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#1 User is offline   Rehnar 

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 05:10 AM

In a recent spasm of artistic desire I felt the need to make cosplay armor for myself. Problem is I don't know what to do or how to do it. After some research I like the idea of cardboard or paper mache covered with bondo as everything else requires too much technical work or too rare of materials. My other problem is I don't know what to do. I like animes like Scryed, Full Metal Alchemist, Digimon, One Piece, Dragonball and Gundam. I also play games like Bioshock, Borderlands, and Pokemon. Here's a pic of me in my Splicer cosplay for reference. I'm not fat by any means but I'm definitely not skinny. Think Asuma from Naruto.

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So any suggestions? I would really appreciate the help on what to do and any ideas on how to do it. Something that fits what I like, my body type, and my skill level. Thanks in advance!
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Posted 03 February 2011 - 08:32 PM

If you want to go the cardboard/bondo route, I suggest you look to the one known as featherweight:

http://www.cosplay.com/member/36633/
http://www.featherwe...y.com/index.php
http://www.youtube.c...r/featherweight

He has many a tutorial posted, and specializes in the use of these materials.
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Posted 06 February 2011 - 03:38 AM

My ex bf uses something called wonderply or wondersoft. I have to ask him and post back.

He's not on and kaasan has the phone so I can't call him. He uses it for his Zero armor. It's the closest thing to realistic looking armor, flexy, and cheap.

He also uses weird stuff like football armor, etc. so it really depends on the cosplay. You can use household items among other things instead of cardboard :P
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Posted 06 February 2011 - 02:34 PM

I second checking out Featherweight.
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Posted 07 February 2011 - 02:25 AM

Ok now I know what it is: bf uses Wonderflex. It's a type of material that's really flexable and can be used to model into armor as well as other materials.

Also he mention something about using a special glue if you are welding plastic together for armor x.x;

Hope this helps.
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Posted 02 April 2011 - 12:18 AM

foam and hotglue...seriously thats what like 60% of my armor for big sister costume is...and my friend is doing commander Shepard from mass effect and his entire suit is just thick foam.

if you bend it right it looks great...and if you paint it right it can look amazing
( not to mention its really cheap! and that always help in the cosplay world )

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Posted 02 April 2011 - 12:34 AM

I dunno how far you are willing and how much you wanna spend butif your completely up with it Id reccomend a fiberglass mat/resin+bondo for the sturdiest of armors
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Posted 05 May 2011 - 09:47 AM

Craft foam works really well for armor that isnt too tricky to make, like Ed's automail arm. It is easliy flexible and easy to paint/design on. Ive used it for my Vincent Valentine armor and it is still holding up like a champ!
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Posted 31 May 2011 - 11:52 PM

The convention I was at this weekend had a lot of people talking about craft foam. It's cheap, easy to work with even for a novice and gets some really good results. It's also flexible. You can also do something like Pepakura for a helment. This Website has a lot of premade projects ready to print and start. But if you want to go with the route you already selected that's fine too. I just think craft foam sounds easier.

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