Reporting for patrol duty: NCR Ranger Veteran

Discussion in 'Replica Costumes' started by Cinderblock, May 14, 2012.

  1. Cinderblock

    Cinderblock New Member

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    Hello everyone, I wanted to post my progress on this build before but i could never get the registration to work for me, so now instead of a long drawn out build, it's going to be everything at once haha. so let's get to it, shall we?
    I'll start with some WIP pics so I can prove i made all this, just in case anyone doesnt believe me lol
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    The mask started as a pep file from Nexxt that I modified a bit to make it suit my tastes better.
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    the helmet is sculpted from plaster that i poured into a pepped helmet. anf then smoothed and further shaped.
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    The chest is eva foam mats like most people use, but I adhered them to an under armor shirt so it can be worn like a regular shirt and flexes and breathes amazingly.
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    helmet and mask together, finished. the helmet sits on the mask by way of two rivets in the front and a screw that slides in a slot on the rear.
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    Some extra battle damage on the mask, those deathclaws are a real nuisance. even the babies.

    Now onto the finished results of my labor. This build was half a year of on and off progress and addition and touch up.

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    *forgive the nerf gun, i am working on a gobi sniper rifle lol*
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    Well that's the mostly all finished costume, it's missing a few tiny things, like the wrist pask med kit, the utility pouches on the back, and the ammo belt, but i'll get those soon. when I do, I'll update it more. If anyone wants more WIP pics, i have plenty haha

    returning to patrol,
    Cinderblock
     
  2. usconcept

    usconcept Well-Known Member

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    Looks great! Good job!!
     
  3. DarthGM

    DarthGM Member

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    Well done, Wastelander.

    :D
     
  4. Cinderblock

    Cinderblock New Member

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  5. animefan

    animefan Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    wow turned out nice man, great build.
     
  6. crabra comander

    crabra comander Sr Member

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    Love the armor from these NC Ranger's you have a great costume, post some more pictures, I love seeing completed builds.
     
  7. Cinderblock

    Cinderblock New Member

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    Thanks guys, I actually started re working my gun today, i was making the gobi campaign rifle, but the anti mati is more fitting for the build so i stripped it down and am re-working it to make it look like the anti mati.

    I also started making a template so i can make myself a ranger sequoia as well
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    and one with me holding it for size reference
     
  8. coopergirl94

    coopergirl94 New Member

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    love this build, quite inspiring, planning on doing a few builds for props from fo: nv :) keep up the awesome work
     
  9. Cal

    Cal Well-Known Member

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    Good work fellow Ranger.
     
  10. Cinderblock

    Cinderblock New Member

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    I used this for my chest plate on my ncr costume

    what you will need:
    -Contact Cement, the brush on both sides let it dry kind.
    -Foam floor mats, most everyone here seems to know this now
    -an under armor (or knock off) shirt. any shirt would most likely work but i wanted the tight fight of the underarmor
    -a brush or two, dependent on what size of cement you it may/may not have a built in brush.
    -a veeeeery well ventilated work space, and or respirator, and an old shirt you dont mind possibly messing up.
    *note this shirt is to be worn under the underarmor shirt, the fumes from the flashing glue will sting your skin in direct contact because under armor is so thin, once it is dry this will no longer be an issue though. If you have a dress form all the better, but do not try gluing the foam on unstretched material or it will not fit properly when worn.

    1So first draw out your patterns and cut em and pretty um up the way you want, this will be very difficult once on the shirt.
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    this is the shirt i had laying around, i had cut the lower half off the sleeves for a different custome. and the next pic is the glue i used, i used that entire bottle, so the next size up can may be needed.
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    2. Put a coat of the glue on the back side of the foam, no too thick yet, then carefully line it up, and firmly press the piece into place, then immediately, but slowly, pull it away and grab the "cobwebs" with your free hand as not to make a mess, now you will have an area of left over glue on the shirt as a template for where to spread the actual coat of glue, so put a thin coat on the shirt, and a nice coat on the foam, let them dry as directed, and then firmly push it into place and hold for a few minutes, pushing all around the edges and center, that piece should now be firmly in place, and you can move on.
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    once you are finished wait about 20 mins before carefully removing the shirt so you are not as likely to tear away the foam, look around and look for any edges that weren't glued properly and tend to them.
    I let mine sit a day or two, then took my heat gun and shaped the foam as normal, the heat doesn't ruin the spandex/elastic as long you keep it on the foam.
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    I then took my hot knife and proceeded to score and mark up my chest, then gave it two coats of mod podge matte (tho i don't think finish matters) going in a 45degree angle over the entire piece to give it a brushed steel texture. next i did the same thing with some silver paint, brushed a t 45 to simulate steel.
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    next i brushed water based paint into all the nooks and crannies and wiped it away to give it some depth. after that i dabbled on a mixture of red and brown for rust in some spots, and boom. all finished.

    and this is what i ended up with
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    I could see this working very well for under suits for adding that soft suit armored look as well
    Thanks for checking it out.


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    I wanted to add a little how to to my build because the chest seems to be the thing that people ask questions about the most on any ranger build I have seen, so enjoy. :)
     
  11. DarthGM

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    That is really well done, man.

    Thanks for sharing your process! I may have to duplicate it!
     
  12. Cinderblock

    Cinderblock New Member

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    go ahead, that is exactly why i made the tutorial. i need to get around to getting my templates for the chest transferred to the computer lol.
     
  13. MrNixon

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    Holy Guacamole! Love the pic that looks like the intro screen. Very, very talented work
     
  14. Cinderblock

    Cinderblock New Member

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    thanks man, once i finish my sequoia, which ill post updates of today, ill re-do that pic and photoshop in the background :p
     
  15. MrNixon

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    Please do.

