Warhammer 40k Space Marine Cosplay: Sizing

This is a project that I’ve been wanting to do and working on for some time. I even got a suit of Space Marine largely built.

 

However, a few issues arose. For starters, I didn’t realize it, but the size and scale was off on a lot of the armor. I also made mistakes during construction that would make wearing it and its final presentation a bit off. Then there’s the fact that my skills have improved since I began the suit.

As such, I figured I would just start over. This time though I would use Armorsmith Designer to help scale and proportion the pieces better. This is my results.

Right off the suit looks like it’ll work a lot better. I can also go in a work with each piece in the program and on paper before I cut foam thus making sure each piece is exactly the way I want it. The adjustments I made were actually small. I just adjusted the size of the chest, arms, and pauldrons. These adjustments should make the suit a bit easier to wear and fit a bit better. Though that is a relative term. I’ll still hit my goal of being roughly 7 feet tall in it too.

 

The jump pack is another interesting hurdle. Sadly, it’s the only template out there. While it is okay, I wish it was a bit better. As it is now, I foresee a lot of editing, free handing, decorating to make it better and more in line with how the miniature’s jump pack looks.

I will certainly be adding more as time goes by, but I won’t get truly back to this until after I finish Laura’s Spartan armor. Stay tuned till then.

Halo Armor Build: Spartan Kelly 087 Boots

Well, it’s taken me a little longer to get here than I would like, but the pay off is not bad. After scaling the armor, which I post here, I decided to start with the boots. My though process behind this was that the boots had fewer parts, so if I messed up it’s not much of a problem. They are a “fixed size” meaning that I wouldn’t have to worry about strange shapes and comfort as would for pieces that go on the body.

As with any armor, I started by printing and cutting out the templates, which lead to a couple of mock ups and some head scratching moments. Like the toe piece here.

 

You can see in this picture that I originally left a lot to the fold and other parts of the original template.

 

Not happy with that I went back to Armorsmith and edited the templates. Having simplified the patterns even more I finally got started in ernest. The heel was the next part that caused a bit of a problem. I had seen tutorials that said to cut the darts out and tape them together, which you can see that I did.

However, that caused a problem with trying to trace the part onto foam. I basically couldn’t get it flat enough to trace. My solution was to simply cut some of the darts back out, and ignore them on the foam. That leads us to basically the stage I’m at now, which is ready for detail work.

I do plan to make a video wrap up once I’m completely done with the boot, so look forward to that. In the mean time, I’d like to know what other people think.

We Did a Live Stream: Joining the Twitch Scene

Did our first live stream today. It wasn’t very long. I was mainly just testing the waters and making sure everything on the back in was set up right before I dived in to make it my own.

I just quickly put together the templates for Kelly’s boot armor since Laura’s boots should be in any day now. Here’s the final results

I even did the butt plate real quick.

I can certainly see us doing more streaming as we are always doing something and throwing a camera up to record it all doesn’t take much. I will say though that I have much to learn. It seems like the streaming community is very different from the online communities that I normally hang around in. New lingo, different formatting, what is and it’s expected, are just some of the things I’m figuring out.

I have figured out a schedule is going to be needed, and that I’ll need to stick to it. I feel I should figure that out and where to post it before I get to worried about what it means if someone is hosting me or how long a chat message should stay up.

Keep an eye out though as I certainly do more and more.

 

Halo Armor Build: Spartan Kelly 087

It has been way too long since I last did a post. Social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram make it easy to forget to do this. However, with that said, I’m back, and I’m going to try and get back into this blog.

Today I’m starting work on building Laura’s Spartan armor based on Spartan Kelly-087. I’m using a new program call Armorsmith Designer to help scale the armor pieces, so they will fit her right. At least that’s how the program is supposed to work. We’ll find out soon. Check out the video below.

 

There are a few parts I’m planning on 3D printing: gloves and upper armor. Though, speaking of upper armor, I’m still up in the air as to whether or not I put them on correctly. The picture show how they’re on the mannequin.

