Imperius: Gauntlets of Valor

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Next up, the gauntlets! Or at least the upper section.

I started as usual, with the base model from the game. After unfolding it and making some templates for the pieces that worked, BS’ing the pieces that didn’t, I transferred it all to plastic and cut out the base. For some reason I didn’t start taking pictures until the lowest level shell was done and everything was cut out, so here it is.

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After this, I cut out some trim (pictured), mounted it all in place, and heat shaped the lower sections to the open ended shape they are in the cinematic. These are very strange gauntlets.

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With that section mostly complete, it was time to start on the detailed top section. Using a template made from the pep file I created, I forced together the awkward shape of the top sections using a heat gun and lots of superglue/sanding.

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After that, I designed the detail that would go on the outside, planning to cut it out and build it up layer by layer. This was a tedious process, but ended up with some pretty good results! The first layer went down, and a bit of apoxie scult was used to fill the gap. Then, sanding.

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Then, another layer (designed from the previous template), went down ontop of the first, to add those cool looking levels. A coat of primer and some more sanding, because why not.

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Now it is time for the inner detailing! I couldn’t bring myself to use pre bought stuff on this, and sat down and drew out the inner detailing on one of the scraps of the previous templates. I then traced this template first onto some 1mm PVC (4x), then onto the gauntlets themselves, to use as a guide for placement.

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Then, I cut out and individually hand sanded one set of detailing, attaching it carefully to the gauntlets with super glue. Holy shit that took a long time.

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After this process, I did not want to do it all again for a second gauntlet. I decided to try my sneaky tactic of Vac pulling then filling with resin to make a pair of these gauntlets. After building a water clay base for the hollow gauntlet to sit on, I made a series of vac pulls until I got one that had enough detail. It almost had enough detail on the outside to use! That little vac table I built is pretty nice!

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After making two pulls from this “mold” using Smooth-cast 60D semi rigid, I was ready to throw it all together and see how it looked!

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Anyways, I will come back to the paint job on this, as I plan to paint everything at more or less the same time, once I figure out how I want it done. I had to hit it with the gold though, because hell yeah. I tried many types of gold on this, and settled with a bit more yellow gold for the base. Handplates will happen later.

Next up, the Helmet!


Imperius: Shoulder Guards

Ahhh Imperius, you wide bastard. These bad boys were fun to make, and where my first foray into making an actual silicone mold. Without further ado!


Using the models I ripped from D3, I made a properly sized template out of pep for the base, and after transferring it to plastic and a lot of heat shaping (of which there are no pictures), I made these!

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God these were ugly and unwieldy, and cleaning them up was a nightmare because of the low res of the model and the thickness of the PVC (3mm). I decided to focus all my energy on making one shoulder to mold instead of all 4 big chunks.

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I started by patterning out the detailing on each side, and cutting it out of 2mm PVC. This was a mostly trial and error process involving a lot of cursing and measuring.

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After this, I added the outer trim detailing, and built up the top using Apoxie Sculpt. Lots of sanding here, as usual. LEARN TO LOVE THE SANDING.

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To finish it off, I used another piece of 3mm PVC and sanded it into the curvy beveled shape in the cross bit. For some reason I do not have pictures of this hand sanding process, but it was all done with the random orbit sander. After this, it was finish sanding and.. mold making!


Sloppy first run, this whole thing ended up being garbage and I had to redo it. Valuable lessoned learned, namely take your time, and FILL ALL YOUR SEAMS. After another try, my one peice mold was complete.. and it was time to start casting. Because I am still poor, this was a 1 part mold when it likely should have been something else. I had to slush cast it of sorts, and each cast took about 40 minutes to make.. but in the end..




Using the cool ideas of Henrik Pilerude, I made ball joint mounts for the shoulders to set into, a quick and dirty collar section for the shoulders, mounted it all together and wala. I also made the 3rd inner piece out of the base frome earlier and some pvc/apoxie sculpt for the detailing, then made vac pulls of it to use for both sides. I dont have many pictures from this period as it is around the time I got promoted and the hours started taking their toll on me, sorry. I will probably expand on the shoulder mounts later.


Behold, this nerd! Next up, the Bracers!

Imperius: Breastplate (continued!)

Hey all, I’m not dead, just lazy! I haven’t been keeping this page current with my progress, shame on me! Time to start the long process of fixing that. Here is part 2 of the breastplate boogaloo.

Imperius has a thing for the Sun, it seems. . I wasn’t sure how exactly to build this, so I just started from the lowest level and went to work! I roughed out the shape below after a bit of trial and error, and cut the first layer out of 2mm PVC.

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And two more layers, designed by bullshit and guesswork.

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from this point, I glued these pieces together, then filled every gap with Apoxie sculpt to create the bevels and sanded it for ages. After much pondering on how to get this thing I have created to curve so splendidly, I made my choice and cut this thing I had just completed right in half.

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After more filling, sanding, and cursing, the finished cleaned up master was ready for my dumb idea!

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I made Vacuform pulls of both halves of the chest piece, and cut out the Vac formed halves.

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Perfecto! Oh wait, nevermind, you cant bend a hollow object without horrifying warping. I scrapped that idea for another one, and filled both halves of the vac pull with that same cheap fiberglass resin I used for the Spears sun. I didnt get any photos of this process as I pulled the resin out of the “molds” before it had fully cured, and quickly bent the 90% cured resin to shape with a heat gun and my hands, then screwed it into place and worked on the next. After it finished curing on the chestplate, I was able to photograph my dark work.

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Turned out better then it should have, honestly. Also at some point I removed the collars (they are removable), and added detail trim to all 3 of them. After a bunch of cleanup and filling and finish work, it was time for the primer and sanding phase.

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Primed, sanded, bolted down, reinforced in the back with apoxie sculpt (to fill the space between the chest and the resin)

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Filled, sanded, and done! The detailing was a mixed bag of scrapbook flourishes and plastic. Things you can find at Michaels. I am still figuring out what process I want to use (and paint type, weathering etc) for the paint job, so it will stay grey for awhile longer. There will be many more addon pieces for this, backplates and abs etc, plus a mount on the back for the wing mounts. Still, the big work is done!

Stay tuned for the Shoulders!