15th June 2014: New sword Another new sword! This time I'm playing with a balsa wood/cartridge paper combo based on a suggestion from Mighty Odango. I'm loving how it looks so far, although there's still a lot of sanding to do! :D
11th May 2014: Getting Raiden competition-ready Just doing a few amendments and just generally neatening bits up to get the costume competition-ready. I was hoping to try for Eurocosplay in a couple of weeks but sadly it seems I'm on the waiting list and given we're now so close to the event I don't hold out much hope of getting in! Nonetheless I fully intend to compete in my first competition with this cosplay at some point this year. :)
Attached photo is of remodelled feet. As you can probably see, they're much more substantial now. I've made them from a double layer of Wonderflex. The toes are styrene, as they were before. Oooh, and I've embossed text where the foot plate will meet the front of the leg, which I finally got around to doing! I still need to add that detailing to some of the other plates, which is requiring additional repainting and other excitement. :)
23rd February 2014: Kitacon upgrades Done:
New thigh plates
Elevate toes to prevent damage
New shoulder plates
Planned if time:
Add text detailing to armour
Redo lower leg plates in Worbla for extra stability
17th February 2014: New thighs One of the things I've never been happy with is how I made Raiden's thighs. They've never felt like they fit the level of detail of the remainder of the costume. So - I'm remaking them in preparation for an event on Friday. Before Kita I'd also like to remake the spine and shoulders, but we'll see how much time I have! Thigh progress photo attached. :)
14th January 2014: Photoshoot planning I'm planning a couple of photoshoots this year with Raiden as he won't be appearing at many conventions with the exception of Kitacon. The first of these is with Ace and should happen in February at some point. Before then, I'd like to get a few repairs done. I'm pretty happy with how the costume looks now, so with a few repairs and minor adjustments it'll be ready to make an appearance again. :)
28th November 2013: Jaw guide I've made a guide to how I created the jaw.
16th October 2013: Konami interview http://www.konami.co.uk/2013/10/15/mcm-expo-konami-community-interview-nesabi-is-raiden/
29th September 2013: Sword and holster progress The holster needs neatening up at the edges, sealing, and painting, and the sword needs further painting and detailing. I'll also be adding a blue LED into the holster.
29th September 2013: Chest underlayer remodel progress This is the middle layer between the morphsuit and chest plates. I wanted to redo this bit because the shirt didn't really feel substantial enough and I wasn't happy with how it looked in relation to the rest of the armour.
So this is the basic shape. It's a Worbla/craft foam mix, which provides it with shape and detailing. Once I have neatened up the edges and sealed it, I will paint and drybrush it for further detail. The clips at the back will go underneath the backplates and spine so should be hidden quite well. :)
22nd September 2013: Hands remodel progress I've tried a few things out with the remodel of the hands, and I've settled on a Worbla/gloves combination. The gloves are the original ones I used, but with the palms cut out. The Worbla's been shaped in such a way that it bends around the shape of the fingers over the gloves. This will then be attached to some gauze and to the gloves themselves, which provides adequate movement. I played around with the idea of attaching the component parts to one another but I think it would create a weak point where it became liable to breaking with movement.
The gauze is an important factor in this because it not only gives that extra layer of security but I'll also be colouring it, thus achieving the right contrast in materials and colour of Raiden's palms to the top of his hands.
Well, that's the plan anyway. I'm currently sealing the Worbla bits before I paint them, so should have more detailed pictures of how I did it uploaded here in the week. :)
15th September 2013: Expo upgrades Most repairs are complete now, and sword/holster progress is coming along well.
Feet remodelled for better detail and more robust toenails.
Front panels for lower legs are reinforced to prevent them bending against the base layer.
Visor is complete, I just need to make the plates for the neck to hold it at the sides.
Hand upgrades are in progress, but basically the same deal as with the feet.
I'll most likely add tiny detail if I have time (barcodes and such). If not, that will have to wait until the next time I do this cosplay! And I'm still planning on sorting out the other stuff that was in the previous entry, but all of this massively depends on how much time I allow myself between now and Expo! :)
22nd August 2013: Post-con adjustments Right, now that's all over, I need to start assessing what I need to change in time for Expo.
