N7 ARMOUR BUILD – Torso

N7 ARMOUR BUILD – Torso

If you are a first time Cosplay builder and you want something difficult, finicky and rage inducing to build, look no further than the N7 armour the protagonist wears in Mass Effect. Many experienced Cosplay builders will probably laugh at the fact I am finding this armour build so hard, but it has generally been pretty difficult.

I must first start by saying that I have not been using templates. I have been looking at other Cosplay builds and basing my designs off of them, as well as the design in the game.

BackFor those of you who do not know what the N7 armour actually looks like, the picture on the left will give you a pretty good idea.

For those of you who are aware of what it looks like, please excuse the blond Shepard, and that god-awful purple uniform, she is not mine… (Going slightly off topic for a second burn blond Shepard with fire.)

Right….moving on.

I am aware that in all my excitement to show the world my build, silently hoping that it won’t end up looking like a space marine in a blender, I have neglected to list the tools I am using to create my armour.  You can find a full list of these tools at the bottom of this article.

You may find the picture on the right here pretty familiar, I posted it a few weeks ago to show how I created the breast plate. What torso frontyou see here is the detail burnt into the foam using a cheap soldering iron.

Quick tip: When burning in the pattern across the breasts, be sure to place the breastplate over the template you used to mould them, that way, the breasts will not deform when heated with the soldering iron, unless you want deformed boobs like mine.

For the detailing, a soldering iron works pretty well, but if you have a little extra money for a wood burning kit, I would suggest you get that, the extra tips come in handy for later detailing.

The part I found most difficult about the torso, was the back. There are a lot of extra small parts that you need to cut out and stick on separately. That can become pretty difficult when your hands shake like a squirrel on meth.

Back 1You can see my attempt in the picture on the left. As you can see, I need to redo the silver…things (I have no idea what they are called) as they are a bit wonky, and the shield generator also needs to be redone, but all in all, I am pretty happy with how the back turned out.

Quick tip: To make to the folds of the box on the back, the soldering iron comes in very hands. Just get a ruler, draw a line where you want the fold to be, burn it into the foam and voilà!

After I have formed the rest of the armour I shall be painting it. However, I am having some trouble in that department, even when using the Plastidip.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

List of tools needed

Heat gun – Used for heating and forming the foam. Can also be used to seal the foam when ready to be painted.
Soldering Iron / Wood burning kit – Used for detailing and creating folds.
– Crafting knife – For cutting the foam.
– Plastidip – For sealing the foam before painting.
Glue gun – For glueing..
-Work Gloves – To keep you hands clean and safe from the material.
– Mask – So you don’t breath in an smoke when heating the foam

N7 BUILD – Greaves

Building the Greaves – First try (Still need to be painted) 

Boots2

I spent most of the day yesterday building the greaves for my N7 armour and I have to say, I am pretty happy with how it turned out. The picture on the left is the unpainted base for the N7 greaves, made with a Nike shoe spray painted black, and a shin pad.

I did not use any templates for the foam, so I was expecting the greaves to be a disaster, but I am pretty happy with them. The next stage is to paint them red and add battle damage. Boots 1

The engraved lines were created by cutting the foam with a very sharp knife, then heating the foam so it expands.

This is what they look like when I put them on. As you can see they still need to be painted and the laces need to be changed. When it comes to finishing them, I shall be painting them red and black. Attempting to add battle damage and weathering.

Wish me luck!

N7 Armour build update!

Building the weapon

Having to put the armour build on hold until I get paid, I have decided to build a weapon to go with my armour. I did not have enough foam to build a weapon, so I decided I would create my own shotgun with a Mass Effect look and feel using a water-gun!

I started out thinking it was going to be a disaster, but it actually turned out looking pretty good. (I think)

I used the M-300 Claymore as a template for my own weapon build, then tried to find a water-gun that looked similar in shape to the weapon shown below.

This is the M-300 CLAYMORE

This is the M-300 CLAYMORE

I then painted the water gun with black, silver, red and white, creating my own spin on the M300 Claymore, painting the distinctive N7 stripe down the side.

Below are pictures of the gun before it was painted and after it was painted. Hope you like it!

Water gun before

After

Day 2 – N7 Armour build!

Sorry for the massive delay, I have been super busy!

Anyway, the armour build is going well, much better then I expected. You can see the progress below, along with some descriptions and pointers of how to make your own. As I said in my previous post, I am using EVA foam for this armour build.So far, I have not had any problems with it. It’s easy to cut, east to shape and holds a good, sturdy shape when the foam cools.

