My first suit build EVER (budget)

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Night Wing Pred

New Member
Okay, this is my first suit build EVER, and on a budget. So take it easy on me, alright lets get started.

I started with the chest piece, I purchased a muscle shirt from my local costume store. Afterwords I went to a hobby store and aquired two bottles of acrylic paint, one black, one brown. I painted the details on to the chest piece, cut up an old fishing net I had, sewed it on and got this:
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For the legs I purchased some warm ups from a thrift shop and, like the chest, painted the details and sewed on some netting:
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For the feet, while I was at the costume shop, I purchased some monster feet and painted on the details:
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Now onto the armor, which all of it is made out of cardboard using Vinman's templates(thanks).

Shoulder Bells:
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Upper arm pieces:
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Now for the COD and but flap pieces I made them and sewed them onto an old belt of mine:
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For the computer gauntlet I used the pringles can method:
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I also bought a caveman tooth necklace for the bone necklace:
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For the hands I got some zombie hands from the costume shop and painted on the details:
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Lastly the bio helmet, I was going to use a bio that I made myself out of cardboard:
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But decided instead to use a mask from the costume store:
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I added on some see through black fabric onto the eyes. For the dreads I got a plastic hose and cut them into 32 pieces, 15 in lengths of 22", 17 in lengths of 15" after that I sewed them on instead of glueing so they could flail around:
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So now all I have left to do is:
the chest piece
Wrist blade gauntlet
thigh pieces
shin pieces

But this is the suit so far:
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Hope you all enjoyed it!!
 

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xdmray

Well-Known Member
kudos to you for putting in all the time and effort to come up with all the pieces. it doesnt matter to me that you had a small budget, because you obviously put a lot of time in to your suit.

great work!

but why is that pred stalking the hallway? is he looking for the bathroom? :eek:
 

tk1055

Sr Member
Not bad. A couple of suggestions for when/if you decide to upgrade.

Check Walmart or sporting goods stores for underarmor pants. They are essentially a spandex garment that can be painted and will be skin tight.

Since you have some experience with Vinmans templates (they are absolutely fabulous aren't they?), Try some foamies.

Now the mask could use some help. I would stuff it with some foam to help it keep its shape better.

Great idea on the dreads!

All in all not a bad job for a first time budget build.
 

todd

New Member
Not bad on being on a budget. I thought you might want to check out this YouTube example on how this gentleman made his Predator costume on a budget. I hope this will help you out in providing some new ideas to your Predator costume.

Predator Costume
 

Night Wing Pred

New Member
why is that pred stalking the hallway? is he looking for the bathroom? :)
lol I just didn't want to walk to my local park with a forest in it*non-sarcasm*

Check Walmart or sporting goods stores for underarmor pants. They are essentially a spandex garment that can be painted and will be skin tight.
Since you have some experience with Vinmans templates (they are absolutely fabulous aren't they?), Try some foamies.
Now the mask could use some help. I would stuff it with some foam to help it keep its shape better.
Great idea on the dreads!
All in all not a bad job for a first time budget build.
Thanks for the suggestions!! I'll try to do that. By foamies it would mean anything like that soft colorful foam?

I thought you might want to check out this YouTube example on how this gentleman made his Predator costume on a budget. I hope this will help you out in providing some new ideas to your Predator costume.
I plan on going back to the costume store for the hands and going with his idea of support in the gloves.

Thanks for the comments guys, does anyone have suggestions for keeping the armour on, I used velcro for mine.
 

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tk1055

Sr Member
Yes, foamies are those sheets of foam you find at most craft stores that are brightly colored. I know a lot of members have had great success with them. They can be painted any color you want, and hold up fairly well.
 

tk1055

Sr Member
You are most welcome. I myself am doing a budget build, well upgrading a previous one anyway. As time goes on you will continue to tweek your suit, it is an addiction. LOL
 

Night Wing Pred

New Member
Small update:

I made a neck ring using cardboard as a base and putting on foamie scraps I saved:

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I also gave my mask face support using foam on the cheek spaces:

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I also added a foamie tri-laser:

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Lastly I found an old piece of my broken telescope that really resembles
a smart disk, I'm going to cut it in the appropriate places to finish the job:

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Thank you for watching.
 

Night Wing Pred

New Member
Another Tiny UPDATE:

I spray painted the disk silver and splashed red on it for a blood effect:
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Also I added a strap for it to go on the belt:

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Night Wing Pred

New Member
thanks dude!

Also this is my to do list:
Make new armor out of foamies
Buy rubies gloves and make certain modifications
buy skin tight underarmor pants and paint them into pred legs.
 

Preds

New Member
looks like ur doin a good job. keep at it. soon enough ull be walkin :p around predator style. lol
 

tk1055

Sr Member
Looking good! Does that neck ring bite into your chin at all? If so check out Armour Archive for templates on Gorgets that may help.
 

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Lflank

Well-Known Member
I thought you might want to check out this YouTube example on how this gentleman made his Predator costume on a budget. I hope this will help you out in providing some new ideas to your Predator costume.

Predator Costume

Hey, that's no gentleman -- that's ME.

:)

That build was intended to be quick, easy and cheap for people who are making zero-budget fan films.

Since I did also want a "real" suit, I've just finished upgrading the whole thing. Photos in the Trophy Room, in the "My First Suit, Finished" thread.
 

Yautja Queen

New Member
This is really cool to see how you used all kinds of stuff for your costume on a budget. It really helps me out too, because it gives me confidence knowing that you can build great suits on budgets, because I will definitely have to keep the cost down when I make my own. Yes, ive made that official....
 

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