Screaming Mantis (Beast Version) - Metal Gear Solid 4

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I am poor at making battlesuits
I am poor at making foam armor
I am poor at working with resin
I am poor at working with LEDs
And so the quest to lose my sanity begins!

I'm not really sure why I am attempting this but its been in my head to make it for ages and even though all my skill is in fabric cosplays I really want to give it a go. My main reasoning is I won't be doing a UK con for at least two years so I won't be rushing this cosplay by any means. The second reason is I would love to do a beauty unit photoshoot with Odangochan and Nomes as their Laughing Octopus and Crying Wolf simple blew me away! The third reason is I can see myself being more likely to accomplish screaming mantis than rageing raven. Also I do like a challenge and the learning curve it offers, even if it is steep.

Wish me luck......I'm gonna need it!

Comments

Mighty Odango posted on 27 March, 2012 - 09:36
OMG exciting! I would ADORE a shoot with you! If you have any questions re: construction DM me, I actually thought about this one before I chose Octopus and I can pump TheKillingDoll for ideas as well ^_~

gaming_goddess posted on 27 March, 2012 - 10:11
Thanks for the offer I will definatly be messaging you when I get stuck :D (which will probably be often :P) but will so be worth it once it's finished :D

Nomes posted on 27 March, 2012 - 11:47
Yay! You put it up. So exciting. I will make sure not to recycle any of the parts of Crying Wolf for the next two years. Hopefully by then I'll have the skills to revamp the costume. If you make the beauty suit too let us know so we let you know how we did ours (Odangochan is the Queen of dye) and then we can all match. Excellent idea to use drawing armatures for the dolls. We need a Raging Raven!

gaming_goddess posted on 28 March, 2012 - 00:30
I will definatly let you know about the beauty suit. Especially since this will hopefully end up in an expo masquerade I'll need something to wear during the day :) But gonna attempt the armor suit first :)

Numta posted on 27 June, 2012 - 09:21
O.O *adds to watch list** =P

Manjou posted on 28 June, 2012 - 12:36
This is going to be awesome :D

Tsuchinoko posted on 6 July, 2012 - 01:59
Oh wow, good luck with this! And I love that you're making the dolls to go with it and your progress on them =)

Kata-san posted on 6 July, 2012 - 02:07
Love the little psycho-mantis doll thing. Looks great. I've also got the exact same sewing machine as you :D Look forward to seeing it finished.

gaming_goddess posted on 6 July, 2012 - 07:00
Thanks everyone :D And @ Kata-San: Your the second person who has the same machine as me - that's pretty awesome :D

nanahara posted on 6 July, 2012 - 07:23
well this is one I'm certainly looking forward to. It goes without saying that this will be EPIC XD

Spike posted on 20 July, 2012 - 08:46
YEEEEEEESSSSSSSS, You are gunna own this :D Cannot Wait To See It :D

Spike posted on 20 July, 2012 - 08:49
I want that sorrow doll!!! maybe i'll make one to stick in my room...

Captain_Marvelous posted on 29 July, 2012 - 17:26
Such a good call on the artists dummy!

Sammykins posted on 30 July, 2012 - 20:42
The duct tape dummy seems like an awesome idea!! Really can't wait to see this - good luck, and this is going straight on my watch list...

Relion posted on 14 November, 2012 - 18:36
The arms look so good already, great idea! and hnnng, I've always wanted to do a Beast, a whole group would be amazing ;_; Can't wait to see this finished!

cosrai posted on 14 November, 2012 - 19:54
This is looking to be insanely epic!

gaming_goddess posted on 15 November, 2012 - 00:37
@ Relion - well we don't currently have an Raging Raven *Cough* Hint Hint *Cough* But yeah the beast suits are a mammoth task hence why progress has been slow but gonna get stuck in soon - so much planning T_T but will be worth it if if I can pull it off :)

southafrimike posted on 31 January, 2013 - 10:48
This will be AWESOME! got my eyes on this!

