On Saturday the 3rd of September, the con filled with hundreds of colourful cosplayers out of which 83 took part in our two category competition: 38 Fully Handmade and 45 Partly Handmade costumes. It’s mind-boggling to see so many talented local cosplayers when 3 years ago the closest most of us have been to dressing up as our favourite characters was at Karnavalia. All of them were amazing and the best competing ones are as follows:
Fully Handmade Costumes
Nyree will be representing Cyprus at the EuroCosplay Championship Final in London MCM Expo on the 29th of October 2016.
It took her 3 months of non-stop work to handcraft every inch of this costume. Here’s the process in her own words:
I designed and made the patterns myself. All the armour pieces consist of 3-5 separate pieces of EVA foam that I then stuck together using cement glue to make the thickness of a full piece. The foam has been shaped using heat, cleaned up with a rotary tool and sealed the with Gesso that I made myself using plaster, paint and white glue, before spray painting it. The armour detailing was hand-crafted from craft foam and hot glue and then accentuated with black acrylic paint to replicate the worn out metallic look. The armour straps are made out of faux leather and metal rings and all fabric parts are made out of thick cotton which was patterned by myself on a prototype cloth.
In order to give myself the shape of the character (broad shoulders and narrow waist) I heavily padded the shoulder pieces, so they will actually sit up and out of my shoulders as opposed to directly on it, to give myself the appearance of that body shape. I also had to build half stilts in order to appear taller.
For the two weapons I cut MDF boards for the base shape, which were then built up and detailed using more EVA foam.
Warcraft Universe (HotS)
Partly Handmade Costumes
To all other participants, Thank you! You are all awesome!
Sophia Irene Kaniklidou
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