Costume :Raiden (Cyborg Body)
Variant :Revengeance or Ground Zeroes, depending on convention
Source :Metal Gear Rising Revengeance
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London MCM Expo Comic Con May 2014

Costume Photos

(c) Lucas Ambrosio Photography

(c) Lucas Ambrosio Photography






Version 3 progress :)

Kitacon (c) Paper-cube

Ripper Mode edit


(c) So Say We All


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Costume Information

Cost : £200+
Time Taken : Most evenings and weekends for about four months!

Bringing to MCM Expo May 2014 for the masquerade, so will make a reasonably brief appearance on the Saturday hopefully!

Kitacon plans - due to the release of the game, I'll be cosplaying the Ground Zeroes version. This doesn't really make a great deal of difference aside from props, but I'll be double-checking when I get the game to ensure that there are no changes to the armour itself.

Debut: Ayacon 2013
Other events: MCM Expo London October 2013, BAFTA Inside Games 2014, Kitacon.
Future events: Sunnycon?

Achieved Showcase on CosplayIsland 26/1/14 - thank you so much everyone! Very proud. :)

See for an interview about the cosplay with Konami. :)

I also helped Konami out at MCM Expo October 2013 as their Raiden cosplayer. :)

EDIT 22/8: see journal for current improvements planned. :)

This is for the main cyborg body used within the game.

I'll be regularly updating with progress photos. I'm aiming to have this completed a week or two before Ayacon so I'll do a test shoot around then to make sure it fits together well.

This is probably the most ambitious project I've undertaken! But I love making armour so it's been pretty good fun thus far when I'm not stressing over it. ;)

Props (in progress):
HF blade and holster;
Cyborg spine with added glow.


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This is looking interesting, can't wait to see more :)

by Alias Cosplay on Wednesday, 19 June, 2013 - 17:42
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Thank you. ^_^ Progress is going well at the moment, I should probably update the pictures soon!

by Nesabi on Thursday, 4 July, 2013 - 18:22
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Looking good!

by KhaosKreator on Thursday, 11 July, 2013 - 20:11
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Beautiful work so far

by Nomes on Thursday, 18 July, 2013 - 23:37
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Really nice work, what materials are you using?

by Mighty Odango on Friday, 19 July, 2013 - 10:36
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Thank you so much guys. ^_^

My main base materials so far have been Plastazote and Milliput, with finer foam for detailing and a couple of different types of fabric. And a rigorous cycle of sealing/painting/weathering! :D

by Nesabi on Friday, 19 July, 2013 - 17:36
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This is looking really cool! I like the weathered effect, nicely battle damaged :D

by digitalAlchemist on Tuesday, 30 July, 2013 - 12:56
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Thanks. ^_^ Looking forward to seeing your Desperado variant. :)

by Nesabi on Tuesday, 30 July, 2013 - 17:14
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Looking forward to seeing this, it looks epic so far!

by kunoichi-me on Saturday, 10 August, 2013 - 23:12
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Thank you very much! :) Just stressing over how to transport it without damaging any bits now!

by Nesabi on Monday, 12 August, 2013 - 18:43
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I've been following your progress and it is looking most excellent so far! :D I really look forward to seeing the final result.

by V_Ortenzi on Tuesday, 13 August, 2013 - 21:33
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Thank you very much. ^_^

by Nesabi on Wednesday, 14 August, 2013 - 08:33
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I loved seeing this cosplay at Aya, awesome cosplay!

by Kata-san on Monday, 19 August, 2013 - 17:35
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Thank you! <3

by Nesabi on Tuesday, 20 August, 2013 - 17:14
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Clearly just amazing! <3

by Manticore on Wednesday, 21 August, 2013 - 00:33
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by Nesabi on Wednesday, 21 August, 2013 - 17:21
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Love how this all came together! Also epic teeth XD

by KhaosKreator on Wednesday, 21 August, 2013 - 22:25
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Best Raiden! <3

by Petchy-mon on Thursday, 22 August, 2013 - 00:27
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Wow this is absolutely fantastic!!!!

by White Tigress on Thursday, 22 August, 2013 - 17:25
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ERMAHGAWD it looks great! :D Well done!

