Costume :Strength
Source :Black Rock Shooter
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Kitacon IV (2012)

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Costume Information

Time Taken : 1 week

Strength from Black Rock Shooter, worn at Kitacon IV!

With big helps from Yukioto (thank you <333), I managed to finish her arms in under a week! 5am bedtimes and lots of Ben 10 and Adventure Time watching (and a million trips to B&Q) got us through the week!

Dress and collar made by myself! Black leatherette with white leatherette appliqued ontop. Unfortunately I didn't have time for some of the smaller details on the applique and her outfit but I intend to finish them soon!

Although my reference is of the full battle arm mode with the sliding mechanisms, after screen-capping from the anime, she never actually has the full version when fighting. So I used the simplified version from the actual screentime, however I tried making the fists exactly to the ref!
(It was hard because I've yet to find a non-OVA version of her arms made!)

Hands and tail both made out of 8mm Plastazote. I used both foam and plastic piping for support and sealed the foam in PVA. I then used primer, then black acrylic spray, and hand painted on the battle damage and details!

Will most likely re-make her collar and finish her full arms from the reference (and the small bits I missed out). Possibly thinking of making her four armed insane battle version?! I must be crazy.


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fffff yes! strength has my favourite design. i cant wait to see this

by Leolarua on Tuesday, 13 March, 2012 - 01:10
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Mine too! Thanks, I hope I can do her justice! :]

by Tsupo on Saturday, 24 March, 2012 - 09:36
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Ah i love this design so much <3 Can't wait to see :D

by Dusttee on Sunday, 1 April, 2012 - 13:43
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Cannot wait to see this finished!!!

by Einmyria on Tuesday, 10 April, 2012 - 01:02
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Saw pictures of this and gotta say it looks amazing. Great job on those arms and it was so cleanly made! GOOD SHOW! ;D

by Speckles on Wednesday, 18 April, 2012 - 20:32
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I loves facing Strength off lol

by Manticore on Saturday, 21 April, 2012 - 14:57
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This looked so very cool!

by InfiniteJester on Saturday, 21 April, 2012 - 15:11
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Fantastic work as always!

by White Tigress on Saturday, 21 April, 2012 - 15:21
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Words cannot describe just how awesome this is, you make an amazing Strength! :D

by Eloraborealis on Saturday, 21 April, 2012 - 15:57
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by Kinreal on Saturday, 21 April, 2012 - 16:07
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This was amazing, can't wait to get to the videos I took of it XD

by nert on Saturday, 21 April, 2012 - 17:40
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This looked so amazing!

by BlueberryTale on Saturday, 21 April, 2012 - 17:47
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This looks so good! I'm in awe of those arms!

by JustPeachy on Saturday, 21 April, 2012 - 18:06
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OMG! O_O I never saw this in person but I did hear people talk of how utterly mind blowing this was! I'm seriously impressed by those arms! You make an amazing strength!! This is truly well done <3

by Pandora-Chi on Saturday, 21 April, 2012 - 21:02
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This is fantastic! I may not have been there, but you're still my queen dammit LOL

by sjbonnar on Wednesday, 25 April, 2012 - 11:42
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So much love for this costume, I'm so glad I got the chance to see it up close! Words cannot describe how amazing this cosplay is!

by CrystalNeko on Wednesday, 25 April, 2012 - 12:36
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So impressive, those arms are crazy cool!

by Amy-Lou on Saturday, 28 April, 2012 - 12:22
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Thank you so much everyone!! u////u
@Nert- The video turned out incredible! Thanks so much!
@Sj- I am definitely still your queen, haha! So sad you couldn't take part. :c

by Tsupo on Saturday, 28 April, 2012 - 14:16
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You guys REALLY outdid yourselves here <3
And your dress is so adorable, I have no idea how you manage to walk the tiiiiny line between completely badass and cute as a fricken button, but you totally did!!

by Felixize on Sunday, 29 April, 2012 - 16:01
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Thank you so much <333
I couldn't have done it without his help patterning the pieces.. he's so clever with maths!! >/////<

by Tsupo on Tuesday, 1 May, 2012 - 20:17
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Your costume and claws were so Awesome. It was pleasure meeting and hanging with you at cosplay chess ^^

by WarriorTeddy on Tuesday, 15 May, 2012 - 11:50
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This was amazing to see in person. Excellent ^^

by Sephirayne on Tuesday, 15 May, 2012 - 12:39
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Epic Strength

by Limegreenjelly on Thursday, 31 January, 2013 - 13:13
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There's cosplay, and then there's making a perfect replica of the character. You did both :D

by RanmaSyaoran on Sunday, 1 September, 2013 - 17:21


Backk. (Posted 8th April 2012)

Having left a gap when stitching the centre back seam, when topstitching I neatened the edges to create a slit. Hopefully if I attatch my tail to a strap I can push it through the hole to look slightly neater! (Even though Strength seems to have her tail sprouting from her back- wat?)

Dress! (Posted 8th April 2012)

Thankfully, the dress started to begin taking shape. I topstitched all the seams as well as pressing seams to make it much neater!

CUT ALL THE FOAM (Posted 7th April 2012)

I started working on Strength's insane arms. I wanted to make her animé version, but unfortunately, they were a lot more complicated, and required too many materials for my budget. So I found a compromise and designed her arms in the style of the animé, but not including her crazy-ass sliding mechanism she wears in the reference picture, as after screen-capping the animé, I realised she never actually has it! Using 8mm, I started cutting all the panels out of Plastazote.

Fabric. (Posted 6th April 2012)

Although I originally bought a fleeced cotton jersey, I decided against it and bought black leatherette quite last minute. Not only would the leatherette keep the original shape a lot better, but I felt it fitted better with all the textures of Strength's props and accessories. Started cutting out the pattern!

Collar. (Posted 4th April 2012)

I then made another toile, seperately, for the collar following the new anime design. I altered a high-collar pattern I'd cut recently, making it a lot wider, and with more material at the back.

Cutting the Pattern! (Posted 4th April 2012)

First, I altered just a simple A-line dress pattern by taking in the waist, shoulders, neckline, adding darts, and widening the skirt width. I then made a Toile, making small changes as I went until I was happy then added the hood.