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Simple enough question. Cosplay is the kind of fan art of making semi-realistic costumes of beloved characters/etc. It's most commonly associated with asianesque Anime/animation but it has loyal followings of Star Wars, Firefly, video game, and the like characters.
Has anyone here, for a actual cosplay gathering, halloween, or whatever ever made a GW based suit/costume and worn it? I know awhile back some Brit dudes made a pair of awesome Space Marine suits and the pic made it's way around the internet but my understanding was those were picture use only and the guys couldn't actually move around in them or fit in enough places with them to really count as this. I'm more interested in could it be/has it been done for actual cosplay/scifi/gaming conventions.
Paintball game I go to every July has a costume contest, I was planning on making a Black Templar costume. Pretty much
-Dress in all black
-White robe, painted up, with rope belt
-Paintball mask slightly modified
-My Smart Parts SP-8, which looks a lot like a bolter
-Shoulder pads made of foam
you probably have seen this. but if not heres some people that went full bore GERMANY 2006 - Costume - Demon Winner, the unofficial Golden Demon website
"Moral Victory! the enemy ran away at the sight of my roting, spikey, diseased, awesomeness... wait.. what?" ~ Theyak
If you wish to commit social suicide then go for it. Otherwise, dressing up should be strictly alcohol related...
Now that's my kind of cosplay, I be the surgeon
my friend and I are actually in the process of designing 2 space marine costumes for Anime North and Games Day 08. I'm building a Black Templar chaplain costume, and he's going as a Thousand Sons sorcerer.
I've finished the final blueprints for the crozius (which was the hardest part). The basic armour is a set of storm-trooper armour we bought online, and have expanded every part with mesh and Gr8t Stuff expanding foam (warning: before attempting this, make sure the foam is non-toxic, the fumes can be pretty strong), we formed an outer layer with the wire mesh, and are currently filling the gap with the foam.
The helmets are the easiest part. I bought a pair of "Optimus Prime voice changer helmets", used a dremel to remove the pointed parts and sanded any identifying marks. The next step is to add horns to one, and a skull mask to stretch over the other. unfortunately, when it's all assembled, It's going to be suffocatingly hot, so we're carving out small sections for computer fans and batteries to cool us down.
will update as progress...
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The majority of the photos I have seen have been somewhat clever, if not a bit disappointing. I think it would be difficult to make a convincing costume of a lot of GW stuff simply because of the minis. I think we're all used to it by now, but if you scale everything up, then items on the minis themselves are disproportionately larger than they should be - bolt pistols would be nearly 2 feet long by 6-8" wide, with a "portable" lascannon being over 6' long. According to GW miniatures, your average weapon shaft is about 6-10" in diameter as well.
These measurements don't translate well to real life, but it's how we're used to seeing them. Aside from that, it makes things just a bit more dynamic for our games (and in a lot of cases, a lot less likely to break).
I'm all for Stoney's version. Would appreciate an invite next time, sir.
I have a Genestealer hybrid outfit, and buy that I mean some claws, ripped clothing and a bluish skin tone mask, and I've learned how to do the eye thing that the undertaker does for the stare
also trying to make a big sword for it, meh I'm to lazy to...
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I'd quite like to turn up to a meet or a GT or something as a Commissar or guardsmen one day. (I have the uplifting primer to go with it xD)
But I think it just takes too much time for me at the minute.
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The 40K costumes I've seen has always put a smile on my face. No matter how good they've been compared to others they tend to look very...hillarious
One thing I think would be really important while building such a costume is to try to avoid to replace any materials with cloth. If it is supposed to be hard, then by all means make it look hard.
I would also like to recommend a good old weathering of it before you think of it as finished. It's amazing what some goold old dirt, oil and chipped areas can do to an armour for example. The cos-players (and the overwhelming majority o fthe LARPers too) tend to happily dance away in a newly washed costume.
I think it takes away quite a lot of any possible believability.
Don't go cheap on the details such as belts and pouches. Use sturdy, worn old stuff, never ever use fake leather. The cheap thin cotton-cloth a lot of people use for their clothes is also a good way to break any illusion.
Give all your equipment a few good washes of black/brown heavily dilluted paint to make them look a bit more realistic.