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CzarN
07-31-2009, 05:33 AM
WELCOME TO THE MASS EFFECT COSPLAY THREAD!

Guides/Examples
Sintra Armor Hints and Tips - Colga vas'Iktomi
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNit4Y3BHb8

Stages of Fiberglass Armor Construction - Colga vas'Iktomi
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_yvkLUiaoI&feature=channel

GREAT Quality Screenshots - JXIII
http://s741.photobucket.com/albums/x...KnightmareJ13/

Pepakura Weapons and Armor - Deadalus Thron
http://405th.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=24073&st=0

Attatching Armor - Bentoubako
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7uD2V55LAg


Digigrade Stilts - ??? (forgot who showed me these originally)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JeJ1LimPAk


Store Links
Undersuits - Demifiend
http://www.unrealfind.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=wet20&Category_Code=

Foamboard - Demifiend
http://www.foamboardsource.com/



Costume Database
Dr. Liara T'Soni - Tatterhood
http://www.cosplay.com/costume/280205/

Scientist - RocketJazz
http://www.cosplay.com/costume/242509/

Matriarch Benezia - Shyala
http://www.cosplay.com/costume/219817/

Asari Commando - Shyala
http://www.cosplay.com/costume/266656/

Commander (Fem)Shepard - HMWSG X
http://www.cosplay.com/costume/280313/

Tali'Zorrah nar Rayya - HMWSG X :toothy:
http://www.cosplay.com/costume/175497/

Asari Commando - HMWSG X
http://www.cosplay.com/costume/171592/

Asari Consort Sha'ira - HMWSG X
http://www.cosplay.com/costume/219720/

Ashley Williams - Ephymeris
http://www.cosplay.com/costume/170805/




Hope you find the changes useful!
Enjoy yourself and stay a while, just remember: the nuts in the red bowls are for Quarians and Turians ONLY.

demifiend
07-31-2009, 11:15 AM
I like the minimalist one with the black stripes. How do you intend to do your face mask? I harbored some intentions of doing Garrus (too tall) then Saren (out of my league) before I finally settled on a non-turian, Thane. I would be greatly interested in following your project.

CzarN
07-31-2009, 01:51 PM
A wise person once said: "Who cares if you arent as tall or look exactly how you need to? As long as you scale everything and act the part you're good to go!" (or something like that). Im only 5' 7'' thats 5 inches shorter than your average Turain ;)
But hey, variety is good! We already have a Tali, Shepard, Ashley, Benezia and several Asari. And now we have a Turain and Thane on the way :)

As for the face... I was going to make a mould and cast latex pieces from it. It would come in two, maybe three parts for the whole thing: One for the jaw with the mandibles and one for the upper face and 'spikes' on the head. If I did split it into three parts then the jaw would still be its own piece, the face would be its own piece and then the 'spikes' would be some variation of a bald cap. If this goes as planned it would not only look real due to it being made from latex but it would also allow free movement of my jaw so I cant talk.

hmwsg x
07-31-2009, 05:54 PM
A wise person once said: "Who cares if you arent as tall or look exactly how you need to? As long as you scale everything and act the part you're good to go!" (or something like that).

That sounds familiar! :D Pfft wise person.

But as I've said for many Mass Effect cosplayers looking to do an alien latex piece, definitely look at Kris Sayer's tutorial on asari pieces. http://www.tatterhood.com/comics Its exactly what you need to do for the piece, just...take out the asari bit xD
And if you decide to split off the mask into different segments (like top and bottom) for more movement, I'd say work on those pieces individually instead of sculpting the whole clay head. Doing it this way makes less clay to use/buy :D

Also, if you don't have your own fitted sculpting head and are using a generic sculpting skull I suggest measuring circumferences of your head and things like the length from you forehead to the back of your neck etc and comparing it to your sculpt head. You will definitely need to build up clay on the head to fit your dimensions. I was a little lax on my forehead and my asari cap fits very snug.


I have a feeling not a lot of people will post here since there are only a few of us. But heres to hoping!

CzarN
07-31-2009, 09:13 PM
"I have a feeling not a lot of people will post here since there are only a few of us. But heres to hoping!"

The few, the proud, the Mass Effect Cosplayers.
/badpun

Aaaanyways, Ive put up photos of what Im planning on making the latex prosthetic for my Turain look like. Also, I have the designs for the face of the Turian Knight up too. All designs were tediously done in paint since Photoshop is refusing to work for me, so Ill add others as I go along.

Shyala
08-03-2009, 05:03 PM
All about the Mass Effect love here!

I cosplay Benezia and I have to say, I get a ton of love for her as it is. The biggest problem I have with my costume is the asari head shape. As it is, I use a bathing cap to hold my hair, and the actual head is covered by Benezia's hat.

I'm in northeastern USA, is there anyone in the same area? I'd love to do a group Mass Effect cosplay.

Technoir
08-05-2009, 12:05 AM
Oh god, I love this game, and I'm glad to see that there's a thread for it now.

I have a tendency to speak too soon about costumes -- aka, I say, "I'm going to do that!" and then never get around to it -- but I am bound and determined to do some Mass Effect cosplay. Poor game doesn't get enough love for how epic it is.

Anyway, my hope is to get Miranda done sometime before the sequel comes out next year.

Though I've always wanted to try making custom latex makeup stuff, and that Asari headpiece tutorial is really tempting me. Thanks so much for posting it, hmwsg x!

CzarN
08-07-2009, 01:25 AM
Shyala how far northeast are you? Im pretty flexible because Im in Missouri so technically Im 'near' everyone ^_^ but I plan on going to some kind of con once my Turian is done. Im a con noob so I havent the slightest idea about which I should attend.

It would be awesome if we could take a census of all the ME cosplayers and try to workout a way for all of us to meet sometime.

"In other news..."
Ive finished sculpting the clay model for the mold of my Turian hand armor. I should have a final fiberglass/resin casting of it by the end of next week. Im starting on the bracers on Monday.

hmwsg x
08-08-2009, 01:20 AM
All about the Mass Effect love here!

I cosplay Benezia and I have to say, I get a ton of love for her as it is. The biggest problem I have with my costume is the asari head shape. As it is, I use a bathing cap to hold my hair, and the actual head is covered by Benezia's hat.

I'm in northeastern USA, is there anyone in the same area? I'd love to do a group Mass Effect cosplay.


I'd say for the head shape is to maybe make a wire frame in the hat. Its kind of a triangular shape and I think sewing a curved/convex "pyramid" shape into the back would help give the impression your head has the asari shape. Its hard to explain and this is the only good shot I have of her hat: http://masseffect.wikia.com/wiki/File:Benezia_Character_Shot.png
Hopefully that made some sense :(

I'm in north west, but I think if we ever could do groups (which I would love to do) I think it would have to be a major con that we would have to meet up at. Places like Dragoncon, AX, SDComicCon...all of them of course so far from me but if others were going and wanted a group I'd be willing.

You're welcome, Far Cry! :) The asari headpiece only took me a dedicated month or so to do (but again, I didn't make a personal head mold). I think for Kris it took her a month in a half-2months. If you have any questions Kris is good at getting back to you and shes very nice :) I have photos of my progress in my WIP gallery if you're still waffling over it.

Yoshikuni
08-10-2009, 01:14 PM
i like the terian soldier myself. i maybe like different cosplay but i love mass effect. so go with the soldier:woah:

Shyala
08-18-2009, 02:30 AM
I'm thinking of trying to make the asari head shape out of foam and very thin fabric. The hat hides the bathing cap pretty well, but the real issue is that bathing cap gets incredibly hot. I cosplay Benezia all day during a con and by the time I pull off the bathing cap, my hair is dripping wet (gross I know, but we suffer for our art). With a fabric cap, there would at least be some breathability.

luceija
11-01-2009, 11:17 AM
hi there.

I'm new at these forums, so "hi" to everyone first. :)

Since I've played several times through this gorgeous game now, I'm really interested in creating an armor for a female commander Shepard.
Like the lightest of the onyx armor she's/he's wearing at the beginning. Or maybe an easier alternative. I also never created an armor/costume like that before but I'll try anyway ;)

The most important thing to me is, that you can detect which character I wanna represent. I think the biggest thing to show that is the "N7" symbol at the front of the armor.

Well...like I told you above, I never created such an armor before, so if anyone of you can give me some help, It would be fantastic.

Thank you!

Best wishes,

Luci

demifiend
11-01-2009, 01:04 PM
Hey Luci, welcome to the boards.
Your best bet for making Shepard's armor is to make it out of plastic. The ABS plastic technique you may have heard of for stormtrooper armor is good, but highly involved and expensive. My friend made a suit of sci-fi armor for his wife out of another type of plastic. It is colloquially called sintra, or PVC foam board. If there is a plastics supply store in your area, you could try them. Otherwise, you will have to look online.
I found this website

http://www.foamboardsource.com/

Give them a shot.
Also, you're going to need her black undersuit. For my friend's Shepard armor he is buying this suit:

http://www.unrealfind.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=wet20&Category_Code=

Making the individual parts is rather simple, since Mass Effect armor is all about function over form. I would take some tag board (or any kind of stiff paper) and cut the shapes out as blanks, then assemble them on the suit, to give a rough idea of how it will look. The PVC is fairly easy to cut with a razor blade, although it takes some work. To attach the pieces, heavy-duty velcro works just fine. Just get large pieces, not the strips or dots, as they don't have nearly enough hold.
One final word. My friend did his wife's breastplate by augmenting the whole suit with a fencing chest guard for women, as sintra doesn't perform very well at making shapes to complement breasts. It can be heat-shaped, but probably not vaccu-formed, so you might have to be creative in doing the breast plate.
Good luck!

Shyala
11-01-2009, 04:13 PM
Welcome to our little group of proud ME cosplayers!

luceija
11-01-2009, 04:50 PM
hey, thank you VERY much for your ideas, demifiend!

This diving-suit like undersuit could fit very well - I also thought about something before, but never knew where to get that things from.
My boyfriend actually wanna help me preparing the suit with me, so I think there will be a real chance to get it done. I also thought about beginning with the "light armor" first - it has fewer shoulder-plates than the heavy armor:

http://media.giantbomb.com/uploads/1/17192/1109118-shepard_onyx_super.png

So...maybe it's better to start with the light one.

Anyway...thank you very much for your first help. I'll keep you informed about my "first try" :)

---
And I'm glad to be part of the group, Shyala :) Very nice Benezia suit btw! *jealousy* :eek:

hmwsg x
11-01-2009, 05:02 PM
Luci, I'm trying to do a N7 light armor for next year and I'm going to play with wonderflex over Thanksgiving. I'll let you know how it works--I've heard mixed views on it so I'm not sure if its what you'll need.

If you're wanting to go easy on armor, store bought items are the way to go. Demifiend brought up some great links and ideas.

I used a water polo suit for my top, then shiny black pants for the commando armor seen here: http://www.cosplay.com/photo/2316687/
I bought my suit from here http://www.swimoutlet.com/product_p/3478.htm its expensive but I've used it for my commando and I'm going to use it for my N7 armor--so I've gotten use out of it. I'm planning on cutting a N7 logo out of matte red tape and sticking it onto the suit so I can pull it off if I need to be a commando.

I'm also investing in dark grey Under Armour pants and longsleeve tops. Expensive, but if you ever go running or want to layer for winter you can get your use out of them. I suggest all weather/heat gear brands so if you wear it in summer you wont be baking. www.underarmour.com
If you can't afford that, Wal-mart has thermal long sleeves for like 10 bucks in the men section--they fit fine on women. The shiny black pants I bought at Ragstock for 10 bucks, I think you can find shiny leggings at any girl store like Wet Seal, Forever 21, etc. I wouldn't recommend shiny vinyl for onyx armor, but if you need a cheaper alternative it works.

Hope this helps! Like I said, I'll let you know how the wonderflex works for the arm plates. For my past armor stuff, I used foam http://www.entropyhouse.com/penwiper/costumes/helmsdeep.html But for a warning, mine was badly damaged after wearing for hours at a con.

Edit: Also welcome :D There are very few of us but I like to think that we're pretty helpful and responsive to one another ^^

Ehkru
11-01-2009, 09:37 PM
W00t for ME cosplay!

Hmwsg, (Is there a slightly easier name to call you by? XD) I saw you at GenCon this year, you know one of my friends, Cortana. I don't think we directly met, but I was the Jedi with my fiance who was Darth Talon, if that rings any bells. Aaanyway, I just wanted to say I was in awe of the Asari Commando you put together. I just hope we get to see them in action in the second one, as they are the biggest badasses in the galaxy, or so we are told.

As for myself, I'm going to attempt a Saren cosplay myself, either as his 'normal' self, or after you fight him. With any luck I can get it done in time for MCM London in October.

hmwsg x
11-01-2009, 11:00 PM
W00t for ME cosplay!

Hmwsg, (Is there a slightly easier name to call you by? XD) I saw you at GenCon this year, you know one of my friends, Cortana. I don't think we directly met, but I was the Jedi with my fiance who was Darth Talon, if that rings any bells. Aaanyway, I just wanted to say I was in awe of the Asari Commando you put together. I just hope we get to see them in action in the second one, as they are the biggest badasses in the galaxy, or so we are told.

As for myself, I'm going to attempt a Saren cosplay myself, either as his 'normal' self, or after you fight him. With any luck I can get it done in time for MCM London in October.

(Sure, its Taylor :P) I'm sure there will be many more commandos--they were a popular character for how little the role they played :crylaugh:

I remember you guys! You all looked great, I hope you'll be back next year--especially if you're doing a Saren costume! It'd be great if you did, I'm planning to do the n7 Shepard and a friend wants me to help him make a Wrex costume...my boyfriend also wants to be Wrex >< So maybe there will be two Krogans with me, who knows...two large krogans in less than a year seems a little stressful ^^;

demifiend
11-02-2009, 04:40 AM
HMWSG X: As a slight off-topic, I brought you up in a conversation with my friend who will be helping me with Thane's head and gun, and was trying to figure out the proper abbreviation for your name... so I just call you "spectregun" as one word now, and he knows who I'm talking about! :crylaugh:

hmwsg x
11-02-2009, 11:05 AM
HMWSG X: As a slight off-topic, I brought you up in a conversation with my friend who will be helping me with Thane's head and gun, and was trying to figure out the proper abbreviation for your name... so I just call you "spectregun" as one word now, and he knows who I'm talking about! :crylaugh:

LOL well I can go by that too xD

demifiend
11-02-2009, 12:56 PM
What kind of weapon do you plan on carrying? I'm going to be extensively modifying a Nerf pistol for my weapon for Thane. However, you could make a gun look appropriate for the universe rather simply. Sand off any Nerf logos and lettering, add a small ring of PVC pipe beneath the muzzle of the gun (all weapons in Mass Effect, for some strange reason, have two barrels), paint it black as a base and then color it as normal, picking out details in clean silver.

hmwsg x
11-02-2009, 01:15 PM
Yeah, luckily nerf guns and water guns look really sci-fi and it makes it much easier to buy and mod/paint them instead of handmaking a gun xD
I'm planning on being an Infiltrator Shepard so I'm getting the nerf longshot and modifying it to look more sleek like the mass effect snipers
Gun in question: http://www.amazon.com/Hasbro-Nerf-N-Strike-Longshot-colors/dp/B000ETQR3Q/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&s=toys-and-games&qid=1257188709&sr=8-8

Speaking of double barrel, lots of people have asked where I got my pistol for my asari and tali. Its a banzai split fire blaster and it came in a two pack for 8 bucks http://www.amazon.com/Banzai-Split-Fire-Blaster/dp/B002FSKYVA/ref=sr_1_23?ie=UTF8&s=toys-and-games&qid=1257188961&sr=1-23 All I did was painted a more Mass Effect design with black acrylic onto the colored area so it wasn't overwhelmed by color.

Some Banzai double barrel pistols are being clearanced right now at Walmart, so definitely run and grab them! Even if you might not want a pistol, just buying a 2 pack for 4 bucks is a huge bonus to the costume or one of your partners who may need a weapon. Banzai also has a twin barrel blaster that looks like a cool shotgun/sniper available at Walmart http://www.amazon.com/Banzai-Twin-Barrel-Blaster-Colors/dp/B001PKV4PY/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=toys-and-games&qid=1257188961&sr=1-5

So to all ME cosplayers: Nerf and Banzai are definitely great props with little effort to alter the shape :D

Ideally, I'd love to make/find a gun thats compact when on my belt and then I can transform it into the sniper when I pull it out. That would take waaay too much time and effort for my taste though xD

luceija
11-02-2009, 03:22 PM
hm..okay, well...these links are very helpful, so thank you very much for that, too.

But as I said, I'm totally new in creating armors so..if anyone is available for some sort of "crash-course" it would be fantastic.

I think I have to create a skatch first. Much detailed for front- and backside. After that I'm sure I need to get some sort of a basic suit like you linked me in your postings (diving-suit for example). But..How am I able to get all things together? How should I begin?
So..sorry for that, but I'm nothing less than a noob :D

If theres anyone, wanna talk more detailed about it, you can also get in contact with me via iqc/skype/msn/whatever. I would be glad if there's anyone who could give me some help for the start :D

And sorry for my bad english..

best wishes,

luci

hmwsg x
11-02-2009, 04:22 PM
I might have lots of screenshots of the n7 armor I can send you. I'll do some searching in my files and I'll PM you if I have them :) I can give you more in depth explanation on gathering parts and step by step process, too.
You'll have to bear with me though, I'm doing grad school so I have periods where I can't respond in great length until the weekend.

edit: don't worry about the "noob" thing. Theres only a handful of people who did Mass Effect cosplay and its really hard to find a huge thread on what materials or patterns people used. We all had to figure it out on our own so I think its great we have a little group to work together and brainstorm--really, we're all noobs when it comes to ME costumes :p

hmwsg x
11-13-2009, 10:55 PM
Check out my WIP gallery! I've been playing with wonderflex and created a step by step process for luceija on n7 armor. I still need to add my sleeve and the completed painted pieces. My laptop has fried so my updates are really slow.

Edit: 5 more photos added! I put up the n7 sleeve painting, the wonderflex painting, and a photo of a rushed costume test.
gallery in question http://www.cosplay.com/gallery/148101/

CzarN
12-05-2009, 09:14 PM
Umm... :mfg: Wow that armor is awesome! Seriously, its like you came straight out of the game.





Little update on the Turian- Ive found a website to order the Klean Klay from, so Ill probably do that on Monday. Once it get in I can start sculpting molds for the armor and prosthetic. I still have one glaring problem though: THE FEET! I keep going through my mind as to how I can pull them off, but the only thing I can come up with is man heels. Or rather, wearing some men's heeled shoes and constructing the foot armor around them (this will also make me appear a bit taller :rolleyes:)

Would anyone here have any suggestions as to how I could do the feet?

Zabuz
12-06-2009, 11:25 AM
Little update on the Turian- Ive found a website to order the Klean Klay from, so Ill probably do that on Monday. Once it get in I can start sculpting molds for the armor and prosthetic. I still have one glaring problem though: THE FEET! I keep going through my mind as to how I can pull them off, but the only thing I can come up with is man heels. Or rather, wearing some men's heeled shoes and constructing the foot armor around them (this will also make me appear a bit taller :rolleyes:)

Would anyone here have any suggestions as to how I could do the feet?

No suggestions :< Just wanna say that it's awesome that you're making a Turian, and I'll be watching your progress :D Good luck.

hmwsg x
12-09-2009, 01:07 AM
Umm... :mfg: Wow that armor is awesome! Seriously, its like you came straight out of the game.





Little update on the Turian- Ive found a website to order the Klean Klay from, so Ill probably do that on Monday. Once it get in I can start sculpting molds for the armor and prosthetic. I still have one glaring problem though: THE FEET! I keep going through my mind as to how I can pull them off, but the only thing I can come up with is man heels. Or rather, wearing some men's heeled shoes and constructing the foot armor around them (this will also make me appear a bit taller :rolleyes:)

Would anyone here have any suggestions as to how I could do the feet?

