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Unread 10-03-2012, 01:40 AM   #1
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LoTR High Elf Amour help

Ok, I've been requested to cosplay as a high elven warrior from Lord of the Rings by a friend for Halloween. I'll post pictures below the paragraph, but for now think from the opening of The Fellowship of the Ring. I'm sure I can do the cloth, sword, and such easily, but the amour is going to be insane because it's quite intricate, and I've never made armour before. My primary goal is to make sure it looks clean, and doesn't look too fake. It doesn't have to have the lustre that it does in the movies. If I have to I can throw a good $100 at this, but I'd like to stay around half that if possible. Any method that fits within those limits is worth a shot. Sorry, I know this is a ways off the mark from usual cosplay. It is for me too.

Images: http://www.alleycatscratch.com/lotr/...ont_top_fg.jpg
http://www.alleycatscratch.com/lotr/...r_front_fg.jpg

The cloak and sash which are sort of brown in these pictures are actually blue cloth, so don't worry about those.
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Unread 10-03-2012, 08:56 PM   #2
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Have a look at this tutorial for craft foam Elven armour (it's not the high elf armour, but will hopefully provide a good starting point):
http://entropyhouse.com/penwiper/cos...helmsdeep.html

This tutorial for a woven bodice might help too:
http://nolwen.deviantart.com/gallery/882284#/d18rjmu

Are you also going to do the chainmail? If so, I would definitely suggest aluminium rings, because they are much, much lighter than steel.
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Unread 10-03-2012, 10:55 PM   #3
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This would be a good project for Wonderflex, which can be finished off to look quite smooth (using products like gesso or bondo). Wonderflex is heat-activated plastic that stays in whatever shape you need it to once it cools.
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Unread 10-04-2012, 12:23 PM   #4
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This would be a good project for Wonderflex, which can be finished off to look quite smooth (using products like gesso or bondo). Wonderflex is heat-activated plastic that stays in whatever shape you need it to once it cools.
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Wonflex will probably make the best result, but with that much, It WILL be more than 100$...
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Unread 10-04-2012, 02:24 PM   #5
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for a cheap method, craft foam. get some big sheets of it, it's really cheap. pattern out the strips on paper, cut a bunch out of the foam, heat shape and hot glue together.

This tutorial is probably perfect for what you need: http://entropyhouse.com/penwiper/cos...helmsdeep.html
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Unread 10-05-2012, 08:56 PM   #6
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Ok, the craft foam looks like it will work very well, I'll just have to find brighter gold colour finish. I do intend to do the chain mail, and aluminum rings sound good. How much would the aluminum be likely to cost? Again I've never worked with armour before, so I really don't know how much a lot of this would be. How much more than $100 would the Wonderflex be? I can go a little over I suppose, or I could do some of the more important pieces with it, but not all of it.
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Unread 10-05-2012, 11:38 PM   #7
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Most people get their chain mail supplies from http://www.theringlord.com

and wonderflex comes in sheets. You would still need to pattern out your pieces on paper and then make an estimate on what size sheet you want. It looks like the prices range from about $22-$67.
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Unread 10-06-2012, 12:58 PM   #8
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But if you have the time to do it, you can get bags of anywhere from 500-10,000 soda tabs from anywhere from $5-10 bucks on eBay, and chainmail those.
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