Life-size Watcher — Horizon Zero Dawn

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  1. amuelb

    amuelb Member

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    Hello everyone,

    It's been about a year since I last posted on here back when I was building my CHAPPiE cosplay! Thanks to all the help and support I received the costume was a great success — so I thought it would be worth while to post about my latest build the Watcher from Horizon Zero Dawn.

    What is a watcher? Basically it's like a giant robot raptor with a large eye. It's job is to watch over and guard other robots in Horizon Zero Dawn. Here is an image:
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    Of course, like my last build it all started with planning. I used my PS4 to take reference photos of the Watcher from all angles, and then brought them into Adobe Illustrator to create my reference patterns. These were scaled accordingly to my body size (5'7" and 115lbs) then printed and taped together. From here I could begin!

    Starting with the head, I made a template from the Side and the Top.
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    Once I had my templates printed out to size, I started to put it together... Here is a photo montage of the head progress so far! This project was started in late December so I have most of the head complete already... it weighs 4lbs currently and thats without any of my LEDs, electronics, sound, batteries, the eye, etc.

    (Cosplay Foam by TrueNorthCosplay)
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    So thats the head constructed, and ready to be painted. I purchased a 11.5" Hamster Ball for the eye and some LEDs to make it light up, this will be added after the head got a base coat of primer and after details have been added to the eye.

    Now that I was as far as I could get with the head, it was time to move onto the body... which is MUCH bigger!
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    More Updates soon!
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  2. amuelb

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    Building the body of the watcher is very similar to the head. First I started off by drawing up my patterns in Adobe Illustrator from the top and the side. I then printed these at full scale and began building out the pattern on my foam: Screen Shot 2019-02-28 at 2.33.22 PM.png Screen Shot 2019-02-28 at 2.33.33 PM.png
    My body was made entirely out of EVA foam from True North Cosplay in Montreal, Canada. I apologize for any writing on the photos, most of my progress was tracked on my instagram amuelb.
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    Building foam domes for the first time:
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    Building the spine of the watcher first helps give me a better idea of how things will fit together once they're built. This way it's more like an oversized puzzle.
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    After attaching the trim to the butt this is the result! It's not complete by any means, but day by day it gets a little closer. For the body I still need to build out the frame to support the shape, the front, the side vent and the area where my legs will attach to the body. I decided to move onto the legs before proceeding with the rest of the body that way I would know where I need to make room to accommodate the legs and what areas will need less detail since they'll be covered.

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