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Odin Makes: My own Sci-Fi helmet, painted with PlaidFX paints

Odin Makes: My own Sci-Fi helmet, painted with PlaidFX paints


Hello, I’m Odin, and today I’m going to make a requested prop. The request was to make up my own sci-fi helmet and then paint it using the new PlaidFX cosplay paints. I want to start with an existing pattern, and I’m using the under helmet pattern from my Red Guardian helmet. It’s a pattern that fits my head; I don’t need to do it again. After cutting out all the pieces I trace the parts onto some 6 millimeter HD foam. This time I only trace the parts once because I can put them on top of another layer of 6 millimeter foam and then tape the two layers together to keep them from moving, and then cut all the pieces out two at a time on my bandsaw. This is actually pretty fast and easy for me to do. Not everyone has a bandsaw, I know this. These all could be easily cut out one at a time with a razor knife as well. With all the pieces cut out, I mark the second set with the seam marks, and then mark them all left and right. Using my heat gun and a planishing stake I make a curve on all of the foam pieces. Since my head is roundish, the helmet should be, too. I use contact cement to glue together all of the darts that this pattern has, and it has a few and then I glue together all the parts to actually make the helmet. [music] Ha! Still fits! I put the completed helmet onto my life cast and cover it with a single layer of aluminum foil and duct tape and I started to dry out the pieces that I wanted to make on my own sci-fi helmet. I drew inspiration from the police helmets from The Fifth Element and the Marines helmets from Aliens, but I was really trying to just kind of do my own thing. That’ll look okay, because if I purposely make these panels with bolts on them, it’ll look great. So this becomes extra raised, this becomes half raised, this is the bad half, but I should — I kinda want a Star Wars type of thing back here going on what do I want to do? Do I want to make it Aliens armadillo thing going on? Maybe I’ll figure that out later. By making my new patterns off of the 6 millimeter foam helmet, I knew that the new pieces would fit. I cut out the new duct tape pattern and copied it to cardstock. Then I cut the card stock out and traced the pattern on to more HD foam. I like to use paper or cardstock for the pattern. It holds the shape more accurately than just using the duct tape. I cut some panels from 10 millimeter foam and the center panels I cut from 6 millimeter foam. I use my heat gun to curve all of the pieces again and this time I use my rotary tool to sand down the outside corners on the panels. This is just a little 45 degree bevel. I want them to all look like heavy plates on the helmet, and by making big panel lines out of them, I don’t need to putty anything. I also wanted some holes in the plates, more as a texture, but it seemed like a good idea, and the CosTools hole drill is really good at making holes. I start attaching the plates to the forehead, matching the center lines and fit it near the eyes then apply the second forehead plate. I took one of the 6 millimeter plugs and then glued it into the 10 millimeter hole because I like the idea of the hole as not as deep. Still using the center line of the helmet is a guide I glue on the center plates and then I glue on the back sets of 10 millimeter plates and the plugs. I need — I need something to do to the back. You know, if I just keep this shape up then repeat it that were probably look kind of cool. Like, yeah, twice more, like here and here. I draw my shapes, make my pattern, cut my foam, and glue the panels on. I add a strip down the middle to the hide the center seam then a couple of thicker squares in the notches. I think of these as like latches it’s a way to connect interchangeable pieces onto your helmet along with the holes, a way to add gear that’s mission-specific. Well, that’s my thinking, anyway. And I add some arches over the ears. I want a visor, just a simple clear one. I taped on another piece of foam for extra space and the cardboard will be a pattern for the plastic. I glue the foam pieces on, these are scraps from my Soul Edge build, and I cut a visor from some acrylic plastic and use the heat gun to help it bend to the curve on the helmet. It’s about a centimeter down, it’s about a centimeter down, it’s about a centimeter down — yeah, except for oh no, actually it curls up pretty bad over on this side. How interesting, I glued it differently. Yeah, well, life sucks. I carefully drill matching holes in the visor and on the helmet and I can use a set of binding screws to attach the visor to the helmet, and it’s an easy way to take it on and off. That’s a GI Joe visor! Then I add two strips of 4 millimeter foam to make a channel for the visor to fit in. [music] From the beginning, I want an asymmetrical piece, a light or a scope or something. I built out a box in the forehead that can hold a piece of acrylic plastic. I’m making it so the plastic pulls down over the left eye and this plastic is neon green. I glue a bit of green scrap onto