I started by sourcing some things that I feel I can get away with using as a base and save me some build time:
First I got myself a padded bodysuit:
Then got some longish welding gloves:
Then I sourced some general 'craft' stuff that I will need for the build - some impact foam and general fabric for patches and the like.
For the helmet I am thinking of using Pepakura to basically papercraft the helmets shape, then fibreglass it until it's rigid, and add detail, but beyond that I am now looking at all the stuff I need to get done, and confusing myself. I am thinking of working over the bodysuit with appropriate details while crafting the helmet, so the base can be considered done, then the gloves. I imagine the gloves will be fiddly and I am not entirely sure how to do the fingertip detail yet, but I am open to suggestions.
Thinking I might need to sculpt them out of something and then hot glue attach them, not entirely sure.
...Either way it's a huge task and I regret not doing something smaller scale, but I am a dedicated idiot at this point and will do it if it ruins me.
Don't even ask me how I am doing the drill, that's a topic that scares the hell out of me. The concept of 'making it' seems simple enough - but making it SPIN?
Nina I saw your spider splicer cosplay - those photos are great! My friend is coming a long as a splicer for me so I can have someone to drill in photos, lucky guy is already finished his costume!