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Registered: 05-2007
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Fabric Cowl


Reading the comics the cowls always seem to vary with expressions or get torn suggesting they are made of some form of material.

Has any one tried making one that is fabric and was it successful? :huh :batman If so, does anyone have pictures?:pics

I would like to have a go, but I'm not sure where to start.

Colin

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What you seek is the holy grail of Batman cowls. :lol There have been many that have tried, and some have come quite close, but I've yet to hear anyone say that they are 100% completely satisfied with their outcome.

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Re: Fabric cowl??


This is a battle I have been fighting for quite some time. I've made a few fabric cowls and with each attempt I have been happier with the results. My most recent attempt is actually in the process of being created. This time around I am sculpting a shell that will either go under a leather cowl to hold it's form, or sit on top of a leather hood. I haven't decided which method will work better yet. You can see the sculpt I am working on for the shell in this thread here...

http://com1.runboard.com/bbrotherhoodofthebat.f4.t197524

Here are pics of some of the other attempts I have made in the past...

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Re: Fabric cowl??


I think I remember the ultimate guide to Batman saying that bats had multiple cowls, some where rigid helmets while others were memory fabric that folded flat but when "activated" they would form the cowls shape.

But I know what you mean, the only way I see if duplicating what the comic cowl does, is to shave your head paint it black and glue some ears to your head.

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Re: Fabric cowl??


I think a very soft, fleshy, thin cowl (silicone or something? - ) would mimic the comics pretty well. But it would, like a prosthetic, not actually be a material that would last a long time. It would be good for movie use where you have multiples, but not actually a good cowl to own.

Such cowl that would be strong and last a long time really would be a holy grail though.

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Jon that is real nice, :up I also like the idea of the hard head piece, is that under the cowl to give it shape? Another idea I had while reading another post wast to buy one of those really cheap plastic Rubies masks and use that as a base :cookoo I sat and watched the old Adam West film the other day for ideas even his cowl appears to be molded onto some sort of skull cap. Maybe sticking material to the Rubies mask?? :ohoh I am keeping my eyes peeled for a possible base to build on. Your right this could be the holy grail but its fun!

Cheers Colin :cheers

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Definately don't let the fact that it hasn't been done stop you from doing anything. Ever. :up

Why if the movie costumers did that we'd still be seeing a big rubber bodysuit on Batman instead of the cool... er, what? No kidding? ... Really? Ok, that was a bad example. I guess my point is don't ever stop trying new things. :rollin :rollin :rollin

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Cheers guys kind of reminds me of another post of mine see (Birthday present!!?? Ace)
Youll know what I mean.
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What if you tried sticking some resin ears on one of Artsee's form-fitting cowls? I've always wondered what that would look like, the cowl he does sort of reminds me of a DKR cowl, if it had really short ears.

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