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Hmmmm. All of a sudden my build doesn't look so awesome anymore. Lol



Your build is awesome. Not only was your previous build far and away better than any of the other origin build I've seen... your current one is even better. emoticon
Not to mention your first build was literally my inspiration for getting started in cosplay.
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Finally made the frame for the abs. And was originally going to make the abs/chest a one piece by interlocking them into one backplate but it was making the whole thing too stiff and difficult to contour against myself. Cut off the plate behind the chest and the fit is much better.

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Reznor, your progress is amazing! I like the thought on keeping the chest and ab armor separate. That will be something that I consider for my build as well.

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Reznor, your progress is amazing! I like the thought on keeping the chest and ab armor separate. That will be something that I consider for my build as well.



Thanks Blue! I thought it would be easier to keep it a one piece. That's how I did my V1 origins armor. But this one has to fit a certain way on my body so it as the neckpiece and cape have to drape over it in a certain way. When I had the backplate on the top of the chest wouldn't sit flush on my chest. It would push forward which put everything else out of alignment. Oh well. Not a big deal, infact having them separate pieces might increase mobility to a small extent. Now I need to either work the ribs next or start on the shoulders.

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Making slow progress on my suit.
Starting the templates for the ribs.
Hand sewing Velcro to keep some of the plates in place.
ImageUntitled by Jerry Adams, on Flickr

Purchased some terraflex at my local Tandy leather today. Going to remake the frame around the abs. Not only do I feel it's a little too thick of a frame but also If possible I want to keep my foam visibility to a minimum.

ImageUntitled by Jerry Adams, on Flickr

After a painful first attempt, I scrapped it and started again. I'm pretty happy with this frame. Not sure if I'm going to glue it into the frame or maybe use magnets. In any case, i just need to sand it down a little and add some paint. Coming along...
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ImageUntitled by Jerry Adams, on Flickr

ImageUntitled by Jerry Adams, on Flickr

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That looks so sick! I love you finishing work; looks so authentic! Great photo quality. Where did you learn your finishing and painting techniques? Is there a good tutorial here or elsewhere on this? Keep it up!

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That looks so sick! I love you finishing work; looks so authentic! Great photo quality. Where did you learn your finishing and painting techniques? Is there a good tutorial here or elsewhere on this? Keep it up!



I've watched several videos on painting and weathering techniques on foam but nothing beats trial and error and luckily(not) I have a lot of spare parts from pieces I wasn't happy with that I decided to remake. So I practice when I can. And some things you just have to make up as you go and hope for the best. I'm still kind of crappy at sanding. Lol I sanded. Laid down two layers of primer. Sanded again till it "looked" smooth. Then I put down two coats of flat black paint. End result still had a rough texture. It's not bad... It's not distracting, just wish I would have spent more time in the prep work. Still have a lot to learn.

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Looking fantastic, bud! Love the amazing attention to the little details, best chest armor I've seen yet.
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Looking fantastic, bud! Love the amazing attention to the little details, best chest armor I've seen yet.



Thank you!

Round two on abdominal frame: I was unhappy with the rough texture of the terraflex so I sanded it back down to the base material using 80 grit sandpaper. Added 3 coats of wood glue then sanded with 220 grit. Added 2 coats of shellac then sanded 220 grit. Added 2 coats of primer. Light sanding. Two coats of flat black. You can still see a little bit of brush strokes from the wood glue that I unfortunately didn't completely sand down(probably should have sanded between coats), but the end result is much much smoother than my previous attempt. (Also worth noting is that I only sanded the outer frame. The depressed area where the abs will sit received no special treatment)
ImageUntitled by Jerry Adams, on Flickr

On my last Origins Suit I used Allen bolts as a personal touch, but this time around I'm looking for some good rivets or eyelets to shoot for authenticity. These ones look good. Just wish I would have found them before I painted this thing so I could have applied them during the molding process . Ugh. Now I'm going to have to drill some little holes so I can insert them for them to sit flush. Hopefully I don't harm the paint in the surrounding areas.
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During my endless pursuit of perfection I managed to dream up a new template while on break at work yesterday... Even though I tried to convince myself I was completely satisfied with the one I was using. Got home, sketched it out and went to work. An hour later I had this... Was able to modify the bottom of chest slightly, rounding it out more at the ends and added a little more width so I could give the chest more contour, allowing me to actually give the area between the pecs that little concave look. Also the top of the pecs I cut out as separate pieces and contoured them as well which overall gives the chest more dimension. Haven't covered it in vinyl yet but I'm pretty happy with this one... Contemplating first adding a layer of terraflex to make it more durable, although Im not sure if want to sacrifice the flexibility... Have to think it over. Just wanted to share.

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