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.
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.)
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 you 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.
You 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