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Bwentali
11-18-2008, 10:42 AM
before I begin, a disclaimer. I know for a fact that making a cosplay for left 4 dead should be in every instance easy. However I decided to make this post to help out with some of the detail work of the costumes.

One of the cosplays I have in mind is francis from left 4 dead.

http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t280/left4dead411/wallpapers/witch-francis-1680.jpg

as you can see, he is your standard biker guy with a simple outfit to emulate. However one of the hardest details to recreate are his full arm tattoos. This has been something I have been milling over for a while now and I only have a few solutions for it.

Henna/body paint: Would have to have someone do the artwork, which would be expensive and only last for a con before wearing out.

stockings and paint: would need to sew, would not look realistic, stigma against wearing a stocking designed for a womans legs for arm tattoos.

costume tattoo sleeve:
http://www.costumecraze.com/image.php?imagefile=http://img.costumecraze.com/images/vendors/forum/59561-large.jpg

can't find one blank, would not be the correct design, (yes I know its similar to the stocking deal but they are custom designed for arm useage) current sleeves don't go up to the shoulder.

so I ask the brilliant people of the cosplay forums, what would you do?

Tenel Ka
11-19-2008, 06:17 PM
Yay Left 4 Dead cosplay! :D Where are you planning on wearing the costume?

(I was debating on a Zoey costume, but this would be so much more fun with a group!)

I guess it depends on how accurate you want the tattoos to be. I think you could get away with the right kind of already-done tattoo sleeve if you don't need it to be perfectly accurate. I would hope no one would give you crap for not having the tattoos exactly the same as his in the game.

If you wanted it completely accurate then body paint would probably be the way to go -- but like you said, it would only last for the day and you'd have to sit and get someone to do it. D:

Bwentali
11-20-2008, 08:49 PM
unfortunatly I am still in the minor leagues of the convention scene. I have done one cosplay of Heavy Weapons Guy from Team Fortress 2, at a event called connecticon. I am considering going to anime boston as francis, then at connecticon I will go as the protagonist from fallout 3.

as for the tattoos, I am still scratchin my head on it. I sent the creator of the tattoo sleves an email on gettin a blank shirt to help out, no answer as of yet. lookin for flesh-colored mesh shirts. going to start lookin for flesh-toned body suits soon. clothing will be easier than custom work, cause I can custom tailor it.

ArcaneKani
12-04-2008, 10:02 AM
Yeah, I definitely plan on cosplaying Louis if I can get a group going (This is definitely the type of cosplay where you kinda' need a group).

Bwentali
12-04-2008, 10:16 AM
@arcaneKani: Yea, to get the full effect you really need the group (and some zombies). It won't stop me from going though, I will just say I am gung-ho or the rest of the crew died or something.

ArcaneKani
12-04-2008, 11:05 AM
@arcaneKani: Yea, to get the full effect you really need the group (and some zombies). It won't stop me from going though, I will just say I am gung-ho or the rest of the crew died or something.

*lol* There ya' go. I'm sure Francis would stand out on his own anyway. I wish you the best of luck!

Toluca
12-04-2008, 11:40 AM
I might be considering a Witch cosplay once I actually get the game and can see them more clearly. The demo is sort of hit or miss with whether she shows up or not. xD

Missha
12-04-2008, 05:06 PM
Ohhh, yay! A left 4 dead thread!
I'll considering doing a Zoey cosplay myself =]

ChibiKimi
12-04-2008, 05:15 PM
Im going to be doing Left 4 Dead for RIT's Tora-Con in April with a group of people, and the guy who is doing Francis was going to just buy the costume sleeve.
I don't think you will be shunned forever if it's not accurate - i'd like to see anybody try to pull all those tattoos off.

btw - are you guys doing the old character designs
http://techreport.com/r.x/2008q2/l4d.jpg
or the new ones?
http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t280/left4dead411/new-concept-characters.jpg

Tenel Ka
12-04-2008, 06:31 PM
Yesssss, a witch costume would be awesome. A friend of mine and I were discussing doing L4D costumes at Dragon*Con next year. I was thinking of doing a Hunter costume or a Witch (wondering about the body paint and the fingers) if there's survivors. Of course, we'd need all the survivors first cause then the whole thing would be more recognizable. LOL~

Anyone going to Dragon*Con in 2009? XD

NymphOfTwilight
12-04-2008, 11:32 PM
Yay! I hoping to see this thread soon! I might be doing a Zoey or a Witch cosplay in the meer future. I just started this game along with Dead Space, and both are pretty much amazing!

ArcaneKani
12-08-2008, 10:38 AM
I suppose it boils down to how accurate you're wanting this costume to be. I'd opt for the tattoo sleeves so long as you can get them to cover your entire arm. But if you're a stickler for detail, henna might not be a bad option, though from the looks of his arms that might end up costing you a great deal of time/money to get it as accurate as possible.

On a side note, what would you guys say about canonical weapons? Louis is seen with the Uzi in the silhouetted photo of the 4 survivors, but I hate the Uzi and typically go for the assault rifle. :untrust:

Bwentali
12-08-2008, 12:16 PM
I thank you for all the good ideas, and I have narrowed it down to a couple options.

Personally I am thinking a flesh colored unitard...yea, thats the best I could come up with. it would stretch and cover all parts of the body. all I would have to do is stretch the fabric with some cardboard and pre-paint all the tattoos on the unitard. then all I would have to do is put on the uni then the clothes then presto! instant tatts

as for the guns, I am thinkin any gun from the game would be good. if you want to do an assault rifle then why not? the uzi is only good for the horde anywho, always need a guy to take care of long distance targets.

@chibikimi: I actually prefer the old models myself, they look more rugged and beaten down. However I think I will go based off the new models just for the integrety of the cosplay. That and I can't pull off the grunge look of the old francis.

rassool bros.
12-08-2008, 03:09 PM
Just FYI:

most pics online are shots of the beta versions of the characters. the game play stuff is way different. there's obviously a difference in everyones hair and face but their are subtle differences to the costumes as well. anyway if any of you are in the LA area, PM me cus i'd love to do a photoshoot of the L4D heroes with a few zombies and a witch or a hunter

Zombie Jill
12-10-2008, 12:24 AM
Coming from the 'Land of Valve', a friend and I had half a mind to crash their building dressed up in special infected costumes this Halloween but didn't feel like driving down. XD so I just wandered around school in a psuedo-hunter costume, and actually got recognized once. :'D It pays to hang around the game design class rooms.

At any rate, I'd love to see some groups of L4D! Get the survivors, some zombies, and some guns, and it'd make for a really great shoot. If I can get more people from 'round here, I'd totally love to do one, too. :'D It just wouldn't be as fun to not have all three... XD Unless you wandered around saying one died. *laughs* But then that's just mean.

pablofiasco
12-10-2008, 05:28 AM
hehehehe,
i thought of a bad idea, get the 4 survivors to do a photoshoot as normal,
have a ipod or somesuch nearby, and partway threw play the "oncoming horde" music, then have a crowd of infected tear around a corner

Bwentali
12-10-2008, 02:10 PM
Personal Soundtrack T-shirt

the device that plays the sounds can play any sound on a SD card.

That + Amplified speakers + SD card with horde clips = Epic Win :)

...although that exposed my plan, I wanna see people do it.

Hooded Woman
12-11-2008, 10:45 AM
I suppose it boils down to how accurate you're wanting this costume to be. I'd opt for the tattoo sleeves so long as you can get them to cover your entire arm. But if you're a stickler for detail, henna might not be a bad option, though from the looks of his arms that might end up costing you a great deal of time/money to get it as accurate as possible.

On a side note, what would you guys say about canonical weapons? Louis is seen with the Uzi in the silhouetted photo of the 4 survivors, but I hate the Uzi and typically go for the assault rifle. :untrust:

Well, well. well didn't expect to run into you in here. I planned on making Zoey sometime next year. I was going to go with the double pistols simply because she is seen with those in all the art. However, if you prefer a different weapon, go for it. I think with this genre game any form of weapon that is seen in the game would be acceptable and understood.

Also, me and you should plan something together.

rassool bros.
12-11-2008, 11:11 AM
Coming from the 'Land of Valve', a friend and I had half a mind to crash their building dressed up in special infected costumes this Halloween but didn't feel like driving down. XD so I just wandered around school in a psuedo-hunter costume, and actually got recognized once. :'D It pays to hang around the game design class rooms.

At any rate, I'd love to see some groups of L4D! Get the survivors, some zombies, and some guns, and it'd make for a really great shoot. If I can get more people from 'round here, I'd totally love to do one, too. :'D It just wouldn't be as fun to not have all three... XD Unless you wandered around saying one died. *laughs* But then that's just mean.

i think you mean all four?

ArcaneKani
12-12-2008, 01:17 AM
Well, well. well didn't expect to run into you in here. I planned on making Zoey sometime next year. I was going to go with the double pistols simply because she is seen with those in all the art. However, if you prefer a different weapon, go for it. I think with this genre game any form of weapon that is seen in the game would be acceptable and understood.

Also, me and you should plan something together.

Haha. And why's that? Granted, I'm not much of a forums person, but I tend to post when something's relevant to my interests. Done and done! The Uzi runs out of ammo too fast, anyway! :mad:

That would be awesome. I have all kind of ideas for potential photo shoots floating around upstairs. Let me know when you get Zoey done and we'll get the ball rolling.

YukikoChan11
12-16-2008, 02:49 PM
@Bwentali: I know Francis has a lot of tattoos so not sure how well this will work, but you could always try those computer print-out tattoos... just pull up images of the designs/draw them on your computer and print. as long as you cut them out properly so there's not much white space and don't keep pulling them off to reposition them, they stick pretty well (used them for my medusa soul eater snake heads and they worked pretty well).

As for weapons, I'd say use whatever you normally use in the game.. everyone has their own preferences (I stick to my double pistols unless a tank or witch show up). If I manage to make it to AnimeBoston I'd consider joining in ^_^

Jacs
12-16-2008, 11:42 PM
That would be one hell of a mess to dress up as the tank, but I'd love to go as a hunter!

HUNTA SAPPIN' MAH GUTS!

ArcaneKani
12-19-2008, 11:23 AM
Yeah, a tank would be one helluva' costume to pull off.

Zimmagin
12-23-2008, 07:48 PM
Id love to dress up as francis. A great idea for a cosplay. Hunters would be easy to pull off same with smokers.... Good luck with the tank.

ArcaneKani
12-23-2008, 11:56 PM
Id love to dress up as francis. A great idea for a cosplay. Hunters would be easy to pull off same with smokers.... Good luck with the tank.

I think the Hunter would be the easier of the two. Smokers have that hideous mug to pull off - at least Hunters have the hoodie to wear. *lol* I guess some type of muscle suit + a crap ton of make-up could possibly work in the right hands. I'd like to see one pulled off.

Courreges
12-30-2008, 06:27 PM
If anyone cosplays a witch and pulls it off I'll hug them. :]
Though if it's that good I might've pee'd myself. xD;;

I look foreword to more of these cosplays.
Good luck, guys! O:

DarkFujin
12-30-2008, 06:29 PM
I kind of want to cosplay Zoey, but L4D is really something you need a group for. But, maybe I can convince some friends to do it with me. lol

I really want to see someone cosplay the Special Infected

ArcaneKani
12-30-2008, 11:03 PM
I'm going to try my hand at a pipe bomb within the next few days. If it's good and inexpensive I'll share the process and what you'd need to build your own. And definitely feel free to share your own ideas as well! :bigtu:

Eurobeat King
01-02-2009, 03:27 AM
been playing this game for the weekend (rental) but i might buy it eventually. I like it a lot, and it'd be cool to see people cosplay from L4D in 2009.

A witch, hunter, and smoker wouldn't be hard to do, but a boomer would take a little work, and a tank would be really tough to cosplay.. :thumbsup:

If someone cosplays a smoker, he/she should have a long-tongue prop, and then an even LONGER one for Tongue-snaring the survivors. hehe :D

Huntress
01-02-2009, 03:41 AM
I eventually want to play Zoey :D I really got into this game since I got it for Christmas :D

A witch would be awesome to do as well!

TsuMei
01-02-2009, 08:37 PM
A friend and I will be cosplaying as Hunters at MTAC '09 (the one in Tennessee, not Toronto).

But I want to have the costume finished by the end of January, so I'll post some pics when we do that. :]

I would LOVE to cosplay as a Smoker, but I'm just too short (5'3") and that Smoker is soooo tall. x.x

Gotta practice those shrieks and pouncing... >:]

ArcaneKani
01-05-2009, 06:15 PM
Still working on the pipe bomb. So far it's coming along smoothly - I have a friend a lot more adept at circuit boards lending a helping hand.

In the meantime, however, I acquired pills nearly identical to the ones used in the game from the tip of a most awesome Zoey cosplayer. At Target they have their house brand of Ibprofuen that's shockingly similar to the bottle they used in the game. The text isn't the same, but I'm sure someone might be interested in making a scan of it to clean it up if they fancied.

UPDATE: I'm more or less finished with the prototype pipe bomb! There are a few cosmetic details to add to it plus weathering, but it's pretty nifty. My friend and I are going to try and figure out a way to make it beep like it does in the game, as well as trying to find a more simplistic approach to the circuit board. Feel free to check the gallery to see it.

TsuMei
01-06-2009, 08:49 PM
That pipebomb looks great so far. :D Awesome!!

ArcaneKani
01-06-2009, 10:54 PM
That pipebomb looks great so far. :D Awesome!!

Thank you! This one was a little bit of a headache to construct, but hopefully it'll be a little more efficient next time around. :bigtu:

Anyone have any headway on the first aid packs? I'm trying to figure out the best approach to them. And on a side note, might someone have some expertise in making someone appear older (for Bill) via make-up or what not? I have a friend that would be an amazing Bill if we can get him to look like an old man.

ArcaneKani
01-08-2009, 06:51 PM
Pipe bomb's done, finally! :crylaugh:

I found this a little bit ago and ordered two. I figured it would be an ample base for the first aid pack at least: http://www.patrollersupply.com/equipment/item_974.asp I'll update you guys and gals once I get them.

Oh! And as for the pills, compare these two: http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=2uhy2ae&s=5 In game Vs. http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=1zcgx2c&s=5 the generic brand at Target.

vashykun
01-08-2009, 07:07 PM
i could cosplay as a hunter easy im already pale and got the facial hair lol even have a black hoodie and the right pants and i can do the hunters little crawl for a little bit before my legs hurt

Hooded Woman
01-08-2009, 11:19 PM
Pipe bomb's done, finally! :crylaugh:

I found this a little bit ago and ordered two. I figured it would be an ample base for the first aid pack at least: http://www.patrollersupply.com/equipment/item_974.asp I'll update you guys and gals once I get them.

Oh! And as for the pills, compare these two: http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=2uhy2ae&s=5 In game Vs. http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=1zcgx2c&s=5 the generic brand at Target.

Holy crap! Great find on the Med pack...that one looks pretty darn close and is a great start. It even has the side pockets...

Also, I will be making a trip to Target in the morning to be "Grabbin' peels..."

Your pipe bomb is awesome too, I adore it!

Also, I bought my shoes for Zoey a few days ago. I've been scouting thrift stores for a jacket to modify but have failed, so I think I'll just have to end up making it. All the same, I'm excited.

balisong-cabbie
01-11-2009, 08:26 PM
Any one from east coast? I got a boomer in the works.

