Step 3: Chest Armor
The lower half of the pectoral pieces have a different texture, so I cut up an old handbag I got from the thrift store. I added this texture onto some foam sheets, and glued them on. This is the same texture I would add onto other armor pieces with a similar look, like the abdominal, neck, and bicep pieces. Upon completing the pectoral armor, I saw that it was too small, and yes, I had to completely remake the whole thing over again.
For the abdominal pieces, I traced outlines of the pieces from an image of the suit, cut them out, and then traced outlines on foamie sheets, and cut those out. Again, i added texture from the cut-up handbag for some pieces. I added some extra detail to the lower abdominal pieces by adding a smaller foam pieces underneath to give it a raised details.
I added more detail to the (foamie) straps that connect the armor pieces underneath using an X-acto knife and a wrench. This added lined and ridged texture to the pieces, another good advantage of using pliable foamie sheets.