Crying Wolf - Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots


London MCM Expo October 2011

Showcased 15th December 2013 What is this?




18.11.11: Please feel free to ask if you'd like any information on the construction of this cosplay. If I wrote the process up here it would be a very long essay and so I am abstaining for now. At some point in the future I'd like to write up the progress in blog form and if I do so I will link to here.


I'm aiming for October London Expo 2011 as this cosplay can only be transported to an Expo.

Sorry for the sparse journal entries. I'm keeping a lot of this under my hat until Expo. Not to mention I keep coming up with new ideas for how to do things!

This will be entered into the masquerade though as others were speedier than me I'm going to have to get in there quick on Sunday.

30.10.11: finally it's over. There were some breakages and emergency repairs but frankly I'm just glad to see the back of this thing for now. It hurt so much to wear. All the weight of the head was carried by a strap across my lower back.

I'd like to thank Odagochan for looking after me. You helped me keep it together back stage and you made sure I didn't walk off the stage. I have it on good authority that it looked like you were guiding me and not holding the gun in place because of mechanism failure :P. I loved finally getting to meet you and I look forward to learning more from you.


Member-XI posted on 1 May, 2011 - 18:37
That looks very interesting! One of the Beast unit from MGS4 comes to mind, but I'm probably wrong. :D Can't wait to see where you go from here. :3

Black_Star posted on 1 May, 2011 - 18:54
FFx-2 Rikkus special dressphere? the body looks like the machina she rides?

BabemRoze posted on 1 May, 2011 - 19:11
Hmm I wanna say a shiva sister xD or a big sister XD Some machinery :D this looks really interesting! x

Moonchild posted on 1 May, 2011 - 19:31
The legs/feet looking part reminds me of a gekko from MGS4 xD

FuriePhoenix posted on 1 May, 2011 - 19:47
I'm guessing Rikku's ultimate dress-sphere? Looks like Machina

Sora-Kun posted on 4 May, 2011 - 20:07
Obv crying wolf

Nomes posted on 11 May, 2011 - 16:15
A few of you came close, but Sora-kun guessed correctly *hands over virtual cookie*. Who knows when this will be finished. It's already been in progress for 6 months and that's not including the time spent planning, though it is further along than the uploaded images.

lycaneyes posted on 21 May, 2011 - 17:24
this looks awesome

Spike posted on 21 May, 2011 - 23:47
this is lookin brilliant, hoping to do akiba for october, would be great to get pictures =]]

Nomes posted on 22 May, 2011 - 12:07
I'll do my best to get it done! XD Expo is probably the only event I can take it to as it's the only one driveable from where I'm based. No way could I carry this up on the train.

Mighty Odango posted on 1 June, 2011 - 12:07
Your progress is looking seriously impressive! It's pretty unlikely that I'll be wearing Laughing Octopus at an Expo as transporting it would be far too difficult, but I'd be interested in setting up a photoshoot with you!

Chickenbits posted on 1 June, 2011 - 21:41
Girl..... You're crazy... and I'm loving it! Keep it up! :D

CyanideCustard posted on 3 June, 2011 - 09:17
when this be worn, i need to take out my liquid ocelot O_o for real

Nomes posted on 3 June, 2011 - 11:28
Hopefully at October Expo 2011. :)

Petchy-mon posted on 13 July, 2011 - 13:31
I am sooo looking forward to this!

Zelvyne posted on 9 August, 2011 - 17:45
Wow, this is looking fantastic! can't wait to see it all finished ^_^ I know someone who may be doing Crying Beauty, so hopefully we'll run into you.

lycaneyes posted on 10 September, 2011 - 21:58
This looks fantastic so far cant wait to see it finished EPIC ols snake vs wolf photos are needed

BabemRoze posted on 11 September, 2011 - 20:08
This is looking incredible!

