|Cost :||I should stop looking|
|Time Taken :||30 hours|
|I am poor at making battlesuits|
I am poor at making foam armor
I am poor at working with resin
I am poor at working with LEDs
And so the quest to lose my sanity begins!
I'm not really sure why I am attempting this but its been in my head to make it for ages and even though all my skill is in fabric cosplays I really want to give it a go. My main reasoning is I won't be doing a UK con for at least two years so I won't be rushing this cosplay by any means. The second reason is I would love to do a beauty unit photoshoot with Odangochan and Nomes as their Laughing Octopus and Crying Wolf simple blew me away! The third reason is I can see myself being more likely to accomplish screaming mantis than rageing raven. Also I do like a challenge and the learning curve it offers, even if it is steep.
Wish me luck......I'm gonna need it!
|Make Foot housing segments of legs(50%)||High||Planned|
|Make Fake Feet (10%)||High||Planned|
|Make/Buy Preying Mantis Patch (0%)||High||Planned|
|Complete The Sorrow Doll (50%)||Medium||In Progress|
|Make Backbone (25%)||Medium||In Progress|
|Make Helmet (10%)||Medium||In Progress|
|Complete Psycho Mantis Doll (50%)||Medium||In Progress|
|Make Arm Backpack Thingie (20%)||Medium||In Progress|
|Make Fake Arm Blades (50%)||Medium||In Progress|
|Make Real Arm Weapons (50%)||Medium||In Progress|
|Make Fabric Legs (50%)||Medium||In Progress|
|Make Arms out of duct tape (75%)||Low||Complete|
|Make Foam armor (100%)||Low||Complete|
|Buy FSBE LBV Load Bearing Harness (100%)||Low||Complete|
|Make gloves for duct tape arms (100%)||Low||Complete|
|Buy LED components (100%)||Low||Complete|
|Make Leg Stumps (0%)||Low||Planned|
|Find Material/Paints for Metallic components (25%)||Low||Planned|
|Make Body of the Suit (0%)||Low||Planned|
|Wooden Mannequin base for puppets||£12.00||Bought|
|Dark Grey Bi Stretch (Underarmor) x 2m||£4.00||Bought|
|FSBE LBV Harness w/assorted pouches (eBay)||£32.67||Bought|
|10 red fairy light string||£1.39||Bought|
|10xCoin Battery Cages||£1.99||Bought|
|Breadboard Jumper Cables||£1.76||Bought|
|Wire (300m Red & 300m Black)||£20.00||Bought|
|8kg Air-Drying (Sulphur free) Clay||£18.00||Bought|
|Assorted MDF pieces (from Garage)||£0.00||Bought|
|1m heat shrink tubing 1cm - 0.5cm diameter.||£0.70||Bought|
|Moulding Silicon 2 Kg||£66.00||Bought|
|Easycast Casting Resin 1.9Kg||£33.00||Bought|
|Rotothane casting resin 1.9kg||£38.00||Bought|
|Black Polyurethane Resin Pigment||£5.00||Bought|
|Textured fabric left over from Old Snake cosplay (Already own)||£0.00||Bought|
|Black PVC x 1m||£8.00||Bought|
|5x SPST Toggle Switch||£0.93||Bought|
|Foam camping mat (becuase australia doesn't have pound land :()||£4.80||Bought|
|Kwik Sew Pattern 3052||£12.00||Bought|
|Roll of Cling film||£1.00||Bought|
|Milliput (shipped from England :'() x 5 tubes||£12.00||Bought|
|Pointe Ballet Shoes||£18.06||Bought|
|200 x 6mm Silver Rings||£0.85||Bought|
|50x11mm Glue Sticks (from england :()||£9.24||Bought|
|Silverline (Like Dremmel) Rotary Tool with Tool Bits||£33.00||Bought|
|10x 5cmx7cm Circuit Board||£1.48||Bought|
|50g Roll of 0.6mm Lead Free Solder||£5.39||Bought|
|Soldering Iron (40w) + Sponge + Stand||£8.62||Bought|
|50x 3mm Red LEDs||£1.75||Bought|
|Black Cotton Drill (Sorrow Jacket) Offcuts||£0.00||Bought|
|Chameleon Spray Paint||£0.00||To Buy|
|Pair of mens slip on shoes.||£0.00||To Buy|
|Flag Bracket||£0.00||To Buy|
|Thin PVC Pipe for Spine||£0.00||To Buy|
|Large Diameter PVC Pipe for Legs||£0.00||To Buy|
|White Polyflex Vinyl||£0.00||To Buy|
|Steel Boned Underbust Corset||£0.00||To Buy|
|Preying Mantis Patch||£0.00||To Buy|
|4xMolle Grenade Pouch Tan||£0.00||To Buy|
Blades (Posted 8th August 2013)
