I’m so over the moon about this cosplay! This is the first time I’ve done armor or a couple’s costume and I can’t get over how well it turned out!
I spent a lot of time doing the research for my Orcs Must Die 2 Sorceress and War Mage. I’ve spent hours in game not only playing, but also taking screenshots and examining the characters so that I’d be intimately familiar with the costume before I even started patterning. By far the greatest challenged that this costumed posed was the armor; although I’d made small pieces for Links and Boudicca, I’d never really created armor in the scale that this costume called for. I had only ever used the funfoam armor technique, but this cosplay required something sturdier. After a day of research I ordered a 24 square foot pack of EVA foam floor mats, which turned out to be enough to complete every piece for both costumes, even with my disastrous first try!
After almost burning my apartment to the ground, and struggling through the noxious EVA foam smoke, I went out and purchased a heat gun, which really streamlined the armor process!
I used a lot of computer aided design on this project, pulling character images into sketch-up, scaling them to our real-life sizes, tracing their armor components, and then using a 2D CNC machine to cut paper patterns. I really notice that I’m a lot happier with the pieces I made this way vs. the ones I patterned by eye, and I’m going to try and use this technique as much as possible in the future!
Some of my best work happens after I colossally fail on the first try. Through persistence and stubbornness (and the gut wrenching horror of an impending con date) I managed to whip together two complete cosplays that I am incredibly proud of! To see final pictures of these costumes, please visit the Sorceress and War Mage Gallery.