So I'm back with another update for the Halo ODST armor build. I have been taking my time with this build to avoid some burn out.
Another factor I'm trying to avoid is stopping this build to work on something else. That's a big issue a lot of cosplayers have I've noticed.
I tend to stop what I'm working on to go and move on to the next thing that has inspired me.
It's nice to ride a wave of motivation but as I said in my last post. The hype train doesn't go far. So I'm committed to finishing the Halo ODST armor.
I love this armor a lot and I know if I don't keep going, I may never go back to it.
So I stuck to my guns and continued to build the next batch of foam armor parts. What were up next were the shoulders, forearms, belt, cod plate, hip plates and butt plate. They parts were pretty straight forward and not too complicated. I did have an issue with the first set of templates I printed out for the ODST shoulder. It looked a little small for me when I placed it next to the torso armor itself. I had built the template first in paper, assembling it using masking tape. I wanted to be sure it looked right before I applied the ODST Pepakura template to foam.
Sure enough, I was right as it did look a bit small. I easily scaled the ODST shoulder templates up 10% , printed and assembled that in paper again.
It looked much better in the new scale and I was pleased.
The rest of the armor parts took some measuring before hand by eye in a sense and built those. I dunno if I got lucky or I've just been building with pepakura long rnough as to where I have a good sense of scaling. The rest of the parts I was looking to build worked out well scale wise.
The only tricky part that will always be a struggle for myself and a lot of builders will be helmets. We'll figure it out one day!
The parts that connect on the nylon web belt using velcro. For the youtube video, I mocked up the parts temporarily using hot glue. I may find another way to wear these armor parts. (hip, cod, butt plates and belt cover plate) In the mean time, this will have to do.
I did some "dremel" work on some of the edges of the foam to get more of a rounded look and not so sharp of an edge. To give the cosplay parts some variety in feel. I did this on many of the parts in the previous vlog but I forgot to mention it. So for this update, I made note to do a quick demo using my cordless dremel tool. It's a really simple technique to do and with some practice anyone can get the same look.
Trying all the parts on for a suit up test was really fun. Filming this vlog was the first time I had tried all the ODST armor parts on with the new pieces.
It felt really badass to see myself in the footage afterwards. The armor is really coming together. Even seeing it in its foam state is really impressive.
Next parts on deck to be built are the thighs shins and boot cover.
I'll start with the thighs first and then move onto to the shin armor and boot covers and I'll be done all the base armor parts. I'm really looking forward to trying the entire armor on once it's all built.
As for the paint scheme, the initial idea was to do a desert scheme as I really haven't seen that but the original look will always be calling to me in my ear.
Since I haven't painted it yet, I still have time to decide. We shall see....
Please check out the Halo ODST Armor Project Update 2 Vlog video:
If you'd like you build your own Halo ODST Armor, the following links will assist you in finding Pepakura Foam Templates, Tutorials, Materials and Tools to get started with this project:
Pepakura For Cosplay Video Tutorial Series + Halo 3 ODST Foam Armor Cosplay Pepakura File Templates:
Cosplay building tools and other materials I use:
EVA Foam Various Thicknesses:
Craft Foam Various colours:
Hobby Knife: (I prefer these types of knives to build with foam)
Hobby Knife Blades:
Self Healing Cutting Mat:
Contact Cement (Barge)
Contact Cement (Welwood)
Contact Cement Thinner:
Condiment Bottle (To put contact cement in)
Wood Burning Tool (To etch detail lines and do battle damage)
Metal Ruler (To mark straight lines and also guide Wood burner)
Kwik Seal: (To fill seams on foam part)
"Tacky Glue" (To seal foam before paint)
25 Pack of Various Paint Brushes:
Sargent Arts Paints - Primary, metallics and more!
Various Weathering Paints and Washes: