I love the costume. Looks amazing and totally sells the idea that you are a real 8 foot space marine. I have a suggestion to something you may want to try since you said that hands don't move. Why not try to use a wire pully system like the what you would find in a toy extention arm? you could make the the inner pipe you use twist lock into the outer forearm part. The hand would be able to twist left and right at the wrist any longer and it would make the arms a bit more unruly to handle but it could give you some articulation in the fingers. Love the costumes looks great and I wish I had one.
We were thinking about makinh working hands, but the fact is they would not do us much good. We cant reach our mouth to eat, and the weapons are too heavy for an articulated hand to hold. We are planning to make more hands in different poses, more fun stuff really.
The stilts were custom made, modeled off painters stilts. We made them ourselves because it cost less for the raw materials. The hands were built on 4-inch ABS pipe. When completed, we just slide the whole thing over our forearms. We installed handles in these to hold onto.
I understand your curiousity. My friends and I decided to vacuum form our armor so that it could be duplicated easily (we have made three suits and have parts for two more). The good part about this is that it makes the whole suit pretty lite... Your armor looks pretty tall as well; did you use stilts as well, or are you just tall?#
lol eye'm 5'3", and the suit made me stand 7'4". Eye used 5-gallon buckets with a wooden frame to support any and all weight, had a 280lb friend stand on a single one, and it didn't budge. the hands, are actually mine, hockey glove on the right, and a welders glove with ratchet clamps on the left for the powerfist, was quite heavy....8lb left arm, 25lb torso, 20lb boots (each)...agonizing, but awesome
I do understand the agonizing part well. My friends and I are still talking about doing a powerfist. I am thinking of making a frame off my stilts to support the armor's weight when I stand up straight, but don't know when I will wear it next.
I've seen the o0ne GW uses for Games Day (UK) up close, and this is very close to that quality. I would say the hands seem a bit too chunky, and I can see his arm between the torso and the right arm amour. It also seems to need more definition in areas like the Swords&Wings on the chest (needs shading) and on the shoulder pads (shading again). Sorry if I seem to be critizisng the costume like it was a 40k model
The Top not is an awesome touch, but I do not believe I've read of any Dark Angels who do it.
Don't be sorry. We "finished" three of these suits the day before the bay area maker's fair to be shown off. The blackwash was not completed on all the parts and we ran out of time to make the rubber bits under the arms. We are hoping to finish two more suits before halloween that are a bit better, so any consructive comments are welcome.