View Full Version : Monster Hunter - Rathalos Armor?

01-08-2010, 03:41 PM
I've been itching to get started on my costume for ACEN this year, but I've hit a bit of a snag. I fully intend to build some monster hunter armor, and I'm pretty set on Rathalos, since it's a very iconic set as far as the games go. The tough question here, though, is which one?

There's the classic, Regular Rathlos Set (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v638/chrowx/Projects/Monster%20Hunter/Rathalos/Rathalos4.jpg)
It's a good set and it's not terribly difficult to make. There would be a lot of scale-work to do, but I can handle that. However, the helmet may be a pain, since it has some large chunk of Wyvern bits jutting out the back (not shown too well in the screen shot) and that would cause certain difficulties.
Artbook Image (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v638/chrowx/Projects/Monster%20Hunter/Rathalos/Rathalos1.jpg)

Then there's the upgraded Rathalos S set (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v638/chrowx/Projects/Monster%20Hunter/Rathalos/139.jpg) which is sleeker, and would be somewhat easier to move in, however, it has the little wings jutting off the shoulders, which might cause problems when carrying around a large weapon.
Artbook Image (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v638/chrowx/Projects/Monster%20Hunter/Rathalos-1.jpg) (Top left)

Lastly, there's the updated Rathalos set (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v638/chrowx/Projects/Monster%20Hunter/Rathalos/200px-Rathalos-Blademaster.png) from Monster Hunter Tri (coming out state-side in April)
I really like the style of this one, but there's the huge problem of finding adequate reference material now so I can actually build the whole thing.

I apologize for the small screenshots, but finding high quality pictures is quite troublesome. I can use my PSP to zoom in and look at the intricate details for the Rathalos and Rathalos S, which makes them both quite doable, but that's not an option for the MH3 version.

What I need is some input. Which armor do you think I should go with? Which would you most like to see? Is there a different set of armor you'd really like to see more than these? I'm all ears.

01-10-2010, 03:35 PM
see what you got to do is not suck

01-10-2010, 03:53 PM
see what you got to do is not suck

Great advice -_-...I think you should do the one you think you can pull off and actually make.

01-10-2010, 03:54 PM
Great advice -_-...I think you should do the one you think you can pull off and actually make.

Relax, man. That's just my brother. He managed to make a thread bump look like harmless trolling. It's actually quite brilliant.

01-10-2010, 03:56 PM
I'm relaxed..I just didn't know what to say so came the nothing to say face ( -_- ) : D.

01-10-2010, 06:42 PM
Ah Monster Hunter cosplay...never enough of it and you rarely see Rathalos armor being done. That said, I personally like the regular set in the artbook. Keep in mind that when doing a costume such as this with a lot of details that come into play, you will need multiple angles of said image to be able to figure out how to construct the armor so that its structurally sound.

Another issue with heavily armored costumes is durability and weight as you'd usually want it to weigh less but still be durable enough to withstand people running into you. You also will want to take into consideration how long it is going to take you to get into and out of costume for things like going to eat and going to the bathroom.

All things considered, it would definitely be cool to see Rathalos Armor(would be a nice change from always seeing Kirin Armor)and in general, Monster Hunter cosplay. I mention the artbook version only because in the artbooks you usually have all the detail sketches as well as its usually in color, and with an armored costume, the color definitely helps you stand out and that particular design is very recognizable and it doesn't have a lot of protruding parts(well yes and no, definitely not the huge shoulder part but other parts).

You'll want to look into a lot of lightweight but durable building materials for your armor. Other than that, can't wait to see the finished costume!

01-12-2010, 11:26 AM
Texture and appearance are much more of an issue for me than weight. I've worn heavy costumes before and I think this will likely end up being manageably heavy. I probably won't be as mobile, but I can live with that.