Mesh - ODST BDU

Mesh

Member
Hi friends -
After a "short" break to sort my life out, I'm back and itching to get to work on a new ODST suit.

I love my current ODST but being Military personnel, it's not the most security conscious.
Here is my build thread if you're curious - Mesh's ODST BDU Mk2 (Camouflage MTP)

So this time, I've decided to do one of those super accurate, super fancy builds.

-I'll be using 6mm EVA Foam from a local supplier (https://www.thecosplayforge.co.uk/), and Contact Cement to provide smooth and tight seams.
-Templates will be taken from the 405th archive.
-I already have a 3d Printed helmet - so that's done.
-I also have a 3d printed grenade made by the ever talented kaween.
-I'll be making a M392 DMR using thin sheets of Plywood, and layering them using Sliced Templates I have. (IIRC, They're on the File Archive.)
-I also hope to make a Magnum in this style, but this will be the classic Magnum opposed to the ODST magnum.
-I'll be using a Black set of Combats as my undersuit, but where I can I shall be replicating sections of the real undersuit.


As this is my first 'faithful' build - Has anyone got any tips that will come in useful?
I'm mostly looking for strapping and mounting tips, mobility, and endurance.

I will also be using this initial post as a recap on future posts I make however the actual future posts will hold more detail and will be worth checking back on (Hopefully!)

(I won't be able to start this build for a week or two, so any tips before then are gonna be great)

Thank you for reading and hope you enjoy my progress!


Almost a year later edit...
Yeah about the whole 'Super Accurate' thing, my work life and my budget won't allow it, so I'll settle with a nicer more accurate look based on my original concept with the Fabrics.
Idk how many of my original points I'll be following, so we'll see what happens lmao :D
 
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PaiganBoi

Sr Member
One bit of advice I can give is use the ODST shoulder base templates found in the pep section of the ODST files. Just cut the tabs off the templates and it's instantly foam friendly. Just bevel the foam to help give it a curve to fit your shoulders. Mount you shoulder armour onto the base and then using snaps or velcro attach it to your undersuit. It will hold it in the right place and you won't have to worry about it sliding down.
 

TurboCharizard

RMO & BCO
405th Regiment Officer
Community Staff
Hi friends -
After a "short" break to sort my life out, I'm back and itching to get to work on a new ODST suit.

I love my current ODST but being Military personnel, it's not the most security conscious.
Here is my build thread if you're curious - Mesh's ODST BDU Mk2 (Camouflage MTP)

So this time, I've decided to do one of those super accurate, super fancy builds.

-I'll be using 6mm EVA Foam from a local supplier (https://www.thecosplayforge.co.uk/), and Contact Cement to provide smooth and tight seams.
-Templates will be taken from the 405th archive.
-I already have a 3d Printed helmet - so that's done.
-I also have a 3d printed grenade made by the ever talented kaween.
-I'll be making a M392 DMR using thin sheets of Plywood, and layering them using Sliced Templates I have. (IIRC, They're on the File Archive.)
-I also hope to make a Magnum in this style, but this will be the classic Magnum opposed to the ODST magnum.
-I'll be using a Black set of Combats as my undersuit, but where I can I shall be replicating sections of the real undersuit.


As this is my first 'faithful' build - Has anyone got any tips that will come in useful?
I'm mostly looking for strapping and mounting tips, mobility, and endurance.

I will also be using this initial post as a recap on future posts I make however the actual future posts will hold more detail and will be worth checking back on (Hopefully!)

(I won't be able to start this build for a week or two, so any tips before then are gonna be great)

Thank you for reading and hope you enjoy my progress!
Welcome back to the forums good sir, you've been missed but we've kept your seat warm.

Tips for a faithful build are start digging up reference photos and see if you can get into some of the Weta Workshop behind the scenes images for when they were making ODST suits for Landfall. They had some damn fine rigging and I'd say they're one of the most solid foundations to build off of.
 

Mesh

Member
Okay, so my Foam has arrived! This is 4m² of 6mm thick EVA Foam, and it only cost me about £25! I'm hoping this should be enough, but I know it's super cheap so I can easily buy more.

I unfortunately don't have more of an update right now as I've been a bit busy with work - but now this is here I can start on the smaller things! :D
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Mesh

Member
Almost a year necro :O

Life's been more than manic recently, but I'm super happy to be getting back into this :D
My idea has changed considerably however - I have scrapped all but the shoulders and helmet of my previous ODST build, so I will still need to build a new set of armour, however I will be returning to the Fabric armour. I hope to finish this build with a nice merger between a game accurate ODST, and a more believable, realistic looking version by today's standards. (Almost like a cross between Halo 2 ODSTs and Halo 3 ODSTs).

My colour choice is Black with Green accents, and I'll be using some Molle equipment to pad out some areas (And hit the realism look).
I've also started a Mandalorian build to troop with some friends, so I'll be using techniques learnt from that in aspects of this build also.

