Shockwave Studios - H4 CIO armor w/Recon Helmet (Pic Heavy) - (SCRATCH BUILD)

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VSMShockWave

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Hey Guys - So this isn't really a tutorial of any sort, just wanted to finally post some pics of my latest armor. Helmet provided by Armory Props. Hope you guys like how it came out, as i'm extremely happy with the results. I'll probably be wearing it for the first time at Supercon in Miami this coming weekend. ChefBZD is going also in his freakin badass H4 MC armor. Any and all constructive criticism is welcome.

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VSMShockWave

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and now.....the completed armor. The shoes are done just at the time i took this photo they weren't. Ill post some better photos once i get back from Supercon this weekend.
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Demogorgon

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Absolutely beautiful work there. Love all the attention to details. Sadly I'm not able to attend the Miami conference, will you be at Comicon in Tampa Aug 1-3?
 

VSMShockWave

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Absolutely beautiful work there. Love all the attention to details. Sadly I'm not able to attend the Miami conference, will you be at Comicon in Tampa Aug 1-3?

Bro thanks man. Im gonna try to make it to Tampa Comic Con. I might be going to Metro Con but not sure just yet.
 

WandererTJ

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I'm more of a Reach guy when it comes to armor, but I have to say that all your armor looks REALLY great.
The quality and detail is one thing, but I think you did an amazing job with the scaling. Everything looks like it fits right and that it sits in the proper locations. Well, the forearms might could slide up just a little, but it could just be the picture that makes them look like they could be slightly adjusted.

I loved the two-tone scheme you used with the helmet, it looks really good.

Also, I really liked the look of your foam build before you painted it. The green craft foam just "popped" and I was kinda sad to see it go away.
Also, the crevasses between the details of the foam really popped out (looking at the 2nd picture you have showing off the pre-painted forearms). It's kind've hard to tell if you've blackwashed your armor since it is black, but you might be able to get those detailing lines back with a different black, maybe a matte black.
Don't get me wrong, your armor looks amazing. I just like to share the thoughts that pop into my head in hopes to be helpful in providing constructive criticism to possible options you might choose to take.

From here, all I can suggest is that you should definitely focus on working on an undersuit. It will REALLY take the look of your project to the next level.
Have you thought about making one yet and have you considered how you might choose to construct it? I've seen a few different methods so far.

Are the large recessed areas over the the top of the dome of the helmet a darker color than the rest of the helmet?
(I'm looking at pictures 6 and 7 of the 3rd post)

How does your chest piece assemble on you?
I notice some straps/space between the tops of the shoulders in your first few pics, and I assume the straps tighten or something in order to close the gap at the top of the shoulders.
I would love some pics of this. It's always welcoming to see a new approach.
 

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VSMShockWave

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Some photos from this weekend at Supercon with 405th member and my bro...CHEFBZD.
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Lonewolf260

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That armor is absolutely amazing man. GREAT JOB!!! i love the halo 4 recon helmet. did you make it yourself or buy a raw cast?

-Ian
 

VSMShockWave

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That armor is absolutely amazing man. GREAT JOB!!! i love the halo 4 recon helmet. did you make it yourself or buy a raw cast?

-Ian

I didn't have time for Supercon to get my helmet ready, so I got this one from Armory Props. Awesome purchase just awesome. it fits so well and the detail is just badass.
 
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