Oh hey is it ok if I unfollow you for reasons other than that whole racism thing? I'm trying to keep my dash mostly art.
uhhhhhhhh ok just unfollow…………you dont need my permission what am i gonna be like “no you can’t unfollow me” i wouldn’t of noticed at all ever tbh
unless like you were convinced that i’d notice a single follower drop after i reblogged that “unfollow me if you think reverse racism is real” thing and trace it back to you because like i would have never noticed in a million years and if i had i wouldn’t of cared enough to see who it was LIKE
and if u think im too sassy or rude right here then like i guess you got a reason to unfollow so we’re all happy
this is just like one of the weirdest asks ive ever gotten
I know the consistency and durability, but what are they like construction-wise? Which requires more work/experience to get good results?
I have limited experience with craft foam but thermoplastics are REALLY great for armor. I briefly listed some different ones + other armor materials/references here.
Been using worbla for my blizzcon armor. Despite having NEVER used it before it was really easy to work with and I love the results so far. It’s kinda like working with really thin sheets of hot clay lol. It’s sticky when hot so gotta be careful where you put it. Craft foam is often used as a “core” for worbla armor because it’s light and helps everything stay shaped/sturdy. Thermoplastic is expensive but it’s worth it imo.
Like I said I don’t have much experience building with foam but from the videos/tutorials I’ve looked at, foam requires a little more time and effort to shape/treat than most thermoplastics. The upside to using foam is it’s much cheaper.
Generally you’re going to want to combine two or three of these materials because they all have their strengths. As lobstmourne said, Worbla is like working with sheets of clay, as scraps can be completely recombined and there’s virtually no waste.
Kamui (kamuicosplay.com or kamuicosplay on tumblr) works extensively with worbla and has dozens of video tutorials as well as incredibly-written books with very in-depth information on working with worbla and wonderflex. I bought her armor and prop making e-books ($5 each) and they’re totally worth it, as she gives a great breakdown of how various armor pieces and props are made as well as tips for packing your costume for travel and fixing the armor to your body.
Wonderflex has a mesh fabric type stuff embedded in it, which gives it its strength but also makes it less ideal for dramatic curves and detail work. Worbla is great for detail work and big curves like female breastplates (I really like Kamui’s term “boobie bags” for this). Friendly plastic is also great for tiny detail work and can be used to sculpt 3D details on armor (skulls, intricate button work, lion heads, etc).
The mesh in wonderflex makes it less ideal for some stuff because it only has one “workable” side versus worbla’s being smooth on both sides. Worbla does have a really textured surface and you’re going to want to prime the shit out of it, especially if you’re making plate armor. Plastidip, gesso, and mod podge/mod podge spray can be used in combination to create a smooth surface. I have four different types of mod podge depending on if I need to prime or finish something… which, until like a month ago I had no idea there was more than just matte and glossy.
Both worbla and wonderflex do work better when sandwiched around craft foam or when double/triple layered for strength, as Lobster said.
Because thermoplastic starts to change shape at high heat, definitely don’t leave your costume in a hot car in the summer and if you live somewhere where it gets REALLY hot outside (like Arizona), your costume might actually begin to soften just by being outside, so be careful when transporting and shipping!!!
I’m using a combination of EVA foam (anti-fatigue puzzle floor mats), worbla, and craft foam for my costume (hunter tier 11). Still going back and forth between using plastidip and gesso to finish the foam pieces as opposed to covering all the pieces in worbla, I might just use worbla in the end for the durability.
Craft foam works REALLY well when you want to create a leathery finish and does great for small detail work that isn’t intricate… I’m still going back and forth with whether I should use 2mm craft foam or worbla for the scales in my scale-mail, I’m probably going to end up using craft foam over a worbla chestplate base in the interest of saving money since money is really tight for us right now (worbla is HELLA expensive, the average costume uses upwards of 6-10 XL sheets of worbla, at $80 a sheet, that shit aint cheap).
