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About The CosBlog
Fanboys and fangirls are a special breed in the gaming
world. Armed with zealous enthusiasm they single-handedly have the ability to
make or break games, breathe life back into flailing franchises, and (if they
use their powers for evil) start flame wars across the Internet. Undying
devotion to a character, game or developer has spawned fansites, wikis, epic
works of art, and the desire to participate in the ultimate fan tribute –
cosplay. This weekly blog highlights some of the best gaming related costumes
found around the net. These fans put their blood, sweat and tears into their
work, and it shows.
Not familiar with Cosplay? Learn the basics in our introductory
Final Fantasy VIII summon Siren is a franchise favorite of mine, so I
was ecstatic to see such a fantastic interpretation of the guardian
brought to life. Don’t let the simple design fool you though, Cosplayer
Etaru took on an engineering job when designing Siren’s elegant
headdress. Despite the difficulty, she passed with flying colors – and
This week’s costume required one cosplayer to get seriously crafty with craft foam. PhDPepper’s work takes armor fabrication to another level, with impressive attention to detail and obvious patience in the painting department.
The fact that every Shepard is unique to his or her creator gives a bit
of flexibility when it comes to cosplay and special ownership over the
Cosplayer Konoe is a fan of fighting games, and you can tell by the
caliber of her work on Seung Mina’s SCIII costume (pun intended).
Cosplayer Tracy (Kiwi5Frog) braved the cold to shoot her tribute to
DCUO’s Circe, preparing the costume in less than a week to make an
Cosplayer Rebecca (QuarticMay) proves that cosplay doesn’t always have to be a pricey endeavor if you are crafty enough.
While the costumes are simple enough, Team Rocket’s wild hairstyles make
them somewhat difficult characters to pull off. Not for Russian
cosplayers R&R, though, who took the time to style each wig to
Yoshitaka Amano’s art isn’t only stunning, but offers cosplayers a
unique interpretation of the character design they’ve come to know and
love. Cosplayer Chiki Fischer exploited this freedom to great
Veteran Cosplayer Elena (Love Squad) has dozens of impressive costumes
under her belt, including this tribute to Dragon Age Origins’ Zevran.
Bonnie MacFarlane made our list of The 30 Characters who Defined a Decade, and for good reason. Cosplayer and concept artist Claire Hummel obviously felt an affinity for the character, too, putting much effort into successfully recreating Bonnie’s western getup.
The Legend of Dragoon is a favorite of mine, drawing me immediately to this stunning recreation of Shana’s armored form.
Cosplayer Phasers does a phenomenal job of living up to Skull Kid’s character design in authenticity and craftsmanship.