Sad_Riku
01-11-2009, 09:16 PM
Woah...Maybe I'll be her for AX..XD

ArcaneKani
01-11-2009, 09:36 PM
i could cosplay as a hunter easy im already pale and got the facial hair lol even have a black hoodie and the right pants and i can do the hunters little crawl for a little bit before my legs hurt

I'd say the hoodie is more of a light navy blue/gray if anything, though I could be mistaken. :confused:

And I'm on the east coast! I was thinking about doing this for Megacon if I can manage to go. Any potential takers?

ArcaneKani
01-11-2009, 09:39 PM
Holy crap! Great find on the Med pack...that one looks pretty darn close and is a great start. It even has the side pockets...

Also, I will be making a trip to Target in the morning to be "Grabbin' peels..."

Your pipe bomb is awesome too, I adore it!

Also, I bought my shoes for Zoey a few days ago. I've been scouting thrift stores for a jacket to modify but have failed, so I think I'll just have to end up making it. All the same, I'm excited.

Thanks! I should be getting them Tues/Wes, so I'll let you know how they are. I will probably need help with the sewing patches business, however.

I'll be scrounging the area for some opportune photo shoots soon, too. :bigtu:

Sakanoue Ayame
01-12-2009, 07:35 AM
Yay hehe I am also considering a Witch cosplay, she is kinda similar to the Rem cosplay I am currently working on so I could adapt it.

I have a really great idea in mind for a masquerade but I would need to find a team of main characters ^^ I think doing the whole skit with the lights down using flash lights would be really fabulous. But probably not practical!

Bwentali
01-12-2009, 07:46 AM
@arcanekai: Very good work on the pipebomb, does it beep?

not too much progress to report, been workin on fallout 3. managed to get all the major sound effects from the game and put them in my soundtrack shirt (hunter scream when spotting a survivor, witch encounter, tank music, give-away sounds for boomer, hunter, and smoker, ETC.)

Also managed to secure a really cheap airsoft uzi that I plan on filling with foam and removing the guts. If the cons I attend allow airsoft guns though I got a M3 super with full stock and a m4a1 with retractable stock which are in-game weapons as well.

That leaves only 1 inch of hair off my head, 50 pounds off my frame, a leather jacket and some tattoo sleeves. dang this cosplay is going to be a pain to prepare for.

ArcaneKani
01-12-2009, 04:08 PM
Yay hehe I am also considering a Witch cosplay, she is kinda similar to the Rem cosplay I am currently working on so I could adapt it.

I have a really great idea in mind for a masquerade but I would need to find a team of main characters ^^ I think doing the whole skit with the lights down using flash lights would be really fabulous. But probably not practical!

Haha. I can kind of picture something like that. Sounds rather amusing!

Bwentali: Thanks! And it does beep, yes. It doesn't speed up like it does in the game, but it's a series of 3 beeps followed by a pause and three more beeps. We rigged a fire alarm to be in a more permanent test mode. Maybe I'll post up a small video of it somewhere.

http://tinypic.com/player.php?v=svszk2&s=5 Don't mind the poor cell phone quality.

Balisong: Definitely! Megacon is starting to look promising and I'll see about others as my time permits.

balisong-cabbie
01-12-2009, 06:29 PM
Hey arcane,

Let me know if any you'll be going to any of the con's. Hopefully a L4D turn will be it. Great work on your props man.

Ripperblue
01-13-2009, 02:44 AM
I play l4d wayyy to much for the PC, most people rage quit any who.

Confirmed for Megacon 09: group of hunters me and like 3-4 (or more) of my friends.

Maybe:
1 smoker( could be more )
1 boomer( just one )
zoey ( my GF )
I live like 10mins away from the center so most of us are gonna get set up at my house. Not to sure on sounds but personally looking into it. Oh and, there will be lots of blood.

Eurobeat King
01-13-2009, 03:21 AM
Also, I bought my shoes for Zoey a few days ago. I've been scouting thrift stores for a jacket to modify but have failed, so I think I'll just have to end up making it. All the same, I'm excited.

Wish I was going to MegaCon to see your Zoey, but I'll be at WonderCon that same weekend. But maybe if you bring her to Otakon if there's a L4D gathering.

EBK: "How's your costume coming along, HW?"
HW: "Almost there! Almost therrrrrre!" :D

I've been playing the game a lot and wish I could cosplay from the game, but there are no Asian characters in it.. :razz: Although you can't tell what the guy at the end of Stage 3 of "Death Toll" in the Church looks like (he turns into an infected) but that'd be funny if someone cosplayed as him and had a tiny bell as a prop.

"Ding Dong! Ding Dong! Dinner's served! Come and get it!" :devil:

Hooded Woman
01-13-2009, 06:04 PM
Wish I was going to MegaCon to see your Zoey, but I'll be at WonderCon that same weekend. But maybe if you bring her to Otakon if there's a L4D gathering.

EBK: "How's your costume coming along, HW?"
HW: "Almost there! Almost therrrrrre!" :D

I've been playing the game a lot and wish I could cosplay from the game, but there are no Asian characters in it.. :razz: Although you can't tell what the guy at the end of Stage 3 of "Death Toll" in the Church looks like (he turns into an infected) but that'd be funny if someone cosplayed as him and had a tiny bell as a prop.

"Ding Dong! Ding Dong! Dinner's served! Come and get it!" :devil:

I'm quite excited to get everything finished.

ArcaneKani:
Yes boya, you have to let me know. I've been working hard to get things together a little faster than I first planned so we can do this together.

Also, I'm more than willing to help sew patches and other such items to make these costumes come together!

Eurobeat King
01-14-2009, 12:37 AM
I'm quite excited to get everything finished.

I wonder if you can get Zoey done in-time for Katsucon so i can get some pictures of you. It's just 2 weeks before MegaCon and i know you can do it. ;)

Wish i could go to MC but WC is easier for me, plus Lionel is bringing his Bumblebee costume there so i have to help him out with that. :D

ArcaneKani
01-14-2009, 01:12 AM
I play l4d wayyy to much for the PC, most people rage quit any who.

Confirmed for Megacon 09: group of hunters me and like 3-4 (or more) of my friends.

Maybe:
1 smoker( could be more )
1 boomer( just one )
zoey ( my GF )
I live like 10mins away from the center so most of us are gonna get set up at my house. Not to sure on sounds but personally looking into it. Oh and, there will be lots of blood.

Megacon? Awesome! What day are you guys planning on doing it? If I'm able to go, I'll be doing it Saturday.

Eurobeat King: Haha. That would be amazing if someone rang a bell and a bunch of zombie cosplayers came running from out of nowhere. :crylaugh:

Hooded Woman: Yeah? You know I appreciate that, girl. I dunno if you got my message earlier, but I got the 2 med packs today: http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=zipxzr&s=5 I stuffed that one to give it some volume. I figure all it would need would be the patches and maybe the 2 pouches on the side if you want to get fancy. The logo can be covered by a black strip of fabric, like it is in the game. Whenever you're free to get together let me know!

Eurobeat King
01-14-2009, 02:07 AM
Eurobeat King: Haha. That would be amazing if someone rang a bell and a bunch of zombie cosplayers came running from out of nowhere. :crylaugh:


i hope you get a pic of a bunch of zombies surrounding your awesome-looking pipe-bomb for one pic, and the next picture have them all lying on the ground dead! :D (since they can't be shown in pieces.. haha)

balisong-cabbie
01-14-2009, 10:35 PM
UPDATE: I'm more or less finished with the prototype pipe bomb! There are a few cosmetic details to add to it plus weathering, but it's pretty nifty. My friend and I are going to try and figure out a way to make it beep like it does in the game, as well as trying to find a more simplistic approach to the circuit board. Feel free to check the gallery to see it.

Why not use the innards of a alarm clock. or 555 timer method.

I looked at your updated pic on your props. Amazing man.

Also where you at Otakon 2008 if you were, I think I saw you as Hancock on one of those days.

Got my boomer in the works, ordered stuff in mail along with smoker ideas. Keep ya all posted.

C.Caligo
01-15-2009, 01:11 PM
If there are going to be any Left 4 Dead cosplayers going to AnimeBoston 09, I'll definitely go as a Hunter. Theyrock.

Bwentali
01-15-2009, 02:52 PM
assuming I don't have finals that week, yeps! plannin on a francis cosplay...just waiting on arcanekani's medpack pictures, that should be a pretty sweet medpack/storage item for food :)

Toluca
01-15-2009, 09:37 PM
After determining that I'm not in good enough shape to be running around in my underwear as a witch, I'm going to be attempting a Hunter cosplay for Metrocon and Jacon. :3 I'm just trying to decide if I want to get a more fitted sweatshirt that wouldn't be as accurate, or stick to one that's more loose, but will make me look like Chibi!Hunter. =/

My boyfriend will be going as Bill, possibly, so if you happen to see a small Hunter in an oversized sweatshirt hugging up on/following Bill, give me a shout. ;D

Ripperblue
01-15-2009, 10:21 PM
Megacon? Awesome! What day are you guys planning on doing it? If I'm able to go, I'll be doing it Saturday.


personally i know im going all the days, i know most of them are going all 3 days.

Bwentali
01-15-2009, 11:46 PM
http://www.chiefsupply.com/Apparel%2CUniforms/Accessories/TATJACKET

I think I have found my solution to the tattoo problem. yet another problem arises though.

The link above is a blank tattoo sleeve in essence, I can take the tattoo design, apply with ink (very carefully), and put the sleeves on and presto! instant Francis Tattoos!

Problem, the sleeves are only 17' (seventeen inches) so it will only cover the bicep and forearm...Guess francis is going to be wearing a t-shirt!

add temporary tattoos around the neck and beat up a pair of jeans and I should have francis done.

oh, and the leather jacket is a sleeveless classic jacket, going to price tomorrow.

mizuhaki
01-16-2009, 01:11 AM
I'm cosplaying as Zoey to a convention to A-Kon, with my boyfriend as a hunter. If I finish my costume before February, I might wear it to an earlier con. :3
I think I found the perfect Zoey jacket, albeit the price... D; I just need to dye it, sew on the white strips, and it's good to go:
http://store.americanapparel.net/5431w.html#i

ArcaneKani, I think your L4D props look great so far! :D I'm buying one of those med packs you found online, I can't believe you were able to find almost exact replicas.
Where'd you buy your SMG and pistol? I saw them in one of your pics, I think they look great.

EDIT: Also, any L4D cosplayers in TX?

Hooded Woman
01-17-2009, 03:13 PM
I wonder if you can get Zoey done in-time for Katsucon so i can get some pictures of you. It's just 2 weeks before MegaCon and i know you can do it. ;)

Wish i could go to MC but WC is easier for me, plus Lionel is bringing his Bumblebee costume there so i have to help him out with that. :D

Yeah, I can try but with everything else on my plate for Katsucon I don't think I can have it all done by then. Still, I'll do my best to get it done quick!

Yeah, no you are fine...makes sense! Plus, heck who wouldn't want to help Lionel with his Bumblebee? That's amazing! I'll still get to see you at Katsucon though! ^^

dukeoffl
01-17-2009, 10:49 PM
After determining that I'm not in good enough shape to be running around in my underwear as a witch, I'm going to be attempting a Hunter cosplay for Metrocon and Jacon. :3 I'm just trying to decide if I want to get a more fitted sweatshirt that wouldn't be as accurate, or stick to one that's more loose, but will make me look like Chibi!Hunter. =/

My boyfriend will be going as Bill, possibly, so if you happen to see a small Hunter in an oversized sweatshirt hugging up on/following Bill, give me a shout. ;D


that's so funny. i'm going as bill and my girlfriend is going as a hunter....
oh, wait.....

crAziemutant
01-19-2009, 12:15 AM
http://tinypic.com/player.php?v=svszk2&s=5 Don't mind the poor cell phone quality.


hi, i joined the forum just to tell you great job on the pipe bomb! and with a fire alarm? that's just how they designed it for a game "as if someone had rigged a smoke alarm to a pipe bomb" something like that. looks great. you should totally do an instructable for it. and great find on the medic pack.

xKatsu
01-19-2009, 02:50 AM
I was thinking of doing myself as a witch and my boyfriend as a hunter. But I'm a little worried about my butt hanging out of the underwear. XD

NecroticNymph
01-19-2009, 07:42 AM
xKatsu: Yeah my bf and I are planning that. We keep playing Versus mode to get a good look at the costumes, lol. I'm excited to sit in a corner and cry during a con...see who gets the joke XD. Plus my bf does quite a good impression of the Hunter scream! Now if only I could get our tall, thin friend Alex to cosplay the Smoker....*schemes*

xKatsu
01-19-2009, 11:00 AM
Wow, that would be cool if you could get a whole group together like that. I don't know enough people that would be interested in it.

Do you know how you're going to do the blood? My friend attempted some one time, but it came out sticky and bright red, and obviously that won't work in this case.

NecroticNymph
01-19-2009, 02:40 PM
xKatsu: For my Zombie Mary Jane costume, I used some blood from Wal-Mart which was a nice deep red but came in tiny quantities...it was more of a gel. I also used vials of a more liquidy blood for the main part of the fabric, which was entirely too pink. So I will probably go for the gel stuff. It was in tiny squeeze tubes but I have no idea of the name.

xKatsu
01-19-2009, 03:53 PM
Okay, thanks. I was looking at a store here called Halloween Express, and they sell fake blood in a gallon jug. But it's $40, so I skipped over that.

NecroticNymph
01-19-2009, 04:54 PM
xKatsu: I find that liquid blood like that is only good for staining fabric, whereas gel blood has more texture and looks better on flesh...the extra texture makes it look a bit more realistic.


EDIT: Update! My bf and I decided to change our plans for Metrocon so we'll be there as the Witch and Hunter. I saw a Zoey and Louis on here earlier from Florida...we should meet up!

crAziemutant
01-19-2009, 06:44 PM
http://tinypic.com/player.php?v=svszk2&s=5 Don't mind the poor cell phone quality.


hi, i just joined mainly to tell you how awesome your pipe bomb is and that you should totally make an instructable on it. also, good luck to everyone and their costumes. i hope to see many pictures. love the game.

ArcaneKani
01-20-2009, 11:11 PM
Just got back from St. Paul, MN, and damn was it cold! Anyway, I see the thread has picked up steam. Awesome!

balisong-cabbie: I thought about an alarm clock, but I figure such constant beeping - even toggled with a switch - would be more on the annoying side. My friend and I entertained the idea of the 555 timer, too. The smoke alarm just turned out to be easier at the moment to produce - the second took me about 3-4 hours to complete.

Bwentali: I haven't been doing anything since I just got home, but hopefully I'll be able to meet up with Hooded Woman soon and get the medpacks underway. And I was thinking the same thing! A great means for storing snacks and the like.

Mizuhaki: Thanks! I forgot where I got the pistol from, but the model is a colt m1911:
http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii62/hutchmd/800px-M1911_Pistol_US.jpg I'm sure they will be easy enough to find. As for the assault rifle: http://www.extremetronics.com/servlet/the-62/Spring-M16A3-Airsoft-Rifle/Detail Instead of using any of the supplied accessories I went and used one of my mini Mag lights, and it worked like a charm! It's just small enough to fit the mounting brackets that come with the airsoft.

xKatsu
01-21-2009, 11:24 AM
Yeah....Minnesota is unusually cold this year.

mizuhaki
01-21-2009, 05:30 PM
Thanks! I forgot where I got the pistol from, but the model is a colt m1911:
http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii62/hutchmd/800px-M1911_Pistol_US.jpg I'm sure they will be easy enough to find. As for the assault rifle: http://www.extremetronics.com/servlet/the-62/Spring-M16A3-Airsoft-Rifle/Detail Instead of using any of the supplied accessories I went and used one of my mini Mag lights, and it worked like a charm! It's just small enough to fit the mounting brackets that come with the airsoft.

