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Unread 11-03-2014, 04:56 AM   #1
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Alphonse Armor Material help (FMA)

Hi guys, im new here and new to making cosplays. Im also not quite sure if im in the right part of the forum to be asking this, but what type of material can/should i use for armor or weapons that wont just collapse and could keep their shape.

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Unread 11-03-2014, 01:55 PM   #2
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There are many many material types that will be fine..
-pvc foam
-anything else that's straight and flat....

This is a very well known and very popularly cosplayed character. There are many tutorials online..look them up..As well as general armor tutorials.
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Unread 11-05-2014, 09:07 AM   #3
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We made ours with sleeping mat/ thin eva foam
(There are more in-progress pictures on the rest of my blog)
it was 7mm and is cheap compared to worbla etc.
Also go look up the alphonse pattern for pepakura, it makes your life thousand times easier, cut and paste and done.
We glued all together with regular glue but only at the end did we figure out that hot glue makes it so much easier.
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Unread 11-14-2014, 05:05 AM   #4
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I've seen EVA foam work wonders with armor and weapons. It's also less time consuming than a lot of other methods. I personally like to use clay and make a final resin/plastic version though I like working with clay more than foam anyways

With the foam if you heat it up a bit you can bend it to form a more permanent curve though Hot Glue is your friend with EVA or any foam though you will burn your fingers no mater what. If you do foam you have to seal it before painting though cause it'll absorb the paint. With resin that's one less process I have to worry about and I can go right to painting though each one has its best and worst points.
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Unread 11-17-2014, 05:43 PM   #5
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Do watch out with heating the foam. Mine was so thin it did not need to be heated, and when I heated it only slightly (accidentally held it close under a hot lamp) it already started to warp. So do test your foam before heating it.

Also glue coating can be done in one day. With Alphonse by the time you finished coating the last piece once you can do a second coat on the first one again.
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