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Cover your important bits...with
Please, Sire! I beg
of you! Do not draw and quarter me!!!
I thought about this for a while.
A person could simply sculpt armor for Gladiator. Then it
struck me to simply use another body. You need one big enough
to cover the chest of your posable figure. Look around for
You need the
chest, but also need the piece to drop down partial covering
the bowels in case you get sliced open. I glued and coated
the seam between the two. I like to use body filler or even
a small amount of resin for this. It will bond tight and is
A slice of leg
gives a shoulder covering, a ëdonerí shoulder gives the shoulder
plate. The shield comes from a tupperware plastic container.
Sand, prime and paint
the works dark gray. When dry, try drybrushing in black. This
is a technique I use to age or wear items. Put a little thick
paint on the brush, blot brush on a cloth and slightly brush
on object usually picking up high points.
In this case I wanted armor to
look exactly like the movie, so I hunted down pictures and
printed them at scale. You can print them out on a black printer
and detail them with silver paint and a fine tipped paintbrush
or even a silver fine point marker will work. See 1/6 graphics
for shield, chest,
shoulder and forearm.
Cut them out
with an exacto knife and use spray adhesive to adhere them
onto armor. Seal the entire armor with a satin urethane.
Next, use a Dremel or smalldrill
to cut holes in armor to thread leather straps. (Actually,
this can be done ahead at primer time.). Youíll need two buckles
the hold one side together. The opposing side can be threaded
and attached with leather and wrapped around figure since
only one side is needed to hold in place.