Saturday, November 29, 2014

Fem Predator Chest Armor Tutorial Part One

So, you want to be a Predator?  It took me two tries to finally get a piece of chest armor I was proud of.  Here is how I did it.  First, let me give you a list of materials used.  I'll try to make this as comprehensive as I can.

  • Old bra, or cheap bra.  Needs to be foam formed, not just cloth.
  • Craft foam
  • Worbla
  • Some form of air dry clay.  The less is shrinks after drying, the better.
  • EVA foam
  • Gesso
  • Paint
  • Ribbon
  • Some form of fastener
  • Rare earth magnets (for cannon/medpack)
The first thing you want to do is set your dress form/mannequin to your measurements.  Then, put the bra on it.

You want the bra you choose to be foam formed, not simply cloth.  It needs to hold the boob form without help.  Also, I chose a strapless.  If you're in the states, you can get new and cheap bras from TJMaxx, Ross, etc.  Next, use fabric draped on your form to make template for your armor.

 Use the template to cut out the craft foam.  Pin in place.

Repeat as needed.

Once you are satisfied, hot glue in place.  Be careful not to hot glue the armor to your dress form.

Add details (if you want).

I decided to make the facehugger 'sacs' flat instead of bulbous.  My reasoning is that this is an actual facehugger, and she bleached it like a trophy, so it would shrivel up in the process.  Feel free to make yours more 3 dimensional if you wish.  Also, use foam to map out where the legs will be.

For this next part, I rested my dress form on the floor.  You could also use a table, if your dress form will cooperate.  Use the air dry clay and sculpt your facehugger.

When mine dried, all of the pieces fell off.  It's fine, really.  Just hot glue them back into place.  Also, mine shrunk a bit more than I had hoped, so I had to use hot glue to fill in some gaps.

That's it for part one.  Part two will finish it off!

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, let me know!  Until then, keep cosplaying!


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Making a Predator Medpack Part Three

In part two, we finished cutting out the base pieces for the detailing.   The top/dome pieces are to be covered in worbla.  Trace onto worbla for pattern.  Cut two pieces so that the foam can be sandwiched between them.  Using a heat gun, apply the worbla.  Form into a slight curve to cool.  I stuck mine in the freezer for a few minutes to quickly set the curve.

Hot glue to the top of your medpack.  Using a dremel, sand the thicker pieces of foam, and cut some details into it.  Then, hot glue to the side of the medpack.  You can use hotglue (like I did) or puff paint to add more details.  You can also use a pen to press some details in.

In hindsight, this probably would have been easier to paint if I had painted everything first, then attached.  Oh well.  Paint!  I used a base of black, then used a gun metal grey with a bit of the purple I used for the armor mixed in.

This will attach to the shoulder of your chest armor using a rare earth magnet.  These magnets are no joke, but a regular magnet will not work!  They're a bit pricey, but necessary.  Trust me.

To attach your plasma cannon, you are going to trace out where you want it to be, and cut that out using an exacto knife.

Using the cut piece as a template, cut out 4 rectangles from EVA foam.  These are going to stack up inside your pack to give it stability.

Cut two dowel rods the height of your four EVA foam pieces stack atop each other.  Half the dowel will go into the EVA, the other half into the base of your cannon.  Now, you can either drill these holes, or just use the glue gun to melt them.  I used the glue gun.

Install the dowel into two layers of EVA, gluing it all together.

Do the same with the base of the plasma cannon, creating a unit such as this:

Put aside.  Then, put glue on one of the other EVA rectangles, and carefully slide it inside your medpack and glue to the bottom.  Repeat with the next one.

Now, glue your cannon in place.  Be careful!  I accidentally glued mine in backwards first go around.  Thankfully, I caught it before the glue dried completely.

Now, glue one of your rare earth magnets to the underside of the medpack.  You will need to make sure your mark out where it should be.  I put on my chest armor and balanced the medpack on my shoulder, marking in chalk where the magnets should go.  Make sure you are gluing the correct side!  Be very careful and take your time.

Once glued, glue a piece of foam on top of it.  This should help the magnet stay put.  First time around, I didn't do this and the magnet pulled right off!

Now, if you don't want your cannon to be wobbly, you're going to need an additional magnet near the bottom of the pack. I put the armor on my mannequin and marked where my magnet would need to be on both.  Glue on and cover with foam.

And there you have it!  Completed medpack! 

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, let me know!  Until then, keep cosplaying!


Sunday, November 9, 2014

DIY Predator Plasma Cannon

This tutorial is for a basic, nonfunctional, plasma cannon.  I use a pool noodle (regular sized, not jumbo) as the main cannon and add on to it.

First, cut your noodle to the size you want.  I held it up to my shoulder and played with the sizes until I was happy with it.  You can also cut it straight, or at an angle, depending on the style cannon you want to do.  Measure it out, mark, and cut.

Next, using the cut one as a template, measure out a smaller back base piece.

Cut out.  Draw a circle where your long piece will dissect it.  Cut out.

Check fit.  If it works, glue together.

Your base is done.  Now, designs!  This is completely up to you.  I will show you what I did, but feel free to deviate.  I drew up a crude sketch (which I did not photograph) then measured for the main piece.  I planned to make this out of foam, and glue it to the cannon base.

I then used the measurements to cut out a rectangle out of paper.  Then, I used the rectangle as a guide to draw an overlapping design. 

I held the main rectangle to my base and measured out for a end of barrel design.

If you are happy with it, cut it out of foam.

Glue in place using hot glue.

I failed at taking pics of my next steps!  Sorry!  I cut out circles, and vents for the circle side ends.  Then, I bought a cheap car model kit and just glued random parts on.  It ended up looking like this.

Paint all black.

Paint in your color.  I used purple.

Then add some weathering.  I weathered using black and silver.  To make the base, I made a template out of paper of a slanted rectangle.  Then, tested it.  Once it worked, I used it to cut out two pieces from EVA foam.  Glue textured sides together.  Add some foam for details.  Paint.  Glue main cannon on.  And it looks like this (medpack has separate tutorial).

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, let me know!  Until then, keep cosplaying!