Post Reply How hard would it be to make a high quality. Char Aznable cosplay costume
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Okay so Ive always wanted to do cosplay but Ive never done it.
Currently I have A LOT of time on my hands so I want to make a cosplay outfit.

I want to make a Char Aznable outfit. I want it to look realistic as if it was a real military outfit.

The suit wont be to hard to make. But what about the chest decoration. Also how would I make the helmet.

Also realistically speaking wwhat would the boots be made out of?
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MrEnder1337 wrote:

Okay so Ive always wanted to do cosplay but Ive never done it.
Currently I have A LOT of time on my hands so I want to make a cosplay outfit.

I want to make a Char Aznable outfit. I want it to look realistic as if it was a real military outfit.

The suit wont be to hard to make. But what about the chest decoration. Also how would I make the helmet.

Also realistically speaking wwhat would the boots be made out of?


A lot of folks like to use sintra, or foamed PVC board, for hard items like the chest decoration, assuming you want it stiff. If you heat it up, you can shape it into curves and such, so it can be used for a helmet as well. Try https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xU9KmTQ_d64

Other folks prefer Worbla, which is more flexible when heated (almost similar to hot glue gun glue sticks), and will stick to itself. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZl65FRUZnw (I know, she's also got Kamui in her username, but we're unrelated)

Or you could go for thicker foam mats, like the type you might put under exercise equipment, such as https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgL_6jWNP2c

Each approach has its own benefits.. sintra is lightweight, but can crack under pressure and can shrink when heating. Worbla is harder to smooth than sintra, if you ask me. Foam mats are thicker, but won't crack and transport nicely for the most part.

Boots are always hard, if you ask me. It's often easier to buy some from a secondhand or costume store, then upgrade them with a few add ons. If you want to do them from scratch, pleather should get you much of what you need, but scavenging the soles from existing shoes or boots will be a lot easier than making them yourself.

Hope that helps!
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MrEnder1337 wrote:

Okay so Ive always wanted to do cosplay but Ive never done it.
Currently I have A LOT of time on my hands so I want to make a cosplay outfit.

I want to make a Char Aznable outfit. I want it to look realistic as if it was a real military outfit.

The suit wont be to hard to make. But what about the chest decoration. Also how would I make the helmet.

Also realistically speaking wwhat would the boots be made out of?


A lot of folks like to use sintra, or foamed PVC board, for hard items like the chest decoration, assuming you want it stiff. If you heat it up, you can shape it into curves and such, so it can be used for a helmet as well. Try https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xU9KmTQ_d64

Other folks prefer Worbla, which is more flexible when heated (almost similar to hot glue gun glue sticks), and will stick to itself. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZl65FRUZnw (I know, she's also got Kamui in her username, but we're unrelated)

Or you could go for thicker foam mats, like the type you might put under exercise equipment, such as https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgL_6jWNP2c

Each approach has its own benefits.. sintra is lightweight, but can crack under pressure and can shrink when heating. Worbla is harder to smooth than sintra, if you ask me. Foam mats are thicker, but won't crack and transport nicely for the most part.

Boots are always hard, if you ask me. It's often easier to buy some from a secondhand or costume store, then upgrade them with a few add ons. If you want to do them from scratch, pleather should get you much of what you need, but scavenging the soles from existing shoes or boots will be a lot easier than making them yourself.

Hope that helps!



Oh another ranked member meeting lots today. Nice to meet you and thanks for the sugguestions.

After doing some research I was thinking of making the helm out of fiberglass and I actually found some cheap white cowboy boots that look the same.

I was thinking the chest piece should be fabric but I was still deciding the method for adding the design to the fabric
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MrEnder1337 wrote:

Oh another ranked member meeting lots today. Nice to meet you and thanks for the sugguestions.

After doing some research I was thinking of making the helm out of fiberglass and I actually found some cheap white cowboy boots that look the same.

I was thinking the chest piece should be fabric but I was still deciding the method for adding the design to the fabric


Ahhh, yeah, fiberglass is a good choice as well, though some folks are wary of it, so I didn't want to put it out to start. Also, certain resins are very smelly - I had a neighbor complain once when I was working up a body double...

If you're looking for a flexible option on the chest piece, you might try craft foam. It's a few mm thick, and you can use Plasti-Dip on it similar to the foam mats to seal it for painting, while leaving it flexible, then glue it to your fabric. For the fiberglass portions, you can use it as a base, then fiberglass directly on to it. I always have a few rolls of it in my supply closet, it's also great for making templates on other armor parts.
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MrEnder1337 wrote:

Oh another ranked member meeting lots today. Nice to meet you and thanks for the sugguestions.

After doing some research I was thinking of making the helm out of fiberglass and I actually found some cheap white cowboy boots that look the same.

I was thinking the chest piece should be fabric but I was still deciding the method for adding the design to the fabric


Ahhh, yeah, fiberglass is a good choice as well, though some folks are wary of it, so I didn't want to put it out to start. Also, certain resins are very smelly - I had a neighbor complain once when I was working up a body double...

If you're looking for a flexible option on the chest piece, you might try craft foam. It's a few mm thick, and you can use Plasti-Dip on it similar to the foam mats to seal it for painting, while leaving it flexible, then glue it to your fabric. For the fiberglass portions, you can use it as a base, then fiberglass directly on to it. I always have a few rolls of it in my supply closet, it's also great for making templates on other armor parts.


