Is it sad that I wanna cry with sadness when i see your pauldrons and then i look back at mine? I love the detail in them and I wish mine would turn out just as awesome. That and my belt... I have no idea how to even attempt at that right now. This has to be one of the best Zack cosplays I've ever seen and I applaude you.
dawww thanks, and don't cry! practice makes perfect. If you look closely mine had plenty of imperfections that I decided to just turn into battle scars and bullet dents. There's no wrong way to go, and you can always artfully adjust as you go
I dunno if you follow my fiance but a while back she made a Yusei from yugioh 5D's and found transparent bubble ornaments at Hobby Lobby and painted them for part of her outfit. I took that idea for the materia :]