New Recruit- H3(ish) Style ODST - (EVA foam kit)


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Hey folks! I've had some progress for a while but I finally decided to make an account. I was slightly intimidated by the amount of forum activity that seemed to be expected of members. I'm terrible at keeping up with forums and even worse at WIP threads. Between a terrible attention span and the drive to just get things done... well, you get the point- haha. At any rate, I've got a decent outline for what I want to do with this kit. As the title states I'm doing an ODST kit that is majority H3 styled, with some minor differences. I loved Sean Bradley's kits but I felt that I'd have more fun-and learning-doing it myself out of foam. I've only made one foam kit before and that was an N7 from Mass Effect over 7 years ago. I will be outlining the differences in this ODST kit further along.

Here is my overall design- it's artwork I made of my Halo OC for writing purposes. For the most part this is an alternative outfit- I won't be having a DMR with copper plating and I'm not completely sold on the shemagh for this cosplay. I was simply doing a 3D render of a pixel art concept a friend did for me.

Moving on, here is the progress I have so far. I followed Andrew DFT's tutorials on Youtube, only realizing after the fact that some things in his construction process were not screen accurate. That is in no way meant to bash his work- I adore these tutorials and am very grateful for them. That said, I'm not too miffed about the changes. Now, where the differences in the H3 style come in are on the chest armor/carrier. I'm honestly going with the Reach style chest armor since it's easier for me to build (I didn't want to deal with the odd inward curves on the back armor tbh-phew!) With that, everything else will be intended to be built in the style of H3.

Now, the chest armor is in no way done yet. I still have to make the center and ablative lower chest pieces that go under the main plate, as seen on the H3 armor. I also have to make the carrier buckles/straps which I will be doing out of ABS plastic and using nylon for the strapping. I will also be adding the white or grey UNSC text and logo to the blue ablative piece. I am also going to make up a UNSC med Ref image as seen on the canon characters in H3:ODST to print onto the left shoulder plate.

As for other things to do for the upper body armor, I would like to make the 'undersuit vest' so as to not have the armor look like it's just been slapped onto a pair of BDUs. It's difficult to see what the pattern is on the front/stomach area but the back is fairly easy to make out. I suppose the front won't matter too much since it will be covered up but I will do some more digging to see what others do for that. The sleeves are something I wanted to do as well-I'm thinking either pleather or neoprene. Leaning towards the latter since it has a more desirable texture.

Moving on for now, I also acquired a second hand MA5(b?) about a year ago. It was made from wood afaik and was fairly decent. Unfortunately it had a rushed paint job and a nasty crack along the top so I've finally gotten around to repairing it. Just going to do a standard paint job as seen in the games- that's currently a WIP.

I also have a friend 3D printing me one of these babies!(drool)

As a whole, I'll be working my way top to bottom with the kit, though I'll probably just focus on the armor itself first and do any soft parts such as the vest/sleeves last. ( I need to get my sewing machine repaired unfortunately.)

Aaaaand that's it for now!