Hi, I’m Robert Rodgers, the creator of Wicked Armor
Thank you for visiting Wicked Armor and taking an interest in my work. I have been creating costumes and props for the past 11 years, meticulously perfecting my techniques, and I am grateful to everyone who has supported me on my journey. Thank you!
My creative interests are varied, but costuming and replicas are a primary passion. I can rarely watch a film or play a videogame without finding new inspirations, and I want to make them exist in the real world. I have an absolute passion for solving technical, artistic problems, and there are always new technical challenges in sculpture and costuming.
I started making costumes as a teenager with help from mom and began selling my work frequently around 2004 from my college apartment. I turned my hobby into full-time work around 2006 and expanded to a home-based studio in 2008. I built a studio and shops in my backyard where I work today.
In school, I majored in Fine Art and then Physics, and I have a family with Melanie, Liam, Ella (our Pomeranian), Koopa (our giant tortoise), and lots of koi fish and other animals.
Hobbies: anything creative, exploring nature, canoeing, creative writing, physics, programming, drawing, piano, home improvement projects, videogames, reading.
About the Workshop
Sculpture work and mold-making require a lot of space. I used to monopolize my college apartment living rooms, but I bought a house in 2008 with a horse barn that I could use for messy work and have expanded and improved my workspace a lot since then.
Shortly before my son was born, I built a new work area with AC and moved my work out of my house. I have always been interested in movie set and theme park design, so I took the opportunity to experiment with stucco and water feature construction in the backyard. Once I felt comfortable with the materials, I stuccoed my entire house to look like a refurbished Mediterranean ruin.
The more parts and molds I make, the more space it consumes, so building and construction is part of the job. Fortunately, now I have separate areas for creation, hand paint, assembly, spray paint, tool work, storage, and a shipping office.