October 6, 2015 AT 9:00 am

Imperator Peachiosa: Mad Max and Mario Kart Mash-Up Cosplay

Mad Max Mario Kart cosplay 1

Art inspires cosplayers. They make costumes based on films, televisions, games, books — all forms of art. And sometimes they’re inspired to work from mash-up art shared on the Internet. Jenna Brown drew a picture combining Imperator Furiosa from Mad Max: Fury Road and Princess Peach from Mario Kart. The illustration spoke to Seelix of Mad Art Labs, and she decided to become Imperator Peachiosa.

She started drafting together the costume and finding the best way to bring the bright palette of Princess Peach’s look to a post-apocalyptic state. Once she figured out the clothing, she moved on to designing Super Mario Bros.-inspired armor. She built the armor pieces in two weekends and started by sculpting the general shapes with Worbla. She went an unusual route and painted the armor with nail polish. She said:

I did this for two major reasons and one minor reason:

Reason one: I wanted paint that I didn’t have to mix, that already had a metallic look rather than faking it with painted on highlights, etc.

Reason two: I procrastinated about making this, so I had to finish it in a weekend. Nail polish happened to be on sale at the CVS down the road, so I went with what was available.

Third, less important, but still there reason: It seems to infuriate half the men I talk to that I paint armor with nail polish instead of model paint. However, I can’t get model paint at the CVS I can walk to.

See additional photos and read more about the process at Mad Art Lab.

Mad Max Mario Kart cosplay 2

Mad Max Mario Kart cosplay 3

Top photo by Matthew Sperzel Photography, other photos via Mad Art Lab

via Fashionably Geek

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