Strength - Black Rock Shooter




Strength from Black Rock Shooter, worn at Kitacon IV!

With big helps from Yukioto (thank you <333), I managed to finish her arms in under a week! 5am bedtimes and lots of Ben 10 and Adventure Time watching (and a million trips to B&Q) got us through the week!

Dress and collar made by myself! Black leatherette with white leatherette appliqued ontop. Unfortunately I didn't have time for some of the smaller details on the applique and her outfit but I intend to finish them soon!

Although my reference is of the full battle arm mode with the sliding mechanisms, after screen-capping from the anime, she never actually has the full version when fighting. So I used the simplified version from the actual screentime, however I tried making the fists exactly to the ref!
(It was hard because I've yet to find a non-OVA version of her arms made!)

Hands and tail both made out of 8mm Plastazote. I used both foam and plastic piping for support and sealed the foam in PVA. I then used primer, then black acrylic spray, and hand painted on the battle damage and details!

Will most likely re-make her collar and finish her full arms from the reference (and the small bits I missed out). Possibly thinking of making her four armed insane battle version?! I must be crazy.


Leolarua posted on 13 March, 2012 - 00:10
fffff yes! strength has my favourite design. i cant wait to see this

Tsupo posted on 24 March, 2012 - 08:36
Mine too! Thanks, I hope I can do her justice! :]

Dusttee posted on 1 April, 2012 - 12:43
Ah i love this design so much <3 Can't wait to see :D

Einmyria posted on 10 April, 2012 - 00:02
Cannot wait to see this finished!!!

Speckles posted on 18 April, 2012 - 19:32
Saw pictures of this and gotta say it looks amazing. Great job on those arms and it was so cleanly made! GOOD SHOW! ;D

Manticore posted on 21 April, 2012 - 13:57
Bwhahahahahahahahhaahha! I loves facing Strength off lol

InfiniteJester posted on 21 April, 2012 - 14:11
This looked so very cool!

White Tigress posted on 21 April, 2012 - 14:21
Fantastic work as always!

Eloraborealis posted on 21 April, 2012 - 14:57
Words cannot describe just how awesome this is, you make an amazing Strength! :D

Kinreal posted on 21 April, 2012 - 15:07

nert posted on 21 April, 2012 - 16:40
This was amazing, can't wait to get to the videos I took of it XD

BlueberryTale posted on 21 April, 2012 - 16:47
This looked so amazing!

JustPeachy posted on 21 April, 2012 - 17:06
This looks so good! I'm in awe of those arms!

Pandora-Chi posted on 21 April, 2012 - 20:02
OMG! O_O I never saw this in person but I did hear people talk of how utterly mind blowing this was! I'm seriously impressed by those arms! You make an amazing strength!! This is truly well done <3

sjbonnar posted on 25 April, 2012 - 10:42
This is fantastic! I may not have been there, but you're still my queen dammit LOL

CrystalNeko posted on 25 April, 2012 - 11:36
So much love for this costume, I'm so glad I got the chance to see it up close! Words cannot describe how amazing this cosplay is!

Amy-Lou posted on 28 April, 2012 - 11:22
So impressive, those arms are crazy cool!

Tsupo posted on 28 April, 2012 - 13:16
Thank you so much everyone!! u////u @Nert- The video turned out incredible! Thanks so much! @Sj- I am definitely still your queen, haha! So sad you couldn't take part. :c

Felixize posted on 29 April, 2012 - 15:01
You guys REALLY outdid yourselves here <3 And your dress is so adorable, I have no idea how you manage to walk the tiiiiny line between completely badass and cute as a fricken button, but you totally did!!

Tsupo posted on 1 May, 2012 - 19:17
Thank you so much <333 I couldn't have done it without his help patterning the pieces.. he's so clever with maths!! >/////<

WarriorTeddy posted on 15 May, 2012 - 10:50
Your costume and claws were so Awesome. It was pleasure meeting and hanging with you at cosplay chess ^^

Sephirayne posted on 15 May, 2012 - 11:39
This was amazing to see in person. Excellent ^^

Limegreenjelly posted on 31 January, 2013 - 12:13
Epic Strength

RanmaSyaoran posted on 1 September, 2013 - 16:21
There's cosplay, and then there's making a perfect replica of the character. You did both :D

Progress Journal

8th April 2012


Having left a gap when stitching the centre back seam, when topstitching I neatened the edges to create a slit. Hopefully if I attatch my tail to a strap I can push it through the hole to look slightly neater! (Even though Strength seems to have her tail sprouting from her back- wat?)

8th April 2012


Thankfully, the dress started to begin taking shape. I topstitched all the seams as well as pressing seams to make it much neater!

7th April 2012


I started working on Strength's insane arms. I wanted to make her animé version, but unfortunately, they were a lot more complicated, and required too many materials for my budget. So I found a compromise and designed her arms in the style of the animé, but not including her crazy-ass sliding mechanism she wears in the reference picture, as after screen-capping the animé, I realised she never actually has it! Using 8mm, I started cutting all the panels out of Plastazote.

6th April 2012


Although I originally bought a fleeced cotton jersey, I decided against it and bought black leatherette quite last minute. Not only would the leatherette keep the original shape a lot better, but I felt it fitted better with all the textures of Strength's props and accessories. Started cutting out the pattern!

4th April 2012


I then made another toile, seperately, for the collar following the new anime design. I altered a high-collar pattern I'd cut recently, making it a lot wider, and with more material at the back.

4th April 2012

Cutting the Pattern!

First, I altered just a simple A-line dress pattern by taking in the waist, shoulders, neckline, adding darts, and widening the skirt width. I then made a Toile, making small changes as I went until I was happy then added the hood.