The Nightingales have some of the neatest looking armor in Skyrim, and RPF user Montayva13 has built some from scratch using craft foam. She used some guidance from the forums to print, scale, and assemble the foam templates, and she was surprised at how quickly the work went. She had the torso of the armor done in just about a week.
…assembling the template was no worries. Especially with some expert advice. I decided to use the thin (2.mm) sheets of craft foam. I started out with the chest, and I feel like this was a good place to start. Within two days of starting this project, it was already coming together quite quickly, and seeing progress like that has kept me quite motivated. I used the regular old hot glue to attach the foam pieces.”