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Comic Body suit


So I've dug through the archives and honestly, I can't find anything I really like for a comic body suit.

I don't want shiny spandex anymore. It looks... for lack of a better word, comic. Yeah, its a comic suit but I still want that realistic appeal that comes with the cowl I have. I've looked at wetsuits but as always, they have way too much crap and logos on them.

So, do you guys have any suggestions other than spandex and under armor?

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I had a buddy make a suit using neoprene (the stuff that wetsuits are made from), but he bought a big roll of the material so it didn't have all the branding and designs on it and he dyed it to a nice dark gray and created his own suit from scratch and then airbrushed slight highlights for the muscles. He didn't airbrush muscles on, he just added subtle highlights.

The suit was the only great thing about it. the cowl, gloves, boots etc were crap looking IMHO, but that suit has always stuck in my mind.

I haven't seen this done anywhere else and I think it looked amazing. Your post made me think of it again.

I haven't been in contact with him for like 5+ years. so, sadly no pictures.

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Textured sports knit or thermal style waffle weave. Both are heavy on texture and don't have that "spandex" look. Basically what you're looking for is something that has the appearance of some weight to it. Any fabric that has enough stretch to make a bodysuit out of and has enough texture to give it a "more solid" look can be a likely candidate.

I've been saying for years that there are more to comic suits than spandex and under armor, but it seems few ever graduate past the spandex or flat material look. Check out some of your local fabric stores. If I remember correctly you'll need somewhere around 4 yards of material for a good bodysuit.

I hope you have luck with it.

~Tim :batfly

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Knightling, get in touch with this person again darn it! :lol

Tim, thanks bro. You know exactly what I'm looking for.

I did a Google search for superhero suit and a lot of pics came up from the the Fantastic Four movie. After looking closer at them, they would fit the bill if they were dark gray and zipped in the back.

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Tony,

Email inkmonkey about the textured black widow suits that he's working on...it might just be waht you're looking for.

Alex

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Quote:

PhantomDetective27 wrote:

Tony,

Email inkmonkey about the textured black widow suits that he's working on...it might just be waht you're looking for.

Alex



Aren't those still spandex even with the stuff on them?

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Here is a small sample of the fabric I am using for my comic suit.

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Its not something you can purchase alone but several fabrics specially dyed and being layered together. If my idea works I'll definitely post a tutorial on how I did it. The problem I'm running into is how to sew a bodysuit.

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That's nice, Mike. Does it have much stretch?

The Black Widow fabric Alex mentions is a heavy lycra with screen printed repeated pattern. It stretches and has convincing weight to it. This particular replica is black lycra with a blue print but other color combinations are possible.
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That all being said I could never get a run off the ground. :lol I have access to a wide range of fabrics that would work great for super hero suits but it's never cheap and only way I can access it is to get a run of minimum 10 together. I've found this tough with non-movie replicas.

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There is some stretch. Not a lot. Probably comparable to the material for the TDK suits. I've been experimenting and my idea so far was to pad the joints a bit which I was going to do anyways to create some muscle definition and allowing the foam to move should help in flexability and what stretch the materials offer.

-Mike

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"Spandex" is just one trade name of the fiber blend of Nylon and Lycra.

The weaves, weights and finishes of Nylon and Lycra are varied from matte to shiny.

Other Lycra blends offer even more looks.

The Reeve Superman suit is heavy "Spandex" but the weight and weave as well as using the backside of it give a less shiny look.

TONS of possibilities for a fabric suit.

My 2 cents,
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