M. Bison
Street Fighter series

Cosplayer: Z-Man

Variant: Prototype

Status: Complete

Condition: Not Set

AyaCon 2013

22nd August 2013: Lessons So its taken a while, but the first picture of my costume has filtered through, and immediately spotting problems. Know there's a few more coming, and hopefully one of myself with Oni Akuma and Evil Ryu which is probably going to be awesome.

I've been thinking about the cosplay a lot over the past few days - I kept telling myself that this was a prototype, a proof of concept, whatever, that I could make something resembling an M. Bison cosplay. I very much think I did, and I learnt some valuable lessons along the way.

So the positives of this experience:

- The jacket came out very well I think, especially as the second ever item of clothing I have ever sewed together (the first being the trousers for this costume). Learned the importance of pinning, properly measuring, and even just basic sewing skills

- Worbla is nice and easy to shape and paint

- Bias binding hides my awful hemming skills

Things I need to improve

- The trousers were a bit of a disaster, one leg was sewed inside out so they didn't fit well at all. Worked well enough for the cosplay, but definite room for improvement. Remaking these ASAP

- Armour construction shouldn't be rushed, and worbla may not have been the best material for this job. Will definitely remake the armour pieces for next year

- Affixing armour to fabric is hard. Also, making sure it stays in position is harder

- Need to repaint and remake the belt, but that's the most minor issue

Going to fix it up a bit for Eurogamer Expo (and maybe MCM or LFCC), and then look at what needs completely redoing for cons next year.

12th August 2013: Sewing Complete Over the weekend, I did all the sewing for the costume. Doing the trim and the zip down the middle was a nightmare, but I'm pleased with the results. Unfortunately, I was about 5 cm short on bias binding, so there's currently a bit around the back with no trim. Will get some more to finish it off when I get other bits

1st August 2013: Shin Bison After four years I'm finally getting to the rest of the cosplay. I've ordered some worbla to make the armour with. First time having a go with that. Need to get some fabric now, borrow a sewing machine, and channel my Psycho Power

13th April 2009: Emblem Working Stage 1: Remove Skull from Belt - DONE
Stage 2: Spray Paint - DONE
Stage 3: Paint features - DONE

Ok so I got the belt buckle. On further examination, the winged skull bit was attached onto the buckle, and not part of the metal. With a little drilling, it popped right off.

Tried to etch lightning bolt (which can be just about seen in picture) but didn't go so well, so painted it on with Citadel Miniatures 'Snakebite Leather' model paint.

1st April 2009: Hat Bought a Belt Buckle of a winged skull. Will spray paint and etch in lightning bolt.

Looking at a hat on eBay, will buy when I can afford it.

EDIT: Hat is done. Emblem affixed. Yes.

30th March 2009: First post *trolls own page* Ok so after a little more research, I can see that Bisons boots are just knee high black boots with silver armour. So silver shin and knee pads it is.

Now if only I could figure out how to fly across the room while aflame.

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Berserk667 - 30th March 2009
best of luck with it


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Haynes84 - 31st March 2009
Awesome if u do this for october 09 can i get a pic with ya i'm also hopin on doin bison :P (just to let ya know we also have 2 roses lined up)

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Z-Man - 1st April 2009
Never been to London Expo before, always a first time for everything. Already working on the hat, so maybe I will try and get it done for October...

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Manjou - 25th April 2009
Awesome evil train drivers hat! What did you make the emblem from?

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Z-Man - 25th April 2009
Emblem was made from a belt buckle I got from a guy in Hong Kong via eBay. I drilled the solder used to affix the winged skull until it fell out, spray painted it gold, then painted the eyes and the lightning bolt.

It's actually glued to the Hat with Araldite due to an impulsive decision to do it that way...

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nanahara - 12th August 2013
progress is looking good man ^^