Alias Cosplay

Costume :Alice L. Malvin
Variant :2nd Lieutenant
Source :Pumpkin Scissors
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Amecon 2010

Costume Photos

Randel and Alice - Amecon 2010

Alice and the Mahne

The Protagonists

Pumpkin Scissors

The War Relief

The Corporal and the Lieutenant


Costume Information

The main female protagonist. Second in command and field leader of the Pumpkin Scissors. An inexperienced soldier of noble origin who graduated in the academy just before the ceasefire. Alice's hot-tempered and reckless demeanor tends to sometimes put her and her subordinates in danger. She has a strong sense of duty and justice and tries to live up to her family's military traditions, contrary to her father and sisters' belief that she must assume a more feminine behavior. While she is the current heir to her family, she will likely lose this position once her younger brother comes of age.

Contrary to her subordinates who always engage in combat with firearms, Alice's weapon of choice is a short-sword with her family crest engraved on it, but in some occasions she shows her true skills in battle when brandishing her special weapon, a long double-bladed cavalry sword called Mahne.

Another curious trait of hers is that sometimes she feels chills on her neck when something very good or very bad is about to happen, but in the anime her chills signify the first encounter of an Invisible 9 troop. Alice is engaged to another noble, Lionel Taylor, who apparently supports her ideals. However, there are apparently are some feelings between her and Randel Oland as hinted throughout the series.

Paired with Leadmill as Randel.


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cool ^^

by nanahara on Saturday, 19 September, 2009 - 09:39
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You are going to this character perfectly, you will look stunning!

by Leadmill on Saturday, 19 September, 2009 - 20:11
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You'll be great!

by sjbonnar on Saturday, 19 September, 2009 - 21:03
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Thanks guys! :)

by Alias Cosplay on Sunday, 20 September, 2009 - 08:08
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awesome first Pumpkin Scissors cosplay i've seen!

can't wait to see it!

by Numta on Thursday, 20 May, 2010 - 17:31
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This is looking fantastic!

by Leadmill on Tuesday, 20 July, 2010 - 19:16
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Awesome, I love Pumpkin Scissors! Your outfit looks awesome :D

by Ino on Thursday, 22 July, 2010 - 19:08
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That looks fantastic. ^_^

by RebaSephiroth2 on Tuesday, 3 August, 2010 - 15:47
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Wow this is coming a long reall good~ : D

by isamiaella on Tuesday, 3 August, 2010 - 16:12
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The progress is really impressive, you;re going to look great!

by Fables on Tuesday, 3 August, 2010 - 16:48
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This is looking fantastic!
Never seen the series but wow :o

by MikeJenks on Wednesday, 4 August, 2010 - 15:46
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Those shoes are actually amazing

by Chikinpoo on Wednesday, 4 August, 2010 - 15:59
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I'm actually taking careful note since I need to do armoured shoes soon! They came out so well!

by sjbonnar on Wednesday, 11 August, 2010 - 00:01
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all your stuff is just far too good , i LOVE THE BOOTS AND THE detailing on the top amy !!!< how did you get the armour so shiny as im in need of help for one of my coses!

by ryaoki on Wednesday, 11 August, 2010 - 14:02
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Excellent work - I particularly like your neat and precise topstitching, and the boot armour. Really impressive!

by Angelphie on Tuesday, 17 August, 2010 - 16:48
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You were so awesome as Alice! The Mahn was amazing, if a little unwieldy!

by Leadmill on Tuesday, 17 August, 2010 - 20:26
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I couldnt have given two Funks about going to amecon! the only thing that made me feel a twinge of dissapointment about not going was seeing you'rs and matt's outfits :) my favourite ones to date! well done!

by Captain_Marvelous on Wednesday, 18 August, 2010 - 14:27
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You guys look awesome! O_O Some of the best PS cosplays I've seen. Wish I could have seen you guys in person~ :)

by Ino on Wednesday, 18 August, 2010 - 16:30
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It was great to see it in person. Very well made. ^^b

by Mangamad on Friday, 20 August, 2010 - 11:58

Cha were u at last expo doing PS on the sunday? If u were u are awesome XD

by FFZidane on Wednesday, 10 November, 2010 - 19:43
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Yep we were and thanks!

by Alias Cosplay on Thursday, 11 November, 2010 - 08:25

Yah me and my friend saw ur group walk past as we were coming bk from the PTI, I was like 'Isnt that...' And I think I shouted u bk! I was highly impressed! PS is such a brilliant anime, but sadly not very well know....

by FFZidane on Saturday, 13 November, 2010 - 15:20

To-Do List

Pumpkin Scissors patchHighComplete
Badges of rankHighComplete
Belt with dagger and sheathHighComplete
The MahneHighComplete
Armoured bootsMediumComplete
Belt with grey bias tape/silver buckleMediumComplete


Epaulets (Posted 11th August 2010)

Fixed into place.

Detail (Posted 11th August 2010)

Two front pockets and smaller ones to the side.

Trousers (Posted 11th August 2010)

Trouser detail with elasticated waistband

Overcoat detail (Posted 11th August 2010)

Front/detail of overcoat.

Heat formed (Posted 4th August 2010)

I used a heat gun to form the foam pieces into a better shape around the boot.

Base colour (Posted 4th August 2010)

First layer of black spray paint after primer, then a final layer of a metallic pewter paint.

