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Unread 08-19-2013, 08:36 AM   #1936
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Making an EVA foam FemShep myself, and I'm wondering about the heatshaping part, especially for the chestpiece.

I've heatshaped armour before, but my previous costume used the very thin, 2mm foam. What I'm wondering is that when it comes to the big, textured EVA tiles, when I try to form it round a chest shape, will it lose the texturing? Because obviously, that's an important part of the N7 builds, and I don't want it to warp the pattern...
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Unread 08-19-2013, 02:57 PM   #1937
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Nope, the texture will stay in the foam, no problem. At least i have never had to disappear or be removed by heat forming it
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Unread 08-27-2013, 05:20 PM   #1938
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Ashley Williams' Phoenix Armor

So, I'm planning on doing my first attempt at armor with wonderflex and craft foam, and I've decided on making Ash's armor from either ME1 or ME2. Are there any templates for either of them?

I've looked around, and all I can find are templates for N7 armor, which is quite different in a lot of places, and I'm not even sure where to start on editing existing templates. If someone could make a template for me or point me in the right direction, I'd be really thrilled. <3
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Unread 09-19-2013, 01:06 PM   #1939
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Currently I'm making ME2 FemShep armor for a convention next month. One month to make armor for the first time. Yup. O.O That chestpiece is going to scare me. And it would be helpful if certain stores wouldn't have switched their foam brands. The gray I need looks a little darker at another store.

Out of curiosity where are you guys getting your El Wire from? I'll probably just have to order a kit online from amazon.
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Unread 10-15-2013, 09:01 AM   #1940
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Recently, Dollarama started carrying EL wire under the guise of 'light up shoe strings'. Those things are amazing. Still, been using DORCY brand electric glowsticks for most of my lighting, apart from stuff that has to be curved.
I'm sure you could make armour in a month if you put your mind to it! If you work at it, a set can take a few days- here's three sets that were hammered out in ten, seven, and three days respectively:

Right side- my friend Benson in Zaeed armour- we hammered that out in ten days

My Shepard, Laura- we hammered it out in seven days

My Kaidan alternate armour- hammered out in 2 1/2 days

Paint your foam! I hit EVERYTHING with a few layers of Plasti-Dip. Regular foam, regardless of colour, absorbs light and looks incredibly flat.
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Unread 11-01-2013, 08:22 AM   #1941
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Finished my FemShep in time for the MCM Expo!

Took about 2 weeks in the end, though that was going at it pretty intensively in the evenings and weekends. Full foam build, compression top and leggings as the undersuit, and a Carnifex pistol to go with it. Made up my own paper patterns, since I wanted the ME3 version and nothing really looked right.

I bought a polystyrene ball from Hobbycraft, cut it in half, and used that as the mould for my chestplate. Actually worked really well shaping the foam over them, and it turns out I didn't need the textured side showing at all, so even less problems!

My biggest tip would be to agree with the poster above - paint the foam. It helps SO much with the finished look. I used two coats of matt black, two of grey metallic car paint and two of clear lacquer. It comes up so sexily shiny it's untrue. I also picked up a little aluminium colour touch up pen from the car shop, and used that to scuff the armour a bit.

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Unread 11-21-2013, 02:58 PM   #1942
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Hi I am looking for some designs so that I can make my own Commander Shepard battle armor. I love the game and I want to start cos playing with my 11 yr old daughter that wants to do it too. I need help in getting designs for Shepard and for Liara. So if anyone can help me it would be great. I would love to show my daughter that I am the greatest dad in the world for doing these costumes for us.

I am disabled veteran and I have time to make them and she keeps telling me that she wants to start going to all the Cons that are hear in our area. So if anyone can please send me a file with designs that I can print out and then be able to sketch them to life size would be great. I will also need designs and information on how to make the Liara mask for my daughter. If anyone can help would be appreciated.

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Unread 11-23-2013, 09:11 PM   #1943
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That would be a good place to start, it has most, if not all the refs you need to start from scratch.

has a collection of Pepakura Files.

an asari headpeice, I know that's usually involves some form of sculpting and/or casting. Messy work, I haven't dabbled it into myself.


I... don't think I've posted my first build 'Sentinel Shepard' I call it since it's based of, well, my Sentinel Class Shepard.

Next on my list? Infiltrator Shepard.
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Commander Shepard (ME3 - Sentinel) Progress:80%
Commander Shepard (ME - Infiltrator) Progress:15%

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Unread 12-13-2013, 04:53 PM   #1944
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Hey there! In the past I have cosplayed as ME2 Shepard (Cerberus crew garb) and in the works right now I'm doing ME3 femshep! I plan on also doing different versions of Shep and maybe even an asari at some point. I have pictures up on my cosplay page right here:

Check it out and don't forget to like my page for updates! I will be having photoshoots within the next few months. :}
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Unread 02-20-2014, 09:45 AM   #1945
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Hey everyone. Just wanted to pop in, say hi. I'm currently working on a Tali'Zorah build. I have some pattern mockups that I'm hoping to knock out this weekend. Hopefully I'll have some progress shots to share coming up!
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Unread 02-23-2014, 12:07 PM   #1946
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Anyone here know of someone I can commission for FemShep armor with a price tag around $500-$600 tops? Seems like most of the armor makers I've run into either don't offer female Mass Effect armor or charge $800-$1000 (whereas the male version is $600-$700). I imagine it's probably harder to shape the female armor, but gosh darn it, the price difference stinks!

Shoot me a message if you've got suggestions for me. I'd really love to put together a FemShep costume, but I just can't make the armor myself.
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Unread 03-25-2014, 02:05 PM   #1947
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I want to make a armor with pepacura. But i have never worked with pepacura. it is hard?
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Unread 04-27-2014, 04:00 AM   #1948
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I haven't been on in years, but I'm restarting.

Originally Posted by jadeblue14 View Post
Hey everyone. Just wanted to pop in, say hi. I'm currently working on a Tali'Zorah build. I have some pattern mockups that I'm hoping to knock out this weekend. Hopefully I'll have some progress shots to share coming up!
I'm restarting my Tali build as well. One pattern that helped me was a modified Kwik Sew K3052. Pattern A gives you the full bodysuit you're looking for. Alternately, if you're feeling brave, you can create your own near-seamless pattern from

There aren't many patterns available online for her hood, but I did find this one which may help you.

I recommend this pattern if you have the means to afford Spoonflower. There is a slightly more "busy" alternate available here. A hex pattern is available on Spoonflower here.

I hope this helps.

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I want to make a armor with pepacura. But i have never worked with pepacura. it is hard?
While I haven't worked with pepakura before, I recommend lots and lots of patience. The process seems like it may take a while. You should be able to pick up lots of different kinds of Mass Effect pepakura here.

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Unread 05-26-2014, 07:00 PM   #1949
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Hello! I am new to this thread (and the website in general).

My name is Haley and cosplaying has been a hobby of mine for the last year or so. I am still learning new techniques and developing my skills every day. I have a lot to learn but I love the challenge

I am a HUGE Mass Effect fan just like the rest of you. I am currently planning on cosplaying Miranda in her Loyalty outfit. It's funny because I have never really enjoyed Miranda as a character but her outfits are pretty awesome. I have been browsing through this thread since some of the first posts and have gathered a lot of useful information but any other tips or advice would be greatly appreciated

My deadline for this is early August because I would like to wear it at the Boston Comic Con.

Looking forward to showing you guys my progress and watching all of your projects!
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Unread 06-01-2014, 08:35 PM   #1950
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I'm looking forward to seeing it. There don't seem to be many Miri cosplayers out there.
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