Dead Space - My first costume and prop attempt

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    Hey all! I have been a lurker for over a year after being pointed to The RPF by a number of panels at Emerald City Comic Con. I saw a lot of awesome cosplay and wanted to try my hand at it. After all, if someone else can do it, so can I right? I knew I wanted to do an original Dead Space engineer suit so I hit the web for pictures and saw Steven K. Smith's tier 3 suit. That lit a fire under my rear. So, here we are. I took inspiration from his and made it my own. I have been putting in a lot of time over the last month or so and here is what I have so far.

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    I started thinking about the plasma cutter and after talking to Bill Doran (Punished Props), I wanted to try to make it out of foam. I found a good reference picture, drew a template, and started cutting foam and styrene.
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  2. funboy1013xx

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    nice! I love dead space. im watching.....:popcorn
     
  3. SKS Props

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    Hey man I'm Steven K Smith (aka SKS Props) glad you like my Dead Space build!!! It was a long road but totally worth it, I am still really happy with how many people my build has inspired and if you ever have any questions feel free to hit me up here or on my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/StevenKSmithProps
     
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    Steven! I hope my build does you proud. Your engineer suit is still my favorite thing you have built. By no means nothing against your amazing Psycho, Destiny Hunter and Dragon Age builds. Its just that your Dead Space build blew me away. We met in Seattle at ECCC ( I was Silent Bob).
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    I appreciate the open invitation to pick your brain. I definitely will be asking a handful of specific questions when it comes to attaching the back rig to the under suit. I got a lot done in the last couple of days but the devil is in the details. I believe that the paint job is going to make or break this whole costume.

    Here is the latest.

    Everything built so far was plasti-dipped yesterday so it got primed and a base coat of paint today
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    While the paint was drying, I made the left wrist piece

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    The base coats are dry on the pieces done today and I start my work week tomorrow. Cant wait until next weekend!

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    whhuuuuu???? your gonna leave me hanging for a week???????? aaarrrrggghhhhhhh!!!! ok.....need to stock some more popcorn :popcorn:popcorn
     
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  6. Zwilliamo

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    Oooh, can't wait to see more, it's looking great so far!
     
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    :) my work week is short! I work four 10's so I will be back at it Wednesday night. Guaranteed! But who knows, I will likely dabble in the garage after work.

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    This looks pretty cool already! Looking forward to your progress!
     
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    10 hrs down...and counting.....
     
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    Lol. I must admit that I have been working in the shop after I got home from work for the last two days, but sadly not on Isaac. I had to do some much needed organizing. I built some rock solid shelves to give me more space to work on fun things. I promise that I will be back at it tomorrow night!
     
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    Okay.. its my Friday. I've got plenty of foam, barge cement, and beer. Lets see what happens!
     
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    I went to bed at 3am but I am happy with what I got done.

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    looking good man!!
     
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  14. Pseudonym

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    Nice, precise, and clean work! Keep it up!
     
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    Yesterday was full of distractions and setbacks. Snapped a blade on the band saw, ran out of hammered metal paint and primer, a buddy stopped by to drink beer, and then I went to watch The Avengers: Age of Ultron. I did get a couple of base coats of paint on things and started in on the boots. I bought a pair of crocs to start with. Thankfully, in the original Dead Space the boots were fairly simple and plain.

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    Wow! THis build looks so good. Can't wait to see where this goes. extremely impressed with how clean everything is looking. Great work!

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  17. funboy1013xx

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    yup yup!!! everything is looking great so far. nice lines man!! cant wait to see more pic's!! wooo hooo!! :popcorn:popcorn:popcorn
     
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    I'm stoked. I went to Joann fabric today and found a perfect substitute for the leather under suit. I planned on using vinyl until I saw how much it was a yard.:( I got kinda bummed and started looking all through the fabric. The thought of spending $47 a yard wasn't sitting well with me. When I was about to cave in and buy it, my wife found a perfect brown leather looking suede that will work great! Also, after talking to Steven K. Smith (SKS Props) at Emerald City Comic Con he said that his Isaac was retired. Also, he said one reason was because it was so stinking hot to wear. I am hoping this light weight suede will help with that.
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    On a side note, I did get the boots made. They still need BATTLE DAMAGE, but they are done enough for tonight.

