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Mandarin Spawn: stage photo by ShinjusWorkshop Mandarin Spawn: stage photo by ShinjusWorkshop
One of the amazing stage photos I got! thanks to Foxy for the photo!
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This is the costume I represented Romania with at Eurocosplay 2012 in London (the 27th of October) at MCM Expo.
It took me around 6 weeks to make, but working around 8-10 hours per day everyday. The planning and the research for it took a long time, though, starting January 2012 and changed many choices of material while doing so. In the end, the "skin" - black part - was made out of latex and the rest - legs, armor parts, head - were made out of flexible urethane foam. Everything is sculpted (I had around 25 sculpts), molded in either plaster or silicone. Everything is painted with acrylics mixed with latex, to make sure the paint doesn't crack on the flexible surfaces.
The sword is made of yoga mats and it has a light aluminium pipe in it, to keep it sturdy. It is also painted with acrylic paints mixed with latex.
The attaching systems consist generally of strong magnets and velcro.
I also have a voice modulator. the microphone and the board are inside the head - the board in the back of the head and the microphone extended next to my mouth - and a speaker inside the chest piece. It helps me communicate with the people and it also makes my voice deeper, like a man's and a bit scarier
If you have any other questions about the techniques I used, comment here, write me a note or check out my Facebook page, where I have posted a lot of WIP photos with more explanations: [link]
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GeekVarietyDotCom Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
When I saw the thumbnail for this I thought "oh neat maybe this is a pic of the toy from one of the sculptors". When I opened the page and started reading I almost fainted I was so impressed! This is easily one of my favorite toys ever and you have done an astounding job creating a cosplay of this figure. I am beyond words right now looking at this....stunning.
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ShinjusWorkshop Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! I am so happy when the element of surprise works on these photos... people don't expect a cosplay, but a figurine :P
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GeekVarietyDotCom Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Are you a professional costumer or do you work in a creative field or is this just something you do for fun because your work is prolevel and I was just stunned by your craft!
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ShinjusWorkshop Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
hmm, I'm not really sure what the answer is... I can't really say I'm a professional costumer, but I do this for a living now, for more than a year... but I've never attended any classes for this. I'm just... self taught. I started cosplay in 2007 and in 2011 I started working with other stuff than fabrics and I've been experimenting with new materials continuously, otherwise I get bored. I can't really say I work more than other cosplayers, though, around 4-5 hours per day most of the time (yeah, I'm also lazy), but when I'm pressed by time, I go crazy and work up to 10-12 hours per day. I guess I'm just lucky I'm good at practical work and I learn really fast, that's all. For the Mandarin, for example, I sculpted for the first time... I'm also obsessed by technique and accuracy. So... yeah, this is your answer... sorry for making it so long :P I tend to do that!
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RedDragonTyr Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
I love it!! I have got the miniature of Mandarin Spawn! It is amazing, how exactly you made the details! Most of the costume is latex? It must be quite warm in there... But it looks soooo great!!
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ShinjusWorkshop Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm glad you like it! The skin part is latex (basicly the whole body without the lower part of the legs), the legs/boots, the head, the chest piece and the shoulder pads are flexible urethane foam. So, yeah, that was warm, too. But I only start feeling hot after a few hours, it's surprisingly cool in that costume. I just need to lose some weight to look exactly like the figurine. I have it, too, that's why I managed to get the details so well.
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RedDragonTyr Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
You really got the details well! :-) And it is great that you chose Mandarin Spawn. I think the urethane foam is not too heavy, right? Can you see well in the costume or is your view reduced?
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ShinjusWorkshop Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! Yes, the urethane foam is very light. One "leg" weigh around 1kg! And I could almost see... nothing! It was very frustrating. The eyes were very small and I used sun glasses lenses and they were pretty dark. Plus, when I was breathing the lenses would get blurry. I still need to find a way to stop my breath from getting to the eyes, just like in skiing goggles.
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RedDragonTyr Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
It seems that urethane foam is a very good material :-) I checked out a page about making fursuits, they use something called Anti-fog spray to prevent glasses mounted in the head from getting blurry. Maybe this could help?
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ShinjusWorkshop Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh, interesting! I might as well use it for the cosplay AND for skiing :D Thanks!
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