Haha thanks :D

For the feet, I can't remember if I ever brought this up but I think if I made a turian/krogan/geth suit I'd use this for a cheap and relatively easy way to create lifted heels:
http://gryphus.googlepages.com/werewolfstiltblueprint.jpg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wgyx8mG17f8
http://sites.google.com/site/gryphern/

If you have access to a wood shop and someone who knows how to handle the equipment safely, it can be done ^^

CzarN
12-09-2009, 09:05 PM
Ah, thank you so much!

I found this video in the related section of the one you gave me:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JeJ1LimPAk&feature=channel

0:10 - 0:20 is a total Turian walk. I think I will look into getting this done.

hmwsg x
12-09-2009, 09:12 PM
It totally is ^^ I've searched around for stilt making and really that one seems the most comfortable and affordable. I've seen ones where they chop off heels on high heels but that seems so dangerous and painful; and ones made of steel that cost thousands and is hard adjusting to. This is a good in between--and it sounds like it only takes a few minutes to get used to. Only flaw is its pretty bulky =\

bentoubako
12-10-2009, 04:01 PM
I found this video from the Costume Bot blog (http://costumebot.com/) about attaching armor, and even though it's for stormtrooper armor, it may give you some ideas for attaching your N7 armor (or any other armor) as well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7uD2V55LAg

Make sure to read some of the comments on the youtube video too. He answers some more specific questions.

I'm hoping to be making some armor in the future, and I was thinking about the N7 armor as well. But, I'm not sure yet. I hope this helps someone! :)

CzarN
12-10-2009, 04:23 PM
Yes, it does seem rather bulky. Especially for a Turian cosplay. I think Ill try to trim it where I can and pray that it doesnt weaken it so much that I break my legs... so to speak :p

hmwsg x
12-11-2009, 04:16 PM
I found this video from the Costume Bot blog (http://costumebot.com/) about attaching armor, and even though it's for stormtrooper armor, it may give you some ideas for attaching your N7 armor (or any other armor) as well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7uD2V55LAg

Make sure to read some of the comments on the youtube video too. He answers some more specific questions.

I'm hoping to be making some armor in the future, and I was thinking about the N7 armor as well. But, I'm not sure yet. I hope this helps someone! :)

This is awesome! Thank you so much--it makes a lot more sense on what to do for attaching the leg plates! I don't know why I didn't think of looking at costumebot--I used his tutorial on helmet fans!

Good luck on the N7 armor :D I haven't done much since my arm plates but I'll let you know when I try out this method for attachment!

7he Red
02-01-2010, 02:03 AM
I was thinking about just making N7 armor out of hockey pads. Even the visor would work for the helmet (which I'd modify of course):

http://www.oakley-visor.com/uploads/Image/visor-oakley.jpg

*shrugs*

Blood_Paranoia
02-02-2010, 06:01 AM
heheh, I'm actually been beside myself on which cosplays I want to work on, (there's sheva alomar(RE5), Gloria(DMC4), Ezio, Assasin!Ezio (Assassin's Creed II) and then last but not least, Garrus.

if anything I have a few ides to starting out the construction of his armor. What I was thinking of was using the football shoulder pads (or making a variation of this), and a body suit. His armor is very fitted. Um, hm here are some people that made some awesome armor/metal work:

Majin-sama's automail(FMA)
http://majin-sama.deviantart.com/art/Automail-136638003

and Yukilefay's Samus cosplay(Metroid)
http://yukilefay.deviantart.com/gallery/#Metroid

I'll probably add more info later

YAY TO TURIANS! (I love the game)

CzarN
02-02-2010, 10:18 PM
Ok, here is the method I will be using to construct my Garrus armor...

http://www.propbuilder.co.uk/howto/mouldandcastsolid2.html

This way seems to be the best I could find for working in those little notches and lines that are on Turian armor, and the end product looks very professional (that's my opinion anyways). The whole hockey pad idea is absolutely brilliant, I honestly wouldnt have thought of that - kudos to you! ^_^

Also, HMWSG X, Ive been tossing around the idea of doing a Quarian cosplay as well. Seeing as how it will take a VERY long time to sculpt all the details into the Turian armor (not to mention I have to make face prosthetics, ahhhgh!), Id like to have something going on that is a bit more short-term.
I was thinking, maybe, a Kal'Reegar cosplay would be cool. What do you think?

ColgaVas'Iktomi
02-03-2010, 11:04 PM
Also, HMWSG X, Ive been tossing around the idea of doing a Quarian cosplay as well. Seeing as how it will take a VERY long time to sculpt all the details into the Turian armor (not to mention I have to make face prosthetics, ahhhgh!), Id like to have something going on that is a bit more short-term.
I was thinking, maybe, a Kal'Reegar cosplay would be cool. What do you think?


Just found this place, thought I'd respond.

It would be a cool idea, though I thought I was the only one to be odd enough to think to make a male Quarian suit. Guess not, lol. Your links to that Iron Man were interesting, I had planned on fiberglass (self taught auto body work) since I'm familiar with it. The molding process however is not something I had considered, might work well, depending how strong that clay is. Interesting find. Will consider. I've got a lot of ideas for other nuances with the build, but those are secret. Prototypes, don't know if they'd even work. Finding a piece of Lexan big enough for that face shield is also an interesting concern.

However, one of the biggest problems is the lack of Quarian images on the net. Well, besides Tali. And I have no idea why that would be at all... You wouldn't happen to have a PC version of ME2 to capture images from, would you? :cool:

7he Red
02-04-2010, 12:37 AM
The whole hockey pad idea is absolutely brilliant, I honestly wouldnt have thought of that - kudos to you! ^_^


Haha thanks. Off the top of my head.

Also, I think this video is related:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ui5iKBqVsgE

It certainly gave me a few ideas. Lol, hope this helps.

CzarN
02-04-2010, 03:06 PM
Im afraid my PC is too scrawny to run games such as ME2, so no I can not take any screens for you... HOWEVER, I do have a nice concept art pic for a male Quarian and some nice shots of Reegar. As far as I can tell, the concept art is exacly how they made them appear in-game (aside from the given color changes in some areas).

Here is the link to the Kal'reegar pic.
http://img684.imageshack.us/img684/34/reegar.jpg

And here is the male Quarian concept art link.
http://i717.photobucket.com/albums/ww171/SirSkimbleShanks/800x600_prop.jpg


Hope this helps you :)

ColgaVas'Iktomi
02-04-2010, 04:06 PM
Yep, already got those. Thanks anyway.

What I really need is several shots from the sides, full front, 3/4, and anything else in between. Tried doing that with my Xbox, just sitting in the migrant fleet zoomed in as close as I could get. Not only is it distracting for me to have a twitchy subject, but after a while the system actually crashes, lol. I suppose next I will have to try improvising; taking pictures of the TV with a digital camera. Don't know how well the resolution will be though. The reason for my anal-retentiveness is that I MUST have a full image to use in order to get the proportions exact. Oh, and there will be math involved. And many, many measurements. Luckily my height and build is right where it should be for the subject involved so I don't have to adjust too much. I can tell you that trying to get the helmet to work using the latex molding method has the potential to be nightmarish. Lots of angles and jutting pieces that will prevent the mold from coming off cleanly while retaining shape. Not to mention when you take said mold and create a fiberglass final! It should probably be done in several pieces. Less vulnerable to distortion and the likelihood of destroying the mold in the process.

... see, this is why it took me 2 months to put a "drag and drop" engine swap into my car. And I was rushing it.:rolleyes:

If my photo experiment works out well, I'll post them if anyone needs them.

CzarN
02-04-2010, 04:34 PM
If you do get some photos and post them, that would be most helpful.

I was actually planning on making the helmet fully functional. By that I mean, there will be a section that has the visor attatched to it that will be locked onto the main helmet. There will be some sort of mechanism that will allow me to unlock and remove the visor section at will. This will take insane planning, but I see this being the only part that will create any snags for me.

ColgaVas'Iktomi
02-04-2010, 04:52 PM
If you do get some photos and post them, that would be most helpful.

I was actually planning on making the helmet fully functional. By that I mean, there will be a section that has the visor attatched to it that will be locked onto the main helmet. There will be some sort of mechanism that will allow me to unlock and remove the visor section at will. This will take insane planning, but I see this being the only part that will create any snags for me.

Great minds think alike, some say.

I was working on the same idea myself, though I've yet to work out the seam, catch and release devices. I'd imagine the whole front end comes off a la Tali. Retaining support and figuring out how the back will stay in place and not slip off your head, that's something to think about. That tubing "dreadlock" needs to be flexible enough to allow your head to turn so its not doing the job.

ColgaVas'Iktomi
02-04-2010, 04:55 PM
Also hint: devices with good tremolo effects are hard to find in that size as well.

hmwsg x
02-04-2010, 05:33 PM
Whoa this thread was rezzed! I'm really happy the ball is rolling with more ideas and tutorials coming up :D

I'm helping a duo with finding tutorials and images of male quarians (from the sound of it there might be a whole flotilla worth soon!) so I'll pass any files along for references.

I'm still a cheapo and working with wonderflex armor since its light weight and not toxic-- its also waaaay more stable than craft foam. Dear god, don't use craft foam worst mistake ever T_T

CzarN
02-04-2010, 05:50 PM
From the way Kal'reegar's helmet looks, I think that part of the helmet will come just past the forehead, or rather over it... its a bit difficult for me to explain, you can see what I mean from the picture... To keep the helmet secure I was thinking that it could be lined with some kind of foam that will keep a snug fit, while also allowing the face area to be removed. Im not too sure how comfortable that would be though.

ColgaVas'Iktomi
02-04-2010, 06:24 PM
Pics uploaded. They suck, lol. I wish there was A way I could use a program to get a full 3d model, without all the "noise".

http://i875.photobucket.com/albums/ab311/ColgaVasIktomi/Canon366.jpg
http://i875.photobucket.com/albums/ab311/ColgaVasIktomi/Canon376.jpg
http://i875.photobucket.com/albums/ab311/ColgaVasIktomi/Canon371.jpg
http://i875.photobucket.com/albums/ab311/ColgaVasIktomi/Canon373.jpg
http://i875.photobucket.com/albums/ab311/ColgaVasIktomi/Canon381.jpg
http://i875.photobucket.com/albums/ab311/ColgaVasIktomi/Canon388.jpg
http://i875.photobucket.com/albums/ab311/ColgaVasIktomi/Canon390.jpg
http://i875.photobucket.com/albums/ab311/ColgaVasIktomi/Canon391.jpg
http://i875.photobucket.com/albums/ab311/ColgaVasIktomi/Canon393.jpg

They're huge. 56k warning! lol

ColgaVas'Iktomi
02-04-2010, 06:46 PM
hopefully you get a sense here of what I'm getting here, 2 min sketch from a few days ago. Just added the fastener diagrams, or at least where I'd put them. Besides a locking button on the chin, everything else is a tab. the top middle tab is curved into a "hook", so it gives a bit more security. Mask release is pressed, flip mask up a few degrees until the hook can be disengaged.

Outlined the "removable" portion of the mask in orange-ish.

http://i875.photobucket.com/albums/ab311/ColgaVasIktomi/hingediagram-1.jpg

ColgaVas'Iktomi
02-04-2010, 07:03 PM
Hmm... could move the bottom of the visor portion down a couple inches, to the area below the "fringed" piece. Would make it easier.

CzarN
02-04-2010, 07:07 PM
Thank you very much Colga, those will be a lot of help!

"I'm helping a duo with finding tutorials and images of male quarians (from the sound of it there might be a whole flotilla worth soon!) so I'll pass any files along for references."
- The more, the merrier, and any help will be greatly appreciated ^_^

Just as a quick check Colga, where do you live? If you dont want to answer that's completely understandable - I just wanted to see what the chances are that all us Quarians would end up in the same place. HMWSG X and I live close enough together that meeting up for a photoshoot/con wouldnt be a huge hassle (in theory). And, personally, I think a group of Quarians walking around a con together would be pure epic-ness.

Oh yeah, one more quick check: which Quarian is everyone, or are we all just a random? Im pretty sure youre sticking with Tali, right HMWSG X?

ColgaVas'Iktomi
02-04-2010, 07:15 PM
I'm making my own character, have yet to decide on the name though it will probably be similar to my name on here. My armor would probably be a mix of grey scale, made to look worn and well used.

I live all the way on the East Coast, in Massachusetts.

ColgaVas'Iktomi
02-04-2010, 07:34 PM
I'm thinking weed wacker face shield for the visor. Heated, bent and then cut to shape. Tinting, not so sure. I'd add automotive tint film to get the effect, but lexan likes to outgas when exposed to the sun. That means bubbles under the film...

Edit: OR, if you're feeling extra spanky, maybe use a flat sheet of lexan and the clay model to make a vacuum mold!

CzarN
02-04-2010, 07:36 PM
Ah, see? You're being creative. Im playing it safe and doing a cannon character - either Kal'reegar or the Admirality Board member with the green-ish armor and british accent (forgot his name). Im leaning more towards Kal though due to red being my favorite color.

ColgaVas'Iktomi
02-04-2010, 07:55 PM
If you want to be reeeeeally canon, you could match your voice to fit the ship. For myself I'd attempt to pull off a "Rayya" accent (which seems to sound somewhere between Croatian and Middle Eastern). Took a couple years of Russian back in high school so I might be able to make it work.

Animal Mother is an awesome guy, but I dunno if I think it matches a Quarian, lol. Sounded funny the first time I heard it.

By that I mean Kal'Reegar's VA, Adam Baldwin.

ColgaVas'Iktomi
02-04-2010, 09:54 PM
I'll post ideas as I think of them. My mind is a jumble of ideas, information and college homework, so sometimes its somewhat random.

For the tubing or "wires" on the back of the head (and really anything similar), automotive/electrical convoluted tubing. Just use the non-slit type. It should be flexible enough. Since it seems that the Quarian's also have some larger diameter tubing on the back mixed in, I might suggest some heater/AC ducting that can be procured at NAPA automotive in multiple sizes (I'll probably use a length of it that was leftover from when I replaced the 30 year old stuff in my car). I'm not so sure how it accepts paint, but I think acrylics would work. If I remember right, 3ft or so goes for about $10. Comes in multiple diameters (mine was 2-1/8" I believe).

Ehkru
02-04-2010, 11:22 PM
Can't decide whether I want to do Wrex or Mordin. I have the closer proportions for Mordin (Tall and somewhat lanky) and he is probably my favourite character after Garrus. But Wrex is pretty damn badass too. Oh indecision.

hmwsg x
02-05-2010, 11:36 AM
OMG PLEEEASE DO MORDIN!!! You also have to sing xD

ColgaVas'Iktomi
02-05-2010, 12:27 PM
OMG PLEEEASE DO MORDIN!!! You also have to sing xD

Lol

+1

ColgaVas'Iktomi
02-05-2010, 01:26 PM
Someone should do Blasto the Hanar Spectre.

CzarN
02-05-2010, 02:57 PM
Dont forget Refund Guy and Space Hamster!

EDIT: And you would be the King of Awesome if you did a Mordin cosplay :D

SigmaRue
02-06-2010, 02:17 AM
I'm mooching this thread now k.

Mass Effect is my favorite. Game. EVAR. If I had the resources and time, I would be hard at work on a hard suit. Unfortunately, the equally expensive/expansive Star Wars universe stole my wallet and I'm apparently a twi'lek now.

I'll join your ranks soon-ish. I promise. Until then, please me with your costumings.

And don't ingest.

Ehkru
02-06-2010, 03:41 AM
You know, I hadn't actually seen Mordin singing. So I looked it up on Youtube and it's decided, I'm doing the cosplay and the song.

hmwsg x
02-06-2010, 05:18 PM
You know, I hadn't actually seen Mordin singing. So I looked it up on Youtube and it's decided, I'm doing the cosplay and the song.

YESSSSS LOVE YOU FOREVERRRRR

Also Sigma hurry :< I vote you to be the smexy Morinth ;D

GAH next page...umm I was supposed to do a tutorial on making hanar plushies this week and forgot! I'll try to do it either tonight or over the week so I don't suffer the wrath of my committee chair for not working on my actual college stuff >_>

SvK
02-06-2010, 07:35 PM
expensive/expansive

Nice.

SigmaRue
02-06-2010, 11:46 PM
Also Sigma hurry :< I vote you to be the smexy Morinth ;D


I dunnoooo XD (I don't want to give spoilers, but I read what happens post-suicide mission if you... offer to do stuff with her. I laughed my face off).

I think I've had my fill of latex after all this lekku stuff. I'm seriously considering just getting over my fear of box cutters and giving the N7 getup a try. You tempted me to try a quarian, but I think you may have cornered the market :P

AND I WILL NEVER FORGIVE YOU IF YOU DISAPPEAR SOMEDAY WITHOUT POSTING THAT TUTORIAL. >:|

This is officially my favorite thread here. Lo, I have come home.

hmwsg x
02-07-2010, 12:10 AM
Oh yes, best sexy-time event ever.

I can understand the latex thing...its a real pain, I don't blame anyone for wanting to stay in the human/quarian costume range. I can barely work up the strength to redo my asari headpiece but I feel bad leaving it unfinished and not testing more paints and latex application.

I'll post it :( I promise!!

Also for the men: if you are able to work in a safe work area and can do pepakura Deadalus Thron is creating an armor set http://405th.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=24073&st=0
currently only the legs are available for download since he is still testing it but its awesome to see someone willing to give free files.

ColgaVas'Iktomi
02-07-2010, 11:31 AM
Oh yes, best sexy-time event ever.

Cause brain-hemorrhaging orgasms are the best kind.


Thanks a ton for posting the link to that pepperakkuraakkaruraky... whatever stuff! I had plans to recreate one of the weapons by just freehanding a chunk of clay to make a mold for FG, this method you've shown would be much more efficient. Good to see someone is working on 3d models for ME stuff. Maybe I'll learn how to use that program someday...

Keep at it with the asari headpieces! The previous ones on that commando outfit were impressive to say the least. Just remember that nothing worth doing is easy, and keep a positive mental attitude.

demifiend
02-07-2010, 03:08 PM
This is a copy-paste from my original thread about Thane!

I will be starting Thane in a few weeks. I've already done my research on how to make the foam latex mask I will be needing. Now, I need to figure out how to make his costume itself. It appears to be a kind of half-trenchcoat, with tight pants and a low-cut shirt/vest. While there are plenty of pictures out there, very few yet show his full outfit.
http://i.neoseeker.com/mgv/273193-Cr...a/193/22/5.png
There is also the cinematic trailer. Thane appears in the dark quite early, but shows up in the daylight from 1:49-on.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLhptv1yYMU
I have plenty of time to work on this costume, but would love some help figuring out what kind of patterns to go for, and whether or not I will have to modify them heavily.

CzarN
02-07-2010, 03:18 PM
I honestly have no idea what you would do for the coat portion, that looks like its going to be tricky. For the undersuit though, you could heavily modify a lycra unitard or something of the sort by adding pads where they would be needed to make it seem like it was made for every day wear. Good luck though, that's going to be one awesome costume!

Quarian stuff: TUBES!
Ok, so I was mulling about the hardware store today looking for stuff for the tech side of Reegar's suit and I came across some nice, flexible tubing that I was thinking about using. Pics below.

http://i1005.photobucket.com/albums/af180/CzarN/Tube1.jpg

http://i1005.photobucket.com/albums/af180/CzarN/Tube2.jpg

http://i1005.photobucket.com/albums/af180/CzarN/Tube3.jpg

Im going to do some experimenting with the little segment I got to see if it will hold up well enough. Will report back when Ive figured it out. :bigtu:

ColgaVas'Iktomi
02-07-2010, 06:52 PM
I honestly have no idea what you would do for the coat portion, that looks like its going to be tricky. For the undersuit though, you could heavily modify a lycra unitard or something of the sort by adding pads where they would be needed to make it seem like it was made for every day wear. Good luck though, that's going to be one awesome costume!

Quarian stuff: TUBES!
Ok, so I was mulling about the hardware store today looking for stuff for the tech side of Reegar's suit and I came across some nice, flexible tubing that I was thinking about using.


Those stainless braided tubes are a pretty good idea, if a bit expensive. In order to secure those lines to the back and head, you could install the appropriate male fittings into the costume and attach the lines. Easy, and removable.