Frederica la Noir posted on 4 February, 2013 - 11:03
This is going to be epic! absolutely brill! xxxx

Smallfry0 posted on 21 March, 2013 - 22:06
*____* can't wait to see this wish I could bring my laughing octpuss

ScientistSalarian posted on 15 May, 2013 - 11:24
Wow! This is going to look amazing!:D

Phantom.Mantis posted on 22 May, 2013 - 01:05
I'd LOVE to get a photo with you at some point with my Psycho Mantis costume, really looking forward to seeing the finished product!! :D

shadowtoast102 posted on 8 August, 2013 - 23:32
THIS, I can tell, will be an achievement. I've got a crapload of new cosplays planned (mostly Metal Gear), but I'm doing all the easy/purchasable ones. I know it'll be worth the wait to see this completed!

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Progress Journal

8th August 2013

Blades

Originally I wasn't too sure on how to make these but due to running out of time and using the plasti-dip method for other aspects of this build I have decided to make them out of foam and card. I printed a reference picture found in the artbook and transferred the outline to cardboard. I will then be building the handle up with foam. Then covering the whole thing in Mod Podge and Plastidip and finally paint when these things arrive :)

6th August 2013

Grenade Pouch

On the front of Mantis's vest she is wearing a grenade pouch. The Chest Rig I brought came with a triple mag holster which I had originally planned to use as I couldn't afford a grenade holster. Then when I was resizing the rig to fit I decided to modify the holster as well. With the use of some newspaper and some black clips and lots of cutting I managed to create something that looked more accurate to what she uses ingame.

30th January 2013

Sculpting Begins

So I finally sat down today and started getting to work on sculpting. I had been putting it off as I have never really worked with clay before and I was worried about stuffing it up. I took it slowly and am pleased with the results so far. I used a sulphur free clay which has a drying time of between 24 - 72 hours according to the packet. It was also called school's clay if that helps?

It was built onto a duct tape cast of my shoulder and carved with the back end of a plastic spoon and a pencil.

This is only my second experience with clay but I much prefered this over the horrid white stuff I got from Hobby Craft and used last time. The single shoulder scupt took about 4 hours T_T I have a 6 or so other pieces left to sculpt and I will be working on these over the coming week ready for casting.

Hoping to get mould and casting supplies tomorrow. Hopefully all goes to plan :)

6th July 2012

Arm progress

Mantis's design features six fake arms. I had originally intended to make them via a different method but after making a duct tape dummy of myself and relising how easy, cheap and light weight they are I decided this the option for me.

The arms will each be made out of duct tape stuffed with newspaper and then finally I will make gloves for them and cover them with the gloves. This way all eight arms will match since I will need to make gloves anyway and I am more confident in my sewing abilities than my casting abilities (though I am aware I will need to get better at casting for other aspects of the cosplay.)

Here in the photo is a husk of a right arm and a completed left arm. The left arm pictured is the highestmost left arm that the mantis dolls will sit from. I may find that I will need to reenforce the arms so potentially a couple of layers of paper machie in the weaker areas may occur (or this may also occur to bulk out the muscles as they look a little weak atm :S)

Once these are complete I will begin to work on the body of the suit itself as I have some nice grey bi stretch fabric which I bought to make the Peacewalker Sneaking suit and then making the main panel out of foam and some mystery shiny metal looking fabric I am yet to obtain.

27th March 2012

Making mantis's dolls.

I am gonna start off this cosplay by making mantis's dolls. Mainly so that I can feel good that I've started something and also if I fail at this cosplay completely I can dress up as snake and attack ppl with the puppets.

I will be making the puppets out of artist mannequins. I will be making the jacket for the sorrow out of fabric but the rest of his clothes will be painted on. I will drill a hole in the back of each puppets head to fit the red leds.

Will update one the puppets are made but at this stage I have just ordered them - waiting for ebay to deliver.