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300 Costume Making Help Answered

I want to be King Leonidas from 300 for Halloween, but I don't want a cheap vinyl costume, or anything like that. I want actual metal..just having some trouble figuring out what all to do.

Helmet - I've heard that aluminum roof flashing is easy to cut and work with..any ideas on how to make the skull cap/hair on top?

(Mixing bowl suggested by Jessy)

Cape - I'm going to take a deep red piece of cloth, cut up an old belt for the straps, and make some kind of clasp.

Spear - Probably some conduit with a cardboard or possibly metal tip (how does one paint metal?)

Sword - If aluminum flashing is easy to cut, ill cut out a blade, and then a plywood handle. JB weld the blade into the handle.

loin cloth thing - I might take some brown shorts and bleach the legs...I think i'd be doing everyone a favor by not wearing a real one

Arm protectors - Not really sure about these..any ideas?

Shield - A Pizza pan

If you have any suggestions on how to improve my ideas/answer questions, i'd really appreciate it. Thanks.

Pictures:

http://www.kultureshock.co.uk/v3/images/pi_18622.jpeg

http://imdb.com/gallery/ss/0416449/FCJG3000088.jpg.html?path=gallery&path_key=0416449&seq=21

http://imdb.com/gallery/ss/0416449/FCJG300061.jpg.html?path=gallery&path_key=0416449&seq=67

http://imdb.com/gallery/ss/0416449/FCJG3000044.jpg.html?path=gallery&path_key=0416449&seq=91

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galexiades (author)2009-10-06

I used a trash can lid for the shield and added trim pieces for the detail.

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ElectricWojo (author)2007-10-24

I got the cheesey store bought costume - but I am modifying the 'Robe' it came with so it is more cape like. For the Brown loincloth, I have a pair of brown shorts I am cutting to a loincloth shape. I am using brown shorts because I will still have a back pocket :-) I also have tanner as my thighs are a bit white. I've also been working out the past 4 weeks preparing for this costume. For the helmet, I am fastening cardboard to the inside so it holds its shape. I went with the plastic sword/shield because I am going out getting drunk, and I want to wear this costume into bars without getting tired lugging around metal all day!

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Be careful...i heard on the news that in some states it's illegal for someone 16+ to wear a mask into a store (im guessing bars count as well) and that they're going to crack down on it on halloween.

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its a lion (author)ElectricWojo2007-10-24

who knows though, a fight could break out and you could have used the metal sword to fight your way through the raging masses. drunkenly replaying the movie. yelling out "this is sparta!" and then bashing people with the shield. sorry, i just got the picture in my head and thought it was funny.

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starburstdragoon (author)2007-10-21

If you still are open for ideas for the shield, do what my friends and I are doing:

buy polystyrene sheets from home depot and cut into round concentric sheets in a similar way to what this guy did with plywood, but without the middle part cut out: http://www.larp.com/hoplite/hoplon.html

glue it all together, and then shave it into the form you want (the best thing I would recommend if you don't have the tools is a sharp cheesegrater)

use it as a mold to make a fiberglass shield, then sand and paint....

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Honus (author)2007-09-30

For the helmet/armor/sword/shield:
Have you ever used Sintra? It's basically PVC plastic sheet that can be formed by heating it up (use hot water, heat gun, oven, etc.) and then once you have your shape formed just dunk it in cold water to freeze the shape. I once made a Wonder Woman headband and set of bracelets for a co worker using it. A 4 x 8 ft. sheet 1/8" thick costs around $30- it's sold at plastic supply shops and sign making shops. It's easy to cut too- you can use a box knife, hand saw, scroll saw, table saw, etc. You can coat it with Bondo (or any other suitable body filler) to smooth seams and it takes enamel or acrylic paint well. You can glue Sintra with PVC cement, superglue or JB Weld. It will also hold screws and rivets.

Here's a template for the helmet:
http://picasaweb.google.com/gundrosen/300Helmet/photo#5057072181685650898

Cape:
Get a canvas drop cloth from Home Depot (about $10) and dye it red using RIT dye. RIT dye is available at craft stores like Hobby Lobby and Michael's- it's maybe a couple of dollars for a bottle of dye.

Spear:
PVC pipe with a Sintra tip glued on. Fill in any gaps with Bondo and sand to shape.

Hope this helps!

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dannyrps13 (author)Honus2007-10-16

what do you think that brooch was made of? clay maybe?

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Honus (author)dannyrps132007-10-16

My guess would be brass or bronze. You could make it from plastic sheet pretty easily.

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Weissensteinburg (author)Honus2007-09-30

Thanks for the tips..especially that link. Do you know what the helmet "isak" made was out of?

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Honus (author)Weissensteinburg2007-09-30

It sure looks like plaster or wall board compound- Bondo would also work.

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Weissensteinburg (author)Honus2007-09-30

One of the last pictures has steps...and it says "Coat with Fiberglass or Bondo" what kind would I want to get? ...When I go to home depot, what should I look for?

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Honus (author)Weissensteinburg2007-09-30

Here's the stuff you want:
http://www.bondo-online.com/catalog_item.asp?itemNbr=176

It's just the regular lightweight car body filler stuff. It's also available at places like Checker Auto, Autozone and PepBoys.

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Weissensteinburg (author)Honus2007-09-30

Is that like a putty? And can I paint onto it? Will I want to prime it first?

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Honus (author)Weissensteinburg2007-09-30

It's just like putty. It's a two part polyester filler. Only mix a little bit at a time as it hardens REALLY fast. Make sure you wear some protective goves as it can get pretty messy. You can sand it to shape after it hardens. I usually use a roughing Surform file first to get the general shape and then I start sanding it with 60 grit sandpaper and finish with a finer sandpaper. Then use a primer and paint it. Any type of paint will work.

