Found a suitable material for the belt buckle body and parts of the abdomen plates. It’s black linen I picked up at Hobby Lobby. Also got the buckle itself mostly finished. Just gotta do the details on the left side, curve it to my belt, and paint
Got the buckle and detail pieces painted. Little more work to do on the buckle then I’ll glue it onto the buckle body
Also got the tasset plates sanded down and attached. Gotta do some more smoothing on them before I primer. I was super excited to get the tassets attached so I quickly threw it all on. Rough idea where everything is gunna sit on the belt, not the final placement
Better view of everything I have so far. Got some leather so I’m gunna start on the butt pack tonight. Quick question though. Should I plastidip the groin plate then glue the straps on or should I glue the straps, mask the straps, then plastidip the piece? First time working with foam so needing some guidance.
Got some thick kydex to use for my boot armor. Got the thicker stuff so I can counter sink the Chicago screws and smooth them over so they won’t be visible like the in game model. The thin kydex is the standard thickness for holster making
Mostly worked on Mandalorian stuff this weekend so I didn’t do much to the ODST. But I did get started on the butt pack. Got the base leather cut out and the hard outer shell curved. Need to get some fabric for a liner and a zipper then I’ll start assembling it.
Also just realized you can’t really see the curvature of the plate in this pic
I forgot to mention I bought ODST armor files from FromTheBrinkStudios (Etsy, Instagram, and Facebook name). His armor files seem to be the most accurate so it was the obvious choice. The only pieces I’m gunna have printed are; shins, thighs, abdominal pieces, chest, shoulders, gauntlets, and misc detail pieces. Everything else I’m making myself
Got a HUGE piece of leather. For reference I am 6’3 and this thing almost covers me completely. It’s gunna be used for other cosplays too, not just my ODST. This is what I’ll mostly be making the plate carrier out of.
Got my first can of custom mixed paint today. It’s matched to the color used in-game. At $25 a can and probably needing 5 cans total, this will be my most expensive paint job to date. Including primers, 2K clear coat I’m using, and the weathering paints I’m looking at about $200 for the paint job. Worth it
Tasset plates just need black and brown washing then I’ll clear coat them. Thinking about doing the soda can grenades on one tasset and a custom BR mag carriers on the other. Haven’t decided yet. Gunna try and get the buckle attached to the belt later tonight.
Paid homage to my retired Mando bucket and replicated the cuts on my ODST helmet. Gunna be honest, it really hurt cutting into such a beautiful helmet. Masking the black areas and the paint damage tomorrow morning and hopefully painting