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Discussion in 'Halo Pepakura Costumes' started by Pierce, Jun 13, 2018.

  1. Pierce

    Pierce New Member

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    i'm new to the whole pepakura and resin casting card stock to make armor and stuff with but that doesn't mean i don't want to. I've never used it before but i'm looking for some help but i would also like to start on master chief's mark vi armor as my first creation. thanks in advance :)
     
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  2. crackhead09

    crackhead09 RXO 405th Regiment Officer

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    Well where do you wanna start? have you looked in to the software yet? Or have you printed out and gave it a try?
     
  3. Pierce

    Pierce New Member

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    I have downloaded pepakura but have not printed anything because apparently people say you need card stock (and I obviously don't). I opened the software but i have yet to find a file I can open in it. I want to start on the helmet as my first thing, if that's what you mean by where I wanna start.

    Update: ok so I found out I found out how to open them after downloading them. so now I need to know how to do things after printing so when I get card stock I can get started right away. YAY I feel like I'm actually learning thing :)
     
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  4. Lieutenant Jaku

    Lieutenant Jaku Well-Known Member

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    remember you can always do small things on normal paper for practice in the meantime (just don't use them for your end product)
     
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  5. Satchmo III

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    Pierce, it's great that you're excited to learn and build. I encourage you to explore the forums and take the time to absorb as much as you can before asking generic questions. The stuck thread in this forum (Pepakura and Cardboard Armor Stuck Thread Index) contains links to multiple threads that will answer most basic questions regarding paper craft and post processing techniques. Reading through these threads will give you most of the know-how you'll need to at minimum get started. Good luck on your journey.
     
  6. MasterChief7117

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    Definitely recommend checking out other tutorials, but for personal tips you can check my old thread here ( HALO 4/5 MARK VI MASTER CHIEF/EXOSKELETON BUILD (FIBERGLASS) ), I won't be updating anymore tho but if you have questions here I can try answer them as soon as possible! Good luck Spartan!
     
  7. Pierce

    Pierce New Member

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    man this place just keeps getting better and better. also how do change the size of the paper to fit someone my height?
     
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  8. Lieutenant Jaku

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    if you mean template and not paper size, if you go into the 2D menu at the top, there is a scaling option, if you put in a parameter it will uniformly scale it.
     
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  9. Pierce

    Pierce New Member

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    I still don't get it. I'm 5 feet and 2 or 3 inches tall so I don't know how I would make it fit me instead of the height it was designed for
     
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  10. Lieutenant Jaku

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    are you working with one piece or full body?. for one piece just measure that part of you and then ad around 3 in for padding, then put that into mm (thats what pepakura uses) and scale it to that size
    Pierce this is the scaling tutorial that I've seen being sent around the most on here
     
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  11. Pierce

    Pierce New Member

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    I'm making the full suit but only one piece at a time.

    Update: I have decided to just keep the size of the things the way they are now just because it is my first time using this program/making armor out of anything
     
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  12. MasterChief7117

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    You could also search up a tool called pepakura measuring tool, or you can search up how to calculate for the parts size by using proportions.
     
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  13. PerniciousDuke

    PerniciousDuke RXO 405th Regiment Officer

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  14. Pierce

    Pierce New Member

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    alright so used just normal card stock instead of the one recommended in the tutorial so would i still have to score the lines to fold them or no?

    Update: this is going to take a long time I have only cut out 3 small pieces and it has taken me five minutes.

    Update 2: one sheet down.... 12 to go :(
     
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  15. Sean Anwalt

    Sean Anwalt RCO 405th Regiment Officer

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    You should still score the folds, yeah. I always do. If you are careful and patient, you'll do great. Looking forward to seeing the finished product! Keep it up!
     
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  16. PerniciousDuke

    PerniciousDuke RXO 405th Regiment Officer

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    Put on some tv or good music. (y)
     
  17. Sean Anwalt

    Sean Anwalt RCO 405th Regiment Officer

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    Second ^^^
     
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  18. Lieutenant Jaku

    Lieutenant Jaku Well-Known Member

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    ^^ if you haven't seen it yet Red Vs Blue, if you have... Red Vs Blue
     
  19. Northern Dragon

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    You never want to do that. No two files are the same size and even if they are part of the same suit they aren't scaled to each other. Most helmets are scaled either really really big (think watermelon in size) or really really small (grapefruit in size). You have to measure each piece and compare it to both yourself and an image of the suit from the game. If your testing out how Pepakura works then leave things be but if you wish to wear any part of what you're making you have to go into the 2D menu in pepakura and change the scale. There are many ways already detailed across the 405th for how to scale your armour but not everything works best for everyone.

    Update: HaloGoddess' "How To Scale" and More Tutorial
    In addition you should consult this thread link as a starting point for your scaling. It isn't exact and will only get you within a margin of the correct size for your own suit but it will be much more likely to fit then if you don't alter the scale of the pepakura files
     
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  20. Pierce

    Pierce New Member

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    yeah i'm really just testing out how it works for now but eventually i will scale the armor and stuff
     
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  21. Pierce

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    update on how things are going: it was going good until i took a break.... which then turned into a "I forgot about it and stopped because i'm lazy" project :( i disappoint myself sometimes. I stopped progress on the helmet and started working on one hand because it was only 2 pages instead of 13 and is much easier and i'm close to finishing that\

    Update:never mind I found out that the halo ce armor is much easier to make so i'm doing that
     
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  22. PaiganBoi

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    Don't be discouraged about any setbacks. This is your first time with this medium. It's only natural that problems will happen.
    For example my current build has taken me 15 months so far and I'm still not done. Life will get in the way.
    The best thing to do is learn and try again.
    Buying a full suit may be a quick solution but, it has its drawbacks. Cheap materials, or it doesn't fit very well. To commission a custom suit can be very pricey. Look up some Halo helmets on Etsy. I have seen helmets go as much as $500.
     
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  23. Sean Anwalt

    Sean Anwalt RCO 405th Regiment Officer

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    Fortunately or unfortunately, this isn't a "microwave". It's a "crock-pot". What that means is things take time and effort. Especially with a group like the 405th. It will be months before you get a high quality costume, but the quality will be much better than most other methods. Just be patient.
     
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  24. Pierce

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    alright so obviously i started on the halo ce helmet and its actually a lot easier than the halo 4 armor which was probably something too advanced for someone just starting like me and i have a lot more done :)
     
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  25. TurboCharizard

    TurboCharizard RMO 405th Regiment Officer

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    This is the thing right here, buy a suit that's raw cast/formed for ~$2000 and up or sit down and learn a skill. It's all balancing time and money.
    A year and a half difference of constant building and practice in different materials and procedures. The crockpot is a good analogy but I want to stress the fact that if you want to improve on your skills you need to work on them and challenge yourself.

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    Documenting your progress is also important because you can go back and look at what worked and what didn't. I constantly look back at stuff I've done and facepalm at what I thought was the best practice at the time, it's awesome.
     

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