I've gone back and added some more details to yesterday's posts, but I'm honestly not sure that I'd say I'm done with them.
Let's learn from our mistakes, let's learn from our mistakes, let's learn from our mistakes.
We're not going to pour hours into something scaled wrong again.
So what did I do?
I took the low poly geometry that was the game models, and then modeled the inside faces, the parts that touch the body that everything sticks out from. And then I only used those inside faces.
Glue? Nah, packing tape, it's all I needed to confirm that it was close enough.
If you want to go for a super speed build, honestly you might be able to get away with just doing this if you add a few details here and there.
Rough Draft Pics:
When I finally made it to the official version, it did end up a little big, but I was fortunate to "only" have to tailor off 1.5" from the rear side panels.
Again, Armorsmith was great for ballparking measurements, but not great for getting things actually precise. It's really great at proportionating things and getting the length of everything, I think it just needs to grow as far as thicknesses are concerned.
So even though I did make a roughdraft, it wasn't enough.
I've seen a lot of builds skip out on geometry on the Belt/Cod, just like with the stomach piece, and I wanted to set a new bar for it.
I've done my best to capture all the angles inside and outside to help others who come by.
White = 5mm, Red = 3mm, Grey = 3/8".
This was like 10% templates and like 90% freehand.
Unlike with the rest of the armor, this one really felt like I was freehanding a lot more of it. There are SO many details left out of the game model that they just tossed into the texture file. That includes the entire recessed sections at the front and the rear of the belt that lead into the cod piece and butt plate.
Really ought to do side by sides with the game models, textures, and in-game references, because the #detailporn is here.
I'll also say it right now, you can do better than I did with the butt plate, the two upper structures on it can be built out a bit and be given more depth.
The belt attaches in the back with buckles. It secures to me via velcro in on the sides of the undersuit.
Straps on both sides? Okay, not exactly necessary, but 1) symmetry and 2) when you gotta go, you gotta go, I don't care what side I can reach quicker if I gotta pee.
I regret not reinforcing it more on the inside, because with the 5mm foam, I've gotten some bad flexing in the paint from it flapping around when I take it off.
I'm not actually wearing any of it in these pics.
The butt plate is sitting a little weird in these photos, but look better when its actually being worn.
A mix of the game file and some other files, with a lot of free handing.
I also didn't have access to a printer for some of it, so I traced templates from my screen. Not fun, wouldn't recommend.