Big Sister - Bioshock


Minamicon 16 (2010)

Best powertools award, sponsered by Black and Decker. Minami 16 April 2010


This was mainly made in the 2 weeks up to minami- I had made a body suit and a leg prototype before then but that's when the bulk was made along with the big daddy.

All the armour bits are made from plastazote, so it's all pretty light weight. I can get into all of it myself, but having a spotter helps things a lot.

All the belts are 4mm leather which were pretty hard work to cut and rivet especially as there were 25 of them in total.

The hardest part to make was the cage as I made a test run which failed beyond belief. In the end I went to Toys R Us and bought 5 high school musical hula hoops and used them to make it. That and the tank are the heaviest part of the costume.

The hemet has 16 LED's in the front port and a fan at the back running on 6 AA's. The fan makes a huge difference to wearing the helmet- at some points it was actually cooler keeping it on! The red visor made it very hard to see at night though, even though the vision port was so large. I can only see red light in the helmet, which made things hillarious as the hotel lift button is blue so I kept pushing it wondering why it wouldn't light up.

The arms both have LED's in them again, and are my favorite part of the costume. The only thing is that the needle sometimes got caught in the pressure valve at the top of the helmet when I put it on and while I scream for help people stand around and take pictures.

It was a pretty nice costume to wear, though I do prefer having my face uncovered. I've got to fix the legs as I broke them during my dive in our skit, but that just means I can improve them a bit more.


ryaoki posted on 15 December, 2009 - 20:10
This is the only costume ive been so excited too seing EVER its such an awsome desighn and youll do it awsomely, do you have the ref of the big sister and proto daddys tab?

Ninodog posted on 15 December, 2009 - 20:11
that is so you in every way I could conceive!

Captain_Marvelous posted on 15 December, 2009 - 20:17
This idea is WW thats well wicked :) you need a Metal Daddy for mental bloodthirsty but romantic shots

sjbonnar posted on 15 December, 2009 - 20:30
I'm so pleased you decided to go ahead with this!

Sephirayne posted on 15 December, 2009 - 20:37
This is so awesome. I can't wait to see

Anonymous posted on 15 December, 2009 - 21:41
That is going to be awesome to see :D

kiichan posted on 22 December, 2009 - 00:41
Do I get a piggyback ride? :D If not for fear of breaking you. Glad you ended up going with this one :) Looking forward to seeing it!

Mangamad posted on 22 December, 2009 - 04:36
Oooh boy. The problem child of the game. ^,^; I love to see this finished version of this cosplay. ^_^

Sands posted on 1 January, 2010 - 17:13
I am SO excited to see this at Minami, I'm sure it will be a feast for the eyes! Can't wait to get some awesome photos with you.

Ikkaku-kun posted on 4 January, 2010 - 22:03
woah! that head-dome is nuts! i'll be studyin your progress :P

JakeX posted on 27 January, 2010 - 01:26
*gulp* Holy heck!!! You never cease to amaze me with what you want to do next. Ill be most interested to see how you are going to create the (their) left arm. :D

Lulu Rose posted on 28 January, 2010 - 14:13
you'll do this well, look forward to seeing this. I just LOVE the leg brace design theyve gone for with this.

Ragepotato posted on 15 February, 2010 - 23:34
Dear lord Tab, everytime I see your cosplay progress It never fails to get me hitting the roof in excitement O_O Cannot wait to see more <3

Ranma1-2 posted on 18 February, 2010 - 01:11
I swear Tab..you should be working in the movies, you are so talented. I love watching your stuff coming together. :)

Varia posted on 20 February, 2010 - 18:58
Wow... I was actually gonna have you make me one of these for next october... That's quite a coincidence... Wow, just wow... If this works out well any chance I could get one sometime?

Moonchild posted on 6 April, 2010 - 17:58
Looking awesome so far ^^ Can't wait to see this finished =)

kiichan posted on 6 April, 2010 - 20:25

Limegreenjelly posted on 11 April, 2010 - 00:15
This is going to look great at Minamicon hope all is well and not causing you too much trouble ^^

ryaoki posted on 13 April, 2010 - 22:42
most annoying things ever in that game, you rescue a little sister and there liek WRAAAA YOU WAS LOOKIN AT HER KILLL but you make me like her with this pure awsome taboo

Eatmethoubean posted on 17 April, 2010 - 14:20
that is just insanely amazing!

