World of Warcraft’s Battlegear of Might offers bonuses in strength, stamina, fire resistance, and more. If you don’t feel like locating the eight pieces of the armor in game though, you can make your own like Janina Gabrielle J., a.k.a. neener-nina. She crafted a set of the impressive armor for PAX Australia and documented the build with photos and notes. Janina made every part of the costume from the gauntlets, to the tunic, to the shoes from scratch and also applied some spot on green makeup to go with the outfit.
It’s an interesting build to look at because of the different techniques and materials involved. Supplies included expanding foam, craft foam, Plastimake, masking tape, floral foam, and more. You can see this variety on display in the below picture of the helm. Janina notes:
I wanted to reduce the weight of the shoulders, so I’m using floral foam to carve the spikes, then reinforcing that with paper mache. The right spike is covered in Gesso and drying, the left one I just finished carving and in process of wrapping in masking tape to prime it up for the paper mache part
As for the entire helm of might, she says:
Base was initially made out with cardboard, then expanding foamed around it to give it some shape. Papermache’d around that after carving, and after drying, covered it in a thin layer of paperclay. Used plastimake to create the skull at the back as well as to hold the headband and wires in place. Details put on with craft foam then painted accordingly with a base layer of grey primer spraypaint, and normal acrylics were used for more effect. The chains are just these cheap bird toy chains from here, spray painted with grey and added a light layer of silver paint.
See several more work in progress photos in this Facebook album.
Top photo by Mika.