Skyrim Glass Armor [UPGRADING]

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  1. arborealkey

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    Good evening everyone !
    EDIT: COMPLETE (Started on October 4th, finished on November 12th)
    (pictures by Lescargotgraphe)
    EDIT#2 (july 19th 2017): version 2 is coming

    Glass bow thread: https://www.therpf.com/showthread.php?t=279361

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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 * 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 *...).
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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: Jul 19, 2017
  2. T K

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    Re: Skyrim Glass Armor

    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! :)
     
  3. Sluis Van Shipyards

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    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.
     
  4. arborealkey

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    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...)

    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.
     
  5. T K

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    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. :)
     
  6. Nismo

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    nice work really like the shine on the green
     
  7. hydromatic93

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    You're kidding right? Those look great for 'random lines', and the showed up great once they got painted.
     
  8. arborealkey

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    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...

    Thank you !

    They're really random XD But thanks !
     
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  9. arborealkey

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    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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  10. Sluis Van Shipyards

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    That looks awesome!
     
  11. arborealkey

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    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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  12. Leylander

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    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!
     
  13. Sluis Van Shipyards

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    That helmet just by itself looks great! Is the helmet all foam as well?
     
  14. arborealkey

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    Thank you ! Yes, everything is foam.

    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...
     
  15. T K

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    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 "
     
  16. Sluis Van Shipyards

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    Very cool! You nailed it!
     
  17. arborealkey

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    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.

    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 ?
     
  18. Sluis Van Shipyards

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    That's great! It's hard to believe this and others on here are foam!
     
  19. GhostMinion

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    That is insane. :thumbsup Unreal how much detail you stuffed into that build. Awesome. :thumbsup
     
  20. asavage

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    Gorgeous build. Incredible that you did it so fast. Nice work.
     
  21. JediJayne

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    That paint job is outstanding. It really looks like glass plates are embedded in the armor. Love it!
     
  22. Utri

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    Call me childish, but this made me lol
     
  23. Wheeljack

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    I clicked on this thread and this was my reaction. Excellent job!
     
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  24. BigStick

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    Wow. Spectacular work! I'm also planning a Space Marine for next years ComicCon. You should definitely start a thread on it.
    :thumbsup
     
  25. arborealkey

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    Thank you ! Now I want to carve everything...

    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.

    I was really motivated for some reason. Thank you !

    Thank you so much !

    I even use this word in my native language (which isn't English...)

    You, sir, just made my day.

    Thank you ! Which chapter ? As for me, I'm gonna be a Night Lord.
     
  26. B Wo

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    Holy cow! Great job.
     
  27. BigStick

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    Honestly, no idea. There are so many awesome builds on this forum. I see one & go "Wow! I wanna do that" then I see another and same thing:)
     
  28. arborealkey

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    Thank you ! I'm currently working on something else (a Space Marine...), but the glass armor is going to get an upgrade around March or April: a real chainmail (it will take forever), eventually new weapons, a better paint job...
     
  29. B Wo

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    arborealkey I just started making some 4 in 1 chain mail for a Destiny Titan Iron Saga suit I'm building. After 100 rings and 45 minutes, I'm left with approximately a 4"x4" square. I told my wife I'm making a loin cloth, haha.
     
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  30. Axlotl

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    This is FANTASTIC! Great work! :thumbsup
     
  31. equib

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    Great work on this, and super fast too!
     
  32. AlphaTech686

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    This is very nice. All those little lines you just made up are very cool
     
  33. gothic

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    amour looks amazing, nice photos too
     
  34. Nismo

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    Inspirational - your details are amazing
     
  35. megabethbob

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    This is lovely! May I ask what your process was for painting the green?
     
  36. Bigtony08

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    stunning and so clean for foam!
     
  37. hulmingbird

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    Wow! Amazing!
    I've been playing Skyrim for a couple of years now, and wow... you nailed that. Awesome job
     
  38. VenomCF

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    Okay. Somebody please bring back my jaw! Excellent work and details!
     
  39. CLOTHAR

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    Great work. The paint job really brings it to life.
     
  40. Elven Doorstop

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    This is probably the best suit of armor I've seen outside of a major movie! Usually armor just doesn't fit quite right and the weathering looks almost nonexistent, but this is incredible, well done! :thumbsup

    You have probably tried this already and it might not even work, but have you ever tried a sealing epoxy instead of wood glue to give it a smooth finish? It would require several coats to give a smooth finish due to how much it soaks in, but I think it might fill the details less than wood glue. You are clearly much better than me at making, but I thought I'd share in the hopes that it makes things easier and better for you if you haven't tried this already.
     
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  41. arborealkey

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    I'm really sorry for the late answer :/
    Thank you ^^

    I guess I had the motivation :p Who needs sleep anyway ?

    Thank you !

    I couldn't thank the photographers at the convention enough for those pics ! I hope I'll be able to do a proper photoshoot in the wilds someday.

    Thank you !!

    Thank you ! Here is a beautiful...screenshot of my Instagram (someone asked the same thing).
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    The acrylics are all from Pebeo, here are the references:
    Gold: N°350
    Green-Blue: N°358
    Blue-Green:N°357
    Green-Yellow:N°359
    In fact, I just did this randomly the first time with colors I had at home and thought it wasn't that bad, so I kept the same process for the rest...

    Thank you ! And in fact, and it's not that clean :p I've tried working with thermoplastics before, but I didn't really liked it.
    Thank you very much !

    Thanks a lot !

    Thank you ^^!

    Thank you ! In fact, I'm a bit new to this (I made my first armor in February 2016), so I have yet to try new things. I use wood glue only because it's cheap and I have a bunch at home, so I've never tried sealing epoxy (I don't even know what it's called in my language o0). Thank you very much for the tip, I'll be sure to gather information about this (Google is my best friend).


    Oh, and...this is what happens when you mod your game.
    Picture by: https://www.facebook.com/KaeruPictures/ (each time we run into each other at a con, we end up taking stupid photos, I love this guy)
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  42. jarroth

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    nah, dont start that thread. that sounds boring and totaly not cool. :D

    erm, when will you start the new thread? :p

    ps, started already? :)
     
  43. Elven Doorstop

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    I apologize, I didn't give enough information. The epoxy I use is specifically called Clear Penetrating Epoxy Sealer or CPES, the brand I use is a 2 part solution (mix equal parts).
     
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  44. Takanuva

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    This armor looks amazing arborealkey! I love the paint job and carving that you did on this armor. You just motivated me to start my space marine scratch build, although it's not a replica. :)
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  45. arborealkey

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    *three hundred years later*
    I'm finally making a glass weapon (after bulding a nordic battleaxe and a nordic sword...), it's in this thread: https://www.therpf.com/showthread.php?t=279361

    At the same time, I'll also upgrade the armor itself, so I guess I'll post some pictures here...
     
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