Cosplayer’s Dream

Stunning Sovereign Armor from 91 3D Printed Pieces

Sovereign Armor
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This jaw-droppingly awesome design, called Sovereign Armor, is bound to be your next dream cosplay costume.

You may remember Melissa Ng, a Lumecluster fantasy designer who previously worked on the gorgeous 3D printed Regalia Armor.

Now, Ng has finished an even more ambitious design featuring 91 separate 3D printed pieces which even include some impressive LED lights.

She chose the lights to make the wearer themselves appear as though they are glowing. She said to Digital Trends: “I was very intrigued by the heated debates between fantasy lovers and historical armor enthusiasts.”

As well as this, her design focused on challenging the idea of what female armor is “supposed” to look like. She said: “I wanted to throw my interpretation into the mix to help show that women can look strong, powerful, ethereal beautiful without always simply defaulting to the bikini armor.”

The Design Process Behind the Sovereign Armor

Ng worked for over 500 hours just developing the project, which included consulting historical armor expert Ian LaSpinaeven and testing flexible 3D printing materials before the armor went to print.

“The biggest hurdle was researching medieval armor and giving myself a crash course on armor functionality,” Ng said.

Measurements were taken manually before they were entered into the figure program DesignDoll, and designed with Blender.

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Ng added: “Keep in mind I was also designing everything in a digital space so I didn’t have anything physically in front of me to check if what I was designing would seamlessly work together or not. This was also a one-shot 3D print. No reprints.”

Once this laborious task was complete, Ng’s model was sent to Shapeways who meticulously printed each of the 91 pieces using an elasto plastic.

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Ng then had the task of finishing her design by hand-painting each piece and piecing everything together to make sure it was the perfect fit.

If you want to find out more about this process, then visit the page here. When it comes to Ng’s next design, she teases: “You’ll just have to wait and see.”

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(Source: Digital Trends)