Costume :Screaming Mantis
Variant :Beast Version
Source :Metal Gear Solid 4
Progress :In Progress
Worn At :AyaCon 2013

Costume Photos



Grenade Pouch

Sculpting Begins

Referance - Created by builderofwords on DA

Mantis Dolls Progress

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Costume Information

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!


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OMG exciting! I would ADORE a shoot with you! If you have any questions re: construction DM me, I actually thought about this one before I chose Octopus and I can pump TheKillingDoll for ideas as well ^_~

by Mighty Odango on Tuesday, 27 March, 2012 - 10:36
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Thanks for the offer I will definatly be messaging you when I get stuck :D (which will probably be often :P) but will so be worth it once it's finished :D

by gaming_goddess on Tuesday, 27 March, 2012 - 11:11
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Yay! You put it up. So exciting. I will make sure not to recycle any of the parts of Crying Wolf for the next two years. Hopefully by then I'll have the skills to revamp the costume.

If you make the beauty suit too let us know so we let you know how we did ours (Odangochan is the Queen of dye) and then we can all match.

Excellent idea to use drawing armatures for the dolls.

We need a Raging Raven!

by Nomes on Tuesday, 27 March, 2012 - 12:47
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I will definatly let you know about the beauty suit. Especially since this will hopefully end up in an expo masquerade I'll need something to wear during the day :) But gonna attempt the armor suit first :)

by gaming_goddess on Wednesday, 28 March, 2012 - 01:30
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*adds to watch list**


by Numta on Wednesday, 27 June, 2012 - 10:21
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This is going to be awesome :D

by Manjou on Thursday, 28 June, 2012 - 13:36
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Oh wow, good luck with this!
And I love that you're making the dolls to go with it and your progress on them =)

by Tsuchinoko on Friday, 6 July, 2012 - 02:59
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Love the little psycho-mantis doll thing. Looks great. I've also got the exact same sewing machine as you :D Look forward to seeing it finished.

by Kata-san on Friday, 6 July, 2012 - 03:07
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Thanks everyone :D And @ Kata-San: Your the second person who has the same machine as me - that's pretty awesome :D

by gaming_goddess on Friday, 6 July, 2012 - 08:00
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well this is one I'm certainly looking forward to. It goes without saying that this will be EPIC XD

by nanahara on Friday, 6 July, 2012 - 08:23
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YEEEEEEESSSSSSSS, You are gunna own this :D Cannot Wait To See It :D

by Spike on Friday, 20 July, 2012 - 09:46
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I want that sorrow doll!!! maybe i'll make one to stick in my room...

by Spike on Friday, 20 July, 2012 - 09:49
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Such a good call on the artists dummy!

by Captain_Marvelous on Sunday, 29 July, 2012 - 18:26
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The duct tape dummy seems like an awesome idea!! Really can't wait to see this - good luck, and this is going straight on my watch list...

by Sammykins on Monday, 30 July, 2012 - 21:42
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The arms look so good already, great idea! and hnnng, I've always wanted to do a Beast, a whole group would be amazing ;_;
Can't wait to see this finished!

by Relion on Wednesday, 14 November, 2012 - 19:36
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This is looking to be insanely epic!

by kunoichi-me on Wednesday, 14 November, 2012 - 20:54
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@ Relion - well we don't currently have an Raging Raven *Cough* Hint Hint *Cough* But yeah the beast suits are a mammoth task hence why progress has been slow but gonna get stuck in soon - so much planning T_T but will be worth it if if I can pull it off :)

by gaming_goddess on Thursday, 15 November, 2012 - 01:37
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This will be AWESOME! got my eyes on this!

