Custom Costume Builds

Male Shepard N7 Armor Days 1 Thru 6

Day 1: Chest assembled, cod almost finished, upper back base finished, rib strapping installed. The Black areas I simply sanded the pattern off.


Male Day 2: Got most of the collar cut and assembled, and the parts for the back roughed out.


Clips from first test fit on Jane. (Jane is the Female characters default name in game, which also happens to be her real name) Her costume blog can be found here.


First off a tip for the hardware and strapping. If you go to the fabric stores you can find all the elastic, Velcro, Nylon strapping and hardware you need for costumes,… it’s also going to cost you a good bit of money. Simple plastic eyelets and clips can cost $2 or $3 EACH, strapping $3 or $4 a yard, ect. What I do is go to the thrift stores and look for tote type bags which have the strapping and plastic hardware I need. For about $1 to $3 I can get several clips, eyes and a yard of strapping from each bag, which ends up being much cheaper.

Male Day 3: Making up some lost time, I got the lighting installed into the back pieces, attached the collar to the back base and added the shoulder strapping and collar clips.

Another few days and I should have the Male caught up with the Female progress. I decided it would be much easier to work on both suits at the same time rather than separately.


Male Day 4: Back fully assembled, only need to install the light covers on the shoulder blades. Also added a layer to the bottom of the abdomen which still needs to be evened out, sanded and beveled. Tomorrow I should be able to at least knock out the shoulders and biceps.


Male Day 5: Shoulders and biceps finished. Cut and prepped LED light covers but still need to glue them in place. On the Male LED covers, rather than using a semi opaque white tubing and then staining it the correct color, I found some transparent aqua colored tubing which looks much better. I’ll probably go back and replace the ones on the Female Armor to match.

Tomorrow, forearm and hand armor. At this pace I should have no problem finishing them in time for Dragon*Con.


Male Day 6: Forearms and hand armor finished. I had hoped to get more completed tonight, but alas not everything turns out right on the first attempt. I made my forearm patterns about 1/2 inch to narrow and only realized it after cutting them out and having them almost put together. I ended up starting over completely which cost me a few hours, but the second set turned out looking much better.

Both suits are now approximately 40% complete. From here on I will be working on both suits at the same time.

11 responses

  1. Ben

    What material are you using/adhesive to glue the layers together?

    July 19, 2010 at 1:17 pm

  2. ben

    The plates are made of hot glue too?

    July 19, 2010 at 6:36 pm

  3. TheOneJEster

    What material are you using for the plates? I, like Ben, am very curious

    August 1, 2010 at 2:54 am

    • Sorry, plates? Which parts are you referring to?

      August 1, 2010 at 4:35 am

  4. Ben

    The grey textured plates.

    August 1, 2010 at 7:12 am

    • It’s all EVA foam sheeting,.. check the very first posting on the blog.

      August 1, 2010 at 7:19 am

  5. reEvo

    hi. i have to say its incredible. i want to ask how did you do the black parts. is it black EVA? becouse when i look at the previous its all grey and on that pic its black. and one last thing is there any way to get the template for that armor? i really want to replicate it =) thanks in advance..

    September 11, 2010 at 1:01 pm

  6. Miguel rodriguez

    I’m really a big fan of your art what you make i wish i can have something like that but sally i can affort it 😦

    July 26, 2012 at 6:31 pm

  7. SiCo

    For the forearm armour, did you make it from one piece or glue one edge of the cylindar to the other? Always had trouble making cylindars with foam

    August 30, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    • forearms are not attached at the bottom seam line, they join together with either elastic or velcro. To get the cylinder shape an easy way is to use a large pipe or tube. Heat the foam then roll it up and slide it inside the large pipe or tube and let it cool down. when removed it should stay curled up.

      September 6, 2012 at 1:22 am

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