Originally I wasn't too sure on how to make these but due to running out of time and using the plasti-dip method for other aspects of this build I have decided to make them out of foam and card. I printed a reference picture found in the artbook and transferred the outline to cardboard. I will then be building the handle up with foam. Then covering the whole thing in Mod Podge and Plastidip and finally paint when these things arrive :)
Grenade Pouch (Posted 6th August 2013)
On the front of Mantis's vest she is wearing a grenade pouch. The Chest Rig I brought came with a triple mag holster which I had originally planned to use as I couldn't afford a grenade holster. Then when I was resizing the rig to fit I decided to modify the holster as well. With the use of some newspaper and some black clips and lots of cutting I managed to create something that looked more accurate to what she uses ingame.
Sculpting Begins (Posted 30th January 2013)
So I finally sat down today and started getting to work on sculpting. I had been putting it off as I have never really worked with clay before and I was worried about stuffing it up. I took it slowly and am pleased with the results so far. I used a sulphur free clay which has a drying time of between 24 - 72 hours according to the packet. It was also called school's clay if that helps?
It was built onto a duct tape cast of my shoulder and carved with the back end of a plastic spoon and a pencil.
This is only my second experience with clay but I much prefered this over the horrid white stuff I got from Hobby Craft and used last time. The single shoulder scupt took about 4 hours T_T I have a 6 or so other pieces left to sculpt and I will be working on these over the coming week ready for casting.
Hoping to get mould and casting supplies tomorrow. Hopefully all goes to plan :)
Arm progress (Posted 6th July 2012)
Mantis's design features six fake arms. I had originally intended to make them via a different method but after making a duct tape dummy of myself and relising how easy, cheap and light weight they are I decided this the option for me.
The arms will each be made out of duct tape stuffed with newspaper and then finally I will make gloves for them and cover them with the gloves. This way all eight arms will match since I will need to make gloves anyway and I am more confident in my sewing abilities than my casting abilities (though I am aware I will need to get better at casting for other aspects of the cosplay.)
Here in the photo is a husk of a right arm and a completed left arm. The left arm pictured is the highestmost left arm that the mantis dolls will sit from. I may find that I will need to reenforce the arms so potentially a couple of layers of paper machie in the weaker areas may occur (or this may also occur to bulk out the muscles as they look a little weak atm :S)
Once these are complete I will begin to work on the body of the suit itself as I have some nice grey bi stretch fabric which I bought to make the Peacewalker Sneaking suit and then making the main panel out of foam and some mystery shiny metal looking fabric I am yet to obtain.
Making mantis's dolls. (Posted 27th March 2012)
I am gonna start off this cosplay by making mantis's dolls. Mainly so that I can feel good that I've started something and also if I fail at this cosplay completely I can dress up as snake and attack ppl with the puppets.
I will be making the puppets out of artist mannequins. I will be making the jacket for the sorrow out of fabric but the rest of his clothes will be painted on. I will drill a hole in the back of each puppets head to fit the red leds.
Will update one the puppets are made but at this stage I have just ordered them - waiting for ebay to deliver.