Come Page! And Bring Thine Armor!

So a friend and I made some awesome armor... Not so much for Halloween, more so for our homecoming football game. Our mascot happens to be a Knight named Knightro (his girlfriend's name is Glycerin)....Both of us had....Chest/Back PlateShields (mine from an aluminum disk sled - covered in fabric)SwordsHelmets (yes, made from trash cans) - with a maneA Cape (my friend's: gold -- mine: two tone black/gold - doubles as a homemade curtain)GauntletsVambracesLower LeggingsBeards - grown during the entire month of OctoberMy friend's awesome stencil work :) I additionally had (photo right)Full leggings with functional kneecupsKnuckle covers on my gauntletsPauldrons with red fringe (foamie) <-- should coversFaulds with red fringe <-- hip coversSword Sheath <--- a belt going through only 1 beltloopWe were a total hit at the football game! Lots of people asked to have their picture taken with us. Other than one heckler, it was awesome - no one else's attempt was knightly as ours :p Should you end up in such a situation (taking pictures and such), let the person hold your shield or sword. It makes them look more a part of the picture as opposed to some anachronism (the irony!) with a digital camera.And yes, I know my apartment is a mess..... That's three days of working on this armor rather than doing chores :pFor how to make such a getup... Check out rachel's howto Cardboard Armor MakingMore pictures after the next home game -- with updated/improved armor. Even though I allow my knees to bend - it's not quite enough to get up stairs easily :p I also want to add spaulders (upper arm covers) and a gorget (neck armor) :D

Posted by trebuchet03 10 years ago


Here's an Awesome Project - Will Require Composites Work :)

This armor, looks AMAZING! And using some life casting techniques (or even sculpting a mold from foam and test fitting) - you can make your very own with a bit of fiber glass and resin and flat black paint :) Maybe an early start for Halloween? I'd personally just go for the chest and back plate and substitute the rest with football pads. In any case, just thought I'd share :)Caption that goes with image:These happy characters are Peruvian anti-riot police, who are seen here parading in celebration of Peru's independence day yesterday. Yes, they are terrifying. This makes Peru the latest entry in a long list of countries I will try to avoid rioting in. I'm still all about rioting in Canada and Sweden, however. From Gizmodo

Posted by trebuchet03 10 years ago


duct tape armor help

How many rolls of duct tape do you think it will take to made armor

Posted by dude787 6 years ago


Dragon Armor, so strong, even grenades wont go through it

Really, this stuff is crazy. I wonder why we dont hear more about it.

Posted by laminterious 10 years ago


Duct Tape Armor

I'm planning (Read: Going forth with no idea what to do) on making a suit of armor completly made out of duct tape. (Partially made a gauntlet, so it might work) But here's the question I have; Should I post an instructable on each peice (Gauntlet, Helmet, Greives) by itself, or as one big instructable that might have a million steps (Okay, not that many)? I'm leaning more to the idea of one peice at a time, and then when I'm done just putting them all together into one big instructable. What do you all think? And is this project even worth doing? (Will add picture of sad gauntlet reject at later date)

Posted by Wills42 10 years ago


Help me figure out the best way to make armor for Lady Eui please.

I'm in need of help. I am fine with sewing, but armor and other cosplay props are not in my skill set.  I also have a tendency to be a bit of a perfectionist and go all in and over the top with my work. To give an example, I spent about 4 months of hand bead work on one of my previous cosplays.   The character I need help with is Lady Eucliwood Hellscythe from the anime Is This a Zombie? I have pics. I really need the armor, but I would love help with her scythe too.

Posted by Erishkigel. 1 year ago


how can i get away with stab proof armor in Australia

Long story short, in melbourne australia i have organised a group called citizen patrol group we basically patrol trains, buses, streets etc and help people in need and remove the trouble makers we do this in super hero costumes (not as silly as it sounds we are creating a character worth looking up to and bringing innocence back to children through good old fashioned super heroes) my problem is we are aware it can be dangerous but commercially made ballistic vests are illegal in my country i want the best protection for my team mates and am looking for GOOD QUALITY methods of creating one or if there is a legal loop hole that will allow us our right to protect our bodies.

