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Blue Arkham's Arkham City WIP


Well, I am very excited to have enough progress to finally feel like I can start a WIP thread. I have always been a huge fan of the Arkham City Batman as I feel like it is the perfect blend of the classic comic look (blue and gray, sleek spandex-looking suit and lack of excessive armor) and the contemporary realist interpretation (darker suit, higher degree of armor and gadgetry). So here is what I have so far!

I found this Under Armour compression suit which, while a little dark, has a pretty good print texture. I just needed to get rid or hide the green stitching.
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Got a few quotes to hide the stitching and add a zipper and here is where I am at with the suit (Does anyone know how to remove the UA label on the chest? Otherwise I think I am going to paint over it):
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I also just received my cowl from Kevin over at Gauntlet FX. He nailed the color sample I sent him. It's a dark navy blue. By itself the blue doesnt really stand out but if you put it next to something black then you can really see the blue. It is beautiful!!!
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One of the things that I like most about this Batman is that it looks like a classic comic spandex suit yet you can see that it has some kind of integrated armor. I love the effect of the paneling and rivets. My approach to this is going to be an underlying foam armor that is glued to the underside of the compression suit. The trick is going to be to make sure that it has a sharp panelized look and I am playing with different approaches. I am done with v1.0 but it was very rough and I already have thoughts on v2.0 so this armor is going to be completely redone. I will probably post a tutorial of this later but you can probably see what I did from the pictures:--Log in or sign up to see linked image content--
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My first attempt at the gauntlets turned into a really long series of lessons! For the gauntlets I started with the template from Foam Cave. These are great basic templates to start out with…well worth the money. For some reason I got it into my head that I wanted the gauntlets and shin guards to be made with some layers of sheet medal on top of foam. Unfortunately I started cutting sheet metal following the Foam Cave templates before I really looked into and decided what I wanted. As you might be aware, at least for the Arkham City gauntlets, the Foam Cave templates give a rough shape design similar to the game but are missing a lot of the finer details. I didn’t really notice this until I was deep into cutting…total newbie mistake. I spent weeks trying to change and compensate when I should have just started over. One of the big things I wanted to get right was the angle/slant that the top section of gauntlet armor seems to be cut at which allows it to smoothly integrate into the middle section:

On the other hand this process did allow me to experiment and learn from other mistakes. Note the excessive and sloppy use of Bondo. Trying to use Bondo on sections that would still have flex…cracking Bondo…what a mess!

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The gloves are Oakley combat gloves from my days in the military. I coated a few parts in latex, pulled off the Oakley “O”, added the backhand armor and then painted navy blue.

In the end, I really like the detail I was able to bring to the gauntlets however, the finishing work is pretty poor and once I put on a few coats of primer I realized it was time to start over. Lots learned and I am excited to apply those lessons learned. For v2.0 I am still going to apply sheet metal to what I would interpret to be metal/armored sections. Once those sections are together I am going to coat the insides with several layers of Rondo. Then I will integrate the foam sleeves and straps and buckles. I think this will give me a unique, rock-solid gauntlet.


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Looking great! So a seamstress got rid of the green threads for you? I really like that compression gear and wanted to see how you tackled it.
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Looking great! So a seamstress got rid of the green threads for you? I really like that compression gear and wanted to see how you tackled it.



Bigbat, yes, the green seem was folded and sewed behind the rest of the fabric. Think of the green stitching as meat in a taco, now sew the top of the taco together :lol

I think this suit would look pretty good for an Arkham Origins undersuit or for an original idea build.

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I think this suit would look pretty good for an Arkham Origins undersuit or for an original idea build.



That's what I'm thinking. I am just not satisfied with the plain black compression top.
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Not sure how I missed this thread. This looks fantastic. Keep it up man!
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Having trouble finding the grey one in my size. I did however find it in black with the same green thread.%20Uploads/[sign in to see URL]]--Log in or sign up to see linked image content--
I may try this one. If you don't mind me asking, about how much did the seamstress charge you? Also, which size did you go with and what size are you? (i.e. height and weight)

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$65 to do the hide the stitches in the shirt, pants and install the zipper in the shirt

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Looking good brother, and those gauntlets!

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