Oie oie was probably not the best idea to undertake something like Hrist's costume as a first armoring project, but the challenge sure was fun... even with the cursing and bickering with myself... yes myself =x. Also was my first entry into any major contest at a convention and that was a great experience for me ^.^
The whole of the armor was formed with craft foam, backed with a coat of elmers glue and muslin (several coats in some areas). Seams were hot glued together. On this I either coated 6-8 layers of acrylic gesso then 5-10 layers of elmers glue, sobo glue, and water mixture , or pieces made later in the process were simply covered in 8-10 layers of the glue mixture (I got lazy and time pressed). Over that there's 1-2 layers of paint primer then 1-3 layers of spray paint. On the pieces that are dominated by purple the purple was sprayed on and the gold or silver trim and detailing hand painted on. Raised designs were made of puffy paint and painted over with acrylics to match everything else. Ran out of time for gloss coat, was a bad idea T.T some of the paint chipped. Everything is held together on me by industrial strength generic brand velcro ^.^
Hopefully will get this costume fiberglassed and fitted a bit better: anything below my ribcage was really far from my body.
Otakon 2008-Friday Hall Costuming-Novice Division-2nd Place