Posted by Winter Wolf 7 years ago


Home Made Chain Mail(le) Armour

Hey everyone, I am relatively new to the site but not at all to making my own things out of my head. Currently my only problem is how to do these things and the biggest of these is currently how to make Chain Mail(le) Armour from wire at home and by hand, with tools of course. My friend and I plan on making some for Halloween/ School Project/ metal forge safety gear. What I really need to know about all of this is how to make the rings, weave them, and seal them together (riveting, welding, etc...) and I was really hoping all of you people could help, what with the fact that you all seem good at this kind of thing. Feel free to leave suggestions for materials, tools, kinds of wire, and anything else you can think of that might be helpful. I plan on posting a full Instructable on doing this when we finish and perfect it, and thanks in advance for any help that is given.

Posted by sonaps 10 years ago


Anyone on here have an armor games profile?

I would just like to know because I am on there alot and it would be cool if I could talk to Instructables peeps on armor games too. I would also like to propose an Idea- On armor games they have a forum games forum, where you play online RP's and RPG's by typing your actions and stats and stuff. So I thought it might be cool if we did that. My username on armor games is gooeyglop1.

Posted by vroom...vroom... 6 years ago


DIY Shoulder Armor

For Halloween my boyfriend wants to go as an angel and a knight a'la Romeo and Juliet. I can easily make the dress and the chainmail but I'm stumped on how to go about making the shoulder armor. I know that this site is full of guys who are brilliant with this sort of thing and am really hoping you guys can help me by pointing me to a similiar tutorial or material I can easily lay my hands on to use as a base. Anything really.  

Posted by pinkweeds 6 years ago


pop tab chainmail gauntlet

I need help making a chainmail gauntlet out of pop tabs

Posted by dude898 6 years ago


Beer Tab Chainmail armor

 Looks like someone took the chainmaille Instructable to a whole new level with this bit of armor made from a ton of beer tabs. He even managed to get yellow and green tabs to add a design to it. Great job! Link

Posted by fungus amungus 8 years ago


United States Colonial Marine armor

Hey, does anyone have any idea as how to make this, besides vaccuform? if you do, please PLEASE post!

Posted by RC-0720 9 years ago


knex armor

Not really much to say but it is usually only able to let skinny people wear it

Posted by bighead5454 9 years ago


I'm trying to make a Breast Plate

Hey, I'm going to build a piece of FANTASY chest armor. I'm not going for realism or authenticity. Just making "a pile of spikes" that looks cool in my opinion. I'm thinking of making something to the equivalent of a low neck line tank top out of leather / tight weave canvas, and then covering it in steel plates. I'm thinking of dividing the front suit into groups and bands of plate. So I'm going to have a set of bands from the right and left chest, then another section that joins them down the center. A section for the abdomen, a section for each side, and then similar sections for the back. I'm then going to bolt the shoulders onto their respective chest plates. So I've done a crappy sketch on GIMP, Kinda explaining what I'm going to do for the center line of the chest. I think If I do this right It'll allow a lot of flexibility, might even be able to see my chest expand and contract while breathing which I think would be a cool effect. Is there any reason why this wont work? But are there any key factors that I need to take into account when doing this? Parts that need to be more flexible than others?

Posted by Deathcapt 9 years ago


S.D.A.A

S.D.A.A. stands for "Superior Design Airsoft Armour" which I will be posting an IBLE on soon. sdaa is made of a secret material which you will have to wait and see. if you have questions PM or comment. The IBLE will be called "How to Make S.D.A.A"

Posted by animan1 9 years ago


Pepakura armor

I would really want pepakura costume(s). Like a pepakura Iron Man helmet/armor or Halo helmet/armor. Other types also would be great. Dose not have to be pretty or even finished. Not 2D but 3D form. The reason I need this is because I cant scale the pepakura files no matter what I try. Also kinda lazy to print so much paper and spend countless hours putting it together. Honestly I prefer paying. If any questions feel free to ask I will respond ASAP. Thanks for reading. (So you know what im talking about) http://i778.photobucket.com/albums/yy62/Addictionpaintball/armor/DSC05037.jpg http://i37.tinypic.com/c22rp.jpg

Posted by juan sanchez 6 years ago


Armor Help

I am looking to make a paintball armor.  I do not want to buy anything already made, DIY stuff FTW. I am looking to make it out of aluminum from aluminum cans.  I would cut off the top and bottom leaving a repectable sized piece to mould into any piece i want making it into 'scales'.  Using the bottoms of the cans as shoulder pads and other parts. My question is: What should I use as an anchor for the 'scales'? What type of material would i use as a place to mount them? And as always; if you have suggestions do tell.

