Costume :Gold Rathian Z Armour Set
Variant :Blade Master
Source :Monster Hunter Freedom Unite
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Hyper Japan Spring 2012

Costume Photos

Full body shot 3

Full body shot 2

Armour Reference

Sanctioned Gunhammer reference

Full body shot


Costume Information

Even though I don't feel this costume is any where near complete... It got thrown in the bin so this is as complete as it'll ever be. It doesn't help that I lost the headpiece on the morning of the con and only found it weeks afterwards! (and subsequently threw it away)

As my first ambitious project I learnt so much working on this. Tried different painting techniques, experimenting in patterning with my trusty old plastazote, and really LOVED working with a massive prop. It was a great lesson in physics, and how patterns that work in your head need so much more to be stable in real life! It was also a great lesson in test running costumes... Although everything held up when I first tried it on, after a whole day and a skit the armour started falling apart (a true testament to my skills). It was also relatively heavy despite only using very light materials. It's surprising how much things add up - for it's size the hammer was quite light, but it was still very cumbersome and difficult to manoeuvre.

I hope to do another Monster Hunter armour set someday and actually do it justice!


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I loved it, but you already knew that!

by Lisu-chan on Tuesday, 15 May, 2012 - 21:38
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Thanks again Lisu <3 Your help and support on the day turned wearing this from a nightmare into a dream!

by Castelia on Tuesday, 15 May, 2012 - 21:44
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by Manticore on Wednesday, 16 May, 2012 - 00:54
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I wish I was there.. you guys looked so amazing >//////<

by Tsupo on Wednesday, 16 May, 2012 - 10:46
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I saw you at Hyper Japan when you put all of this costume in the changing room! This is such a stunning costume!!

by emichoco on Wednesday, 16 May, 2012 - 19:44
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this is SOOOOOOOOOOO epic

by otakugirl on Thursday, 17 May, 2012 - 13:44
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Wow, this looks gorgeous - wish I'd seen it in person!

by Storme on Thursday, 17 May, 2012 - 23:05
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Thanks so much everyone! I'm totally not happy with this costume and I hope to do something even better in the future :)

by Castelia on Friday, 18 May, 2012 - 10:38