Train2Game News Guinness World Record Bat Suit


GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS, the global authority on record-breaking achievement, reveals an incredible Batman cosplay suit adorned with 23 functioning gadgets. 
The innovative creation has earned the world record for the Most functional gadgets on a cosplay suit and appears in the new Guinness World Records: Gamer’s Edition 2017, out on 8 September.

Created by special creature effects expert Julian Checkley, the ingenious gadgets are concealed and attached to the Batman suit. Devices include smoke bombs, a grapnel gun and ‘bat tracker’, UV lamp, NBC (nuclear, bacterial, chemical) bat respirator and even a bat sign projector for the night sky. A full list is available below. 

The suit, which is based on that from the Batman: Arkham Origins videogame was 3D printed and then moulded and cast in a flexible urethane rubber. The parts were then trimmed, detailed and painted and then mounted on an specially designed undersuit. It was then applied to Julian Chekley’s bodycast, suitably weathered using dirty earthy colours and was then ready to fight crime on the streets of Gotham City.

When fully kitted out, Julian strikes an imposing figure, towering over 6”10’ (208cm), the bat ears make a difference! The 23 gadgets increased in complexity as his project progressed and Julian enlisted the help of an electrical engineer to create the most challenging gadget – the 2000watt EMP Stun Gun.

Julian Checkley said: “There were many long hours trying devising the gadgets and finding ways to store them on the suit. They are classic gadgets but also some are specific to Batman: Arkham Origins. I am immensely proud of my Guinness World Records title and to be part of the Gamer’s Edition is just the next level.”

Stephen Daultrey, Editor of the Guinness World Records 2017: Gamer’s Edition, said: “This incredible cosplay suit is a great example of the eclectic records that appear in this year’s Gamer’s Edition 2017. The detail and imagination behind the gadgets take the meaning of cosplay to a whole new level.”

Batman cosplay suit gadgets include:

1. Fireball Shooter

2. Gauntlet Video Screens x 2

3. Bat Tracking Beacon

4. Bat Sign Projector

5. Folding Batarang

6. Grapnel Gun

7. Cowl Respirator

8. Pneumatic Tranquilliser Gun

9. Ultrasonic Anti Dog Device.

10. Bat Shuriken x 4

11. UV Lamp

12. Ball Bearing Grenades x 2

13. Gauntlet Flashlight

14. Medi-kit.

15. Battery Pack.

16. Laser Designator.

17. Bat-cam.

18. Strobe Stun Gun.

19. Gas Dispenser

20. Smoke Bombs x 2

21. The Bat Flask.

22. Concealed Laryngeal Microphone.

23. Two-way Radio.

The Guinness World Records 2017: Gamer’s Edition is packed with new records, feats and fascinating features. You Tube gamer, Ali-A, highlights the books phenomenal content in his exclusive forward and fellow gamers Dan TDM and Twitch star OMGitsfirefoxx show off their record title achievements in  stunning photo-shoots.

Headlining the 10th-anniversary edition is a special chapter on Star Wars and the records it has amassed over the past 30 plus years, plus there is a detailed look at the e-sports phenomenon and in-depth features on the world of gaming.

The Gamer’s Edition 2017 reveals incredible gaming accomplishments such as programming expert Benjamin Gwin’s record for ‘Most alternative control method’s used to complete Dark Souls’. Nine unique controls including a dance mat, a guitar and his voice were used to complete the classic action-RPG. 

‘PangaeaPanga’ aka Alex Tan,  achievement  for ‘Most difficult level created in Super Mario Maker’ is featured as his challenging level has been beaten just 49 times out of astounding 1,550,870 attempts.

Train2Game News Iron Man Suit part 3

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Third instalment of Sheldon Gilman’s journey as he strives to create the ultimate Iron Man suit.

Train2Game student Sheldon Gilman has been documenting his journey to build the ultimate suit, updating the gaming community on his progress through the Train2Game blog.