Thanks so much. =] I found a cap gun replica of two those pistols for under 15. :bigtu:
Sadly I can't get the M-16, because it is an airsoft rifle and not permitted at the con I'm going to. It's actually not allowed at most cons, so I think you should check your con's weapon rules. Unless there's some sort of loophole or way I can alter the gun to make it permittable to bring to a con?

Hooded Woman
01-21-2009, 08:55 PM
NecroticNymph: Agreed, we should completely try and plan something together.

ArcaneKani: If all goes according to plan I will have Zoey finished this Saturday. Yay! I still need to order the pistols, I'll do that this evening. Airsoft Atlanta, I highly recommend. Here is what I will be ordering two of:
http://www.airsoftatlanta.com/images/METAL_1911_jpg.jpg

Eurobeat King
01-21-2009, 09:58 PM
If all goes according to plan I will have Zoey finished this Saturday. Yay! I still need to order the pistols, I'll do that this evening.

That's good news for me to hear, D. :D i won't miss out on your Zoey afterall! Good luck finishing her up!

iTofu
01-22-2009, 12:07 AM
Hehe.. thinking about bein' a Bill for Katsucon.. since I don't look like any of the characters anyway.... might as well lazy crossdress @__@;;;

I just really wanna do L4D since I play like ..... constantly.....

Gamertag: tofu sushi

...Good huntin' everyone! ^^;;;

NecroticNymph
01-22-2009, 08:14 AM
iTofu: I'll delete a few friends and add you...my friends list is always full @_@ I meet so many people in Call of Duty 4...16 player games and all...

Hooded Woman: Woohoo! Now we have a Zoey! Neat! We'll have an awesome photoshoot =3


I downloaded a clip of the Witch crying so I can practice trying to do it just right...but I think I'll just have a stereo hidden by me and play the music/crying as I make the sobbing motions. The Witch theme song is my new ringtone, lol.

ArcaneKani
01-22-2009, 02:30 PM
Mizuhaki: I was planning on gutting the insides and possibly filling it with a hardening foam if necessary. Haha. There's no way it can be functional after that.

Hooded Woman: That's awesome. I had to bounce outta' Jax earlier than anticipated today, sorry. Can't wait to see the finished product.

iTofu: Ah! I completely forgot to drop my gamertag for others: VVesker (That's two V's)

NecroticNymph: We definitely have to hit up some CoD4 sometime! That's what I typically play if I'm not on L4D.

Tenel Ka
01-22-2009, 05:41 PM
Hehe.. thinking about bein' a Bill for Katsucon.. since I don't look like any of the characters anyway.... might as well lazy crossdress @__@;;;

I just really wanna do L4D since I play like ..... constantly.....

Gamertag: tofu sushi

...Good huntin' everyone! ^^;;;

I'll be wearing my Hunter costume on Saturday night at Katsucon! Bill would be awesome! :D

And I am Tenei Ka on Xbox for anyone who wants to smack around some zombies. Hehe~

Toluca
01-22-2009, 06:09 PM
I might be dragging along a (slightly unwilling) Witch and Zoey to Metro as well. If I could round up a Louis, Francis, and Smoker, I'd be thrilled. ^___^

I'm also going to attempt to rip out a few of those recordable chips from voice cards, record a variety of hunter noises (growl, scream, attacking) and attach them to the inside of my hoodie to play at quiet moments. xD

My gamertag is Tolucian, but my Live is out for awhile, so I probably won't be on. @__@;

Eurobeat King
01-22-2009, 08:13 PM
I'll be wearing my Hunter costume on Saturday night at Katsucon! Bill would be awesome! :D

i'll keep an eye out for your Hunter! I may ask you to pounce on me for a picture.. ;)

Tenel Ka
01-22-2009, 11:36 PM
Haha! Then I will have to practice the hunter pounce! I can't make any promises -- it'll probably be more like a bunny hop. XD

NecroticNymph
01-23-2009, 10:55 AM
Toluca: There *might* be a Louis at Metrocon (ArcaneKani) and I think Hooded Woman said she'd be there as Zoey so no worries if your friends are totally unwilling, lol. I'll be there as the Witch, I've got most of my supplies either ordered or in my favorites list for consideration before ordering. It'll be totally awesome if we have 2 Witches at Metro...I mean one can be enough trouble for the Survivors, but 2 Witches in one Chapter? PWNAGE!!! =3

I'm so excited...I'm going all out on this; I'm making sure my face will actually look like the Witch, not just me with some dirt/dirty makeup all over me. I'm REALLY excited about this...my new ringtone is actually the Witch theme and I play the game every night...it's like my new obsession.

Toluca
01-23-2009, 11:30 AM
I'm really looking forward to seeing your rendition of the witch. With the makeup done correctly, it could be an AMAZING costume. I'm all worried about the makeup for the Hunter. I have an extreme closeup of one as my desktop right now, so I can see the little scars, stubble, and general grossness that makes up his face. I'm determined to get it right. Between me, giving my "Bill" a beard, making my witch sit still, and possibly scuffing up a Zoey, we're going to have to wake up HOURS before we want to go to the con. xD

I have a question, though. I asked a while back, but I didn't get an answer, so I'd like to try again. I'm relatively small, so any hoodie that actually fits me would be tight and not gamelike at all. If I wear a more accurate one, though, I'll look like a chibi Hunter. Which do you think would be better? I've got my eye on two, but I'm not sure.

NecroticNymph
01-23-2009, 03:23 PM
Toluca: Hmmmmm....I might go with the bigger hoodie if I were you. The duct tape can help hold it up so it won't slide over your hands and look too "moe".

Toluca
01-23-2009, 05:31 PM
Not sliding over my hands would be good. I plan on getting some pretty decent "claws" for this, and I'd hate to go through putting them on just for the hoodie to cover it. x_x; *hates wearing fake nails* I might try both and see which works better, but with that in mind, I'm leaning towards the bigger one.

Just out of curiosity, do you know how you're going to do the witch's fingers yet?

NecroticNymph
01-23-2009, 06:47 PM
Toluca: I am debating...my bf has this plastic stuff he says would work...I'd have to make a mold from Plaster of Paris first, which sounds like more trouble than it's worth. I was also thinking paper mache, but something that thin and long will likely be brittle. So I'm still debating on that front.

ArcaneKani
01-23-2009, 08:10 PM
Toluca: Would you be able to get pics in both sizes somehow? It looks like the hoodie isn't very baggy on Hunters from what I've seen: http://www.cosplay.com/photo/1847742/ Then again, NecrocticNymph makes a point that you can always use duct tape if you find the sleeves are bigger than you anticipated with the larger one. I guess it depends on the size difference between the two. I wouldn't imagine it being a jump from a S to an XXXL or anything like that... or...? It's really hard to tell a difference if the sizes are close enough, for me at least.

I'm 95% done with this medkit. *lol* I don't have a clue on embroidery, so I've been looking at this damn thing for the past hour trying to figure out how to make the "first aid" patch towards the top. Anyone have any ideas?

NecroticNymph
01-23-2009, 09:45 PM
ArcaneKani: I just got an embroidery machine for Christmas but I haven't opened it yet...that would be my first thought. Second option would be just writing it on material and fabric-gluing it on...but that might look bad. Third option would be searching for a patch (like for a backpack) that says "First Aid"...I guarantee you can find one online.

Toluca
01-23-2009, 09:54 PM
ArcaneKani: I can probably get pictures in both. I have a really, REALLY baggy one, but I think that would be completely ridiculous. xD The tighter one is a Medium and the bigger one is a Large. They're two different brands, though. It's not horribly noticeable, but the larger one is easier to appear as a guy and gives me more arm room for pouncing and tackling. I also second the First Aid patch online. :3

Necrotic: I can definitely see paper mache ones breaking with fanboys or even a simple hit-and-miss scratch. If not breaking, they would probably bend at least. I was considering stuffing one of those long fake finger things, like they sell at Halloween for Devils and such, so that it feels a bit more like a real finger and stands up better, then sealing over it with a coat or two of latex and makeup. It'll be messy to do, but if I can get a decent sealer on, it should work. In theory, anyway.

NecroticNymph
01-24-2009, 08:04 AM
Toluca: I also was looking into "finger extensions" for Halloween costumes yesterday, but I don't think they'll work accurately because her fingers go long after the middle knuckle and have no other knuckles whereas all the finger things I found had knuckles or were way too thick. Plus, none of them were long enough. My biggest issue will be finding a way to make them stay on while I make swiping motions without having to put them on a glove, which will look dumb. Sigh.

ArcaneKani
01-25-2009, 01:23 PM
Toluca: Sounds like the larger one will serve you better in the end, yeah? I'm sure it will come out awesome either way. As for the patch? I tried looking (albeit not very hard) and just gave up and made a mock patch with stickers and paint.

With that said, my medkit is done! http://www.cosplay.com/photo/1878311/ If you want to check it out. I altered the bag I got and that's the end result. There's this sleeve on the back of the pack that I removed and cut to make the side pouches (I couldn't find material close enough to not look entirely awkward) and dirtied it up from there. I'm still trying to figure out a way to secure it to my back. Some ideas I've thought of so far are velcro or getting some industrial safety pins and pinning it to the shirt from the inside. I'm kind of leaning toward the pins because that way I won't have to worry about a large velcro patch on the back of the shirt if I'm not wearing the medkit for whatever reason.

Toluca
01-25-2009, 01:51 PM
ArcaneKani: That medkit is epic. I love how you managed to make it look used and like it was actually carted around a city full of Infected. The pin idea sounds pretty good for the same reason that the velcro might not. It's easily removable and will the shirt will look alright without it. Random question, but were you at AFO last year? I took a picture of a Hancock there and I have a feeling it was you.

Necrotic: I'm at a bit of a loss right now. I'm going to use the Halloween ones to give my Hunter hands a better claw and slightly larger looking fingers, but my witch has these little bitty, short, feminine fingers. A glove could /possibly/ work, but it'd have to be blended like there was no tomorrow to make it look realistic. She has a pair of crappy Freddy gloves that seem long enough, so I may try building the fingers around those.

ArcaneKani
01-25-2009, 02:35 PM
hi, i joined the forum just to tell you great job on the pipe bomb! and with a fire alarm? that's just how they designed it for a game "as if someone had rigged a smoke alarm to a pipe bomb" something like that. looks great. you should totally do an instructable for it. and great find on the medic pack.

I don't know how I missed this before, but thank you! I'm thinking about making a version that just lights up so when I throw it for photo shoots the light does the trailing effect. It would be easy enough, too. If people want I can definitely try my hand at making some sort of tutorial for it. :)

Toluca: Thanks man! Yeah, I figured it would look a little off to have a perfectly clean medkit all things considering. And yeah, that was probably me at AFO. I'm still thinking of ideas for securing the pack, so if anyone has any ideas I'm definitely open to them.

kill_joye
01-25-2009, 03:30 PM
If there are going to be any Left 4 Dead cosplayers going to AnimeBoston 09, I'll definitely go as a Hunter. Theyrock.


my friend and I are going as Zoey and a smoker (hopefully) to AnimeBoston 09, so if you go as a hunter we should definately meet up or something! I've been searching for a decent track jacket to modify for weeks but think I'm just going to end up making one, also I'm having a bit of trouble thinking of a way to make decent sized boils for the smoker, all of the ones you can get are waaay to small, I think if I made a half mask out of something like paper mache or clay it would be too heavy to make it stick to the face so....I'm pretty much stuck on what to do with him. I'm going to pick up some stuff at the craft store tomorrow and start messing around but if all else fails we'll probably do zoey and bill and just say we left the other two locked in a closet somewhere XD also i'm trying to recruit my friend for the witch but who knows.

iTofu
01-25-2009, 09:40 PM
I'll be wearing my Hunter costume on Saturday night at Katsucon! Bill would be awesome! :D

And I am Tenei Ka on Xbox for anyone who wants to smack around some zombies. Hehe~

Hehe, yay! I'll add you.

I also think I got a friend to crossplay Francis with my she-Bill.. and I think we'll have a Louis who actually looks like Louis.... sorta @__@;;

Tenel Ka
01-25-2009, 11:50 PM
Hehe, yay! I'll add you.

I also think I got a friend to crossplay Francis with my she-Bill.. and I think we'll have a Louis who actually looks like Louis.... sorta @__@;;

Hahahah, yessssss! Awesome! Please tell me you will be in these at some point Saturday afternoon/night cause we must find each other and geek out/get pictures. <333

(I'd wear the Hunter all weekend if I could but there are photoshoots I said I would be in/take pictures of on Friday night and Saturday morning, hehehe~)

crAziemutant
01-26-2009, 12:12 AM
I'm kind of leaning toward the pins because that way I won't have to worry about a large velcro patch on the back of the shirt if I'm not wearing the medkit for whatever reason.

first off, great looking medkit and the weathered pipe bomb looks great, as well. second, don't they make white velcro that you can attach to the back of your shirt? or what about white straps?

ArcaneKani
01-26-2009, 01:50 AM
first off, great looking medkit and the weathered pipe bomb looks great, as well. second, don't they make white velcro that you can attach to the back of your shirt? or what about white straps?

Thanks, man. You know, white Velcro doesn't sound like a bad idea at all. I'm sure I could try and blend it with the shirt so it doesn't stick out as bad as black. I'll probably get my hands on some and give it a test run to see how it works out within the next few days. The only downside that I can think of with the pins is that it would get burdensome to take on and off, as I'd probably have to use 4-6 pins to keep the medkit from moving around more than it should. I do plan on having an assortment of snacks and first aid paraphernalia in the bag just in case someone gets hurt, so I'm trying to take into account added weight that could possibly weigh things down, which might prove as an issue with Velcro.

NecroticNymph
01-26-2009, 06:52 AM
ArcaneKani: Ok, bear with me...I'm going to try to explain this over the internet, which is not as easy without being able to show examples and flail my arms wildly. Anyway. I'm assuming you're going to rough up the shirt. If you do, you can conveniently place two tears in the shirt where you want the med pack; one closer to your left shoulder, one in the middle of your back, but not too low. Then you can attach two straps to the med pack; one going out toward the top and one near the middle/bottom going toward the right. They'd make an "L" shape, basically. Then just thread the straps through the tears and have them tied or more comfortably, buckled or clasped across your chest but under the shirt. Just a thought.

Toluca: I think if you're going to use gloves, make sure you use tight, stretchy gloves that go up more toward the elbow and NOT the wrist; that'll make it easier to blend...but blending with make-up means that as soon as she moves her arm, it will crack/flake/move around and no longer blend. So it looks like quite a pickle =/

kill_joye
01-26-2009, 09:59 AM
@ arcanekani: let me first just say that you are freaking amazing!!!!! XD sorry, I've wanted to tell you that since I first saw your stuff but it slipped my mind, awesome job on the pipe bomb, I looked at your picture of all of the stuff you used and have motivated myself to head to home depot to give it a shot (in your honor or something XD) anway, my question about the med pack is if you used pins or velcro and had a loose shirt on (like for your louis cosplay) wouldn't the pack weigh the shirt down, and like pull it back so it looked weird? I was orignally going to attatch straps to mine to make it lke a backpack because thats what I thought it was in game but after reading your posts I took a second look and saw that it seemed to just be glued to their backs. I think if I pinned it to my clothes though (Zoey jacket) then the jacket would be pulled back so I was going to suggest something like what nymph said but she beat me to it XD I think it would stay better if you found some way to secure it to yourself under your costume shirt.

