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Unread 06-04-2013, 07:32 PM   #1
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Fire Emblem Awakening Hero/Priam

Hey guys!

I'm doing my first ever full body cosplay based on the hero class in Fire Emblem: Awakening. I already finished most of my costume, but I'm having trouble with a few things:
  1. How do I make my armor look "real" or metallic? Should I? (Please refer to pictures)
  2. What materials should I use to make the shield? (I tried using foamies, but I don't like the thickness and flimsiness)
  3. How should I make my sword (Ragnell or a Brave Sword)? (I'm more-or-less concerned about Anime Expo weapon guidelines, the materials, and how... I want to make a sword that I can carry around in the convention.)

Once again, I'm practically a beginner when it comes to making cosplay. Besides this current project, I only have Servbot helmets under my resume. So please keep things simple!

Please ask for more information if I left anything unclear or lacking in information. Thanks!

Relevant Pictures:

Finished Armor

Armor and Hero reference
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Brave Sword
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Conventions (Attended and Planned):
  • Fanime 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • SacAnime S2012, W2013, W2014, S2014
  • Anime Expo 2013, 2014
  • Japan Expo USA 2013, 2014
  • Animation on Display 2014

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Unread 07-29-2013, 11:05 AM   #2
Oh dear...
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To make the armour look more metallic, I would suggest you go over your already painted parts with same-coloured rust paint. It's for metals and would give it a more metallic shine. Or paint that people use for cars. Then go over it with a finish.

For Ragnell, go with cardboard with a pvc pipe core. If you're more inclined for woodworking, there's plenty of wooden sword tutorials on youtube.
Possibly cosplaying:

[Fire Emblem:if] Aqua or Female Kamui (0%) Fanexpo Toronto 2015
[maybe, .hack//gu] Haseo Xth form (0%) Fanexpo Toronto

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