Posted by Cpt Squishy 7 years ago


Knights In Shining Armor

Who in the crowd stands out? Protects the people who can't speak up? Who do you think is a master paladin? Please ask the person you choose on any thoughts or invite them into the group!

Posted by ArcticChill 9 years ago


What have you made using TRIM SEAL TOOL

I'm considering purchasing one, but do not make model airplanes. I'm wondering what others have used them for with regards to weapon or armor making. Is it worth it to get one?

Posted by charris.memory 2 years ago


Iron man- is he possible?

Hi. I was watching the iron man movie recently when I wondered if it really was possible to construct a suit of Armour like that. All technology behind the Armour welcome to be discussed. Any attempts made to make any of the technology would be nice to know about. thank you

Posted by HP psc 2110 all-in-one makebot 9 years ago


what I should use for the DBZ battle Armor V1 (non-shoulder pads)

Sadly I'm doing a change of plans for Free Comic Book Day instead of being a Trekkie there I'm gonna be as a Super Saiyan with the V1 armor on without those huge shoulder pads I just need ideas on what I should use to create this Armor to go with my Blue Lens Scouter I've bought from ThinkGeek. What kind of Foam or material that is strong and sturdy to withstand me moving around in. I'll gather up the list once I have the main base of what I should use to make this.

Posted by SuperScourge 3 years ago


Ways of making Megaman's Armor

What are some ways I could build a cool Megaman helmet and armor? I had this idea of converting a chinless motorsycle helmet into one without the visor as well, I could do a megman helmet out of papier-mache and get it just right to be my Megaman Helmet, plus could a nice light blue morphsuit (if it exsits) be get as the base of my armor and finally the boots and how I can have it over my my shoes without painting them or ruining them? Oh I'm gonna nab Think Geek's replica of the blaster since it's the perfect thing to my Megaman Cosplay!

Posted by SuperScourge 3 years ago


Where can you find denim or canvas?

Did the world run out of canvas and denim to the public that is NOT over 200 or more dollars for 3 yards of the stuff? I mean really, can somone give me a link?

Posted by PKTraceur 9 years ago


Final Fantasy 6 magitek armor!

Hello, fellow instructables members! I was looking over Bug's steampunk chicken-walker mecha, and I had a most awesome idea. From the final fantasy game that screams "steampunk", I remember the cool walker mechas, the 'magitek armor'. See where I'm going with this? I plan to make a chicken-walker style Magitek armor costume! Now, I doubt my mecha will do the magiteks any justice, and I've never quite made a complete "costume" myself, save for a mashup medieval style outfit (makes me think of ike from fire emblem). So, if anyone has input, especially anyone who does steampunk, I'm all ears. Also, thank you again to the user "Bug" for the inspiration!

Posted by Bahamutzero 9 years ago


Wanted: Bionic Iron Man Armor (w/ Sound Effects) by Gundanium

Wanted: someone to build me one of these "Bionic Iron Man" kits for a reasonable fee or donate to my non-profit organization "Kids Heroes". Please let me know, email = dustin at ddcnet com

Posted by dbonea 5 years ago


resined Pepakura ODST helmet WIP

The long-expected pepped ODST helmet is here!! along with some other armor designs...

Posted by RC-0720 9 years ago


lava sharks

Lava sharks are so cool, whats not to like about them, the have death rays, lasers and x-ray vision and as the grow older and mutate they get more things such as armor and more speed.

Posted by Matt428 2 years ago


US Army Uniform Info?

