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My halloween costume!  Now that con season + Halloween is over, I plan to be a bit more active.  I did 18 or so cosplay commissions this year!  This is my friend as, I'm the meka.  :)
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K1rk0 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2018
WickedPrince Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2017
That is way cool. :)
boot-cheese-3000 Featured By Owner May 18, 2017
Her outfit TOTALLY looks like it was made outta Liquid Latex and Tape. :laughing:

What did you use to make your Costume? I'm assuming part of the Material was Cardboard and PVC Pipes, correct? Also, did you follow some Tutorials on how to do this or did you put your Imagination to work?
HoiHoiSan Featured By Owner May 20, 2017
I 3d modelled the mech based after the game models which were ripped... then I unfolded the model and made a giant pepakura out of EVA foam sheets.  EVA foam works better than cardboard. :) I sprayed the whole thing down with a liquid rubber coating, then painted.  Took about 3 weeks.

That's the tutorial I wrote for foam bending ages ago.. I've learned a few new things since then, but it's all pretty much experimentation and various things on the internet.
boot-cheese-3000 Featured By Owner May 21, 2017
I heard of EVA and Pepakura, but never really caught onto it very much (mainly because I don't do cosplay, but the methods and steps to make some of the costumes are AMAZING!), but now I know why it's all the rage. I assume you can pick this stuff up at any Hardware store?

Cool! Thanks for the Tutorial! Here's one project that I wanted to do, not just because it looks cool, but because there's some programming involved. Observe:……

The 1st link is the 1st time this guy created this Helmet, the 2nd one is the improvements on the Animatronics. I assume you use Pepakura for the design THEN mold the Foam over it?
HoiHoiSan Featured By Owner May 22, 2017
To a certain degree, yeah.  The pepakura is simply a pattern, I just design the pattern but instead of using paper, I use foam sheets.  You get 1-5mm thick sheets at any hobby or art store, like Hobby Lobby or Michaels... the thicker stuff is usually floor mats, those squares that snap together... up to 1/2 inch or thicker.  I get those at for instance.
boot-cheese-3000 Featured By Owner May 22, 2017
That's what turns me off about Pepakura--the Paper element. I'm not a fan of Papier-Mache, I don't wanna make Pinatas and shit, and I have nothing against Pinatas--they're cool! What I'm saying is Papier-Mache was so messy, too messy for me, plus I always sucked at sculpting, so add all of that together and you'll see why I never picked up interest in that Helmet in the link I showed you.......

until I saw your Mech costume. After that I'm sold on the Idea and possibilities. Imagine if you had it rigged it, in regards to the Weapons. I've always thought of using a 3D Printer for the helmet and parts, but when I saw Jim Hensonworks had that "Creature Shop" Reality Show a few years back, I started thinking about Animatronics again. Have you considered that as part of your Costumes?
HoiHoiSan Featured By Owner May 22, 2017
Well, pekakura as a method... you can replace the paper part with any thin foldable material, EVA foam is what I use.  People also coat the paper with fiberglass and resin to make rigid structures, like armor from the Halo series.

I have actually started integrating 3d printed stuff into my costumes... a lot of what I made last year was 3d printed, I just didn't take photos of it. XD…

I did update my facebook with the list of all the costumes I did last year. :)
boot-cheese-3000 Featured By Owner May 23, 2017
Ahhh, I see. I guess I should've asked questions about it way back when but even then I wouldn't have been able to afford the resources like I do now. Either way I would've had no choice but to wait. :nod:

Never thought of Fiberglass and Resin before, but I'm sure I would absolutely NOT use it. I used to work at a Hot Tub warehouse before, and I just happened to be stationed at the Fiberglass and Resin Dept, where we HAD to wear those respirator masks. The stench is overpowering! Not only will it kill some Brain Cells, but it also causes some serious damage to your Respiratory system if exposed for too long. I'm sure you've tried and probably dropped that technique as well. :nod:

I like those items! What brand 3D Printer do you have? 1nce again some of this stuff would look awesome with some Electronics added to them (LEDs, EL Wire, Fiber Optic thread lights, ect). :nod:
HoiHoiSan Featured By Owner May 31, 2017
I have a Lulzbot Taz 5... though I'm interested in getting a new one soon, it's good for big props but doesn't have great detailing abilities for small things. :)
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soakrazen Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2016
Monele Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Holy wow!... Amazing work you did there o_o
Robinsu Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
The Mecha looks awesome!
Ganguro666 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2016
That's pretty awesome. possibly the most extensive D.Va cosplay I've seen to date.  And you even have Mountain Dew in the corner back there, that made me chuckle.  Really great job on this~ Heart 
AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, that's hella impressive! :D
timbertable Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
five11a Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2016
OMG I would fav this 100 times if I could!
Sakamura Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2016  Professional Photographer
Woaaaaaahhhhhhhh! :) o_O;;;
metalformer Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A-Mei-zing! D.Va by herself is ubber awesome but with her mech is double amazing! :heart: 
mistypine01 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's so AWESOME!!!
sakpalamey Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How did you make the mecha? TELL ME EVERYTHING! :eager:
HoiHoiSan Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2016
It's kinda complicated but easy at the same time.  I started by 3d modelling the mech in rough shapes, then unwrapped it as a pepakura (papercraft).  Then I scaled it to my size, printed them out, traced them out onto Eva foam floor mats, and glued them all together. :)
ironicgiant Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2016
JWBeyond Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Bloody Awesome!!!! :dance:
MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016
Just tremendous work!  Great photo, too.
MarxArtCo Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
That is one impressive mecha! I'm surprised you got the details in super nicely: even going as far as making "beast-like legs" for the mech!

Incredible job! :thumbsup:
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