Smoke's Predator Build WIP -Done. I think.

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  1. SMOKE

    SMOKE Well-Known Member

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    Hello all, I started this build alittle after halloween and I'm comfortable enough with my progress to share with my family here on the RPF. I have a WIP thread over on TheHuntersLair.com with a bit more detail that what's in this thread.

    Let me get everyone caught up.. First I read threads and Huntorials till my eyes bled glowing green blood.

    Then made a latex predator body suit out of a mr. incredible halloween costume, some cotton(predator muscle stucture), seed beads(warts) and a gallon of liquid latex. Thanks to macguyver's Huntorial over on the lair. Here's the link on how to do one yourself. You can use this method for all sorts of costumes, very useful thread.

    MacGuyver's Mr. Incredible Suit Huntorial *LOTS OF PICS!* - The Hunter's Lair

    Here's a picture of my finished, airbrush painted, latex predator skin. I used and airbrush and acrylic paint mixed with pros-aide (aka PAX).first time airbrushing anything, be nice:).

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    back with out body netting
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    Close up of the thigh after the Perma Wet was sprayed.
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    After that I used Lair member Vinman's AVP templates to cut the armor out of sintra. Here's a link to his Huntorial. AVP Armor Templates By VinMan - The Hunter's Lair

    Here's the Cut and shaped Sintra ready for assembly.

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    Here's a shot of the Bio I made, I'll most likely be changing it so that it matches the armor better.

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    My P1 mask from Termokk (member here on the rpf and The lair) should be here tomorrow and I'll start the paint up on that with in the next couple days. I'm ordering my dreads from Termokk on monday. Can't wait to get em! Now on to assembling and fine tuning the armor and rest of the "clothes" for my predator.

    I still have a ways to go on this build. I still need to make the blade gauntlet, the Computer gauntlet, feet and hands and other various weapons and trophies.

    Thanks for looking! Questions or comments are always welcome and motivating.:)

    -Smoke (Lair member QuakeVirus)
     
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  2. Azurial

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    Great work dude! i plan on doing one of these once i have some extra cash AND my two Iron man builds (which have been shelved for the last 2 years) are done.
     
  3. Alnitak

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    GREAT work!! will you be complementing the armor with some 'predator standard weapons'?
     
  4. STEALTH

    STEALTH Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    awesome stuff man.
     
  5. SMOKE

    SMOKE Well-Known Member

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    Thanks bro! Hurry up and finish those IM suits! We need more Predators out there hunting!

    Thanks! I'm definitely going to have the ceremonial dagger (sculpting the handle out of Apoxy Sculpt and I made the blade already out of sintra)and of course the blade and bomb gauntlets. I have a few Trip Mines made already and I'll most likely make atleast one 'none standard' weapon, like a custom spear or something. Not sure if I want the whole plasma cannon and backpack too tho. Still kinda deciding on that one. I might add one antique looking human weapon(like the pistol in the end of Predator 2).

    Thanks for looking and commenting guys!

    Here's a pic of the Trip Mines I made.

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    Thanks bud! It's coming along, Nice work on your RoboCop man. Cant wait to see it finished!!
     
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  6. VinMan

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    very nice work on the armor! I know how time consuming it can be. Look forward to seeing more progress
     
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  7. Robiwon

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    Thanks for posting this over here as well Smoke! This is going to be a great suit. I'm ordering my Mr I suit on Fridy.

    VinMan, your'e in KY ? I'm an hour and a half SE of you in Danville! I hope to have my P1 done for Wonderfest next May.
     
  8. SMOKE

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    Thanks man! I'm trying to do your awsome templates some justice. Thanks again for making the AVP templates:thumbsup, they are great and yes a bit time consuming but the results are awesome!.:)

    Can't wait to see the build!! If you have any questions that aren't covered in Macguyvers Thread feel free to pick my brain.:)


    Update: Today my Termokk 3.0 Mask came it today and it is glorious!!! Thanks again Corey. Dreads have been oredered as well. Can't wait to paint it up in a few days.

