What is under armour?

kcarl

New Member
My son and I are creating a MarkVI costume out of pepakura designs and foam EVA. What do you use to attach the armour to? I've read of motorcycle gear, but that's way to expensive. Any other ideas would be sooooo greatly appreciated Halloween is fast approaching.!
Thanks!
 

electricknite

Member
You could use anything that is black really, sweatpants, long johns, underarmor... The nice thing about Eva foam armor is that its light enough not to need much attachment, friction does most of the work. if it needs more help Velcro is the easiest way to go.
 

kcarl

New Member
You could use anything that is black really, sweatpants, long johns, underarmor... The nice thing about Eva foam armor is that its light enough not to need much attachment, friction does most of the work. if it needs more help Velcro is the easiest way to go.
Thank you very much. I was panicking about how to attach! Going to be a few all nighters now!
 

kcarl

New Member
Here’s our pep file paper helmet. I resined the outside then fibre glasses the interior. I then applied Bondo and spent the last 3 hour sanding. (The hardest thing for sure so far!) (it currently looks like crap!)

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electricknite

Member
kcarl ya, nobody ever said costume making was easy.... mine has been in a sad state for awhile now..
your pep looks great, good luck with the rest of it!!
 

Cadet

Executive Officer & RCO
Division Staff
405th Regiment Officer
The vast majority of your armor in the Mark VI will simply rest on your body.

Your shins, forearms, boot armor, and chest and back plate will not require attachment to the under suit, especially not for Haloween. Forearms rest against your gloves/hands and your shins rest on top of your boots. Your chest and back will be connected to each other and simply rest across the chest/shoulders.

Your Thighs, shoulders, and the Cod plate and posterior armor are the pieces that will require any real level of strapping or attachment.

The cod and posterior armor should be mounted to a belt system. This can be with an actual belt or with nylon strapping, or any other strapping material, that you fashion into a belt. You can either attach the belt directly to the cod and posterior armor, or you can fashion "Belt loops" to the inside of the armor, either with soft or rigid material. On my Halo CE Mark V I fashioned rigid belt loops out of scrap plastic that I glued to the side of the armor and feed a belt through.

For the Thighs the best system it a strap that goes from the thighs that attaches to the same belt used for cod and posterior, or a secondary belt worn under that cod and posterior set up. Once again on my Mark V the straps are permanently glued to the inside of the thighs. The top of the straps are sewn into a loop that the cod and posterior armor belt feeds through.

For the shoulders you have several options. You can either attach them to the chest and back armor with a strap, or you can attach them directly to the under-suit. I'll use my Mark V as an example a final time. I use a set of automotive coveralls as my under-suit, since the Halo CE Mark V under-suit is more ambiguous. I have snaps on the inside of the shoulders and corresponding snaps on my coveralls. I don't actually recommend the coveralls for a Mark VI since they don't match the look of the in game under-suit, but the same principle applies. You can attach velcro or snaps to both your armor and whatever under-suit you plan to use. I find that attaching directly to the under-suit gives you the greatest range of motion.

You can attach the shoulders to the chest with a strap, so that they hang directly off the chest and back and turn it into basically a large T-Shirt. Straps can be permanently mounted, or made to be removable. I would recommend removable for ease of transport and storage. If you go Removable, plan for two points of failure on the strap system, like have snaps and velcro, or two patches of velcro that way if only one spot fails, you don't immediately lose your piece. And if you use velcro go for the wide industrial style.
 

Lieutenant Jaku

Well-Known Member
My shins definitely require attachment. Well made ones won't require much. Otherwise they slowly slip down your legs.
 

Phauxelate

Member
Your shins, forearms, boot armor, and chest and back plate will not require attachment to the under suit
After finishing my first armor set, I definitely see how they would not require any attachment. At first I hot glued the forearms, they were a bit large and easily slid on my arm. After looking at quite a few builds that people made, I realize that theirs was fit to the arm, and I decided to do the same. After re-hot gluing the forearms, I can also say that if you make them to your measurements, they shouldn't require any kind of fastening to anything. Same for the shins and forearms. As for the chest it just rests on your chest, locked in place by either a parachute clip. (or if you're cheap, velcro)

You can attach the shoulders to the chest with a strap, so that they hang directly off the chest and back and turn it into basically a large T-Shirt
I also found that the shoulders should indeed be hung like a T-Shirt. Instead of having a strap that connects the two running along your shoulders like I did, you should attach it directly to the arm socket where your shoulder joint should go. Otherwise the strap running along your shoulders would slide below your back if it's behind your neck, or slide in front of your chest if it's in front of your next.

Your Thighs, shoulders, and the Cod plate and posterior armor are the pieces that will require any real level of strapping or attachment.
Again, 100% agree with you on this. Not much to say here.

All in all, Cadet you provided valuable information that I feel anyone who is first starting out should take serious note of. Kudos to you!
 
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