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Unread 04-30-2013, 12:44 AM   #1
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Crab monster armor

I figured this would be the best place to post this since it deals with armor. I am making this and I am trying to figure out how to make the shell. Basically it is a crab monster and I want to make the head, body armor and claws look uniform. someone suggested paper mache over chicken wire but I am concerned I wouldn't get it looking nice. I've never worked with fiberglass so I am leery to pick it up. Does anyone have suggestions? Also what should I use as a base? I was thinking either some wire mesh type material or foam sheets
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Unread 04-30-2013, 02:07 AM   #2
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in the event you fall back to paper mache
done use chicken wire
near it is black/green plastic fencing
works the same but less bleeding
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Unread 04-30-2013, 02:09 AM   #3
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Unread 04-30-2013, 02:44 AM   #4
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okay I'll see if I can find some more. Its one of those things where there are very few so I will rely on fanart



These should give a general idea, I am working out how I will make the plats slide over each other and whatnot currently its just material concerns
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Unread 04-30-2013, 02:49 AM   #5
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I was helping a guy on this forum squirrel around with something similar in concept. He made a big ol scorpion tail.

Used chicken wire and expanding foam I think. I suggested using komatex (expanded pvc foam) for the plating. I think he used that or something similar in the end. I remember the pictures being good of the final product.

I do this sort of expanding foam + plastic method on my Reckless Fist sword. Hope it helps! I linked my build log for the sword. Happy cosplay!


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