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    Oct 15, 2016, 2:31 PM - Skyrim Glass Armor [COMPLETE] #1

    Good evening everyone !
    EDIT: COMPLETE (Started on October 4th, finished on November 12th)
    (pictures by Lescargotgraphe)

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    ABOUT THE BUILD

    I recently decided to build the Glass armor from Skyrim (see the picture below). I'm doing a carved version of the actual armor (I was inspired by some texture mods...).

    I'm building this entirely out of EVA foam, with a thickness of 5mm. The grey foam has a density of 100kg/m3 and the black one is 45kg/m3. I shape my foam with a hot gun, assemble the parts with hot glue, sand the edges with a Dremel tool and carve them with a woodburning tool (I don't know the exact name in English, sorry...).

    I use black gesso as a primer and paint with acrylics.


    Here's my reference picture:

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    The skirt


    I'm still a bit new to armored cosplays (well, not that new, but...), so I decided to start with something easy: the "scaled skirt thing" (if you know what I'm talking about...). I cut a bunch of little foam pieces. It took forever. I sanded them. It took even longer. Now I have to carve them (see you in ten years). I'm not going to glue them together since I want to achieve a sort of "articulated" look, so they will be attached with some sort of strings.
    Here's a picture of some of my scales (a bunch was missing back then), just cut, before sanding them.

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    The arms

    I made my pattern using the "wrap yourself in tape" method. The green and blue parts are craft foam (for details). I close them with a zipper (this is so NOT game-accurate, though extremely practical).

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    Carving in progress
    It's just random lines since I'm terrible at drawing.
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    The legs
    I used the same method as before. Those ones are also closed with a zipper.
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    Carving in progress
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    Paint job in progress (far from complete). I used black gesso as a primer. I usually coat my pieces with wood glue, as it gives a nice smooth texture...I could no do it that time since it tends to clog the details I spent so much time carving... Then I rubbed gold acrylic paint (it's number 350 from Pebeo if anyone is interested). The black gesso isn't only my primer, it's also my undercoat (soooo black).
    Since they aren't carved, I primed the glass parts with wood glue, before painting them gold like the rest of the armor. Then, I used various iridescent acrylics (the glass parts are literally impossible to look at under the sun...so shiny). The color of the glass parts changes depending on the light and the angle you look at them.
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    The breastplate
    Same as before, I taped myself... The boobs were made on a plastic sphere since I'm totally flat-chested (that's why I like wearing armor...I can choose the size of my breasts...).
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    Carved

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    Paint job in progress

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    The helmet

    Only the beginning for the moment...
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    The pauldrons

    No pattern for those, I just drew a random shape and it kinda worked...
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    After carving
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    Paint job in progress (not complete)
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    It looked blue in the kitchen...it looks green outside

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    I'll update as I make progress ! I will also add more detailed information about the construction, since I just threw a bunch of pictures here without proper explanations for the moment...
    Last edited by arborealkey; Dec 1, 2016 at 2:45 PM.
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    Oct 17, 2016, 6:01 PM - Re: Skyrim Glass Armor #2

    You're new to this... No way! This is absolutely fantastic work!
    The carving is very intricate and must take forever to carve in. What weapons are you planning on building, if any of course?

    Cheers!
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    Oct 17, 2016, 8:01 PM - Re: Skyrim Glass Armor #3

    Looks good so far! I don't think I ever used this in game. I usually just stuck it on a mannequin because it looks cool in my house.
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    Oct 20, 2016, 8:21 AM - Re: Skyrim Glass Armor #4

    T K said: View Post
    You're new to this... No way! This is absolutely fantastic work!
    The carving is very intricate and must take forever to carve in. What weapons are you planning on building, if any of course?

    Cheers!
    I've already done two armors, but both had pretty simple shapes (I could do most parts with only one piece of foam). The glass armor was clearly out of my league, but I really wanted to build it...
    Thank you for your kind words !

    I wanted to build a glass greatsword at first, but I thought it looked to "monochromatic", I prefer to have weapons that don't match the armor set. So I finally chose to build weapons from the Nordic set (the one from the Dragonborn DLC): bow (with quiver and arrows) and battleaxe. I might start building them soon (I don't know if I can post my progress in this thread or if I should create one in the props section...)

    Sluis Van Shipyards said: View Post
    Looks good so far! I don't think I ever used this in game. I usually just stuck it on a mannequin because it looks cool in my house.
    Thank you ! Honestly, I never use it in game either, I gave it to my slave (huh I mean my Dark Brotherhood initiate), I usually wear the Deathbrand armor. However, the Glass Armor is my favorite in term of looks.
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    Oct 20, 2016, 9:02 AM - Re: Skyrim Glass Armor #5

    Yes! I was hoping that you'd do the Nordic weapons. They are my favorite looking ones from the game, clean and simple, but with some subtle intricacy.

    Good luck and I look forward to see your progress.
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    Oct 20, 2016, 9:33 AM - Re: Skyrim Glass Armor #6

    nice work really like the shine on the green
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    Oct 21, 2016, 7:31 AM - Re: Skyrim Glass Armor #7

    arborealkey said: View Post
    Carving in progress
    It's just random lines since I'm terrible at drawing.
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    You're kidding right? Those look great for 'random lines', and the showed up great once they got painted.
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    Oct 30, 2016, 1:44 PM - Re: Skyrim Glass Armor #8

    Good evening everyone !
    I'm sorry for the lack of updates, I had to work on something else for a while... I got back to this armor today and I finished carving the breastplate.
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    I wanted to start working on all the joints (I use acrylic mastic), but I finshed the bottle...and it's Sunday so all the shops are closed...