For the Thane coat, you could try to find an old leather motorcycle jacket. Not the big open kind like this;
http://www.cycleleatherblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/motorcycle-jacket.jpg

but the tighter, old school racer kind like this:
http://images.myleather.com/images/product/large/835-Red-Motorcycle-Jacket_1175647348.jpg
Just find a way to add extensions to the collar, and tails to the bottom. Scrap leather or vinyl might do if you can make it match. That's my .02c...

CzarN
02-07-2010, 09:18 PM
"Those stainless braided tubes are a pretty good idea, if a bit expensive. In order to secure those lines to the back and head, you could install the appropriate male fittings into the costume and attach the lines. Easy, and removable."

Lol, the helmet alone is shaping up to be more expensinve than all other parts of the costume put together...
Im also installing an LED light that will turn on when Im talking and stay off when Im not along with a fan so I wont suffocate.
AND, depending on how hard it is to hear me through the helmet, some kind of speaker system, but I will most likely not even put speakers in even if they would help - that just seems like... overkill. MAJOR overkill.

fairuza
02-07-2010, 09:26 PM
Major kudos to this thread!:D

ColgaVas'Iktomi
02-07-2010, 09:52 PM
"Those stainless braided tubes are a pretty good idea, if a bit expensive. In order to secure those lines to the back and head, you could install the appropriate male fittings into the costume and attach the lines. Easy, and removable."

Lol, the helmet alone is shaping up to be more expensinve than all other parts of the costume put together...
Im also installing an LED light that will turn on when Im talking and stay off when Im not along with a fan so I wont suffocate.
AND, depending on how hard it is to hear me through the helmet, some kind of speaker system, but I will most likely not even put speakers in even if they would help - that just seems like... overkill. MAJOR overkill.

I'm using a voice changer kit, has several settings, including a vibrato effect and wiring it through a auditory sensing light unit. Very cheap kit, $15, plus a few extra bucks for some LEDs and a transistor. I'm not absolutely positive it will work, but seems to me it would be much less expensive than the braided lines. Yes it will use a speaker.

Stainless lines can be really expensive, and if they're NOT expensive, they might not be stainless steel. Which means they may rust. Which actually might work out better in a quarian suit.

Blood_Paranoia
02-08-2010, 04:00 AM
I'm really glad that everyone's in on this XD Like really.

Well I got questions for my favorite turian evERR: Garrus

1. I'm planning on making a mold (when I get the money) of his face, and neck (these will be two separate pieces. Neck on first so it extends up to part of my head, and then the full face mask), but apparently, his mandibles move, and I don't know what to do about that. Any suggestions?

2. His legs, better yet, his feet. I did some research, come to find out that Turians are about 6 feet tall, I'm 3 inches shy of the height, but I'm basically at a loss when it comes to his feet.

3. His two toned voice. >.> I really, really, REALLY want to use something to make it seem as though I have his voice. (I'm a woman, gotta bring it down a few octaves lol)

I do like ColgasVas'Iktomi idea about the voice changer kit thing. I can even figure out where I could place the speakers (built it into the underneath of the armor (chestplate area.) but I don't really have a good knowledge of this stuff, so would I need to have a mic or something of that nature? and if so, would it be smart to build the mic into the mask?

These probably sound like a lot of goofy/dumb questions, but if I don't ask them, it'll keep bothering me and I'll never be able to get started on this wonderful character D:

Ehkru
02-08-2010, 04:32 AM
And I've struck a problem with Mordin before I even start. The reverse jointed legs. I'm already six-foot four-and-a-half, so any kind of stilt is out of the question without ending making me about seven feet tall, which would just look silly. D:

Blood_Paranoia
02-08-2010, 04:53 AM
And I've struck a problem with Mordin before I even start. The reverse jointed legs. I'm already six-foot four-and-a-half, so any kind of stilt is out of the question without ending making me about seven feet tall, which would just look silly. D:


perhaps you can start with making thin digitigrade legs like this person did: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KymBk0nMUv8

or you can do something like what furries do, though your legs will come out looking a little bulky: here's a link of what I've found for that: http://www.matrices.net/digitigrade.asp

or something like this, this one's pretty interesting :)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRMIo-lPp_8&NR=1

ColgaVas'Iktomi
02-08-2010, 07:15 AM
I'm really glad that everyone's in on this XD Like really.

Well I got questions for my favorite turian evERR: Garrus

1. I'm planning on making a mold (when I get the money) of his face, and neck (these will be two separate pieces. Neck on first so it extends up to part of my head, and then the full face mask), but apparently, his mandibles move, and I don't know what to do about that. Any suggestions?

2. His legs, better yet, his feet. I did some research, come to find out that Turians are about 6 feet tall, I'm 3 inches shy of the height, but I'm basically at a loss when it comes to his feet.

3. His two toned voice. >.> I really, really, REALLY want to use something to make it seem as though I have his voice. (I'm a woman, gotta bring it down a few octaves lol)

I do like ColgasVas'Iktomi idea about the voice changer kit thing. I can even figure out where I could place the speakers (built it into the underneath of the armor (chestplate area.) but I don't really have a good knowledge of this stuff, so would I need to have a mic or something of that nature? and if so, would it be smart to build the mic into the mask?

These probably sound like a lot of goofy/dumb questions, but if I don't ask them, it'll keep bothering me and I'll never be able to get started on this wonderful character D:

1. Mandibles: Were I to tackle a Garrus suit I would get the tiniest set of RC plane/car servos possible and build them into some very lightweight mandibles. Then you'd just have to think of a way to run the wires and get an electrical signal to them. Could put a control button or some sort of stepped switch by your wrists to make them move when you move your hand a certain way. If you were really good at electronics you could wire them into your mic to be activated by your voice.

2. Feet: Those stilts other people have posted look like they'd work well.

3. Voice: Hide the speaker somewhere center chest or in that big open neck area of the suit. Were I do be doing it, I'd also use a small throat mic and blend it in to look like one of those bumps Turians have on their neck.

4. Bonus! For the blue eyepiece I'd take a small piece of lexan/plexiglass and heat bend it to shape. Then I'd etch the inside (face side) to make the little crosshairs and designs. Hide a blue LED light in the "metal" part shining through the edge of the lexan/plexi. The plastic acts like a piece of fiberoptic cable, it should light up like a christmas tree.

CzarN
02-08-2010, 07:30 AM
Well I got questions for my favorite turian evERR: Garrus

1. I'm planning on making a mold (when I get the money) of his face, and neck (these will be two separate pieces. Neck on first so it extends up to part of my head, and then the full face mask), but apparently, his mandibles move, and I don't know what to do about that. Any suggestions?

I noticed this as well, and the only solution I can think of is to make the prosthetic in such a way that the mandibles are somewhat free from the rest of the lower jaw. If I come across any helpful guides while Im looking at stuff for either of my costumes Ill be sure to share it with you.

2. His legs, better yet, his feet. I did some research, come to find out that Turians are about 6 feet tall, I'm 3 inches shy of the height, but I'm basically at a loss when it comes to his feet.

Digigrade stilts will do the trick, they not only add a couple inches to your height, but they also give the reverse hinged look. There should be a link to them on the... third page of this topic I believe, or you can search for them on YouTube if you want to see what Im talking about.

3. His two toned voice. >.> I really, really, REALLY want to use something to make it seem as though I have his voice. (I'm a woman, gotta bring it down a few octaves lol)

Im not sure how you could pull this off unless you are going to make his helmet, or make the face so that its more of a mask rather than a "natural" face. Now, I dont have as much of a problem here - Im a male and my voice is already similar to Garrus' (forgot the name of the VA), all Im really missing is the flange effect. I think your best bet would be to do the mic with speakers in the costume like you were thinking of doing.


For Mordin - I say that you doing the costume in the first place is cool enough, who cares if you cant get your legs to look right? But I can see how that would be bothersome... I cant think of any other way to get the effect other than the stilts. Anyone else have any ideas?

CDF_Vagabond
02-08-2010, 08:05 AM
For those of you possibly wanting the N7 Armor that Shepard wears a lot of us over on the 405th have been working on the Mass Effect armor and props in pepakura for those who are on budgets. For Garrus though I may suggest asking the people that do the Predator costuming on The Hunters Lair since I have seen some pretty nice stuff they have been able to do with thier mandibles.

hmwsg x
02-08-2010, 10:11 AM
Colga do you have a link to the vibration/light kit? I've been trying to find one since my first runthrough of Tali but I failed.

CDF are there specific links to threads we can follow? I found the one by Deadalus Thron others I found are a month or so old and haven't been updated.

Also Czarn is there a way you could edit your OP and have an organized list of links to follow for tutorials, supplies, anything thats been mentioned? I'm thinking now that Mass Effect costumes will become more popular and having an organized list so people won't have to dig through the pages (cross your fingers this thread goes far!) would be nice. :D

CzarN
02-08-2010, 01:41 PM
Ok the changes to the first page have been made!
Any feedback or suggestions as to how I could make it better are welcome ^_^

SigmaRue
02-08-2010, 03:35 PM
Just discovered an inexpensive, yet effective means to construct armor out of craft foam. Will post results if favorable. XD

ColgaVas'Iktomi
02-08-2010, 03:38 PM
Colga do you have a link to the vibration/light kit? I've been trying to find one since my first runthrough of Tali but I failed.


Well, its a voice distortion kit, with vibrato, low/high pitch and "robot" settings. I don't think it vibrates :crylaugh: Don't know how it sounds or if it'll even work, but its only $15!! I believe you have to provide your own speaker, which is easy enough. The catch is that its a hobby kit, so you have to build and solder it yourself. Also the light unit isn't part of it, its a circuit I'm designing myself to add onto the voice changer. I'll release a schematic once I build it and test it to make sure it works. Right now, its just an idea.
Here's a link to the page:
http://www.ramseyelectronics.com/cgi-bin/commerce.exe?preadd=action&key=MK171
Its the Ramsey Electronics Model MK171, in case anyone gets lost somehow.

They also make a number of other kits which may prove useful. Ramsey used to make another kit which can universally plug in-line with almost any audio device to add a reverb effect. Its discontinued now, but they still allow you to download the instructions. With those you could print your own circuit board, and hunt for the components you need to build it. Its something I'm willing to try.

hmwsg x
02-08-2010, 05:15 PM
hahaha well I meant voice vibrations turning on and off the light. xD
Thats actually really handy even if it is a solder yourself kit.

I've been thinking about making a Mass Effect costume database/forum website, much like the 405th and 501st. Biggest issue is the website name xD I was first thinking a Justicar (asari focused) website but now it sounds like the costumes are branching out so putting it under a banner like N7 Alliance or Justicars would be a specified group. But I think it'd be great to have an organized database of tutorials, progress, galleries, etc etc.

hmwsg x
02-08-2010, 05:50 PM
Ok the changes to the first page have been made!
Any feedback or suggestions as to how I could make it better are welcome ^_^

Thanks so much Czarn! But you might want to credit 405th Deadalus Thron for the pepakura since he made the design, I just stumbled upon it :x

ColgaVas'Iktomi
02-08-2010, 06:05 PM
Voice vibrations are a possibility as a trigger, but the idea I had was actually picking up electrical signals from the microphone, down to a transistor that turns on/off the power depending on the intensity of the electrical signal. Add a capacitor in there for a little delay, and I'd imagine it would look pretty damn accurate! In theory, anyway... we'll see how it works out. Reality has a way of slapping you in the face sometimes.

ColgaVas'Iktomi
02-08-2010, 06:15 PM
Here is the link to the circuit that gave me the idea. However, its a rough circuit, and not a good idea to use alone without modifications. As some of the posts will attest, it really needs some resistors...
http://www.danielandrade.net/2005/12/06/howto-blinking-leds/

Edit: I'll say it again, DON'T copy this circuit directly and use it! At best it will eventually fry the LED's by sending too much current through them. At worst, it may blow something else. This is just a rough template to work off of. When I make a more reliable, updated version of this guy's circuit I will post the schematic if anyone needs it.

ColgaVas'Iktomi
02-08-2010, 08:16 PM
For Mordin - I say that you doing the costume in the first place is cool enough, who cares if you cant get your legs to look right? But I can see how that would be bothersome... I cant think of any other way to get the effect other than the stilts. Anyone else have any ideas?

Break your shins and have a doctor position the cast in a way that they set differently.

Dune181
02-08-2010, 10:43 PM
Hey everybody! I figured it was time to stop lurking and start posting some stuff (links, etc).

I live in Orlando at the moment and am making the Asari Justicar Samara. Well, that's the plan at any rate.

I thought I'd post some links that I've found. Some that everybody knows, such as:
Asari Awesomeness.
Tatterhood.com

HDPE for $5.90 at amazon and free shipping after $25.
http://www.amazon.com/HDPE-Density-Polyethylene-Sheet-Natural/dp/B000ILHW7U/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=industrial&qid=1265329584&sr=1-2

TK560- threads about how to make a vacuum table for armor
http://www.tk560.com/phpBB2/index.php

Straight up instructions for vacuum table
http://www.hobbymolding.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=418

Mask making site... lots of pictures!!!
http://www.propbuilder.co.uk/howto/makeamonster.html

I should get all of my supplies in this week to begin. If anybody is in the central Fla area and is headed to mega and Dcon, lemme know.

-Sam

Blood_Paranoia
02-09-2010, 04:01 AM
ColgaVas'Iktomi: haha. possibly that could work, but who would want to go through the pain of it?

CzarN: Did you check those vids I posted up? You could possibly do a variation of them, and it would probably make it work. If you need more info I could possibly look of other methods to help you get this look without drastically changing your height.

ColgaVas'Iktomi
02-09-2010, 09:40 AM
Basically what I'm saying if if the stilts don't work there aren't that many options for changing the shape of your leg. There's only so much you can do to modify your profile. And if someone did reform their shins to make a costume, I'd be worried about more than the condition of their legs... :p

The only other option I can think of is to create the illusion of a different shaped leg. Build up the armor on one side while taking it away on the other. get the thin side as close to your leg as possible. There's obviously only so much you can do with this, but it could be worth a try. Either that or use the stilts and proportion your costume for the height! Just watch out for low flying planes...

CzarN
02-09-2010, 10:11 AM
Blood Paranoia: Oh no, for Garrus I *want* to have at least three inches added to my height. Im only 5'7'' and the average Turian is, what, 6'0''? That was directed at the situation with Mordin. Thank you for the offer though ^_^

EDIT: Actually, Ehkru may want you to look into that for them. They were having the whole height - hinged leg effect problem.

SigmaRue
02-09-2010, 11:15 AM
Anyone looking to find a way to give some texture to armor might actually have an inexpensive solution. I'm on a college student's budget and this tutorial spoke volumes to me. I think this may be an excellent starter's guide to armor.

http://www.entropyhouse.com/penwiper/costumes/helmsdeep.html

Just apply the basics to the N7 ensemble and I think you can actually make this look really good. The author suggests making the fabric side face your body, but I think this may be the perfect means for getting a rougher, patterned texture like we see in ME2. Yes, the patterns are more uniform, but I think the concept is the same.

ALSO: I found a pattern for bodysuits! Like skin-tight bodysuits with high collars. Seam allowance for a center or back zipper too. Let me know if anyone wants the pattern number! I think it may have been $12 or so.

ColgaVas'Iktomi
02-09-2010, 01:08 PM
Anyone looking to find a way to give some texture to armor might actually have an inexpensive solution. I'm on a college student's budget and this tutorial spoke volumes to me. I think this may be an excellent starter's guide to armor.

ALSO: I found a pattern for bodysuits! Like skin-tight bodysuits with high collars. Seam allowance for a center or back zipper too. Let me know if anyone wants the pattern number! I think it may have been $12 or so.

The texture of the N7 armor is undoubtedly carbon fiber. You can buy it in sheets (1 yard roll would probably do it, if nothing get you close). Its not exactly budget friendly though at $44-$60 per yard. I bet you can find imitation CF cloth for much cheaper. Even automotive fiberglass cloth will look like carbon fiber if painted right.
http://www.fibreglast.com/category/Carbon_Fiber?keyword=carbon_cloth&src=google&gclid=CMWKx9rz5Z8CFVw55QodM2tHHg

A skin tight suit for that cheap would be nice. I was going to repurpose my wetsuit since a damn rodent decided to chew a small hole in it. However if I remember correctly it doesn't actually do a good job keeping you cool unless water is applied.

hmwsg x
02-09-2010, 01:20 PM
Yeah, carbon fiber would be amazing but I'm also on a college budget ;-; I never had luck with craft foam but then again I could've totally screwed it up because I've seen some amazing foam armor and everyone claims it holds up...my Tali legs completely died after the masquerade T_T It was so sad.

Wonderflex has a "checkered" weave to it so I just settle for that being the "carbon fiber" xD;; yeaaah gotta get creative on the ramen budget.

Also, how does everyone feel about a mass effect costume website/forum? Too much effort/comfortable with cosplay.com or would it be a pleasure to have a separate forum? I think the major con is right now there aren't a lot of ME cosplayers so the social community would be very very tiny. I'm just thinking up ways to make the website if it seems like people are interested.

CzarN
02-09-2010, 01:41 PM
Im all for a site dedicated to Mass Effect cosplay, but yeah, the community is pretty small right now. That isnt necessarily a bad thing though. We all seem to be pretty active here, so I think that the new site wouldnt die from inactivity.

SigmaRue
02-09-2010, 02:50 PM
I am broke 50% of the time so carbon fiber, fiberglass cloth, AND wonderflex are totally not in my budget. T_T

The thing with craft foam is that it REALLY does have to be reinforced with either fabric or more foam. As long as you heat shape it and follow up with the necessary steps, it'll withstand the test of time.

I kind of like sticking with Cosplay.com. In all honesty, I think this is still the best resource for general costuming and considering we are a fairly tight-knit fandom right now, I think these forums will suffice for a while. :3

ColgaVas'Iktomi
02-09-2010, 04:25 PM
So here I am walking around for the past hour wearing my wetsuit under my clothes, hoping no one notices. Even picked up some beer. Its nice that it still smells like rubber and neoprene instead of dead fish. This would be nice to wear around this time of year, since I don't think I could ever be cold in it. For the summer though.... that might be another story...


Got some supplies on the way! Time for me to get cranking soon, I can't wait to start.

ColgaVas'Iktomi
02-09-2010, 08:17 PM
Bingo.

Another option for creating a tinted visor for a helmet, Quarian or otherwise. This one is popular with Boba Fett guys, so it should be dark enough.

http://www.forneyind.com/proddetail.cfm?ProductID=58604

I'm willing to spend $5 to find out if it can be shaped with a little heat also!

hmwsg x
02-09-2010, 09:19 PM
Alright, I'll hold off on the website thing. Maybe I'll give it a year or so until there are more real physical costumes with photos. Mass Effect hasn't reached the Star Wars or Halo fandom yet so I guess I can wait awhile :(
Colga, I had a few of those green dark tint visors and they are VERY easy to heat up. Unfortunately I cut mine too small and I couldn't use it for my Tali mask :< But yeah the faceshield visors are fantastic. Oh, uh just be very careful with how hot you heat it up--I've seen them burn and bubble o.O

ColgaVas'Iktomi
02-09-2010, 10:16 PM
did you use a hairdryer or a torch?

I've got a propane torch that I use for most of the work on my car that involves burning things. If a hairdryer or heatgun will work for the faceshield I'd rather use that.

hmwsg x
02-09-2010, 10:20 PM
Definitely use a heat gun, preferably on low settings or at least 8-10 inches away xD That sucker will get soft really fast.

I've also seen people put them in ovens at 300 degrees on cookie sheets until soft but the problem is it can create nasty fumes if you leave it in too long (like, 3+ minutes it will start fuming).
edit: "people" as in me and my brother. I definitely do not condone doing things the scary and unsafe way but sometimes I get desperate and don't think things through :(

ColgaVas'Iktomi
02-09-2010, 10:42 PM
Definitely use a heat gun, preferably on low settings or at least 8-10 inches away xD That sucker will get soft really fast.

