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 #24932  by badges2nz
 Sat Oct 27, 2018 8:12 pm
Nice work there batmanreturns, love the detail and amount of hours that would have been put into that. :)
 #24966  by TIE1138
 Thu Dec 27, 2018 11:46 pm
Finishing off my Mini Tie Pilot Bust. The helmet I got from Badges and the rest is scratch-built.
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 #25157  by batmanreturns
 Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:14 am
here is the waist/groin bit with the thighs and knee-high boots. still work to be done, but on the home stretch now.
constructed from foam yoga mats. also,i have no idea why the pic is being displayed wonky,but yeh,nah.
this build is my 'doom' homage. not accurate at all,just a bit of fun.

cheers.
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 #25158  by Blaxmyth
 Tue Jun 18, 2019 4:53 am
Crikey, that's foam? Brilliant effect!

What's your technique for sealing it? I am very tempted to give this a go and I've made a few bits and pieces, but been defeated by the sealing process.
 #25159  by batmanreturns
 Tue Jun 18, 2019 5:52 am
thanks blaxmyth !
i dont use any sealer at all.
its just cheap as chips yoga matting i picked up at k-mart for 10 bucks for four sheets. [cheaper than mitre ten]
the colors a gawdy green and a hideous pale blue for the mats.
i uysually just paint the surface with cheap 2 dollar shop acrylic artist paint [in squeezy tubes] and then dust it off with a can of cheap matt black.
i use whatever is lying around,and havent ever had a bad reaction between coats.
i suppose if you wanted a shiny finish,i would bung a can of shiny clear spray paint on it.
i have found that the key to making this kind of stuff up is super simple.........
i cut out pieces of the suit,and if i need to shape them,i bung them in the oven [the entire piece] and heat it till its rubbery.
then i get the piece,and wrap it around whatever i have on hand that will give me the shape i want.
when the foam is hot,its super easy to shape. when it cools down,it remains in the new form.
blardy mint i reckon.

also,i used a dremel kit i bought cheap from mitre ten,to round off edges,and add various effects to each piece.
its a cinch to do,and adds to the overall effect really nicely.

if you are keen to give it a go,dont let anything stop you,its super easy to knock out a few bits at a time :)
cheers !
 #25160  by batmanreturns
 Tue Jun 18, 2019 5:54 am
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here are some other pics i took last night,yes i know its fairly shonky,but its just for fun.
the gumboots have had foam stuck over them up to the knees,and you can see the interior is pretty darned rough :)

cheers.
 #25161  by Blaxmyth
 Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:32 pm
Thanks so much for that. I might just go shopping this morning - Mitre10, though, no KMart in Whanganui.
And I love the gumboots! Better than Red Bands any day!
 #25162  by batmanreturns
 Wed Jun 19, 2019 1:44 am
super stoked to hear that blaxmyth,
please put up some pix of your work :) would love to see what you create!

righty-ho,im off.
my minions are preparing the cryogenic chamber,so i can be frozen,only to be reanimated on november 22nd,
when mister postman is gonna gimme some sweet,sweet DOOM ETERNAL !
toodle-pip for now!

cheers.
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