Cosplay Construction Spotlight: Enayla Cosplay’s Golem

“This tower is ours, on to the next target!” We’re diving into the construction process of Enayla Cosplay’s Golem!

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“Let them come through ME!” -Asura, Guild Wars 2

Today we’re taking a closer look at the gorgeous and whimsical construction of Enayla Cosplay’s Golem from Guild Wars 2.


Asura are a race of tiny gnome-like creatures from Guild Wars 2.  Highly educated and technically-minded, they make up for their size by building giant mech robots (golems) to fight alongside.  I love their lore (and their look) and had wanted to make an Asura cosplay, but unfortunately I’m not two feet tall…so I built a golem to give it scale!  It stands about 9.5 feet and is one of my favorite creations to date.


The Golem

As with any large project, my golem started off on paper.  I spent a long time examining references, sketching, and generally wrapping my brain around how all of the pieces would fit together.  Because this was such a large build, it was important to choose fairly inexpensive and lightweight materials, so I opted for EVA foam over a PVC pipe skeleton.


The Understructure

I constructed the main understructure first, from a giant roll of piping and connectors.  I used lightweight PVC for the non-load-bearing portions, and heavier pipe for the legs/feet so that they would support my weight.  I had originally intended to be able to walk around in the golem, but it ended up being too unwieldy, so I settled for climbing up and posing inside it.


The Outerskin

I patterned the outer skin just as I would pattern a sewn garment, by ‘draping’ paper on my structure and drawing in details and seamlines. Once I was satisfied with the paper pattern, I transferred it to EVA foam sheets and started constructing the outer layers.


Skin Details

I added finer details with 2mm craft foam for all of the tiny raised portions, which I adhered with superglue (I had to resist the urge to stop here and leave the golem rainbow-colored!).  I used velcro strips to attach all of the foam pieces together while still being able to split them for travel.

Foam Priming

Next, it was on to priming the foam in preparation for painting.  For this, I used about 40 cans of plastidip, a spray rubber, which creates a smooth surface and prevents paint from soaking into the foam.  Plastidip is very toxic to breathe, so I primed outside while wearing a respirator.


Resin Gem Casts

The golem is covered in glowing blue gems, which I cast from dyed resin (paint trays made perfect molds for this step!).  I embedded LED lights into the resin before it hardened so that the gems would glow from within, and wired it all up to a battery hidden in the body of the golem.

The Paint

Finally, I got to painting.  I painted the entire golem by hand using a mixture of matte and metallic acrylic paints.  I started off with a base color, added gradients and shading, and finished off with drybrushing for that worn metal look.

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  • Ronin

    I was debating on painting or playing GW2 and this article sort of answered for me.

  • euansmith

    I’d like to see a photo of the Golem in a dark setting to show off its glowing gems. That is a great piece of work, and the painting is so cool.

  • af

    Wow. Building a giant robot… I’m speechless. Very cool!

    This kind of hobbyist work is like miniatures scratch building and painting, only without the “miniatures” part!

    • ABSOLUTELY. I was analyzing her paint technique when I wrote this, and comparing it to my miniature painting technique.

  • Douglas Nelson

    Some part of me wonders “Where do you store it?”

    I wonder about that for most cosplays.

    • She posted this adorable Christmas photo on her Instagram page of it decorated like a Christmas tree in her living room. 😀

  • Severius_Tolluck

    So it looked like in the construction it would be a puppet? Like it is a costume? Not that it would be practical and would require a spotter, which would be her outside of it? Nah, guess the frame doesn’t allow for a waddle