NecroticNymph
01-26-2009, 03:19 PM
I swear that in-game every once in a while I see a black strap threading on their backs on one side...but I could be crazy. I do play for an average of two to four hours every night, though, so I might be onto something! I'll check again tonight.

ArcaneKani
01-27-2009, 02:21 AM
NecroticNymph: I get the idea of what you're getting at, and it sounds like a good plan. Stupid hovering bag. I'll weigh all the options and figure out which method would serve to be the most practical (for me at least). Thanks!

Kill_Joye: Very much appreciated, thank you! I'm going to try and put together a sort of tutorial for the pipe bomb, including what parts I used and all that good stuff. Perhaps it can pave the way for better, more practical pipe bombs if anyone wants to try their hand at it and build upon the general idea. I'll start with a list of the items (most of them being from Radioshack) once I get the funds to make another one. I was thinking about that, the weighing down part, and the only solution I came up with was that I (for the safety pin idea) could pin it through the undershirt I'll be wearing, as it's rather form fitting and taut. I'm still toying with the ideas, and the suggestion by you and NecroticNymph is definitely something I'm going to consider as a great approach.

Next on the agenda is going about a molotov or two. :bigtu:

kill_joye
01-27-2009, 09:24 PM
@ nymph: yea- I'm not sure where I got the idea in my head that it's a backpack but I'm pretty sure I've seen flashes of the straps or SOMETHING too, I don't think I just made it up....then again I think I hear the witch crying in every room so I had to put subtitles on to be sure XD so I'm not sure how reliable I am at this point.

@ arcanekani: Yea, I'm going along with the strap idea myself, instead of tearing the back of the shirt/jacket I just made a semi large button hole with my sewing machine to prevent the opening for the strap from getting too big, and I'm going to buy white material so it sort of blends in with the undershirt I'll be wearing, I'll post a picture when I get the whole thing put together. I got a few smoke detectors and took them apart to try and figure out what you did but apparently I'm hopeless so I anxiously await your tutorial. Aaannnd I'm working on my own set of moltovs right now so it'll be exciting to see what you come up with compaired to mine, the race is on!


someone mentioned something about gloves for the witch but I was thinking that it might be easier just to make your own finger extentions or buy some and paint them black, then paint like half of your hand black with makeup to match. maybe something like this:
http://www.costumeshopper.com/prods/fm62439.html

and you could even attatch long fake nails to the ends to make them even more epic...

Korak
01-27-2009, 10:47 PM
At the 1:09 mark it shows shot of the witch's hand.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5u1ns5iim8

D4rkone
01-27-2009, 11:26 PM
Heh, I thought there wasn't a thread around here but I guess there is.

Awesome stuff you have Arcane, I was thinking of L4D props from this coming Otakon since I'll be in another Valve costume, cross-game props!

I might do a Hunter as well but wearing a hoodie in that weather might prove otherwise...

crAziemutant
01-28-2009, 12:13 AM
I do plan on having an assortment of snacks and first aid paraphernalia in the bag just in case someone gets hurt, so I'm trying to take into account added weight that could possibly weigh things down, which might prove as an issue with Velcro.

first aid paraphernalia? has the game taught you nothing? all you need is disappearing tape! anyway, i think nymph's got a good idea. that'd probably be your best bet.

NecroticNymph
01-28-2009, 07:45 AM
Well, I watched last night as I played and there are no straps but in the Beta version of the game, they wear the med pack in the MIDDLE of their backs with black straps like a backpack. So that's where I saw the straps. Would it really have KILLED the creators to put STRAPS on the damn things?! Talk about killing the realism...or shouting at us, "TRY PULLING THIS ONE OFF, COSPLAYERS!" (Zero Punctuation joke, laugh if you get it! Lol).

crAziemutant
01-29-2009, 02:35 AM
Well, I watched last night as I played and there are no straps but in the Beta version of the game, they wear the med pack in the MIDDLE of their backs with black straps like a backpack. So that's where I saw the straps. Would it really have KILLED the creators to put STRAPS on the damn things?! Talk about killing the realism...or shouting at us, "TRY PULLING THIS ONE OFF, COSPLAYERS!" (Zero Punctuation joke, laugh if you get it! Lol).

haha. never heard that joke, but it's funny.

anyway, i think even before the little med packs, there were like little medical tin cases like you'd find um...i don't know where. but at least they didn't stick with those. that would have been an even bigger problem.

btw, where can i find the source of this said joke? (PM if needed)

NecroticNymph
01-29-2009, 07:29 AM
This guy is awesome, he reviews games with a lot of cynical honesty. And he has a spiffy accent!!!

His review of L4D: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/zero-punctuation/459-Left-4-Dead

And the joke came from his review of Heavenly Sword: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/zero-punctuation/1-Heavenly-Sword-and-Other-Stuff

Back on subject! I've decided to go the mask route to make my face look like the witch, as opposed to caking on makeup! I was hoping to LED the eyes but I might just have to settle for metallic eyeshadow =/

crAziemutant
01-29-2009, 02:19 PM
This guy is awesome, he reviews games with a lot of cynical honesty. And he has a spiffy accent!!!

His review of L4D: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/zero-punctuation/459-Left-4-Dead

And the joke came from his review of Heavenly Sword: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/zero-punctuation/1-Heavenly-Sword-and-Other-Stuff

Back on subject! I've decided to go the mask route to make my face look like the witch, as opposed to caking on makeup! I was hoping to LED the eyes but I might just have to settle for metallic eyeshadow =/

thanks for the links! though i had just found it myself.

anyway, why not the LEDs? that'd look so great! i'm sure the eyeshadow will still look great, but then it won't follow the effect of the game.

D4rkone
01-29-2009, 06:02 PM
Ah, I forgot to mention, but I have Garry's Mod with the L4D pack, so if anyone needs ref pics of something just throw me a message or post.

ArcaneKani
01-30-2009, 07:06 PM
D4rkone: What game? I think it would be hilarious to see a bunch of Red TF2 guys crowded around a pipe bomb with the "wtf?" look.

crAziemutant: *lol* This is true. Disappearing tape will definitely cure what ails you, regardless of the severity of your wounds. I kept thinking about the ease of taking the first aid kit on and off, and I thought it would still be cumbersome to have to go through my shirt to undo the clasp to remove the pack. After a few days of thinking magnets came to mind! I ran around the house with it on and it showed no signs of coming off. *lol* I even danced around as hard as I could at it kept in place. I made two pouches for the magnets inside the shirt and two pouches inside the first aid kit, at the top and bottom. I figure if it starts to feel loose I can always add another pair of magnets or two. This way it's easy on and easy off. Granted, I have to have someone take it on/off for me because I can't reach where it's located, but it's still easy enough.

Oh, and I also fudged with a screenshot of the Molotov and put one together. If anyone wants I can upload the images I used for mine so you can make your own Molotov or two. Keep in mind that my photoshop skills are seriously lacking, so if you want to clean up the seam towards the middle by all means! I just glued them to an empty plastic Bud Light bottle and viola! Instant Molotov.

NinjaSquirrel
01-30-2009, 10:48 PM
Aw man reading all of this really wants me to just go run around and wear my Hunter costume XD lol It was really awesome to cosplay it as some people did recognized me and my friends who were Zoey and another Hunter. I hella want to pull off a smoker but I'm not tall at all lol. I'm really hoping to see more cosplyers as L4D :D I need to practice pouncing and crawling XD

adrianakaninja
01-30-2009, 11:01 PM
I'll be at Megacon with my Hunter costume. Coordinating with ArcaneKani and HoodedWoman. I'm going to do a makeup test this weekend to make sure everything looks alright :-D

crAziemutant
01-31-2009, 12:36 AM
ArcaneKani: who would have thought magnets would work? that's genius! bravo for thinking of it. too bad you can't make them demagnetize by remote. then the medpak can come off when ever you please. and then when you want to put it back, just magnetize it and throw it over your back. but...i wouldn't know how to do that if it's even possible. anyway, at least you got it to work without straps. people would be wondering how you did it. and i'd at least like to see the molotov pic.

crAziemutant
01-31-2009, 12:40 AM
on a side note: this forum's a little weird. it'd eat my post and then throw it back in the mix like a day later. and not like it makes it a recent post, it throws it back dates it and place it at the time i intended on posting it. so weird. anyway, back to the topic.

ArcaneKani
01-31-2009, 02:03 AM
NecroticNymph: I definitely think you should do the LED's if you can pull it off. It would be amazing on so many levels.

crAziemutant: I made sure to get the strong kind. I highly recommend testing the strength of the magnets through all the fabric and what not if anyone's going that route. Thankfully the shirt isn't all that thick. *lol* I couldn't even begin to fathom how to make that work if it's even possible, though it does sound like it would be very nifty. You can check out the Molotov in my gallery: http://www.cosplay.com/photo/1883676/ Haha. The wick looks enormous because of the angle of the photo. It just sucks that Valve put a low res texture on the Molotov.

You know, that would explain how I might have missed your post before. That is pretty strange. PM an admin about it perhaps?

mizuhaki
01-31-2009, 07:23 AM
on a side note: this forum's a little weird. it'd eat my post and then throw it back in the mix like a day later. and not like it makes it a recent post, it throws it back dates it and place it at the time i intended on posting it. so weird. anyway, back to the topic.

That's because mods screen-check the posts of all newbies on this forum- to make sure none of them are spam bots. =] Once you post more, that should stop happening.

ArcaneKani: Great idea to use magnets! =D It's completely unnoticeable, unless someone follows you around wearing magnets...
I think I'll do that too, and sew little pouches of magnets on my jacket and medpack. I'm a little worried about how much weight it could carry, though. I'd like to use the medpack as my con bag, since it's big enough for snacks and games.

ArcaneKani
01-31-2009, 08:50 AM
That's because mods screen-check the posts of all newbies on this forum- to make sure none of them are spam bots. =] Once you post more, that should stop happening.

ArcaneKani: Great idea to use magnets! =D It's completely unnoticeable, unless someone follows you around wearing magnets...
I think I'll do that too, and sew little pouches of magnets on my jacket and medpack. I'm a little worried about how much weight it could carry, though. I'd like to use the medpack as my con bag, since it's big enough for snacks and games.

You should do a test run before you finalize the deal. It works for me because I don't intend to put heavy things in it, otherwise I fear it would start to pull my shirt down because there's no support anywhere else. The magnets I got were about $3 for a double pack at Home Depot, so I guess it wouldn't put you out much to try it out before committing. I would recommend NecroticNymph's idea for those that intend to use the medpacks for actual storage. That way the belt or whatever you use around your body would be supporting all the weight, thus it could hold more. :bigtu:

NecroticNymph
01-31-2009, 12:43 PM
Also you could try Rare Earth Magnets. They're available online at decent prices and they are REALLY strong. If you put the magnets in pouches in an undershirt and also in the medpack, then you shouldn't have slideage problems on the top layer.

D4rkone
01-31-2009, 01:15 PM
D4rkone: What game? I think it would be hilarious to see a bunch of Red TF2 guys crowded around a pipe bomb with the "wtf?" look.

I'll be a BLU Scout at Otakon and Tekkoshocon (Local con). I plan on making a few L4D props and then some for the TF2 meet at Otakon. Shall be awesome.

I agree with Nymph, rare earth magnets might do some good, very strong and easy to find (http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/science/770f/) (So much for the rare part).

crAziemutant
02-01-2009, 12:19 AM
something just occurred to me, since you guys are using the medpack for actual storage, careful with your cell phones and cameras. magnets don't go well with electronics.

NecroticNymph
02-01-2009, 06:49 AM
Yeah but most importantly, your wallet! Credit cards + magnets don't mix well and if it's your only source of cash, you'll be kicking yourself!

Eurobeat King
02-03-2009, 12:08 AM
I just got back from Ohayocon, where there were a bunch of Left 4 Dead cosplayers, and if it's cool, i'd like to share some of the pictures I took of those cosplayers here. :)

Here's one of two Hunter cosplayers I took Friday morning:

http://www.cosplay.com/photo/1887600/ (go left to see more of them)

And here's my friend Ashiri-chan cosplaying a witch:

http://www.cosplay.com/photo/1889298/ (go left & right to see more)

I'll post more as I upload them in my galleries.

ArcaneKani
02-04-2009, 03:02 AM
Those magnets would probably be a hell of a lot stronger than I need. *lol* The magnets I used are strong enough so the pack doesn't come flying off but allows me to take it on/off with little resistance. I pieced everything together and did a small compilation of pics in my profile. My shirt has a tendency to ride up even with the belt taut, so I'm going to try and figure out a way to secure it to avoid the puffy look. Now, I know Louis is bald in the character art, but a lot of the game screenshots depict a small amount of hair from the looks of it. I'm definitely planning on cutting it very low, but I don't think I have it in me to do the bald thing again (It wasn't so bad until the hair started growing back).

Anyway, I'm pretty much all set for Megacon to roll around.

Bastille
02-04-2009, 06:00 AM
ArcaneKani: Good job at making everything. I'm still waiting on your tutorial you said you'd make on constructing a pipe bomb. How did you get the bottle to stay at your waist? I've been wondering how to do that without making it look like it was taped there.

Robots
02-04-2009, 06:49 PM
Just got an email saying that Ortovox is discontinuing that first aid kit, and I have to cancel my order. :(

Just a heads up to anyone who planned on using that.

crAziemutant
02-05-2009, 01:02 AM
Grabbin' pills! Man, this is just like counterstrike! haha. got your quotes down, Arcane? looking pretty good there.

XxEmo SasukexX
02-05-2009, 01:11 AM
I am a Hunter cosplayer. :] I am currently working on my outfit, which will be debuted at NYCC this weekend. Unfortunately on this late notice cosplay, my colours are a bit inaccurate. I hate not having my cosplays perfected, so I will be re-doing this cosplay as soon as possible. I am hoping that I make some what of a decent Hunter from the pictures I've seen and video game play I have done. As soon as I have everything completed, I will be doing a home photoshoot, or maybe one in the city, of my cosplay so you guys can see. ^_^

I am also attending Katsucon. So, for all you people who
will be doing L4D there, I'd love to meetup and take some
epic shots? :] My boyfriend takes some pretty good pictures.
Just, what day was everyone planning on meeting up? I'm just
a bit sad that my hoodie is an inaccurate colour. *ashamed* u.u;

It's kinda like this colour. The blood
actually looks better on the hoodie than I expected. Bright red
fabric paint. owo;; and it's not too bold or whatever either.

Tenel Ka
02-05-2009, 04:54 PM
I know someone who is bringing a Zoey now to Katsu! I'll be calling her at some point when I get there -- but I know her and I are both wearing our costumes on Saturday afternoon/night (I think she'll be in her Zoey all day). We can set up an unofficial meetup time if we want to. Pictures would be awesome!

What time would be good for you?

And I don't think the hoodie being off-color slightly will matter. It will be awesome no matter what! It's a Hunter -- how could it not be? :D

XxEmo SasukexX
02-05-2009, 05:06 PM
Well sweet! I was hoping there would be some L4D people there. 8D
I'll change my cosplay just for you guys! Eheh. That sounds fine to me.
I must ask for a picture request though...The Hunter on top of Zoey. >.>;
I also like that pairing. @_@; But, I'd really like to take a picture of that. XDD;;

Hmm, well...I'm not really sure, but you could always call me and we could
arrange something. ^^; I'd find it easier that way.

