When we were invited to help S2 Games bring characters from their second generation MOBA Strife to life through our cosplay, we were thrilled.
We’d read the Strife comic preview, and while Angelus had gravitated towards Minerva, I’d fallen instantly in love with MidKnight.
The High Marshall from Tempra had made a pretty big impression. Here was a complex character with a villainous streak, and in some really sweet armor, no less. The only catch – he wasn’t a playable character in the Beta yet, so there were no released game assets we could use as a reference.
With the character designer’s blessings though, we got the greenlight to go ahead, using a combination of the comic art, some sketches, and a few concept renders as the inspiration.
With so many references to choose from, we decided that we would aggregate the best elements of each of them, and started working on crafting armor pieces out of foam.
Foam building might seem pretty arcane at first, but a lot of it is really about visualizing, drawing and cutting out the right basic shapes.
Creating curves, details and textures on armor is probably our favorite part. Foam is an incredibly versatile medium, and because it’s so pliable, is capable of forming some really interesting shapes.
Creating the individual pieces took the better part of two weeks. Here’s a look at some unassembled armor pieces, placed side by side for comparison.
Like Minerva, MidKnight is also a pole arm user. We designed his weapon in three parts, so we could dismantle it for easier shipping.
MidKnight’s costume also entails additional cloth portions, such as a tabard, cloak and costume base. Because he’s essentially a medieval knight, we felt that he should wear chain mail beneath the plate armor, and simulated the effect with some mesh cloth.
We also utilized some really drape-y fabrics for the cloak so we could convey a sense of majesty and volume when the cloak billows.
What do you think? MidKnight will be walking the con floor on Saturday, so if you’d like to trade coscards, be sure to come say ‘Hi!’.
We’ll be at PAX East next weekend to guest-judge the cosplay competition and promote for S2 Games in room 159, so be sure to look for us there too!
More production images of this costume and our other cosplays can be found at: www.facebook.com/neotokyoproject
To register for the S2 Games Open Cosplay Contest, click on the link here.