Introduction: Building Skyrim Armor

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In this Instructable I shall teach you the way of foam smithing yourself some epic skyrim steel armor and a nifty iron helmet. I know its not as cool as daedric armor, but lets be honest that stuff is so main stream anyways haha. Well lets get to building now shall we!?

What you will need:

Eva foam floor mats or L200 I made the armor here with the mats but they both work great.

• Thin craft foam for detail work.

• An x acto knife and a lot of blades or a scroll saw or band saw work too.

• A straight edge ruler make sure its metal.

• Hot glue and a hot glue gun or Barge All Purpose Cement again both work great.Just remember one can burn you and the other has toxic fumes so pick your con haha.

• Fake or real leather around 3 yards.

• Fake or real fur about 2 yards.

• Plasti-dip grey so you can seal the foam.

• Silver spray paint.

• Acrylic paint of assorted colors.

• The strength to become Dovahkiin

Total cost for this build is around $75 depending on what you already have laying around and what you have to buy.

Step 1: Collect Your Reference Material

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First you're going to want to get yourself some fancy shots of the armor you want to build so you know what you are doing. You can always fire up the game and wear your best set and go off that. You can print out some photos of the set you want off of google, hell why not do both.

Step 2: The Under Armor

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To start off I needed some under armor, so I went out and bought myself a few yards of fake leather to make it out of. To get the size and shape that I would need I cut up an old shirt and used it as my pattern. After tracing out the shirt onto the back of the leather I cut it out and then sewed it together. This was my first time ever picking up a needle and thread haha. Once I had finished sewing the side up I noticed that in the game the front had some sewing in it as well. To be as accurate as possible I then made the seems that I saw in game. I found out after test fitting this that these new lines actually made the under armor fit better. Who knew that game developers actual know what there doing haha. Once that was all done I then painted the whole thing with a brown and red wash to give it that weathered look "not pictured here" I also added some fur around the arms.

Step 3: The Bracers

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Time to start on the Bracers! lets star off by cutting out the basic shape of them then cutting into the foam to give them depth. I don't recommend picking it out with your fingers like I did haha. I then took some fun foam and cut the scroll work into it and then glued it into place. I then did it all over again for the other one I also did the same for the hand armor. Once the armors where done I wanted to have ridged gauntlets but in the game there leather, So I came up with this idea to make a tube of EVA foam and then cover it with the fake leather I had. Once the Bracers where completed it was time for painting. I then coated them in plasti dip before the paint so that it fills in all the small holes of the foam. After all that it's time to get them all furred up and leathered out.

Step 4: Body Armor BABY!

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Time for some heavy armor I started by free handing the shape I wanted onto some EVA. You can always draw something up on the computer and then print it out if your more comfortable with it that way. After I had something I liked I then cut out one side of it flipped it over and then traced it out on the other side to get a full piece. I did that 5 more times at varying sizes to achieve the look of heavy layered armor. once the front was done I traced it again but this time I made a few small changes to make it look like the back of he armor. Once the back was done I started the processes of cutting out areas for the detail this time though I just cut out the whole thing. I then flipped and traced that part onto the other side to get an even look. Once they where both cut out I flipped them over and glued them into place with the textured side facing up to give it a busier more detailed look. I do have to say doing it this way is much faster and much easier on the fingers.

Step 5: The Iron Helm of AWESOME!

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The helmet was a little weird I started off buy cutting out a small part that fit the bottom of my nose I then cut a piece that fit around the back of my head and glued them together. Once the two halfs had become one I then cut two small parts that would go above my eyes and then a longer one two go on top of my head "I didn't cut it long enough though, but that is an easy fix". All I did to make up for the lack of length was cut another piece that was the same size and just glued it to the already existing part. Once I had finished that part I moved onto adding the layered back half and the top. All I did for this was cut a few scaps up to fit the shape of the hole that was in the helm and for the back I drew up a shape I liked and then cut it out and glued it into place. It was a little short on the sides so I just added an extra little bit to get it to the size I wanted. I didn't really get many photos of this part but here is what I did. For the parts that hold the horns I took a large drill bit that is used for cutting holes for pipe and pretty much just popped two holes into the sides I then took some foam and rolled it into one long tube and stuck it through both holes I then glued it into place and then cut the access out from the inside. After all that I took fun foam and cut it into little strips and proceeded to glue them to every single edge to give this bad boy some depth. I also took some thumb tacks and used them as fake rivet/bolts. Before painting I figured this would not be a brand new helmet so I attacked it with some swords and battle axes AKA my dremel tool. I got the horns from a costume viking helmet. I know its cheating but its the best I could do for right now. I decided to geek out a bit on the back and wrote my name in dragon script. I then painted it with a dark grey then rust colors to give it that found in a cave look. I also wanted to add something to the inside to give it a little better of a look, so I took some of the extra leather I had and attached it to the inside. There you have it your very own iron helmet.

