Thanks man, yup you hit the nail on the head! This hobby is a balancing act as TurboCharizard once mentioned before, a trinity more or less. A balance of quality, production speed, and budget. I will be the first to admit that quality was my #1 goal. I did not put a price tag on this build and I have more money sunk into then most care to spend on cosplay. Speed was never a goal, I did not put a time frame or pressure goal on myself except for the last couple weeks which is merely just final achievable completion. I've got 8 months in on this thing. Over that time I rebuild pieces, started over, I tweaked pieces, made adjustments, stared at it for 2 months, realize I needed to fix this or that to get more game accurate. You get the idea. I laugh and joke, this project taught me how far my OCD actually goes... hahaOk, I started reading this thread from the beginning earlier today, probably spent about 4-6 hours today just reading this. For those who are just joining us now and want to know the secret to how he pulled this off:
I must say, I think the first one is critically important. It's an entirely different way of looking at the build. ExCeLLuR8 truly is an 'about the journey' guy, and the results don't lie. In my next build I'm going to try to focus on developing and improving my process, and focusing on constant improvement, rather than delivering the next piece. I think this will be easier to do this time around, because I (hopefully) won't feel the pressure to have a suit. Tomorrow I'll try to write up RandomRanger's interpretation of ExCeLLuR8's process. I'm writing it for myself, but I'll share it afterwards because that's what we do here.