Thought I’d quickly share my next cosplay with you all :)
I really like wearing my Shepard armour, but those of you who have followed me for a while will already know that it’s not the sort of thing you want to wear for a whole con weekend. You can’t move around easily, you don’t want to sit down for long periods (certainly not a 2hr panel), you can’t drink (without a straw - the bracers make it hard to bend your elbow enough!) and even if you could, well, let’s just say that you tend to dehydrate yourself to avoid toilet trips.
So, I thought that I’d have a go at cosplaying Bright Noa from Mobile Suit Gundam, this time with an eBay-bought costume, as I certainly don’t plan to enter any contests as the character. I went with one of those sellers that you provide a set of measurements, and they tailor your outfit. No idea how that’s going to turn out, but we’ll have to see!
If it goes particularly well, I’ll post their details on here in a few weeks’ time, in case anyone else is interested. They do a wide variety of character costumes, everything from Code Geass to League of Legends. High-res

Thought I’d quickly share my next cosplay with you all :)

I really like wearing my Shepard armour, but those of you who have followed me for a while will already know that it’s not the sort of thing you want to wear for a whole con weekend. You can’t move around easily, you don’t want to sit down for long periods (certainly not a 2hr panel), you can’t drink (without a straw - the bracers make it hard to bend your elbow enough!) and even if you could, well, let’s just say that you tend to dehydrate yourself to avoid toilet trips.

So, I thought that I’d have a go at cosplaying Bright Noa from Mobile Suit Gundam, this time with an eBay-bought costume, as I certainly don’t plan to enter any contests as the character. I went with one of those sellers that you provide a set of measurements, and they tailor your outfit. No idea how that’s going to turn out, but we’ll have to see!

If it goes particularly well, I’ll post their details on here in a few weeks’ time, in case anyone else is interested. They do a wide variety of character costumes, everything from Code Geass to League of Legends.

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Tutorial: Working with Worbla

My worbla tutorial is now live! Check it out if you’ve been interested in trying out worbla or would like some tips on how to work with it. I also show you how I made part of my armor for Riven. Feel free to share with others! Hopefully you’ll find this helpful.

Thought I’d reblog this, as I’ve had a few questions recently from people who are starting new armour builds. I didn’t use Worbla (not sure if it’s worth it for Mass Effect armour, what with the results people get from EVA), but I’ve seen amazing things done with the material for a variety of costumes, from Space Marines to WoW characters. There are many examples online, but Kamui is the person I tend to immediately think of when considering this medium.


Peach has lived most of her life in castles filled with lava
She spent her vacation hot-tubbing it up in an active volcano
She has been kidnapped to space
And the one time she actually got pissed off, she starred in her own game and rescued everyone with the power of emotion.
You think a tiny little laser explosion will break that iron princess demeanor?
Bitch, please.
Peach will wreck you.

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Peach has lived most of her life in castles filled with lava

She spent her vacation hot-tubbing it up in an active volcano

She has been kidnapped to space

And the one time she actually got pissed off, she starred in her own game and rescued everyone with the power of emotion.

You think a tiny little laser explosion will break that iron princess demeanor?

Bitch, please.

Peach will wreck you.

(via nekobazu)

thingsoldcongoers:

Remember when cosplayers helped each other, all the time? Now it’s like they always fight or compete - to the point they won’t even help each other with costume advice for fear the other person will surpass them….it’s like they consider other cosplayers threats now, instead of friends.

I used to worry about this, but I’ve never encountered any of these problems. Is it a pretty common thing in most people’s experience? High-res

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thingsoldcongoers:

Remember when cosplayers helped each other, all the time? Now it’s like they always fight or compete - to the point they won’t even help each other with costume advice for fear the other person will surpass them….it’s like they consider other cosplayers threats now, instead of friends.

I used to worry about this, but I’ve never encountered any of these problems. Is it a pretty common thing in most people’s experience?

I was just wondering, when it came to your cosplay I saw you used the EVA foam panels. Which thickness did you use?

Asked by thepaganjew

I used 1cm foam, as this was what I could find. I would say that you could probably use 1.5cm, but anything thicker might difficult to bend, and anything thinner would be too flimsy. 1cm seemed the best after I got small samples of a few thicknesses.

After shopping around a bit, I eventually found a foam that had a “weave” texture (you can see it in my photos). This saved me a lot of time, as the weave was pretty close to the texture that N7 armour is meant to have, and I was able to use the rear side (which is smooth) to give contrast on some pieces, like parts of the helmet and back.

Another thing that’s important is the nature of the foam. EVA mats don’t seem to vary much in density (meaning that two sheets bought from different places ought to have similar properties) but it can vary in finish. Some foam sheets have a glossier finish than others.

My armour was made from two sheets that were less-than-identical, though fortunately they were similar enough that after painting/a bit of sanding even I struggle to tell the difference.

