My first helmet finished helmet / incomplete armor build.


New Member
So i first saw foamsmithing by accident, and thought hey why not give it a try so i found a halo 4 helmet i liked, got the foam files for it then proceeded to cut out the jigs trace them on the foam then cut out the foam to where i realized the sharper the blade the better, then spent the better portion of 3 days cutting them out then i hot glued it together realizing again i should have payed more attention when cutting, and had to fudge my way through some things like the back of my helmet my least favorite
part on my helmet, and the top seams as well. once i did all that i sealed it with my trusty heat gun then put on a coat of grey primer i had, then 2 coats of true blue ( might add some white strips yet i don't quite know) then a silver acrylic paint for scratches, then cut some bullet marks in, then put a little black around the marks to make them look nice. also made a visor quite poorly i might, add using my heat gun and 1/16 plexi glass but haven't mounted it yet. and my photos tell the visible tale of this lovely adventure, now i have to by more foam ( next time i'm getting black foam ) for the rest. As i used what i had left to make a chest plate i'll post later as i'm not done it yet.
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Sr Member
Where is the visor! Even though you said you dont think it looks amazing, i would love to see it! This is a great first build, and done fairly fast may I say!


Armory Assistant
Community Staff
I think if you follow some of the tutorials on blackwashing, you'll see some more detail come out from the paint, you did a fantastic job with the construction!

Blackwashing is basically putting watered down paint on the helmet, and waiting for it to dry, but read the tutorial on it cause I haven't done it.

Sean Anwalt

405th Regiment Officer
Black washing is a great way to bring out detail. Take some black and brown paint (regardless of your paint color) water it down, and smear it all over your piece. Then, wipe it away. This will leave a small amount of dark color in the tiny recesses and add to the effect of your paint job. Depending how thin you water it down and how long it sits before you wipe it away, it can also add to your weathering and grime build up.


Active Member
I will add in, I was very skeptical about doing a blackwash. Now that I did, I'm glad I made the decision to try it. It really brings the costume to together.

Think of it as adding shadows to a small model. The blackwash doesn't necessarily make it more worn, but gives it life.

What I did was mix water and paint with a very rough 3:1 ratio, lazily bruhed it on, and pulled most of it off with a paper towel. It took some learning to know how to do it this way and make it look good.


Armory Assistant
Community Staff
Here's another photo of the blackwash. I've improved the wash a bit since then, but it gives a better idea of the improvement blackwashing can do View attachment 272459
Ah, there's the actual one I was looking for.

Anyways, you're obviously not obligated to do anything strider521, and if you can construct your suit the same way you did that helmet it's going to be amazing.