Thanks for reading my post. I have been working with zbrush for some time and have done a few characters for practice. I recently decided that I wanted to make a medieval knight type character and I am able to block out most of the armor pieces with the exception of one thing -- shoulder pauldrons. Now, to be clear, I am not talking about the smaller “spaulders” that sort of just sit on the top side of the shoulder. I am talking about the bigger pauldrons that cover the shoulder, a small top portion of the back and chest.
My problem with sculpting them is that I don’t fully understand how these things sit on, and attach to the body. I should point out, that I plan to make these for a character that I will animate. So, you can see why having them properly on the body is important. What i can't seem to wrap my head around is the fact that this armor seems to cover the acromion and the shoulder joint. So, again, thinking back to animation, I ask myself, how the heck can the character stretch his arms out to the side, or raise his sword?? They look like they would either get in the way and/or cause major clipping issues.
If anyone can give me some good advice for even creating the right shape within the correct boundaries on the body. That would be immensely appreciated. If anyone knows some good resources that I can read or videos to watch for making proper fitting armor for animated characters, that would be great.
Thank you so much!