First Foam Build: Ends Of The Earth Inspired Spider-Man Armor (PIC Heavy)

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    So I decided to tackle a foam build and, since I'm a total Spider-Man fan, I decided to another Spidey costume: Armored Spider-Man from The Ends Of the Earth comics. It's his Anti-Sinister Six Armor. I've seen elsewhere that it's called Spider Armor MKIII... I'll just call it was it is: Awesome.

    Here's some of my source material:
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    Update: I am mainly using the reference pics in post #18 for the suit building.


    and here's my drawing, with a few changes that I'll be implementing (like adding big old bladed Spider legs like from the Iron Spider armor):
    11146228_817691058307568_6874966257654778598_n.jpg Update: better drawings have been created and posted throughout this thread. Also, spider-legs have been put off for now...



    I've seen a few people start but never get very far in building this, so I thought I'd try my hand at it.





    But a for a few final touches, I just finished the helmet last night

    It's my first foam build and I'm learning as I go, but here's my progress so far:

    Started out with some of my daughter's old alphabet mat:
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    I made all my patterns from scratch, sortof building paper over a styrofoam mannequin head til I had the desired shape, then cut it away and cut the pieces flat---voila! patterns:
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    Cut out all the pieces from foam and Slapped those together with some hot glue
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    Then I coated it in layer after layer of a mixture of PVA Glue/Water and Black Puffy Paint. I did this for a few layers, then sanded, then more layers, then sanding, then again and again until my coating went from the translucent gray pictured below to a deep black covering the whole thing.
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    Then I hit the whole thing with a few coats of VHT Chrome Plate High Temp Spray Paint (epoxy based)
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    Then for the beauty coat to bring it all together: DupliColor Red MetalCast, enamel based (It's for giving metal a red anodized look)
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    Then I made the eyes. I used a DVD case for the frames. Drew my design for the eyes on some paper, backed it with packing tape, cut out the stencil and traced it onto the DVD case and cut it away. Then I used some thin plastic from a toy's packaging for the lenses and the same white perforated cross-stitch plastic I used for the eyes on my other Spider-Man Costume... And... VOILA! Ends of The Earth Anti-Sinister Six Armor Helmet:
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    It's not perfect, but I dig it.

    Note also, that I'm appropriately rocking a Kingpin shirt to don the new bucket.

    I'll post more of the armor as I finish it. Next up is the shoulders and chest.
     

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  2. Venomsuit

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    I LOVE where this is going!
    Great work so far!
     
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    Thanks! I'm excited to see it all come together.

    I'm also working on the spider legs on the back. Basing my design on a pair of articulating wings but modifying the frame to look more like spider legs so I can open and close them
     
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    Looking forward to seeing your progress!
    Did you use a heat gun to help form the foam?
     
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    I did. I got $17 Proline Heatgun and it seems to do the job quite nicely. I really only used it on the jaw/cheek contours. As for the dome of the helmet, I just let the foam and glue bend itself since the patterns I made helped them keep that round shape.
     
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    Sketched out my plans for the chest and stomach today
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    Excellent start! Subbed. Can't wait to see it all together. I love armor, I love spidey, it's a great combo.
     
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    Nice to see something original! And you're off to a great start cant wait to see more progress
     
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    Thanks IronMeg and OneGoodScare! I wanted to try building some armor, but it was hard for me to get inspired by anything other than Spidey-- So, i figured what better solution than this :)
     
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    Started cutting out the stomach armor pieces today
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    Shaped with heat gun
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    Makes a crazy difference.

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    Not sure why the pic is upside down.
     
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    Did you just use your hands to shape em when heated?
     
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    Hands and half of a plastic Easter egg lol... The smaller half.
    I heat the backside and press it over the egg, then heat the front side to smooth my pressure creases, then give it another blast and use my hands to match the other curves id already done. I count to 6 for each blast of heat.
     
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    Added a little more to the stomach piece this morning

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    Erection achieved
     
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    Dude! AT it again I see, well done sir, well done. Looking forward to seeing your progress.
     
