Voldo (Second player) - Soul Calibur 3


London MCM Expo October 2008

2nd Place Best costume at London Expo October 2008




Me and Matt decided that we wanted to do these, mainly because I can do the creepy crab Voldo, and he loves Yoshimitsu.

I decided on player 2 Voldo because I really loved the idea of two masks, and it would be so fantastically creepy.

Now some information on the building:

The main two fabrics are from a curtain place because I wanted them to look old. The gold stripes on the costume are made with Duchess satin (The only satin I will ever allow near me...). The main outfit pattern all had to be drafted by me. I hate brought patterns though so I was so happy. I made the main chest pieces, then had to figure out how to sew them together so all the lines of gold would sit right across the blue. Each section of the sleeve had to be made, then all the cuffs bound with bias binding which I made. The sets of cuffs also had to be lined so the inside wouldn't show, which means the sleeves are really heavy, and the seams in the arms were really hard to sew on my machine.

The front collar-y bits and the purple chiffron stuff was then added, and all the edges were covered with binding. There are buttons on the back which you can just about make out in the game, so I added them on too. They had to be flat though so I could roll about properly.

The trousers were made in pretty much the same way, though they required a lot of ironing to get the stripes to lay flat.

I realised at this point that I needed an undersuit for the costume because when I crabed you could see my stomach. I made it from Velour, turned inside out so it doesn't look like velvet. I used that because I HATE spandex with a passion. It's pretty much like a pair of tights with a vest attached, and then a hood over the top so my face would be less visible. Oh, and it's totally sexy.

The mask is made out of Latex because I needed it to be flexible enough for me to roll about. I got a friend to do a head cast of me, then I sculpted all the mask over the top. Then I covered it with lots of layers of latex (about 8). Then painted it, then spent some intense minutes peeling it off very slowly.

The crotch is made in the same way, and it packed with foam to keep it nice and bulky. I loves my cod piece.

The shoes are just a pair of cotton pump like slipper things that I covered with the gold satin and glued down. They survived surprisingly well considering. Though they really hurt my toes.

The "claws" are just cut out of MDF, with carboard stuck to them for the designs and then painted.


Someone put us on youtube!


(first ones in!)


K posted on 28 October, 2008 - 09:57
I absolutely LOVED this! Me and Odango were thoroughly freaked out during the performance - That's a good thing! ;) Voldo is one of the favourite SC characters for both of us and you did an amazing job with this.

Anime_Angel posted on 28 October, 2008 - 10:03
Excelent costume, it is always great to have a Voldo around^_^

ryaoki posted on 28 October, 2008 - 12:04
outstanding hun was a perfect re enactment of voldo, was just too perfect you deserved that win, well done hehe all your costumes are really a big inspiration

Adamoluna posted on 28 October, 2008 - 12:24
absolutely amazing. your stage performance was ace as well. I must admit I didn't reckognise you as Voldo without the mask and weapons, I'm so sorry! I haven't seen that costume before :/ But of course when you went on stage it became obvious, and I was so ashamed >.<'''

drowned_panda posted on 28 October, 2008 - 12:59
Fantastic costume! I gotta pic of you doing the crab walk, will e-mail it through soon ^^

Uber-Nerd posted on 28 October, 2008 - 14:03
I'm so amazed by the rections to this costume! I didn't get many pictures taken of me on the day, (which was probably because people didn't recognise me without the mask on) so it was a big shock to get such a brilliant reaction from everyone! -Tab

Mighty Odango posted on 28 October, 2008 - 14:21
As Kazz said, I was SO happy to see a Voldo, and such a good one at that! I always play him if I can and he's so rarely cosplayed ^_^

Amy-Lou posted on 28 October, 2008 - 16:42
You were utterly creepy on stage, really freaked me out! The costume is brilliant, I can't wait for the videos to go online.

Moozman posted on 28 October, 2008 - 18:23
Actually amazing, a cosplay i've wanted to do myself for a while, you deserved to win. Moozman

Berserk667 posted on 29 October, 2008 - 18:06
I watched u at the masqueraude from behind the screen. Awesome job

Mtani posted on 31 October, 2008 - 14:52
That was amazing! Brilliant masquerade performance! :D

DarkElf posted on 1 November, 2008 - 21:10
Fantasic costume, I wish I could have seen it in person. I love your choice of fabric for the top. Great details ^^

Uber-Nerd posted on 10 November, 2008 - 21:07
Thank you for all your nice comments! I really loved making the Voldo costume as it was one of the best work as a tailor I've ever done. Those stripes took a lot more effort than you'd think! Also, glad to see everyone thought I was creepy! It was a big change going from Ivy to Voldo, but I seem to pull it off. They're both so slutty. -Tab

Kaka Extreme posted on 10 November, 2008 - 21:15
one hell of a amazing yet spooky costume! LOVE IT!

KamikazePenguin posted on 10 November, 2008 - 21:16
Wow!! First time i've seen Voldo cosplayed and I must say awesome job. Sadly I didn't get to go to expo so I couldn't see it in person. D': Great job on it though. ;D

kitty posted on 10 November, 2008 - 21:25
your costume was amazing!! and really freaky!! which is a good thing!! ^^ voldo is possibly my fav. SC character! you did an excelent job!

Sands posted on 10 November, 2008 - 22:19
I love you for this so much, actually made my expo when you guys were in the masquerade!

Uni posted on 10 November, 2008 - 22:34
Tab you look fantastic as Voldo! Really loved the moves X3

Nocturnal Blossom posted on 29 November, 2008 - 11:48
I love it all, but the codpiece is my favourite! ...touching obscenely large padded parts of your costumes is becoming a bad habit with me! But oh it was fun <3

Uber-Nerd posted on 29 November, 2008 - 18:28
I do love that codpiece. People had fun touching my parts!

sjbonnar posted on 30 November, 2008 - 13:20
I must say, this was epic...albeit somewhat creepy as you have the movements pretty much down pat! LOL

Uber-Nerd posted on 30 November, 2008 - 14:11
Thank you very much ^-^ Tab

Manga Girl posted on 30 November, 2008 - 21:21
You were so fanatastic as Voldo! I loved you in the masquerade :D

Sephirayne posted on 26 January, 2009 - 19:34
Love the cosplay. Its cool to see a Voldo.

Tak posted on 27 January, 2009 - 12:33
This was one of my favourites from that weekend, from seeing you with the mask off to acting on stage was just such a transformation (an incredibly cool and creepy one of course!)

Uber-Nerd posted on 28 January, 2009 - 11:27
Oh, thanks very much! Oh and Tak- I remember you! I vaguely remember talking about wig fibres or something. You had a very cool beard. Tab

Anonymous posted on 21 May, 2009 - 11:00
Woooow great costume! And you can do the crab! Legendary!

Zaiburst posted on 7 June, 2009 - 00:29
This was a highlight for me. I love the way you did Voldo's walk. The crab posture was the icing on the cake. Great job.

Misty95 posted on 21 September, 2013 - 22:59
Love this, it's perfect :)