Halo 4 Recon Build + 3D Printer Projects

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harican89

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Hey guys,

a long time ago in a country far, far away.... from the USA xD
I want to make my third and hopefully the last halo armor i will build. The Halo 4 Recon is my upcoming project and will include all the solutions for the damn issues my brain stuck on the last sets of armors.
After building an ODST from Halo 3 (in fiberglass) and the Jun Mod from Halo Reach (in Foam) i want to mix up my expierences with foam and fiberglas.
This build will include all the solutions for the halo 4 spartan armors problems ive considered of.

UPDATE
I just bought a new CTC Printer and iam going to print the Battle Rifle (H4). The File i use is really great.
http://www.405th.com/showthread.php/36190-Release-Halo-4-Battle-Rifle-(For-CNC-Machines)

i edited some of the parts and slice the battle rifle to fit in my printer.

Here is the UStream Livestream of printer.
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ctc-3d-printer---workflow

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Watch the latest post to get further Updates.

Here are my last two armors:
http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x463/harican89/finished armor/P8200129.jpg
http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums...151230026927866_1463650410_o2_zps9632b92a.jpg


i will subdivide the build in 3 stages.
  1. The Undersuit (Duct-Tape Dummy)
  2. The Fiberglas Armor Plates
  3. The Armor Strapping & Electronics (led, fan for the helmet, helmet Com with microphone, speakers and so on. maybe a cooling solution)


Tutorials:

Undersuit:



The Undersuit is a little tricky and i want to explain my solution. Most of the armor plates will be screwed on the undersuit directly and i want the sew the armor strapping directly inside the undersuit, hidden beneath the foam padding.
I will use some foams, fabrics in diffrent colors, some perfect gloves by O'neil, an 2 pieces thermo underwear and some hex-pattern foam padding. most of the foam pieces will be carved in the shape of muscles and get covered with the fabric and a black mesh to get the right look.
another 405th used this method one year ago and its mostly perfect.

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instead of his build, i want to reduce the abount of muscle padding. within these foam padding i want to implement some hard foam (eva foam) details like the one in this build:

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This will help me to get the perfect spartan muscle look and the correct details without any hard circumstances. but the idea, inspired by myself, is the strapping. i want to screw all the armor pieces directly on the undersuit without any visual strapping belts. but i will come to this point when iam ready ^^
The basic idea of this build is to get one "ideal" method for the halo 4 spartan builds, because until now, there is no perfect way to get the armor AND the undersuit looking great. i want to help you out and will offer many tutorials for the "way i want to build it".

First Step:
The Undersuit

I will create a duct tape dummy and draw the template for the undersuit on it. after that i will create the pattern. the next image shows my undersuit pattern design in red lines, the hex foam in orange and the eva foam details in blue. the zippers are marked with yellow.

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Next week i will order all the materials i need for the undersuit and the first bucket of fiberglas resin and fiberglas cloth. the armor i want to make is the halo 4 recon.

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BTW: i want to thanks fat-hi555 for most of the files i want to use and the great work he has done for me :)

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Okay. it was a long last month and now iam free for the project.
on the weekend i will finish the duct-tape dummy and start with the template for the undersuit.

i already started the helmet and used the file created by monkeyfuj. i have to admit, that ive made some fixed on the 3d Model and now the visor is just in shape ^^

here are the helmets:
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ive added the first 2 layers of resin (the picture was taken after the first one):
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on the next weekend iam on the way to harden the helmet with my new fiberglascloth.
 

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thanks for the compliment. within the next month i will posts some tutorials for my undersuit and the other points i mentioned. :)
 
The weekend is over and a new week is going to start.
Over the last 2 Days i spend the noon and the evening with hardening the two helmets with fiberglas cloth and its going pretty well.

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The other helmet looks the same ^^ next week iam planing to finish the hardening process and start with bondo ;-)

The next big deal is the undersuit and the ducttape dummy i talked about.

Here is the first step for the undersuit.

Undersuit Tutorial Part 1 - Duct Tape Dummy

What will you need?

