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Terra Tutorial: Armor by 23rdAngel Terra Tutorial: Armor by 23rdAngel
A promised tutorial for :iconaxelflurryofflame:
This is the last of my Terra cosplay TuTs (?). Hope you all found it helpful as well as entertaining. I found that making tutorials is also (in a way) a part of cosplay. Extending the life and enjoyment of a particular character that you cosplayed and that it could give birth to many more cosplays and cosplayers out there. Similar to cosplay, its taxing but fun :ahoy:


Now, Go forth my fellow Terra cosplayers and multiply! (sounds so wrong...)


Earthshaker Keyblade Tutorial: [link]
Earthshaker Keychain Tutorial: [link]
Aqua Armor Tutorial: [link]
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sweetveelicious Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
thanks for sharing your knowledge.    this is a wonderful tutorial.
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23rdAngel Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
No problem sweetveelicious :ahoy:
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Kakee-Chan Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love it i'm going to use this made I help my boyfriend make his
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23rdAngel Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks! God luck on your cosplays :ahoy:
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Kakee-Chan Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
aw thank you
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ZeroLoves Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
wow awesome tutorial! :3... do you think foamies sheet 6mm thick will work as well? 
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23rdAngel Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Professional General Artist
So long as they're sturdy, there should be no problem =). Sorry for the late reply.
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23rdAngel Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
It can work. Just be mindful in using them. We don't want the armor to look too big on your arm ;)
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ZeroLoves Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
:) cool, because that's the only thickness i could find.
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zanruos Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
what was that made from
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23rdAngel Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Craft Foam
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:iconzanruos:
zanruos Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
just normal craft faom
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23rdAngel Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yeps. In varying thickness. That's it :)
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zanruos Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
great . yeah were i am at we have the skinny one only man. no story carty any thing thicker then cardboard.
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digitalmeister Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
A few friends and I are working on a project that needs armor tutorials. This is very helpful.
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23rdAngel Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
no problem :ahoy:
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Teknobyte Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
You just made my day :D
I am aiming to Cosplay Terra in September, and have been at a loss of where to start for the armor!
I'm so glad I found this! Sooo much better than the dinky things you can buy from cosplay stores!
Now if only I could get me some nice Hakama pants and get a nice belt/sash!

+Fave for you sir!
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23rdAngel Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
No problem =)
Have to agree on the dinky comment. I cry whenever one appear on my screen. I'm sure the sash+ hakama is the second least problem for your costume. Good Luck on your Terra! :ahoy:
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Teknobyte Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
Also, I wonder if putting a thin synthetic leather over the pieces, rather than painting, would be any easier? I have been told that the leather has a nice texture and is more durable than most paints. Opinions?
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23rdAngel Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
(I'm not sure if my leather is same with yours, 'thin synthetic') Leather is kinda thick and doesn't work well with curved or rounded surface. If your leather can avoid this problem, no problem.

Yeah, it lasts longer compared to paints. Its a plus if it can be 'metallic' looking for the armor. KH has more of a clean look so I don't think leather is a material for them. But hey if you think it would make Terra cooler don't let me stop you :D
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Teknobyte Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
I had spoken with brunopagno about this [link]
Seems he used a thin leatherish material to cover his piece.

So I'm trying to take the best of everything I can find to put together a bad-ace cosplay costume.
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23rdAngel Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Ah, okay. Those leathers look great! :D
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Sharleen018 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
can you explain me how did you make it look so glossy and shiny? what material is it?
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23rdAngel Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Its a (transparent) clear semi-gloss acrylic spray-paint. Good to make your pieces shine and adds protection.

Beforehand the foam is prepared to make sure paints would look good on it with primer, heat or white-glue.
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MartaUzumaki Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Student General Artist
hi! i love this so much! it's a great tutorial, but i was wondering about the forearm. does yours just slip over your hand? i find that when i make mine so that it can slip over my hand, it's a really big and bulky armor. do i just have to deal with that?
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23rdAngel Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yes, it's bulkiness does make it slip and securing it's upper with parts would hinder your flexing movement. But it can be remedied. If you notice, I wore a glove-armor for my Terra (with a decent foam thickness). This helps keeping the forearm from falling while still you still able to flex your MAsSeLLSss :ahoy:
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anime-sketcher1 Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
How in the world do you secure it? I've made my piece, but I can't figure out how to keep it from slipping. My hand can fit through it, but I'm having to stuff it to keep it's shape, and it's just frustrating me. Tips?
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23rdAngel Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yeah, this was also a problem for me since the piece is much larger than our average arm. You can add garters inside the armor to keep it secure. I made another armor as part of my glove so the piece won't slip way pass the wrist area. Hope this tip helps :ahoy:
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anime-sketcher1 Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Garters, like garter belts? How would you even attach those on the inside? Or are you fastening it in the back?
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23rdAngel Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
No back fastening. Yep garterbelts. Cut one strip and create a ring out of it that would fit your forearm. Cute four more strips and attach it on each sides, an "X" shape but with a hole in the middle. Stretch each of em to the insides of your armor and glue. It will work like a trampoline of sorts :ahoy:
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anime-sketcher1 Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
And by piece, I mean forearm piece. >.>
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MartaUzumaki Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Student General Artist
okay sounds great! thanks! :iconmuscleplz:
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postapelly Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Nice!
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xSabishi Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Is there any way you can do a tut on how you did the boots? the boots are the only things giving me a hard time with my aqua cosplay!
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23rdAngel Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
They are the hardest part I've made from the Terra and Aqua pieces too :dead:

Unfortunately, I have zero WIPS for this one (must remember to do WIP shots more often :doh:). But I'll see what I can do. Since the patterns are still here with me.
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xSabishi Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
awesome thanks a bunch! I love my aqua cosplay so much, but I refuse to wear it because the boots suck!
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23rdAngel Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
You, deserve a :thumbsup:
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Obi-quiet Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
Wow, that's incredible!
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23rdAngel Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks man =)
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NeoXIII Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've read people are using craft foam for armour parts, will try and make my own one with it. Thanks a lot for the tutorial! :D
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23rdAngel Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
No problem :ahoy:
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SohFunatsu Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
I LOVE YOU!
I want to present this for my friend, this really helps me thank you ;w;
Did you ever tried to use worbla? I think it turn out well too...
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23rdAngel Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
I haven't. We don't have worbla here :nuu:

I really do want though, as well as a kazillion other materials I see craftsmen/ cosplayers use that are unavailable in our local area :crying:
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SohFunatsu Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
I understand you, man DD:
I live in Italy (Sardinia) and there is the same situation here XD
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Gamoden Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ah, this will work very well for the Terra Cosplay I'm intending to work on for a convention in March, what thickness of craft foam did you use? Also might I ask since you are using craft foam, what did you use to seal it so that the paint looks proper?
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23rdAngel Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
The plates and shoulder's thickness are 4mm thick. While detail works that rests on them are 2mm thin.

Combined two methods since I want this to be close to metallic;
- Heat-gun on all the surfaces you will be painting. You may slowly heat your foam pieces on a stove in the absence of the gun.

- & Two layers of primer on top of that.
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Gamoden Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Heat gun works to seal craft foam? I did not know that, that's good to know.
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chancludojoe Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
wow you make it seems so easy :la:
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23rdAngel Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
I find the easiest methods for props that I plan to turn into a tut.
Also was conscious in making the tuts "easy to the eyes" for a quick learning experience :boogie:
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chancludojoe Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
thank you for sharing :iconheadbanghair-plz:
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