EVA foam is good for making suits of armor and bulky pieces, I’m using it for the helmet, boots, and possibly gloves on my costume since they look fairly bulky in the 3D model. It takes a ton more time to form EVA foam with a heat gun than thermoplastics do, but it is the material of choice for people making halo armor and I know a lot of LARPers who use it heavily for their suits of armor.
Do a fuckton of research before you start and when you do start, pick a smaller piece to begin with so if you do fuck something up, you haven’t wasted a ton of material. Bracers or gloves are usually a good place to start since they’re pretty small in comparison.
Also, MAKE PATTERNS FOR EVERYTHING before you start! I built a 6:1 scale model of my bow out of paper and craft foam after mapping out patterns in Illustrator, this helped me solve a billion construction problems I was having (wasn’t sure how to fit a lot of things together, wasn’t sure if my patterns worked going from 3D model to 2D pattern to 3D IRL piece).
I built the helmet out of cardboard and packing tape to give me an idea of the scale and shape of pieces needed to build it. I have basically built the entire costume out of paper before I started on anything, really. I walked around my apartment with paper boot covers over my sneakers to figure out how to construct them out of foam effectively.
This is saving me so much time and money since I’m not doing trial and error with the actual costume materials as I do construction.
If you are good with paint, sculpting, and general crafty shit, you can pretty much make any material look good. I’ve seen costumes made out of cardboard that looked incredible. I’ve also seen people resin/fiberglass over paper pepakura models and create insanely good stuff.
I think most people with existing artistic talent have a huge advantage over non artsy folk, so if you’re good at one kind of art, you’re probably going to be good at other kinds and will pick it up pretty quick.
(I sort of went above and beyond your question, whinecraft, cuz I know lots of people might be interested in this, too)
“Years ago I learned a very cool thing about Robin Williams, and I couldn’t watch a movie of his afterward without thinking of it. I never actually booked Robin Williams for an event, but I came close enough that his office sent over his rider. For those outside of the entertainment industry, a rider lists out an artist’s specific personal and technical needs for hosting them for an event, anything from bottled water and their green room to sound and lighting requirements. You can learn a lot about a person from their rider. This is where rocks bands list their requirement for green M&Ms (which is actually a surprisingly smart thing to do). This is also where a famous environmentalist requires a large gas-guzzling private jet to fly to the event city, but then requires an electric or hybrid car to take said environmentalist to the event venue when in view of the public.
When I got Robin Williams’ rider, I was very surprised by what I found. He actually had a requirement that for every single event or film he did, the company hiring him also had to hire a certain number of homeless people and put them to work. I never watched a Robin Williams movie the same way after that. I’m sure that on his own time and with his own money, he was working with these people in need, but he’d also decided to use his clout as an entertainer to make sure that production companies and event planners also learned the value of giving people a chance to work their way back. I wonder how many production companies continued the practice into their next non-Robin Williams project, as well as how many people got a chance at a job and the pride of earning an income, even temporarily, from his actions. He was a great multiplier of his impact. Let’s hope that impact lives on without him. Thanks, Robin Williams- not just for laughs, but also for a cool example.”—Brian Lord.org (via wonderwoundedhearers)
Metzen 2010:Get ready Alliance fans Cataclysm is your time to shine you will literally save the world!
Metzen 2012:Haha okay so maybe Cataclysm was more about Thrall and his emotional problems plus the Horde beginning to shatter but Mists of Pandaria is all about YOU, Alliance!!
Metzen 2013:Okay okay maybe Mists ended up being about the Horde Civil War and Garrosh's daddy issues but I swear you Alliance will be AMAZING in Warlords of Draenor no no I know it looks exactly like another expansion revolving around orcs but I PROMISE you guys!!!!
Metzen 2015:So the Alliance are really actually going to get a lot of new lore in the newest expansion 'A Million Orc Cocks In My Mouth'-