So, armor is almost done. I just need to seal and paint. Front piece/thigh pieces are already painted and sealed. Most of this post is about the armor itself.
I had to make a lot of concessions in this build (legs that aren't digigrade, for one) but most of them were made about the size of the giant armor on the back. It's HUGE even with these concessions.
Here's what it's supposed to look like:
My build, from the framework up:
And with the rest of the foam on, and then WAY too much wonderflex for accents:
So it's a bit smaller. However I can still barely walk through doorways, so I really don't think it's reasonable to go bigger, not for me at any rate!
I also threw a first layer of paint on Wrex himself. I just put on the main accents; I have many many layers yet to go (mostly pulling back a little on the brown in some places; adding even more on the spikes).
Also, it is really hard taking a picture of yourself while in this suit!
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I see that your a fellow New Yorker and I'm guessing you get your stuff at the Compleat Sculptor on Vandam street that's where I go for all my sculpting and molding needs . That is some pretty cool work your doing.
Amazing work on the best character in that trilogy! I can't imagine walking around in the costume... though I feel I'd be in the best shape ever afterwards. heh
Can't wait to see it all finished. Good luck on the rest of your build!
This build is really awesome! The paint on Wrex is really bringing it to life.
This will probably be my last update on this thread until after Dragoncon. It's nearly done (well, not nearly; TONS of little details and weathering to go). But the bones are there.
Now off to make another shoe:
Adding battle damage to this guy is where I finally cut myself. Ow. Razor sliced my thumb's fingerprint right off. :-|
But it does look rather wicked:
Wow that is really looking pretty awesome!
Ok, so I am SUPER new to all of this, I'm looking around here, reading threads trying to pick things up. I know this probably isn't the right place to ask this but do you know where I should start or where I should go to learn this stuff? like what is a mother mold? etc etc
As far I can tell you made a sculptor out of foam and clay, then made a mold of that... and then used that mold and filled it with something else to make the finished project? lol I have no idea whats going on, but I do know these things look great, I'm super excited about making something on my own. You're Tali is GREAT OMG anyway, I'm gonna keep poking around
Hey if you don't bleed on it, then it's not truly finished! Looks good so far!
So I've been working on eyeballs lately. I think I finally have a winner after experimenting with several different techniques.
First eyeball: SmoothCast 300 plus So-Strong tint. Second: Crystal-Clear plus red food coloring. Third: Crystal-Clear plus So-Strong tint. I'm moving forward with option 3 (plus the iris!)
Yes, the mask here was created by first making a "master" out of clay (foam was the base only so I didn't waste a lot of clay), and then I created a silicone mold out of that, and used that mold to create the final product. I cast this one out of FlexFoam It! 17, which is a flexible foam with high density. But there are other masks around made out of latex and silicone... it's all what you're comfortable with.
I'd suggest browsing the tutorials on the Smooth-on site as a great start to learning the process. And then pick up a tester kit and try it on something yourself!
Option 3 no doubt! It gives the eye depth and brings it to life. Awesome work, would of never thought to make the eyes that way.
I was really nervous about using the so-strong tint (made for urethane products) in the Crystal Clear, which is a polyester-base. But it worked just fine.
For clarification sake... it's not the Smooth-on Crystal Clear product I used but this one:
16 Ounces Castin' Craft Clear Polyester Casting Resin ETI34016
I'm so glad there are people out there like you to make these characters. I'd never have the patience to make Wrex, let alone wear it to a huge convention - but this is terrific from the spectator end. I admire the effort you put into this and the commitment to have it finished by a deadline.
Eyeball 3 is the best. And you've probably finished them by now but I just wanted to say I voted. On an eyeball.
With flash (SO different!)
And with a few friends (Mordin courtesy of my partner in PUC, Reith; Aria courtesy of Subitoallegra). This is what we were up to today.
Really like the last pic. The eyes really work at that angle
Wow. AMAZING job on that! The attention to detail is phenomenal. Can't wait to see the finished product. Keep us posted!
Done and done
Here's a pic with me and Mark Meer (voice of Male Shep):
And some great photos, courtesy of Bryan Humphrey:
A few more, by Sonja of Soulfire studios: