Jul 5, 2012, 1:50 PM - Kerrigan Ghost Armor SCII Build (Pic Heavy) - Finished Costume Pics!
I've been working on this build on and off for a few months now. I got most of my inspiration for this costume by watching pep and foam ironman builds that I found here, so I thought I would post some of my build to give inspiration to anyone else out there who needs it.
The down and dirty of it: Kerrigan is one of my all time favorite video game characters. Probably because Starcraft holds a special place in my heart for being one of my first favorite video games, but also because she is simply a bad ass. I loved Kerrigan's ghost armor from the opening cinematic from SCII and though there is no better way to profess my love than to cosplay her!
I'm no stranger to costume making, as I have been doing it for years, but I wanted to try something new this time and tackle EVA foam, since my builds in the past have been bulky, uncomfortable and expensive. My hope is that I can make this armor so that I can wear it for hours easily, pack it in a suitcase for conventions that require travel and not break the bank. Here is some of my progress so far:
I patterned out the chest piece using a dress form covered in foil and masking tape. Once you draw on your guidelines, you can cut the pattern up and pretty much transfer it straight to foam. I also did this to my legs, and my wrists.
This pic is after I cut out .5" thick EVA foam mats, I had a pack colored ones needing to be used up, but they were purchased from Home Depot. The cups were created by heating the foam in the oven and pressing it over an acrylic sphere while it cooled. The ribs and the edging on the gauntlet were made using backer tube, which is a open cell foam tube used to fill gaps prior to the caulking process, they are a lot like pool noodles.
Since the picture I have re-worked the gauntlet since I didn't like how it was turning out.
The shoulder pads were patterned using card-stock and trial and error.
I made a video of me working on the shoulder pad, if you are interested.
As of now I have all of the armor put together. I have been having difficulties creating closures for attaching it to my body. My original idea was to use velcro, but I am finding that the velcro isn't holding the foam together tight enough and there are large gaps at the closures. It isn't aestetically pleasing to me, but I am not having much luck with alternative methods.
Next steps for the armor are using a wood burner and dremel to add detail, silicone caulk to clean up seams and any mistakes made along the way, palsti-dip and paint. Then I get to get to the most exciting thing for me on this build:
I've never really worked with EL tape so I am pretty excited to get this all together. My only concern is if it isn't dark out, or a picture is taken with flash, the lights all but disappear. I guess it's a small price to pay.
Hopefully I will have some more progress pics for later. Trying to have this done for Otakon this July, and if the whole packing it in a suitcase thing works out D*Con come September.
Last edited by Phaleure; Nov 20, 2012 at 10:19 AM.
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Jul 5, 2012, 2:38 PM - Re: Kerrigan Ghost Armor SCII Build (Pic Heavy)
Subscribed. I love me some starcraft, and this is looking pretty badass.
Jul 5, 2012, 2:40 PM - Re: Kerrigan Ghost Armor SCII Build (Pic Heavy)
Wow Otakon...that's in July?! Looks good so far!
Jul 5, 2012, 8:36 PM - Re: Kerrigan Ghost Armor SCII Build (Pic Heavy)
Looking awesome! This is on my costume-to-do-list! Love it!
Jul 6, 2012, 8:25 AM - Re: Kerrigan Ghost Armor SCII Build (Pic Heavy)
Looking great so far. I hope to see this at Dragon*Con!
Jul 9, 2012, 11:22 PM - Re: Kerrigan Ghost Armor SCII Build (Pic Heavy)
I have long wanted to see someone do that iteration of Kerrigan. Keep it up, I look forward to seeing it done!
Jul 10, 2012, 12:44 AM - Re: Kerrigan Ghost Armor SCII Build (Pic Heavy)
Jul 10, 2012, 7:21 AM - Re: Kerrigan Ghost Armor SCII Build (Pic Heavy)
As a huge Starcraft fan I am loving it so far!
Jul 18, 2012, 2:45 PM - Re: Kerrigan Ghost Armor SCII Build (Pic Heavy)
Great work! I've been wanting to do this costume, but I lack the gender to pull it off.
If only there was a male version.......
Looking forward to the con pictures!