    I recently purchased a US Army Corporal's uniform. I have the full uniform, excluding the belt and the tie. I have some questions I hope somebody can answer. I bought it at GoodWill, (a thrift store) so it is missing a few pieces. Some of the things I would like to know about it are: -What is it missing? -Where can I find these things? -When was it made/in use? - Why does the armored division patch not have a division number? -What are the numbers on the inside of the collar? -Where can I find more information on this?      Any information is helpful, thanks in advance. -Hobbs

Posted by ItsTheHobbs 8 years ago


Fancy Pants Appreciation

Fancy Pants 2 is out now so we should make the most of it is made by brad borne (www.bornegames.com) Both games can be found on armor games (208.69.127.83 - use this to bypass blockers) I am user "brainbox" on both sites

Posted by ti112 10 years ago


help me come up with how to build something like this please

Ok i remeber when i was young i used to have a terminator hand with hooks that i grabbed with my fingers and pulling them moved the fingers. i am new to this so maby someone else can help in coming up with a knex form of this or maybe some simple armor that i put over my hand.

Posted by seansippo 9 years ago


Last minute Halloween costumes, decorations, food!

Hot Air Balloon Dilbert Costume Cardboard Armor Super Mario Bros. Halloween Cupcakes Octopus Hoodie Easy Zombie Horde Caution Tape Costume Creepy Bubble Cocktails Toilet Paper Costume Charlie Brown Ghost Freezer Paper Skeleton 5-Minute Domo Kun Doll Guts Serving Dish Giant Spiderweb Instructables.com - 82 2nd St. - San Francisco, CA

Posted by randofo 7 years ago


pop tab chainmaille

Please either remove the affore mentioned instructable or modify it to include the words in VERY LARGE TYPE that this application will in no way provide ANY protection in Any situation what so-ever!!!!!!!! This is the first instructable I have seen that has the potential to cause severe bodily injury to anyone!!!!! Chainmail armor MUST be constucted of steel or iron to provide ANY protection at all!!! Please! Please Tell Your veiwers of this GROSS error!!! Thank You!! Roy Smith.

Posted by Roy smith 8 years ago


How new data can substantially alter interpretations -- placoderm evolution

An article in Nature (PDF below) reports on the discovery of internal embryos in placoderm (armored fish) fossils. Besides being interesting, these otherwise mundane discoveries have the possibility to radically alter our interpretation of the origin and relationships of early vertebrates. Here's the "News and Views" editorial on the research article, which is more accessible to non-specialists than the original paper.

Posted by kelseymh 9 years ago


C.O.P. Suit: Personal Protest Wear

Whoever does a DIY version first i will bake cookies, seriously: C.O.P Suit was inspired by the COP15 climate summit. The brief was to propose solutions for, or to comment on, the ongoing climate debate – using wearable technology and design as a medium. The C.O.P Suit is an experiment in personal protest wear, designed to address the by now almost ritualised stand-offs between police and demonstrators – what has ironically been described as the ‘folk dance of disorder’. The suit is composed of an armored protection sleeve connected to a megaphone-mounted helmet, offering protection as well as the possibility of voicing commands, orders or simply generating noise. The suit is designed as a purposefully ambiguous and (slightly) ironic artifact, echoing the fetishistic visual language of protesters and police alike – a comment on the similarity of the means each side employs. The C.O.P suit is designed to be completely self-sustainable – utilising kinetic energy from common gestures in a protest situation (the fist thrust triumphantly into the air, the swinging of a baton or the force of a strike to the armor) to power the megaphone, making rioting hard on the ears, but easy on the conscience. From: http://ciid.dk/education/portfolio/idp09/courses/performative-design/projects/cop-suit/

Posted by frenzy 8 years ago


Ninjabread Men Cutters, Bent Plywood Bicycle, Six-Cheese Nacho Fountain

Ninjabread Men Cutters Bent Plywood Bicycle Six-Cheese Nacho Fountain Caramel Dumplings Armored Messenger Bag 10 Uses for Old Toothbrushes Arduino to Nokia LCD Build a Stylophone DIY Portable Photo Booth The Magic Propeller Plant Cell Cake High-Gain Parabolic Mic Camcorder Shoulder Rig Air Freshener Sensor Hack Long Cargo Bike

