Lord Of The Rings Elven Armor

Discussion in 'Replica Costumes' started by Redbeard, Apr 21, 2006.

  1. Redbeard

    Redbeard Active Member

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    Hey y'all.
    I'm posting this on behalf of a member of my german propforum Die Propschmiede. He wanted to share his project here but couldn't register because it seems new registrations are suspended. Anyway here it goes:

    Hi everybody, I´m a fan of LOTR and a beginner in props. I found a german propboard called www.propschmiede.de and I was so inspired, that I start my project “Elven Costume”.

    In the “propschmiede” you can find my tutorial in german.

    Basicly I used this sites to get Informations:
    http://entropyhouse.com/penwiper/costumes/elftemplates.html
    http://entropyhouse.com/penwiper/costumes/helmsdeep.html
    There are chest-templates to print out. :eek:)

    The second site that I used to get tricks and clever solutions was http://www.jedielfqueen.com/elvenwarriors/elvenwarriors.htm

    The Start:

    At first I printed the templates and cut this out from 2mm craft foam (sheets 30x45 cm and 46x92 cm). In Germany it called “Moosgummi” (Moosgum). I used “Pattex” (all-purpose glue) because its flexible like gum when its dry.

    The wrist guard I taped on waterbottle and stick the second layer of ”Mossgummi”.

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    After this I lay on ornaments with “Moltofill Fugen Dicht”. This is actually for joints in walls. It stay flexible like silicon and you can paint on it.

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    I stick the chest armor so that it looks like several layers . But the chest stay thin an flexible.

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    For painting I used gold, dark brown, mars black and chromeoxygreen acryl color. I mixed for the first layer an dark color (gold + dark brown + mars black).

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    After drying I start with the second color layer, a gold-black mix. I dap it on with cosmetic / cotton pads because I prefer a used look and I called the style “swoard-washed“ or „ork-washed“.

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    Than I made the hip armor. I´m not good in inversly and symmatrical draw. So I used a fineliner and draw the ornaments on one side, dap on the line points with wet acryl colour and lay on the other armor side (turn around). So there symmetrical ornaments curves on both sides

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    On one side the leaves of the hip armor are elvish writing. I printed the elvish word for "Haldir" and "Lothlorien" from side http://www.jedielfqueen.com/elvenwarriors/...ing/writing.htm
    on 240 gr/m² photopaper and cut out. I used thick points of glue, the word float 1mm over the surface from armor. After drying I paint the letter with Mod Podge and fill the gap between paper and armor.

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    And than, painting the two color layer. And here it is:

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    The elvish words

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    Here I put on the hip armor provisionally. Die hip armour does not enclose my backside, but its ok because there is the cape.

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    I think the hip armour is bald and needs more ornaments. I consider where I lay on more ornaments with “Molto Fugen Dicht”.

    Now I wrote the webmaster of http://entropyhouse.com/penwiper/costumes/elftemplates.html to say thank you for your homepage and printable templates. 3 Days later I get an answer

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    Hello.

    Wow. Your armor looks amazing. I'm bookmarking your link for future updates to my page, and I just wish I read German. Your paint job is really impressive, and I love what you did with the Elvish writing as well. Excellent work - thank you for showing me.

    Genevieve
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    Here you can find a picture from Genevieve. The photo"Gen aka Penwiper"
    http://www.jedielfqueen.com/elvenwarriors/elvenwarriors.htm

    Now I start with the cloak, vest, neck guard ,Â….

    continuation follows then
     
  2. Phayze

    Phayze Well-Known Member

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    Wow. That's some seriously impressive work.

    I'm always impressed by what a little creativity and some fun foam can accomplish. ;)
     
  3. GeneralMayhem

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    Nice work. I like the paint job a lot. I know that tutorial well. I looked it over quite a few times before deciding to use thin plastic instead of foam for my second age armor. I needed something more rigid for the overlapping lames to hold their shape. I want to try the Helm's Deep armor some day.

