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Unread 05-22-2013, 11:09 PM   #1
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Commander Shepard

I am working on a Commander Shepard costume for a sci fi con in my area this summer and since this is my first time ever attempting to do anything like this, I would greatly apperciate any help/feedback/suggestions that people could give.

I am making it out of thermoplastic, to be precise mostly wonderflex with a couple pieces made of worbla, this is what I have so far:

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/j...psebb8d7bb.jpg

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/j...ps8e7ce322.jpg

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/j...psff47446e.jpg

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/j...ps29b488ca.jpg

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/j...ps0e387c13.jpg

Overall I am not unhappy with the progress so far, but I am well aware that some improvements could be made, so any tips that people can give me will be greatly appreciated.
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Unread 05-25-2013, 07:05 AM   #2
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I'd like to see a photo of you holding it against your body, it's hard to give much feedback in the form you've shown it.
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Unread 05-29-2013, 02:58 AM   #3
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Deleting my original post, I mistook this for being in another forum.

But I would suggest looking into using craft foam for N7 armor. You can view my N7 (2013) to see how I used it on mine.
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Unread 05-29-2013, 10:47 PM   #4
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I was thinking of using craft foam originally, but I had trouble finding it anything other then small paper sized sheets. Probably wasn't looking in the right places.

As it stands I don't have enough time to redo it before the con I want to wear it at, so if any advice can be given on how I can make what I have better I would apperciate it.

And I will post some pictures of the armor held up to me tomorrow.
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Unread 05-30-2013, 12:22 AM   #5
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for me its hard to tell on an unfinished product, but i will say,
it looks a bit on the thin side, and flat, you could add pec/abb plates to give more "depth"
to it

also a thought, it might be worth looking at, not making it the standard N7 colours
(grey, red) even if you go for a darker grey/black, and do lime green or electric blue,
if you "make it pop" less focus will be on the construction

but, if you get it the way you want, and someone comments on it, tell em its hot enough, w/o another inch of insulating mass, effecting me

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Unread 05-30-2013, 04:05 PM   #6
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I was thinking of using craft foam originally, but I had trouble finding it anything other then small paper sized sheets. Probably wasn't looking in the right places.

As it stands I don't have enough time to redo it before the con I want to wear it at, so if any advice can be given on how I can make what I have better I would apperciate it.

And I will post some pictures of the armor held up to me tomorrow.
As Dictamnus Albus said, it does look a bit thin.

And I feel ya on the craft foam sizes being too small dimension wise, but what I did was glue multiple pieces to get a larger piece and cut it up to shape. The seams between gluing them wouldn't be all that noticeable if you did it cleanly, but I covered up most of it with another layer of larger (thinner) craft foam. And since you might want to make it look a bit worn, the seams in the craft foam can give you a natural damaged/worn look.

Now for your current project, you could utilize that same craft foam to make it look much less thin. I used it to add inner padding to mine, as the styrene I used was only 2mm thick. With the 6mm backing foam I got a good 8mm which really adds to the depth. I was able to get black 6mm craft foam at Joanne's for $1.49 a sheet (12 x 9).
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Unread 06-01-2013, 11:21 AM   #7
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Alright, so here are some pictures of me holding up what I have done of the armor so far (meant to post this sooner, but been a busy few says). Feed back would be appreciated. Its the front and back torso pieces and the arm pieces.

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/j...psff6ddedb.jpg
http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/j...ps000cc630.jpg
http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/j...ps46c94def.jpg
http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/j...ps029dd607.jpg

And I will have to look into using craft foam to thicken it up a bit. Thanks for that advice.
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Unread 06-02-2013, 09:38 PM   #8
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Not really a criticism- I'm sort of on the 'there's not enough to see the progress' train, but an honest idea that REALLY helped with my Kaidan armor was to separate the chest and the abdominal piece. Keep them in two pieces and attach them together with webbing, and your mobility will increase tenfold as well as it not flexing or having as much stress when you bend.


Another random hint, use as MUCH webbing as you can. The more surface area you have attached to the material, the less likely it is to pull off at an inopportune time.
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Unread 06-25-2013, 11:39 PM   #9
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If I hadn't already attached the stomach to the chest piece I would totally do that. May be able to pull them apart, will have to see what I can do.

Here is some more of what I got done. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/j...d2b65bb8 .jpg

Need to do a bit more work on the straps for the shoulder piece.

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/j...d97bc780. jpg

And need to do some touch up work on the paint here.
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Unread 07-01-2013, 02:15 AM   #10
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How did you attach the stomach plates? If hot glue, a bit of liberal use of a heatgun to unbond the glue and then some acrylic sheeting to cover the damage may serve you well.

I feel like you should have more definition in the arm pieces, such as three dimensional detailing... perhaps they are a bit too straight. What method did you use for painting? Cutting painter's tape may serve you well on flat surfaces.
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Unread 07-01-2013, 02:22 AM   #11
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To clarify, there's a raised ridge on the forearm in most incarnations.
For my 2 week N7 build (for someone else, mind, so I'm sort of lacking many pictures for it), I cheaped out and built some spare AR15 handguards into mine to get the ribbed looking- have used EVA foam to get a more canon effect.

Also, your painted N7 logo- a trick I picked up down the road (big thanks to Quantum Entanglement for this one) is to print a copy of the logo you want in the size you want, place it over strips of painter's tape which have been put onto a cutting board, and tracing it with an Xacto knife. Take the painter's tape up and you have a homemade stencil, you can get VERY clean results with it- here's an example of one I did two days ago.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=1&theater

Dust it. Don't be afraid to do multiple coatings- you SHOULD do multiple coatings, but DO NOT BRUSH. Use a spray can from a decent distance. And use it sparingly, you want it to go on as dust (several coats with a few minutes of drying time in between) instead of piling up as liquid or it'll ruin the stencil.
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Unread 07-02-2013, 10:32 PM   #12
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The chest is pieces of thermoplastic (wonderflex to be specific) heated and stuck together. Theoretically I could just reheat the pieces and pull them apart. May have to experiment with that in the future, but as it currently stands the Con I planned on wearing the costume to is this coming weekend. I had a feeling that when I started this it wasn't going to be anything flashy.

I do plan to try and rig up some lights to the back and I have an idea on doing the ridges on the forearm. A lot of this costume was me seeing what I can and can't do with the materiel and getting a feel for working with it.

I will throw up some pictures tomorrow when I hopefully will have what is basically a working prototype (for lack of a better term.)
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Unread 09-20-2013, 11:30 AM   #13
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