The discussion of the Alien series of films and the props used in them is the aim, but if it's got Big Bugs and Big Guns, then they are welcome too!





Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 49 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2
Author Message
 Post subject: Re: DIY: an aluminum breastplate (and beyond?)
PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2016 7:14 pm 
reload
User avatar

Location: Hamburg
Service Number: A03/TQ3.0.12136E1
Country: Germany
bigbisont wrote:
Looking great! Can't wait to see all the improved parts and paint all finally come together.

What he said. == Second that! :)

_________________
Sgt. Frank Peters 'reload' Smartgun Operator
A03/TQ3.0.12136E1 "It will be no picknick!"
UKCM Foreign Legion: The Deviant Dragoons

Image


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2016 3:45 am 
BOHICA
User avatar

Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
Service Number: A05/TQ2.0.82134E1
Country: United Kingdom
Very cool :)

_________________
" I'm anispeptic, frasmotic, even compunctuous to have caused you such pericombobulation."

Private
UKCM
42 rgmt, 1st Bttln,
Hadrian's Wall.


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: DIY: an aluminum breastplate (and beyond?)
PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2016 6:16 pm 
User avatar

Location: Wolfsburg Niedersachsen
Service Number: A12/TQ2.0.02132E1
Country: Germany
Looking Great there Pal :D

_________________
Cpl N.Storey A12/TQ2.0.02132E1


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2016 8:36 pm 
Prop Churner Outer
User avatar

Location: Bath, Maine
Service Number: A03/TQ1.0.12143G1
Country: United States
This Friday is my birthday, and therefore the two year anniversary of starting on this metal armour quest. I'm determined to have something to show for it, even if I am bringing up the rear panting and sweating behind Schotti and Bigbisont who both flew past me to the finish line months ago ;)

Actually, Neil and Terran have been HUGE helps in getting me this far and beyond. I love the spirit of cooperation and unity this group has!

So first off, here is a shot of my painted (but unweathered) armour. I have always used an olive drab base coat, but I decided to take a risk and use a more kelly green, trusting that my weathering process would pay off:

Attachment:
painted.jpg
painted.jpg [ 805.56 KiB | Viewed 5886 times ]


I used the photos of Frost's armour as my general painting guide. I then used artist's charcoal to dull the whole thing down and give it a battle-worn look. Here it is after a fresh coat of matte finish (the shine is from just having applied the spray):

Attachment:
weathered.jpg
weathered.jpg [ 1.13 MiB | Viewed 5886 times ]


I'd saved one of Mike Rush's name stencils from back when I did my plastic armour, and boy oh boy did I fight with it to get the paper off. After I used it the stencil cracked into about twenty pieces and I had to pick them off with an exacto knife. Lesson learned there! The camera did a funny fish eye thing there, I swear the stencil isn't actually crooked.

Attachment:
weatheredfront.jpg
weatheredfront.jpg [ 996.51 KiB | Viewed 5886 times ]


I still need to mount the shoulder lamp brackets and drill for the kidney plate, as well as add graffiti.

Attachment:
weatheredback.jpg
weatheredback.jpg [ 1009.31 KiB | Viewed 5886 times ]


Almost done with this thing! Those nice shoulder tabs were courtesy of Bigbisont, and Schotti just sent a shipment of pretty much all the other metal bits I need. All that will be left in plastic are the pauldrons (these are Chef's) and the leg armour (Spat's), but replacing those will be out on the horizon a bit.

_________________
Image

:delta: My entry-level prop and costume tutorials: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=12751 :delta:


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: DIY: an aluminum breastplate (and beyond?)
PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2016 8:51 pm 
THAT guy
User avatar

Location: Virginia
Service Number: A03/TQ2.0.02146E1
Country: United States
Looking Sweeeeeet! Glad to see all the bits finally come together.


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: DIY: an aluminum breastplate (and beyond?)
PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2016 5:33 am 
User avatar

Location: Wolfsburg Niedersachsen
Service Number: A12/TQ2.0.02132E1
Country: Germany
Fantastick work there Christian, and by the Way your welcome :like:

_________________
Cpl N.Storey A12/TQ2.0.02132E1


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2016 1:10 am 
Prop Churner Outer
User avatar

Location: Bath, Maine
Service Number: A03/TQ1.0.12143G1
Country: United States
Here we go, two years of hard work (with some long stretches of not touching it mixed in) and I have the armour put together! It's just pinned for now as I wanted to be sure of the fit before I got out the rivet gun, but it all works!

Attachment:
armourfront.jpg
armourfront.jpg [ 1.18 MiB | Viewed 5813 times ]


Attachment:
armourside.jpg
armourside.jpg [ 1.13 MiB | Viewed 5813 times ]

_________________
Image

:delta: My entry-level prop and costume tutorials: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=12751 :delta:


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2016 1:29 am 
Mobile Mayhem
User avatar

Location: Rapid View, Saskatchewan
Service Number: A10/TQ1.O.32157E1
Country: Canada
Looking sharp there gentleman!

