Build yourself some armor - Adam Savage and Bill Doran
It should be no surprise that I am a huge fan of Adam Savage of Tested and Bill Doran of Punished Props. Both are master craftsmen who share their knowledge and give power to the creator community.
Recently they decided to collaborate in making a Ringwraith gauntlet from lord of the rings out of foam. If you ever wanted to start learning about foamsmithing (yes that's what it's called) I don't think there is much better of a platform to get you started.