Hey everyone, I'm Jack and I'm new here.
Now, before you raise your gauntlets to fry me, please know that I have lots of costume experience(but not with armor), and I've done my homework and read LOTS of the topics on your awesome forum. I have learned SO much! You're all absurdly talented, and frankly, I was nervous registering here after seeing what you're all capable of!
That said, I have some REALLY basic questions that I didn't see covered, and they're so simple you may laugh, or just ignore me, but I have to know what I'm getting into before I start. So, here goes:
1.) Glue: I'm using Sintra and just want to know what's the best thing to bond Sintra to itself for tight angles like on the gauntlets? I saw some people speak of Bondo on more than one occasion. Is it the consensus this is the best?
2.) Attachment: This is such a dumb question, but how are you attaching your armor to your jumpsuit? I know there are several ways one could do this, but what are the most common? And is everything simply secured so that it's all one costume, or do you put on the suit, then attach the armor before wearing?
3.) Forming the Sintra: I know that Sintra is a very flexible material, and I now know that I can shape it even with something as simple as a hair dryer (but will probably get a heat gun anyway) but what I don't know is how you're getting the _shape_ of the chest and leg armor to make it hold. Are you, in fact, molding it to your _body_, while heating it? Again, I probably sound like an idiot, but you're talking to a guy that still has a big scar on his chest from a bodysuit/hot glue incident about 4 years ago.
Okay, that covers my big questions. Painting, reference materials, where to find Sintra, I have all that covered (thanks to your posts on this board), just need some help with those few basics I listed and I'm up and running. Thanks for humoring the newbie!