Second part of this week I worked on creating the Halo 4 Recon ab armor. Here’s my main reference image (it’s the small sucker on the bottom):
More on putting this together after the jump…
So a pretty easy, basic shape. The complicated part is that it’s not a flat piece. If you look at the reference image it curves with the body as well as bevels back a bit. That’s what that faint, pencil line is… the beveled-back part of the ab plate.
Started off by cutting out the basic shape. After that we needed to create a ditch so we could bend part of the plate backwards to get that curved, beveled look. I just drew in the warped-U shape on the back and then we started cutting out the groove.
This gave room for the part of the foam to fold onto itself easily. After cutting out the ditch we took a heat gun and warmed the foam up so it became nice and bendy. Then added glue to the ditch area, turning it into a moat of hotglue, and bent the top part of the ab plate into it. I held that in place as well as giving the foam a slight bend on its vertical axis so it would curve with the body. To help the glue and foam cool and set faster I stuck my hands in the freezer. Here’s a close up of the glue and ditch connection on the back.
And boom, an ab plate is born.
It’s not perfect. It’s about 95% symmetrical. One side of the ab plate is a little more angled than the other. It’s probably not very noticeable unless you’re staring closely at it. I also forgot to take into account that by curving the piece it loses it’s total length in relation to the area it’s supposed to be cover. Not much, like a half inch total, but it may be enough to bug me, so I may/may not redo this later. Also the bottom portion of the plate sticks out a bit so I might cut down on the edges of the left & right side of the plate so it rests flatter against the stomach. That’s an easy fix.
So that’s the latest. I think the cod piece is next up, then maybe the hip armor. That’ll make the mid-section armor pretty much complete until it’s time to plastidip and paint.