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Unread 09-30-2008, 08:26 PM   #1
Acr1d
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My Space Marine costume

"They shall be my finest warriors, these men who give of themselves to me. Like clay I shall mold them, and in the furnace of war forge them. They will be of iron will and steely muscle. In great armor shall I clad them and with the mightiest guns will they be armed. They will be untouched by plague or disease, no sickness will blight them. They will have tactics, strategies and machines so that no foe can best them in battle. They are my bulwark against the Terror. They are the Defenders of Humanity. They are my Space Marines and they shall know no fear."

-The Emperor



Hey all I've been working on a Space Marine costume for a little while. Here's what I got so far.
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/f...pakondo013.jpg

Started out as this http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/f...e_Marine_1.jpg

http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/f...pakondo053.jpg
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/f...pakondo052.jpg
I'm doing a Salamanders Chapter space marine.
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/f...pakondo057.jpg
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/f...pakondo017.jpg

Here's some reference pictures. Note that I'm not basing ALL of it after this just some of the parts. I like how the DoW armor is kind of tight fitting. I'm going for mobility http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/f.../Reference.png



http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/f...paceMarine.png
Also have yet to make new ball exhaust things.
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/f...pakondo031.jpg
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/f...pakondo035.jpg





http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/f...pakondo023.jpg
Want to get it done for Halloween. Yeah it might not look ridiculously huge like some marine armor but I'm trying to make this for a human to wear mind you. And btw that's not the final paint job I was just painting it to see where there was holes that I still have to fill in. Constructive criticism is appreciated and am looking for new ideas!
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Unread 10-01-2008, 01:01 AM   #2
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The Terran Marines from Starcraft are pretty similarly designed to space marines, and I based my Terran Medic costume off of it. I carved my costume out of blue insulation foam, so if you think my advice might be of any help, feel free to ask.

You seem to have gotten most of the dimensions down pretty well... Did you coat all your stuff in fiberglass? If so, you should be warned that it doesn't stick very well to duct tape. You can try bondo filling putty to smooth the surface out a little more, but I'm afraid glassing never seems to result in a good, smooth surface unless you can lay it very flat or lay it up against a negative mold of the object. It's the reason I'm probably going to forego the glass on my costume and just seal it with epoxy, even if it's not nearly as strong.
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Unread 10-01-2008, 08:19 AM   #3
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yeah I put glassed all the parts that weren't enclosed like the helmet and the chest piece
then put a few more layers on then after it dried I took off the duct tape parts. Kinda like a really crappy mold but it worked! Then I put bondo on the outside parts and sanded it down. I attempted this a few months ago then gave up on it and back then I made the leg pieces out of cardboard too but fiberglass and resining those wasn't going to turn out that proffesional and ould've been realllly uncomfortable. This time I'm thinking of making a cheap mold of my thighs out of plaster of paris then adding the resin on the inside and bondo on the outside.
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Unread 10-01-2008, 08:35 AM   #4
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No, I don't think that's too good an idea. Then your molded part will be too small to actually fit you. What professionals do is make a body cast and model clay around the cast, then cast the clay. That may not be feasible for you (it wasn't for me either), so perhaps you might try making a 'duct tape dummy', and then building new pieces of your costume over it, out of cardboard, foam, or perhaps even wonderflex if you can afford it. Seal it, make a mold, then cast the mold if you want a fiberglass costume, but I don't think I'm going to bother with making a mold. The blue sheets of extruded polystyrene you can buy at Lowes or Home Depot (what I used) are pretty strong if you glue it really well using a strong urethane glue like Gorilla glue or liquid nails (epoxy) and then seal it really well.
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