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    wow man, great job again. are you just using web and game photo's for this build? (y)cheers
     
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    Thank you. Yes. I am trying to keep it close to the game. It will definitely not be close to exact replica because my skill level is as beginner as beginner gets. I am also using Captain Hask's instructables for reference as well. I am using the paints he suggested verbatim. I took a little artistic liberty with the chest piece because I wanted to put LED's in there and wanted to hide the battery pack in that portion.

    The Plasma cutter was a combo of game footage, and detailed picture of a replica. Also, I have the collectors edition of the original Dead Space that came with a mini replica of the plasma cutter.
     
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    I'm gonna call it a day. Boots are painted. Hand piece was re-made, painted and glued to the gloves. Chest painted. Yellow laid down on the plasma cutter. Also, all the rib pieces are now cut out and ready for plasti-dip and paint. The boots turned out better than I expected. I faded black into the very bottom since that would be the most worn/dirtiest. Here are the pics... Sorry in advance if there is an over abundance of pictures.

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    cool once again. your boots look good, I always wondered why they didn't put some "ribs" of some sort on them and pull the design together alil from top to bottom. and also this was such a fantastic game that when I was playing I was actually holding my breath in real life when I.C was "outside" the ship and running outta air. LOL :$
     
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    Lol I'm glad I'm not the only one. I caught myself doing that too!
     
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    I'm sitting at Jiffy Lube waiting for my work van to get its oil changed and realized I didn't do an update at the end of my weekend. Here's the progress. 20150504_102844.jpg 20150503_215501.jpg
     
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    cool man, I was wondering were an update was LOL so are you doing a 2 piece suit? your painted armour pieces are gonna look pretty * great with that fabric! you deserve double beers :cheers:cheers
     
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    I'm not quite sure how to answer that question. I will be wearing a black under armor shirt with the fake leather on top of that. There will also be a striped suit material added to the fake leather/suede around the shoulders and sleeves as well. So.... Yes? I'm doing a 2 piece suit? :$

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    I'll also be making faux leather chaps to cover a pair of black Dickies pants.

    Tonight I watched a few YouTube videos on how to "age" and "weather" with acrylic paints. I spent the last few hours making my nice new pretty armor look old, dirty, grimy and beat up!

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    I think you're doing an absolutely fantastic job, and I am very interested to see how this turns out!
     
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    looking cool, for a first time build you have loads of clean lines in your foam work its gonna look great :thumbsup
     
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    This is looking great, I really like the stasis launcher thing for the left wrist.
    Those gloves look rad, mind if I ask what brand they are?
    Can't wait to see more!
     
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    Thanks for all the encouragement! The gloves are Carhartt C-grip gloves. [​IMG]
     
  31. funboy1013xx

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    like the other's this is looking great man!! soooo cool!! :popcorn
     
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    I am so excited! I finished the plasma cutter. It is DONE. I was really nervous when it came to painting it with a brush, but I am really proud of it. Not perfect by any means, but the best that I could do. :D

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    I also threw a little easter egg in on the chest display.

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  33. funboy1013xx

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    I could only pick "like" for this post. but im LOVIN the plasma cutter man!! if I could drop a f-bomb I would....but then that pesky vivek mod or someone would sensor it and you wouldn't get the full effect LOL :lol
     
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  34. Zwilliamo

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    Oh man, that plasma cutter looks so awesome!
    I am really enjoying seeing this whole suit come together. Keep it going, this has got me on the edge of my seat!

    EDIT: Thanks for the glove info!
     
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    I'm stuck on progress. I need to get the cloth portions done before I can continue. Since I have ZERO idea how to use a sewing machine, I am at the mercy of my wife. She and I will try to get some of that done today. I'm in my element in the garage, not behind a sewing machine. I even tried to imagine it was a band saw or scroll saw. Didnt help at all. :cry
     
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    Here is today's progress on the upper portion. [​IMG]
     
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    I'm a broken record on your project, this is AWESOME! You're doing a really great job, and it's coming together so quickly :)!!
     
