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The Beautiful and Wonderful world of Cosplay


By Jonathan King

Have you ever auditioned for a part in a play, and did not get what you wanted, or even a part in the play? What about playing a game or watching a movie?

Have you ever wanted to reenact the fall of the Lich King from “World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King”, or even the scene from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” where King Arthur defeats the Black Knight?

Cosplay allows you to do that and get the part you want. Well, at least if you and your friends agree, if you can’t agree then pull out your boffer swords and fight to the “death” over it.

Cosplay, or Costume Play, gives you the ability to do this.

Since Conventions have been around, people have been dressing up as their favorite characters from comic books, to animes, to movies and television series. As Pathfinder allows an escape from reality in a character you create so does putting on the mask of your favorite superhero. You just need a few things to start this venture. At least, yourself, or a group of friends, an imagination (if you think you do not have one raise your hand, now gibb smack yourself with it) everyone has an imagination!

Now the things that require money, but not necessarily that much money

The essentials to foam construction are an adhesive such as Weldwood contact cement, or if you are following Evil Ted Smith on Youtube, Barges contact cement. A box cutter, I have found that a telescoping box cutter works best, also something to sharpen your blade, a knife steel works best.

A heat gun is great for bending your foam, especially if you are making bracers or spaulders. You will also need paper for patterns and a pencil to draw those patterns. Sharpies help with drawing on your foam, preferably a color you can see on the foam (e.g silver or white for black foam).

I have made or gathered some of the other tools I have from Evil Ted Smith’s video:

Now, this section is a lot shorter than the last. If you are not working on foam construction, but working on a dress or a robe there is only a few things you need. One is a sewing machine, two is thread, for said sewing machine, and finally a pattern you bought or you made yourself (which is a lot more complicated than it sounds).

If you are self-conscious about starting cosplay because people will make fun of you or your family will ridicule you, just remember one this:

“It’s a dangerous business going out of your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no telling where you will be swept off too.”

-Bilbo Baggins

© 2015, Patrick Cossel. All rights reserved.

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About Patrick Cossel,

I am a journalist and gaming enthusiast.

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