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02 Feb 2014 - 22:34111007
Honestly, what are people's opinions on "Original" Cosplays.
Now by original I mean something like not a 1/1 replica of a characters costume or creating a unique character that would fit into a universe.
I'm going to be doing my first cosplay this year for the Manchester Comic Con and I want to make a Solid Snake outfit but since it's my first I don't want to go for 1/1 accuracy in case I mess up and/or it doesn't look good, I did also think of creating an armoured Vault Suit similar to the one found in the Fallout series minus the Pip boy 3000 because 1)I don't have the time to make a pip-boy and 2)I don't know how without a pip boy mold. for a while I did think of "copping out" by explaining that when my character was first exploring the wastes he was knocked out by a Brotherhood Of Steel member and got his pipboy stolen by them and he's been tracking them ever since but I don't know.

my third option was to create some kind of Starship captain with a Doctor Who/Han Solo feel with a long coat but I feel that would come off too Firefly. but going back to the Solid Snake costume I was looking on amazon and taking inspiration from the Modern War Gear web series with a motorcycle jacket, cargo pants, boots, shin pads, a utility belt & harness and a leg holster and finishing off with some dark blue fabric for the bandanna, but again I feel that if I don't try and stick to the actual costume I may get alienated by the other cosplayers at the event, the only source I've got is from a friend who has been to a few and he said that some cosplayers come across as arrogant and trash other people's cosplays because theirs have had a ton of money put into and hours of work.

just an extra note I don't plan on entering any competition at the event I just want to dress up as my favourite video game character.


02 Feb 2014 - 23:21111008
I have no issues with it, personally, as long as the redesign of an existing characters FITS the characters personality - IE, putting a reserved character like Cinderella into a really tight skimpy and overly sexualised costume - it doesn't fit her in any shape or form, so I don't like it.

Original characters within existing series, again, I don't mind it at all AS LONG as they fit within that series. Like... "this is my character Borid, who lives in the Game of Thrones world. HE'S PART ANDROID!" - Androids have no place in that realm, thus he doesn't fit with the apparent inspiration

With original characters, totally original ones, I really don't have an issue with them at all lol

Just be aware with any redesign or original character - they generally have to be either recognisable as a redesign of said character or be EXCEPTIONALLY well made for them to get any sort of attention at conventions. Even then, they go largely ignored.

EDIT: the cosplayers your friend is talking about are generally people who are few and far between. They take it too seriously, and generally aren't liked very much.


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03 Feb 2014 - 00:07111011
Quote NixieThePixie:
I have no issues with it, personally, as long as the redesign of an existing characters FITS the characters personality - IE, putting a reserved character like Cinderella into a really tight skimpy and overly sexualised costume - it doesn't fit her in any shape or form, so I don't like it.

Original characters within existing series, again, I don't mind it at all AS LONG as they fit within that series. Like... "this is my character Borid, who lives in the Game of Thrones world. HE'S PART ANDROID!" - Androids have no place in that realm, thus he doesn't fit with the apparent inspiration

With original characters, totally original ones, I really don't have an issue with them at all lol

Just be aware with any redesign or original character - they generally have to be either recognisable as a redesign of said character or be EXCEPTIONALLY well made for them to get any sort of attention at conventions. Even then, they go largely ignored.

EDIT: the cosplayers your friend is talking about are generally people who are few and far between. They take it too seriously, and generally aren't liked very much.


Okay, I understand what you mean on original characters that don't make sense, I do a lot of forum roleplay forums so when I see crossover forums where it's like star wars meets lord of the rings I dial up the seven symbols on the DHD and stargate the hell out of there XD but I do have respect for universes so if I did then I wouldn't do anything like that.
but as I said creating a Solid Snake outfit I'd make a sneaking suit style outfit, add a blue bandanna, maybe make-up some stubble onto my face, that's what I was talking about the motorcycle "armour" as it gives off a sci-fi/stealth suit feel, I might add some dark grey into the outfit too as Snake's suits are never fully black (minus default octocamo in 4)


03 Feb 2014 - 00:10111012
The point of cosplay is to have fun, so it doesn't matter what you're cosplaying as long as you have fun. Don't expect to get a lot of recognition or photo requests if you're cosplaying an original character unless its an amazing costume but as long as that doesn't bother you go for it! Altering bits of costume on existing characters or reinterpreting them is also fine- it's just nice to keep it recognisable.

