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posticon Gene Simmons Costume - Dynasty 'Lava' Suit - New MONSTER Suit 2014


With barely 1 month left before Halloween I've decided to build Gene's Lava costume. emoticon

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Thanks to some board members and FB friends I'm starting to get a better perspective on how the original was made.

Now, onto the build [sign in to see URL] wait, I don't have any yet! :lol

I'll have some [sign in to see URL] in the meantime I could use some guidance.
Anyone with pics of this suit? Any behind the scenes images that could help with the build?

I really want to do this [sign in to see URL] my girls are going to be helping me too. They're 4.5 yrs old and love KISS. We've already started making their suits, but they want Daddy to be Gene [sign in to see URL] is totally cool with me! :up

Any tips, suggestions or help will be strongly appreciated.

Once I get going on this you can expect to see my usual inundation of WIP pics flooding the [sign in to see URL] for now, I'd like to build an archive of images.

Thanks, and more to come!

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As far as I know, there aren't any pics of the Back of Gene's Dynasty/Unmasked armor. I've been searching for years and haven't come across any that are of HIS suit, and not a fans.

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I believe Gene's cape from this era had a harness, and I know his boots were a removable boot cover, I've got pics floating around of that somewhere too.

Definitely gonna be watching this build!
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Pure rock awesomeness!!

doitdoitdoitdoitdoit!!!!
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[sign in to see URL] have some progress. emoticon It took 3 hours but I wanted to do a mock up and see if the whole cotton and Latex thing would [sign in to see URL], it does. :up

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Now I can move onto the other half of the chest and finish off the back.
Painting it is by far the hardest part I think.
The latex base is black but dry brushing the silver on 'effectively' is not as easy as I thought it was going to [sign in to see URL], this was supposed to be a mock up, or proof of concept but I am rather pleased with how it's shaping up.
Still needs the lava globs but the texture 'seems' to be on the right track.

Comments and feedback absolutely welcome!!!!

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The start of this looks terrific, can't wait to see how it turns out. I'm guessing with your track record it will be awesome with a side of kick ass. emoticon

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Loving this thread David. Keep posting pics.

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UNBELIEVABLE start! :up

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This is gonna be sweet when it's done David, don't see this one done very often. :band

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Thanks guys. :up

Here's more [sign in to see URL] I'm actually farther ahead than shown but need to take new pics. I've already tried it on and it fits like a glove and weighs less than 2 lbs.
Starting the opposite side. General armor shapes outlined.
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Armor shapes cut out and glued [sign in to see URL] quick setting spray adhesive. Between cutting the shapes and attaching them to the base it took about 10 min.
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Spray adhesive on the armor shapes and cotton sheets pressed over.
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Quickly coated with watered down latex to bond the cotton to the foam shapes.
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Hit the latex with a heat gun and it dries almost instantly. Cut out the tooth shape from foam, attach to latex coated armor.
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Start spreading more cotton around the tooth.
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Coat repeatedly in latex. At this stage it's always been watered down latex. After about the 4th coat of watered down [sign in to see URL] using thickened latex to build up the lava like shapes.
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Sorry I don't have more, and it is pretty much done [sign in to see URL] to come. I hope this helps others give it a go!

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A little more progress...
I think I'm really starting to find my groove. Still lots to go but it's getting there. Shoulder comes too far down to the [sign in to see URL] like it still needs more trimming and shaving. Once the entire thing is coated properly and with lava like details I'll start spraying heavy layers of latex over it all. I'm really having fun with this!

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I just did a little [sign in to see URL] extended the bottom edge about 2 inches, admittedly it was a little short in the lower ribcage [sign in to see URL] started going really heavy with the directional lava shapes. Still needs more 'flowing' lava and bubble globs but it's really getting there now.

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More to come... :guitar

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 :dropjaw

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Thats just sick! Great to see one of the greats at work.
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Great!! Keep us updated!

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Way too damn cool!!!! :guitar
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You guys and gals are awesome! Thanks so much, But to be [sign in to see URL]'m just having way too much fun with this [sign in to see URL] it feels good to smell latex again, NOT!

A little more [sign in to see URL] I had taken the flash off of the camera, sorry about that. Once the other arm is done I'll be coating it in heavy layers of sprayed black [sign in to see URL] by the silver - chrome dry brush finish.

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The forearm is a little too brick shaped for my liking and needs to be tapered a bit more towards the [sign in to see URL] it's getting there. Not bad for around 7 hours total work on this.