Side note: you don't have to stick with this paint job by the way as you can see in the last photo i got a little creative with another helmet I built. Go crazy and have fun with it.

Step 6: Extra Little Bits.

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Here are some of the other things that I made for the armor far left is the little armor tops that go onto the top of the boots next is the shin armor and then the two big ones are the thigh armor that go on the sides. I didn't really get that many shots of the shoulder armor I kinda just threw them together last minute. They really are not that hard to make they are pretty much just a bent triangle.

Step 7: All Done and Ready for Battle

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Congratulations! you have just built yourself some epic armor and you are now ready to take on the hordes of comic con fans. Thanks for taking the time to read this and I hope this really helped you make something awesome. Anyways if you liked this there is plenty more on my facebook page

Have a great time building.



rex dracones (author)2017-11-17

how did you make the horns? and out of what ?

rainingfiction (author)2017-02-24

That's looks amazing. How did you make the dragon head?

JackLMac (author)2016-11-04

How did you make the belt peice?

kuhldad (author)2016-09-04

Great job! How long did it take? My son and I want to go to the next ComicCon near us and I'd like to do our costumes in a similar style.

ZombTech (author)kuhldad2016-09-07

Hey thank you. This build took around 70 hours for me to build from start to finish but that's with working around work and such I'm sure you could do it faster. If you have any questions I'm more then happy to help.

CaptHollis (author)2016-08-12

Would you mind if I use your foam technique for my own instructable for the actual Dovakhiin studded armor?

ZombTech (author)CaptHollis2016-08-12

No go right ahead I out this on here for that reason. Share the knowledge with the world it's the only way to keep moving forward. Send me a link to yours once your done I would love to see it :).

Slimy the Slime (author)2016-02-27

sorry not Whiterun guard armor I meant Iron armor

Slimy the Slime (author)2016-02-27

So I am trying to make a set of Whiterun Guard armor so how would I make this I have no craft experience with EVA foam or any kind of foam what so ever PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!

KiraThePotatoChip (author)2015-09-28

What is the total cost, and time put into this?

JoshT3 (author)2015-09-23

out of want to minimize waste, roughly how many of the foam mats did you use?

XilianX2010 (author)2015-08-24

Hey, just another question!

How thick was your eva foam? The sheets I've aquired are thick enough for armor, but layering them together makes it to thick, especially for bracers and the footwear. Also where did you get it?

Thank you!

ZombTech (author)XilianX20102015-08-24

I picked mine up at Walmart and off amazon. For my bracers I actually cut the foam down in thickness with a dremal and sanding bit and in the past I've used a long razer but there is a lot of risk in cutting yourself in that. You can also try layering some craft foam to get your desired thickness. I hope that helps.

Gunter187 (author)2015-08-13

How many square meters of foam did you use?

Gunter187 (author)2015-08-13

How many square meters of foam did you use?

Kerowyn (author)2015-07-19

This is awesome.

Su'um ahrk morah

Gunter187 (author)2015-07-13


Red hood (author)2015-06-26

Btw my number is 254-833-3453 please call or text me anytime I NEED HELP

Red hood (author)2015-06-26

I know this is of topic but I'm in serious need of help I want to make red hood armor but I have know idea where to start or how to do any of it tbh

Bloody_august (author)2015-06-23

Ok help please! Um im looking to make daedric armor so where do i get eva foam? Must i order it? Any suggestions on where i should start? Also want to make nighten gale armor help plz no idae where ro start /.\

ZombTech (author)Bloody_august2015-06-24

OK not a problem so depending on where your at you can buy it at Walmart in there work out section. If you don't have a Walmart near you then I would look for it at hardware stores and other stores that sell stuff like work out equipment. For the nighten gale armor what I would do would be to get as many photos of it as you can then start off by drawing the parts onto largemail sheets of paper and seeing if they fit abs if they doffer trace the paper pattern onto your foam and start cutting it out of that. I hope that helps you out some my friend abdominal feel free to ask more questions if you get stuck.

XilianX2010 (author)2015-05-14

Hey man, this is some awesome stuff! I can't wait to start my own!

Just a quick question, what kind of fur did you use, and where did you get it? I been having trouble finding it. Thanks mate!

ZombTech (author)XilianX20102015-05-14

Thank you sir :D. I got the fur from Joe Anne fabrics around Halloween. I'm not sure what it's called though sorry about that. Post photos of your build once you start I would love to see it :) and if you have any questions at all feel free to ask.

turnhandle (author)2015-01-08

Thanks a lot. This couldn't come at a better time. Trying to figure out some armour for a Solaire costume my son wants for a local convention. Been racking the brain to figure out materials and am hoping this technique will work for a helmet in particular. Will post again with results. I have a month to work on it before he needs it.

