As for the wraps, the one around the mid section will be almost like a sash like Nov suggested. I'll glue the wrap fabric onto another piece of fabric so that they look layered and all that, but it will be easier to keep them from slipping around and getting caught on other armor pieces. So it'll be one individual piece when I get it finished and it'll be secured under the leather vest. The rest will be ones that I just rewrap, no biggie since it's just the arms and legs.
Hydra's armor was definately really well done, I remember keeping an eye on her posts when she was working through her build. And I totally know what you mean with the fem armor. I'm trying to walk the line between the two . I thought about doing the duct tape dummy, Guess I was embarassed to think I might have toask someoen to tape me up lol.
Thank you so much to everyone for the support. I thought I was excited about it before, but your enthusiasm has me even more pumped! I can do my cheapest part first which will be my helmet with the cardboard. See how well that goes and decide from there if I choose to go with the rubies. I'm not all that confident in my ability to build with cardboard but I'm willing to give it a try. Can't wait! Might post a multi-view of my helmet for some of the paint and build design. I mean if you guys want to see more of the references just let me know. Not sure how interesting they are but I'd gladly post them.