This is/was my first build ever. I feel like it turned out amazing! Let me know if you like it. After the build I figured a few things out and was able to work out a bunch of bugs in my system. From start to finish, including template's, it took me 11 days to complete.
Had my roommate help me take a photo since the mirror self shots weren't working out. Thanks Melissa!
Reworked both shoulders and added some black details. I attached the inner and outer shoulders since having them separate didn't limit my range of motion any less. Plus I wanted the outer shoulder to maintain the correct distance away from the inner piece.
Started experimenting with Plexiglas for the visor. It is not my first choice and I'm not a fan of how brittle it is. But it heat forms well and I have no other plastic that is 17" wide. I'll take suggestions
Alright, I'm happy to say I made some progress this week!
- Attached the lower back to the central torso. I had to leave the outermost edges unattached for now. The chest core was a bit too difficult to get in and out of. I am going to install small clasps for the tips to lock the edges in place.
- Attached the upper back weapon mounts. Nothing fancy here, just used a sheet of black 3mm foam as a buffer to attach the part. The holes for the lights need to be drilled in.
- Created the upper legs. I thought these would take longer honestly. I have some painters tape holding the shape until the strapping and buckles arrive later this week.
Not much left to build now. - Still need to finish heat forming the visor. - Need to remake the elbow plates. I'm not happy with the current ones. - I have to create the padding for the gloves. - And I need to make the boots of course.
Thanks for reading and let me know if you have any questions!
Credits photographer: me Thane - Erik Wallkingford ()
Comment: From Mass Effect 2
"Lord of Hunters. Grant that my hands be steady, my aim be true, and my feet swift. And should the worst come to pass, grant me forgiveness."
*** Info on cosplay:
The mask was done with a plaster head cast of the cosplayer. The positive mold of the mask was sculpted in clay by Erik Wallkingford and Kai Norman, then a negative plaster mold was taken. Liquid latex was then painted into the relief mold to form the wearable latex mask, which is held on by a zipper affixed to the back.
The mask was painted by Eric Brooks AKA "Aldarionn" using latex paint (The stuff comes in sample bottles at Home Depot for a relatively inexpensive price and once primed the paint holds up extremely well under wear and tear.). I used mostly drybrushing techniques and thinned the paint considerably before application, including the primer. In hindsight I should have gotten a spray primer because the liquid stuff I painted on by hand took several coats, and much of the time spent painting the mask was priming it.
The eyes are a pair of lenses taken from cheap sunglasses and cut to shape. Excess latex was painted around the lenses to hold them in place, and they are removable.
The jacket was done by someone whom I do not know, and either Erik or Kai could probably credit them. I do know that it took quite some time to complete and was not ready until the day before Anime Expo.
Future plans for the costume include detailing the body suit to be more accurate, however there is currently no time frame for this to be finished that I am aware of.