one side as a tab to help when you’re pulling it down and some square rod on the other side to stop it so it won’t pull all the way out. I know I want the green plastic to light up, and I make space for a battery pack from the inside and I dig around in my flashlight parts box for LEDs and a switch. I test the elements — there it is — and then install them into the helmet. The batteries change from the inside, wires are safe behind plastic and I glued the button switch over the ears. I wanted more detail in the green plastic lens so I added a pair of circles to the lens sort of like a scope or a sight and to mark the plastic I use my adjustable circle cutter and I had each bit set for a different size circle I cut a 6 millimeter foam panel to cover over the lens [music] Yeah, there we go. That’s interesting. It works. It’s actually got really good placement. I can’t wait to pull the protective film off so I can see. Pull it out? Oh, good, good. And I add a large slope on the front and some smaller ones around the sides. I want to minimize the box look. I add decorative panels to the sides and one panel on the front, and the rest of the box I cover with strips of 4 millimeter foam. It looks like a heatsink. In story terms, I guess this thing needs to dissipate a lot of heat. I mean, the LED is bright enough! [music] All right, then. Well, I suppose I should paint it! So, I was making a space helmet of my own design because I’m specifically doing this video for PlaidFX paints These are actually cosplay paints, these are paints that are made specifically to be used on EVA foam but I’m pretty excited about this line of paint and I’m really thrilled that I’ve got quite a bit of the line of the paint to work with So, of all the colors I have, and I can use on the helmet of my own design, I was trying to think how I want to go about painting this Now, my first thought was paint it like the colonial Marines from Aliens, that was kind of partly where the inspiration came from, anyway I didn’t think that was really the right direction to go, so I actually posted on to my Patreon asking everybody there “Hey what do you think?” Gary Ayers was one of the first ones to respond, and his suggestion was to go with black and, uh, purple which, okay, I can see that working: very Thanos in a way, right? and then another one was from Jeff, Ryan & Tyler, and I picked out the Bloodborne Red, they’ve got some great names in this line So, this is actually, uh, Bloodborne and Carbon are the names of these paints. Okay, this could totally work, and I’ve actually painted Blood Bowl teams these these colors, so I’m for that but, uh, Starius came along with a really good suggestion based off of tractors from the 1930s, and that’s navy and kind of an orange color and I really like this idea because I would never pick this, I would never grab it out of the air as like “oh, I’ll do that” because when I think blue and orange, I’m thinking more of a bright blue and it’ll look like a LEGO set, and that’s just not what I was after but these colors, they’re going to show dirt and they’re going to show a lot of weathering, and I think these are the ones I’m going to go with. Before I started painting the center panels Chainmail Silver, I removed as much as Sharpie as I could with rubbing alcohol and then used the PlaidFX primer over the whole helmet. The paints stick to the foam really well, they don’t need primer, it was more of a barrier for the Sharpie ink. The orange I was using was Orbital Orange and the blue is Commander Navy. I did use two coats of paint to get a rich color, but really that’s not unusual with any paint. I think I’ve got too much orange on the helmet, so I can take some down. I’m going to go ahead and paint both of these blue and I think these guys are going to paint blue, too. I think it was the right idea painting the side panels Navy and the last covers on the back of the head. I started dry brushing lighter colors over the base coat: this yellow is called Fool’s Gold and I use some Beta Blue over the Commander Navy, mostly just on the edges I also lighten some of the larger, flatter areas. It really does end up looking like a tabletop miniature but I’m okay with that. Once the blue had dried, I started cutting some masking tape to add some stripes on the helmet. I put one set on the forehead, and with the leftovers I just made a couple on the back of the head, Then I dry brush the stripes Blizzard White. I had considered a green or yellow, but I like the idea of white. I also added some white highlights in different places, and since it was dry brushed I could pull the tape off quickly. Then the carbon wash. Well, it’s watered down black FX paint, but what I really wanted was a very dirty look, like coal miner dirty. It’ll knock down the vibrance of the colors and help make everything uniform. I use a paper towel to wipe away some of the really heavy stuff. It’ll help hide brushstrokes and drips. I use more Chainmail Silver to add paint chips on the edges. I can’t really dry brush this color, it’s a little too translucent, but it is the best silver color I’ve seen from Plaid. If the helmet is this dirty, I can’t