Fortnite Red Knight - Halloween Costume for my 8yr old w lots of pics!

indiefilmgeek

Sr Member
My 8yr old wants to be the Red Knight from Fortnite (despite the fact that she's never played the game). :lol
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I'm starting off with by building her helmet in (mostly) 6mm EVA foam. Here is the back of the helmet on my daughter.
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Then I glued on the crest (Mohawk) along the top of the helm. I used thicker floor mats foam for that (sandwiched together with the smooth sides out and cut to size).
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Then I built out the faceplate.
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I also had to add the edge detail, which is just a simple cut on the back side and then forcing that slice open with hotglue to make a flared edge.
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That results in a cool look that matches the design of the character.
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The final pieces are decorations on the faceplate and helm. I used foam for these as well, but I used two different tools. For the smaller beveled shapes I did them by hand with an Xacto knife. For the larger piece on the front of the faceplate, I used my ban saw. (the wire you see is just to hold the pieces in place while I was taking pics)

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I also made a quick video of that process if you're interested!
 
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indiefilmgeek

Sr Member
I'm just now catching up after Halloween, and I wanted to finish up documenting this build.

First thing I'll mention is the complete mess my first coat of plasti-dip made on the helmet. I've never had this happen before (or since), so I don't have any clear answers as to what exactly happened... but to be completely transparent, this sucked.
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The helpful thread on things that MIGHT have caused this can be found here.

I decided, due to time issues, to just finish the helmet and lean into the fact that it sorta looks like cast iron. I know, that's weak... but I didn't have time to build another helmet.

My only hope was that my heavy weathering of the helmet would mask most of this ugliness. Here is a pic of the weathering during our first post-painting test fit.
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And here it is with the black mesh covering the eye-slot and red LED lights for the eyes.
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NOTE: I'm a huge fan of my silver Rub-n-Buff. It's a great way to give distressed pieces a great feeling of real-world wear and tear.

I then moved on to a bit of sewing. In order to allow my kiddo to do all the Fortnite dances, I needed to make her torso armor out of fabric. I did that with some cheap cotton fabric and a quick template made from paper and tape.
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To quickly do the trim at the bottom, I used black fabric paint to seal the edges and give it a finished look.
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I then added belt loops and belt.
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To complete the costume, I built the other armor pieces:

Left Leg Armor:
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Toe Armor:
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Wrist Armor (with lighted display):
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Chest Armor (and shoulder armor):
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I also, made a shirt with netting painted silver (to replicate chainmaille), some arm and leg straps and a couple other small touches. Including her Shield:
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Here is the final test fit!
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And here is a look at her and her brother (who also went as a Fortnite character this year, Raven).
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They even won a Judge's Award a local convention this Halloween!
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And HERE is a quick video of their Fortnite dance on stage, after their win. lol
 

indiefilmgeek

Sr Member
Awesome sight,especially those LED eyes! Did you use the Xrobots iron man LED eyes method for that, indiefilmgeek ?
I went VERY simple. Just a battery pack and two red LEDs.

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Then I just hot glued them in place. I'm just holding them in place in this pic... after they were glued, I added black see-thru cloth to mask her eyes.
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