Prof's Halo 3 Marine - Rookie Build

ProfugoBarbatus

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Hello all, new blood here, y'all can call me Prof or Tyler. Got dragged into all this by a friend, and ended up doing the whole thing backwards. Went to a con, then went to a shoot, then joined the forums, and finally started a build. Halo 3 was a defining halo for me, even above and beyond Reach, and I had a hell of a time running around with my Marine buddies back when. Figured it'd be a fitting tribute for me to join them, so here we are! I'll be logging down what I do here, once I've got enough to show for a thing, anyway.

This will be my first ever cosplay build, and I'll be going at it with Fusion 360, a 3d printer, no artistic talent whatever, and a determination to make and print my own files. Most importantly, a fellow 405th member is going to provide some assistance with fabric work, in return for some prints and stuff. Its gonna be a fun ride! To get a feel for Fusion and autocad in general, I went ahead and started modelling a Biofoam canister. Figured it'd be a good starter prop for any halo build, and a nice learning platform.

Not your daddy's shaving cream

Its still work in progress and I'll probably add a few surface details, but in keeping with wanting to have a bit of spin on things, I decided to answer the question of "How does the nozzle not just flop around all the time" with a pull pin - with a pivot pin as well, so hopefully it can be a useful prop for shoots and such. Plus its just fun to make things move.

As for the marine proper, I'm apparently making the circumstances of my introduction a tradition, by starting from the outside and going in. I'm working on losing a bit of weight to better fit what I have envisioned, but my head, hands and feet ain't changing size anytime soon. So I went out, and got some combat boots and gloves, and started sketching ideas for the Helmet.

Feet First into - Wait a minute, wrong branch
50% recycled uniform, guaranteed!

The boots are more or less perfect. The gloves don't quite match the references I've seen, but they fit flawlessly and I'll take a perfect fit and no glove chafing over a slightly more accurate back rubber any day of the week. Tried to get a BDU as well, but they didn't have anything in the right shades for a Marine, even with some leniency. Gonna check back in a few weeks, otherwise might just order online. Not like there's a shortage of other things to make.

Over the next couple weeks I'll be drafting up the ankle and shin plating, and a first pass on the helmet size plus some padding buffer space. But before I can get into that, I've already been asked to help make a new print for a Reach Magnum - I have even been provided a broken print. Don't know who's design this is, but whoever it is, you did good, and I've seen it around a lot, promise I won't just lift your measurements. The best use of it so far is to help me understand how thick Xmm is actually in the hand, its really hard to judge scale in program. You lose sense of how big a millimeter is when its just on a screen at arbitrary zoom.

Not the pistol WIP I expect from the B button

I'll be making the Halo 3 Magnum alongside it, since they're pretty similar, and the general component and operating technique for the one should be useable for the other. I'm aiming for detachable magazines and moveable slides, but ambition and reality don't always agree, and I'm pretty green to this. An assault rifle is on the plan as well, but not on my active list of works.

My goal is to have all this put together before April of 2023, when my next local convention is. Work and life permitting, it should be doable, but I'd love to hear any of your guys input, thoughts, or advice!
 

Rock Lobbster

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The fun part is there's no "right" way to do it! I build my entire first 2 suits before realizing the 405th was more than a FB group :lol:
Your can of biofoam already looks great!
 

ProfugoBarbatus

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Been dying and sunburnt with the heat so my outputs been sporadic, but I've got some updates. The boot plates are ready for a first print, expecting I might need some revisions. I've been advised to print the studs separately, so don't mind the one floating in the void, and the ones on the lower plate were just for scale reference setting them up, tops gonna get the treatment too. The loops for the straps might be a bit thick, and a pain to clean up, but nobody will ever see them so I'm not worried about them being clean, just strong enough to not snap when they're under some strain.

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I've rounded them so they're less likely to catch on each other or the boot, and it should help them maintain the overlap as well. If the test print and some walking indicates they're struggling with positioning, I'll add some hooks to the back side to catch the laces.

I haven't started on the shin ring yet, spent too long pulling my hair out looking at this reference thread trying to figure out how the hell to put them on and keep them in place, before giving up and going into MCC for refs on the magnum instead. Only to notice, in passing, there's detail on the game models that isn't on the ref - What a way to drive myself nuts. Always check your primary sources is the lesson I've learned.

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Having an actual way to clasp them over will make life infinitely easier. But, I'd already started on the Magnum roughs, so that revelation is going to have to wait, Magnums gonna come first.

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Still working out the basic shapes on this. Once the main bodies and cuts are in place, I'll do a pass over each part for functional details, then surface details. Only real complex parts are gonna be the safety/retention pin, and the mag release.

Things should hopefully pick up from here, as temperatures are trending back down. Being able to sleep at night and drink a hot tea in the morning will do wonders for my productivity.
 

ProfugoBarbatus

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Wew, been a while innit? Gotta remember to actually post on here. Been so busy with pushes at the dayjob, Ludum Dare for my Dev Hobby, and all the other little things life likes to throw at you.

But, I'll open strong with the fact that the Reach-Style Magnum has been more or less finished! Didn't realize until after I'd finished the thing that the specific grip details were from the Halo TV series, but the Wiki had it tucked up as M6G2. Too late now lol.
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Just need to do some revisions to slice some of the round details off for separate printings, but the first prints came out pretty good! Orange bits just highlighting whats gonna get separated out in all likelyhood.
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Despite making it to scale, it actually fits quite comfortably in the hands. Have to admit, its incredibly cool to hold something I made on a computer, IRL.
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Now, for the rest of the costume? Unfortunately, basically minimal progress. And with my first con suddenly looking a lot closer than I'd otherwise think, I need to jump on that ASAP, so the H3 style magnum is getting temporarily shelved while I work on the hard parts of the Marine Armor, and start getting some help in on the soft ones. Luckily, I think all my major commitments for the rest of the year are done.

Hopefully, shouldn't need two months to bring together the next post :p
 

CasuallyFlacid

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Wew, been a while innit? Gotta remember to actually post on here. Been so busy with pushes at the dayjob, Ludum Dare for my Dev Hobby, and all the other little things life likes to throw at you.

But, I'll open strong with the fact that the Reach-Style Magnum has been more or less finished! Didn't realize until after I'd finished the thing that the specific grip details were from the Halo TV series, but the Wiki had it tucked up as M6G2. Too late now lol.
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Just need to do some revisions to slice some of the round details off for separate printings, but the first prints came out pretty good! Orange bits just highlighting whats gonna get separated out in all likelyhood.
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Despite making it to scale, it actually fits quite comfortably in the hands. Have to admit, its incredibly cool to hold something I made on a computer, IRL.
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Now, for the rest of the costume? Unfortunately, basically minimal progress. And with my first con suddenly looking a lot closer than I'd otherwise think, I need to jump on that ASAP, so the H3 style magnum is getting temporarily shelved while I work on the hard parts of the Marine Armor, and start getting some help in on the soft ones. Luckily, I think all my major commitments for the rest of the year are done.

Hopefully, shouldn't need two months to bring together the next post :p
Don't worry too much with making the con. There's always the next one! I learned pretty quick that the "con crunch" just stresses you out. I'd rather just go and be jelly of everyone with finished cosplays then get back home with renewed drive! I've been working on my Mjolnir for a few years and I an only just now seeing the finish line.
 
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