Costume :Alphonse Elric
Variant :Full Armour
Source :Full metal alchemist
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London MCM Expo October 2008

Costume Photos

ayacon photoshoot

Ayacon photoshoot

Aya photoshoot

expo photo

Expo photo

Expo photo

Expo photo

complete pre-expo


Costume Information

Cost : lost count... well over £100
Awards : 3rd place Sunday masquerade mcm expo october 2008
Time Taken : long time now!

full armour version of Al. So far I have completed the helm, the chin (which i'm making as a seperate part for ease of wearing) and the front of the curiass.

on the list to do:

solid parts:

rear curiass/colar
everything needs latex coating
helm needs the hair tassle

material parts:

inner quilted padding (the bit that is visible under the arms)
various straps and fixings

i've spent around £22 on it so far, and i'm expecting to spend a further £70-£80 to finish it.

currently, aside from the obvious visual impairment the helm causes, it's very light and very comfortable to wear. it's made entirely out of highly flexible foam sheeting (plastazote PE foam). i'm expecting it to be fairly cumbersome to wear when it's complete, but it IS armour! lol.

the helm was the hardest part -so far-. admittedly that's because i have no one my build living with me right now, so i ask my two flatmates to kindly measure me, and i use my imagination from that point on!

the images i currently have are VERY work in progress. the final costume will obviously not be white, and the black material ties will be cut short and invisible.


project is 100% complete, but the current photographs in the album are work in progress shots. i won't be updating them untill after the october MCM expo!


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lovin the progress so far, keep up the great work^_^

by Anime_Angel on Tuesday, 12 August, 2008 - 23:24
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Seriously looking forward to this being finished. It's going to be epic and rocking for sure. Every time you do a new section it makes me more and more squeeful!

by Dr. Ghost on Tuesday, 12 August, 2008 - 23:30
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looking fantastic so far keep up the great work and this will be nothing short of breath taking

by MangaChild on Wednesday, 13 August, 2008 - 11:37
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:O WOW!!!
Your Al is looking really cool so far, I
can't wait to see it all completed!

by Littlegeeky on Friday, 22 August, 2008 - 23:34

thanks everyone for the nice comments so far!

expect more photos tonight, everything above the waist should be complete!!

by xaerael on Sunday, 24 August, 2008 - 11:03
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thats insane xD great work on all fronts ^^ cant wait to see it done

by Ikkaku-kun on Sunday, 24 August, 2008 - 17:59
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Woah. The progress is amaze!
it looks so awsome! good luck with the rest!!

by Neko-Chan on Sunday, 24 August, 2008 - 18:11
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This is looking very impressive!

Where are you getting the plastazote from? It certainly seems to be great for armour making! :O

Good job!

by SherlockHulmes on Sunday, 24 August, 2008 - 18:15
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wow looking really good, very well done getting the shape of his armor and mask just right

by timpey on Sunday, 24 August, 2008 - 18:19

i get the plastazote from www.trylon.co.uk. i normally use 6mm for large areas and 3mm for details.

by xaerael on Sunday, 24 August, 2008 - 18:51
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OMG! i am amazed!!!! i really looking forward to seeing this!!!!

i defo need a pic of you when i get the chance lol and be warned a few of my friends my GLOMP you and follow you non stop lol

great jjob!!!!!!!!!!!

by Kaka Extreme on Sunday, 24 August, 2008 - 19:17
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Amazing! Ive seen a few full suited Alphonses but this is definatly one of the most accurate!

by stripey_dani on Sunday, 24 August, 2008 - 20:05
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Wow! I can't wait to see this at expo! It looks great so far! ^_^

by MoonLily on Sunday, 24 August, 2008 - 20:56
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looking great, man.

i ordered some of that foam you're using for a project of my own. if it's not too much trouble, if i run into problems would it be ok to ask for tips? i'm hugely impressed with your armour.

by behind_you on Thursday, 11 September, 2008 - 18:28

sure, just prod me via PMs. i'm a bit hectic at work right now (thus there's been no progress for a few weeks) but i try to check my messages every other day at least.

by xaerael on Sunday, 14 September, 2008 - 01:14
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I like your use of latex to cover the foam- that's something I've never really thought of doing (Our nightmare is made of cardboard XD) But it's a really cool way of making armour that can take a few knocks.

by Uber-Nerd on Thursday, 25 September, 2008 - 20:28
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Man, that Al cosplay is looking fantastic! I must say, without the sliver paint-job, it makes me think "Stormtrooper punk", XD.

I hope to see this at Expo, dude~!

by Just Hen on Sunday, 12 October, 2008 - 18:45

lol, you're not the first person to make the stormtrooper comment!

it looks very different now that it's finished, i so want to post photos of it, but both me and my flatmate have agreed no public shots of either untill after the expo.

by xaerael on Sunday, 12 October, 2008 - 21:46
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THAT IS wayyy to .. yea im gonna swear WAYY TO FUCKING EPIC mannnnn how did you make everything stay like the wrist armour and stuff like how did you attach it looks fantastic

by ryaoki on Thursday, 16 October, 2008 - 20:29
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Ahhh this is amazing, seriously I wish you the best of luck in getting a place for the masquerade. And if you get in, YOU BETTER WIN! >O
I still can't get over how amazing this is *___*

by CrystalNeko on Thursday, 16 October, 2008 - 20:34

oh wow... that's awesome XD
looking forward to seeing you in real life and taking lots of picturess! :D

by Adamoluna on Thursday, 16 October, 2008 - 20:49
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I cannot wait to see this! I'm definitely taking photos of you!! :D

by Manga Girl on Thursday, 16 October, 2008 - 21:07
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i cant wait till i get to see this in person!!

by MangaChild on Thursday, 16 October, 2008 - 21:38
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OMG! O_O That's is simply AWESOME! (And I'm really starting to think that I should use my Ed cosplay for Expo too, just in case I run into you!)

by sarmander on Thursday, 16 October, 2008 - 22:15
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f-ing sweet!

