I've finally gotten around to doing it! Since cosplaying as Fem!Hawke to Supanova in 2010, I've had quite a few people asking me how I made my armour and for tips on recreating something similar. Now I want you guys to know, I'm still a very amateur cosplayer and I still have a lot to learn. Even now I'm finding new and better ways to perfect this process so please feel free to branch out and try new things!
This is simply my current method that I've used for my armour based cosplays to date - Hawke, Lightning & making Asuna's chestplate. The tutorial focuses mostly on Lightning's chest piece, as I made sure to take photos specifically for this tutorial but have included some of Hawke's armor for further examples. For these pieces I've used craft foam, as I've found it is a cost effective method for cosplayers on a budget (in comparison to materials such as worbla), but please keep in mind that foam can be fragile!
If you have any questions, please feel to ask away!