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The Didact by Evil-FX The Didact by Evil-FX
Here is some basic info on the costume.  Check out my "Project Didact" image album on Facebook Evil FX Props & Armor  for most of the WIP build photos and more info on the process.

First off I want to thank Kolby Jukes and 343 industries ( Halo 4) who graciously provided me with the much needed reference materials to model this build from. Without their assistance it would not have turned out nearly as detailed or accurate.

The entire suit was Sculpted in Chavant NSP Medium Clay, Molded in Rebound 25 Silicone (Smooth-On) and cast in SmoothCast 300 (Smooth-On). The Hands and some soft parts of the under-suit were cast in Flex-Foam-It III (Smooth-On)

The Paint job was a little rushed due to time constraints and consisted mostly of Rust-Oleum Black and Polished Nickle Rattle cans. Detailing and tinting was done with Createx Airbrush Paints. (Createx Colors)

Materials cost for this build is in the $5 to $6 K USD range so far. (not completely done with this project yet. Still more to add and improve. When finished I'll do a more detailed expense breakdown)

Time to create, about 4 months,.. with a lot of procrastinating and video game playing in the early months,.. until things got real about 3 weeks out from Dragon Con. Final 3 crunch weeks consisted of non stop work with about 3 hours of sleep a day. (at most)

The scale is about 1:2 actual size. I considered doing a 1:1 scale but with the Didact being over 12 foot tall I decided that comfort and mobility was more important to me then being 100% accurate on size.

The Lighting and Electronics were all purchased from Super Bright LEDs I used 2 types of spooled LED's in the suit. The Helmet has a slightly lower output than the ones in the body to help with vision. Helmet LED's are yellow tinted and waterproof. (colored to cast the proper glow from under the chin area and waterproof to keep sweat from shorting them out) The body uses the highest Lumen LED's they carry and are Natural White. (the armor parts themselves were cast in tinted yellow SmoothCast 300 to give the proper color glow) In total the suit has about 650 LED's, powered by 16 AA batteries total. (2 - 12v battery packs mounted in the back of the suit) For the dimming and strobe lighting effects I used simple, off the shelf, in line controllers also from Super Bright LED's. (.com)

Total weight of the suit is under 50 lbs.

In several of the Photos I'm holding a totally bad-ass Needler Prop Weapon. This was created by my friend Harrison Krix at Volpin Props.

Photographer: bryanhumphrey 
Costume: Me
Costume dummy: Me
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PlasmaFire3000 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015
David, I keep coming across your work since the debut of your Guyver 1 costume--on the original Guyverboard forums, no less! Realizing a practical, yet detail-accurate Ur-Didact is incredibly impressive, and definitely puts you squarely in my reference library for potential future projects. Thanks for your very hard work and for sharing it with all of us.
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Evil-FX Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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redrazer24 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015
reminds me of halo forerunners
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Evil-FX Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Professional General Artist
Ur-Didact was the supreme commander of the Forerunner military. :) (Smile)
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begginerartist12 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Student General Artist
Sir, sir, I'm afraid I'm gonna have to ask you to tone down the awesome, you're about here *arm stretched above my head*, I need you to bring it down a few notches.
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Evil-FX Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Professional General Artist
lol, thanks. I'll do what I can.
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begginerartist12 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Student General Artist
It okay if I ask how you got into your trade?
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Evil-FX Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Professional General Artist
Short story, traumatized by original ALIEN film at age 6, later learned the monsters were made out of rubber, soon after wanted to make rubber monsters and scare other people. =P (Razz) 
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Azieru Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015
That is truly epic!
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2ndBlueChameleon Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Student General Artist
Wow, I thought this was done in an animation software. 
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faizu Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a suit?? I thought it was rendered~
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LazyEyeCrazyI Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This can't be real!!
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Evil-FX Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Professional General Artist
When I got the first photos back from the shoot I literally said "People are gonna think it's fake, these photos look too good." =P (Razz) 
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FirstKeeper Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Masterpiece!
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tobitobi90 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015
OH FUCK! DUUUUDE! amazing its just too short to describe that! 
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TheRaptorSquad Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015
hey Bryan Humphrey took a few of these pictures , he does amazing work =)


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TheRaptorSquad Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015
Aye indeed he does Im hiring him for April for Star Wars celebration , and still can't wait for April to come along
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Evil-FX Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Professional General Artist
Bryan is a great photographer. I see him at least once a year at Dragon Con. These shots have no editing/processing/shopping etc. pretty much raw images right off the camera. He used photos from this shoot for the centerfold of his 2013 Dragon con book.
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MartmeisterPaladin Featured By Owner Edited Feb 12, 2015  Hobbyist
That is incredible! :O
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Kauriana Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, the detail on this is incredible! Great work!
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Echolox Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy shit this is amazing!
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