ZombTech (author)turnhandle2015-01-08

awesome I'm glad I could help and it would be great to see some photos once your done and if you have any questions at all fell free to ask :D

turnhandle (author)ZombTech2015-02-17

Taken some time but he had a great weekend at TsukinoCon. Ended up using foam as a base and covering it in aluminum flashing and flat stock bent to shape. Mail is knitted, sword wood, some canvas, various other fabric, old belts etc. Happy with the results and so was he.

ZombTech (author)turnhandle2015-02-17

that's absolutely amazing :D I really like the knitted mail for it looks legit and thank you for sharing this photo I love seeing other people's builds.

kylegilbert (author)2015-01-11

I've only really worked with sintra board, so I'm kind of kicking myself right now. Love how this turned out and really appreciate the ible. Thanks for posting this!

ZombTech (author)kylegilbert2015-01-11

Hey not a problem at all I am happy to share things like this with people and help them learn new things. :D

Boomer1 (author)2015-01-08

That is really good looking armor.

How durable is it as far as wearing it to a costume contest, Halloween or some such?

ZombTech (author)Boomer12015-01-08

it is pretty durable I wore it for a straight 10 hours at last year's Portland comic con and a few short YouTube skits i did with my friends and there was pretty much no damage. The only time it for damaged is when I displayed it my shop window in the summer thus making the got glue give up lol, so I don't recommend tanning in it. :D

Boomer1 (author)ZombTech2015-01-09

That's pretty cool. Going to try this.

I made Roman armor for an Easter pageant out of Aluminum tape covered cardboard. Looks good...not durable! LOL.

GeekCrafter (author)2015-01-08

I LOVE IT! I have never made any costumes and would never have thought to use foam mats for armor. I love the photos of the project in progress, and the final costume is fantastic! Congratulations and thanks for sharing! Fus Ro Dah!

ZombTech (author)GeekCrafter2015-01-08

lol thank you. yeah foam floor mats have really started to take over the costume and cosplay community lastly since there easy to work with, affordable, and durable. fus to dah to you as well :)

DebuffedHero (author)2015-01-08

So SO awesome!!!!!

ZombTech (author)DebuffedHero2015-01-08

Thank yo so SO much :D

GiovanniF (author)2015-01-08

Man...i don't think this is epic at's WAY MORE than simply epic! Greetings to you dova! great and very nice work!

ZombTech (author)GiovanniF2015-01-08

Haha thank you my friend I'm glad you like it.

HollyMaeFitzpatrick (author)2015-01-01

Where do you get your foam? All of the stuff I've seen has been weirdly textured.

the foam i am using here are the textured EVA floor mats mine just have a very small texture that kina of looks like carbon fiber plus I'm using the un-textured back side of them to get to smooth look. I bought mine on amazon since I live in the middle of nowhere lol but normally you can get the mats from large stores like Walmart. there is a foam though that doesn't have a texture it's called L200 it's sold in roles and it's a little softer then the floor mats but it still works magnificently. I haven't seen it in stores so I would look online for it :). I hope that helps you out and if you have any more questions feel free to ask.

quizzy777 (author)2014-12-31

what type of glue did you use? what kind of paint did you use? I've had trouble in the past with both.

ZombTech (author)quizzy7772014-12-31

For this I used hot glue on the the whole thing. I have started using a contact cement called barges on recent projects though and it seems to work a lot better plus less burns on the hands so that's a plus haha. The paint on this is a base of grey plasti-dip then a light coat of silver krylon, but not to much or it will chip and crack off. Then a bunch of light washes of different colored acrylic paint to give it detail and age, so mainly light/dark brown, red orange, black, yellow, and white. I hope that ansers your quetions :)

arlemaitre (author)2014-12-27

These are not gauntlets, these are bracers. Gauntlets cover the hands.

Farrit (author)arlemaitre2014-12-31

These technically do cover the hands.. (They extend from the wrists to cover the back of the hand) So Gauntlets would be right.

ZombTech (author)arlemaitre2014-12-28

Hey thanks for pointing this out you are very correct and I have fixed the mistake :)

Max the Tutorialist (author)2014-12-28


Thank you sir :)

jpedro8 (author)2014-12-25

This is great; This is awesome; This is beautyful. Thank you for sharing this with us.

jpedro8 (author)jpedro82014-12-25

beautiful*... srry by my english.

ZombTech (author)jpedro82014-12-26

Lol thank you cery much for the complements my friend.

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