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The entire upper torso should be done in about a week or [sign in to see URL] I'm pretty sure this will have a finished back as well ... because I'm hoping to go cape-less on this one. We'll see... :guitar

Thanks again!

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Too cool David! :applaude

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Holy Crap! I'm not a fan of Kiss, but this is amazing work and I'm thinking in my head of ways to use this info for other builds.

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Fantastic!! Keep up the good work man!
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This just gets better and better David, nice to see you working on a personal project for once :lol

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It's coming together great. 'Hope you find a bass to carry with you, or one with a strap to sling on! :up
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Thanks [sign in to see URL]'s full steam ahead now that we're soooo close to Halloween. I've sponsored one of the more popular Halloween parties in Toronto so I really really really want to have something cool and fun to wear for the evening. :up

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This just gets better and better David, nice to see you working on a personal project for once :lol




Thanks so much [sign in to see URL] I've been reading similar comments here and there all throughout the net and honestly, I never realized just how much time has passed since working on my own costume or better [sign in to see URL] costume build per say.
I've got 4.5 year old girls and they were born just as we wrapped up our last rubber suit [sign in to see URL] it's been about 4 years [sign in to see URL] it's been almost twice that long since using [sign in to see URL] no, I did not miss the ammonia smell at [sign in to see URL] one bit.

Anyhow, it sure is fun to be making something along these lines [sign in to see URL] I wont lie, even more exciting because it's a one off and all for me!

Thanks again for the support folks!

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and no, I did not miss the ammonia smell at [sign in to see URL] one bit.

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Am I the only one who kinda likes that smell?

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Am I the only one who kinda likes that smell?



Yes :lol

I hate the smell, I don't use it for bat stuff but I've had to start using it again lately and I'll happily wear a respirator to keep the ammonia out.

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Yup, you are! :lol

Here's yesterday's pics....
Side view, and I may shorten the rib cage down a bit. I made it longer and come down farther but I think I may have over done that.

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The neck line is too thick and needs to be thinned out and opened [sign in to see URL] trim, [sign in to see URL] the torso can be dry brushed the proper silver colors.

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Arms and shoulders [sign in to see URL] is trimmed but bicep and forearms need to be cut off of the base fleece [sign in to see URL] and chrome dry brushing is next!

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Already working on the elbow [sign in to see URL] is pretty much done but haven't moved the mannequin around to take any new pics. Still plugging away but not bad for a week's work and around 10 hours total from start to where I'm at [sign in to see URL] only evenings after my kids have gone to bed. emoticon

More to come. emoticon

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And so emerges the God of Thunder!

Looking fantastic so far Dave. :up

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Thanks bud!

Here's the [sign in to see URL] yes I redid the look entirely. emoticon
The piece in between the pecs is just a random piece of trimmed foam put in there to see eventually how this will look when done. Totally redid the armor details, shoulders need to flare out a bit more and have the edges finished. Painting this [sign in to see URL] me luck! Oh and the spike on the one elbow armor is yet again just a piece of foam cut into shape to see how it may look when done.

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The reason why I redid the armor details is [sign in to see URL] just couldn't get the painting to work as I wanted. My first tests were very encouraging but once I got down to the finishing work, it just needed to be more [sign in to see URL] I shifted the design to this version of the [sign in to see URL] I'm much happier that I did. Now the paint work makes sense when I apply it and it looks real from all angles. Almost [sign in to see URL] I don't continue to change it. emoticon

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 Nice, it has been great watching this unfold! Thanks for keeping the updates going.

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 Nice, it has been great watching this unfold! Thanks for keeping the updates going.



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So here's last night's progress.
First boot is done. Now it just needs silver dry brushing but I'll be doing the paint on the whole suit all at once.

Second boot will be done this [sign in to see URL] let me be perfectly honest [sign in to see URL] feels rather 'powerful' wearing these and walking around! :lol

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All this took was to cover the boot 'foot' part in latexed [sign in to see URL] once the leg part was dry I peeled it off of the flat surface and wrapped it around the platform boot. Added more cotton and latex to the seam [sign in to see URL] it all together, added a [sign in to see URL] black and here we are.
Just to clarify, the leg part is only attached to the boots foot part. The leg part of the platform boot is not attached to my longer leg [sign in to see URL] I'd never be able to move!
This way, movement is perfect in every [sign in to see URL], I already tried. :dancespot

More to [sign in to see URL]'re in the home stretch now!

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hey Dave wow nice job did you get the new :band :band :band CD it kicks [sign in to see URL] not get it you will not be sorry...............
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Love love love it!

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