My son wanted to be gladiator/roman soldier this year.
We purchased the helmet...I had no patience this year to make one of those.
I used a faux suede material for the tunic and the cape. Found gold eagle buttons on clearance as well as the curtain pull back we used for the belt. The chain is actually a purse handle. I made some "leather thongs" but he hated the way they felt so we just covered his slippers with the same material as his tunic
My son picks his costume based on what type of weapon he will get to carry. He had the perfect sword but needed a shield too.
Shopped around for a shield but I wasn't about to pay $20 for a flimsy piece of plastic! Bought a pizza pan for $4 and some rubber snakes. Spray painted the snakes gold and then my husband riveted them to the pan. I found a belt at the thrift store for the handles so husband used the rivet gun to attach them to the shield as well. The rivets stuck through the back of the shield (possible scratching hazard) so I added some foam padding and red felt to cover the back of the shield.
Nice easy costume to make. He loved it and received lots of compliments...especially from the older kids which made his day!