Alright so the Ephialtes idea was scrapped because i wanted to make a Spartan helmet, Leonidas it is! Just like the Spartan shield, the helmet will be made out of cardboard, tape, glue, paper towel and paint.

So with this instructable I am going to start out with things I wish I had known ahead of time before starting the helmet.

The more hands, the better. I was using elastic bands, tape and heavey objects to temporarily hold things in place until I could secure them properly, if I had an extra set of hands to hold these things life would have been so much easier. So tip one, it's so much easier if you have someone around to help construct your cardboard base.

Nothing is a bigger pain (to me at least) than not being able to work on your project because of drying time! It's awful for an impatient person like me. If I had started my helmet and shield at the same time I could have been working on one when the other was drying. Tip two, if you're making more than one prop, might as well do them all at the same time.

A helmet too big is way easier to fix than one that is too small. If the helmet is too big you can add styrofoam or more cardboard inside to tighten it up. A helmet that is too small is a bigger problem, you'd need to start pretty much from scratch again. Tip three, when in doubt make it a bit bigger.

Step 1:

Now we can get started! I hope I can explain this process easy enough, it was a lot of trial and error. I googled a picture of a Spartan helmet so I could see some of the basic shapes. I started out by making the front of the mask. Take a sheet of cardboard and draw so the corrigation is going vertically, it will come in handy later on. I made it in two halves because there is a strong crease down the front and I think it could only be achieved by attaching the two halves. I drew the basic shape of the mask, and held it up to my face to match proportions and also used a ruler to measure. I cut out my shape and held it again to my face, marking with a pencil which parts needed to be tweeked. I used a boxcutter and trimmed off anything extra I needed to then traced the shape and cut out the mirror image. Tape the two halves of your mask on what ever side you choose to be the reverse side.

<p>This is mine. I made it for a spartan warrior costume :)</p>
Leonidas was a spartan king, and would've had the plume sideways. Just saying.
<p>OMG I just realized you are a woman! Two thumbs up!!</p><p>Dakota</p>
<p>Very nice. The mowhawk is a nice touch.</p><p>Dakota</p>
Like the mowhawk, this is a really cool helm, do you think you could use fiberglass resin?
To be honest I haven't used fibre glass resin on any project myself, thought from what I have seen people do with it I think it would work really well. If you end up making it out of that you should let me know how it goes! I'm always curious about trying new materials.
btw the &quot;mohawk&quot; is actually a hose hair plume, I liked the ible I made one with cardbord and duct tape. Problem in mine I used orange duct tape and spray painted it beaten bronze, it led to the paint chipping and I finally just covered it in plain grey duct tape. I like how u did the dome I made mine by slicing it into strips and taping it ove a base.
Amazing work. Do you have any pictures with it on your head? That would be great for knowing how big to make the parts.
Nice painting technique! Great job on the helmet!
thank you!
Love it! Love that you used broom bristles for the top of the helmet, it looks great on it!

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