Armored Garage (Galvatron)

The general reception for Galvatron was phenomenal, I think in part because it’s a transformer you don’t often see cosplayed. It got more of a crowd reaction than I was expecting and made it a lot of fun to wander around in. I really enjoyed walking around Artist Alley at the convention and meeting some of the Transformers comic artists, it was a very cool experience.

I’ve met a lot of amazing people over the last couple years that I’ve been doing it. I’ve been building costumes since 2000, but that was for Halloween, I only discovered cosplay and conventions maybe 5 or 6 years ago. We have a great community of people that we’ve developed over the last couple of years in Vancouver with our Facebook group, the Vancouver Cosplay Superfriends. It makes conventions even more fun when you have a big group of people you don’t get to see all the time that congregate at the cons. As well, with developing Armorsmith Designer I’ve made a lot of great connections through the user base. Cosplay has become a large part of my life and I’m thankful for all the great friendships I’ve made through it.

I modeled the base design in 3ds max. Then I imported all of those parts into my program, Armorsmith Designer. It imports 3d models and allows you to attach them to a virtual avatar to scale all the pieces correctly. It then unwraps the models into patterns so you can rebuild the parts in the medium of you choice. I like to work with EVA foam, so I laser cut all the parts and then hot glued them all together to reconstruct the 3d model. I like to seal all my parts with a mixture of primer and pva glue, this preps the parts for painting. For the paint, I like to use acrylics. I water the paint down a little bit and then brush it on with foam brushes. The final touch is a wash with watered down black acrylic to help give it more of a weathered appearance.

—- The Armored Garage

Photo : Mousking1

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