Then...Yay! XD I just know some people go hard on the accuracy of a costume.
But, I am completely aware that it's incorrect. Buuut, as long as people appreciate it. :3

Toluca
02-05-2009, 09:01 PM
I found a very large, high quality image of most of a hunter's face. It's currently my desktop and is being incredibly helpful with deciding how to do accurate makeup and getting the right color that I want for the hoodie. I thought I'd share it in case anyone's looking for a really good makeup reference. ^_^

Ta da! (http://img155.imageshack.us/img155/8325/hunterfg0.jpg)

XxEmo SasukexX
02-05-2009, 11:43 PM
Hey! Thanks for that picture, man. :D It'll really help me out with my cosplay this weekend. <3

crAziemutant
02-06-2009, 01:45 AM
I found a very large, high quality image of most of a hunter's face. It's currently my desktop and is being incredibly helpful with deciding how to do accurate makeup and getting the right color that I want for the hoodie. I thought I'd share it in case anyone's looking for a really good makeup reference. ^_^

Ta da! (http://img155.imageshack.us/img155/8325/hunterfg0.jpg)

nice find. never seen that shot before.

Haruhi_Oosaki
02-06-2009, 07:47 PM
Hi everyone! I am currently working on a Zoey cosplay! I have also done the witch. I found some cheap pills at Dollar General today that look pretty close to what Zoey has. The only problem I'm having is keeping my stuff attached without falling off or looking stupid. I was thinking of making my bf a Hunter cosplay, and the makeup screenshot is a great reference!

Osprerious
02-06-2009, 11:48 PM
You Could try hiding a hairtie that matches the color of the pill bottle around the neck of the bottle, It would'nt be hard from there to Use some type of clip, string if It did'nt have to be removabale, or even mini caribeener To attatch it to say a belt loop, or hook hidden on pants/shirt...

Just one sugestion...

Another suggestion/Critisism/Friendly Advice, I noticed quite a few really cool L4D costumes at Ohayocon, However one thing I noticed about them is that they were all very "clean" Zombies should'nt really be clean, Clothes should be worn, Dirty, stained maybe, discolored, And otherwise "weathered".

There were some really cool hunter costumes for example, but with all of them I saw, There was bright white tape On them... Were They to take it one step further and "dirty up" the tape and clothes, I think The overal Look would have been much better.. and more real looking.

And... Why No Love for the Tanks...

In all honestly though, Has anyone given serious thought to Making a Tank Costume, I'm convinced it's possible, Mostly Foam (open cell, Styropor, Great stuff, Blue foam, ect) Silicone, latex, and maybe a bit of help with the height I'm honestly convinced it could be done, Not 100% sure I'd be able to, In part because Of how much It would end up costing in materiels, But also due to my little experience with cosplay, Basicly limited to Halloween Haunted Houses, But I think Someone willing to invest the time and money should be able to pull this off..

Any opinions?

SvK
02-07-2009, 12:03 AM
The Hunter on top of Zoey. >.>;
I also like that pairing. @_@;

I believe the term is "matchup", but L4D isn't balanced around 1v1 anyways.

XxEmo SasukexX
02-07-2009, 01:13 AM
Well, whatever may be the case.
I still like the hunter and zoey together though. <3

Eurobeat King
02-07-2009, 12:38 PM
"Pics here!" ;)

Another witch from Ohayocon, this one with looong nails:

http://www.cosplay.com/photo/1892105/ go right to see more.



delusion cosplayed as Zoey and i did a chibi-shoot of her:

http://www.cosplay.com/photo/1894143/

go left from that picture to see more.

:) Thanks, del.

Haruhi_Oosaki
02-07-2009, 10:42 PM
Does anyone have any tips on making the witches claws? I'm trying to figure it out and am having no luck :(

Osprerious
02-08-2009, 09:10 PM
I'd think You could go about this two ways, One: Build the claws themselves, attatching them to each finger, Or Two: build a glove that would cover your entire hand, ending at the wrist, Then cover the seam with some type ot putty or whatnot to disguise it...

Either way, I'd go with thin plastic gloves (skintight) as the base, (Cutting the hand part off if just making claws) Then make some type of either molded plastic, or dense foam for the actual claws, using some type of hardener to make a smooth surface (car repair materiel?), use silicone to build up the actual fingers onto the claws (if you look carefully the skin overlaps the claws) It also may not be a bad idea to insert some type of metal or wooden stiff pole from the claw down onto the first digit to provide stability for the claws, then cover any skin surface with latex, paint, ink (though that may just be overkill), And attatch...

The problem with making just fingers would be of course be keeping them attatched..

I'd probaly just build the entire hands...

Haruhi_Oosaki
02-08-2009, 09:20 PM
I'd think You could go about this two ways, One: Build the claws themselves, attatching them to each finger, Or Two: build a glove that would cover your entire hand, ending at the wrist, Then cover the seam with some type ot putty or whatnot to disguise it...

Either way, I'd go with thin plastic gloves (skintight) as the base, (Cutting the hand part off if just making claws) Then make some type of either molded plastic, or dense foam for the actual claws, using some type of hardener to make a smooth surface (car repair materiel?), use silicone to build up the actual fingers onto the claws (if you look carefully the skin overlaps the claws) It also may not be a bad idea to insert some type of metal or wooden stiff pole from the claw down onto the first digit to provide stability for the claws, then cover any skin surface with latex, paint, ink (though that may just be overkill), And attatch...

The problem with making just fingers would be of course be keeping them attatched..

I'd probaly just build the entire hands...

Thanks for the advice. I'll see if my friend can help me since he's amazing at prop building.
He even made me a pipe bomb replica that beeps and has a blinky light!

Eurobeat King
02-08-2009, 09:57 PM
more pictures! Here's two different pairs of Zoey and a Hunter:

http://www.cosplay.com/photo/1895865/

go left from this picture to see more.

XxEmo SasukexX
02-08-2009, 10:24 PM
Well, I am slightly jealous of that one Hunter kid, with the grey-ish hoodie.

-Fails.- TToTT

Me; http://images.cosplay.com/photos/18/1895770.jpg (Simply because I love this
image and the other good ones are stored on another computer.)

I have a thread on the costume critique, by the way. :]

Haruhi_Oosaki
02-08-2009, 11:49 PM
Well, I am slightly jealous of that one Hunter kid, with the grey-ish hoodie.

-Fails.- TToTT

Me; http://images.cosplay.com/photos/18/1895770.jpg (Simply because I love this
image and the other good ones are stored on another computer.)

I have a thread on the costume critique, by the way. :]

Your costume is not made of fail. I like that picture :] Like I say with the Silent Hill cosplays, make sure you have it dirty and bloody. It makes the whole costume way cooler. I've seen so many clean Zoeys. I took mine out today and made it dirty so it looks like I was attacked and rolled around on a dirty floor. lol.

XxEmo SasukexX
02-08-2009, 11:57 PM
>.<; Ehh.. Thanks? ^^

Yes, so that is why the blood splatter on my hoodie is an inaccurate one. I also put blood stains on my bandages but have washed them out. It made it look like they were more worn out, which I like.. 8D I want to have my hoodie and pants look worn and icky too. o.o;

Eurobeat King
02-09-2009, 02:58 AM
A couple more pictures to share, this time it's Francis & another Zoey, along with a couple of Horde-members. Check them out:

http://www.cosplay.com/photo/1896382/ go left from this picture to see more.

I think I have onemoreset of L4D cosplayers at Ohayocon, and then will probably post any L4D cosplayer pictures from Katsucon this upcoming weekend.

I'm too busy posting pics I haven't had time to play L4D online.. :blubber: But conventions & pictures come first over video-games for me! :)

XxEmo SasukexX
02-09-2009, 12:32 PM
A couple more pictures to share, this time it's Francis & another Zoey, along with a couple of Horde-members. Check them out:

http://www.cosplay.com/photo/1896382/ go left from this picture to see more.

I think I have onemoreset of L4D cosplayers at Ohayocon, and then will probably post any L4D cosplayer pictures from Katsucon this upcoming weekend.

I'm too busy posting pics I haven't had time to play L4D online.. :blubber: But conventions & pictures come first over video-games for me! :)

I know a few L4D cosplayers that'll be there including myself. ^_^

Toluca
02-09-2009, 07:04 PM
Osprerious:: I definitely agree with the weathering and discoloration. I've never been a fan of clean zombie/horror costumes, personally, and am very much looking forward to taking my group's finished costumes and roughing them up. One thing I'm trying to really keep in mind are the two slanted tears down the back of Bill's jacket. Little details like that make me happy.

As for a Tank, my boyfriend really, really wants to do one. Our main problem is the same as yours though: No money and no real skill. He's 6' 4" though, so height wouldn't be a problem. We're thinking some sort of foam, not sure what kind, and a covering of latex. Maybe even using some of those crappy 'Hulk Hand' gloves to help with the massive fists the Tank's got. If we can finish it (probably be next year *shot*) he'd like to have a decently sized foam car to toss around. xD

Eurobeat King
02-10-2009, 02:06 AM
If we can finish it (probably be next year *shot*) he'd like to have a decently sized foam car to toss around. xD

He'd better keep his hands off my Initial D FC3S costume.. it's already damaged-enough throughout the years.. hehehe ;)

These are my last Left 4 Dead cosplay pictures from Ohayocon, but I guess I saved the best for last.. here are the Survivors, all-together:

http://www.cosplay.com/photo/1897908/ go left from that picture to see more.

Thanks for checking out the pictures, and thanks to the L4D cosplayers at Ohayocon for posing for pics! (i hope they are on c.com and see the pics as well.)

XxEmo SasukexX
02-10-2009, 02:20 AM
I have a question..

Does anybody know what type of wrappings the hunter wears around
his arms and legs? I used medical tape stuff myself but I've seen quite a few
using duct tape.. I was just a bit confused on what it might be. Me and
my friend we're discussing it earlier on, but have yet to come to a conclusion.

I know it may sound weird comparing the two, but really...I'd just
like to know. I've been told two different things on why it could be either.

One; The Hunter was trying to bandage his wounds from becoming a zombie.
Two; (Sounds a bit funny) Buut, he used duct tape so he could keep his
limbs from falling off. xDD;

I mean, Zombies aren't in their right minds, so..You never know. :O

So yes...Help? o.o;;

Osprerious
02-10-2009, 05:50 PM
Definitly looks like The 2" White (well once white) Medical tape to me.


IF your looking for realism, Definitely go with the cloth type over the plastic type.
And it looks like its actually not bloodstained at all, but just dirty.

I know Duct tapes strong, But all the jumping around those hunters do, Really think the duct tape would keep the arms on..

XxEmo SasukexX
02-10-2009, 06:21 PM
Yeah, I thought so too, but I just wanted other peoples opinions.

Yes, yes. I know I added blood stain to mine but I just recently washed my
bandages out, plus have much more left over to use. I just have to dirty them
up a bit. They seem to look pretty grayish to me though. I figured if they we're
dirty, they'd be maybe more brown like? Buut, I figure I'd just add some black
and other colour type makeup to give them that dirty effect, no?

Hmm, good point. xDD;

D4rkone
02-10-2009, 08:10 PM
Actually, I believe it's weathered down duct tape. Looking at the models in Gmod, it kinda has the texture to it and all the black stuff where the layers overlap showing it's been there for some time.

http://i43.tinypic.com/16i8rnt.jpg
http://i42.tinypic.com/10wkx3c.jpg

XxEmo SasukexX
02-10-2009, 08:33 PM
Duct tape..just seems weird. x.x;
Ughh. I don't know what to do. u.u;

D4rkone
02-10-2009, 09:01 PM
It is a bit weird, but you can alter the way it looks.

You can still try medical tape and use paint to cover up the exposed parts. But then my suggestion would be to get the adhesive stuff so it's still kinda tape, just not duct tape.

XxEmo SasukexX
02-10-2009, 11:19 PM
Aww well. I can easily swap to duct tape if need be. 8D

crAziemutant
02-11-2009, 12:31 AM
i always thought it was duct tape and that the hunter was sort of a young bum before he was infected. and he for whatever reason duct taped his limbs before turning? haha. i don't know. and if he was using medical tape to keep his limbs on, i'd think it'd work better if they were wrapped around his joints instead. *shrugs* i really don't know...someone should ask the developers in an interview.

Robots
02-11-2009, 01:22 AM
i always thought it was duct tape and that the hunter was sort of a young bum before he was infected. and he for whatever reason duct taped his limbs before turning? haha. i don't know. and if he was using medical tape to keep his limbs on, i'd think it'd work better if they were wrapped around his joints instead. *shrugs* i really don't know...someone should ask the developers in an interview.

I heard the duct tape had something to do with distance running? I don't know how true that is though, I was told by a friend so take it with a grain of salt

Osprerious
02-11-2009, 02:47 PM
When you look at those pictures It does look quite a bit like duct tape, As for if It were Medical tape, It would be more dusty then dirty...

Which would give it a grayish color over brown, However when you see a close up of the model it may indeed just be weathered duct tape.

Wouldn't happen to have those pictures in higher resolution and or zoomed in further would you?

crAziemutant
02-12-2009, 02:26 PM
it's really hard to tell. cause i think in versus, at least to me, the ones on the arm look like medical tape. because of the screen color when you're infected, you can't tell what color it is. and for all we know, they could have been duct tape in the beta version and then medical tape in the final release. or vice versa.

D4rkone
02-14-2009, 05:06 PM
Did some weathering on my Hunter hoodie today since there's no better time than one the weekends! Although its still drying, I'll get uploads of the front side when it's done as well.

http://www.cosplay.com/photo/1903319/

Edit: Front side as well - http://www.cosplay.com/photo/1903346/

abubacar
02-15-2009, 12:12 PM
haha i see other people had the same idea as me. Yesterday i was just sitting and thinking about possible costumes, and i remembered hearing about Left 4 Dead costumes. and then it hit me that the hunter would be awesome and doable.

Anyone doing L4D costumes at say, Tekkoschocon or Otakon this year? If there are some surviors i may consider doing a hunter or a smoker.

Robots
02-15-2009, 03:01 PM
haha i see other people had the same idea as me. Yesterday i was just sitting and thinking about possible costumes, and i remembered hearing about Left 4 Dead costumes. and then it hit me that the hunter would be awesome and doable.

Anyone doing L4D costumes at say, Tekkoschocon or Otakon this year? If there are some surviors i may consider doing a hunter or a smoker.

I'll probably be Zoey at Otakon this year, I can almost guarantee there will be more L4D cosplay there as well.

D4rkone
02-15-2009, 03:26 PM
I'll probably be Zoey at Otakon this year, I can almost guarantee there will be more L4D cosplay there as well.

And as far as I know, there will be 2-3 other Hunters besides myself. Anyone else is fair game :)

Anyone doing L4D costumes at say, Tekkoschocon or Otakon this year? If there are some surviors i may consider doing a hunter or a smoker.

If money permits, I'll be at Tekko this year. But for sure I'll be at Otakon.

pmastamonkmonk
02-17-2009, 08:57 AM
Did some weathering on my Hunter hoodie today since there's no better time than one the weekends! Although its still drying, I'll get uploads of the front side when it's done as well.

http://www.cosplay.com/photo/1903319/

Edit: Front side as well - http://www.cosplay.com/photo/1903346/

I like it, but it's too... polished in the dirty way? I know it sounds ridiculous, but if you have a dog, go out and play fetch with them with your sweatshirt. You'll get a more authentic filth and weathering to it and, if you let it sit for a while, you can wash the actual dirt off and keep the stains.