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    ~ GM
     
  4. optinerd

    optinerd New Member

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    WOW. As one of the folks who has delved deeply into replicating this costume, I bow to the superb job done on the armor. I'm especially digging the embossing on the hip armor...VERY NICE. Definitely looking forward to seeing more progress pix. :D I handled the "soft parts" for our group of Helm's Deep elves....Redbeard, if your friend is interested here's a link:

    http://www.crystalballcostumes.com/ThirdAgeArmor.html

    General Mayhem, always drooling over your elf armor... :thumbsup
     
  5. GeneralMayhem

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    Thanks Steph. Much appreciated, as always...


    *bows*
     
  6. weaselflinger

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    Representing Deutschland yah.

    Great job, very well done. I like the paint job as well.
     
  7. Reactor drone

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    Funny,I used acrylic latex caulking to do the edges on my second age armour.

    Great minds think alike :p
     
  8. GeneralMayhem

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Reactor drone @ Apr 22 2006, 09:31 PM) [snapback]1231420[/snapback]</div>

    I used a beading machine. Works like a charm.

    ;)
     
  9. Guri

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    Nice.. The painting job is beautiful. Great aging...

    Please keep the photos coming, I can't wait to see it all together on you. No pressure though - I know how long this takes to put together. :confused

    Guri aka Jedielfqueen
     
  10. Agrippa

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    Very nice. Keep up the great work.
     
  11. Redbeard

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    Hey, Thanks a lot for your feedback.

    I have in the meantime I have found imitation leather in red-brown. So I sew the finger guards. The finger guard will be sew with the wrist guards. Before I invert the finger guards I warmed the imitation leather with a hair dryer. At the finger guard crest I make short distance between the needle pass. Otherwise the seam is inexactly and the leather make little waves out the seam.

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    The helm is nearly finished. But I´m not happy with the result. I had trouble with the helm templates, so I improvise. Not 100% elvish but see here some picture from the steps.

    At first I stick the helm parts together on an head of glas.
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    At saturday I found art flowers edging in a tinker market. So I think its perfect for the floral ornaments on the Elven helms.

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    And here it is with colour.

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    It is to look how art-forged ornament. So I closed small cuts and gaps with ModPodge. Than it looks more realistically.

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    The next part was the pin, that sit on the chest armor. I found picture in the internet and print and cut they out in 3 Diameter (2,5; 3; 3,5 cm). Than I see what is the best size (3 cm)

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    I cut a plate from a cover of a fruitdrink.

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    Than I stick the print on the plate –> dry -> paint with a very aqueous mixture (black + gold) -> dry -> covered with thinly ModPodge. The surface was not smooth.

    Than cut an semi-circle out from the chest armor and stick the pin. Backside I stick a stripe of foam craft.

    The leatherwork:

    I took the imitation leather and make a sketch for the ornament seams on the back. For the symmetric curves I used remainder of foarm craft.

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    When I was ready … tada. – surprise . - mistake in reasoning. I need the lines on the frontside. I taped the leather on my windows by sunny weather und draw on the frontside.

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    Than I take some clothes-peg and sew the ornament seams – a wonderfull sport ;o)

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    After this I cut the edges. Before I donÂ’t know how the leather shift because the 10 ornament seams. Now I missing something to hold the leather and the chest armor together on the back.

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    Than I sew leather-stripes on the wrist guards. At first I try to stick to. But this is not the best way. I took linen thread and paint it over with colour. At the end leather-stripe came a Buckle.

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    The same again with the shoulder bells.

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    The next is neck guard. I choose an old sweater as layer. On the sweater I stick many little leather plates. The sweater has an v-collar, but I change it to a high collar.

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    Some days later Â…

    Now I make some hole in the leather guard. I sew 16 litte pieces of wood in the leather to strengthen. So it can´t tear.

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    No the leather armor hold together at back.

