Mass Effect 3 Foam Shep Commission Build-Complete- templates up

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  1. Shades

    Shades Well-Known Member

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    Here we go again- ME3 style armor for a client- deadline April 20.

    I always really liked these builds and they are a natural for EVA foam. Client wanted custom templates made of ME3 style N7 with a more textured layered build. I am not a huge fan of cutting in detail lines with a dremel or soldering iron so I designed around that where possible.

    Client paid for the models/templates. I do not have permission to release them at this time to the public. I hope to release them at a later date.

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    Last edited: Jun 20, 2012
  2. Shades

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    three different layers to get the desired (mass) effect.
     
  3. Shades

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    Progress for the week. Templates all mapped out and chest and back attached with major parts done. More detail work to follow tonight.

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  4. Shades

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    shot of the back. Lots of little pieces to cut.

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    Quick a dirty test fit

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  5. thedarkone

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    this looks great man, love the multi layer effect
     
  6. aeonpulse

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    looks awesome so far, i'm looking forward to seeing how the final product turns out!
     
  7. scorpion

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    looking good!!!!
     
  8. Yodajammies

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    *thumbs up* Lookin good!
     
  9. Shades

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    Thanks guys. Trying my best to keep it so fresh and so clean clean to quote outkast.

    I love foam builds, but this has LOTS of little details in it. It seems endless.
     
  10. kangazang

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    Hi - looking good so far. I'm researching my options for working in EVA foam. Can yo utell me what glue you use to stick the pieces together please?
     
  11. SqueekinOrka

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    Nice it's looking good so far :) Look foreword to seeing the progress.
     
  12. Shades

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    @Kangazang-

    Hot glue. Lots of hot glue.
     
  13. Ryss

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    I got my hot glue sticks on ebay here - they're way cheaper than buying in a craft store, and they're supposed to be extra strength.
     
  14. scorpion

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    good price, how strong is the glue? i never used it over foam
     
  15. familyman

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    Great work so far, can't wait to see more.
    And yeah Hot glue is the way to go for foam building. It works great, I have never had a piece seperate on me yet. Even if you try to pull to pieces apart if you have glued it right you rip the foam before the glue gives out!..
     
  16. Shades

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    back done. On to the bells
     
  17. kangazang

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    Wow, never wouldve thought Hot Glue would win that battle!
    I've been experimenting on 5mm EVA (foam camping mat) and tried Cyanoacrylate(super Glue), Bostik solvent free glue, Evo Stik 'Serious Glue' and Hot glue. so far, the HOt GLue and super glue (odd, that) seems to work best.

    I use Serious glue on everything but on EVA its not great.
     
  18. Shades

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    I keep some superglue around for small details but I use prolly 98% good old hot glue.
     
  19. Shades

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    Quick test fit with client. Project is moving nicely along and has down fill momentum now. Playing with the idea of not painting it at all and just using colored EVA. I think it may show off how versatile EVA is. I think if I keep the build super clean I can get away with it.

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  20. AxiomUltra

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    Great work Shades! Very clean!

    I'm working on one of these sets too, but the gray foam I am using is a bit too light for me so I think I am going to repaint it. If you were going to paint yours up, what paint would you use?

    Thanks in advance, and keep up the good work!
     
  21. Hermes IPT

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    It's getting very well done, I want to see how it goes XD
     
  22. 466

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    Nice work. Cant wait 2 see more :)
     
  23. Shades

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    @Axiom...

    I am really going to avoid paint if possible, as a challenge, but if I did, I would use plastic dip to seal and then airbush creatix paint over that.
     
  24. Judge Spartan

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    More, More, More!!!
     
  25. thedarkone

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    loving the back detail. Is this going to be heat formed at all to kinda curve around the front?
     
  26. EamonClark

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    I look forward to seeing how your EVA only build comes along. What are you using to seal the project?
     
  27. Shade

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    Nice work so far. It's coming along beautifully! Just one suggestion as far as painting goes:

    If you keep it as is (simply foam with no paint), the red and white stripe (if you choose to paint it) down the right arm of his suit may look a little strange against the color of the foam. You may want to test a piece beforehand to see if it will look okay. If it doesn't, then I would suggest painting the entire suit.

    But if you're not going to paint the stripe then forget my suggestion and keep up with the amazing work!
     
  28. Shade88

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    Ooh, I've always liked how the eva foam would look with Mass Effect armour.
     
  29. Shades

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    Foam work done! On to details work.
     
  30. Shades

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    The current plan is to not seal it. All Foam work. I plan on using colored foamies for the details.
     
  31. Onephattsi2

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    Small question, feel free to pm me if u do not want to answer here, but what would something like this cost a guy??
     
  32. Shades

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    I am pretty happy with the way the foam is turning out. I did the detail work last night.

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  33. Shades

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    The logo has a neat layer effect. I ll try to get a better picture. I need to put the el wire in the back, and she should be good to go for Pittsburg con in two weeks.
     
  34. Shades

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    test fit done. Next stop Pittsburg.
     
  35. roblightyeah

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    astoundingly good... you guys here are in another league all together!!

    one question if that's ok: what did you use to stick the foam together? Hot glue or something else?
     
  36. Shades

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    Judging from the small burns on my fingers, I would go with hot glue.
     
  37. Jaedena

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    Are you going to give it lights?
     
  38. Shades

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  39. Shades

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    Here are the templates I made for this project. The client has given me permission to release them.

    ME3N7 Templates chest and back 34 icn.jpg

    That is the drawing I made.

    Here is a PDF.

    Free Cloud Storage - MediaFire

    The client was 5'10" so the template is scaled to him. It is 34 inches from the bottom of the tail to the top of the collar.
     
  40. Shades

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    The other pieces were made using templates I found on the net from other people or, free handed myself. You'll have to root around for those.
     
  41. AggieChick42

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    That's awesome! How long has it taken you to get this far?
     
  42. Shades

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    I think it took me about six weeks total including making all the templates.

    But, this was my 6th foam build, so I am pretty quick at this point.
     
  43. AggieChick42

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    Ah yeah I bet lol i'm working on my first ever and haven't even started yet... still trying to find ME3 N7 Female armor templates...
     

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