Teen Groot: Infinity War - WIP - Pic Heavy

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BobbyFromBUF

Active Member
Hi friends,

Many of you have followed along with my other Groot build thread on the RPF...

You can find it listed under "Groot - Foam Build - WIP - Pic Heavy"

I'm hoping to create a new Groot costume using some fresh ideas. But, I'll start off with a question...

In the new trailer, we can hear Groot's video game system making beeping sounds. These sounds are very similar to the sounds in Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 when the Sovereign Fleet is engaging the Milano.

Can anyone identify the origin of these sounds? Is it from a real game? Did they just make up the sound for the movie?

Attached is a screen shot that a friend found online of what the gaming system appears to look like.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. FB_IMG_1522203447418.jpg

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BobbyFromBUF

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Alright RPF! It's been too long since I have completed a proper tutorial thread. This cosplay is not 100% complete, but I am planning to post my progress so far. Here goes...

As many of you know, I built a Groot cosplay a while back and my build tutorial became pretty popular (26,000+ views and counting). Well, since I have a pretty good Groot mask I figured "why reinvent the wheel?" With this in mind I placed my Groot mask on a helmet stand and started working...

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BobbyFromBUF

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No. Groot is not preparing for an alien invasion. Basically, I wanted to make a copy of my helmet, but without doing any damage to the existing cosplay. In order to accomplish this I wrapped Groot's head in aluminum foil.

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Once the head was wrapped I traced out the location of the eyes and mouth.

After finishing this step, I began covering the whole head in duct tape.

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I was careful to wrap all the way around including under the chin.

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For the next step, I drew on the template attempting to begin to capture some of the features of Infinity War Groot. One thing I would like to note is that Infinity War Groot is extremely thin. I mean VERY slim. Personally, at 5'8" 182lbs I am NOT slim. Haha. One way I hope to fake this a little bit is by creating larger features on the face and an exaggerated head size.

DSC_0651 by Robert Whalen, on Flickr

Here's a look underneath the chin. I felt that it was really important to add extra material under the chin in order to have extra to trim away to capture the jaw line later.

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BobbyFromBUF

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Once I had a pretty good idea of the features I started peeling away the foil from the original mask.

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Note that the red lines are the details from my Vol. 1 cosplay while the purple lines are my plans for the Infinity War version,

DSC_0655 by Robert Whalen, on Flickr

Next, I cut a slit down the back to remove the template.

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I ended up with this...

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In order to get the rounded template to lay flat I would need to trim away excess and "darts". I repeated this trimming step until I was able to make the template lay flat.

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Next step will be to trace the template onto a foam anti-fatigue mat...

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BobbyFromBUF

Active Member
Once I had the template flattened out I traced the shape onto the EVA mat.

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Note that I cute out the eyes and a slit for the mouth to ensure that the location of these details remained similar.

DSC_0667 by Robert Whalen, on Flickr

DSC_0668 by Robert Whalen, on Flickr

Once I felt good about that I got a black marker and drew some details to help capture the annoyed essence that is Teen Groot...

DSC_0669 by Robert Whalen, on Flickr

After that I cut it out and began to do more examination of the shape...

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Next I began planning for how I was going to create the jaw line. Unlike Vol. 1 Groot, IW Groot doesn't have a lot of cracking and separation throughout the face. I felt it was much more important to have a single uninterrupted surface for the "skin". With this in mind I left a lot of the extra foam around the chin area when I was cutting away the darts.

DSC_0675 by Robert Whalen, on Flickr

Then I folded the flaps in over each other to determine where the trims would be needed.

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While the flaps were folded in over each other I traced the location of the overlaps to know where to make the trims. I then cut away those "triangles"...

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The total size of the foam that I used for this mask was about 33" x 20.5"

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Next I started folding the foam under on itself and gluing the flaps together to form the basic shape of the chin.

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Then I started gluing the back together...

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I was careful to make sure that I made the "crown" flare out as it appears to in both the IW trailer as well as on the Hot Toys scale figure...

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BobbyFromBUF

Active Member
At this point, I was pretty happy with the starting shape, but I need to just keep trimming until the helmet would fit over my head...

DSC_0708 by Robert Whalen, on Flickr

You can see the thin green guideline that I drew and am following as I make these trims. While trying to make the opening larger I was simultaneously trying to make the opening into a more perfect oval as well.

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So, eventually I come to terms with the fact that I will need a slit up the back to squeeze this mask over my head.

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Looking at myself in the mirror I can see that the chin is still too big and round. So, more trims...

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Getting closer...

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BobbyFromBUF

Active Member
The trims around the eyes were pretty sloppy since I used an old, dull X-acto blade. So, I trimmed them a bit with my curved lexan scissors.

DSC_0725 by Robert Whalen, on Flickr

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At this point, I needed to switch to my cheap-o rotary tool from Harbor Freight Tools. I just started trimming around the eyes. The main goal in this step is to create depth,

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With the depth starting to come together I got out my heat gun and a pair of leather gloves and started trying to shape the "bone structure" of the face.

DSC_0731 by Robert Whalen, on Flickr

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The key is to focus on a small area and press from both the inside of the foam as well as the outside simultaneously to add more curve. I pushed out from the inside around the eye to create the appearance of an "orbital bone". I pressed out from the inside to create that small bulge in the "snout". Do this step slowly, carefully, and repeat over and over as needed.

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I also pressed out from the inside to create the brow ridge ad pushed in on the bridge of the nose to create that contrast.

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I pushed in on the cheeks and temples as well...

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BobbyFromBUF

Active Member
Once I was pretty satisfied with the shape I started working on the eyes. For the lenses I opted for cheap sunglasses from the Dollar Tree.

DSC_0738 by Robert Whalen, on Flickr

I placed 2mm craft foam inside the mask and traced the opens of the eyes.

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I made 2 copies of each eye. One for the interior and one for the exterior of each lens.

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I surrounded each lens with craft foam to allow the lens to be installed inside the mask.

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I used the second pair of lenses to create the pupils... In case you couldn't tell, I used the brownish lenses for the main part of the eye, and I cut small circles out of the darker lenses to make the pupils.

DSC_0748 by Robert Whalen, on Flickr

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I glued the two lenses together using CA+ Glue from the local hobby store.

DSC_0751 by Robert Whalen, on Flickr

The eyelids are probably the most important step. If the eyes are not set deep enough into the skull and are not covered partially by eyelids, you will lose a lot of realism in the expression...

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I added an extra layer of anti-fatigue mat to ensure that the eyes are set in deep enough to look real...

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BobbyFromBUF

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With the shape sorted out and the eyes installed I started carving the lines in the face for the skin. I looked at many screen caps and photos of the Hot Toy 1/6 scale toy before doing this. I was very careful to follow the direction of the lines I could see in my examples.

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BobbyFromBUF

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Because i dont have a groot head to base the teen groot head off how do you think i should go about with making the base head?
I added some measurements of my template. It ended up being about 33" wide at the widest point, and about 20.5" tall at the tallest point.

Foam is relatively cheap. Give it a shot! Test your drawing skills!
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Nismo

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Good luck man! - I was considering a teen groot but my daughter has decided she wants to be Black Widow and me to be the incredible Hulk this time around so onto muscle suit building I go!
 

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