Duke's Skyrim Nightingale Armor

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  1. PerniciousDuke

    PerniciousDuke RXO 405th Regiment Officer

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    I'm very excited to finally be making some progress on this suit for my roommate.

    He is a big fan of bows and ninjas,
    costume answer=
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    You may recall a giveaway that I did awhile back. Congrats again to PaiganBoi and electricknite for guessing this cosplay. :)
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    Special thank you to zombiegrimm for the massive amount of
    Skyrim Pepakura Files



    Time:
    Planning - 6hr

    Materials:
    Saran wrap - $2
    Gorilla Tape - $20
    PVC pipe and couplings - $34
    PVC Cutter - $7
    Poly Cotton Batting 7lb - $18
    Balloon - $1
    Pepakura Designer - free
    ArmorSmith- $30
    Printer Paper - $1
    Clear Tape - $1
     
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  2. PerniciousDuke

    PerniciousDuke RXO 405th Regiment Officer

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    Before you ask.... yes! I will be making this out of actual leather.

    More than that it is called tooling leather which just means that it is thick enough to receive 3 dimensional designs by cutting and hammering them into the leather. So in essence this will be leather armor.

    First step is making a duct tape dummy. (YouTube it if you're not familiar)

    Since such large pieces of leather will need to become wet, shaped and then dried to that shape, it seemed a 1:1 mannequin of my roommate was the best starting point.

    So far we have the ducttape shell and the PVC skeleton. We just have to put the two and two together.

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  3. TurboCharizard

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    Wow a Skyrim character! No surprise that the class is stealth archer, that's the best way to play the game :p
     
  4. PerniciousDuke

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    If by play, you mean cheese then yes. :lol:
    I prefer to play by bashing goblin faces with two maces simultaneously.

    But I definitely did unlock this armor too because who wouldn't want to disappear in the middle of combat only to reappear at the death of thine enemy!
     
  5. mkshane81

    mkshane81 Well-Known Member

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    Yes! This is by far my favorite armor set from Skyrim. Will be watching!

    -Matt
     
  6. BaronVonReicher

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  7. Sean Anwalt

    Sean Anwalt RCO 405th Regiment Officer

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    Duke, thou art the man.

    I have a set of studded armor I did from leather and fake fur. Walked around with an arrow taped to my knee at a ren fair. It was fun.

    Super duper excited for this build, man, keep us posted!
     
  8. PerniciousDuke

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    Skelton is as stable as can be (I added a brace just below the knee cap)
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    Let's see how we do attaching the skin today!


    Edit:

    I'd say mission accomplished.
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  9. Sean Anwalt

    Sean Anwalt RCO 405th Regiment Officer

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    Hey lemme know how much that leather runs you all together
     
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  10. PerniciousDuke

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    I bought it so long ago I wouldn't be able to tell you, but I can keep track of how much I use and check my local store to see what hides go for these days. :)
     
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  11. Sean Anwalt

    Sean Anwalt RCO 405th Regiment Officer

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    That'd be good, too.
     
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  12. GMer56

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    LIAR! Everyone knows duct tape is silver! :p

    Lookin forward to your leatherwork.
     
  13. PerniciousDuke

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    You are correct sir! And the materials list has been fixed. I'm still gonna call it duct tape though. ;)

    Update:

    This suit is full body so I wanted the mannequin to be as well. I'll need to form the facemask too.

    My roommate was unwilling to let me duct tape his head. Trust is an important part of every relationship! But, I digress.

    Attempt 1: I blew up a balloon to his size and wrapped it in duct tape. FAIL. When I popped the balloon the duct tape "deflated" as well.

    Attempt 2: I blew up one balloon the size of his head and a little balloon the size of his chin. Then, wrapped it in saran wrap.
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    Before wrapping it in duct tape.
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    Success!
     
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  14. xXDashIVXx

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    Dudes got a neck
     
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  15. PerniciousDuke

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    I'm sure every costume builder has cried out, "Why did I agree to do this!? What is wrong with me?!"

    I'm experiencing those feelings now.

    For some reason I thought since I had the PDO files that means I've got this in the bag. Now, its looking like a lot of preplanning. You only get one chance with leather. If I cut it too small there is no going back. And the pdo is not as defined as I was hoping.

