Kenshiro
Fist of the North Star, "hokuto musou"

Cosplayer: MangaChild

Variant: Hero Outfit (Downloadable)

Status: Complete

Condition: Not Set

Amecon 2010 Judges Choice - Best Muscles; November Cosplay.com Costume Showcase

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Showcased 31st July 2011

Amecon 2010

8th August 2010: Trousers Done YAYS!!!

I'm very happy with the finish and made them using the back yoke and everything to make them ultra tidy, all the seam lines match and they look very symmetrical :)

Almost worth all the hours put in to them & going through a whole set of Denim needles due to the thickness of leatherette and uber strength thread :D

Keeping true to the Ref there are no pockets or belt carriers and an ultra high waist line

5th August 2010: BASTARD WIG bought what seemed to be the perfect wig from Eaby about a month ago (no pics) I GUESS THE SELLER HAD DIFFERENT IDEAS AND HAS SENT ME A VERY BADLY BUTCHERED 2ND HAND WIG!!
Now I have to fall to the shitty back up wig :(

7th July 2010: Rebuild Amecon is approaching so bought some FLAME RETARDANT blue leatherette :D

£10 but where else am I going to find blue leatherette this short notice, although I have to say im much happier with the texture of this fabric its much closer to the reference

So I peel away and cut apart the original suit to use as a pattern

15th June 2010: EPIC FAIL the Day before Expo the majority of the costume was finished

I deicide this is a good time to paint the PVC suit this is a seek peek of how it looked before it completely stuck to its self and tore apart :(

Although I do look like Kittan on Steroids which cheerd me up a bit

13th June 2010: Boots Finished Once Sewn is carved and heated camping mat foam to fit the trim of the boot, once happy with the fit I covered the foam in No more nails using my finger which left very messy hands but a great brushed metal finish on the boot.
I then Glued them on with Evo stick by pinning them in place once on securely i masked up the boot and spray painted them the base black colour and detailed in 3 types of citadel metallic paints on the Trim and sole of the boot

12th June 2010: Boots Modded Pirate boots bought from Ebay to fit tighter and lengthened the top a bit

you can see the Difference between the two boots here

10th June 2010: Painting The Torso I have painted the base layers of Latex and added top coats mixed with acrylic paint, I have continuously been lightening the mix to add some basic shading but do need an airbrush for more definition.

6th June 2010: Smoothing Complete Unfortunatly due to time constraints i mised taking photos of the foam and cotton covered in Lycra.

The next step is to layer up latex a few base coats then the top coats mixed with paint in different shades to try to add tone

15th May 2010: Smoothing the Surface To give a smooth Skin top surface just carving foam wont acheave i guled cotton on top of the foam then stretched and glued Lycra on top of the foam.

The photo shows the completely smoothed right arm and right chest, the Left Bicep in just has cotten strips glued to it.

10th May 2010: Foam Sculpt complete This is the beginings of the Torso

Basically I have made used an old long sleeve t-shrit put a zip in the back and placed it over a duct tape cast of my torso.

I then cut blocks of Upholstery foam according to a rough template for the base shape of the muscle then pinned and glued them directly to the shirt using evo stick.

Once the evo stock had dried I removed the pins and carved the foam to the basic shape of the muscles, where muscles meet ie Front, Side & Rear Shoulders i cut between them to improve definition when I wrap the Lycra over them.

This isnt the finished product I now need to add the Lycra Skin and lose the rough surface.

9th May 2010: Ta Daaaaaaaa about time i did a journal entry

although its a little late :S

I have stripped the 10+ layers of latex from the Vegeta muscle suit of old, layered up more foam and shaped more accuratly to look more like muscles

When i was really struggling with the chest muscles i came across this image whuich helped an unbelieveable amount!!

If only i found it from the start


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Ikkaku-kun - 15th February 2010
Haha xD your gonna need breast implants xD looks like he smuggling stuff xD
Toughguy cosplay eh :P .... can you DO toughguy? :P

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Defrain - 15th February 2010
awesome

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Felixize - 15th February 2010
YOU WA SHOCK~!
This should be incredible! Good luck XD

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Odd-One-Out - 15th February 2010
Someone's going to be a buff man...

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Mighty Odango - 15th February 2010
I was hoping for beetle-browed anime Ken :( But this still contains good amounts of awesome!

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DarkPharaoh - 20th April 2010
aww sweet, always wanted to do ken but would suck, i love his new battle uniform from the game . . . i so cant wait to see this one dude, im sure you'll make it epic ^_^

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Anonymous - 11th May 2010
nice one man :P what you gona use to make the foam look more like armour? :O

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JakeX - 12th May 2010
Mike, You are a legend!

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KhaosKreator - 12th May 2010
Do you intend to look gay at cons, or does it just happen naturally?

-Tab

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Ilpala - 12th May 2010
BEEEEEEEEEFCAAAAAAAKE

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drowned_panda - 12th May 2010
You are already dead...awesome.

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ryaoki - 12th May 2010
ITS OVER MIKETHOUSANDDDD!!!

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Defrain - 12th May 2010
looking good bud

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PapercutPerfect - 15th May 2010
Woah! Looks amazing so far! Can't wait to see!

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Anonymous - 15th May 2010
hahah amazing! is this what you look at to wake up every morning?! XDDDDD

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Ranma1-2 - 16th May 2010
Nice work on the muscle suit! You really got the muscles looking smooth, great idea. What glue are you using to stick the cotton and lycra layers onto the foam?