I've also seen people put them in ovens at 300 degrees on cookie sheets until soft but the problem is it can create nasty fumes if you leave it in too long (like, 3+ minutes it will start fuming).
edit: "people" as in me and my brother. I definitely do not condone doing things the scary and unsafe way but sometimes I get desperate and don't think things through :(

Lol good to know. I used to do much more dangerous things before this so I'm prepared. OSHA certified, etc, etc. Its always good to have proper PPE when starting a project like this, especially a good breather mask. Though, dunno if I'd be able to use my oven without creating discontent among others.

Didn't say this earlier but thank you. Your thread on the ME forums is really what made me decide to launch this project. You practically pioneered these costumes. But the fact that there's so little ME cosplay out there is what makes this community fun. As much as I always wanted to make my own Boba Fett suit (I made my own out of scrap wood and cardboard when I was 13), there's at least a few thousand out there. Keep working on that N7 suit!

And don't scrap the Tali armor either.

Edit: Didn't mean to leave out the Asari commando, which was damn impressive.

Ehkru
02-10-2010, 04:07 AM
If it weren't painful and detrimental to my health, who knows, perhaps I'd break my shins.

It's something I could potentially overlook in favour of the fact that no one else does Mordin. Just something that nags me slightly, that I can't have perfection thanks to damn evolution. Curse you Darwin!

Ahem. As for a website when it does finally get done, I suggest something along the lines of Citadel Costuming. Something that shows everything is welcome, like the Citadel is supposed to.

ColgaVas'Iktomi
02-10-2010, 08:37 PM
Ahem. As for a website when it does finally get done, I suggest something along the lines of Citadel Costuming. Something that shows everything is welcome, like the Citadel is supposed to.

Capital idea!!

Wish I could post a pic of a guy with a monicle that you didn't have to click a link to see. Would have more impact.

hmwsg x
02-10-2010, 08:43 PM
Lol good to know. I used to do much more dangerous things before this so I'm prepared. OSHA certified, etc, etc. Its always good to have proper PPE when starting a project like this, especially a good breather mask. Though, dunno if I'd be able to use my oven without creating discontent among others.

Didn't say this earlier but thank you. Your thread on the ME forums is really what made me decide to launch this project. You practically pioneered these costumes. But the fact that there's so little ME cosplay out there is what makes this community fun. As much as I always wanted to make my own Boba Fett suit (I made my own out of scrap wood and cardboard when I was 13), there's at least a few thousand out there. Keep working on that N7 suit!

And don't scrap the Tali armor either.

Edit: Didn't mean to leave out the Asari commando, which was damn impressive.

Yeah, I've invested in respirators, eyewear, heavy duty gloves since then xD Be safe people!

You're welcome, its great to hear my constant nagging on the forums made a difference. It is kind of exciting to be the first handful of ME1/2 costumes--the challenge is great but it really helps to have a small group of people to exchange ideas. I really only had tatterhood to exchange techniques with for a year or so, so its great to see this thread with new sketches and ideas. Thanks Colga :)

Ehkru- I think the legs can be overlooked--I mean, you'd be the coolest salarian I doubt people would care if your legs were incorrect!
Thanks for the title idea--honestly that seems way better than my other titles xD Although if anyone ever does geth, vorcha or batarian costumes they will need their own little outcast section hahaha xD;

CDF_Vagabond
02-11-2010, 08:49 AM
Well the Deadalus Thron files for ME2 are about the only good ones that are out there and I am working on one great big pepakura wikipedia also which will have Mass Effect 1 and 2 weapons and armor on it.

CzarN
02-11-2010, 02:59 PM
Ok, for whatever reason a bunch of the links on the first page wouldnt work, so I took them down. Im thinking about just making a PhotoBucket profile for Mass Effect pictures, so people that want to look at that stuff wont have to jump around multiple links that all lead to a different site.

"Although if anyone ever does geth, vorcha or batarian costumes they will need their own little outcast section hahaha xD;"
Hmm... the Terminus Emabssy? That or some sort of containment area, but we want to be positive dont we? :rolleyes:

JXIII
02-12-2010, 05:16 PM
Hey everyone, I am new here but I've lurked around for quite a while. I was hoping to have a nice costume to share when I finally signed up but alas, it's still in the works. I'm currently working on the Aegis Vest, rather challenging but it's going. I am here to help however, if people need reference shots I can help you with that. My rig is pretty beefy, I can run ME2 on high settings and whatnot, and I have a few tricks up my sleeve for getting shots and video clips, so let me know what you need and I'll do my best to get them. For those of you with the PC version I can show you how I get shots, it's quite easy with a little tooling around. Good luck on your projects, and have fun.

CzarN
02-12-2010, 07:00 PM
Any screen caps of Garrus in his alternate armor set you could post would be very much appreciated. There's only one decent picture of him out there and it a frontal view of him sitting - not very good for a reference.

JXIII
02-12-2010, 07:01 PM
Roger that, I'll get right on it.

-edit-

Here you go, if these aren't all that useful I'll try again in a different area.

http://s741.photobucket.com/albums/xx60/J13KnightmareJ13/

http://i741.photobucket.com/albums/xx60/J13KnightmareJ13/MassEffect22010-02-1218-10-59-33.png

hmwsg x
02-12-2010, 09:21 PM
Well the Deadalus Thron files for ME2 are about the only good ones that are out there and I am working on one great big pepakura wikipedia also which will have Mass Effect 1 and 2 weapons and armor on it.

OOhhh that will be awesome :D I can't wait to see it!

And I think Terminus Embassy sounds nicer too ^^;

Welcome JXIII! I hope you post progress photos, can't wait to see your work!! If you ever have time I'd love to have images of Miranda and Jack's alternate costumes--but definitely don't go out of the way to do it, I can wait. I have a full plate at the moment but I'd love to take a shot at those costumes someday.

ColgaVas'Iktomi
02-12-2010, 10:56 PM
Hey everyone, I am new here but I've lurked around for quite a while. I was hoping to have a nice costume to share when I finally signed up but alas, it's still in the works. I'm currently working on the Aegis Vest, rather challenging but it's going. I am here to help however, if people need reference shots I can help you with that. My rig is pretty beefy, I can run ME2 on high settings and whatnot, and I have a few tricks up my sleeve for getting shots and video clips, so let me know what you need and I'll do my best to get them. For those of you with the PC version I can show you how I get shots, it's quite easy with a little tooling around. Good luck on your projects, and have fun.

Should you have the time, any pics of male Quarians in various color armor would be most appreciated. The pictures I took of my TV simply aren't high res.

JXIII
02-13-2010, 03:37 AM
Luckily I had a hard save at the Migrant Fleet so I was able to get lots of male Quarian shots. I was bored so I nabbed you those shots of Miranda and Jack, hmwsg x. You might be out of luck on Miranda's boots, most in-game lights aren't dynamic so it's hard to get a shot of her when she isn't standing in a shadow.

http://s741.photobucket.com/albums/xx60/J13KnightmareJ13/

Enjoy, and let me know if you need any more.

Blood_Paranoia
02-13-2010, 04:22 AM
JXIII: OMG you're so awesome, thank you so much! I've been scrounging around online for pictures of Garrus, I found a few, but never found any with his legs (so I looked at a full concept sheet of Saren, they're the same build, though, it seems like Garrus is...a little bigger? not sure. But yea.)

And you know what? I think we all should totally speak out our ideas on AIM, like, have a little chatroom or something like that : ) I think it'd be nice, then we could possibly post up what we write there, links and such so that we have something to refer back to. : )

and I want to make Garrus' armor out of fiberglass. Smart route or no? I've been doing shopping around at Home Depot, they kinda looked lost when I asked to see their fiberglass..heh. I want this baby to look as armor-y as it can be.


Oh, and JXIII? Do you think you could get shots of Garrus from the first game? if that's possible I'd really like to see those. (kinda leaning towards doing his first game armor)

ColgaVas'Iktomi
02-13-2010, 10:37 AM
and I want to make Garrus' armor out of fiberglass. Smart route or no? I've been doing shopping around at Home Depot, they kinda looked lost when I asked to see their fiberglass..heh. I want this baby to look as armor-y as it can be.


Fiberglass or aqua resin: GOOD idea. Probably one of the best things you can make the armor out of. For fiberglass you will need a bottle of fiberglass resin, more than one most likely depending on your project. For a whole suit of armor, I'd say more. The bottles usually come in green rectangular cans (bondo brand) that should include a small squeeze bottle of activator. Follow the instructions for mixing and you should be fine. Working with resin is like playing with a giant booger. For structure you should also buy fiberglass cloth, comes in small baggies that usually contain a 4'x4' (approx) sheet if I remember right. All this stuff can be found at autozone, usually walmart carries the same brand. Then of course you need a structure to build this all on so it can set.... I'll go into much more detail when I begin my project soon.

hmwsg x
02-13-2010, 12:13 PM
Fiberglass or aqua resin: GOOD idea. Probably one of the best things you can make the armor out of. For fiberglass you will need a bottle of fiberglass resin, more than one most likely depending on your project. For a whole suit of armor, I'd say more. The bottles usually come in green rectangular cans (bondo brand) that should include a small squeeze bottle of activator. Follow the instructions for mixing and you should be fine. Working with resin is like playing with a giant booger. For structure you should also buy fiberglass cloth, comes in small baggies that usually contain a 4'x4' (approx) sheet if I remember right. All this stuff can be found at autozone, usually walmart carries the same brand. Then of course you need a structure to build this all on so it can set.... I'll go into much more detail when I begin my project soon.

Home Depot should have fiberglass, its in the paint section (at least at my store).
Don't forget respirator, gloves, and eyewear! Definitely do this in a well ventilated area and not inside the house. It can make you very ill and give you long term issues (like kidney damage, or cancer).

Zeath
02-13-2010, 12:31 PM
Wow I didn't think this many people were interested in Mass Effect cosplay. :D This is awesome!

Hello everyone. This is my first post in a forum and I figured it would be best to go to a thread for cosplay I've been dying to see in my area. I really, REALLY want to try either a Garrus or Thane cosplay (when I lose some weight and learn how to use the materials needed for the costumes or find people who do know) and if one of them works out I'll try and talk my girlfriend into being either Tali or Miranda.

Anyone here going to Anime Boston this year? I would love to see some Mass Effect there!

I'm going to try and get my Mass Effect costumes finished for ConnectiCon this year (July 9-11). If they don't get finished they will be done for Anime Boston of next year. If I can get them done before ConnectiCon I might try and enter the dating game or masquerade for that con.

CzarN
02-13-2010, 12:48 PM
About the fiberglass... The method I was going to use involves alternating layers of resin and fiberglass paper strips. Ive never worked with this stuff before, but from what I understand its a lot safer than the fiberglass that you have to mix, but it will yield the same results as the other fiberglass method. Again, that's just speculation. Ill have to ask the supplier proper safety measures.

JXIII: Thank you so much for those pictures, they are a huge help!

Zeath: Im not planning on going to any cons until early 2011. Im only 17 as of now, and Im not too keen on having to tote a guardian around. I know they do it for legal reasons, but still... Besides, it will probably be that long until I have one of my costumes complete, what with junior/senior year madness and all.

Tatterhood
02-13-2010, 05:24 PM
Sigh, I knew I shouldn't have read this forum - I have yet to play ME2 and I think I've spoiled a few things for myself! But it sounds as if everyone is making good (planning) progress.
I plan on making Wrex - right now, I need to convince my husband that yes, we should spend the money on making an elaborate costume that I'll probably only wear once. And then, there will be lots of testing. Always do small scale tests people!
Any other Krogans in da house?

ColgaVas'Iktomi
02-13-2010, 07:06 PM
Luckily I had a hard save at the Migrant Fleet so I was able to get lots of male Quarian shots. I was bored so I nabbed you those shots of Miranda and Jack, hmwsg x. You might be out of luck on Miranda's boots, most in-game lights aren't dynamic so it's hard to get a shot of her when she isn't standing in a shadow.

http://s741.photobucket.com/albums/xx60/J13KnightmareJ13/

Enjoy, and let me know if you need any more.


You're awesome. Not only are those infinitely higher res and at better angles than the ones I took, but I also learned that Quarians appear to naturally float 1-2" off the ground. Hell of an evolutionary trait.

Lady Muramasa
02-13-2010, 09:20 PM
>:-(
I hate to say this, but I think I may trade in doing Benezia's cosplay for Jack! I love her attitude, she's a naughty lady!

Blood_Paranoia
02-14-2010, 01:23 AM
>:-(
I hate to say this, but I think I may trade in doing Benezia's cosplay for Jack! I love her attitude, she's a naughty lady!

aww, that makes meh sad. lol a lot of people are wanting me to be liara, because of my personality XD and I was like 'psh, no. Garrus all the way xD'

Well if you do Jack that'd still be cool, I have ideas on how you can do the tattoos already

JXIII
02-14-2010, 04:52 AM
JXIII: OMG you're so awesome, thank you so much! I've been scrounging around online for pictures of Garrus, I found a few, but never found any with his legs (so I looked at a full concept sheet of Saren, they're the same build, though, it seems like Garrus is...a little bigger? not sure. But yea.)

And you know what? I think we all should totally speak out our ideas on AIM, like, have a little chatroom or something like that : ) I think it'd be nice, then we could possibly post up what we write there, links and such so that we have something to refer back to. : )

and I want to make Garrus' armor out of fiberglass. Smart route or no? I've been doing shopping around at Home Depot, they kinda looked lost when I asked to see their fiberglass..heh. I want this baby to look as armor-y as it can be.


Oh, and JXIII? Do you think you could get shots of Garrus from the first game? if that's possible I'd really like to see those. (kinda leaning towards doing his first game armor)

Yes I am :toothy:
Yeah I'll try and get some shots of Garrus in the first game, it'll take a little tooling around to figure out how but I like figuring things out. Maybe I can find a way to disable shadows, that'd solve a lot of my problems... hmm.. bah, I babble. I'll be sure to get some good shots of Turian heads in both games too. Could be handy.
Also if I get un-lazy and set up an AIM account I'll be sure to let you guys know. I like the idea of having a chatroom or something to communicate by. Those of you with skype, can get ahold of me there. I prefer communicating by call or IM, makes things go quicker. I'd better get some sleep. It's getting late.. err... early.

Dune181
02-14-2010, 10:55 AM
...if people need reference shots I can help you with that. My rig is pretty beefy, I can run ME2 on high settings and whatnot, and I have a few tricks up my sleeve for getting shots and video clips, so let me know what you need and I'll do my best to get them.

I making Samara, but her pics online are almost nil. If you have time, I would love to see some more of her.

:toothy:

Thanks so much.

demifiend
02-14-2010, 11:47 AM
Some sharp shots of Thane would be most appreciated.

hmwsg x
02-14-2010, 12:30 PM
Sigh, I knew I shouldn't have read this forum - I have yet to play ME2 and I think I've spoiled a few things for myself! But it sounds as if everyone is making good (planning) progress.
I plan on making Wrex - right now, I need to convince my husband that yes, we should spend the money on making an elaborate costume that I'll probably only wear once. And then, there will be lots of testing. Always do small scale tests people!
Any other Krogans in da house?

I'm sorry Kris ;-;
A friend of mine wants me to commission a Wrex costume (helmet toggled on) for him so I was thinking of using the same methods Volpin did for Big Daddy's torso http://volpinprops.blogspot.com/2009/09/big-daddy-bioshock.html
I really don't think this will be complete within the year though >_< I only have sketches done.

Thanks so much JXIII!! I have a good idea about Miranda's boots, and actually own (really uncomfortable) boots that I think are very similar to hers. So thats like 1% of the costume done! I'm also buying extra padding today so I can get that Miranda boobage hahahha xD;;;

I had a question, hopefully someone here knows what I'm talking about. There is NO way I'm going to design and paint all of those tattoos on my body for Jack. I was thinking about a nude colored long sleeve top and designing all the tattoos on the top, but I'm not sure where I would get that. I'd want the shirt to be almost like a pantyhose texture and transparency. Do...do they even make such a thing? o.o

Dune181- thanks for the links pages back...I don't know how I missed those but today I JUST saw them. I'd love to do Samara but I lack the cleavage for it >_>; I think I'll stick to my commando...

Lady Muramasa
02-14-2010, 12:48 PM
I'm sorry Kris ;-;
I had a question, hopefully someone here knows what I'm talking about. There is NO way I'm going to design and paint all of those tattoos on my body for Jack. I was thinking about a nude colored long sleeve top and designing all the tattoos on the top, but I'm not sure where I would get that. I'd want the shirt to be almost like a pantyhose texture and transparency. Do...do they even make such a thing? o.o



I was at Anime Expo last year and this girl was cosplaying a guy who wore no shirt. She had that nude long sleeve top and it looked pretty convincing. They only thing is, I am not sure if she bought it or made it. I can try and find her costume on here and ask.

hmwsg x
02-14-2010, 01:05 PM
I was at Anime Expo last year and this girl was cosplaying a guy who wore no shirt. She had that nude long sleeve top and it looked pretty convincing. They only thing is, I am not sure if she bought it or made it. I can try and find her costume on here and ask.

So they do exist! That'd be awesome if you could find it :D It'd be even better if she bought it >_>; less work for me...

Also, Jack naughtiness is the way to go. Don't get too hung up about ditchin' Benezia ;D

Blood_Paranoia
02-14-2010, 05:58 PM
hmwsg x:
I had a question, hopefully someone here knows what I'm talking about. There is NO way I'm going to design and paint all of those tattoos on my body for Jack. I was thinking about a nude colored long sleeve top and designing all the tattoos on the top, but I'm not sure where I would get that. I'd want the shirt to be almost like a pantyhose texture and transparency. Do...do they even make such a thing? o.o

Yes, they do have it. Easy thing to do, is if there are any guys that airbrush shirts at your local mall or any place like that, just ask them. They're more than likely help. A friend of mine asked them if they could do airbrush muscles (so we can actually walk about like shirtless men) and they said they could. So yeah, that is available, just gotta know where to look.

tictak333
02-14-2010, 09:16 PM
First of all I want to say that I am really excited to see more mass effect cosplayers! so thanks to everyone with some great ideas. I hope that I can find some help here for my "male quarian project". (yes, i am really looking forward to having three fingers!!)

HMWSGX: I want to say that your Tali costume is amazing!

Colga Vas Iktomi: the voice distortion kit sounds like an awesome idea! my best friends little brother had some toy that distorted your voice. Im gonna see if I can "borrow" it from him...and are you making the entire helmet? because I am planning to make a mask. (I would say that the back half of the head is pretty much covered by some kind of cloth anyways)

Sigma Rue: thanks for the link about the armor building. I'm gonna try this!!

So I had some time today and a found myself some foam board lying around so I decided to make a prototype quarian mask (male)...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v479/tictak333/quarian/DSCN0647.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v479/tictak333/quarian/DSCN0646.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v479/tictak333/quarian/DSCN0644.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v479/tictak333/quarian/DSCN0643.jpg

I plan to eventually build this mask using Sintra (flattened out PVC). I havent decided what to do about the visor...but I'm sure I can find some transparent plastic. I was also looking at http://www.envirosafetyproducts.com/uvex-bionic-face-shield.html...does anybody know if this window tint stuff http://www.vhtpaint.com/windowtint.html work on any plastic?

well this is definitely becoming my fav thread so thanks again everyone!

JXIII
02-14-2010, 11:06 PM
Alright, I've got some more new shots up, I grabbed a few of Samara and Thane in both costumes. I nabbed a few shots of Turian heads, too. After a little playing around with the settings I managed to get a few shots that I couldn't earlier. Haven't had the time to get anything from ME1 though, I'll try to give that a go tonight. Same as always if you need more or if the shots aren't good enough, let me know. Enjoy everyone.

http://s741.photobucket.com/albums/xx60/J13KnightmareJ13/

CzarN
02-14-2010, 11:28 PM
AWESOME this has us at four quarians.

- HMWSG X = Tali'Zorrah vas Normandy
- Colga vas'Iktomi = Colga vas Iktomi (?)
- Tictak333 = ?
- Czar N = Kal'Reegar

Six if you count the other two people that were commissioning quarian costumes from HMWSG X, btw do they plan on posting the stuff here? I think it would be cool to see Tali with her quarian escort a la her recruitment mission in ME2. That is, assuming we could all manage to meet in the same place.