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They look right especially when compared to a really nice high-res picture I found.

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You can see the detail in the upper arm plates that is missing from the model I’m using which is why I’m going to see about 3D printing them.

That’s the only update for now. I’m shooting to make some kind of progress on this each week, so I’ll be sure to add a post at least once a week. The other reason I’m shooting to make progress on this armor every week is that we’re shooting to have this done by Questcon, which is the end of October. Let’s see if we can do it.

Acquisitions Mandalorian Build Log: Planning

I’ve been horrible at maintaining this blog, and I say that each time I get back into it I’ll be better. That always seems to fail. However, I now have an idea to help me with this, and that’s with build logs. As my first I’m starting with my Mandalorian build.

Thanks to the peer presure of Eitanya Designs I’ve decided to make the jump inot making a Mandalorian kit. There seems to be a level of creativity you get with a Mandalorian build that you don’t seem to get with any other Star Wars costume; however, there is also still a structure and level of standard. As such, the Mandalorian Mercs have brigades, which is basically different classes or specializations of Mandalorians. The one I’m decided on is the Acquisitions Specialists. To put it bluntly, they’re thieves, cat burglars, and hackers.

The out line for the costume is light armor, sleek over feel, and muted colors. I went ahead and done up a basic sketch of my character. I’m no sketch artist, so cut me some slack.

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The design will probably change, but basically, I’m hoping to portray an urban thief. Most of the fabric will be snug fit, so as to no get caught on things. However, the hooded jacket thing is to help conceal the look of a Mandalorian. The color pallet I’m shooting for is a drab grey pallet: grey green, grey brown, etc. Thanks to Eitanya I’ve already got my armor ready.

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The helmet I’ve picked out is the NME Props Mandalorian Stalker sans the range finder. This helmet I think embodies the idea of a sleek thief’s helmet.

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Finally, one of the interesting requirements for the costume is some kind of climbing harness/gear. The challenge of getting a costume accepted in the Mandalorian Mercs is that it can’t look to “Earthy”. The idea I have for my climbing harness is basically. the 3D Maneuvering Gear from Attack on Titan.

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The more I thought about this the more I felt it would fit and be a epic thing to watch. Imagine a Mandalorian zipping through a place like Coruscant like Spider-Man with this thing. The challenge though is making it and incorporating it into the costume as a whole. I know I won’t have the big drum/keg thing, but there are some challenges.

 

That’s what I’ve got planned for my Mandalorian. Let me know what you think.

 

 

Geek Out Studio: Another Update

I just realized that it’s been over a year since I posted an article. I can assure you that things are still going well. I’ve just been extremely busy and forgetful. Mainly forgetful.

I’ve also become more relient on Facebook. It’s quicker to snap a picture and write a two sentence blurb than it is to write a whole blog post. If you’re interested in keeping up with what all we’re doing on an almost daily basis, then go and like Geek Out Studio’s Facebook page.

In the mean time, I’ll bring you up to speed on what all has happened in the year I’ve been away.

For starters, the cosplay side of things has grown. We made our first cosplay guest appearance at Emerald Coast Con in Fort Walton Beach at the end of October. I premiered my Halo ODST armor. There’s still some things that I want to add before I call it fully completed. However, here are some pictures from that weekend.

ODST Armor

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The humorous thing was walking across Hwy 98 to get something to eat wearing this armor. I got a lot people shouting out their windows saying Master Chief. Then actually eating food in the armor was an adventure and challenge. I actually don’t have a lot of movement when I’m wearing it.

Of course it was our RWBY cosplay that got us to this point. We premiered a large RWBY group at last year’s Pensacon.

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There are plenty more photos of our cosplay work over on our Facebook page. You might see more as we’ve put in to be cosplay models for a local photographer. I’ve also been ghost writing for her blog for a few months. Another reason why I haven’t been keeping up with mine.

We’re still doing miniatures too. Recently I’ve begun work on the Robotech Tactics miniatures. I started working on them mainly to see where all the negative press was coming from. I have to say I don’t know what people are talking about. The miniatures are not that difficult to put together, and they paint up well. I haven’t “finished” any, but here are a few quick work in progress pictures of some of them.

