^_^ i have the advantage of being an art major. i've used metal in sculpture, so i have some experience. i found a relative thin sheet metal at home depot and i just got a grinder/dremel tool with sanding and engraving features for metal. i also have a dead blow hammer and some tin snips, and i'm about to get a soddering iron <-- is excited ^_^
and the wings are going to be mounted on a smaller piece of metal that's going to be attached to the back armor plate. it's going to be remove so i can get to the motor that's going to control the wings (think of the moving wing design tutorial with the pull strings attached to the axel and motor of a torn apart rc car...oh yeah
) and a metal covering over the motor with the wings sticking out. so the front armor and back armor will act as my harness without it actually looking like a harness.
here's a rough draft of the design concept (original character) wings not pictured
i don't have the other views currently on me, i'll try and get them up later so you can better see what i'm talking about <-- not good at explaining things -_-