I don't have an update for the moment, but I hope to bring some over the coming weeks! :)

Mesh
 

Mesh

Member
Okay, so I have an update! I've been working on it since I got home from work today, but I've reskinned the Shoulders to my new fabric :D

So I started off with the shoulder plates, as I left them a year or two ago.
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I then removed the British MTP Camouflage covering, revealing the rough foamwork underneath...
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Removing the fabric caused damage in some places, so I decided to cut some Sintra plates to reinforce the foam, giving the armour a sturdier feel also.
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I then took to the new material, and cut a pattern to fit, however I later stopped doing this and cut as I needed.
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Viola, the first piece I finished :D
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The black space on the shoulder pictured above, will be the space for a MEDREF, however to fit the armour, I'll be getting it custom embroided - here's my concept.
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And finally,
The two finished (Minus the MEDREF) shoulderplates! The green on the second shoulderplate is a velcro patch, so I can put and patch I want there, ranging from ODST, to UNSC, to 405th :D
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Hopefully tommorow I can start work on the chestplate :p

Mesh
 

Mesh

Member
Hey friends, been a while!!
I did a fair bit of work on getting my kit together- I wanted it mostly finished in time for a small local convention near me in the middle of July - and today I had two pre-edit photos back for the purposes of showing around and highlighting upgrades.

We'll start with the helmet.
As well all know, this was the previous look -
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I stripped away all of the tape and added some new green tape for the Secondary Colour Areas.
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I then added the Black Tape, and some silver highlights on the areas that weren't so easy to tape (I think they look better highlighted anyway :p ) And added my name.
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Next to be added were some velcro pads and patches to the sides - featuring an IR Union Flag, and a 1st Lt patch as that's the lore behind my character :)
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You may also notice that there's some Mesh like material (lol) along the back, that's to aid in breathability in a decent looking way imo.
Finally for the helmet (at least for this post), I ordered a replacement visor from the always amazing Johnson Arms Props.
Here's the 'finished' helmet next to my WIP Mando bucket.
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Next, the chestplate!
A pretty basic chestplate design - put together quite quickly..
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Sizing worked out great!
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I then wrapped it in fabric, green for the accents but black base, and added two mag pouches to hide some crimes and bulk it out. Then of course my name, and a 1stLt rank bar.
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I then made some silver clips out of Sintra, and added them to the chestplate, which then attached to my rig - which as I'm writing this I realise I have minimal pictures of... Ah well :p
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Added some pouches to the ab area Brohammer style, and made the standard belt buckle and codpiece.
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This picture was taken two days before the con, and I'd been struggling to make a decent pair of shins for the past 4 hours, so I thought I'd just quickly use some shinpads for the time being - they look okay! But not the quality I want them to be, so they're first on the list to be upgraded...
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When all was said and done, I went to the convention and got some awesome pics!
Here's one of me caught offguard -
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Here's two unedited ones from a good friend and VERY good photographer :D
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And here's my upgrade list... (from bottom to top)

- New boots. The boots pictured are my Navy issue combat boots - A great pair of boots but not great for when I get to weathering lol
- Better thighs. For simplicity sake, I'm heavily considering a pair of Marine style shins - fits my low profile style of build while still looking good.
- Thigh Pads. Again, for low profile-ness, I'll be doing the Halo Reach ODST thigh pads, with a holster for a Silenced Magnum on one side, and some Grenade Shells (Thanks Lootcrate!) on the other :p
- Ab Plate. To better attach the ab pouches, and to cover up the undersuit. While the pouches look okay in photo, they were annoying me ALL day so I'll be securing them down, while also adding more functionality.
- Forearms. To match my low profile look, I wont be doing full on ODST gauntlets. However, I have been thinking about a sort of tacpad for one of my arms, like a reach style one held on with straps instead of a MJOLNIR powered armour piece ;P
- MEDREF. Still looking at getting one embroided to match the armour, if anyone has any connections please let me know!!
- Neckseal. I did actually have one, but it was very warm so I conveniently forgot to wear it, however I've brought a newer thinner one that'll be more comfortable and easier to wear :D
- New Rifle. The one in the pictures finally fell apart after a couple of years of service, so now I have to make a new one, and out of sturdier materials!
- Weathering. As it says on the tin :D

That's my list, what have you guys got for me? :)
 

TurboCharizard

RMO & BCO
405th Regiment Officer
Community Staff
I think at this point you're set to go to a Halo 3: ODST ODST or a Reach style since all the components you have are still modular. The Reach legs grant far more range of motion but are a little less iconic so you have a bit of a trade off there.

Once you've decided which variant you're going for, then you can start dialing in on the to-do list.

Boots - for H3 the sea boots are probably a bit on the chunky side since you need a toe cap over the top and making one that's removable while preserving you boot would be difficult. For Reach, depending on your camouflage scheme you might want a different colour but a sea boot will work just fine.

Thighs - IN REACH ARMOUR YOU CAN SIT DOWN

MEDREF - Are you dead set on getting it embroidered? Most I've seen have been a tally plate style to make adding the bar-code easier.
 
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