Tiktac333: Nice work on the helmet, I cant wait to see the finished product! As for the tinting stuff, I dont see why it wouldnt work on plastic but dont take my word for it - Ive never used it.



This is slightly off topic as it isnt about cosplay, but does it ever mention what ship Kal'Reegar comes from?
"Kal'Reegar vas ???"

hmwsg x
02-14-2010, 11:43 PM
AWESOME this has us at four quarians.
Six if you count the other two people that were commissioning quarian costumes from HMWSG X, btw do they plan on posting the stuff here? I think it would be cool to see Tali with her quarian escort a la her recruitment mission in ME2. That is, assuming we could all manage to meet in the same place.



I'm not doing commissions, just helping them xD; I'm not sure if they're going to post on here but I'll ask.

Tictak thats a freaking awesome test model! My boyfriend said he'd love to try sintra sometime--is it hard to work with?

tictak333
02-15-2010, 12:01 AM
Well you guys are gonna have to help me make up a name for my quarian. lol.
also I do plan to keep tabs on my progress on this thread..if thats okay.

as for the use of Sintra I saw a couple of tutorial vids on youtube..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiGJQtzHSls&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2SBnJwR6QQ&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNit4Y3BHb8&feature=related

I'm still doing some research on sintra but it looks like its very malleable and strong. I have a friend that made his Boba fett mandalorian armor out of the stuff as well..
well I'm psyched to know that I'm not the only one that wants to do this so thanks again!! and good luck!!

oh! have you guys read Ascension? (the second mass effect novel). I got the sense that these quarians aren't very "uniform" and they can vary on the way that they look so there is some flexibility to this species. Have fun! I know I will!!

CzarN
02-15-2010, 12:02 AM
Wow, I looked up sintra and it seems to be easier to work with than the fiberglass method I was going to do, I may use this instead. Here's a link to a guide for the sintra I found...

http://www.tri-dee.com/Sintra%20sheets%20information.htm

hmwsg x
02-15-2010, 12:30 AM
Well you guys are gonna have to help me make up a name for my quarian. lol.
also I do plan to keep tabs on my progress on this thread..if thats okay.

as for the use of Sintra I saw a couple of tutorial vids on youtube..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiGJQtzHSls&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2SBnJwR6QQ&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNit4Y3BHb8&feature=related

I'm still doing some research on sintra but it looks like its very malleable and strong. I have a friend that made his Boba fett mandalorian armor out of the stuff as well..
well I'm psyched to know that I'm not the only one that wants to do this so thanks again!! and good luck!!

oh! have you guys read Ascension? (the second mass effect novel). I got the sense that these quarians aren't very "uniform" and they can vary on the way that they look so there is some flexibility to this species. Have fun! I know I will!!

Thanks for the links! Please do keep progress updates here! We'd love to see the progress :) I read Ascension--it made me so much more excited about quarians. I was a little disappointed that they were so uniform in the game since the book did seem to have more variation on armor and fabric. They are still very cool :D

x_SugarKane
02-15-2010, 12:31 AM
TALI. <3 My goal is to have that done by AB next year. There's no way in heck I'd be able to finish it by this year, considering I haven't even started...WOO procrastination!

Any advice to someone building their first helmet, specifically Tali's? I didn't see any tutorials, but I might have missed it. Thanks in advance.

hmwsg x
02-15-2010, 12:41 AM
TALI. <3 My goal is to have that done by AB next year. There's no way in heck I'd be able to finish it by this year, considering I haven't even started...WOO procrastination!

Any advice to someone building their first helmet, specifically Tali's? I didn't see any tutorials, but I might have missed it. Thanks in advance.

I made mine with papermache/paperclay using Jia Jem's tutorial but there are definitely better ways to do it. I'd say to follow the guys doing male quarian masks...they're doing things that range from fiberglass, sintra, and two guys I'm assisting with tutorials are doing papermache with a wonderflex casing over it...hopefully it goes well for them or else I'll feel bad D:

edit: the tutorial I used http://www.jiajem.com/armor.html

OH also heres the hanar tutorial..the last three images are a bit out of order so I hope it still makes sense..http://www.cosplay.com/photo/2447586/

Scalpels
02-15-2010, 02:33 AM
Well you guys are gonna have to help me make up a name for my quarian. lol.

How about Tika'Venkto vas Maelron?

<.<
>.>

Making up names is a thing of mine and the Quarian naming convention just has me tickled pink.

TALI. <3 My goal is to have that done by AB next year. There's no way in heck I'd be able to finish it by this year, considering I haven't even started...WOO procrastination!

One thing you might want to iron out now is which version of Tali'Zorah you wish to cosplay as. Tali'Zorah nar Rayya (Tali on Pilgrimage) has a completely different outfit than Tali'Zorah vas Neema. And Tali'Zorah vas Normandy's alternate outfit is different colors than Tali'Zorah vas Neema.

x_SugarKane
02-15-2010, 12:34 PM
I made mine with papermache/paperclay using Jia Jem's tutorial but there are definitely better ways to do it. I'd say to follow the guys doing male quarian masks...they're doing things that range from fiberglass, sintra, and two guys I'm assisting with tutorials are doing papermache with a wonderflex casing over it...hopefully it goes well for them or else I'll feel bad D:

edit: the tutorial I used http://www.jiajem.com/armor.html

Thank you! This is very, very helpful.


One thing you might want to iron out now is which version of Tali'Zorah you wish to cosplay as. Tali'Zorah nar Rayya (Tali on Pilgrimage) has a completely different outfit than Tali'Zorah vas Neema. And Tali'Zorah vas Normandy's alternate outfit is different colors than Tali'Zorah vas Neema.

It's Tali'Zorah nar Ryya. Sorry, forgot to mention that in my earlier post. I like purple. <3

ColgaVas'Iktomi
02-15-2010, 12:52 PM
I plan to eventually build this mask using Sintra (flattened out PVC). I havent decided what to do about the visor...but I'm sure I can find some transparent plastic. I was also looking at http://www.envirosafetyproducts.com/uvex-bionic-face-shield.html...does anybody know if this window tint stuff http://www.vhtpaint.com/windowtint.html work on any plastic?

Very impressive foam board work for that mask. I was considering making a model or at least some structure for my clay mold out of that material since I have some laying around. Why am I making a full helmet? Because I'm stupid and like to over complicate things. I wanted to have a nearly fully functional two piece helmet, and I have a bit of experience working with fiberglass. It also may be more stable while sitting on the head. We'll see. That sintra stuff has had me interested for a while, so I may try working with it. However, unless you have a really big oven or vat to boil the pieces in, you're going to have problems with the larger chunks. Maybe a heatgun would work, but it would seem to me that it wouldn't heat it evenly enough.

As for the visor, pretty much anything is going to require some shaping, cutting or reforming. Especially since most PPE face shields and gas masks are straight, not curved and "bubble shaped" like the slope of the Quarian visor. I have no experience with the VHT spray window tint, only their ceramic paints. I do know that regular film adhesive will not last on a plastic visor, because it will eventually bubble up when exposed to heat and light. Best bet is to get a piece of lexan/plexi/acetate that's already tinted. I posted a link earlier to one I found.

Another option that I thought of reared its ugly head the other day when i went digging in a craft store for clay tools. maybe if you could figure out how to make a mold, you could create your own visor out of liquid acrylic resin. They sell it in cans with activator, and there are also dyes that you can mix in to tint it to your color and liking. If you've ever seen one of those clear paperweights with a dead scorpion floating in the middle, its that stuff. Don't know how flexible it would be at the thickness of a visor though, so I'd run tests to make sure it wouldn't shatter.

ColgaVas'Iktomi
02-15-2010, 01:01 PM
AWESOME this has us at four quarians.

- HMWSG X = Tali'Zorrah vas Normandy
- Colga vas'Iktomi = Zai'Dahn vas Iktomi nar Rayya
- Tictak333 = ?
- Czar N = Kal'Reegar


Its a working name though, may change.

Scalpels
02-15-2010, 01:20 PM
It's Tali'Zorah nar Ryya. Sorry, forgot to mention that in my earlier post. I like purple. <3

Purple is awesome. Especially with that swirlie pattern in Tali uses. I wonder if anyone actually makes fabric with that pattern...

I was considering making a model or at least some structure for my clay mold out of that material since I have some laying around. Why am I making a full helmet? Because I'm stupid and like to over complicate things. I wanted to have a nearly fully functional two piece helmet...

Do you have any ideas on how you're going to fasten both pieces?

Its a working name though, may change.

nar Rayya, eh? I love that accent.

ColgaVas'Iktomi
02-15-2010, 02:00 PM
Do you have any ideas on how you're going to fasten both pieces?


I posted a schematic earlier in the thread, but the link died somehow. It should be somewhere between pages 2 and 5 i think. I'll post it again.

http://i875.photobucket.com/albums/ab311/ColgaVasIktomi/hingediagram-1.jpg

Needs work still, but its a basic idea.

Tatterhood
02-15-2010, 03:29 PM
Purple is awesome. Especially with that swirlie pattern in Tali uses. I wonder if anyone actually makes fabric with that pattern...

x_SugarKane, if you can't find that absolutely perfect purple-and-swirled fabric, I recommend buying a non-patterned purple fabric that matches Tali's in terms of colour and weight, and then screenprinting or bleaching the pattern onto the fabric. You can get bleach pens that work really well for doing fine details (but I think doing a silver screenprint would be quite cool!). Or, using silver thread, embroider the pattern on. that would also add some lovely texture!

Dune181
02-15-2010, 07:43 PM
@ JXIII

You are awesome. Thanks for putting so many new pics up!!!!

JXIII
02-16-2010, 06:16 AM
Alright, I've got more pictures up. Finally got those shots of Garrus from ME1 for Blood_Paranoia. (Wow is it a lot easier to get shots in the first game.) I also sorted all of the screencaps I've collected so far to make finding things easier, and threw in a few funny things I happened across. If you need 'em, keep 'em coming. I'll try to nab refs of various other characters and races when I can, my album is only about 21% full so plenty of room.

Oh by the way CzarN, do you think adding my Photobucket link to your original post would be a good idea? Might make it easier for people new to the thread.

Enjoy. Have fun. Put more of the stuff in the... the thing more stuff goes in. I need some sleep.
:snoring:
http://s741.photobucket.com/albums/xx60/J13KnightmareJ13/

ColgaVas'Iktomi
02-16-2010, 05:58 PM
And I'm off!

Finally got what I needed to start my suit today, been working with klean klay all afternoon. Fun times!!!

CzarN
02-16-2010, 06:31 PM
Working with cardboard prototypes at the moment. Things are working out well so far, but I have no camera to post progress :sulk:

Looking forward to seeing everyones' progress though! :toothy:


EDIT: Your link is up on the page now JXIII, thank you for your contributions!

JXIII
02-16-2010, 06:56 PM
Working with cardboard prototypes at the moment. Things are working out well so far, but I have no camera to post progress :sulk:

Looking forward to seeing everyones' progress though! :toothy:


EDIT: Your link is up on the page now JXIII, thank you for your contributions!

Your welcome. I find it quite fun manipulating games into doing what I want them to, and I've always liked taking screenshots and studying characters and creatures in games. If I can help some people with it, all the better. Hopefully I'll have some progress photos of my costume build soon. So far I haven't really had any hangups, hopefully it stays that way. (Fingers crossed.)

hmwsg x
02-16-2010, 06:57 PM
Good luck you guys! Gosh you all make me want to work on my costumes :( I just need to hold out for 2 1/2 more months and I can....guuhh...

tictak333
02-16-2010, 09:44 PM
Well good to see everyone is progressing nicely!

Scalpels: thanks for the name man! I like it! (Tika'Venkto vas Maelron), I might have to change that "vas" to "nar". Was that a character in the actual game? I thought I spoke to all the NPC in the flotilla...

JXIII: awesome job with the pictures! this will help a ton! Thanks!

X Sugarcane: I'm looking forward to seeing your Tali. XD

CzarN: I'm looking more into sintra but I have no idea where to get the stuff..I know you can order the stuff online but shipping costs a lot, so I would prefer buying from a store. let me know if you find anything. Thanks!

Colga vas Iktomi: as for visors I work in retail so I have access to many acrylics (sign holders and other parts) I'm gonna experiment with that stuff first. I'm also going to check out motorcycle helmets and see if i can just buy the visor and not buy the entire helmet.

HMWSG X: Ascension was awesome i can't wait for the folow-up (retribution). I wanted to ask where you bought your wonderflex? I am also trying to make something like the neck piece you made for your Tali project. I can relate with the frustration of the lack of free time...Unfortunately this is one of the busiest semesters I've had in a while. best of luck to ya.

I am also very fortunate to have an anime club at our university and we all help each other out with our different projects. so with the anime club and this thread im feeling more and more confident about this project thanks to you all!
I also found a pretty cool tutorial on how to color sintra
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rItYKAEbt90

ColgaVas'Iktomi
02-16-2010, 11:26 PM
Good luck you guys! Gosh you all make me want to work on my costumes :( I just need to hold out for 2 1/2 more months and I can....guuhh...

Nah. I put in a few hours of work today on making my clay mold, and completed a PS powerpoint and several classes worth of homework. I find that if I take a break from paperwork once in a while to work on something fun I can come back to [the paperwork] later with better ideas. Just have to budget time. Not saying my method works for everyone, lol, seeing as I'm wired from energy drinks and will probably only get a few hours of sleep before class tomorrow...

daguru
02-17-2010, 01:06 AM
:/
ha! You all make me want to build a ME costume as well. I may be inclined to once my vac table is complete.

I'm not sure what I would make, though.

hmwsg x
02-17-2010, 01:11 AM
Yeah, my body pretty much refuses to let me run on minimal sleep ;-; Makes me sick/migraines.
Unfortunately my MA program is one intense year so I constantly work on my grad projects. The only exception I gave myself was to play through ME2 and now I'm paying for it >_>;;; The two months will go by fast and then I can spend all of my time with my lovely ME costumes :D Just...rollin' around in yards and yards of fabric!
Okay...now I'm rambling, I have to go to bed xD

edit: daguru MAKE EVERYTHING! Seriously, if you can't make it no one can.
I don't know what you would make, either....ummm Blasto?!

daguru
02-17-2010, 01:18 AM
how about my own original character, a Spectre...


an Elcor Spectre

hmwsg x
02-17-2010, 01:23 AM
how about my own original character, a Spectre...


an Elcor Spectre

uhhhhhhhhhhh YES!!

0bscurity
02-17-2010, 11:11 AM
Ohhh man, I'm so excited that this thread exists.

I'm working (er, researching, I guess) a Tali costume for sometime later (probably next year). I'm working on learning how to cast and vacuum form to make the helmet - I really, really want it to light up when I talk. I have no where near the skill to do that yet, though. x_x Practice, practice, practice.

PersicomMaid
02-17-2010, 03:29 PM
i posted a thread earlier about a specific question about jack: http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=201649
my question is how should i do the tattoos? my friend suggested sharpee but i'd really like to take a shower during the con and not have to re draw all those designs again. is there some temp transfer i can do on my skin?

ColgaVas'Iktomi
02-17-2010, 03:31 PM
Ohhh man, I'm so excited that this thread exists.

I'm working (er, researching, I guess) a Tali costume for sometime later (probably next year). I'm working on learning how to cast and vacuum form to make the helmet - I really, really want it to light up when I talk. I have no where near the skill to do that yet, though. x_x Practice, practice, practice.

Don't have the skill to wire a blinky light? Sure you do! If you can hold a pen, you can solder. If you can solder, you can type. If you can type you can google basic electronics and find the components you need. If all else fails find a book about it at the library, or get someone who knows what they're doing to teach you. I'm not trying to be a smartass, just trying to put it into perspective. You can learn how to do anything if you put your mind to it, and luckily most electrical components are cheap just in case you blow a few capacitors along the way. :)

I'm making a blinky-light voice system myself for my setup, so when I come up with a circuit that works I'll be posting it. No worries!

ColgaVas'Iktomi
02-17-2010, 03:33 PM
i posted a thread earlier about a specific question about jack: http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=201649
my question is how should i do the tattoos? my friend suggested sharpee but i'd really like to take a shower during the con and not have to re draw all those designs again. is there some temp transfer i can do on my skin?

Maybe silkscreen would work? However making all those bits of silkscreen might be a bit expensive... At least you'd have a design that you could spray on yourself over and over again though.

Scalpels
02-17-2010, 03:34 PM
i posted a thread earlier about a specific question about jack: http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=201649
my question is how should i do the tattoos? my friend suggested sharpee but i'd really like to take a shower during the con and not have to re draw all those designs again. is there some temp transfer i can do on my skin?

I think the best way is a flesh-toned body stocking... I'm drawing a blank on any other way to pull it off.

PersicomMaid
02-17-2010, 03:37 PM
Maybe silkscreen would work? However making all those bits of silkscreen might be a bit expensive... At least you'd have a design that you could spray on yourself over and over again though.

where can i buy that stuff? better to try than not to

Tatterhood
02-17-2010, 04:09 PM
i posted a thread earlier about a specific question about jack: http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=201649
my question is how should i do the tattoos? my friend suggested sharpee but i'd really like to take a shower during the con and not have to re draw all those designs again. is there some temp transfer i can do on my skin?

Try Henna? :D You can use 'the real stuff' and you'll have those lovely 'tattoos' for around 3 weeks. There is more of a temporary 'fake' henna that just lasts a couple of days (I think). I'm not sure how that type reacts to water. I've only used the 'real' stuff, and it doesn't come off when you shower.

ColgaVas'Iktomi
02-17-2010, 04:15 PM
where can i buy that stuff? better to try than not to

The problem wouldn't be getting the supplies, but finding the machinery to do it. A full silkscreen kit with printer looks to go upwards of $150-$1000 (depending on the type of printing). I don't have much knowledge of the process and have no first-hand experience doing it. I just watched a friend print one of her drawings onto a shirt.

Search for silkscreen on google.

0bscurity
02-17-2010, 05:18 PM
PersicomMaid - I'd recommend looking at 'tattoo shirts' like they sell at Halloween Costume stores for cheap - they're generally made out of a thin flesh-colored nylon or mesh with designs printed onto them. You could probably really easily make one with thin spandex from a fabric store, or just get a nude-colored body suit from a dance supply shop.

As for the tattoos - Screen printing is an awesome way to work, but it's very expensive and has a bit of a learning curve. If you can afford to do some trial and errors, Dick Blick has some pretty decent screen kits and a big selection of ink and what not.

However, if you don't want to go that way, I'd say try airbrushing them. It'd be extremely tricky, but airbrushing looks lovely for tattooing on body suits.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ayi1ZC1xwc <--- there's a video of a person airbrushing a male chest on a body suit for crossplay, with tattoos and everything - Not nearly as detailed as Jacks, but the method is there.

ColgaVas'Iktomi
02-17-2010, 06:43 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ayi1ZC1xwc <--- there's a video of a person airbrushing a male chest on a body suit for crossplay, with tattoos and everything - Not nearly as detailed as Jacks, but the method is there.

ITS A TRA--.... oh wait....

That was extremely impressive, if a bit odd. I'd say that's the best option though, for a Jack "suit". Not only would it last longer than henna or any other temp tattoo, but you'd also be somewhat warmer and have less chance of exposure. I'm sure you could find a skilled airbrush artist somewhere to do it for you, if you're not already and airbrush artist yourself.

PersicomMaid
02-17-2010, 07:16 PM
henna would work but i also wanna do morrigan from darkstalkers. for henna to stay on i gotta leave it on the skin over night i think. so i could do morrigan on friday then friday night have a friend apply the henna and then sleep with it on. Theres a store around my school that sells it so i'll look into it.

thanks for the tips.

PersicomMaid
02-17-2010, 07:19 PM
thats cool. i wouldn't mind trying the screen printing thing. I'll look into making a thin tattoo shirt. I can just sharpee all the designs on. i was thinking about airbrushing but making stencils would take a while especially since jack's whole body is filled with tattoos O.O

hmwsg x
02-17-2010, 10:09 PM
However, if you don't want to go that way, I'd say try airbrushing them. It'd be extremely tricky, but airbrushing looks lovely for tattooing on body suits.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ayi1ZC1xwc <--- there's a video of a person airbrushing a male chest on a body suit for crossplay, with tattoos and everything - Not nearly as detailed as Jacks, but the method is there.