Posted by randofo 7 years ago


Robotic Drink Mixer, Camping Hot Tub, Rainbow Cupcakes

Robotic Drink Mixer Camping Hot Tub Delicious Rainbow Cupcakes LED Pinball Table Halo Costume Armor Easy Light-Up Table Scallop Your Fretboard Futuristic 10W LED Lamp Duct Tape Boat Live With Insight Anodizing Titanium Rings Take Great Close-Up Photos Playful Random Light Ball Fix Bent CPU Pins Repair Wire with Sugru

Posted by randofo 7 years ago


Mutant Baby Costume, DIY Lightsaber, Silent Hill Nurse Costume

Mutant Baby Costume DIY Lightsaber Silent Hill Nurse Costume Easy Catwoman Costume Cardboard Armor Predator Latex Mask Make Angel Wings Iron Man Arc Reactor Mad Hatter Hat Christmas Story Bunny Costume Harry Potter Wand Kids Link Costume Spooky Tesla Radio KISS Costume Simple Toilet Paper Costume

Posted by randofo 7 years ago


(newsletter) Extract DNA, Build Halo Armor, Make Your Bike Glow...

Nov 13, 2008 Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup1","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); } Welcome back! The SANYO eneloop Battery Powered Contest has launched! Show us your best creation powered by AA, AAA, C, or D batteries and win a full set of eneloop rechargeable batteries!It's getting dark outside, and if you ride a bike that means you need to be seen. So find some way to make yourself more visible, and enter the Light Up Your Ride Contest! We're giving away three pairs of totally sweet Bike to Work Pants from Cordarounds, so enter soon!Coming very soon... an absolutely huge Craftsman Workshop of the Future contest! This will be our biggest contest yet, and any project using tools will be eligible, so start tinkering now! Toy Brick-shaped gummy candies by SFHandyman Build Halo Armor by indymogul Sparky - Web-Based Telepresence Robot by sparkyrust Turkey Recipe by noahw Ride safely and win some cool clothes! Win a sweet set of rechargeable batteries! Extract DNA in a Shot Glass by macowell Recycle an Old Light Bulb by msolek Build an Eve costume from Wall-E by drwave Bike Lite Glow Using CCFL by digitaltripper Make an Iron Man Arc Reactor by Honus Dalek Costume by jambot HDDJ: A hard drive rotary input device by nvillar Bright Luxeon LED Bike Light by kwschofi Some classic Instructables toinspire your next project Vote for your favorite entries! Galvanic skin response mouse by Alex Uyttendaele Build your own Electric Car! by bennelson Create a Book with Mechanical Turk by bpunkt RFID Reader and Tilt-Sensitive RFID Tag by nmarquardt Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup2","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); }

Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago


I Have A Car, You have An Idea?

I am planning to sell this car within a month, but if I can't I would like to do something creative with it, like cut the roof off /demolition derby/something of the like. But I was wondering if anyone on instructables has an idea of what I could do to it. I've been looking at mutant/art cars from Burning Man, and wondering about an armored car or something.. BTW, the car is for sale, $500. Any takers?

Posted by bumpus 9 years ago


Precision Pumpkin Carving, Easy Home Brewing, Where the Wild Things Are Hat

Precision Pumpkin Carving Easy Home Brewing Where the Wild Things Are Hat Make an Armor Mask Light-Up LED Leggings Army Man Costume Polygon Lamp Kit The Instructables Card Game Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookies Mini Altoid Gas Grill 5 Great Lemon Tricks Wooden RC Quadrocopter Fold-Down Workbench Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Sandwich The $0 Coil Gun

Posted by randofo 7 years ago


Light Years aka Gandahar man of metal costume

I've bin wanting to do this project for awhile but I don't have the skills to do it. There is a movie called "Light Years or Gandahar". In this movie I want to make light weight costume of the "Men Of Metal". I'd like if someone would give me tips on costume making, like in, foam armor. I would even except commissions if someone would like to take the task. I will supply screencap's of the Men Of Metal.

