Predator Costume for my 10yr old - Con photos!

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indiefilmgeek

Sr Member
THIS IS THE PREDATOR COSTUME I BUILT FOR MY 10yr OLD DAUGHTER FOR HALLOWEEN 2012

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ABOUT:
With roughly 4 weeks before Halloween my 10yr old daughter asked me if I could build her an Alien costume. I said, "No." So, she asked if I could make her a Predator costume... And I said, "Sure." I'm not exactly convinced that one would have been easier than the other, but with my Iron Man experience last year, I figured I could whip up some armor pieces easier than creating a full latex suit which mimics organics that I'm not nearly as experienced with. I was pretty pressed for time, so I wasn't able to maintain my usual build thread. What follows below is a recap of the build from the pictures I took during the build.

BUILD TECHNIQUE:
I used a combination of existing and custom templates to create the Predator armor in EVA foam. The full build thread below shows more specifics on how the individual pieces were constructed.

CHALLENGES:
Well, time was the biggest challenge. I build very slowly, so this was a BIG stretch for me. Budget was the other challenge. We ended up completing this build for a bit over $200.

ELEMENTS I'M PROUDEST OF:
Definitely the self-destruct display. I really wanted to not only have them lit, but also have them completely blacked out (like a monitor screen) when the light was off. The final solution is documented below and includes some tinted sunglasses lenses.

EXPERIENCE:
As most of you know my first MAJOR build was in 2011 for my 5yr son, Michael. It was a full Iron Man suit. It took me over 12 months, but I was very happy with the results. Since then, I've been working on my first commission build for Digitizit (Victorian Age Version of Iron Man).


BUILD THREAD:
First off, I have to thank Spartan857 for the Bio helmet pep file (unfolded by mks81). And vinmanmac from The Hunter's Lair for some great armor templates.


Starting with the Spartan857 pep, I scaled and constructed a pepakura model of the Bio helmet.
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From this I marked the paper pep, cut it and used those pieces as templates for an EVA foam build (4mm).
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Then I hit the foam helmet with a couple coats of plasti-dip...
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Then some Adhesive Promoter (found at most auto-part stores) and then 'hammered steel - metallic paint' that I got at Wal-mart.
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Here's a close-up of the paint effect...
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After that dried, I 'weathered' the helmet with some black and brown latex paint I had laying around.
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Next, I hit the helmet with a couple coats of clear coat (for Plastics).
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And then, finally, I added a couple of mirrored sunglasses lenses...
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*****

Setting that aside for a bit, let me go over the Gauntlets...

I started with a section of floor matte foam for the top of the gauntlets and a section of 5mm EVA foam for the rest of the wrist unit.
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I took some 2mm (maybe thinner) craft foam from Wal-mart and cut out the general shapes of the template just to add texture and details.
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I then created a cover plate for the 'self-destruct' panel gauntlet.
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After marketing out the spaces, I then carefully cut out five spaces and installed a battery pack and string of LED's from a set of x-mas lights (a favorite element of mine to use).
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I added some ribbed piping and then hit it with a couple of coats of Plasti-Dip.
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I followed that with the Adhesive Promoter and hammered steel spray paint.

Then I started to work on the five read-out windows. To get the effect I wanted, I ended up using a $1 red plastic folder, some black electrical tape (to black out everything but the xeno-letters and finally some black sunglass lenses (also from the $1 store).

Here are the glasses...
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One lens, which I've cut down to size with the red plastic folder piece and black electrical tape...
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Here's the flip side...
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And this is what it looks like in place...
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Finally... here's what it looks like lit.
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Finished 'self-destruct' gauntlet...
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Starting with the same base, I cut the claws out for the 'blades' gauntlet out of stiff plastic and then constructed a simple mounting from foam (no... they don't extend).
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And here is what it looks like after plasti-dip and hammered steel paint job.
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Finally, here's the weathered final piece...
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*****

More WIP pictures soon!
 
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indiefilmgeek

Sr Member
Re: Kids Halloween Speed Build - budget Predator

Chest Armor...

