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the sharp lines make it look professionally done for spec ops gear
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Jerry, those gauntlets look amazing! Do you mind sharing your techniques for making the gauntlets look worn? I am thinking of applying an under coat of a metal paint, then applying a color top coat and partially wiping it away at the edges before it dries. What did you do?

Based on these pictures of Kevin' work I am so excited to get my Arkham City cowl!



I've heard of people using that method but I would think that it depends on what base material your working with. I haven't tried it with foam but I would think they method would work when applied to any dence material. Foam however I'm not sure as I've never tried. What I've recently tried was using a silver oil based sharpie pen(the kind with the rattle can ball in it). I'll paint a little bit on an edge and immediately smear it across the edge with my finger. Repeat on whatever areas you think would receive wear. And add some to the surface where maybe it got struck. This maybe should be joined with some actual light physical damage applied to the prop to add realism.

For example here is a pair of gauntlets I just finished for a customer yesterday(not the greatest picture but you get the idea). He unfortunately didn't want actual damage etched into the foam though, so I did what I could with just the silver paint. For spots I thought I maybe overdid it with the silver, I used black acrylic paint and just painted over it. I think they came out pretty well.

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Now that I had the shape I wanted, next step was to cut my faux leather and glue it to the foam.

Purchased two different kinds of vinyl. The one I wanted to use I found to be a little too thick to conform to complex curves of the piece without wrinkling... Although it matches the leather texture and grey color found on the Neca figurine I don't think I could use i effectively on foam. My second option was a thin textured vinyl. It was more white than grey but it had a cool tactical texture but I purchased a can of charcoal grey fabric spray paint to fix the color issue.

All said and done my only issue was with the adhesive. It doesn't seem to stick well around the edges as I can see it wanting to lift. I'll have to try an alternative spray adhesive and hopefully I can fix it without having to start over cause I'd hate to waste the material. These pics aren't great but I took them in an attempt to show the texture of the vinyl. Hopefully I can solve my adhesive problem tonight. If anyone has suggestions or experience when it comes to gluing vinyl to foam then let me know.
   
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ImageUntitled by Jerry Adams, on Flickr

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That fabric looks great! Now I really can't wait to see more progress. Sorry to go off topic a bit here but I have a question about your leg armor. What thickness foam did you use? I have my templates all drawn and cut out, just want to decide which thickness would be best before I start cutting. Thanks buddy.
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That fabric looks great! Now I really can't wait to see more progress. Sorry to go off topic a bit here but I have a question about your leg armor. What thickness foam did you use? I have my templates all drawn and cut out, just want to decide which thickness would be best before I start cutting. Thanks buddy.



When I did my leg armor, the base layer was 5mm. I then conformed it to my leg and added the straps as needed. Then I layered on top of it with the thicker floor mat foam to give it that bulky armored look.
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BlueArkham wrote:

Jerry, those gauntlets look amazing! Do you mind sharing your techniques for making the gauntlets look worn? I am thinking of applying an under coat of a metal paint, then applying a color top coat and partially wiping it away at the edges before it dries. What did you do?

Based on these pictures of Kevin' work I am so excited to get my Arkham City cowl!



I've heard of people using that method but I would think that it depends on what base material your working with. I haven't tried it with foam but I would think they method would work when applied to any dence material. Foam however I'm not sure as I've never tried. What I've recently tried was using a silver oil based sharpie pen(the kind with the rattle can ball in it). I'll paint a little bit on an edge and immediately smear it across the edge with my finger. Repeat on whatever areas you think would receive wear. And add some to the surface where maybe it got struck. This maybe should be joined with some actual light physical damage applied to the prop to add realism.

For example here is a pair of gauntlets I just finished for a customer yesterday(not the greatest picture but you get the idea). He unfortunately didn't want actual damage etched into the foam though, so I did what I could with just the silver paint. For spots I thought I maybe overdid it with the silver, I used black acrylic paint and just painted over it. I think they came out pretty well.

ImageUntitled by Jerry Adams, on Flickr


Great idea! I think the Sharpie technique would probably also save a lot of time over all the different layers of paint.


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Got tired of photoshopping the symbol on the chest. emoticon
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Beautiful! The more I look at that fabric the more I like it.
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Beautiful! The more I look at that fabric the more I like it.



Thanks Floyd. I appreciate your input. I was unsure on the material when I purchased it but now that I've used it and colored it, I'm really digging it too.
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Time to work on dat six pack!
Making some templates using the same method I used for the chest.

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