Alphonse Elric (Full Armour) - Full metal alchemist


London MCM Expo October 2008

3rd place Sunday masquerade mcm expo october 2008




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!


Anime_Angel posted on 12 August, 2008 - 22:24
lovin the progress so far, keep up the great work^_^

Dr. Ghost posted on 12 August, 2008 - 22:30
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!

MangaChild posted on 13 August, 2008 - 10:37
looking fantastic so far keep up the great work and this will be nothing short of breath taking

Littlegeeky posted on 22 August, 2008 - 22:34
:O WOW!!! Your Al is looking really cool so far, I can't wait to see it all completed!

xaerael posted on 24 August, 2008 - 10:03
thanks everyone for the nice comments so far! expect more photos tonight, everything above the waist should be complete!!

Ikkaku-kun posted on 24 August, 2008 - 16:59
thats insane xD great work on all fronts ^^ cant wait to see it done

Neko-Chan posted on 24 August, 2008 - 17:11
Woah. The progress is amaze! it looks so awsome! good luck with the rest!!

SherlockHulmes posted on 24 August, 2008 - 17:15
This is looking very impressive! Where are you getting the plastazote from? It certainly seems to be great for armour making! :O Good job!

timpey posted on 24 August, 2008 - 17:19
wow looking really good, very well done getting the shape of his armor and mask just right

xaerael posted on 24 August, 2008 - 17:51
i get the plastazote from i normally use 6mm for large areas and 3mm for details.

Kaka Extreme posted on 24 August, 2008 - 18:17
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!!!!!!!!!!!

stripey_dani posted on 24 August, 2008 - 19:05
Amazing! Ive seen a few full suited Alphonses but this is definatly one of the most accurate!

MoonLily posted on 24 August, 2008 - 19:56
Wow! I can't wait to see this at expo! It looks great so far! ^_^

behind_you posted on 11 September, 2008 - 17:28
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.

xaerael posted on 14 September, 2008 - 00:14
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.

Uber-Nerd posted on 25 September, 2008 - 19:28
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.

Just Hen posted on 12 October, 2008 - 17:45
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~!

xaerael posted on 12 October, 2008 - 20:46
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.

ryaoki posted on 16 October, 2008 - 19:29
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

CrystalNeko posted on 16 October, 2008 - 19:34
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 *___*

Adamoluna posted on 16 October, 2008 - 19:49
oh wow... that's awesome XD looking forward to seeing you in real life and taking lots of picturess! :D

Manga Girl posted on 16 October, 2008 - 20:07
I cannot wait to see this! I'm definitely taking photos of you!! :D

MangaChild posted on 16 October, 2008 - 20:38
XD I WAS RIGHT!!!! ITS REALLY SOMETHING SPECIAL!!!!!!! i cant wait till i get to see this in person!!

sarmander posted on 16 October, 2008 - 21:15
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!)

Uber-Nerd posted on 17 October, 2008 - 10:25
f-ing sweet! See you at expo!

Neko-Chan posted on 18 October, 2008 - 21:06
:O you finished!! it looks SOOOOOOOOO amazing!!!

Uni posted on 18 October, 2008 - 23:24
WOW Excellent craftmanship!!! the work you've put into this looks amazing! well done! I hope i get to see this in person!

PapercutPerfect posted on 19 October, 2008 - 08:49
Holy...!!! WOW, awesome job!

xaerael posted on 19 October, 2008 - 21:41
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!

Amy-Lou posted on 28 October, 2008 - 10:30
This was incredible to see, all the effort paid off :D Congratz on the prize!

nert posted on 28 October, 2008 - 13:48
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 ;)

ryaoki posted on 29 October, 2008 - 00:08
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

Kuma posted on 31 October, 2008 - 11:46
MILITARY GROUUUP! 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...

Orihime posted on 18 November, 2008 - 18:39
Woooooowww.....the best Alphonse I've ever seen!

sherbetsprite posted on 26 May, 2009 - 22:05
Squee!! So awesome!!

KhaosKreator posted on 20 August, 2009 - 12:39
Whoooo Nert Pictures from Ayacon! -Tab

LittlePidgey4 posted on 28 August, 2009 - 23:26
You're definately made of awesome. <3

smokie posted on 29 March, 2012 - 09:02
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 :)

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Progress Journal

4th March 2009

[04th march update]

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!

27th October 2008

And it's all over.

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 ^^;;

26th October 2008

3rd place!!!

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 2008

23rd october update

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

12th October 2008

12th october update


9th October 2008

09th october update


left to do:

tunic, fastenings and makeup.

5th October 2008

05th october update

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!

5th October 2008

story so far...

[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.