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A costume from the Japanese comic series Mahou Sensei Negima. This comic has some pretty cool character designs. I enjoyed the challenge of building this impossibly large sword and gravity (and logic) defying armour.
My first time constructing armour. Two of the pieces I cast, and the rest were styrene plastic molded into shape using a heat gun. I patterned the armour pieces with paper first before cutting out my shapes in the plastic and molding them. The paint job was done in several layers of black, grey and silver spray paint, with a final dry-brushing coat to age it.
In contrast to the styrene pieces (which were super light), the giant cast shoulder piece was extremely heavy, in spite of being hollow, and had a very complex rig that sat under the neck piece.
I used zig-zag machine to do the emblem appliqué on the front of the skirt. The most time consuming part of the costume was applying all the yellow bias tape along the zig-zag edges of the skirt and shirt.
Costume: Asuna Kagurazaka
Costume Source: Mahou Sensei Negima
Designed By: Ken Akamatsu
Completed: May 2013
Photography Credit: Mike Kowalek / EleventhPhotograph