Xin Zhao Cosplay
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
* Metal plate
* Fridge magnets
* Spray paint
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.
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.
For more cosplay and props, here is my cosplay page
A photo shoot gallery of the cosplay so far, it was a novel experience!
All cosplay photos are taken by Yngve Hegreberg!
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