Originally Posted by Captain Gundam
For the main overall look: I'd go with the zentai suit with head piece. I do recommend having the headpiece not attached to the suit itself. Paint it? It would look a bit better if it can you can sew it on but it might be more work.
For the scarab: I suggest to buy a backpack in a shape of a heart (whatever size you want/find) then cover it in fabric. The pincers and prongs I suggest to make out of fabric and stuff them so they can stand but won't be easy to break (like how you would make a pillow and then stuff it). Make them before you cover the backpack in fabric by sewing them in. Do the same with the red markings.
Two questions: how bout the leggings/boots Jaime has? How are you going to make them? Also how bout the red lenses he has for eyes? You going to use sunglasses for them or having them sew on with see through fabric in that color?
Best of luck though. Nice to see more DC heroes done (blue beetle too).
First off, thanks a bunch for the reply! I was worried no one would see this XD
I definitely am doing the zentai suit. The thing for me is that I only know VERY BASIC sewing, so working with elastic fabrics would be more than I could do, I think. Liquid-latex-like paint seems like a better way for me, since unlike the comic version, which has a more raised and armor like blue area, the cartoon version seems more just a design on the suit. I'm planning on making a duct-tape dummy of my upper body over Christmas Break, so I can paint it myself without having to wear it so it stretches properly.
That sounds like a good idea for the pincers. Would it be reasonable to put some type of wiring or something like that in them, if not for stability then for shape and structure?
As for the boots, my general plan was to make a hybrid of the cartoon and comic versions. Since they seem to be made of segmented parts, one idea I had was to use a combination of thick and thin craft foam to make the different parts of the boots. I figured this would make it easier to take it on and off. I was also thinking of finding actual boots, using that as a base, and then adding on the other "parts" of the boots as craft foam. I'll experiment more with that, but that's the plan so far.
As for the eyes, when I buy my zentai suit I am planning on it having eye holes in the head piece, so what I'm hoping for is to find a good see-through red fabric and put it across the eye. Best case scenario would be finding goggles or sunglasses with the proper color lens, taking it apart, and somehow sticking it on my fave. Don't know how I'd do that ATM.
I was also thinking that I would get the headpiece without a covering for the mouth area, and paint my exposed mouth black, so that way my mouth was visible (plus it would make it easier to breathe, I think!)
Thanks for all your advice!
I very much appreciate it. I'm really excited to get cracking on this, once finals are over I can really get on it.