NinjaSquirrel
02-17-2009, 03:09 PM
I have a question..

Does anybody know what type of wrappings the hunter wears around
his arms and legs? I used medical tape stuff myself but I've seen quite a few
using duct tape.. I was just a bit confused on what it might be. Me and
my friend we're discussing it earlier on, but have yet to come to a conclusion.

I know it may sound weird comparing the two, but really...I'd just
like to know. I've been told two different things on why it could be either.

One; The Hunter was trying to bandage his wounds from becoming a zombie.
Two; (Sounds a bit funny) Buut, he used duct tape so he could keep his
limbs from falling off. xDD;

I mean, Zombies aren't in their right minds, so..You never know. :O

So yes...Help? o.o;;

To me, the bandages on the Hunter looks like the medical bandages that can stick to themselves without using medical tape or anything. And the dirt and stuff just stuck to it. My Hunter cosplay wasn't as WOW as I wanted it to be because of the false nails and it was my first time wearing them so >.< yea but I would just use regular medical tape, I bought the pack of 5 at Rite Aid and just taped it with medical tape. If I had more time (I was running late) I would've dirtied them up. That's my advice lol.

Thank you! This one was a little bit of a headache to construct, but hopefully it'll be a little more efficient next time around. :bigtu:

Anyone have any headway on the first aid packs? I'm trying to figure out the best approach to them. And on a side note, might someone have some expertise in making someone appear older (for Bill) via make-up or what not? I have a friend that would be an amazing Bill if we can get him to look like an old man.

Hopefully I'm not too late lol. I was just reading this whole form because of boredom and ran into this. To make your friend Bill to look older, get some makeup (like i think eyeliner or lip liner not sure) thats little darker than his skin, then make him scrunch up his face like smile really big, crease his eyebrows, then just draw the creases on his face. Hope it helped :D

D4rkone
02-17-2009, 07:33 PM
I like it, but it's too... polished in the dirty way? I know it sounds ridiculous, but if you have a dog, go out and play fetch with them with your sweatshirt. You'll get a more authentic filth and weathering to it and, if you let it sit for a while, you can wash the actual dirt off and keep the stains.

The pictures make it kinda kinda camo, so to say and it looks a lot better in my opinion but I see what you mean. I'll go get another one and bring it home when spring break rolls around because I know my dog would love some play time :3

Addendum - Someone told me that using sandpaper could help make the duct tape less shiny and make it look more weathered. However, once again, I'll try seeing how both methods of duct tape and medical tape work and report back.

abubacar
02-20-2009, 11:04 AM
honestly, I'd say that the tape doesn't really matter that much. As long as it is weathered like the costume, it will look fine and people will recognize you. Now you don't want to have like teal duct tape on there or something, or incredibly clean and sterile medical tape. But just a weathered tape would be fine.

I guess since the costume is so simple you have to worry about something. XD

crAziemutant
02-21-2009, 01:50 AM
honestly, I'd say that the tape doesn't really matter that much. As long as it is weathered like the costume, it will look fine and people will recognize you. Now you don't want to have like teal duct tape on there or something, or incredibly clean and sterile medical tape. But just a weathered tape would be fine.

I guess since the costume is so simple you have to worry about something. XD

true that people can most likely recognize a hunter regardless of what kind of tape is used. but some people like accuracy. for someone like me. if i used duct tape and found out that it is in fact medical tape, i'd be seriously annoyed that i have it wrong. but that's just me. but for now, since it's not certain, i wouldn't be as annoyed cause there's no way of telling which is right. but once it's determined...haha.

Bastille
02-21-2009, 11:04 AM
It is, in fact, duct tape.

I'm really anal about getting my shit done right. I can point out so many things wrong with L4D cosplayer's costumes, and I have so I don't make the same mistake.

XxEmo SasukexX
02-21-2009, 08:08 PM
Duct tape, wonderful.
I like bandages better.
I already got my bandages
dirty looking with black/grey
makeup. Pretty much looks
like em'. o.o;

Bastille
02-21-2009, 11:13 PM
Duct tape, wonderful.
I like bandages better.
I already got my bandages
dirty looking with black/grey
makeup. Pretty much looks
like em'. o.o;

Duct tape would stick better, IMO.

crAziemutant
02-22-2009, 12:40 AM
It is, in fact, duct tape.

I'm really anal about getting my shit done right. I can point out so many things wrong with L4D cosplayer's costumes, and I have so I don't make the same mistake.

when L4D first came out, i thought it was duct tape. then someone said it could be medical tape. my world just fell apart...=P jk. but good to know it's duct tape. or at least someone's sure about it. how do you know for sure?

XxEmo SasukexX
02-22-2009, 11:41 AM
Duct tape would stick better, IMO.

My bandages stay though. ._.

Bastille
02-22-2009, 12:14 PM
My bandages stay though. ._.Bandages do stay, but I think the glue on the duct tape would hold better. But as stated, it's my opinion. :P

when L4D first came out, i thought it was duct tape. then someone said it could be medical tape. my world just fell apart...=P jk. but good to know it's duct tape. or at least someone's sure about it. how do you know for sure?

Red lines are the parts that stick out. Pink lines are for the creases or dark areas. http://i44.tinypic.com/b8teur.jpg

If you closely inspect the right arm, which would most likely be your left, you can see it's actually gray/silver.

NecroticNymph
02-22-2009, 08:45 PM
Duct tape is actually what the Hunter wears, not bandages.

You can always put the bandages down and then duct over them, that way it stays up and doesn't ruin your hoodie. That's what my bf is doing.

NinjaSquirrel
02-23-2009, 11:12 AM
I'm going to stick with bandages :3

abubacar
02-23-2009, 12:59 PM
true that people can most likely recognize a hunter regardless of what kind of tape is used. but some people like accuracy. for someone like me. if i used duct tape and found out that it is in fact medical tape, i'd be seriously annoyed that i have it wrong. but that's just me. but for now, since it's not certain, i wouldn't be as annoyed cause there's no way of telling which is right. but once it's determined...haha.


I know i am pretty much the same way. I have done the scout from Team Fortress 2 and I am currently working on the engineer. And i am a stickler for things like color of the shirts to actual cut of shirt (i don't want a dress shirt for the engineer because it doesn't look dressy in the game). Also the engineers goggels are something i see plenty of variations in. But i want mine just right.

I guess i was just saying that, if all else fails duct tape would work just as well as anything and be easily recognized. Same as my costumes, but i take pride in some accuracy within reason. Remember, only you (and probably others who did the same character) actually examine your costume that much so fret not!

RorschachZERO
03-01-2009, 06:32 PM
Hey guys, I'm looking to start on a hunter cosplay and am having trouble locating a hoodie that is relatively close to the color of the hunter's. Any tips or help is appreciated. Also, if you could point me in the right direction of the pants the hunter wears, that would be swell, too.

XxEmo SasukexX
03-01-2009, 06:49 PM
@RorschachZERO; Your best bet is to buy a white hoodie, and custom dye it. That is what I am planning to do, since the hoodie I currently have is navy blue. It still works, but I'd like to be as accurate as possible. :] As for pants, I just bought a pair of dark-ish brown dressy like pants. (Only kind I could find at the time, but they work just fine.)

RorschachZERO
03-03-2009, 05:22 AM
Oh, alright, never thought about dying it. That's actually a pretty good idea. Thanks! :D

I was also considering buying this...
http://www.funkytshirt.com/Hoodie_View.asp?nProductID=160
But I'm afraid if I do buy it, it may not look the same as it does in the picture in real life...so my best bet would probably be to dye it, I guess.

XxEmo SasukexX
03-03-2009, 07:29 PM
@RorschachZERO; You're welcome. ^_^

You could atleast try it, I think it looks pretty close
actually, just weather it. Say, some black and white
paint w/ a little bit of water added. I saw that from
someone else who is doing the Hunter, I thought
that was pretty good. :] I actually just asked my friend
today to custom make me a hoodie that way i could have
the exact shape of the hood and stuff. :3 I dont know if
she is going to try to find a colour similar, or take the advice
I gave her and start out white and then dye it to try and get
close to the colour. :]

---------

So people, I have a question.. >w>;
I gots a brand spanking new roll of duct tape! 8'D
I threw on my hoodie the other day and put some
tape on my arm and let me tell you, it looked awful compared
to my bandages. I want to be as close to possible on accuracy
so how in the world do I weather duct tape to make it look like
that in the game.

crAziemutant
03-04-2009, 02:25 AM
So people, I have a question.. >w>;
I gots a brand spanking new roll of duct tape! 8'D
I threw on my hoodie the other day and put some
tape on my arm and let me tell you, it looked awful compared
to my bandages. I want to be as close to possible on accuracy
so how in the world do I weather duct tape to make it look like
that in the game.

you got a pic of how it looked? if no, can you do it again and get a pic?

while we're on it. i was thinking, if you guys want to keep the same look over and over again, you can take sometime to get a cloth or something then carefully duct tape that so it looks as close to the game as possible. then slap some velcro on it so you can use it over and over again. good idea? bad idea? just giving ideas. and this way, you can do the duct tape, then throw it in the dirt and step on it, kick it around, you know? weather it.

oh! and for the hoodie, don't forget the blood stain down the center. i don't think i've seen that in pictures much. it's a streak of blood, too. not just a couple spots. and there's no blood on the tape wraps either (someone's mentioned this one already).

Bwentali
03-06-2009, 03:21 PM
I do not mean to break up any conversations you guys are having, but I managed to make some progress today!

in one simultaneous shot I managed to secure a leather jacket, pump shotgun, pistol, pills, blank tattoo sleeves, molotov cocktail, and combat boots. now all I need is the healthpack and a white tank top and I will have francis done...

I am Sooooo looking forward to Anime Boston. Wait hrm...I hate Anime Boston...and cops, and banks, and lawyers...

NinjaSquirrel
03-06-2009, 09:44 PM
Rofl nice nice Bwentali :D I can't wait to see a Francis!

Oh EmoSasuke, the duct tape probably looks horrible cause your squeezing it to what your actual arms size. The hunter is probable fit so its wrapped around his major biceps and thats why it looks "puffier" and the bandages wrapped around multiple times make it look "puffier" and thicker so that's probably why. I could be wrong.

XxEmo SasukexX
03-10-2009, 10:58 PM
It looks horrible due to the tape scrunching up? owo;

crAziemutant
03-11-2009, 03:13 AM
It looks horrible due to the tape scrunching up? owo;

i honestly don't think that's the problem here. since you've already done it with the bandages, you should know how they should go on. but someone said to do duct tape over bandages. which i think is a great idea. do the bandages the way you'd normally do it. maybe a little less so it's not all bulky. then put a light layer of the duct tape just for looks. place them how you want. don't tighten the duct tape.

green_with_Envy
03-11-2009, 01:58 PM
I'm gonna be a Witch on Sunday at AWA this year ^_^

Modifying the bottom to be short shorts though. I won't feel comfortable walking around in panties X3

The only thing I am trying to figure out right now is the fingers. I want them to look awesome, and yet be functional. I want to be able to take them off when I need to.... looking for some type of glove design I guess ^^

Bastille
03-11-2009, 02:04 PM
i'm going as zoey to metrocon. jacket just got shipped yesterday. i'm doing the costumes of bill, francis, louis and a hunter. possibly a boomer or a tank. maybe.

NinjaSquirrel
03-12-2009, 12:00 AM
I'm gonna be a Witch on Sunday at AWA this year ^_^

Modifying the bottom to be short shorts though. I won't feel comfortable walking around in panties X3

The only thing I am trying to figure out right now is the fingers. I want them to look awesome, and yet be functional. I want to be able to take them off when I need to.... looking for some type of glove design I guess ^^

Some one has used latex gloves I've seen in some pictures lol. Not sure how that worked but you can ask her yourself.

good news though, i have a group for sacanime! w00t!! :D we have everyone! except for a tank... >.< one of my friends wants one but I think its going to take longer than that lol. Good luck Bastille :D

ArcaneKani
03-21-2009, 08:57 AM
Whew! I was hoping this didn't disappear. Anyway, I come bearing a gift of sorts! http://i39.tinypic.com/2j68v7n.jpg The label in the middle is the one I worked on to blend two mirror images. However, my PS skills are quite lacking, so the bottom label is the actual hard copy from the game if someone wants to make it look a lot better. Just figured I'd throw it out there since that combined with a plastic Bud Light bottle will make for an easy prop!

Hooded Woman
03-23-2009, 03:19 PM
Whew! I was hoping this didn't disappear. Anyway, I come bearing a gift of sorts! http://i39.tinypic.com/2j68v7n.jpg The label in the middle is the one I worked on to blend two mirror images. However, my PS skills are quite lacking, so the bottom label is the actual hard copy from the game if someone wants to make it look a lot better. Just figured I'd throw it out there since that combined with a plastic Bud Light bottle will make for an easy prop!

Hey Mister, I still need to get together with you sometime. I know you are working on tons of accessories, but I needs you as my Louis!

ArcaneKani
04-02-2009, 05:24 PM
Hey Mister, I still need to get together with you sometime. I know you are working on tons of accessories, but I needs you as my Louis!

We need to set up a photoshoot some time soon. I'll ask my friend if he can do it for us if you guys don't mind swinging down this way. You said you had crops up your way, right? I'm sure we can do something with that.

Man, this thread has really been... left 4 dead, as it made it as far as the 3rd page. Terrible pun, sorry. :crylaugh:

crAziemutant
04-03-2009, 12:36 AM
Help thread up -->

haha.

Bwentali
04-03-2009, 09:14 AM
Man, is this my blood?

...good one Cr

oh yea, I have progress. First is all the items short of the pants and boots (who wants to see pants and boots?) Second and third are both of the arm tats on my arm


http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x154/Bwentali/pipboy%20in%20progress/pIpinpro256.jpg

http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x154/Bwentali/pipboy%20in%20progress/pIpinpro255.jpg

http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x154/Bwentali/pipboy%20in%20progress/pIpinpro253.jpg

EDIT: Oh yea, before I forget. Anyone have any luck with the health-pack. I know arcanekani did but I think they stopped selling that model not that long ago. If anyone knows of one please let us know. And I forgot to take a pic with the gloves but rest assured I have them too.

crAziemutant
04-04-2009, 12:36 AM
Man, is this my blood?

...good one Cr

oh yea, I have progress. First is all the items short of the pants and boots (who wants to see pants and boots?) Second and third are both of the arm tats on my arm


http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x154/Bwentali/pipboy%20in%20progress/pIpinpro256.jpg

http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x154/Bwentali/pipboy%20in%20progress/pIpinpro255.jpg

http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x154/Bwentali/pipboy%20in%20progress/pIpinpro253.jpg

EDIT: Oh yea, before I forget. Anyone have any luck with the health-pack. I know arcanekani did but I think they stopped selling that model not that long ago. If anyone knows of one please let us know. And I forgot to take a pic with the gloves but rest assured I have them too.

Nice tattoo sleeve. Did you do that yourself?

Bwentali
04-04-2009, 09:25 AM
yep, but its not as like I did anything super difficult.

I stole the design from the game, Photoshoped it to greyscale to eliminate all but the darkest of lines, printed, then using carbon paper transferred to tracing paper. positioned the tattoo with the tracing paper then rubbed the cabon on to the sleeve itself. Trace with a magic marker and Blamo!

its close to accurate, but since the sleeve only covers my bicep and forearm its a bit shrunk from francis's mammoth arm size.

