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26 Jul 2007 - 02:0437
Armour Making <Help!> Thread
Just thought I'd start this thread (in the correct place this time >.>; for everyone attempting to make armour, now or in the future.

If you need any historical help on materials, or what that "something" on a drawing could be then there may be people who could help.

Also, help with designs and tips on what materials to use then this is also the place to ask.

For example:
I'll be making BLU Gauntlets within the week so if you have any suggestions or would like to know how I did them and the outcome do post ^^


26 Jul 2007 - 08:1043
There are a couple of methods for armouring

Craft Foam + Plasticard

Foam + Vinyl

Foam + PVA glue

Paper Mache

Gapoxio (for smaller pieces)

Fiberglass

Plastic

WonderFlex is also supposed to be very good,

The Armour Archive is a good place to start if your armour is or might have been based around actual armour

I've only ever done Craft Foam + Plasticard before, it was kind of like hell but then i'm not very crafty i always end up swearing at it within 10 minutes

Just found this tutorial thread too, it has a few things i've already posted but lots of things i haven't aswell


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Last edited by Manjou (26 Jul 2007 - 20:19)
30 Jul 2007 - 18:3256
OO!

Manjou those are some mighty fine linkses you have thrown in there!

I certainly use AA's (Amythest Angels) tutorial all the time. If you can get a hold of Plasticard (Styrene) and bend it well enough, it's amazing.

I know peeps like me, Delusional, Angelphie etc all do the whole Foam + Glue/card/Plasticard route.

Cheers for those links though Man, I have bookmarked them all! XD

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04 Aug 2007 - 22:23109
Whee!
LOL I saw these before but forgot to reply to say thank you to you X3 Thank you ^^ These will come in handy now and in the future X3


07 Aug 2007 - 18:58120
Thanks for the links, will come in very handy with some future cosplays


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14 Aug 2007 - 20:26149
thanks for the links i need some armour for next minimcon, any more tips for gundam based armour out there? as im planning on trying to make a cosplay of it for fun,


14 Aug 2007 - 23:35152
I used the Foam and PVA glue tutorial for all my seth armour, and found it worked really well, the armour has nice flexiblility to it, which made it more comfortable to wear!


20 Aug 2007 - 06:33224
The strongest cosplayers* use cardboard to make their armour. Exclusively.



*By which I mean the stupidest. Or alternatively, me.


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21 Aug 2007 - 05:37240
Quote Ninja Steve:
The strongest cosplayers* use cardboard to make their armour. Exclusively.



*By which I mean the stupidest. Or alternatively, me.


Lol yeah but when you have such great results just from card it's hard to doubt your skills



I really don't think i'd have the patience for working with card though. I've tried making swords from card before and i'm really bad at it ^^;


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27 Aug 2007 - 15:21284
New Armour resource
Hey,

Bumped into some of your guys at Collectormania in Glasgow this weekend. Thought I'd pass on some of the resources Ive been using to make my Halo Master chief armour..

First step is to make or find online a 3d model of the armour. I extracted the Master chief details from the game. Modding communities are essential help for unpacking

Download a program called PaPeKuRa Designer from Tama software. It's a program used by paper craft-ers to make templates from 3d models.. The advantage is the output from the program is scalable up to 2 meters. If your completed models bigger than 2m you'll need to make it in sections.

Lets you make stuff like THIS and THIS.

Here's some larger pics

Paperkura is a free program but unless you register it you can't save any progress so you'll need to do it all at once.

If you have any questions give me a shout..


27 Aug 2007 - 18:57286
this is a great find thanks, good work on the halo armour it looks sweet. the 3d stuff looks alittle complex for me so i might have to pm you about it for help


28 Aug 2007 - 02:29291
Wow Pepakura looks pretty useful

http://www.tamasoft.co.jp/pepakura-en/

I had enough trouble making weapons from paper designs though XD

Let alone a whole suit of armour

http://kamikuzu.fc2web.com/html-1/kamikuzu-gallary.html <-These ones

(Though it looks as if they have discontinued free downloads )


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Last edited by Manjou (28 Aug 2007 - 04:02)
28 Aug 2007 - 22:39296
http://www.tamasoft.co.jp/pepakura-en/

You can still download it freely I've found ^^


29 Aug 2007 - 16:59300
Quote Annadill:
this is a great find thanks, good work on the halo armour it looks sweet. the 3d stuff looks alittle complex for me so i might have to pm you about it for help


Not a problem..


30 Aug 2007 - 03:50305
Quote silver-vixi:
http://www.tamasoft.co.jp/pepakura-en/

You can still download it freely I've found ^^


lol no i mean the plans for all these paper guns

http://kamikuzu.fc2web.com/html-1/kamikuzu-gallary.html

I've got a couple stored away somewhere; can't remember all of the ones i've got the plans for, but i know i've got Jackal, Joshua and Cosmo Dragoon

http://images.cosplay.com/showphoto.php?photo=864311

That's about as far as i got with the Jackal before i gave up on it though, i'm pretty useless with paper weaponry ^^;


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02 Sep 2007 - 22:07323
Quote JediFraz:
First step is to make or find online a 3d model of the armour. I extracted the Master chief details from the game. Modding communities are essential help for unpacking



hey do you have any links to these communities as ive never used 3d softwear before and am find it hard


03 Sep 2007 - 19:29332
Well. You got afew options..

Sci-Fi Meshes
Has many ships and props.

For help with 3d model making try this one. Lots of links.
Directory

Failing that web searches for 3d tutorials.

Was there something in particular you had in mind?



Last edited by JediFraz (03 Sep 2007 - 19:31)
04 Sep 2007 - 16:22337
Quote JediFraz:


Was there something in particular you had in mind?


im looking for a model of the strike gundam from gundam seed as its the what the oowashi gundam was based on. any help would be great


05 Sep 2007 - 14:37343
It's being worked on Here

Send em an email, explaining what your going to do and he might send you a copy of the file when he's finished it.

Be polite..



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