Unfortunately, I had to abandon Vin's templates for this one and do this with custom poster-board templates I made to fit my daughter. :rolleyes

I built it in two halves (left and right). They are constructed of three layers of craft foam (2mm and 3mm).
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Here is a close up of the three layers all glued together (and sanded smooth with the stone dremel tip).
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I also re-enforced the seams with extra hot glue (I do this with most of the foam builds I create).
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Next I added the chest sections...
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With the shoulder bells and some details, here what it looked like.
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Plasti-dip.
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And after the hammered steel paint and some weathering...
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Here is the connection piece for the front.
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Attached the shoulder bells (after painting the weathering them, too)...
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Here is picture of the elastic band that connects the shoulder bell to the chest piece.
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The back sections were then connected with similar elastic strips and the front is velcro connected.
 

indiefilmgeek

Sr Member
Re: Kids Halloween Speed Build - budget Predator

Dreads...

So, I bought some rolls of 3/4" diameter foam insulation. Cut the ends into a point and then used the stove heat to melt the ends just enough to have them come to a point. (see this tutorial for how to do this)

After I had about 30 of them created, they went out to the car port for some plasti-dip.
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Here's a look at my dummy head and the dreadlocks I'm ready to add.
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I started with a baseball cap that I cut the brim off and stitched some elastic band into the back. I then started gluing the dreads directly to the cap with hotglue.
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Here's a quick test of the helmet and first dreads on my daughter...
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I happened to have some gold foil paper stock laying around, so I just used that for the bands around the dreads.
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Here's a good look at the base cap with the dreads attached (yeah, it's from Puss in Boots).
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Finally, here is a test fitting of the chest, helmet and dread cap... I call this image "Predator of Madagascar"!
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*****

It's gotten late... I'll give you a break down of the belt armor and leg armor as well as what we did for the under-armor tomorrow.

Nite all! :sleep
 

Uopap

Active Member
Re: WIP Predator Halloween costume for my 10yr Daughter

JESUS CHRIST! :du:facepalm


Your skills, I want em'!
 

Weaselhammer

Sr Member
Re: IndieFilmGeek 2012 Halloween Costume Contest - My Daughter as a Predator

Holy moly, this is a heck of an awesome thing you are doing for your daughter ! I really love the gauntlets ! I really can't wait to see it done.
 

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EyeofSauron

Master Member
Re: IndieFilmGeek 2012 Halloween Costume Contest - My Daughter as a Predator

can you give me a little insight on how youre doing the weathering? it looks so natural, and im guessing its not just drybrushing
do you use a sponge or something?
 

indiefilmgeek

Sr Member
Re: IndieFilmGeek 2012 Halloween Costume Contest - My Daughter as a Predator

can you give me a little insight on how youre doing the weathering? it looks so natural, and im guessing its not just drybrushing
do you use a sponge or something?

It's just drybrushing... Lots and lots of dabbing with a beat-up ole brush. I start with a black and then (after that dries) I go back and dab some brown.

I've been asked about it a few times... I'll try to put together a quick video on it. :):thumbsup
 

EyeofSauron

Master Member
Re: IndieFilmGeek 2012 Halloween Costume Contest - My Daughter as a Predator

It's just drybrushing... Lots and lots of dabbing with a beat-up ole brush. I start with a black and then (after that dries) I go back and dab some brown.

I've been asked about it a few times... I'll try to put together a quick video on it. :):thumbsup
that would be awesome :D i can never get that kind of result when drybrushing, i might be doing something wrong :D
 

-VERTIGO-

Well-Known Member
Re: IndieFilmGeek 2012 Halloween Costume Contest - My Daughter as a Predator

This sir, is amazing and you are a freak of nature when it comes to making costumes (in a good way) absolutely love this build.
 

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Celtic007

Sr Member
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Re: IndieFilmGeek 2012 Halloween Costume Contest - My Daughter as a Predator

Wow, awesome job. I wouldn't guess that is foam if I didn't see your build pics.
 

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crabbyjay

New Member
Re: IndieFilmGeek 2012 Halloween Costume Contest - My Daughter as a Predator

This is an absolute beast of a build, I love it!! Could you post the pepakura files for this please. I would like to attempt this one day. Great job and I look forward to seeing your progress.:popcorn
 

Freaklord

Member
Re: IndieFilmGeek 2012 Halloween Costume Contest - My Daughter as a Predator

I am so grateful you share these projects with us, I learn so much. Thanks!
 

Canobi

Sr Member
Re: IndieFilmGeek 2012 Halloween Costume Contest - My Daughter as a Predator

Way cool!! Awsome job so far, and thanks for sharing some really great tips :):thumbsup
 

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