Xiba. Soul Calibur V. Cosplay Comcom 2012

Xiba was a project that was supposed to be something very easy, but we wound up throwing a lot of technology at it. Ironic since the character is a jungle man.

First the bangles would start out as PVC pipes. I then cut out styrene circles to act as a guide for the application of bondo. The foot bangle was just a ring cut from wood using my circle cutting jig.

Applied some apoxie sculpt and sanded it like mad to get a nice finish.

Added some styrene strips to the bangles for added detail as well as little styrene "monkies"

I had the bangle stay on my arm by wrapping my wrist in black boxer tapes, was simple but effective.

The necklace was quickly made with wood circles for the coins and apoxie sculpt for the green beads (magatama ish shapes)

So I didn't have a lathe to properly cut the staff heads for Xiba's staff. Luckily a very eccentric friend JUST HAPPENS to HAVE a 3D printer lying around his house. Yeah. Weirdness right? Here is the 3D model we used.


So how it works is that the contraption melts plastic and spits it out in lines until it forms a 3 dimensional object. This process is fairly time intensive on the machine's part but it frees us humans up to do other things while it works.

So to print the damn thing solid would have taken upwards of a week, and I didn't have that kind of time. So it was decided to print the thing hollow and I would make it work...somehow. First order of business was sanding them down a bit.

The thing was way too fragile so what I had to do was figure out the volume via water displacement (filling the thing with water then ramming the shaft in and measuring the volume of the remaining liquid) and place that much resin into the head.

Then I had to let it cure in the hot hot sun for an hour or two to ensure that it cured. There was some resin leakage so the duct tape is to mitigate it as much as possible as the resin cured.

Painted everything GOLD and weathered with black acrylic. Sword WIP should look familiar.

Then everything finally came together! I didn't bother taking pictures but the claws on the tiger paws were also sculpted from apoxie sculpt and stitched to the faux fur.

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