Nightmare (Player 1) - Soul Calibur IV


London MCM Expo Oct 2009

Judges Award for Innovation London Expo October 2009 Saturday




Matt is the perfect nightmare so we decided to do him again for expo.

I started work on the LED's first which I've never done before. I learnt pretty damn fast though working on the eyes first then moving onto the stomach and other things.

I also learnt how to make a voice changer which was built from scratch from components and built into the suit to make Matt more scary to interact with in person.

The main suit was built with furniture foam, plastazote and latex. The helmet is just plastazote and latex with buckram used to see through.

The entire thing got painted in 2 days on tuesday and wednesday when I had to leave for expo on the friday.

Matt is happy with this costume, though it was very hot to wear in the excel centre so he didn't keep it on for long. It was very flexible though so he could move easiy in it. This was a MASSIVE improvement on last years nightmare costume


Miss_Bikealot posted on 4 September, 2009 - 19:44
MATE, thats quite a challenge!!!! good luck :D

Amy-Lou posted on 5 September, 2009 - 18:08
The dummy looks really creepy hanging in the doorway like that!

KhaosKreator posted on 5 September, 2009 - 18:13
The neighbour kids think it's an alien. I don't care what they think it is as long as they stay the HELL AWAY FROM IT. -Tab

Ranma1-2 posted on 5 September, 2009 - 22:51
I'm excited already! =P ..seeing these early stages. Love watching your work.

RanmaSyaoran posted on 6 September, 2009 - 23:21
Sodding hell Tab .________.

Zombie posted on 7 September, 2009 - 00:21
You are, awesome.

nanahara posted on 7 September, 2009 - 08:18
........... EPIC XD

k4tt posted on 13 September, 2009 - 19:31
Awesome progress there ^__^ Helmet is already looking fricken epic even at this early stage. ;)

DarkPharaoh posted on 13 September, 2009 - 20:30
Wow i cant wait to see this one in person, i bet its going to be amazing ^_^

Son Gopaul posted on 15 September, 2009 - 23:42
That is insanely AWESOME! I can see the thirst for souls in his LED eyes!

RebaSephiroth2 posted on 24 September, 2009 - 12:48
Fantastic Nightmare cosplay. I love it. ^_^

Ranma1-2 posted on 7 October, 2009 - 10:14
Frikkin marvelouse progress.

Ragepotato posted on 7 October, 2009 - 10:46
Serious leg humping gonna be going down at expo, As always wonderful progress hun!

Sephirayne posted on 7 October, 2009 - 10:59
That is so friggin awesome. I sooooooo can't wait to see it.

KhaosKreator posted on 7 October, 2009 - 13:28
Thanks very much guys! -Tab

Ranma1-2 posted on 8 October, 2009 - 10:40
Will the suit have any built in cooling - or is Matt going to be on 'slow cook' in there? =P

KhaosKreator posted on 8 October, 2009 - 11:17
Slow cook and roast. He'll be fine because he can remove the helmet though. That's the hottest part of the thing. Tab

Ranma1-2 posted on 8 October, 2009 - 14:12
Aha. :)

Anggul posted on 8 October, 2009 - 17:32
Hot much? Not to mention the LEDs making things even hotter XD Looking awesome. Where do you get the foam? I'd love to experiment with it ^_^

KhaosKreator posted on 8 October, 2009 - 19:06
The foam came from an old fashioned hardware store near me. I buy the offcuts from them because they're cheap. -Tab

Uni posted on 8 October, 2009 - 23:14
Hotness darling, Pure hotness! XDDD

Alias Cosplay posted on 10 October, 2009 - 13:02
Awesome work!

sjbonnar posted on 10 October, 2009 - 13:24
Looking incredibly good!

kimpey posted on 19 October, 2009 - 23:08
omg damn

Chibi posted on 19 October, 2009 - 23:10
Incredible! I envy your skills

Smallfry0 posted on 19 October, 2009 - 23:59
comgret on getting it near finish :D

Ranma1-2 posted on 20 October, 2009 - 00:14
Darn!...there goes my chance of winning :S Still, I love competing with you guys.. it's the only place I know where the competitive spirit is friendly. ^_^ See ya in the masq queue (or sooner hopefully).

Anggul posted on 20 October, 2009 - 09:35
Bloody hell Tab, that's awesome ^_^ Well done on all of it, I'd always wondered how anyone would do the stomach area, considering it's, well... not there, and just floating lights. But you did it. As if anyone else would =P

Know posted on 20 October, 2009 - 12:14
can u see?

Ranma1-2 posted on 27 October, 2009 - 17:00
Congrats on your well deserved awards (Both). Awesome cosplays. I'm so glad I got to see these close up. I will also add that imo your on stage walk on routine rivalled some of the actual 'performances'. A little bit of thought and rehearsal goes a long way to making the masquerade so much more entertaining to watch. Well done guys. ...And Matt (please make sure he gets to read this Tab) a big THANK YOU for your encouraging words.. you know just how close I was to throwing the towel in when I met you at the back of the masquerdae queue (still not in my costume at that point). You fanned the flickering flame of hope back into life. That was the fastest makeover I ever done!! But you were abs right, there was just enough time to change into my costume, and the miracle did happen. :D Thank you.

KhaosKreator posted on 27 October, 2009 - 22:18
Matt says you're welcome! He didn't even realise it was you, your costumes are just so fantastic! Thank you so much for your compliments! Tab

HelloKitty posted on 1 November, 2009 - 10:57
Why Must you Tease us so with no photos of all its finished glory!! More pics pleeeeease!!

Sephirayne posted on 2 November, 2009 - 17:38
Awesome work again Tab. You've really outdone your self this time. I loved the LED work. Epic stuff. Congrats on the award. XX

goodbyeworld posted on 2 November, 2009 - 18:12
This is INCREDIBLE!! *0*

ryaoki posted on 2 November, 2009 - 18:29
love it, fucking awsome

JakeX posted on 2 November, 2009 - 18:57
As i said to you before you are going to have a challenge capping this :P Cuz its legendary

Kuma posted on 2 November, 2009 - 19:31
SO much love for you guys~

drowned_panda posted on 2 November, 2009 - 19:34

kiichan posted on 2 November, 2009 - 23:13
Oh you badass Mo' Fo'!

MangaChild posted on 3 November, 2009 - 13:41
words cant begin to describe how fantastic this costume is

Sister-Jorinde posted on 23 December, 2009 - 23:40
Oh yeah, I remember you :3 You're costume was good! x

Defrain posted on 6 January, 2010 - 22:56
again simply amazing how do you find the funding

KhaosKreator posted on 12 January, 2010 - 00:40
Nightmare only cost about £150 in the end- I should really update the info for this guy. -Tab

Progress Journal

19th October 2009

All foam completed

And now... I paint.

7th October 2009

Arm Progress

Foam Arms!

7th October 2009

Chest Progress

Foam chest!

12th September 2009

Sword progress

Made nightmare's sword today. It was totally hard. Read about the full details on my Livejournal post here:

6th September 2009

Stomach Progress

The LED stomach of DEATH.

6th September 2009

Back of head thing.

Just some pink LED's in a row for the back of his helmet.

6th September 2009

Nightmare Eyes

Red LED's set in glue for the eyes. Managed to pop these on a too high voltage today so I'm going to have to remake them, but it made a good test.

6th September 2009

Sword Eyes

Made up the LED's for nightmare's sword eyes. These are made with 1 yellow, 5 red, 5 blue LED's in a star shape.

4th September 2009

Duct tape dummy

First stage for a costume like this.. a good duct tape dummy.