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    Oh my goodness, I never knew this kind of Spider-Man armour existed!

    It's beautiful and you're doing an amazing job recreating it, well done!
     
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    I came across this gem of a Spider-Man figure the other day and was quite inspired (I really like all the added detail in this):


    902404-spider-man-variant-001.jpg Variant Spiderman 3.png Variant Spiderman 1.png
    So I'm mixing This Variant Spidey Armor with Anti Sinister Six Armor from Ends of Earth.

    Muestra02.jpg Spider-Man's_Anti-Sinister_Six_Suit_from_Amazing_Spider-Man_Vol_1_682.jpg + 902404-spider-man-variant-002.jpg 902404-spider-man-variant-006.jpg
     
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    Started working on the forearms.

    Here's the sketch of my design for the gauntlets:

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    And, here's the build for the forearm (the blue plates in the picture)

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    and, today, I finished drawing out the pattern for the rest of the gauntlet. Which, I might add, has been one of the harder patterns to design--incorporating the 2D shapes into a 3D arm was a bit more of a task than I'd originally anticipated. But I finished it, and I dig it, and I swear, it looks better wrapped around the arm :)

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    Put together one of the gauntlets.
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    I put magnets in the wrist so I can get it on and off and keep it closed tight.
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    I also ordered some plasti dip and it came today.
    The glue and water mixture took too long on the helmet and it would take forever for the rest of the armor. So ill be plasti dipping the pieces I have so far, tomorrow. Any tips? This is a first for me.
     
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    Looking like Batman tactical armor
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    Pieces thus far
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    Silver base coat on gauntlet
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    Looking good! How did you like the plasti dip? I've had mixed results....
     
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    I'm still on the fence. I may have gone a little thick in parts on the first layer which caused some dimpling and pock marks here and there. I still had to hit the top layer with PVA mix to fill those in, and even then I missed some, so there's some defects in the surface of the gauntlet. Nothing terrible, but dfefinitely an eyesore to me.

    So, at the moment, I'd give the following score (10 being best, 0 being worst):
    Plasti Dip--Speed: 9, Finish: 6, Ease of Use: 8, Cost: 5.... average score: 7 (Also, you cant sand it which sucks if you end up with not a perfect finish)
    Glue/Water/Puffy Paint mix--- Speed: 4, Finish: 8, Ease of Use: 7, Cost:8.... average score: 6.75 (sanding really makes the difference with the pva mix)

    Plasti Dip is better for different reasons, like it was nice to finish a piece in a weekend instead of a week of layering a billion layers of glue. BUT, my finish looked better on the helmet, in my opinion. Also, the flexibility of the Plasti Dip is great, but I can't attest to the flexibility of the glue mixture since the helmet reuires no flex.... I plan on using Plasti Dip on a few more of the larger pieces, but I'll probably return to the glue mix by the time I get to the leg pieces.
     
  26. IronMeg

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    I've heard of and used the pva/water combination, but never heard of anyone addidng puffy paint to that mix. What are the advantages of this?

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    Oh also, great review on the plasti-dip vs pva/water/paint. Very informative thank you!
     
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    Id Initially added the puffy paint to tint the mixture so it was easier to guage coverage, but then i realized it added extra flex to the mix and kept the final surface still sandable. I know puffy paint is kind of expensive, but I scored like 30 bottles at a yard sale for 3 bucks so I've been using it for everything.
     
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    Finished painting one gauntlet. Still need to build the other haha. I think it looks awesome. I used dupli color Toyota stellar blue pearl for the blue.
    IMAG1086.jpg IMAG1089.jpg IMAG1090.jpg

    I also got the blue parts on the stomach piece too. The blue is a little darker than is anticipated, but the under suit will be more of a vibrant blue so I think it will break up the colors nicely.
    IMAG1092.jpg
     
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    This is looking so sweet! Subbing! Can't wait to see more man!
     
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    This is so cool, nice job on the paint
     
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    Thanks you two! I'm glad you dig it. I should have the red on the stomach piece before the end of this weekend. Then we'll really see it start to come together.
     
