Last year after Pensacon, my husband decided he wanted to do Halo costumes next year. We found the 405th's table at the con and here I am. Also, a user on a facebook cosplay page suggested I just post and ask for help. So... What I'm making: One at a time, so that I can at least get one completed if not all, but... The hubby wants to be a Mark VI Spartan, I want to be a grunt (I'm female), and I was hoping to make an Elite for our 8 year old son. My experience: I've NEVER done any kind of armor before. My crafting skills are... moderate, I guess. I can do a little sewing by hand and machine. I've made plushes, jewelry, and costumes. Most of my costumes started with thrift store clothes that I modified. I have sewn a cape and a Death cloak from patterns. I've done a little with sheet foam like you get in kids crafts. I'm always willing to learn and try things, but I think my husband has more confidence in my abilities than I do. What I need help with: Um, basically everything? First and foremost, what materials I need? I've downloaded Pepakura but beyond that I'm not sure where to go. I had a friend that made a helmet from pepakura, paper, and fiberglass, but it seemed a bit too small for him and I don't want to end up with that. He did the rest of the armor in foam. The person from the cosplay group said foam was better. I guess I need foam and a heat knife and...? Is there a resource for people starting completely from scratch? Oh, and, um, hello! Call me Fantasy or Blue, doesn't matter.