Cosplay, anyone?

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  1. Master_Craig

    Master_Craig Active Member

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    I spent a huge chunk of my weekend working on my cosplay.

    I don't have a picture, but I've made a good start to the boots/shin guards. As for pictures... here's my Vader suit so far.

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    My friend sourced me one of those cheaper "FX" lightsabers. It's not a "Black" series by any means... but it's still awesome and I'm so stoked that he got it for me.

    I've mentioned it before, but the helmet is one of those old school voice changing helmet toys. Unfortunately, I had to cut the centre box free from the helmet so I could have it properly on my stomach, like Vader does. The buttons still work and allow me to make noises like Vader's breathing and some of his quotes, but sadly, the voice changer won't work anymore as the wire has been cut. Still... the voice changer was never great to begin with.

    The helmet really does mess with my line of sight. I'm going to try and better adjust the helmet so I might be able to not only improve my sight, but also make the helmet a bit more comfortable to wear.

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    I still need to sort out the under robes and the cape, but they're on the way! My dear mum (love her so much) is a pro with sewing, and offered to make my cape and under robes. I feel so childish and immature that "my mum" is doing this for me, but at the end of the day, I didn't ask, she offered. Incredibly awesome of her to do that for me.

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    The chest piece. I added three straps to the piece. One behind the neck and one behind each arm/shoulder. It's worn like a reverse backpack. I can put it on and remove it myself with plain clothes, but due to the thickness of the under suit, I need assistance. :( The straps were attached using sewing pins. It fits remarkably well, being light in weight and comfortable.

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    The shoulders were finished as well. I was thinking about wearing them as separate prop pieces, using black elastic bands around my arms, but I felt it would be too annoying and difficult to put on and remove, especially with the under suit. Instead, I attached the shoulders to the chest piece, using elastic bands and sewing pins, so when you think about it, the shoulder pads function similar to the protective armor worn by American football players. Hope that makes sense?

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    I've made a start on the belt, this is the front belt piece... which is so dodgy. I'm unhappy with how it's come out, so I do want to try and remake it and put better care and effort into the next one. At the very least, it's practical, as it doubles as a phone holder! The circle needs to be a cleaner cut, as do the speaker lines... plus the entire silver thingo needs to be bigger, I reckon. I might be able to peel it off and keep the carry case as it is.

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    I took the exact measurements of my phone, so my phone fits in there perfectly. I'll be adding in a few security straps with double sided velcro tape, just so that my phone doesn't fall out at all.

    I'm kinda planning to play Star Wars music (like the Imperial March) from my phone whilst carrying it in this belt thingo.

    Over the next week, I plan to finalize the boots/shin guards and hopefully the belt as well.
     
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  2. Bretimus_v2

    Bretimus_v2 Hey kiddo!

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    The light saber is sweet and all the details you’ve put into the costume is awesome.
     
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  3. Master_Craig

    Master_Craig Active Member

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    The lightsaber is awesome. Admittingly, it's a kid's toy, one of those "FX" lightsabers that you use to hit other lightsabers, but it's still really cool and I'm super happy that I've got a good lightsaber of some form.

    As for the rest of the cosplay... I'm glad you like it, man. It's not perfect but I am trying to do a good job with the time and resources I have... I'm really surprised with how it's turned out. Better than I expected. :)
     
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  4. Master_Craig

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    Last night I was in a really foul and shitty mood. Long story short, I've been under a lot of stress at work and things just haven't been going right for me, lately. So with that, I did bugger all work on my cosplay last night and instead chose to spend my time playing Middle-earth: Shadow of War for PS4.

    That being said... I at the very least finally got around to re-doing my belt front piece.

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    The top image is the new one, the bottom is the old.

    Honestly, it's still not perfect and it's heavily flawed, but I believe it's a massive improvement and looks so much better.

    I re-drew the new piece by hand and cut it out with my knife on 3mm EVA foam. Instead of cutting curved rectangles for the "speakers", I cut square rectangular ones. I thought it would be a lot easier and man it was so much easier.

    The circle is bigger and smoother. We used the lid of a spray can to help us draw and cut the circle. My partner actually did this part for me, she used to do wood working in school and is very good at arts and crafts.

    The two pieces were glued together, primed for about three layers, and then painted with spray paint for one layer or so. I then peeled the old front panel off the belt piece (or phone carry case) using my knife, and glued the new one back on.

    Like I said... it's not perfect, but it's a huge improvement and I'm mostly happy with this outcome. At the end of the day, the most important thing about this prop piece is its practicality - it's to carry my phone, since my suit doesn't have pockets.

    Mum's started working on my cape. Bless her.
     
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    Master_Craig Active Member

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    I'm sick with the flu, but over the weekend I decided to try and get off my arse and work on my cosplay, as I've only got... well, a week and a half until PAX.

    I finalized the groin piece and I made the belt functional. The belt isn't entirely ready, though.

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    With the centre panel piece, that was reluctantly cut free from my Darth Vader voice changer helmet. I stuck some velcro onto the jacket top as well as the back of the panel thing. As you can see, it's not on straight, but I can adjust it if need be.

    The groin piece was annoying. When I wore it, it stuck out forward, so I honestly looked like Darth Boner. To get rid of that point, I added some straps to the back, which go behind the back of my legs and up to the elastic waist band of the groin piece so in a way, it's kinda worn like a harness. Once I have my under robes, you won't be able to see the top, flat sides of the groin piece.

    As for the belt, it took a while, but I glued the front piece down onto the front (which successfully carries my phone) and I used velcro tape for the belt to seal on and off.

    I'm currently waiting for a few items to dry before I work on them next, but where I live, it's very humid... so it's taking longer than expected for these last few things to dry. Once it's all dry, I'll be quickly painting over them by hand with acrylic based varnish, to seal in the paint and hopefully give it a bit of a shine.

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    Looking good! I would move the front panel up a bit though, it looks too low.
     
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  7. MattAY

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    Craig that's awesome!!
     
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