Hey there! I was wondering if you could give me some tips on making your trooper (Mandalorian) armor? I was going to try and make a set for San Japan >.>

Sure, I’d love to help (and hang out with another Mando at San Japan 😀 ). First thing’s first, you gotta figure out what, if any, template you want to use. The Mandalorian Mercs have a website and it has a few templates on it that you can print and resize to your body. They’re pretty awesome. Second, I would recommend using Sentra to make you’re armor out of. You just make an outline of the template on a sheet, cut it out, and mold it into the desired shape. It’s pretty easy to work with but it isn’t cheap (although it isn’t expensive either). If you don’t want to use sentra, here are some other meaterials I’ve seen people use: Plastic from plastic bins, cardboard, foam, metal, and I’m sure there are loads of other material. Helmets are tricky. You either make one, which is hard if you aren’t experienced, or you buy one. I would recommend buying one for the first go around. Now, depending on what money you’re willing to spend, you can buy a nice helmet someone in the Mandalorian Mercs club or you can buy a plastic one that’s usually a lot cheaper. I for one have a plastic one but that’s mostly because I have a small build and the nicer helmets are meant to fit someone much larger. If you need any other help with, say, weathering, painting, belts, soft parts, just ask! And good luck!

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When my father wasn't looking, I used to sneak into the attic to read his old comic books. After being regaled by spandex-clad superheroes at a young age, it's not a wonder I became such a huge nerd. From comics, to movies, to video games, to cartoons, my life has only been bettered by nerd culture and the many people I've met along the way who've shared my obsessions. My first plunge into cosplaying was when I was 18. I went to an anime convention and my costume was absolutely horrible. But, despite this, I loved the atmosphere and the people, so I kept making costumes. My love of cosplaying has only increased, so I'm here to get people interested in costume-making and give as much advice as I can.
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