In this fine Instructable i will be showing how to make a full suit of samurai armor that i got the idea off of the game Total War: Shogun 2
The Armor i built was a fairly simple design but due to my small body structure was a little difficult to form the armor. how ever it worked out and i only messed up once during the whole build process! (drilled the wrong holes in one of the armor panels.)
I built this for fun based on several other instructables and my wanting of a costume that i built from the ground up and designed myself as well as having a sweet costume for dragon con 2012 ;).
the total cost of this project was $110 and took just under two weeks by myself :)
the armor i made is made out of HDPE 3/8" or cutting board. this armor made from a design from a video game will be used in stunts with sharpened knives and swords and compared to other armor types of the period made out of the same material after the testing well be doing a "deadliest warrior" style challenge were we have a face off in the many armor and compete with real swords!
what youll need:
2 sheets of HDPE plastic or your choice of armor material. you can use ABS,Sintra etc. (noobies use sintra its easy to work with and cheap!)*** Some one mentioned that you can get used acid drums made out of HDPE and cut them out, that way the armor is already shaped and rounded.***
Lots of thread i used a 7/8" ribbed thread to thread the armor together and about 12 Spools of it.
fabric (i used Brocade/Sari)
lighter for (burning the edges of the thread)
hot glue gun
this is a moderate build took only two weeks at full time hours but it does require a lot of drilling and threading.
feel free to make your own changes to what ever you like! like paints, fabrics and threads!
feel free to ask questions and share comments with others! best of luck!
Step 1: The Soft Goods (Robes and Pants)
lets begin with the sewing...
you don't have to be a seamstress to do this part of the build, I'm not one that's for sure. go to your local sewing/crafts store and get a template for Bath Robes. use these templates and measure them to your body accordingly. pick some awesome fabric! what you see in my build is red with black Japanese writing and symbols. its called sari or Brocade, its a very light fabric and looks amazing in the sun light but be warned it is difficult to work with because its just like satin or silk.
there's not much to be said here just follow the instruction in the template and they'll turn out great! :D i did some edits on my pattern i made it a tighter jacket and made it shorter so it didn't drop down below my waste to far. you want it a bit baggy so don't tapper it.
for the gloves socks and sandals i just went to a thrift store and dropped 6 bucks for matching set.
pick your own colors and add your own trim to it to make your own flare!