Gabriel Belmont is the main character from Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, and cosplayer Meagan Marie enjoyed the game and admired Gabriel’s weapons and accessories so much that she decided to make a femme version of the character. The build included working with leather, using Worbla, casting with resin, and more. She’s made a ton of costumes but said this was the the most demanding designs she’d tackled at that point.
One of Gabriel’s weapons is a combat cross, and Meagan made it with PVC pipes, Magic Sculpt, and Worbla:
I determined fairly quickly that the best way to make the base of the Combat Cross would be with PVC plumping pieces. I cut up a long PVC pipe and attached the pieces to each end of a slip cross to form the structure. I purchased a length of plastic chain from the hardware store to keep the final prop as light as possible, and attached it to the inside of cap that fit snugly on the bottom. I actually had to scrap my first attempt – which was built using 1” PVC pipe – because it wasn’t wide enough to house more than a foot of chain. I upgraded to 1.5” tube, which accommodated enough length for epic action shots.
After building up the base of the cross, I began to flesh out the shape and style. I used Magic Sculpt for the stake at the bottom of the cross, as well as the slightly less-intimidating spikes on each side. The accent pieces at the top and center are built out of pieces of Worbla with craft foam sandwiched between them.
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