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    yet again NICE!! kudo's to your wife bro!! this is gonna look great....:eek
     
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    She kicks so much rear I need new butt cheeks! :D Tons accomplished today. While she was sewing, I needed some refresher inspiration. So I threw on Dead Space to channel my inner Isaac.

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    After playing for a couple of hours, I really started to despise my chest piece. So, I made a new one. Again, not perfect, but I like it better than the last one.

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    While I was making that, my wife was inside sewing the velcro on the right arm sleeve for the segmented armor pieces.

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    Using sew on snaps, I (not my wife) hand sewed the back of the snaps to small sections of 1" nylon straps and barge cemented those into place on the back of the new chest piece. Once they were in place I marked and sewed corresponding piece of each snap to the fake leather.

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    Now time to adhere all the little rib pieces.

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    TIME TO TEST FIT! Getting excited.

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    DUDE!!!! OMG OMG OMG what else CAN I TRY to say right now?!?!? umm yeah.....OMG OMG!! :love
     
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    Just a couple more days till my weekend. Having this project really makes the work week fly.
     
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    in my best Al bundy voice "TEE HEE!!" :D
     
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    Okay.. couldn't stay out of the garage tonight... My wife just laughed at me and brought me my dinner out here. I wired in LED's for the stasis module in the left hand.
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    looks good man, did you add the wrist battery strap holder thingie to your gloves or is it separate? :thumbsup
     
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    The battery pack is being held by the elastic straps that keep the gravity mod on my forearm.
     
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    Today is the only day that I got to, or will get to play in the shop this weekend. I had made up my mind that I was going to follow Captain Hask's instructables and sculpt the helmet. I figured while I waited for those supplies to arrive in the mail I would see if I could make one out of foam to pass the time. You know, just for s***s and giggles. It started off super rough. I didnt consider the thickness of the foam and it was too tight on my head. So I cut the middle seam and added a half inch piece so it would fit. After all, this was just to pass the time.

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    I started having fun with it. Adding a little here, a little there.

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    I took thin diamond back foam to make the foundation for the rest of the face shield to stick to.

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    Once it was done, I bent the crud out of it and taped the curve in place. While bent, I blasted it with the heat gun and let it set for a couple of hours.
    After it set there hopefully holding its shape, I glued 2 strips of styrene to the back of each side where the face shield would adhere to the helmet. It made it a little more rigid and sturdy. After little bits and detail pieces were added, it didn't look too bad.

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    So, I have a huge favor to ask. I want to see how smooth I can get this. If I coat this in enough coats of Epsilon, can I sand that down well enough so that you can't see the seams where I glued the helm together? I have never used Epsilon, but I have seen from Bill Doran's videos that it makes a pretty rigid shell on the exterior. If Epsilon is a poor choice, what would you recommend I coat this in so I could sand the gaps out?
     
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    DUDE!! if that's for S.A.G'S I cant wait to see what's next!!!! oh what the hell....BAD *!! :$ sorry mod's... had to say it. :angel I have no idea what Epsilon is....im a die hard bondo guy myself...;)
     
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    You've got a nice tag team partner of a wife! Helmet and top lookin' amazing! Not sure what Epsilon is though. :( Hope someone with experience can help you out!
     
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    She is a pretty cool chick. ;)

    Epsilon is an epoxy coating for foam made by Smooth-on http://www.smooth-on.com/Epoxy-Coatings-EPS/c1397_1400/index.html
    Its more expensive than I thought it would be so I passed on that idea. The shipping was almost as expensive as the trial size container.

    I used Mod Podge instead. Its still far from perfect, but 4 or 5 coats of mod podge and sanding did help. After sanding, the helmet got multiple coats of plastidip, primer, and now for paint. 1st coat down!
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    loving it man!! great job yet again...:cool
     
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