Step 2: Helmet Part 1

It's possible to really do a cardboard helmet well, but I chose to go a faster and easier route. I measured around my head at the largest point (about the forehead level) and cut a strip of cardboard that long plus one inch for ease and one inch for overlap. The height I estimated by holding a ruler up to my head in a mirror.

I cut the helmet piece at the edge of an existing edge of the original box, and went over about an inch. I made a lot of vertical scores, after which I was able to easily roll up the cardboard. I sliced small V's out of the part past the existing foldline, so they wouldn't interfere when the cardboard was curved into a circle.

I drew an oval with a circumference of the same length as the head measurement, which in my case was 24". Most heads are oval shaped to some degree, you nearly never get a very circular one.

I wrapped the bent strip around the oval and marked where the overlap came to, and hot glued it together into a tube. I pushed the crown to the top where the V-shaped flaps were, and glued one flap at each end to keep it in place. Then I glued the rest of the flaps, one at a time. I found it was easier to put the glue on the flaps than on the crown piece.

Once that was done I decided to reinforce the crown with a second piece of cardboard on the top. I simply traced the outline, cut another piece, and glued that on.
So today was our home game... A few days ago, a friend and I started construction of our armor. Photo Left (friend) Gauntlets Vambraces Chest and Back Plate Lower Leggings with knee caps Helmet with mane Shield Cape Sword Photo Right: Me Gauntlets (with knuckle covers) Vambraces Pauldrons with fringe Faulds with fringe Chest and Back Plate Lower and Upper Leggings with functional knee covers Shield (made from an Aluminum disk sled and fabric covered) Helmet with mane and fringe Two tone cape Sword Sword Sheath In both cases, thing are tied together through grommet holes :) A lot of people stopped us to take pictures - it was a lot of fun :) Walking up stairs, in my case (full leggings), was a little difficult - I'll have to articulate those pieces a bit better for the next game. For now, things will be hung on the wall :p
that's some very nice armour you made!
<p>I agree!</p>
Hey, can you please put some instructions on how to make that? It looks really good! THANKS!
Oh My God! HOW'D you BUILD THAT??????!!!!!
Hey, post some more pix where you aren't hiding behind your shields! I mean the shields look great but we can't see the cuirasses, pauldrons, or faulds. Also how did you solve the 3-d bending problems? I guess to sum up, where's the Instructable???
Coming... Sorta... The mad construction dash... and many failures created a lack of pictures :/ I'm going to go back and take some images - and grab some images from sketchup models :p<br/><br/>For the 3D pauldron bit :D I started with a 13&quot;x13&quot; square and scored the diagonal... I cut the score halfway to create a triangle and curled/trimmed the corners... Hrmm.. probably hard to picture from that description - so yes, instructable coming soon (along with everything else waiting - including meatloaf cupcakes :p).<br/><br/>I made the chest and back plate with mostly 2D planes - which solves the 3D issues of faulds. But, in my case, it makes the butt piece stick out funny (so I cut it a little shorter). Yes, there were a few &quot;Assless Chaps&quot; jokes - but the cape covered that up :p<br/><br/><a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.instructables.com/forum/TXE8N60F8MMCCG6/">More images here</a> - but that's before I curled the pauldrons down properly...<br/>
<p>Very helpful article!</p><p>Because for school we have to make a cardboard armour by ourselves so I needed some help!</p>Thank you!
<p>That's seriously hilarious and awesome! I guess if you wanted a more 'realism' vibe, you could also spraypaint it some metallic color, but that would take away from the humor of it, which is part of what makes it so great. Very clever! :D</p>
<p>That's seriously hilarious and awesome! I guess if you wanted a more 'realism' vibe, you could also spraypaint it some metallic color, but that would take away from the humor of it, which is part of what makes it so great. Very clever! :D</p>
Nice but I went on the webpage for cardboard dueling and you don't need a suit
<p>so fun!</p>
<p>I'm using your pauldron tutorial for part of a Halloween costume... granted I'm going to embellish a bit more, with spikes and whatnot, but overall a really good tutorial on basic pauldron shapes!</p>
Your cardboard armour reminds me of what me and some friends would make back in the early 80's. <br>We were working in a stores then and Saturday mornings were really quiet so we made cardboard armour and some would guard the mezzanine while others tried to capture it. At one time we were using the forklift as a siege engine.
<p>Forklifts are the ultimate siege engines! </p>
There is an easier way to attach the vambraces, if you use a hole punch and shoelaces they stay on well and are easier to put on.
Thanks for the knight helmet. I used it last Halloween for my Monty Python Black Knight costume, turned out great!
I am not saying this model is bad but you could make a bit more effort in making armor. <br> <br>I'm making paper armor that takes me 100 hours.
also 3.5 star
is very useful and this helped too much for me, thanks!<br>
I'd like to do this for a history project. We have to dress up as historical figures and I have chosen Joan of Arc. I might duct tape or spray paint on the final project if possible.
really just had to choose fruit of the loom huh.... didnt you? But other than that its %$#&amp;$#@^Z#$%ing sweet!!! 8-0
In the middle ages, underpants could stop a broadsword. Fruit of the Loom mellowed out a little later... XD
easy and fun i will try this thx
hmm, a bit of criticsm has been posted, but i think this looks great, and i love the Fruit crest
Absolutely love this the armor looks really cool
thats a pretty could base for a structure but i would have put more work in and come out with a better finale product.
For that old, early Middle Ages, Black Steel look, try painting the cardboard matte black, then, after it dries up liberally use Graphite dust on it.<br>
GREAT suggestion thanks
Happy building! :)
You can also hot-glue some velcro along the inside of the seam. This would allow the wearer to easily put them on or take them off.
another aesome suggestion
I&nbsp;have to admit, the design is simple and at the same time kinda cool. Now, if you could do this with sheet metal, you could go and really kick some serious a$s!<br /> <br /> What's missing though is gold paint and a dragon design on th breastplate. Still, really cool...
Oops, broken link. The real article is here:<br /> <br /> <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorica_segmentata" rel="nofollow">en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorica_segmentata</a><br />
Good armor, I must say. Did you think about using Lorica Segmentata? It's was used a lot in Roman armor. You can check out the wikipedia article:<br /> <br /> <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorica_segmetata" rel="nofollow">en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorica_segmetata</a><br />
i painted the vambraces with gold paint, it looked awesome<br />
Cool! <em> Now let's make some out of metal..... MWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!! </em> Errr, uh... 5 stars!<br/>
same dude i wanna make armour with metal........i give this person a 10/5...<br /> :)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))) <div id="refHTML">&nbsp;</div>
having trouble finding cardboard. do you know any places in melbourne... and is this armour flexible???
this made me LOL
LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL!!!! wonderful ending! me and my sis were rolling!!! and yes, reather funny if i must say so myself.
ha ha man my friends are never going to stop making fun of me when I build this...I'm going to try to put some foam camp pad down on the front and back of the "cuirass" to see if it'll hold up better (we hit pretty hard with or foam swords). I'll let you know how it goes. I atcually don't larp, but my friends and I saw Role Models were very inspired :).
this is a really well documented diy ! maks me want to go make it right now :)
Looks like half a pie :S Lol, nice ible :D:D:D
i just realised, that these are kind of spaulders. pauldrons guard the armpit as well.

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