Jun 5, 2013, 9:29 PM - Megaman Starforce Build WIP - Foam and vinyl style - Pic Heavy!
Nearing completion on this commission, so I thought I'd put up what I have thus far. I'm working on this for a very lovely client who was looking for a way to have a shiny/ sleek armor while still being able to bend her arms and legs, which wasn't gonna work with any sort of rigid material. Thus, I decided on foam for the form construction, and because I have never been able to get foam to 1: paint smoothly 2: actually stay painted, I decided to cover the foam in stretch vinyl instead. The colors of the armor were available and the stuff is really quite sturdy and super water/stain repellant. So here goes!
For reference, this is the Megaman version I was asked to create:
A few modifications were made to makes for a better fit and more functionality; extended the chestpiece since this is to fit a woman, enlarged the backpack to allow for storage, adjusted some ratios on the helm, ect.
I did a tutorial for the basic way I assembled the foam and vinyl, which can be found here: -Removed until site is fixed-
Basically there's an inner structure of foam, then an outer structure of foam that has been "skinned" with stretch vinyl using contact cement. It's really sturdy and can actually be crushed and it'll return to form and original smoothness with only minor coaxing.
I won't spam off with all of the progress bits, but here's where we stand now:
Chestpiece, pauldrons, and backpack. I still need to take new photos of these, as I have since added the front star emblem and backpack gem latch. I've also finished the backside fasteners, so ignore that blue painter's tape. I've also fixed some form issues causing wrinkling in the backpack vinyl. The backpack opens up to reveal a ~ 3x3x5" storage compartment and fastens with a bit of velcro. Enough to hold a room key, some cards, a phone, a con badge, ect.
Non-powered arm, again, old pic, have since fixed the wrinkling issue. Need to take better/newer photos
The helmet, made from a chopped up large clear acrylic dome, cast resin ear parts and eva foam "Hair", the visor flips up for better visibility.
And the currently in-progress powered arm, Omega Xi. I'm in the process of skinning him, I'll also be doing the energy blast behind the head, which will also be LED lit in the same way as the mouth and eyes.
I'll try to take more updated photos here shortly and keep y'all updated as the build progresses. After I finish up Xi and the legs/feet it'll be back to all Loki, all the time!
Last edited by Joy; Jul 18, 2013 at 11:09 AM.
Jun 5, 2013, 9:49 PM - Re: Megaman Starforce Build WIP - Foam and vinyl style - Pic Heavy!
This is awesome! I really love this technique, I might have to try it sometime. Can't wait to see the whole suit. Great job.
Jun 6, 2013, 9:25 AM - Re: Megaman Starforce Build WIP - Foam and vinyl style - Pic Heavy!
Thanks for the kind words!
Just a notice, sometime after I posted this last night, I was alerted by google that my site may be compromised, after some searching, it looks like it is. So I'm going to be removing all links to my site until I can get my hosting company to fix the problem. If you did go to the posted link, wouldn't hurt to run your favorite virus/malware scanner just in case.
Jun 6, 2013, 5:10 PM - Re: Megaman Starforce Build WIP - Foam and vinyl style - Pic Heavy!
looks really cool interested to see it finished
Jun 6, 2013, 6:10 PM - Re: Megaman Starforce Build WIP - Foam and vinyl style - Pic Heavy!
I love clean looking builds like this one, keep it up its gonna be great
Jun 10, 2013, 9:07 PM - Re: Megaman Starforce Build WIP - Foam and vinyl style - Pic Heavy!
Let us know if you get your site fixed, I'd love to see more about the process. I think I want to try this for the Samus suit I'm working on. This is really one of the coolest, most original style builds I've seen here in a while.
Jun 10, 2013, 9:26 PM - Re: Megaman Starforce Build WIP - Foam and vinyl style - Pic Heavy!
NO WAY!!!!! This is for a commission??? Im a huge megaman fan and I must say your starforce suit is coming along very nicely and very accurate. Especially the helmet I absolutely love it! I would love to have you do a megaman suit for me someday too. I'm definitely going to keep my eyes peeled on this thread. You have made my day =D
Jun 11, 2013, 1:13 PM - Re: Megaman Starforce Build WIP - Foam and vinyl style - Pic Heavy!
Will do! Got the word from my host that the problem -should- be fixed, sent a request to google webmaster tools for a re-evaluation, so fingers crossed that it comes back clean!
Thanks! I'm always surprised how much of a fanbase Megaman still has. I only imagine today all the fans are ecstatic thanks to Nintendo's E3 release. The helmet was such a royal pain in the butt at times, and certainly the most painful to produce. Cutting acrylic domes is so not fun, sharp, hot plastic slag flinging into my arms and hands..bleh! However, I just adore how it came out, I just wish I didn't have such a big bloody head and could get some decent shots of me in it before sending it of to my client!
Omega Xi is on hold for a day or so til I can get to the store for some white EVA foam, but aside from some smoothing and nitpicky things, his head is done, the wiring and battery pack are tucked neatly behind their access flap and the wrist strap and hand hold are in!
Jun 15, 2013, 11:50 AM - Re: Megaman Starforce Build WIP - Foam and vinyl style - Pic Heavy!
And my site is clean again! The tutorial for this technique is here: http://joysutton.com/2012/11/26/tuto...-strech-vinyl/
Jul 19, 2013, 3:51 AM - Re: Megaman Starforce Build WIP - Foam and vinyl style - Pic Heavy!
I love this thread and love megaman. the Vinyl over the foam looks fantastic you just opened a whole new world of possibilities for me and for that i thank you
Jul 25, 2013, 8:09 PM - Re: Megaman Starforce Build WIP - Foam and vinyl style - Pic Heavy!
I did the blast effect by combining transparent green pvc sheets and white EVA foam that was given a neon green gradient edge with sharpies and alcohol.
Jul 26, 2013, 11:08 AM - Re: Megaman Starforce Build WIP - Foam and vinyl style - Pic Heavy!
Wow, I suddenly have an urge to make a Zero helm. Hmm.
Jul 26, 2013, 11:39 AM - Re: Megaman Starforce Build WIP - Foam and vinyl style - Pic Heavy!
Jul 28, 2013, 4:42 PM - Re: Megaman Starforce Build WIP - Foam and vinyl style - Pic Heavy!
How much do you charge for a commission like this?
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