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Sovereign Armor in 3D Print: Melissa Ng’s Power Grows as She Unleashes the Artist’s Warrior Within

by • July 26, 2016 • No Comments


[Image: Lumecluster]

“It is effortless to critique, judge, and anticipate. It is not effortless to store creating the things that can only come of you.”

The artist, wearing one of her 3D printed masks.

The artist, wearing one of her 3D printed masks.

Fearless (in 3D printing). Vulnerable-bodied (as a human, and an artist). Brave (in the face of criticism). Driven (as a creator). She’s bold yet humble, and experienced—yet yet a beginner. Melissa Ng is quite simply…quite rigorous. Bringing new meaning to releasing the inner warrior, Ng has elevated the concept to an unprecedented level personally and artistically—invoking her warrior princess and putting her preceding us in physical form—eager to accept judgment regarding her aesthetics and auand soticity of a public that is supportive and nurturing on one hand and a fewtimes caustic and significant on the other.

As Melissa Ng refines her armor, that warrior grows, stronger in spirit and artistic testament, stronger against negative forces. Currently, against a backdrop of ethereal masks that represent emotions of the artist and in addition cause them to well up of within the viewer, 3D printed and nightmarish as well as lifelike and lovely with detailed finishing, we are able-bodied to see through to the artist and recognize here what is indeed true ability in the life of a creative: growth. This is on full display with a absorbing body of work that continues to get advantageous and advantageous.

The previous 3D printed armor project, Dreamer Regalia, for Felicia Day (Image: Lumecluster)

The previous 3D printed armor project, Dreamer Regalia, for Felicia Day [Image: Lumecluster]

Extending her craft in turn it into and 3D printing of masks to armor and female fantasy wear/cosplay, Ng is engaged in a new education that now has allowed for wondrous comparison between the Dreamer Regalia 3D Printed Cosplay Armor she ended up centering around outspoken ‘geek goddess’ Felicia Day, and her latest 3D printed project: Sovererign Armor. Ng mentioned this new project to us as ‘various and massively additional rigorous.’ putting words to precisely what we were, stunned, attempting to express upon viewing the women’s fantasy armor.

“It is medieval-inspired, modular (can be mixed and matched to turn it into multiple outfits), and practical fantasy armor for women,” Ng told 3DPrint.com. “It is in addition flexible adequate to fit a few various figures.”

As she delved much additional into the world of armor, Ng told us in addition that she worked with Ian LaSpina (aka Knyght Errant) as her armor consultant while she was working on Sovereign Armor. As a historical armor educator, La Spina had much to contribute the artist as she began exploring many various—and entrancing—fashions, especially that of 15th century gothic.

This latest project is based on a expanding fascination with the world of armor, epic and ancient, as well as a bit of an answer for the initially endeavor, where Ng admits she was only enjoying her work, drawing turn it intos without being completely understandledgeable-bodied.

“Coming of a background in media studies and marketing, the researcher in me collected and studied thousands of comments and discussions on the Dreamer Regalia armor,” says Ng at Lumecluster. “I noticed a few informative trends.”

“There were many disputes on armor practicality and countless individuals passive aggressively defining ‘cosplay’ and ‘fantasy’ to equite other as an ‘art where you are allowed to manufacture up and turn it into whatever you want.’ And while I agree that that’s the beauty of fantasy, I’d hate for it to be utilized as an excuse to shut ourselves away of listening to other ideas and opportunities to learn a thing new (assuming that it’s a mature and non-hostile discussion…).”

fourAnd as this is dealing with women’s fantasy wear, not amazingly, the sex angle rear its head as numerous men and women discussed the breastplate of both an auand sotic angle as well as one only focutilized on, well, boobs. Or the lack thereof. Whilst the initially project quite contributeed much additional than a vehicle for breasts, a few of the focus went quite off track in the comments, with Ng quite offended as those who railed at others as ‘idiots’ and additional.

