29th October 2008: [29 oct 2008] planning planning planning! sketching, drawing, brainstorming, researching and being inspired!
i've been reading up on head casting, seems not too scary (as long as my flatmates don't murder me while doing it for me x_x;; ) hopefully i'll have the head well under way by xmas.
on the topic of the head, the wonderfully clever Kuma has talked to me about electronic stuff to synth my voice to be like bri's while in the suit walking about. it seems like something totally do-able, so it's officially in the project now! so is an LED system that will make the eyes flash like they do in the movie when bri's getting an incoming communication.
on the actual construction side of things, i've actually done something already! (if a bit of a minor thing, but cool all the same). i've started doing the tinted lenses at work. the main central "eye" is done, and looks very nice and green. when i get time (or on my lunch breaks) i'll be making the other 6 matching lenses (4 at the front 2 at the back of the head)
i've also been drawing up schematics for the interior of the helm (like where the mic will sit, where the potential earpieces will go if i choose to add an external mic so i can hear people outside the suit, and where the LEDs need to be placed so there isn't much light pollution across the 5 front lenses.
planning working with hot glue is interesting. i can see where the versitility lies already, and every time i have a new idea, the medium seems to basicly say "sure, you can do that with me :D". i've not found anything yet that i've thought "damn, i can't do that with this material", totally the opposite of foam and latex.
that's not to say, however, that i won't be using foam and latex again. i'm 100% on using the same methods i used for Al on making bri's body. and even though his armour seems complex and very detailed, i'm 100% confident that i can replicate it as well as i did Al.
anyways, lots of planning. i need to get a new A3 work book, as my old one is looking as beat up as it's resulting costume (haha, poor al) and my trusty A5 has been traveling with me to work each day since the expo.