Kuma (Version 1) - Afro Samurai


Numta posted on 14 July, 2011 - 13:53
I look forward to seeing this mate, kuma is bad ass!

gaming_goddess posted on 17 July, 2011 - 11:28
This is gonna be immense - looking forward to seeing it complete.

WarriorTeddy posted on 17 July, 2011 - 11:43
thanks :) just saw your super cute sackboy, so I might come running to you when I get stuck

RevolverKitty posted on 19 July, 2011 - 21:34
Dude OMG :D This is pure win, cant wait to see it done :D

nanahara posted on 1 August, 2011 - 00:42
nice one man, I was attempting this at one point but other ideas took over, so I look forward to this ^^

Kata-san posted on 1 August, 2011 - 01:55
That polystyrene head looks warm! Good luck! I'll be keeping an eye on this one ;)

eternal_aranel posted on 8 August, 2011 - 10:44
Awesome! I was planning Sio for a while :D Will be looking forward to this!

FusionRose posted on 8 August, 2011 - 11:25
progress looks epic hun =] x.

Numta posted on 8 August, 2011 - 12:42
Really looking forward to seeing this!

BabemRoze posted on 24 August, 2011 - 10:57
This is looking amazing!!!

Anonymous posted on 24 August, 2011 - 22:27
Mate that looks the SHIZZ!! Kuma is badass, like Numta said!!

FusionRose posted on 28 August, 2011 - 19:38
Omg!! Love love love! This looks amazing Joe! =D x.

WarriorTeddy posted on 28 August, 2011 - 19:41
:D thanks, I still can't believe I made it

Numta posted on 28 August, 2011 - 20:29
I really really really can't wait to see this, your bringing one of my fav characters to life!

Heorot posted on 16 September, 2011 - 12:23
Awesome! Hope I get to see you rockin' this in person :D

WarriorTeddy posted on 16 September, 2011 - 16:35
thanks :) do come say hello

Numta posted on 26 September, 2011 - 14:59
i can hardly stop my shaking with joy at this! haha

Anonymous posted on 12 October, 2011 - 15:32
Mate that is officially Ridunkulous!!! So gutted that I wont get to see the finished article!!

WarriorTeddy posted on 12 October, 2011 - 22:25
thanks matey :) he's one of my fav characters, will definitely cosplay him again

nanahara posted on 1 November, 2011 - 00:59
brilliantly done man ^^

eternal_aranel posted on 1 November, 2011 - 12:01

WarriorTeddy posted on 1 November, 2011 - 12:10
Thanks Nana :) @ eternal_aranel - hello sister! I'll hang onto this for when you do Sio

Sketch McDraw posted on 8 November, 2011 - 00:19
"JINOOOO!!...!" XD lol It was great seeing this in person, and i may have to get some tips off you as im tempted to do the Kuma at the end of the Credits from the first Afro Samurai series where he's topless and he's covered in hundreds of head bands.

WarriorTeddy posted on 8 November, 2011 - 15:02
thanks Kyle :) you must do it! that is the most epic version, just thinking about it has driven me into fanboy mode XD

KawaiiKira posted on 8 November, 2011 - 18:35
It was awesome Seeing this at expo! I thought I renembered seeing this at cosplay island and forgot it was you LOL such a great cosplay!

Manticore Arts posted on 26 January, 2012 - 01:46
This was absolutely fun to see! Really made me look back at Afro Samurai! =D How did you see in it?!

WarriorTeddy posted on 26 January, 2012 - 12:15
Thanks Capt^^ I could see a tiny bit sideways through the eyes.. and I could kindof make out shapes infront of me through the material - wish it had perfect vision though

18th October 2011


Tabi socks and zori sandals to complete the samurai look

12th October 2011


Not having the time to create one from scratch, I've opted for some props. They look quite convincing as well.

26th September 2011

Kendogi and Hakama

Yay!! my kendo uniform arrived today. It's all black. I wanted a blue kendogi but this should do. Just need to get my dual katana and Geta sandals and I'll be set.

26th August 2011


I've hollowed out the pupils and head with a hot knife. This will allow me to see through the eyes albeit only sideways. Luckily I can kindof see right ahead of me through the fabric. It's not very clear but in bright light I have some vision.

20th August 2011


Finally completed the ears. The were initially quite massive, like mickey mouse's. That was a big no-no. Reduced the size but one is now smaller than the other - SHIMATTA!!!

16th August 2011

second layer of fabric

yay!! It has finally taken shape. I created the crease in the middle by stuffing the fabric under a wire.

13th August 2011

eyes and snout

The eyes are from a polystyrene ball that came in two halves. I then sculpted the snout from a polystyrene block (took me ages).

8th August 2011

first layer of fabric

The plan is to use to two layers of fabric to ensure a smooth even surface

7th August 2011

its like an oven in here

I was not too happy with the shape so I decided to make it more spherical. I accomplished this by using strips of foam from an exercise mat. I will however have to install a fan and create some ventilation or I just might faint whilst wearing it.

1st August 2011

aaaahhh! an egyptian mummy!!

I have now taped the head up to secure it (in the process blocking off what little ventilation gaps existed - oh shit!) It is however not as spherical in shape as I hoped it would be. The only solution I can think of is to use fabric to even out the sharp edges. Next up: giving this baby some skin!

24th July 2011

Polystyrene Sphere

I have now spent most of my weekend cutting polystyrene foam sheets into sections with a hot wire cutter; and then attaching it to the wire frame with lots of hot glue. Still have a few more sections to add...

17th July 2011

wire frame

Unable to find wire baskets I decided to build the wire frame from scratch. I used several coils of garden wire, cut them and stuck them together with tape to create a spherical base for the head.

14th July 2011

items to acquire

This is going to be challenging project so I've given myself just under 3 months to complete it. After viewing a few tutorials online here are some of the items I need to get my paws on: - Memory Foam, wire baskets x2 - Wire, Plastic Ornament x2 - Stretch Fabric (dark brown) - Black and White paint - Duct Tape, Hot Glue Gun - Batting (thick brown fabric), Styrofoam

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