My character is Gaius from the game “Shadow of the Colossus”. I love everything about this game, definitely in my top 10. This game also has sentimental value to me, my sister watched me play through this entire game when it came out originally on the PS2 back in 2005. She passed in 2010. We both had mutual love for video games, but this one is really special to me. This is the first costume of many I plan to make from this game, my goal on Patreonis to make as many of the Colossi as realistically as possible.
The original build spanned over two years, I don’t work fast, but the first year was mainly sourcing material and finding ways to do things as cheaply as possible. Making cosplays as cheaply as possible while still retaining quality is always a struggle.
The original frame was made of aluminum, but it was too thin so for the second build phase I replaced the main harness with PVC which made it much more stable. The very first thing I made was the head, I knew if I could make the head look good, no matter how difficult it was at times, I can make the rest of it. I used roughly 100 pounds of glue… jk, it was a lot, I really don’t want to know how much.
Most of the rock surface is made from EVA foam, blue/pink insulation boards, and spray foam, all hand and tool carved and coated with Styrospray1000. I used mostly Acrylic based paints and just tried to match the grainy close up reference picture colors as best I could. I wired all the lights, there is even a weak point on the top of the head that lights up and speakers with Bluetooth in the chest.
I purchased Painter’s stilts from a Chinese website for $50.00, I got really lucky because a week later I tried to buy more and they had increased the price to $110.00. The construction/fixing time spent on this guy is well over 500 hours and I can’t wait to start on the next one.
The response is always so mixed at conventions, but the one thing that always happens is a mob of people wanting to get a picture, and I am happy to oblige. I have been asked if I was a Giant Robot Gorilla, that was funny, from a young kid about 10. I have been asked if I was a Furby by enough people to mention it here. There are really good times, like when people ask for hugs and I don’t accidentally hit them with my sword, then there are bad times like when I have to tell people that I have to get out of the costume before I die. lol. I can only stay in costume for around an hour before I get fatigue. I love watching peoples reactions from my birds eye view, makes my inner god-complex happy… jk jk.
The most interesting part of going to cons for me is meeting other creators and sharing knowledge. I made some friendships this year at Animazement(convention in North Carolina) that will last a long time.
Creating is my Life. My home life isn’t the best it can be right now, But having people admire my work gives me the boost i need to keep going. This is dedicated for my wife who has Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, a genetic defect that affects the connective tissue in the body. It affects everything from brain/nerve function to vascular and digestive systems. For more info on this you can look here. https://www.ehlers-danlos.com/
Photo : BTranPhotography