Maoyu - Demon King - Anime Matsuri 2013

Girlfriend wanted to be the Demon King, so who was I to refuse? This horn method is an updated version of the one found in my Monster Hunter project  and gives much cleaner and more uniform results.

First off here is the reference:

Mild spoilers but the headband is meant to be seen on Maou's headpiece, so I didn't take any effort to try and blend them with the wig, in fact I purposefully chose a nice look headband.

First step is to cut out the profile of the horn from plastic. Once this is done you can glue it to the headband. Remember to cut another profile that runs perpendicular to the piece glued down to ensure a  uniform height on the horn.

Filled the horns with Model Magic because I had it on hand, but expanding foam, tin foil, or scrap paper would work just as well. Model Magic tends to shrink so take that for what it's worth as a clay.

Placed Apoxie Sculpt on the base of the horn to reinforce it.

Coat the outside of the Model Magic with Apoxie Sculpt (they're both white unfortunately so it's hard to tell) to make a hard shell. Sculpt in any horn lines you would like for texture.

After letting it cure I did some light sanding to make it smooth and painted it a gloss black. The build took an afternoon total to accomplish, so I hope people find it useful!

Alibaba Saluja - Magi - ALA 2013

Been putting this off for awhile, since we never got any proper photoshoots of Alibaba, but con season is approaching and I feel that scabbard making is a pretty important skill to have. First off here is the reference art.

As always the pattern was cutout from cardstock, so I'm going to skip posting this step. In any case once the pattern was laid out all of the pieces were cut from 1/4" PVC (Komatex) then adhered together with Loctite brand super glue (the best on the market that we have tried so far).

The edges were beveled using a belt sander. The scabbard was first cut from some cull wood I had lying around to ensure that it could smoothly slide in and out of the scabbard itself.

Final scabbard was cut from PVC and stacked to make a recess for the blade to slide in and out of. In order to keep the paint job on the blade as clean as possible over time some cloth was added to the inside. Cloth was adhered with Liquid Nails.

Scabbard was glued shut with super glue and acrylic extrusion trim was added for detailing along with apoxie sculpt. Added the finger guard as well. In the show it's on the opposite side, and I don't know why... so I did it not accurate. OH NOES!!!!

Paint method was spray paint and tape.

Added puffy paint and more acrylic for detailing as well as a store bought gem.

Hope that helps people with their scabbard making! For longer scabbards I would recommend wood since PVC isn't stiff and will flex on longer weapons.

Happy cosplay!