Dragonborn, Dragonborn, by her honour is sworn,
To keep evil forever at bay!
And the fiercest foes rout when they hear triumph's shout,
Dragonborn, for your blessing we pray!
~ Translatation of Song of the Dragonborn
I love Skyrim. I'm the biggest Elder Scrolls fan ever since my father gave me his copy of Morrowind, many years ago. I know way too much about the history and all, but you have to fangirl about something, right? So, when I decided I wanted to have a go at making armor it wasn't hard to take a pick: the Elder Scrolls! I love the iron helmet and the banded iron armor in general, it's so much more Nord-feeling than the (more badass, no doubt) ebony or deadric versions. So, I bought foam, worbla, gesso, sandpaper and paint and had a go!
As this is the first time I ever made something with worbla, I'm really happy with it! I know things I wish I'd change, but you have to practise in order to master a skill. And currently, I'm hardly at journeyman level! I adored walking around in this, yet even that needs practise. I'm used to walking around in pretty dresses with hoop skirts and corsets, and I'm used to posing in a cutesy way for pictures. It was a bit awkward for me to suddenly be badass, but again, that also needs practise. It was amazing to be high-fived by lots of dudes and talk randomly about the Elder Scrolls.
Two days before Castlefest, where this picture was taken, I decided I really did want a weapon. I'm planning on making Dawnbreaker with LED light and everything, but that certainly takes more than 2 days. So, I planned on making a steel axe. I love the design on this axe and thought it was do-able in two days. It was, but I couldn't smooth it out as much as I'd like because that takes days of applying gesso, letting it dry, sanding and repeat. But for my first ever weapon, I love it! I'm currently making Miraak for my boyfriend and it'll be kickass when we're finished!
It was very nice to be able to use my own hair for once. By the time of this picture, I had taken off the hip pieces because they were damaged. I miraculously lost two of the spikes and the paint was scratched. They're down for repair. I was also extremely tired by the time this picture was taken. It was like 9-ish in the evening and we had to wait ages for the bus (I believe it was 45 minutes, when they were supposed to go every 15 minutes). I hope that by the next event, I'll have a car so I won't have to rely on public transport anymore!
Foam and Worbla with Apoxy Sculpt for detailing for the armor pieces
Paper clay for the horns
Epoxy coating for the helmet
Fake fur and fake suede for the clothing bits
Bleach and watered down acrylics for weathering (though the fur could do with loads more, as it hardly shows up on pictures)
A broomstick for the axe handle, cardboard, foam and worbla for the axehead, apoxy sculpt for detailing and leather as wrap.
A rotary tool for all-over detailing
Crafting & model: me
Photo by Bart Treuren: www.barttreuren.eu/
Better view of armor
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