Foam Smithing (Pocket Edition) Quick Process Guide
Measure yourself»Paper study models» Apply to foam»Cut out» Glue together»Reinforce seams
-Study your references. Play the game and hit up that theatre mode!!
- I prefer to use contact cement and super glue to attach foam pieces together
-I prefer to use hot glue to REINFORCE connections on the inner surfaces
Feel free to leave some questions and I’ll share my experiences stay tuned!
The torso can be a tricky piece to make in terms of measurements. Like blazers and sport coats, the important measurement is your shoulder width. I used thin craft foam and cardboard to make some details. I would prefer to work with all black foam pieces, but working in colors does make it slightly easier to visually separate different parts of your build
Upper Body Fit Wrapping up the torso I create the biceps and shoulder pauldrons
-the biceps function like arm bands. They just wrap around my biceps with elastic
-I made a few iterations for the hayabusa shoulders and this is what I came up with. I just abused theatre mode and did my best. They are basically 3 eva plates staggered, with details and layers of course to each
*I lose a lot of mobility because of these shoulder pieces. Sadly my arms don’t pop out of my torso like an action figure xD. For best range of motion, you want to keep your shoulder joint as free as possible. Master chiefs shoulder pieces are much less intrusive than the hayabusa’s, for example
If you know me, I’m all about details. In my head I had a story of a close quarters combat situation with an alien beast. Don’t be shy with battle damage everyone! Clean and pristine is nice and all, but I feel a stronger connection with scars. Chips, scratches, etc. all tell a story of a life LIVED.
-proportions are super important to me so it was a lot of trial and error. Like my other pieces, the armor just slips on and off.
(Wearing them like a hat is an optional step but it’s recommended to keep things lighthearted) As always, spam the theater mode lol. That’s where I keep my trust
Miscellaneous Parts Cod piece, handplates, boot detailing
-these were the remaining big ticket items for the build (aside from the helmet) -I might redo the Cod piece in the future...
-for the boots I decided to take an existing real boot and cover it with foam. These were super fun to make, so many details and angles. The toe area is separated allowing for foot flexibility