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Halo: Beat down time. With my KNIFE. by RoxyRoo Halo: Beat down time. With my KNIFE. by RoxyRoo
.... not the best angle to hold the knife so you can see it, but whatever. I still like this shot.

YES I CAN SEE. Before you ask, I can see through the peephole at the front of my helmet and through some black mesh near the bottom of the helmet.

Spartan = :iconroxyroo:

Photography by Eurobeat Kasumi
@SabotenCon 2012

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TheDirectorsDiary Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014
Nice build, check out the props being used for my upcoing Sci Fi - Utopia: Twist of Fates
RoxyRoo Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
redirectLightning Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
To date this is still one of my favourite Spartan costumes out there. You did a really awesome job. I really need to jump on joining the 405th. 
RoxyRoo Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
405th is super helpful. They got threads on practically any type of armor making.  :D
redirectLightning Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah it's awesome. I just found the foam patterns for the Mjolnir MK VI so now all I have to do is study all the crafting tutorials to see what the best tools are and such. Working with foam is waaaaaaaaay different from working with ABS. Any free pointers/tips on what tools are a must? 
RoxyRoo Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
If you can get ahold of some heavy duty cutting shears (big scissors), those are great for getting those angles.  I've been working with exacto blades and they get a nice clean cut, with only minor sanding needed. But it's harder to get angles right, and you have to make sure to switch out the blades once they get dull and that happens a lot.  A lot of people are working with hot knives on 405th. Those are of course, dangerous, but they get clean edges and are a lot faster.  This just depends on your preference and budget.  Also, having a dremel or circular sander for sanding is a must. Sanding edges by hand is nearly impossible.

Patience is key. Try to get as many pieces out of each foam square as you can, you'll save money.  Also, test fit every armor piece before it's finished. Armor that doesn't fit will decrease mobility and comfort, as well as how good it looks on you.

... hope i didn't talk your ear off. O.o;;
redirectLightning Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No, please, talk my ear off lol. I'll take all the tips and pointers I can get. I've been reading a lot on the 405th site so I think I've got SOME basic understanding of what I'll be doing. I'll probably try and find some video tutorials, too, just to get a better idea of the step by step process and how it looks. I'll be picking up my foam probably in a week or two so I'm gonna hit the ground running and get that MK VI started. 

Out of curiosity (because I see a lot of conflicting opinions on the 405th) what do you use to keep your foam pieces together? I saw some guys use hot glue, some guys tape it and then fiberglass it (?)...didn't know what would be the best way to keep it all together before the finishing touches go on.

And on that note, had one other question for you: I've seen two different ways of finishing the armour--one with the bondo/fiberglassing (though I think that's pepakura only?) and one with putting a liquid plastic coat over the top. Do you do either of these? Or something different?

now I hope I'M not talking YOUR ear off lol.
RoxyRoo Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
ok, ok, ok. XD  There are different ways for keeping stuff together, but don't get the Methods mixed up>> Foam VS. Pepakura.  

Foam: Hot glue is pretty much the only thing that sticks foam together.  You can use EVA foam for the base, and craft foam for the details. High temp glue guns are best because it allows more work time and melts the foam together better, making a stronger finished piece. Low temp is ok, but your pieces will be more frustrating to glue together since you have to work so quickly before the glue cools down. When you're finished with the pieces, then you use Plasti-Dip spray paint to coat a layer of rubber onto the foam to seal it.  Then you can use regular spray paint for color.  There are many tutorials on painting methods on 405th as well as on youtube.

Pepakura: this is a method of printing the pepakura patterns onto cardstock, cutting them out and putting them together. Tape and fiberglass is ONLY used on paper/cardstock, never on foam.  The cardstock can be stuck together with a variety of things; elmer's glue, hot glue, tape, etc. Once the piece is finished, it is resined and fiberglassed and bondo-ed. Then yo have to sand, detail and paint. Plasti-dip is not needed at all for this method.

MandalorianKnight Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for answering the biggest riddle of them all, how can you see out of that helmet. You did an awesome job on that, I am also thinking on making some Spartan armor myself but don't know where to start. Can you help me?
RoxyRoo Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah! First, check out It's an armor building community revolved around Halo. Read everything you can. Then, decide whether you want to build with foam or fiberglass (or maybe some other material?). Take count of your budget, how much time it will take, and give yourself a deadline. Be patient, it can take up to a year to complete your first suit.

That's about it for basic starting pointers. :D
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