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Weissensteinburg (author)Honus2007-09-30

Thanks, I'll look into getting some of that..it forms a nice hard shell, right? (How hard, would you say?)

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Honus (author)Weissensteinburg2007-09-30

Glad to help! It's pretty hard- it won't get damaged if someone raps their knuckes on your finished helmet but if you drop the helmet on the ground you'd probably chip it.

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Weissensteinburg (author)Honus2007-10-01

So no reenacting the scene where he throws his shield and spear to the ground? ...When you first posted, I thought you were either a) crazy or b) a bondo salesman..but now I see how perfect bondo could work for so much. This is what I hope to use it for: Helmet Cover my pizza pan with it, so it will hold paint, and have the "V" design Possibly arm guards Sword - make a cardboard blade, and cover it in bondo/paint Spear - I'm using metal conduit for the length of it..but i need to paint it brown..would bondo help it hold the paint/make it look more like wood?

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Honus (author)Weissensteinburg2007-10-01

I am crazy! :P But I would never sell Bondo for a living..... Bondo won't help paint adhere to anything. For metal, just use a good primer. Paint will stick just fine to conduit with a primer coat. If you have to paint cardboard, just coat the cardboard with Minwax Polycrylic sealer before painting to seal it.

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Ooh, in a different album, it shows that he used bondo..what kind would I want to get...this?

http://www.bondo-online.com/catalog_item.asp?itemNbr=498

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omnikin (author)2007-10-15

Hey Weissenteinburg, was there a step-by-step guide that came with the "cardboard and Bondo" helmet? The pictures are pretty self-explanatory, except for when it comes to applying the Bondo. If so, could you get me a link to the directions?

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acer73 (author)2007-10-05

For the sword get some sheet metal and bend edges into keep it from being sharp. Then cut a groove into a piece of plywood and glue it in with normal epoxy. After it dries drill some small holes though the handle and metal, you can shuv nails into them and bend them down, otherwise use rivets.

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Weissensteinburg (author)2007-10-01

I think i've got ideas for everything except the speedo thing...any more suggestions?

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how about black or brown briefs? you could always wear something skin colored under it. of course the jock strap with a cup like brennn said would probably work too.

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But what kind of skin colored thing could I wear? Tights just seem kind of...you know

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yeah that was what i was trying to think of. i know you mean about tights lol. hmmm. if you were super pale like i am you may be able to get away with tight white jeans or shorts. perhaps get something fairly tight and paint them or die them. its just what thing to get that may be the hard part...tights would obviously be the best choice but you dont want them. hmmm... i will think about it and come back sometime tonight. i wonder if you wore tight sweat pants or something that you had dyed?

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Well I am very pale..but I don't really want full pants, and shorts would just look weird.

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im figuring in the dark it will be hard to tell. of course if you go inside then you may have problems with it. i wasnt satisfied with the answer i gave you, i was just throwing out ideas. im still thinking as to what could be done for skin.

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Gotcha..I'm having a party, so it won't be bright, but it wont be dark.

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ah, so no trick or treating in it? hmm yeah you will need something better than that stuff. ill try to find something later tonight, gotta write a paper now.

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Alright, thanks, and good luck

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ive been looking and havent found anything other than tights. the best thing would be no pants, but ummm yeah... spare us. alternatively, you could go with a true spartan outfit and wear one of those red skirt like thingys (but then you need a breastplate and greaves). i really dont know. if i think of anything i will tell you, but right now its looking like you may be on your own.

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The problem is, people will only recognize the movie outfit...a kilt would just lose them. Let me know what you might think of. Thanks

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Possibly spray paint some boxers brown, along with a jock strap, and with a cup in it. All spray painted brown...it could work out...you never know.

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I don't quite understand your idea

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spray paint a jock strap brown, and wear it over a pair of brown boxers. the boxers also to be painted brown.

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Oh..what exactly is the purpose of the jock?

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in your first picture, it looks like a jock.

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Weissensteinburg (author)2007-09-30

Updated - forgot about the shield

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Bran (author)Weissensteinburg2007-09-30

I about forgot too. Trash can lid sounds good, nice and light. You'd want to place a handle on the backside too, to ease the carrying of it, or perhaps a strap to go around your forearm. Not quite sure....

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Weissensteinburg (author)Bran2007-09-30

I just don't want to have to buy a whole trash can..

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Bran (author)Weissensteinburg2007-09-30

I believe Wal-Mart sells lids separately, if I'm not mistaken.

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John Smith (author)Bran2007-09-30
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Bran (author)John Smith2007-09-30

Are you implying that I'm trashy?

No really, what do you mean?

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John Smith (author)Bran2007-09-30

LOL no...no...
Actually, I'm not sure what I meant, but it wasn't that. Maybe I thought that it was just kinda that weird type of thing that you (might) seem to know. I don't know, but I definitely didn't mean it as an insult (how did you get that?).

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(how did you get that?)

Walmart is sometimes seen as a trashy place to shop..and seeing as his name is redneckoreo...

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Bran (author)Weissensteinburg2007-09-30

And I was speaking of trash can lids.... Ah, well, I take the Redneck, trashy, Southern things as compliments. Gives me good laughs. Actually, Wal-Mart has some good things, and good prices too.

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Weissensteinburg (author)Bran2007-09-30

I didn't even catch the trash can thing..lol They do have some good stuff..especially because they have a lot of things you cant easily get other places.

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Agreed...I just found 5"x7" photo binder sleeves there (you're a photogrpher, you should know what I'm talking about), and the two local craft stores don't have them. The only other place I found them was at the local camera shop for ten times as much.

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