View Full Version : Help On A Lord Death Cosplay

09-19-2011, 10:13 AM
Ok so I recently decided that I wanted to cosplay Lord Death from Soul Eater. The outfit doesn't seem all that hard to make but I wanted to see if anyone could help me out.

For his actual body I'm guessing I'll ask my girlfriend to buy the right kind of fabric (she knows much more about fabric then myself), and then go to my church and lay on the floor and have her and her sister cut out the shape of the body.

So far the plan to make the squiggles that are all over his body is to make like a type of harness on my chest under the fabric and attach wire with foam over it to get the effect. (This goes with his chest and the legs). For the squiggles on his head my only idea for that was to take a top hat, cut off the side of it, and then attach the wire with the foam covering it on top the top hat. ( and to strap the hat to my head i'd do a "party hat" type thing with some sort of strap going under my chin.

His face is going to be made out of foam or some plastic (I'm going to have my girlfriend teach me how to do this while this cosplay is being made)

To make my legs small enough to get the effect that Lord Death has is to do a "mermaid" type thing where I strap my legs together. Also my friend suggested making his upper body bigger to make my legs appear smaller since Lord Death's "legs" get very slim.

His hands however I don't know much of what to do with those yet. The only thing I've thought of was making them out of foam but I've seen some bad hands made out of foam so I'm not sure if I wanna do that (might have been bad foam though).

So if anyone can give me suggestions or ideas on the various parts of this cosplay or comment on my ideas and possibly give me tips or help for them it would be GREATLY appreciated! :D

09-20-2011, 04:51 PM
Could you post a reference picture? I'd like to help but I have no idea who you're talking about.

09-20-2011, 09:31 PM
This is a picture of the character from Soul Eater I'm talking about

09-21-2011, 07:40 AM
Thank you for the reference. It looks like you actually have a good plan set out. I'd suggest checking out some fursuiting information (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=144272) for building the spikes. Foam and wire are good ideas, and the fursuiting might help with ways to build that on to a base and with covering the various spikes.

The top hat sounds like a really good idea. Especially since you can get those really cheap ones this time of year (Yay, Halloween!). And if you're just cutting it up and covering it with fabric, you want the cheapest one you can get.

I'm not sure you should rely on your girlfriend for fabric choices, though. If she's never made a project like this she'll probably be as lost as you are. Flat sewing and building a costume over foam are really different activities. You probably want something with a lot of stretch or a bit of a nap (a little bit of "fuzziness" almost, or hair. Velvet has a nap, but so does faux suede, and a lot of other fabrics that don't look fuzzy. You'll have to be careful to sew it so that the nap all goes in one direction, but it will help make any seams or tuck you need to make look less visible). There might be suggestions in the fursuiting threads I linked, but you might also just have to try things out at the store, or get swatchs. Make a smaller version of one of the spikes, perhaps, and see how the fabric pulls over it, to test it?

I think for the thin legs you're probably looking at making something like a hobble skirt (think Morticia Addams (http://surbrook.devermore.net/adaptationstv/asstd_tv/morticia_adams.jpg)). That will get you the thin legs look, though they're quite hard to move in. Spandex or other stretch fabrics would help with that part, or just practicing a quick shuffling walk. Your friend is right, though; your legs will look thinner if you build the top up a bit. It doesn't have to be a lot, but just a bit more so that your legs look exaggerated.

As for the hand and face, foam looks as good as the effort you put in to it. Not sure it would be a good idea for the face/mask, but it could work. The Prop forum is probably a better place to ask about those pieces.

The only tip I have is to make the spikes and base first, and try it on while you're doing so. It might be difficult to get the right silhouette while still being able to move, so keep trying it on as you go along.

09-23-2011, 04:53 PM
The reason I said I'd ask my girlfriend for fabric choices is because she herself cosplays and she sews together outfits (shes currently making a vest for a cosplay, and shes made my vest for my steampunk outfit). But I will look at the links you provided and show them to her and hopefully I can get a good fabric picked out.

The type of foam I was thinking of using for the mask is insulation foam. I'm still kind of new to making cosplays (most of my cid was store bought and altered a little and my spear was made by my girlfriend), but the spear head for my spear was made from insulation foam and it turned out great! (just note to self don't let other cosplayers touch because they think twirling it will be a WONDROUS idea....). I wanted to make the mask kind of sturdy and not flopping around all over the place (like an actual mask).

However for the hands I wasn't too sure how foam would look because I've seen like two Lord Deaths (and those are the only two I've seen so far) and their hands don't look too great to me.

And the Morticia Addams looks like a good idea for the legs, and I planned on probably shuffling around (I told my friends that I'd be able to move just no where fast).

I'll probably make the harness and etc before cutting the cloak out, and the only idea for attaching the mask currently is by using really good Velcro (with Velcro I could also make various facial expression masks to attach.)

Sorry that my reply is all over the place but thanks for the help and please add anything else if you think of anything. I want to try to make most of this cosplay myself (I'm about to start learning to sew as well). I also want to make it as accurate as possible even though this character looks very weirdly proportioned just because I really like this character and I don't see many people cosplaying him.

I also have till sometime next year to get him done so I can probably take my time on him and get everything looking just right.