15th August 2010: Lessons learned I learned a lot from my Sarge cosplay.
Sizes: The shoulders need to be a bit bigger, as do the chest and thighs (the thigh pieces bit into the back of my knee terribly) and the glove pieces are ok but may be slightly better being a teensy bit bigger.
Smoothness: All in all the Sarge suit went down amazingly even with all it's imperfections, but it made me see for my own sake I really want to smooth the Meta hugely to get the right look in white!
Fastening: Big thing I learned was to make the fasteners tougher and more secured on. The chests upper fastener came apart at the end of the day as did the codpiece one. The idea since was to do a rig that sits on my shoulders, wraps round my chest and acts as an anchor point for the shoulders / cod / thighs. The calves also need something to hold them straight and up.
Padding / comfort: Overall I'm happy with the padding really! Could have been better but it served it's purpose and the only aches I have are muscles from 5 hours in the suit and a bit of wear on the back of my knees. One change I'd like to make would be to add in working fans to the helmet as it steamed up something awful.
All this is a learning experience for me, and it gives me a slightly better starting point for the Meta suit build... Temptation at the moment is to rebuild the t highs / shoulders slightly bigger and better smoothed, then cast them and make two sets, one white, one red. That way I can upgrade Sarge step by step and build the Meta...
Altair - 22nd July 2010
that helm looks SAVAGE!! if you can pull that off it will look AMAZING! go for it! =D
Sutekhian - 22nd July 2010
Ohh hell yes, I'm going to try my best, I have an idea how to, just need to get the parts and see if it works!
Ashika - 22nd July 2010
Ooooh can't wait to see progress for this! Especially how you do the visor!! Good luck =)
Sutekhian - 22nd July 2010
Going to be a while before I do it, but I'll post pics when I get on it :D
MasterJh117 - 22nd July 2010
Nice. Good luck making the visor, man. That things going to be a bugger.
Sutekhian - 23rd July 2010
Aye it's gonna be hellish, I still haven't seen anyone finish one but I think I have a plan that may work...
k4tt - 16th August 2010
LOL. I can see the skull outline on your test EVA helm.
Awesome stuff so far. Can't wait to see your hi-res base, plus the finished helm. I agree with the above comments. it's gonna be a challenge for the visor, so good luck on your plan ^__^
Sutekhian - 16th August 2010
hehehh, had to do that for fun ;)
Thanks! I'll be having a break for a few months then starting up again when I have cash :)
Mangamad - 27th August 2010
Oh crud! The meta from Red vs Blue. XD
The helmet looks brill so far.
Kind of wish I can do a Kabus. XD
Sutekhian - 27th August 2010
Thanks Manga, that was just a test helm I built. Hopefully will be starting the proper build of the helmet in the next month or two :)
If you look on 405th.com you'll find the High Def Mk VI patterns and one for a High Def Mk V helmet, combine the two, paint it blue and taadaa you have Caboose :D
Ashika - 7th March 2011
Looking fantastic!! The detail is amazing! Can't wait to see more progress ^^ x
MasterJh117 - 9th March 2011
Damn, man! What do you use to make that? Your helmet, even though you said you pepped it, looks to be one smooth object!
Sutekhian - 9th March 2011
200gsm card cut and folded to a custom pepakura file that a friend modelled for me. The helmet is pepped, then rondoed inside, bondoed outside, sanded smooth, re-bondoed again, sanded again, bondoed again and sanded again till it was about as smooth as I could get.
MasterJh117 - 13th March 2011
Well it sure shows! Very accurate. Well done :)
Sutekhian - 13th March 2011
Thanks very much, am working on making this build much smoother than the last. I'm rather proud of the forearm, lovely smooth curves compared to the previous
k4tt - 23rd May 2011
Brute Shot is looking goooooooood!!!
Keep up the great work.
Sutekhian - 23rd May 2011
Thanks K4tt, doing what I can :D
Anonymous - 5th June 2011
this looks really amazing, i hope you don't mind me asking but how did you go making all this cause i'm trying to make a certain cosplay in a similar style of what you got, since it looks really amazing and really great work into it
Sutekhian - 5th June 2011
Hey Tiduus thanks :)And no probs, it was made out of card initially, I cut and glued patterns together then coated it in fiberglass resin to stiffen it a bit, then layered the inside with a mix of car body filler and fiberglass resin, covered the parts on the outside I wanted smooth with a thin layer of car body filler then sanded it down smooth with a mouse sander. Then painted it with car spray paint and a bit of awater-based crylic paint for the black / blue detailing
There's a load of guides and tutorials on www.405th.com in the Noob section, have a wee read and you'll get comprehensive guides :D
Sutekhian - 5th June 2011
Sachiko, Manga and Plummer tyvm! Just time and patience, that's about 6 months work so far ;)
Tiduus ohhh nice! The Lancelot was awesome, good luck with it!
Alyx - 25th June 2011
Looking insane! I Cant wait to see it finished!!
What amazing patience you have!! >_<
Sutekhian - 26th June 2011
@Alyx tyvm! OMG at your Darth Talon, very awesome! Must have been an utter pain to get on and off? And the Bayonetta one is also damn cool :)
Plasticsharkattack - 14th July 2011
THIS IS SOOOOOOOO AMAZING. mad props to you, well done!!! All the pieces are looking b-e-a-utifuuullll!!! :3
Sutekhian - 14th July 2011
Thanks very much Plastic! :D
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Sutekhian - 15th July 2011
Thanks! Experience has made a huge difference this time!
Ranma1-2 - 31st July 2011
Flippin heck! ..Seriously impressive. Umm what is 'Pepped' - how do you get to the life size print out part?
Sutekhian - 31st July 2011
Thanks Ranma. Pepped is made in Pepakura, a program for printing out papercraft patterns. I got the basic patterns from www.405th.com, changed the scale a bit to fit me, then printed it out piece by piece and stuck it together.
Ranma1-2 - 1st August 2011
Ah thanks. Are we limited to a list of existing patterns which somebody has already drawn up using Pepakura - like a library of existing files to ptrint off, rather than a software tool we can use to say put our own armour designs together??
Sutekhian - 1st August 2011
Basically yes, but if you're able to make 3D models in something like 3DS Max you can import them into Pepakura to use
Ranma1-2 - 2nd August 2011
Ah ok thanks. Looks like I will have to go the old fashioned way with my armour making project then.
I look forward to seeing your finished costume at an Expo sometime. :)
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