Raiden - Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots




Raiden: Metal Gear Solid 4

The photos are a mix of the in-progress photo from Minamicon and the complete photos with the upgrades from Ayacon. I am actually happy with the way this costume turned out (surprisingly for me) considering the difficulty of this thing in the first place. It has taken about 3 months in total with a lot of time spent pondering the engineering. The helmet is a wonderful advert for what can be done with card and polystrene.

Costume is 95% complete, there is minor detailing missing but I don't care anymore! It isn't one I will be wearing often given the fact that I have to be glued in to it every time I put it on.


Manjou posted on 10 March, 2009 - 22:51
That looks awesome! What materials did you make that from? It looks really professional :)

theKillingDoll posted on 10 March, 2009 - 22:53
This will take some believing, but I actually only used cardboard, polystyrene and PVA glue, with the exception of the visor ofcourse.

Elata posted on 10 March, 2009 - 23:34
That is AWESOME.

theKillingDoll posted on 11 March, 2009 - 08:40
Thanks to both of you for your comments :)

Captain_Marvelous posted on 12 March, 2009 - 11:19
Boom this is rad, cant wait to see all, mgs4 really made up for what they did in 2 and let raiden step up a notch :)

Relion posted on 13 March, 2009 - 23:47
Can't wait to see it all done! It looks awesome so far :D

Moonchild posted on 14 March, 2009 - 00:47
Looks awesome so far! ^^ can't wait to see it finished XD

Sephirayne posted on 10 July, 2009 - 12:05
Seriously awesome. You've done an epic job. Can't wait to see it complete.

Lulu Rose posted on 20 August, 2009 - 13:15
I loved this at Minami and I loved it at Aya. Its really awesome! cardboard, polystyrene and pva you say? my god o.o it looks like you used way higher grade stuff that that and its holding out so well! I'm amazed! bodysuit cosplays ftw!

Lunar_Kitten posted on 20 August, 2009 - 13:23
Smexy Phil!

nanahara posted on 20 August, 2009 - 13:32
very nicely done man ^^

Sephirayne posted on 20 August, 2009 - 18:05
Great to see this again at Aya. Looked fab on stage.

KrEid posted on 5 September, 2009 - 08:55
Brilliant :D One question, how did you put the barcode on the visor? Please help ^^, Check out mine :} The earpieces and visor on yours win by far haha

KrEid posted on 12 September, 2009 - 12:35
Brilliant thanks. I found a way to do it for mine yesterday, I covered it with duct tape with gaps in(good ol' life saver) and then painted over it all, when i peeled it off, the paint was left in clean white strips :P

Progress Journal

20th August 2009

At last!

I don't usually enter anything here because I'm very busy plus I want to keep the costumes under wraps until the event for various reasons.

It started of as a challenge and it has taken several months of work, but Raiden is finally complete, well 95% complete. There is some minor detailing that I haven't had time to do, namely the barcoding all over the costume and a couple of small pieces on the arms, but its now at the stage I am happy with it. I am particularly pleased that the entire costume came in under £60, with the cunning use of card and polystrene obtained free from work's recycling point. You really don't have to use expensive materials to create an impressive costume, just a little time, patience and know-how. If you have any questions about it please feel free to ask, I help out if I can.

Originally it was worn at minamicon at the 80% completion stage, but I have uploaded some photos from Ayacon which include the updates which made a vast improvement to the overall look. I doubt I'll be doing any more to it because quite frankly there are other costumes that I am now more interested in doing, but I have proved to myself that even though it looks difficult, it can actually be done to a reasonable standard (Omi Gibson aside).