BLOG POST Sunday Aug. 24th. IRONMAN MARK 42 Shoulder Upgrade.
I haven’t been painting ( graffiti) much lately so I decided to share something else, a personal hobby I got into a few years ago, that sorta turned into a little obsession of perfection for me… Last year I dived into creating my 2nd Ironman suit ( the mark 42 ), it basically took an entire year to build, and paint, with the help of a lot of friends from around the world, my helmet was made by a guy in Canada “Biggeek1972″. My electronics/ audio in the hands and Chest reactor came from “Darkside501″. The actual hands/gloves where 3d printed by “MrTrouble”. The forearms where sized and 3d printed by a friend named “Abb eliten” and the suit itself was sized and created by a good friend “quovadis0920” from the Phillipines…. When I actually think about it now, it is pretty extreme, but I think my goal was to slowly do it right with the right people no matter how long it took, if I was going to invest all this time and effort and $$$ I might as well make it worth it in the end…
Anyway, right around October of last year I had to hustle to get it finished and I actually did have to cut a few corners, so here we are in summer of 2014 and Im replacing the shoulder bells with exact movie replica shoulders 3d printed and and recasted in a cold steal black fiberglass (very strong). I have always been a better painter than builder ( You should see the terrible Mark 5 I made before this suit ) so I decided to show my process to finalizing these to look real and match up to my suit’s paint job from Oct.
So above you can see the process in which I go thru painting this to look the way I like it…. My suit is “battle damaged” because when I finished painting it last Oct. it was too pristine and looked too clean IMO. So after about a week of contemplation, I decided to go in on a real damaged look… After a bit of hunting for special effects/ movie tricks in the industry I found out how to give the edges a scratched metal look without ruining all my paint job ( making it look like there’s actual metal under the paint) hard work and basically making it look like it skidded across the pavement or whatever during alil’ battle….
Below are a few reference pics you can see of what the shoulders look like clean, as well as battle damaged…
And the battle damaged look… Below is my suit from last Oct. with the OLD Shoulders….
So if you’ve been half paying attention, now you might understand where all these Ironman jokes come from around my media and promo outlets… More updates when I attach the new shoulders and do a test drive fully suited….