Jess (iscah_rambles) wrote,
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Cosplay prop - ICO Queen's Sword (part 1)

So I'm making my first venture into cosplay prop/weapon making... and why start with something simple when you can jump right in at the awesome end and make an elaborately shaped five-and-a-half-foot sword?


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So this was the state of my loungeroom floor for a week or so while I tried to get the whole thing drawn up. I got some nice reference pictures for the handle (well, the version from Shadow of the Colossus anyway) but I don't have a printer so I had to use MS Paint to draw a grid over the pictures and copy them out by hand at the right scale.

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The finished paper template, and a first attempt at the runes on the blade. I put together the entire pattern from screenshots and I thought I had it in the right scale, but it turned out quite a bit too short. So in the end I had to stretch the runes out quite a bit, and eventually 'cheated' by shortening the blade about 5cm as well. Not that you'd ever notice at that length...

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The next task was creating a cardboard test run to see if it all fitted together well. After I took the photo I also added the chain that attaches to the end of the handle - I'll be making that out of wood too, since you can't get plastic chain big enough, and metal chain - though it would be a useful counterweight - is likely to get it banned from Manifest...

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Starting to cut out the outline. I haven't done any woodworking previously, so I'm getting lots of help (and shed space!) from my dad. I'm doing all the actual cutting out myself, though, which is nice.

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End of first day's cutting-out work, and I have a blade and a few layers of handle. Still lots to do though...

I'll try to keep this updated. And maybe get around to posting photos from the actual cosplay photoshoot this time.
Tags: cosplay, games, ico, props
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