My First project: Warmachine Ironman Foam Costume

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  1. jamesrickards

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    Hey All

    Massive newbie to all this, but so inspired by so many here in ThePRF !!

    I just wanted to show this - my first project!

    I made the it from 10mm Foam after using the Papakura files!

    (thanks to Stealth for the mod)

    Ive still got so much to do- ive just brought some filla and a sanding brick

    I appreciate this Isnt 'Movie accurate' but i kinda like that!..

    I will be working on the full suite really soon..so want to get this helmet right!

    I appreciate your comments!

    James R
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  2. Davence

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    looking good so far man keep it up!
     
  3. jamesrickards

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    More Progress : Helmet is getting filled and sanded!

    Started om the chest plate - I really didn't know I'd have to mod the files this much!

    Im learning that its dedication you need for this type of work!

    You guys make it look easy!

    The photo of the chest piece (on the beige carpet) is the sum of half a days work!

    The arc reactor i got from ebay :) sweet!

    Thanks for reading!
     
  4. StarksWarehouse

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    this looks really nice! good to see other fellow Brits building too! can i ask how muc you paid for your Arc Reactor? that looks awesome!
     
  5. mannyledesm

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    looks great. foam is definitely hard to work with. I know.
     
  6. jamesrickards

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    Arc was £36 - sweet hu?

    UPDATE : Started on the Back!

    Spent most of the day finishing the front and starting the backplate!

    lots of filling etc to do but can't wait to start on the arms! :)

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    YES great to see us Brits jumping in here and having some fun!

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    Anyone got paint ideas for war machine? with photos?

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    its a busy week at work..im in london for three days :( really enjoying this

    thanks for the feedback!
     
  7. CaptainVermont

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    AMAZING. Very awesome work so far brother... I'm working on some War Machine parts and they look terrible compared to this. =)
     
  8. outofcontrolreb

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    Looking good. Keep up the good work.
     
  9. jamesrickards

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    Thanks!
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    So I'm back from London and Ive been busy! So far Ive made

    One complete shoulder

    Two Biceps (with some work left to do)

    1 Forearm

    See pics

    Still learning so much...Making a bicep fit was a long job!

    Dont rush in wasting foam ppl! make a paper version first! ;)
     
  10. tk3105

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    Nice work mate! :)

    Scott.
     
  11. jamesrickards

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    UPDATE: My First project: Warmachine Ironman Foam Costume

    Day off so I'm busy on the warmachine -

    Thought I'd post a pic of me wearing the stuff!

    I'm going to start on the legs next as the front and back 'welding together' is starting to get me down!!..

    Hard work...
     
  12. CaptainVermont

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    I'm using the same pattern and I found that I had a lot of problems scaling the parts to fit. I'm fairly muscular in build and getting the forearm scaled up high enough at the elbow end to taper down to the wrist basically made it so I had a shoe box on my arm... your attempt looks a lot better.
     
  13. jamesrickards

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    The bicep isn't really finished yet but omg!

    I had to test fit constantly! Hard going ! But the shape is right now!

    Thx buddy!
     
  14. jamesrickards

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    Shoulder - My First project: Warmachine Ironman Foam Costume

    Hey all - Im off to France for a week so no more build for me :(

    Just wanted to update you regarding 'seams' in my foam.


    SO i did a really bad job of the war machine shoulder!

    I looked around for lots of different ways to fill the gaps...

    I went to my local £1 shop ($1) and picked up some filla and PVA glue

    and it all went horribly wrong from their.. the glue was just flakey and cheap!

    I happen to see xrobots.co.uk blog about a certain TYPE of PVA glue (5 Litres£10 from Wickes) and OMG! awesome

    I can't tell you how good this looks in real life it flexible and too :)

    Please see pics below :_

    Cant wait to Prime and Paint this Up!

    Cheers PPL!
     
  15. jamesrickards

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    Re: Shoulder - Back from France: My First project: Warmachine Ironman Foam Costume

    Hey all !

    Back from France and back on Warmachine!