by V_Ortenzi on Thursday, 22 August, 2013 - 17:53
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Aww, thanks guys. Really glad you like it. :)

by Nesabi on Thursday, 22 August, 2013 - 20:25
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by MangaChild on Thursday, 22 August, 2013 - 21:07
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Beautiful armour.. I glad I got to admire your work up close. You looked intimidating, but you're really lovely despite your fearsome appearance!

by Kei Lin Sama on Monday, 26 August, 2013 - 21:45
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MangaChild: I'm still getting over your fight with that tree. :P

Kei Lin Sama: Thank you! ^_^ It was lovely to meet you, and to cheer you on in Cosplay Chess! Sorry I was a bit shy! :)

by Nesabi on Tuesday, 27 August, 2013 - 17:27
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Ah! I saw you at Aya! This costume was amazing, I really wish I had the chance to grab you for photographs.

by solo on Monday, 2 September, 2013 - 00:07
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waauw you look amazing! , it shows your dedication and hard work ! ^^

by majinmarron on Wednesday, 4 September, 2013 - 20:42
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Great Raiden cosplay sweety. ^o^

by Mangamad on Thursday, 5 September, 2013 - 09:47
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Aww, thanks guys. ^_^

by Nesabi on Thursday, 5 September, 2013 - 17:13
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Wow, really nice job on this :)

by Siouxsie James on Sunday, 15 September, 2013 - 18:43
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Thank you. ^_^

by Nesabi on Monday, 16 September, 2013 - 17:28
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Please could you post more details of your articulated armour? I'm admiring those lovely finger joints. How did you make the armour in such a way that you can move easily while wearing it?

by Kei Lin Sama on Tuesday, 17 September, 2013 - 21:42
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They're not quite finished but I promise a journal post once they are! ^_^

by Nesabi on Tuesday, 17 September, 2013 - 21:54
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You did a fantastic job on this.
Such a detailed cosplay =)

by Tsuchinoko on Thursday, 19 September, 2013 - 06:26
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Thank you very much! <3

by Nesabi on Thursday, 19 September, 2013 - 20:10
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this is an AWSOME cosplay of Raiden. The attention to detail and amount of work put into it shows

by nanahara on Monday, 23 September, 2013 - 22:00
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Thank you for your kind words. :) I've been really flattered with the response to this cosplay. There's still some work that needs doing on it, but hopefully that will be done for Expo. :D

by Nesabi on Tuesday, 24 September, 2013 - 22:22
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Saw this in person at Aya! extreme levels of radical! <3

by Captain_Marvelous on Wednesday, 25 September, 2013 - 22:32
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this was really amazing to see. So much detail and you really seemed to get into character with all the posing. really well done. You definatly should be proud of this.

by yami-no-neko on Thursday, 26 September, 2013 - 11:40
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Hehe thank you. ^_^ Need to try out some new poses for Expo. :D

by Nesabi on Saturday, 28 September, 2013 - 21:00
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This looks amazing!

by InfiniteJester on Sunday, 29 September, 2013 - 21:17
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Thank you very much! :)

by Nesabi on Saturday, 5 October, 2013 - 21:34
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The work on this is EPIC Nesabi!

by SlimDefinition on Tuesday, 8 October, 2013 - 20:16
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*blushes* thank you. :)

by Nesabi on Thursday, 10 October, 2013 - 18:00
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So awesome!!

by ToroSonyCat on Sunday, 13 October, 2013 - 20:55
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Thank you! :)

by Nesabi on Tuesday, 15 October, 2013 - 17:41

Was nice chatting to you in the masquerade queue at Aya! This is a super costume and it's great you have time to improve things for Expo as well as making repairs. It's looking great!

by madmazda86 on Saturday, 19 October, 2013 - 08:53
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This looks fantastic a great job with this outfit

by SamanthaKaiba on Saturday, 19 October, 2013 - 10:49
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Thank you both. ^_^

Madmazda86 - yeah, it's been great to have some time to think over and work on what needs improving. I'm pleased with the upgrades so far. :) Lovely to speak to you too, your cosplay was amazing. ^_^

by Nesabi on Sunday, 20 October, 2013 - 11:19
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VERY impressive.

by SilentDragonfly on Tuesday, 22 October, 2013 - 01:35
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These improvements are looking fantabulous! *u* Wow!

