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Unread 01-24-2005, 10:36 PM   #1
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Kouga (Inuyasha) Armor Help

I've started a Kouga costume and while I've had no trouble getting started with the fur aspect to the costume, I've hit a bit of a roadblock in regards to his armor. I'm not really sure what sort of material I can use to give it the shape and structure as shown in the anime. I don't want to use JUST fabric since that tends to fold and be a little more form fitting than necessary. The only thing I can think of that'll hold it's shape is buying a piece of sports equipment and modifying it, although I'm worried that may look awkward and too bulky.

I've created a collage of the images I've been working with that show various angles of his armor: http://www.dragonworldz.net/random/kougacollage.jpg

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated and will be taken into consideration!
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Unread 01-24-2005, 11:08 PM   #2
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Haha, sweet!

If you saw one of the Kougas at Ohayocon (she posts on here under Rameana) her armor was made out of vinyl (pretty sure it was), which isnt a bad material at all because it does somewhat hold its shape, its just getting it to form to you properly that can be a hassle. Youll definately want to start out by measuring yourself and making patterns, checking to make sure that the patterns fit correctly.

Some other materials that might work are craft foam (a cheap method, but sometimes it works) plastic sheeting or polycarbonate (aka sintra , the stuff my samurai armor was made out of) And for some reason Im thinking paper mache, but the fact that its large armor pieces might not work well.

Hope that helps a bit.
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Unread 01-25-2005, 12:26 AM   #3
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You can combine the craft foam and plastic idea together by gluing a THIN sheet (.030 thickness) of ABS plastic over a craft foam base. (This gives the armor structure AND a sleek, metallic appearance.) You can often find thin plastic (aka styrene) sheets for sale on ebay. It's commonly used in model-making and vacu-forming.
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Unread 01-25-2005, 06:58 PM   #4
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Yeah, I saw Rameana's costume at Ohayocon and have been looking at a few pictures she has of it since it's definately one of the best Kouga costumes out there. I should have asked her about it at the con seeing as I had already started my Kouga costume at that point >_<

I've never worked with craft foam before... If I use it, is it likely to fall apart easily? And will I want to cover the inside with fabric since that'll more than likely be right against my body? And where should I look for the ABS plastic material? (Note: I'm in Canada, so our stores may not be exactly the same) Thanks! ^_^
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what aobut making a corset type thing? its preety stiff if you use the right interfacing
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Unread 01-25-2005, 09:47 PM   #6
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Yeah, I saw Rameana's costume at Ohayocon and have been looking at a few pictures she has of it since it's definately one of the best Kouga costumes out there. I should have asked her about it at the con seeing as I had already started my Kouga costume at that point >_<

I've never worked with craft foam before... If I use it, is it likely to fall apart easily? And will I want to cover the inside with fabric since that'll more than likely be right against my body? And where should I look for the ABS plastic material? (Note: I'm in Canada, so our stores may not be exactly the same) Thanks! ^_^
I have my armoring tutorial here: http://www.amethyst-angel.com/armormaking.html ABS (styrene) can be found on ebay frequently (it's commonly used in vacuforming. You could probably find sheets that are 4 feet wide, which should be wide enough...)

I made some Guts armor using this method: http://amethyst-angel.com/cosgallery_guts.html
I should think Kouga's armor would be very similar in shape....
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>> what aobut making a corset type thing? its preety stiff if you use the right interfacing

Kibus in a fur skirt AND a corset? XD lmao! <3

I still do not think it's rock hard armour. A lot of anime doesn't put tons of detail into everything so a lot of times clothing appears flat and little or no fold lines at all. I still say go with some sort of really stiff and thick fabric. I just think that armour, especially being so close to the body, will constrict movely or get really uncomfortable.

Hmm...*ponders*
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Unread 01-26-2005, 09:58 AM   #8
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So, Amethyst Angel, since Kouga doesn't have any noticable fasteners on his breastplate, if I used your method, what would be a good way of fastening the two sides together?
Like, maybe having the back of the breastplate have straps that extend towards the front with snappies on it (so you can snap teh back to the front) or maybe using discreet black cord (that's not too visible against the breast plate) and lacing it up the sides...
And if I decide to go with the snappies, do you just sew it to the underside through the foam and plastic?

Any help would be appreciated (third time doing Kouga so I want it to be perfect, and I can probably use the same method for sesshoumaru as well), thanks!
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