How to Make a Dragon Scaled Effect on Your Armor

A quick tutorial I made on how I did the scaled effect on my deadra helmet hope you find it useful

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    3 years ago

    I see one picture with no instructions. I think I'm missing something.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    I absolutely love it! I am doing a GoT project and this would look phenomenal! Great work!


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Neat technique, I can see this come in handy.

    Interesting to see the well-established foam armor being combined with essentially papier-mache for great texture and effect.

    I'll be watching you, so keep 'em instructables coming!

    Also, enter contests if you can, I can see you winning.

    6 replies

    When you submit your instructable (and even later) you can enter it into various contests. One way is during the creating/submission process, there's a point "enter contest" somewhere near the end of the submission process, another is when looking at your published insctructable, on the right-hand side at the very bottom of the box "About this instructable".

    Of course your instructable needs to fit the given contests' theme, guidelines and rules. You can check out current contests in the top bar under Contests -> View all contests. Usually the overview and the tab/section "Official Rules" are the most important parts.

    Also, any upcoming contests are listed here (so you can plan ahead):

    Your costumes should work best right around Halloween as that's the usual time when big costuming contests are being held, but this instructable here for instance could have fit into a contest about glue (Gorilla Glue tends to sponsor one every now and then), painting, costuming or related contests. Unfortunately right now I do not see a fitting contest for your instructable.

    There's some pretty neat and sometimes outright awesome stuff to win, though usually the higher the stakes, the more competition there'll be.

    No problem. Instructables is a site for sharing, after all. We try to make each other better.

    On that note, a couple of hints for improving the quality of your videos/instructables:

    - Even if you have a video, you might write down your material and tool list in the instructable so it's easier to tell at a glance or print out as a checklist to get the stuff you need.

    - Jimmy Diresta has some good advice on video in his Maker Faire talk:

    Major points are avoiding the same shot/angle for the whole video if at all possible, keeping shots of doing the same thing to less than 15 seconds and a couple more things. In direct relation to your video, instead of speeding up the application of the scales for instance you can show applying the first couple scales, blend the cut and and show the last one or two or the finished step. Why show cutting 100 pieces of wood sped up if showing cutting the first two gives one enough information? Watch a couple of videos by Diresta on youtube and you'll see what I mean.

    - People tend to like complete instructables, such as complete costumes, much more than instructables demonstrating a single technique. There's nothing wrong with demonstrating a technique, but showing the complete process of building something is simply better recieved.

    There's probably more things that I cannot think of at the time, but you'll get better and better at this anyway if you continue doing this.

    This does not need your video is bad, it merely has some room for improvement, like next to everything has. In fact your video quality (sharpness, lighting, ...) is good enough and having a voiceover/narration is fine, too.

    So keep up the good work!

    Dammit, instructables deleted the timestamp. The relevant part of the video starts somewhere around 25:25 when a dude asks Diresta a question about video, the answering starts about 30 seconds later.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Very cool effect! It's pretty amazing what you can do with a handful of common supplies and a healthy dose of creativity. Well done!