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"No retreat, no surrender. That is Spartan law. And by Spartan law, we will stand and fight & and die. A new age has begun: an age of freedom! And all will know that 300 Spartans gave their last breath to defend it!"


Alright, So this past haloween I was crazy about the movie 300 and decided that I was going to be a spartan, so I built this great armor our of cardboard boxes I had lying around.
it turned out great and was a big hit!
i did it for pretty cheap, and my costume was very authentic looking,

So basically I will tell all of you out there how I did it, and what I used, so you to can be the hard, strong warrior that is a spartan
 
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Step 1: Materials

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You will need:

PART I; Cardboard construction:

-Cardboard (doesn't really matter how thick, I ended up using a couple different thickness because it's all I had) 3-5 larger boxes should do.

-Hot glue gun and glue

-A box cutter or razor blade, cutting tool, etc.

PART II; strengthening, and Finishing

-Fiberglass sheets/matting

-Fiberglass Resin with hardener, Syrupy stuff.

-Bondo or another type of filler with hardener.

-Sandpaper I used 100, 350, and 600 grits.(I used what I could find, you need a heavily abrasive, a medium, and a fine sander.)

- Spray paint: a black or gray base-coat , a Black Lacquer (optional), a Gold, a Bronze and a copper.1 can of each is fine, and maybe two or three of clear

-plenty of patience and time.

kruford5 years ago
How can find a paint for the helmet?

You're kidding, right?

Cpt. Caleb (author)  kruford4 years ago
I just picked up some gold. and brass  and a little bronze Rustoleum from a home depot or lowes
OmegaRa9 months ago

Random rant post, sorry. But the Spartans weren't stupid....they wore breastplates..that 300 movie irks me...

Hey man I just wanted to let you know I did the spartan training and I got my 6 pack.
can this project be done without fiberglass?
Cpt. Caleb (author)  lacrosseboy4594 years ago
you could probably get the finish and texture with a papermache finish, it just takes much longer, I originally started out using just papermache but I wasn't getting the results I wanted so I read all I could on Fiberglassing and jumped in, my first time using and I feel like a pro now.
what about your cloak? how did you make it? more specifically, how does the fabric attach to the leather? how does the leather go around the body and attach?
Cpt. Caleb (author)  WayfinderAli4 years ago
I ran out of time, so when it came to that I took two belts and fastened them together, wraping so they crossed on my chest, then simply took that unaltered fabric and wrapped over, saftey-pinning underneath. I know it's not pretty but I was out of time.
No shield? aww.
manny19804 years ago
haha.... you need to gain some muscle mass dude, but thanks for the costume idea.
SPARTA is awesome. I am working on my armor and 6 pack. I wil post pictures once Im done
Cpt. Caleb (author)  Johnny Topside4 years ago
Alright! way to go, good luck!
maxiemobile5 years ago
YOU SHOULD OF MADE HALO MASTER CHIEF SPARTAN ARMOR, THIS ONE NOT AS GOOD
Cpt. Caleb (author)  maxiemobile4 years ago
Sorry man, but I believe the Original Spartans are the ones who should be honored first. But I plan on making Halo Armor someday
plus this is better than halo
Just what I was looking for! And now to write an 'ible on the "airbrushed abs" technique as shown in "Meet the Spartans"
this is as cool as master chief. im gonna be a spartan to
You suck Cale this project is bunk and was amazing when you showed up on campus dressed as a Spartan. 5/5 my friend 5/5.
Mighty9305 years ago
Can you please give me the link you used to get the helmet stencil becasue i would like to make a costume for this year.
camocam5 years ago
did u make the pants or did u buy them or what?
dcm0695 years ago
Light in the loafers LOL. Indeed! +1
The costume looks great, but you forgot to paint cheesy fake abs on yourself like they did for the movie... ;-)
THIS IS SPARTA lol thx for putting this im gonna try doing this and im gonna put the hair thingy like the one from leonidas
608295 years ago
I hope u wear underware.
Applejacks5 years ago
Out of curiosity, how much do you leg press?
The Jamalam5 years ago
the arms are called vambraces, and the legs are called greaves.
THIS
IS
SPARTA!!!


+5/5 stars.
I did this last Halloween, with a couple of friends, when we arrived at the party my friend answered the door to three scantily clad men, the look on her face was priceless... One issue the costumes have is that people will be tempted to play with the nipples...
Cpt. Caleb (author)  killerjackalope6 years ago
See that's why the spartans carried the weapons with them even while just in town, nipple protection.
Be sure to keep them pesky civilians at spears length, well the males ones anyway... One issue I found was that you never remember exactly how you tied your pants garb together...
bytowneboy6 years ago
Good job, looks great.
Cpt. Caleb (author)  bytowneboy6 years ago
thanks a bunch, very rewarding project
dredawg6 years ago
a little light in the loafers methinks
What, exactly, does that mean?