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  1. Vrogy's Avatar
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    Jun 27, 2013, 7:18 PM - Skyrim Dragonplate Armor #1

    Doin' it.

    Plan is to cut these with a gazelle or craft robo or CNC laser or something- sure as hell won't be by hand. Then assemble, resin, fiberglass, and a thin layer of paperclay, some hand-carved and cut detail passes, weathering, sealant, paint, straps, leatherwork, etc. Some foam-skinning for the metal trimming, in spots.

    Made most of the models

    dagonbawn.c4d * by vrogy, on Flickr

    Made most of the pep files

    Dragonbone Pauldron in Pepakura by vrogy, on Flickr


    Dragonbone Thigh in Pepakura by vrogy, on Flickr


    Dragonbone Knee in Pepakura by vrogy, on Flickr


    Dragonbone Sabaton in Pepakura by vrogy, on Flickr


    Dragonbone Greave in Pepakura by vrogy, on Flickr


    Dragonbone Forearm in Pepakura by vrogy, on Flickr

    need to finish models and unfolds, cut, and assemble.
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    Jun 29, 2013, 8:55 PM - Re: Skyrim Dragonplate Armor #2

    FInished the chest models, just need to finish up the belt and skirt pieces now.

    Dragonbone breastplate in Cinema 4D by vrogy, on Flickr


    Dragonbone breastplate in Cinema 4D by vrogy, on Flickr


    Going to try to meet a fellow Making Awesome member with one of these soon: BossKut Gazelle - YouTube
    Last edited by Vrogy; Jun 29, 2013 at 8:56 PM. Reason: spacing
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    Jun 30, 2013, 5:07 PM - Re: Skyrim Dragonplate Armor #3

    wow good i want kicg lich armor ^_^
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    Jun 30, 2013, 6:26 PM - Re: Skyrim Dragonplate Armor #4

    These look class! good luck man hope it all works out!
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    Jun 30, 2013, 10:24 PM - Re: Skyrim Dragonplate Armor #5

    Can not wait to see when you get this going.
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    Jun 30, 2013, 11:28 PM - Re: Skyrim Dragonplate Armor #6

    Looks like ALOT of work man, can't wait to see how you do it!
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    Jul 1, 2013, 8:43 AM - Re: Skyrim Dragonplate Armor #7

    Here's a knee. Put this together last night while the CNC plotter/cutter zipped out 20 pages.

    Got a decent workflow set up for that, as well- for the Bosskut Gazelle, I export EMF files from Pepakura, then run that file through Coreldraw to separate out pages and use the oldest autocad export profile to save out DXFs. I run those with the driver and software originally intended for the 'CutOK DC330', which has a suspiciously similar design to the gazelle, and it cuts OK.


    100_0419.JPG by makingawesome, on Flickr

    It fits well. These pants drape off my leg a bit, coverage over the sides of the knee is pretty good.

    100_0420.JPG by makingawesome, on Flickr
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    Jul 1, 2013, 9:51 AM - Re: Skyrim Dragonplate Armor #8

    Wow! I'll be very interested to see how this goes. Love the knee, very accurate. I'm particularly interested to see how the scaling works and how easy it'll be to get into the armour once it's all rigid. That's always my big worry!
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    Jul 1, 2013, 10:58 AM - Re: Skyrim Dragonplate Armor #9

    I'f you need i can make the unfold for foam ^_^
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    Jul 2, 2013, 11:02 AM - Re: Skyrim Dragonplate Armor #10

    Greave cut. Will need some trimming of the top and bottom flanges to fit, but I checked the model and it clips there, too.


    100_0422.JPG by makingawesome, on Flickr


    100_0424.JPG by makingawesome, on Flickr

    Forearm, foot, and thigh armor all cut out too.
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    Jul 2, 2013, 12:09 PM - Re: Skyrim Dragonplate Armor #11

    This is looking really awesome! havent seen a good dragonplate armour yet!
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    Jul 2, 2013, 9:57 PM - Re: Skyrim Dragonplate Armor #12

    FInished the helmet unfold.

    Dragonbone Helmet in Pepakura by vrogy, on Flickr

    Also, here's an overall composite of things, as they should look

    dbone_compall by vrogy, on Flickr
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    Jul 4, 2013, 6:26 AM - Re: Skyrim Dragonplate Armor #13

    Helmet front together.

    100_0432.JPG by makingawesome, on Flickr
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    Jul 4, 2013, 8:04 AM - Re: Skyrim Dragonplate Armor #14

    Looks good!
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    Jul 6, 2013, 2:43 AM - Re: Skyrim Dragonplate Armor #15

    Trying an alternate method for pepakura-to-wearable-stuffs
    Theoretically, you build the papercraft with tabs out, then brush the inside with cheap silicone, and slush inside smoothcast, or other urethane resins.
    The silicone acts as a throw-away mold release, and you tear off and toss out the papercraft.
    I've only seen a few finished things with this method, not pictures of the process, so I'm skeptical. I'll also be testing out the paperclay coating method over an identical fiberglass-reinforced piece.