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MikeJenks - 16th May 2010
Loving the muscle suit!

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Ranma1-2 - 16th May 2010
Cheers. I'm lookig forward to seeing this at Expo. :)

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Anime_Angel - 16th May 2010
This is looking great how your making this but do you think you'll finish it on time?

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Berserk667 - 17th May 2010
nice job so far

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Odd-One-Out - 31st May 2010
Whoa Mike, muscle suit a go go!

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DarkPharaoh - 16th July 2010
yes go for the original , looks sooo much better ^_^

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Chibi - 6th August 2010
Hey! Just saw your journal about the wig! There's a wig shop in the centre of Bristol (bottom of Union st, near Primark) that has some really nice affordable wigs ^^ I just got my new one for Serenade as well as two packets of extensions for about 30 pounds, might be worth popping in there~

Good luck!

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Defrain - 6th August 2010
looking good wanna see this at ame no excuses

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theKillingDoll - 16th August 2010
This was one of my favourite costumes at Amecon. You really looked the part, amazing job!!

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ryaoki - 16th August 2010
ive seen pics and you looked amazing!

seriously, arnie would shit himself at this and when you enter the room he ll be like GET DOWN, GET TO THE CHOPPER, ITS DETECTIVE MIKE FOSTER YOU IDIOT!

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Felixize - 17th August 2010
I was actually in awe, you pulled this off SO well, and the masquerade performance was brilliant~

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Defrain - 17th August 2010
you mike = win

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Amy-Lou - 17th August 2010
You are a legend! I was blown away by this, it looked utterly brilliant and way too believable. Love the eyebrows XD

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Manjou - 17th August 2010
As soon as I saw this I was already dead, it was epic O.O!

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Exelia - 17th August 2010
This.. I saw this and my jaw dropped. You looked awesome, almost like an action figure XD best ever

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JakeX - 17th August 2010
as i said when i saw it at Ame!
I FOOKIN LOVE IT!
Good job man!

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Anime_Angel - 17th August 2010
that is soooo cool, your one of the few people who did this one right since most of them are either skinny or fat lol

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Anonymous - 17th August 2010
Beyond brilliant!

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ChibiandthePenguin - 17th August 2010
I was thinking earlier, ‘wouldn’t a Kenshiro cosplay be awesome?’ and I come onto Cosplay Island and lo and behold there is one, and it is awesome! :D

- Chibi

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same_difference - 18th August 2010
Looks awesome!

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perfectly_purple - 18th August 2010
Looking very buff Mr Mike! XD

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sjbonnar - 18th August 2010
THis was actually brilliant. I think it's the best muscle suit you've made yet!

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Berserk667 - 18th August 2010
bloody impressive stuff. The whole thing looks awesome!

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kirato - 18th August 2010
You were amazing at ame dude ;D

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Anonymous - 18th August 2010
Someone's been to the gun show :)

Epic!

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Captain_Marvelous - 21st August 2010
I fuckin love it! bout time someone tackled Ken!

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Uni - 25th August 2010
Haha~ This was so epic!

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Sephirayne - 25th August 2010
This is so beyond awesome. You rocked at Ame.

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KhaosKreator - 2nd September 2010
DO GOHAN!

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Anonymous - 2nd September 2010
Awesome! loved the gun show.

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SherlockHulmes - 13th September 2010
Impressive! Epic stuff man!

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sarmander - 13th September 2010
Good LORD, Mike, you continue to astound me! O_O This is just.....Wow. Awesome character choice, awesome cosplay, awesome PECS! XDD
Once again I may come crawling for advice, this time on suits of MANRYNESS~!

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Pez - 4th October 2010
Loved the muscle suit (had to resist urge to poke at it!), but also loved the rest of your costume. You looked so much like Kenshiro, you helped bring back memories! :)

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MikeJenks - 2nd November 2010
Was amazing seeing this upclose on Sunday!
Thanks for letting me take your picture whilst Chin wore my Bat cosplay! :D

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timpey - 5th November 2010
thanks for the comment ^--^ absoulotly love this such an amazing job, just perfect. wish i could do Shin or Rei would love to do them in the future at some point or see someone attempt them with u, youll have to get some guys to make exploding heads for u one day. wonderful cosplay XD

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Anonymous - 7th November 2010
Dude. Your cosplay. WAS AWESOME!
I don't know if you remember, but I was the guy cosplaying Nero from DMC4 who went "Oh shit, It's Kenshiro!" on the stairs down to the Novotel and highfived you.

You had probably one of the best cosplays at Expo, and really can't wait to see if you bring it back! :D

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Anonymous - 13th November 2010
Just an amazing cosplay to be honest, i'm still in awe of your muscle suit... any chance of a tutorial as i really want to do LSSJ Broly from DBZ

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ryaoki - 16th November 2010
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVsbEIPqyqQ&feature=related

The birth of a legend and death of a brummie!

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ryaoki - 16th November 2010
(sorry for second post) makes me laugh how the music starts when i edge it on lmao, thanks for this bud, you got me good! intime for epic music too!

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ToroSonyCat - 2nd August 2011
Awesome!

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Sephirayne - 3rd August 2011
Still think this is an amazing costume. Congrats on the showcase :D

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KairuXIII - 1st March 2016
Amazing costume.
What did you use for the pants and jacket?