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Crafting a Shield

28 Mar , 2014,
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With Diablo being one of our favorite series, we were really excited about trying our hands at building something related to the new Crusader class. So when Vaeflare, who also featured our Demon Hunters awhile back put up some incredible visuals by Hungarian digital painter István Dányi, we were sold.

István Dányi's crusader, which was featured on the Blizzard site, became the inspiration for our shield project.

István Dányi’s awesome crusader art, which was featured on the Blizzard site.

This amazing piece, titled ‘Crusader – Unbreakable Warrior’ and the shield that the righteous knight toted soon became the inspiration for Crimson’s Crusader shield, which he lugged to the Diablo III: Reaper of Souls launch on Tuesday.

What you’ll need:

1. A large sheet of PP board (also known as corrugated plastic board)

2. EVA foam rolls

3. Leather belts (for strapping)

4. Drawing implements e.g. markers and tracing paper.

5. Cutting tools (usually a box cutter and sharp nosed scissors) and contact glue

 

Step 1:

Make sure you’ve got a good idea for the shape and design of your shield. First, draw the base shape on a piece of tracing paper, followed by any possible adornments on the shield onto a separate piece. You will need these templates for later.

Replicate the base shape of the shield on a piece of PP board. Cut it out using a box cutter.

Make sure you’re cutting it along, rather than against the grain.

Locate the middle of the shield shape, and crease it in half down the middle. This ensure that your shield is capable of bending and conforming to shape later on.

Finally, cut slits into the PP board approximate to where you intend to mount the shield straps. Make sure you cut three pairs of slits!

The PP board base, after folding and with slits cut from the base form.

The PP board base, after folding and with slits cut from the base form.

Most cosplayers don’t often realize that you don’t just have a pair of straps affixing the shield to your forearm, but also an additional strap that functions as a handle, so you can hold onto your shield firmly and to keep it in place while fighting. It’s incredibly important, especially if you want your shield to be stage ready!

Step 2:

Now, it’s time to incorporate the straps into your shield. Thread the leather belts (Daiso belts are okay) through the slits.

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Make sure the belts loop through the shield like so. The buckle of the belt should be on the lower of the two slits.

Make sure to give it enough allowance so the strap can fit snugly around your forearm. Be sure to leave enough space for any bracers or gauntlets that you might also be wearing with the prop.

Here's how it looks like on the side that's going to be the back of your shield.

Here’s how it looks like on the side that’s going to be the back of your shield.

Trim off any excess lengths from the belts after.

Step 3:

Cut out a large enough piece of foam to cover the front of the shield.

Apply about 1-inch (approx. 2 cm) of contact glue all along the edges of the PP board, and also on the foam cutout.

With the PP board held slightly bent along the middle crease to create an arch, start pasting the foam down. Once the glue is dried, the shield will retain a slightly curved shape.

The thickness of the EVA foam and it's inherent rate of curving will help your shield retain it's shape once it's properly glued on. How cool is that?

The thickness of the EVA foam and it’s inherent tensity will help your shield retain it’s shape once it’s properly glued on. How cool is that?

Cut out any adornments and filigree you may have intended to add to your shield design, and paste them on using contact glue. We also added paper fasteners to create ‘rivets.

We'll normally also duplicate the artwork onto the shield base, so we have handy guides for where to paste individual pieces.

We’ll normally also duplicate the artwork onto the shield base, so we have handy guides for where to paste individual pieces.

Start creating shapes out of foam and pasting them on. You can vary the thickness of the EVA foam you use to create differentiation and add variety to your design.

 

Step 4:

When all the elements of the shield are pasted down, it’s time to prime and paint!

Three coats of PVA should be sufficient.  If you'd like to find out more about priming armor and props, check out this tutorial.

Waiting for glue and paint to dry is always the most boring part. XD
If you’d like to find out more about priming armor and props, check out this tutorial.

We usually coat our props with three layers of PVA. If you expect your shield to see a lot of stage use, consider using five.

