Step 7: The Comedian: Right Shoulder Pad
-empty cat litter container
-paper maché mix (equal parts of water and white flour)
-polyurethane protective coating
-1" webbing strap
1- The cat litter container had a side that seemed perfect to use for the basic frame. It was cut out, making a curve on the bottom where the arm will be, and layers of newspaper were taped on to give it a rounder shape.
2- Once the overall shape seemed satisfactory, a few layers of paper maché were applied. Once it hardened when it dried, spackle was applied to smooth out the bigger dips that are inevitable in this kind of work. The whole thing was then sanded to make everything as symmetrical and smooth as possible.
DAISNAID: If you take your time and are not sloppy when sanding, you can end up with a much smoother surface than what you see in these pictures, making for a more metal-looking texture when everything will be painted. However a dent here or there can look like battle damage if done properly. On the other hand, in my recollection of the movie it didn't seem to be damaged at all. Must be because the only person who could sneek up on the Comedian was Adrian Veidt. And he kills him.
3- The shoulder pad was then painted silver.
DAISNAID: Make sure you get the right kind of paint for your purposes. The silver paint I got didn't adhere well to any of the surfaces I applied it to. It chipped off easily, creating the need for an unnecessary and frustrating touch-up phase.
4- A paper star was drawn on paper and taped to the shoulder pad. It was then covered with masking tape (in case the paint would seep through the paper) before applying a few layers of blue paint. Once dry, a few layers of polyurethane were applied.
DAISNAID: In retrospect, the star on the shoulder pad seems quite large. Remember to take into account the width of the masking tape when deciding the measurements.
5- A polyester elastic was cut and hot-glued to the bottom side of the shoulder pad to keep it against the arm when worn. A short length of strap was also glued and velcro tabs added so that it would loop around the armor and attach to itself.