NinjaSquirrel
04-04-2009, 02:46 PM
nice nice :D its awesome but making the tatoos sounds so complicated lol. i never knew you could do that. where did you get the material for the sleeves? and how did you get the designs of the tatoos into photoshop?

Bwentali
04-04-2009, 04:40 PM
Ninjasquirrel: Answers: The sleeves are tattoo cover-ups called tatjackets. they are built for professionals with full-sleeve tattoos that want to keep a professional stature while at work (cops and such) You can google Tatjacket and they will pop up. I can say that they fit quite nicely, although they are a little tight around the bicep.

As for the tattoo design. Unfortunatly I cannot post the designs without facing legal litigation. I had the demo of the game and using a combination of two tools I was able to extract the texture data from the game. Also I apologise for not posting the tools, I usually delete a program after I have completed using its functions. The tools can be found on any L4D modding forum though.

one final note: I have strapped a cheapo LED tatical flashlight to the pump shotgun with hockey tape and picked up some holsters for the pistols. now except for the weight thing and shaving my head I have completed francis to my liking. I will see...probably no one here, at anime boston!

OriJuice
04-05-2009, 02:25 AM
Great sleeve idea, would have never of thought of it.

Me and a group of friends will probably, just for the day even go as a large horde of zombies and SI's to AN this year. For the past week I have been milling over L4D on the Xbox and going over screenshots and referencing to a lot of different places and so far have come up with a great Hunter motif. And the discussion earlier in the thread was towards what the arm wraps were, I figured I might be able to help out.

The Hunter

First thing you notice about the Hunter is the sweater, a 30, 40 dollar black pull off sweater will easily cover that. The pants, depending on who you ask vary from dark brown to a gray kind of color. Every game I have played, screenshot I have looked at it always looked a dullish gray color. You will also notice through playing Versus that like many normal infected the Hunter has a gray tinge to his skin (Can be seen on his hands in play). It appears mottled in nature, so you may want to consider working that over. Which is really easy. Secondly, the wraps situated on the Hunters legs and arms in-game appear more gray in contrast with the black sweatshirt. My advice would be to grab some medical suture or even Century black handwraps for boxing, wrap them a few times in the designated spot, cut them and then apply a light mix of charcoal and chalk dust to them. Specifically chalk dust if their already black. Its very important to keep this mix in mind, we will use it later.

The wraps should fit snugly and securely, so much so they actually physically press into the material and give a almost tight look. Once more, this is an in game design thing I noticed. Wrap them as you see fit and then use a painted black clip and just clip it into place in a hidden spot. The clip should barely show.

Alright, on to the actual work!

Step 1: Think, look and act like a Zombie.

A Hunter is going to be scuffed up, anyone who has played L4D knows what the Hunter does. Those black cut off gloves he wears? Yours should be similar, add some frayed and worn ends to them; make them look like their scraped and beat up. Your hands, fingertips specifically should be bloodied up. The Hunter "Rips" into his prey, make your hands look as worn as you can. The knee's of your pants should be scuffed a little, a nice layer of chalk dust slightly applied to the knee's and whatever "Worn out" parts you want should cover the effect of asphalt abrasion alright. Or take it a second step and go outside and slide around.

You also may want to consider working with latex (or similar material). Costume and Halloween stores sell a popular latex kit that allows you to make "Wounds". Apply these to area's of open skin, make your hunter look a little worse for wear, once more...Especially on the hands. The Latex kits, as far as wounds go allow depth, giving any wounds; even slight scrapes extreme realism.

One of the Hunters trademarks is that it looks in all regards like a normal infected, this makes the Hunter pliable as the amount of latex that can used is minimal at best, especially on the face. The Hunter has blood around his mouth, chin and various spots around there as well as blood pooling around the eyes and eye wells. I also mentioned earlier that the Hunter has a mottled gray look, and I also mentioned mixing Charcoal Dust with Chalk Dust to make a grayish kind of dust. Rub that generously into your skin (Make sure your NOT allergic first) to give it a kind of grayish tone. It should be applied to all open area's before the latex goes on. Remember, if you sweat the tone will fade, so keep some on you for best results.

Oh, and get used to acting like your Sam Fisher from Splinter Cell, your gunna be walking around the convention like him.

Step 2: Have fun =D

Sorry if it seems I hijacked the thread, but there was questions earlier that I think I could have helped out on. I think any infected (Except Boomer and Tank) would be a real fun project to work on. I will be in LA from April 13th to the 21'st so I won't be starting on it until I return. But I will post updates on my DA for those interested in seeing what I mean regarding latex use and dust use. My DA is the exact same as my Username here. The Hunter costume can be made an easy project or a hard project depending on just how much detail you want to put into it. I tallied up the costs in CAD, and this is what I got.

Sweatshirt: $30-45
Sweatpants: $20.00
One Pair Black Century HandWraps: $7.00
Latex Kit: $10-15
Art Charcoal and Chalk: $5-7

So in total you would be looking at a maximum of around $95 CAD and roughly 3 hours worth of work, this is just a rough estimate. Won't know til around the start of May.

EDIT: I forgot to include the price of paints for the latex, put another 5 on there.

NinjaSquirrel
04-06-2009, 04:07 PM
o.o... wow alot of information lol but really helpful :D i just can't wait to improve my hunter costume in the next con.

Bwentali: yea i understand about the tattoo art sketches. i'll probably have to do some research upon my own with my own left 4 dead as i have it on PC! w00t! XD

Edit: Oh! almost forgot, I just got a comment on my picture that the Hunter doesn't have claws. o.O and it has duct tape/silver tape around its nails which make it claw like? o.O that is so confusing. is that even true?

http://www.cosplay.com/photo/1865225/c_1/#2191992

check out the comment yourself

OriJuice
04-06-2009, 05:21 PM
NinjaSquirrel, watch the intro video to L4D, pay specific attention to the Hunters hands when he's dead (Again?) on the trunk of the car. You will notice something that I just noticed yesterday, hard to miss it. But it has a great explanation

In the cinematic the Hunters fingertips seem to be blunt and thin in comparison to the rest of his hand, leading me to believe that the Hunter (like most undead) is in a state of decomposition, and seeing as he uses (specifically anyways) his fingertips and fingers to TEAR into his prey it seems likely that the blunt and thin fingertip in the cinematic video is the fingertip bones themselves. Probably, ripped and worn away from how often he did that to the survivors escaping the city.

And no, the Hunter has no duct tape on his hands at all, this can be seen in the Versus mode when you play as the Hunter.

Thats just my theory on the Hunter "Claws". When I make the costume I will just be adding extremely bloody and torn up fingertips using latex, since reducing them to bone is out of the question and impossible to do without making complete latex replica's and adding an inch onto the finger, making them freakishly long.

NinjaSquirrel
04-07-2009, 12:57 AM
Yea I realized its fingertips as I have been playing the game like non-stop and I found a really nice high res screen shot just as the Hunter is about to pounce in versus mode. Guess the person was just messing with me. I will keep my material though for my costume, just need more time to work on it to make it realistically a Hunter. :D

OriJuice
04-08-2009, 02:47 PM
I was playing L4D again, noticed something. The Cinematic shows the hunter as having thinner fingertips, as if it were bone. But in game that doesnt APPEAR to be the case. Can anyone confirm that the hunter has does not have finger tips anymore? Out of curiosity.

NS, just keep in mind what I said about the chalk and charcoal mix. It will give a good gray tone that will actually go into your skin. if you have ever worked with charcoal you know that the dust can actually get in the skin and it takes a bit to wash it out. It works on the same concept, but the chalk dust adds a lighter texture. Works well on making ya look like a dirty lil Hunter I would assume.

Anyone have any good advice for blood mixes?

grabbn_pillz
04-08-2009, 04:37 PM
im going as a hunter to acen this year. its going to be awesome! i just hope other l4d cosplayers are going there as well. two of my friends are going as a witch and a smoker wth me too.

but i have a question...
im the one who has to make all the cosplays around here, and i need help. hunter is easy and the witch is too. im just haveing trouble figuring out what to make the boils/growths/wtf on the smoker. and how to get a longer tongue that looks semi-real. ive been asking around but havent found any solutions yet. anyone out there and have advice??? any ideas at all are greatly appreciated!

(sry if this isnt the place for this question, im desperate)

OriJuice
04-10-2009, 02:44 AM
Pillz, I mentioned it before. Latex is the EASIEST way to do it.

You could try this. For texture use a silicone sealant (Like a tile sealant) and make the basic shape of the boils (The Sealant should be pretty manageable, but once its set. Thats it, no undoing it) Use the sealant as the actual shape of boil itself (Alternatively you could also use caulking material). MAKE SURE ITS NON TOXIC!!! buy some latex mix from a costume store or what not and then use that to make a texturizer for the coating of the silicone sealant boil (or caulking). Because of the material of both the caulking and sealant you will need some heavy duty glue to attach the latex to the boil. Then use a skin safe sealant and attach it to the face. Or even better, put a thin layer of rubber underneath each boil (or a set if you make them together) and use the rubber + skin safe sealant so it doesnt irritate the skin.

I am going to include a few links about basic information on latex work, sealants and caulking.

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-silicone-sealant.htm

http://www.artmolds.com/category28.cfm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caulking (Ignore marine use section, we won't do that to you. Thats just cruel.)

EDIT:

The tongue:

Get a mouth piece that is LOWER only, attach SAFE latex (Stuff that can be in your mouth) to it and latex mold the tongue. Its pretty easy to do that. Keep in mind, its just a prop and the latex will give it not only a realistic look, but also a realistic feel and physical movement. Mind you, you can't actually move it. But you can sway it back and forth!

Try to get something like ShockDocter Mouthguard, get the one that is around 30 bucks. I say this because those are teeth moldable and REALLY good (Use them for Martial Arts) they will stay in your mouth even if its open.

Bwentali
04-10-2009, 03:43 PM
http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x154/Bwentali/Franciscosplay/Francis002.jpg

http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x154/Bwentali/Franciscosplay/Francis008.jpg

http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x154/Bwentali/Franciscosplay/Francis017.jpg

once I get these photos edited and posted I will place them with my cosplay area. till then this is what I've done for francis.

its not too bad, but as you can see I am not exactly the proper frame. Currently making the healthpack, waiting for seams to be set before displaying. Going to use magnets to keep everything together, that way I can take it off and put it back on with little effort.

Bwentali
04-24-2009, 08:55 AM
no one else postin'? other people gotta like the game....

...I could use some help over here!

ArcaneKani
04-24-2009, 09:13 PM
no one else postin'? other people gotta like the game....

...I could use some help over here!

*lol* Nice. I've been in and out (more of the latter as of late). School has been consuming all of my tiiiiime! Your Francis looks pretty damn good, btw. Amazing job on the sleeves! :bigtu:

Bwentali
04-27-2009, 12:52 PM
@arcanekani: That is a real compliment coming from you, man. Thanks for the encouragement! Sucks to hear your real life is butting in, but that't not exactly a bad thing and your Louis is pretty much done anywho...

it kinda sucks though, there is no place on-line that sells those first-aid kits anymore. I had to make mine from duck cloth and glue :P Speaking of which I placed my tats and health kit in my profile along with a mock-up shot.

I tell you, some days I think I should've done a boomer or something. At least I would be in the proper frame type...all well, cosplay is about having fun, right?

in any case...other people! Yea, I see you down there random internet person logged in as guest! Start posting! Show them kingdom hearts people who's boss!

OmegaJoe
04-28-2009, 06:54 PM
Hey there all. Sh*t do I feel stupid. I just made another Left 4 dead thread without even finding this one. (Sorry terribly sorry about that!). But anywho if this is the thread I'm gonna try and pitch my crazy idea. (though many of you may have heard it before). I'm going to be attempting a project on cosplaying as the Tank! Thing is... I have no idea of even where to begin or even what to do! I know I need to make a entire suit to account for its huge torso and arms, but all the details I need help with! If you you guys could give my suggestions and such I would really love it! Plus... if I get it done and you do see me you'll have the pleasure of getting smacked off the side of a skyscraper! XD

stonesour_17
04-28-2009, 08:04 PM
Hey fellow survivors Hunter here (yeah I know it's easy, but it's really not, its a workout to stay in character) but who else is going to A-kon? We need Left 4 Dead shenanigans!

craxy-nights
04-28-2009, 10:16 PM
Hey everyone! How you guys doing?

So, I'm gonna cosplay Left 4 Dead, and I'm aiming for the smoker. (Hello akward crossplay?) I have the green overshirt and some man pants I'm scuffing up and grunging out, and for the face thing I'm doing a phantom of the opera like mask with the stuff glued to it. As for the tounge, I'm not sure yet. I'm avioding anything expensive or hard to obtain because I'm just a poor college kid. Ha ha, yeah, and there's the tiny problem of me being 5'2" . . . Anyways, once it comes together more I'll be sure to post pictures!

Omegajoe: Holy wow, you're going to have a challenge! Uhhh, I've got nothing helpful right now, but good luck and power to ya'!

Bwentali: Nice Francis, lovin' the tattoos, you pull it together quite nicely!

Arcanecani: Awesome Louis, all the props blew me away. (Your Regal is bomb too, I admit, I fangasm'd when I saw it.)


Oh, and can I just say, 3 minutes and 30 seconds on survivor mode with 3 bots? Insane. I'm so awful, but it's so fun! > . <

OmegaJoe
04-29-2009, 05:07 PM
Hey everyone! How you guys doing?

So, I'm gonna cosplay Left 4 Dead, and I'm aiming for the smoker. (Hello akward crossplay?) I have the green overshirt and some man pants I'm scuffing up and grunging out, and for the face thing I'm doing a phantom of the opera like mask with the stuff glued to it. As for the tounge, I'm not sure yet. I'm avioding anything expensive or hard to obtain because I'm just a poor college kid. Ha ha, yeah, and there's the tiny problem of me being 5'2" . . . Anyways, once it comes together more I'll be sure to post pictures!

Omegajoe: Holy wow, you're going to have a challenge! Uhhh, I've got nothing helpful right now, but good luck and power to ya'!

Bwentali: Nice Francis, lovin' the tattoos, you pull it together quite nicely!

Arcanecani: Awesome Louis, all the props blew me away. (Your Regal is bomb too, I admit, I fangasm'd when I saw it.)


Oh, and can I just say, 3 minutes and 30 seconds on survivor mode with 3 bots? Insane. I'm so awful, but it's so fun! > . <

Why thank you! I think I got a good idea of how I got to do it too. All I need is to take the measurments, materials, and funcunallity (like how the heck I'm gonna get in and out of it!). But yeah its going to be a big project... with that I can say I'll be the first person every to cosplay a tank!

NinjaSquirrel
04-30-2009, 09:31 PM
Craxy: OMG actually 3mins and 30secs is pretty good with bots cause bots always gets in the way to me. unless your playing xbox cause im a PC player. 16:52 is my longest time :D lol but! i wanna thank you so much cause you've given me the idea of how to make the smoker! :D THANK YOU IM ETERNALY GRATEFUL!!! :D I shall be your slave... lol im jk kinda >.> but thank you so much for the idea of the smoker. cause we got a group going on thats going to be shown at sacanime this summer :D and yes the tongue is the most troubling prop D: and im 5'2 too! XD college kid also. freshmen.. >.>

Omega: I'll be putting my opinions and ideas of the tank at your thread lol since theres like insanely alot of posts here which confuse the heck out of me sometimes XP lol but i wish you the best of luck as the tank! :D i really cant wait to see the pictures and if L4D is still known in the future (it shall be!) i will try to become the tank...maybe.. lol it feels expensive just thinking about it >.<

Bwentali
04-30-2009, 09:51 PM
@crazy: Thanks for the compliment...Wait...I hate compliments...

