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Unread 05-03-2013, 12:41 PM   #1
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what to use for armor detailing?

So First time cosplayer here who will be cosplaying (hopefully) at blizzcon in november. I've been looking at tutorials and various methods and think I can handle simple armor pieces using craft foam + wonderflex. Question is, how do I handle tiny armor details such as lips or designs in the armor? could those be handled with some sort of bondo/putty? it seems it'll be challenging to get tiny protruding details with wonderflex
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Unread 05-03-2013, 01:35 PM   #2
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Actually you'll probably have a much harder time doing it with putty. I don't have much experience with wonderflex, but I've seen stunning detail done with both that and foam. Here's some pictures of wonderflex details: 1, 2, 3. Here's some examples of craft foam: 1, 2.
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Unread 05-03-2013, 01:42 PM   #3
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hmm interesting. For that recessed detailing do you just use a dremel to make the design?
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Unread 05-03-2013, 02:33 PM   #4
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No, I believe that what people do is layer the material. So you would build your flat, boring base layer, and then cut out even strips of your material and fix them to the base layer, creating the raised trim and decoration. Way easier than using a dremel
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Unread 05-03-2013, 02:56 PM   #5
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I think a reference picture might help.

If we know what you're going for we can better assist you. Even if it's one project, every cosplayer would have different routes and methods to how to reach it.
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Unread 05-03-2013, 07:24 PM   #6
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For your project from the other forum I think you'd indeed want the layers of material for that since the detail isn't particularly fine.
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Unread 05-03-2013, 08:20 PM   #7
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Paperclay is pretty good for that kinda stuff. Most of the detailing on the armor that's on my arms and legs was done with it.
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Unread 05-04-2013, 05:12 PM   #8
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Here are some WiP shots of the breastplate that I've been working on. The base is Wonderflex, with some added Bondo and Paper Mache. All of the details are made from craft foam and sanded by hand to get the rounded edges and shapes. It helps to use a blade or a pair or scissors to trim down the hard angles before sanding anything into its final shape.

The images are kinda... meh, poor lighting and the breastplate still needs some refining, but hopefully you get an idea of what's going on.

Hope this helps. For finer details, I still use the same method and either build up with the foam, or use the blade method and some sandpaper to carve details into the foam. If you have any questions feel free to PM me or check out my facebook link on my profile here. It doesn't have many images yet as I have to venture yonder for my interwebz.
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