Collar detail (Posted 4th August 2010)

Finished the collar with a thin grey trim around the edge, a button near the front and fixed the badges into place.
I wanted to limit the layers underneath the uniform since the fabric is heavy and warm to wear. I dyed the collar of a shirt to get an off white shade to match the reference and removed the collar. I ironed the creases into each end of the collar and fixed them to the inside of the uniform neckline.
Two buttons were added near the front (for the removable hood Alice sometimes wears).

Boots and trousers (Posted 4th August 2010)

The trousers had to be short in length so that it was possible to wear the riding boots on top of them but still have a small amount of fabric to fold over the edge of the boots.

Armour Template (Posted 3rd August 2010)

Each set of boot armour have 6 separate pieces. I either sketch out a rough shape first on paper or use the foam straight away, trimming it to size whilst holding it against the shape of the boot. The figurine was the best reference for her armour boots.

Armour mock up (Posted 3rd August 2010)

Before being glued together I taped the pieces into place first to check that they fitted correctly. The boot armour will be removable as seen in the anime by using black webbing straps and velcro.

Final Mahne (Posted 22nd July 2010)

Total length around 7ft, hence why it needed to be made in two parts that come apart.

Blade end (Posted 22nd July 2010)

Each blade is made up of two pieces of wood, after they were glued together the ends were sanded off at a slight angle to give a nice finish and detail was scoured into the wood prior painting.

Blade detail (Posted 22nd July 2010)

Each blade is made up of two pieces of wood, after they were glued together the curved in edges were sanded off at a slight angle to give a nice finish.

Third handle (Posted 22nd July 2010)

The third handle adjacent to the main two in the centre, finished with the final details that blend it in to the main section.

Handles with grips (Posted 22nd July 2010)

The two rubber bike grips slotted on either side to complete the main handles, the black foam overlaps the grips helping it to look like a single piece.

Main handles (Posted 22nd July 2010)

Here you can see how the two sections of the Manhe fit together from both sides. There are 8 small screws in total spaced along the handles where the two pieces overlap. The spaces along the edges are where the rubber bike handle grips will slot onto and hide the screws and wood underneath.

Dagger and Sheath (Posted 22nd July 2010)

The sheath belt is attached to the main belt with velcro near the front and around the back.

Sheath (Posted 22nd July 2010)

A foam base was made first, wrapped and shaped around the dagger. This was used as a rough template for the soft leather layer that was fixed on top of the foam. Detail was added around the top and base of the sheath and a belt loop was fixed to the underside at the top.
The sheath belt was made from a strip of leather, added the seams and sprayed it with two different shades of leather/vinyl paint to get the right shade. The belt attaches to the main one with velcro.

Dagger complete (Posted 21st July 2010)

The fine detail along the blade was carefully scoured into the wood before painting.

Dagger (Posted 20th July 2010)

Finished the detail, ready for painting.

Dagger base (Posted 20th July 2010)

The base of the dagger was shaped from the single piece of wood left over from the Mahne. I will be adding strips of thin foam around the handle for the detail and a pieces of thick plastazote for the hilt as laid out in the photo. It is around 16in in length.

Patch 2 (Posted 20th July 2010)

The patch was fixed into place on the left sleeve.

Main belt (Posted 20th July 2010)

The main belt was made from a strip of soft pleather with two strips of thin grey trim attached along the edges, the same trim that will be used around the collar. A metal clip belt was added to the ends. The brown sheath belt will be attached to this one.

Gloves (Posted 20th July 2010)

The long brown gloves I already owned.

Handle (Posted 19th July 2010)

The handle and join adjacent to the main two in the centre made from thick plastazote and fun foam mainly. It slots onto the piece of wood that will be the blade of the Mahne.

Mahne 4 (Posted 17th July 2010)

Added the detail near the hilt.

Mahne 3 (Posted 17th July 2010)

The Mahne has a third handle adjacent to the main two in the centre. I cut a wooden pole down to size and cut a rubber bicycle grip in half. I fixed the two rubber pieces around the pole, adding a thick curved piece of plastazote to the back edge. I covered the edges with thin black foam to tidy up the surfaces/edges and to blend the handle with the grip. Push pins were added for detail.

Mahne 2 (Posted 17th July 2010)

The piece of wood was a single piece and cut in half. The flat sides were placed together overlapping by around 8 inches and 8 small screws were fixed into place along the overlapping area. These crews can easily be removed for easy transport.
2 pieces of thick plastazote were shaped to form the curve of the handle. They were cut in half to make the 6 pieces in total and fixed along the edges of the wood. Black foam was added on top to tidy the edges/surface and push pins were added for detail.

Mahne 1 (Posted 17th July 2010)

The base for one of two blades for the Mahne, 47inches long and 2 inches wide each. I cut the corners off and sanded the end into shape. The wood has a slight curve to the top side.

Patch (Posted 23rd May 2010)

Leadmill had both our uniform patches commissioned some time ago.

Badges Complete (Posted 29th November 2009)

Used a mixture of spray paint for the base colour and acrylic for the details. These will be fixed flush to the uniform collars.

Badges of Rank (Posted 28th November 2009)

Made from scrap pieces of plastazote and thin card with a couple of layers of latex. They needed to be quite light and thin to be fixed flat to the collar of the uniforms without weighing the fabric down and distorting the shape. The Corporal's are on the top and the Lieutenant's are on the bottom. Next they will need to be painted black and grey.