Big Daddy (Kick Ass) Shoulder Armour Worbla Build

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sw63

Active Member
Hi guys and girls,

Used Worbla for the first time today and thought I'd share this with you....

I'm currently doing a Big Daddy costume from Kick Ass for Sci Fi Scarborough 2017. My daughter's going as Hit girl - so it made sense.

Massive thanks to Big Daddy on this forum for his fabulous posts about his build - they've been my bible & taught me so much.

The shoulder armour has been giving me nightmares. I wanted mine to be as screen accurate as possible and this was my first attempt with a Rubber Maid trash bin...
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This is how it's supposed to look...

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You just can't get the bend on Rubber Maid - especially as it needs to be in two directions.

So, I decided to try Worbla thermoplastic.

My first attempt was a disaster, but here was my second...


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I'm using a crappy old Viking helmet as a mold - it was all I could find that had the right sort of curve on it.

I'm using double thickness of Worbla (each layer is about 1mm) for strength. A single layer seems quite flimsy and all the YouTube tutorials seemed to suggest double thickness.

In my first (disastrous) attempt I tried to do the whole shoulder piece in one. For my second attempt I decided to do it in three sections and melt them together. Here's the cardboard templates I used...

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It's dead easy to mold Worbla together with just a heat gun.

Here are the three sections (double thickness) cut and shaped...

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I just used two strips of Worbla (1 inch wide) to stick them together...

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Just heat them until they are really floppy and sticky,

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It doesn't look too pretty on the underside, but hey...

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Here's the three sections together whilst cooling and then off the mold...

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All four done (some have a bit of Miliput to full any gaps on the joins)...

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And here's what they look like when paired together..

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And on the shoulder..

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It looks like I've got really narrow shoulders in these photos - I don't! I've actually got very broad shoulders.

Did all this in one day. Tomorrow I'll sand them and give them a coat of PVA before spay painting them with matt black.

I think they look really cool.

Just to finish for tonight, here's a comparison of Worbla with Rubber Maid...

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I'll post some more pics to this thread in the coming days.

Cheers guys!
 

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sw63

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Here's what they look like on the costume.

Sorry about the photo quality - it's very hard to take a good photo of your own shoulder!
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Here's a bad selfie to compare with the real Big Daddy...

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Next up - the mask...
 

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jeffreygullett

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Great job! I tried this costume a while ago and had the same nightmares about the shoulder armor. You've inspired me to try again. I have some Worbla laying around.
 

sw63

Active Member
Hey Jeffeygullett -thanks a million. Glad to be of service. It's a great costume and I've loved every minute of it.


I've tried to get some more photos to show - but they're not great. Nevertheless...
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And I couldn't resist showing my belt...
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I've trimmed the chest plates so they're more screen-accurate..
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Cheers all.
 

sw63

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Chest is Rubber Maid, as are the forearms.

The only bits I've used Worbla on are these..
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Everything else is Rubber Maid.
 

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Bigdaddy

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I've been mia from the forum for a while but just had to stop by and say that KICKS-ASS!! Well done bro!
 

ArgusUndercover

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looking awesome - this was one i was thinking about doing too - though I'm working on Deadshot at the minute and Arkham RObin.

always wondered what Scarborough comic con was like too since I had heard it had dropped off..

Just thought I'd post an update of the this costume alongside my daughter as Hit Girl (taken at Sci Fi Scarborough yesterday):
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I really need to suck in my gut when I pose for photos!
 

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sw63

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I was wondering where you found the vest and neck/collar piece? Or did you make them both yourself?
I made the neck/collar piece based on the superb build thread on here by Big Daddy:

 

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