So, yesterday was Halloween. My understanding from non-Americans is that Halloween as not as big a deal overseas as it is here in the states. Here - it's a big deal, and not only for kids. So, when my oldest son said he wanted to be a space marine, I knew I needed to step up and make his dream come true. Urh, with a limited budget . . . and little time . . . and no talent.
I looked all over the inter webs, and found lots of templates and examples of prop-shop lackies who spent thousands on building fiberglass helmets and vacu-formed armour. I found nothing that would help me throw something together in a few days with the materials at hand. So, I basically went cheap, quick and easy. If I can you do it, so can you!
|Nerf gun generously sprayed with flat black primer and trimmed with silver craft paint. Counts-as Bolt Gun. Or, something approximating a Bolt Gun. This actually didn't make it far on Halloween, as apparently it interfered with collecting candy.|
|Need moar glue stix!|
|I went to Michael's and bought a pack of multi-colored foam sheets for $9 bucks, then four more single sheets of blue at $1 each. I needed more blue sheets! Damn, I'm too cheap. Don't be cheap like me.|
|For the shoulder pads, I cut up some old cardboard boxes in the shape above - basically free-handing the design to size, as needed. Then hot glue. And more hot glue. Lots of hot glue.|
|I first glued the base of the foam sheet on the cardboard . . .|
|then cut the foam as needed, so it laid down properly. You can see I patched a few spots. O.k., maybe more than a few . . .|
|The gold (fine - yellow) trim helped cover over the crappy scissor-work. As did the Ultramarine symbol. The decorations go a long way to covering shoddy craftsmanship - maybe that's why we see so many purity seals on the more veteran space marines.|
|Again, details are your friends.|
|I cut out the general shape of a chest - sort of - and then wrapped it in foam. I glued on another strip of cardboard (right above the black foam), while curving the chest piece, so that it would remain curved.|
|Added details like the Aquila and the stomach tubes (just the plastic tubes that you use to keep computer and audio wires under control - and black foam behind). Just a bit of detail really adds a "3-D" look.|
|Now I have some very chaotic speaker wires that need controlling.|
|Given the limited time I had, I just did a one dimensional backpack on cardboard and wrapped it in foam. I added some circle cut-outs as well, for the ball-y-exaust-vent-thingies.|
|Basic shape . . . I used black foam strips to hold the chest piece, back pack shoulder pads together, so the whole thing could just be thrown over the head, like a sweater (or, jumper, if you prefer).|
|The holes along the top are just black foam cut-outs, but add some dimension. The circle in the middle is just a strip of blue foam glued down in a ring. Some additional black strips add the "vents."|
|Red foam, some paper, a sharpie, hot glue and - boom - purity seals. Just don't get the Roman numerals upside down, like I did. I suck at Roman numerals. From now on, the Ultramarines will be known as the IIIXth Legion.|
|Ready for the Emperor's bidding.|
|The Xenos Scum will never see this side of his armour!|
|Here's the little brother, trying it on for size . . .|
If only we could all be children on Halloween - easily ridiculing the horrors, lurking just beyond the light of the hearth.