Body armour

Discussion in 'Costuming and Props' started by moosemousse, Sep 25, 2011.

  1. moosemousse CR - FF:UK South

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    I know my question isn't strictly to do with Star Wars but the general topic could be applied to Star Wars as well. I'm hoping someone will be able to help with this. What's the best way to make body armour?

    I was playing the new Warhammer 40,000 game, Space Marine, and one of the characters in it is one I'd really like to cosplay somewhen. The only problem is that I have no idea how to do body armour.

    Here's a full body shot so you can see an overall view of the armour:

    [image=http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110622041248/spacemarine/images/a/ac/2nd-lieutenant-mira_0.png]

    Here's a close up of her upper half so you can see the details on the chest armour better:

    [image=http://images.wikia.com/spacemarine/images/f/f5/Miraprofile.png]

    Weight isn't really an issue if it makes it look better, but then I wouldn't want to wear something that weighs more than I do. Any tips on making guns would be good, though I'll probably end up buying a Nerf gun or something and painting that.
  2. Magellan_the_Cat Jedi Master

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    it isn't easy.
    Not for the raw beginner.
    Be prepared to do a lot of re-working.
    Materials are open to a lot of possibilities from Styrene plastic or foam-core to Skulpty or fiberglass.

    Be prepared to spend a lot of time and/or $.

    As for the gun, try to find a toy of some kind that is close in look. Or skupt it yourself from whatever materials you like best.

    Good luck.
  3. liambauckham Jedi Knight

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  4. DARTHLARS Force Ghost

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    Do you know what "pepakura" is? You make a 3D model in a 3D program, then convert it in a program called Pepakura into a paper model. You print the program's output, then you cut, fold and assemble the paper model. The model should then be strengthened: here you can use papiér maché, fibreglass, auto body filler (Bondo) or other material, or a combination of the ones that I have mentioned. Many people who make Halo costumes use this method. There are many resources online -- just google for Pepakura and you will find lots.

    Alternatively, you could skip the part where you use any computer programs and start building it from scratch from card and tape. I know of a guy who makes his Clone Trooper armour this way.
    I would go with this method.

    If something is very large and bulky then you could consider carving it from styrofoam: the pink or blue variety, not the white kind. The result will be very light, but it is a bit messy to do as you risk getting small pieces of foam everywhere. :)

    For emblems, sculpt them in Sculpey (or Fimo, Cernit etc)
  5. moosemousse CR - FF:UK South

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    :eek: I checked out the link expecting it to be 'meh' but it's actually very good! I have no idea I'd make the model to begin with, but it seems very doable that way. Using card without pepekura would probably be quickest.

    Thanks for the info. :D
  6. AzuraBlaise Jedi Knight

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    Wow, that is one cool costume, moosemousse. And thank you so much for pointing me to that Clone Trooper armour thread, that's amazing! I wonder if you could use a similar method for armour that didn't have the 'breast' pieces, like the set Amy Pond wears in the Dr. Who episode 'The Girl Who Waited'? Something to try methinks! :D
  7. moosemousse CR - FF:UK South

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    That would probably be easier as it seems to be made from flat sheets rather than blocks. It was a good episode, I look forward to seeing what you make of the costume. :)
  8. AzuraBlaise Jedi Knight

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    I don't know what the ridged material is on the bottom two plates though, any ideas? it looks kind of like textured lino flooring, or metal. Hmm.
  9. moosemousse CR - FF:UK South

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    The white panels seem to be made of all the same white material, which is probably some kind of plastic. I'm guessing it's taken from the hand robots, so pictures of those would help there. I think more and bigger pictures of Amy would help, if only to show up more details and such.
  10. Magellan_the_Cat Jedi Master

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    Have a pic for reference?
    Might be easy to build with flat styrene plastic cut to shape.
    As for duplicating the texture, well, I'd have to see it.
  11. Mortimer_Snerd Jedi Grand Master

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    Can anyone give their experience with Sintra?

    I'd like to rebuild my age-old Boba Fett costume. I understand it's somewhat forgiving.

  12. Miana Kenobi Costuming & Props Mod - Retired Admin

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    I've never worked with it personally, but I've seen people make some awesome stuff with it.