  • some kind of a slim underwear.
    (if you want to follow my way for the undersuit, you will need a good thermo underwear, which keeps you cool, because this will be the first layer of the undersuit)
  • duct-tape
    (1 roll with 5cm*50m = 2,5² and the average body surface for men is 1,9m² and for women 1,6m². with 2-3 layers you will need at least 2 rolls with 5m²)
  • plastic wrap (1-2 rolls)
  • tiny scissors


Steps:

  1. jump in your underwear ^^
  2. cover your body with the plastic wrap
  3. use the duct-tape to wrap your complete body on the surface of the plastic wrap
  4. the scissors helps you out of the tape. use zig zag lines instead of straight cutting lines.
  5. after you get out of the suit, tape the zig zag lines back together.
  6. optional: use some pipes to create a stand for your duct-tape dummy. its a good choice for a mannequin
  7. use some old newspapers to fill up your dummy ;-)


Additional Information:

You will need an assistent who will helps you because with the plastic wrap and especially the duct tape you wont be able to move around or bend over.
The whole process will take some time but if you dont work under pressure it will take around 2 hours the get it done.

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Update: This update is 4 days old but i had no time to post it. tomorrow evening i will start with the undersuit pattern design on my dummy and continue with bonding my helmets.

But here are the images.

First of all, the Duct-Tape Dummy ist ready to use. I implemented several pipes which creates the basic scructure for the skeleton and use simple newspapers to fill the dummy up. the left right leg and arms came out pretty nice but the left leg is kinda creepy :) but this doesnt matter because you just need one good side for the undersuit template.

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For the next Steps (Will be updated on Sunday):
  1. Create a Simple and in-complete Template for the Undersuit on Computer
  2. Scale the template to fit nearly perfect
  3. Print, cut and bring it on the dummy with some painting tape
  4. add the rest of the template free by hand


Hope you like my Dummy :)
 

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Okay i started to work on the undersuit pattern, take my time to try some ways and here is my favorit solution to work:

Undersuit Tutorial Part 2 - Undersuit Pattern / Template

What will you need?

  • Printer, Paper, Scissors, Crafting Glue or Tape
  • Image of your favorit Undersuit design (Front, Back or Side)
  • Photo editing software (Gimp is free)
  • Software called Posterrazor

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Steps:

  1. Open up Gimp and import your image
  2. Select the tracing path tool in the tool bar
  3. Start with the tracing
  4. After you finished your first path, select the path tab in the window on the top right and create a new path layer
  5. Continue with the tracing
  6. After you finished, select the layer tab and create an empty layey
  7. Switch back to the path tab, right click on every path and select the 'fill out path line' option [Or called something similar]
  8. Modify the thickness of the line and hit enter
  9. Hide the image layer and start with the scaling
  10. Save the project file and export your image (jpeg, png,...)

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Now print your template with posterrazor

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Additional Information:

  • The undersuit pattern needs only one side, because you can mirror the other. in Gimp you can do this by selecting the transformation option und mirror horizontal.
  • Keep your undersuit design simple as possible because tiny and small pieces are hard to cover with the fabric in the later process.


Here are my results for the front side:

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I also worked on my two helmets, but there is no image to show :) sry
For the both projects i promise a huge update :) (Hope so xD)
 

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Update:
Okay, i finished tracing all of the patterns i need. these are the basic areas for the front, back and the side. the rest have to be added free by hand.
here are the simple steps i followed:

Adjust the Template:
1. After scaling the patterns just cut them out and arrange them on the right areas. Use some tape for pins to hold them on spot.
2. Use a dark pen to mark all of the outlines. if you have to fill up some empty spots around the patterns, just do it. the traced patterns dont have to fit perfectly.
3. Cover the dark lines with painters tape and copy / trace all the lines through the painters tape. it will help you to find the lines and to adjust some mistakes in the template.
4. the next step is the fill out all the empty areas with custom patterns by free hand.

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And here is the first try creating the material to cover the upcoming foam. its the material i want to use to cover the shoulders, some back parts and the major side parts. its just for detailing. the undersuit is still breathable.

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Hope you like the results.
by the way. this step is 4 days old. this weekend i dont have much time to work on the undersuit (just finishing the template and start to create the first foam templates. the ps4 is waiting for my attention :)
 

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Undersuit Patterns

Here are the traced patterns for the undersuit i used:


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Love what you're doing man. I have a question though, If I had a lycra suit could I attach pieces of foam to it underneath my armor to make it look more like the nano suit from the game? If so are there templates out there that I could use?
 
actually i do the same.
my suit is made of a thermo suit (not lycra) and on top of that i sew and glue some foam pads like the muscles covered with fabric and mesh. there are no templates currently and thats the reason why i post them in my thread.

you can glue those foam pads with latex glue.
 
Incredible. It is a very good project. I like the result of material to cover the undersuit!!
 
Okay... Winter season break ^^ lazy for a long time. last week i continued with the work on my helmet. now i will concentrate my work on ONE helmet and start with the Shoulders. The chest piece have to wait until i get my undersuit ready. i will try to switch to another fabric. this should save some time.
 
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