It's not as difficult as one should think; of course, for a person who would try it on for the first time it might be a bit overwhelming - but once you get used to it, it's got pretty nice weight distribution. The legs offer better movement than our smaller Dark Angel marine for some odd reason
I've seen you around on Youtube. Imperial Fist Terminator?
I'm looking to make my own assault marine armor, based on my character's appearance in the PS3 multiplayer. Any advice for a material to make it with? It needs to be durable, but relatively light-weight, because I plan to add a jump pack.
You should head over to our page www.facebook.com/rosesandboltshells We have a few tutorials and MANY WIP pictures. One of our cosplay friends from the UK made a Blood Angel Assault Marine; you could check that out, look up Render and Spectar Props and Cosplay.
If you are 'sculpting' I would not recommend foam. If you want to go the hard but 'original' route, you can cut out wood shapes and sand it - then vacuform them, to have plastic copies. You could also work with clay of course, but 'sculpting' foam, is not possible as such. All you can do is cut it to shape or dremel it. You can still get good results with these techniques though
My older Imperial Fists Marine was scratchbuilt without templates - whereas my newer Dark Angel is built with templates as reference. All with foam, bits and what I had lying around. Again, primarily EVA foam, craft foam etc. Scratchbuilding today, is a unique process - but it is also slow, much more difficult and to a certain degree not as accurate as the templated versions. I used to be pro-scratchbuild, untill I had a go with the templates and learnt how easy and less material/time/mind consuming it is.
I also have a helmet tutorial on RnB, which is a good starting point. Good luck!
And what sort of foam would work best for such a costume? I dont mind using a heavier variant if it will be more durable and easier to detail. I have an idea of how to build the boots and greaves, which may eliminate the need for a spring mechanism. I am rather tall (around 6' 4" or 6' 5") so I thought if I made the boots in a fashion where I would be elevated 6 inches off the ground I would be sufficiently tall, and able to walk normally with a little practice. I'd also be able to directly manipulate the foot.
I'm 6'9" and I worked with EVA foam - and craft foam. I also worked with high density foam (plastazote) I didn't use a spring for my boots, they're pretty much solid and function more like platforms for me - with no problems. In the Terminator suit I stand roughly 8ft 10inches - add a bit extra when the top icons are added.