There’s nothing better than large armor, except when it’s glowing with Neopixels and happens to be part of the World of Warcraft theme. Meet Orc Death Knight (tier level 19 version) from the costume genius, Henchwench. There is well sculpted EVA foam here, along with embellishments of leather and “scale mail”. Did I mention there are also mini smoke machines on the shoulders? No detail is left undone and programming is handled with one of our Trinket microcontrollers.
Henchwench recently placed Overall Winner for the 2016 Australian Championships of Cosplay with this outfit, which is no surprise. You should definitely check out her other work, which includes characters from Overwatch, Fallout 3, Watchmen and Batman. If the costumes look professional it’s because this gamer has been working in theater and film most of her life. Here’s a tidbit from her bio:
Funnily enough, my start in film was working on the Lord of the Rings films as a weapons and armor technician at Weta Workshop.
Weta is famous for their work and no doubt she was exposed to many processes there. Costumes are difficult enough, but working with fantasy characters often leads to larger proportions which require special materials. I like the way Henchwench summarizes the work.
…most of my projects come about through good old fashioned tinkering—I come up with an idea, and just break it down into lots of problems to solve.
That sounds like the maker life to me. You can bet I’ll be following her work and I’m curious which character she will create next. If you are a gamer, you might want to create your own cosplay outfit and props are a great starting point. As an example, you should check out our learning guide for a Halo Energy Sword. This glowing beauty is 3D printed and uses Neopixels with our Adafruit Feather BLE 32u4 micro-controller. That means you can change the color or animation of the lights with your smartphone. Show us what you make!
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