leave the plastic lenses clean, so I dab black paint around the edges of the green scope and I sponge more on the clear visor. I keep it around the edges, but it’s pretty heavy on the ends. That should be fine. And then on the inside I cover all the gray foam that you might be able to see while wearing the helmet, I’m just painting it all Carbon Black. I like how easy it is to attach the visor. I’m tempted to make it maybe dark or mirrored in the future. The scope is simply inserted, the white plastic card keeps the wires from getting in the way. [music] I have a full list in the description for all the materials used in this build. I also painted up some tests squares. What I have is eight different squares with eight different colors, plus a metallic test and I’ve got two different sets of foam with a different color on each. So, I keep saying it’s flexible and it bonds better to foam, Well, it does. Uh, let’s see. That is a single coat of the metallic purple on HD foam, so here is two coats of the yellow on TNT Cosplay foam and same thing, I’m not seeing any cracking, I’m seeing some wrinkling but that’s going to happen because I’m stressing the foam anyway, right? Typically if I get a little bit of wrinkles in the foam I’ll just heat it up with a heat gun to make it go away, so let’s heat up the paint. [music] Hey, look, you can cook it, what a surprise. But specifically, the stuff in the middle where I was just trying to get the foam to relax and go back to its normal state it held up just fine, which I’m really surprised on. By the way, all this is one take I’m not doing this testing thing more than once so it’s not like I made a whole bunch of these to make sure that it would work just so I wanted to, no, this is — this is happening once. Let’s see, is it cracking here? This is a thicker foam, this is the floor mat foam. Hey, look at that, I am getting a little bit of cracking so with some extreme bending on the Harbor Freight foam, which, you know, that may be as much the foam as it is the paint. [music] The elasticity of the dry paint is really impressive. So, I’ve given this stuff almost 48 hours to dry before I’ve been torturing it, and I’m — I’ve got to say, I’m pretty impressed. I have been to a few cons where for some reason they think tape is going to be a great way to show peace bonding on your costume. It’s like, could you please not tape my painted stuff? So, let’s do some tape tests here to see, uh, how well — Now, granted, I just stuck this on, it’s not like it’s on here for all day, but I don’t want to wait that long. Hopefully you can tell I’m not being gentle about how I’m pulling this off, I’m just, I’m purposely trying to pull it. I am getting a little bit of paint to pull off where I’ve mashed it really good with my finger. Okay, now if I peel it up nicely, you know if you actually kind of peel it up nicely and not just rip it off like a Band-Aid [music] I’m not seeing the orange on that duct tape. Ha HA! All right, I got the black to peel up, but I mashed it really hard. Still, that’s not surprising, this is duct tape on acrylic paint. [music] Oh, interesting, maybe it’s just because it’s a single coat of black? [music] So a basic rub, I mean, this — this doesn’t represent, you know, arms of armor rubbing against the side of your chest all day at a con but I’m putting some pressure on here [music] Now, I’m pretty sure if I was to take a piece of metal and try to do some sort of a scrape test on this that it’s going to hurt it because it’s going to hurt the foam, right? There’s a certain level of, the paint isn’t armor, the paint is paint, but, uh, doing a, um, a bit of a scratch test, some basic abrasions, yeah, it’s looking pretty good. [music] I can see where I’m damaging the foam. [music] Well, there, I got the wood to chip. [laughs] I’m pretty happy with these paints, I’m pretty happy with the helmet and if you like the helmet, I’ll get the pattern put together have that in the description for you if you want to make one of your own and you can always change out this thing for something else, the whole idea of this is to make it modular like it would be kind of neat if it had even more electric wires that ran to a separate battery pack in the back or it had additional face shield parts or big chin straps or additional armor plates or something on the back the idea was it this was going to be a modular type of helmet and not just this is the only configuration it could ever possibly be and much like space marines, paint it any way you want, that’s kind of fun. I like the idea that this could be generic for just about anything. You’re not just going to be an outer space miner,you could be a pilot, you could be whatever you wanted to be. And I am very happy with my PlaidFX science fiction helmet, thank you guys, and This is how Odin Makes. I want to thank Travis Quimby, Paolo Deocampo, and all of my Patreon supporters. My Patreon support is the number one thing that makes this show possible. If you like the video, don’t forget to subscribe! Have an idea for something for me to make? Please leave a comment below! And if you make any of these projects, you can send me a picture.