Jul 24, 2012, 8:49 AM - Re: Kerrigan Ghost Armor SCII Build (Pic Heavy)
Another quick progress update - only 4 days until Otakon, so I don't have much time left to finish this build. Everything is looking good so far, but I still have some kinks to work out, and I still haven't started to construct my rifle. I MUST have the rifle - I can't be a proper ghost without a sniper =(
Here are a few progress pics:
Got a few sculpting tips over on the sculpting forum and used an upside down compressed air can to freeze the clay so I could smooth it to a more metallic finish. I added some small details into the eye sockets, and molded it with rebound 25.
I slush cast a few sets of googles so I could pick my favorite. I had a lot of trouble picking up details in the eyes, and keeping my resin bubble free - but finally got a cast I liked.
It fits my face great (it ought to being sculpted over my own lifecast) but I wasn't sure how shrinkage and warping would effect the cast. I also sculpted ear pucks so I will turn this into a proper head set later.
And finally, I got my suit all sewn together. I'm pretty happy with the result since I was really worried that the fabric colors wouldn't mesh, but it ended up working really well. Please excuse the unflattering pic - its hard to take nice pics when you are sleep deprived and working your tail off.
I have all of my armor pieces painted up and ready for some weathering, and I will also be weathering the spandex suit, for some realism. Then I will probably spend a day fixing up the wiring for all of my EL tape.
Jul 24, 2012, 9:13 AM - Re: Kerrigan Ghost Armor SCII Build (Pic Heavy)
great work, and some good tips about foam in there. cant wait to the finished product!
Jul 30, 2012, 1:24 PM - Re: Kerrigan Ghost Armor SCII Build (Pic Heavy)
I was able to finish Kerrigan for Otakon this past weekend. While I wait for photos to come back I thought I would add a few last build pics.
I wanted to have a battle damaged look to the suit so I went ahead and weathered the armor. After I used my airbrush to color match the armor to my spandex suit, I gave it a coat of burnt umber acrylic that I sponged on with a sea sponge. After it dried for a few minutes, I buffed the paint off with a damp cloth, making sure to leave paint in low parts, or parts that would see a lot of wear.
Although the silhouette of the Nerf Longstrike isn't 100% accurate, I waited a bit too long before deciding to work on the gun so I ended up doing the best I could to get the right shape for Kerrigan's rifle. I used pvc piping, EVA foam, and Apoxie Sculpt to alter the shape of the gun and add a scope and barrel.
After a coat of black paint I am not too dissapointed in the end result. I burned up my second dremel of the year on this gun, so at least I was happy with how it turned out.
Excited to share my finished costume with you all.
Jul 30, 2012, 1:43 PM - Re: Kerrigan Ghost Armor SCII Build (Pic Heavy) - Progress Update!
You're in Baltimore. Will you be at Baltimore Comic Con? I am getting anxiety thinking about what I will do once I get there in my outfit
Looks good, can't wait to see the finished product.
Jul 30, 2012, 2:02 PM - Re: Kerrigan Ghost Armor SCII Build (Pic Heavy) - Progress Update!
Crabra - I am in the Baltimore Area but I had never actually attended Baltimore Comic Con. Perhaps I will make my way over there this year. I have heard some good things!
Jul 30, 2012, 5:36 PM - Re: Kerrigan Ghost Armor SCII Build (Pic Heavy) - Progress Update!
Jul 30, 2012, 9:48 PM - Re: Kerrigan Ghost Armor SCII Build (Pic Heavy) - Progress Update!
Awesome. Anxiously awaiting more pictures...
Nov 20, 2012, 10:25 AM - Re: Kerrigan Ghost Armor SCII Build (Pic Heavy) - Finished Costume Pics!
Nov 20, 2012, 11:31 PM - Re: Kerrigan Ghost Armor SCII Build (Pic Heavy) - Finished Costume Pics!
Dec 3, 2012, 4:54 PM - Re: Kerrigan Ghost Armor SCII Build (Pic Heavy) - Finished Costume Pics!
That turned out awesome. I really like the weathering.
Dec 3, 2012, 6:55 PM - Re: Kerrigan Ghost Armor SCII Build (Pic Heavy) - Finished Costume Pics!
Top notch work!
you look great in it and the lighting looks really cool!
Dec 14, 2012, 5:30 AM - Re: Kerrigan Ghost Armor SCII Build (Pic Heavy) - Finished Costume Pics!
Brilliant! Thanks for sharing!
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