Garrus Vakarian
Mass Effect 2

Cosplayer: Zelvyne

Status: Complete

Condition: Not Set

AyaCon 2013

22nd November 2013: Rewear - October expo So I drove up to London for October Expo and managed to squeeze Garrus in the car. Unfortunately I ran out of time to wear him during the daytime, but managed to get some great night shots with CelPhotgraphy (with Xero as my Shep again). I'm really pleased with the pictures, and unless I can think of another good location for photos, this might be his final outing.

27th August 2013: First wear Well, I got it all finished in time for Ayacon, and even had the guts to enter it in the comp/masq. It was my first time in the masqurade, and I feel it went well, even if I did almost fall over at some point XD.
All in all, this costume isn't bad to wear, but it does make sitting down difficult. A few bits also tried to break, like the detailing under the torso and the feet, so I need to improve these before my next wear, which will hopefully be at MCM october in London.
Many thanks to everyone who commented or asked for photos at Aya - you all really made my day ^_^

6th August 2013: Finished Mantis prop For what looks like a simple black and white sniper rifle, the mantis has a deceptively large amount of detail to be painted on, but it is finally finished. I'm tempted to add some battle damage to fit in better with the whole costume, but am unsure at the moment, as you usually equip the guns after the rocket incident.
Not much left to go now :)

1st August 2013: 3rd test wear Since Ayacon is in two weeks (erk) I thought I should hurry up with this.
I've painted the details on (including a few I forgot to make off with the soldering iron, but it's a bit late to add them now, so they're just painted)
I've also added the neck padding, which helps keep it in place. I've also cut a load off the lower torso armour,which unfortunately loses the nice curve on the back,but stops the upper torso from getting stuck inside it. It's also sufficiently tight to give me the wide-legged-waddle of a turian XD Having some problems with the feet - the foot plates look too short to me now (unchanged from test wear 1) and the fkae soles on the lower legs keep getting stuck on the foot. Might have to redo them if I have time.

17th July 2013: 2nd wear Finally painted the armour, and so far I like the colours. The torso actually allows me to see a little bit now that it's lower. However, I had to alter the legs in the hopes that I can kneel and sit. Once the sealing in dry, I'll test it again and see if it works.

However, the main wonderful thing realised today, is that I can dress myself into my Garrus outfit without needing help - huzzah!

17th July 2013: First test wear Finally added velcro tabs to the undersuit to hold the various armour pieces in place (since Garrus's armour seems to have no visible straps) and was finally able to do a test wear. This showed that the torso was too long and too tall at the front, the butt armour is too high up, and the legs need to made smaller to allow more movement

5th July 2013: New backplate I decided that the main torso armour was too wide, and the back wasn't curved enough. After trying to fix the backplate I had, I ended up making a new one. This has worked out a lot better - I remembered to make it in two pieces this time, and using a curved template allowed for the distinctive bulge outwards. The improved torso is also tight enough around my middle that it may not need as many straps inside - woohoo.
Also sorted out the upper legs and waist armour too - just need to seal all the foam, then I canget connecting it to the undersuit and painting it, then just the visor and undersuit details to go.

30th June 2013: Head finished Added the scarring and bandage. Cutting into Garrus's head was difficult to bring myself to do though

30th June 2013: Bodysuit and shoulders Bodysuit made from stretch jersey sewn together out of two basic pieces. I'll add the arms later with the patterning on them. The shoulders are yet more foam, but the bodysuit has a layer of upholstery foam to give the proper shape, as the torso armour comes out past my actual shoulders.

30th June 2013: Finished leg pieces Detail added, velcro added (unfortunately had to make it two pieces in order to get in and out), and spike added using craft foam over more upholstery foam. Feet are still a bit iff - got some old shoes I can use, I just need to smooth them out.

30th June 2013: Legs Unfortunately I don't like walking/standing much (achey back and knees usually result) so proper stilt-style feet were out of the question. Instead I'm using foam to reshape my leg, and have formed the armour panels over that.

30th June 2013: Mantis (The most iconic ME sniper rifle in my opinion)
Made using templates base on
Layered foam, shaped, then details put in. Barrels are thin plumbing tube. Still need to get something for the scope

30th June 2013: Armguards A layer of 3mm plastazote heat-formed over a doorstop, layered with thicker foam. The wristlet was heatbent and detailed sodldering-ironed in

30th June 2013: Seperate body pieces In case anyone was curious about how the body goes together.
I can just about get in and out of it by myself, but I daresay the other pieces will stop that

30th June 2013: Battle damage/detailing It is scary attacking a costume with a dremel, but I finally got up the nerve to do the battle damage. Luckilly most of it is limited to the main torso, so I won't have to repeat the process. The other details were made using a soldering iron.

30th June 2013: Body improvements Made the front narrower, made new side panels which stretch round furhter and have the lower layered bits

30th June 2013: Body: start Apologies for the incoming journal spam, but I'm getting so many pictures I wanted to keep a record of the progress
So, I started the body a few weeks ago by sketching out some templates (couldn't be bothered to use/locate pep files). It was a bit of a pain fitting it to me, but the dummy helped a lot. Inside there's a lot of velcro and a lot of straps just to hold it all level and in place - I'll take a picture of that sometime.
Once I had it done of course I realised it was wrong, with the front too wide, cutting out the middle panels.

