16th October 2011: Freakin' boots! These really have been the most difficult pieces to construct of the entire costume. Not only do they have an incredibly unusual shape, but the first set I made suffered from a creasing problem which ruined the paint work.
I was never happy with my first attempt at the shoes, and after one wear further problems came to light. Seeing pictures of them makes me shudder slightly now as I knew I could do better. So I have been mainly focusing on solving the many issues that I experienced the first time around.
It has taken 12 attempts to pattern these but I finally have a boot pattern I am pleased with. Gone is the simple tube design and in comes a fully curved thing of beauty mirroring the natural curves of the leg. Also this is, in theory, supposed to float on the undershoe, but that is still work in progress.
15th October 2011: Shoulder pouldrons These are the shoulder pouldrons in progress, which slot underneath the arm section posted yesterday. Sculpt of the domed pouldron was made from newplast and then they were vac-formed in platazote. Edges sanded down and smoothed off with interior filler, before being primed.
14th October 2011: armour 2.0 I've been working on upgrading Priss, steadily replacing pieces of armour with improved or completely different pieces. Depending on time, Priss may well undergo an almost full remake for Euro.
The previous shoulder armour was a combination of time getting the better of me and inexperience in making armour, it is my first suit after all. It has changed from a single coverall piece to a multiple piece faux hinged design which is more faithful to the original design. It also has better shape and fit.
It's still in pieces while they are prepped, but I have attached a picture of the main shoulder joint (in progress) which will then have three additional pieces surrounding it.
3rd September 2011: armour upgrade I have several upgrades planned for the Euro finals in October, including improvements to the overall look of the armour.
I have looked at adding a bevelled edge to the armour instead of the straight lines associated with sheet plastazote. It's a little more work but the test piece I did reduced the prominent sharp edge and gave more of a curve, which I think is more in character of the design. I am also in the process of tweaking the construction method slightly to reduce wear and tear.
24th August 2011: regrouping Still a little surprised to be chosen for the second Eurocosplay qualifier place as there was some really good costumes at Aya, however, I have a lot to do to prepare the costume for October.
The first wearing of Priss revealed some technical issues which I will have to correct, the main one of these being the boots. Plan is to build a set of duct tape dummy legs to build the boots around. I need to address the excessive flexing which is causing problems as well as still being able to get in to the shoes. I have a few ideas which I need to test and I'll report back.
17th August 2011: more vacforming I love this little piece of kit, it's really quick to produce multiple identical pieces. These are the little jets on the boots of Priss, the mould made out of sculpy and then vacuum formed in plastazote.
After Aya, I will write a tutorial on how to make and use this mini-vacformer
17th August 2011: difficult The back armour piece has been made as well as the leg armour, although I have encountering a few problems. Hopefully I have solved these.
This is my first major armour project and I have learnt a lot while doing this costume, some of it has been very frustrating. Some things I would do the same again, others I would change, but that's what experience gives you.
Guess I'll continue and hope it stays together.
15th August 2011: Painting begins I spend a lot of time comparing different shades of metallic blue and eventually went for one that I originally picked out a couple of weeks ago. Painting starts!
14th August 2011: vacforming Progress continues. The costume has three identical half sunken domed shapes, two on the hips and one on the back. So I created a basic mould which I then vacuum formed in plastazote using my own home made mini-vacformer. It certainly cut down the amount of time required to create three identical pieces.
10th August 2011: getting a pasting The building up of the sealant coats continues, but I have finally done enough to spray primer on the helmet. Nice!
7th August 2011: curvy I have done further work on the boots and the helmet. I have added the heel piece which has given a better finish at the back of the boot. I have also been smoothing some of the joins with polyfiller, which you can see in white. Once I have completed the sealant coats this will all be hidden under the primer and paint.
The helmet had had the antenna and the cheek pieces added, this also requires a couple more coats of sealant before spraying. I have also have the arm pieces constructed, and they are undergoing the sealant ritual too.
1st August 2011: foot fetish Back to Priss after almost 4 months away, realising the reason I had to abandon it in the first place, the problematic left shoe. It appeared that part of the plastazote I used for creating it was covered in an oily substance meaning the primer wasn't sticking properly.
I have cut away the problem section and glued a fresh piece back in. Now I have to go through the priming process again. I have also filled in the gaps between the bumps on the foot to create a smoother surface for the priming and painting.
I also have to figure out how I am going to do the join between the shoes and the leg armour. The strange shape of the shoe meant it all had to be glued in place, so I could end up having to leave a small gap for movement.
5th April 2011: Filling, sanding and priming experiments I have been doing a little more work on this costume before most of my focus goes on my Eurocosplay costume. I will continue to plod along if and when time permits.