by Squiggles on Tuesday, 29 October, 2013 - 00:07
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Thank you! ^_^ Yep, it's starting to pretty much look how I want it now (although I might redo a few more bits at some point!). :D

by Nesabi on Tuesday, 29 October, 2013 - 09:10
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This looks amazing!!!

by Emzone on Thursday, 7 November, 2013 - 21:38
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Aww thank you. ^_^

by Nesabi on Sunday, 10 November, 2013 - 13:14
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thats all i have to say ha

by cowiee on Friday, 15 November, 2013 - 00:57
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o.o this costume ... its ... amazinnng D8 Nya why did I miss seeing this, fantastic work it really suits you!

by Clockwork Dandy Noodles on Saturday, 23 November, 2013 - 19:10
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Thanks guys! Really pleased you like it! ^_^ And don't worry - I'll most likely be cosplaying Raiden again at an event next year. :)

by Nesabi on Saturday, 23 November, 2013 - 19:58
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I love your Raiden when I saw you at London MCM Comic Con back in October. I'm going to a crossplay in May as Jetstream Sam. ^_____^

by RebaSephiroth2 on Thursday, 12 December, 2013 - 19:23
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Thank you so much! Can't wait to see your Sam, would love to get some photos with you at some point. :)

by Nesabi on Saturday, 14 December, 2013 - 13:17
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Nyargh!! You're just too good!

by Kei Lin Sama on Tuesday, 14 January, 2014 - 00:16
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Thank you so, so much! I absolutely adore your work, it's on another level of stunning! <3

by Nesabi on Saturday, 18 January, 2014 - 17:47
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Congratulations your on the showcase, Nes. You totally deserve it. ^______^

by RebaSephiroth2 on Sunday, 26 January, 2014 - 20:55
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Such an amazing costume, you really deserved the showcase! Congratulations!

by Littlegeeky on Sunday, 26 January, 2014 - 23:26
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Congrats on the Showcase! =^,^=

by Tsuchinoko on Monday, 27 January, 2014 - 00:51
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Glad I got the privilege of meeting you in person in the amaze cosplay!

by alienqueen on Monday, 27 January, 2014 - 16:59
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Beautiful cosplay! It's amazing!

by jessliekspie on Monday, 27 January, 2014 - 19:06
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Thank you so so much everyone!! <3 <3 <3

by Nesabi on Monday, 27 January, 2014 - 23:31
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congrats on the showcase, fantastic costume!

by Leolarua on Tuesday, 28 January, 2014 - 00:08
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Ahhhh this is so amazing!! I really wanna see this at Kita, I'm currently in progress with Mistral, so if I can get her finished for Kita I'd love to get a picture with you! :D

by awesomeblossom on Wednesday, 29 January, 2014 - 09:25
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Not sure which day I'll be cosplaying him at Kita but definitely! We shall have to make plans. Looking forward to seeing your Mistral too! ^_^

by Nesabi on Wednesday, 29 January, 2014 - 19:21
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Such a brilliant costume! Welldone on the showcase :) very much deserved! <3

by Frederica la Noir on Wednesday, 29 January, 2014 - 19:51
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Amazing costume. I love the amount of detail you have achieved on the armour

by ArcaneArchery on Saturday, 1 February, 2014 - 13:43
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a well deserved showcase!

by Squall_wolfheart on Saturday, 1 February, 2014 - 22:03
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Thank you all so much! :)

by Nesabi on Sunday, 2 February, 2014 - 21:10
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This is Totally Awesome!! I hope I get to see it irl at some time. :)

by Ranma1-2 on Saturday, 8 February, 2014 - 22:11
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Thank you! :D

by Nesabi on Tuesday, 25 February, 2014 - 17:53
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Top tier yuri material

by Moshiicake on Thursday, 13 March, 2014 - 23:31
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Pretty sure you already know (rightly) that this costume is magnificent. So I'm just going to add one thing: you're insane. <3

by Pippin4242 on Thursday, 3 April, 2014 - 15:29
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Haha thanks, I think? ;D

by Nesabi on Thursday, 3 April, 2014 - 22:09
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Your Raiden was soooo epic and brilliantly made!! I really loved watching u at Cosplay chess!! <3

by Pandora-Chi on Thursday, 3 April, 2014 - 22:34
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Thank you so much! I was really nervous that I would do a bad job in the chess, especially as I was a late addition so I hadn't had much time to prepare. I still haven't managed to convince myself to watch the videos of it! :)

by Nesabi on Friday, 4 April, 2014 - 20:50
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I love your sexy new feet! Any chance of a shot of your spine?

