Category: armor

Hey there! I want to cosplay a Banana Guard from Adventure Time, which seemed simple, but then I realized I dont know how to go about the legs. My initial idea was to use foam to make them look flat like popsicle sticks, but to make them all one piece would mean sacrificing movement in my knees. Any alternatives that wouldnt hinder movement?

Hello there!

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I can think of a couple of solutions that you could try, depending on the effect you want and how much trouble you want to go through.

The simplest would be to wear tan-colored tights, possibly painting a light wood grain on them for effect. This won’t create the flat popsicle stick effect, but it will create a wood effect.

If you want to appear flat, you can make piece like armor pieces that don’t curve around your leg, but are jointed at the knee. These would attach with straps around your legs and be flat on the front side, so you would only be able to pose at specific angles. I would do a flat piece for the thigh, a piece for the knecap, and a piece for the shin, though you may be able to lengthen the thigh piece enough to cover the knee without hindering movement. If you can make these pieces line up in a way that makes them appear flat, such as having them able to interlock, that would be best.

If you wanted them to appear flat from the side but not the front, all you would need is a single joint (think like a brad holding together two pieces of paper) that the pieces can rotate around as you move.

If you don’t mind some degree of encumberment to your movement and want a very flat look, you can create flat pieces that go from your hip to just above your ankle but are only attached to your thigh. When you walk, your calves will be free, though you will have a large, stiff board in front of your leg and will need to still be careful. (I may have just walked around my room a few times with a roll of foam strapped to my thigh to test the feasibility of this – not ideal movement, but not as bad as expected as long as it doesn’t get in the way of your hip joints.)

For materials: cardboard or foamboard or is a good, cheap, lightweight standby. Not the sturdiest, but also won’t hurt if something goes wrong with bending. EVA foam/craft foam would also work, but would need to be prevented from curling or bending. Plastics will be stiffer and more durable, but will also be heavier and might hurt if you walk into something or someone. A thin, lightweight wood (like balsa) would be stiff and have the most realism in texture, but won’t be as sturdy.

I hope that helps! Good luck :]

Fabrickind / Q&A Staff

Hi! I’m going to cosplay Starfire from teen Titans and I’m at loss on how to make the chest armor and gauntlets, do you have any tips? I cant work with worbla bc apparently they dont sell it here :( thanks in avance!

Check out these tutorial lists:

They are the same material but the thicker sheets are usually called EVA and thinner sheets are usually called craft foam by the community! It is a cheaper material (usually), is pretty easy to work with and is commonly used for armor. 

There are other armor materials on that page which you can also look into as well. 

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How to Make Male Foam Cosplay Armor, Tutorial Part 1Tutorial…

How to Make Male Foam Cosplay Armor, Tutorial Part 1

Tutorial by: 
Evil Ted Smith
Tutorial Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsmAzZqaHJw

Foam Scale Mail Armor TutorialTutorial by:  CorSec…

Foam Scale Mail Armor Tutorial

Tutorial by: 
CorSec Props
Tutorial Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L752JJxvYno

What’s a good way to make helmets and armor? I’m wanting to make a Kamen Rider Mach or Gaim cosplay but not sure on how to make them.

There are a lot of different techniques and materials you can use! I suggest checking out the armor section of the tutorial list and checking out tutorials for materials that interest you. Tutorials can be a great reference to find out how involved a material is and if it will do what you want it to. 

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Hey there! I’m considering cosplaying Prince from the manga 1/2 Prince at a con late august. I think I’ve got most of his costume figured out but I’m stuck on his chest armour, especially since he’s wearing a jacket over it (who’s bright idea was that) and arm pieces. I’d rather not work with worbla since it’s rather expensive but if you think that’s the best option I might give it a shot. I’m debating working with veneer too since im specialised in woodworking. How would you tackle this?

Hello there!

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I would recommend something flexible for this. EVA foam/craft foam (craft foam is just thin EVA foam sold in craft stores) would be perfect. This can either be painted silver or covered in silver vinyl to create the metallic effect.

For the actual construction, I would attach the armor to an undershirt, and only attach it to the front, since the jacket covers the back and you will have better movement and comfort with it only on the front. Snaps or magnets would be a good way to attach it so that it can be taken off for washing. You will want to create several strips of foam that overlap each other slightly to create the banded effect. Start with the bottom strip, and then slightly overlap the next strip, working your way to the top.

You can either glue these all together (I would use a foam backing if you do this – create a pattern by tracing the front of your undershirt), or attach them separately with their own individual snaps or magnets. Doing it together will save you time when dressing, but will give you less movement. Doing them separately will take more time (and snaps) to make, but will allow more flexibility and movement, if that is a concern.

Take a look at our foam armor tutorials here for more advice and ideas.

I hope that helps! Good luck :]

Fabrickind / Q&A Staff

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Foam dremelling Basics

Tutorial by:

Valentine Costumes
Tutorial Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YpBjd2qiPw

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How to Make Female Cosplay Armor, Tutorial Part 1

Tutorial by: Evil Ted Smith

Tutorial Link: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ho5BIBxwiPA

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Tutorial by:  stassklass
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Armor Build Photo Progression: Fierce Deity Link Armor“ The…

Armor Build Photo Progression: Fierce Deity Link Armor

The following gallery is the photo progression (with annotations) of the Fierce Deity Link armor build. It’s made almost completely from EVA foam and adhered together with Barge contact cement. I used a hardshell resin coating from Smoothon called Epsilon to seal and finish the foam. For more information about using Epsilon resin with foam please watch my video on YouTube.

Tutorial by: 

Coregeek aka E. Jones

Tutorial Link: http://www.coregeek.net/blog/2016/7/15/fierce-deity-link-armor