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Cosplayer nikineko > Costume of Commander Shepard (Mass Effect 3)

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Mass Effect 3
Commander Shepard
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Construction Difficulty:
Very Difficult
Costume worn at:
Anime NebrasKon 2013
Dragon*Con 2013
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About this Costume
Construction Details:
My very first armor crafted all in Worbla! Worbla is a thermoplastic that you can heat up and mold to any shape you want. It's very similar to Wonderflex and Styrene.

I used N7 armor templates based off of the ME2 game as there seems to be only female ME2 armor templates out on the internet. I then drafted my own patterns from those templates to fit the ME3 armor.

I used the sandwich method of making armor which is worbla/craft foam/worbla. It makes the mold stronger once cooled and it also help with molding as it won't be so flimsy when you heat it up. Once the pieces were molded I had to get a smooth finish on the armor. Worbla has a bumpy texture so to rid of it you have to layer in either Gesso or wood glue. Every 2 layers of Gesso I would sand the armor and then repeat until there were 10 layers on. Once finished I was able to spray paint and finish with an enamel gloss. The carbon fiber look is a faux carbon fiber vynl that is placed on cars for decor. Everything is attached with buckles, elastic, and nylon strapping.

My undersuit is a scuba diving suit (a UV block suit to be more accurate) with removable hand pieces so I'm able to do many things like eating without taking the whole costume off or making them dirty with food.

This armor took me a little over 2 and a half months to make and I'm very proud of it. It is going to be a competition piece so I hope to compete in it for craftsmanship as soon as I can! I have all my progress photos located on my facebook page (which I'll upload more here) https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10100939600699633.1073741826.17209300&type=1&l=ff070b8451
Personal Thoughts:
Commander Shepard has been one my favorite female heroes of all time. I love her concept and I think she's a well thought out main character of any video game. She represents strong and awesome at the same time and who wouldn't want to feel like that?!
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