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.

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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.

Geek Out Studio Commission: Gambol Shroud Prop WIP

This is a slight deviation from the normal 40k topics that I ramble about, but I’m trying to diversify the blog and show off my commission service Geek Out Studio. Just in case I’ve forgotten or you’re new, Geek Out Studio is a commission service that offers services for miniature paint, prop construction, and costume making. I just started, and things are still a bit frayed. Juggling doing commission services and doing my own stuff, I’m finding things to be a bit strained. I recently finished my first commission: a Dark Eldar Wraithknight.

But enough with the pleasantries, let’s get to the main point of this post: Gambol Shroud.

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Give a bit of a back story for this commission, my wife and I met a Alice Infinity at Pensacon last year. She was cosplaying as Blake while my wife was cosplaying as Ruby. Long story short, we became friends, and I agreed to build her Gambol Shroud for the next time she wanted to do Blake. I started work on this prop last month. It’s been a challenge matching my schedule with that of the workshop that I get to use, so it’s taken my a lot longer to do than I like. This prop is not as difficult or big as my wife’s Crescent Rose, so when I can get to the shop, things progress quickly.

Gambol Shroud Plans

I started by printing off the plans for the sword and sheath. There are a number of people out there that have posted plans for Gambol Shroud, so you just need to look. This one is actually just a touch on the big side since the computer I printed it from didn’t format it. In the end, it will be barely noticable. Once the plans were printed and taped together, I cut everything out.

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The sheath and pistol part of the sword are going to be 1/2 inch EVA foam. This material is easy to work with, provides some rigidity, but is very light. The sword blade will be sandwiched between the two pistol pieces, and a piece of Masonite is sandwiched between the two pieces that make up the sheath.

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I’ll need to router out the interior for the sword to go in. Once that is done, I’ll line the interior with some corse felt to prevent the sword from sliding out.

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I actually had enough material to make three swords. Alice’s blade is made from 1/2 inch thick striated bamboo, and the other two are made from 1/2 inch poplar. Both are strong and light weight.

 

Blade EdgeThe swords are sanded down to a blade.

Really, the only thing left to do down is start putting things together. I’ll still need to cut the blade edge on the sheath, but since it’s foam, that shouldn’t be too much of a challenge. I’ll also embed a strip of sheet metal into the sheath. I plan to make Blake’s back unit that she uses to attach her sword to her back. The sheet metal will be used to attach to a magnet that I place in the back unit. Once everything is done, I’ll seal the foam and coat it with Smooth-On 65D. This will give the whole surface a smooth plastic shell.

Anyways, it was a quick and dirty post, but I’ll certainly post more as things get done.

 

Did I Fall Off the Planet?

Oh my lord! Almost a year with no new content. That has to be a sad state. The truth of the matter is that I’ve been busy behind the scenes with a variety of projects. Add on top of that the juggling act of having a job. I’ve been doing a lot of gaming over the past few months. Some of it not Warhammer 40k. I’ve been sucked into the world of Infinity, Song of Blades and Heros, Flames of War, and Full Thrust. There’s a local Infinity escalation league starting next month that I’m jumping in on, so I’ll try and be good and start adding more actual gaming content. There’s also the small fact that I’ve been getting a very big project up off the ground. What is that you ask?

Drum roll…

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I’ve started a commissioning service that focuses on props, costumes, and miniatures. Right now you can check it out at Geek Out Studio’s Facebook page. It probably won’t be long until I get a proper web page for it along with Youtube channel. Naturally, content from this site will no doubt morph into including more content for Geek Out Studio.

I’ve been toying with the idea of a commissioning service for some time; however, it wasn’t until Pensacon that I decided to take the plunge. Most of my time over the winter was devoted to putting together my and my wife’s costume. Mine fell through and my wife’s costume almost did too. However, we managed to pull it off. Here she is in her RWBY cosplay as Ruby Rose.

Ruby RoseRuby Rose CosplayDuring the build of her costume I was getting a lot of praise from people, and when I showed them my miniatures, the praise just grew. Most of those comments were along the lines of I should do this professionally, or could I do something. I was also inspired when I ran into an old friend from high school. She was making a career of following her love and passion, so I figured I had no excuse.

Just my Warhammer peeps don’t feel like their being left out. Here is a small collection of my miniatures that recently won a handful of prizes at the Blue Angel’s Scale Model and Miniatures Expo. The pictures really are bad, and I’m in the process of making a light box. Just humor me and keep an eye out for better ones.

Dark Angels RhinoDark Angels SquadDeathwingRavenwing Storm TalonRavenwing Storm Talon topThese last minis aren’t Warhammer, but I think they’re easy to look at.

ShowgirlsI run a handful of these as my war band for Song of Blades and Heroes.

Anyway, I’ve got a lot of projects on my table, so I’ll have plenty to go over through the next few days. Thankfully, I’ve been moved to part time, so I can devote more time on working on Geek Out Studio and my blog. Right now though, I trying to organize and clean the chaos that is near and dear to all of us: my work area. As all ways, if you have questions or comments leave them down below.