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Haven Editorial: Xin Zhao Cosplay and Photo Shoot

Xin Zhao Cosplay

River gank! http://www.photo.yngvehegreberg.com/Archive/Cosplay/Xin-Zhao-June-2016/

 

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Make a paper measurement!

I have come to the conclusion that I suffer from chronic creativity. After a while I just have to make things, I just cant help myself. Incidentally this is why I also draw comics, game art and do cosplay, which is the topic of this post. League of Legends is a game with many colorful and unique heroes, Xin Xhao is one of those. He is a man whom likes to stab people in the face as he comes leaping from the jungle. However more often then not, he dies brutally. The reason fro this is that most Xin players are very inexperienced at playing ranked. People whom die a lot, never climbs to the top.

Evafoam is cheap and handy!

Copslay is a slow and meticulous process of converting an absurd game character into a costume that works in the real world. However most such characters are just too insanely improbable to actually bring anywhere, if I somehow succeed in making them. Ergo I went for the cheap solution. One of Xin’s skins is called Secret Agent. The name says it all. He runs around in a snazzy suit with a collapsible spear, that looks like a real mean trident if anything. So I made his spear. Which is mostly what I will be covering in this post along with my photo shoot.

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The pointy part of the spear!

A spear is a long staff with a sharp point at the end. Normally this is just a single triangular point made of metal. However designers such as myself think this is to simple and not very visually interesting. Therefor they made this thing!

The skin ingame!

In order to replicate this creation, I managed to salvage an old traffic sings I found in a ditch, after all an appropriately large iron plate is needed. Due to wear, tear and rust, most such signs are made from aluminum, which make the material easy to cut with a jigsaw and at the same time makes it a nightmare to polish.

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The iron part on each side!

Which brings me to another problem. A spear like this is not convention friendly at all. After all it is considered a weapon and will probably poke someones eye out, though I have to admit that my foot is more dangerous that this dull poker. Unless I want to introduce blunt trauma to someone. Originally I made the tip in eveafoam, but it became to flimsy, due to the insane size. Which meant that I had to shrink it a lot.

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The first version was huge and squashy!

The recall animation shows him collapsing the spear into a suitcase, this is rather improbable and cumbersome to achieve. But the tip does fit into a case and I made a staff I could screw together, however that one still needs a lot of work in order to knock out the kinks. It will not be covered in this article.

Due to the materials and tools involved some patience and elbow-grease is needed.
Such as a jigsaw with metal cutting blades, they are the kind with flat teeth.

 

* A rotary tool, with a cutting disc bit and an iron drill bit.
* Wooden staff, such as a long broom handle.
* Evafoam
* Metal plate
* Ducktape
* Screws
* Styrofoam
* Fridge magnets
* Spray paint
* Glue

naturally the first step is to measure everything to make sure it adds up. After going over those measurements at least twice on a sheet of paper, I cut it out and made it stick to the metal surface, so that I could trace it with a marker pen. One wrong cut is all it takes to ruin the material. After I cut out the shape. I covered the edges in tape, so that the color would not spill. The next part was to cut out a metal plate for the left and right side, in order to sandwich the pole and the tip in between. Then I had to drill holes for the screws. For all intensive purposes the spear is most real. As seen on the picture there are two blue things on each side. The only thing I found that would fit was some refrigerator magnets. Those got painted blue and was glued with superglue onto the surface.

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The collapsible version!

The evafoam was made into several triangles to sandwich between the thin metal and the wooden staff. Later I proceeded to cover the pole in ducktape in order to simulate iron, The black parts are ducktape as well. At the bottom I made a square made of Styrofoam, which I painted black. In the original there are two sharp pointy bits at the bottom. But I deemed those too dangerous, the idea is indeed to use it on stage and I would not dare to give it a twirl with those on.

The most dandy and handy tool to get!

For more cosplay and props, here is my cosplay page
https://www.facebook.com/SandCos/

A photo shoot gallery of the cosplay so far, it was a novel experience!
http://www.photo.yngvehegreberg.com/Archive/Cosplay/Xin-Zhao-June-2016/
A
ll cosplay photos are taken by Yngve Hegreberg!

Njål H Sand

Nerd Editorial: How to Make a Chainsaw Sword

How to make a chainsaw sword in several steps

chainsaw sword
There are many like it, but this one is mine!

Since this is a page about Otaku related content, I have decided to make a tutorial on how I made made a quite decent prop from eva foam. First of all, evafoam is a lightweight spongy material that is wildly used for training maths. So it is easy to find in stores. Due to pricing and availability it’s become the favorite material to make cosplay props in. Another benefit is that the only way to kill someone with the material is to choke them to death. In other words, it’s very safe, soft and quite convention friendly.

Usefull tools of the trade:

Scissor

Knife
Multitool machine

Sandpaper

Ruler

Glue

Ductape

Feltpen

Paper

Craftfoam

Evafoam

Cardboard Cylinder

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Polishing away the studs on the back.

