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Unread 12-04-2011, 02:49 PM   #1
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Need ideas/assistance with Balmung Cosplay

I'm looking at doing a Balmung cosplay from .hack//


Now I've been looking around and cosplayhouse is selling a set of armor for $800.

But looking at that makes me think it wouldn't be too complicated to make it out of simple materials. So what I'm wondering is:

Does anyone have experience with bendable plastics or what I was thinking of doing was some experiment with Foam Board (stuff's rigid and super cheap.) The real material I wanted to try was fiberglass. But really these shapes are quite simple and I could work out the feathers etc later.

I have read a bunch of tutorials on working with the materials. [I'm just asking for advice from experience]

Thanks in advance for any comments.
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Unread 12-06-2011, 12:51 PM   #2
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I recommend reading through the Armour tutorials as there are a few methods listed.

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Unread 01-18-2012, 12:08 AM   #3
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I did this cosplay and I really liked this costume. I used this tutorial: http://entropyhouse.com/penwiper/cos...helmsdeep.html

Things I would suggest, when I did this I don't think I bent the armor enough with the heat because I was afraid of ruining it. I also used a curling iron to heat it rather then a stove and I think I should have played with the materials more. If you use the foam, i would suggest buying an extra piece just to mess with to see how far it can bend and be heated.
The other problem I had was the glue. I kept running out so I would buy more than they suggest for the balmung costume because you'll need a lot for it.
The other problem I came across with this was attaching the armor to myself, the leg pieces were easy, I used a sing hole punch to make two small holes for a leather string to fit in (like a shoe lace hole so the strap is under the armor more than outside it. These were easy to hide under the chest piece as well. The piece I had trouble attaching were the shoulders because they were heavier (especially with a piece of a feather boa attached to them). Once I tied them around my shoulders the holes kept tearing and they fell off. I ended up safety pinning them to my shirt that I wore under and making new holes and retying not as tightly. It worked but it was not the most efficient shoulder work.

I do think it's worth trying this because it's a cheaper way and it looks pretty nice when it's finished. I felt my costume looked like metal even though it was foam and was only given away once the pieces broke. I think if you can find a more sturdy way to attach the armor this way could be one of the best for a convention where you're standing a lot.

I haven't tried plastic or metal though and both of those would look even better, but i'm not sure it would be as comfortable with the weight and bulkiness the shoulders have.
I hope this helps and good luck
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