Armor and Propmaking Links
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BioWeapons.com - Advice on making molded, "organic-type" armor
Studio Creations - Hi-impact armor, props. Focus on vacu-forming, latex.
Jedi Elf Queen's Costume and Artwork Site - contains many beautiful LOTR costumes and costuming tutorials, as well as --
Jedi Elf Queen's Elven Warriors Site which contains useful advice on how to create costume armor with paper mache and a variety of other materials.
The Armour Archive - Armor history and huge armor pattern archive
Cosplay Crimes - (and how to avoid committing them)
Tips, Tricks and Useful Sites
http://www.ops.dti.ne.jp/~darkk/ - It's all in Japanese, so I have no idea what this guy's name is, but he's been making armor for gazillions of years and has a method of armormaking which involves glueing vinyl over foam. His stuff is pretty amazing, to say the least.
Gadget Tool's Armor Page - A site in which a Japanese cosplayer explains the materials and principles behind the vinyl-over-foam armormaking method. Very educational.
Fiberglass 101 & 102 - Containing Paper Wing's tutorials on the use of *shudder* fiberglass. (Should you decide you actually WANT to take your life into your own hands...)
Jongleur's Working with Polymer Clay Tutorial
Tessaiga Tutorial V. 2.0 - A good "how to make a huge-ass oversized sword out of insulation foam and fiberlgass" tutorial.
Avatrix's Guide To Making The Kubikiri Houcho - Another good prop sword tutorial.
Lord of the Rings Costume Research Site - Detailed breakdowns for every costume in LOTR, plus advice on armoring, making false ears, etc.
Milieux: The Costume Site - Costume image, supply and tutorial resource.
The Costume Page - Massive costume research archive. Over 2000 links.
Anime Firearms - A rundown of the guns used by various anime characters. Another useful link: Game Firearms
The Replica Prop Forum - A bunch of (very civilized) Brits discussing mostly Star Wars-related props and armor, although there's good advice to be had for the anime cosplayer if you dig hard enough.
The Cosplay/Anime Costuming and Masquerade Links Page
Vector Graphic Logos - Contains printable graphics of the Hellsing sigil, Nerv logo and some graphics from LOTR and Star Wars.
janchan.com - The ultimate Naruto cosplay resource, back online and better than ever! Has lots of Full Metal Alchemist and Gothic Lolita patterns too!