04-26-2003, 02:51 PM
anyone here cosplay meryl? emma? olga?
seen a few guys cosplay snake, raiden, ocelot...but what about the female characters?
04-26-2003, 06:03 PM
I'd like to maybe someday do Olga (as the ninja). It probably wont be anytime soon though. I've got a crapload of costumes already planned and in progress before I start that :(
04-26-2003, 09:55 PM
I was thinking of going as Meryl (to match my friend's Otakon) at Anime Central this year. All I'd need is the wig...
05-04-2003, 12:41 AM
Emma's pretty simple, as it's just clothes. They look like joggers' shorts and a simple pink and black shirt.. oh, and some box frame red glasses.
Olga's is a bit more complicated, you'll need russian-made brown woodland camouflage pants, a striped shirt, and some brown suspenders. She's got two weapons, which you can find in airsoft replica form-
A Glock 26
Annnnddd... her back-up weapon, a USP.
You can get a KJW airsoft USP for about $80 from WGC Shop.
You can get the LAM (light attachment module) for it at Redwolf airsoft. It's got a hefty price tag though, $120 (last time I checked).
As far as the cap goes.. you can find a brown cap like that at pretty much any shop. Standard GI combat boots work well with the costume as well.
The knife is an M16/M4A1 bayonet/kabar. You can find these at any military surplus store. They're extremely sharp so landing on them isn't very comfortable.. keep it sheathed at all times.
That's all there is to it. Be sure not to shave your armpit hair. ^_^
05-04-2003, 01:14 AM
My friends and I all love the part where she lifts up her arm. :)
Any tips for a Meryl cosplayer, Bitterbeing?
05-04-2003, 01:47 AM
Yes, actually, I've got a few.
There are two different versions of Meryl that you could pull off. You could do "soldier Meryl", or just plain "meryl meryl".
First, we'll cover soldier Meryl, so I can make myself look smart.
The first thing you'll need is a olive-drab flight suit. Kinna' like this one, you can find them at any military surplus store-
After that, you'll need to purchase some combat boots. Any'll work, standard GI boots work the best, as they're almost dead on to what the guards wore.
After that, you'll need to buy an ALICE loadbearing vest set up. Back to BlackHawk Industries we go. This is "teh" most expensive part.
First, let me explain how ALICE loadbearing vests work. They're divided into two parts in particular, the suspenders and the belt. The suspenders keep the belt firmly supported 'round your waist, and keep the entire rig secured in place. You snap magazine pouches onto the pistol/web belt. It's kind of an out-dated system, but it still works and in fact, I use it when playing airsoft because my Delta Force soldier costume looks identical to this same setup..
The harness costs $35. You can find it HERE-
Now, before you say "Wow, all that for just $35!?" Slow down. That's just the harness. The straps, that is. I recommend ordering them in Black. OD Green will work too, but black stands out more and is the color the soldiers used, to my knowledge.
After that, you need the pistol/web belt. It's $20, and another lovely blackhawk product. Order it in black, too. It's here-
Then, you need pouches for your pistol belt. No loadbearing vest is complete without pouches. Pouches are good. Remember that.
Get a couple of those, and you'll be fine. They're $17 apiece.
Now that we got the hard stuff out of the way, the last thing we have to cover is the Balaclava and the FA-MAS rifle.
The balaclava's thirty dollars, and comes in three different blacks.. one's fire resistant, one's not, and one's like.. uber fire resistant, i guess o-O regular black is $15. It should do fine-
And, last but not least, the FA-MAS rifle. You can get a Tokyo Marui airsoft rifle for $176. Leave the mags in your loadbearing pockets and the ammo and batteries at home, please. ^^;
Ok, now onto the Meryl Meryl.
A regular black tanktop will work, although I would personally enjoy seeing a spandex one *ducks a brick*.
You can get some plain olive drab pants at surplus stores, I think. Or.. just get baggy-ish pants of that color.
You'll also need a Blackhawk duty belt. The web belts that the military uses are far too big and meaty for this kind of costume (and require an alice harness anyway), so use this.
As far as her kneepads go, Blackhawk hellstorm kneepads work fabulously. You'll have to paint the "shells" white, but they're fabulous. They're also $22. That's cheap.. to me anyway ^^;
Then, get hellstorm black aviator kevlar gloves. You can slice the fingers of them off to duplicate Meryl's gloves. I have a pair of these that I use for my Delta costume (only mine are green), and they're wonderful. They're $40, though X_X
And one of the most expensive parts.. the pistol holster. Dun-dun-dun. Most anime cons frown upon firearms, so keep your gun holstered at all times.
Get some GI combat boots, and then a wig of sorts, and you'll have the clothing part covered. I can do the foxhound tattoo for you at Acen.
Now, last but not least, Meryl's pistol - the .50 AE Desert Eagle. (Also used by the agents in the MATRIX!)
Now, I personally think that Tokyo Marui Electric Blowback airsoft replicas are the most evil things ever.. but that's because I play airsoft. It's fine for a costume. And, the best part - it's $30.
After that, I believe you're all set! Enjoy! ^_^;
05-04-2003, 02:28 AM
I know I don't really belong here but Zone of the Enders is a Hideo Kojima game like MGS so there's the tie in. Anyway, would anyone like to give me tips because this is my first year cosplaying and I want my Jehuty costume to be a original but if it's not I'd really really like to see some pics of some ZOE cosplayers.
05-04-2003, 03:12 AM
Jehuty?! Isn't Jehuty the giant mecha!? Dude, if you're going to tackle that.. good luck. I'm assuming that you're -really- tall...
05-04-2003, 01:38 PM
Nah it's all good if you look in the Magazine Animerica you see people cosplay the Gundams all the time. My original thought was to do EVA unit 01. The thing is the mecha I pick are sleek more humaniod so to say to the contours will mostly be my own body. The clunky mecha like some of the gundams is a little more difficult to pull of effectivley but it has been done and well. Actually i'm not the tallest thing in the world but that makes it easier bigger people would have a harder time getting the proportions right.
05-06-2003, 01:10 PM
I'm gonna be Vamp at ICON 23 ^.^