Demon Hunter Pauldrons

Chrix Design shared this detailed writeup covering the Chest Plate, Leg Armor, Pauldrons, Helmet, Shield and Bracer, and Crossbow of her Demon Hunter from Diablo.

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This have to be the most iconic piece of this armor and I wanted to make sure the looked badass – The pauldrons.

Again I would use worbla, but I wanted to see if I could make the base out of cardboard and then cover it up with worbla and details afterwards. Also on the larger pauldron I needed to make horns and a mean skull face. All this without making the shoulders too heavy (as mentioned before, I’m weak and don’t want to carry more than I need).

Small pauldron
I covered a balloon with paper mache and added details with cardboard.
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When it had dried I added details in foam.
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Tha pauldron has several indents, created by just cutting away some of the cardboard.
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When done I covered it up with worbla, bringing out the foam details as I go along. I used a small wooden stick to press down the worbla (e.g. a pencil or chopstick. I started on the top and worked my way to the sides.
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All wrapped up
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Thin strips of worbla was added along all edges to create dimensinon.
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Under the pauldron there are a couple of smaller armor pieces which were made much like the leg armors, by covering foam with worbla and shaping ot over a ball.
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This a part of the leg armor
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Large pauldron with horns
With the larger pauldron I had a little more touble to the the basic shape. But same method by using paper mache over a balloon and adding foam details in layers was essentially used.
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To get more depth to the mouth.
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Starting to cover it with worbla.
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Here I just used a blunt pencil to press in the worbla and bring out the details
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For the skull piece I first made the form out of clay, then used that as a mold to shape the worbla, so I would end up with a light weight shell.
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A hollow skull shape
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I filled the space with tin foil to help keet the shape up while I added the rest of the worbla.
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Before we move on with the skull details we need some horns. I build a basic grid out of cardboard.
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Filled that with expanding foam
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And carved out the shapes.
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To be able to get the horns off the pauldron when needed, I added bolts to the horn base. Then I could screw them in place when needed.
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I used all my small left over pieces of worbla for teeth. The pieces were heated and shaped.
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Priming with gesso and glue, since I needed to get this peice pretty smooth.
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More testing with the chest piece I made earlier.
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I needed a small piece under this shoulder also.
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Painting will be covered in a seperate tutorial eventually.

Until then, enjoy the full effect of these enormous shoulders, I have to go sideways though the doors in our apartment.