by southafrimike on Thursday, 31 January, 2013 - 11:48
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This is going to be epic! absolutely brill! xxxx

by Frederica la Noir on Monday, 4 February, 2013 - 12:03
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*____* can't wait to see this wish I could bring my laughing octpuss

by Smallfry0 on Thursday, 21 March, 2013 - 23:06
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Wow! This is going to look amazing!:D

by ScientistSalarian on Wednesday, 15 May, 2013 - 12:24
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I'd LOVE to get a photo with you at some point with my Psycho Mantis costume, really looking forward to seeing the finished product!! :D

by Phantom.Mantis on Wednesday, 22 May, 2013 - 02:05
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THIS, I can tell, will be an achievement. I've got a crapload of new cosplays planned (mostly Metal Gear), but I'm doing all the easy/purchasable ones. I know it'll be worth the wait to see this completed!

by shadowtoast102 on Friday, 9 August, 2013 - 00:32

To-Do List

Make Foot housing segments of legs(50%)HighPlanned
Make Fake Feet (10%)HighPlanned
Make/Buy Preying Mantis Patch (0%)HighPlanned
Complete The Sorrow Doll (50%)MediumIn Progress
Make Backbone (25%)MediumIn Progress
Make Helmet (10%)MediumIn Progress
Complete Psycho Mantis Doll (50%)MediumIn Progress
Make Arm Backpack Thingie (20%)MediumIn Progress
Make Fake Arm Blades (50%)MediumIn Progress
Make Real Arm Weapons (50%)MediumIn Progress
Make Fabric Legs (50%)MediumIn Progress
Make Arms out of duct tape (75%)LowComplete
Make Foam armor (100%)LowComplete
Buy FSBE LBV Load Bearing Harness (100%)LowComplete
Make gloves for duct tape arms (100%)LowComplete
Buy LED components (100%)LowComplete
Make Leg Stumps (0%)LowPlanned
Find Material/Paints for Metallic components (25%)LowPlanned
Make Body of the Suit (0%)LowPlanned
.....And BreathLowPlanned

Shopping List

Wooden Mannequin base for puppets£12.00Bought
Dark Grey Bi Stretch (Underarmor) x 2m£4.00Bought
FSBE LBV Harness w/assorted pouches (eBay)£32.67Bought
10 red fairy light string£1.39Bought
10xCoin Battery Cages£1.99Bought
Breadboard Jumper Cables£1.76Bought
Wire (300m Red & 300m Black)£20.00Bought
8kg Air-Drying (Sulphur free) Clay£18.00Bought
Assorted MDF pieces (from Garage) £0.00Bought
1m heat shrink tubing 1cm - 0.5cm diameter.£0.70Bought
Moulding Silicon 2 Kg £66.00Bought
Easycast Casting Resin 1.9Kg£33.00Bought
Rotothane casting resin 1.9kg£38.00Bought
Black Polyurethane Resin Pigment£5.00Bought
Textured fabric left over from Old Snake cosplay (Already own) £0.00Bought
Black PVC x 1m£8.00Bought
5x SPST Toggle Switch£0.93Bought
Foam camping mat (becuase australia doesn't have pound land :()£4.80Bought
Kwik Sew Pattern 3052£12.00Bought
Roll of Cling film£1.00Bought
Duct Tape£5.00Bought
Milliput (shipped from England :'() x 5 tubes£12.00Bought
Pointe Ballet Shoes £18.06Bought
200 x 6mm Silver Rings£0.85Bought
50x11mm Glue Sticks (from england :() £9.24Bought
Silverline (Like Dremmel) Rotary Tool with Tool Bits£33.00Bought
10x 5cmx7cm Circuit Board£1.48Bought
50g Roll of 0.6mm Lead Free Solder£5.39Bought
Soldering Iron (40w) + Sponge + Stand£8.62Bought
50x 3mm Red LEDs£1.75Bought
Black Cotton Drill (Sorrow Jacket) Offcuts£0.00Bought
Chameleon Spray Paint£0.00To Buy
Pair of mens slip on shoes. £0.00To Buy
Flag Bracket£0.00To Buy
Thin PVC Pipe for Spine£0.00To Buy
Large Diameter PVC Pipe for Legs£0.00To Buy
White Polyflex Vinyl£0.00To Buy
Steel Boned Underbust Corset£0.00To Buy
Preying Mantis Patch£0.00To Buy
4xMolle Grenade Pouch Tan£0.00To 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.