So I got a little more work done on the Halo 4 undersuit. Not a ton as my EVA foam came in so I started playing with the outter armor, but still worked on it a bit. Mainly I worked on drafting the underarmor’s elbow protection.
I based my elbow/lower-tricep pattern off of Mike Loh’s Spartan-IV undersuit pattern:
Fairly simple design that’ll be in several layers of black vinyl/leather. My pattern sketch:
I threw in some basic measurements in case anyone wants to try to duplicate what I did. Of course, this is sized to me so people will have to size up/down as needed. But this extends from the upper forearm to the lower tricep and wraps around the arm only slightly.
I also got in my fabric swatches. I think I’ve chosen my final stretchy fabric choices but still deciding on the mesh. The mesh sample I got from SpandexWorld is great in that it stretches but the whole are super tiny. I was hoping for something a little larger to imitate the honeycomb pattern on the Spartan-IV suits. Not sure if I’ll find a stretchy mesh with larger openings, but we’ll see.
This is amazing work by James_005 over at the 405th. A great front, back and side view of the Spartan-IV (Halo 4) undersuit.
Beautifully done. Probably not going to find a better look at the suit than this. It hits all the details from top to bottom.
Click here for the full-size/HD version.
Again, great work James.
Last few days I’ve been working on the Halo 4 underarmor suit pants, since I’m still waiting for foam and fabric swatches to come in.
I haven’t made many pants in the past and the ones I have had been for my historical fencing so they were baggy breaches and not form-fitting pants. So this was a little bit of an adventure and experiment but I think it turned out well.
So if we go back to our reference pictures we’ll notice that the Spartan-IV undersuit pants aren’t as much pants as they are tights. They hug the legs, much like the torso portion of the underamor does. So stretchy fabric is a must so we can get the right look and be able to move as well. Here’s couple of pictures for reference:
Now that I had my pictures at hand, I could start drafting a pattern & mock up.
I’m waiting for most of the supplies to ship in so I can start the actual armor building, but the wait means I have plenty of time to work on the Halo 4 Undersuit. I know a lot of people freak out when they think about possibly creating their own undersuit from scratch since sewing isn’t a skill most people learn growing up (not for anyone I really knew), but it’s really not that bad. My girlfriend taught me and if I could learn anyone can. Like the outer armor, it just takes time and dedication to learn the basics. I’m hoping this can help people get on the right track.
Note: The rest of this post takes place over the course of several days, so don’t freak out if you try this yourself and don’t get it done in a day. If you do, you’re a sewing monster.
Searching for Reference Pics
First off I wanted to get some good reference shots of what the new undersuit looks like… or, in this case, any reference shots. There’s not much out there since the game isn’t even a month old yet and it’s usually covered by the outer armor anyways, but luckily we have Spartan Ops to help out. I snagged a few screen caps of the what the undersuit looks like in the mini films before Episode 1.