This is actually the route I'd go. I even have a nice mini airbrush machine I've been waiting for a year to use! But I'd like to use a semi-opaque nylon bodysuit like http://www.amazon.com/1606-Opaque-Bodystocking-Size-Size-Nude/dp/B002POPMKW/ref=wl_it_dp_o?ie=UTF8&coliid=I5MSD0EC7LWF2&colid=4VXG6DYM7J6U (this) (slightly NWS) I'd think it would have less noticeable seams and its closer to a flesh color than most leotards I've seen. Think something like this could be airbrushed too?

hmwsg x
02-17-2010, 10:40 PM
I have NO idea how I miss some of these posts :(



HMWSG X: Ascension was awesome i can't wait for the folow-up (retribution). I wanted to ask where you bought your wonderflex? I am also trying to make something like the neck piece you made for your Tali project. I can relate with the frustration of the lack of free time...Unfortunately this is one of the busiest semesters I've had in a while. best of luck to ya.

I am also very fortunate to have an anime club at our university and we all help each other out with our different projects. so with the anime club and this thread im feeling more and more confident about this project thanks to you all!
I also found a pretty cool tutorial on how to color sintra
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rItYKAEbt90

I bought wonderflex at cosplaysupplies.com http://www.cosplaysupplies.com/store.php?s=M4UZ I personally love the stuff but I'm really interested in sintra now (especially after that video) I'll still work on wonderflex until I have enough room/money/time to work with sintra.

My Tali neckpiece was made of fabric and it stayed in place, for the most part. I think if I remake Tali I'd use wonderflex or craft foam (for more comfort and flexibility) for the neckpiece so it looks more stiff and armor plated.

0bscurity
02-17-2010, 11:00 PM
This is actually the route I'd go. I even have a nice mini airbrush machine I've been waiting for a year to use! But I'd like to use a semi-opaque nylon bodysuit like http://www.amazon.com/1606-Opaque-Bodystocking-Size-Size-Nude/dp/B002POPMKW/ref=wl_it_dp_o?ie=UTF8&coliid=I5MSD0EC7LWF2&colid=4VXG6DYM7J6U (this) (slightly NWS) I'd think it would have less noticeable seams and its closer to a flesh color than most leotards I've seen. Think something like this could be airbrushed too?

I'd think that could definitely be airbrushed - The only thing I'd worry about with that particular suit is how scooped the neckline is. I haven't actually tried a body suit before, so take everything I say with a grain of salt, but I'd think it'd either be best to go with a "collared necK" style body suit that comes right up around your neck and could be really easily disguised with the collar of Jack's outfit, or modify a suit with a high neckline to scoop to JUST bellow your collar bone, that way the natural shadows of your collar bone blend the line of the body suit.

@_@ If that makes any sense at all?

hmwsg x
02-17-2010, 11:07 PM
Yeah that makes sense, in fact thats my huge problem I've found with flesh colored suits...they're either wrong tone or the neck collar isn't right. Thats the only one I'm okay with so far, but its still an issue. I saw a PERFECT full bodysuit (kind of zentai style) on a store's website that was like a pantyhose nylon transparency but I didn't bookmark the store and now I can't find it anywhere. I think it was a link I saw on the forums here but I would have no idea how to find it again T_T guhh

EDIT: haha okay I knew it had to be in another hard costume thread. Found it in the Avatar na'vi discussion. http://www.judyzentai.com/ the transparent nude (without hood) is what I'm thinking about getting but its far more thin than the other suits so would this be worse on taking paint?

tictak333
02-17-2010, 11:32 PM
I dunno if anyone else already posted this but here's some concept drawings by Matt Rhodes. I like the bottom 2 pictures (concept art for Jack).

http://mattrhodesart.blogspot.com/2010/02/mass-effect-2-concept-art.html

ColgaVas'Iktomi
02-18-2010, 01:18 AM
After 2 days of molding and shaping for a few hours each, my clay mold is starting to take shape... Its a bit rough, needs to be resurfaced, remeasured, etc. Because of their big stupid drapey things I've had to imagine what the surfaces of parts of the chest should look like.


http://i875.photobucket.com/albums/ab311/ColgaVasIktomi/Quarian008.jpg
Edit: I also only have the torso to work with, so that bottom "rib slot" is going to be a problem. Only a very thin slice of clay will fill under it to make it complete. According to measurements though, its in the right place...

Any comments/criticism is welcome. Be brutal! :bigtu:

daguru
02-18-2010, 06:19 AM
i posted a thread earlier about a specific question about jack: http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=201649
my question is how should i do the tattoos? my friend suggested sharpee but i'd really like to take a shower during the con and not have to re draw all those designs again. is there some temp transfer i can do on my skin?

Hmmm, perhaps painting a bodystocking?
http://www.lilybertine.com/ixxocart/products/Leg_Avenue_8297_Mini_daisy_lace_bodystocking-767-12.html
http://www.electriqueboutique.com/shop/proddetail.asp?id=L-8170&gdftrk=gdfV2398_a_7c469_a_7c1468_a_7cL_d_8170
http://www.bonanzle.com/booths/JLL/items/NEW_BODYSUIT_LEOTARD_COSTUME_S_M_L_XL_WHITE_OPAQUE

or just a flesh colored turtleneck leotard

PersicomMaid
02-18-2010, 10:16 AM
wow thanks for those concept drawings! think that will help with making the actual oufit since i wasn't sure how to put together her pants. I'll try out some of those transparent shirts. do you think an airbrush kit thats used for miniature models could be used to airbrush a shirt? could i buy airbrush materials at say a craft store? i wanna try and get a list written down so i can buy everything next week and then work on my hair T.T bye bye shoulder length hair!

AkechiTenrai
02-18-2010, 10:38 AM
Arrrgh. I'm gonna regret this... XD

Well, now I want to freaking do an ME cosplay. My favorite character, Legion, is a little out of human capabilites. Don't think I could work the flashlight head, and the gaping hole in my chest. So I'll have to go to number two. Garrus Vakarian.

I know I'm gonna kill myself on this. u_u From the neck down I think it's pretty simple to understand. I'm glad his feet aren't as extreme as say the Quarians. But gorram Turians had to evolve all raptor like.

So for the face, a mold that mostly extends from the upper lip to the back of the fringe (unfortunately without some serious technical work I don't think I can get the nose to shift like it does). Then another mold that covers the lower jaw. Finally for the mandibles....I'm thinking two pieces that hang from the upper piece by little loose hinges. At another point they can be connected to the lower jaw by say a ball and joint socket. Luckily they don't move to much when he talks. Those eyes.....ugh, I'm really unsure about scelera contacts.

As for the voice, me thinks I'm gonna wait till I get the rest down before attempting anything extreme. xD

Edit: adding a little more...his weapon of choice seems to be the Viper Sniper rifle, as seen in his loyalty mission...so any shots of that would be helpful. ^^

ColgaVas'Iktomi
02-18-2010, 12:59 PM
Arrrgh. I'm gonna regret this... XD

Well, now I want to freaking do an ME cosplay. My favorite character, Legion, is a little out of human capabilites. Don't think I could work the flashlight head, and the gaping hole in my chest. So I'll have to go to number two. Garrus Vakarian.

I know I'm gonna kill myself on this. u_u From the neck down I think it's pretty simple to understand. I'm glad his feet aren't as extreme as say the Quarians. But gorram Turians had to evolve all raptor like.

So for the face, a mold that mostly extends from the upper lip to the back of the fringe (unfortunately without some serious technical work I don't think I can get the nose to shift like it does). Then another mold that covers the lower jaw. Finally for the mandibles....I'm thinking two pieces that hang from the upper piece by little loose hinges. At another point they can be connected to the lower jaw by say a ball and joint socket. Luckily they don't move to much when he talks. Those eyes.....ugh, I'm really unsure about scelera contacts.

As for the voice, me thinks I'm gonna wait till I get the rest down before attempting anything extreme. xD

Edit: adding a little more...his weapon of choice seems to be the Viper Sniper rifle, as seen in his loyalty mission...so any shots of that would be helpful. ^^


Yeah, doing a Garrus costume would be quite ambitious. He's my favorite character in the two games, but man that's a bit too much for me to tackle. Best way to do the face is probably to make latex prosthetics over of mold of your entire head. Then keeping the two mandibles hinged while preventing them from drooping. A pair of stilts to give you that bent leg look. Scelera lenses would be the icing on the cake, since even regular contacts would give me problems. Touching my own eye, one of the few things that freaks me out. Get a load of this!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyxxvxQjOUk&feature=related
ewwwww

0bscurity
02-18-2010, 01:59 PM
EDIT: haha okay I knew it had to be in another hard costume thread. Found it in the Avatar na'vi discussion. http://www.judyzentai.com/ the transparent nude (without hood) is what I'm thinking about getting but its far more thin than the other suits so would this be worse on taking paint?

I don't think it'd be any worse at taking paint, really - but you might want to dilute the paint to a much thinner consistency for starters, just to make sure it doesn't go on too thick and look weird.

Off the top of my head, I'd say try airbrushing some test designs onto cheap nylons and see how it looks. They'll probably be thinner than that zentai, but probably a good place to start without risking wasting any money XD

AkechiTenrai
02-18-2010, 02:12 PM
Yeah, doing a Garrus costume would be quite ambitious. He's my favorite character in the two games, but man that's a bit too much for me to tackle. Best way to do the face is probably to make latex prosthetics over of mold of your entire head. Then keeping the two mandibles hinged while preventing them from drooping. A pair of stilts to give you that bent leg look. Scelera lenses would be the icing on the cake, since even regular contacts would give me problems. Touching my own eye, one of the few things that freaks me out. Get a load of this!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyxxvxQjOUk&feature=related
ewwwww

I'm thinking of doing a wire frame and then applying either latex or something else light over it. And my friend's a tech so he's thinking of ways of rigging a tiny mic for the flanging effect. As for the feet, luckily the turians aren't that bad, I can do those stilts on the first page. Ugh....Those contacts look like hell to put in. I'll probably have to practice a bunch with them. u_u;;

On a side note: For jack cosplayers, you could always do her alternate outfit? It would take care of like....half the tattoos, and the decency issue, while still having enough tattoos to be noticably Jack. Also, warmer for those cold month conventions. ^^

ColgaVas'Iktomi
02-18-2010, 03:22 PM
I'm thinking of doing a wire frame and then applying either latex or something else light over it. And my friend's a tech so he's thinking of ways of rigging a tiny mic for the flanging effect. As for the feet, luckily the turians aren't that bad, I can do those stilts on the first page. Ugh....Those contacts look like hell to put in. I'll probably have to practice a bunch with them. u_u;;

On a side note: For jack cosplayers, you could always do her alternate outfit? It would take care of like....half the tattoos, and the decency issue, while still having enough tattoos to be noticably Jack. Also, warmer for those cold month conventions. ^^

If your friend comes up with a better solution for that flange-effect, let me know. My idea was to use a ramsey electronics voice changer kit to get a vibrato effect, but I'm not sure how well it will work yet. Its pretty limited in its design, and there isn't much better out there. Unless you want to carry an entire soundboard on your back or something.

AkechiTenrai
02-18-2010, 04:33 PM
If your friend comes up with a better solution for that flange-effect, let me know. My idea was to use a ramsey electronics voice changer kit to get a vibrato effect, but I'm not sure how well it will work yet. Its pretty limited in its design, and there isn't much better out there. Unless you want to carry an entire soundboard on your back or something.

Well I do have all that armor...... >>

ColgaVas'Iktomi
02-18-2010, 05:09 PM
Well I do have all that armor...... >>

Lol well i guess you could fit that and a car battery under a set of Turian armor. Quarian is too form fitting though, not much space...:sulk:

hmwsg x
02-18-2010, 05:19 PM
I dunno if anyone else already posted this but here's some concept drawings by Matt Rhodes. I like the bottom 2 pictures (concept art for Jack).

http://mattrhodesart.blogspot.com/2010/02/mass-effect-2-concept-art.html

I LOVE Matt Rhodes. God, all of those Jack's look so awesome (I kind of like them more :x)
I figured Jack's pants are really a jumpsuit (kind of like fallout characters), just unzipped with small sleeves...I guess I was correct according to the concept art? Thats how I plan to map out the pants anyhow...might just leave out sleeves altogether since you can't see armholes in the game.

Colga- Its looking great and you said you'll be smoothing it out. My only concern is maybe the arm hole is too high up? I'd be afraid of when you rotate/move your arm around your underarm will scrape the armpit area and eventually become irritating. It might not but thats just me.

Thanks Obscurity! I'm pretty sure thats my choice of bodysuit so I'll buy some cheapo nylons to torture before I really start on it >_>

Persicom- why not use a bald cap? There are ways to fancy up a bald cap and make it look seamless AND you get to keep your hair! I've actually considered buzzing my head for a Jack costume but it will take quite a while to grow back if I do so...also I'm -not- shaving those diagonal lines into my head, thats just a little too far for me ;-;

AkechiTenrai
02-18-2010, 05:25 PM
Lol well i guess you could fit that and a car battery under a set of Turian armor. Quarian is too form fitting though, not much space...:sulk:

We wouldn't want you to be getting sick now. ^_^ -patpat- Ish like whole race of bubble boys. :3

ColgaVas'Iktomi
02-18-2010, 05:43 PM
Colga- Its looking great and you said you'll be smoothing it out. My only concern is maybe the arm hole is too high up? I'd be afraid of when you rotate/move your arm around your underarm will scrape the armpit area and eventually become irritating. It might not but thats just me.


Thanks! Yeah, don't worry about the armpit. There's still a lot of work to do on it, and that area is going to be scooped out to make it more concave in the middle. I just piled on as much of the 20lbs of clay I could until I had the desired thickness all around and now I'm scraping most of it away to make it the right shape.

We wouldn't want you to be getting sick now. ^_^ -patpat- Ish like whole race of bubble boys. :3

Yeah yeah... laugh it up:hafha: :p

0bscurity
02-18-2010, 06:01 PM
Man, I'm in love with that concept art.

Not that I didn't like Jack in the game, but I...I kind of like some of those designs a lot better. I'm in love with the outfits on both of the 06 versions, and the pink dread hawk in the second set is fantastic.

Maaaan. If I were actually in shape, I'd make one of those. Not that anyone would recognize it, but oh well.

CzarN
02-18-2010, 06:43 PM
Hey Colga, Im going to order my Klean Klay this weekend and I was wondering if you could recommend a number of pounds for me to get?

FANTASTIC job by the way, its looking awesome!

JXIII
02-20-2010, 03:28 AM
Edit: adding a little more...his weapon of choice seems to be the Viper Sniper rifle, as seen in his loyalty mission...so any shots of that would be helpful. ^^

You're in luck, the Viper is my favorite sniper rifle, getting shots of it should be pretty easy.

daguru
02-20-2010, 06:07 AM
If your friend comes up with a better solution for that flange-effect, let me know. My idea was to use a ramsey electronics voice changer kit to get a vibrato effect, but I'm not sure how well it will work yet. Its pretty limited in its design, and there isn't much better out there. Unless you want to carry an entire soundboard on your back or something.

wait wait, What character is this for? You're talking with a would-be sound engineer here... I could help.

Scalpels
02-20-2010, 01:45 PM
wait wait, What character is this for? You're talking with a would-be sound engineer here... I could help.

I believe he is going for Quarian male like Admiral Zaal'Koris vas Qwib-Qwib:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTfB8y2mHiw

While others may be going for Tali'Zorah nar Rayya:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrO3yDTfgUg

Though even Turians have a little bit of audio adjustment. It is actually explained in the Mass Effect codex entries.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usyEF6_sAt8

ColgaVas'Iktomi
02-20-2010, 01:56 PM
wait wait, What character is this for? You're talking with a would-be sound engineer here... I could help.

Its a standard male Quarian, original character. Quarians seem to have a sort of vibrato or flange effect to their voices, so I was trying to replicate that sort of distortion in a small, compact unit that can be hidden in the armor.

Hey Colga, Im going to order my Klean Klay this weekend and I was wondering if you could recommend a number of pounds for me to get?

Sorry this couldn't be posted sooner, the website went down as I was typing it and I've just been able to get back in.

I got mine on ebay, 20lbs. Its more than enough to cover a whole mannequin torso with some left over. I squashed each bar (you'll see what I mean when you get it) until they were about 1/2" strips and covered the whole torso with less than 16lbs. I still have a package with 2 untouched bars at this point and a big lump of about 5lbs that I've scraped off. Start at the shoulders and work your way down. Of course, you could start with the helmet... I'd venture a guess that's about 10lbs worth of clay give or take depending how much structure you build it on top of. I may save the helmet for last, since its one of the most complex parts.

Definitely get regular, and not the "hard" density clay. Regular holds shape just fine, and is easy enough to mold at room temp. Even so, after the little I've done in the past few days my wrists are killing me. I don't know if I'd go with soft clay, it might not hold up as well.

Scalpels
02-20-2010, 01:57 PM
Well good to see everyone is progressing nicely!

Scalpels: thanks for the name man! I like it! (Tika'Venkto vas Maelron), I might have to change that "vas" to "nar". Was that a character in the actual game? I thought I spoke to all the NPC in the flotilla...

You're welcome. That name is not from the floatilla. I just conjured it up in my brain. Names are kinda my thing. :)

wait wait, What character is this for? You're talking with a would-be sound engineer here... I could help.

WARNING! DO NOT CLICK THE LINKS UNLESS YOU ARE WILLING TO SPOIL MASS EFFECT 1 OR 2.

All the Quarians in this thread are looking to get the same voice as either Admiral Zaal'Koris vas Qwib Qwib (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTfB8y2mHiw) or Tali'Zorah vas Neema (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrO3yDTfgUg). The Turians want to sound like Garrus Vakarian (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usyEF6_sAt8)

hmwsg x
02-20-2010, 02:05 PM
You're in luck, the Viper is my favorite sniper rifle, getting shots of it should be pretty easy.

JX I hate to be a pain in the ass but could you take lots of angles and detail shots of Jack's tattoos (in her default outfit) please? An old roommate of mine does airbrushing and she agreed to do the tattoo work on a suit, but she needs bright lit reference photos.

I took advantage of the 20% cosworx coupon and ordered these (http://www.cosworx.com/product.php?productid=25670&cat=2430&page=2) for Jack's costume. I just need to get the heels cut down.

daguru, I think hes talking about garrus or uh quarians. We were also talking a few pages back about hooking up mics for quarian helmets and having the light on the helmet blink when you spoke. I originally wanted that for my Tali (well, more of a when I spoke the vibrations of my voice lit up the light, not even sure if that works) but I had no time/money left and just tossed it until I would go back to redoing the costume.

EDIT: Also Czarn, the link to JXIII's photobucket on the OP isn't working for me, it just goes to the home page D:

Jia Jem
02-20-2010, 03:36 PM
... I'm -not- shaving those diagonal lines into my head, thats just a little too far for me ;-;

...I'm going to. :reverse:

hmwsg x
02-20-2010, 03:43 PM
...I'm going to. :reverse:

NO JIA DON'T DO IT!! :( Your hair is already awesome

edit: If you do this I will cut and style my hair to your current hair cut in solidarity for you.

fake edit: I'm unsure if I'm being serious, but damn your hair is nice. *pets*

Jia Jem
02-20-2010, 03:52 PM
Meh. It's been shaved before........ >____> But thanks! (It will come after an awesome tank girl photoshoot, where I slowly shave down my head over the course of a week, and dye it all sorts of rainbows lol.)

I agree with the bodystocking thing for the tattoos. That's what I plan on doing. It would be a nightmare to have to find some poor volunteer with halfway decent art skills to paint me up for hours every time I'd wear it. D:

I'm going to sew a few mockup bodysuits in different materials. I'd like to think a sheer nylon would work, but I have a feeling it will bleed too much or perhaps the tattoo effect won't be as opaque as I would like. I'm also trying a matte opaque spandex. (As well as a variety of paints.) I'll be sure to post back here with my experimentations.

