It’s hard to pick a costume to showcase from Germia’s portfolio, because they’re all so impressive. But, I chose her Diablo III Demon Hunter build. She chose the character because she wanted to push her skills in making heavy armor and a challenging weapon and because Demon Hunter is her favorite character in the game. She details every step of the build from the bodysuit, to the cape, to the armor in this post on her blog. Her thorough listing of supplies and methods is helpful for any cosplay. Let’s look at the breastplate:
The base of armor is made from yoga mat (but EVA foam would be better!), the upper parts are made from moosgummi [craft foam] glued to thick black felt.
The hardest part of the making was to think of the best 2D shapes on the paper and make the patterns right to look good in 3D. The straps are made from brown leather, that I bought really cheap in form of a vest in second hand shop. Everything is sewn and glued together with chemoprene glue. For decoration there are some silver rivets too. The back is fastened like corset with help of holes and strong braid. And not to change the shape on the end of each leather strap on the back, there are black sew-through corset reinforcements. Upper straps have velcro on the end. Moosgummi parts are then painted with black acrylic color and a silver sponge technique.
A picture of the breastplate’s evolution is below.
Top photo by Jana Pechlátová