So far Sheldon has completed three entries to the Train2Game blog, two updates on his progress and an interview at his home, the interview was then featured in his local newspaper.

In this third blog post, Sheldon discusses constructing his workshop in his garden, completing his faceplate, his new 3D printed which he will use to create gloves and other aspects of the suit.

Sheldon Gilman: “I took a week off work last week for my four year wedding anniversary and to do a bit more on this build. So just a quick summery of what I’ve been up to these past few weeks.”

“Recently I’ve been clearing the garden in order to make room for my 14ft workshop and I have finished the faceplate on the Mk20 and begun work on the completing the rest of the helmet. I have completed 95% of the upper body in card stock some parts are missing as I need to fabricate them from scratch out of foam 3D Printed or made using Pepakura. And last but not least. My new 3D printer has arrived, which means once I put it together and collaborate it, I can get started on the hands.”

“So, just a brief mention about my workshop, I have been in desperate need of one for a while as tools and parts have been littered all over my living room for quite some time now and my wife would love to have her dining room table back. This also isn’t good when you have a small toddler who wants to grab anything and everything within arm’s reach. So a “modest” 14” workshop will be built at the end of the garden where I can make as much noise and use as many loud and dangerous tools as I want. But before this can happen, the entire garden will need to be redesigned.”

“Now, moving on to the more Iron Man related news, I’ve finished the faceplate!”

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“It took me roughly two-three evenings to get it sanded smooth enough for me to paint it and it came out exactly how I wanted it. The paints I used were bought from Halfords. I used your normal everyday grey primer to first. This allowed me to better see any imperfections and sand them down. I sprayed it again in primer and left it to dry before adding 3 coats of Starburst gold. Most people would be satisfied at this point and leave it there; however I wanted that metallic shine so I added three coats of clear paint. This made the metallic flakes in the paint really stand out. I have now been working on adding bondo to the main part of the helmet. This is a larger area so can be hard to get completely smooth.”

“I have also added resin to the rest of the upper body. All these parts are ready or will be ready for fibre glassing in the next week or so. Most of these parts are small and have minimal detail, which makes the fibre glassing stage easy and relatively quick. The torso on the other hand is large, and extremely complex. All the Nooks and crannies will be a pain to get right. There will be a lot of late nights and possibly a little crying as I struggle to complete this part of the build but it will all be worth it in the end.”

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“While I was fibre glassing the parts, I noticed the jaw was not symmetrical. One side curves inwards while the other side curves outwards and for me, this will not do.”

“As this happened while I was applying the fibreglass the part is pretty much solid. Therefore I pretty much have two options at this point. I could either; scrap the part and start again (This time making sure to add extra support), or I could create the part on my new 3D printer. The advantage of this method would be that I could add the teeth in.” 

“And this brings me nicely onto my next update… So lately I have been driven to distraction as my new 3D printer arrived!”

“It’s a Prusa i3 from SunHokey. I ordered it through and it arrived from china in about a week. I chose this particular printer because it allowed me to print objects 200x200x180mm on a heated print bed. I could also print using different materials too this was great as my previous printer was woefully inadequate for the task.”

“My previous printer was a Printrbot Makers kit 2014 edition with an upgraded print bed.”

“While this printer was great to learn on and was capable of printing small things, I needed to print objects larger than what this printer could handle and when you print larger objects; a heated print bed really comes in handy.”

“This printer came in parts which I had to assemble myself. This took me about eight hours, however I’m sure I could have cut that time in half but household chores and family duties kind of took priority, as I’m sure you can all understand. I’ve been spending the rest of the time trying to configure it. SunHokey do a great job making some universal instructions to make it easier for you to configure the printer in a short amount of time, however fine tuning is needed to get those prints perfect.”

“In the next update, I should have completed the helmet. And be well on the way to fibre glassing the rest of this suit.”

