Bone Armor Tutorial - Bio Cosplay

Discussion in 'Replica Costumes' started by Bio, Sep 12, 2015.

  1. Bio

    Bio New Member

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    I recently made a Destiny Warlock costume which has some bone armor. I had some requests on how I painted the bone, so I decided to make a short tutorial. This was written in a format for facebook, but hopefull it translates well here (facebook link- http://on.fb.me/1O2kUcm)

    The pieces I’ll be showing are made out of foam floor mats. To seal these, I brushed on ~4-6 coats of mod podge, then sanded it smooth (I mainly use 220, and 400 grit for this. Sometimes 150 for rougher spots). After sanding it there tend to be a few visible brush strokes, so to minimize those I go over it with 4 coats of plastidip. Next primer. Now, on to the painting process!
    To start out, I used a base coat of an off-white spray-paint (pic 1.) I believe the brand I used is Valspar? But any off white paint should do. 1-1 unpainted with watermark.jpg

    Next I went over that with a brown wash (pic 2). To make my wash, I just mixed some brown and a little bit of black acrylic paint to get a dark muddy brown, then added water. This was brushed on and then wiped off with a paper towel. This just makes the white a little more brown and gives it a bit of depth (pic 3 and 4).

    1-2 brown wash with watermark.jpg 1-3 wash wiped off with watermark.jpg 1-4 wash vs clean comparrison with watermark.jpg

    Now it’s time to start on the details! For the details I use dark brown, light brown, and olive green acrylic. I just mixed brown/black/green/burnt sienna to get the shades I liked. I start by painting in detail lines with the dark brown. These lines are either cracks, edges, shaded sections. Paint on your detail line (pic 5), then wipe it off! Some of the paint should stick and look like a faded broken line (pic 6). Continue to paint your lines! (pic 7 and 8) Always reference pictures for what you’re trying to make, it helps.
    1-5 detailed painted on with watermark.jpg 1-6 detail line smudged off with watermark.jpg 1-7 more details with watermark.jpg 1-8 more details with watermark.jpg


    After my detail lines are there I begin to do some shading. To do this, I dry brush layers of dark brown, light brown, and green. For dry brushing, get some paint on your brush, wipe most of it off on a paper towel. Usually I’ll put down the dark brown then lightly do some green, and finally light brown to highlight the dark brown and tone down the green. I will also sporadically go over my details with green and dark brown to give them a bit more depth (you can see the start of this in pic 9 and more in pic 10). Mainly, you want quite a few layers with varying colors. The layers will help give it more depth.
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    For these shoulder pieces I added some running paint. For that I put some paint in the area I wanted the paint to drip out of, then added water with the brush until it began to drip and let that dry. (pic 11 and 12)
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    Finally I did some splattering just to break up the white. For this I put some watery paint on the brush, then flip the paint off the bristles. (pic 13 and 14)

    1-13 how to splater with watermark.jpg 1-14 splatter detail with watermark.jpg

    If you have any questions feel free to ask!

    FINISHED.jpg

    12001019_10206422995125809_863478084424563493_o.jpg (photo taken by Blake Faucette)

    11987055_10102270215986172_3804186672136742160_n.jpg 11822531_10102270216061022_463003818323120663_n.jpg (these two photos taken by Matthew Hale)

    11215513_957684787603013_4540184945505967606_n.jpg (photo taken by BriLan Imagery)

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    1-4 wash vs clean comparrison with watermark.jpg

    1-5 detailed painted on with watermark.jpg

    1-6 detail line smudged off with watermark.jpg

    1-7 more details with watermark.jpg

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    1-9 More details with watermark.jpg

    1-10 drips example with watermark.jpg

    1-11 drips and shading with watermark.jpg

    1-12 dried drips with watermark.jpg

    1-13 how to splater with watermark.jpg

    1-14 splatter detail with watermark.jpg

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  2. WilsonUndead

    WilsonUndead New Member

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    Nice bone tutorial, but how did you do the collar on that robe? What materials is it made of?
    Thanks
     
  3. Bio

    Bio New Member

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    The collar is foam with fabric glued to it
     

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