Last Updated: 01-16-2011
A lot of green spandex was used with this, but I ordered the bodysuit online, as I absolutely hate hate hate hate sewing spandex (Grell's altar boy shorts were bad enough).
All of the armour is made with wonderflex. Real screw heads were used on each individual piece so that it would look more realistic. As well, each piece was formed to fit my body, as I'm the one wearing it. It only makes sense. The armour is attached using small snaps for easy addition and removal. They're painted with silver acrylic, and in some places, a bit of tarnished silver was used to make it look more worn. The Cyclonian symbol was painted on with a deep metallic scarlet.
The connecting piece that runs from the armour on the left shoulder, to the left forearm was a fun challenge. I had to construct the hinge entirely from scratch and secure it to two separate pieces of tubing, which I painted black using an oil based paint. It took forever to dry, but the result was worth it.
The headpiece is constructed of wonderflex like the armour, and is shaped to specifically fit my face/head. I used the same screw heads and paint on the headpiece as I did the armour. It is secured to the wig using a selection of pins so that it will not shift during wearing.
The wig itself has been styled so that the front pieces of hair will go over the headpiece.
The gloves are simply a pair that I bought.
The boots are built around an old pair of running shoes that I had lying around, and didn't really wear anymore (but were still in decent condition). I used wonderflex once more to build up around the base of the foot, and then again around my shin and calf. There is a small piece of green spandex the same colour as the body suit that connects the wonderflex that goes up the leg to the rest of the shoe to create the boot. It is all painted and modified accordingly to go with the armour and headpiece.
As for my weapon, this was made, as usual, out of wood, at least the base was, and painted and detailed to look like metal. When it comes to the red that it glows however, I asked my dad to help me with this while I was back home visiting, and he helped me make the glass into the shape of the blade. Where the glass and wood connect, I made a small circuit inside so that when I flick the small switch on the grip, the entirety of the glass will glow, as I placed two lights (in the shape of tubes) inside to give the glowing effect.
Needless to say, making Dark Ace was a lengthy project. And a new challenge that came my way. I started Dark Ace in November 30th 2007, and finished him January 13th 2011. There were so many challenges with him, and I kept setting him aside so I could figure out all the issues I came across.
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