Reach Recon build


Angus314

RCO
405th Regiment Officer
Member DIN
S314
What's up gamers! I'm finally doing the thread on my newest build! It's my reach Noble six spartan that will be a combo of 3d printing and foam work.

Goal:
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(feel free to friend me on xbox!!)

So far I'm furthest on the helmet that I printed using the files from Moeslizzac on Thingiverse! He's a legend who's put out really great files! Thingiverse - Digital Designs for Physical Objects <-- check him out

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First I took the file into Prusaslic3r and cut it into parts with my in-slicer cutter!
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It still didn't fit so I re rotated and cut it into quarters!
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Now I'm ready to print!!
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First print off the printer was Awesome!!! but a little small for my head. Resizing and reprinting with armorsmith helped with that. I made the helmet as small as I could on my head so I dont get bobblehead syndrome but I have a really large head.

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(ripped game files for reference on the left.)
I got the armor files from nerdforgedesigns on etsy! Reach Male CUSTOMIZABLE Spartan Base Armor Set 3D printable | Etsy
After printing I got to sanding with 60 grit,120,220,400 and then I wet sanded with 2000 grit sandpaper!
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Here it is pre-sanding on my head,
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post sanding!
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I then slapped some filler primer and spot putty on there and sanded it down again with all the grits of sandpaper. 60 grit was probably too much and made more work for me than I needed but the end result was really nice
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this is after another coat of filler primer and more sanding.
I managed to get my attachments modeled and primed with the helmet.
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and I hit it with a coat of grey normal primer. After that, I was able to paint it black for an undercoat. I used a semi- gloss black.
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a couple of coats of that and it was ready for cat approval!!!
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These attachments were purchased from RockLobbster's Etsy shop and I printed them! They were great but I eventually got the itch to model my own. I'm hoping to model my own helmets soon!!!
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Here's the model I made! It will have lighting channels and be fully mountable! While doing that I needed to figure out a way to mount this to the side of my helmet. I took Moe's model and imported it into Blender. There I was able to boolean a block to the side and get a perfect cutout following the curve that let me place the auntie dot comms on the right angle.
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I was happy with the fit and angle it provided.
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With all this Cat approved, I moved to giving it a coat of orange.
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all masked off and ready to go! (don't pay attention to the comms unit. I should have masked it better lol.)
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Just a light first coat was nice to allow me to let it dry for 30 minutes and then return to go over it again. Before I went to paint I put the can in luke-warm water to heat it up a little. This let me provide more even coats.
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more coats. Unmasking was weird and showed a lot of places where paint leaked through.
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Looks good though! I was able to fill in where the orange leaked into the black with acrylic paint and while the acrylic had a different, more matte appearance, that was all remedied when I hit it with a top clear coat after I finished all the paint.
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Moving forward I needed to do the white decals. Not wanting to waste tape by taping the whole helmet, I used butcher paper taped over the huge areas and painters tape only to make the edges of around the white.
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It went well! Unmasked below!
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I painted in areas that used to be orange with black acrylic paint where they needed it! it worked out great! Next, I needed to add the green and I used the same masking and painting technique. To make this symmetrical was difficult.
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By this time I had other prints started and sanded. I wanted to test something so I started with just blasting them with a coat of filler primer first!
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it was alright. Showed a lot of flaws that would be filled in with spot putty. This shows off how great nerdforge's models are though!! what a legend! Here's my model primed. It seems to work better with lower layer heights.
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I also wanted to try regular bondo and filler putty on the biceps and see what's easier to use. it's spot filler putty. use it. don't be shy. not having to mix things is WONDERFUL.
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spot putty and filler primer on the right. Bondo on the left.
I also made the UA attachment for the helmet just as a challenge!
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It's a very sloppy model construction wise but it works so I'm not complaining!
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Here's the print and here it is getting smoothed!
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By this time I also got the Auntie dot coms painted and weathered and I weathered the helmet. But not before I found some great window tint that works great for a visor!! Plus I test mounted the comms.
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Works great and doesnt go see-through with camera flash!
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I used Rub'n'buff on a rag to silver the edges for weathering and then gave the parts a great blackwash!
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Idk about you but I think that looks pretty good. On the side, I upgraded my Ender 3 with the Ender Extender kit to make it large enough to print a full helmet in one go!
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(regular sized benchy for scale) I'm very excited! changing and updating the firmware was a hassle but now I know some useful skills!
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I could have printed the whole recon in one go!
I'm also following RandomRangers youtube tutorials on foamsmithing! images for that to come but I'm basically building two suits at once lol. Anyway here are some wrap up pictures that I've taken with this recon that are a lot of fun :)
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and a little sneak peek at my next thing ;)
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see you in the next posts! If you have any questions please feel free to ask!!
 

