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08-15-2010, 03:11 PM
Not sure if this is in the right section, but oh well x.x

If anyone has seen the movie Aliens, played any of the Alien games, or read the Colonial Marines comics, you should have a good idea of what I'm talking about. For the next few conventions I have been thinking about putting together several Colonial Marine costumes for some of my buddies and I, but the only real commissioner that I have seen online charges 600+ for each of his suits and it takes 6-8 months to receive them, which honestly doesn't seem worth the wait or the money. I was wondering if anyone could give me any tips on how to make it and how to effectively do weathering and whatnot. This will be the first set of armor I make so I am a beginner, but I have time and I'm really willing to learn. I'm open to all suggestions, but I'm trying to find something a bit more rugged that won't fall apart in luggage x.x I need help primarily on the armor and helmet itself, I'm all set on the weapon and clothing. In addition, if anyone knows of any blueprints, could you post them? I know there are blueprints available for halo armor, so I would assume there would hopefully be some of Colonial Marine armor.

Here are a few pictures below of what it looks like:

Back of the helmet:

I'll try to find better pictures.

08-15-2010, 03:31 PM
I second this! Haha i was watching aliens last night wondering how i could make the uscm armor, no idea. Fiberglass maybe?

08-15-2010, 04:11 PM
Honestly, $600 seems like a very reasonable price for what you're asking. I'd say you can make the armor out of wonderflex (midrange expensive and easy), craft foam (cheap and easy), fiberglass/bondo (most expensive and difficult), or cardboard (cheapest, but most difficult to make look good)... ANY of this is going to require patterning for EACH person if you are not all VERY similar in build, lots of either smoothing or reinforcing depending on which method you pick, and probably two weeks worth of painting (if you want it to look good).

For weathering, you're going to need paint, simulated battle damage with cuts/scuffs, etc.

08-15-2010, 04:57 PM
Problem is, I would buy it, I have a job and I have the money, but my friend does not. Not to mention that I feel bad for getting something commissioned rather than making it myself.