Pimpcron: What’s The Deal With 40k Cosplay?

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Pimpcron dives into the world of playing pretend with 40K costumes.

 

What it is, my bruthas and sistas?! The illest homie in your crib, Pimpcron, is here this week to brighten your day with warm thoughts on some nonsense I decided to talk about this week. Do you know how I decide what topic to talk on weekly? I have made this huge wheel to spin, and every slot says 40k. So I generally talk about 40k stuff. I know what the outcome will be each time I spin it, but I like the suspense. Sometimes it stops exactly on a line or something. I have a sad life.

 

 

So, What’s The Deal With Cosplayers?

First of all, I’d like to point out that I’m a manly (robot) man. A (robot) man who cuts wood with an axe, eats his meat rare, and has a beard that he never combs. I like Natural Light, have a Chevy truck, and will pay any amount of money to watch two things “wrassle”. The Pimpcron never understood the whole deal about people cosplaying.

I recently went to MAGfest near D.C. which is a Music and Gaming convention where cosplay is a pretty big activity people do. It is quite a spectacle as 30,000+ people mill about and a huge portion of them in costume. Some costumes are dead-on awesomeness (I mean, if I was into that sort of thing), while others are less-so. I saw one Eldar guy and a few Guardsmen this year and usually see Gaunt’s Ghosts other years. But here has always been my question: Why do these people take all the time and effort into making a costume, and then just walk around with all of their props all day? If you’ve brought a giant sword, for instance, it’s hard to sit down in a panel and listen, it’s hard to navigate through the crowd and you risk damaging it. It seems like a lot of stress just to dress up and play pretend.

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I go there to hang out, watch panels on topics that interest me, and judge people silently. Ya know, normal convention stuff. I would never want to be bothered with the hassle of have to walk on stilts, wear a foam suit, or a wig all day. And if Pimpcron wouldn’t want to do something, why would anybody else want to do it? That’s just weird.

Here’s Why (I’ve Gathered) They Do It

Even though it isn’t my cup of tea (as if a Necron would drink tea), I think I know why they do it.

Everyone wants to express their selves creatively and sizing up a character, figuring out how to get the materials that would emulate that character, and all of the engineering behind making a wearable costume is creative. Of course some people put 30 seconds of thought into their cosplay, but others spend months of preparation and money into their suits and try to replicate the character perfectly.  Ya gotta give it to some of these people, they look just like the beloved characters they are trying to portray.

 

40K Cosplay from GenCon40K Cosplay from GenCon

It’s also a hobby, and like I said, they can spend months on one suit trying to perfect it. Just like we paint little men and push them around the table, they scout materials and spend their nights putting their outfits together. It’s kind of a nerdier version of being a tailor; if that’s possible.

Plus Other Reasons

Everybody loves an inside joke, or reference to something you both know about. It is an entire subset of humor, and makes your brain light up when you make the connection. I could hurt my knee, and go “[inhale] Ahhhhh”, a couple times and you’d all laugh from a Family Guy reference. Or some currently-over used Rick and Morty reference would basically arouse all my readers. So when you are walking around a con and an Eldar walks past you in a pretty sweet costume, you’re brain goes “Whoa, I get that reference!”

Like my reference to another reference? Referenception.

Most people are proud of what they like (unless you are a Pimpcron fan, the public ridicule would be too much) and nothing says “I Like My Little Pony” quite like dressing up like a god-forsaken teenage cartoon horse. The moment I saw one of those Guardsmen I just assumed he liked 40k. (Did I just assume his fanhood?) It’s cool and makes you feel like you’re part of a larger community. I am a huge Trekkie and get excited whenever I find another Trekkie in passing conversation. “You like Star Trek too?! Is Discovery freakin’ sweet or what?” That was not a joke. As much as I love the old Treks, this one is siiiiiiiiiiiiiiick.

Anyway, if you are like me and wonder why cosplayers do what they do, I think this mostly covers it. So just sit back and enjoy all of the hard work they put into their costumes and share a friendly “Hey! I get that reference!” moment with them. It’s good for the community of nerds.

Why Do You (or don’t you) Cosplay? Am I right?

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    • Pimpcron

      Lol.

  • orionburn III

    Glad to see Pimpy is back to random and weird articles. The last few articles have been sane and actually some of the better ones on BoLS lately. We were getting concerned.

    😛

    • Pimpcron

      Backhanded Compliment of the Week award goes to … orionburn III. 😛

  • AkulaK

    Why do you collect grey plastic miniatures and make them pew pew at each other ?

    Well, it’s exactly the same, it’s a hobby like ours or anything else. Those guys like to dress themselves in fictional characters. We like to push small plastic soldiers on a decorated table… I don’t really see the difference.

    • Pimpcron

      See article above for that exact statement.

  • m3g4tr0n

    If someone wants to dress up, that’s cool. It’s when the cosplayers think they are more valuable than the game that it becomes an issue.

  • Bakvrad

    I both like and dislike (doing) cosplay 😀
    Being cramped full, being recognized, being in a hot costume/wearing a wig, being acknowledged, the hate, the love. So much going on in this scene ^^
    But mostly I hate, when dressed up as qui-gon jinn and almost everybody yells: „it’s obi wan!! Nice cosplay!!“

    First thing I thought after reading: someone’s gotta do a pimpcron cos – and count how many get the reference 😀

    • Pimpcron

      Lol, that would be baller. I will fully endorse (with $0) a cosplay of Pimpcron. Though who would recognize it is anyone’s guess.