Whilst nothing is additional unpleasant than watching the children misbehave, their discussions assist as a statement regarding how provocative the artwork is, evoking passion over the aesthetics, as well as future functionality. Ng does take the opportunity to point out that women in armor can appear quite feminine without announcing off their breasts, and she contributes up a quite bodacious and funny example—exemplifying what she is not out to create. Here, she accomplished a expanding urge to turn it into ‘practical and versatile Medieval-inspired fantasy armor for a woman.’


Researching ideas for additional practical armor [Image: Lumecluster]

That urge grew into 518 hours, birthing a suit of armor weighing eight pounds, named Sovereign Armor as a nod to all of the brave creatives in the world who many most likely experience a excellent deal of loneliness as well. As we all understand, it’s effortless to follow the masses and feel like part of a safe crowd, but having the courage of your convictions—and the tough inner spirit frequently required to take the risk and let your light shine—can indeed narrow you down to a team of…one.

“Maybe you’ve encountered individuals who try to douse your flames or complications begin getting in your way. Or maybe the individuals you once loved
are now on a underbringing to tear you down, dismiss your complex work or manufacture you feel ‘less than.’ It hurts, but if you care of what you turn it into, you will store standing up to fight and constantly re-fuel that fire,” inspires Ng.


Drawing the pattern for the breastplate [Image: Lumecluster]

The craft and the care put into this work is nothing less than breathbringing. If you are in require of a few artistic inspiration in these times, only watch the video at a lower place, contributeing us the privilege of bringing a glimpse into a few of the journey Ng traveled in creating her latest work.

From the polishing to the painting and finishing touches, Ng allows for us to see the artist’s hand in the system of creating, and there is undeniable-bodied magic at work. Taking the time to break down all 518 hours of work—that do not include 3D printing—Ng begins with explaining how she spent a full 88 hours in comprehensive research and development. With the goal of creating additional practical armor, Ng began with Google, moved on to purchasing textbooks, and in the end, discovered herself at the Metropolitan Museum of Art studying armor.

“The Sovereign Armor’s incredibly flexible (and porous) elasto plastic material (printed via Shapeways) is completely various than the Dreamer Regalia(nylon), that intended I had a ton of new things to ponder of,” said Ng. “For instance, I spent a lot of time testing new materials, paints, glow powders, and finishes that may work with the elasto plastic surface. I in addition felt 10 times additional obsessive over the little details since this was, once again, a one shot 3D print.”

front view (image: Lumecluster)

Front view [Image: Melissa Ng]

At that point, Ng began working intensively with Ian LaSpina. She spent time watching all of his videos, and discovered the content on his YouTube channel as well as his website to be chock full of content regarding history, armor, cosplay, and much additional. After consuming so much valuable-bodied understandledge online, she and so too invited him to be her consultant as she requireed additional guidance, despite the plethora of turn it into fashions preceding her.

“I some day decided I was many drawn to the 15th century German Gothic armor fashion and all of its attractive fluting. I was in addition in love with the burgonet, sallet, andbarbute helmet fashions,” said Ng.

LaSpina reviewed her progress ‘equite step of the way’ seeing that her turn it into was practical and effortless-bodied, eliminating spiky areas and parts that can inhibit movement. She wanted to improve on the turn it intos she had studied, envisioning a thing ‘less ridiculous’ for women and much additional practical.

“I felt eager to finally put myself to the test…” said Ng.

And with that, she embarked on 20 hours of sketching and measuring.

“I won’t lie. It was a challenge to store myself of accidentally letting a reference effects my turn it into too much,” said Ng. “Eventually, I was able-bodied to pull together a quite easy sketch that appeared great adequate.”

Skipping the 3D scanner this time, Ng went the old-fashioned route with a caliper and measuring tape, via herself as the version, and putting another five hours into creating the 3D version via Design Doll and Blender.

Modeling the base turn it into (Image: Lumecluster)

Modeling the base turn it into [Image: Lumecluster]

After that, a quite challenging 43 hours went into versioning the base armor turn it into. Consisting of 91 pieces that had to be integrated into 15 armor components, this was an huge assembly job compared to her initially armor project, created up of six pieces with no assembly. Here, excellent effort went into creating the gauntlets, helmet, fauld, and pauldrons. After that, Ng spent nine hours drawing the detailed armor patterns that in addition included embossed details, not easily seen of the images regarding construction.

