Skyrim Glass Armor [UPGRADING]

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 boobs 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 breasts...).
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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...
 
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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! :)
 

arborealkey

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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!
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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...)

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.
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.
 

T K

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Re: Skyrim Glass Armor

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. :)
 

arborealkey

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Re: Skyrim Glass Armor

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...

nice work really like the shine on the green
Thank you !

hydromatic93 said:
You're kidding right? Those look great for 'random lines', and the showed up great once they got painted.
They're really random XD But thanks !
 
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arborealkey

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Re: Skyrim Glass Armor

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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Leylander

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Re: Skyrim Glass Armor

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!
 

arborealkey

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Re: Skyrim Glass Armor

That helmet just by itself looks great! Is the helmet all foam as well?
Thank you ! Yes, everything is foam.

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!
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...
 

T K

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Re: Skyrim Glass Armor

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 "
 

arborealkey

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Re: Skyrim Glass Armor

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 "
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.

Very cool! You nailed it!
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 ?
 
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