Chest

Chest

What you see here is the chest piece. I know it looks a little wonky, but when it’s wrapped around my torso, it looks pretty good, I must say that I am pretty proud of it. The bottom piece is just a template for the lower torso. As you can see, I have not added the detail yet.

To make the chest piece, I used a thick bit of wood and two circular sauce dishes. (See below.) I glued the dishes to the plank of wood. (Which was originally a door to…something ) and put paper-mache over the top to make the flat bottoms of the the dishes more rounded.

Sauce dishes for boobs!

Sauce dishes for boobs!

I then took my flat chest template, and heated it under the grill until it was soft enough to mould.

WARNING: Wear gloves and a face mask, the smoke  the EVA foam gives off is toxic. Make sure you ventilate your workspace. Do not let the foam burn.

After the EVA foam is soft, it will become floppy. Mould the foam to the breast template as quickly as possible, making sure to press down hard on the bits you wish to mould. Weight the foam down, or have a friend help you. If you don’t do it the first time, repeat the process, but flatten out the foam first before giving it a second try.

This took me six tries.

Chest piece on its own

Chest piece on its own

Twinkle toes and I attempt an armour build!

Firstly, let me make one thing clear…I have no idea what I am doing. In fact, when I first attempted to build my N7 armour, it ended up looking like a hat a member of the royal family would wear…I was trying to make an arm guard.

So when my best friend flew in, in a flurry of flamboyant excellency, offering to help me build the armour like my very own fairy god mother, I was more than happy to let him help me.

Me and my fairy god mother

Me and my fairy god mother

This project could go one of two ways. Either, we build some amazing N7 armour, I become the prettiest gal at the fair and live happily ever after as long as I shall live…

Or…we do a a terrible build on the armour and are forced to cross the border to live out our lives as fugitives in Mexico!

Either way…it should still be fun. :)

I will keep this page updated as often as I can with the build. So wish me luck! Because I am going to need it!

Suit Yourself Cover Reveal

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Check out my Mom’s new book.

To find out more, go to her blog and see what’s going on!

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The third book in the Men Of London series is here….and it’s pretty steamy.

You can watch the book trailer here

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Scarred both physically and emotionally after a motorcycle accident, twenty-five year old ex fashion model and porn star Oliver Brown is about to be stripped bare by flamboyant twink Leslie Scott—and they’ll rebuild love from the bottom up.

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Twenty-five year old Oliver Brown is addicted. Two years ago, he was at the height of his career as “Nicky Starr,” fashion model, porn actor, partier without peer. Then came the accident. Hiding his scars, both emotional and physical, he’s gone into hiding. But fine clothing is some solace. A new suit by Debussy? Better even than a ride on his motorcycle Hulk or all the things he used to give and take on camera.

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Only Human – An LGBT short film

I have not posted on this site for a while, and I don’t know why. I have been so busy with University and other stuff, that I completely forgot about this amazing site.

I though I would share Only Human with you. My first short film that I wrote, directed and edited, as well as pretty much everything else. I hope you all like it, cause I am pretty dam proud!

Two couples face the everyday trials of being gay. based on true events.

Twisted Smile Productions Present their second short film. Please share and like this video with your friends and family.

Disclaimer

(All music within this film is used with permission from the artists you can find links to the songs and the artists profiles at the bottom)

Due to a lack of professional sound recording equipment some scenes may sound quiet and distorted.

Cast and Crew

Markus – Harry Ward

John – Ben Maythem

Jess – Kate Leitch

Zoe – Jaqueline Kannon

Mother – Penny Judd

Father – Leon Corbin

Radio show host # 1 – Arbnore Islami

Radio Show host # 2 Matthew Mealand

Café Man # 1 – Eric Akhtar

Café Man # 2 – Sammy DeFelice

Café women – Shannon Quinn

Waitress – Emily Foster

Club Guy – Tom Whitewood

Crew

Director – Ashley T Mac Nicol

Co-Director – Harry Ward

Writers – Ashley T Mac Nicol Oliver Horsefall

Producer – Ashley T Mac Nicol

Editors – Jack Beswick Ashley T Mac Nicol

Camera operators – Jack Beswick Matthew Meanland Ashley T Mac Nicol Kent Olsen

Chorographer – Harry Ward

Location Scout – Kent Olsen

Music (Under Creative Commons)

700P3D

– Feeling dark (Behind the mask)

http://ccmixter.org/people/7OOP3D

Fall Walk Run
– Do or Die
– Runaway
http://fallwalkrun.com/

Eric Breton

– Wolves

http://ccmixter.org/people/mactonite/…

tryad

– Waltz into the moonlight

http://tryad.org/

Only Human – A New Short Film

 

 

Only human’ a short film currently being written by Twisted smile pro. The film follows two gay couples and the struggles they face from the community. 