As to what your friend says- yes there are cosplayers who are jerks. This is inevitable when you get a large enough gathering of people that a percentage of them will be jerks or elitists or whatever. Its not a majority however and you certainly shouldn't let those people put you off enjoying yourself.


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03 Feb 2014 - 12:17111021
You can wear whatever you want at conventions (subject to event rules and decency laws)

But if you're not dressing as a specific character (including one you made up), a general one (Slytherin student, or Federation Captain for example), or a character you can explain in 10 words or less ("I'm a Burlesque interpretation of a Meso-American Goddess" ) I'm not sure I'd personally call it cosplay. This doesn't mean you shouldn't do it though. And doesn't mean you can't hang out with your friends (or new people you met).

You shouldn't get much rudeness from other cosplayers though, as most criticism is based on accuracy (irrelevant here) or snide personal comments (which you can ignore because they're just being jerks).

But you won't get any sympathy from me if your costume is something like "What if Harry Potter was born in the Supernatural universe, got genderswitched, had a lovechild with a Homestuck version of Dr Who, and got stranded in Westeros!"



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03 Feb 2014 - 21:14111037
Generally I think it's pretty awesome when people comes up with their own version of a character, I find it's more original than trying to copy a characters look down to a T.

Take Poison Ivy for example, I have seen many variations of her and I am even doing my own version of her myself, as long as it's recognisable then you can't really go wrong, unless you are part of one of those 'costuming' groups which kind of look down on cosplayers if you ask me, they need approval for their costumes and there are restrictions on what you can wear.


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04 Feb 2014 - 01:22111041
I'm not sure if any I know are going to Manchester but if you ever come to the London MCM Expos in May and October I'm sure that the other Metal Gear cosplayers would welcome you =)


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06 Feb 2014 - 02:32111081
I think people Cosplay (or Costume - depending on your thoughts on the subject) for different reasons. There's the "I just wanna have fun" via the "I want to be creative" to "I want to play the character as accurately as possible" & every one of every one's reasons comes with its own challenges & skills. I personally come from the "as accurately as possible" camp & enjoy getting every small detail as close as I can possibly get to the original - but that's me.

I can also appreciate & have every admiration for those who can re-imagine a character (because I can't). I guess what I'm trying to say is to do what feels natural to you, enjoy what you have created & recognise & celebrate the skill in others whether it's your "bag" or not. After all, we're in a minority that doesn't need to be segregated by ourselves.


06 Feb 2014 - 09:36111083
Personally as long what you do makes you happy just role with that,there's always going to be someone who finds a flaw or doesnt like how youve executed something so just hold your head up high and carry on .

I go for a combination of everything accuracy for fun and and for the creative aspects. My costumes are never 100% accirate because I always end up adsing in my own style into the mix but that way its more fun for me rather than spending and inordinate amount of time and money getting it 100% spot on, in my head as long as the character is recognieable then having a stitch out of place is negligable. But to each his own and that jaz Im not going to judge (except when Im a contest judge then I kinda have to )

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Last edited by Frederica la Noir (06 Feb 2014 - 09:37)
06 Feb 2014 - 22:24111092
I think it's fine. 100% accurate costumes will always be impressive due into the work that goes into them but personally I think the important thing is having fun with friends and meeting people who have the same love for a series as you do. It should be a hobby that is inclusive of people of all abilities and budgets... but as others said, there's always a few jerks who take themselves to seriously. But most people are pretty cool.

As for your concept, you have to remember by the first Metal Gear Solid Snake is already a retired veteran agent. In the first metal gear games his design was loosely based on Kyle Reese from the Terminator films.
In MGS1 his sneaker suit was designed for the Arctic conditions his mission was located that. Seeing as by MGS2 him and Otacon had formed an anti metal gear group, it's totally conceivable Snake would have gone on other missions at other locales and would have worn different combat gear suited to those missions.
Long way of saying, this idea totally fits the character and I think you should go for it!


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