onsdag 29. mai 2013

How to build Vi chestplate

For this chestplate I finally got a chance to use Worbla (I bought it from coscraft). Preveously I have biuld the chest armor for my Dovahkiin costume, but that was a raw and unprecise methode (although very cheap)

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So Worbla it is! If you haven't heard of this material before let me give you a few facts. It is a thermoplastic sheet which can be heated with heat gun or warm water. the material then gets flexible and can be shaped, bent or molded in any way, and even better remolded if you need the materials for something else later. You only need scissors to cut it, and all leftovers can be molded together so you don't waste any material.

You should check out Kamui's video tutorials. She uses a double layer of worbla, but I am only going to use one layer and reinforce it with a fabric lining later.

I was going to build this

There are some differences between the in game model and the splash art, but since there is only one photo of the version I want I had to supplement the design with details from other photos.

Step one: make the pattern, I just traced a bra ;)

And cut out the shape in Worbla. Then I heated it and shaped it around my body. This would have been easier with a manequin.

For the cups you can use whatever half spheres you can find in the right size. I ended up with using the paldrons from my big sister costume as a base. For good measure I sprayed cooking grease on my mold. When the piece of worbla was warm and plyable I used my hands to shape it over my mold. Be careful not to stretch it too much as it will get thinner and eventually tear.

To attach the cups to the rest you simply warm up the edges and worbla will stick to itself, no glue needed. And it sticks surprisingly well together.

 Careful not to tear it.

then I covered the top with masking tape to draw up the details.

 Transfer the pattern to worbla and cut out.

 Warm up the pices and squeeze on the chestplate.

During the process some bulks appeared, but just reheat that area and use you hands to smoothen the bumps out.

In an later tutorial I will write about how to paint worbla.

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6 kommentarer:

  1. sadly, i do not have enough money for a bunch of thermo plastic hehe, do you have any ideas on something else i could use for the chest armor, and the stomach armor?????

    1. One idea is to use paper mache for the armor. It is very cheap, but more brittle. But it should be possible to get the same finish on it. I have made another brast plate like this for my Skyrim armor, see tutorial here: http://chrixdesign.blogspot.no/2012/07/skyrim-cosplay-iron-armor-in-progress.html

    2. you could also use EVA foam :)

    3. Yes, but I would choose a thinner (2-4 mm) foam. But I have made another chestplate out of cardboard after this, and can actually recommend that too. http://chrixdesign.blogspot.no/2014/08/cardboard-armor.html

  2. hey i am a big fan of your work but i was wondering were u got the jacket for this cosplay or did you hand make it

    1. Hi, I made the jacket myself (including making the pattern) :) and thank you ^_^