So! Let’s just get this out of the way. I am Canadian, and the way I spell ‘armor’ is armour. So, no, I am not spelling armour wrong.
You want to make cosplay armour, do you? Well, I hope you have patience and time, because let me tell you, you’ll need to have every ounce of patience you can muster up, and you better start a couple months in advanced especially if it’s your first time doing a piece of armour.
My first tip, before you start actually building anything is simple: find as many reference photos as you can for the armour set. Find pictures of every which side you can, if you are referencing a movie, play the movie and take pictures. Play the game and take screen shots or pictures as you are playing it. Do this for every source of media that you are building the armour from and find every angle. There is nothing worse than thinking you have everything you need and then realizing: hey you forgot this entire piece on the back, and then having no way to go back and edit it in without needing to redo the entire thing (or just give up and say that it’s not that important and it’ll be mostly covered up anyways so shh…)
For my Hawke cosplay that I am currently working on, I used a couple different resource
s (you can check out here to see my progress on cosplays!). I found a blog on tumblr that has game extractions from all of the dragon age games, and on it had a Marian Hawke 360 turn around and different side pictures of the character model. I also used the concept art of Garrett Hawke, since the two armours are identical.
Now all you need to do is gather the materials! You can find numerous other blogs that suggest different materials and techniques, so I am just going to inform you of what I used, and if you think that you could find a simpler technique or material you can run off into the wild depths of the internet and then return and send me that info! I may have been cosplaying since 2008 but that doesn’t mean I know everything.
Now, I am going to make a list of everything that we have used for our cosplays (and how much we got it for). Then I will list off what each material is used for. Just so it is more organized and you can get the gist of it all without being too overwhelmed. (I’ll be posting a tutorial when I have finished my chest piece for Hawke)
- Warbla – 3 small sheets 19’x29′ = $75.71 CAD (Discounted due to the fact they didn’t have any large sheets available at the time. Got an extra 18’x28′ for 30 cheaper than the large sheets woo!) My sister got a large sheet which is 39’x59′ for about 90 some dollars.
- Craft foam (12 sheets) – $8.97 CAD
- EVA foam (package of 4) = $13.97 CAD
- Metallic gold spray paint – $8.97 CAD
- Metallic silver spray paint – $8.97 CAD
- Wood glue 400ml – $9.57 CAD
- Hot glue gun (already owned)
- Glue sticks (already owned)
- Paint brush (already owned)
- Black acrylic paint (already owned)
- Heat gun (already owned)
Since this post is fairly long below, I am putting in a read more!