_________________
Cpl. Melissa L. Klassen, ALG :delta:

Image
Ask about your Armour stencils/Nostromo stencils - Worldwide shipping! Send me a Private Message


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re:
PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2016 4:48 pm 
reload
User avatar

Location: Hamburg
Service Number: A03/TQ3.0.12136E1
Country: Germany
Moosh89 wrote:
Looking sharp there gentleman!

What she said! :-)

_________________
Sgt. Frank Peters 'reload' Smartgun Operator
A03/TQ3.0.12136E1 "It will be no picknick!"
UKCM Foreign Legion: The Deviant Dragoons

Image


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: DIY: an aluminum breastplate (and beyond?)
PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2016 8:38 am 
User avatar

Location: Wolfsburg Niedersachsen
Service Number: A12/TQ2.0.02132E1
Country: Germany
It's a lot of work Building metall armor but the end result is well Worth it, excellent work there Retro.

_________________
Cpl N.Storey A12/TQ2.0.02132E1


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2016 11:53 am 
Prop Churner Outer
User avatar

Location: Bath, Maine
Service Number: A03/TQ1.0.12143G1
Country: United States
Getting the Chef lamp mounted with Noble hardware. Ideally this should be a two person job, I got impatient and did it by myself though.

Attachment:
lamplit.jpg
lamplit.jpg [ 156.68 KiB | Viewed 5705 times ]


And so of course I misjudged the height and ended up with an extra hole. At least I hadn't drilled all four holes before double checking my progress! I think I may weather the bottom of the lamp to bring out the detail a bit more.

Attachment:
lampback.jpg
lampback.jpg [ 71.94 KiB | Viewed 5705 times ]


Schotti's amazing armour plates arrived! This is as close as I'll get to one of those "all sliver" beauty shots...

Attachment:
prepaint.jpg
prepaint.jpg [ 264.63 KiB | Viewed 5705 times ]


But the painting process must go on, so here they are with an undercoat of olive drab. My base coat of green works best on top of the OD I've found, so that's what I'll continue to do. I'm seeing these plates getting a lot of weathering once the camo is all done. I hate covering up all that shiny metal!

Attachment:
underpaint.jpg
underpaint.jpg [ 185.71 KiB | Viewed 5705 times ]

_________________
Image

:delta: My entry-level prop and costume tutorials: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=12751 :delta:


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: DIY: an aluminum breastplate (and beyond?)
PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2016 11:15 am 
User avatar

Location: Wolfsburg Niedersachsen
Service Number: A12/TQ2.0.02132E1
Country: Germany
Looking good there Bud :D

_________________
Cpl N.Storey A12/TQ2.0.02132E1


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2016 1:24 am 
Prop Churner Outer
User avatar

Location: Bath, Maine
Service Number: A03/TQ1.0.12143G1
Country: United States
Upgrading my helmet with Schotti's aluminum plates! First off, I cut down my lobe plate (made of plastic and hidden under the helmet cover). It was just too high and had been bugging me for years. I thought it would be too much of a pain to get to it, but I had to take the cover off anyway to upgrade the ear defender top plate.

Attachment:
12963651_10206174733702848_3982978018056844512_n.jpg
12963651_10206174733702848_3982978018056844512_n.jpg [ 71.83 KiB | Viewed 5634 times ]


On the side we have the newly installed ear pieces. I used regular screws on the bottom and then filled in the cross shape with SteelStik. Once painted it looks fine.

Attachment:
12933119_10206174739742999_2107866811623917207_n.jpg
12933119_10206174739742999_2107866811623917207_n.jpg [ 84.14 KiB | Viewed 5634 times ]


And the lobster plates. I'd thought these were done with olive drab webbing for some reason, but ObiHahn set me straight. Reviewing the BluRay made it clear that he was right.

Attachment:
12963692_10206174737942954_6496376153915154847_n.jpg
12963692_10206174737942954_6496376153915154847_n.jpg [ 89.4 KiB | Viewed 5634 times ]


I still need to attach the radio pouch and someday get a more screen accurate helmet band, but I'm really happy with these improvements!

_________________
Image

:delta: My entry-level prop and costume tutorials: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=12751 :delta:


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: DIY: an aluminum breastplate and beyond!
PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2016 3:31 pm 
THAT guy
User avatar

Location: Virginia
Service Number: A03/TQ2.0.02146E1
Country: United States
All the pieces are falling into place! Looking great.


