Phauxelates's Mk. VI (Cortana Modified) EVA Foam Build [UPDATED: Give me advice on what to improve!]

Discussion in 'Halo Costumes and Armor' started by Phauxelate, Nov 1, 2018.

  1. Phauxelate

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    (Throughout this thread, I will be editing the content in the bottom of this main post with what I'm currently working on, and what I have thought of/what I was recommended to work on)

    Hello! First time maker here! I've made a couple other props, but not anything as big as a full foam cosplay. I'm pretty happy with how it tuned out, and I see a few ways I can improve on it which I'll detail later.

    Here was my process:

    Firstly, you gatta get your foam bases. Pretty straight forward.

    Second, putting it together. Hot glue is a godsend, honestly. The whole thing went though about thirty 5" glue sticks, and by the time I finished I was fresh out of them. Going this route, I'd have bought more to be safe.

    Because I was low on cash and time (took me a total of 2 weeks with the foam already cut), I used a heat gun to seal the foam while being careful not to melt the glue binding the whole thing together. As for the paint, I used around 5oz of acrylic paint for the primary color, and 1oz for the second color.

    Under suit is just classic Under Armour. Nothing special.

    Helmet was repurposed from one my brother gave to me around 3 years ago. It's just been sitting on my shelf collecting dust, so why not make a use out of it?

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    I finished making it the night before Halloween, as I wanted the paint to be fully dry before then. Attended a costume contest at my College, and what do ya know! I got first place.

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    Me, 2nd place is in the middle, and 3rd place is on the right.

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    After my first build, I can see a few areas I can work on.

    Firstly, the COD and Butt plate were a little wonky. I'm planning on making a whole new piece that wraps all the way around, rather than just a sort of flap that flops around.

    Second, the stomach is a bit exposed. I'm planning on making a piece that will attach right under the chest plate to cover that area. That, or I could invest in a waist trainer and attach some painted foam pieces to it so it's not so bare. I might go with the second option, because I'd be nice to have a little bit of dimension to the armor having some visibly behind the chest plate.

    And third, just some touching up here and there. I was rushed on painting it so some of the black outlines for the edges of stuff are rough. I could also add a few more layers of paint to give it more color

    For my first build I feel like it went rather swell! Let me know of any areas I can improve on that I didn't state above, and I'll see you all in the comment section.


    Stuff on my mind to do (A.K.A. "The List"):
    • Finish gluing the pelvis system
    • Paint the newly made armor
    • Add nylon strap to the new armor
    • Re-add strapping to the thighs after removing the Velcro so that they don't slide down
    • Add improved strapping to keep the shoulder armor from sliding down
    • Curve the shoulder armor more
    • Take some awesome pictures
    • Touch up on some of the paint on the helmet
    • Add a way to secure the support belt higher up on my midriff
    • Add some weathering
    • Make a Battle Rifle weapon prop [IN PROGRESS]
    • Replace under suit [IN PROGRESS]
    • Make the weathering stand out more [IN PROGRESS]
    • Add some thicc curves to the codpiece and pauldrons
    • Create some better gloves. Maybe 3D print some armor for the top of the hand and fingers?
    • Add some padding to the right forearm to make it fit better
    • Add additional plating on the side of the feet to minimize visible footage
    • Make new thighs that are more detailed and reach higher up on the legs
    • (Sleep?)

     
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  2. clonecam117

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    Badass dude!
     
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  3. Phauxelate

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    ********Progress update********
    Stuff Recently made:

    I have cut everything for the new pelvis part (front, back, and sides) and a part for the midriff. The front plating for the pelvis and the midriff is all glued together. The only things I have to do now is glue the butt plate and the side parts, paint it, and PRESTO! A much better looking spartan armor suit!

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    I put on the chest and held the pelvis and midriff to my chest, and boy does it look so much better!

