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10 inch Spiral Knight - Armor WIP by KayKove 10 inch Spiral Knight - Armor WIP by KayKove
A WIP photo for my Spiral Knight watchers. What you see here is a foamcore prototype of what will become a set of jelly armor. The jelly set poses a unique materials challenge by virtue of being both translucent and flexible - a challenge I am equipped for but still tinkering with to overcome.
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UserSqc101 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
to battle!
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alef76304101 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
i would buy one of these, its like medabots all over again <3
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Bobbyobby Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
If you were to make SK Knights, and sell them.  I would buy one so fast.
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Shinigami-shisan Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Jelly Armor!? That's kind of...sorry about this...lame.  I mean, there are no OTHER more simple armors out there but you have to worry about the jelly texture....and so on and so fourth, I can see why you might have picked it, but I've never seen anyone in spiral knights walk around in Jelly armor...or maybe I haven't been paying attention...
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Fate0 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow...

You have too much free time, you and Ry...
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srw1417 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
I would love to see more of this!
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WafitoJeo Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Can i know where to buy this spiral knight?
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Mechking4511 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
My knight tends to wear the Jelly Helm, right now though I have the Cyclops helm, and I'm hoping to wear the entire armor set of the cloak. The mage, wizard looking armor.
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SamaelReaper Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
I think the best material to tackle the jelly armor would be silicon rubber since its so flexible and I think there are translucent kinds you can use. You could make a mold of each armor segment/piece and then fill the molds with the silicon.
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KayKove Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Student General Artist
I'm currently using a similar material in sheet form from childrens' playground balls, primarily because it is cheap, easily obtainable, and various in colors/opacities, but also because I believe I can heat and vaccuum-form it to a positive buck. More on that in the coming weeks.
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NightofRome Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
Any chance you'll update this soon?
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KayKove Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Student General Artist
I want an update as much you guys do. Unfortunately, I'm pretty solidly busy with school through mid-december, not to mention separated from some of the tools I need. Does a Christmas update sound good?
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NightofRome Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Sounds as good as a free set of Snarbolax gear!
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ThunderSpartan Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Student General Artist
You should post another WIP soon ;)
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Foeblade Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
Your welcome. With that type of a eye surface you can also make the eye surface removable so you can shade the eyes to mimic expressions similar to ingame. Not interactive without using an arduino and some programming but great for single statues or pictures without photoshopping.
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Foeblade Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
Great work and congratulations!!

A few suggestions. The helmet, armor, accessories, etc. could all be made in 3D and output to pepakura. Then they could be resined and made solid. Then you could paint them or use them for a simple vaccuum mold of your plastics using the toy plastic and a heat gun with a little vac rig. Not expensive at all. I do it all the time.

Next up the eyes. The idea of plastic and LEDs is easily solved by using that dead space you created in the head and a simple switch drilled in the back. Three tiny holes in all. Two to eyes one to back of head for a switch. All done and it even will be balanced by lightening without adding weight. The LEDs and switch are easily available at any dollar store flashlight even a laser to use, all cheap cheap. For the eyes you could use doll eyes with added inserts for effect. Bits of marble, even shards of lucite or plastic heated and mixed to color and left to cool on a curved surface like a marble with oil on it.

Just some thoughts. If you need anymore info, feel free to contact me :bounce:
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KayKove Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks for the suggestions! I think I'll skip the resined pepakura since my model making skills should be enough in conjunction with my shop's vacuum-form machine to do the armor. However, your ideas for the eyes had never occurred to me. I totally forgot that they make doll eyes, and simply thermo-forming an eye-surface shell would be a lot less weight than full glass eyes in the head and wouldn't add to the balance issues, and could still be translucent for the glow effect. Thank you sir for the great idea - my best eye solution was a painted pair of glass shooter marbles :-/.
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NightofRome Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
you need to make a full tutorial on this so we can all make our own little Spiral knights!
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krimnox Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
R u making blue or pink jelly armor? :D
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:iconkaykove:
KayKove Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Student General Artist
was planning on testing my process in pink and then doing the final in 4* grey
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krimnox Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
K
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:iconkaykove:
KayKove Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Good talk.
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krimnox Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
ikr
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Keerra Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
:D *SPREADS TEARS OF LOVE N JOY*
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Tail-Biter Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist
he looks like a walking grenade
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ThunderSpartan Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Student General Artist
I am simply stunned. This is absolutely amazing! If they are ever being sold, I HAVE to get one with Vog Armor :D
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alienxpredator1 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
if you sold these when complete i would totally buy a azure guardian
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tomcullen Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Are you trying to get the armor translucent in its entirety? Or just translucent over a base?
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KayKove Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Student General Artist
Translucent over a base. Here's the situation: A jelly Suit doesn't need to be translucent because it isn't in-game. However, we know the jelly Helm IS translucent because you can see the character's eyes through it. And, because they're all part of the same set, they should be made from the same material, including the shield. I'm using a soft translucent plastic from cheap, childrens' playground balls, which is perfect except that it doesn't do compound curves well. That necessitates that I mold the plastic to do my bidding rather than just sewing it like fabric. I'm working on that. In the meantime, I'm doing some non-translucent items that can just be made from foam or masonite, which are easy and help me continue to make progress :-)
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penjuin3 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome work! I can't wait to see what it'll look like when it's finished. :D
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omegafoxlord Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is one of the most well crafted Custom models I've ever seen. In all honesty I think this was not just a brilliant Idea but that Three Rings and Sega should pay you and you could work with them to make more, to order, or as toys that could be bought in a shop. I know that with the level of cusomization that would be available in the game this would work not only for players of the game but as a childrens toy as well. And considering you already have their attention (found you through their FB page) you would have a chance at this.
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KayKove Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Student General Artist
facebook page? O_O
*checks FB*
ohhhhh man...
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omegafoxlord Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well since you didn't realize that, I suppose I should congratulate you on that as well :P
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KayKove Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Student General Artist
lol I do get out occasionally, so I don't always know what my online presence is up to. That and I actually wasn't subscribed to SK's page :-P
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OrangeWalls Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm very excited to see the finished product! So far, this looks pretty sweet, keep up the good work!

Also, I'm wondering how you'll do the eyes 'cause they glow to some extent...
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KayKove Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Student General Artist
I have had a couple ideas about the eyes, including simple glow-in-the-dark paint. My more complicated idea is to seek out one of those gift stores that sells polished rocks and find some semi-translucent ones that match my knight's eye color. I would then somehow grind those down to be thin enough where some LED's inside the head would illuminate the stone eyes from behind, causing them to glow. I could also cast my own eyes or make them out of stock plastic. We'll see.
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OrangeWalls Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I personally like the polished rock and LED idea, but that sounds like a lot of extra work and you'd need to find a place for a battery for the LED's and possibly some form of switch to turn them on and off. But if you can, I think that'd look amazing! But then again, the simple plastic eyes would still look good... But whatever, it's your project man, keep up the excellent work!
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KayKove Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks! Also good feedback helps so thank you for that as well :-)
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OrangeWalls Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem, my good man.
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E-Squid Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
What is the head made of? Is it pre-made or carved into shape?
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KayKove Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Student General Artist
20# polyurethane tooling foam. And its all made from scratch by me. Check out the process photos in my Spiral Knight folder.
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J-Carver Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
This looks very promising. Keep it up.
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