|Chico quickly became my favourite character from Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker which was also the first game that he appeared in. So I was really happy to find that he gets a lot of screen-time in Ground Zeroes, along with getting an actual character model and featuring in fully animated and coloured cutscenes whereas he only featured in monochrome and a few coloured illustrations before. |
He’s really passionate about UMAs ( Unidentified Mysterious Animals ), UFOs, dinosaurs and the like, so he’s the character from the series that I actually have the most in common with since I was really into collecting dinosaur figurines and watching programmes about them when I was a kid and I find hearing stories about UMAs pretty interesting, too.
Chico’s full name is Ricardo Valenciano Libre. He really misses his late father and is left in the care of his older sister Amanda, but is very eager to be treated as an equal amongst the other soldiers despite his young age and to make a good contribution to the MSF. This also means however that he can sometimes be reckless in his eagerness to prove himself.
In Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes he is captured whilst going off on his own and trying to locate Paz after certain events that happened during the end of Peace Walker. Snake’s mission is to rescue both of them and deliver them safely to a helicopter for extraction. Chico feels a lot of guilt over Paz falling into enemy hands and constantly blames himself for it. There are several cassette tapes that you can find and collect within the game that he has recorded which reveal more of the story and what he and Paz had to endure as POWs.
I actually like his Peace Walker design the most but figured that I would attempt this one first since I can see colour-matching for his first outfit being a pain and this one being a bit easier, plus he gets a more central role in Ground Zeroes.
|Yellow Dye||High||In Progress|
|Black T-shirt Transfer or Fabric Paint||High||Planned|
|White Fabric Strips||High||Planned|
|Black Embroidery Thread and Needle||Medium||Planned|
|Grey / Brown Mud Effect Fabric Paint||Medium||Planned|
Sourced & Ordered Wig (Posted 8th April 2014)
I can now put this cosplay as "in progress" since I've now made my mind up on the wig. It's due to be delivered within the first 2 weeks of May, so at least the part with the longest shipping time will be out of the way.
Since it's dark and rainy during the Ground Zeroes mission I referred to the scenes from inside the helicopter during the final cutscene and the coloured images from Peace Walker to choose the colour of the wig. I felt it was best to go with a warm mid-brown / slightly auburn shade. I may have to subtley trim the fringe when it gets here, so I really hope that I don't mess it up... ^^"