Just another ODST or Feet first into Halo Costuming

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  1. TheCostumeGeek

    TheCostumeGeek RXO 405th Regiment Officer

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    Hello everyone,
    Since I was floating around here for a while I thought it'd be time to post my ODST build.

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    It was my first Foam Armor ever and I am happy how it turned out and finishing it, really motivated me to get my hands on other projects.

    I decided to post a timeline of my journey into Halo Costuming.

    Please be kind about my english. I am German and I'm still learning on this language.

    RPC / May 2015:

    I met two Members of the 405th European Regiment at the Role Play Convention and I loved their Armor.
    The thing was, I never played Halo before, so I was a total newbe to this Universe but was instandly in love with the Armor and Weapon designs.
    After several discussions about the Armor origins and all the how to, I decided to get it on, but first I wanted to get a feeling for the World of Halo.

    GamesCom / August 2015

    It was the time to get serious. I borrowed the first Halo novel from @deamonik and read some comics but I think what really got me,
    was the possibillity to borrow a suit and wear it on the con floor. It was annoying, cause the suit was slightly too big but
    from that on I couldn't wait to get my own.
    Also had the plesure to make some friends and meet some amazing prop makers who acompanied me on my journey..

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    We actually fell asleep on this couch :3
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    FBM / Oct & Nov 2015 or Ready to Drop!

    There was one more convention I visited with my Halo mates before I started working on my own suit.
    It also was actually the first time I played Halo when I stayed at DeamoNik's place. I screwed up but I continued and by now I'm not that bad anymore.

    But we met again and I got started on my Armor at the Halloween weekend.
    At the Weekend and the Days after, I made some Progress but I had to learn how to handle the materials.
    The Results pushed me and I really got into all the files, designs and how to built them out of foam.

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    December 2015

    Unfortunately I had to stop working on my Armor, cause of other Cosplay Projects I had going on for a Convention and Real Life stuff like spending Christmas with Familie.
    Also I struggeled with the Torso build, especially the Straps. I didn'tlike how the original look transfered on my Torso, but thinner looked stupid
    and I had no Idea how to work this out and took a break from Armor making.

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    February 2016

    After a long break I had to come back to complete my Armor.
    The Straps that I hated so much got ripped off and I came up with something new.
    I took some inspiration from Dare's Armor in Halo 3 ODST and freehanded my neck sealing. The result really made me happy and pushed my Motivation to continue this built.

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    March 2016

    My deadline came closer and the last minute panic building continiued. I still had some parts left to finish and unfortunately I forgot to take WIP pics
    but most of the Stuff came out good... more or less...


    I also recieved my Helmet made by Dutch Props aka @nintendstroid . It was love at first glance when I saw this helmet first at GamesCom last year and I had to get one for myself. It arrived just in time and was perfect to complete my armor. :3
    Also I finally started painting the parts.
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    One Night before Dutch Comic con I still had to build my shins, shoes and finish painting.
    The Chaos I left was insane

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    Somehow I managed to built and paint everything.
    In the morning I packed everything together and drove to the Netherlands to meet up with the Regiment :3
    I was so * excited and the con was sooo much fun.

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    Bonus Round - mighty teabag ritual



    April 2015

    After I debuted the suit, the work didn't stop of course. I still have to improve much at this suit.

    To Do List on the bottom of this post.

    Mirrored Visor:

    Thanks to the dear Melanie aka m073, who gave me Plexiglas and Mirror foil I was able to adjust the look of my visor .
    (sorry for inappropriate Handsigns)
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    Magnum

    I was bored and only had EVA foam available, so I tryed to creat a Magnum.
    The blueprintsI used were found online and I used carving and layering to get the details.
    She does not look perfect but I think it's ok for the first ever Foam Prop. And EVA is a pain in the * when it's come to carving.

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    Dokomi / May 2016

    Second Con I visited with the suit :) I had tonnes of fun running around with DeamoNik and our Party Marines.
    It was a nice, Spartan- free Weekend.

    GamesCom/ August 2018


    This was the last Time I wore my ODST Armor.
    She has been worn many times and by several people but now it is time for her to retire, for now. I plan to rebuild certain Parts and give my very first Armor a good touch up one day.

    But i wont retire her without one last special mission.
    We had an Interview with the Team of Xbox Germany for their column #WeAllAreGaming.
    The article is written in german, but maybe you can still enjoy my cringy appearance

    #WeAreAllGaming: Echte Helden brauchen (keine) Capes
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    Also in the meanwhile we created the Armor of Comander Carter aka Noble-01 for my Boyfriend.
    For myself I created the one and only Dr. halsey, since Kelly is taking me longer that expected.

    For Hasley you can find a build-thread HERE and for Carter I'll put one together soon.

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    TO BE CONTINUED.....

    and you can follow my work at my Facebook Page The Costume Geeks
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    To Do:
    (Green = Finished , Orange = WIP)
    - repaint it. I somehow painted it wrong, so I need to fully repaint it.
    - DMR
    - Pouches
    - New Shins, Shoes & Gauntlets
    - Undersuit

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  2. Chiefwannabe

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    WOW this is absolutely amazing! I cant believe this is you first foam armor!
     
