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Unread 12-06-2012, 02:04 PM   #1
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Shield and Tights Puzzles

Heya I'm planning on cosplaying Goddess Palutena from Kid Icarus: Uprising

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I've figured how to do pretty much everything apart from the shield, I can't figure out a base for it. I live in the UK and they don't seem to sell those circular sleighs or smooth dust bins lids. This would have to be con proof.

Also I need a opaque pair of tights because I have terrible cellulite on the top of my legs, I've looked at dancers tights online but they all seem like they won't disguise it. Any pointers??

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Unread 12-06-2012, 02:46 PM   #2
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The dancer's tights will work. Sometimes the girls in my wife's dance troupe will layer them up as necessary - standard athletic tights, then a layer of nude-colored fishnets, then a layer of wider-mesh black fishnets. Even though it's not that way in the original artwork, you could layer a pair of dance/athletic tights and then a pair of medium-mesh nude fishnets, and your legs would look great. The tights with the mesh on top will conceal any imperfections.

If you do that, get fishnets with solid feet, or the mesh will be uncomfortable on the balls of your feet while you stand all day in boots. Or, since the white stockings come all the way up, you could just get fishnets without feet, or cut out the feet at the ankles. Or, maybe best yet, cut them off at the thighs and secure them to the band inside the top of the white stockings - that would act kinda like a garter belt to keep the white stockings from sagging, too.

As for the shield: You have a few different ways to go, but your best bet might be insulation foam, stacked into a few layers, carved/sanded down to the dome shape, then covered with a couple layers of paper mache. Then sand, paint, add details and strap.
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Ahhh thank you, I didn't think about layering up tights and the shield help is very useful, I was worried how I would seal the foam ready for painting.
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For the shield pink insulation foam is indeed a good way to go. I used a power sander to save time as it can be extremely labor intensive to slowly hand sand it down.

Paper mache is good but it will leave it slightly bumpy, I paper mached into bondo for an extremely smooth and shiny finish. You can also use fiberglass or other sandable materials but I recommend you find something for a finishing coat that can be sanded.
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Ahhh I see, so I would use foam, sand it down, use paper mache as a stability layer then use bondo to smooth it all over, sand then paint?
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Ahhh I see, so I would use foam, sand it down, use paper mache as a stability layer then use bondo to smooth it all over, sand then paint?
Yeah that's exactly what I did
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Bah double post ignore this
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