Wow you really seem to know your stuff but why would people be wary of fiberglass it seemed the most durable and flexible to work with.
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Wow you really seem to know your stuff but why would people be wary of fiberglass it seemed the most durable and flexible to work with.


Thanks! Had a lot of fun working with these sorts of things over the years, always enjoy passing tips back and forth with others.

I'm not totally sure why so many avoid it. Some don't like working with chemicals, or worry about spilling the resin on the floor (though drop plastic removes most of that worry in my opinion, and it's super cheap). To get it really smooth if you're not casting it into a mold, it's easiest to use power sanders and such, so the extra tools drive some people away, while stuff like the foam mats only need a knife and glue.

I know a few people who worry about the glass fibers themselves - as you cut the mat or sand the mat+resin, you'll make itty bitty glass shards which can float around, get in your eyes or act like glass slivers in your skin, stuff like that. Some folks don't like it because it's basically one chance - sintra, foam, worbla, they all give you multiple chances to reshape, so they're more forgiving than fiberglass, even though it's stronger.

Me, I love it. Use some craft foam to shape things, then coat it with fiberglass, and you can make fun stuff.
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Thanks! Had a lot of fun working with these sorts of things over the years, always enjoy passing tips back and forth with others.

I'm not totally sure why so many avoid it. Some don't like working with chemicals, or worry about spilling the resin on the floor (though drop plastic removes most of that worry in my opinion, and it's super cheap). To get it really smooth if you're not casting it into a mold, it's easiest to use power sanders and such, so the extra tools drive some people away, while stuff like the foam mats only need a knife and glue.

I know a few people who worry about the glass fibers themselves - as you cut the mat or sand the mat+resin, you'll make itty bitty glass shards which can float around, get in your eyes or act like glass slivers in your skin, stuff like that. Some folks don't like it because it's basically one chance - sintra, foam, worbla, they all give you multiple chances to reshape, so they're more forgiving than fiberglass, even though it's stronger.

Me, I love it. Use some craft foam to shape things, then coat it with fiberglass, and you can make fun stuff.


Wow senpai! That hand is super cool. Is it Twin Star Exorcist or another anime (I know quite a few anime with similar designs)
As for tools I can borrow just about any imaginable from my dad lol. Ive built entire houses with my dad everything but the foundation and metal roofing. I have to say installing windows on the second story is terrifying XD. Then what tools my dad doesnt have my grandfather will as he is into art tools like chisels for wood carving.

But ya guess I should wear a mask while sanding then. Dont want glass in my lungs.
But if I make it out of fiberglass I can also use it as a mold if I decide to cast it out of aluminum.
Prolly wont though as fiberglass is prolly lighter.
Anyways now you have me really hyped!
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MrEnder1337 wrote:

Wow senpai! That hand is super cool. Is it Twin Star Exorcist or another anime (I know quite a few anime with similar designs)
As for tools I can borrow just about any imaginable from my dad lol. Ive built entire houses with my dad everything but the foundation and metal roofing. I have to say installing windows on the second story is terrifying XD. Then what tools my dad doesnt have my grandfather will as he is into art tools like chisels for wood carving.

But ya guess I should wear a mask while sanding then. Dont want glass in my lungs.
But if I make it out of fiberglass I can also use it as a mold if I decide to cast it out of aluminum.
Prolly wont though as fiberglass is prolly lighter.
Anyways now you have me really hyped!


Ah, it's from High School DxD, the Boost Gear (kind of annoying, I liked the gear, but disliked the anime.. ah, well).. though I do like making gauntlets, so Twin Star was on my someday list as well.

For sure go with the mask / goggles! Safety first - you can't replace your own parts, but you can protect them, at least.

Good luck! Hope you post your progress or completed versions to the creative corner!
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MrEnder1337 wrote:

Wow senpai! That hand is super cool. Is it Twin Star Exorcist or another anime (I know quite a few anime with similar designs)
As for tools I can borrow just about any imaginable from my dad lol. Ive built entire houses with my dad everything but the foundation and metal roofing. I have to say installing windows on the second story is terrifying XD. Then what tools my dad doesnt have my grandfather will as he is into art tools like chisels for wood carving.

But ya guess I should wear a mask while sanding then. Dont want glass in my lungs.
But if I make it out of fiberglass I can also use it as a mold if I decide to cast it out of aluminum.
Prolly wont though as fiberglass is prolly lighter.
Anyways now you have me really hyped!


Ah, it's from High School DxD, the Boost Gear (kind of annoying, I liked the gear, but disliked the anime.. ah, well).. though I do like making gauntlets, so Twin Star was on my someday list as well.

For sure go with the mask / goggles! Safety first - you can't replace your own parts, but you can protect them, at least.

Good luck! Hope you post your progress or completed versions to the creative corner!


If Im ever allowed to touch a PC or Cellphone again Ill make sure to upload pics of what I make ^.^

But oh High School DxD Ive been meaning to watch that. It has pretty good reviews for an ecchi.

Hmm gauntlets... Im trying to think of cool gauntlets now... I tend to feel a lot of armor in anime looks cheap and unrealistic. Like gundams and their damn hood ornaments. One of my few complaints about anime... The random unneeded poses erk me too... person is about to die but hold on while I do a rediculious looking pose and introduce myself... *face palm*
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