|Cost :||Approximately £120|
|Time Taken :||About a month (though the arm was rushed at the last minute!)|
|[I'm constantly adding to this costume to make it perfect, hence the "in progress"!]|
GODDAMN THAT ARM. I spent forever just trying to get my head around how best to construct it; I'd seen people sticking pieces onto blue gloves and making the whole thing out of various materials, neither of which I particularly liked the look of - I wanted something that, like a real arm, had no seams and no bits falling off etc. I saw somewhere that someone was thinking about using DragonSkin silicone rubber for theirs and that's how I got the idea for mine. But due to MONEY and TIME constraints, I could only use what was available in my local art shop: Brandless liquid latex, and good old plaster strips. I figure I'll put a brief description of how it was made, and if anyone wants more details I'd be happy to share. Of course there were many things which went wrong and I'll address those as I go through :3
1. A plaster cast of my hand and arm, which was carefully cut off and re-mended so I had a replica of my own limb!
2. Using more plaster bandages, powder plaster, and LOTS of reference pics, I sculpted the design of the Devil Bringer until it was as identical as I could get it. [The problem with plaster was that it did fracture a few times, but was easily fixable]
3. Then the first coat of latex was painted on, doing my best to get all the little gaps but avoiding losing the details. [This inevitable happened a bit as the layers of latex built up, but it wasn't massively noticeable and more latex could be added to the higher peaks to redefine them]
4. Then the 2nd, 3rd, 4th... as many coats as it took for me to feel happy that it wouldn't tear when peeling it from the plaster.
5. After the latex had cured I covered it in talcum powder so that it wouldn't stick to itself, and peeled it off gently, so that I was left with an inside-out arm. [There were still a few little holes where air bubbles had been, but more latex fixed that!]
6. Prominant peaks like the pointed nails, knuckle... lumps, elbow... fin??? etc. were filled in (on the inside) with latex so that they would stay hard and not indent/flop when wearing it. [Here I needed to take into account that 'filling' with latex rather than 'painting' it on takes a lot longer to cure/set, and I found myself waiting for HOURS AND HOURS for each blob to be firm enough that I could move the arm to do a different part. Not good when there were... a lot of parts to fill. This is when I had to start rushing, compromising the parts which wouldn't be so noticeable, which if I'd had more time I would have made sure were perfect]
7. After waiting forever for all the latex to cure, I checked for any last holes, and then turned the arm back the right-way-out and started painting! You have to use special paints obviously for stretchy materials so that it doesn't crack when you move (the brand I used was called Stretchi-Paint, but at the Con I had many better brands recommended to me WHICH I HAVE FORGOTTEN D:). [And I definitely needed a better brand! The paints were fine colour and blending-wise, but during the Con it... melted a little in places that rubbed (between fingers, knuckles), and I'm not sure whether it was the latex or a reaction it had to the paints, but the latex started to get little holes in the high-tension areas (knuckles, elbow). NO GOOD! That being said, it held together for the whole 4 days, and as long as nobody looked too closely the holes weren't that noticeable]
8. Do not rush your painting! After being horrified at how long the latex took to dry, make sure you give yourself at least 2 days to paint the thing, adding as many details as you can! [6am on the morning of the Con, I totally rushed my painting. Given 2 more days and some sleep, I would like to think it'd come out almost identical to the real thing]
The main thing which I wish I'd had the time and skills to do would be GLOWING Devil Bringer. I read about some kind of electroluminescent sheeting but it flew right over my head :| Even some glowy paints would be good but I couldn't get any for latex painting.
Things I was missing: Silver buttons for the coat, Silver belt buckle, more rings and thicker wrist band.
The coat is an everyday denim trenchcoat I found which had such a nice shape to it I had to have it. Red lining was put around the sleeves where they rolled up, but I didn't have enough of the material to line the bulk of the coat :( I used good old fabric paint for the emblem on the sleeves.
The jeans are from PRIMARK! The boots are Rocketdog and were the most expensive piece of the costume...
Unfortunately the two leather articles (gun holsters and red vest) were bought pre-made, and I altered the size and made slight design changes to get it closer to the real thing (ie the vest was too long and didn't split at the bottom, and was too large, as were the holsters. Taking in holsters = not fun).
The wig got a few compliments actually :0 It's from an eBay seller I can't remember the name of, but really nice quality kanekalon! It should have been a littttttle bit silver though, if I remember Nero's hair correctly, but it was the closest I could find. The back was the right length and style already so I only had to tinker with the front :3
I also did buy contact lenses BUT I FORGOT THEM DDDDDD:
...I think that is everything.
PS: The Devil Arm was SWEATY lol, and the wig was the usual amount of uncomfortable, but other than that it was a really comfy costume!
PPS: Nero CAN reach the orbs.
|Re-make arm in DragonSkin. Extend elbow. Electroluminescent sheeting? What about the fingers though...||High||Planned|
|Red coat lining||High||Planned|
|Silver belt buckle||High||Planned|
|ACTUALLY WEAR CONTACTS lol||High||Planned|
|Customise boots to get them exact||Medium||Planned|
|Change stitching & shorten vest||Medium||Planned|
|Dye wig a little silver/grey||Medium||Planned|
|Sword holster (straps on coat)||Medium||Planned|