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simpskip
08-31-2004, 03:52 PM
Hey i,m currently making a DMC dante costume (1st game). Any suggestions on whether I should use the double pistols, shotgun, or grenade launcher?. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated :bigtu:

PS: I already decided i,m using the Alastor sword and not Sparda

yummivix
08-31-2004, 03:56 PM
Ivory and Ebony a million times over ^_^

simpskip
08-31-2004, 04:10 PM
yeah thats what I was thinking too, jus buy some dollar store cap guns :P, and totally modify then to look like ebony and ivory. Thanks U :)

jetspectacular
08-31-2004, 10:12 PM
I agree with the guns >:3

if you want to paint them sexy here's a reference pic

http://peachieness.peachieart.com/jet/~myself/shoots/WORKWANTED/danteguns.jpg

promise to take lots of pics..!!!

simpskip
08-31-2004, 11:30 PM
wow thanks. Those shall be fun to paint :P

daguru
09-01-2004, 03:03 PM
here's a great idea:
For my dante costume, I sewed a heavy-duty magnet on the inside of the coat. I also placed two industrial magnets on the allastor between the hilt and the blade (these must be secure). When I was done, I had a sword that seemlessly floated on my back. It had no sheeth, so I could easily whip it out and put it back.

simpskip
09-01-2004, 03:45 PM
awesome idea :rockon: , thanks, thatll prob be the easiest way to secure the sword, thanks a million :)

simpskip
09-01-2004, 06:02 PM
well, i,m making the sword outta wood and its gonna be at least 4.5 ft long, so it mite be too heavy, wutd u make ure sword out of?

Miaka No Baka
09-01-2004, 06:03 PM
you can use a sheath with a strap and put 2 holes in the back of the jacket for the strap to go through and you can have the strap fashion across your chest.

Miaka no Baka

simpskip
09-01-2004, 06:09 PM
thanks for all the help from everyone.

snowflake
09-07-2004, 01:23 PM
well, i,m making the sword outta wood and its gonna be at least 4.5 ft long, so it mite be too heavy, wutd u make ure sword out of?

If Live Action RolePlaying (LARP) has taught me anything, it's how to make a big-ass sword that weighs hardly anything. It's a little complex but the results are fantastic and this method would go well with the magnet idea posted earlier.

First off, you're going to need some decent quality foam. Furniture foam from an old sofa is good, as is a few ground sheets from a camping store. You need to make sure the foam isn't more than perhaps 3/4 of an inch thick or it's going to be hard to make the sword. Remember to get the correct length, because the last thing you want is to try to cover a join in the foam later on.

Now, for stability you're going to need a 'core' to the sword, which stretches from 2-3 inches below the tip of the sword right down to 1-2 inches below the pommel of the sword. I recommend 3 inches to tip and 2 inches to pommel, for safety's sake. Either way, don't stab anyone with the sword because you will hurt them. Carbon fibre rods can be bought from many places and you can do a quick search online to get an idea of cost.

Now, take your foam and carefully draw the outline of the sword on it in chalk. Once you're happy with the outline, mark it out properly with a marker and then cut the foam. It's best to do this to one side of the foam and not in the middle because it reduces waste. You'll then need to use this as your 'template' piece to outline three more swords, then cut them out, too.

Take your carbon rod and measure it, to make sure it's the right size. If it's not, cut it to the right size and then use it to outline the centre of two of your sword shapes. Cut these centres out, as this is where the rod will sit in the sword.

Now, get some decent glue (At my LARP club we use Evo but anything that sticks foam well will do) and glue one of your whole sword cuts to one of the sword cuts with the rod hole in it. Do the same with the other set and leave them to dry off. This will take a couple of hours. If you're using Evo, use it outside or in a well ventilated room because the fumes will get you high otherwise and you'll end up halucinating. I believe the record for this at our club is 24 hours so if you've not got access to outside or a well ventilated room, plan ahead. :) Once the two halves of your sword are dry, glue the rod into one half of the sword and leave it to dry again. Then glue the sword halves together and leave to dry.

Now you should have a whole sword, but it's not quite finished yet, as you'll no doubt be able to see if you try it. You're going to have to take a craft knife (or some other equally sharp tool) and 'sharpen' the edges, so it looks really cool and sword-like. You may also want to 'round' the grip, pommel and edges of the handguard but that's all to taste. Once this is done, it's time to paint the sword. Try to keep the paint smooth or it will ruin the final part.

Okay, you've pretty much finished now the paint is dry but there's one final touch you'll need in order to get a finish that doesn't chip off. You're going to need latex for this and it should be easilly available on the internet or from craft stores. Paint the entire sword in a coat of it (one side at a time, to avoid it sticking) and then let it dry. This will probably mean leaving it overnight as it takes a long time. Once it's dry, give it another layer of latex and make sure that with both coats you put it on smoothly or you'll ruin the effect 'cause it will go bubbly or get lumps.

Okay, for a final touch we like to put a leather grip on. This is simple: take a piece of leather the length of the grip that goes almost all around the sword, but not quite. Then take another piece that's also the length of the grip but hardly goes around the sword at all. Put holes in the larger piece so a leather strap can be weaved through it and then place the smaller piece onto the sword. Put the larger piece around the sword so the smaller piece shows through the gap where the larger piece doesn't quite meet itself and weave a strip of leather through the holes you made, so the leather stays on. Tie the strap off and voila, one mean-looking sword.

In case that last bit was a little hard to follow (my descriptions aren't always great), I've attached a couple of photos of what I'm on about. Sorry about the quality of the pictures, I took them using my 'phone and did what I could to improve them in Photoshop.

Also, I'm sure there are websites out there that go into more detail than this, should you want it.

foxhound
09-07-2004, 03:01 PM
i would go with ebony and ivory thier his trademark guns

foxhound
09-07-2004, 03:06 PM
and if your a hellsing fan you could just modify them again and they would be one of alucard's guns

Faux
09-07-2004, 10:26 PM
Ebony and Ivory look like heavily modified Colt 1911-style pistols. I always assumed they were souped-up Desert Eagles. Which is cool, 'cause Colt .45's rock.

Lady Sephiroth
09-09-2004, 01:32 AM
Hey i,m currently making a DMC dante costume (1st game). Any suggestions on whether I should use the double pistols, shotgun, or grenade launcher?. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated :bigtu:

PS: I already decided i,m using the Alastor sword and not Sparda
use the double pistols (ebony and ivory). They define Dante, and it's a big part of his hott costume!

simpskip
09-11-2004, 05:45 PM
OK i,m using ebony and ivory for sure, as for the sword (alastor), I thank you snowflake for your tutorial, but I made the sword already (hilt still needs work). I used a table saw, band saw, belt sander and a hand sander, then I coated it with 2 coats of silver spraypaint and 1 coat of chrome spraypaint. I got some pics if any1 wants, just PM me. Hilt still needs work, i,m using foam and foam hardener to make the wings, dragon head that leads up to the blade and such.

PS: Thanks for all the replies :)