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Angus314

RCO
405th Regiment Officer
Member DIN
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Already an update? Wow! I decided the mounting clip for the UA on the recon wasn't detailed enough for my liking! So I modeled a quick little thing in Fusion360!
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Example of in game you can see those two fangs on the sides of the clip!
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Here's the model and it on the helmet! Once it's sanded, filled and painted I think it will be a marked improvement!
 

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tvanhelene

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looks great so far! Im actually using the same files as you. When you bought the full set from him, did it include the version of the chest that has holes cut out for lights? If you're planning on adding lights, hmu, I made a version of the chest with holes in it so you could put some leds in there.

Also, something his files (and most suit files) don't include is the shoulder gasket section of the chestplate. I modeled my own version of this for his chestplate for my suit. If you want the files for this let me know and I can send them over.

Heres what the shoulder gasket looks like

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Angus314

RCO
405th Regiment Officer
Member DIN
S314
looks great so far! Im actually using the same files as you. When you bought the full set from him, did it include the version of the chest that has holes cut out for lights? If you're planning on adding lights, hmu, I made a version of the chest with holes in it so you could put some leds in there.

Also, something his files (and most suit files) don't include is the shoulder gasket section of the chestplate. I modeled my own version of this for his chestplate for my suit. If you want the files for this let me know and I can send them over.

Heres what the shoulder gasket looks like

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Yoo I have the same problem with the chestpiece! I would love a modded one for lights since I've been dreading printing the ones I had. That shoulder gasket looks great but I was hoping to make one out of foam! I'd still love the file though! might print it out of TPU.
 

tvanhelene

Member
DM me your email or something and i can send the chest to you. At first I thought about making the gasket out of something flexible, however after printing it, I can say that it being flexible is not needed, and the only difference being flexible would make is you might be able to get it on easier? My plan for the chest is to have it all one piece and slide it over my head onto my shoulders.
 