    First step was scaling the files in armor smith designer.
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    Then I had to modify each file in as big of pieces as I could. This was kind of fun. Once I had them I told it to hide folds less than 150* and to join edges together that are 10mm or closer.
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    Next up I'll be printing them out and hanging them on the mannequin to determine where the leather should go .
     
  16. SI3RRA 117

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    You definetly have your work cut out for you!! But you’ll get it. You seem seem to get the hang of new skills quick! Look forward to the progress
     
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  17. PerniciousDuke

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    Not much to report.. I'm definitely glad I have the mannequin. Armorsmith didnt seem to really capture the whole picture. You can see that the cuirass is too small and the forearms and knees are just a little too big. (If you need some giggles, try searching cuirass pronounciations.)
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    Also, what do you think of my new hat rack?

    Moving forward I think I will use a Life Line, Regis. I'm going to try to rope my mother in on this project.
     
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  18. electricknite

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    lucky you're mom is open to helping. If I even mention sewing to my mother her face contorts and she gets war flashbacks fighting with broken machines and shattered dreams.
    She's a hell of a cook though.

    I'm so excited for your build. Nightingale armour is my favorite!!
    What will you use as the base to attach the leather to? And how will you attach it?
     
  19. PerniciousDuke

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    That's a hard question to answer. For the most part leather won't need to attach to anything. It is it's own article of clothing.

    Some spots like the knee will need to attach to cloth in which case I will most likely do the same as if one were to attach a cloth lining to leather, glue it. There are glue specific to leather. I use Leather Weld.

    I'd like to glue the forearms to wrappings as well to make it once piece.

    Some items like the bicep have a snap in the game and I will most likely make that functional. Snaps (or rivets) are a great leather securing method.

    The bulk of the costume will be leather armor. I think we'll do a zentai suit under just so he's not naked beneath there.


    Progress:

    It's been quite a headache to plan where the armor is connected and how it will be donned. We want as few of pieces as possible. After many hours we've managed to make the main armor in two pieces. (Clarification one piece of armor means many pieces of leather permanently attached together. I will say "one piece of leather" if that is what I mean)

    First we looked at how other people have done it. Great attempts, but I think everyone I've seen has skipped over some details/proportions creating a slightly off suit.
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    Next up was reference shots from in game.
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    Here's a cool re-imagining render:
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    We think that the bust is one piece, that the straps on the front are functional and the snaps at the end of the triangles actually strap the bust to a seperate piece of armor around the ribs.

    We can continue the bust down to the bottom of the middle part of the tunic and we can connect the rib section to the hip section and shake it all about.

    It's much harder to make a functional custom belt buckle so I've opted to make the buckle permanent and instead put clasps in the back to secure the armor.

    Here are the two armor pieces we think we could get away with. The waist section would be put on first. The chest piece second and you would have to tuck the middle tunic part under the buckle while donning the chest.
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    Then outlined to show which parts will be seperate pieces of leather.
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    Next up will be patterning the dummy with this set up in mind.
     
  20. Dirtdives

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    I can't even get my wife involved in the family cosplaying.......
     
  21. PaiganBoi

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    My wife is the same. She enjoys seeing me build and my son wearing his costume but, she won't go near it. She will "leave it to the geeks."
     
  22. PerniciousDuke

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    It's not like she is going to sit and watch me build this thing. Just that if I work while she's in the house I can bug her for advice. She's been too busy lately anyway. But, she did give me a good tip to use Christmas paper to help pattern the leather or cloth.


    Progress:

    Something went wrong in my last scaling of the cuirass so I redid it. This time I took advantage of ArmorSmith's non uniform scaling function.

    Here's a second printout mock up.
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    We're definitely getting closer. Now I'll have to scale down the knees, forearms and biceps.
     
  23. Sean Anwalt

    Sean Anwalt RCO 405th Regiment Officer

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    Looks great! You going to make each piece a little bigger than the paper? To help sew it together?
     
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  24. PerniciousDuke

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    A lot of it is like scales, so they will be longer on the top in order to be glued to the piece that overlaps them.

    But I do have to make the templates a little bigger just like with foam, to account for thickness.
     
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  25. Sean Anwalt

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    Gotcha. I'm really excited to see this.
     
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