NOOB BUILD! (my first build)

FalseShepherd

Jr Member
First suit of armor! First time experimenting with cosplay! First time using pepakura! THIS WILL BE A TOTALLY NOOB BUILD!

Here's the background:

I got it into my head to make a helmet for decoration in my gaming room. I have been a lifelong Halo fan and was fascinated by the idea of building my own props. I started delving into the 405th and decided that I might as well go for a full suit. So, here we are. I have never done anything like this before and I am sure that I will have infinite questions.

I started on the helmet about 1 month ago. Pictures are posted here. I initially built it out of regular printer paper. It worked OK, but I learned quickly that it would not hold up to the weight of the resin and fiberglass process. So, I started my second helmet on card stock (as recommended by like everyone...).

So far, card stock is much easier to work with, and the helmet is going well. I do not have much time to work on it, but I will post updates as they happen. Stay tuned to watch me struggle and fail!

For whatever its worth, I would recommend building, at least some things, in printer paper first if you have never worked with pepakura before. It gave me the opportunity to get used to the medium and scoring techniques as well as make mistakes that I can avoid this time. Also, I was able to check fit since I am unfamiliar with scaling in pepakura. If you have an infinite amount of time, it's worth doing.


My methods:

Cutting with the sharp side of an exacto - sharp, precise, and effective. Also, gives me good control of the finer details.
Scoring with the blunt side of an exacto - sharp enough to score effectively, but not so sharp as to cut through the cardstock. (this method was much more dangerous with the printer paper)
Gluing with mod podge - couldn't find any Elmer's glue, so my wife recommended Mod Podge. So far, it seems to work basically the same as Elmer's glue. Though it does dry very fast if you use a conservative amount.
I am freehanding the cutting, but using a straight edge for the scoring. Using the backside of an exacto and a straight edge, I can be very precise and get solid scoring.

I attempted to use a glue stick for the printer paper model. I thought it would be easy to maneuver and handle. I was correct. Unfortunately, the glue did not stick well to the paper. I can only imagine that this problem would worsen with cardstock so I switched glues.

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Note: I layered the paper helmet with spray paint. Many layers applied gently and lightly as possible. My plan is to toughen it up enough that it might hold up to the resin. Hopefully, I will be able to make something interesting out of it and, if it collapses, that's ok too.

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he4thbar

Well-Known Member
Also to follow that! I made my odst helmet out of paper, I Resined the whole thing at once. However I used a bunch of Popsicle sticks on the inside to reinforce sections so it wouldn't cave in. Keep that in mind as well.
ALSO BIG PRO TIP. When you fiberglass the inside. A cheater and faster method is to use spray adhesive on the inside. Apply the fiberglass cloth or matt. Then when you are all done use the resin and go over the top of it all to get it to harden. I did it the old fashion way of one piece at a time. and it took forever.
 
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FalseShepherd

Jr Member
Also to follow that! I made my odst helmet out of paper, I Resined the whole thing at once. However I used a bunch of Popsicle sticks on the inside to reinforce sections so it wouldn't cave in. Keep that in mind as well.
ALSO BIG PRO TIP. When you fiberglass the inside. A cheater and faster method is to use spray adhesive on the inside. Apply the fiberglass cloth or matt. Then when you are all done use the resin and go over the top of it all to get it to harden. I did it the old fashion way of one piece at a time. and it took forever.
Yes. I was already thinking about a spray adhesive. Thanks for the tips!
 

ButterBacon3000

Member
Wow this looks really good already! Especially for a first attempt! I'm sure u will have a lot of questions... and I'm doubly sure that we will all try our best to answer them!
 

FalseShepherd

Jr Member
Finished the visor and did a little more on the sides. These little things are such a pain in the butt 15820453058403197033364618558461.jpg

I read a piece of advice on another thread that recommended starting at the top of the helmet so the final pieces aren't stuck all the way inside your piece. Thinking about that, I decided to work up the face and then down the back of the helmet. Slow and steady keeps things clean(ish).

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he4thbar

Well-Known Member
You're building the back too right? Piece looks great!!! Just asking because it's best to build either top to bottom or bottom to top with symmetry :)
 

FalseShepherd

Jr Member
You're building the back too right? Piece looks great!!! Just asking because it's best to build either top to bottom or bottom to top with symmetry :)
I'm going to build the back last from top to bottom. I recognize the need for symmetry I think it will work
 
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