Hi I'm Lemonade and I'm making Halo: Reach female spartan armor. 7 years ago I made a pepakura/fiberglass orange Master Chief suit (Grif), and now that it's old and worn, and I've lost some weight between now and then (go me!), I figured it was time for something new. So while this isn't my first suit, it is my first foam build, which is something I've always been a little intimidated by. I live in Texas now, but I grew up in Chicago, and I miss the awesome people in the Midwest Regiment. I'm not sure if or when I'll move back, but for now, I've got a con down here to prepare for. My soft deadline I've set for my suit is Oct 27, the Saturday of East Texas Rose Comic Con in Tyler, TX. I've never been, but it seems pretty small, so I don't mind if lesser things aren't done by then. It'll be a nice test run. Now then, here's my progress so far: Progress Update 1 by Lemonade posted Aug 9, 2018 at 11:28 PM It sure has been a learning experience. For example, the first EVA pieces I made were the shins. I really didn't know what I was doing, and I used hot glue, because I didn't know I should be using contact cement. I've used the cement for the other pieces. The shins, as seen below, are also a bit too short for my body, and the red craft foam sections on the sides are comically large. I think I should remake these pieces, but that's something for after the con. Shins by Lemonade posted Aug 9, 2018 at 11:28 PM The end of October may seem like a while away, but I've done the math, and at my current rate of progress, I'm already in crunch time. I'm hoping to get all building done by Oct 1, giving me 3 weeks for clay, wood glue, and paint. Speaking of clay, I'm hoping it will help out with the big gaps on the front of my forearms. Those gaps are super annoying to me. Using EVA foam still doesn't feel natural, so it's annoying that I spent all that time trying to make the forearms, only to have large gaps like that. Forearms by Lemonade posted Aug 9, 2018 at 11:28 PM Here's the hand pieces. They were the first thing I made, but they're made completely out of craft foam, so it felt more like making it out of paper, which I'm used to. Hand pieces by Lemonade posted Aug 9, 2018 at 11:28 PM The most recent things I've made are the left thigh and a magnum, both of which I'm pretty happy about. I think I'm getting the hang of it! Thigh by Lemonade posted Aug 9, 2018 at 11:28 PM Reach Magnum by Lemonade posted Aug 9, 2018 at 11:28 PM I've also installed some cheap magnets into the magnum and future right thigh for awesome-looking purposes, but I'm worried that even though I've installed 4, they're not going to hold. Reach Magnum with magnets for thigh piece by Lemonade posted Aug 9, 2018 at 11:28 PM My next task will be looking into stronger magnets and finishing the right thigh. Geez foam is hard, but I'm going to do my best and see how it turns out. So here's my journey, and I'm taking you along with me! Thanks for reading!