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Unread 09-12-2017, 01:35 AM   #1
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Complex Lighting of Helmet/Visor - Ana Ghoul skin (Overwatch)

I'm trying to figure out how to do the helmet/mask for Ana's Ghoul skin (Overwatch).

full - https://cheapgamesguru.com/wp-conten...-Halloween.png
closer - https://i.ytimg.com/vi/ZONeaGn4Cl8/maxresdefault.jpg

If you notice, only the top half is a visor, whereas the bottom half is solid. I was thinking of using EVA foam for the bottom and a trimmed and painted no face chrome mask (the ones you can find online for cheap similar to the one in this video - https://youtu.be/zQQwo18vK1U ) for the visor portion.

The problem is figuring out how to get the glow effect for the eyes and mouth. Options seem to be LEDs or reflective orange tape.

LEDs seem to be the way to go, though the biggest problem I have is figuring out how the LEDs for the eyes will look behind the no face chrome mask visor, whether they won't show up too well (since when viewed from the outside, the surface looks like a mirror) or if it'll show up too well and the light diffuses throughout the whole surface of the visor. Also I'd want to make sure that the brightness of the eyes match the glowing mouth as well.

Reflective orange tape is a cheap and easy alternative, though will only glow if another light source is shining on it. This would probably be my backup plan if I can't get the LEDs to work.

Thoughts on my approach so far? The no face chrome mask ships to me by Friday, so I'll ultimately see what works, but it's nice to know beforehand before I start cutting things up. Also, if anyone has any other better ideas, I'd defer to you guys since I'm just a moderately experienced cosplayer at best. Thanks!
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Unread 09-15-2017, 02:20 PM   #2
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Use acrylic sheet, fine-sanded on one side so it's a frosted surface. Orange LEDs pointing in from the edges of the acrylic will light up the frosted sections.

Cut out sections from the chrome mask for the shapes of the glowing parts. Cut out sections of acrylic that are slightly larger than those mask cutouts, so the acrylic can be mounted to the inside of the chrome mask.

The acrylic can be relatively easily heat-formed with a heat gun to fit the curvature of the mask. It won't do very deep compound curves well, but you should be able to get small pieces to fit the mask easily.

Something like this to give the glow. For your purpose, lights with a directional glow will be better than the 360-degree output, but I didn't search very hard for that.
https://www.amazon.com/LIDORE-Orange.../dp/B011WTJ6MU


You can get acrylic from the hardware store or art supply store. You don't have to cut it to that jagged-teeth shape - that'll be very difficult. Instead, use a long rectangle of acrylic and paint or electrical tape to mask off the shape you want.
http://www.dickblick.com/products/clear-acrylic-sheets/


Here's an Instructables with a similar concept, though instead of cutting things to shape and frosting the whole shape, they keep the whole sheet and only frost the section that they want to glow.
http://www.instructables.com/id/Edge-Lit-Acrylic-Sign/


IMPORTANT: Design the mask so that the glowing eyes are not right in front of your own eyes. Make it so they're slightly lower and farther apart than your own eyes. If they're right in front of your eyes, you won't be able to see out the mask.
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Use acrylic sheet...
Thank you so much for the reply. I know the acrylic sheets in the example you posted are clear and the light is colored, but could you also use a sheet that was already colored and light it up as well? I'm just thinking about how it would appear with the LED lights off.
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Thank you so much for the reply. I know the acrylic sheets in the example you posted are clear and the light is colored, but could you also use a sheet that was already colored and light it up as well? I'm just thinking about how it would appear with the LED lights off.
Yes, definitely. Orange acrylic sheet might be slightly harder to find than clear, but otherwise it should work just the same. If you don't mind ordering online, it should be pretty easy to find. Or, if you don't want to order online, see if there's a plastics supplier or sign shop near you.

You'll still want to frost/sand the back side to get an even glow across the surface when the lights are on.
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