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Nene Romanova by Tsubaki-chan Nene Romanova by Tsubaki-chan
Hurray more WCS cosplay spam.

BTW you can watch our skit on youtube here: [link]

As promised I'll give a longer outline as to how the hardsuits were made.

Materials -
The majority of this costume is constructed from foil stretch fabric, yoga mat foam, pvc, pva glue, hot glue, wire, zippers, mini LED lights, clear plastic, glass paint, acrylic paint, fabric paint, elastic, velcro.

Construction -
I started on the boots as the forst piece. I built them up from regular boots with many layers of foam to get that strange round shape they have in the anime. Of course it meant the most dodgey part of the costumes were my boots, so no one look at them please. xDDD They ended up wrinkling really bad by the end & wouldn't pop out again after I added extra supports on the inside of them. Oh well, no one would really see much of my suit & it meant I could make Catty's boots more precisely & they worked so much smoother. :iconicameplz:

Each piece of the armor I'd start with a foam base & would carefully measure & cut to size to be pieced together like a clothes pattern... it was kind of wierd, but it worked for me.
I would then give the foam pieces a coating in pva glue & let the fabric stick down flat & dry for ages. This porcess took particularly long as I have very little spaces in my house to place things to dry, so I could dry about 2-6 pieces at a time on my kids play table (which I use as a work desk). This made the whole process just take even longer. :iconorzplz:
Now the reason for the pva is because the fabric was breathable, so any glue would go through to the other side, so I needed one that would dry clear, soft/bendy & cheap & pva surprisingly worked perfectly, it even tears the foam if you try to remove it. Which was great for me pricewise considering I was paying for it. :iconorzplz:
Once the pieces are dry I fold down each edge hot glue it down, then fold it underneath for extra support & hot glue it down again. This process takes a surprisingly LONG TIME... Especially when you're going around nearly 100 pieces. :iconorzplz:

The pieces are then glued together to make the pieces of armor. I double glued all the armor pieces to make sure they wouldn't be able to break apart. Some pieces I used the fabric to hold them together as that gave a slight bit more stretch to the armor for improved mobility a bit more than the foam could give. The great thing about foam is it'll squsih if you really have to move at a particular angle, I love working with it for anime designs because it definitely saved my life a few times now. xD

The suit as a whole is held together with pieces of fabric in between each segment instead of trying to stick it to a body suit, it is the body suit xD This also meant pieces would stay wher they're meant to & could come aprat for transporting the fsuker.

I was so happy with my fabric choice it was about $9/m which was an okay price, especially when you're buying over 20m of the stuff :iconorzplz: Unlike damned fabrictown which sells it for $25/m under the name of lycra, bitches wouldn't know lycra if it bit them in the ass, as I had this arguement with the store clerk. It only stretches on way & is at max a 25% stretch. Fail store was fail.

The LEDs some were tiny chinese ones you can buy which I put in the really awkward places such as the hips, then a battery pack cable one that I hid inside the battery pack of the hardsuit (quite convienent considering XDDD) I concealed the light using a few layers of clear plastic, whcih a moulded into a curved shape around them & then glued down. The centre light is a closet touch light, which you literally push in to turn on, it's fun. xDDD

Character -
For this costume I decided to use my real hair, just to prevent wig mishaps considering we were wearing helmets & had to pull them off during the skit, also because it was kind of fun to use & style my real hair for a cosplay properly for once. xDDD Unfortunately the humidity, rain & heat just killed it for when the comp finally happened, so it wasn't as nice as when I'd styled it earlier that afternoon, which sucked it looked so nice as if it were a wig. xDDD Oh well!
This is my first costume that really required a corset & spanky pants. Due to the horribly unflattering design of these suits & the retarded shape of anime characters, I could only do this with a corset. :iconorzplz: It was really painful too as I had to wear the corset much lower than it is designed for on my hips to make it look more like a smoother transition, which was wierd again considering I have no ass. xD Underneath I had to be taped in so many places, the spanks had to be taped up to stop wrinkling in wierd places, also the corset had to be taped between my chest to stop it from being able to bend forward as I moved, which HURT!!!
I was really happy with the blue contacts I had, they only last a month, but you can definitely see the fsukers from far away. I was sad my green suzaku contacts one was made incorrectly & seriously made my eye feel like it was bleeding. >____<'''
This was the first time I got to do all my crazy make-up at once. SO MANY LAYERS!!! It's really wrong that I felt so pretty after doing it. Pity it takes freaking 2 HOURS to do. OTL'''

Series: Bubblegum Crisis - Tokyo 2040
Character: Nene Romanova

Cosplay Made/Worn by: :icontsubaki-chan:

Photo by: Bubby
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TicoDrawing Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
whoaa thats nice
BooDestroyer89 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
omfg You look so very beautiful in that~~ *0*

Granted, it does take quite a lot of work to get all that down, but it's good to see someone try it!! >3< Very well played. :3 If you were gonna go for it being more form-fitting, though...
johnglaichel Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010
i loved it!
JadineR Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010

This costume blew me away, and that skit was top-notch.

