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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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:iconcaptainprower:
CaptainPrower Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Am I the only one who finds it funny he posed with a Battle Rifle from Halo?
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stryperlover Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015
I have a strange question, I will be starting on my first ever Cosplay costume for next year's Planet Comicon here in Kansas City. I want to do what you did with the bodysuit and then add the eva foam to it, how easy is it to get out of to go to the bathroom? Just being honest, I will be wearing mine for a full day, and it scares me that it won't be easy to take down(LOL)
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Akaigee Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I am in love with that helmet! May I ask what material you used for the visor? 
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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?
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RecklesssRhino Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
where did you buy your eva foam
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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?
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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!
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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.
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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! :)
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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
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SebWoodland Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing!
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bamboogila Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Student
niceee!! but i couldn't find the helmet templates.. :((
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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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maxijazzmx Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
hey men nice job! and thanks for being an inspiration and also for your pep files, im starting working on them. thanks
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DamonDaSaru Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
it's so beautiful it makes me wanna cry..and i am not even saying that in a non-literal sense.
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PabloTweaks Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
WOW
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Journei Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That's just too awesome.
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0PT1C5 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
That looks awesome! I don't plan on cosplaying, but I really want to make that helmet. I've tried looking for templates for the past hour or so, but all I've come across are pdo files that I can't read (mac user here).
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Mydnight-Ryder Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
SO this is what an N7 would look like in a Halo crossover. I challenge any writers out there to make that so.
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GabSte1989 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
I'm awestruck every time I see this...
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hsholderiii Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
lol thanks. So are the cats, I think..
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GabSte1989 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
...cats?
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Count-Vilanova Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Ha!
I see a battle rifle.
That is an amazing piece of craftsmanship.
Very nice work!
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hsholderiii Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
haha yep, I didn't have my Mattock at the time and needed to see if I could carry a prop around.
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Count-Vilanova Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
lol
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RazielT Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
This is some damn impressive work, amazing talent. I have so many questions but i think i'll look through all of your other works first, hate to ask anything you've already answered lol.

Again amazing work.
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hsholderiii Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :) No problem. If you have any questions feel free to send me a message.
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Shikamaru-no-kage Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
Nice done ! Now you just have to "fight for the lost" ! ^_-
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hsholderiii Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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RichardB001 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
*Stared at picture for hours later with a gobsmaked expression* MY GOD THIS IS AMAZING!
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hsholderiii Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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SultanOfAwesomeness Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
pretty dang awesome.
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hsholderiii Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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GetDownRPG Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
Oh my God, I want.
<3
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CynicPirate Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
This looks amazing! Where did you source the 1/4in construction foam?
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CynicPirate Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
Hey, where did you find the 1/4in construction foam? I've been looking around for that and am trying to source locally before having to order, but shall order if necessary. Seems to be the perfect texture.
On that note, this is definitely an amazing build. Worlds of impressed.
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hsholderiii Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! The 1/4 in foam was bought at Michael's craft store. They sell them in small sheets slightly larger than a 8.5x11 in. page.
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crummy194 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
this is absolutely amazing. you obviously know what you're doing and have devoted some serious time and effort into this. i just have one question, have you thought of/already used a high gloss varnish? ingame, the armor has a glossy finish with almost all of the materials. otherwise, this armor is pretty much a perfect replica. well done!
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hsholderiii Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I have actually, the charcoal gray pain I used has a semi-gloss finish to it. I wanted to keep the black rubber covered areas alone so I'd get two material reflections.
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Andray Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
May I ask what the material/clothing is you have on underneath? Is it a body suit, random clothes...? My friend and I are trying to build a Mass Effect suit based on the multiplayer Phoenix Adept character model, and so far we haven't been able to find a good base clothing layer that's consistent in shape/form and looks appropriate.
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hsholderiii Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I wear a lycra body suit
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HollowYagami Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
This is by leaps and bounds the best set of N7 armor I have ever seen (and I've looked all over since I'm working on a set myself). Thanks for putting so much helpful info in the parts below. I'm actually working on it for Dragon*Con as well, so hopefully I will see you there. Out of curiosity, what day are you wearing it? I'm gonna do an infiltrator variation. Regardless, great job dude!!!!
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hsholderiii Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! That means a lot. I really wanted to do the design justice when I built it. Though, my finishing skills aren't quite where I'd like them to be. I hope to run into you at D*C too! I'll be wearing it Saturday for sure (Parade and later in the evening), and possibly Friday.

If you aren't already a member: there is a group on facebook that is dedicated to costumes and props from Mass Effect

[link]

Just ask to join, then once you're in go to the events tab. We are having a meet and greet Thursday night. Would love to see others join!
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TheBrokenRifle Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
N7 armor + Halo Battle Rifle = Call of Duty 12 cover
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DarthBartus Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
This is cool. This is really, really cool. What was the total cost of making it?
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hsholderiii Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :D

Before painting/sealing it was about $60 in materials (foam/styrene/glue/etc) but with the plasti-dip and paint it probably ended up around $120.

Granted, there are over 160 hours that have been put into this too :)
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DarthBartus Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
Yeah, it makes sense that this degree of excellence demands many hours of work, but the cost itself is much lower than I thought. Thanks for the info!
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odst-wingman Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
I WANT <3
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hsholderiii Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
lol thanks. If you need help building one for yourself just ask :D
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LadyTenebraeTabris Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is amazing! All the details! How did you...? Just wow!
Wonderful work!
Hope mine will turn out just a little bit like yours ^^;
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