    Finally a face to the beast! Just need to attach the mandibles and start the paint up.

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    Thanks for looking!:)
     
  9. Robiwon

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    I'm so glad your going with Termokks 3.0 mask. It looks great plus it's not as expensive as some others. Plus it has the closed mouth. I've never been a fan of open mouth Predator masks. This is also the mask I want to use. Did you get yours foam filled or are you doing it yourself? I'll order mine without as it saves a few dollars.
     
  10. SMOKE

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    I love this mask! Corey did a excellent job on it. I wanted the closed mouth so it would fit better under the bio(which I have to modify or redo cause its a bit too small:unsure) I got it filled and it's well worth the extra cash. Corey did a great job. I felt bad having to put a small slit in the bottom of the back of the neck but I had to to get it over my huge head.:lol

    Here's an update for the RPF crew.


    I started assembling some of the armor. this shot is of the shoulder area. I used a about 6 pop rivets and some canvas strapping to hold the pec plates and the main body together.

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    Glue drying..

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    Mock up after pop riveting and gluing.

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    This a sheet of Predator Runes I made out of Cut Vinyl. I used the photo that PredatrHuntr (Lair Member) posted in the other forum. I converted them to vector and sent them to the cutter. I have a couple more sheets laying around. Probably going to stick them on my truck too.
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    I stuck a few of the glyphs on the armor, so that when I paint over it they will be slightly raised pred glyphs strategically placed on the armor. Still some more minor bondo work to do around the pec edges.

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    Doing the Mask Paint up tonight! :)
     
  11. ZacharyHurst

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    I really Love your work so far. I've wanted to make my own pred for the last twenty years and even tried as a teenager but after looking over the complex builds on the lair I have always seen this as unattainable. Now thanks to you I might just try this out!
     
  12. SMOKE

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    Thanks for the kind words! I've wanted one for about the same amount of time. My skills has finally caught up to my dreams.:) Anything is obtainable. Can't wait to see the build! :thumbsup



    Here's the paint up, a few minor touch ups needed. Mainly around the teeth area, I think.... what do ya'll think? Pass or Fail?

    Already fixed those tho pesky quill holes I missed.
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    Matches the body pretty good.
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  13. Mardikrewe

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    Great stuff!

    I helped a friend on the Lair use those same patterns. Sintra is a nic3e material to work with. I'm Mardikrewe on the Lair as well.
     
  14. SMOKE

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    Thanks man! I can't wait to finish the journey. I love the stuff (sintra). Easy to work with and easy on the wallet.

    Thanks for checking it out! See you on the lair!
     
  15. bdude93

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    nice job!!! predator is my next big costume attempt. also using vinman's template. hitting the gym HARD though. might opt for having body paint airbrushed as opposed to doing a suit. looking forward to seeing how your armor painting turns out.
     
  16. Robiwon

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    Looks great! What did you use to attach the quils with?
     
  17. SMOKE

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    Thanks! I was gonna hit the gym but with my metabolism and genetics, I would have to juice up hardcore.:lol

    Thanks again man. I just used the tiniest drop of super glue gel. Just enough to stick but not so much it over flowed the quill sockets. I'm not sure if this is the best way to do it but it worked for me. I had a hard time finding an answer for myself.


    Update:

    Here's what I got going on...I primed added the vinyl glyphs, sanded everything with 220 grit and started assembling the chest armor.

    The center piece is attached to a 3 inch strip of elastic that is doubled up, with pop rivets. Then I added button snaps to each side of the chest part. Makes it easy to get on I just need to get some leather straps for the back and Bicept plates.
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    Thanks for looking!
     
  18. scottlox

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    that is so good.
     
  19. SMOKE

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    and it feels good too.:lol

    Update:

    I added the rest of the decals to ALL of the plates and sanded everything down with 220, even the decals( so the paint will stick to them). Looks like I should have a good range of motion with the armor. Just need to finish the shin guards and make the guantlets. Oh yeah I gotta redo the bio, the one I originally made was too small. Its ok I'll fix it.

