Arkham Asylum Armored Batsuit FOAM

ShadowAssassin

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Roughly 6 months ago I begun making templates for the Armored Batsuit in Batman Arkham Asylum.
I have been consistently posting updates on Instagram but decided it was time to post it here.
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I begun with the torso which I do with most of my builds. This was to also help scale the rest of the costume so that everything was in proportion, or as close as I could get.
The first torso I made I suspected may have been slightly too small, but waited until I had finished more of the suit before I eventually made the call to build a bigger torso.
(I made templates for the spine, but don't reckon I will use this piece as it will be covered by the cape)
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The shoulders and biceps were made next, these I didn't seem to have many problems when it came to making or shaping and were relatively easy.
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My favorite section of this build so far is the gauntlets. These took a few attempts and redesigning of my original templates before I was happy with them, but now is one of the best features of the suit.
I knew when designing the gauntlets that I wanted to make them light up, just like in the game. I managed to find a round LED light that was basically the perfect size to fit for the piece. From there I used electrical tape to cover up majority of the surface, leaving small spaces along along the side to mimic the design. I then used my templates and cut the ring shape for the top of the LEG's out onto some Shiny metallic Black cardstock found at the newsagent.
Even the underneath of the gauntlet is detailed and matches the original character model.
I found some Motorcycle gloves with a similar knuckle style to the games (Not 100% accurate but the closest thing commercially available)
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The thighs proved a bit of trouble with scaling and looking in proportion with the suit. The thighs I had to build 3 times before I was satisfied, however I am still having some issues with shaping of the foam and moving freely against other sections.
The shins were pretty basic to make, and I'm very pleased with the shape around the back of the boot. After doing a full suit up I realized I will need to remake these also as they could be slightly longer, making the gap between the thighs smaller.
I'm just using standard Kmart/Wallmart steel cap boots which the shin guards are basically resting on.
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The Belt is so far the only section where I have used 3D printing to help. The belt is still all foam other than the 4x canisters. Nothing on the belt is actually practical though, the pouches and the canisters are all solid and just for show. The belt is connected at the back with a plastic buckle and some elastic webbing.
The belt helps keep everything in place. It is held to the torso with a vertical buckle making it easy to attatch, and then also has 2 buckles on each side attaching the thighs with elastic webbing. The cod piece is also just attached with Velcro to the underside of the belt.
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I am currently debating buying a TigerstoneFX cowl or possibly a HernandezSculptureFX Arkham cowl.
However, I am talking with a factory in China and may be able to have a latex cowl custom made much cheaper.
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Mad Monkey

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I loved arkham asylum . My friend actually worked on the 2nd one!

Great looking suit, lots of hard work involved. We'll. Done
 

George

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Thank you for sharing this project!
I love the sight of a clean build.This one's awesome
 

SMP Designs

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Your build is amazing - I love the details and how clean it all is - and I can only imagine the templates you created are very clear and 'uncluttered' with a lot of darts and seams and hurdles that the Pep-users have to deal with.

The only question I have is, in the images of it being worn, it appears a bit large and 'floating' away from the body. It may just be the angle of the images, but I've found that foam pieces that really hug the body are much easier to wear. How do you find the wearability and movement on this one?
 

ShadowAssassin

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Your build is amazing - I love the details and how clean it all is - and I can only imagine the templates you created are very clear and 'uncluttered' with a lot of darts and seams and hurdles that the Pep-users have to deal with.

The only question I have is, in the images of it being worn, it appears a bit large and 'floating' away from the body. It may just be the angle of the images, but I've found that foam pieces that really hug the body are much easier to wear. How do you find the wearability and movement on this one?
If it's the Thighs that you are referring to when you mention a part floating away, I will be adding some velcro to the under suit so it stays in place (Hopefully).
I also want to do a basic muscle suit underneath too, to help get those unrealistic proportions, but this will mainly be for the shoulders, biceps and leading through to the elbows.
Movement is definitely limited a bit, but not an extreme amount. The main restrictions come from the torso being connected to the belt, which prevents me from bending over.
 

SMP Designs

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If it's the Thighs that you are referring to when you mention a part floating away, I will be adding some velcro to the under suit so it stays in place (Hopefully).
I also want to do a basic muscle suit underneath too, to help get those unrealistic proportions, but this will mainly be for the shoulders, biceps and leading through to the elbows.
Movement is definitely limited a bit, but not an extreme amount. The main restrictions come from the torso being connected to the belt, which prevents me from bending over.
Got you, makes sense! Looking forward to seeing it progress. :)
 

ShadowAssassin

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Got some more work done on the suit. Finished making the new shins which are now a bit larger. While making the new shins I decided to redraw the template for the knee cover, just giving it a bit more shape.
I bought a cheap cloak from aliexpress which I attempted to cut and shape into a cape. The cape has a unique shape where it comes across the top of the chest, covers 90% of the shoulders and then drops off behind the tricep. At first I had the shape working well but when trying to mirror the second side I butchered it. Because these are cheap I don't have an issue getting another and trying again. This full suit look also gives a better look at the improvement made on the LED's part of the gauntlet using a shiny metallic cardstock over the clear plastic light.
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A comparison for scale between the old Shins and new.
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ShadowAssassin

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I managed to get a better full suit photo where me wearing the new shins are actually visible. In a previous post someone mentioned that the thigh pieces looked to be hovering and sitting away from my leg, you can now see the improvement made to the thigh piece keeping it closer to my leg. This was done simply by making a loop from elastic webbing that my leg slides into first when putting on the thigh pieces.
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I will need to buff out an under suit for this, you can see in the gap between the bicep and gauntlet where my elbow isn't covered by any armor that my actual arms aren't nearly as big as Batman's. I may also pad the shoulders a bit, and possibly the thighs but no where else is really necessary.
 

pastadude

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That's awesome!!! I always wanted to see somebody tackle this build, I'm sure it'll come out great!
 

ShadowAssassin

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That's awesome!!! I always wanted to see somebody tackle this build, I'm sure it'll come out great!
I was actually surprised at how few people have attempted this build, I've seen a few but they're more or less just inspired by the suit and not actually making it as it appears in the game.
 

pastadude

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Right? I'm really thrilled you're staying faithful to the source material, can't wait to see what you do for the cowl!
 

ShadowAssassin

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Finally got around to getting some paint on the build, including adding the Chest emblem on permanently. The grey has a really nice metal finish to, but I also plan to give the whole build a black wash to give it a more realistic look.
I am also finally happy with the cape for this build, took about 3 attempts to get it right, but the size, shape and how it sits over the shoulders is now perfect.
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