    Nismo said: View Post
    nice work really like the shine on the green
    Thank you !

    hydromatic93 said:
    You're kidding right? Those look great for 'random lines', and the showed up great once they got painted.
    They're really random XD But thanks !
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    Nov 2, 2016, 3:21 PM - Re: Skyrim Glass Armor #9

    Good evening ! Here are some updates.

    Painting in progress on the breastplate
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    Helmet in progress
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    Skirt thingy in progress (everything is articulated)
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    Nov 2, 2016, 7:32 PM - Re: Skyrim Glass Armor #10

    That looks awesome!
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    Nov 7, 2016, 3:10 AM - Re: Skyrim Glass Armor #11

    Sluis Van Shipyards said: View Post
    That looks awesome!
    Thank you so much !

    Here is the painted helmet, under a really crappy light (that's why it looks so terrible).
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    Nov 7, 2016, 6:21 AM - Re: Skyrim Glass Armor #12

    This looks freaking awesome!

    I'm working on skyrim armor myself and hope to achieve the same quality (although that might be a bit farfetched for me )

    Good luck on the rest of your build!
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    Nov 7, 2016, 7:35 PM - Re: Skyrim Glass Armor #13

    That helmet just by itself looks great! Is the helmet all foam as well?
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    Nov 14, 2016, 9:28 AM - Re: Skyrim Glass Armor #14

    Sluis Van Shipyards said: View Post
    That helmet just by itself looks great! Is the helmet all foam as well?
    Thank you ! Yes, everything is foam.

    Leylander said: View Post
    This looks freaking awesome!

    I'm working on skyrim armor myself and hope to achieve the same quality (although that might be a bit farfetched for me )

    Good luck on the rest of your build!
    I don't see why you couldn't, I'm a beginner myself ! Thank you !


    And also...
    Here's a glimpse of what the full costume looks like (I don't know who took this picture :/). I wore it a con and I have awesome pictures coming ! I also entered a cosplay contest here and they added a prize for me..."Best craft"
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    I'll also post the rest of my progress pictures since I didn't say anything about the making of the weapon...
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    Nov 14, 2016, 9:54 AM - Re: Skyrim Glass Armor #15

    Most impressive! The paint job is done really well! Now you need a friend to be Lydia who repeats "I'm sworn to carry your burdens "
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    Nov 14, 2016, 6:58 PM - Re: Skyrim Glass Armor #16

    Very cool! You nailed it!
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    Nov 25, 2016, 4:42 PM - Re: Skyrim Glass Armor #17

    T K said: View Post
    Most impressive! The paint job is done really well! Now you need a friend to be Lydia who repeats "I'm sworn to carry your burdens "
    Thank you ! I was thinking of dressing up my brother as a Dark Brotherhood Initiate and making him carry all the stuff I never use.

    Sluis Van Shipyards said: View Post
    Very cool! You nailed it!
    Thank you !

    Here are a few more pictures taken during the con (the first two were taken by Lescargotgraphe and the last one by FotografCsoplay). I will be able to do a proper photoshoot (in the wiiiilds) later.
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    PS: I started to build a 40K (well, more like 30K since I'm going for a pre-heresy one) Space Marine, should I start a thread about it ?
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    Nov 25, 2016, 8:25 PM - Re: Skyrim Glass Armor #18

    That's great! It's hard to believe this and others on here are foam!
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    Nov 26, 2016, 7:34 AM - Re: Skyrim Glass Armor #19

    That is insane. Unreal how much detail you stuffed into that build. Awesome.
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    Nov 26, 2016, 11:38 AM - Re: Skyrim Glass Armor #20

    Gorgeous build. Incredible that you did it so fast. Nice work.
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    Nov 26, 2016, 9:32 PM - Re: Skyrim Glass Armor #21

    That paint job is outstanding. It really looks like glass plates are embedded in the armor. Love it!
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    Nov 28, 2016, 4:04 PM - Re: Skyrim Glass Armor #22

    arborealkey said: View Post
    The boobs were made on a plastic sphere
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    The boobs
    Call me childish, but this made me lol
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    Nov 29, 2016, 11:37 AM - Re: Skyrim Glass Armor #23

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    I clicked on this thread and this was my reaction. Excellent job!
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    Nov 30, 2016, 1:22 AM - Re: Skyrim Glass Armor #24

    Wow. Spectacular work! I'm also planning a Space Marine for next years ComicCon. You should definitely start a thread on it.
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    Nov 30, 2016, 5:58 AM - Re: Skyrim Glass Armor #25

    GhostMinion said: View Post
    That is insane. Unreal how much detail you stuffed into that build. Awesome.
    Thank you ! Now I want to carve everything...

    Sluis Van Shipyards said: View Post
    That's great! It's hard to believe this and others on here are foam!
    Thank you ! Yeah, I'm always impressed by what some people can do with foam, and I hope I'll be able to reach their level one day.

    asavage said: View Post
    Gorgeous build. Incredible that you did it so fast. Nice work.
    I was really motivated for some reason. Thank you !

    JediJayne said: View Post
    That paint job is outstanding. It really looks like glass plates are embedded in the armor. Love it!
    Thank you so much !

    Utri said: View Post
    Call me childish, but this made me lol
    I even use this word in my native language (which isn't English...)

    Wheeljack said: View Post
    I clicked on this thread and this was my reaction. Excellent job!
    You, sir, just made my day.

    BigStick said: View Post
    Wow. Spectacular work! I'm also planning a Space Marine for next years ComicCon. You should definitely start a thread on it.
    Thank you ! Which chapter ? As for me, I'm gonna be a Night Lord.

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