Step one is to get some good reference pictures such as this one. Also depending on your skill with a pencil, it’s often very practical to sketch down the idea first and think of a way to assemble it. Paper is a very good place to figure out the size and what goes where. The felt marker I use to draw on the foam, since it leaves no indentations in the surface and is easy to cover with paint. One important thing to know about most evafoam mats, is that underside is filled with studs. This is where the multi-tool comes into play. I simply polish them away, leaving behind a clean and straight surface, which makes them stack better. To make edges and make objects round and smooth I utilize knives to cut diagonally, then proceed to clean up the edges with sandpaper.

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Initial sketches!

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Initial sketches.

As you can see here, I start off with various hand drawn illustrations to get the size right. Then I cut out the pieces and put them on top of the material. Where I then circle the cutout with the marker so that I know where to cut.

Craftfoam is not quite unlike evafoam, only thinner and comes in smaller sheets.

The concept I work around is to make the frame and then sandwich the saw teeth inbetween. In order to make sure the coat of glue I added will stick, is to put something flat and heavy on top. Putting downwards pressure for an hour or so.

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My version of the saw teeth.

The most sensible thing to do that I don’t do often enough is to paint each piece by themselves, before I assemble. This usually makes the result better and I don’t have to cover up other parts of the surface with tape, in order to prevent the color from bleeding. Blue is after all supposed to go where blue goes and gold where I want it to go.

Another very important thing to note I found out the hard way. Washing ones hands and waiting for the paint to dry is a very good habit. Paint will get stuck on various surfaces and nothing annoys me more than unwanted gold fingerprints on my blue paintjob. Plus it sticks to clothes and leather/ pleather, that I use for the grip. Besides the surface needs at least 3 or 4 rounds of coating.

Here is a clue when it comes to using glue. Gluegun is an all time favorite, however it is very messy and will probably dissolve in heat. Superglue just gets absorbed into the material and stick to the fingers. Its also expensive and comes in small tubes. Though I recommend combining various types of glue.

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A cardboard tube used as a grip!

In order to assemble this construct I based it on sword smiting. A sword is composed of the cutting part, a hand guard, grip and pommel. In order to do this I put a bamboo pole in the middle, then I attach the armguard. After that I put some foam pieces into cylinder and wrap the leather strips on the outside. The cylinder in questions I got from a grocery-store, when the plastic bag dispensers are empty, there leave behind a solid cardbard tube

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Leather wrapped cardboard tube and arm guard.

 

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Bamboo pole as the core.

Then comes the hard part. I decided to cut the armguard as one piece, which I bent in two places. However in order to make the glue keep the foam in place, it has to be wedged between a heavy thing and the wall. The pommel is the object on the bottom that work as a tightening screw. I’m not happy with the shape yet though. This is only the second prototype.

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An assembly test, to see if it comes together right.
Engraving and small details I do with the multitool, I had the misfortune of having the first one die on me, so I had to replace it with a bigger and slightly better one. So far the Dremel is not too shabby. As you can see here I have engraved some bastardized Latin onto the side, it roughly translate to the Empire is eternally vigilant.

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Engravings on the side, i’m not skilled enough for that yet!

 

 

 

 
My cosplay page!
https://www.facebook.com/SandCos/

Njål H Sand

Haven Editorial: Hideo Kojima leaves Konami

A lot of news has been spreading around the past week about Hideo Kojima leaving Konami.
Normally this would be done and over with, but Konami continues to deny that he has left; saying that he’s just “taking an extended vacation”.1481287299818257954 However, employees of Konami have tweeted that Kojima has even had a going away party, with pictures to boot! The New Yorker magazine also reports that Hideo no longer works at Konami and that he will be able to start working for other game companies come December.

Personally, I believe that Hideo no longer works at Konami. From a gaming standpoint I see no reason why he would be there. Yes, he is a shareholder in the company. But by the same token he is a game designer, and with Konami getting out of the “Triple-A” game industry to focus all their efforts in the gambling industry, what purpose would Hideo have?

It’s to be noted that Konami Japan is a horrible place to work, if there is any truth to the articles going around, and it’s quite possible for Hideo to get reassigned to a new department where he would be miserable and not be able to make games again. This also could be so that other companies (such as Square Enix) would never be able to hire him, but that is mere speculation on my part. Regardless of what happens, I honestly hope Hideo has left Konami and will continue to make his amazing games at a company that wholly respects his desire to ship only the best titles.

I also honestly believe that Konami has screwed up in rushing Metal Gear Solid V. Yes it is a amazing title and we have reviewed it before, but at the same time it is missing crucial missions…and their effort to make money from adding an online feature really ruins the experience of the actual game. Additionally, they removed story missions important to the timeline, which are only viewable if you bought the Collectors Edition of the game.

There is even speculation that Hideo never got to finish an entire chapter of the game, but again that is just speculation. Regardless of the news going around, I truly do hope Hideo Kojima has left Konami and will pursue making titles elsewhere. I also hope he starts writing on Twitter and responding to these questions, but I suspect Konami has him in some sort of contract that prevents him from speaking out regarding such matters.

-Daniel Clatworthy-