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Alphonse Elric costume from Fullmetal Alchemist

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"Humankind can not get anything without first giving something in return.
To obtain, something of equal value must be lost.
That is Alchemy's first law of equlivant exchange.
In those days, we really believed that to be the world’s one and only truth."


Hello everyone! I'm here to present to you today my Alphonse costume/cosplay!

To those of you who do not know who Alphonse Elric is, he is the brother of the main protagonist Edward Elric of the anime Fullmetal Alchemist. If you haven't read the manga or watched the T.V. show yet, I highly recommend you do—it's a fantastic series.

I wanted to out-do my costume from last year, so I went with another suit of armor, but from a different anime. I've always wanted to make a costume like this anyway, so I wasted no time in taking the opportunity.

The Process:

The costume took me around four months to complete all-in-all. Cutting the pieces took around three months (working on it during my free time), and the sealing/painting process took about a month. The overall process went as follows:
  1. Planning and sketching
  2. Prototyping sketched pieces by cutting them out on paper and gluing them together
  3. Enlarging initial sketches to scale
  4. Tracing sketched pieces on craft foam
  5. Cutting craft foam
  6. Hot gluing pieces together
  7. Sealing pieces with watered-down tacky glue
  8. Spraypainting with silver spraypaint
  9. Waiting to dry
  10. Adding extra details (Light-up eyes, etc)
I made the initial sketches by taking references from several pictures, snapshots, and even action figures and planning out each individual piece. This was the longest and most painful part of the process because of the sheer amount of time put toward making sure the proportions are right, that the pieces fit together, etc.

Cutting out the pieces and hot gluing them was fairly easy. I just cut out each piece and hot glued them as I already planned and sketched out during the initial phase of the project.

I tested the spraypaint with uncoated craft foam, but soon realized that it wouldn't put off the same sort of shine as I expected. I looked up some tutorials, and saw someone mention using watered-down tacky glue to seal the craft foam first, so I decided to give it a go. I filled a small container with tacky glue and then added water until it was about the consistency of acrylic paint. I used this to seal the pieces before spraypainting them, which gave the suit an excellent shine.

Last year, I wore black sweatpants and a black, long sleeve shirt to cover the joint areas in my costume. This year, however, I used a black morphsuit instead. It provides ample breathability within the suit and covers every possible joint area.

The eyes in the helmet were simple to make. I used a couple of LEDs from a couple of light-up party balloons, and put them between two pieces of regular copy paper. They're held in the helmet with velcro so they can be removed as needed. Turning off the eyes simple: just take out the batteries.

And that's it! Unfortunately, I didn't take any pictures of the building process. I'll make sure to take pictures next time, though!

Anyway, thanks for taking a look at my costume! This is my favorite costume thus far, and it was an awesome experience to boot! I look forward to making my next Halloween costume!

Best regards,
- Tomcat94

 

jackmaster3 months ago

awesome but where is the cat???

Xx513xX4 months ago
brother?
Holy crap bro! 0.0 I was actually thinking about making his armor.. But I'm not even sure where to start.
Props man! (No pun intended xD)
It's Alu! He even has the towel! Waaaiiii it's so cute! <3
tylerling1 year ago
Awesome costume! Btw what was the suite of armor from a different anime you mentioned?
ecsaul232 years ago
Congrats on being a finalist! you are a finalist in the photos category. I hope you take it!
poofrabbit2 years ago
Congratulations on being a finalist in the Halloween contest!!! Can’t wait to see if you win! Good luck!
ecsaul232 years ago
AWESOME! I love that Anime. Great job! How were the responses when you went out in that? Win any costume contests?
Tomcat94 (author)  ecsaul232 years ago
The general response from everyone was sheer amazement-- especially with the glowing eyes! I also won a costume contest at a Halloween dance as well. ^_^
cool! what was the prize?
Tomcat94 (author)  ecsaul232 years ago
I won a 15 dollar Wal-Mart gift card. It's not a laser cutter or a DSLR camera, but it'll at least buy me a few snacks. :P
Thats not bad! Besides, its all about the bragging rights ;)
Tomcat94 (author)  ecsaul232 years ago
Absolutely! Well, bragging rights and a few bags of chips, that is. :P
haha, yup, cant forget those :)
Yay! Yay! Yay! That is spot on!!!
Tomcat94 (author)  Penolopy Bulnick2 years ago
Thank you! ^_^ I was initially going to do an Edward Elric costume, but I was way too tall. :P
Ahahahaha you just had to mention how short Ed is ;D
HAHAHA! Those were always the best parts! I loved his tantrums :)
abadfart2 years ago
this would be great for an anime convention
Tomcat94 (author)  abadfart2 years ago
It would! I made it with the intention of being able to wear it on Halloween and at conventions. ^_^
Tomdf2 years ago
Amazing! I love this!
Here I was thinking that making one automail arm would be a lot of work, but this is on a whole nother level.

Did you paint a sigil on the inside? I know you wouldn't be able to see it, but it would still be sweet lol.
Tomcat94 (author)  Tomdf2 years ago
There's a few small details like that that I wasn't able to finish in time, but I'm going to finish them before the next anime convention. :P
abadfart2 years ago
this would be great for an anime convention
I know what I'm making for halloween next year!!.... but i should probably start in like march.
The sooner, the better! Even when I started mid-July, I was still pressed for time as Halloween came around. Good luck!~
poofrabbit2 years ago
This is fantastic!!! Very well done!
Tomcat94 (author)  poofrabbit2 years ago
Thank you! It was well worth the time and effort put into it. :)
Thergox2 years ago
That is some excellent work there -- its so accurate!
Tomcat94 (author)  Thergox2 years ago
Thank you! ^_^
asda12462 years ago
i have to say this is awesome but personally i think it looks too sleek al's armor in fma looks bulkier
Tomcat94 (author)  asda12462 years ago
I had to sacrifice the bulkiness for the sake of actually being able to move around in the thing. :P