“Over the past month or so, more and more people have been hearing about what I am doing here. Just last week I did an interview and a short video with my local newspaper. The article was in an edition of The Herts Advisor. Very excited and nervous about it. So logon to their website if you can and take a look.”

For further details of Sheldon’s project, follow on the Train2Game blog

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Train2Game News Iron Man Costume part 2

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Train2Game student Sheldon Gilman has made it his mission to create the ultimate Iron Man suit. He also has plans to create more suits from the popular Iron Man series of films.

He’s recording his journey in creating these wonderful creations via the Train2Game blog.   Posting updates on his own creations while giving advice to other aspiring costume makers.

In this latest entry to his blog, he discusses software used to create his design, mould creation and some of the setbacks he has encountered.

Sheldon Gilman: “Files to create an Iron Man suit are all available through various forums like The 405th and the RPF Forum, and even through Facebook groups. However, you need to be familiar with a program called Pepakura to access these files. Pepakura is a paper modelling program. Essentially, it will take a 3d file and lay it out flat on an A4 sheet for you to cut out and glue together. It is much like the UVW unfold feature in 3DS Max (if you are familiar with that), with the added function of being able to print what you have unfolded.  Below are pictures of the helmet I designed in 3DS Max, then imported and unfolded in Pepakura.”

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3DS Max 2013

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Pepakura Designer 3

“On my first attempt, I made the helmet out of foam. My thinking was to cover the helmet in latex rubber, then plaster to make a reusable mould. There are some great tutorials on how to do this process on YouTube. However, my first attempt turned out to be quite costly and failed spectacularly.”

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“The mould was flaky and crumbling when it was handled, when I put fibreglass on the inside of the mould there were huge air bubbles, and the latex mould was too thin, which meant that whenever I added fibreglass to the inside, it kept collapsing in on itself.  Worse yet, even though I was doing it outside, the smell was quite potent and lingered for about a day or two, which wasn’t good around my one year old daughter. Due to all of that, that idea was abandoned for the next method, and I went down the cardstock route.”

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“This process involves printing the parts out from Pepakura onto cardstock, cutting them out with a craft knife, and glueing them together. While this at time was mind-numbingly boring, with all of those teeny tiny intricate pieces, overall, it is great fun seeing your work slowly come to life.”

“Next, the part will need to be covered with fibreglass resin both inside and out. This gives the part more rigidity. Then, the fibreglass can be added to the inside. Bondo or car body filler is applied to the outside to fill in any imperfections, and then sanded down to make it smooth. Primer is applied and, lastly, paint.”

“If you would like a more in-depth tutorial on how to do this process, please take a look at Boochieboy’s youtube channel. Evil Ted Smith also has some useful videos on how to build costumes using foam.”

“I am now making the parts out of 160g card stock. Many people wonder, “why not just make it out of normal printer paper?” That would be a big no no!  For this process to succeed, the parts need to be made from card stock as it is thicker and can absorb fibreglass resin with minimal warpage.”

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Iron Man Mk20 Chest and Back                                  

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War Machine Chest and Back

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Iron Man Mk20 Helmet                                                  

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War Machine Helmet

“As I mentioned, the parts will need to be covered both inside and out in fibreglass resin. This helps make it more rigid before applying the fibreglass. Once all the fibreglass is on, the part will be rock hard.”

“If you have never worked with fibreglass resin before, it comes in two parts: the resin and the hardener. Once the hardener is added to the resin, you have a very short window of opportunity to apply it to your project; roughly three to five mins depending on if you’ve mixed it right.”

“An unfortunate drawback to this method is once you’ve used a paintbrush, it can never be used again as the resin will solidify within a matter of minutes and make the brush rock solid, and there is no way I know of to clean a brush off so this means I have to buy paintbrushes in bulk. However, it’s not too bad as I get about twenty-four 12mm brushes for about £6 from eBay.”

Further details of Sheldon’s project will follow on the Train2Game blog.