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How to make armor by Maguma
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Published: May 31, 2010
ENJOY! FIRST TUTORIAL EVER.

Quick edit's note. either use some sort of crayon or strong marking pencil on the camping mat, if that doesn't work use a sharpie. Sharpie will work well but the mat Absorbs like crazy so when you handle it you WILL get your hands a bit dirty. will remod tutorial for updated version later when kinks in neck are gone XD
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I would probably skip the vinyl, but would this type of armor hold up to, say, getting whacked with pool noodles with fiberglass cores?
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DynamiteBreakdownStudent Traditional Artist
if you are looking to use it for SCA or other LARPing events, multiple levels of padding will do you just fine.
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Thank you!  I was planning to use chipboard at this point, with some paper mache, but I could definitely use this for thicker pieces!  Does armor made of this foam get too hot?  I'd be wearing it in the summer sometimes.
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DynamiteBreakdownStudent Traditional Artist
it gets sweaty but I've never felt like I've gotten too hot because of it. My only warning and concern is just to stay hydrated because you will sweat in any armor that's covering a majority of your body or limbs.
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i think using camping mat material is better for me because i can actually get it frm the store
zanruos's avatar
i need to try it with the walmart camping mat
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TimUnicornHobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome!!! This will definatly help with my Bastion cosplay!!! Thanks!
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SophisticatedSquidStudent General Artist
Would you say that this would be appropriate for the great Siegmeyer of Catarina?
more broadly knight armor in general?
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Do you think this method would work for a Dark Eldar armor?
Reena-Hana's avatar
Your tutorial is easy to understand and you make it seem easy! This is very helpful :)
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DynamiteBreakdownStudent Traditional Artist
Good to hear!
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SirWonderousMaryHobbyist Photographer
I'm definitely thinking of using this tutorial for Madara! ^^ Thanks!
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DynamiteBreakdownStudent Traditional Artist
No prob! Enjoy!!
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ineedsugarHobbyist Artist
Would you mind me asking which brand of foam you use? I love how this turned out!
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DynamiteBreakdownStudent Traditional Artist
It's called EVA foam, you can find them in many ways, the most common are camping mats and Workshop floor mats for tool sheds and such.
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SophiaDragonMasterProfessional Digital Artist
Oooh camping mat! That's a great idea!
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HeartlessInuHobbyist Digital Artist
You, my good sir, are a genius. Thanks so much for putting this up!
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DynamiteBreakdownStudent Traditional Artist
Glad you can use it~ you're very welcome!!
ArturiaCos's avatar
I may try this soon, thanks for sharing!
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DynamiteBreakdownStudent Traditional Artist
you're very welcome~
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maggifanHobbyist Artisan Crafter
How did you bend the camping mat to that shape? :?
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DynamiteBreakdownStudent Traditional Artist
I glued a second piece to it in that shape to help bring a bit more curve to it. by gluing it down all the way it removes a good amount of the give for flexibility and helps it stay in that shape. also wrapping it up or compressing it and leaving it in a specific position over a long period of time will make it naturally bend.
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SophisticatedSquidStudent General Artist
I heard someone say that using a heat gun and bending it also works, do you know if this is truths or lies?
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