by Kei Lin Sama on Sunday, 11 May, 2014 - 19:41
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Sure, I'll do one tomorrow. Just waiting for the insert to dry before I add the final detailing. :)

by Nesabi on Sunday, 11 May, 2014 - 20:47
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:D I remember you hehe your costume was amazing!!

by Clockwork Dandy Noodles on Saturday, 14 June, 2014 - 22:28
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Aww thank you so much! <3

by Nesabi on Saturday, 14 June, 2014 - 22:52


New sword (Posted 15th June 2014)

Another new sword! This time I'm playing with a balsa wood/cartridge paper combo based on a suggestion from Mighty Odango. I'm loving how it looks so far, although there's still a lot of sanding to do! :D

Getting Raiden competition-ready (Posted 11th May 2014)

Just doing a few amendments and just generally neatening bits up to get the costume competition-ready. I was hoping to try for Eurocosplay in a couple of weeks but sadly it seems I'm on the waiting list and given we're now so close to the event I don't hold out much hope of getting in! Nonetheless I fully intend to compete in my first competition with this cosplay at some point this year. :)

Attached photo is of remodelled feet. As you can probably see, they're much more substantial now. I've made them from a double layer of Wonderflex. The toes are styrene, as they were before. Oooh, and I've embossed text where the foot plate will meet the front of the leg, which I finally got around to doing! I still need to add that detailing to some of the other plates, which is requiring additional repainting and other excitement. :)

Kitacon upgrades (Posted 23rd February 2014)

New spine
New thigh plates
Elevate toes to prevent damage

To do:
New shoulder plates

Planned if time:
Add text detailing to armour
Redo lower leg plates in Worbla for extra stability

New thighs (Posted 17th February 2014)

One of the things I've never been happy with is how I made Raiden's thighs. They've never felt like they fit the level of detail of the remainder of the costume. So - I'm remaking them in preparation for an event on Friday. Before Kita I'd also like to remake the spine and shoulders, but we'll see how much time I have! Thigh progress photo attached. :)

Photoshoot planning (Posted 14th January 2014)

I'm planning a couple of photoshoots this year with Raiden as he won't be appearing at many conventions with the exception of Kitacon. The first of these is with Ace and should happen in February at some point. Before then, I'd like to get a few repairs done. I'm pretty happy with how the costume looks now, so with a few repairs and minor adjustments it'll be ready to make an appearance again. :)

Jaw guide (Posted 28th November 2013)

I've made a guide to how I created the jaw.

Sword and holster progress (Posted 29th September 2013)

The holster needs neatening up at the edges, sealing, and painting, and the sword needs further painting and detailing. I'll also be adding a blue LED into the holster.

Chest underlayer remodel progress (Posted 29th September 2013)

This is the middle layer between the morphsuit and chest plates. I wanted to redo this bit because the shirt didn't really feel substantial enough and I wasn't happy with how it looked in relation to the rest of the armour.

So this is the basic shape. It's a Worbla/craft foam mix, which provides it with shape and detailing. Once I have neatened up the edges and sealed it, I will paint and drybrush it for further detail. The clips at the back will go underneath the backplates and spine so should be hidden quite well. :)

Hands remodel progress (Posted 22nd September 2013)

I've tried a few things out with the remodel of the hands, and I've settled on a Worbla/gloves combination. The gloves are the original ones I used, but with the palms cut out. The Worbla's been shaped in such a way that it bends around the shape of the fingers over the gloves. This will then be attached to some gauze and to the gloves themselves, which provides adequate movement. I played around with the idea of attaching the component parts to one another but I think it would create a weak point where it became liable to breaking with movement.

The gauze is an important factor in this because it not only gives that extra layer of security but I'll also be colouring it, thus achieving the right contrast in materials and colour of Raiden's palms to the top of his hands.

