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The Flak Armor by realjack The Flak Armor by realjack
This is a flak armor vest, with attached shoulders and accompanying shin plates, standard issue protective gear of the Imperial Guard, disparagingly refereed to as "cardboard" by the denizens of 4chan's traditional gaming board. Good thing balls of steel are also standard issue.

This is quite possibly the most difficult and time-intensive costume piece I've ever worked on. Ideally, I would have spread the work out over several months, so that I could work at a leisurely pace and take frequent breaks. This was not to be. Due to the fact that my friend somewhat lacks the spark of artistic furor, I was forced to initiate the construction of this armor barely a week prior to PAX East 2012, for which it was to be worn. Considering the miniscule time frame, I am happy with the result.

We mostly followed Indy Mogul's "sci-fi armor" tutorial, as seen on Youtube. [link] The armor is composed largely of tough foam taken from interlocking floor plates, cut into the requisite shapes with scissors and box cutters. I used a dremel to smooth out the edges of the pieces. My friend carried out the final assembly using a heat gun to bend the foam into shape, hot glue to secure the plates, and work-grade utility belts for the straps. I painted the armor using hunter green Krylon, then used a stencil to spray white number eights onto the right pec plate and left shoulder, to represent the famous Cadian 8th regiment, or "Creed's Own." The skull-in-temple symbol on the right shoulder was painted freehand with white acrylic. At my friend's request, I used the heat gun again to inflict scorch marks on parts of the armor, to represent las-bolt impacts. The right shin guard features a sheath for a toy knife I had lying around.

This armor, together with my Lasgun prop, is to be worn by my friend in conjunction with my own improved Commissar costume.
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tails115 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
do you mind if i were to ask if you could make a layout of the peices so i may make some armor like this?
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KlinkHammer Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
literal "cardboard" armor
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gungrave1984 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
yep its amazing what you can do with the foam tiles using some of it on my ironwarrior armour ,but man a week holy crap thats goo work
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realjack Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
Yeah. It was a bit harrowing though. Not an experience I wish to repeat.
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FieryCheeZe Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012
The Emperor protects.
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sniperray213 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
epic idea eva :D
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KageRyuuUji Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
But but, it's not made out of cardboard! So it's not authentic enough lol
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realjack Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
Yeah well, blame the guy wearing it. He hates cardboard. :P
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KageRyuuUji Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
Oh I shall, in fact you should Summarily Execute him for wearing non regulation armor lol
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realjack Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
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KageRyuuUji Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
Quick, we need a Tech Priest, seems the Commissar's Bionic Brain short circuited!
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realjack Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
:P
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mixxi90 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
hi hi, i also made this for a friend of mine once XD but we had to dye the craft foam as we could not get it in the correct color but we had problems with this and the paint would fall of.. you got any advice for this ? since this friend of mine keeps seeking a way to improve this
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realjack Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
Well, the foam we used was from these gray work mats you can buy in bulk at department and hardware stores. I had no problems with chipping paint on those. Otherwise, I could only suggest trying different dyes or combinations of dyes on small sample pieces of the foam you're using, until you get the color you want.
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mixxi90 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
okay thanks XD

we will try hard:P what paint did you use btw>?
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realjack Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
Just your basic Krylon aerosol stuff.
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Borotiu Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
You do not disappoint, cap.
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realjack Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
But of seY
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shadowthehedgehog377 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Looking great! Must have been a whole lot of work.
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realjack Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
That's for shit sure. :P
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shadowthehedgehog377 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
XD
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Preatori0us Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
That's pretty sweet looking armor. Thanks for the link to the vid as well.
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realjack Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
Yep. Helpful vid, that.
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