Wow, from the depths it came!
Quite sad (or makes me nostalgic at least!) reading this thread and seeing comments that are 4 years old, and some of the members who have been lost (honoured heroes, victims of the Great Crusade, their names shall be remembered!
) over the years. Sadly Whitehorn hasn't posted here for some time so probably won't see your comment Dogmeat.
I guess perhaps some kind of conclusion is in order, for anyone wanting to add studs?
After much dabbling with the various methods, I finalised on BigWill's used in the first post on this thread.
You can still get the rivets from Anteoniciti's workshop, if you are based in the UK.
I made an article with instructions for making the armour on my blog: MK5 Armour tutorial
A couple of examples:
I will say though that the tutorial was made before Forge World released their own Mk5 armour, and there was no other way to represent it. It is a lot
of work drilling all of those holes, and adding the studs. You will have to weigh up the cost of those FW official mk5 models (which are rather expensive), against the time it will take to add studs in any kind of quantity. And also the teeth-gnashing frustration of dropping and losing many rivets!