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My Ashley Williams cosplay from Dragon*Con 2012

Photo by :iconfallingfeathers:

M-3 Predator by :iconmarikasan: and :icondionysus80:

Made with EVA foam, styrene, and hot glue.
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:iconhsholderiii: Armorer - Commander Shepard
:iconzanderwitaz: Prop builder - Mattock.
:iconswoz: Photographer.

To anyone interested in a suit of Armor or a Weapon commission, see the links provided above for info. :3
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Commander Valkyria Shepard at gamescom 2012/Cologne/Germany.
Crafting that armor was... something.
It was nice wearing it, despite the hot weather. x.x The next one definitely needs thinner material.
What I really mean is, it is awesome being that wonderful heroine for one day or two. =D So let's take back earth. Now!

II: [link]
III: [link]
IV: [link]
V: [link]
VI + VII: [link]
VIII: [link]
IX: [link]
WIP: [link]



Photo taken by Michael Kuegler - Thank you so much!

femShep belongs to bioware
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Looking good Commander
Check our blog for more.
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My Ashley Williams cosplay from Dragon*Con 2012

Forgive the trigger finger, but I wanted to show off a better picture of this awesome gun.

Photo by :iconfallingfeathers:

M-3 Predator by :iconmarikasan: and :icondionysus80:

Made with EVA foam, styrene, and hot glue.
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Mass Effect 3: Commander Shepard N7 Armor made from metal. This was our first try at costuming/replicas and we had a blast building it. Check out our blog for more:

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So here is where we're at with this..

Please forgive the battle rifle, I needed to see how mobile I was while holding a weapon! In the meantime I have a very nice Mattock kit on the way.

Currently I am still looking for a good cheap pair of boots to sacrifice for this project. Other than that the costume is finished build-wise. I was able to go back and build the elbows and hand plates. The initial painting is done. Weathering will be next. Then the lights. I have some very nice LED strips which I need to plan to install so that should be fun.

I thought I'd update the description to help answer some questions, most of these have already been explained in my other "In Progress" images.

* The entire suit is constructed from mostly gray EVA foam mats (the kind that interlock and are used as flooring), 1/4 in. black construction foam, 3mm black construction foam, and a few 3mm styrene pieces were used as shaping supports along curved edges (so I wouldn't have to heat form), and also clear plexiglas for the visor.

* I did not use a heat gun at all for the foam, any curves were achieved with styrene glued along the edges. However, a heat gun was used for the visor which was heated and worked over a curved foam "buck" that I made.

* Paints used - Plasti-Dip Spray, Black (used as sealant/primer - must be very generous with coating to get best finish! It will get expensive so spread your build out!), RustOleum *Metallic* Charcoal Gray, Liquitex Crimson Red and Titanium White acyclic paints for the stripes. VHT Niteshades to tint the clear visor.

* All parts where cut using a scroll saw (not by hand)

* Many MANY areas like the chest were formed by beveling edges of small parts and gluing together (not stacking/layering thick foam sections on top of each other) The interior bevel gaps were filled with tiny beveled 1/2 in. foam strips to provide reinforcement for the parts.

* Invest in a scroll saw :)

* Some shapes and panel lines were made by actually cutting the larger foam part where the lines are and re-gluing it together, then running the end of the hot-glue gun or wood burning tool along the seam to create an industrial welded effect. Don't be afraid to cut up a large part into smaller areas and re forming! It looks way better than if you try to cut those lines by hand afterward.

* Areas like the Ab section started as one piece then were cut and offset by half the foam's thickness and re-glued to give the illusion that it was layered. By keeping it thin and not layering the thick foam mats over one another you get more curvature and a clean silhouette. THIN TO WIN

* And please like my page :) [link]
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From the new cinematic. Enjoy.
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Yesterday a group of cosplayers were invited to be part of the opening of a new exhibition at the national museum of New Zealand - myself and this lady, glittersweet, were among them!

Shot in Wellington, December '12
Photographer - me!
Model and costume (including headpiece) - :iconglittersweet:
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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!
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