N7:Armour Templates/Patterns & Prop Codex

Discussion in 'Replica Costumes' started by Narayas, Mar 21, 2012.

  1. Narayas

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    Is your home world being invaded by Reapers? Has Sovereign husked up your friends? Join the Systems Alliance Military today, and take Earth back! Due to the War effort on Earth, new recruits are required to self assemble their gear. Download your templates from the extranet here.

    --Narayas

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  2. Psicorp7

    Psicorp7 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Awesome Sauce!!

    Thanks for putting those up!
     
  3. infymys

    infymys Sr Member

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    Very nice! Very detailed explanation on how to use and scale the templates. Can't wait for the rest of the pieces to be released!
     
  4. Nobody

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    Cool! Thank you
     
  5. Volpin

    Volpin Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Nice! I get asked for these all the time, but all my templates were hand drawn. I'll be sure to pass along this info to other builders.
     
  6. Yodajammies

    Yodajammies Sr Member

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    You sir are a wonderful human being. I'm not sure how to add to your rep, but +10 internets to you.
     
  7. msleeper

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    Finally got around to getting the PSDs edited. I'm gonna take them to a print shop and get them printed on one big piece of paper rather than having to slice it up and fit it into normal sheets.

    Definitely the best N7 templates around!
     
  8. Gary Pahls

    Gary Pahls Well-Known Member

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    Wow, that was very nice of you! Thank you very much, your tut is great!
     
  9. SqueekinOrka

    SqueekinOrka Well-Known Member

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    Thank you so much for sharing these,they look great! :D
     
  10. Steampunch

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    Curse you for putting these up!

    I have so much to do and so many unfinished projects you have to go ahead and make me want to start yet another one. Why do you do this?

    (seriously thanks for putting these up I love your work)
     
  11. Ryss

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    The templates are working out great so far... Much easier to scale in photoshop than I feared, since I don't have a lot of photoshop experience. Thanks for the detailed instructions, and looking forward to the rest of the templates.
     
  12. Flagwaver

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    wow... blink, blink, blink...

    Do moar!!!

    These are incredible and are going to be what I use to build my friend and I some ME armor! Thank you!
     
  13. Dzym

    Dzym New Member

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    Thanks Narayas.

    They are incredible detailed and scaling is quite easy with the red arows.
     
  14. Panzer

    Panzer Well-Known Member

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    Fantastic, thank you. Hopefully I will be able get to work on this sometime in the future.
     
  15. ZolarKresh

    ZolarKresh Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    * goes off to download this * * adds it to list of future things to do *

    These look great thanks for all your hard work
     
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  16. Dzym

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    Some pictures of the cut patterns :) I have been building two sets for me and a friend for some weeks but having some trouble with the patterns... Hopefully this will help us a lot! Mainly the gauntles that we have build about 5 differente types hehe.

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  17. Narayas

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    I was not prepared for so much positive feedback, thanks guys! :D I really appreciate it. This certainly makes the time I spend on it.. well.. well spend! I would love to track all the builds that use my templates, so make sure to send me a link of your build once it hits the forums.

    @Dzym
    I giggled a bit of excitement when I saw your pictures. Thanks for sharing! It's great to see that the scaling system works.

    Also, as promised. I have published more templates for you to download. I have added the following templates; Biceps, Thigh, Shin, Boot.

    The only piece missing is the Back Torso. I have run across a minor design flaw in my own build. The collar isn't wide enough, witch stops it from reaching all the way to the neck-guard or front-collar of the front torso. I'm thinking of extending them with a flap on each side. Since most EVA tiles will not be big enough to support the entire piece due to its size.
     
  18. Dzym

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    As good as the first ones I would say. I have been working on many pieces today... Biceps, Paulders, Gauntles and Thigh and all of them are good. I only found a bit strange the biceps as I am not sure how the upper rectangular pieces works as it has too much height but I guess it was big enough to cut it afterwards isnt it?

    Other than that perfect and straightforward :)

    Thanks a lot!
     
  19. Strickler

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    Very grateful thanks for putting this up.
     
  20. Steampunch

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    Thanks for the templates. It has begun......
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    (Taken on Ipad 2 (crappy camera in a $900 product?))

    Built using templates provided.
     
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2012
  21. Narayas

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    Good news everyone. The Back Torso templates are up, completing the entire set. You can find the templates for the Back Torso here. Enjoy, and as always keep me posted on your builds! I would love to track them.

    @Steampunch; Looking very good! Can't wait to see more :)
     
  22. Dzym

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    Thanks Narayas! I will probably give it a try today. Our progress is kind of slow as we are trying to learn how to work with foam but we are on it too :)

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  23. The Death Angel

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    Thank you for the files...but i cant find the FOAM in italian stores...
    can you advise a web store?
     
  24. Canobi

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    Hi Narayas

    You sir, are a scholar and gentleman, thank you :cheers



    Dzym

    Those parts your working on are looking kick *ss so far, if I can get mine anywhere near as good looking, I'll be a happy man.

    edit =oh yeh, I forgot I could do this. Here's a rep point (or 2?) for sharing with us all :thumbsup
     
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  25. Narayas

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    @Canobi; My pleasure!

    @The Death Angel; I understand your plight, it was quite a search to find a place in the Netherlands that would sell EVA foam. The places with the highest possibility to find EVA foam are:

    - major sports stores (the tiles are often used as floor padding for heavy weight and fitness)
    - baby safety departments/stores (Silly place? Why yes. Another application for the foam is making baby boxes a little bit more bearable if you move around on all fours)
    - Home improvement stores (Home to many types of tiles and foam, and they might just have it in that exact combination)
    - Amazon & Ebay (but you already knew that, shipping cost may be a turn off)

    Are you a Dutchmen? Then have a look over here.
     
