The Definitive Shang-Chi Thread

Zlurpo

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Looks great. Are these outdoor shots? Material looks silky but not too shiny. The alpha industries jacket looks way too shiny, because of the nylon. Great fit too. I don't envy having to tackle that ribbed knit collar and cuffs being reversible and contrasting colours.
Yes, these are outdoor in natural (but very cloudy) lighting.
 

DanielWillzy

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Can't get a proper high def screen-grab but for anyone wondering what shirt Simu wears with the chauffeur outfit both during the hotel scene and up until the bus scene it is just a white all saints button-down. Although it does have the all saints little ram skull logo embroidered on the left side. That being so I do believe its their Huntingdon Shirt in white.

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Jedi Yar-Nala

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After watching Shang-Chi (again) on Disney+ Day... I would TOTALLY love to cosplay this...

I was surprised at the lack of Shang-Chi costumes at the major retailers at Halloween, especially for kids costumes (of course not screen replica quality), and absolutely none for the adults. The only one I found was a kid's one for my youngest son at Target.... the other retailers... fail.

It is such a wonderful costume... and such a wonderful character.

KoRen.... so awesome that you were a part of this. Props and respect.

Looking at the cosplay versions out there... none, of course have the dragon scales right... the insanity to do these glued individually is... well insane, but awesome. I just wish that there was a version out there that comes closer to achieving dragon scale effect.... one available for purchase with that effect, as I know there would be an interest and many (like myself) don't know how to even begin to do it.

If anyone has any leads of who makes a more accurate screen version of this, I would be interested (as would many in here, I'm sure). :D
 
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kenobibale

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After watching Shang-Chi (again) on Disney+ Day... I would TOTALLY love to cosplay this...

I was surprised at the lack of Shang-Chi costumes at the major retailers at Halloween, especially for kids costumes (of course not screen replica quality), and absolutely none for the adults. The only one I found was a kid's one for my youngest son at Target.... the other retailers... fail.

It is such a wonderful costume... and such a wonderful character.

KoRen.... so awesome that you were a part of this. Props and respect.

Looking at the cosplay versions out there... none, of course have the dragon scales right... the insanity to do these glued individually is... well insane, but awesome. I just wish that there was a version out there that comes closer to achieving dragon scale effect.... one available for purchase with that effect, as I know there would be an interest and many (like myself) don't know how to even begin to do it.

If anyone has any leads of who makes a more accurate screen version of this, I would be interested (as would many in here, I'm sure). :D
I would start with something like this

from white sheep leather and then maybe puff painting the scales on. It won't have the same dimensional effect as the movie ones, but could work. And would catch the light pretty well. It wouldn't stretch and would be time consuming, but until whitesheepleather comes out with a printed one like their endgame cap etc or RPC studio or one of the other printers this is somewhere to start.
 

Jedi Yar-Nala

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I would start with something like this

from white sheep leather and then maybe puff painting the scales on. It won't have the same dimensional effect as the movie ones, but could work. And would catch the light pretty well. It wouldn't stretch and would be time consuming, but until whitesheepleather comes out with a printed one like their endgame cap etc or RPC studio or one of the other printers this is somewhere to start.
Wow... Didn't even think of doing the puffy paint method. That might work.

Wish there was a way to get a more uniform "diamond" effect with this... kind of like how it looked like the dragon scales were transparent "sheets" that were cut and glued on top of the jacket. Outside of the puffy paint approach... isn't there to do that? This way they can be cut and applied as needed on a jacket? Kind of like tile work?
 

kenobibale

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Wow... Didn't even think of doing the puffy paint method. That might work.

Wish there was a way to get a more uniform "diamond" effect with this... kind of like how it looked like the dragon scales were transparent "sheets" that were cut and glued on top of the jacket. Outside of the puffy paint approach... isn't there to do that? This way they can be cut and applied as needed on a jacket? Kind of like tile work?
Until someone like the usual vendors for these superhero fabrics steps up and maybe does a screen print version I don't think you ill get a uniform effect. Even then it ill be a relatively "flat" print compared to the movie diamonds.

I don't know how difficult it would be to cast your own. Maybe with a 3d print of a panel of diamonds, then cast a mold and just bang out castings. It would be very time consuming. Maybe there is something similar one could find in arts and crafts areas, used for bedazzling clothes or something.

Personally I think a screen print would be the best approach. Followed by puff paint. They would have the most long term durability compared to individually glued appliances.
 

Benedictus

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I'm still seeing gloms between the scales. The rubber is translucent. revealing the printed fabric below THROUGH the rubber.

Looks at this area in your image, where you can see what I believe is rubber reflecting light between those ornamental rows.

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Screenprinting does not allow for this style of definition. You could get a flat pattern or a rounded pattern, or a vaguely puffy pattern, but nothing with this shape and definition. That definition requires casting.

EDIT: Check out these areas as well, you can see a raised t-shape between the scales, showing that there IS a material on top of the fabric in those valleys. AND you can see the edge of the cast piece above, because there would have to be multiple sections to something like this, it couldn't be cast across the entire thing at once since the fabric would need to be flat and pressed into an open mold.

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Scanning the thread, I don't see if anyone's mentioned this before, but it looks like the diamonds were 3d printed with thin interlacing, like those 3d printed scale mail armors, so that it appears to flex while still being one "piece" or sheet. Then glued to the lycra(?) fabric underneath. Or, if 3D printing molds is a thing, maybe a detailed negative mold of the diamonds and interlacing was made, then the positive was cast in a semi transparent rubber. Then, as stated before, the fabric was adhered to the back of the positive before it fully cured.
 

Jedi Yar-Nala

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Any ideas on how to light the rings?

Glow sticks is one method I found... works great in the dark or dimly lit areas... but not so much in a lighted area (outside or comic convention). Plus it fades over time.

There is El Wire.... or neopixel strips, potentially.

What is the best way to connect them together... and not have the wires showing in between each ring on the arm? Would they all have to have separate buttons, or can they all be connected to one activation button? Is their a wireless option out there?

Not electronically inclined, so any help would be appreciated.
 

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