Halo: Reach Spartan Costume (First Build)

Discussion in 'Halo Pepakura Costumes' started by KnavishPlum, Aug 8, 2017.

  1. KnavishPlum

    KnavishPlum New Member

    Hey everyone! So I have decided to finally build my own suit based on my Spartan from Halo: Reach.

    Vanity Spartan.png
    This is what it will look like minus that the EVA shoulder has been swapped to the Grenadier. Thanks goes to Sierra 107 for the Vanity pic. I have been working on figuring out the ratio of soft pieces to hard. I made a chart of what I think could work, but I have never used resin before so... will see about that.
    Vanity Spartan Piece Chart.png
    I am starting with the bicep as it gives me a good idea of scale for my arms. I printed the template out and made a paper test fit to start with.
    Post 1 - Bicep01.jpg Post 1 - Bicep02.jpg
    As you can see it is a bit large on my very skinny arm, but that is the plan as I need to scale the parts to not only me, but to my Helmet as well. I kinda look like a bobble head at the moment and my spartan is on the bulky side so scaling the arms up a bit should help I hope.

    I plan on getting the foam some time this weak to start work on the biceps, I am not 100% on what to do next, I think maybe the chest to help nail down scaling, but I don't know how I feel about having a paper piece that large just sitting around. I also plan on stripping and repainting the helmet, but that won't happen until after all the other parts are made.

    Scroll to post #25 to see actually progress
     
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2017
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  2. Thane

    Thane New Member

    Digging the helmet! Good luck!
     
  3. KnavishPlum

    KnavishPlum New Member

    I need some help: How does one cut EVA floor mat neatly? Like with clean cuts?

    I am using the Reach bicep tutorial for guidance and well, I can't get good cuts. I cannot get those tiny angles without shredding the thing. (For note, this is the indent in the back)
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    It just looks... ratty. I am not sure if I can save this and I don't feel confident doing the other one, At least this is a barely seen part, but it just looks bad. I don't know if I am using an improper cutting tool:
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    getting the main cuts/sanding seems to make them passable, but it isn't pretty close up.
     
  4. Schankerz

    Schankerz

    Only thing I can think of I is that your blade isn't sharp enough, foam eats away a blades sharpness very quickly and the duller the blade the harder it is too cut, resulting in the kind of ratty cuts you're experiencing. Either have a blade sharpener on you and sharpen it every two too three pieces, or replace the blade whenever you feel it's not performing well anymore.
     
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  5. KnavishPlum

    KnavishPlum New Member

    Thanks, I think it may be the blade, but I also think it may also be how small the angles are, I have a hard time cutting out the really small details and cuts needed.
     
  6. Thane

    Thane New Member

    Another tip I've heard of, is that if you take a heat gun to the foam lines, it should expand somewhat and give it that nice look.
     
  7. KnavishPlum

    KnavishPlum New Member

    That is true, but that technique is used more for detail lines, scored lines, not actual cutting lines. My problem is cutting small details, though you did just give me an idea.

    I could just score the lines of said plate to make it look indented.
     
  8. SI3RRA 117

    SI3RRA 117

    Have you checked this out yet?

    I love all the punished props videos
     
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  9. KnavishPlum

    KnavishPlum New Member

    I haven't watched that video recently, but I do frequently watch the channel, been following the sweeper bot build. But I do remember their being a scalpel knife.
     
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  10. SI3RRA 117

    SI3RRA 117

    I like these for smaller detail work... I do find that they dull quicker too tho. I use the bigger ones like the one in your picture for large cuts.
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  11. PaiganBoi

    PaiganBoi

    Even with the small details a sharp blade make a huge difference.
    This is the sharpener I use.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B...ch-20&linkId=b249fcaf184cc52044473f7dbefda0fd
    I got the link from one of EvilTed's videos.
     
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  12. KnavishPlum

    KnavishPlum New Member

    I am just wondering, what is the difference between the bicep and shoulder foam files? They to be the same thing, but the one called shoulder looks easier. I have to say, I am not having the best of luck at the moment. I think I may have destroyed two pieces and many don't line up... but I must push onward!
     
  13. PaiganBoi

    PaiganBoi

    That's the spirit!
    Carry on my wayward son!
     
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  14. KnavishPlum

    KnavishPlum New Member

    Just wondering, is their anyway to see if 405th members are going to any cons? I saw a thread that had the one I am going to and I cannot remember for the life of me where it is.
     
  15. PaiganBoi

    PaiganBoi

    You would most likely see it under the Regiment forums.
    Viewing posts should be possible but, commenting would not. You would have to join the appropriate regiment after you reach the prerequisites. 50 posts and have been a member of the site for 90 days.
     