Angus314

RCO
405th Regiment Officer
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S314
Update day! After a total failure on the Ender, I got the chest piece to print! ... until it ran out of filament while I slept. When that happened I just remeasured and printed the parts that didnt print when the filament ran out.
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I used PETG which was a bad idea. It gives off some fumes that it really shouldn't. that was no fun! however now, after printing the bottom front, I have a chestpiece!!!
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After gluing it together, I'm excited to see something so massive come off my printer.
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and it looks like it fits perfectly! While that printed, I went on a sanding binge and sanded a bunch of pieces! (to be seen later) ((I forgot to take pictures))
Anyway!
I got to go paint a bicep I finished sanding! This follows in line with the working philosophy I'm holding while making this suit. I'm going to print and sand everything as much as I can but final sanding and finishing stages plus painting will go one piece at a time. This is so I can focus all my attention to every detail of each part. I started painting the bicep a while ago but cold weather outside prevented more painting.
first layer of green
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Got kind of a weird texture with this paint layer so I wetsanded it after two layers and before I masked for orange.
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Looks good but you can see some edges where there are tape crimes. I need to redo my taping technique... However that's nothing a little bit of weathering can't crime hide.
Next, I added the triangle and rectangle detailing. I wanted these to look good so I used an angle guide I printed.
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Then I taped it off and painted it with acrylic and a normal brush. I painted a layer on with a big brush to avoid brushstrokes as much as possible. I'd let each layer dry for 30 minutes before I'd go back in and add another layer.
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Some of the edges I got were rough so I just wetted them down with a brush and removed the excess paint with a fingernail. I continued to do the same thing with the front rectangle but in game it's almost impossible to see due to it being real faded??? So I made sure to keep the center of the rectangle thinner so you can see some orange still showing through.
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In the end, I'm fairly pleased with the result. I cleaned up the edges and got to work with a blackwash.
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Blackwash with some rub n' buff applied from the edge of a paper towel really makes a nice effect. I'm really digging this painting style and Hope you all like it too! I'm trying for tier 3 with this armor so I'd love to here any input on my paintjob that you think could be improved!!! This also was... before the accident. Tragedy struck! I dropped the thing. Now this bicep is the one I wanted to test with 0% infill. Which kinda makes it squishy. It did feel sturdy enough in my hands but when it fell from my hands onto concrete from my hands while standing, it cracked!!!
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I tried to fix it with some glue and maybe blackwashing it would work??? It didn't TurboCharizard mentioned that maybe it would be covered by the jump jet attachment when I get to there but alas when I checked it does not cover up the offending areas. I plan on going in and really fixing the heck out of this. Look for that post in the future. Moving on, I finally really finished the UA attachment for my Recon helmet! I modeled the little fangs you see under the attachment in game! I wanted to use this as an excuse to really beef up the strength of the attachment to the UA so I could pick the helmet up by the forehead.
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I really think this fills out the look and adds that good extra detail! :D
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I used CA glue with kicker added with a hobbyzone epoxy adhesive to really get it to stick down and wouldn't you know it, it really did! I can now pick up my helmet with the UA and also it looks just that little bit better. :) Now a problem I ran into was when the glue squished out from under the attachment onto the outside of the helmet its self. I tried to wipe it off but some was left over and turned white when I hit it with the kicker. Panicking, I actually used hot water to soak the glue and then used a q-tip with acetone on it to get rid of the glue. Fortunately I was careful enough to get the glue off without ruining the paint. Anyway that's all for this build that I'm willing to show y'all! I've got the backpieces printing now and parts of the codpiece printing as well. It's great!
 

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Already an update? Wow! I decided the mounting clip for the UA on the recon wasn't detailed enough for my liking! So I modeled a quick little thing in Fusion360!
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Example of in game you can see those two fangs on the sides of the clip!
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Here's the model and it on the helmet! Once it's sanded, filled and painted I think it will be a marked improvement!
Hey I know that recon helm, just found this post brotha, that thing came out slick.
 
What's up gamers! I'm finally doing the thread on my newest build! It's my reach Noble six spartan that will be a combo of 3d printing and foam work.

Goal: View attachment 300747
(feel free to friend me on xbox!!)

So far I'm furthest on the helmet that I printed using the files from Moeslizzac on Thingiverse! He's a legend who's put out really great files! Thingiverse - Digital Designs for Physical Objects <-- check him out

View attachment 300748

First I took the file into Prusaslic3r and cut it into parts with my in-slicer cutter!
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It still didn't fit so I re rotated and cut it into quarters!
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Now I'm ready to print!!
View attachment 300752
First print off the printer was Awesome!!! but a little small for my head. Resizing and reprinting with armorsmith helped with that. I made the helmet as small as I could on my head so I dont get bobblehead syndrome but I have a really large head.