I'm super excited to see everyone elses' costumes come along!

hmwsg x
02-20-2010, 03:58 PM
Meh. It's been shaved before........ >____> But thanks! (It will come after an awesome tank girl photoshoot, where I slowly shave down my head over the course of a week, and dye it all sorts of rainbows lol.)

I agree with the bodystocking thing for the tattoos. That's what I plan on doing. It would be a nightmare to have to find some poor volunteer with halfway decent art skills to paint me up for hours every time I'd wear it. D:

I'm going to sew a few mockup bodysuits in different materials. I'd like to think a sheer nylon would work, but I have a feeling it will bleed too much or perhaps the tattoo effect won't be as opaque as I would like. I'm also trying a matte opaque spandex. (As well as a variety of paints.) I'll be sure to post back here with my experimentations.

I've been watching my friend play this game for weeks... I'm super excited to see everyone elses' costumes come along!

Well fine then, cut it away! ;-; I'd be okay with the buzzing but unsure about shaving the designs in what little hair I had left...my hair grows slowly ;-;

Yeah, my friend said theres a chance it can bleed and the tattoos can end up not being dark enough. I'm just hesitant on a more opaque color/fabric because it will be an awkward skin tone that won't really match me, and a lot of bodysuits with thicker fabric seem to have more creases at the elbows and shoulders (at least with my experience ._.) Please do post back your results :D

Jia this will rock so hard if you do this costume. When do you expect it to be done and would you ever wear it to a con?

Jia Jem
02-20-2010, 05:13 PM
hmwsg x, I know what you mean about the elbow creases in a bodysuit. T_T It's gonna suck (probably) no matter what. I might try some clear straps around the thumb to keep it pulled taught... hopefully the busy pattern of the tattoos will make it unnoticeable.

I also read your post about the pants/jumpsuit... I agree. I think it's "supposed" to zip up, but designers took form over function and the flaps look cooler than 2 dangly armholes at her thighs.

I'll definitely have it done by D*con this year, but if I go to Gencon, I'll want to bring it there for sure! I've never been to Gencon and I desperately want to go. I've heard it's nothing but (smelly) awesomeness.

hmwsg x
02-20-2010, 05:57 PM
hmwsg x, I know what you mean about the elbow creases in a bodysuit. T_T It's gonna suck (probably) no matter what. I might try some clear straps around the thumb to keep it pulled taught... hopefully the busy pattern of the tattoos will make it unnoticeable.

I also read your post about the pants/jumpsuit... I agree. I think it's "supposed" to zip up, but designers took form over function and the flaps look cooler than 2 dangly armholes at her thighs.

I'll definitely have it done by D*con this year, but if I go to Gencon, I'll want to bring it there for sure! I've never been to Gencon and I desperately want to go. I've heard it's nothing but (smelly) awesomeness.

Guh, bodysuuuuuits! :miffed:

Yeah, I might turn the jumpsuit into a functional jumpsuit with a sleeveless/strapless top instead of a shirt look. It'd be nice to zip it up if I'm running from the car/hotel to the con center.

I'm running an art booth at Gencon this year (which means 0 fun for me D: ) But, I'm wanting to take a break on Saturday and prance around in my Shepard costume. Gencon is loads of fun, I've never noticed the smell due to awful year round sinus allergies sooo I guess thats a blessing in disguise :D If you decide to go let me know, I'd love to set up a time and take photos with you!

JXIII
02-20-2010, 07:19 PM
JX I hate to be a pain in the ass but could you take lots of angles and detail shots of Jack's tattoos (in her default outfit) please? An old roommate of mine does airbrushing and she agreed to do the tattoo work on a suit, but she needs bright lit reference photos.

No problem, I've been playing with game settings to get better lighting in screencaps and have been looking into tools for the Unreal Engine, if all goes well I may be able to get my hands on some textures which would make life easier. And if I'm feeling lively I might even draw up some sketches, been meaning to try my hand at drawing some Mass Effect characters anyway.

@ AkechiTenrai, I've got some shots of the M-97 Viper up. Had to get shots of both Shepard and Garrus holding it, the stock clips with Garrus' chest.

http://s741.photobucket.com/albums/xx60/J13KnightmareJ13/

Zeath
02-20-2010, 09:59 PM
After researching a bunch of different ways to do armor, facial prosthetics, and what not, I think I'm going to put my Garrus idea on the back burner and try for Thane. Could made molds of his hands with arm molds and foam latex, the face with latex prosthetics, and the rest of his out doesn't look that hard...though I see myself eating those words soon. XD

If I go for Thane, what weapon do you all think I should use for him? Handgun or sniper rifle?

JXIII
02-20-2010, 10:28 PM
If I go for Thane, what weapon do you all think I should use for him? Handgun or sniper rifle?

That's a tough one, IMO the rifle suits him better though the pistol would probably be an easier build. Though for Thane I think the bolt-action rifle (M-92 Mantis) suits him the best. (So classy :D)

daguru
02-21-2010, 01:19 AM
Okies. It' settled. I'll be working on Garrus. His voice is simple enough to replicate.

0bscurity
02-21-2010, 01:32 AM
Jia - Oh man! It's awesome that you're doing Jack, I'm really excited to see it at D*C.

D: Speaking of D*C, I'd reaaaally like to get Tali done for D*C, but I have no idea if it will actually happen or not. I'm crazy inspired to start on her, but I really have no idea what I'm doing, so the experimentation time might kill me. I'm not sure. That, and I'm shooting for a Transformers costume for D*C too. Baaaah. Decisions, decisions.

I'm trying to get my vacuum-forming table set up to start screwing around with the helmet, but I haven't actually ordered any of the materials yet.

Does anyone have any good tips or tricks for body suit sewing? I have a handful of sites bookmarked for it, but I'm trying to cover absolutely every one of my bases because I've never done it before - And are there any good stretch fabrics that AREN'T just regular spandex to use? I'd like to get something with more of a pleather look to it, if at all feasible.

JXIII
02-21-2010, 01:35 AM
Alrighty then hmwsg x, I've got some new shots of Jack. I also managed to dig out some textures which I've modified and/or watermarked. I've put these in a new album which can be found here: http://s741.photobucket.com/albums/xx60/J13KnightmareJ13/Jack%20Tattoo%20details/

If you need any help figuring out what's going on in the textures let me know, I'm good at these sort of things, and as always if you need more, just ask. Have fun and good luck.

Legion87
02-21-2010, 04:21 AM
Hey everybody,

First off I like to say thank you all for this thread I've been observing it for a while and you all have really inspired me and given me lots of hints, examples, and links to help me get started on my project. I'm kinda new at this I've only done a couple of costumes but nothing that required molding or stuff like that just a lot of sewing. However I believe I can do this the only thing I need now is a damn job to get money for materials, but that isn't the hard part.

Mass Effect is one of the best games out there and this thread is just a testimant to that, all of your costumes look magneficant. I'm having trouble deciding on who to be I want to do something epic but I may need to scale back a bit so I don't get in over my head. Thanks to Mass Effect 2 I want to do Legion (he's just awesome) only there a couple of things that would be very troubling like the hole it he has on his chest, or I can do Grunt. I'm just not sure how I could pull of his physic maybe with a body suit or under armor stuffed with cotton or something like this elite suit.

http://www.joystiq.com/2006/02/24/the-covenant-are-invading/
(if the image doesn't load you can google it)

What do you guys think I wouldn't mind doing a Quarian or Turian since there are many links and referance pics for it here, but I would love to do Legion or Grunt. I just need some pointers and referance pics so I can get this thing planned out. Also I would love to meet up for a convention.

Thanks you guys and oh Mass Effect RULES!!!!

hmwsg x
02-21-2010, 11:10 AM
Alrighty then hmwsg x, I've got some new shots of Jack. I also managed to dig out some textures which I've modified and/or watermarked. I've put these in a new album which can be found here: http://s741.photobucket.com/albums/xx60/J13KnightmareJ13/Jack%20Tattoo%20details/

If you need any help figuring out what's going on in the textures let me know, I'm good at these sort of things, and as always if you need more, just ask. Have fun and good luck.

Wow, JXIII you are an angel! Thank you so much, this is going to help a ton!

edit: Oh my god her left arm has the concept art Jacks on it! Thats too freaking cool

hmwsg x
02-21-2010, 11:25 AM
Jia - Oh man! It's awesome that you're doing Jack, I'm really excited to see it at D*C.

D: Speaking of D*C, I'd reaaaally like to get Tali done for D*C, but I have no idea if it will actually happen or not. I'm crazy inspired to start on her, but I really have no idea what I'm doing, so the experimentation time might kill me. I'm not sure. That, and I'm shooting for a Transformers costume for D*C too. Baaaah. Decisions, decisions.

I'm trying to get my vacuum-forming table set up to start screwing around with the helmet, but I haven't actually ordered any of the materials yet.

Does anyone have any good tips or tricks for body suit sewing? I have a handful of sites bookmarked for it, but I'm trying to cover absolutely every one of my bases because I've never done it before - And are there any good stretch fabrics that AREN'T just regular spandex to use? I'd like to get something with more of a pleather look to it, if at all feasible.

Guh, you guys are making me wish I could go to D*Con T_T I've never gone and I just don't have the funds--I think its too late to get hotels in the area anyways.:blubber:

I'd say start experimenting! Do mock ups and stuff. About the body suit, quite a few people swear by http://www.stretchy.org/ I don't know personally since I buy mine. But I'm sure that will change when/if I make Miranda's alt costume :D

For fabric these places have some really awesome stretchy material http://spandexworld.com/ http://www.mjtrends.com/ http://www.spandexhouse.com/Index.asp
Personally I think this would be pretty cool for a carbon fiber look http://spandexworld.com/c3/catalog/product/2531 But I'm not sure how 'holographic' it is.

JXIII
02-21-2010, 11:33 AM
Wow, JXIII you are an angel! Thank you so much, this is going to help a ton!

edit: Oh my god her left arm has the concept art Jacks on it! Thats too freaking cool

You're welcome. I like doing this stuff and now I've got a slightly better grasp on how Bioware optimizes their games (well, atleast their Unreal Engine games) which is really interesting to me.
If I dig up anything else of interest I'll let you guys know.

0bscurity
02-21-2010, 12:03 PM
hmwsg x - Awesome! Thanks so much. I agree the hologram vinyl might look really cool - Luckily the site it's on has free samples so I just requested a swatch of it and a couple other types, just to see - I'll be sure to post the results when I get them!

D: It sucks that you can't make it to D*C! I'd love to see your costumes in person!


JXIII - D: You wouldn't happen to have any detail shots of Tali, would you? In her default or second outfit - I like both, but I'm having a really hard time finding reference shots that aren't from ME1.

JXIII
02-21-2010, 12:08 PM
JXIII - D: You wouldn't happen to have any detail shots of Tali, would you? In her default or second outfit - I like both, but I'm having a really hard time finding reference shots that aren't from ME1.

Not offhand but I've nothing else to do, didn't get any sleep last night so I've got to keep myself occupied.

hmwsg x
02-21-2010, 01:46 PM
Not offhand but I've nothing else to do, didn't get any sleep last night so I've got to keep myself occupied.

JXIII you keep saying you don't get enough sleep! Drink warm milk, wrap up in blankets and watch something REALLY boring--just take care of yourself >=(

0bscurity- no prob! I can't wait to see what you think about the hologram print in person...the images make it hard to determine how shiny/3D it is. I'd love to go to D*C and see you and Jia's work--it'd be so exciting! I have friends that live in Atlanta and go to D*C every year but I'd feel bad asking to bum at their place for a few days, I don't know I'm always weird about using other peoples homes xD If they ever happened to invite me then hell yeah I'm going, but otherwise I'm on a college budget :blubber: Sigh..maybe next year...

edit: JX you're from Edmonton? Do you go to Pure Speculation because I might be there this year.

JXIII
02-21-2010, 03:16 PM
JXIII you keep saying you don't get enough sleep! Drink warm milk, wrap up in blankets and watch something REALLY boring--just take care of yourself >=(

edit: JX you're from Edmonton? Do you go to Pure Speculation because I might be there this year.

Eh, no worries, been dealing sleep issues since I was a kid, I've gotten used to them.
Never been to Pure Speculation but I'll certainly look into it, not a lot goes on in Edmonton and I'm usually either too lazy or too broke to go to Vancouver or Toronto, let alone the States or anything like that. And you know what, screw the JX stuff, just call me Jeff.

-edit-
I completely forgot, I've got those shots for you, 0bscurity.

http://s741.photobucket.com/albums/xx60/J13KnightmareJ13/

0bscurity
02-21-2010, 03:36 PM
JXIII you keep saying you don't get enough sleep! Drink warm milk, wrap up in blankets and watch something REALLY boring--just take care of yourself >=(

0bscurity- no prob! I can't wait to see what you think about the hologram print in person...the images make it hard to determine how shiny/3D it is. I'd love to go to D*C and see you and Jia's work--it'd be so exciting! I have friends that live in Atlanta and go to D*C every year but I'd feel bad asking to bum at their place for a few days, I don't know I'm always weird about using other peoples homes xD If they ever happened to invite me then hell yeah I'm going, but otherwise I'm on a college budget :blubber: Sigh..maybe next year...


D: yeaah, from what I've gathered D*C hotel rooms go CRAZY fast, I only got really really lucky that a friend had a space for me this year or I'd be completely SOL. Next year, though! It'll be awesome.

JXIII - Ahhh! Thank you so much! You're the best!

---

Does anyone have any ideas about the spiral designs on the purple parts of Tali's outfit? I'm imagining them being made from a silk-esque fabric, something with a really subtle shine to it, but it'd obviously have to have some stretch to work with the body suit.

I guess screen printing would be an option, but I'm not sure how well it'd work for designs so tiny.

hmwsg x
02-21-2010, 03:52 PM
Eh, no worries, been dealing sleep issues since I was a kid, I've gotten used to them.
Never been to Pure Speculation but I'll certainly look into it, not a lot goes on in Edmonton and I'm usually either too lazy or too broke to go to Vancouver or Toronto, let alone the States or anything like that. And you know what, screw the JX stuff, just call me Jeff.



alright Jeff :D Heres the website for Pure Spec http://www.purespec.org/ Its a small con but it looks super fun and sci-fi packed (and affordable!) Bioware is one of the sponsors for it. Theres even a costume party/contest. I'm pretty sure its always the first weekend of October.

Does anyone have any ideas about the spiral designs on the purple parts of Tali's outfit? I'm imagining them being made from a silk-esque fabric, something with a really subtle shine to it, but it'd obviously have to have some stretch to work with the body suit.

I guess screen printing would be an option, but I'm not sure how well it'd work for designs so tiny.

Tatterhood a few pages back said screen printing or bleaching the pattern could work well, and even sewing the design in with silver thread would be nice. I've thought about batik too. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batik

JXIII
02-21-2010, 03:59 PM
That sounds pretty awesome, and more motivation to finish my armour build. It's proving to be a little troublesome but I'm trying to make sturdy masters for forming and whatnot. The final product needs to be somewhat resilient to stand up to the paints I want to use. I'm so going for that candy-ish red.

Jia Jem
02-21-2010, 04:46 PM
I like spandexhouse.com. I've used them for years and never had a problem. They definitely have a large variety!

About Jack -looks like there *are* sleeves on the jumpsuit... but I don't understand how it's supposed to zip up with no neck, lol. Here's a screencap my friend took for me. (It's also a great shot of Jack's boots!)
http://www.jiajem.com/jpegs/extras/ScreenShot00021.jpg

hmwsg and 0bscurity - I'll keep an eye out for you two. ^o^

EDIT: I edited the reference photo to make the sleeves more obvious

daguru
02-21-2010, 07:54 PM
Was taking a closer look at Garrus. I chose him (as opposed to other Turians) as his body seems more human than other Turians. Maybe it's just his armor creating an illusion, either way, I'm opting for him because of this; that and he and Tali are my favorite characters.

His feet should be easy. He has digitigrade feet, but not at an extreme level. It will not require stilts, but specially-made shoes instead.

His mask should be easy/cheap. I am casting his armory carapace in semi-rigid urethane and his actual "head" will be a soft silicone skin that the scales will attach to.

What's great about Garrus' armor is that there's a TON of room to store electronics in. Here's how I'll be doing his voice. I don't recommend others this because it is expensive (and the VT-1 is extremely limited considering it's price. I still wish I hadn't purchased it); I'm doing it because I already have all the parts. I'll be using a random battery-powered mic that will be plugged into a Boss VT-1, which will go into a mini-guitar amp. This will all be powered by a black and decker AC battery pack.

Not related: While looking at digitigrade shoes, I came across this shoe. ISN'T IT AWESOME?
http://www.geekologie.com/2009/09/24/crazy-shoe.jpg

0bscurity
02-21-2010, 10:17 PM
Batiking seems like a really good idea for Tali's designs - I've done it before on a t-shirt scale with pretty decent results, so I think it'll just come down to finding a material that has enough stretch/shine and will still take dye nicely. I'll test out some swatches of different fabric when I get a chance. D: I feel dumb that I didn't even think about it before! It will be a whole lot less complicated than screen printing (assuming it works e_e)

I also found this relay switch that looks like it might work for making the light in Tali's (or any other Quarian's) helmet blink to a voice: http://www.electrokits.com/electronics/relays-remotes-switches-timers/44.htm

I'm not really an electronics-savvy person, though, so there could potentially be issues with it that I'm not realizing, but at least it's a start.

Daguru - I'm really excited to see (hear?) how your voice plans work out! Do you have any idea which con you plan on wearing him too?

hmwsg x
02-21-2010, 10:59 PM
I like spandexhouse.com. I've used them for years and never had a problem. They definitely have a large variety!

About Jack -looks like there *are* sleeves on the jumpsuit... but I don't understand how it's supposed to zip up with no neck, lol. Here's a screencap my friend took for me. (It's also a great shot of Jack's boots!)
http://www.jiajem.com/jpegs/extras/ScreenShot00021.jpg

hmwsg and 0bscurity - I'll keep an eye out for you two. ^o^

I'm looking but I don't see the sleeves just the hangy down parts D: And it looks like I'll have to modify more than the heel for my boots since the back is open >_>;

0bscurity- thanks for the link. I'm not sure if it'll work either, I'm just gonna pass it along to my boyfriend and see what he says ^^; I think a cotton/lycra blend will take dye?

Daguru- I'll admit alot of what you said didn't translate for me but I'm excited to see the results on your audio and mask piece.

EDIT: HURF I see the sleeve now >_< its like stuck to her leg! Yeah, I have no idea how that works with no freakin' neck...maybe its like a jumpsuit with a boat scoop neckline? xD

Lady Muramasa
02-21-2010, 11:17 PM
Does anyone know where I can get any other pics of Benezia from Mass Effect??? I can only find the usual 2 or 3. That is what is stumping me, I don't want to guess the rest of her outfit. And what also sucks is that she is under that weird lighting the whole time you see her in the game! >:-(

hmwsg x
02-21-2010, 11:45 PM
I don't have PC version :( Hopefully JXIII can get some screenshots if he has ME1 (if you do, please Jeff? :D)

CannibalPineapple
02-22-2010, 05:10 AM
Hey there! I'm cosplaying my Commander Shepard at at least one con this year. I'm going to try to have it done for Anime Boston in April, but I suffer from broke college kid syndrome so it might take until one of the later cons to finish it.

My plan right now is to do female casual outfit number 3 from the second game, but I would like to do N7 armor if i can. I am mostly broke and inexperienced with complex costumes so I need to break it down into easy pieces. I was thinking of doing the foam tutorial here: http://www.entropyhouse.com/penwiper/costumes/helmsdeep.html

If I can break most of it into pieces that i can aquire at a Target-type store or some other chain and modify that would be awesome.

how hard is it to transport foam armor? I don't drive to most of my cons, but I don't want to wreck my armor on a train or plane.

also, I want to build one of the guns, probably the assault rifle. I can probably figure that out, I'm a decent sculptor.

