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Commander Shepard: War hero by LittleBlondeGoth Commander Shepard: War hero by LittleBlondeGoth
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Studio style FemShep, to test out the new camera lens we bought (it's a beauty, turns out).

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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raiskream Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
How did you shape your EVA foam?? This is one of the best cosplays I've ever seen!
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LittleBlondeGoth Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's actually heated in the oven for 5 minutes, then wrapped around me to get the curves. The chestplate was heated a bit more, then shaped around small footballs and the excess foam trimmed off. :)

I also use a heat gun for smaller areas, and in some places I cut V's into the foam and glue the edges back together to get extra curves.
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raiskream Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you know how thick your foam was? I'm trying a few different things. I have a progress update series on my DeviantArt if you want to look. For the breast plate, I made a plaster cast of my chest which I cut and shaped a bit. I'm going to cover that in a plastic (probably Plasti Dip) and fiber glass. Most other parts are a mix of craft foam and EVA foam :)
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LittleBlondeGoth Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I used 8mm for mine, and the male Shepard was 10mm. It was my first EVA build and I didn't know what I was doing, so to be honest I just ordered the first set of mats I found on eBay. :/ Now I prefer to  8mm for most things, and if you can find fairly high density stuff, all the better.
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Kerylstraza Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The photo look like an artwork, beautiful cosplay ^^
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LittleBlondeGoth Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much! :)
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masimage Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Student Photographer
Awesome. ;)
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LittleBlondeGoth Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you, glad you liked it. :)
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DesignMomma Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!
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LittleBlondeGoth Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks very much, glad you liked it. :)
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mpz28 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014
very nice Love 
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LittleBlondeGoth Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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Vhardamis Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ok I usually just glance at the cosplay outfits and move on but I have to comment on yours. The ones you and Si did are brilliant They look both solid and authentic. You did a bang up job on that painting /texturing. Good work!
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LittleBlondeGoth Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
We're honoured, thank you very much! Glad you liked the cosplays, it felt like an eternity doing all the painting and weathering, but we reckon it was totally worthwhile. :)
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MandalorianKnight Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You look really amazing, great job on the outfit.
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LittleBlondeGoth Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much indeed. :)
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MandalorianKnight Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome :)
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g1nobleteam Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
The commander always looks great, even in her armor.
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LittleBlondeGoth Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Honestly, it's so kickass to wear as well, even if I can't sit down. :)
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flyaccountant Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
my knight in shinning armor Oh God @.@
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LittleBlondeGoth Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks. :) Got to love Commander Shepard.
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