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    This is looking super rad! excited to see progress!
     
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    I love the paint you are using, can you tell us what kind it is? Brand? Puffy? Looks great!
     
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    Great on the paint , I love the blue colour, I am mid way through R2D2 and inspired with this build as the blue would keep a theme of my props.

    good luck

    subscribed to your tread
     
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    Thank you both!
    I'm using two layers for the red portions: Dupli Color MetalCast Anodized Red over VHT High Temperature Chrome Plate. The VHT is an epoxy based paint and the Dupli Color is an enamel based paint.. Apparently that's the combination you use to paint boats (found that out after buying them and doing a bunch of research).

    The Blue is DupliColor Perfect Match Toyota Stellar Blue Pearl. On the stomach piece it's put on over the black plastidip. On the guantlet piece, the blue is put on over the VHT Chrome Plate.
     
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    Great work! Especially on those forearms. I can't wait to see the finished product.
     
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    Thanks! I too am please with the forearms. It's two pieces. The top piece will be attached to the under-shirt and the thicker piece will be separate. I think it'll keep motion better and help with putting on and taking off. I'm hoping the stomach piece turns out as well as the forearm did. I'm painting the red portions as I type this.
     
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    Very cool. I'm workin on a Hulk Buster build myself and I think I'll give this Chrome plate stuff a try. Interesting side note, I was reading amazon reviews on the stuff and found this bit of advice "Also I HEAT the can in hot (tap temp) water for 3-4 minutes and it really pumps up the pressure to a finer spray." Not sure if you saw that too, but it might be worth a shot! Thanks for the info!
     
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    I've hear of people doing that, but to be honest, its already a really fine spray. Maybe cos I live in los angeles and its almost 90 out lol.
    The trick is to do a couple of light coats, then a wet coat. Or so the can says. If you go too heavy it drips like crazy. More than the anodized red does. But either way, with both you want a few fine coats and then a slightly heavier coat. I'm doing 4 coats of each: light, light, wet, light. This is all a first for me. Before this i'd only spray painted a picture frame. Once. However, my dad is a professional painter so maybe some of it sunk in being on site my whole childhood
     
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    Okay! Red is on the stomach piece. I got some wrinkling. I think I didn't let the Chrome set long enough. However, its pretty uniform, so we'll pretend its purposeful so I dont have an ocd aneurysm.
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    That looks so awesome
     
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    Yea, the heat might have something to do with that! lol. One question though, when you say light, light, wet, what exactly is a wet coat? Just a heavier spray?

    Also, the chest peice looks really great!
     
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    Yeah, light would be just misting the piece, then wet would be a heavier coat than misting, but still not heavy enough to drip. I say wet, cos on that coat the piece looks shiny and wet. :)
     
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    I started putting the chest piece together today. Notice I darkened up the red on the center stomach plate. I plan to incorporate the two shades of red into the chest too. I think it will look cool.
    IMAG1098.jpg IMAG1100.jpg
    The pecs aren't added yet.
     
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    Here's what I have so far all in one place. First time I them all next to each other ... Awesome.
    IMAG1105.jpg
    I didn't make the shoulder pieces. I just painted them. They are hockey knee guards (I think) that I got at the thrift store for 3 bucks. They just happen to fit my shoulders like gloves... shoulder gloves. The gray parts will be black
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    Mate this is coming along so good! Great find with the guards btw, would have saved a bunch of time and hassle!
     
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    Hit the shoulder pieces with some black plasti dip this evening. Looking cool.
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    Finished the chest piece and hit it with plasti dip. Got a much better finish this time. I think I'm getting the hang of it
    IMAG1119.jpg
     
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    This is coming together real nice! Lovin those colors!

    Also, a bit off topic but who do you want to see as the next Spider-Man? Personally I wanted it to be Dylan O'Brien
     
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    Honestly, I have no clue. They all look terrible out of context. However, I really enjoyed Garfield in the last two.
     
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