Anonymous posted on 21 April, 2010 - 16:34
fabulous work as always :)

Ilpala posted on 21 April, 2010 - 17:26
I loved this costumes, Well done :)

Member-XI posted on 21 April, 2010 - 17:42
It looks absolutely amazing! :D

Ranma1-2 posted on 21 April, 2010 - 21:51
Awesome costume too.

Anonymous posted on 21 April, 2010 - 22:37
too cool i soooo gonna run away with the props at expo! cant wait to see this is person!!!!!

Sephirayne posted on 21 April, 2010 - 22:41
Wow! So awesome and epic. So great to see in person.

Defrain posted on 22 April, 2010 - 06:43
once again you set the standard for true cosplay epicness

Ikkaku-kun posted on 22 April, 2010 - 11:22
seriously awesome!

theKillingDoll posted on 22 April, 2010 - 19:28
This is excellent. Kudos to you.

GraceyDarling posted on 6 May, 2010 - 23:54
you looked amazing! :)

Moonchild posted on 7 May, 2010 - 00:32
This is sooo amazing =) am so happy I got to see it in person at Minamicon =) Can't believe it only took you 2 weeks to do!! Genius! XD

RanmaSyaoran posted on 7 May, 2010 - 01:24
Jumping Jesus On A Pogo-Stick O_______________________O

Chikinpoo posted on 13 May, 2010 - 14:10
This turned out AWESOME dude!! HOW did you go about carrying the tank and the cage? Cuz like, Im abit baffled, and no amount of staring at mine can get it to do anything useful :/ Was it like, a backpack set up or something?

KhaosKreator posted on 13 May, 2010 - 15:37
I built them onto some MDF and then mounted leather straps onto it to make a sort of back pack, but one with more structure. It's seperate from the rest of the costume so I can take it off and wear it without the tank and cage, which makes it a lot more comfortable and easier to get around. -Tab

Chikinpoo posted on 13 May, 2010 - 17:37
Hmm, I thought as much. Yeah, I was originally hoping to be able to somehow attach everything onto the armor stuff itself, but my tanks ended up pretty heavy ¬_¬ and I havnt even started the cage yet. But cheers for the info fella ^_^

amberlovers posted on 30 May, 2010 - 23:33
chilling, but brilliant!

k4tt posted on 2 June, 2010 - 15:54
It was such an honour to chat with you, even if only for a moment. I'm glad I finally got to see this in person as well since I didn't attend Minamicon. Awesome Costume and awesome masquerade performance ^__^

lastordersuk posted on 2 June, 2010 - 19:22
this was ace, and was nice chatting and cheers for the cosplay advice

Lisu-chan posted on 2 June, 2010 - 19:45
Brilliant costume, and it was absolutely great to finally meet you! ^_____^ You did a wonderful job on your costume, and I think you did most of the other's props as well? You... are brilliant!

KhaosKreator posted on 2 June, 2010 - 21:41
@k4tt- It was a pleasure to meet you too! @lastordersuk- No problem, if you want more advice just email me @Lisu-chan- the only thing I didn't make was the little sister's dress. The lovely Kii-chan made that and posted it to me only to have it destroyed. -Tab

Anonymous posted on 3 June, 2010 - 15:13
Hello there, I totally loved your group, it was too bad we couldn't see you in action ;__; Kudo's for all the details and time you've put into this costume!

Ranma1-2 posted on 5 June, 2010 - 22:55
So glad I saw these costumes in real life. I love your work. I always enjoy talking with you at Expo. Really good luck at Ame ..you know what I mean, you got my vote of confidence if I was on the panel. ;)

Amy-Lou posted on 8 June, 2010 - 11:28
Lovely detailed costume. I loved the Scooby Skit you guys had me curled up laughing.

hacwa posted on 10 October, 2010 - 15:47

Frainc posted on 8 June, 2012 - 01:42
Absolutely amazing, also love the game a lot!

13th April 2010

And... construction done.

Construction is all done, now onward to painting. Now for the mad rush for minami!

6th April 2010


SO far made... 28 belts for the bioshock costumes. Should be the last of them now! My hands are thankfull as this cow is 4mm thick, which makes for really tough work.

6th April 2010

Leg belts

Made all the leg belts, 16 in total. My hands hurt from tooling all that leather.

15th February 2010

Leg progress

Finished the undersuit, shorts and the basic leg structure. Currently waiting on leather order for the buckles so I can get started on the straps.

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