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It should come as absolutely no surprise that I'm a prettybigSkyrimfan. For DragonCon 2012 I made a set of Banded Iron armor for myself to go along with my helmet, axe and shield. I actually didn't document that project on this blog, but instead detailed the process in a much more in-depth series over at instructables. Volpin Props
Over the last two years there has been an explosion of projects using EVA foam pads to create armor. It's a cheap, readily available material that's easy to work with and a skilled artist can create a finished product with an unbelievably high level of finish. This tutorial from Allen Hopps is a good introduction to some of the basic techniques, while some truly incredible work is on display at the Bioweapons blog. Making Foam Armor
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Ok, so for the last few weeks I’ve been playing Skyrim,… non stop. (level 73 as of this posting) Finally gotten to the point that I can tear myself away from the game long enough to actually start making something. Here is the first “Skyrim” project in the works, a Daedric Sword. Started on this today and got everything shown in the first video done in about 4 hours time. I should have the 2nd half of the build finished tomorrow and will be putting together the video for that soon after. Evil FX / BioWeapons.com
It seems impossible to find the perfect arrows for your costume at the store, even if you pay a fortune. And nothing wows people out like real, handmade arrows. Arrows have a mystique about them that seems to scare people from trying to make them, but they're incredibly simple and cheap to make. They look so impressive when you finish them, and you never have to tell anyone how easy they were! This tutorial is focused on making costume-safe arrows, so we are tipping them with soft, safe foam. Apart from that, though, these arrows are the real thing - if you tipped them with real tips, you'd have functional arrows (though admittedly not particularly durable or accurate ones - if you're really planning to shoot your arrows, PLEASE find a different tutorial). Costume Arrow Tutorial
Tom Banwell—Leather and Resin Projects I have made a leather hat based on the 1656 engraving by Paul Fürst, the only contemporary picture of a plague doctor that I have been able to find. You can see that it has a wide brim that slopes downward, and a short crown that is wider at the top than the bottom. Here is my finished hat made of black vegetable tanned cowhide with a deerskin sweatband. The biggest challenge in making such a hat is shaping the crown. Traditionally hats that are wider at the top than the bottom are shaped on hat blocks that break down into several pieces.