VP Hydra's Custom Reach Armour

Discussion in 'New Recruits' started by VP Hydra, Feb 8, 2019.

  1. VP Hydra

    VP Hydra New Member

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    So after being a lurker here on the 405th for a while i decided to start of set of armour after getting jealous of everyone else's amazing armour. Late last year i made a set of the DFT odst set for a local con and made it in 3 weeks, with a rushed job like that it didn't come out great but i still loved wearing it. So that's why i want to go bigger this year.

    I Started with the chest piece and this is where i learned real quick how much harder this is then the odst. For starters i cant seem to bevel at all but that's something ill have to practice and practice a lot. So this is what I have made so far almost kinda embarrassed to post this picture but i feel ill need to be honest and show you what I done if I want to get any feedback.

    I hope i can improve and eventually build a full suit but yeah here's to the start of learning how to do that. :) 20190208_195810.jpg
     
  2. TurboCharizard

    TurboCharizard RMO & BCO 405th Regiment Officer Community Staff

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    This is a solid start to a Spartan build. My one recommendation that's based on guesswork from seeing a few clues but I'd say pick up a steel ruler to help with your cuts. There's a few points that look like you had a stutter and corrected your angle. Getting nice parallel lines and straight edges that match up cleanly to the other foam pieces are the key to a professional looking build and having a ruler to guide your cuts makes everything so much easier.

    Keep up the good work and I look forward to seeing more progress pictures!
     
  3. VP Hydra

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    Yeah you are dead right on the stuttering I will pick up a steel ruler tomorrow thank you for the recommendation :)
     
  4. VP Hydra

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    Hey guys so due to being very busy the last week with coding competitions and assignments due I haven't got much work done only did a small bit on the chest piece and did some sample paint pieces and that has left me with some questions.

    Both of these pieces have been heated and then given 2 coats of 50/50 water and PVA glue and then a coat of just PVA glue. The piece on the right has 3 layers of paint and the one on the left 1 layer. my problem is the paint not filling in all the gaps and leaving streak marks. Iv'e tried a few paint brushes and wetting the paint but there still seems to be some slight gaps do i just have to keep putting on more layers of paint?

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    Also here's the updated chest piece not much done but I was wondering whats the best thing to use to fill in gaps on a budget?

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    I have a day off tomorrow so going to start working on the back piece
    Thanks for reading :)
     
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  5. NEMES1S

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    i started out the same way, lurker for a long time and then got myself into gear. how thick are you painting on the layers of pva? maybe try more thinner layers
     
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  6. Dirtdives

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    You could try foam putty for the gaps and filler. I would do 3 layers of 50/50, check for bumps and sand where needed. As far as painting goes, I would spray an undercoat first before painting your primary color. That might help prevent the gaps in the paint .....might. The under coat creates a better surface for the overcoat layers of paint.
     
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  7. VP Hydra

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    I'm going to set up another test piece and do as you said. Thanks for the advice i'll it you know how it turns out
     
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  8. VP Hydra

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    So a bit more work was done over the past 2 days i did some work on the back and then joined the pieces together. I still have a lot to do on the sides but I'm happy with my progress even though I already see room for improvement ill post pics below.

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  9. Sean Anwalt

    Sean Anwalt RCO 405th Regiment Officer

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    Looking good, man. Maybe a little seam touch up, but it's looking solid.

    The back vents at the bottom look cool, but the second one up is a little crooked.

    I like how it's looking, though! Good job.
     
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  10. VP Hydra

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    After reading this comment i went and looked at the armour and you're right the vent is crooked. Yeah don't know how i missed that must have knocked it when it was drying so thanks for that and it will be fixed.
    Also the seams i agree need a bit more then a little touch up and i bought stuff today to do that with but thank you for the feedback i really appreciate it :)
     
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