My advice would be to buy as much as possible. If you’re anything like me, you’ll waste quite a bit with reworks and experiments. Fortunately, unlike other armour-making materials (such as Worbla) it’s pretty cheap. When I was buying materials, I initially looked at gym mats, but those seemed expensive - my solution was to buy horse stablemats, as these came in huge rolls straight from a warehouse, and were much cheaper (though the smell of the freshly-made mats was pretty severe T_T…). Just make sure they are EVA, as horsemats are often rubber. The seller will usually know, if you ask.

Also, EVA comes in a large variety of colours, so do consider giving blue or red a go. I’ve seen people do amazing things with coloured N7 armour online; if I was going to start over, I’d probably do that.

Good luck! Let me know how it goes!

Hey man! I'm planning on starting some new cosplay projects and I'm planning to use foam to make armour! just wondering if you could recommend any tutorials that I could have a look at cos I've never worked with foam personally? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Asked by geekmayhemforall

It depends heavily on the type of foam you’re going to go with, and the type of costume you’re trying to create. Generally you’re working with two types, either foam sheets (like my Shepard outfit) or foam blocks that you sculpt (some people make Transformers or Gundam costumes with these).

What is it you’re planning to make? (“ask” me, and let me know if you want me to keep it private for now)

If you’re working with sheet foam, there are two methods that I know of:

  • The method I used involved sticking newspaper to myself, then drawing the shapes of the armour panels on that newspaper with a sharpie marker. Then, you cut those shapes out for your templates, and use those templates to cut the foam. For bending it you’ll need to use a combination of a heat gun and your oven/a bucket of cold water. I may do a post soon to talk about the oven method, as I’ve had a look online and can’t find where I was told how to do it. Also, I stuck most of my stuff together with superglue (you could use hotglue, but I found superglue less awkward).
  • The other one is the “Pepakura” method. I used this for my N7 helmet. This involves using a computer program called “Pepakura” that takes 3D models (like videogame meshes) and flattens them into a sheet that can be used to make a papercraft model. This tends to get used for more complex costumes like Iron Man, Garrus or Krogan armour (I prefer my method for human N7 armour).

The advantage of the method I used is that it creates a suit which is tailored specifically to you, whereas you might not have the “Greek Hero” proportions that some male videogame characters have. It’s also fast and less technical/more manual.

The advantage of the Pepakura method is that it’s better for creating complex 3D shapes, like my N7 helmet. However, the builds are more complex and take a long time. Arguably they give a better result, but only if you’re willing to go through the many stages of filling, sanding and painting that they require. I don’t have a garage or workshop (I made my armour on my dining table!) so I won’t be doing this again for some time.

Have a look back through my posts, and you’ll see that I’ve shown the tools etc. that I used. Only thing I’d say is not to get a heated blade right away (I did this, but ended up doing most of my cutting with a regular craft knife). If you need any more advice, give me a shout.

Is anyone interested in having images of their cosplay Photoshopped like my recent Shepard one?

I’m thinking of doing a few for commissions, but first doing a couple for free as practice. I’d need a decent high res image of your cosplay, and any background ideas you have. Please follow me if you’re interested; my ask box is open.

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mangagirl232:

My Wyldstyle cosplay that I wore at Kitacon :D I loved this costume and it was so comfortable to wear ^_^ The photos were taken and edited by Beth Dooner Photography (on Facebook)

I saw your outfit at the con! You looked great.

Hope to see you at future events!

Kitacon was awesome! Was just a little disappointed that I couldn't wear my main cosplay for as long as I would of liked! It was just too heavy and far too hot inside it! :(

Asked by geekmayhemforall

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yukittine:

nekobazu:

notfatshepard:

little-geeky:

Unfortuently that is cosplay, around 90% of my cosplays are uncomfy. You can’t sit down, or pee, or move your arms, or walk properly, or anything.

Are you me??? XD

I remember my KH Dusk Nobody cosplay - had to remove seven layers to go to the toilet, and that included having someone unzip me first! Between that and only being able to walk at a quarter my normal speed, I chose dehydration that day XD;;

I always choose comfy cosplay and then I just see cosplayers who wear really uncomfortable cosplay as brave people.

*does Attack on Titan salute*

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Kitacon was awesome! Was just a little disappointed that I couldn't wear my main cosplay for as long as I would of liked! It was just too heavy and far too hot inside it! :(

Asked by geekmayhemforall

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nekobazu:

notfatshepard:

little-geeky:

Unfortuently that is cosplay, around 90% of my cosplays are uncomfy. You can’t sit down, or pee, or move your arms, or walk properly, or anything.

Are you me??? XD

I remember my KH Dusk Nobody cosplay - had to remove seven layers to go to the toilet, and that included having someone unzip me first! Between that and only being able to walk at a quarter my normal speed, I chose dehydration that day XD;;

Suffice to say, N7 armour presents a few problems in THAT area too.

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