Operation Mini-Spartans (Plush Edition)

Rosebud

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This entire project was started by me needing to make Christmas presents: Let me explain. I've always like small things like dolls, action figures, lego figures, etc. When Christmas came around I had been thinking about making felt dolls and finally decided to make one for a friend I would be visiting before Christmas. That's when I built Mini-Lord Shaxx.
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Sure when I look back at him I see things I could improve on, but both of us loved him and I decided it's time to make more. I'm making two this time: One for Dragon Den Cosplay, and another for Miles Luna since I'm planning on meeting him at C2E2. Dragon's doll is going to be a mini-version of his original ODST build Captain Dragon. Miles's doll will obviously be Felix, the smart mouthed mercenary he voices in Red vs Blue.
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Tonight I have the parts cut out for Felix's head and body. Once I put them together I'll get started on detailing his head and getting patterns ready for his armor. I'll be sure to share updates as I continue to make progress on these two​
 

Rosebud

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Update

Today I started sewing the body and head pieces together. I decided to start by sewing the extra panel to the front of the helmet first to make it easier on me when it came to stitching the entire thing together. I liked the look and simplicity of the whip stitch and it's simple for people like me who have no real patience when it comes to sewing. I realize it went on a lil' bit crooked.
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After the head was finished I started painting on the details of his helmet. I put on white fabric paint first to help the orange pop and not bleed into the felt!
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I only managed to finish one arm of the body, but I'm already working on how I want to do his armor. I want to add a bit of a 3-D feature when it come's to Felix's chest plate since it's a triangular-prism. I'll be working on two prototypes:
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Prototype 1: Try-hard
I sew together three small pieces of felt in the shape I want and stuff it with batting

Prototype 2: Lazy (Aka: Backup)
I glue felt pieces to a small piece of foam in the shape I want.​
 

Rosebud

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Update 2

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I cut out the pieces for Dragon Den's ODST. I wanted to add some 3D features so I wont have to paint in all the details. That's why I'm sewing on these 'cheek pannels' instead of painting them on

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Meanwhile I've been finishing with Felix's head and getting ready to stuff his body and attach the two parts together
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And I failed. At times like this I look back and see where I can improve. Turns out I didn't have his neck stuffed enough, but it was harder since his neck was attached by his head and not his body. I've adjusted my templates to fix this problem so I wont forget
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I'm currently working on the back of his chest plate and then the front which I mentioned in the first update.
Stay Tuned!​
 

Rosebud

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Update 3: ODST

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After a trip to the craft store I was ready to start Dragon Den's ODST. His armor has his a dragon theme which includes teeth on his visor and red eyes on the side of the helmet. I wasnt sure how I was going to accomplish putting the eyes on, but I think I did pretty good with what I came up with.

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I used what I had left of my black felt and made as many body pieces as I could to save time with future dolls. I have to laugh at the visor for the ODST. The little notches look like eyebrows. :lol:

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Just like Felix I used a white fabric paint base to help the acrylic look brighter on the dark felt. I think it turned out good and Dragon likes the look so far. Next step it to finish the body and get it attached!​
 
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Rosebud

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Update 4

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It's been a long time since I've touched these guys, but I have done a significant amount of work; including adding their chest pieces

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Each of their backs have their own unique design based off of what I could do in such a small scale with the felt

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I do have to admit that some of the hardest parts were designing the chest plates and then for the shoulder pads which will be covered in the next post. The H4 Soldier Chest Plate's triangular design was something I wanted to try and recreate, but it still turned out semi flat

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Before I went on to the ODST I painted on Felix's markings in white fabric paint. As I said before this is to help the orange acrylic paint pop.

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Moving onto the ODST I tried tinkering around with different shapes of felt to get the chest shape just right. I decided to add two mini nylon straps to add an extra bit of texture and detail. I ended up gluing them on but it wasn't until I was adding the chest piece that I realized I could have sewn them to the additional shoulder straps

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Speaking of texture, I decided to add the ammo pouches on Felix's chest plate by making them out of foam. It took me a while to glue these together and then to the doll, but it was worth it.
If the chest piece wasn't enough of a target for squishing, the soft separated parts add more stimulation
(I keep finding myself squishing them whenever I have him on my desk)

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Lastly I finished the ODST chest piece. Unlike the nylon straps I actually sewed on the color blocks in the center piece. Dragon Den has a dragon on his chest piece so I copied it to the best of my ability

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Either way I managed to get a lot of work done and am about 45-50% done with these dolls

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Rosebud

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Update 5: Finishing the ODST

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I made quick work of the final touches of DragonDen's ODST. I started with the the shoulders, adding a few different layers to make the area seem interesting. The smaller parts were glued together.

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Next was the gauntlets. This is a simple piece of fabric that could have parts added or painted on. To make sure the part wouldn't moved part of the fabric was glued on and then the open ends were sewn shut.

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There was also the addition of the belt which included another spare piece of nylon, two foam ammo pouches, a butt plate, and a codpiece/cover.

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The leg armor was attached similarly to how the gauntlets were added. Since the legs are shorter the legs pieces (Thighs, Shins, and Boots) are a single unit.

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Needless to say Dragon Den loved his Felt Doll.

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Mission Accomplished
 
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