Cosplayer Germia’s portfolio includes a number of ensembles from video games, many of them with stand-out armor or props. We covered her Pharah build with its impressive moving wings, and I asked her about the challenges of making that costume and other questions about her cosplay work.
Adafruit: When did you start cosplaying and what was your first costume?
Germia: I started making cosplays for about two to three years now and I made my first cosplay of Vayne from League of Legends as an idea how to promote my gaming team eSuba (I’m also a CS:GO player) and I had such a positive feedback from people around and I had so much fun doing it, that I decided to continue making more costumes.
Adafruit: I’m especially impressed with your Pharah costumes. The moving wings look complicated. What was the most challenging aspect of making them?
Germia: I actually spent the most time planning it, than making it. I had to think of the whole construction, about implementing the propulsion and batteries and controlling the speed and direction of movement and I actually wrote an article about how I did it here.
Adafruit: You post tutorial videos on your YouTube channel; what inspires you to share your knowledge with other cosplayers?
Germia: I have to admit, that I’ve learned everything just by watching YouTube tutorials and reading articles on the internet, so I’m trying to help other cosplayers the same way I got helped.
Adafruit: You have many examples of detailed armor in your portfolio. Which materials do you typically use and why?
Germia: I use EVA foam, because it’s quite cheap, flexible, easy to work with and there are almost no limitations for this material.
Adafruit: What skills do you hope to learn in the coming year that will help you with cosplay?
Germia: I really want to get better in electronics, since I know I could make much more impressive stuff in future just by using gadgets for my costumes. Also I want to get better in sewing, because I sew everything by hand and sometimes, it is just not enough.
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