    • AEZ

      If you can’t get your costume correct so you are recognized it’s yourself you are hating I think 😀

      • Bakvrad

        If I get called obi wan I always ask: in which episode does obi wan have long hair bound back.
        Then they start thinking about what they actually said 😀
        And then they try to remember how the character is called.
        It’s like nobody likes episode 1…

        • LankTank

          I liked it. Pod races are awesome. 3-way light saber fight AWESOME. And everything else can just be skipped on the DVD

    • LankTank

      I have an islander mate who Jedi Cosplays. He NEVER gets mistaken for Obi-wan

  • Hagwert

    Lemmy from Motor Head often used to get criticised for wearing stuff like US 7th cavalry hats or German Iron Crosses . He used to respond simply by saying ” Throughout history the bad guys have always worn the best clobber ! ” Maybe that’s why people like dressing up as conscript shooting Commisars and fanatical space nuns.

    • Felix Herfort

      look up the person designing the SS uniforms

  • Alxeii

    Lol, that would be baller. I will fully endorse (with $0) a cosplay of Pimpcron. Though who would recognize it is anyone’s guess.

    • Pimpcron

      I don’t get it. You just copied what I said. I guess you agree?

  • Sonic tooth

    The deal is……..the spikey bitz guys jakk off to it constantly

    • Pimpcron

      Sounds like insider information I’m not privy to.

  • Katie

    Why do you collect grey plastic miniatures and make them pew pew at each other ?Well, it’s exactly the same, it’s a hobby like ours or anything else. Those guys like to dress themselves in fictional characters. We like to push small plastic soldiers on a decorated table… I don’t really see the difference

    • Pimpcron

      What is with copying comments today? That’s twice now and is strange.

      • Copy/paste bots have become common in the last couple of months – not really sure what the end game is on using them.

        If you see one, flag it.

  • piglette

    Hard times create strong men.
    Strong men create good times.
    Good times create weak men (<—-you are here).
    Weak men create hard times.

    • Pimpcron

      See my comment above. Idk why all the repeats comments today.

      • usGrant7977

        The reason you fail Pimpcron is; your assumption of their literacy.

      • LankTank

        Spam bots. Must be your weird degenerate cousins?

    • Pimpcron

      And I can’t argue with that logic. I participate in children’s karate if that means anything. I’ve been a white belt for sixteen years.

  • Elias

    Hard times create strong men. Strong men create good times.Good times create weak men (<—-you are here).Weak men create hard times.

    • Pimpcron

      I prefer the term flaccid over weak, but ok.

  • SYSTem050

    Well that’s five minutes I ain’t getting back. 🙁

    • Pimpcron

      Then you lost more time by commenting? Gee, I’m sorry.

  • Timmy McMurderbug

    =POSSIBLE SANITY WARNING=
    Cosplaying is experiential. Remember when you got a centerpiece model painted and just couldn’t wait to get it on the table? Yeah, kinda like that.
    Pimpypoo, you nailed it with the ‘reference’ thing. The other part of it basically what boils down to enhancing the atmosphere. I was at GENCON. GENCON is cool.
    See anime stuff, yadda yadda- oh wait, see someone clomp by as an anime character I don’t recognize, but the outfit is awesome? Groovy, yo. It’s all part of the experience. Timmy McMurderbug out.

    • Pimpcron

      It really is a good thing for the community of any culture I think.

  • SiberianVI

    Lion ‘El Johnson Cosplaying as the night bringer was here.

    • Pimpcron

      Glad to see you reading my stuff, oh Commissar of a million Conscripts.

  • adrenalin

    I don’t get it. You just copied what I said. I guess you agree?

    • Pimpcron

      Oh you.

  • Balder

    little men and push them around the table, they scout materials and spend their nights putting their outfits together. It’s kind of a nerdier version of being a tailor; if that’s

    • Pimpcron

      Okay, now this is getting funny.

  • marxlives

    Pimpcorns tinder pic is 100 percent legit.

    • Pimpcron

      Dude, maybe we match. Hit me up bruh.

    • piglette

      GW should release a Tinder style app for matching players. “Unpainted Guilliman profile picture!? – LEFT SWIPE! Hmm Death Korps cavalry diorama, sexy! – RIGHT SWIPE!”

  • Peter Bean

    well i started playing at the time of rouge trader, played through the next 2 editions , then just collected and painted the minis , i built a sw suit a couple of years back , and its a very awesome feeling to wear something you`ve made from scratch. http://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/66adca516b1ef13a5f7957e54da7d019a5b4d8c899d71e5593d78d50de8e1684.jpg

    • Rasheed Jones

      Wow, global warming did a number in Fenris.

  • YetAnotherFacelessMan

    I’m just really impressed with Pimpcron’s reply rate. Man, that’s some audience/author engagement right there.

    • Pimpcron

      I was out of town until now, so I had a day lapse. Sorry. 🙂 Yeah man, I read every single comment. I love a good conversation.

  • SolvetCosmos

    I imagine that making a costume has the same draw as putting together a conversion. Probably even uses a lot of the same skills, just on a bigger scale.

  • Your random articles are always entertaining keep on making them Pimpcrom. Used to read your blog glad to see you’re still at it.

    • Pimpcron

      Aw shucks Roland! Thanks for reading my stuff! I miss my old blog, but just not enough Cron to go around these days. Please keep reading and it makes me very happy you remember my old blog! 🙂