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There’s much more, but I won’t bore you on every single detail. Just know that I do plan to get back to posting on a regular basis. You can look forward to Youtube videos, prop building blogs, and regular topical articles. I hope to post a new article at least once a month, but like I said at the beginning, if you’re really interested in keeping tabs on everything that goes on at Geek Out Studio on a more daily basis, then like our Facebook page.

Studio Update: Geek Out Studio is Growing

This past few months have been incredibly busy around here. I promise you I haven’t stopped. I’ve just been spread pretty thin. However, I will show you things that have been keeping my attention. There’s going to be a lot of pictures and a lot of things I gloss over. You can keep more up to date by following Geek Out Studio’s Facebook page, Twitter feed @GeekOutStudio, or Instagram.

I’ve still been working on various miniatures; however, I haven’t taken any studio shots because the clients have all decided to do their own bases. I haven’t had a chance to meet up with them and take some studio shots of the fully completed miniatures, but I’ll go over some of the work-in-progress pictures.

After I finished the Heldrake, I got started on a couple of costume commissions that were sent in. Both were for Kill La Kill props. The first being Ryuko’s Scissor Blade.

Scissor BladeHere’s what it looked like in some photo shoots .

Kill La Kill CosplayI also got a request for Sasuki’s Bakuzan. This took a little more time, and I’m still trying to figure out how to do the sheath.

BakuzanHere’s the two props in a nice photo shoot from this year’s Mechacon in New Orleans.

Kill La Kill GroupBack to the miniature side of things. There have been three projects that have come across my desk that I’m still working on as more pieces come in. The first was a collection of Bolt Action Marines.

Bolt Action MarinesThis project was a bit time-consuming since I basically had to hand paint all the marines, but they turned out good.

Bolt Action BARBolt Action NCOBolt Action SniperI should be able to get some nice showcase photos of these guys soon, so keep an eye out for them.

I still work on Warhammer stuff (I promise); however, I have gotten to work on a Warhammer Fantasy piece.

OrionThe Wood Elves Orion. This was an interesting piece to work on manly due to the fact that the client wanted it mostly done in fall colors. It was another time-consuming piece because again, I had to hand paint most of it.

Orion BackThis is another piece that I should be able to get some showcase photos of soon.

Grey Hunter FrontWe’re back to 40k Space Marines. This and one other miniature was done as a test model for a client that wanted a white color scheme Space Wolves army.

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With the completion of these two, the client has decided to go ahead and get his whole army painted.

I did have a rather random but cute commission come in. One of my wife’s co-workers wanted me to re-paint a Skylander. Her son wanted a girl Skylander to give to his sister.

SkylanderThis was the starting model. The kid wanted typical “girl” colors: pink and purple. Since it was for a 6-year-old, I didn’t go to crazy with painting it; however, bot the mom and kids did end up absolutely loving it.

Skylander Re-paintSkylander re-paint2Now for some of the personal stuff that have been distracting me. I continue to plod along with my ODST armor, but with most of it reinforced, I have actually begun putting it together.

ODST armorODST BracersSome of the other parts like the hip and thigh armor hang off a belt that I need to get. The helmet has been soaking up a lot of time though.

ODST Helmet

A nice metal undercoat that will help with weathering.

ODST WeatherODST Weather BackMasked off scratches with liquid rubber.

ODST Helmet GreenODST Helmet BrownThis is where things got tedious. I plan to do a digital camouflage scheme for my armor. That means lots and lots of stencils over four different colors.

There have been two big events that have distracted me though over the last couple of months.

DragonCon BadgeThis was the first. Our first trip to Dragon*Con.

DragonCon MarineThere were lots of pictures taken. 🙂

Last week I was busy working a haunted castle out in the middle of no where, so I guess that was fitting. I got to play a crazy and bloody doctor.

Mad DoctorFinally, the big reveal of what has caused me to not post much recently is that I’m moving into an actual studio.

