|My first attempt at totally scratch-building a costume, and my first time using EVA foam tiles (with Pepakura files for the templates). Doing this alongside a friend who's doing a blue version so we can compete with one another at cons!|
What have I learned so far? You go through a lot of scalpel blades, need a LOT of glue sticks, and when it says Hot Glue, it means HOT!
I'm cheating a little bit by using a Rubies costume Spartan helmet - it's a 2-part vac-formed plastic helmet intended for fancy dress with their dreadful printed lycra costume. I've sealed the two halves together, replaced the visor, repainted it, new head straps, and will have a fan and LED's installed too. This is because helmets are tricky to get right, and at the moment I don't have the time or the skill to try one. After Expo I probably will, but there's no way I could get everything else done AND scratch build a helmet before the end of May!