Imagining future Cosplay projects from the Warhammer 40k Campaign Setting.
Warhammer 40k Cosplay Inspiration
The last few months I have begun learning about the amazing universe surrounding Warhammer 40k, which is such an integral part of the BoLS wheelhouse. As a Cosplayer and model, I cannot help begin to daydream about the gorgeous imaging and artistic rendering of the 40k characters. Daydreams lead to designing future projects for them in my head. This is a world full of textures, fantasy, and imagination, which is so much the center of the Cosplay world. As such, I have recently started compiling a list of many deities and characters that I would love to design cosplay pieces for. Today we will take a moment to explore a few of my favorites.
Slaanesh– god/dess? of Pain, Pleasure, Perfection, and Hedonism
First off, WOW. This character has some serious nuance to her. She Who Thirsts is rendered in many different ways, but I believe that this particular version would lend itself easily to Cosplay. I see this character as something that would be done for a highly stylized studio photo-shoot, and I would enlist the skills of a fantastic body paint/special effects artist to accomplish it. Her gorgeous flowing hair and fantastic headpiece would be so much fun to create, and I love her regal, seductive pose in this image. Plus, the glowing eyes would be a delightful challenge to accomplish. And those CLAWS!!! She very much reminds me of the Dragonlance goddess of all Evil, Takhisis. Acting out this character I imagine would feel quite like attempting to embody a snake- smooth and flowy at times, and then quick moments of violence.
The Yncarne– Avatar of Ynnead
Talk about Drama. I have already written about my desire to create Yvraine as a future cosplay, but this one also appeals greatly to my sense of fantasy drama. The textures of the body suit, the blowing blue around him that could easily be created with flowing fabrics to swirl around, the gorgeous horn and headdress… This project would be RIDICULOUSLY complicated, textured, and FUN. This characterization reminds me of a cross between the Final Fantasy Unicorn and a Shiva, both of which are gorgeous and inspiring. Since the character is inherently androgynous, figuring out how to get the movement and power correct would be an interesting challenge. It has the elegance of a fashion runway piece, but the strength and imposing nature which is much more masculine in nature. Fascinating!
Sylandri Veilwalker– Harlequin Veilwalker
The Harlequins hold a great deal of fascination for me. I have long been drawn to the lore behind the commedia dell’arte,and to see that Warhammer 40k holds an homage to that glorious piece of history was a thrill for me. I became instantly obsessed, and have even decided that in a dream world, the Harlequins and Ynnari would be my army of choice for playing 8th Edition. That being said, it is natural that I was drawn to this particular character. Her ability to influence those around her into action, subtly and sneakily inciting events that would change the course of history is ridiculously appealing. Her colors and fabrics are vibrant, and her warrior belt is particularly gorgeous, and her claw armor would be a fantastic accessory to create. This would be a character that could easily be taken to conventions, as it is not constricting or hard to move in. I could easily see this becoming a convention staple, especially because with the face covered, makeup would not be necessary!
~With so many fantastic characters to portray, how will I ever choose?! Comment below with your vote for which one to cosplay next!
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