I am trying to figure out the Garrus-type scouter as well. This is important to me for semi-obvious reasons *gestures towards signature* :3

ColgaVas'Iktomi
02-22-2010, 07:57 AM
I also found this relay switch that looks like it might work for making the light in Tali's (or any other Quarian's) helmet blink to a voice: http://www.electrokits.com/electronics/relays-remotes-switches-timers/44.htm

Well, it might work. Only problem I see is that its 12VDC, which doesn't seem to last long unless its plugged into a wall. Could be wrong though, maybe those little batteries they make would work.

JXIII
02-22-2010, 10:41 AM
It took a fair bit of work but I got some shots of Benezia for you, Lady Muramasa. I ended up just playing to that part of the game to get these, the lighting isn't great but should be usable. If these aren't very useful to you I'll try again with different game settings (Now I've got a hard save right before Benezia). Good luck!

http://s741.photobucket.com/albums/xx60/J13KnightmareJ13/

On a side note, I've gathered more Turian heads for those of you interested, I've also nabbed some shots of Grunt and will probably look for shots of other Krogans next. Got a few Salarians too, nothing much yet but I'll get around to it if the need arises.

MagentaFox
02-22-2010, 12:02 PM
This Anime Boston my friends and I are doing a Mass Effect group. I'm being Miranda and my two friends are going as Male Shepard and Tali (they're a couple, too, so I expect to see some excited Tali/Shepard shippers when they walk in holding hands). I'm trying to talk my boyfriend into being the Illusive Man.

I'm debating what to do about the hexagon pattern on Miranda's suit. I ordered a full-body white suit but
http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/masseffect/images/thumb/6/60/Miranda_ME2.png/704px-Miranda_ME2.png
it seems the hexagons are raised and made of a thicker material. I might just buy a different white fabric and glue it all across the suit. Any suggestion for fabric? Also what glue should I use? I don't want it bleeding through and showing from close up, nor do I want the edge of the fabric to curl. I want them very very flat.

Tatterhood
02-22-2010, 01:26 PM
Thanks to Mass Effect 2 I want to do Legion (he's just awesome) only there a couple of things that would be very troubling like the hole it he has on his chest, or I can do Grunt. I'm just not sure how I could pull of his physic maybe with a body suit or under armor stuffed with cotton or something like this elite suit.
http://www.joystiq.com/2006/02/24/the-covenant-are-invading/


I am sooo happy that you shared that photo! I planning out a Wrex, but wasn't sure if I would be able to achieve the right leg angles with stilts - and now I'm sure it can be done! I have a couple of ideas on how to do the body, but I'm not sure if any of them will work :S need to experiment first, and then shall report what worked and what didn't. This...this may take a while though.

hmwsg x
02-22-2010, 01:34 PM
This Anime Boston my friends and I are doing a Mass Effect group. I'm being Miranda and my two friends are going as Male Shepard and Tali (they're a couple, too, so I expect to see some excited Tali/Shepard shippers when they walk in holding hands). I'm trying to talk my boyfriend into being the Illusive Man.

I'm debating what to do about the hexagon pattern on Miranda's suit. I ordered a full-body white suit but
http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/masseffect/images/thumb/6/60/Miranda_ME2.png/704px-Miranda_ME2.png
it seems the hexagons are raised and made of a thicker material. I might just buy a different white fabric and glue it all across the suit. Any suggestion for fabric? Also what glue should I use? I don't want it bleeding through and showing from close up, nor do I want the edge of the fabric to curl. I want them very very flat.

I'm not too sure about gluing hexagons onto the suit. Why not use an off white/grey marker (I assume prismacolor would have this) and draw the hexagons on? Its tedious but I think it would be better than gluing.

edit: OR you could take the sneaky route and say its Miranda's suit from Mass Effect Galaxies :D It has 0 hexagons on it!

You guys sound like an awesome group, I hope your boyfriend will be TIM :D



My plan right now is to do female casual outfit number 3 from the second game, but I would like to do N7 armor if i can. I am mostly broke and inexperienced with complex costumes so I need to break it down into easy pieces. I was thinking of doing the foam tutorial here: http://www.entropyhouse.com/penwiper...helmsdeep.html

If I can break most of it into pieces that i can aquire at a Target-type store or some other chain and modify that would be awesome.

how hard is it to transport foam armor? I don't drive to most of my cons, but I don't want to wreck my armor on a train or plane.

also, I want to build one of the guns, probably the assault rifle. I can probably figure that out, I'm a decent sculptor.

I am trying to figure out the Garrus-type scouter as well. This is important to me for semi-obvious reasons *gestures towards signature* :3

I'm not really sure which costume you're talking about for the Target thing *_* But foam armor is okay as long as it has lots of padding. I store mine in a storage bin with nice soft fabrics wrapped around them. I've always gone by car to a con so I'm not sure what the policies are on taking storage containers on train or plane. I take Amtrak often and they never seem to mind what I bring aboard so I think you'd be safe bringing a storage bin.

If you're on a tight budget just buy a water gun and paint it. They're only a few bucks and paint is a dollar or two.

ColgaVas'Iktomi
02-22-2010, 05:51 PM
Haha, I had you guys so fooled. I said I was making a Quarian male costume but what I DIDN'T tell you was about my TOP SECRET project!!! LEGION!!1!

http://www.cosplay.com/costume/285450/

It took a lot of effort, enjoy!





Yes, I'm still making the quarian costume, lol.

hmwsg x
02-22-2010, 06:06 PM
Haha, I had you guys so fooled. I said I was making a Quarian male costume but what I DIDN'T tell you was about my TOP SECRET project!!! LEGION!!1!

http://www.cosplay.com/costume/285450/

It took a lot of effort, enjoy!





Yes, I'm still making the quarian costume, lol.

BIG HOLE!!!!! I want a hoodie :( Those suckers are expensive though!

ColgaVas'Iktomi
02-22-2010, 06:16 PM
BIG HOLE!!!!! I want a hoodie :( Those suckers are expensive though!


Yes they are. Took me a split second to justify buying it instead of something else useful, like food. But I needed a hoodie anyway.

0bscurity
02-22-2010, 06:24 PM
Haha, I had you guys so fooled. I said I was making a Quarian male costume but what I DIDN'T tell you was about my TOP SECRET project!!! LEGION!!1!

http://www.cosplay.com/costume/285450/

It took a lot of effort, enjoy!


:mfg: WHOA. So accurate!

D: Seriously though, so jealous of that hoodie. I wish I could justify buying it because I want to support Bioware merch for sure, but I'm too broke T__T I might end up just making myself a super cheap ghetto version or something, just...just 'cause.

hmwsg x
02-22-2010, 06:34 PM
Yes they are. Took me a split second to justify buying it instead of something else useful, like food. But I needed a hoodie anyway.

Its okay, my biggest not-useful-item to date is the TaunTaun sleeping bag. To justify it, I sometimes sleep in my studio >_>; Its also a great conversation piece!

On topic for the womens! A couple weeks ago I bought wonderful "enhancers" for my Miranda chest >_> They look really convincing and definitely boost your bust. Joann currently has them on sale here (http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog/productdetail.jsp?pageName=search&flag=true&PRODID=prd2233) I bought the large size (not listed on joann online) which means it has a bunch of padding (uhh silicone gel i guess?) I need a larger bra for wearing them xD;; Which if none of you have done this yet and need fabric supplies, subscribe to Joann's mailing and email list. you get 40-50% off anything in the store coupons frequently and its fantastic to get such a deal.

ColgaVas'Iktomi
02-22-2010, 06:49 PM
Its okay, my biggest not-useful-item to date is the TaunTaun sleeping bag. To justify it, I sometimes sleep in my studio >_>; Its also a great conversation piece!

And I thought they smelled bad on the outside!

I remember seeing those, awesome stuff.

Lady Muramasa
02-22-2010, 07:53 PM
It took a fair bit of work but I got some shots of Benezia for you, Lady Muramasa. I ended up just playing to that part of the game to get these, the lighting isn't great but should be usable. If these aren't very useful to you I'll try again with different game settings (Now I've got a hard save right before Benezia). Good luck!

http://s741.photobucket.com/albums/xx60/J13KnightmareJ13/

On a side note, I've gathered more Turian heads for those of you interested, I've also nabbed some shots of Grunt and will probably look for shots of other Krogans next. Got a few Salarians too, nothing much yet but I'll get around to it if the need arises.

Oh my goodness! Thank you so much! You went through some work to get these! The lighting is okay I remember I had a a photo that had the blue filter taken out, and remember the colors.
It's the rest of her body that was a pain to find! ^_^ Thank You Thank You!!


Not related: While looking at digitigrade shoes, I came across this shoe. ISN'T IT AWESOME?
http://www.geekologie.com/2009/09/24/crazy-shoe.jpg

What the hell? Ha, I can hear ankles now, begging to be broken.

JXIII
02-22-2010, 08:12 PM
Oh my goodness! Thank you so much! You went through some work to get these! The lighting is okay I remember I had a a photo that had the blue filter taken out, and remember the colors.
It's the rest of her body that was a pain to find! ^_^ Thank You Thank You!!

You're very welcome, I can't believe how much of Mass Effect's plot I had forgotten. I was thinking "Oh, I remember this. Just a quick trip to Noveria..." An hour or two later... No matter, I had some fun with it. Good luck and have fun.

MagentaFox
02-22-2010, 09:27 PM
I'm not too sure about gluing hexagons onto the suit. Why not use an off white/grey marker (I assume prismacolor would have this) and draw the hexagons on? Its tedious but I think it would be better than gluing.

I worry that drawing them on will look to flat and half-assed. When you look at her close up you can tell they're a different color and thickness. Maybe I'll use something equally stretchy.

I'd prefer to just do her loyalty outfit but it's not as recognizable.

0bscurity
02-22-2010, 09:45 PM
I worry that drawing them on will look to flat and half-assed. When you look at her close up you can tell they're a different color and thickness. Maybe I'll use something equally stretchy.

I'd prefer to just do her loyalty outfit but it's not as recognizable.

I might suggest you make the designs by sewing them in? In-game, it looked like Miranda's hexagons had some dimension to them (though it doesn't look like it to me in that picture, so maybe I'm just making that up) - But you could achieve the effect by putting a VERY VERY thin layer of batting between your top fabric and lining and very carfully stitching out the hexagon pattern - It'd be incredibly time consuming, but the results would be permanent for sure.

JXIII
02-22-2010, 11:26 PM
Upon further examination of Miranda's outfit, texture and normal map I can confirm that the hexagonal pattern is indeed embossed. (err.. or is it? I'm not sure but I'm sure you know what I'm getting at.) I just wanted to clarify, and a reason to play with a new tool I happened across. I'm afraid I can't be of any real help with figuring out what material to use and whatnot, I'm not very handy with soft materials.

And because I was bored.
http://s741.photobucket.com/albums/xx60/J13KnightmareJ13/?action=view&current=normalmapping.png

CzarN
02-23-2010, 08:19 PM
Klean Klay should be in soon *knock on wood*, so once that comes in Ill get cracking on Garrus and Kal'Reegar. The cardboard test pieces more or less epicly failed when I tried to shape them properly so... yeah, wont be trying that again.

Its awesome to see so many people getting into this now. I remember it only started out with, what three or four people? Now we have around 10, maybe more?

:bigtu:

MrSanos
02-23-2010, 10:19 PM
Hey all !

I have to be honest, I been lurking around this thread for a while now and I gotta say, you guys have really inspired me to make a Mass Effect cosplay. the idea has been lingering in my mind ever since the first game, but this thread has really made me believe I can actually make one, so thank you guys =D !

I’m still not sure who to cosplay, been thinking of being either a random quarian/ Tali vas Normandy, or an Asari/ Benezia….Though I’m a bit frighten with Benezia because I lack the chest Q_Q” ….and just for the fun of it I also just want to make Thane’s outfit because I fell in love with the design xD

Oh and JXIII you’re simply awesome, I really admire that you supply amazing pictures, because of you I saved myself a lot of research of finding reference of Thane’s outfit and the others. Thank You!

And Hmwsg X You are my Idol !!! I would subscribe to you if I knew how >_<“, and thanks to your hanar tutorial I have one of my own now <3 ! Thank you for having that up !

JXIII
02-23-2010, 11:54 PM
Hey all !

I have to be honest, I been lurking around this thread for a while now and I gotta say, you guys have really inspired me to make a Mass Effect cosplay. the idea has been lingering in my mind ever since the first game, but this thread has really made me believe I can actually make one, so thank you guys =D !

I’m still not sure who to cosplay, been thinking of being either a random quarian/ Tali vas Normandy, or an Asari/ Benezia….Though I’m a bit frighten with Benezia because I lack the chest Q_Q” ….and just for the fun of it I also just want to make Thane’s outfit because I fell in love with the design xD

Oh and JXIII you’re simply awesome, I really admire that you supply amazing pictures, because of you I saved myself a lot of research of finding reference of Thane’s outfit and the others. Thank You!

And Hmwsg X You are my Idol !!! I would subscribe to you if I knew how >_<“, and thanks to your hanar tutorial I have one of my own now <3 ! Thank you for having that up !

Why thank you :toothy: Welcome to the forums. Good luck on whatever is it you choose to work on.

hmwsg x
02-24-2010, 01:10 AM
Good luck Czarn! sorry that the cardboard tests didn't work out ;-;

Hey all !

I have to be honest, I been lurking around this thread for a while now and I gotta say, you guys have really inspired me to make a Mass Effect cosplay. the idea has been lingering in my mind ever since the first game, but this thread has really made me believe I can actually make one, so thank you guys =D !

I’m still not sure who to cosplay, been thinking of being either a random quarian/ Tali vas Normandy, or an Asari/ Benezia….Though I’m a bit frighten with Benezia because I lack the chest Q_Q” ….and just for the fun of it I also just want to make Thane’s outfit because I fell in love with the design xD

Oh and JXIII you’re simply awesome, I really admire that you supply amazing pictures, because of you I saved myself a lot of research of finding reference of Thane’s outfit and the others. Thank You!

And Hmwsg X You are my Idol !!! I would subscribe to you if I knew how >_<“, and thanks to your hanar tutorial I have one of my own now <3 ! Thank you for having that up !

Ahhh thank you, you flatter me! ^^ I'm really happy the tutorial worked and made sense, everything turned out okay? Anything I might need to mention? Sometimes I forget the tiniest details ><;

Cosplay who you are comfortable with, whether its by skill level or how much you want to reveal xD Honestly, I don't think anyone is going to nitpick about Benezia cleavage if they do well...thats their problem. Asari is definitely a fun costume, but the makeup and latex application is a pain; but lots of people engaged conversation with me, took lots of photos, aaannd I was mistaken for a Farscape character. Quarian suits take awhile for suiting up and it can be a little uncomfortable and stuffy for summer cons, but little kids LOVED my Tali. I'm not sure, its such a hard decision they have their pros and cons--just do both!!! :p

ColgaVas'Iktomi
02-25-2010, 12:00 PM
Klean Klay should be in soon *knock on wood*, so once that comes in Ill get cracking on Garrus and Kal'Reegar. The cardboard test pieces more or less epicly failed when I tried to shape them properly so... yeah, wont be trying that again.

Its awesome to see so many people getting into this now. I remember it only started out with, what three or four people? Now we have around 10, maybe more?

:bigtu:

Good luck! You've got several days worth of sculpting ahead of you... at the very least. Just go slow, check your work and keep at it. Its worth it.

UPDATE: For those of you doing the Klean Klay mold method, unless you make some sort of cardboard structure on your mannequin, the standard 20lb box will cut very close. Since my armor is very form-fitting, I built up the clay directly on top of the torso. After finishing most of the shaping and on to the detailing, I am running low on clay. Should be able to finish with what I've got, maybe a pound more at most. But since everyone's project isn't going to be the same as mine, just letting you guys know.

ColgaVas'Iktomi
02-26-2010, 12:57 AM
Czarn-

Don't remember if these were posted on the front page with the rest of the links, but they're worth adding regardless.

Clay mold-latex-fiberglass or aquaresin method for armor making (what Czarn and I are using for armor: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_yvkLUiaoI&feature=channel

Molding Sintra for body armor: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNit4Y3BHb8

Melanntor
02-26-2010, 08:04 AM
Like some others on this thread, I would also like to cosplay as Miranda Lawson, at PAX East this year. However, I wanted to make the other version of her outfit, the dark one that she gets after becoming loyal to you.

I am a reeaalll cosplay noob, otherwise I'd try the white one ^_^ for this one I am thinking about getting a black long-sleeved unitard and putting pleather or vinyl on it in the places where it's shiny. Or maybe there are ready-made vinyl suits sold somewhere?

Basically I'm asking if anyone has any advice for me, like where to get the supplies or what a better approach to making this costume might be. Thanks so much and sorry for my noobness!!

Melissa

hmwsg x
02-26-2010, 11:44 AM
Like some others on this thread, I would also like to cosplay as Miranda Lawson, at PAX East this year. However, I wanted to make the other version of her outfit, the dark one that she gets after becoming loyal to you.

I am a reeaalll cosplay noob, otherwise I'd try the white one ^_^ for this one I am thinking about getting a black long-sleeved unitard and putting pleather or vinyl on it in the places where it's shiny. Or maybe there are ready-made vinyl suits sold somewhere?

Basically I'm asking if anyone has any advice for me, like where to get the supplies or what a better approach to making this costume might be. Thanks so much and sorry for my noobness!!

Melissa

What up Miranda Loyalty buddy! You're cutting it close to PAXEast so I'm not sure you want to buy suits online--some sellers can take 2 weeks or more to get a suit, and then theres issue of the suit potentially being too big (can always alter it but thats a pain if you wasted 2 weeks waiting and have little sewing knowledge). I'd say look around your town and see if there are dancewear stores or year round halloween/theatre stores. Go there, ask about unitards and see what they offer.
If not, here are some dancewear websites. Check the shipping options first!!
http://www.dancewearsolutions.com/dancewear/unitards/MT6780.aspx
http://www.welovecolors.com/Shop/LongSleeveUnitard.htm but it doesn't have a turtleneck.
Here is another full body (http://www.discountdance.com/frame_set.php3?mf=http://www.discountdance.com/dancewear/style_8815.html?pid=3554&Shop=Style&SID=109445325)
This (http://www.discountdance.com/frame_set.php3?mf=http://www.discountdance.com/dancewear/style_C810C.html?pid=4682&Shop=Style&SID=109445325) one is short sleeved but zips down, you could always buy opera gloves to counter the short sleeves.
Shiny vinyl suit, no collar (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002C5BSEI/ref=asc_df_B002C5BSEI1043397?smid=A2TMUTP2ERW77E&tag=shopzilla_mp_1412-20&linkCode=asn&creative=380341&creativeASIN=B002C5BSEI)

If you find a turtleneck unitard and have some sewing knowledge I'd say cut the rectangle shape out in the front, make a seam for your rectangle shape you just cut (you don't want raw edges showing or curling) and then make a faux choker collar and attach it to the (now open) turtle neck. Id say for the orange trim you could do piping on the top of the suit? It'd look kind of funny since piping is supposed to be in the seams and not floating on top the suit, but if you're new to costuming and have less than a month to learn this might be the best option--unless you're waiting on a suit then you could practice on how to sew piping. Also, don't forget the Cerberus logo on the suit...you could just do a cutout with orange duct tape and stick it to the suit.

This is a totally ghetto idea but it might work xD; I don't know, I'm just trying to consider your level and time constraints. Someone else might have a waaay better idea, so keep your eyes peeled.

ColgaVas'Iktomi
02-26-2010, 12:54 PM
Like some others on this thread, I would also like to cosplay as Miranda Lawson, at PAX East this year. However, I wanted to make the other version of her outfit, the dark one that she gets after becoming loyal to you.

I am a reeaalll cosplay noob, otherwise I'd try the white one ^_^ for this one I am thinking about getting a black long-sleeved unitard and putting pleather or vinyl on it in the places where it's shiny. Or maybe there are ready-made vinyl suits sold somewhere?

Basically I'm asking if anyone has any advice for me, like where to get the supplies or what a better approach to making this costume might be. Thanks so much and sorry for my noobness!!

Melissa

Quite honestly, the best place to look for a form-fitting vinyl suit like hers would be a sex shop. I'm being deadly serious, with little modification one of those would look spot on for the Miranda alternate outfit.