    Went to my Local paint shop today picked up some grey primer and Steel grey Metalic Spray paint!

    I hit the shoulder with the paint and was REALLY happy at the outcome!

    So i got straight to work on PVA glue coating the top armour (see pic)

    Looking forward to filling and sanding it down after its first coat has dried out!

    Thing is the shoulder does look a-bit 'lumpy bumpy' - BUT I've learned a lot about making the next one TEN TIMES better!

    Cheers all
     
  16. Lozdog

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    Looking good so far :) where did you get your foam from in the uk?
     
  17. Bt Solid

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    wauw looks awesome ! love your personal helmet, looks really cool.
     
  18. jamesrickards

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    still busy working on the chest plate & back - i came across these plasterboard screws in the garage!!

    I made a small cut and chopped the bigger part of the wall plug away, pusher the remainder into the chest plate!! BOOM!

    I've now placed a few more over the rest of the chest/backplate!

    can't wait to spray this up!

    what do u guys think?..
     
  19. j0wE

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    that looks dope as F#^@! Can't wait to see this sprayed up
     
  20. jamesrickards

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    Hey all!

    Real busy working on the suite!

    I've started a small tumblr blog with all the blood sweet an tears on it!

    Warmachinebuild.tumblr.com

    Let me know your thoughts!

    I'd post some pics but I'm using my iPad and it won't let me!

    Enjoy!
     
  21. MarkoPolo69

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    Looking good man.

    One question, I'm working on a foam ironman myself and I'm not very pleased with the finish on the helmet. I'm in the uk too and have just purchased the PVA from Wickes as per your thread. How did the filler on foam work? Looks amazing in the photos, did you have any issues applying filler to the foam helmet? What brand of filler did you use?

    Keep up the good work.
     
  22. IMIM2

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    Looking good.
    10mm seems to be the best thickness for war machine's body.
    However might not look pretty on helmet.
    But you made it! Bravo.
    I gave up and switch to 6mm.
    Might want to consider mixing different thickness.
    Happy building.
     
  23. electraflier

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    this is all looking great! how are you planning on tackling the suit-mounted guns? i'm also working on a War Machine suit and i'm debating about attaching airsoft guns for the 2 arm-mounted guns and then i'm probably gonna build the shoulder mini-gun using some small pvc pipes, but if you have any better ideas for the shoulder mini-gun, i'd appreciate the advice
     
  25. electraflier

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    Im modifying a Nerf punisher gatling gun!:love It has rotating barrels and actually fires nerf bullets made of foam! It has a load "bang" with each shot it makes as well! :cool
    It is a triffle heavy so I am making an aluminum frame to go under the armor up the back to support the beast! It will have a single PVC pipe sticking up out of the back piece to mount the gun armature and gatling gun on.. I am using a friends soon to be released(hopefully) vaccuformed gun kit to go over the nerf so it looks very movie accurate! I didnt want stacks of foam to support a saggy gun so this will be pretty cool. I have outlined my plan on my WM thread and as soon as I am finished peping and resining (hopefully this weekend)http://www.therpf.com/f24/foam-war-machine-gatling-gun-stronger-mount-152950/
    maybe I can get some measurements and a prototype up for public consumption! LOL!
    I wish I could get the Wickes PVA here. I am not sure of a suitable substitute here in the U.S. I am currently using Elmers Glue all and it seems pretty good, just doesnt dry to that nice shiny sheen the Wickes gets..
    Anyone here have a good sub?
    Thanks!
     
  26. jamesrickards

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    Hey all! I'm still busy with the day to day life and I'm now working on the cod piece and belt!! Will post more pics soon!

    -I'm really not thinking about the guns just ye, I really just want a suite I can get in and party ;)

    - I have airsoft guns but they are far too heavy for the suite!

    - thanks for your comments ppl
     
  27. electraflier

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    Hi! Check out my War Machine build thread. I have some neat ideas for a Gatling gun holder for under the armor that may be of interest!
    Glad to hear you are making progress! Slow and steady wins the race!
    M
     

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