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N7 Armor Test Fit V by hsholderiii N7 Armor Test Fit V by hsholderiii
So here is where we're at with this..

Please forgive the battle rifle, I needed to see how mobile I was while holding a weapon! In the meantime I have a very nice Mattock kit on the way.

Currently I am still looking for a good cheap pair of boots to sacrifice for this project. Other than that the costume is finished build-wise. I was able to go back and build the elbows and hand plates. The initial painting is done. Weathering will be next. Then the lights. I have some very nice LED strips which I need to plan to install so that should be fun.

I thought I'd update the description to help answer some questions, most of these have already been explained in my other "In Progress" images.

* The entire suit is constructed from mostly gray EVA foam mats (the kind that interlock and are used as flooring), 1/4 in. black construction foam, 3mm black construction foam, and a few 3mm styrene pieces were used as shaping supports along curved edges (so I wouldn't have to heat form), and also clear plexiglas for the visor.

* I did not use a heat gun at all for the foam, any curves were achieved with styrene glued along the edges. However, a heat gun was used for the visor which was heated and worked over a curved foam "buck" that I made.

* Paints used - Plasti-Dip Spray, Black (used as sealant/primer - must be very generous with coating to get best finish! It will get expensive so spread your build out!), RustOleum *Metallic* Charcoal Gray, Liquitex Crimson Red and Titanium White acyclic paints for the stripes. VHT Niteshades to tint the clear visor.

* All parts where cut using a scroll saw (not by hand)

* Many MANY areas like the chest were formed by beveling edges of small parts and gluing together (not stacking/layering thick foam sections on top of each other) The interior bevel gaps were filled with tiny beveled 1/2 in. foam strips to provide reinforcement for the parts.

* Invest in a scroll saw :)

* Some shapes and panel lines were made by actually cutting the larger foam part where the lines are and re-gluing it together, then running the end of the hot-glue gun or wood burning tool along the seam to create an industrial welded effect. Don't be afraid to cut up a large part into smaller areas and re forming! It looks way better than if you try to cut those lines by hand afterward.

* Areas like the Ab section started as one piece then were cut and offset by half the foam's thickness and re-glued to give the illusion that it was layered. By keeping it thin and not layering the thick foam mats over one another you get more curvature and a clean silhouette. THIN TO WIN

* And please like my page :) [link]
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Spartan159 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
This is amazing. I'm attempting a Halo build for the first time and find the task quite daungting, I appreciate you putting all that info in your description.

It may seem obvious, but I totally am missing it. How are the arm pieces staying on/go on. Do you slide them on, or are they attached to the under armor?
RecklesssRhino Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
where did you buy your eva foam
indyfreakfan Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014
So I decided to do a character mash up when I get back from this deployment. the N7 armor but painted in a Captain America scheme. And hopefully I can take leave so I can go to Dragoncon this year since I'm from Atlanta. Whatcha think?
JSECosplay Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
Hi! Also looking into armor-making and was just wondering how you managed to get the "ribbed" look on the thigh pieces where the armor is segmented? In between the top-most and second down from the top buckles? Just looking for ideas to get that ribbed look. Thanks!
hsholderiii Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hey there!
Sure, I think I cut one long strip of 1/4 in foam. Then I used a hobby knife to very lightly score three lines running parallel down the strip - being careful not to cut all the way through. Then I just used a hot knife to slightly exaggerate the lines and lastly I hit it with some heat to smooth the details out and make it looks rounded.
JSECosplay Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
Thanks, man! I've got my EVA foam coming and I'm sizing up my patterns now, so thanks for your help! :)
XTPXLoveX1RiotX Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
if you don't mind me asking, where did you get the template for this, the armor and the helmet because i've really been wanting to make an N7 armor and this is by far one of the best I've seen
SebWoodland Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing!
bamboogila Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Student
niceee!! but i couldn't find the helmet templates.. :((
JetFireX7 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
Man. that helmet.I wish some people would make some for sale like that. WOW!
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