    Than I take the sweater und cut out an piece at the back. The sweater is now closely, when I sew it togther. With the piece I make the high collar for the neck guard.

    It followed the great hardcore-stick. I hope I´m not addicted for Pattex glue. I stick very many little leather plate on the sweater. But at first I cut the leather plates out.

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    After 2 day dry I painted with colour-mix (gold+metallic copper + dark terracotta).

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    For the collar conclusion I paint a leather-stripe in dark brown -> dry -> sew it

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    continuation follows again
     
  12. Phayze

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    awesome work. Keep those great progress pics coming. :D
     
  13. PMTrooper

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    hey kiptho
    nice work
    hope you find the time to complete your project
     
  14. joeranger

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    This thread is so good I want to start on elf armor right now... I can't believe all of the resources available.
     
  15. GeneralMayhem

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    Go for it. The results can be very rewarding.
     
  16. Goldenrod

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    Amazing job there. Has anymore progress been made??
     
  17. Shadow Duchess

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    Superb job on this set.
    I always found this set to be so Art Deco in it's look and you've done a great job on ornamentation and painting.
    :thumbsup
     
  18. kiptho

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    ... & the beat goes on

    After a long time, now here my little update. I had a creativ time out. I have holidays and time pimp my prop - yo :p

    Cloak: at frist I cut a semi-circle out of stretch-velvet. This was the basic form for the cloak. But the cloak was to short. So I sew long stripes to extend. I´m not shure, to make the cloak to old-used look.

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    Than I cut the velvet in the middle of the upper edge. And parallel right and left to the upper edge. So I´ve got velvet-stripe on both sides. These stripes were sew together. From the rest of velvet I make the hood an sew it on ne neck of the cloak.

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    On the shoulder I sew little metal-hooks. But as underlayer I used some little plates of imitation leather because the velvet is thin. On the hooks will be fasten the shoulder bells.

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    Long time I think how I fasten the shoulder bells and the wrist guards. Than I choose hooks and sew them on the imitation leather stripes.

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    After that I found a solution to keep together the back of the chest armor. -> a thin rubber band. The band was sew an on the chest. Now it must be colored.

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    Than I cut my sweat shirt because the tighten is to difficult. So I cut the arms and a broad strip. The broad strip is my basic belt for the mail skirt an the hips armor.

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    Admitted, this were some “little building sites”. But it takes his time to found a practical solution.

    I was so addicted and put the costume parts together. Look here.

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    At the end, the same story. I look in future. I think about the shoes. I imagine some boots there sew with velvet,satin,Â…

    continuation follows again ...

    And dont forgotten, look to our german prop board " Die Propschmiede"
     
  19. Phayze

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    I can't believe I actually forgot all about this incredibly awesome thread.

    Great work, man - keep it up. :D
     
  20. Bountys Hunted

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    WOW.. Outstanding...
     
  21. Jack_Fauth

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    hehe...fun foam rules
     
  22. clownluv15

    clownluv15 Well-Known Member

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    right on,this is looking sweet
     
  23. St. Matticus

    St. Matticus Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Unbelievable.. Your work is rewarding for all of us.. Great thread.
     
  24. Darth_Eagle

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    Looks great :eek and tempting me to return back to my Elven Archer Project and finish it. :love

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    Okay, after I finish doing my SW Costumes and Armors (didn't I say that since 2 years ago? :angel )
     
  25. kiptho

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    Hi everybody,
    after a long time i work now on my costüm. Now I´m put together the armor skirt. The Tutorial i use, suggest for this cotton, but i use imitation leather. At first i cut 2 pieces for right and left side.

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    Than i draw auxiliary lines.

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    And than it was therapeutically , Wellcome to the funny Panel Drawing.


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    After this i cut the panels, but not complete, only by 2 sides. If I´m ready it should look so.

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  26. id5570

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    That is very nice, I have a friend that would love it.
     