Posted by elkaddalek 3 years ago


Metroid Cubed: The original metroid game brought back in 3D with voxels.

VL-Tone, the sole creator at Qubed Studios, has recreated the full metroid game in 3d. It's called Metroid Cubed and it's great stuff for fans of the classic free-form exploration game. In his updated version, you can warp to any place on the map, and can change all sorts of things such as lighting and backgrounds and even play sans armor. He's also got some other great voxel experiments and a Mario64 editor on the site as well.Click and check it out: Metroid Cubed

Posted by royalestel 10 years ago


Skyrim

So my favorite game in the world is Skyrim. This is a forum where you can post stuff such as Dragon priest masks locations,gliches,tips,words of power or locations of armor. By the way I'm not trying too use you guys I have a great profile including House in Solitude,Nightingale,Dadric, Dragon Scale,Ebony,Glass,and 3 sets of dragon armor.Including 51 dragon bones and 34 dragon scales.Many many dadric weopons including bows swords also much more. Also, I'm olny level 41 and I have never hacked. (Plus, I guess I'm trying to brag alittle :) )

Posted by didexo 6 years ago


Epic Costumes Winners

Thanks to everyone who entered in the Halloween Epic Costumes Contest! The Epic Costumes category has a legacy of some of the most complex and involved projects on our site. The results are always mind-blowing, and this year was no exception. Like previous years, we had no shortage of amazing, EPIC entries. I am very pleased to report that there was more than several heated debates around the lab when selecting finalists, and it was just short of total bedlam while choosing the winners. First Prize Costume Armor with Wonderflex by volpin The Wonderflex Armor won because it had the best blend of process, presentation, and execution. The project gives you a behind the scenes look at how this professional grade costume was made, almost daring you to try and recreate the painstaking details based on the comprehensive instructions. This custom made costume really defined what we were looking for in an Epic Costume entry, and your votes reflected that. Also, the composition of the photographs really sold the hard work that went into this epic costume. Second Prize   Cthulhu by alexthemoviegeek Life-sized Space Marine Armor by thorssoli Bowser's Castle Costume by Mr. Noack These costumes represented everything we hope for in an epic costume; over-the- top DIY awesomesauce! These costumes used several very clever techniques in construction, and the finished projects really show us the artistry and craftsmanship that the authors put into their work. Third Prize Mr.Freeze Costume by rmorrow4 Alien Xenomorph by Mostlymade Bowser Costume by CassiniCloset Orchard Spider by BrooklynAliens Narnia Minotaur by ellwoodjoe The time and dedication put into these creations is evident, and each have their own complexities and challenges that were masterfully overcome. It’s hard to deny that each of these costumes are indeed “epic” and would win the nod of approval from costumes aficionado’s the world over. Congratulations to all the finalists and a big thank you to everyone that entered, you should feel proud of your amazing, EPIC creation. Remember, costumes aren’t just for Halloween, we have an entire channel dedicated to costumes, so you can dress up and have fun all year. If you didn’t win this time around I hope there was something that has inspired you to make another epic costume, next year’s Epic Costumes is open from right now until this time next year! Mike Warren Editor of Play

Posted by mikeasaurus 5 years ago


Rotten Apple

Who is this Guy?? All I wanted was to warn people about the danger of using pop tab chainmail armor. Suddenly I am the subject of crap campain??? If You do'nt get what the gist of it was GIVE UP!!AND SHUT UP!!! Your continued slams only accentuate Your stupidity!!! As a result of the affore mentioned slam-a-thon I will no longer be loging on to this web site. Nor will I recomend it to anyone.  I apoligize to the rest of the good folks who contribute very good and interesting things, however I do'nt think I should have to put up with degrading and STUPID e-mails just because I wanted to help!                                                                          Roy.

Posted by Roy smith 8 years ago


My Experiment with a leather handle binding

So the other day i was bored, i got to thinking about dagorhir, it looked so fun, i just needed an awesome suit of armor and a sword. so i tried this, i took 2 strips of leather and tacked them into place, then i wrapped the leather around this dowel. after i got to the end of the stick i made a pommel out of more leather. then i took out the butane torch, i singed the leather so that it curled up at the edges causing a nice grippy feel. so, is this thing full of fail or full of win?