I am looking to recreate the smooth hard suit look so have decided to stay away from using latex to cover the plastazote as I find it leaves brush stokes. Instead, I have been testing several brands of PVA glue with varying and surprising results. Most crack when the plastazote is flexed, however, I have come across one that allows me to bend it completely in half while retaining integrity. Furthermore, it also maintains with ability after it has been sprayed with primer and car spray paint which was surprising. I want to use a metallic blue for Priss so this is is ideal.
After shaping, I have primed the chest piece with PVA and then filled in the small holes and creases with crack filler and sanded, followed by further priming. I have found that it is possible to lightly sand the corners of the plastazote after a couple of layers of PVA to leave a very smooth finish. After much sanding to give a smooth finish I have sprayed the piece with paint primer.
I just have to pick a shade of metallic blue now.
16th March 2011: Fate it seems isnt without a sense of irony Was proceeding all good and well but it appears fate didnt like that. Just experienced a big problem with the other shoe and repairing it will take more time than I have as this was supposed to be for Minamin in 2 days. So I guess I am forced to postpone the costume now.
15th March 2011: Boots These have been difficult due to the bizarre shape. I have decided to use 5 inch platform heels as the base, then cover them with plastazote. The shaping at the front is based on a beer glass, giving the curve and bulb end I required, with further heat moulding to get the overall shape. The raised spheres are made of sculpy.
12th March 2011: Chest I have completed the structure of the chest piece. It is made up of several pieces to give the rounded nature of the suit and the area it protects, and I am pleased with the results on such a short time scale.
Note to self, if I make another full armour suit, remember to give myself more time!
Now to move on to the arms and legs, as well as priming the plastazote.
7th March 2011: Helmet Managed to make some progress on the helmet. It is an awkward shape, but I have managed to form it in to a close approximation. It is made out of plastazote that has been heat formed, with a acrylic panel which will be sprayed black.
Problem now is vision. The acrylic panel is too low for any suitable view and will also be black, so I am looking at making some small, discreet holes to be able to see out of without detracting from the design too much.
1st March 2011: Making a start This has been on my to do list since late 2009 but other costumes have taken priority. However, I now have time to give it a go.
This is my first full armour project and is more of a construction challenge/experience for me. Looking at the hard suit shows some really tricky shapes that I'm going to have to construct, particularly the helmet, the shoes and the chest.
k4tt - 14th March 2011
Niiice. Glad to see there are other BGC cosplayers out there.
Will be interesting to see how you get on with your construction, and how you tackle the helmet.
I can't attend any events this year, so I envy you for being able to make a start and wearing it this year.
Good luck anyhow ;)
theKillingDoll - 14th March 2011
Yes I know all about work getting in the way, rushing to complete this now.
The helmet has been difficult. Still figuring out how to see out of it. Should be posting some pictures soon.
k4tt - 14th March 2011
Can't wait to see the pictures.
Did you make the helmet out of zote as well? or did you use some form of plastic/acryllic sheet?
My Linna will have to be made from plastic, but my other girls I've been using EVA for the full helmets. In-between the colour joins, I've created little slits, a bit like pinhole camera technology, enough to see out of, but not enough to overly ruin the design.
maybe at a later date, once I get the other girls built, perhap we can ammas a BGC group, since I know a couple of people who also want to do BGC Hardsuits.
theKillingDoll - 14th March 2011
Yes, helmet is made from platazote. Given the unusual shape I needed to heat form it and my vac former isn't big enough. Looking at slits too, but trying to hide them, as you say, without ruining the design.
I have a friend doing another BGC costume with me for minami, he's keeping it secret for the moment but its not a hardsuit.
Lulu Rose - 14th March 2011
I don't know if this is worth a look for you, for the base of the legs. Since they look very similar to "hocks" as in, the structure of the hind legs of an equine type animal, or an animal with legs like that.
she has put a tutorial of sorts up for them. Look like a bitch to walk in but it might give the desired effect, though the height boost might be too much.
theKillingDoll - 14th March 2011
Thanks for the suggestion, although I have already acquired a pair of platform heels which I should be able to modify. I'll see how they go first.
Junta - 14th March 2011
still can't wait to see how this turns out!
s'a bugger we can't visit any time soon, as theres many things i'm curious on about how you're putting it all together and prob shouldnt completely clog your comments page with it ;)
Anonymous - 11th August 2011
That helmet looks AMAZING~ Cant wait to see this finished @_@
Alyx - 11th August 2011
This is looking FANTASTIC!! You are doing an outstanding job!
Anonymous - 11th August 2011
This is simply amazingggggggg!
Relion - 11th August 2011
I don't really know the series but I just wanted to say that it looks fantastic, really professional. It's going to look amazing when it's finished!
