Costume :Veronica Dare [ODST]
Source :Halo 3: ODST
Progress :Complete
Worn At :D-con 2011

Costume Photos

DCON 2011

DCON 2011

Remember Reach




Colour Scheme Reference

Armor Reference


Costume Information

Cost : £300+
Awards : Best Group Costume - D-Con 2011
Time Taken : December 09

Pushed Sparda back to get to grips with some armour techniques.
Dare was brilliant fun to cosplay, though the most uncomfortable cosplay to date (While still being bearable)

May 2010

The cosplay took a long 5 months between researching materials and purchasing materials, hitting quite a few speedbumps in the making of and working at college.
Theres a few things i'd like to add and change, and the backplate is incredibly uncomfortable, but all in all i'm really pleased with the outcome ^_^


Woo, I made some of the changes I wanted!
Parts re-enforced
repaired a few holes
new chestplate
new back shin
new cod
foam inner-thighs
took apart and re-strapped everything to fit better
new nerf smg
sanded, primed and re-painted the ENTIRE ARMOR -_- fml

Whats left (If I can seriously be bothered)

new forearms
new backplate
new smg AGAIN
new ab plate

MARCH 2011

New Backplate made from EVA foam, i'm DONE -__- Next project plz.


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This is gonna be amazing, I'm hoping all are cosplays are ready by then too

Its a shame Abrant3 removed his youtube videos, they were really helpful.
I can help with a few things if you need it, I'm no pro but I think I could help ^^:

The hardest part I reckon is getting the right armour sizes =B

by zane-destiny on Friday, 6 November, 2009 - 11:49
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This looks amazing!

Awesome work and i hope you can get it finished before expo

by Numta on Friday, 16 April, 2010 - 12:38
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Welp, im already overly impressed x x

by Detective Excel on Monday, 26 April, 2010 - 11:15
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Wow the helmet is already looking amazing. Anything with resin and fibreglass daunts me! Look forward to seeing the progress.

by yukioto on Monday, 26 April, 2010 - 11:16
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The progress is looking great

by Sephirayne on Friday, 30 April, 2010 - 16:16
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looking good m8 xD i so can't wait for may expo we'er so going to own xDD

by medrenaline on Tuesday, 4 May, 2010 - 11:14
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Looks like you done some fucking good filler work on that wrist :O i just baught more filler myself actualy, U-Pol Easy Sand :D the stuff is so smooth i wana rape it.

by keir160 on Wednesday, 5 May, 2010 - 04:36
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Wow.. this is looking indredible! Bravo! Looks like we'll be looking forward to seeing eachothers costumes! lol, if you do jump up and down like you say you will... try not to damage anything!! hahah. <3

by Alyx on Monday, 17 May, 2010 - 15:39
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Fffff why do you have to do better than me xD This is looking fantastic still!

by Detective Excel on Monday, 17 May, 2010 - 16:33
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hahah nah i meant dont damage anything of yours!! i imagine bouncing in armour... could be quite difficult, wouldnt want u to bounce your costume to pieces lol. i dont think you could do much to hurt mine lol.

by Alyx on Monday, 17 May, 2010 - 18:35
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wOw, this is looking GREAT.
I see there are loads of Halo cosplayers in May, but your Dare will totally stand out (and yes, I even changed my x360 avatar to a female just so I can have Dare's Helmet)

by k4tt on Wednesday, 19 May, 2010 - 11:01
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I'll happily be the teabag victim to you're awesomness XD

by zane-destiny on Tuesday, 25 May, 2010 - 07:24
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Hey this looks pretty cool, were you the one who stayed at the Travelodge City Airport with your mother?

by Odd-One-Out on Monday, 31 May, 2010 - 15:22

Saw you at expo (The Psycho from Borderlands who ran up to you, squeed and then ran off). Super f'ing awesome with a sprinkle of un-f'ing-believable on top.

by MasterJh117 on Monday, 31 May, 2010 - 19:36
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Hey Phi. Was great meeting up with you guys. Hope to meet up in October when my suit isn't so temperamental! ^__^

by k4tt on Monday, 31 May, 2010 - 23:58
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OMG I remember this, freakin' AMAZING cosplay! I loved the whole group aswell :'D All the effort certainly shows!

