Mia (Game) - .Hack//

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Mia Ref

Mia Ref

Mia Ref



Mia is a costume I've wanted to do for quite a while; I love creature costumes and Mia is a wonderful mix.

I am using a new technique for the head, which will be the third technique I have tried, having previously for other cosplays used foam and plastic mesh. This time I will be sculpting my own base, casting it in resin and then furring it as per usual. This technique is a little more time consuming than the others and has a few more steps but fingers crossed, it should look the best.

The reason for choosing this method is to try and keep the profile as small as possible while still incorporating lots of detail. I'm going for a semi realistic look, kind of like, what would Mia look like if she was produced with today's graphics? I don't particularly want to produce a "toony" cosplay.

I'm going to try to reduce the amount of fur I am going to use to try and keep the costume light. Where you can't see fur, there will be no fur!


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Progress Journal

Armour Update (Posted 20th August 2015)

Collar and bracer complete.

Ears on (Posted 31st July 2015)


Fur on and Clipped (Posted 29th July 2015)


Teeth and Mesh is in (Posted 4th July 2015)

Teeth glued and and tear duct mesh is in.

Teeth and Jaw (Posted 26th June 2015)

OK - so a little update, last night I used fimo to make a line of teeth and gum to attach behind Mia's top lip.
I've used a translucent fimo for the teeth (looks great irl) and a mix of fimo pinks for the gums. The side where you see the most white will sit flush with the resin while the part with the most pink is the back.
In further progress, Seb managed to detatch the jaw yesterday, but there were alignment difficulties due to dropping the jaw. So we need to rehinge it.

Eyes Inserted (Posted 8th June 2015)

Go to the range to get 2 part epoxy putty, fimo and jewelry wire, come out with wall paint and sweets and fimo.
Go to B&Q to try and get milliput (2 part epoxy putty, they MUST have it there right?) Come out with a strimmer and rubbish epoxy putty which has urea in it.
You know when you have become an <impossible to gauge> crafter when people in craft stores / DIY stores look blankly at you when you ask for an item.

Eyes Painted (Posted 7th June 2015)

Painted two eye blanks today, I'll be fixing them in the mask tomorrow after getting some epoxy putty smile emoticon Finally progress after waiting for a new dremmel!
We'll be drilling and separating the jaw soon too smile emoticon and then FUR.

Resin Cast - Success! (Posted 25th March 2015)

Well - I did the casting today! It was the first time I had slush cast anything, and I have learnt a couple of lessons today!

However, the casting was success =)

Silicon and Plaster Mold Success! (Posted 17th March 2015)

Whelp.... they worked like they were supposed to!

Silicon Mold & Master Mold Complete! (Posted 16th March 2015)

Today I used silicon for the first time! I won't know if it was successful until tomorrow though... I also made the master mold while I was at it out of Modrock, again, I will learn the outcome tomorrow!


Head Sculpt 5 (Posted 11th March 2015)

So this is the final version before casting in silicon!
I've already applied the ridge (it's not a badly applied mane!) which acts as a barrier for the liquid silicon. I've also filled in the holes/removed overhangs. Tomorrow perhaps I'll be applying the silicon and the plaster? Who knows!?
Either way, got to wait for the damned mask... unless I can pretend to by wearing an ineffectual respirator with particle filters and leave the window open? Haha...

Head Sculpt Materials Get! (Posted 10th March 2015)

Just a picture of my materials haul!

Head Sculpt 4 (Posted 16th February 2015)

Nearly there!

Just got to fill in gaps and smooth ready to cast!

Head Sculpt 3 (Posted 5th February 2015)

Sculpt is finally coming together, I anticipate in another sitting I should be at the stage where I can start getting the plaster / silicon mold in place.

As you can see the right hand side is near completion, while the left needs more work to match it.

Head Sculpt 2 (Posted 20th January 2015)

Further work on the sculpt.

Head Sculpt 1 (Posted 11th January 2015)

It's taking shape! Although making it symmetrical is quite tough!

This is the first time I've worked clay on such a large scale (just a little larger than human really!)

I'm using 'monster makers clay' on top of a manikin head which has been bulked out to my proportions. 'Monster Makers Clay' is a beautiful material to work with, although it is an expensive purchase it is well worth the investment, the beauty of it being that it is reuseable!

My only tools so far have been my digits and a shape knife.

Because I was quite unsure on exactly how to scale the mask I did concentrate on one side more than the other, resulting in now having to work on symmetry to a greater extent (because I wasn't adding/subtracting clay equally), which I guess is both a good and a bad thing - since I made quite a few extensive alterations on the right hand side (as you're looking at it) which involved moving a lot of the clay and changing eye shape/cheek shape.