First ODST foam build need help!

StereoSolution

New Member
Hello,
Ive been a huge halo fan since I could walk and Ive always wanted to create armor from the series. Well with the new outpost event coming up I want to try to attend it with some armor. Ive so far made my ODST helmet from the DFT template but im really wanting to make a suit with more detail than that one. Ive been looking around on forums and downloaded the templates PaiganBoi posted on his ODST build but Ive got no clue as to what I need to do for sizing or how I even do sizing im 6'2 and 213lbs. Ive got pepakura downloaded I just dont know how to scale armor pieces to myself. I would really appreciate the help! Thank you!:)
 
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TurboCharizard

RMO & BCO
405th Regiment Officer
Community Staff
Hello,
Ive been a huge halo fan since I could walk and Ive always wanted to create armor from the series. Well with the new outpost event coming up I want to try to attend it with some armor. Ive so far made my ODST helmet from the DFT template but im really wanting to make a suit with more detail than that one. Ive been looking around on forums and downloaded the templates PaiganBoi posted on his ODST build but Ive got no clue as to what I need to do for sizing or how I even do sizing im 6'2 and 213lbs. Ive got pepakura downloaded I just dont know how to scale armor pieces to myself. I would really appreciate the help! Thank you!:)
Armorsmith Designer is a beast when it comes to making sure your costume fits.

In Armorsmith you can create an avatar that matches your measurements and then using those .pdo files that you've downloaded you can dress it. The files can be scaled in the software and then the patterns can be exported as a .pdf or printed directly.
 

Sean Anwalt

RCO
405th Regiment Officer
There are a number of tutorials on here for sizing, I highly recommend reading through them. Pepakura designer 4 shows you to scale in the program, that's how I've always done it, and it works.

For starting in foam I would strongly recommend a sharp box cutter or x-acto knife with a million blades. You need a SHARP knife and a way to sharpen it frequently. A metal starightedge is invaluable as well.

Also it would be foolish to go about this project without looking up a few of evil ted and punished props tutorials on the YouTubes. They're experience and hints are priceless.

Can't wait to see your ODST build, man!
 

StereoSolution

New Member
There are a number of tutorials on here for sizing, I highly recommend reading through them. Pepakura designer 4 shows you to scale in the program, that's how I've always done it, and it works.

For starting in foam I would strongly recommend a sharp box cutter or x-acto knife with a million blades. You need a SHARP knife and a way to sharpen it frequently. A metal starightedge is invaluable as well.

Also it would be foolish to go about this project without looking up a few of evil ted and punished props tutorials on the YouTubes. They're experience and hints are priceless.

Can't wait to see your ODST build, man!
I’ll start looking for the scaling tutorials while I check out the armorsmith that TurboCharizard mentioned. Thank you for the information and tips!
 

Begocer

Member
Armorsmith, to me at least is the best tool for cosplays I've seen/used.

Anyone can correct me if there's others as I didn't scour Google too long before I picked up the program. It get updates often and has changed quite a bit I've seen, but I haven't tried the new update yet...

Gonna put that into my To-Do list of things to attempt soon.
 

StereoSolution

New Member
I’ve been grinding away at armorsmith and I’m loving it but I’ve come across a problem... My chest piece is waaaaay to big I don’t want to scrap it just yet I want to build the rest of it and when it comes time cut the foam and measure it so it fits me just right. Unless anyone else has any better ideas I’ll post pictures tomorrow of what it looks like if I remember and get around to it
 

he4thbar

Member
Armorsmith, to me at least is the best tool for cosplays I've seen/used.

Anyone can correct me if there's others as I didn't scour Google too long before I picked up the program. It get updates often and has changed quite a bit I've seen, but I haven't tried the new update yet...

Gonna put that into my To-Do list of things to attempt soon.
Thanks for this advice, I'm finally moving to a place where I can start building cosplay and was wondering what the best options were for pep files. hopefully this will help me in the future.
 

Begocer

Member
Thanks for this advice, I'm finally moving to a place where I can start building cosplay and was wondering what the best options were for pep files. hopefully this will help me in the future.
Happy to help! I'm much too inexperienced in the ways of foam making to offer any solid advice in that field so I'll give advice on things I'm pretty sure I'm good at lol
 

he4thbar

Member
Happy to help! I'm much too inexperienced in the ways of foam making to offer any solid advice in that field so I'll give advice on things I'm pretty sure I'm good at lol
That's fair, I will probably do Foam for armor pieces when I start working on it. But the helmets almost need to be pep to look nice from what i've seen.
 

Gixk2

Member
another vote for armorsmith. Patience is key, take your time, dont give yourself deadlines until youve gained more experience. As above, sharp blades, metal straight edge, lots of plasters.....
 
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