A hearty applause :clap:
Miyazawa-Lulu Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I've always been amazed by how flawless the construction looks on these costumes. I also love the fabric, it has a really nice shine, somehow iridiscent. Impressive work! Your skit was also one of my favourites of that year ^^

Looks painful to wear reading your comment (yup, I read everything XD), but it's worth it!
TheDarkJesterXIII Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
thaatssss siicckkkkkkk
nicejob on the costume fersure.
RoronoaxPhantom Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Veryyy amazing costumes really very good work! : D
marizreyes Featured By Owner May 4, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Nice Nene Cosplay!
The color of your suit is worth more flattery.

It somehow reminded me too of my Sylia and my friends Nene cosplays.

Sylia: [link]

Nene: [link]
mrkittycosplay Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010
Just looking at your photos for inspiration :heart:
JadeKat-Cosplay Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009
I saw this picture in a page of Cosmode I was just looking at and thought... 'I've seen that before~~' ^_^ Way to be boss and be in Cosmode~
xxxDarkShinobixxx Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009
Came across this via Mr Kitty's profile, which I came across via a friend of mine's profile. But this costume is freaking WIN! Nene is fantastic, and you've done a great job!!!!
AmyLeeYummy Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009
omg omg omg soo good!!!
hakumei0 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009  Student Photographer
LOVE IT!!!!!!
princess-soffel Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
It's so amazing!!!
I never could do this !!!!
takun Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009
Rawr, where can I find a spunky blonde like Nene? (I'd like to know!)
egomotion Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009
woooow nice work O___O, i really like this costume XD
Girl-q Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009
This is brilliant! I am totally amazed.
ClamWings Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009
Spam away! These costumes just look so amazingly beautiful (and shiny *0*) and you and Catty so awesomely amazing (and hot as!) and guaaah *so in love* <3
GundamFamiglia Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009
I can't wait to finally see this in person! :heart::heart::heart:
dark-driger Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009
So much win. much win.

I wanna see it up close * pouts *
Astellecia Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009
you look amazinggggggg goooooooooo do proper shoot~~
chibifiedkitsunes Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009
For what it's worth, I think you did an amazing job on this costume.
You guys never fail to astound me with your brilliance!!

Too great a job Tsu! And DAAAAAAAMN those hips are FINE!
Makes me wanna fun my fingers up and down them. 8D
breathless-ness Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2009
It's obvious how much work you put into the costumes and it's payed off! SO AMAZING XD
You look great~ your makeup is so pretty *o*
juunana Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2009
So much effort but it was worth it!Amazing ~~~<3 :heart::heart:
raven-01 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2009
aww lovely you look so good. It strange seeing you with blonde hair XD but it looks good ^^
Micky-P Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2009
I ...*stunned* awesome, if I ever want to do some kind of armor cosplay like this, I know who to ask for advice, freaking stunning.
Elmo-Wentz Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2009
your so smexy !!!
Quake-And-Bake Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2009
you win so much respect for BGC 2040 cosplay, really you do theres nowhere near enough of it!
LittleMissSkuld Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow. That's just.... freakin amazing. And yeah, the shape of the bodies in 2040 are too thin. I think some ribs might be missing.

You great as Nene though:D :thumbsup:
haraju2girls Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2009
Tess: You've given the blow by blow account of how it's constructed and my brain still can't comprehend it around your awesomeness!! So much love to you guys and your talent, we are so proud of you!
Budgi-e Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2009
I am still amazed by this costume, its absolutely beautiful. You did such an awesome job on these costumes and you look beautiful!
Paphio Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2009
malik-bakura Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
woooooow~~ everytime i see this it gets better and better!! <33 you are LOVE!! XD I can't wait to see it in person to see the awesome-ness properly~
Tieva Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009
Omg. Omg. I think I love you.
ToasterCheese Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009
Wow... just... wow *A*
You really look soo amazing!!
And the work you put in is unbelievable!!
silverharmony Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009   Artisan Crafter
Such an amazing costume *A* and you're so hot as usual!! :heart:
FluffyLtd Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009  Professional Photographer
I can not express how awesomeful and awesome this is. :iconawesomenessplz:
Svespasveken Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009
good lord, so much effort! *__*

you look great sweetie <3
Black-Rose-Angel Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009
So god damn stunning!

Thanks for writing all that up, it was really interesting to read! *is wanting to start foam experimenting next holidays*
etaru Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009
JadeKat-Cosplay Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009
Yoooou look so incredibly AWESOME!!! O_o And reading the process is incredible. Envy~~~~ oooo soo cooooool~~
BlizzardTerrak Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow! I hope it's durable! That's a keeper! =D
christie-cosplay Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009
ohhh sex on leggsss~~~ 8DDDDDDDDDD I like I likee~~ eheh eheh ehehhhh
Tsubasaglz Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
awesome!!! and more awesome is that both of u can move normal!!!! walk and everything O.o
nanao-hime Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009
WOA!!!! that's a SUPER COSTUME!! 8D good job ! :heart:
Graphic-Pulse Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009
you would have to have a lot of patience to make those suits...they're so epic though XD
EssenceofCrayon Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Words cannot describe how much I love this cosplayyyyy :heart::heart:
The-Shoe Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009
Wow! That's all I can say! <3
MayBea Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009
You did such a fantastic job on the costumes! They're gorgeous <3
MelfinaCosplay Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW, crazy awesome work, I can't even imagine. Your hardsuits came out soooooo well!
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