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NIGHTWING 2.0 - Progress


Ok

A commission came to me for a Nightwing since I'm the premiere maker for that character, but after long talks about the direction to take it we decided that it should be moved towards what it was going to be in the film because they gave him a cape and kept him as robin when he was so clearly Nightwing.

Everyone pretty much has seen the first two full builds that I did, and this one is using the same armor, but since BD doesn't listen and can't follow directions Carlos did not get zipper cover to go with that armor, instead he was supposed to make due with a panther like cover instead, but of course it had no emblem lines sculpted into it

Cant explain how much that and a couple other things bugged me on that commission and Carlos and I always talked about how to remedy the issues to bring things to where they were supposed to be.

This was influence by the original zipper cover from the Kilmer Panther Batsuit.

This is the first step to what I hope will set the record straight on nightwing suit being the next best thing to a proper panther batsuit. LOL


PART1: FULL WRAP ZIPPER COVER


(please excuse the IPHONE photos as my other cam was lent to a friend during this)

So I started by mounting a full set of armor on 1mm neoprene, the full set includes torso, forward oblique covers (not seen in the original film suits but they were on some of the stunt suits) and of course the legs, collar and eye mask.

Next the mounted suit was put up on my pin able mannequin. WED clay was used to sculpt this in and over the rubber suit because its easy to work with, sticks to the rubber without damaging it and cleans off with no residue or damage to the rubber suit.

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after this was sculpted, it was sealed with acrylic, then primed, then released with rocket release.

laid down the chest and made clay wall around the sculpt and V1068 silicone (thinned with v50 thinner) was brushed over the sculpt to a thickness of 3/8. The
a fiberglass jacket was made to support the silicone.

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here is the pulled mold

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here is the first resin pull, resin was brushed in for two layers, then fiber glass cloth was laid in for a single layer followed by two more layers of resin for 4 layers today

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I need to take a nice photo of the skin texture because at the last second in the sculpt I put muscle strand detail into it for fun, knowing it would get sanded out, but it just screamed to me that it needed it, and since I love organics I made a second pull and have it hanging on the wall in the studio now to remind me why I love organics and what I am capable of since when I go to sculpt the back muscles and zipper cover for my sonar maquette project I can do ten times better than I did on this. Cause you can always do better the second and third time you do something.


After the resin master pulls were made, I went back to the mold and pushed WED into it, making what is known as a clay plug, this is basically a clay version of what your finish pull should be.

Next I clear coated with acyrlic and then primer, just like I did on the original sculpt.

Next you lay down 2 coats of resin, fiberglass cloth and 2 coats of resin.

When you pull this "back plate" you now have your CORE!

(photo to come)

So now you have a back plate core to bolt thru and create a matrix mold so the pull can be foam injected.

Since this is a zipper cover I want it super lite and flexible so it can't bind you up, especially since its velcro lined.



Just got my new order of silicone in Friday so either Monday or Wednesday I'll be making my mold and 12 hours later pulling the first flawless copy hopefully. It will be F42 skinned with [sign in to see URL] foam backing.


So more photos to come including the suit modeled with its full wrap belt, magnetic escrime and the most kickass Gotham100's that I can customize.... ooh and the customized gloves that are coming along nicely.

Also included will be the new customized batcave stle mannequins that all my work will go to their owners on
from now on so that they get a right out of the box museum grade display since 99% of the guys I work on projects with never even try a suit on more or less wear it, they want that bat cave suit display.

since I've been hassled for two years about making a kilmer body cast available at a better price I'm now at that point were that's possible. (mines 400 plus shipping instead of [sign in to see URL] shipped for a kilmer)

You'll see what I mean soon enough.

PART 2 : FULL WRAP BELT AND MAGNETIC ESCRIME



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Re: NIGHTWING 2.0 - Progress


You know what would be really nice? That suit with a proper Nightwing emblem. Not that stupid bird on the front. I want the 'V' across the chest.
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Re: NIGHTWING 2.0 - Progress


that would be a little bit work, and just not worth it, but I understand where your coming from, though I have come to love the bird design


if I ever did one with an accurate emblem I would do a completely new muscle sculpt as well, so that would be one hell of project



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hey jay


your work and attention to detail is amazing.. you really want to make sure your stuff looks as good as it possible can... your posts here on this board are always very informative. i don't understand much of the specific FX talk but its interesting to read nonetheless...... keep it up... :cheers:
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LOL, did anyone else look at the photo of me brushing that mold and think that I look about 3 feet tall??


PG - Thanks, your relatively new around here so your not as familiar with what a righteous pain in the ass I am when it comes to quality and the details of props and costumes~

If I don't have to run into LA for a project on Friday it looks like I'll be back working on this again for it to be ready for paint this weekend hopefully.

I'll have my high res cam back this weekend to so no more crappy iphone pics


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Oki doki


Finished up the mold yesterday and I'll make the first pull on Wednesday or Thursday


Primed and ready for top coat:
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Top coated and drilled for matrix bolts (after the mold was done shot)
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finished matrix mold put together and bolted up
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The core is resin with fiberglass cloth for added strength.

The silicone is V1065 which IMHO is the best freakin silicone for mold making, no SO !@#$ in my studio just cause its cheaper.

The jacket is fiberglass chop, I was out of cloth so I used up some old chop I had.

Its sealed to the edge perfectly even though there is a little edge gap here and there. But all I need to do is add in bleeder holes and I'm ready to inject foam after skinning the mold with urethane.


So this weekend should yield some full suit shots, not sure if I want to show the suit public-ally until its 100% painted and as flawless as possible. LOL

I'm not about oohs and ahhs along the way, when a O HOLY CRAP! is so much better at the end.

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