Batman
DC Comics

Cosplayer: callmemilo

Status: Complete

Condition: Not Set

18th July 2011: Remaking The Cowl After failing with the cowl (a very expensive waste of time) I've decided to go the old latex route, but with a twist. After seeing this piece of artwork, I've decided the best looking option would be to sculpt a whole head cowl over my lifecast. This cowl however will stop just under the ear and under the chin, much like the Dark Knight batcowl. The neck area won't be exposed though, as I'll fashion the leatherette cape with a hood section, which I'll wear under the latex cowl. This should give me the same freedom of movement you see in the TDK cowl, but with the look of a complete cowl and cape.

18th April 2011: Making The Utility Belt - Part 5 The pouches are now on the belt blank, with the buckle peeled off and reglued, so it should stay on SUPERstrong now! All that remains is to add snap fasteners to the back of the belt, and it's ready to wear and fill!

The first gadget I'll be worrying about making is the legendary batarang. No Batman is complete without at least one. I've finalised the artwork for the silhouette of the thing (pictured), and decided it'd be best as a folding item, 7" long that folds down to 3.5" to fit comfortably in the pouches. This size should also look good in photos - it's not too small that you can't see it in hand, and not too big that it looks ridiculous.

I've sent an email to a CNC company about making a few of these in metal (cos omg that would look badass). So the likelihood of seeing these in my belt anytime soon really depends at the moment on how expensive they are to produce. If they're too pricey, I may have to wait a lil while until I can get em made. But would love the novelty, even if I can only really make one or two at this point.

12th April 2011: Making The Utility Belt - Part 4 I've just come to the realisation that, in pursuit of a perfect Batman Utility belt, I'm probably spending a little over £110. And that's before I've ever started kitting it out with gadgets! O.O

The end result should be pretty badass though. I wanna get some custom metal batarangs CNC cut, maybe make a pocketable grapple gun prop. But I'll still also have room enough for wallet, phone, keys, HA:UK cards, etc.

The pouches I ordered should be arriving first thing tomorrow morning. I had to pay customs on em, which sucked, but I'm prepping the belt blank and faux buckle, so I can get the pouches on nice and easy. Might also pick up some navy leatherette tomorrow to make some gloves out of. :)

7th April 2011: Making The Utility Belt - Part 3 I was trolling eBay again and found these from a seller in California! Couldn't let the chance pass me by so I ordered 8 of em, and they're not on their way to be added to my belt. I'll probably give em a good weathering too, just to make it look like Batman's been wearing this belt for a good few years crimefighting. :)

12th March 2011: Making The Utility Belt - Part 2 I've decided that I'm gonna change my approach slightly for the pouches. I'm not going with the metal ones, nor am I gonna buy cheap ones from somewhere else. I want my belt to be 100% unique. So I've decided I'll either sew or glue some pouches together, using my own pattern, from either suede or leather. I still want them to be practical too. I'll probably have between 6-10 for the whole belt, with two snap-shut buckles around the back to hold it on.

7th December 2010: Making The Utility Belt - Part 1 So I was thinking about the best way to attach the metal components to the 2.5" leather belt blank for this project, and decided to try using a strong epoxy glue. They don't really sell JB Weld very widely in this country, but I DID find a glue from a company called Bondloc, whose 1-hour setting epoxy resin seemed to be a good substitute. It's got a 2500 psi strength to it, which sounds pretty impressive, so I've started glueing the parts together. It seems to be working, but only time will tell.

So far I've got the buckle attached, and 2 pouches. 4 more to go. Then I'll take some pics and show you guys the progress. I think I'll need to get 4 or 6 more pouches to finish the belt, before I attach the velcro strips that'll hold it on.

25th November 2010: Navy Velour Ordered This is gonna be for making my cowl and cape. It's a bit of a gamble project, but we'll see how it goes. Should be fun. I've decided I'll be sculpting my skull cap over an old lifecast of me. The neck and back of the head didn't turn out very well on it, but there's enough detail for me to sculpt the dome, brow, nose, jaw and ears, which is all i really need for this project. Then I can cast the sculpt in silicone and make resin pulls from that mold.


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Inuyoku - 9th November 2010
You can never have too many Batman cosplay's!

Look forward to seeing it =D

x

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Captain_Marvelous - 9th November 2010
lenses deff! I really dislike the eyemesh it looks a little lame, this is only my opinion of course ^.- the belt site is awesome! found an alan scott belt XD haha but yeah look forward to seeing this go ahead! :)

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redheadgirl - 11th November 2010
I like the progress so far =) *thumbs up .. tho i must admit i thought the belt box was a fridge first time i saw it hihi silly me

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Inuyoku - 15th November 2010
Batman looks EXTRA ripped on that concept art hehe :D

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Captain_Marvelous - 15th November 2010
Belt looks great, what a good idea I saw the cig boxes a while ago but never made that connection, its a great way of getting identical/rigid boxes! are you painting them?

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callmemilo - 15th November 2010
i'm not sure just yet.... i like the copper tone, so considering repainting the belt strap, and adding a new buckle

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Captain_Marvelous - 15th November 2010
New Buckle certainly, its really lookging good though. cant wait to get my cowl XD

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Anggul - 28th January 2011
Looking good.

Your next task is to cram everything you own which is even vaguely useful into that belt!

You're Batman. You have things on your belt.

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808UnknownError - 28th January 2011
HOLY SHOCK!...Sorry XD

This looks awesome, I almost had a spittake.

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PapercutPerfect - 28th January 2011
WOW, looking amazing! Can't wait to see more progress!

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Ranma1-2 - 28th January 2011
Cowl - Nice sculpting!

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ElegantAura - 14th February 2011
That Cowl is looking fanatastic!, you have epic sculpting skills ^_^

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Kad'tor - 16th February 2011
how'd you make the cowl? could do with knowing so i can make my night owl better

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Wyrdsister - 17th February 2011
nice!

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Berserk667 - 17th February 2011
holy cow that cowl is looking amazing o_o

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Captain_Marvelous - 7th April 2011
Man I just saw this its really fantastic work so far!

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GoldieNeko - 9th June 2011
Blinded by Batmans crotch! @.@ LOL Looking AWESOME! Fantastic work! *thumbs up*

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FuriePhoenix - 18th July 2011
looking great!!

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Anonymous - 8th August 2011
Amazing Bud
I'm new to cosplayisland.and the Batman is my ultimate hero,and you have done a Fantastic Job with this costume.
I'm planning a mix of comic book,Dead End and Arkham Asykum over the next few months.Hope you don't mind if I pick your brains every once in a while!
Regards nafnamtab

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Captain_Marvelous - 30th September 2011
Very nice cowl ^^

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FuriePhoenix - 4th November 2011
LOVED your Batman... you suit him WAY too well! ^___^

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Anonymous - 5th March 2012
hay, sorry to spam and I dunno if you're planning on doing this costume (which is epic btw!!!) to May expo but there's a Batman/DC meet up on Saturday and it'd be awesome if you could come??
http://www.cosplayisland.co.uk/forum?c=showthread&ThreadID=7143
if you know anyone else that might be going that'd be interested please direct them to the forum post. Thanks!