    Wish they utilized this cool character more effectively in the game. After my first play through I thought to myself "I barely even saw this guy on the box."
     
  16. Cinderblock

    Cinderblock New Member

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    *MrNixon if you have it on pc, download a mod called adam, it will add in more rangers randomly patrolling the mojave, and make the armor much better like it should be. *



    So i started on my sequoia, made some dummy bullets, and got me an ammo belt.
    The belt is nylon not leather, but i couldn't find a leather one that i liked that wasnt uber expensive, and half the belts are nylon already so it blends in. While at Bass pro, where i got the belt, I bit the bullet (haha) and spent 40$ on 45-70 govt cartridges. These were the bare cartridge, no slug powder or primer. I then took clay and filled the ends for mock slugs, baked em, dremeled em to look more real, then gave em a coat pearl orange to look like copper.
    first off, my sequoia. The frame is mostly smoothed and ready to add the cylinder and details. the barrel is still rough and needs to be trimmed and shaped completely.
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    That is for size reference, I have fairly large hands, and it is a fairly large gun lol
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    to show why the cylinder is so long, the 45 govt is a rifle cartridge, and is very long lol
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    Now on to my cartridges and belt.
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    Some hollows, some slug.
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    size ref. vs a reg 45 and a bottle cap.

    Now just the belt.
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    And with the riot armor
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    So that is it for now.
    Thank you all for the support and the comments, stay tuned for some new updates soon.
    Returning to Patrol.
     
  17. Sluis Van Shipyards

    Sluis Van Shipyards Master Member

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    Very cool! Definitely one of the best NCR costumes yet. Can't wait to see the revolver finished!
     
  18. Wes R

    Wes R Legendary Member

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    This is for sure one of the best Ranger costumes so far. You're doing a lot of good detail work.
     
  19. Cinderblock

    Cinderblock New Member

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    wow, two people to say that my costume is that good, I'm speechless, thank you :')
     
  20. NexusFX

    NexusFX Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    awesome stuff dude! Been contemplating this, may just have to do it.....in the midst of my million other projects haha.
     
  21. ed209

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    Pretty * AWESOME! I gotta' get back to working on mine.
     
  22. Cinderblock

    Cinderblock New Member

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    we need more rangers anyway, especially with where you two live ironfett, and ed209. Thanks for the compliments, and ed, I love the avatar haha, my custom ranger helm in new vegas is rocking that same text.
     
  23. Cinderblock

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    So i have a bit of an update on my helmet and the arm pouch, med kit/ammo pouch.

    And I think I'm going to start a new thread for my anti mati rifle and sequoia, what do you all think?

    anywho, I found this awesome reproduction pouch of a what i guess was a cartridge pouch that mounted on a belt. I can't say when it was supposed to be from atm lol. but for 20 bucks i figured hey why not, its leather so i can distess it really well, and it'll look just like the pouch from the art.
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    the pouch you see on his arm. it has what i guess is a first aid symbol so ill have it hold 45-70's plus a few med supplies. but when strapped to my arm it should fit the part very well.
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    So when i get it distessed and mounted ill update again, I should have the pouches for the rear of my jacket finished then too.

    Now, Since i forgot to take pictures of the lights before, and since I made what i think is a pretty ingenious way of powering my helm, I'll kill two birds with one stone. I ended up not having much room for the batteries i would need to power the lights, fan, and voice amp in my helm, so i decided i was going to run a remote power source. I went to an RC hobby store and got some small connectors and a set of larger ones they use for the battery packs and made it so the bottom mask plugs into the top helms wiring, and then ran power from my side hose that feeds into my camel back into the helm. this will run down into one of the rear pouches where i will have a 12v battery pack hard wired to the hose. sounds a little confusing prob, but itll make more sense once i have the pouches made and the battery pack installed and take pics. but for now, here are pics of the setup on the helm/mask combo.
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    I will paint the plugs so they dont stand out, but i think it will end up working out amazingly. the AN fitting unscrews from the mask because it will permanently be part of my jacket and that is why i have the power source on a plug instead of hard wired.
    now for lights!!
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    the red light is wired to come on with a red light that reflects onto my masks nose piece and then reflects onto the lenses so it glows. I have my hand inside in the second pic to show my fingers all lit up.
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    and then both together.

    So let me know what you guys think. I greatly appreciate the comments and crits, although i havent really gotten any criticism, so i must be doing something right hahaha. Stay tuned for more, and I'm thinking I'm going to try to find a way to COmic Con with this haha.
     
  24. TK-1776

    TK-1776 Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Wow!!! I am so impressed!!!! That looks sooooo good!!! Everything came out great. I would suggest just beating the ***** out of that trench coat though. Man, I wish I could get you here to help me with my Boone costume!
     
  25. Cinderblock

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    Wow thanks man. And ya about the trench coat i was thinking that. In person it looks a bit rough but it is so new looking in pics I really need to rough it up, so thanks, that was the confirmation I needed to figure out if I should do it. haha man if I could I'd totally help the costume. but if you start make sure to send me a link I'll def follow it.
     
  26. Cinderblock

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    Woohoo, I did another photoshoot, i weathered the hell out of my jacket, I got my pouches on, and my power source hooked up, and i brought along my trusty rifle. Although i completely forgot my neck seal, DOH! lol

    Ladies and Gents, I present to you
    Sundown In The Wastes (lol)
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    God i wish i didnt forget the neck seal, but ohwell, it's too dark now, and all in all, I really like how they came out generally haha. Leme know what you think all.
     

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