View attachment 300753

(ripped game files for reference on the left.)
I got the armor files from nerdforgedesigns on etsy! Reach Male CUSTOMIZABLE Spartan Base Armor Set 3D printable | Etsy
After printing I got to sanding with 60 grit,120,220,400 and then I wet sanded with 2000 grit sandpaper! View attachment 300754
Here it is pre-sanding on my head,
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post sanding!
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I then slapped some filler primer and spot putty on there and sanded it down again with all the grits of sandpaper. 60 grit was probably too much and made more work for me than I needed but the end result was really nice
View attachment 300757
this is after another coat of filler primer and more sanding.
I managed to get my attachments modeled and primed with the helmet.
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and I hit it with a coat of grey normal primer. After that, I was able to paint it black for an undercoat. I used a semi- gloss black. View attachment 300759
a couple of coats of that and it was ready for cat approval!!!
View attachment 300760
These attachments were purchased from RockLobbster's Etsy shop and I printed them! They were great but I eventually got the itch to model my own. I'm hoping to model my own helmets soon!!!
View attachment 300761
Here's the model I made! It will have lighting channels and be fully mountable! While doing that I needed to figure out a way to mount this to the side of my helmet. I took Moe's model and imported it into Blender. There I was able to boolean a block to the side and get a perfect cutout following the curve that let me place the auntie dot comms on the right angle.
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I was happy with the fit and angle it provided.
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With all this Cat approved, I moved to giving it a coat of orange.
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all masked off and ready to go! (don't pay attention to the comms unit. I should have masked it better lol.)
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Just a light first coat was nice to allow me to let it dry for 30 minutes and then return to go over it again. Before I went to paint I put the can in luke-warm water to heat it up a little. This let me provide more even coats.
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more coats. Unmasking was weird and showed a lot of places where paint leaked through.
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Looks good though! I was able to fill in where the orange leaked into the black with acrylic paint and while the acrylic had a different, more matte appearance, that was all remedied when I hit it with a top clear coat after I finished all the paint.
View attachment 300768
Moving forward I needed to do the white decals. Not wanting to waste tape by taping the whole helmet, I used butcher paper taped over the huge areas and painters tape only to make the edges of around the white.
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It went well! Unmasked below!
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I painted in areas that used to be orange with black acrylic paint where they needed it! it worked out great! Next, I needed to add the green and I used the same masking and painting technique. To make this symmetrical was difficult.
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By this time I had other prints started and sanded. I wanted to test something so I started with just blasting them with a coat of filler primer first! View attachment 300772
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it was alright. Showed a lot of flaws that would be filled in with spot putty. This shows off how great nerdforge's models are though!! what a legend! Here's my model primed. It seems to work better with lower layer heights.
View attachment 300774
I also wanted to try regular bondo and filler putty on the biceps and see what's easier to use. it's spot filler putty. use it. don't be shy. not having to mix things is WONDERFUL.
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spot putty and filler primer on the right. Bondo on the left.
I also made the UA attachment for the helmet just as a challenge!
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It's a very sloppy model construction wise but it works so I'm not complaining!
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Here's the print and here it is getting smoothed!
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By this time I also got the Auntie dot coms painted and weathered and I weathered the helmet. But not before I found some great window tint that works great for a visor!! Plus I test mounted the comms.
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Works great and doesnt go see-through with camera flash!
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I used Rub'n'buff on a rag to silver the edges for weathering and then gave the parts a great blackwash!
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Idk about you but I think that looks pretty good. On the side, I upgraded my Ender 3 with the Ender Extender kit to make it large enough to print a full helmet in one go!
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(regular sized benchy for scale) I'm very excited! changing and updating the firmware was a hassle but now I know some useful skills!
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I could have printed the whole recon in one go!
I'm also following RandomRangers youtube tutorials on foamsmithing! images for that to come but I'm basically building two suits at once lol. Anyway here are some wrap up pictures that I've taken with this recon that are a lot of fun :)
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and a little sneak peek at my next thing ;)
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see you in the next posts! If you have any questions please feel free to ask!!
Nice job on the build! What brand of tint did you use on the helmet and where did you get it from?
 
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