As you can guess, I am an avid Warhammer 40k enthusiast and I have always been fascinated with chaos space marines from that game. Ever since the release of the new death guard faction last year I wanted to build a costume to show my appreciation for the game. Rumors had been spreading for months that the faction was due for its own codex and I had been dying to see it come true.
Thats when I saw it. The new 8th edition “Typhus, Herald of Nurgle” Model by games workshop. The cataphractii pauldrons, the exquisite detail, the iconic power scythe known only to the sons of mortarion. After I had completed my research on the character it was settled. I had to make this cosplay happen. It wasn’t until I stumbled across the model itself down in South Carolina while attending Banzaicon that I knew it was meant to be. It was then that I made it my goal to have that costume ready by Katsucon 2018.
I never used any pepakura files. All the patterns that I used to build this were made by me, using the actual plastic model as a point of reference. When I began construction I already knew that I was not going to make this thing to scale. Simply because I had to prepare myself to attend the con by myself and I needed to be able to get in and out of it as such. Not to mention I had to think about potentially running into unforeseen obstacles like fellow cosplayers, photographers, doors, and the like.
The entire armor set is made out of a material called EVA foam and is very popular amongst the cosplay community. It’s cost effective, easy to work with, and can be very forgiving on mistakes. Everything from the towers bursting from the top to the boot covers on my feet are made from that material save for the rivet details that are made from various dowels I had lying around and the skulls on one of the shoulder pads which were 3D printed with help from my local maker space “Vector Space”.
I used a combination of heavy duty snaps, elastic bands, and nylon strapping to rig together a lash system that I wear underneath the armor to keep it attached to my body. In fact, believe it or not, the back pack actually sits freely on my shoulders, and the lash system I created was thrown together last minute.
The power scythe (the prop I am holding) is made from foam, but not EVA. I believe its called XPS insulation foam and you can find it at most hardware stores, namely Lowes and Home Depot and its fairly inexpensive. I used a piece of pvc board as a core, and sandwiched it in between the foam using wood glue as my adhesive of choice. The rest was just sculpting and details. The hilt is just a PVC pipe that I curved using a heat gun and a table vice.
At Star City Anime I was stopped for photos every 5 minutes from the moment I walked through the doors to the moment I met up with my friends there. I entered the cosplay competition there and was honored to receive first place! The following weekend I took the same costume to an event called Big Lick Comic Con that was also in Roanoke Virginia and decided to try my luck at the cosplay competition and the feedback was the exact same! By the time Katsucon rolled around I was so excited I could barely contain myself and the reception I got there was even better! I even made it into Beat Down Boogie’s Cosplay video for Katsucon 2018! I was so stoked!
I didn’t get into cosplay until January 2016 whilst attending Magfest that year with my friends Threadmizer and Sonikbuster, who if not for them, I may not have gotten into it at all. Up until that point, I had read articles, books, and watched as many videos as I could by Evil Ted Smith and Bill Doran from Punished Props. Both of which I had started following back in 2013. Before all that however, there isn’t much to tell since my main focus is on what tomorrow has in store for me at the next convention or event I attend.
Stay on Focus. Clear your mind. The goal has already happened. Its just waiting for you to get there. I know the world can get you down. You can get yourself down even worse. However, the key to overcoming this is to stay busy. Keep moving forward. I built this costume in 16 days. Why? Because I wanted to get it done. I wanted to make it happen. I had that drive and focus to get it done. So I did. And you can do the same. You just need to believe it, in order to achieve it.