So I am looking to build my gauntlets after I finish getting my bucket build (not ready for paint yet, still thinking about scheme). I wanted to throw out a few questions and ideas here before I actually start production.
As far as design goes, I am going to go ahead and build these out of my precision cut heat bendable plastic (1/8") so custom shaping and fiberglassing is absolutely in order.
I want to incorporate a screen into one wrist. Way down the road I'd like to have a really advanced electronic kit, but for now I was thinking about molding a hard case's front for my EVO 4G into the left gaunt. I have read and seen plenty of examples of what is acceptable work for incorporating technology like this into gauntlets, so I'm not too worried about that.
The thing that I really wanted some feedback on is what type of greeblies should I use for making this more in universe? A couple of LEDs for SW style buttons/lighting would be simple enough for me to incorporate. I was thinking about making this look like a touchscreen slicer pad, but what little touches should I go for to do this?
I also am thinking about having a hinged cover that you flip open to get to the touchscreen. With it closed the screen will be completely covered but it would be easy to still use. I wanted this because as an Assassin I would want my gaunts to be useful in fighting, and having a screen in a place to get easily smashed just wouldn't do.
The only other special considerations are an expansion of what I just mentioned, I am a martial arts heavy assassin. I don't want "weapons" per se but I'd like to design these to make sense and enhance hand to hand combat abilities.
Also what do you guys recommend as a closure mechanism. I'm still debating on having them open with a hinge or just snap them together as a two piece design. Mostly the issue for me is I would like a hinged design, but really don't want the look of external hinges.