Nomes posted on 11 September, 2011 - 21:12
^_^. I'm working like a mad woman to get this ready in time. I don't want to think about how much money I've spent, but I've managed to draw the spending out over 9months so far which has reduced the shock to my system.

tripletriad posted on 15 September, 2011 - 19:23
SKJDF;KJ! Holy crap this looks amazing, can't wait to see it finished!

lycaneyes posted on 17 September, 2011 - 22:04
This Is looking fantastic

FuriePhoenix posted on 21 October, 2011 - 19:58
im so intrigued to see this at expo!!

Kacela posted on 31 October, 2011 - 10:28
This is incredible!

nanahara posted on 31 October, 2011 - 12:07
this was sooooooooooooooo EPIC XD

tripletriad posted on 31 October, 2011 - 13:16
I can't believe I missed this =[ The finished piece looks absolutely fantastic! Brilliant job!

FuriePhoenix posted on 31 October, 2011 - 13:24
this was utterly mind blowing!

Squall_wolfheart posted on 31 October, 2011 - 20:24
this was Stunning! u won the masqurade in my book!

Nomes posted on 31 October, 2011 - 20:36
Thank you so much everyone. ^_^ Making people happy makes it so worthwhile for me. I love seeing people light up if I pull a character off well enough. Unfortunately I had a breakage just as the pre-judging was happening and whilst repairs were made the damage was done and I lost points. It was so much fun hearing everyone clap and cheer when I popped out the top. Odangochan was fantastic as my guide, she tolerated my endless panicked bleating back stage and still guided me apparently effortlessly on and off.

Numta posted on 31 October, 2011 - 20:42
THIS LOOKED AMAZING! I only got to see it back stage during the masq =[ but wowzer you bought Crying wolf to life!

FusionRose posted on 31 October, 2011 - 22:39
gjksdiubdowugdkjwh you truly outdid yourself sweetie <3 this is effin amazing! x.

Pandora-Chi posted on 31 October, 2011 - 23:28
OMG!! THAT WAS YOU??!! O_O You're so super talented!!!! This was truely amazing!! <3

BabemRoze posted on 1 November, 2011 - 07:28
This was AMAZING!! I loved watching you in the masq!!!!

gaming_goddess posted on 2 November, 2011 - 07:19
Words can't convey how amazing this is! Your walk was amazing and the cosplay superb! I love how you made the feet so accurate! This is the best crying wolf I've ever seen - its like it just walked out of the game :)

Mighty Odango posted on 2 November, 2011 - 13:42
This is definitely the best Crying Wolf costume out there! I was proud just to be able to go on stage with it.

No thanks posted on 13 November, 2011 - 22:47
this was absolutely FLAWLESS in person. I kind of really expected you to win something in the masq and was really dissapointed in judging when you hadn't. 10/10 totally in awe when i saw this

Kinreal posted on 14 November, 2011 - 01:04
This is seriously awesome! xD

Defrain posted on 18 November, 2011 - 11:23
this is amazing kudos

Chickenbits posted on 30 November, 2011 - 15:55
..... o.o

WarriorTeddy posted on 2 December, 2011 - 12:16
saw you backstage, looked epic, well done :)

Manticore posted on 22 December, 2011 - 23:23

Larxene posted on 7 January, 2012 - 23:38
Thank you for your comment on my bouncer costume :). Came to have a nose at your stuff and woah. THIS IS FRICKING AMAZING. I love quad suits. Must have taken you forever to make an armoured one like that.

Starbucks dad posted on 5 February, 2012 - 17:55
Bloody hell! Amazing, absolutely outsatnding.

Mangamad posted on 6 February, 2012 - 12:27
Snow + cosplay = Well played on photo shots. XDb

Tsuchinoko posted on 27 March, 2012 - 22:06
Really well done on this, it must have been really challenging to make and it looks fantastic! =D

Alias Cosplay posted on 20 April, 2012 - 19:12
This is very awesome.

