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Unread 08-15-2017, 08:35 AM   #1
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Critique on my Gundam costume.

So I made my costume, wore it, and decided to rebuild it afterwards (now that con season is pretty much done). But I'd like some outside opinions if I could.

My costume: https://thewalkerofdarkness.devianta...im-2-697625150

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Full body: https://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net...20110107181123
Gun: https://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net...20110917005736

Some basic notes about it: Most of it is EVA foam and corrugated plastic wrapped in vinyl, held together with high temp hot glue. You can't see it, but there are lights in the gun and some more on the back. It's almost all covered in spray paints of varying colors.

So what I know already: There are missing parts on many of pieces, the gun needed to be designed differently, and the overall artistry is weak.

What I'm looking for: How far off are the proportions, rightness/wrongness of the materials, what might have been done better?

By all means, go all Face/Off on me. I was hoping to get some feedback from the contest judges, but I think they deleted their email accounts after the con.
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Unread 08-18-2017, 03:17 PM   #2
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For starters, how experienced are you?
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Unread 08-20-2017, 10:51 AM   #3
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Well, I'd qualify it as "novice". Maybe. This was my first time using EVA foam, corrugated plastic, really my first time building armor. My previous 2 cosplays were mostly sewing projects, with some woodworking experience from various things over the years. So you could rank me however you want from that.
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With your experience being a novice level I'd grade you between a high C to low B grade.

You definitely put a lot of effort into it. But you also have a lot of room to grow.
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What do you suggest are the biggest wrongs in that build, and what do you suggest to fix in future versions?
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First would be the proportions. If you were trying to go for a SD gundam then it would be more or less fine. Otherwise the overall appearance looks unbalanced with how bulky it is. It needs to be more sleek with curvature within it's design.

If you're interested there are some very devoted gundam cosplayers who made a tutorial guide. They have got some of the best I have ever seen.
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So you think it needs to be taller? Because getting it narrower isn't that easy. I have some space left over in there, but not that much.

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Unread 08-22-2017, 01:17 PM   #8
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That's why a lot of gundam cosplayers incorporate silts in to offset the appearance and balance out the look.

But it all depends on how much you're willing to sacrifice for this art.
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