Top of my list currently:
*Make a new sword (the one I made did OK, but it was an afterthought really, and I want to make something better now I actually have a bit of time again);
*Repairs (a few bits got damaged and need straightening out/repairing);
*Recolour/sew grey overlayer to give it a more fitted and muscle defined look;
*Redo front lower leg panels as I'm not really happy with how they move;
*Additional stitching of eyepatch to wig to prevent movement.
If there's time:
*Further definition on the hand and footpieces;
*Redo thigh plates.
12th August 2013: Nearly! Final few bits are pretty much there - just time for attaching the last few bits and then I need to focus on finishing up the accessories. I don't have time to finish the holster, unfortunately, but Sam's sword is almost complete, as is the cyborg spine.
Then I need to finish packing and work out how to transport everything! O_O
10th August 2013: Last few bits to do! Finally close to finishing. Stuff that needs completing:
1/ paint kneepads
2/ work out how to attach neck plates
3/ seal and paint thigh plates
4/ add clips where required for neater fit/finish
5/ final weathering/sealing
Most of those should be done tomorrow, hopefully! :)
28th July 2013: Progress Still working on the muscle detailing for the body suit. It's a bit of a pain to work with but I'm getting there slowly.
Also trying to get the 'ears' to work. This is my fourth attempt and I'm trialling papier mache this time to stop them being too weighty.
It's OK. Most of the costume is done now and I'm pretty happy with it. And I still have time. No point in rushing. :)
21st July 2013: Muscle definition Muscle fibre definition is today's task. Going with a foam/rope/hot glue/fabric combo, which should allow for a reasonable level of natural movement. Hopefully!
EDIT: No, that's not happening. Way too bulky and doesn't provide much freedom of movement. I'm trialling sketching directly onto the base layer now as it should stand out against the base muscle definition of the suit. Better already!
In other news, most of the pieces are now painted and weathered and just need attaching to the base layer or making into harnesses now. I should be in a position next weekend to construct the complete body before I start work on the holster - providing work progresses as planned on the weekday evenings. :)
20th July 2013: Ear woes Currently stressing over the bits that cover the ears. Whilst I've made something, attaching it to the wig is proving to be unsuccessful. Think I'm going to have to get something like safety ear things and work on them as a base. Need to find a pair I can sew to the wig once the central overhead bit is removed.
Also, one of the armour pieces has cracked slightly. Not the end of the world, and can be repaired or replaced, but pretty annoying as it's part of one of the more complete bits!
Oh well. No time to stress, back to work!
15th April 2013: Base layer The base layer for this cosplay consists of a muscle Morphsuit, head removed, and dyed with a fabric dye that takes to synthetic materials. I tested it out on the head first, and found that it takes extremely quickly, so I reduced the time accordingly. It's taken to the muscle detail of the suit well. I'll be using a fabric pen later in the process to bring out detail in patches where the suit is showing under the armour if it requires it. I will also be adding hidden holes in the gloves so I can remove my hands easily during the day, for the sake of convenience.
The original bodysuit has a zip that goes all the way to the top of the head. When I removed the head from the bodysuit, I made sure that the zipper was still attached and carefully added a little hot glue to the top of the zip closure. This has kept it fastened pretty well.
Alias Cosplay - 19th June 2013
This is looking interesting, can't wait to see more :)
Nesproxy - 4th July 2013
Thank you. ^_^ Progress is going well at the moment, I should probably update the pictures soon!
Kei Lin Sama - 17th September 2013
Please could you post more details of your articulated armour? I'm admiring those lovely finger joints. How did you make the armour in such a way that you can move easily while wearing it?
Nesproxy - 17th September 2013
They're not quite finished but I promise a journal post once they are! ^_^
Tsuchinoko - 19th September 2013
You did a fantastic job on this.
