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Unread 10-08-2013, 08:04 PM   #1
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X-Men: Gambit's shin pads

Prior to making these I could not find any tutorials on making Gambit's shin pads. So after a bit of trial and error and some experimentation I finally got something pretty decent.

I based the costume off of this version of Gambit. It's the outfit here wore in the late 1990s to early 2000s.



This is the first version of the pads that I did. I just bought gardening elbow pads and soccer shin pads and painted them. But I was unsatisfied with them and wanted something more along the lines of what Gambit wears in the comics.



So I bought some foam and went to work.









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It was made up of mostly foam, cut from crating foam and foam mats (those puzzle ones). The main part of the shin armor is made up of long strips. And then I have the knee part cut up like a circle, which I bent by cutting slots in the back so it would fit on my knee.
Under the foam armor, with the help of my girlfriend, I made a leg sleeve (pant?) thingy with tshirt material. The whole thing zips up with a zipper so it would be form fitting on my leg. I then attached the foam armor to the leg sleeve with a glue gun. I did this with it on my leg… careful, though, you might burn yourself (as I did, a couple of time), so make sure to wear thick pants underneath.


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And here's the final product

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This is a pretty neat solution. Gambit's shin pads fall well withing the realm of "wtf costume designers do you not know how real life works???" Attaching the foam to a zippered cloth tube solves some of the more problematic elements of the piece. I wish you had some better pictures though, especially of the back. When you covered the zipper with another piece of foam did you make it detachable so you could access the zipper?
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This is a pretty neat solution. Gambit's shin pads fall well withing the realm of "wtf costume designers do you not know how real life works???" Attaching the foam to a zippered cloth tube solves some of the more problematic elements of the piece. I wish you had some better pictures though, especially of the back. When you covered the zipper with another piece of foam did you make it detachable so you could access the zipper?
The foam strip piece is detachable, yes. Originally I had planned to just overlap the Velcro in the back, but the crease looked weird.

Essentially, I left a gap in the back of exposed velcro. And in the back of the foam strip there is velcro and you just stick it on.



I tried to illustrate it here...



I later painted that strip silver like the rest of the shin armour.
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Ahh I see it now. Great idea! How did it hold up over the course of the day?
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It held surprisingly well. I didn't have to adjust it all day that I was wearing them.
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