It’s the amazing Spider-Trooper in our COSPLAY SPOTLIGHT!!!!!
Why do you cosplay?
I’ve long had an interest in making costume and props. I guess I just love the imagination and creativity involved in creating them, and the characters too. When I started around 15 years ago, cosplay didn’t exist, it was just costuming back then. I also did costumed entertainment at events and organised Live Action Role-Play events professionally for some time. Cosplay is great because it brings all the people together to share and enjoy their passion together. You can’t beat it!
What was your first cosplay?
I took the step into cosplay from live action role-play games about a year ago. I wanted to do more varied costumes, and more with my hobby in general so I joined the UK Garrison of the 501st Legion as TK5805, a Stormtrooper. I’m so glad I did, its great to meet so many like-minded and fun-loving people! It wasn’t really until I completed my Spider-Man that I got involved with the cosplay community.
Do you make your own cosplay costumes, if so, which ones, and how long does an average costume take to make?
I used to make costume and props professionally with an interest in weapons, masks and props. My career has since changed and I don’t have as much time these days, but I do what I can. Of my current costumes they are all put together by myself, some are from kits like my Stormtrooper, some are sourced from parts found on Ebay, and some are scratch built. I hate sewing tho, so I have a friend who does those parts for me, the rest of the handy work is my own.
I’m currently working on a couple of secret projects! One to accompany my Spider-Man that has some neat props that I’m making. And a second HUGE robotic project that I’m building from scratch, its gonna take some time!
On average they take anywhere from 3 to 6 months from concept to completion depending on various factors.
What is your favorite character to play?
Without doubt my friendly neighbourhood ‘Spider-Man’! He’s just so much fun. He gets the most interest on my page and at the Expo’s. I really try and play the character which people love, and I enjoy trying to get the moves ‘just right’!
Amongst animation, comics, movies, or video games, what is your biggest inspiration for cosplay?
There is no single or biggest inspiration, for me its down to the individual characters rather than the media they’re from. I have a number of original characters of my own inspiration too that while they have a basis in either film or another, they are unique.
Have you ever made any mistakes that you’d warn a first timer about?
Hmmm, good question. I love to share my experience and learn from others, but I can’t think of one right now. I do enjoy chatting with people on my page about how I made this and that; I have some ‘Making of’ albums on there to help others out…but no single situation springs to mind.
If I was to give a first-timer advice it would be… Enjoy yourself most of all. Do whatever you have a passion for, that gives you that buzz! People see the passion and effort that goes into a costume first and foremost. When your starting out be happy and realistic with what you can achieve, and learn from others, the internet is great for that. Very soon you will be surprised by what you can achieve!
Are there certain characters that are easier to play than others?
I certainly think so. Getting Spidey to move right took some practice! In contrast, one of my other characters, a medieval man-at-arms, his armour is all steel and weighs around 30kg, that can be challenging!
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