Saber's Halo Reach Skirmisher


Saber

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It's been a long time lurking, but I'm back at it again with my Covenant Shenanigans.

You've seen the Hunter, Engineer, and Brute, now time for something a little more... manageable. But still to-scale!

This project I'm taking on will be the Murmillo rank Skirmisher. Y'know, the dudes that skrrrt-skrrrt around with their little arm shields!

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This will be a slow burn project as I have lots of other projects going on at the same time, but I figured I could finally post updates here.

I started with the sculpt of the head.
The plan is to mold the outside AND the inside so I can make a latex foam skin to allow a hollow space for mechanics and animatronics.
A portion of the lower jaw, the tongue, and the fleshy strip between the jaws are all separate for ease of molding in the future. Still a long ways to go by way of sculpting, but a majority of the shapes are down.

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I also got to work on the eyes. Eyes are what captures the spirit of the creature and I wanted to make sure I got this right.
I experimented with following eyes (aka a flat picture behind an acrylic disc) and a sculped iris and I've decided to go with the sculpted eye. It's much more realistic.

Here is a pic of it peering from inside a prototype of the Murmillo rank helmet.

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I also needed to decide on which weapons I wanted the Skirmisher to carry. I decided on a loadout, a Needle Rifle and a Plasma Pistol.
I don't have the Needle Rifle model yet (it's in progress), but I did print out this Plasma Pistol I found on Thingiverse.

You can get the file for free here.

The Plasma Pistol was also printed to-scale, here is a size comparison between half of the print and a commercial Plasma Pistol toy.

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For a few months, I didn't really work on the Skirmisher. 2020 was a heck of a year.

However, last night I started building again! I made the thighs by hand. I used the amazing HD foam by SKSProps available through BLICK Art Materials.

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They need some refinement, but I'm really proud of how these are looking first slapped together.

I can't wait to see where this project goes!
 

Saber

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More Armor Progress!

I smoothed out a thigh plate, filled the seams, and now it has a couple layers of my favorite sealant, LeakSeal. The best part? I can wet sand it so it doesn't have a foam or sprayed rubber look!

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After the Thigh plates, I was able to build both shoulder caps! They still need some dremeling and sealing, but they're made!

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After the shoulders are the gauntlets!
One is missing some raised detail in this pic, but they're ready for sanding as well!

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Here is a gauntlets with a foam hand and a doggo for scale.

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There's my progress for now! It's a slow burn, but I love the progress I'm making!
 

Harri51

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Saber you never stop amazing me with how you being the covenant to life. I love the carving of the head and that armor bits look amazing as usual. I am going to be watching this thread with high hopes!
 

Saber

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Saber you never stop amazing me with how you being the covenant to life. I love the carving of the head and that armor bits look amazing as usual. I am going to be watching this thread with high hopes!

Shame your on the other side of the great pond. i would love to see this in person once finished :love:

Thanks, guys! I'm excited for spring when the temperature starts to warm up so I can make progress faster! It's supposed to snow tonight and into this weekend, so I can't work on sanding or sealing until the weather clears.

Guess I'll make some feet next!
 

xXDashIVXx

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I just found this thread and I'm so glad you're posting this! I've been following this for a while on the social medias and every update I am just blown away. All your builds are so ambitious and legendary, I cant wait to see what boundaries you break next!
 

Saber

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Holy Cannoli! Looks awesome! I hope the weather clears for you soon!

Thanks! The ice actually took out power here for five whole days. Slept in a cuddle puddle with my four dogs and two cats with no heat at sub freezing temps for three nights. Adventure!

Power is back since last night, but I haven't made any progress, understandably.

I agree that the eyes really help in making a creature look more realistic, and those eye look perfect! Looking forward to seeing how this turns out throughout the year :)

Thank you! I plan to do some more contrast detail painting on them to really make them pop!

I just found this thread and I'm so glad you're posting this! I've been following this for a while on the social medias and every update I am just blown away. All your builds are so ambitious and legendary, I cant wait to see what boundaries you break next!

Thank you! I figured I would also post here since not everyone has a FB or IG account!

That's some sexy foam, thanks for linking it, went ahead and ordered 8 of those, also love seeing another foamsmith, kids with their fancy 3d printers, hmph ( mostly jealous)

No problem! The foam really is that amazing! I'm just sad I run out of it so quick!

We're definitely going to have to meet up and do a Covie squad photoshoot in the future lol

YASSSSSSSSSSSSS, I'll try to update the Brute enough to get that involved too!
 

Saber

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Hey guys, not as much progress today.

The last couple weeks have been rainy and filled with my day job.

I made a the helmet for the Skirmisher a second time. The first was a prototype/ proof of concept for my pattern and I was able to make the second helmet a lot smoother and stronger. I won't need nearly as much foam putty to fill those seams.

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The first helmet was built with 1/4" craft foam from the local craft store and hot glue, while the second was made with SKS Prop's HD EVA foam and Barge cement. You can clearly see in the picture below the craft foam and hot glue don't hold the helmet's shape nearly as well. Part of the reason I'm sticking with the HD Foam and Barge!

The holes around the eyes is where the lights are going to be, but I don't want to attach them until I have the lights and wiring set up and the helmet finished.

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And here is a rough test fit on the sculpt! I think I got the sizing right!

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