|Time Taken :||5 hours SO FAR|
|My most ambitious (insane?) project yet. I'm going to be, as far as I can tell, getting into thermoplastics and resin casting and all kinds of crazy stuff for this one, so it'll be interesting to see how it turns out. Many thanks to Pixie Kitty and Neon Genocide's Advanced Cosplay panel at Kita 2011 and their lovely website (pixiekitty.net) for enabling and inspiring me to do this!|
|Duct tape||£2.50||To Buy|
|LEDs and wiring||£10.00||To Buy|
|voice distorter||£12.00||To Buy|
|acrylic satin varnish||£5.00||To Buy|
Well, it's been a while! (Posted 30th June 2011)
So this costume has been on hold for a bit while I tried to work out some rather awkward technical details. Specifically, /how the heck do I create a head-shape to mod-roc onto?/ Well, problem solved - fine gauge modelling mesh is my friend, and I'm disappointed I didn't think of it sooner! Light, flexible, holds it's shape - the perfect material, not only for the helmet, but for the armour plates on the body suit too! Still going to be coated in mod roc and then paper clay! Best idea ever! Just got to sit tight and wait for my lovely supplies to ship from ebay now!!
Planning Sketches - Helmet (Posted 6th April 2011)
To go with my previous journal post, some of the planning sketches that I have done =D This might make some of my rambling a bit clearer.
Planning stage - Helmet (Posted 6th April 2011)
Five hours of just sitting down thinking has gone into this costume so far - most of this on the helmet. I am going to build in LEDs to make the orange lights on the helmet glow all pretty-like. The front section is going to open on little rails so I don't have to take the blasted thing off every time I want to have a break from getting my nose squashed. I'm also going to build a voice distorter into the chin of the helmet as well to get that cool Cyborg-voice effect.
My initial thoughts on the building process are as follows:-
1. Get some thin upholstery foam (half an inch thick maybe) and, using the hundreds of reference images I have acquired and drawn, cut to appropriate shapes for the helmet. The front plates will not be padded, however. Duct tape together around my head to check fit. The slight give on the upholstery foam will make for a more comfortable fit, and will also allow me to build a bunch of electronics and stuff in without them rubbing against my head.
I'll upload some of my planning sketches for this stuff when they're done and attach them to this journal. I'm spending a lot of time just sketching out the helmet at every angle I can think of and illustrating little details rather obsessively at the moment. I'll probably do this until I know the whole thing backwards and upside down because drawing helps me to picture things in terms of 3D space.
I think I'm going to update this journal fairly often if I can - at least as often as some kind of reportable progress has been made - it's nice to have somewhere to record thought processes that I CAN'T PUT DOWN AND LOSE.
MY GOD THIS IS LONG. AND PROBABLY BORING.