    Here's some pics of the mock up.

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    Thanks for commenting and looking! :)
     
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  20. STEALTH

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    That is looking really great man. Nice to see a Predator build going full steam.
     
  21. mosarmini

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    That texture is spot on!
     
  22. SMOKE

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    Thanks bro! Full steam is the way to go! choo choo!:lol

    Thanks! I'm trying to make this sucker as detailed as I can. Little details make big differences.:)
     
  23. Mr Fett

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    Love the green tones of the skins. Nice work so far!
     
  24. wolfsbane

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    OMG this is amazing!
     
  25. SMOKE

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    Thank you kind sir! I still have a few more touch ups to do on it. It's coming along.:)

    Thank you!!:)
     
  26. SMOKE

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    Update for the RPF crew!:)

    Here's what I did last night. I plasti dipped an old leather belt. I think Im going to paint it metallic just like the armor. The plates were off a bit so I re adjusted where they mount to the belt to make them more flush with the top of the belt.

    Started on the leather work a bit. I needed some leather so .... I destroyed my Polo Jacket small sacrifice.

    whats left of the jacket.....hello leather scarf!:lol
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    and ended up with this...
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    Not sure if I like the longer pieces just yet. I might split the tail piece in to 4 strips and the cod flap in to 2 strips..or I might just cut them off somewhat even with the others. I want to get it up on the skin before I make any rash decisions.



    Today I strung up the leather strips from the jacket and mocked it up with the rest of everything..I don't know whether or not I like the long strips or if it would look better with the mini skirt tabbard look. I'm leaning toward the shorter version. What do ya'll think??

    My thought is.. the longer strips covers up too much of the skin.
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    Also today made the bottoms for the Bomb and Blade gauntlets. I still need to find something for that center piece.

    Bottom of the gauntlets, flat sintra and foam.
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    Assembled. foam plasti dipped
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    Gonna try and pep out a new bio tonight and hopefully get it slushed with some smooth cast tomorrow(don't feel like messing with fiberglass). Still gotta make the belt buckle. I keep forgetting about it.

    Thanks for looking and commenting . Let me know about the tabbards.
     
  27. SMOKE

    SMOKE Well-Known Member

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    Hello hello,

    Time for a much over due update.

    I'm trying out a Hammered Copper Base. I just need to weather it up and add maybe a bit of some other metallic in there too. once it stops raining and dries out a bit, I'm going to get started on that. IF it comes out bad, plan B is to with a gun metal or aluminum hammer paint as a base and go from there.

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    Blade Gauntlet update!

    First I started by free handing a main blade plate that would house the blade and make a nice base for some apoxy scultping. Oh yeah I split a old sump pump tube in have to make the black ribbed area.

    blade base. those orange lines were ideas I was working out.
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    Single to split blade.
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    After about 3 hrs of apoxy sculpting I came up with this.. I didnt really have an set idea of what I wanted to accomplish with it. I just kinda "winged it" through it design wise. I still need to sand the rough edges.. ? ?
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    Looking at it today..I think Im going to add more to the back plates to make them match the rest better.

    A set of hands from biohunter76 on the lair should arrive tomorrow, can't wait to paint em! and after xmas feet will be shipped my way. Oh yeah the same time the dreads I ordered from Termokk should be shipping too . Still alot to do

    Thanks for looking and Commenting!
     
  28. LadyLoo

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    This is really freakin' cool! I'm loving the Sintra armor, and the bodysuit is excellent!
     
  29. SMOKE

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    Thank you! I'm having a blast with this build:)


    Just received these in the mail today! I ordered them from BioHunter76 on the lair. Thank You Casey! They look amazing. I can't wait to get the feet in I ordered from him too.

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    Thanks for looking!
     