  27. kiptho

    kiptho New Member

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    Painting-Day
    At first I cut 2-3 cm stripes from red-brown imitation leather for the edge of my Maille Skirt. Than I paint it with a mix of brown + mars-black. It will be a used look and the colur is not completely covered the imitation leather.


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    Now I paint the Mailie Skirt. The first colour-layer was little mistake, because the colour was to thin / to many water. It was a mix from gold + terracotta + metallic copper + yellowgreen.


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    I take a wood-board to paint the imitations lether. Than I took a hairdrier.


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    The second layer was just gold for both parts of the Mailie Skirt.


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    After drying i push the little cuted plates because they stick from the gold colour.


    Now I have a new digital camera. So I take some new pictures from the costume.


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  28. kiptho

    kiptho New Member

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    please delete this post
     
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  29. kiptho

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    I´m not at the end. There some thing to do.

    I have sew the brown leather-Stripes on the maille skirt now.
    So I´ve break the leather-stripes clothes-pin at the half make some whole for the needle to sew.That makes more easier.
    To make the hole I took a mini srewdriver with a broken sharp point.

    After that I sew the right and left part from the maille skirt together. Than was time to sew 2 leather-carrier on the skirt.

    http://www.propschmiede.de/phpBB3/download.php?id=90
    http://www.propschmiede.de/phpBB3/download.php?id=89
    http://www.propschmiede.de/phpBB3/download.php?id=91

    For the underskirt i cut out 4 wide velvet-stripes an d sew it on a cutted old jeans.

    The german tutorials can you find in the thread "the german way of LOTR" at http://www.propschmiede.de
     
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  30. Guri

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    Hey there! glad to see you're still at it and posting here. :) Great job! (y)thumbsup:thumbsup


    Guri aka jedielfqueen
     
  31. DrStranglove

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    Love the new photo in the OP!!!! Who is the chick??
     
  32. kiptho

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    Hi DrStranglove,

    I don´t understand your post. Perhaps you mean some of the picture on the first sites. The picture were some years old and were deleted from the Hoaster. I´ll repair this sometimes in future ;)
     
  33. kiptho

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    At the weekend I´still work at my costume. At first I´ve plan to close the red leather belt / skirt with strings. But this was not comfortable to use. So I sew 3 stripes of black rubber band from an old belt.

    http://www.propschmiede.de/phpBB3/download.php?id=94&sid=39a4dfef72163dd8c1cd879f248a18c3

    Than I sew some leather plates in the hip armor to hold a belt. After this i fill up an painted the seam.

    http://www.propschmiede.de/phpBB3/download.php?id=93&sid=39a4dfef72163dd8c1cd879f248a18c3

    I´m ready nearly. So I make new picture from me in costume. It was very hot with so many Parts. The Chest Armor ist realy uncomfortable. Its not possible to put on the costume allone.

    Here a the picture:

    http://www.propschmiede.de/phpBB3/download.php?id=97&sid=39a4dfef72163dd8c1cd879f248a18c3

    http://www.propschmiede.de/phpBB3/download.php?id=96&sid=39a4dfef72163dd8c1cd879f248a18c3

    http://www.propschmiede.de/phpBB3/download.php?id=95&sid=39a4dfef72163dd8c1cd879f248a18c3
     
  34. Guri

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    It's great to see you in the costume finally! It makes such a difference in being able to appreciate the work.

    Where will you be wearing it? And are there any good photos of the helmet to show off? I'd love to see that.

    You must have made it correctly then! :lol The other problem you should have is not being able to sit down.
     
  35. Bilbo Baggins

    Bilbo Baggins Well-Known Member

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    Excellent Costume, kiptho! :eek:thumbsup
     
  36. kiptho

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  37. Guri

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    Oh yeah, those are the details I was craving to see. :love

    That helmet is sweet, and the aging on the shoulder bells is perfection!

    Great job. Thanks again for posting your progress and making sure those of us behind on seeing this thread got to catch up!
     

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