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Beginner Cosplayers Doing Beginner Things Anonymous 07/22/14(Tue)18:43 UTC+1 No.7701917 Report

Hey /cgl/. I've been looking into cosplaying for a long time and upon returning from San Japan, I'm feeling inspired. I'm wanting to know what kinds of tips and tricks would be good to start off with and still be able to make a decent costume. Top left pic above is what I want to go as. Low Rank Barioth Blademaster from Monster Hunter.

So far I've been researching and I think Sintre PVC Board is what I may be using. But I would still like some recommendations.

My goal is San Japan 8. That gives a little over a year to work on the costume and processes, so I definitely have the time.
Anonymous 07/22/14(Tue)20:56 UTC+1 No.7702364 Report

... sorry but if you r a beginner that's way too difficult, but if you wanna do ti go for it
Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)05:34 UTC+1 No.7703481 Report

Sorry, but gonna have to give you the same response as >>7702364
Mohun cosplay is really ambitious. I'm not saying don't go for it. Just be prepared for a lot of frustration.
Sintra PVC boards are good for large one directional curves. Compound curves are a bit harder to manage. EVA foam and craft foam work better for compound curves around the chest.
Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)09:30 UTC+1 No.7703789 Report

Play with craft foam for a while, go read up on classic pattern-making for armor.

I'd start with the relatively simple repeating parts like the boot or lower-upper arm areas, get the technique down then iterate and modify it for the chunkier areas.

If you're going to have your underarm and collarbone area exposed like that, you should start doing some lifting too- it really shows off the lats, and delt/pectoral insertions.

You might want to consider working in worbla over foam- it's pretty damn durable.

As others said, this is not a beginner costume. There's subtlety of shape and material, fit and finish to it which requires an unconscious mastery of the basics.. but good luck.

Anyone with (lots of)time and craft foam can do this, though. Seriously. Just sit down and read up on it. Think about the shapes and make it happen. Post your progress in the progress thread!
Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)10:20 UTC+1 No.7703827 Report

I think any project is possible as long as you give yourself enough time to learn the techniques needed. Granted, MH armour sets are a bit ambitious though, but if you're willing to put the effort and research in it's doable.

Here's what I have to say if you're set on doing a costume with several complex pieces and details:

1. Do your research. You seem to be on track for that, Sintra is a good material for amour and relatively simple to use. I would recommend looking up other MH builds, and getting hold of scraps/small amounts of various materials to experiment with first.

2. Leading on, experiment with materials. Don't think that just because one tutorial said something will work, means you will be able to get it to work in the same way (skills/technique) or even ENJOY working with it.

3. Do plenty of mock ups. Paper mockups for basic shapes, then mockups to scale, then as I said earlier maybe a few mock ups in materials you plan on using. Don't expect everything to go right the first time, it probably won't.

4. Give yourself lots of time.

5. Whatever you choose for the armour parts, do not skimp on priming/sanding. This will hugely affect how your final paint job looks, and is also a really time consuming process for most materials.

6. Pay attention to the finishing of your various pieces. Things like distressing fabric, weathering, scratches, can give real character to a costume where appropriate (I personally think clinically clean MH costumes look weird, but that's taste).

There is definitely enough info online for you to learn how to make such a costume if you're smart about it, and practice (and aren't afraid of initial failures). Just break down the costume, plan out each part, do as I said with materials/researching other builds and if you push yourself you should be able to achieve a great result!
Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)10:23 UTC+1 No.7703829 Report

I disagree with Worbla being durable. It's a sturdy-ish material, but it does not take well to heat and is prone to having the paint job wear down (if not varnished/sealed, and it's also a bitch to prime/sand to get rid of that cookie texture). It also costs a fortune. However, it's really easy to shape - it's a tough one because it depends on how you manage to work with the material, but I hate recommend Worbla because I find it disproportionately expensive.

Otherwise this anon is spot on, you can do it and update us on your progress!
Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)13:34 UTC+1 No.7703942 Report

Yeah, the quick forming is definitely the best thing about it, but I think filler primer goes a long way towards smoothing it properly. Go check out the instructions on cans of the stuff- you can put on a coat every ~4 minutes, then sand in a couple hours. A heavy layer of filler primer, sponge sanding, then a light primer pass to expose remaining roughness and a spot putty pass should clean the rest of the ugly up. It also will add some realism in wear spots and roughness variance.. and I think the bone material here would benefit from the roughness.
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