    Some Improved stuff:

    For the chest I removed the velcro and added parachute buckles in place of it. So much easier to work with, and I trust it to not pop off a whole lot more!

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    For the feet I added some more foam to reduce visible footage from the top view

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    EDIT: I will edit and update the original post for my completion progress!
     
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  4. Phauxelate

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    Small Update & Question:

    I have finished making cutting, gluing, and painting the whole new pelvis system... However I can't shake the feeling that I need some sort of black outline on the C.O.D. and the butt plate to make the green pop out.

    What do you guys think of that? I want to make sure this is all said and painted before I start adding on the nylon strap to secure it to my limbs. (And yes, those are Heelys in the background)

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    Edit: I did end up adding the black outline
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  5. Phauxelate

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    Small update: I haven't been sitting on my bum this whole time. This is what I got so far in terms of attaching it to my body
    (I was too lazy to put the rest of the suit on, and I didn't have my glasses on so I didn't know the photo was blurry)

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  6. MajWood

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    definitely looking good. :)
     
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  7. Phauxelate

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    Thanks! Everything is all built that needed to be, but I've decided to weather my armor to make it look simply smashing, and then get someone to take professional photos. That way you can see every pixel of my luscious body. So until then, just hold tiddly tighty tight for some more photos of my bod
     
  8. MajWood

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    Righty hodily doodily neighborino
     
  9. Phauxelate

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    ********Progress update v1.5********
    Along with some minor fixes of stuff n junk, I have finished re-strapping all of the parts with nylon strap and buckles instead of using Velcro. What I'm real happy about is that after I finished the new codpiece.... I've weathered my armor!

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    This is a huge improvement from what it was, because the paint job was all matte with no life to it. Here's what I did for the weathering:
    • Sealed it with mate Mod Podge
    • Used silver metallic paint to add scratches n scuffs around the edges and body of the armor
    • Used the same metallic paint and lightly applied it everywhere with variations to give it different gradients of color
    • Created a black-wash that is 2x thinner than what it should be, and applied it all over the armor, using a paper towel to wipe nearly all of it up (This gave it a darker. dirtier color, while removing the blinding silver shine from the step above)
    Here's a comparison from the difference from weathering it:

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    Here are some photos of the front, back, and sides:

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    And below are photos attached for your enjoyment (The guitar one is my favorite). This project is long from finished, since it is and will always be a labor of love. I'll keep posting to this thread, and I'll see all of you in the comments. Cheers!
     

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  10. xXDashIVXx

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    I giggled at the before picture because I dont know why, but It makes it look like you are a little kid (maybe 7) in a costume your dad made for Halloween. There's just no reference to base your size on and your posture makes you look small :)
     
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  11. Phauxelate

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    Hahaha. Yeah... Someone else said something about that, and I didn't realize what they were talking about until they pointed it out! I find it a bit comical myself as well.

    The before picture was the best photo I have taken of that version of armor, during Halloween

    I'm 6'2"
     
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  12. MajWood

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    100% looks great there! The weathering adds just the bit of wow factor. Very nice job.
    So what cons are you excited for this coming year? Also, now that you have this done are you looking to make a weapon for yourself?
     
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  13. Phauxelate

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    I'm not sure what cons I can go to, so I'll look into some later at some point. And yeah! I am planning on making a weapon! I started to make an assault rifle, but it was taking up way too much of my foam stock I currently have. 4 foam tiles is too much of a price to pay for me. So what I might do is buy some filament and borrow my college's 3D printer to print a DMR or something.

    Edit: Looking into some cons, the Wisconsin Comic Convention hosted by Imaginarium looks promising. Plus, I live less than a mile away from it!
     
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  14. TurboCharizard

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    A DMR will likely eat up 1.5kg or more so you'd likely save money overall making it a foam build. If you already have the filament though, might as well burn through it and make something cool!
     
