The lights are on
Not only are these costumes impressive on a technical level,
but the moody and majestic photography puts this cosplay heads and shoulders
above the competition. Major props to both Dark and Ven on their phenomenal
Birth by Sleep tribute.
Who: The Character The characters are Ventus and Aqua in Keyblade Armor from Kingdom
Hearts Birth By Sleep
DecisionWe're long time fans of the Kingdom Hearts series. We saw the
trailer for the game a couple of years before it came out and thought the
outfits looked pretty intense. We enjoy a challenge, and up till then, we had
never built armor before so it was a good match.
Process Each cosplay took around 300 hours to make over a year. We made our
costumes mainly out of the thermoplastic sintra along with a combination of
craft foam, soda bottles, paperclay and upholstery vinyl. Our keyblades also
light up and make 'FWOOOSH' noises (sounds like a flushing toilet)! The most
difficult part of making these costumes was patterning the armor and actually
putting it all on and wearing them.
Where and When:
The Debut We first wore these costumes to compete at the 2009 Anime Boston
Masquerade. As for the photoshoot, we made a three and a half day trip to find
a remote, desert area with cliffs and mountains to match the game trailer. Then
we climbed a mountain in full body pleather. It was not a good idea!
CosplayerYou can find us on our joint cosplay website and on
The GalleryPhotographer: Spleenie
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