Such a detailed cosplay =)
Nesproxy - 19th September 2013
Thank you very much! <3
nanahara - 23rd September 2013
this is an AWSOME cosplay of Raiden. The attention to detail and amount of work put into it shows
Nesproxy - 24th September 2013
Thank you for your kind words. :) I've been really flattered with the response to this cosplay. There's still some work that needs doing on it, but hopefully that will be done for Expo. :D
Captain_Marvelous - 25th September 2013
Saw this in person at Aya! extreme levels of radical! <3
yami-no-neko - 26th September 2013
this was really amazing to see. So much detail and you really seemed to get into character with all the posing. really well done. You definatly should be proud of this.
Nesproxy - 28th September 2013
Hehe thank you. ^_^ Need to try out some new poses for Expo. :D
madmazda86 - 19th October 2013
Was nice chatting to you in the masquerade queue at Aya! This is a super costume and it's great you have time to improve things for Expo as well as making repairs. It's looking great!
SamanthaKaiba - 19th October 2013
This looks fantastic a great job with this outfit
Clockwork Dandy Noodles - 23rd November 2013
o.o this costume ... its ... amazinnng D8 Nya why did I miss seeing this, fantastic work it really suits you!
Nesproxy - 23rd November 2013
Thanks guys! Really pleased you like it! ^_^ And don't worry - I'll most likely be cosplaying Raiden again at an event next year. :)
RebaSephiroth2 - 12th December 2013
I love your Raiden when I saw you at London MCM Comic Con back in October. I'm going to a crossplay in May as Jetstream Sam. ^_____^
Nesproxy - 14th December 2013
Thank you so much! Can't wait to see your Sam, would love to get some photos with you at some point. :)
Kei Lin Sama - 14th January 2014
Nyargh!! You're just too good!
Nesproxy - 18th January 2014
Thank you so, so much! I absolutely adore your work, it's on another level of stunning! <3
RebaSephiroth2 - 26th January 2014
Congratulations your on the showcase, Nes. You totally deserve it. ^______^
Littlegeeky - 26th January 2014
Such an amazing costume, you really deserved the showcase! Congratulations!
Tsuchinoko - 27th January 2014
Congrats on the Showcase! =^,^=
alienqueen - 27th January 2014
Glad I got the privilege of meeting you in person in the amaze cosplay!
jessliekspie - 27th January 2014
Beautiful cosplay! It's amazing!
Nesproxy - 27th January 2014
Thank you so so much everyone!! <3 <3 <3
Leolarua - 28th January 2014
congrats on the showcase, fantastic costume!
awesomeblossom - 29th January 2014
Ahhhh this is so amazing!! I really wanna see this at Kita, I'm currently in progress with Mistral, so if I can get her finished for Kita I'd love to get a picture with you! :D
Nesproxy - 29th January 2014
Not sure which day I'll be cosplaying him at Kita but definitely! We shall have to make plans. Looking forward to seeing your Mistral too! ^_^
Frederica la Noir - 29th January 2014
Such a brilliant costume! Welldone on the showcase :) very much deserved! <3
ArcaneArchery - 1st February 2014
Amazing costume. I love the amount of detail you have achieved on the armour
Moshiicake - 13th March 2014
Top tier yuri material
Pippin4242 - 3rd April 2014
Pretty sure you already know (rightly) that this costume is magnificent. So I'm just going to add one thing: you're insane. <3
Nesproxy - 3rd April 2014
Haha thanks, I think? ;D
Pandora-Chi - 3rd April 2014
Your Raiden was soooo epic and brilliantly made!! I really loved watching u at Cosplay chess!! <3
Nesproxy - 4th April 2014
Thank you so much! I was really nervous that I would do a bad job in the chess, especially as I was a late addition so I hadn't had much time to prepare. I still haven't managed to convince myself to watch the videos of it! :)
Kei Lin Sama - 11th May 2014
I love your sexy new feet! Any chance of a shot of your spine?
Nesproxy - 11th May 2014
Sure, I'll do one tomorrow. Just waiting for the insert to dry before I add the final detailing. :)
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