    So I rebuilt the knee tabs-out.

    100_0438.JPG by makingawesome, on Flickr


    100_0440.JPG by makingawesome, on Flickr


    100_0439.JPG by makingawesome, on Flickr
    I might see about mixing in dye or something next time just to help make sure it's covered well- white against white.. easy to miss spots.
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    Jul 6, 2013, 4:59 AM - Re: Skyrim Dragonplate Armor #16

    great job, really wanna see the finished product
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    Jul 6, 2013, 5:39 AM - Re: Skyrim Dragonplate Armor #17

    Wow! Awesome work! The 3D model is wonderful
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    Jul 6, 2013, 7:09 AM - Re: Skyrim Dragonplate Armor #18

    Here's results of slushing smoothcast 300 inside the silicone-lined pepakura:

    100_0443.JPG by makingawesome, on Flickr


    100_0445.JPG by makingawesome, on Flickr

    Brush strokes everywhere. It's also a bit thin at the edges. I think something like 65D with a thicker consistency would fare better in this application, and I've read that silicone can be thinned down with various stuff- that may alleviate the brush strokes showing through.
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    Jul 8, 2013, 12:29 PM - Re: Skyrim Dragonplate Armor #19

    Vrogy said: View Post
    Here's results of slushing smoothcast 300 inside the silicone-lined pepakura:
    http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3744/9...6078a4ec_z.jpg
    100_0443.JPG by makingawesome, on Flickr

    http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7338/9...30eb4550_z.jpg
    100_0445.JPG by makingawesome, on Flickr

    Brush strokes everywhere. It's also a bit thin at the edges. I think something like 65D with a thicker consistency would fare better in this application, and I've read that silicone can be thinned down with various stuff- that may alleviate the brush strokes showing through.
    If you ask me this being bone armour the brush strokes look really really awesome and add so much to the texture, I'd just leav them as they are! reinforced but as it is!
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    Jul 8, 2013, 1:36 PM - Re: Skyrim Dragonplate Armor #20

    Beautiful work!!! Wow!
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    Jul 8, 2013, 5:09 PM - Re: Skyrim Dragonplate Armor #21

    I agree with Ciano on the brush-strokes. Bone normally has a "wood-grain-like" texture anyways so you in fact have the perfect texture right there without having to do anything else!

    Does the pep warp at all during your slush cast or does it hold up on its own without a mother mold? This technique looks like a very nice compromise between pep and making positives out of MDF or clay or something, I'm excited to see how it turns out for all your other pieces.
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    Jul 8, 2013, 5:28 PM - Re: Skyrim Dragonplate Armor #22

    Siliconsmith said: View Post
    I agree with Ciano on the brush-strokes. Bone normally has a "wood-grain-like" texture anyways so you in fact have the perfect texture right there without having to do anything else!

    Does the pep warp at all during your slush cast or does it hold up on its own without a mother mold? This technique looks like a very nice compromise between pep and making positives out of MDF or clay or something, I'm excited to see how it turns out for all your other pieces.
    The pep seemed to hold together pretty well, but this had a lot of tabs per area, so it's more substantial than normal sparse-data pep. The shape also helps, with the many flanges.

    Sanding them down seems to dull the surface a lot- less reflection, less glossiness. In person it seems to help a lot.


    100_0446.JPG by makingawesome, on Flickr

    This is sanded, with some marks added to show where the metal strip should be, a rivet, and where the grain should be biased in different directions.
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    Jul 17, 2013, 11:49 AM - Re: Skyrim Dragonplate Armor #23

    Built the vambracer, left, in pepakura

    100_0455.JPG by makingawesome, on Flickr

    Taped it a bit tighter, because we're ectomorphic. Marked intended brush stroke/ bone grain direction.

    100_0459.JPG by makingawesome, on Flickr

    One layer of silicone sealant- critical mistake here.

    100_0460.JPG by makingawesome, on Flickr

    Slarshed it up. Around 6 layers. After I deplete my smoothcast 300 supply I'll try some 65D.

    100_0461.JPG by makingawesome, on Flickr

    At this point I let it all cool down and harden up, then tried to peel away the pepakura. It was pretty much not happening- the silicone layer was too thin to hold together, stretching and tearing up in small bits instead of pulling the rest of the 'sheet' off with it. So, I waterlogged the cardstock and started scraping it off.

    100_0462.JPG by makingawesome, on Flickr


    100_0463.JPG by makingawesome, on Flickr

    After a while- hour or so- it was mostly plastic.

    100_0464.JPG by makingawesome, on Flickr

    It needs sanding now. The raised metal bracketing on the forearm is supposed to be a little biased to one side.
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    Jul 17, 2013, 2:16 PM - Re: Skyrim Dragonplate Armor #24

    This is coming along great!
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    Jul 17, 2013, 8:48 PM - Re: Skyrim Dragonplate Armor #25

    Looks like such an intense and time consuming job!...but the results look like they'll be well worth it!

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