This is PART 1 of a 5 part series on a full ODST Armor you can wear.
So you really want to do this? This is a big project. Build time will be from several months to over a year depending on level of detail and how determined you are. Along the way, we will be printing out 3D models unfolded into Pepakura files; doing origami on steroids; working with hazardous materials; using power tools; you may end up glueing your fingers together, your shoes to the floor or the cat to the couch. And we will end up spending money, ball park estimates on the low end around $300 for the entire suit. More likely you will spend $400 - $500. Although this instructable is specifically for the ODST, the instructable can be applied to any armor build - e.g. Halo 1-3 Spartan permutations, ODST permutations, Halo Reach permutations, Iron Man permutations, samurai, etc.
The project is so large that I decided to break it down into five(5) Instructables:
To help unify all the instructables I also published a Table Of Contents (TOC) instructable for the Halo ODST Armor Build.
Part 1 of the Halo 3 ODST Armor Project is the Helmet. Most who embark on armor building never get past this stage. Hell, many never finish this stage. But we will not be one of those. We will perservere and one day walk with head held up high covered from head to toe in HALO Armor goodness.
Everything we learn in Part 1 will be applied to Parts 2-5. The rest of the armor creation process build upon the techniques used in PART 1. So it is best to pay close attention to how the helmet is built. While building the rest of the armor, make frequent visits to The Helmet build to refresh your memory on how to do things.
This project was inspired by the talented people in the 405th. Much of the source materials came from http://www.405th.com/forum.php.
On to the instructions...
** 3D model CREDIT used for the helmet base goes to ForgedReclaimer. Unfold credit goes to SoullessSin.**
Step 1: Software and 3D Files
The software is available here:
Designer is Free-to-Try but the save feature is disabled. Cost for a full version is $38.
Viewer is Free.
Once the software is installed on your computer it's time to start downloading 3D pepakura files for us to print out and build into a helmet. So where are the files? Go here first.
Also go to 405th Halo costuming website - http://www.405th.com/
Look through the 405th forum. There are tons of armor files in there. Make a note on who the modeler is and give them credit when showing off your work. Don't ask stupid questions and use the search function.