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Commander Shepard: Can't save them all by LittleBlondeGoth Commander Shepard: Can't save them all by LittleBlondeGoth
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Test shoot for my female Commander Shepard cosplay.

I've wanted to make FemShep for a while, but never really had the confidence in my armour making ability. Having tackled Fran though (a baptism of fire if ever there was one), I thought the time had come.

There are patterns floating around for the ME2 versions of Shepard, but I prefer her appearance in the third installment, which meant it was back to the drawing board. Consequently most of the patterns for my FemShep were done from scratch, but some were bastardised versions of Julian Bleeks' PDFs.

My undersuit is comprised of a black compression top and matching leggings rather than a wetsuit - I thought it'd be a bit easier to get in and out of. Otherwise, it's a traditional craft foam build. Black EVA foam floor tiles with some thinner, 2mm craft foam for detailing.

I didn't think that the foam alone was a good enough colour to leave unpainted, so everything has been sprayed with a few different coats of car paint. I think it gives a better, more metallic finish anyway, so I'm happy. In the end, it was built up with matt black as a base, then Ford Midnight Grey to get the metal effect. Dinks and weathering comes from a little aluminium colour.

Taken with Canon 60D
Photographer: Si Spencer
Model: Me
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:iconcaptain-paulo:
Captain-Paulo Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Perfect!
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:iconlittleblondegoth:
LittleBlondeGoth Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks very much!
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Calleahan Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
:la: Explosion :la: Explosion :la: Explosion :la: Explosion :la: Explosion :la: Explosion :la: Explosion :la: Explosion 
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:iconlittleblondegoth:
LittleBlondeGoth Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hehe, glad you like it. :)
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:iconcalleahan:
Calleahan Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
:hug::hug:
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:iconnanahara7:
nanahara7 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
you look PERFECT as Commander Shepard. This is such an awesome cosplay
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:iconlittleblondegoth:
LittleBlondeGoth Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much. :)
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:iconnanahara7:
nanahara7 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
you're very welcome ^^
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:iconrobstuff101:
RobStuff101 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
I heart this!
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:iconlittleblondegoth:
LittleBlondeGoth Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks very much, glad you liked it. :)
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:iconrobstuff101:
RobStuff101 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
You're welcome!
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:iconurdeadlydesire:
UrDeadlyDesire Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Student Writer
That fucking sick as fuck armor holy crap *-*
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:iconlittleblondegoth:
LittleBlondeGoth Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hehe, I couldn't ask for anything more. :) Thanks very much!
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:iconzpartuss:
Zpartuss Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
Looks like if you had it custom made kupo...but it was custom made by YOU!!!..that makes it even more AWESOME!!! :)
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:iconlittleblondegoth:
LittleBlondeGoth Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hehe, had a lot of fun making it, too. :)
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:iconjohnkent42:
JohnKent42 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Into graphic art myself rather than making real world cosplay but this is hugely impressive
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:iconlittleblondegoth:
LittleBlondeGoth Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you, it's a lot of fun to wear. :)
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:iconmoyashisoba:
moyashisoba Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
cool and beautiful!!!!!!!!!(° ꈊ °)✧˖°
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:iconlittleblondegoth:
LittleBlondeGoth Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks very much, glad you like it. :)
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:icononetruepantaloons:
OneTruePantaloons Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
This is simply awesome. The only reason it looks off for me is that its not the Aegis vest (or Serrice Council, as it is referred to in the third game) and that's what I'm used to seeing. But I Love this. The detail is epic, the pose is elegant yet strong. Did I say I love it already?
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:iconlittleblondegoth:
LittleBlondeGoth Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks very much, glad you like it. :) I went with the vest that's shown in one of the FemShep CGs they released - they all look a little different though, so it was kind of a case of just pick one and go with it. :)
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:iconjakobmeister:
Jakobmeister Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome!!!!
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:iconlittleblondegoth:
LittleBlondeGoth Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :)
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:iconhellraiser-89:
Hellraiser-89 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Looking good :D
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:iconlittleblondegoth:
LittleBlondeGoth Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks very much. :)
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:iconhellraiser-89:
Hellraiser-89 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :)
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:iconmirage2000:
mirage2000 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
WOW!... Nice!
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:iconlittleblondegoth:
LittleBlondeGoth Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :)
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:iconlol2k6:
lol2k6 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
Wow good job :o
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:iconlittleblondegoth:
LittleBlondeGoth Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :)
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:iconshepsus:
Shepsus Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Professional Writer
Wow, That is a great photo and great costume.

I've never done serious cosplay before, but this seriously makes me want to try. Shave my head and go for a male Shephard.
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:iconlittleblondegoth:
LittleBlondeGoth Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Try it! :) This was the first time I'd done a suit like Shepards, and once you get your head round it, it's not too horrific...
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baroquestarlet Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
The armor looks absolutely gorgeous! I've been wanting to make a Commander Shepard costume for a little while, so thanks for sharing your process in the description! :la:
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:iconlittleblondegoth:
LittleBlondeGoth Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No problem at all. :) Hope your build goes well!
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:iconblizzardterrak:
BlizzardTerrak Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Definitely looks like battle-worn armor :nod:

Can't wait to see more :squee:
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:iconlittleblondegoth:
LittleBlondeGoth Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks, the weathering makes a big difference I reckon. More realistic. :)
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:iconblizzardterrak:
BlizzardTerrak Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yup.  Gives it that sci-fi psudo ceramic/polymer material look. 
(yes, I read the Codec XP )A

Foam huh?  Never thought about that.  Might want to though.  And you said car paint?  :?
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:iconlittleblondegoth:
LittleBlondeGoth Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yep. EVA tiles for the bits. Then 2 coats of matt black, one of Ford Midnight Sky and two of clear lacquer. Aluminium touch up one for the detail. :)
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Sakara-Siluria Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
Beautifully fitting armour. Really makes the costume, especially the hip armour.
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:iconlittleblondegoth:
LittleBlondeGoth Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you, it had a lot of time spent making it actually fit me! :)
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