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Unread 04-13-2013, 12:08 AM   #1
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Chrom's Pauldrom from Fire Emblem: Awakening?

Hehe, I am a newbie. I couldn't find any pauldron tutorials in the stickied things, so I decided I'd ask you guys.

http://soluce.jeuxactu.com/IMG/jpg/f...chrom-mini.jpg

It seems to be two layers. One covering the side of the arm, and one covering the Deltoid, which extends over the first cover. For the lines that pop out I was going to use a hot glue gun, but my hot glue always falls of when I spray paint it based on experience. Any help?
(Sadly, my glue gun is COLD temp)
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Unread 04-15-2013, 12:29 AM   #2
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While I don't have any experience with painting over hot glue, it may have to do with the exact type of spray paint. Acrylic, enamels, etc...they all behave differently on different materials.

Other than that, I suggest trying styrene bars/strips. They can be heat formed, come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and if you have a model railroad shop nearby that sells kits, they may carry them--kit bashers LOVE these things--and if not, they may be able to order them. Most of the details on that pauldron can be done in half-round and/or angle beam strips, and (not knowing your skill with a glue gun) will likely come out looking more uniform.

The strips are about $4 for a pack of 4-8, depending on the shape and dimensions. It's how this hilt's details were done (NOT my work, credit to Turi @ GS props out of Houston, TX)

As for actually building the pauldron...best I can think of is to make a positive mold from some thin plywood and insulation foam, seal it with acrylic, bondo over it to make it rigid, then form plastic/craft foam over it with a heat gun. The form should rouglhy be your size--you can correct the fit using spray-in insulation foam and carving it back out later, but closer now is good.

I'd suggest looking up Volpin Props' build of Claire's armor (Claymore), Harrison uses the technique on it (only difference in your case would be how you form the plastic, not everyone has a vacforming machine in their garage).
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I can suggest this craft foam armor tutorial to help with his pauldron. It's for the the most part cheap and a pretty simple way to make armor.
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Unread 04-23-2013, 11:49 AM   #4
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I actually made a pauldron similar to that already for Zhou Tai. I use "Expanded PVC Foam" for my stuff (AKA sintra or komatex). Here is a link to a couple of the tutorials I wrote using it. Hope it helps and happy cosplay!

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Unread 12-17-2013, 02:52 AM   #5
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Stabbity, your tutorials are great. If you wouldn't mind telling, I see in the Raven Reckless tutorial, you have a picture where you're smoothing out some darts you've made and I'd like to know that process. You shape the edges together with heat first, and then you do something over it (bondo?). Please detail for this armor beginner! Thank you!
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Yeah you just put Bondo, Apoxie Sculpt, or whatever filler you like over the seam to close it and hide it. That's all really. Usually I go over it with 200+ grit sand paper to really hide the gap as well.
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