Even in this age, homosexuality is considered to be ‘wrong’ by a minority of people who stupidly think treating everyone equally will effect them for the worst. Twisted smile Productions would like to ask why? 

We want to show that there is absolutely nothing wrong or nothing different between straight couples and gay couples. We are all the same, we are still, ‘Only Human.’ 

 

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What it is to be an Actor

What it is to be an Actor

It is a dream many of us have, but few of us follow. Many people at some point in their lives has wanted to be a superstar, but then they grow up, get ‘proper’ jobs and leave the ‘childish’ fantasy in the past.

Yet, there are still those few who follow the dream with the hope that they are going to be the next Angelina Jolie or Jonny Depp. These determined people participate at the local theatre, donating hours of their time, and probably spend most of their wages on head shots, acting classes and expensive audition sites. Some even go to Drama school.

Anyone who has pursued acting as a career would be aware of the countless conversations with people who say this is not a real degree; that you are wasting your time on some pointless pipe dream; and the only job you will be able to get with a qualification in acting, is one that required you to say the line ‘Would you like fries with that?’

I remember telling my eighty year old grandmother that I was going to University to study a degree in both Drama and Film. I also remember the way she looked down at me, her eyes narrowing as she glared over the silver rim of her large glasses. She asked me why I chose to choose something so pointless, why I did not choose to study something like science. The simple answer was – I do not want to be a scientist.

I am sure every actor remembers people telling them that Drama must be an easy degree, that it is not a real subject as it involves nothing more than messing around with your friends, then writing about how and why you were messing around with your friends.

This makes me just a little bit temperamental. So I am here to set the record straight, once and for all.

First of all, Drama is far from an easy degree. You are constantly judged not only on your ability to act, but also by your appearance, and then you are expected to write about how and why you did not get the part you have wanted for years, because you were either too tall or your nose was not the right shape.

You can forget about having a social life, because all your time is devoted to either reading the mountains of material that you are given, remembering entire scripts, theatre practitioners and historical influences as well as hours of rehearsals with groups that include at least one know it all Diva who always wants to steal the spot light.

There is a reason that almost half of the class disappear after the first few months. They thought it was going to be easy too.

Secondly, when you have finally done your three to four years at University, you dread coming out into the real world, because you know when you do, the hard work truly begins.

Being over thirty grand in debt, no job and no ‘usable’ qualifications, you live day by day, normally living out the clichéd life of an out of work actor working as a waitress or waiter. You obsessively apply for auditions, agents, extra work, intern-ships and sometimes become one of those people who dance around the Town centre, wearing one of those ridiculous full body costumes, essentially becoming a classically trained panda.

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Then, just as you are about ready to disappear forever, the phone rings and you have been invited to an audition you forgot you applied to. They send you a script and you cancel all your plans to learn the lines by the next day. However, you are never able to get rid of that cold floating feeling in your pit of your stomach, or the thought that you will make a total fool of yourself, resulting in the Director dramatically standing from his chair with a flail of his arms, saying, ‘You will never work in this town again!’

Cue the dilemma of Actors Equity. If you don’t have an Equity card, you are unlikely to get any other role other than the panda I mentioned earlier. However, if you have not had a paid role as a principal character in either theatre, TV or Film, you cannot get an Equity card…Twenty points to whoever came up with that one.

When you do finally get a part for a commercial or a production, there is always the fear of that dreaded line, the line that strikes fear into all actors hearts , the line that again makes us question absolutely everything we have done in our life to this moment.

‘We will not be paying you, but its great exposure!’

Cue the blood boiling rage that you always seem to have under control, even when you want nothing more than to rearrange the smug look on the casting director’s face, then continue on a psychotic killing spree that would make even the most hardened criminals fear for their lives. But you force a smile and a nod, all the while thinking. ‘Exposure doesn’t  pay the bills buddy!’

Many people reading this article probably still question why people go into acting. Maybe even the actors themselves are starting to question what they were thinking when they chose such a risky and cut-throat career. The answer is simple. So many people refuse to follow their dream, simply because they believe they cannot do it, but you can still fail at something that you don’t want to do, so why not risk it all, by working hard to succeed in something you do want to do?

Acting is like a drug to many actors -they cannot live without it. It runs through their-blood, keep them going and makes them happy, and even though it comes with hardships…it might just be the best job in the world.

Sources

http://dysfunctionalbachelor.wordpress.com/2011/08/25/get-a-real-job-the-life-of-an-actor/