Well, that's the plan anyway. I'm currently sealing the Worbla bits before I paint them, so should have more detailed pictures of how I did it uploaded here in the week. :)

Expo upgrades (Posted 15th September 2013)

Most repairs are complete now, and sword/holster progress is coming along well.

Feet remodelled for better detail and more robust toenails.
Front panels for lower legs are reinforced to prevent them bending against the base layer.
Visor is complete, I just need to make the plates for the neck to hold it at the sides.
Hand upgrades are in progress, but basically the same deal as with the feet.

I'll most likely add tiny detail if I have time (barcodes and such). If not, that will have to wait until the next time I do this cosplay! And I'm still planning on sorting out the other stuff that was in the previous entry, but all of this massively depends on how much time I allow myself between now and Expo! :)

Post-con adjustments (Posted 22nd August 2013)

Right, now that's all over, I need to start assessing what I need to change in time for Expo.

Top of my list currently:
*Make a new sword (the one I made did OK, but it was an afterthought really, and I want to make something better now I actually have a bit of time again);
*Repairs (a few bits got damaged and need straightening out/repairing);
*Recolour/sew grey overlayer to give it a more fitted and muscle defined look;
*Redo front lower leg panels as I'm not really happy with how they move;
*Additional stitching of eyepatch to wig to prevent movement.

If there's time:
*Further definition on the hand and footpieces;
*Redo thigh plates.

Nearly! (Posted 12th August 2013)

Final few bits are pretty much there - just time for attaching the last few bits and then I need to focus on finishing up the accessories. I don't have time to finish the holster, unfortunately, but Sam's sword is almost complete, as is the cyborg spine.

Then I need to finish packing and work out how to transport everything! O_O

Last few bits to do! (Posted 10th August 2013)

Finally close to finishing. Stuff that needs completing:
1/ paint kneepads
2/ work out how to attach neck plates
3/ seal and paint thigh plates
4/ add clips where required for neater fit/finish
5/ final weathering/sealing

Most of those should be done tomorrow, hopefully! :)

Progress (Posted 28th July 2013)

Still working on the muscle detailing for the body suit. It's a bit of a pain to work with but I'm getting there slowly.

Also trying to get the 'ears' to work. This is my fourth attempt and I'm trialling papier mache this time to stop them being too weighty.

It's OK. Most of the costume is done now and I'm pretty happy with it. And I still have time. No point in rushing. :)

Muscle definition (Posted 21st July 2013)

Muscle fibre definition is today's task. Going with a foam/rope/hot glue/fabric combo, which should allow for a reasonable level of natural movement. Hopefully!

EDIT: No, that's not happening. Way too bulky and doesn't provide much freedom of movement. I'm trialling sketching directly onto the base layer now as it should stand out against the base muscle definition of the suit. Better already!

In other news, most of the pieces are now painted and weathered and just need attaching to the base layer or making into harnesses now. I should be in a position next weekend to construct the complete body before I start work on the holster - providing work progresses as planned on the weekday evenings. :)

Ear woes (Posted 20th July 2013)

Currently stressing over the bits that cover the ears. Whilst I've made something, attaching it to the wig is proving to be unsuccessful. Think I'm going to have to get something like safety ear things and work on them as a base. Need to find a pair I can sew to the wig once the central overhead bit is removed.

Also, one of the armour pieces has cracked slightly. Not the end of the world, and can be repaired or replaced, but pretty annoying as it's part of one of the more complete bits!

Oh well. No time to stress, back to work!

Base layer (Posted 15th April 2013)

The base layer for this cosplay consists of a muscle Morphsuit, head removed, and dyed with a fabric dye that takes to synthetic materials. I tested it out on the head first, and found that it takes extremely quickly, so I reduced the time accordingly. It's taken to the muscle detail of the suit well. I'll be using a fabric pen later in the process to bring out detail in patches where the suit is showing under the armour if it requires it. I will also be adding hidden holes in the gloves so I can remove my hands easily during the day, for the sake of convenience.

The original bodysuit has a zip that goes all the way to the top of the head. When I removed the head from the bodysuit, I made sure that the zipper was still attached and carefully added a little hot glue to the top of the zip closure. This has kept it fastened pretty well.