  26. Sonjou

    Sonjou Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    great work!

    bookmarking for reference
     
  27. infymys

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    These templates are great! The codex is detailed and easy to follow. Many thanks! Chest and gauntlets are done. Helmet done with templates kindly provided by AxiomUltra. Goal is to have it all done, sealed and painted and ready to go for ACen. I got 9 days. Wish me luck!
     
  28. echo5633

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    I don't know if I'm blind or dumb but I can't seem to find where the explanation for scaling is. I've never used photoshop so being totally confused and lost would be an understatement
     
  29. infymys

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    On Narayas' blog, there is a codex in PDF. Explains everything step by step.
     
  30. Berserk

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    Excuse the dodgy phone pics

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    Just mounted a foam badge to see how it looks, getting something more professional for finished product

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    Just need to run some tinted plastic over the LEDs so they are the same colour as EL wire
     
  31. echo5633

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    AH HA so I WAS blind and equally dumb thanks I guess i just didn't look hard enough or in the most obvious spot. :facepalm
     
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  32. Morgenes

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    Thanks for sharing this. Truly an amazing piece of work. Some quick questions as I start working on my 'homework':

    When taking measurements, for the chest and back, how far under the armpits should be measured?

    For the biceps, how fitted should it be? Should you flex?

    For the boot measurement, which is height and which is width? Shoe on or off?

    That's all I've got so far, but words cannot express how amazed I am that this resource is available for those of us wanting to cosplay Mass Effect.

    Thank you again.
     
  33. rowwlok

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    Must say this a gem of a find. Thanks for sharing. I look for projects me and my son can do together and ultimately he can get something out of and this is right up our alley.

    Thanks so much.

    ...now to search for the helmet templates mentioned earlier
     
  34. Narayas

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    An update for curtain parts is coming soon, this includes a helmet to complete the entire suit. No estimate time of arrival though. So stay tuned! :)
     
  35. Beeb89

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    I just wanted to chime in with my thanks as was for putting this together and sharing with the board! I was just about to start building this via trail and error fabrication of my own patterns so I KNOW this will save me a TON of time and hair pulling!

    So, on behalf of my scalp, I thank you! :behave

    Look forward to the updates, especially the helmet!!
    -B89! :D
     
  36. LadyLoo

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    This is amazing, I do believe I've found a suit to build for Halloween!
     
  37. abaker1381

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    looking amazing. now i want to do one! lol
     
  38. nanaki626

    nanaki626 New Member

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    These patterns are great, and love the easy to follow instructions. But out of curiosity does anyone have any advice on the best/proper way to heat and shape the pieces after I cut them out?

    Pretty new at this and would apperciate any help I can get.
     
  39. Dzym

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    What I do is to use a heat gun set at 500º from a distance of around 30 cm and I measure the heat at the foam by if my hand is too hot or not :)

    At the end by the temperature of my hand I know if the foam is ready or not. The first times you may melt the foam (I did it...) but it is easy to get the right amount of heat. After you heat it, you can blend it and wait for it to cold down while keeping the shape you want. Once it gets cold, it will keep the shape or almost keep the shape :)
     
  40. Christopher

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    Alright! Can not wait to get started on this. I've had the foam lying around for ages to do it, but havent had the pattern to work with so this will be great. Thanks for sharing all of your hard work!
     
  41. AggieChick42

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    Ok so maybe i'm just special or something but when I got to the blog, Blog | julianbeek, I can't seem to download a thing. :facepalm What am I doing wrong? I click the blue download link. Last night it let me print instructions off but after that? NOTHING I can't open any of the other files... it keeps saying they are in psd(?) format? I don't even know what that is.... lol what do I need to do to be able to open these files up?
     
  42. Zlosk

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    The codex is a PDF, but the A4 and Letter platforms are PSD's (PhotoShop files). I have PhotoShop at work, so I have never needed to research other viewers for PSD files.
     
  43. AggieChick42

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    Is photoshop something you need to buy or can you get a few trial or something?
     
  44. infymys

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    I believe Narayas mentioned somewhere that Photoshop CS4 or higher was required to open the files. I wouldn't advise buying it unless you're heavily into image editing since CS5 new would cost close to 200 USD and the latest version of CS6 is 600 USD.
    There are trial versions out there than you can get but a good (and free) alternative is GIMP or Paint.NET. You would have to download a plugin for Paint to open the PSD files. Last I knew of GIMP, you shouldn't need a plugin. I have no experience with these programs since I have CS5 so hopefully you can find them useful if you choose to go that route.
     
  45. Christopher

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    I've been using gimp. It doesnt have a few key features such as selecting multiple layers, and from what I can see because of this I can't rasterize when it tells me to. I don't know if this is an issue. But in general gimp isnt lovely to use for this. And paint.net wasn't great either.

    It would be good if there was a second tier program between gimp and photoshop. I'd be happy to pay for something, just not the $300AUS that adobe wants.
     
  46. AggieChick42

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    Oh wow.... yeah lol i'm not shelling out THAT kind of money! Thanks for looking out!
     
  47. AggieChick42

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    For those of us who do NOT have photoshop.... is there a Fem-Shep armor template that we could print out piece by piece for the top? I have found the Male-Shep armor pieces like this but never for Fem-Shep... :(
     
  48. Jaedena

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    I think I have my templates somewhere.
     
  49. AggieChick42

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    :D I would sure appreciate that. I'm just waiting on the rest of my supplies so I can start.. hopefully tuesday but I would really like to get this stuff drawn out ASAP
     
  50. scheffnd

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    thanks for the templates, i just have one question: is the scale in the templates the original scale like in the game, because my problem is that when i adjust the black bars to triangles with my measurements the proportions don't look OK, so is it better to adjust the whole piece only to the height bar?
    thanks from germany
     

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