here and to cosplay/prop-making in general, so I went into this build with the goal of buying as few things as possible and just using what I had on hand, partly so as not to sink a bunch of money into something new, and partly because I was unemployed for the duration of the build (yay covid). I have done some making in various adjacent mediums in the past though, and had some materials on hand, so I felt like I could at least end up with something passable.

This being a budget build, I tried my hand at pepping since the cost of entry is low and I wouldn't feel bad about using a bunch of cardstock if I failed horribly. Which is good, because the first try ended up too small and a little sloppy. Second one was about the right size (and neater, thanks to the practice).
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Once I was confident with the size, I hardened the paper with some epoxy I had leftover from an automotive repair, then reinforced with fiberglass I had for the same purpose. Hours of filler primer and bondo later, it was onto paint; the base color wasn't quite what I used for Reach multi (as close as I was using to a reference), but honestly better than I expected for a rattle-can I had lying around. It is very orange.
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I steeled myself and cut the first ding into my shiny new paint job, followed by lots more abuse to get the worn-and-beaten look. Anywhere it cut deep enough to show resin/paper, I hit it with a silver paint pen (that I also had lying around) and pretended it was metal. Then lots of dirtying up with acrylics I had from various painting projects.
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Overall I'm fairly happy with it, the photo doesn't quite do it justice in my opinion. I think it could use some more oil/grime and larger scale weathering, so I may revisit that once I have a visor to finish it out. I've been debating over going with a cheap motorcycle replacement or try my hand at building a vacuum former. Now that I'll be making a steady income again, I might put a bit of money into it, but as of now the only thing I had to buy was more epoxy.

Thanks for reading; hopefully I'll have an update soon with the finished thing, but for now we can pretend
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Benton188

RXO
405th Regiment Officer
Member DIN
S188
Oh my word, that turned out beautifully! If I hadn't seen the first picture of the pepakura construction I would swear that helmet was a cast or 3D print, you did such a good job on smoothing that out. The weathering seems fine to me, but that's on your own personal preferences if you want it scuffed up a bit more.
 

Stickalope

New Member
Oh my word, that turned out beautifully! If I hadn't seen the first picture of the pepakura construction I would swear that helmet was a cast or 3D print, you did such a good job on smoothing that out. The weathering seems fine to me, but that's on your own personal preferences if you want it scuffed up a bit more.
Thank you! It was a lot of hours sanding/filling, but it doubled as therapy so I didn't mind spending extra time on it.

Also I saw your avatar and checked out your ghost, that thing is fantastic, I love it
 

Stickalope

New Member
Mate that looks real nice, so now you know you can do it quite well, you planning on doing a full armour set?
Thanks, appreciate it. As for the full armor, I'm debating, life is about to get pretty chaotic, so once things settle down I'll revisit. I'd like to get into the 3D printing scene a bit as well, so that might be the route I go for a full suit.
 

Stickalope

New Member
Update time: got a cheap motorcycle visor, which was a mistake. I had planned to heat form it as needed to get it into shape, but the heat required to soften the structural plastic of the visor degraded whatever was used for the tinting/mirror finish, making it impossible to see through. I was at least able to get it shaped enough for a picture, but there are still some hefty gaps:

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(I should mention I also did another heavy weathering pass, which I am a huge fan of)
I might still be able to work it into a passable display-only visor (I had thought about doing this anyway, having one cracked and holed-through like in the ending credits of Reach), but I'll need another solution for actually wearing it.

Anyone have any recommendations, without breaking the bank too much? Endgame would be vacuum-forming my own, but that would take some time to get the former put together and trial out the process. I've thought about some of the Icon props visor stuff, though buying a sheet of that would more than double my financial investment so far...
 

Stickalope

New Member
Final update on the helmet, new visor is fitted and dirtied up a bit, now easily wearable (and see-throughable) and no more unsightly gaps.

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That's all I've got at the moment, still debating on approaches to a full suit, printed (still need printer) vs pep vs some sort of blend of the two. Probably won't make a final call on that until I have a printer to play with and see how it handles.
 

TurboCharizard

Division PR, RXO and BCO
Division Staff
405th Regiment Officer
Member DIN
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Final update on the helmet, new visor is fitted and dirtied up a bit, now easily wearable (and see-throughable) and no more unsightly gaps.

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That's all I've got at the moment, still debating on approaches to a full suit, printed (still need printer) vs pep vs some sort of blend of the two. Probably won't make a final call on that until I have a printer to play with and see how it handles.
The gasket, the visor grime, the heel of the thumb shaped smudges pushing dirt aside
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TylerBH2014

Member
Always glad to see someone appreciate the little details!


Thanks Tyler! I tried to capture the "been through some (stuff)" feeling, hopefully it comes across
I am currently finishing off a raw Infinite Master Chief suit and will most likely be doing some heavy weathering. Good luck with your helmet.
 

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