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Unread 04-28-2013, 02:59 PM   #1
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I desperately want to cosplay this. How.

Reference 1 Reference 2

Okay so I want to cosplay a mix between these two designs. I was thinking about using a long-sleeved top and leggings in grey, but I don't think that will work. I need the mask to fit mostly well and to be able to take it on and off at will. It'd be nice if it was also a helmet.

The main parts I need to get are the chest piece, the stomach part, the legs and the arms. I was thinking of making some kind of gauntlet thing for the arms. Oh, and the feet are pretty important too.

Also, did I mention? I need to make it out of a decent material. I've seen a good few cosplays made from mostly cardboard then covered in something and having some strong thing inside, so I was thinking of doing that? Help?
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Unread 04-29-2013, 05:11 PM   #2
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Read up in the Props and Armor forum. There are a lot of options for materials, which changes how you will go about doing it.

Some common materials used to make mecha-type cosplays:
cardboard
craft foam
EVA foam
Wonderflex

Each one has different methods and budget necessary to make your cosplay.

Within the Props and Armor section, there is a fairly new thread that will be very helpful to you. It's a tutorial with schematics on how to design and make a mecha/Gundam suit. I know yours is not Gundam, but many of the same things will apply for any robot/mecha type costume.

Some tips I'll add: Get a friend to be your "handler" while you wear your costume. If you plan to wear a mask or helmet, it will severely impair your vision and mobility. You will need someone to help you in crowds and be your eyes.

Less movement is better. In my personal experience, walking to the con and moving your limbs to pose will damage armor. I destroyed my boots just from walking from the hotel to the con. And my armor was all scratched up in places where the pieces rubbed together.
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Unread 04-30-2013, 02:20 PM   #3
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Okay. I don't want to be completely covered, but I have a friend who is basically my handler for non-cosplay as well. Thanks a lot!
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I'd definitely look into mecha cosplay tutorials, that's for sure. Maybe get a black unitard or zentai suit to wear under the armour pieces? That way, you're safely covered and can build a more skeletal structure of armour without feeling exposed!
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Wonderflex. It's a beautiful thing. <3 As StarsCASSiOPEiA said, look up some mecha cosplay tutorials <3
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Unread 06-07-2013, 01:18 PM   #6
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Okay! Thank you!
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Unread 06-07-2013, 11:43 PM   #7
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Bionicle is my childhood. If you're going with this, I'd love to see how it turns out.
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Unread 06-08-2013, 03:15 PM   #8
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Bionicle was my childhood as well. I don't have any experience with or much advice to offer on making armor, other than to look for tutorials on making it on Google or YouTube. It seems like EVA foam would be the best option, and I'd use clips to attach each armor piece and wear a black one-piece suit underneath it. I really hope this turns out well, and can't wait to see any progress you make.

Also, I was looking at Iron Man armor tutorials this morning, and came across this very detailed one:

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-...NE-Costumes-a/

You might find it helpful.
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Unread 06-09-2013, 04:10 AM   #9
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Thanks! It will have to wait until after my operation, but I have a pretty good idea of how to do this now.
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