P.S Thankyou for your help at the cosplay desk, very much appreciated <3

by Charlie-Bear on Tuesday, 1 June, 2010 - 22:24

Just thought i'd mention...I noticed that both you and Keir are missing a little something from the helmet... Take a look at this picture and then directly in the middle of his forehead http://halo.wikia.com/wiki/File:ReconArmor.png You're missing the little sticky out bit...Just sayin' :) it works without it but die-hard fans such as myself might notice :P

by MasterJh117 on Thursday, 3 June, 2010 - 04:13

Oh yeah, are you cosplaying Dare again, in October? There's a Halo group already set up that currently consists of myself (Recon), Ashika (Miranda Keyes) and a Spartan 3 from Halo: Reach :P Just thought you might like to know as we're all considering entering the masquerade and need more Halo-ers :)

by MasterJh117 on Tuesday, 15 June, 2010 - 20:47
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Woww this is so awesome :D
I love the attention to detail

by My__RoadOfBlood on Friday, 17 September, 2010 - 14:27
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you made me drool D8

by zane-destiny on Tuesday, 2 November, 2010 - 11:38
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Thankyou so much for all your comments guys!! ^_^

by Ragepotato on Tuesday, 2 November, 2010 - 12:23

seen this at expo. It was f**cking brilliant. Your attention to detail is outstanding. congrats ~ : )

by - on Tuesday, 2 November, 2010 - 14:10

Love the editing on the "Remember Reach" image. Brilliant :)

by MasterJh117 on Tuesday, 16 November, 2010 - 22:18
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fantastic costume! that remember reach is an epic photo!

by LittleMissMetamorph on Friday, 19 November, 2010 - 23:31
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Amazing costume! :)

by My__RoadOfBlood on Wednesday, 9 March, 2011 - 21:23
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Gratz on the D-Con award ^__^
I see Dare is still going strong ;)

by k4tt on Saturday, 19 March, 2011 - 23:52
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absolutely amazing
Gratz on the award!

by Emzone on Sunday, 20 March, 2011 - 03:46
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Totally gutted I missed this on the sat at Dcon, would have been epic to see all 3! xD

by Kinreal on Sunday, 20 March, 2011 - 11:20
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Thankyou very much for all the kind words guys ^_^
@k4tt- i'm packing Dare away in a deep, deep box in a far away corner, or i'll never be satisfied with it xD;;


by Ragepotato on Thursday, 24 March, 2011 - 03:53
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This is just fantastic!

by Leadmill on Monday, 31 October, 2011 - 18:04
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this is amazing great job how you do it pepakura ?

by Defrain on Sunday, 26 February, 2012 - 14:02
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Yeh I used pepakura templates for these :)

by Ragepotato on Wednesday, 21 March, 2012 - 16:22
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Absolutely awesome! Why havent I met you yet?? I want to ask you all sorts of things about making armour costumes :P - you're such a neat worker.

by Ranma1-2 on Thursday, 11 October, 2012 - 22:44
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Hey Ranma!

We have met briefly in the masquerade queue one year, can't remember if we directly spoke though!
I'll be at the october expo though if your up for a chat! :)


by Ragepotato on Sunday, 14 October, 2012 - 22:23
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Yes please, I would love a proper chat :) if you spot me come and say hi.. my Sat cosplay is shaping up to be Trek (red minidress) and Sun is Elle Driver (white nurse uniform). What are your cosplays for the Expo weekend?

by Ranma1-2 on Sunday, 14 October, 2012 - 23:31
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I'll be Halo-ing it on saturday and doing an assassins creed apprentice on sunday :) Look forward to chatting!

by Ragepotato on Monday, 15 October, 2012 - 02:33
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Cool. Sat I should be minding two fur suiters, so if you spot two large rabbits toting guns I should be close by. ^_^

by Ranma1-2 on Monday, 15 October, 2012 - 19:35

To-Do List

Shin armourHighComplete
Model+Make New ChestplateHighComplete
Chest PlateHighComplete
Recon HelmetHighComplete
Forearm ArmourHighComplete
New Forearm ArmourHighPlanned
ODST SMGMediumComplete
Upper-Leg ArmourMediumComplete
Bicept/Shoulder ArmourMediumComplete
New BackplateMediumIn Progress


Halo Reach Midnight Launch! (Posted 14th September 2010)

I made the midnight launch my deadline to do the following revisions-

-Re-model and construct a smaller and curvier chestplate
-Make a replacement back shin
-Smooth out all the armour some more
-Re-do all the straps and buckles
-Reinforce parts of the armour with more fiberglass
-Sand and re-paint EVERYTHING accurately with automotive paints

Thankfully I managed to get the tedious stuff out of the way and i've left recreating a few pieces of armour for Expo in October ^__^

Completed! (Posted 3rd June 2010)

Dare was amazing to wear, I was so suprised at how many people recognized her next to the huge recon spartan ^^
I'll be re-doing her chestplate with an updated model (its way too big) and making sure to detail it this time with 'DARE' across the top and the UNSC logo in the middle. The helmet needs patched up after it was dropped and cracked with a few details needing added too, and my knee plate fell off my shin armour in the last hour.
I was minus my ODST pistol because of time restraints and gonna need to do something about that white seam on the shoulder pads. Otherwise the armour needs a bit more weathering and the ab plate needs a few colours that are missing ^^

7 Days x.x (Posted 22nd May 2010)

I don't like how bungie keep changing Dare's armour, so i'm just going by the blue artwork colour scheme and 3D render for the detail- For one, Dare's armour is NOT green, and the small details such as text and logo's are white in-game and black on the renders.