8th April 2013: Head Well, after a busy weekend I think I've finally finished the head.
The foam has had many many coats of PVA and latex, then various tones of grey paint. The whole thing is on a flesh-tone lycra balaclava I made (gluing the bits on was a nightmare). Asides from the nosepiece squishing my nose, it's comfy, and I'm generally happy with it. The visor is just a quick one I threw together, so I'll probably remake it soon.
Unfortunately the shaping suit and armour will have to wait as I've got more urgent costumes to make (but I do at least have a plan now)

15th November 2012: Head progress As much as I've been wanting to do this costume, I was daunted by trying to make the head. I'm no good at scultping, so the latex mask method would have been a pain, plus I hear they get very warm very quickly.
Following the inspired idea of Billious from the RPF board, I'm attempting to make a foam head.
First I cut out paper pieces to see how all of Garrus's face sections fit together, before cutting them out of 1" thick upholstery foam. After a little bit of shaping, this is the result. Still a lot of shaping needed to make it look more like Garrus, but I'm pretty pleased with it. Once I'm happy with the pieces I will attach them to strapping akin to a fursuit head - this will hopefully allow for an opening mouth - before coating the whole thing in glue and painting it. Underneath I plan to wear a balaclava which will have all the details of the back of the head on.

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poppingofresco - 15th November 2012
awesome cant wait to see XD

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Anonymous - 15th November 2012
I'm gonna marry this costume, and it shall be my squishy!!! <3

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Zelvyne - 15th November 2012
Thanks both :)
Dan: I can't wait to see if it turns out OK :P
Chloe: Well I won't be able to keep it for long as it'll take up too much room, so I figured I'd stuff it and give it to you :P

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Anonymous - 15th November 2012
O____O askdgnkjfhghjlskfg~ I mean, why thank you very much that would be lovely Xp eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee <3 aosdmfgdfhjkghj~ *dies*

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Isabela - 15th November 2012
Awesomeness on an epic scale - can't wait to see your progress :D

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Zelvyne - 16th November 2012
Chloe: then again, your room is smaller than mine - you might just have to have the bust, lol :p

Isabela: thank you :)

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Kata-san - 10th February 2013
That face looks awesome! Especially so that it's just foam! Can't wait to see it finished.

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southafrimike - 11th February 2013
This is going to look Awesome!

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Manjou - 8th April 2013
Nice progress :) Can't wait to see your armour (when you get a chance to start it XD)

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Zelvyne - 8th April 2013
Thank for the nice comments everyone ^_^
Manjou: Very kind of you to say - seeing your Garrus at Kita convinced me to give it a go. I'm dreading making the bodysuit, let alone the armour, so I'm putting that off 'till summer ^_^' but I will make it eventually

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Manjou - 9th April 2013
Oh wow cheers ^_^ The armour is fuuuun to make, if you get stuck with anything drop me a message or something :)

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Koiice - 27th April 2013
I love love love Garrus <3 So adorable!!!! >w< Look forward to seeing!

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ScientistSalarian - 15th May 2013
Oh my goodness, I love Garrus!
You are really brave though. I contemplated going to MCM May as Garrus, but I decided to just be Tali instead (I'm a bit of a wuss). :P
Can't wait to see how it turns out!:D

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Freyarule - 2nd June 2013
I love the face already! It's going to look amazing when it's finished :D

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poppingofresco - 6th June 2013
this is looking awesome XD

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Anonymous - 28th June 2013
weeeeeeeeeeee!! shiny shiny progress ^_^

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Starbucks dad - 30th June 2013
Even as WIP, this is stunning.

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Littlegeeky - 5th July 2013
Wow this looks amazing so far! I can't wait to see it complete!

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madmazda86 - 15th July 2013
Looking super so far, will look forward to seeing it at Aya!

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Limegreenjelly - 17th July 2013
looking awesome, looking forward to seeing the final results

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sjbonnar - 18th July 2013
ZOMG! You guys wanna make my armour for Wrex?

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Zelvyne - 18th July 2013
Thanks for all the lovely comments, all :) so close to getting him finished now...

Sj: haha, maybe if you pay for all the materials and energy drinks I'd need :p I reckon Garrus here has set me back £50 in sweets and caffeine alone.

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Carmina - 1st August 2013
Wow, clearly a lot of work going in to this. Looking awesome thus far!

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Ai-Megumi - 28th November 2013
Blue is my favourite color, so I love this armour.
You did a pretty good job with this costume.
Very good. ^.^

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Moonlight_Requiem - 2nd June 2014
I rmemeber seeing you in this costume ^_^ and squeeeing so hard cause of how awesome you looked. I was also in the masquerade with my first armour :)
Can i ask, what did you make the mask out of!!? ^_^ Id love to cosplay Garrus myself

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Zelvyne - 3rd June 2014
Thanks for all the lovely comments :) I'm hoping to do another ME costume soon - maybe not as impressive as Garrus, but still should be fun.

The mask is made out of upholstery foam - the first couple of journals on here talk about it, but if there's any more specifics you'd be interested in hearing, let me know :)

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beth-the-amateur - 23rd August 2014
OMG THIS IS AMAZING :D Garrus is my favorite out all all the ME characters and it's awesome to see him cosplayed so well!!!