Here is the costume I made for Anime Midwest, Leeroy Jenkins from "World of Warcraft."
I started this costume back when I heard about Anime Midwest at Anime St. Louis, designing the basic shape of the armor with newspaper and bristol board. Over the past month, I've been spending my time after work cutting shapes out of cardboard, assembling the shapes into armor with a hot glue gun, adding details with craft foam, and covering everyone with paint and paper mache. The sword I made in two nights using cardboard, duck tape, and a wooden dowel.
Things got increasingly hectic as the July 4 deadline neared. I needed my cousin to help me cover the armor with paint and mache, a tedious task, but the real headache came when I realized that my initial plan to connect the armor pieces with ribbons and hot glue wasn't going to work. My dad came up with an idea to drill holes into the armor so that we could tie it together with leather strings, and we spend two nights straight turning this idea into a reality.
In the end we were able to finish the costume to a point where it was wearable, though the armor was a little more loose than I would have liked. While people at the con seemed to like the costume, I definitely think my next cosplay is going to be a little more simple.
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