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: DIY: an aluminum breastplate and beyond!
PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2016 6:41 pm 
reload
User avatar

Location: Hamburg
Service Number: A03/TQ3.0.12136E1
Country: Germany
Great update.
No worries when ObiHahn, Noble and others like yourself find out new things!
Another reason to see the movie again and start another upgrade project. ;)

_________________
Sgt. Frank Peters 'reload' Smartgun Operator
A03/TQ3.0.12136E1 "It will be no picknick!"
UKCM Foreign Legion: The Deviant Dragoons

Image


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: DIY: an aluminum breastplate and beyond!
PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2016 8:02 pm 
User avatar

Location: Wolfsburg Niedersachsen
Service Number: A12/TQ2.0.02132E1
Country: Germany
Looking greAt there Buddy keep Up the Great work :D

_________________
Cpl N.Storey A12/TQ2.0.02132E1


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2016 8:09 pm 
Harvester of Sorrow
User avatar

Location: Lancashire (Wirral born)
Service Number: A04/TQ1.0.32156E1
Country: United Kingdom
Wow I've missed allot of progress!!!!
Looks friggin awesome mate, the camo (indoors) looks like it's straight off the blu-ray.
Great work!

_________________
Image AKA: Simon


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2016 12:22 pm 
Prop Churner Outer
User avatar

Location: Bath, Maine
Service Number: A03/TQ1.0.12143G1
Country: United States
Time to recreate my graffiti!

Attachment:
12963563_10206212149038208_9198055125218214330_n.jpg
12963563_10206212149038208_9198055125218214330_n.jpg [ 83.24 KiB | Viewed 5560 times ]


Attachment:
12957525_10206212149678224_7115723369256585444_o.jpg
12957525_10206212149678224_7115723369256585444_o.jpg [ 85.77 KiB | Viewed 5560 times ]


Attachment:
11202870_10206212139837978_4829084023796536255_n.jpg
11202870_10206212139837978_4829084023796536255_n.jpg [ 200.85 KiB | Viewed 5560 times ]


Luckily I still had my stencil saved from years ago when I made my plastic armour. I'm really happy with how the stencil came out this time!

_________________
Image

:delta: My entry-level prop and costume tutorials: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=12751 :delta:


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: DIY: an aluminum breastplate and beyond!
PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2016 3:35 pm 
reload
User avatar

Location: Hamburg
Service Number: A03/TQ3.0.12136E1
Country: Germany
Looking great!
Now you do have truely your personal(ized) armour. :delta:

_________________
Sgt. Frank Peters 'reload' Smartgun Operator
A03/TQ3.0.12136E1 "It will be no picknick!"
UKCM Foreign Legion: The Deviant Dragoons

Image


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2016 6:00 pm 
Prop Churner Outer
User avatar

Location: Bath, Maine
Service Number: A03/TQ1.0.12143G1
Country: United States
I built a simple dummy to display my armour:

Attachment:
display2sm.jpg
display2sm.jpg [ 823.29 KiB | Viewed 4957 times ]


Attachment:
display1.jpg
display1.jpg [ 1.31 MiB | Viewed 4957 times ]


Attachment:
display3sm.jpg
display3sm.jpg [ 836.16 KiB | Viewed 4957 times ]


This guy is made of a scrap metal frame with wood and PVC, wrapped in foam. The head came from eBay and the hands are actually zombie lawn ornaments from Halloween last year!

_________________
Image

:delta: My entry-level prop and costume tutorials: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=12751 :delta:


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2016 10:42 pm 
Harvester of Sorrow
User avatar

Location: Lancashire (Wirral born)
Service Number: A04/TQ1.0.32156E1
Country: United Kingdom
Nice display, good work on the dummy too :)

_________________
Image AKA: Simon


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2016 11:02 pm 
Prop Churner Outer
User avatar

Location: Bath, Maine
Service Number: A03/TQ1.0.12143G1
Country: United States
Thanks Simon! I'm still adjusting his pose a bit to try and make it a little more natural, but overall I'm happy! That shot with the IR site and lamp on looks a lot like one of the promotional images of Frost!

_________________
Image

:delta: My entry-level prop and costume tutorials: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=12751 :delta:


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: DIY: an aluminum breastplate and beyond!
PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2016 2:06 pm 
User avatar

Location: Wolfsburg Niedersachsen
Service Number: A12/TQ2.0.02132E1
Country: Germany
Hello Christian

My Respekt for a Job well Done mate excelent work :D

_________________
Cpl N.Storey A12/TQ2.0.02132E1


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2016 3:41 pm 
Prop Churner Outer
User avatar

Location: Bath, Maine
Service Number: A03/TQ1.0.12143G1
Country: United States
Well, since 50% of the armour in these photos was made by YOU Schotti, I'd say "job well done" right back at you man! With vendors like you and Noble and Chef and Spat it was pretty easy to pull this all together. This is the costume display I have wanted for 25 years.

_________________
Image

:delta: My entry-level prop and costume tutorials: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=12751 :delta:


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 49 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2



You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to: