Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
Last Updated: 06-01-2011
Raiden (MGS4) cosplay for Fanime 2011. This was built over the course of 2 and a half months, but I'll say a better estimate of about 4-5 weeks of solid worktime.
Metal Gear has always been my favorite series of games. The idea was completely innovative: rather than go thru the game guns blazing, you actually had to think and outsmart the enemy and avoid large-scale confrontation. Genius. At the same time, it had a really complex, almost cinematic storyline that was far more interesting than your standard "hero saves the day" kinds of quests in gaming.
While I didn't particularly enjoy Raiden in MGS2, I thought he became far more badass by MGS4. I've seen a lot of people cosplay Snake in his various forms, so I didn't want to go that route. But not too many people cosplay Gray Fox or Cyborg Raiden, so I chose to cosplay Raiden in an effort to be more unique.
- Most of the suit is constructed using hot glue and E6000 adhesive. The shoulders, the glove straps, and the lower leg plates are all attached via velcro
- Head camo is mostly foamcore posterboard, 6 red translucent BBs for the solid eye portions, a black headband, masking tape, and black spraypaint. The visor is cut from a plastic fishbowl I found at PetSmart for $8; the bar codes on the visor and shoulder pieces were made with a whiteout pen.
- The suit consists of a black dance leotard which snaps at the crotch, over a white compression top and white compression leggings. Grommets were put into the abdomen of the suit The tan and silver detail portions are craft foam, attached using E6000 since it would need to be more flexible because of the stretchiness of the suit. The clear portions on the shoulder blades and chest are thin, flexible plastic, and the shoulder pieces are cut from another fishbowl. Details on the craft foam portions were made using markers, and metal washers were glued throughout the suit's parts. The plastic plates on the lower legs come from the sides of a cylindrical plastic jug.
- White gloves and black swim shoes were also covered by tan craft foam. I opted for swim shoes instead of high heels as they were more flexible and I could move better in them (I dance on the side, so I was planning on doing a lot of jumping and moving in the suit for photos)
- Belt and pouches, the knife sheath on my lower leg, and the straps for the gun holster were all made from luggage straps and tool pouches bought at Daiso (a Japanese imported goods store, where almost everything is only $1.50!). Gun holster was bought at the army surplus for $12
- Sword was made with foam board on a wooden yardstick base for strength. The knife is fully foam board. The grips of both were pieces of a foam grip mat. Sword sheath is foam board as well
- Wig is from Cosplay.com's shop, for about $30
I'm really happy with how this turned out. It's only my second real cosplay, and it was very well recieved at Fanime. I plan on improving it and bringing it back to Fanime '12 next year or to other cons.
FURTHER PLANNED IMPROVEMENTS:
- Prop pistol to fill the gun holster
- 2nd knife, will remake both knives using wooden yardstick base for strength and stylistic consistency with the sword
- Add more small details to the suit using more craft foam
- Remake the head camo a fraction bigger (I originally made it without accommodating the wig, so it was a little too snug)
If you want to see more of the suit, check out my photoshoot with roflwaffles here:
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