@Omega: I have no idea how to do this...but I have an idea...

Have you ever seen the league of extraordinary Gentlemen? The character artist created prostetic arms for the Edward Hyde character and gave a small walkthrough on the crafting process in a FX behind-the-scenes kinda thing. If I remember correct, it was a foam positive with all details carved in, then casted in a negative mold, then create a skin from the mold. Finally the interior was a larger tin-style mechanical claw to move the hands...or something like that I forget.

craxy-nights
04-30-2009, 10:45 PM
ninjasuirrel: 16:52?!?!?!?! I am in awe. lol. Actually, aposition of my slave has just opened up, so you're in luck! 8D And I'm glad I could help!


Bwentali: Don't hate the compliment! Take it. Embrace it. Put it in your pocket and carry it around for a while.


Also, for the smoker's tounge, I'm going to try maybe making it out of cloth, and slathering it with paint, see how that works out. Maybe put a little weight in the end so it swings better. . . . hmmm . . .

OmegaJoe
05-01-2009, 10:41 AM
@crazy: Thanks for the compliment...Wait...I hate compliments...

@Omega: I have no idea how to do this...but I have an idea...

Have you ever seen the league of extraordinary Gentlemen? The character artist created prostetic arms for the Edward Hyde character and gave a small walkthrough on the crafting process in a FX behind-the-scenes kinda thing. If I remember correct, it was a foam positive with all details carved in, then casted in a negative mold, then create a skin from the mold. Finally the interior was a larger tin-style mechanical claw to move the hands...or something like that I forget.

Hmmmm now that i think on it. There are some semblances of between the tank and Hyde.... will defintally have to look! But actually i dont think I will be able to get finger movement I want this cosplay to be really good. but it seems something like that be a lot more time and money then I got XD. but yeah Im going with foam. Cheap and easy to move around in. my only major concern is how am I gonna get in and out of the thing?

OmegaJoe
05-01-2009, 04:41 PM
Craxy: OMG actually 3mins and 30secs is pretty good with bots cause bots always gets in the way to me. unless your playing xbox cause im a PC player. 16:52 is my longest time :D lol but! i wanna thank you so much cause you've given me the idea of how to make the smoker! :D THANK YOU IM ETERNALY GRATEFUL!!! :D I shall be your slave... lol im jk kinda >.> but thank you so much for the idea of the smoker. cause we got a group going on thats going to be shown at sacanime this summer :D and yes the tongue is the most troubling prop D: and im 5'2 too! XD college kid also. freshmen.. >.>

Omega: I'll be putting my opinions and ideas of the tank at your thread lol since theres like insanely alot of posts here which confuse the heck out of me sometimes XP lol but i wish you the best of luck as the tank! :D i really cant wait to see the pictures and if L4D is still known in the future (it shall be!) i will try to become the tank...maybe.. lol it feels expensive just thinking about it >.<

I shall let you know and post step on step intrustions of what to do and make a pricing range of what I spent... once I get started on it. XD Last thing I want is for my all time Lazyness to kick in.

NinjaSquirrel
05-02-2009, 10:28 PM
@craxy: w00t! i am now a slave! lol XD im jk kinda XD but yea the tongue is really something to puzzle. what about attatching it to the mouth? should we do kind of an illusion by painting some of the top (where it should be at the mouth) the same color as the skin then taping it right below the nose area of the mask? sounds kinda interesting lol but in someways work kinda so the cosplayer can still "talk" with the tongue.

BioHazardKyo
05-03-2009, 12:11 AM
Hmmmm now that i think on it. There are some semblances of between the tank and Hyde.... will defintally have to look! But actually i dont think I will be able to get finger movement I want this cosplay to be really good. but it seems something like that be a lot more time and money then I got XD. but yeah Im going with foam. Cheap and easy to move around in. my only major concern is how am I gonna get in and out of the thing?

not only that but also think about all the heat it may build up from all the walking and moving plus the people around you

Hey fellow survivors Hunter here (yeah I know it's easy, but it's really not, its a workout to stay in character) but who else is going to A-kon? We need Left 4 Dead shenanigans!

oh and yes ill also be going to A-kon as a hunter on saturday

Kamama
05-03-2009, 05:44 PM
Witch for Anime Boston here! =D Can't wait for it, man!

Just need matching beige underwear and tank top. Shred the tank top, wear two layers of underwear, make the claws, and splatter fake blood and black paint and I'll be good!! ^_^

CDF_Vagabond
05-03-2009, 06:25 PM
Allow me to be of help for helmets and other body armor there is a very cheap way to go about it I have been using a material called FR-7100 which it comes in blocks as well as sheets, you can get it from www.generalplastics.com for a good price depending on what you are wanting to make, right now I am making a Warhammer Space Marine using the stuff.

Bwentali
05-03-2009, 07:30 PM
um...is that an ad?

I think you might of posted a post in another forum. Our characters don't use armor...

...Awkward...

CDF_Vagabond
05-03-2009, 07:58 PM
Well it will work for the characters helmet that I've seen in a magizine for the game, I did'nt know if they used armor or not.

green_with_Envy
05-03-2009, 09:36 PM
*scratches head* Helmets.... ummm.... Correct me if I'm wrong... but I don't remember helmets X3

NinjaSquirrel
05-04-2009, 06:25 PM
o.o theres no helmets in L4D.

but oh! whats a good paint to put on the body and is able to stay there at a long amount of time even if you sweat? :D yet still washable? XP

green_with_Envy
05-05-2009, 09:47 AM
Good question... I need to know that too... I'm assuming I'll have to get some grey and creme colors for my Witch cosplay...

ArcaneKani
05-05-2009, 12:28 PM
Bwentali: No problem at all. There's no point in being so self critical. I honestly enjoy your Francis a lot, and so long as you do too that's all that really matters, right? Just run with it, man. :bigtu: I just wish we had the ability to go to the same con together for some amazing L4Dness.

School is done for now! The only downside is my desire to go to cons has dwindled as of late. I -do- want to get a good L4D group in some time soon, as I only brought Louis out for an hour or so at the last Megacon. I plan on uploading some pics of the completed outfit soon, though.

Craxy-nights: Thanks a bunch! Putting it all together was the best part. And thanks about Regal, too! Regal as a character definitely needs more love. :cool:

Hmmm. I can't offer much insight on how to make a Tank, unfortunately. I always thought about using one of those cheesy muscle suits as a base and going from there. It doesn't sound very practical, but something along the lines of this: http://www.bounce-a-lot.co.uk/good%20hulk%20pic.jpg.jpg

Bwentali
05-06-2009, 03:32 PM
hey guys, gotta question for ya...

...are you guys going to sling your gun?

the reason I ask is because if you have your pistols drawn its gotta go somewhere...that and I can't afford a 50 Lb of pull strength super magnet to cause it to stay on my back without moving.

Man I am so torn! if I go for the sling then I lose the look but I get to stow it on my back rather than carry it all day. If I don't then I have to heft it everywhere but I am more accurate to the game...

...Help?...

NinjaSquirrel
05-06-2009, 06:50 PM
@Arcane: ROFLL i love the hulk suit XD Yea it would be a good idea to work off of that :D When are you going to be Louis at a con? I really want to see pictures. :D Can't wait.

@Bwentali: you mean how to hold your gun just like in the game? huh.. good question.. good thing I'm an infected XD but i gues a good way to put it on your back I'm thinking is those velcro things. but then it mite ruin the outfit and gun at the same time.. well god luck on that XP

Pollaris
05-08-2009, 03:13 AM
Hmmm. I can't offer much insight on how to make a Tank, unfortunately. I always thought about using one of those cheesy muscle suits as a base and going from there. It doesn't sound very practical, but something along the lines of this: http://www.bounce-a-lot.co.uk/good%20hulk%20pic.jpg.jpg
Baww hi guys <3 First time poster, long time L4D lover :3

So that's actually pretty much the exact thing we got for our tank cosplayer and are using it as a base, it's a really awkward and strange process but I should have pictures after the end of May if all works out.

I'm cosplay Zoey for a small "festival" going on in my state for "national Zombie day" at the end of May, so we totally decided to do a giant Left 4 Dead group [So far we have Myself as Zoey, Louis, Francis, Bill, two hunters, a smoker, possibly a tank, a original concept witch and a butt load of zombies!]

Has the tank actually ever been done before?

ArcaneKani
05-08-2009, 02:14 PM
Bwentali: Hm. I will give that some thought for you. I only have one pistol on me, and that's the one in the leg holster because I carry around the assault rifle as my main prop. I'm sure we can figure something out.

NinjaSquirrel: Or build a suit up from scratch if you're good at that sort of thing. The next con I'll be wearing Louis is Metro if I end up going. I believe there's going to be a large group there. I'll probably end up doing a local photoshoot around here before then, however. I'll let you guys know when pics go up.

Pollaris: Welcome! The thread could use the spark of new posters. I definitely want to see pics of that when you're done! Maybe some progress pics or two wouldn't hurt. There was talks of a tank earlier in the thread, although I don't think anything has been put together yet (or at least I haven't seen anything). Hmmmm. I might try to tackle a Tank with this free time I have.

Pollaris
05-10-2009, 09:19 PM
I'm really excited, I play Left 4 dead often with a group of friends and it seemed natural to cosplay it, once I get my coat finished [its pinned together right now since i'm sewing on the white part ;P] I'll post progress pictures.

My Hunter is completely done sans getting his makeup so I'll post pics of him eventually as well xD

Bwentali
05-11-2009, 07:59 AM
@arcane: Yea, I decided to remain accurate and did no sling. I will just drop the gun whenever I hit the ground or need to take a photo or whatever.

I just recently got in some Super-powered N52 quarter-sized magnets that I use to get the floating healthpack and pain pills effect. Just battle-worn in a white shirt, jeans, and the tats a little (fake blood, soy sauce, and dirt FTW) , and managed to get the neck tats from the game and threw 'em on some temporary tattoo paper (didn't know they were pretty much the arm tats with some other designs on it)

Also got a skull belt buckle with its top half open-able...kinda my little personal flair for the character.

Right now, I only have a few more things to do before con. Trim my hair again, trim the beard again, try to dirty up another set of clothes (only you can prevent fan-funk) and secure food and hygene rations.

Also slightly concerned my gun might not make it through Anime Boston's tight security. filled the entire barrel with glue, removed the trigger, and gluing down the slide seems like enough but I fear it might look a little too real...

All well, here's hoping....

ElanorePenn
05-11-2009, 04:42 PM
Longtime reader first time poster;

I finally found some pictures of me cosplaying as the witch from Left4Dead :]

Super simple costume and super fun to do; I only regret not having any black body paint!

http://www.cosplay.com/photo/2021684/

The claws are made from paper

EDIT: and if anyone has any pictures from acen 2009 with me as the witch that would be awesome! Also; I plan on actually working out next year to cosplay a better witch ;]

NinjaSquirrel
05-12-2009, 12:32 AM
ROFL i love the witch XD i really hope tho i can get everything (my group) together before August.

Hey is this a good idea? Instead of getting a fat suit (since our boomer doesnt want to buy a fat suit) how about making a fat suit out of mattress foam and copper wire to make it wider? (my other partner complained that she doesnt want him to get hot in the suit. we're all going to get hot in all our outfits either way cause its in august, summer -.-)

Oh! You guys never answered my other question D: what's a good makeup that wont sweat off or come off as easily?

OmegaJoe
05-12-2009, 04:53 PM
Alright man! Sorry for the long response everyone. I swear I cant get anytime on the interwebs anymore. But anyways. I had a secondary thought just the passing day. Has anyone hear every heard or seen anyone cosplaying as the Boomer?

NinjaSquirrel
05-12-2009, 06:05 PM
I have a friend who is planning to become the Boomer. :D We're helping him make the outfit so yea.

D4rkone
05-13-2009, 11:43 PM
Oh! You guys never answered my other question D: what's a good makeup that wont sweat off or come off as easily?

I've heard stuff from WolfFX is pretty good. Although still will need some kind of sealant but does a hardy job.

http://www.wolfefx.com/

NinjaSquirrel
05-14-2009, 05:48 PM
sealnat? o.O but the stuff looks awesome! :D thanks you ^^

Ashgroovy
05-17-2009, 09:15 AM
o.o theres no helmets in L4D.

but oh! whats a good paint to put on the body and is able to stay there at a long amount of time even if you sweat? :D yet still washable? XP

There is a good recepie at fxwiki for airbrush. It could kill your airbrush but here it is.

3.5oz Aquacolor
1 cup 91% Isopropyl Alcohol
1/8 cup fixier spray

http://fx.wikia.com/wiki/Airbrush_makeup

NymphOfTwilight
05-18-2009, 12:19 AM
So recently my boyfriend had cosplayed a Hunter during Acen, and he's wondering if you guys can give him a critique. He doesn't have a cos com. But I have some photo's on my photo bucket that I would be willing to show you guys. He tried his best, this is obviously his first cosplay, he followed the concept art, also with the in game.

http://i349.photobucket.com/albums/q397/Celestial_Raine/ACEN%202009-Friday/001.jpg

http://i349.photobucket.com/albums/q397/Celestial_Raine/n566080468_3182307_1035032.jpg

http://i349.photobucket.com/albums/q397/Celestial_Raine/n566080468_3182307_1035032.jpg

http://i349.photobucket.com/albums/q397/Celestial_Raine/n566080468_3182267_619412.jpg

Any kind of critiques are welcomed. He is willing to improve on his Hunter a bit more, and I do have more pictures to add up, but I would need to up-load on the computer first.

NinjaSquirrel
05-18-2009, 12:40 AM
I don't know, the Hunter looks fine to me :D lol.

You can try darkening the make-up if you like. I'm planning to do that in my future Hunter ^^

NymphOfTwilight
05-18-2009, 12:46 AM
I don't know, the Hunter looks fine to me :D lol.

You can try darkening the make-up if you like. I'm planning to do that in my future Hunter ^^

I have a paranoid boyfriend. He's a perfectionist too. In the beginning the make up was very dark, but it begun to fade away soon afterward's though. He's just a stubborn perfectionist even what I tell him.

Bwentali
05-18-2009, 09:54 AM
yea, his hunter seems fine. There could be somethings he could make better, but they are relatively minor and wouldn't make-or-break the cosplay.

He has the hoodie, face and hand makeup, tape in the right places, all he has to do is growl and yell and he's a hunter.

I mean, he isn't going to be confused with Lil' Slugger, naota, or a reaver from TWEWY. He's definatly a hunter, so all is good in the universe.

newmansan
05-18-2009, 03:06 PM
Any ideas for a boomer? I was considering making a Boomer costume. I have (roughly) the body for it, and the clothes and makeup would be pretty easy to do.

I'm stuck on what to do for the pustules though. I was gonna try and make them look somewhat real (getting them to jiggle and whatnot). Any ideas? Worse case scenario is to fill some ziplocks with jello or something and tape them to me.

I could always panzy out and make them out of paper mache or something, but not unless I have to...

Any other ideas for the bulk on the arms would be helpful too...l

MajinCrystalia
05-18-2009, 03:53 PM
I want to attempt Bill's original model sometime, if I can figure out how to do the facial hair. I may also try a Hunter.

NinjaSquirrel
05-18-2009, 03:57 PM
@newmansan: I thought of whoopee cushions XD

newmansan
05-18-2009, 07:34 PM
@ninja, thats a good idea, but how do I make it look like they are part of my body? Paper mache?