So I've decided the next cosplay I want to start will be Artorias the Abysswalker from Dark Souls. ( http://images.vg247.com/current//2012/06/full-1.jpg
) And the question I have is, what would a good material for the majority of the armor be? I'm looking for something that can turn out a good quality of armor without requiring an extensive number of tools to make; and I've set aside about a year till this needs to be done so I'm in no way in any rush.
One a side tangent, what would be a good way to paint this? I've heard paint guns are a good option. Are they worth the investment and if they are, are there any brands that are considered top-tier for armor?