Halo CE Marine Cosplay

PlanetAlexander

New Member
The bulk of the forearms are now done! Still a bit of seam work and heat forming to be done, but that'll come later with refinement. It doesn't look very detailed, like the rest of the pieces, because most of the detail will be in the painting.

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For the buckles, I've made them solid by backing them with black worbla. It doesn't seem like anything needs to be thread through them, so I don't have to make a hole.

I've added just a little bit of detail to the back of the elbow which was not part of the original model. This is just to clean up the end a bit. I'll clean it up further with some foam clay (you can see it's quite messy).

Also, has anyone ever noticed the chest of the marines in-game? No wonder it was a bit tricky to get the pattern right, because the human model was deformed to make the chest plate work! You can see how the chest was stretched out and made into a box-shape to fit the armour.
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PlanetAlexander

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I guess I just can't leave this project alone. Here are a few shots of what I've done since the last update:

Helmet:
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Shoulder guards and bracers:
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Chestplate, thigh and hip guards:
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Still a lot of work to be done, but since it has to be done, I know it will. Just maybe while con-crunching.
 

PlanetAlexander

New Member
Don't suppose anyone knows of or has any templates for the armour of the Combat Evolved marine? It's just taking a while to make all of 'em.
 

TurboCharizard

RMO & BCO
405th Regiment Officer
Community Staff
Don't suppose anyone knows of or has any templates for the armour of the Combat Evolved marine? It's just taking a while to make all of 'em.
If you're looking for Combat Evolved Anniversary there's a whole whack of resources here in the Bucket to Boots thread.

If you're looking for the original style there is a PDO version in The Armory, it's a little blocky but that's kind of expected with the source material :p
 

PlanetAlexander

New Member
I've actually been using both of those resources, and the two are quite helpful - but still, thanks for taking the time to reply!

I've managed to find a couple of new ways to view the marine models to help with patterns. The first is here, and although not really detailed, it helped with figuring out the shape of the backpack and I might be able to use some of the skins it comes with.
Second is a mod for Gmod, with marine NPCs and ragdolls. This makes it easy to fly around and take pictures from all sorts of angles.

Of course, for both of these, I have to be careful about how accurate they are. They're looking pretty good, but I'm still checking them with the in-game marines.

Oh, and I finally finished the bulk of the backpack. As simple as it is, making patterns was a giant pain as I couldn't figure out how to bevel the edges properly.
 

PlanetAlexander

New Member
Well, it's been a while. Had a week where I didn't have the motivation to do anything, but I also started working on the assault rifle to go with the cosplay.

Done the forearms, ready to be sealed and painted. The front part of the armour is secured with velcro. I also added a bit of foam padding around the edge of the upper forearm to make the armguards look thicker (seen in the image on the right)
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Also made the mic for the helmet, which can be removed to easily paint the two seperately, as well as make it easier to put on/take off the helmet. Held on with a magnet.
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Found some suitable pants at an op shop yesterday, just gotta find the best way to realistically weather them. Still need to find a shirt and some kind of black vest to go over it (suggestions for the vest welcome!).
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Finally, I was waiting to try and have it completed, but here is the progress on what I'm finding to be most challenging so far, the greaves. They'll wrap around my leg and be held togetherwith a zip. I've made the pattern for the knee guard (the part that sticks up) but I haven't finalised it yet.
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Once the weather gets better and I have a few more free days, I'll give the painting a test! I'm thinking a layer of sealant (Flexbond/(maybe) Plastidip), then white primer, then metallic spray paint, then a gloss varnish, then a layer of green/olive paint, then scraping that back to the metallic paint with a brush, THEN some grungy weathering THEN a final varnish. That's a lot, but hopefully not too much for me to handle! 72 days left to complete it.
 

PlanetAlexander

New Member
Huh, swear I updated this thread recently. I've been working a fair bit on the assault rifle which is close to being sealed. Here is a quick shot I took the other week with a couple of armour pieces that I could wear, as well as part of my BDU:
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Also, did some engraving for the eye piece and rifle display. Little messy, but I'm going to pick up some needle files soon to clean it up.

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I have sealed, primed and started painting a few of the pieces. Today I hope to prime the chest plate, helmet and backpack. I will share photos when I think they're ready!
 
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