Steampunk HEV mark zero - Half Life/Gordon Freeman - pic heavy

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  1. starboardsky

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    Hello all, a friend recommended I join the RPF to show off some of my work. My current big project is a steampunk version of the hazardous environment suit, made completely out of hand tooled leather and soldered brass. I am taking a few creative liberties with the build because I wanted the "mark zero" version to look more like something unrefined, asymmetrical and experimental.
    I have over 200 hours and a thousand dollars in this project so far, luckily I only have the chestpiece and boots left to go. Right now I am on a huge money constraint so the project is just sitting until I can move some product. I started a gofundme site to collect donations but I felt it's unfair to ask for handouts when so many other people need money for much better purposes.

    concept sketches for the bracer
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    template applied to leather and cut out
    2.jpg 3.jpg 3 (2).jpg
    measuring and cutout for brass inlay:
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    tooling!
    6.jpg 6 (2).jpg 6 (4).jpg 6 (5).jpg
    adding resists and antique stain:
    7.jpg 8.jpg
    adding shotshell loops and brass inlay:
    9.jpg 13 (2).jpg
    adding lighting effect:
    12.jpg 13.jpg 13 (3).jpg
    foam inserts and completion:
    10.jpg 14 (4).jpg 14 (2).jpg
     

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    Re: Steampunk HEV mark zero - pic heavy

    other bracer, cutout and brass:
    15.jpg 15 (2).jpg
    transfer film for world map:
    15 (14).jpg
    world map transfer after swivel knifing:
    15 (7).jpg
    gear transfers for background:
    15 (6).jpg
    8 hours of tooling later:
    15 (9).jpg 15 (5).jpg 15 (4).jpg 15 (11).jpg
    resists and stain applied:
    15 (13).jpg 15 (8).jpg
    gold paint pen applied:
    15 (16).jpg 15 (3).jpg
    lighting inserted to brass:
    15 (17).jpg
    final products:
    15 (22).jpg 15 (21).jpg 15 (20).jpg 15 (23).jpg
     

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    Re: Steampunk HEV mark zero - pic heavy

    arm guards template, cutout, brass:
    16.jpg 16 (2).jpg 16 (3).jpg 16 (4).jpg
    some detail work and tooling:
    16 (9).jpg 16 (7).jpg 16 (6).jpg 16 (5).jpg
    application of resists, stains, and paints:
    16 (10).jpg 16 (8).jpg 16 (11).jpg

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    belt blanks cutout:
    17.jpg 17 (2).jpg
    brass insets and soldering:
    17 (5).jpg 17 (4).jpg
    tooling for sides:
    17 (3).jpg 17 (6).jpg
    resists, stains, and paints applied:
    17 (7).jpg
    bracers, arm guards, and belt completed!
    17 (8).jpg

    after some consideration, i found the orange bits to be too distracting and cheesy. i've since changed them to brown to match the suit.
     
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    Re: Steampunk HEV mark zero - pic heavy

    templates and blanks for the leg armor:
    18 (12).jpg
    tooling the right leg piece:
    18 (7).jpg 18 (8).jpg
    resists, stains, and metallic paint added:
    18 (9).jpg
    the back part of the right leg plate:
    18 (11).jpg 18 (10).jpg 18 (3).jpg
    front part of the right leg plate, brass inset soldered and applied:
    18 (6).jpg 18 (2).jpg 18 (4).jpg
    minimalist holster for 1861 colt navy revolver:
    18 (5).jpg
    right legplate complete!
    18.jpg
     
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    Re: Steampunk HEV mark zero - pic heavy

    left legplate after tooling, resists, and stain:
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    metallic paint applied (TOO MUCH, lol)
    19 (2).jpg
    front of left legplate, cutouts and tooling:
    19 (3).jpg 19 (4).jpg
    rear of left legplate, tooling and stain:
    19 (6).jpg 19 (8).jpg
    brass insets attached and soldered, straps applied:
    19 (9).jpg 19 (10).jpg
    additional metallic paint applied. again, too much.

    19 (13).jpg 19 (11).jpg

    i have since muted the silver and added more dark brown tones
     

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    Re: Steampunk HEV mark zero - pic heavy

    abdominal section concept sketch:
    IMAG1265.jpg
    templates applied and cut out:
    IMAG1266.jpg IMAG1291.jpg IMAG1267.jpg
    accent straps:
    IMAG1272.jpg
    central pieces cut and tooled, brass cut and brazed:
    IMAG1280.jpg
    one section complete:
    IMAG1273.jpg
    rinse, repeat:
    IMAG1274.jpg
    underarm cuts made:
    IMAG1275.jpg
    closure straps applied:
    IMAG1277.jpg
    spine guard/back plates:
    IMAG1292.jpg IMAG1293.jpg
    attached to abdominal plate:
    IMAG1294.jpg
    with legplates attached:
    IMAG1289.jpg

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    that's all for now. need more supplies for the chest piece and the boot covers. i'm shooting to have the finished product have functional light and sound.
    thanks for looking! i'll post more updates as i complete more stuff.
     

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  7. Daniel Nelms

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    Hey this is really cool! Can you go in to some more detail on the tools and methods you use to detail your pieces?
     
  8. guitarpirate

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    Oh man, that is good!
     
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    i'm working on editing this post to break the picture up into constituent steps, sorry for the confusion!
     
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    here is a pic of what i've got so far, but with some shoulder plates from a different armor set over the top:

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  11. Daniel Nelms

    Daniel Nelms Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Now what would a steampunk crowbar look like? :devil
     
  12. starboardsky

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    I keep going back and forth on that, whether i should stick with the crowbar or go with something like a pipe wrench. Thoughts?
     
  13. SofaKing01

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    What about a pipe wrench / crowbar combo with the SteamPunk greeblies?
     
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    Hey, that's an idea! What's a greeblie?
     
  15. SofaKing01

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    Hi S,

    Greeblie:

    A greeblie is a detail added to the surface of an object that makes it appear more complex and more visually interesting. In some cases (such as scale models), it usually gives the viewer an impression of increased scale.

    For example, if you created a pipe wrench / crowbar combo with a Steampunk flair, you would add some steampunk inspired details such as vintage typewriter parts, nuts, bolts, gears and copper related parts lending to the overall SP look but you would still be able to tell what the object is.

    Like taking a Nerf Gun and doing this...

    http://www.mikestuff.co.uk/communities/9/004/008/652/439//images/4541053597_611x406.jpg
     
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    Maybe a traditional walking cane with greeblies like sofa king said, with leather grip sections, but at the end of the cane it's crowbar shaped?

    Really nice work so far, I would like to see a hand-tooling walk through.
     

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