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  15. Phauxelate

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    Oh, I was meaning the assault rifle I drawing out on foam was taking up too many tiles, though it might be closer to 3 1/2 (2ftx2ft) tiles rather than 4. The DMR has less mass to it, because it's not as big of a solid block compared to the AR. I definitely could make a DMR out of foam, though a plastic one have a more solid feel in the hands. It also means less time cutting the foam, and more time studying :)
     
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  16. MajWood

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    Andrew’s DFT on the battle rifle or dmr is where I would recommend starting. Three pieces of 2x2 foam and about a 6 in dowel rod and you can make a pretty good BR or DMR in about 8 hours cutting 2-3 sealing and another 2 painting, so not long over all.

     

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    I watched that video and a few of his others and might I say they are quite good! Matter of fact, I'm going to go out and print off the templates for the Battle Rifle and start tonight while I have time. I'm also planning on making that magnum from one of his videos as well. Thanks for showing me that video!

    Edit: I didn't start it last night, but I will today!
     
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  18. Phauxelate

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    So, continuing this thread...

    Give me all of your ideas and criticism of how I could make my armor better, and don't hold back. I want to become the best I can at this, so I want to hear ideas about anything ranging from painting/weathering to making a whole new armor piece that I can improve on my current build.

    So, throw your ideas at me! (I'll be sure to duck.)
     
  19. TurboCharizard

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    In certain lighting and poses your under suit is a bit sheer. If you had another black layer of Under Armour or a second morph suit to conceal the skin tones it'd help consistency of colour to make everything look like a single piece tech suit.
     
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    Yeah, I won't lie: I'm a bit too white;). I'll plan on getting a better under suit soon to replace the old one I currently have. I have added it to the list!
     
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  21. xXDashIVXx

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    Rebuild the whole thing...? The more practice you do the better you get and the better you will do! (Just give me the old suit)
     
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  22. Phauxelate

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    Currently, I'm wanting to learn what I can fix before starting a whole new project and making those same mistakes. In my opinion, until I get this one down real solid, there's no point in starting a new one. I will eventually make a new suit that will be better than this one using what I've learned.

    no lol
    #rekt
     
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    I have also used DFT's templates for my Halo weapons. The thing I learned is to modify the build and not completely follow his tutorials. Some of his processes are a little unnecessary or there are much better ways to achieve the same outcome.
    I first built the SOCOM
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    A year later, I looked at it wasn't happy with it at all. So I remade it using the same templates but did things my way and made it a little more game accurate.
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    I have use his templates for the AR and SMG as well but did not follow the tutorials.
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  24. MajWood

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    So here’s a tip with weathering, usually you can go around just about any/every edge and make it look worn in regular places that would get scrapes, and you need to ask yourself three questions

    1. What is the metal it’s made of and how should a worn paint job look (old cars, trucks and military vehicles are a good source material) if it’s silvery under the paint you can add some “wear” to it with a few streaks of silver or aluminum paint on top of it. (Pistol below for ref. The silver parts have brown to give it a rusted look and the black has aluminum so that it pops out)

    2. What kind of normal hazard conditions has it been through, sandstorms will wear more off than jungle crawling. You can use brown to show a bit of rust instead of or even with aluminum to get a nice wear on it. Or just glob whole heaps of mud on it to give it that fresh down in the rut look.
    Andrew’s ODST armor is a nice example of this, looks like it’s really been out there hoofing it.

    3. Does it have battle damage. My buddy Harry has his suit with a nice big scar across the chest where a “grunt” clawed at him, my own suit has plasma burns and bullet chunks missing out of it. Mine are pretty deep and show nice hunks of silver all over.

    #3 is kind of tricky though because you can’t undo battle damage unless you make a whole new piece. So I’d keep away from that one for a bit.
     

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  25. Phauxelate

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    Well, I do have weathering on it though it's hard to see in the photo (I've attached a couple photos below that shows it better). What I could do, is make the weathering more visible since you've pointed out that it's hard to see (especially from a photo). I've added it to the list!

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