09-04-2011, 06:21 AM
Hey, I'm totally new to cosplay.com AND cosplaying as a whole, and I think that I've decided on Psycho Mantis as my first endeavor. So if it's cool with the crowd here, I'd like to see all of your designs, hear all of your suggestions and ideas, and also hear your stories and experiences while cosplaying MGS characters. I'm on a super tight budget, but I want to make a quality costume that I can wear again and again. Getting the mask is going to be a challenge, for the sole reason of price. Gas masks can't be cheap, can they? On to the other issues... What to use for the bodysuit? Latex? Spandex? I live in Arizona, in the heart of the valley, so I need something that will freaking breathe. I'm enthusiastic about cosplaying, but I don't think I'm quite ready to die for it. And then, how to craft the creepy bondage restraints on the chest and such. I have no experience sewing, but I want to learn. I've worked with leather a little bit (when I was in Boy Scouts) but I'm not a skilled craftsman by any means. This picture is a pretty nifty reference. I'm sure loads of you have seen it, and probably used it for yourselves.