Mad Hamster

Costume :Nightmare Moon
Variant :quadsuit
Source :My Little Pony : Friendship Is Magic
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London MCM Expo Comic Con May 2014

Costume Photos

Nightmare Moon on stage

Nightmare Moon WIP 3

Nightmare Moon WIP 2

Nightmare Moon WIP

Nightmare Moon wings WIP

Nightmare moon scythe WIP 2

Nightmare moon scythe WIP 1

Nightmare moon reference Scythe


Costume Information

Cost : £2000


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OMFG I wanna see this right now! I will be looking out like a hawk for this! Amazing

by otakugirl on Tuesday, 4 March, 2014 - 08:42
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This is looking damed good so far. Keep up the hard work.

by SilentDragonfly on Saturday, 8 March, 2014 - 22:54

wow. this is coming along nicely. good job :3

by Kyuipo on Wednesday, 12 March, 2014 - 20:48
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Looking good my lovely :3 cant wait to work on projects together hehe its going to be epic :D

by Clockwork Dandy Noodles on Sunday, 23 March, 2014 - 00:50
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I saw this on FB! Looking great :D

by ManiacCos on Monday, 24 March, 2014 - 15:00
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How are you even doing this? This is truly amazing! :D I wish you good luck!!

by EvilShadowMaster on Monday, 24 March, 2014 - 16:21
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That looks incredible! Keep going!

by Kei Lin Sama on Tuesday, 25 March, 2014 - 20:23
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Wowsers! I'd seen the progress pics, but this is the first time I've seen the finished thing (I was too tired to attend the Masq).

That's some awesome work :)

by PandoraCaitiff on Thursday, 29 May, 2014 - 16:35
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This looks amazing!
Fantastic job on this ^^

by Tsuchinoko on Thursday, 29 May, 2014 - 17:19

Shopping List

PVC pipe£10.00Bought
Faux fur of black, blue and purple£360.00To Buy
Upholstery foam£300.00To Buy
resin£20.00To Buy


Nightmare Moon's body coming together (Posted 24th March 2014)

Well it looks like more progress has been made, I decided that for the front legs to have the foam go all the way up my arm to give her more of a natural bend rather than rely on having PVC go all the way up and feel robotic and uncomfortable., it also means that I can grip onto the scythe much better than I would have done otherwise which is a challenge in itself.
The stomach piece literally wraps all the way around my chest and my back, and when I start sorting out the harness for the wings, the wings will attach onto the back and have extra padding to enhance the shape. But not too much or she'll look like she has a hunchback :s.
I found a very interesting problem which I will be sorting out soon which is her armour, now those who know nightmare moon will know she has armour on her head, around her neck which wraps under her chest and her hooves... the biggest problems will be her neck and head armour, but I have a few ideas ;).


Nightmare moon's body so far (Posted 2nd March 2014)

Well things have been going okay, there have been delayed because of helath but I'm fine now. So far the bits that are cut out are the front legs, the rear feet, the rump, the thighs, the tail and the wings. All of which are made out of foam. Templates have been a wonderful thing for this, they're great for helping get the proportions especially for something like this :p I still have to figure out the way of attaching the wings to the torso but it should be doable. The plan is to work on the head and next, then the arms and then the torso

Nightmare Moon wings and torso (Posted 1st February 2014)

Started on bits of nightmare moon's body, her hocks have been cut out but the next stage is to shape them so then they get the right shape.
I also started on her wings, they're just made out of foam for now... however there is one down side to this, with the fact that her wings are meant to stand up on end when I'm bent over it's quite tricky. I do have some options, these include wire or pipe.. still early days though :)

Nightmare moon scythe part 2 (Posted 4th January 2014)

The scythe is coming along very nicely now... despite some minor complications.
Once I had the blade and decoration carved up and glued to the PVC pipe, it was time to add the expanding foam... that's when things got a bit complex.
You see even though I used foam board, the core still got warped and went a bit off centre, not so much on the front bit of the blade but the back. But then again that is why it is so good to use foam board... because you can still carve that whilst carving the foam.
Once the main bit of the blade was carved I had to the decorative bit that almost wraps round the blade... so more expanding foam and hours of craving and accidental stabs later, it was done... I still need to do a tiny bit of work on it, but otherwise I can start making the whole thing look nice and smooth

Nightmare Moon Scythe (Posted 22nd December 2013)

Finally started on nightmare moon, I decided to give her a weapon that, although not canon in the official show, IS canon in the trailer of 'Fall of the Empire' by Silly Filly Studios so it's more for the fans really :).
I looked all over the place to find suitable tutorials on scythes and most of them were... umm... not too good, they mainly used either cardboard or didn't do things that would give a high quality scythe... or even have ways of making the blasted thing easy to transport.
Eventually I found one and that really made a difference, I found the reference I needed of the scythe itself and got some foam board. I drew out the design for the blade and cut it out. I also cut the top of the PVC pipe to accommodate the blade, the shaft and the base at the bottom, the pieces lock together with some doweling rode which will have a bit of wire in it to stop it moving and the shaft was shaped by using a heat gun and slowly bending it.
I still have quite a bit of work to do but the next step will be to shape the blade, figure out the locking system and the various other shaped pieces on the shaft and the base