Sorry for the lack of updates. I've been busy with personal matters, so I haven't had a lot of time to chronicalized my costume's progress.
I finished making my costume officially on July 4th and showcased at Anime Expo 2013. Here's a few pictures I took while making my costume:
I worked straight for 4 days prior to Fanime and finished everything except the bolter, belt, and backpack. Unfortunately I realized it will take a long time to fill the seams and applying PVA + spray paint. I couldn't complete my costume in time for Fanime.
After caulking my helmet, I sprayed a few layers of Plastidip. Unfortunately, the seams were still visible.
In mid-late June, Henrik posted pictures of his new helmet using heat forming technique. I remade my helmet and presto, minimal seams!
I purchased a construction helmet and used the head harness. I also have a DC
blower to keep my cool and green LED lens for the vision slits. I later discovered the DC
blowers were too loud and didn't bother using them.
I conducted a little experiment. I found gesso + multiple layers of PVA works really well for hiding seams.
After stress fitting my costume, I realize the legs didn't maintain their form. 6mm foam lacks structure and is too flimsy. I remade the legs using 1/2" foam, the same thickness used for the torso.
Legs have inner fillers that helps keep my legs in place.
I also remade the Pauldrons.
Pauldrons are attached to the torso using a bolt through an inner pauldron. The inner pauldron connects the arms.
Here's what the toros looks like. As you can see, there's two bolts on either side, which hooks the Pauldrons.
The torso has an inner harness to keep the torso on snug and fit. It also helps support the weight of the backpack.
For the torso chest emblem, I'm used the Imperial Eagle.
Being 5' 10", I'm not tall as a Space Marine (most humans aren't). I made 1' platform shoes,
The platform shoes was constructed using wooden planks, thick ethafoam cylinders, EVA foam, metal brackets, shoe, and various screws.
Arm pieces are connected using the elbow guard. They too have fillers.
Here's the abdomen with the belt attached.
Abdomen is worn using two straps that rest on my shoulders. There's also inner straps, which gets attached to the legs.
My bolter is hallow and doesn't shooting anything (shooting not allowed at conventions). I recycled an old hot glue gun and used it as the a grip.
Here's what the Bolter looks like after gluing.
I literally painted my costume over night.
During the convention, I had numerous costume malfunctions in the leg region. Apparently, rubber soles and screws don't hold well together. Fortunately I brought tools with me. I added a metal bracket over the front, hot glued the bottom of the shoe to the wooden board, and wrapped multiple layers of masking tape to keep the screws from sliding out. Presto, it worked!
I also had to alter the inner harness. Apparently the back pack was too heavy, causing the torso to slide back. I extended the front section and looped a belt, sandwiching me between the two metal V brackets.
Here's a picture of me on in costume on Day 2 of Anime Expo 2013. Picture taken by Hoa Jessie Cao Photography
Another picture of me on Day 2. This one was taken by Cesar Vivid Photography
On day 2, I met Spif Zaya who was dressed up as Adepta Arbite Shira Calpurnia from the 40k
novels written by Matthew Farrer. Check out her facebook page
for more pictures. She did a fantastic job!
On Day 3, I added a front grip to my Bolter, wore a ski mask to hide my neck, and turned on the green LED lens. Here's a picture taken by my friend Nate.
Close up picture of me taken by Davann Srey Photography
Here's a few pictures I took of other Warhammer 40k
Inquisitor and Imperial Guard Sergeant
Imperial Guardsmen, Commissar, and Inquisitor
Saint Celestine and Tech Priest
Well that concludes my costume. I may add upgrades in the future or accessories. Please comment if you have questions or like my costume!
Also, a big shout out to Henrik Pilerud for giving me tips and advice while I was building my costume. Thanks!