StudioStudio 2We did some major home renovations recently, and along with that was convert a spare room into a studio. I soon hope to have it completely done and running. I no longer will be cramped into a small alcove, but have a whole room.

Anyway, that’s about everything that’s been going on recently. I should get back to posting regularly, so make sure to check back. As always, share, follow, comment, and all those other wonderful internet stuff.

Khorne Heldrake: A Mechanical Dragon from Hell

Finished another commission the other day, and I was able to deliver the model to the customer. Considering that he took a selfie with it, I would say he was pleased with the results. I’m eager to know what you think.

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You’ll notice immediately that I didn’t use the standard plastic flight stand that comes with the model. I really hate them and feel the detract from the look of models. My method really reduces the profile which allows the model and base to blend better together. It’s also easier to handle, and it breaks down for easy storage and travel. I used the metal rods and adapters from CorSec Engineering.

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You can see here where I mounted the adapter. Actually, I secured it in the center of the cross with resin and then filled in the holes.

Final Heldrake Base

Finally, here’s a shot of the base. I went with a lava base seeing as it a Chaos daemon engine of hellish proportions. The lava was made with PVA glue that I airbrushed, and the rocks were made out of scupltimold plaster. You can also see how the rod attaches to the base.

Until next time, let me know what you think and go by Geek Out Studio to see more of my commission, miniatures, props, and costume projects.

Dark Angels Army: Picture Day for My Space Marines

I finished a Heldrake commission yesterday, so I took this morning to take some display pictures of it. I have a rule that I don’t post pictures of my completed commissions until the customer has gotten the first chance to look at and hold their commission. You’ll be able to see pictures of the Heldrake probably tomorrow. While I was snapping pictures on the drake, I figured I’d take some time and get some good pictures of my Dark Angels. Here are the fruits of my labor:

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We start of with a tactical squad.It’s a basic squad that I’ll be adding to as time goes. My plan is to simply build a few key sergeant options, the three assault weapons, and a few key heavy weapons.

DA Squad 2DA Squad 2cDA Squad 2dAnother tactical squad, this one comes from the Dark Vengeance box set. This squad makes for the back bone of really a second squad. I generally put the plasma cannon in the Devastator squad, and I rarely use the sergeant as is. Given how the Dark Vengeance box is still available and with the 7th edition mini-rulebook, I’ll probably have another one these squad soon.

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My Dark Angels Librarian. Again, this model is from the Dark Vengeance box set, and again, I’ll probably will have another one of these guys floating around.

DA Drop PodDA Drop Pod 2A Dark Angels drop pod. I magnetized the doors to prevent them from flopping open. It’s proven to be very nice.

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My Dark Angels Rhino can also serve as a Razorback since I magnetized the top hatch. I didn’t magnetize everything to make every take. I tried that last time with my Space Wolves, and it was more of a pain that what it’s worth.

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The start of a scout sniper squad. I really need to finish up the rest as I tend to bring at least one squad every time I play.

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I don’t actually use dreadnaughts all that much in my games, but I had this fellow laying around. I striped the old paint off of him, and painted him in a nice Dark Angels color scheme. The arms are not glued or magnetized. I just use the peg and holes that come as is in the kit.

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A squad of Deathwing Knights. These guys were fun painting and are a fun squad to play with.

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My squad of Deathwing terminators from the Dark Vengeance box. I’m working on some more at the moment, so I’m sure you’ll see more of these guys.

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Finally, this is my Ravenwing Stormtalon. I know Dark Angels don’t have access to Stormtalons. This is for the times I ally with regular codex Space Marines. It has also stood in for my Nephilim a few times. You’ll notice I didn’t go with the standard GW base and mounting rod. I hate that plastic stand that come in the kit. This a set I picked up from CorSec Engineering. I personally think it looks better. It has a lower profile than what comes in the kit. It also unscrews for easy transport.

I hoped you enjoyed my show and tell. Let me know what you think, and if you’re interested in a commission message me here or at Geek Out Studio.