Posted by Crakur 8 years ago


Help with costume

I'm making a costume that looks like this- This is actually my profile image. I have lots of corrugated carboard (but no large pieces yet-just medium sized boxes), thin cardboard, foamboard, and a sheet or two of lexan/plexiglass (for the green spikes), and I think I can get some fiberglass, resin, and some bondo. Does anybody have any advice on bending, cutting, dying(lexan-all I've got is clear) the cardboard, foamboard, or lexan? I've also never worked with fiberglass before-all I've heard is that it's a mess. Any tips? If anyone can help me with the head, antenna, armor, or especially the chest, I'd greatly apreciate it.

Posted by MattGyver92 9 years ago


Human Nature

To whom it may concern (mainly the ones who chose to blast my consern about the pop tab chainmail armor). Have You people forgotten the fact that as a species humans are incredably stupid??? I know My spelling is not dead on, Please forgive Me! I have to quote Tommy Lee Jones from M.I.B. 1. " A person is intellagent (?), People are dumb, paniky(?) animals. And You know it!" I could just see a newbie log on, find that information, build it and expect it to protcect them at the next S.C.A. event!! The Terry Pratchet comment was totaly funny and true!!(I am a true madman.) Thank You for noticing!!! I was only trying to help! Maybe others should also!!! Thank You!! Roy Smith.

Posted by Roy smith 8 years ago


Xena Armour......starting blocks

Well i'm pretty ambitious in wanting to cosplay a charcter from from favourite tv show Xena : Warrior Princess, no matter how camp and cheesy it is :-P Most of the sewing and basic pieces such as armbands wristbands and the corseted dress are easy enough to do....the difficulty will be in replicating the 'metal armour' especially the breastplate Xena wears...and possibly the  Chakram (that round frizbee like throwing thing :P ) So i've been looking around at different methods trying to get an all round idea of the best way to go about it, keeping in mind i'd want to keep this costume forever if possible (with a $2000 price of a Xena costume from Todd's costumes not being ideal) ...i want authenticity, with the armour being a strong and sturdy as possible with a DIY. Saying that the various instructables for Halo seem to be the way to go: Having seen three awesome tutorials that i could definitely see myself end up using: https://www.instructables.com/id/Halo-ODST-Armor-Helmet-Part-1-of-6-of-ODST-Armo/ https://www.instructables.com/id/Using-Paper-Resin-and-Fiberglass-to-be-the-Maste/ https://www.instructables.com/id/Build-Halo-Armor/?&sort;=ACTIVE&limit;=40&offset;=40 Going the Halo armour route honestly seem the easiest. As while i would love to get as close to authentic metal battle armour as possible....there is time, money, and skills to consider. Also through looking here: http://www.therpf.com/f24/need-help-xena-armor-85017/ I've seen that it might be quite possible to create a two piece mould to cast the items. This would involve making a paper mache cast of my chest...creating the shape of the breast plate onto that....removing the breast plate...probably shaped out of nice sturdy lay (or not). From there.....a  mould could be cast from the breastplate....probably by something simply enough to mould around the front and the back of the breastplate....pressed to take on it's form and shape. One side would have to be done and dried/cured...the the other ensure the shaped of the breast plate is imprinted correctly and that non of the resin will seep through the mould... Now. I would love ideas for methods, materials, best way to paint to cast as i am a total noob just throwing around ideas at this stage. Some questions: Would it be possibly to use some as a finish so that the breastplate and other items actually feel like they are made of metal (never mind that there filled with resin)? How hard and how brittle would the resin be? Is it just like plastic? Will it break easily? If there is say a bit of side spillage when casting the resin, would it be possible to fix, say cut it off? What about the possibility of using Precious Metal Clay? Wouls it be hard/brittle/expensive/breakable? Is there such a think as bendable resin? (say for the armbands and wristbands) Would it be possible to 'coat' (as you might paint) resin onto the clay breastplate and remove it to create a replica? (without the need for a two part mould in this case)

Posted by Mavican 7 years ago