Make: Props and Costume Armor: Create Realistic Science Fiction & Fantasy Weapons, Armor, and Accessories

Have you been trying to think of a way to conquer your local comic convention through cosplay? Do you gaze with envious eyes upon the fan-made suits of armored awesomeness strolling around every year on Halloween? Do you have a spot on your wall, bookshelf, or desk that desperately needs to be filled with a screen-accurate replica of your favorite science-fiction or fantasy weapon? If so, look no further. We’ve got just the book for you!

In this book, master prop maker Shawn Thorsson uses his unique blend of humor and insight to turn years of painful experience into detailed explanations. He’ll show you many of the tools, methods, and processes that you can use to create professional-looking science fiction and fantasy props and armor. The ultimate collision of creative imagination and practical maker skills, making props and costume armor involves sculpting, molding, casting, 3D printing, CNC fabrication, painting, and countless other techniques and technologies.

In this book, you’ll learn:

  • Basic fabrication methods using inexpensive, commonly-available tools and materials
  • Simple, low-cost methods to make foam armor out of easy-to-find foam mats
  • How to use the popular Pepakura software to build 3D models with paper
  • Multiple molding and casting techniques
  • How to build a “vacuforming” machine to make armor from plastic sheet stock
  • Painting and weathering techniques that will bring your props to life
  • Just enough safety advice to keep you from losing body parts along the way

    Whether you’re just a beginner or a seasoned builder with countless projects behind you, this book is sure to be an invaluable addition to your workshop library.


  • From the Publisher

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    Whatever It Takes: Three Questions for Shawn Thorsson

    Who is your book written for?

    This book is written for anyone interested in building prop replicas or wearable costume armor. It’s designed to be useful for everyone from the beginner with no idea where to begin all the way up to the experienced craftsman looking to expand his or her repertoire.

    What’s your favorite material?

    I don’t really have a favorite material to work with. Every project is different and each one brings along new lessons learned. Lately I seem to be building a lot of things with fiberglass, but it’s absolutely not my favorite material. It’s sticky and stinky and gross. Whenever I’m just starting to plan a project and someone asks me what I’m going to build it out of, I always give them the same answer: ‘Whatever it takes.’

    What’s going on with cosplay these days?

    Cosplay and prop collecting is increasingly mainstream. You’re starting to see it more in popular media and news coverage. My book describes processes for building amazing things with simple tools and materials, most of which can be found in your local hardware store or office supply shop.

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    From the Preface

    This book will provide a solid jumping off point on the journey toward creating all manner of phenomenal props and costume pieces. That said, it will not be the end-all, be-all tome that will tell you everything there is to know about this amazing hobby.

    Every experienced prop maker will have his or her own approach to solving every problem they encounter. If you ask a dozen Hollywood special effects artists how to create a particular effect, you’ll probably get a dozen different answers, and they’ll probably all work. The real trick is finding a way to make things that works with your abilities and the tools you have available.

    Make: Props and Costume ArmorMake: Props and Costume Armor

    From the Preface

    This book will provide a solid jumping off point on the journey toward creating all manner of phenomenal props and costume pieces. That said, it will not be the end-all, be-all tome that will tell you everything there is to know about this amazing hobby.

    Every experienced prop maker will have his or her own approach to solving every problem they encounter. If you ask a dozen Hollywood special effects artists how to create a particular effect, you’ll probably get a dozen different answers, and they’ll probably all work. The real trick is finding a way to make things that works with your abilities and the tools you have available.

    Make: Props and Costume ArmorMake: Props and Costume Armor

    From the Preface

    This book will provide a solid jumping off point on the journey toward creating all manner of phenomenal props and costume pieces. That said, it will not be the end-all, be-all tome that will tell you everything there is to know about this amazing hobby.

    Every experienced prop maker will have his or her own approach to solving every problem they encounter. If you ask a dozen Hollywood special effects artists how to create a particular effect, you’ll probably get a dozen different answers, and they’ll probably all work. The real trick is finding a way to make things that works with your abilities and the tools you have available.

    Make: Props and Costume ArmorMake: Props and Costume Armor

    From the Preface

    This book will provide a solid jumping off point on the journey toward creating all manner of phenomenal props and costume pieces. That said, it will not be the end-all, be-all tome that will tell you everything there is to know about this amazing hobby.

    Every experienced prop maker will have his or her own approach to solving every problem they encounter. If you ask a dozen Hollywood special effects artists how to create a particular effect, you’ll probably get a dozen different answers, and they’ll probably all work. The real trick is finding a way to make things that works with your abilities and the tools you have available.

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    Warrior Model

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    Paper Helmet

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    Vacuum Form Model

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    Foam Breastplate

    Publisher:Make Community, LLC; 1st edition (October 25, 2016)
    Language:English
    Paperback:298 pages
    ISBN-10:1680450069
    ISBN-13:978-1680450064
    Item Weight:1.09 pounds
    Dimensions:8.1 x 0.5 x 9.7 inches

    Price: $17.30
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