Full Metal Alchemist..anyone have any ideas?

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#1 RadiantUnicorn on 10 months ago

Hey mates!! If I'm posting in the wrong place (which I sincerely hope I'm not :D ) Then make sure to tell me so I can move this to where it needs to be:thumbsup: Ok-now onto my problem...so if you could tell from the title of this post I need help with a certain FMA character's automail. The character in question is (MY FAV:heart:...or at least one of my faves:rofl: ) Lan Fan. Now I've seen a lot of tutorials for Ed's automail and I (sorta?:eeek: ) have an idea for how to adapt it to look like good ol' Lan Fan's...but I'm at a crossroads on what material to make it out of. I'm debating between Sintra or Worbla, now I know Worbla is pretty popular-but I've heard that it requires reinforcement of some sort? I've also heard that Sintra is very time consuming to work with so I'm rather confused as to how I'm going to construct this piece..anyone have any input for a first-timer?

#2 Midnight Dawn on 10 months ago

You're in the right place.

I wouldn't really suggest either if you're a first timer in prop making. If you have experience under your belt then either would be fine.

Otherwise I would suggest for first timers to go for something cheaper like craft foam. It's less hell on your pockets.

#3 walkerofdarknes on 10 months ago

Okay, I've worked with EVA/craft foam, and am working with Sintra (although I haven't gotten very far as of yet) on this year's project. Having said that, I'd probably look at a few things if I were you:

1. Budget: The Sintra WILL be more expensive than foam. Worbla (I believe) will be more expensive than Sintra. So what are you comfortable spending on this?

2. Experience: I'll have to say, working with foam has some advantages, but so does the Sintra. Depending on the Sintra's thickness, I can cut it with a utility knife that has a fresh blade. The thicker pieces require some more advantageous tools. The foam can always be cut with that utility knife, even if the blade isn't that sharp. Although you'll have to go back and clean up some of the edges. So what kind of art/crafting experiences do you have so far? (Note, this doesn't mean cosplay, it could be anything.)

3. Tools: As stated in experience, some materials require additional options to really use. Cutting some of the shapes in my materials just got to be too hard with a utility knife, so I broke out a saber saw/jig saw. Made things much easier. But what do you have access to, or who do you know who can give you that access to?

Like Midnight said, I'd recommend using the foam first. Actually, when I begin making a prop, I usually prototype it in CARDBOARD of all things, because it's the cheapest material and lets you get a good feel for rough forms. From there, you can see how it fits, if there are scaling issues, etc. And when you're done with the prototype, then you can use your real material for it.

#4 Dictamnus Albus on 10 months ago

[url]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJPOdWOxxKg[/url] (5 part vid for lan fan automail)

[url]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5ivL3bHCDQ[/url] (making gauntlets)
can use cardboard instead
cardboard can be very underrated, use the single layer type like cereal boxes
(many entry level halo and stormtrooper armours are made using cardboard till the person commits to the expensive guild level builds)

if cardboard wont cut it for you, grab a couple plastic "for sale" signs
you can use a heatgun, hot water or a steam cleaner to heat shape the bits

#5 nathancarter on 10 months ago

Build it out of heavy cardboard and tape, and once you've got that fit and working right, take the cardboard apart and use that as templates to rebuild it out of Sintra. If you can't get a cardboard one to fit right, don't waste your time with expensive materials.

if you can find a place to buy Sintra locally, a costume of that size will probably run you a couple hundred bucks' worth of Sintra (in 3mm and 6mm), plus another hundred or two in strapping, hardware, seam filler (I prefer Apoxie Sculpt), sandpaper and tools, primer and paint, and other assorted expenses.

Worbla is a top-surface material for an underlying strata of something more substantial, such as eva foam or insulation foam. You don't make a full suit of armor solely out of Worbla.

If you're not sure, get some small samples of each material, and make a small prop such as a gauntlet or shoulder pauldron.