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13 Oct 2013 - 19:31108119
Help with armor
Hey guys,

I'm making my costume for the first time ready for Kitacon 2014 in Birmingham.

I am cosplaying as Pyrrha Nikos from the new anime series RWBY by Roosterteeth.

The Link http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130829233105/rwby/images/thumb/2/20/Ep7_pyrrha3.png/185px-Ep7_pyrrha3.png is a photo of her.

I was planning to make all the armor (yellow) out of craft foam. I was wondering if you could give me any hints and tips to help.

Also I'm not sure what to make the brown corset style armor out of. Will craft foam be good or can you recommend another material?

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13 Oct 2013 - 20:24108121

Your picture is a bit small so you can't see the detail very well. I assume this is her?

Worbla is the new wonder material people use for doing armour but it can be a bit pricy, you can buy it here. It is a thermo plastic so can be heated up and shaped into pretty much any shape. It can also be pushed over objects to give it shape and it will cool and stay in that shape.

This tutorial might help if you decide to use Worbla.

If you don't decide to use worbla, I have seen armour made with craft foam and it can be quite effective, it is also thermoformable meaning if you have a heatgun (aka paint stripper) or even a hair dryer that gets quite hot you can heat up the foam and form it over an object to give it shapes then hold it until it cools down and then it should keep that shape.

This tutorial is a nice starting point.

Good luck, if you need more help just ask!

14 Oct 2013 - 09:26108132
Yes thats her, thanks a lot for the help.

I'll do some research into your suggestions and see whats best.

I don't suffer from insanity...
I enjoy every moment of it
14 Oct 2013 - 16:37108138
Hey Love Bug ^_^

Personally I use Plastazote to make my armour.
It can be heat molded like Worbla but I also found that prolonged wearing or leaving a piece buckled up helped to create the natural curve as well =)
As with any foam it needs to be coated before spraying, I used Liquid Latex mixed with acrylic paint and then sprayed with rubber paint (this is just my preference ^_^ )

I buy my plastazote from. The roll lasts quite a while from experience, I made a full suit of armour from about 4 rolls over a year and still have some left for later projects =)

Craft foam or Eva is also really useful, I used it for more detailed areas of my armour =) It is incredibly easy to spray and get a smooth finish


14 Oct 2013 - 19:04108142
I'm not an expert, but I've built one full suit of Mass Effect armour and some armour bits for my last costume from EVA.

I would use EVA foam 5-8mm thick (get floor mats from ebay) for the arms and legs as they are basically cylinders, 2mm craft foam wouldn't stand up by itself and would need reinforcing, but thicker foam is strong enough on its own,

Make a paper templates for those bits and tape them up into cylinders and get the fit right, remember to leave a bit extra to take into account the width of the foam. Then trace them patterns out on the foam, cut it with a very sharp knife, use a heat gun to soften it and roll it up into a cylinder or half cylinder shape, gluing it up with hot glue, super glue (my personal favourite) or contact adhesive. When its all dry you can clean up the edges with a dremel tool, extra details can be added with layers of craft foam or by cutting lines into it. After its constructed, seal it with PVA glue, Mod podge, plasti dip or what ever (You have to seal the foam or it eats paint), then paint it with spray cans. With careful finishing and light sanding between paint coats you can get a good shiny metallic finish

The bodice on that armour would be a but more tricky, its strapless so would have to support itself (and perhaps you a bit), EVA foam can be heated with a heat gun and moulded over formers to make the shape, but its tricky (I did my Mass effect Breast plate that way), but perhaps another way perhaps would be to try and find a suitable cheap overbust corset or bodice and use that as a foundation and attach thin craft foam over the top.

Also always with armour work out how you are going to get in and out of it and make sure it doesn't restrict your movement to much, anime and video games cheat a lot so you might have to adapt it a little to the real world. I tried to make my ME armour as accurate as I could, but then subsequently found I only manage a brisk walk in it, no way could I run and walking up stairs is very tricky.

There's a lot of tips on foam armour on the TRPF and the 405th web sites.

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