  3. TheCostumeGeek

    TheCostumeGeek RXO 405th Regiment Officer

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    thank you very much Chiefwannabe.

    It is my first foam built but It won't be my last :3
     
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  4. kaween

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    Heh, that was a nice read and one of the best introductions I've seen in a long time, especially the "road followed" from the beginning to ending up here was a nice thing as it shows very clearly not everybody ending up on the 405th is/started like a hardcore Halo geek. (said with the utmost respect to all diehard Halo Fans by the way !)

    And yeah, just like Mara's Cmdr Palmer, it's unbelievable you both were/are on your very first armor -I already knew that by checking your FB once in a while-.
     
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  5. Jme

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    I agree, that was a fantastic read.

    Congratulations on your armour, it turned out amazing!

    I have seen your photo a couple of times while doing research and admired your work.


    "I don't know what's weirder, that you're fighting a stuffed animal, or that you seem to be losing" - Suzie
     
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  6. TheCostumeGeek

    TheCostumeGeek RXO 405th Regiment Officer

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    kaween thank you very much. I wanted to add a personal touch and also wanted to show that not only gaming can inspire you dress up like that
    but also that it work the other way around as well.

    This community just gave me so much and I am really happy to be here.
    Since I started I got new friends, new skills, new inspiration and they made me a gamer (somehow I started playing a lot after finishing Halo 3 ak my first one)


    Jme thank you! I'm happy you like it!
     
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  7. Dirtdives

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    Fantastic!!! simply Fantastic. Love the chronology of it all. Almost as if you built it overnight and have already wore it like you were born to it. Kudos to you.
     
  8. CommanderPalmer

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    Hiiiiii! :D

    Yay! \o/

    So happy you joined! :D

    I really loved your build and you're doing an awesome ODST! :D
    Seriously - an ODST sitting on the Iron Throne? That's level of awesomeness.

    And wow, your build isn't finished so I'll be following your thread closely!

    I really hope to see you on Gamescom... ;_;
     
  9. kaween

    kaween Member

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    Well, after asking her, I added her on the European Regiment Gamescom list so there's no crawling back now. :D
    And I added another name too. :D
     
  10. ZP180

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    Incredible work. Hard to believe that was a first foam build. You have incredible talent.
     
  11. CommanderPalmer

    CommanderPalmer Well-Known Member

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    Sorry! I totally missed it! o.o
     
  12. Huntress217

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    Love it! Everything about this is fantastic! :D
     
  13. TheCostumeGeek

    TheCostumeGeek RXO 405th Regiment Officer

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    @marawulff thank you so much for your support :3 since I live in Köln I of course wil be there on saturday and sunday. You also can find me the rest of the week working at a subway store close to the convention center :) ZP180 thank you! And it truely is my first built. But there are already some planes for more Halo Armor :)
     
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  14. CommanderPalmer

    CommanderPalmer Well-Known Member

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    Oh that's great to hear! ^^
    What other plans do you have for Halo armor? o.o
     
  15. Burt

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    Another fellow Halo Lady Spartan :)

    I saw your post all over facebook, and I'm using your suit as one of the references to my own ODST suit! Glad to see you here :D
     
  16. TheCostumeGeek

    TheCostumeGeek RXO 405th Regiment Officer

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    Huntress217 thank you :3
    @marawulff I think I told you already, but I'll challange myself with some Halo 5 Kelly Armor.
    This wil be a huge project and I can't wait to experimet with Armor and Undersuit :)
    Also there will be some 'Fall of Reach' Halsey with Recruit John-117 happening as a partner Cosplay with my little Brother (10)
    Burt Hello there and thank you very much. I'm glad to be an inspiration and i would love to see your ODST Armor.
     
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  17. eiros

    eiros Member 405th Regiment Officer

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    very nice!
     
  18. m00sem4n

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    Looks fantastic, a great addition to the ODST family! You've made me want to go back to work on mine, haha. I'll keep an eye out for your Kelly build, that's an ambitious project and should be interesting.

    Also, your English is just fine! better than many of my north american peers :p
     
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  19. TheCostumeGeek

    TheCostumeGeek RXO 405th Regiment Officer

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    Update:

    GamesCom/ August 2018


    This was the last Time I wore my ODST Armor.
    She has been worn many times and by several people but now it is time for her to retire, for now. I plan to rebuild certain Parts and give my very first Armor a good touch up one day.

    But i wont retire her without one last special mission.
    We had an Interview with the Team of Xbox Germany for their column #WeAllAreGaming.
    The article is written in german, but maybe you can still enjoy my cringy appearance

    #WeAreAllGaming: Echte Helden brauchen (keine) Capes

    teaser_WAAL_Elena-hero.jpg

    Also in the meanwhile we created the Armor of Comander Carter aka Noble-01 for my Boyfriend.
    For myself I created the one and only Dr. halsey, since Kelly is taking me longer that expected.

    For Hasley you can find a build-thread HERE and for Carter I'll put one together soon.

    imgl4592-jpg.jpg
     

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