Thanks a lot, cosplay.com
So I stumbled across a single page of a forum here while searching for "how to make a spartan cape" on Google. One page lead to another; one link inexorably to the next. I used to be just a regular guy who happened to really like Halloween. I had no idea this world existed. I was content to just spend a little more time and effort than the average joe making a costume once a year. Now look at me. I'm obsessed.
I read all 90-some-odd pages of the 300 Spartan thread. Twice. I followed every link and devoured every tutorial. I have been introduced to the world of sintra and bondo and gesso and sculpey and polymer resins and fiberglass reinforcements and there's no going back. I obsess about making my armor as good as the things I have seen here and dream every night of one day being worthy of being called a Spartan. I've spent five hours forming insulation foam into a shield, and it's only the beginning.
So thanks, cosplay.com. Thanks a lot. Look what you've done to me.