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100 thoughts on “Odin Makes: My own Sci-Fi helmet, painted with PlaidFX paints

  1. I think the best part about this episode is the stress test. Lots of people promote product, this is the first time I've seen someone stress test it on air. THanks Odin! Also, Real Ghostbusters Proton Pack! I need plans lol

  2. I love the fact that you periodically remind people on how you makes certain tools that you use.

    It's really a lot of fun when you have learned so much from making projects and then you can dip into that pool for inspiration to make your own design. :0)

  3. Another video of the helmet in this Phenomenauts music video, "I Am Robot." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_7giRt2v6w

  4. Hey Odin, you should try and make one of the helmets from the Dead Space games. They have soooo many helmets and suits for you to choose from. Or even the Plasma Cutter from the Dead Space games.

  5. One more music video by the Phenomenauts with the similar helmet, but slightly different than the one in the other two videos. "Infinity + 1" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7LCqw3GEno

  6. This makes me think almost of like a space miner, mining some super valuable substances that are dangerous to obtain off of some meteor or something. And the visor has that same mineral in it to allow it to track veins rich in that specific element but its such powerful stuff it needs that beefy heat sink so you dont melt your brain

  7. I really like how he really stressed the fact that this is REAL. I really appreciate that, been really looking for a good foam paint.

  8. Cool helmet.
    Can you please make Cyclops visor from X-Men out of Eva foam, also, how about Snake Eyes visor from G.I.Joe?

  9. Blue and orange are used a lot by Michael Bay. You’ll always see them in his films whether it’s the actual colors or shades or mat versions of those two colors. I’d like to see you do Doom or Master Chief helmet or Samus.

  10. Well! I was definitely impressed. Both with the helmet and Plaid's new paint. You definitely showed how well it works and how durable it is. Guess I'll be buying myself some Plaid FX cosplay paint in the future. And I will definitely keep digging how Odin makes!

  11. man that's an awesome design, i totally see the police look too.
    would have kept the orange side panels and maybe limit the other orange areas personally, when they were getting covered i was a bit sad, still great helmet!

  12. This man's getting really good at this stuff. haha But I would like to see some him do something bizarre, like a cappuccino machine or perhaps a boom-box

  13. B.F.G from DOOM! also, that must be like $400 worth of paints you have on that bench, wish I had that type of stock!

  14. Seems to be very form fitting, maybe hot to wear. Make little bigger with spaced strips underneath and small fan for air flow. Can put lot of tech but I know you wanted to keep simple.

  15. Probably already asked, but is that heat-bubbled paint stable after it cools? That's an outstanding damage effect if it is.

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