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Unread 08-18-2012, 10:31 PM   #1
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Lady Loki cosplay help?

I want to cosplay as Lady Loki for Tsukino-con in February, but I have absolutely NO idea how to go about it..

I can't find any good pictures of her, but these are some pics I found of cosplayers that I would LOVE my cosplay to look like.

http://www.winextra.com/wp-content/u...-3-600x900.jpg
http://fc00.deviantart.net/fs71/f/20...vi-d48s0j0.jpg
http://fc09.deviantart.net/fs71/f/20...vi-d42eq18.jpg

I honestly dont even have any idea where to start OTL The only thing I know is that I'd have to do scale maille.

All help is greatly appreciated, as this will be my first ever cosplay and I want to do it well!
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Unread 08-19-2012, 12:32 AM   #2
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The second girl (andf third) is using scale armor, but the first one isn't. I haven't seen any real scales that look like that as of yet. ^^; Whatever the case, tackle the scales first. For the amount of time and effort you'd have to go through to make reinforced foam scales, you might as well do the real thing - which isn't difficult so much as it is time-consuming. Scale armor is actually very easy to craft - much easier than if she was wearing chain mail, that's for sure. ^^;

This is a great tutorial you can follow to do a scale top like the second girl did.

As for everything else... all official artwork I've seen of Lady Loki isn't really consistent. Something is always changing, so you actually have a lot of leeway as to how you can handle it. Green body suit, black body suit... Greean and black body suit, fitted pants and low cut shirt or whatever... There are lots of options. though most tend to settle for the green unitard look. However, the only thing really consistent is the drape and belts in front, and the fact that she does have scale armor. More often than not, however, her outfit is cleavage bearing (what kind of super villainess would she be if she wasn't showing off the goods?). So again, you have lots of freedom to experiment on what will actually be underneath the drape and armor - so you should decide for yourself what would look best on you, how to make yours unique, as well as what will work better for whatever budget you have.

Now the horns... OTL the horns. Even I don't know how to go about those - which is probably why I'm handling them last when I go through with my Lady Loki. One girl I met who had an awesome lady Loki told me she cut up some of the oversized candy cane christmas decorations and worked from there - which is a great way to have symmetrical horns, but they're not quite the right shape I think.
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Unread 09-04-2012, 03:38 PM   #3
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for the horns, I made a test run for DragonCon (for funsies) that held up pretty well.

Find a malleable head band (I went to Joanne's Fabric and got a craftfoam princess crown, and trimmed it down) and build from that. soft, preferably, because even though mine was foam - it still gave me a headache after a while.

for the horns, I used a foam heart - cut in half. sanded a little bit and shaped with a dremel. coated in modpodge, as foam will melt when spraypainted.

I mounted the horns to the princess crown with screw pins, and they worked REALLY well. threw some model magic on there while watching television, let it dry - spray painted it with metallic krylon; done.

http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphoto...22647922_n.jpg

theyre not accurate, and done in a hurry on a whim - but the construction test proved them to be stable and durable!

best of luck!
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Unread 09-04-2012, 07:37 PM   #4
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I was reading over volpins blog the other day and it was a did set of horns but he carved them out of clay then made a mold then slush casted them then filled w spray foam. I'm thinking u could just carve out of spray insulation foam if. U can't slush cast or u could carve out of pink insulation foam the glue to the headband
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for the horns, I made a test run for DragonCon (for funsies) that held up pretty well.

Find a malleable head band (I went to Joanne's Fabric and got a craftfoam princess crown, and trimmed it down) and build from that. soft, preferably, because even though mine was foam - it still gave me a headache after a while.

for the horns, I used a foam heart - cut in half. sanded a little bit and shaped with a dremel. coated in modpodge, as foam will melt when spraypainted.

I mounted the horns to the princess crown with screw pins, and they worked REALLY well. threw some model magic on there while watching television, let it dry - spray painted it with metallic krylon; done.

http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphoto...22647922_n.jpg

theyre not accurate, and done in a hurry on a whim - but the construction test proved them to be stable and durable!

best of luck!
Yikes, so I ran into this months later, hopefully someone replies. But hey! So I'm in the process of doing my own version of a Lolita-style Loki, and I began the same way you did, miraculously ran into the heart-shaped foam at Hobby Lobby. I even bought two just in case I messed up, and ended up with two really...not the shape I wanted results, but Hobby Lobby is pretty far away and I don't want to put all of my money into the headpiece because the outfit itself is going to cost me a fortune.

ANYWAY, as I'm rambling, your foam princess crown idea is really interesting. I'm working with paperclay to mold out the horns, so did you build up on the foam? I was just wondering if I would have to go through the whole paper mache, then paperclay process all over again and if the foam was durable enough to carry added material. Any tips are appreciated!

Also, are the screw pins you talk about the same thing as 'twist pins'? Looks like a thumbtack but with a twisted nail end? I've been wondering how to attach the horns to the headpiece itself...
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