Nesproxy posted on 15 December, 2013 - 19:16
This is seriously incredible. Well done on the showcase - massively deserved! :D

Fizzykat posted on 15 December, 2013 - 21:18
Holy crap this is awesome! Congrats on showcase!

Littlegeeky posted on 15 December, 2013 - 22:08
DAMN! This cosplay... WOW! I couldn't even tell there was a person in this?! Such an amazing costume, defiently worthy of a Cosplay Showcase! Congratulations!

No thanks posted on 16 December, 2013 - 00:08
grats on the showcase! I remember seeing this in person. WELL worth the showcase

Sephirayne posted on 16 December, 2013 - 00:52
This is epic. Congratulations on the well deserved showcase. ♥

Kei Lin Sama posted on 16 December, 2013 - 23:43
What an incredible costume!

Freyarule posted on 18 December, 2013 - 15:59
Congrats on the showcase! Amazing work as always <3

Siouxsie James posted on 19 December, 2013 - 08:35
Grats on the showcase :)

Pandora-Chi posted on 19 December, 2013 - 13:29
Really wanted to say congrats again lovely! Very well deserved xx

Progress Journal

29th October 2011

I don't want to jinx anything but...

I don't want to jinx anything but I think this Monster is read to roll on Sunday! It's been a year in the making and I can finally see the light.

26th October 2011

So it goes

Gloves complete. Sewing them bu hand was a bore but alas my machine couldn't cope with such narrow seam allowances.

Socks are complete and I love them so much. I might have to make myself some slippers from the pattern.

All rivet details are complete bar a couple of odd ones which i need to create from craft foam, sand a cranny to embed them and then glue them in place.

Stirrups have been added to the bodysuit

To Do:

25th October 2011

The final straight

I just have some paintwork left to do as well as some rivet detailing on this Beast.

My gloves are almost finished. Tonight I shall complete them and make socks.

21st October 2011

This Beast is killing me

This Beast is killing me but it will be done in time. The inner body suit is well on its way to completion. The helmet is done, the wiring is complete. I have some more painting sewing and construction to do. I get home from work in the evenings and work on this until I go to bed everyday. Sleep hours are becoming fewer. I'm busy at work too and so haven't been able to take any time off.

A friend is staying with me at the moment and he started playig MGS4 again. He has been Snake the Paparazzi and has spent ages in the Frozen Tundra taking pictures of Crying WOlf from all angles. On the plus side, I can see a lot of details. On the down side, I can see a lot of details...

17th September 2011

Railgun - Step 4

Lights XP. Battery powered multifunctional fairy lights threaded through the gun.

17th September 2011

Railgun - Step 3

Sanding, Priming, more sanding, more priming, painting.

11th September 2011

Railgun - Step 2

4 hours and almost 250ml of Impakt glue later...

EVA foamto add bulk and stiffness and basic detailing. Some stiff cardboard as an underayer, again for stiffness.

10th September 2011

The eye

The eye of the Beast O_O

10th September 2011

Hind legs 2

The progress on the hind legs and a view from above of the hind feet.

10th September 2011


I had to handpaint the Werewolf symbol onto both shoulders. I'm rather pleased with how they came out.

10th September 2011

Railgun - Step 1

There's a long way to go with the gun. I just hope I can pull off my first attempt at making a gun prop. So far this is a layer of 1" thick insulation foam.

3rd August 2011

Hind legs 1

Started putting together the components for the hind legs at the weekend. I didn't get as far along as I'd hoped as I was struck down with gastroenteritis but the idea is there. It is logistically impossible to be 100% accurate to Crying Wolf's proportions, at least at my level of ability, but I'm doing my best.

3rd June 2011


Etching, etching, etching all the grooves into the armour with a pen and a pin and an Xacto blade. The front legs are proving the msot difficult as they were the first part constructed and as such as made from a different material to the rest (a softer foam which required reinforcing with decorator's caulk which I only later contemplated would be difficult to scrape away). We shall see.