N7 ARMOUR UPADATE – Finished Torso
I never thought I would swear so much at an inanimate object, but finally, after many days of craft knife cuts, glue gun burns and bandaged fingers I have learnt two things.
- Never let me loose with anything remotely sharp or hot.
- Cosplay is rage inducing but oddly satisfying.
Below is a front and back view of the Torso, painted Renegade Red. Since I am going as a renegade Shepard, I thought the colour fit well.
The belt, which still needed to be painted, will lay over the very bottom of the stomach and be kept in place with straps and a little bit of Velcro.
Quick tip: Be sure to wear gloves when using a glue gun…hot glue burns like hell!
I painted the front and back separately, then put them together using clips. I found the glue holds to the fabric a lot better if you make tiny cuts where you wish to glue the straps and sand the fabric down slightly. The only way that strap is coming off is if you pull the fabric off with it.
The neck is a separate piece as well, held on to the back with a strip of Velcro. To make the collar, I just heated the foam and bent it in to shape.
The lower back and lower torso are also held on with a long piece of Velcro, making moving in the suit a lot easier than if it were glued down. I can attach and detach them when I take the suit off for easy storage.
I still need to add the majority of the battle damage, mostly to the front of the suit. I will add photos when it is done.
In other words, there is still plenty of work to be done, so in the famous words of Femshep – ‘I should go.’