EDIT (9/12): Found some info for all the other beginners out there! See post #4.
Hi all. I was wondering if anyone has any good resources, tutorials, or instructions for someone trying to start molding costume/armor pieces?
Like many here, I'm working on an Iron Man suit (Mk III armor) and am using the cardstock>resin>fiberglass>bondo method. After reading tons of build threads, I've decided I want to attempt to mold the arm pieces to save me some build time since the arm pieces are symmetrical.
The resources I've found don't really mention "hollow" or "shell-like" pieces, such as all the wearable pieces of the suit. The gauntlet shown here is an example of what I mean:
(Note that piece does not yet have body filler and blue color comes from dying the resin. I'm not attempting to mold the piece at this state, this is just an example to show what I'm trying to explain.)
The tutorials that I have found about hollow pieces seem very complicated: Advanced Mold Making Technique: Brush-On Mold of a 3D Hollow Model
Is this tutorial typical of trying to mold hollow pieces like this? I'm not balking at the work, it just seems more complicated (and potentially expensive) that I anticipated.
Also, how would one go about molding irregularly shaped pieces like when the helmet is cut apart?
(I know the helmet typically isn't supposed to be cut until after the body filler stage; I am experimenting with the helmet.)
I appreciate all and any help.
Thanks in advance.