Hi all, I was searching the net for a site about making movie prop helemts and found this place. Funny thing is: I work for Lucasfilm and never even heard about this forum.
Anyway, I'm REALY impressed with you guys skills and think maybe you can help me with my project. You might recognize this as an old Powell Peralta skatebaord graphic.
I've been wanting to make this fantasy Viking helmet for some time now and with Halloween fast approaching, its time to tackle it. I've got some modeling and sculpting experience but I really cant think of where to start on this one and thought I'd turn to the pros for advice.
Ok, I want to be able to actually wear this helmet so it has to fit over my head and not weigh a ton, but still be sturdy enough to wear. I also want it to look REAL, or at least as real as a movie prop looks up close.
I'd like to finish it with metallic paint, a wash for grime and a patina for age so the surface needs to be relatively non-porous.
But what to use? I know about the foam ILM modelers use and I understand its nasty stuff unless you have the proper equipment and space. I'm working out of my living room/patio so it cant be too crazy a material.
As for how I achieve the look, I imagine the "horns" on the sides of the helmet would have to be sculpted separately and then attached to the sides of the helmet....so the material the helmet is made from would need to be able to accept glue or some other type of reinforcement.
And if its a type of foam I use to make it, what types of materials could I coat it with to make it non-porous?
Alright, that's enough rambling, I really need some advice here and look forward to hearing from you!