Sculpting BvS cowl, and armored helmet

Discussion in 'DC Costumes and Props' started by reaton89, Jul 14, 2015.

  1. reaton89

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    Last edited: Jul 14, 2015
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  2. JJGarza

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    Wow!! Fantastic sculpting skills man, nice work.
     
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  3. mau5

    mau5 Active Member

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    Great work, love the cowl.
     
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  4. Jawafive

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    Beautiful work. Loving the look of both.
     
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  5. reaton89

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    Thank you all! Obviously a lot further along on the regular cowl. I started it a long time ago and put it on hold until some better reference pictures came out... which there is now a mother-load of, from all different angles, and in different lighting. Ha! Never thought I'd get such a good look this far out from the release date.

    There are just as many shots of the "showdown suit". The design of the mask is simple enough, so figured I'd take a shot at it too.

    Does anyone else get a Lego Batman vibe from the metal helmet? I thought it was silly at first, but I'm starting to love it.
     
  6. Vult Tavik

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    that is absolutely gorgeous
     
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  7. reaton89

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    I took some measurements with callipers.

    top of ears to bottom of chin- 11.5"
    head width (ear level)- 7.75"
    space between pupils- 3"
    space between (top of) bat ears- 6.5"
    depth (brow line to back of head)- 9.25"
    overall HxW (cowl only)- 16.5" x 17.5"


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  8. imnotahero

    imnotahero Active Member

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    Those are amazing!
     
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  9. brucebatman

    brucebatman Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Amazing job my friend.
     
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  10. oocopycatoo

    oocopycatoo New Member

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    Are you gonna sell these? When you are done?
     
  11. coofunkcurly

    coofunkcurly Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Love your sculpting style. These are looking great!
     
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  12. reaton89

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    Maybe. Mind if I ask what your user name means? Why did you join a year ago, but this is your first post? Just curious.
     
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  13. kw1968

    kw1968 Active Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I've noticed on the movie cowl that the jaw sticks out more especially around the angle part. I think that might be what's letting them move there head from side to side because there's that extra space there. Your cowl in my opinion looks spot on. great work
     
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    Here's these to kind of show what I mean about the jaw image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg
     
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  15. TigerStoneFX

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    Very nice work dude, both are looking great.
     
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  16. reaton89

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    Thank you. I've noticed that too. I think Warner Bros. spent lots of $$ on the design of this cowl. They're not going to backpedal on the neck mobility issue. This is just my guess, but I think the head and shoulders are reinforced with a hardshell, and the neck is probably filled with flexible foam.
     
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  17. iSocks

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    your selling this as a wearable cowl or bust? the normal cowl btw.
     
  18. reaton89

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    I plan on finishing these this week.
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    Just wearable unless theres a demand for busts. I sculpted the chest, shoulders and cape to get an idea of what it would look like. Plus the back of the cowl goes down much lower than the front, so the mold is going to be a beast one way or the other.
     
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  19. iSocks

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    What's the selling price
     
  20. ARCOSPLAY

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    I think around $250-$275 plus shipping is what you should do, others charge around that much or more and they don't have as accurate sculpts as yours.
     
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  21. reaton89

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    Thanks! I'm not sure yet. I want to cast at least 1 or 2 before even thinking about numbers. Stay tuned.

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  22. rfortin

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    Hey Man... i love what you do... i would like to know what tool you use to texturize the cowl!??
     
  23. reaton89

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    I appreciate it. For the cowl, I'm using this texture stamp.

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    Here's Batman & Robin (my sculpture contest entry)

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  24. brucebatman

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    That is amazing! id love a bust ;)
     
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  25. arkham knight98

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    hey would you consider selling one im doing a cosplay at the new york comic con
     
  26. rfortin

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    Where do you take that stamp??
     
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    There are a few minor things I need to finish, but the cowl itself is ready to go. Should have a transfer mold done by this time next week.
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  29. teragon

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    That looks simply stunning :thumbsup
     
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  30. iSocks

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    * nice work, hard to tell whats nicer this or reevez.. his is awesome. please tell me your going to do this is foam latex so you can turn your head..
     
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  31. ARCOSPLAY

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    Its dead on! Cant wait to see the first pulls of these.
     
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  32. reaton89

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    I don't own any of his stuff, but I've seen a lot of pictures and everything he does is fantastic. It's a hell of a compliment to even be compared to him, so thanks.

    I'm not sure about foam latex. I may try it eventually, but I'm going to start with urethane rubber.
     
  33. iSocks

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    any updates on the progress?
     
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    I'm waiting on my massive order from smooth-on to show up (I'm talking over $60 just for shipping). It's taking longer to get than I wanted, but it's supposed to arrive 8/19, so not too bad.

    In the mean time, I'm adding a little more thickness in a couple of areas of the helmet and adding the scratches. The patience will be worth it, I promise!
     
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  35. horrorfx

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    Just wanted to stop in and say that these sculpts are beyong amazing! I can't wait to see the finished products :)
    -Chris
     
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  36. ARCOSPLAY

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    Anyone else excited about him getting his smooth on package tomorrow?
     
  37. Betamin

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    That is some excellent work!
     
  38. reaton89

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    Thanks guys. I'm doing some more work on the helmet before molding it. I wasn't happy with the overall size or the back, so I'm going to make a few changes before calling it done... However, I just finished sealing the main cowl. Now I'm patiently waiting on my materials to arrive... or impatiently.

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  39. Lightslinger

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    Amazing work so far, the attention to detail is fantastic! The BvS cowl may be my favorite Batman cowl yet (not a fan of the super long ears outside of The Animated Series).
     
  40. FC2MORALES

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    Have you by chance made the latex version? And do have any plans on selling it? I relly, really want this, I love the sculpture its exactly like the movie.
     
  41. Spidey74

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    Amazing work!


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    Molding has begun... I already used every drop of silicone for the mold. I was getting worried I would run out toward the end... BTW I am only doing the cowl portion. I didn't have enough dragon skin to go all the way down... Plus, the who reason I sculpted that area in the first place was so I could get a visual for the cowl. Oh well, sometimes afterthoughts just don't work out.

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    I'm using ice cubes for registration keys. :lol
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  43. teragon

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    Looking forward to see the result !
     
  44. mau5

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    Texture looks great!
     
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    Here's the first pull in plastic. I'll have to do some sanding/ chiseling on a few spots (mainly on the back) and remold. But overall, I'm satisfied considering this is my first full-head mask. I learned a lot. :)

    However, I about died trying to slush cast this thing by myself. Also, it seems like no matter how hard I try, I've never been able to get an evenly coated slush cast, even with a half mask. There always seems to be pooling and weak spots, and that's not going to cut it when I actually make this into a wearable mask. I suppose I could build a DIY rotation machine. It's just that I've already spent a ton of money on this. Suggestions/ alternatives?

    Hope you guys like it.

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  46. teragon

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    Did you slush cast all the rubber in one go ? From what I understand, you have to do it layer by layer. One thin layer, wait until it's almost cured, then a second one etc.
     
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    I did it in 4 layers. But I think the key word you used is "thin". I'm probably using too much for each layer, and not waiting long enough between layers, thus making it cure faster/ not disperse enough.
     
  48. ARCOSPLAY

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    Im don't know much about making a urethane cowl, but maybe thinner layers and pouring out excess would help? Sorry if that doesn't help but the first pull is looking fantastic btw.
     
  49. ARCOSPLAY

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    Seems like quite a few people here have knowledge of urethane cowls, I have a batman begins cowl and as seen in the picture these random spots show up and they look terrible, does anyone know how I can fix this?

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