Star-Lord cosplay update!
This weekend I made it my goal to get the entire back piece covered in worbla and shaped. I succeeded! Here are the results, with notes:
Photos 1 & 2: Terrible selfies at unflattering angles, but look how nicely that back piece fits my shoulderblades! My shoulderblades stick out pretty far, so this is a non-trivial exercise.
Photos 3 & 4: The back and front, respectively, of the back piece I am wearing in 1 & 2. The seams at the top of the shoulders are intentional and will be left in. The wobbly cross shaped seam in the middle of the back will be covered up or smoothed out. And I just realized that I took photo 4 before I snipped off the extra length on the right inside shoulder piece. Just pretend that isn’t there…
Photo 5: The jetpack type piece that goes on top of the back pieces in the other photos. Wait, you say, this means that the nice fitting to your shoulderblades will be covered up! So why do it? Two reasons: (1) It will be more comfortable, and (2) I totally forgot it would be covered up. Oops? But hey, good practice. Also, admire the jetpack piece in this photo, because it’s about to get mostly destroyed.
Photo 6: After re-heating the jetpack piece, I got it pretty well positioned on the back piece…at which point all the surface started caving in, since it’s hollow. D: Maybe I should have done it in separate pieces and just heated the edges so that wouldn’t happen, but let me tell you, the geometry and bends were hard enough to figure out. I’m not sure I could have done it that way. Anyway, with the assistance of gravity (I heated it up until it was really wobbly and then turned it upside down — yay gravity!) I got the big center area to flatten out. But the left side and the middle of the bottom were so saggy that in the end I decided it would be less trouble over all to just cut a worbla patch and stick it over top. So that’s what I did. You will notice at least one giant air bubble. There are more, believe me. Air bubbles! *shakes fist at sky* The “poke it with a pin and smooth it out” trick does not work when there is open space below where you would be pressing to smooth and you don’t want to cave in your shape…
Future work (in progress): After reaching the stage you see in Photo #6, I realized that the air bubbles and seams and a couple of other things would almost certainly have me attacking the back piece with the heat gun again in the future. This would be bad, because in it’s current state it was pretty good, nothing that couldn’t be fixed with polyfill and sanding. But I knew, I knew I would try and fix it with the heat gun. So to head myself off at the pass, I started priming it. Normally I would wait until the rest of the armor was done in case adjustments were needed, but I figured that was unlikely, and I had to stop myself from ruining it. So it is currently 4 layers of gesso (and one session with the polyfill) into priming. More photos forthcoming when I finish all the priming and sanding.