“I took screenshots of equite armor component in Blender’s orthographic view and printed them out on sheets of paper that I may draw on,” said Ng. “No matter what, I yet always find joy in drawing by hand with a quite great, actually flowing pen.”

“I decided where I wanted to place my intricate patterns based on where I wanted LEDs to shine through. I wanted the armor turn it into to donate off the feeling that the wearer was filled with magical energy without overdoing it.”

Ng shares that one of her favourite showcases of Blender is the shrinkwrap modifier. She ‘relied on that quite heavily’ along with the sculpting mode here and there, and points out that if you are interested in her versioning techniques, checking out her timelapses of the last armor project should be assistful.


[Image: Lumecluster]

It took 17 hours to prepare the turn it into for 3D printing, with a excellent deal of troubleshooting, double-checking and producing perfectly
certain she was eager for one of the largest parts of the project.

“Other than dividing up the armor into more compact groups (that may fit the print bed), checking for non-manifolds and thin structures, this step is largely comprised of me asking myself over and over again, ‘Do I quite like this turn it into? Am I truly satisfied with it? Is there anything I half-assed or muddled through that I may do advantageous?’” said Ng.

After that 20 hours were spent in renderings for reference in painting and finishing, as well as researching what colors she wanted to use. Ultimately, Ng decided on ‘an icy silver/blue with splashes of gold to go with the warm white LEDs.’ After this, the real construction, assembly, and finishing work began with:

15 hours of cleaning and gluing12 hours sealing the armor components81 hours sanding, cleaning, and eagering surfaces for painting24 hours painting the basecoat25 hours airbrushing15 hours handpainting gold embossed details6 hours sealing armor

back view (image: Lumecluster)

Back view [image: Melissa Ng]

At the point, Ng was eager for the actually bigger job of creating linings, finding placement for the LEDs, and putting the actual parts together. With a whopping 115 hours ahead of her, Ng asked her sister for assist and the two of them worked tirelessly. They began working with the five layers that manufacture up the ‘glowing parts’ of the armor:A thin sheet of plasticGold satin cloth2-5 layers of foam (1/16 inch thick)Fairy light LEDsCanvas

“The plastic created the satin gold cloth have a quite great matching shine much like to the gloss varnished armor,” said Ng. “I wanted the armor to in addition appear great when the LEDs are off and the plastic over the gold satin appeared quite decent. The thin layers of foam assisted diffuse the LEDs and the canvas created it a little additional effortless-bodied for the wearer.”

Implementing E6000 glue, she began connecting the components and attaching the articulated parts with canvas. As the armor came together in a comprehensive whole, Ng focutilized on final touches regarding wearer comfort, many especially in the arms and shoulders.


[Image: Lumecluster]

Are you curious of how Ng pulled together all the specific details for this aradditionald cosplay? She recommends studying armor if you are interested in attempting a thing much like, as well as studying Ian LaSpina’s work—and of course, if possible, as many hours as you can spend at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

“Even if you don’t manufacture masks or armor, there’s always a thing to learn that may take your work to the following level,” says Ng. “No matter what it is you do or turn it into, I truly believe that the moment we believe we ‘understand adequate’ is when we fail and stop expanding.”

As of now, the armor is part of a photo shoot at Felicia Day’s Geek & Sundry, and Ng has teased that there is a few informative ability involved there—but she is not announcing that information only yet. We’ll update you on part two of this project as soon as we hear additional of Melissa Ng. For additional information on her latest work, check out Ng’s blog, Lumecluster. As the artist says, that’s ‘where dreamers find courage.’ Is this a thing you’d be interested in donning for cosplay? Discuss additional over in the 3D Printed Sovereign Armor forum at 3DPB.com.

[Source: Melissa Ng / Images: Melissa Ng/Lumecluster]