And done! A lot of prop-making’s really about the finish and the paintwork. ^^;;

Finally, give it a nice, shiny coat of paint and weathering, and you’re done!

What do you think of our shield tutorial? Be sure to leave us a comment here or on Facebook!

Licence2Play 2012

3 Dec , 2012,
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L2P – Official Banner Art – Replicated from L2P Facebook Page.

Come this weekend, gamers and cosplayers are in for a treat.

Licence2Play (L2P) returns in a big way from 7 to 9 December, and it’s set to break new ground with a slew of exhibitors and fresh content that will lend new meaning to the term gaming con.

For one, our fave gaming company Blizzard Entertainment‘s coming aboard in a big way this year, so expect titles like Mists of Pandaria, Diablo III, and Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm. There’s also a buncha fun activities happening at the Blizz booth, including a Pandaren cosplay contest with attractive cash prizes to be won (pre-register for this contest here or email to blizzardcontest@asiasoftsea.net)

Yes, loads of Blizz goodies to be had at L2P. Replicated from http://blizzard.playpark.net/

Additionally, local Blizz distro Asiasoft SEA will be launching something new and exciting (we’ve got a feeling it’s Cabal 2 and RO2, so Ragnarok Online fans, rejoice) at L2P too, so that’s pretty damned awesome. They’ve even got a countdown site here!

The game plan, or floor plan. We’ll probably be hanging ’round the Blizzard booth a lot! XD

Naturally, what’s a gaming con without gaming competitions? Visitors can expect plenty of competitive gaming action in the Starhub sponsored Counter-Strike Global Offensive (CS:GO) Tournament, as well as other games such as DOTA2, World of Shooters, Streetfighter, and even TCG Cardfight! Vanguard.

Of course, we’re gonna be there for the cosplay. Licence2Play Cosgames, the competition that Crimson clinched the West Champion title in the year before is back, and we’re putting Crimson’s Tyrael and Angelus’s Syndra on stage this time.

We hear that there’s gonna be stiff competition this year, with lots of great gaming cosplayers in kickass costumes, so we hope you can visit the con on both Saturday and Sunday to support and vote for us! ^^;;

Crimson’s L2P competition costume. :3

Angelus’s Syndra cosplay from League of Legends. XD

If you’re a fan of celeb cosplayers Asahi Martha and Ginga Ion, L2P is also a great opportunity to meet with ’em.

Martha has been cosplaying since 2006 and has been featured inthe international photobook “Summer Time”. She also recently performed at the 2012 World Cosplay Summit Cure Cosplayers Collection and the Collection night at the Tokyo Game Show 2012.

Ginga Ion is a veteran cosplayer who is part of the all-girls cosplay performance group Venas Sisters, and has also performed at various big-name ACG events throughout Japan such as the “Be-Bit” and “Cure Cosplay Collection Night at Tokyo Game Show 2012.

Ginga Ion – Replicated from L2P official website.

Asahi Martha – Replicated from L2P official site.

We hear they’re guest judging the competition too, so we’re definitely gonna have our work cut out for us. ^^;;

The team’s definitely looking forward to L2P, and we hope you are too!

Here are the event details in a nutshell:

Licence2Play 2012

Date: 7 to 9 December 2012

Time: 11 am to 9 pm daily

Venue: Sands Expo & Convention Center Hall E

Ticketing: $5 at the door. Early bird tickets ($2) are available here.

Tyrael, Angel of Justice

7 Sep , 2012,
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It’s been a whirlwind few months, with preparations for International Cosplay Day Singapore (ICDS), a whole buncha crafting projects on the back-burner, a string of media interviews, and conventions to prep for.

That’s why it’s something of a miracle that we’ve actually managed to complete my latest costume – Tyrael, Angel of Justice from Diablo III – and just in time for Singapore Toy, Games and Comic Convention (STGCC) 2012 too!

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“Tyrael, Angel of Justice”
Cosplay by: Crimson of The Neo Tokyo Project
Photo by: Brian Lim Photography
DI wings by: Conjurer CJ

The entire costume was crafted, like our Demon Hunter cosplay costumes, out of blue EVA foam, craft foam, cloth and pleather, and thanks to Brian Lim Photography, we got a really kick ass photo shoot out of it too!