  16. KnavishPlum

    KnavishPlum New Member

    Update: Is a small one cause of the bicep issues I have been having, but after doing some perusing of the forums, I remembered a Kat build thread and have decided to try building the thigh similar to how LilTyrant did it. I hope this works better as I actually do draw a lot so this may work better, if it does, Ill use it on the arms as well.

    Progress: Made the actual "cast" while watching ODST cutscences on Xbox, will need to scale up plans a little after to account for undersuit pants.
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    Cast on leg before trim
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    Finished cast

    I will be drawing the pattern on tomorrow since its like 1 in the morning, hopefully this goes better than the bicep.
     
  17. KnavishPlum

    KnavishPlum New Member

    So its been a bit since last time and I have sadly made almost zero progress, I tried the scratch build and it kinda worked, but is too boxy, a lot harder than I thought it would be. So now I am back to the pep's and have hit the roadblock many have before...

    Scaling.

    I found this thread here on the forums which kinda helps: HaloGoddess' "How To Scale" and More Tutorial (says bitly cause I shortened URL on their site). But than I scaled the bicep and it was huge! I don't know if I measured wrong cause this is based on Halo 3 armor, not Reach, but ya.

    My issue is that I am really skinny trying to proportion to a bulky spartan, not only that, but I have to keep the armor in scale with the ODST helmet I have, which kinda makes me look like a bobble head.
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    I have heard of Armorsmith but cannot find a cost for it, seeing people say "investment" in other threads makes me think its on the expensive side, let alone if my laptop could even run it. So, minus the thread or building paper versions, any other ways of scaling?

    I know this hasn't been much of a build thread, its kinda been a more of a mess of random questions before any building, or questions after butchering a build...

    EDIT: I just a saw a thread that said AS is $25? is that true still? Darn you "investment" for making sound more expensive than it actually is!
     
  18. PaiganBoi

    PaiganBoi

    Really??? Did he up the price??? When I bought it, it was $15 USD. When changing it to Canadian $ it may have worked out $25.
     
  19. KnavishPlum

    KnavishPlum New Member

    The post I saw this in is about a month old, I don't know when you got it, so it may have changed.

    EDIT: Just to throw it out their, does anyone know the current price of AS or if it is around the range of 25?

    EDIT 2: it is indeed $25, the site says the price goes up as more features are added, so...

    I may look into it as $25 isn't that bad actually.
     
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2017
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  20. KnavishPlum

    KnavishPlum New Member

    Status Update: Purchased ArmorSmith and figuring out how the program works, like scaling and all...

    But I won't have anything to show for at least a week or two because my current laptop cannot run AS without overheating and shutting down. Luckily, my dad and I have been looking for a new computer for a few months now (before I joined here) and we found the powerful one on sale on the Dell Outlet. So I should be able to restart work sometime next week.

    I will say though that my avatar is very skinny...
     
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  21. PaiganBoi

    PaiganBoi

    Yeah... Seeing a virtual version of yourself is not always a pleasant thing. I still have to rescale my avatar... I scared of the results. Lol.
     
  22. KnavishPlum

    KnavishPlum New Member

    Question: So I just got a brand new PC to replace my laptop and was wonder how do I get Armorsmith on it without having to repurchase the program again?
     
  23. PaiganBoi

    PaiganBoi

    You should have gotten a registration number or something like it. You should be able to just download it again and key in the number.
     
  24. KnavishPlum

    KnavishPlum New Member

    I thought that as well, but I can only click "I want this" which then leads to putting in credit card info. So I do not know what to do at the moment with that. I sent a question to the owner through their site, so Ill just have to wait and see I guess.

    EDIT: Ok, so their was actually a download link in the email they sent when I first got it that also had the number. I forgot it had a download link. I had to go dumpster diving in my Gmail trash for it.
     
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2017
  25. KnavishPlum

    KnavishPlum New Member

    Halo Reach Armor Build:

    Ok, So after 24 posts of random questions and help (all of which is greatly appreciated) I can finally say that my suit has "officially" started or make progress. Finally got Armorsmith working and was able to make this guy in a couple hours or so. The "dummy" was transferred from my laptop so I didn't have to redo that and thankfully it didn't decided to overheat the PC like it kept doing with my laptop.
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    RED - Existing helmet
    BLUE/GREEN: Foam Pieces
    GOLD: Hard Pieces (thinking 3d printed)
    WHITE: I don't know yet

    I didn't take a pic of the dummy alone, but he is skinny, luckily I think I have hidden that decently without inhibiting movement to much... hopefully. What do you guys think of scaling? I feel like the Grenadier shoulder and thighs may be a little small. On the shoulder, it feels flatter than it should.

    I know this thread has been kinda derailed for a bit, I was hoping for a more smooth beginning, anyways, I just wanna say thanks to those who have helped me to this point and hopefully this will now stay on track.
     

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