I'm starting work on this too, just finished a Gabriel Belmont, and this is my next endevor. Working on building a pattern for everything before I start cutting the leather.. I'll be doing a male version.. I'm looking forward to getting started... I have found some ref pics of the back, I can upload them somewhere if you need em..
I too am cosplaying this. (ajgdsbgharfwqfffff... SO HARD)
Thank you so much, this has been my main ref picture... I heard/saw on your tumblr that you're making it too, and I was wondering how you did the back (or what you think it looks like cuz I have no clue) and how you are gonna hold it all together and close it in the back. I'm thinking about velcro straps, but I've never done anything like this before so I have no idea.
Main ref? Really? Wow. TBH I've been using this more than this picture. It's pretty clear (and my drawing has a few mistakes )
For the back... yeah, that's tricky. I'm actually leaving it open; there's gonna be a cape over it, after all, and maybe leaving it open will help me not overheat. The system I have now... it'd be easier to explain in a picture, but I've got a couple of backpack-like straps going over the shoulders and connecting to the side armor just under my arm. Those have holes in them, and I have a zigzag cord through them (think like a corset) that attaches lower on the sides too and ties in the back (sorry if this doesn't make sense D: ). And then the skirt-like bit has its own cord.
Velcro'd probably work too though. I've actually never done anything like this before either. My tumblr'll probably be covered in pictures soon though, because spring break has started.
That's actually an incredibly good idea. Why didn't I think of that? I think I'll adopt that idea, I hope you don't mind.Ah well, I wish my mom hadn't gotten rid of her old mannequin, it's hard to get it to look right if it's on me and I can't see it.
I like your drawing better, it's cleaner and more visible. I've also used this [link] for the gauntlets, pauldrons, and greaves/boots.
Consider your tumblr closely watched ;D I'll be posting pictures of mine as soon as I can get my camera working again.
I wish you the best of luck this is exactly what I'm cosplaying this year at London comic convention its taken me nearly 2 months to make a detailed replica of the nightingale Armour. hope you get it done all the best.
when making the nightingale mask its good to first build a wire frame to get the shape of you're face then you can fill in the gaps in between the wire frame with either mod mesh or lino when using lino glue it down panel by panel with with a hot glue gun once that has all been done go over the basic shell with a thick moderately even layer of texture paste wait 24 hours for it to dry sand it down the next day and once smooth sketch on the details and use texture paste to define these details as well when it is half dried it will be quite rubbery this is the perfect time to even out you're details so you don't have to apply more layers after sanding once everything has dried again go over the details with sand paper and if you have one you can go down the edges with a dremel. after all that just for the mask you can apply a basic under coat then a coat of black acrylic and you can either use silver paint or silver leaf to put on the details and intricate patterns once that has dried go over the mask with either PVA glue or Laker and on top of that stipple black paint with a sponge to give an aged ceramic look. and Thats the mask. hope this helps ill be posting by Armour bit by bit on deviant so ill do step by steps as well if you need any more guidance. and opinions on how to make things.