arborealkey

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  1. arborealkey

    Valkyr Graxx cosplay

    Thanks a lot ! Thank you ! The problem with making a Warframe costume is that they are fleshy. To achieve the perfect costume, one would have to sculpt the body and make a silicone cast. Sadly, such methods are rarely affordable. Yes, it's all EVA foam, because while being relatively cheap compared to some other materials, it's still possible to make great stuff out of it. I can't really think of cheaper materials you could use to get the same effect. I've used cardboard and yoga mat in the past, but while they are great for some projects, it might be hard to achieve the fleshy look of a Warframe with it. Maybe you could find floor mats ? I assume that you're living on the American continent since you can go to Tennocon, I might be wrong, but I thought it was easier for you guys to get puzzle mats for cheap than us in France. Anyway, here is some progress on the syandana. [/url]
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    Valkyr Graxx cosplay

    Thanks guys ! I worked a bit on the head today (yeah, I'm using the Cheetah helmet IG with the Graxx skin because nothing makes sense). It kinda looks like crap for the moment with only the faceplate built and the spikes asymetrically pinned... The black foam with hot glued seams underneath is just here to help it retain its shape.
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    Valkyr Graxx cosplay

    Thanks ! Thank you, I hope so ! I made a bit of progress on the arms today, since I'm not supposed to work during week-ends (even if I often do). I'll try to start on the shackles (or whatever they are called) tomorrow.
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    Valkyr Graxx cosplay

    Ok, long time no see. Remember when I said I was going to lend a hand to a propmaking studio for a week ? Well, I'm working with them now and have been busy with commissions since June (which is awesome, because it turned my passion into an actual job). This means no progress on my own projects during all this time. I had to "retire" (I cannot remember the proper English word) from the competition I was building Valkyr for, and my runner up will replace me. We're currently in a hurry because of a bunch of commissions and some (exciting) stuff I cannot talk about for Paris Games Week (it's a big video game-themed event we have in France). This doesn't mean I'm abandoning anything Warframe related. There will be more...peaceful times when I will make progress on my own projects. Sorry about not posting for such a long time, and see you soon (I hope) ! PS: @fredaven I'm tagging you here because you're probably the most concerned here
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    Valkyr Graxx cosplay

    Thank you ! Hey ! i'm terribly sorry about the lack of news. I've been working with a propmaking studio (and learning awesome things) since June, and haven't had the time to make progress on my own projects since. The only thing I have to offer right now is a one-month-old blurry picture of my back.
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    Valkyr Graxx cosplay

    Warframe has really detailled stuff and I know I am not good enough to do justice to the designs. It's not like building a classical foam armor, it's on another level because it's more on the creature side. Graxx skins are easier to create since they mimic grineer armor (it doesn't cover the joints), but it's still way more advanced than the Skyrim and Warhammer 40K costume I usually create. Thank you ! I tried the spine on (the white bands are duct tape, because I have yet to add proper straps). Now I need to build the rest of the backpiece...
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    Valkyr Graxx cosplay

    Thank you ! Honestly, I am not that great, I tend to hate evrything I make because I can only see the defects. And here is the top part of the spine ! It's far from perfect, I think I made a lot of mistakes (more than usual, I mean).]
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    Valkyr Graxx cosplay

    Thank you ! Thanks ! Update on one of the top pieces of the syandana. I used that one for a test (I wanted to try a more "organic" look) and I think I went a bit heavy on the texture. Like the rest, it's EVA foam (floor mat).
  9. arborealkey

    Valkyr Graxx cosplay

    Thank you, I hope it won't disappoint ! Thanks a lot !
  10. arborealkey

    Valkyr Graxx cosplay

    Thanks, I hope you'll like the result !
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    Valkyr Graxx cosplay

    Thank you ! And do not expect anything. The level is high, and I am not good. I'm mainly building this because I love the game, not to place in a contest. Thanks ! Yes, some minor parts (like the pieces behind her knees and under the breasts) will be 3D printed, but everything I've posted so far is foam. Sometimes I use several pieces to get the shape I want (each shin armor is 5 pieces, for example), and sometimes I just heat-shape the material. And thanks !
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    Valkyr Graxx cosplay

    Look, an update ! I tried some of the pieces on. Damn, I wish I had longer legs. Please ignore my not-so-fabulous face. Warframes don't have a face so it won't be visible anyways.
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    Valkyr Graxx cosplay

    Thanks a lot !! I have finally chosen my melee (I went for the Nari & Vali dual swords skin, I find it pretty interesting to build). It was raining a lot today so I didn't make anything out of foam (I craft outside...), but I printed a blueprint for the swords (with only a fraction of the details, I only need the general shape for the moment). I also made one for the top part of the syandana, I hope to start building this part soon.
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    Valkyr Graxx cosplay

    Wow, thanks a lot ! I'm not very good at this but I'll try to do my best. Ok, the bottom...ornaments ? of the Due Volpi syandana are more or less done. The top part of the syandana is next (and it's way more complicated than the bottom one, this will be fun).
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    Valkyr Graxx cosplay

    Today's test ! The cloth-like part of the Due Volpi syandana lights up. I tried using wadding to diffuse the lights, to keep the flexibility of the fabric, and...it worked. This is just a test, the pattern is wrong, and I will use blue and not green as an energy color.