  30. bdude93

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    great work!!! can i ask what kind of glue or adhesive you use to glue the armor pieces together?
     
  31. SMOKE

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    Thanks!! Pop Rivets, Canvas and elastic. For the pecs and the rib plates I used 3M Super Adhesive and it works pretty good.

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    Neck seal update....

    After 3 failed attempts, I finally got it down. I used cotton rope some super glue and a about 3 coats of Plasti Dip and came up with this.. I have some progress pictures I think on my cell phone if anyone would like to see. I think it came out pretty good and it's flexible and tough as nails thanks to the plasti dip.


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    Checking in out with the chest pieces attached. This should give you an idea of how I'll get into the armor. I've already started air brushing the armor. It's no long that color. Not sure if it's even going to stay the current color. I'll post pics tomorrow.

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    here's what I came up with the gauntlets...at the last minute I decided to add those teeth like spikes to both of them. I think the teeth spikes were a good choice.


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    Nifty Belt buckle made from sintra and foam.

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    Oh yeah! Painted Predator Hands!

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    another update tomorrow after some paint dries.

    Thanks for looking!:)
     
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  32. SMOKE

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    I've been meaning to update this thread for a few days now. Sorry bout that. My kiddos are visiting for the last time before the move to Wisconsin.. Any ways here's an update. I've painted the armor with a Copper hammer base. Then I airbrushed a light layer of silver and a medium (i guess) coat of metallic peridot. The pictures don't do it justice, There is way more green metallic than the pictures show.

    Here's some pics of the paint color on the suit.


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    Here's some pics of the weathering. The color changes pretty drastically after I washed over it all with a 2-3 coats of black. I just used some really tinned out black acrylic paint and a paper shop towel. I coated it with a thin washed out layer and then used a clean towel to wipe off the streaks. every coat made it a bit darker. It also really brought out the glyphs once the black started accumulating around it. The green metallic is still there, it's just hard to get a good picture of it.

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    I swapped out the belt I think this one looks better with the black skirt(i'm not sure what to call it:confused). I still might swap out again once I get a chance to go by my leather guy's house to pick through his things. I need some leather under gauntlets, leather under shin guards, and matching skirt and straps. I'm also going to explore the brown option for the leather color too.
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    I've ordered a red EL pad and a blue EL strip kit to backlight the bomb gauntlet display and "buttons". Also I ordered a set of lasers to rig up in the bio. No telling when those are going to get here. Hopefully soon and there goes my Xmas money (y))

    Tonight I worked on the bio a bit. Mainly cleaned up around the eyes. heated it up and reshaped it a little more and a little bit of extra weathering. The shins are almost done. I made them out of some of that thin craft foam and and about 3 coats of plastidip, as my past experiences with shin guards have been uncomfortable ones. Seems pretty sturdy to me. Once the paint dries I'll get some pics up. The feet should be here monday at the latest and the dreads hopefully soon after that.

    Thanks for looking, Commenting!
     
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  33. SMOKE

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    Re: Smoke's Predator Build WIP - Weathering Pics Added

    It's been a while since I've updated this thread and ALOT has happened. Since the last update I added a xeno-esk backpack and cannon. Weathered everything, made a third bio, installed the trilaser(not leds) uhhm oh yeah wired up the EL lighting in the bomb gauntlet. Im sure I'm missing something oh yeah dreads and beads, more leather straps. I kept up with the thread on theHuntersLair pretty good, so there is alot of progress pics there that are missing from this thread. If anyone wants I will gladly repost anything from the other thread.

    Well the suit is pretty much done all that's left is just installing some magnets in the bio and mask. Got those ordered already. It looks like I'll be suiting up tomorrow and making a video for the interwebs.:) I'll definitely post it here.

    Enough talk here's the pics..

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    Thanks for looking and commenting. Can't wait to finally wear this thing!!!
     
  34. wrcromu

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    Very great costume Bro !!! Very great work on it, i really love the paintjob on the body and the armor.
     
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    Awsome work:)
     

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