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In the lead up to conventions, it’s not uncommon to run into a few obstacles that may prevent you from reaching your cos-goal.
The Supanova Saga of my life is usually full of uncertainty and procrastination. Welcome to cosplay, though, right?
So it wasn’t a big shock when I decided last minute to change the cosplay plans for Nova.
Instead of doing the Power Puff Girls group, Something Wicked Cosplay (from now on referred to a Dan because I talk about him a lot) and I decided that we’d bring forward our plans to dress as Rocksteady and Bebop from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Here’s a photo of me all set up, ready to make cosplays. Not at all procrastinating…
…And so began the mad rush to figure out how to make myself into a thug Rhino.
I pretty much had the entire base of the costume fleshed out but it then became a matter of working in the details as well as getting some body paint and creating a horn that I’d be able to adhere to my face all day. I pulled out all my paints and began to dry-brush EVERYTHING. I wanted that dirty look so dry-brushing everything would work well.
The helmet was a lot of fun to detail! All I had to do was get myself a helmet and paint it. The goggles were something that I already had which was handy.
A good way to help people recognize an obscure character is to put your name on your belt buckle. All I used to make the buckle was two different kinds of EVA foam, hot glue and paint. It’s simple when you work in layers with foam, which can really give your cosplay some easy extra details. Winning!
10/10 – Would advise cosplayers to get a good quality cutting mat to keep your precious IKEA furniture safe from knives and paint.
Then it was a matter of gluing some Velcro on to the back of the buckle and whacking it on the belt that I had made for a whole bunch of other cosplays.
Boom. Belt buckle sorted.
After that was all in place, I used some worbla (which is a thermo-plastic I highly recommend people check out) to create a cheeky little turtle shell to hang off my belt. It later turned into my bag with the addition of some extra fabric as a backing. Pretty neat!
Sweet, all the elements were sorted.
Oh wait. That darn horn was still a thing…
That’s when I got a little bit creative with some Plastimake, which happens to be another kind of thermo-plastic. This one is a little different to worbla. Instead of heating it with a heat gun, you put it in boiling water and it becomes malleable. It’s harder to use but once you get the hang of it, it becomes much easier!
Shaping the horn was easy and painting it once it was dry gave it even more character.
Ain’t it cute?!
After all the crafting was finally done, all I had to do was pick up some water-based body paint. I used water-based paint simply because it would be easier to remove afterwards.
And just like that, Rocksteady was complete for Supanova!
Tune in next time to find out if it rained again on the Supanova weekend like it does every year!
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