Its Raining Neon’s Demon Hunter costume turns heads whenever she enters a room. That’s what happened when I first spotted her at Katsucon in 2012, easily a cosplay highlight of the entire show. What I didn’t know at the time is that this was her first foray into armor fabrication, making me even more impressed with the end result. Wonderful work, Neon.

Who: The Character
Diablo III: Demon Hunter class.

Why: The Decision
I actually started playing the Diablo franchise back in 2004 with Diablo II, and fell in love. Little did I know at the time that I'd have an eight year wait from when I first played untill Diablo III, but I digress. Flash-forward to one day in collage last year when I heard it was really going to be coming out. They had started posting character classes and I immediately started poking around to see what classes I might play as. I then saw the Demon Hunter class and loved its design and practicality, but still couldn't decide if in-game if I'd like it or the barbarian class more. So I decided I'd try both when beta started, but in the mean time I thought to myself I really wanted to pay a small tribute to a game that really inspired me growing up. I wanted to try and make this Demon Hunter into a costume.

What: The Process
Total the costume only took me about a month and a few weeks. When I first decided to do this project I had NO previous experience with making armor. So this was leaps and bounds above what I'd been working on previously. I started with a LOT of online research into different materials and methods to get the look I wanted. I wound up going with EVA matting (those little puzzle mats kids play on) and Apoxi sculpt since I was familiar with it and rather confident in my sculpting abilities. Unfortunately Apoxi sculpt is about $40 a container and I went though a lot of Apoxi. It made my costume weigh about 50 pounds, so anyone attempting this I would NOT recommend using Apoxi sculpt for all the raised surfaces. The whole project went rather smoothly especially considering this was my first shot at making armor ever. I did make a small plastic prototype to ensure it went as smoothly as possible, though, out of an old plastic display from my work. I think the hardest part of the project was fitting in the work time I needed along side full time College and work.

Where and When: The Debut
I first debuted my Demon Hunter at Katsucon 2012. All the shoots of this costume were all around the convention hotel, which in itself provided a huge challenge for getting a fitting location.

Links: The Cosplayer
My Website

The Gallery
Photos by Joseph Chi Lin, Anna Fischer, Stillvisions, Katsuya Weller, and Ash B.


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