Ranma1-2 - 15th August 2011
WoW painted chest piece is looking the biz!
Sephirayne - 15th August 2011
Wow! Progress is looking epic already. I'm loving the helmet and the chest piece. I love how you have it so smooth. Really looking forward to seeing this.
Might have to give this method a try one day.
Manjou - 16th August 2011
Looking forward to seeing this at Aya, more so watching you try to walk in those shoes! XD If your wearing this Saturday we can do the robot walk together XD
Anonymous - 21st August 2011
Just heard about your EuroCosplay qualification - well done Phil! Ironic that you were hoping to enter Kilik for it but changed your mind about taking that to Aya, then carried on with this, and this won instead! Nice one :-) shame I didn't get to see it at the con but looking forward to seeing photos.
Mangamad - 22nd August 2011
Well done on getting though to the EuroCosplay Qualifications. I want to see see this up close but you keep disappearing like the real Knight sabers. XD
Chibi - 22nd August 2011
Absolutely fantastic work! Congratulations on the Euro Cosplay placement, you'll do us proud!
Lulu Rose - 23rd August 2011
You deserve it! seriously, well done.
Leolarua - 23rd August 2011
well done on winning the qualifier, you deserved it. amazing work and wonderful costume
JustPeachy - 23rd August 2011
Congratulations on your place in the Euro Cosplay :) Epic Cosplay!
Pandora-Chi - 23rd August 2011
Congratulations on the Euro cosplay!! You deserved it!! This was such a well done cosplay!! Wish you all the best x
CrystalNeko - 23rd August 2011
Massive congrats on being our second representative!! Truly well deserved, I'm impressed by just how neat the curves are. Also impressed by how you managed to walk in those heels!!
yami-no-neko - 23rd August 2011
such an awesome costume. I love the ammount of detail and dedication put into this. It's nice to see some retro (I guess that's what you says these days) costumes still making an appereance
Well done, and good luck in the Euro cosplay. I hope you win.
Freyarule - 23rd August 2011
Congrats on qualifying for EC! You totally deserved it :D I'd love to hear how you vacformed everything!
Storme - 23rd August 2011
Congrats, dude! It's epic work, and you totally deserved it. :)
theKillingDoll - 23rd August 2011
Thank you everyone for the lovely comments.
Only a few pieces of the costume were vacformed, larger parts were created by a push mould method. I'll give more detail about both methods soon.
Sephirayne - 24th August 2011
Congrats on being the Second Eurocosplay UK qualifier. Loved your costume and the result looked so polished. Loved how it looked on stage.
Amy-Lou - 24th August 2011
Grats on getting into EC. This is a really impressive costume, you got it looking so smooth!
Interested to see how you improve it later, keep practicing that hip wiggle XD
Pez - 24th August 2011
Really, really great costume!
(And wow, how did you manage to walk in those shoes?)
Sillabub - 25th August 2011
Congratulations on the EC heat! A richly-deserved victory for you :D
Zirco - 25th August 2011
I really love this costume. it's even the correct colour. 2040 hardsuit is my favourite out of all her hardsuits. I like the fact that you even got the heels and the knuckles right.
congratulations on your Euro cosplay qualifier place, I can't think of anyone more deserving, or better to represent UK. It made my whole weekend. I'm sure you'll win
Ilpala - 25th August 2011
Simply beautiful work. Well done mate.
Berserk667 - 26th August 2011
Awesome stuff! Love bubblegum crisis
Kacela - 2nd September 2011
This is really awesome. Congratulation on getting into the EuroCosplay!! ^^
Defrain - 9th September 2011
awesome costume for an awesome series triple thumbs up
Manticore Arts - 9th September 2011
The fact that you enjoyed strutting around in those High Heels is just a uber mega bonus from me here! Amazing Cosplay dude! Congratulations on getting through to 2nd place qualifier!
Sephirayne - 2nd October 2011
Still impressed with this. The finish is brilliant. Also love that you built your own vac former. Win for the heels. Congrats on the showcase.
Lady Bahamut - 2nd October 2011
Loving your cosplay! All that armour is just...wow! *_*
Tsupo - 20th January 2012
You did an amazing job on this cosplay! Loved seeing this at Aya and congratulations. ^^
Anonymous - 29th March 2012
after u painted on the plastazote with pva did u use some kind of primer like plastidip ?
btw ur suit looks rellly awesome !!! im stil working on my iron man suit :D
theKillingDoll - 30th March 2012
Smokie: Thanks for the comment
I used a standard primer designed for use with car spray paints. Two to three layers before I added the colour on top. Plastidip could work but I have never used it.
Dax79 - 15th November 2014
I've had a real good look at this... REALLY COOL! It looks so smooth, really inspiring work :)
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