This thread started as a place to discuss the concept and then morphed into a Work In Progress (WIP) after I agreed to build the helmet for Digitizit (and with his very skilled help!). Following the helmet, we will be working on the rest of the armor. Our goal is to have the FULL SUIT ready for unveiling at Dragon*Con 2013.
If you want to get straight to the build, that starts on PAGE 2. I'll also add links to any posts of particular interest so they are easier to find if you're just perusing.
OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST:
Goggles & lenses for the lite eyes (video)
Using Flowable putty (video)
Cutting the Faceplate off (Video)
Creating an ledge around the helmet opening where the faceplate will sit
Carving details lines into the helmet (Video)
Plastic-coating the foam faceplate armor plates
Faux-bolt heads for the ear area
Creating Custom Helmet Vents
Basic Helmet & Faceplate in primer (LOTS of pics)
Helmet Casting Process and Pictures
Faceplate Hinge - First Attempt (video)
Faceplate Hinge - Slider Design (video)
Jaw Detail Work - 180 Degree Tubing - pt 1
Jaw Detail Work - 180 Degree Tubing - pt 2
Jaw Detail Work - 180 Degree Tubing - Casting/Molding
Jaw Detail Work - Reset Gear set
Final Eye Light Wiring
What's below is a discussion about this design and other steampunk related references.
Original First Post: April 2011
So, after seeing Johnnymuffintop's post about this helmet work - which included the By Design Ironman pic (below), I've been desperately fighting the urge to work on a full-size version of this suit.
My love of all things steampunk, and the beautiful artwork of this piece makes me want to order some EVA foam and begin working immediately!
...however, I've promised myself that I'd wait until at least the first of the year (after the holidays) to start another project and of all the projects I'd like to do -- and there are MANY-- I just wasn't expecting to be drawn into costuming again this soon.
So, BEFORE I get too involved, I just wondered if there were any Steam punk Iron man builds already making the rounds?
I know there is the famous (or infamous) version from NY Comic Con, which turned out to be a re-purposed movie costume (although still cool).
...but as cool as it is... I'm not sold on that overall look (it seems a little 'thin' and too much like C3-P0 to me). I just don't buy he can kick *** - if you know what I mean.
I guess it comes down to personal taste, but just like the By Design look MUCH better.
So, has anyone taken this Victorian Era Ironman concept to full costume before? Any good reference pics of a similar themed IM build that you've seen?
I'd love to hear any feed back you all have regarding taking on a project like this.