View Full Version : Captain America scalemail help

10-31-2010, 01:29 PM
Hey, hope someone might be able to help here. I've seen a lot of Cap cosplays where they have the scalemail armor in their costume, but I'm trying to think of something a little more economical to make it than metal. I've seen some that look like leather, but I'm open to other suggestions on materials to use. Plastic wouldn't be too bad, and I've toyed with the idea of making it from layered paper with a coating of glue to harden the scales (but might switch to something stronger like resin)

I know that scalemail is attached by sewing the plates onto some kind of fabric or material and layering it over each other. So paper worked well since I can easily make holes and stitch them onto an existing shirt, but if there is anything else that can work just as well I'm game.

Thanks! :)

10-31-2010, 03:34 PM
I've seen some great armor made from plastic placemats from the dollar store; if you could score/groove/fold them that might be an economical option. :)

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10-31-2010, 05:13 PM
Ive seen people make this out of blue vinyl, the hard part is all the teious cutting and glueing.

10-31-2010, 05:33 PM
Thanks, both suggestions sound good. I'll give both of them a try and see how it comes out. The good part is that the mail only has to go to the length of a half t-shirt, so it shouldn't be that many scales. And I've got nothing but time but I didn't want to do it from paper since it's more work than just cutting out the shapes from other materials. Thanks!

11-18-2010, 10:31 AM
You may try another method for something stronger and more flexible. Create the scales in the pattern you want with foam. For this type I would use the sticky back stuff, cutting out half rounds and attaching them in rows; lay everything out and make a mold box. For the mold you can go cheap: use brushable latex, paint on a few coats then back with plaster or fiberglass. Or go more expensive with a two part RTV and cover the entire piece. Once he mold sets up, use either latex or urethane to pour the scales, both can be tinted for color. Once it sets, de-mold and you have a set of flexible, durable scales.