Gambit - 90s Jim lee version with sculpted cowl and body armor

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KJC

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I am working on a big upgrade for my Gambit costume. After brainstorming numerous ideas for the various parts, I just decided I'd get the best results by sculpting and casting everything. I have started on the cowl first.
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I need to sculpt the neck detail then even out and smooth everything. I may need to use a junk mold to make a resin master to sand smooth. I'll eventually be molding this and casting in urethane.

Next I will do the body armor. I'm going to try sculpting over a duct tape dummy torso. I'm not sure if I should include the collar/gorget thing or make that separate. I think I'll leave it separate along with the bottom silver band detail. That way I can use casts of the muscle/armor suit for other characters. I might try this out in silicone foam because I want it to be flexible so I can move my waist.

Last will be the shin/knee armor. I think I will just make this from foam.
 

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KJC

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Finally something worth updating. I am nearly done with the cowl sculpt and have started on the chest armor sculpt.

Cowl sculpt
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Chest sculpt
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I started with a duct tape dummy torso. I put masking tape over this so I can just pull off the outer layer of tape to make it easier to clean up the clay from it after I mold the sculpt

Then I drew out the general muscle forms.
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I roughed out the forms by placing each muscle down individually trying to stay within the guide lines.
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Then I started refining and smoothing everything. I also realized I needed to cover the upper chest above the pectorals.
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There are some symmetry issues to fix, but I'm not going for perfect because well, human anatomy isn't perfectly symmetrical anyways. Overall I am happy with it especially for my first chest sculpt. I need to get this and the cowl as smooth as possible before molding. I am still deciding if I want to go through the trouble of doing rigid masters and sanding then remolding.

I've got to do the collar part still and the boot armor. I am making the boots out of foam and I may make the collar from foam also instead of sculpting and casting that.
 

KJC

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I forgot to post about my new jacket. I didn't originally plan to replace my original jacket, but I found this at a thrift store.
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Despite being a thrift store item, this was relatively new feeling and looking. I started by removing the buttons as I would not be using them and didn't like they way they looked. Then i did some quick weathering with sandpaper.
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KJC

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UPDATE:
I did not get this done in time. I didn't want to prematurely mold my sculpts so I went with what I had done. I made a rough version of the body armor from a partial sheet of Worbla I had around. I just heat molded it over the unfinished sculpt. I really wanted to redo the neck bit and make some boots/shin guards, but ran out of time. I still got some good pics. but I really wish I had the best version of the costume to present at the shoot. Here is so far the best pic I have gotten back.
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Photo by SGH Photo Art

I will get this completely done some time, but now that the photo shoot has passed, I don't have as much urgency.
 

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