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Can you guess where the shoot location was? XD

More pictures of the costume and scratch build process can be found in our album on Facebook, so check it out there!

You can also catch a glimpse of this suit at The Game Xpo (TGX) this Sunday, because I’ll be competing in the cosplay competition. I’ll also be handing out my latest run of CosCards, so say ‘Hi!’ to Tyrael if you want one! ^_^

Oh yeah, and if you think Tyrael’s good enough to get your Vote, do help me out by sending an SMS to 146073388 with the following:

TGX<SPACE>G16<SPACE>YOUR NAME<SPACE>YOUR NRIC

Votes from supporters make up 30% of the total score for the cosplay competition this time round, so every little bit helps. ^^;;

Each SMS vote costs a nominal sum, and each vote also enters you in a raffle for a chance to win a Kinect console from the organizers of TGX. ^^;;

So thanks everyone in advance, and see you at TGX! ^^

Crimson's Chest Piece Tutorial

10 Apr , 2012,
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Now that we’ve covered helmet basics, we’re going to work on a chest piece next.

Typically called a breast plate or cuirass, this armor covers your torso, and can sport a variety of elaborate details and ornate designs.

It’s one of the most integral pieces (and sometimes the centerpiece) of armor cosplay, and this tutorial will demonstrate how you can create a basic cuirass from scratch.

Also, since we’ve been hyping about Diablo 3 all weekend, we’ll be using the Demon Hunter’s armor that Crimson’s working on this week as an example.

This tutorial will take approximately 45 minutes to complete.

Stuff you’ll need:

1. Some EVA foam

2. Contact Glue

3. Scissors or pen knife

4. White glue or putty

You’ll also need a chalk or a soft pencil, and a measuring tape.

Step 1:

Measure the distance from the base of your neck to the midriff, and note the value down. Do the same for the distance from the nape of your neck down to the small of your back, across your chest, and between the shoulder blades.

These values will help you gauge how big your chest and back plates need to be.

It helps if you've already got the armor pattern plotted out. ^_^

Step 2:

Next, trace out the base shapes for the front and back pieces on foam using either chalk or a soft pencil. Cut them out as cleanly as you can using either a pair of scissors or a pen knife.

The front plate...

...and the back plate.

Step 3:

Most breast plates curve outwards at the chest, and inwards towards the midriff, so we’re going to do the same. We’ll give the front plate this contoured look by making two small wedge shaped cuts on either side, close to where your armpits are when you place the front piece on your body.

Cut out the wedges like so.

Step 4:

Join the cut edges to each other using contact glue, and you’re done.

Join the edges together.

You'll end up with this.

We added additional layers for the Demon Hunter chest piece, but you can create whatever design you want!

Step 5:

Now, we need to join the front and back pieces together. You can accomplish this by creating foam straps.

Measure the distance from the base of your neck to your shoulder, and the distance across your shoulder from your chest (just above the nipple) to the back (close to the middle of your shoulder blade).

Cut out two rectangles of foam about that long, and that wide.

Make sure the rectangles fit snugly over your shoulder. Don't forget to trim to size if they're too big!

Step 6:

We’re going to cut the rectangles into curved shapes so they can go under the armpits. In this case, we’ve also made some additional cuts for detailing.

Don’t forget to also cut out a wide enough semi-circle on the inside of the shape to accommodate your head!

Cut it to shape!

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Step 7:

It’s time to join everything together! Use contact glue to fix the foam straps in place.

Depending on how your armor looks, the straps can either go over (like in this case) or under the front and back plates.

Apply liberally, and stick in place.

Make sure it's nicely joined in front...

... and in back.

Step 8:

Finally, stick on any details and embellishments you might have, clean up the lines with either white glue or putty, and it’s ready for a coat of primer and paint. ^_^

And we're done! ^_^ Have fun making your own chest piece! ^_^