See you at expo!

by Uber-Nerd on Friday, 17 October, 2008 - 11:25
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:O you finished!!
it looks SOOOOOOOOO amazing!!!

by Neko-Chan on Saturday, 18 October, 2008 - 22:06
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WOW Excellent craftmanship!!! the work you've put into this looks amazing! well done! I hope i get to see this in person!

by Uni on Sunday, 19 October, 2008 - 00:24
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Holy...!!! WOW, awesome job!

by PapercutPerfect on Sunday, 19 October, 2008 - 09:49

if anyone who grabs any photos of me and Dr. Ghost don't mind forwarding them, it would be seriously appreciated since we're pretty much unable to bring/use a camera. prod me thru PMs!

and thanks for the comments! less than a week to go, and i'm feeling like a kid before xmas. people being so positive and giving such nice praise for my work is only heightening that feeling!

by xaerael on Sunday, 19 October, 2008 - 22:41
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This was incredible to see, all the effort paid off :D Congratz on the prize!

by Amy-Lou on Tuesday, 28 October, 2008 - 11:30
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I said it at the time, but damn this was awesome! I got a few pics and they'll be appearing on my gallery hopefully today

Twas good to meet you, even if only while encased in armour ;)

by nert on Tuesday, 28 October, 2008 - 14:48
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dude contact me send me a pm or catch me on msn , i have some AWSOME shots of this , i was the guy with blue hair friday night who was chatting to you about armours

by ryaoki on Wednesday, 29 October, 2008 - 01:08
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Man, I'm quite excited about this already. A little surprised that you're so keen to get into the suit in /the summer/ but the awesomeness should outweigh any dehydration...

Maybe its time to think about cooling fans...

by Kuma on Friday, 31 October, 2008 - 12:46
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Woooooowww.....the best Alphonse I've ever seen!

by Orihime on Tuesday, 18 November, 2008 - 19:39
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So awesome!!

by sherbetsprite on Tuesday, 26 May, 2009 - 23:05
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Whoooo Nert Pictures from Ayacon!


by KhaosKreator on Thursday, 20 August, 2009 - 13:39
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You're definately made of awesome. <3

by LittlePidgey4 on Saturday, 29 August, 2009 - 00:26

damn looks good man gratz :)
i have 1 question did u use plastazote to build the armor...if so
what did u use to make it so smooth/seal, pva, latex, plasti-dip, other stuff,

smokie :)

by smokie on Thursday, 29 March, 2012 - 10:02

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[04th march update] (Posted 4th March 2009)

yep, i'm updating on Al.

checked the suit today for any major damage after the MCM in preperation for rewearing at ayacon later this year. nothing *critical*. a few of the edges could do with either relatexing or binding with ducktape (non are visable, so i can be scruffy with my fixes).

all good stuff!

And it's all over. (Posted 27th October 2008)

back home from london. Al is looking worse for wear, going to have to spruce him up before the next time i wear him

will be updating the gallery in general over the next few days as photos come in. i've managed to delete the txt file with names, so people are going to have to PM me for credit of any photos i post in the meantime unless i retrace my steps and find each of the used photos ^^;;

3rd place!!! (Posted 26th October 2008)

got in the masq on the second to last entry, al was pretty heavily beaten up by this time. Fixed him up and got resuited as fast as I could, waited hours in baking heat, but it was all worth it...

3rd place!!! Big ego boost for my first cosplay!

23rd october update (Posted 23rd October 2008)

costume is packed. everything is ready. expo here we come!!

12th october update (Posted 12th October 2008)


09th october update (Posted 9th October 2008)


left to do:

tunic, fastenings and makeup.

05th october update (Posted 5th October 2008)

more more more....!

latexed and painted the curiass. looks great.

finally... FINALLY found the right gloves. (in the gardening section at focus!) made the armour plates for them, latexed and painted them.

latexing of pauldrons/upper arms started. maybe finished by the end of the day.

aiming to have almost everything done for next sunday. all that really needs doing now is the legs, the isoflexing and the tunic. that leaves a nice 2 weeks to do any finishing touches!

story so far... (Posted 5th October 2008)

[20th aug update]

back of curiass, collar, inner shoulderpads completed. one foot semi complete.

unmade parts remaining: upper and lower arms x2, upper and lower leg x2, groin, foot x1, gloves x2, outer shoulderpads x2.

[22nd aug update]

made left arm, finished both feet

unmade parts remaining: right arm, upper and lower leg x2, groin, gloves x2, outer shoulderpads x2

[24th aug update]

upper body finished! photo gallery updated!

[29th aug update]

all the body is completed. gloves need making, tunic/loincloth thing needs making, everything needs latexing, but i'm well ahead of time right now!

[14th sept update]

no progress >>;; been really busy at work and spendable money is short for materials. expect an update some time around the end of the first week in october tho!

[24th sept update]

still no *real* progress. i re-cut the inside elbow curves on the lower vambraces for comfort, fixed the pauldrons to the main body permanently, and fixed the shoulder domes to the upper vambraces permanently. mostly cosmetic/comfort edits before i start final latexing sometime next week.

i did try wearing the suit for a prolonged time (about an hour plus) and i was fairly suprised at how natural and comfortable it felt.

[04th october update]

leaps and bounds! latexed and painted the helm, feet and vambraces. looking great! also finished the spikes and permanently fitted them to armour.

also made a permanent decision to abandon trying to make the knee and elbow pads. maybe a future addition.