Suit production is winding down, now that just about all the construction and fitting is finished. There’s still a lot of small details to fill in, but at the moment we’re saving those finishing touches for later. This week a big focus was working on the second part of this commission – scratch-build ranger helmets for the pilots of the big ‘ol mecha.
It feels like we didn’t get much accomplished during this session because almost all the suit building is done. The body parts (sans the gloves for the hands) are all there, so the focus of this weekend was to start pushing out the accessories and make the entire suit fit on a human body. The smaller details like color breakup, helmet visor, and clear parts will come later.
It’s a surreal experience having our roles reversed and having me suit up in the armor for once instead of my partner. I now know how it feels to lean around awkwardly as someone else reaches for the buckles and straps to put me inside a foam shell. But alas, it only goes on me now because we designed it this time to fit almost anyone – this whole “build for someone you’ve never met or seen before” thing may not be as daunting as we thought.
Most of the suit body is already ironed out, and this is only our fourth (ish) day of building, since it’s been two weekends. This makes it seem like we’re making especially good time, but there’s still a lot to be done – fitting the straps will be particularly daunting, and painting takes several days on its own.
It’s not June, it’s not even summer, and yet we’re here doing the same old same old – another cosplay armor. But this time it’s under some unique circumstances – for the first time ever, we’re not building this for a convention, or even for ourselves. Through some unexpected stroke of luck and some deep Reddit browsing, this is actually our first armor we’ve been paid to build as a commission.