This week we hop across the pond and into Space Marine Armor. We’re interviewing an amazing craftsman with a fondness for anti-heroes and chaos.
His constantly evolving style has been honed into a lethal weapon of creativity, and his unique method of combining fandoms has some unexpected results!
How did you get your start in cosplay? How long have you been creating your projects? What inspires you to work in the cosplay realm?
About 4 years ago my good friend Mike Ind asked me to go along to a comic con with his brothers, the three of them were DC’s Batman, Joker and Bane, so obviously I went home and built Marvel’s Warmachine. It was my first “cosplay” costume and armour build and took a couple of months and lots of experimentation but went down really well at the event with my photo being taken by hundreds of people despite being nothing like the movie version!
While at that particular event I saw all of the other costumes there and was inspired to make more and push the boundaries beyond the usual, I wanted to really stand out.
What is your strongest construction aspect?
I’m well known for my armour builds, practical approach and speed when completed projects for shows. I would also say a project is never finished, they age and are worn to the point of destruction. All of my costumes have been repaired and rebuilt and constantly evolve. Everything I make gives the impression of being solid and heavy despite being soft light foam.
What is your favorite type of cosplay work to do?
I tend to mostly make the characters I see as anti-heroes, Chaos Space Marines, Darth Vader crossed with a space marine, Winslow from the walking dead, Stitch (from Disney’s Lilo and Stitch!) Cypher the Fallen Angel is my only non-scale space marine standing at just under six foot, he is incredibly controversial in the 40K world.
All of these characters are well liked, but I can be in character and misbehave in the nicest possible way scaring people and stomping around like a monster. It’s that side of it that is really enjoyable!
What are your favorite completed projects, or your most popular?
Everyone at UK conventions knows and loves my Khorne Berzerker, he is known as “Big Red” to many, a 9ft tall World Eater Legion Space Marine. I carry a 7foot long chain axe/war hammer based on the infamous “Gore Father” from W40K lore.
He is by far the most comfortable and well-worn of my costume armours, even gets out to the odd party dance floor for a boogie!
What material is your favorite to work with?
EVA foam and hot glue, by far the most accessible and versatile materials for making costumes and props. They are cheap and easy to get hold of and anyone can use the stuff so when people ask for tips it’s the place to start.
What are your favorite fandoms? Favorite characters?
Warhammer 40K of course and I love the lore and various Chaos champions, I have the sign of Chaos undivided tattooed across my back and the armies of Khorne are my favorite for their sheer brutality and strength in battle .
Star Wars, specifically Darth Vader, he is my hero and my house is a huge shrine to the Sith Lord, I recently had him tattooed as the start of a sleeve. There are a lot of similarities that can be drawn between the Star wars and Warhammer universes.
I like to know a little about everything Marvel and DC even the Power Rangers, I’ve always been a TV and movie geek and have been strongly influenced by this. Also I’m a massive Terry Pratchett fan, I have all his books some signed and a Tattoo of Death and the Death of Rats.
What kind of games do you play? Videogames? Tabletop? Wargames?
I play Dungeons and Dragons weekly with my friends from Realm Pictures we have been questing for a couple of years with the same characters now! (I’m a level 8 Paladin). Also I have my PS4 and play Destiny, Witcher and Horizon Zero Dawn to name a few. And table top games such as Zombicide and a bears Vs Babies. My Warhammer and 40K armies are all safely in glass cabinets now and rarely get fielded.
What conventions do you attend? Have you guested/spoken on panels/competed in contests?
I go to all the main UK conventions hosted by MCM and Showmasters as well as loads of smaller local events and my favourite charity event “Feel the Force” in Peterborough where I usually show off my giant Darth Vader Space Marine crossover.
I was lucky enough to be asked to attend the release of the Eternal Crusade game in my Chaos Space Marine costume at Bandai Namco Headquarters in London which was an amazing experience. Back in 2016 I was also invited on the Jonathon Ross Radio 2 show to talk about cosplay and obviously wore the suit!
I regularly guest and judge the cosplay masquerades at comic con and gaming events, usually I am handed a microphone to chat with the crowds about their costumes and my own. My panel talks have included talking about big build costumes to even building a space marine live in two days and my work on the several viral YouTube interactive games/movies made with Realm Pictures over the last three years and how my costumes got me into it in the first place.
What are your favorite movies/shows to watch or music to listen to while you craft?
Fairy tale the anime as its easy background watching! And of course audio books from the Black Library, all of the Stories from the Grim Dark future of the Warhammer 40K universe are inspiring.
Who are your cosplay inspirations? Whose work do you admire or aspire to?
I admire the work of loads of my close friends who create massive builds and also intricately detailed and complex stuff, I tend to speed build everything and sometimes skimp on the perfectly clean seams or using the right tone of paint, i make do with what i can get my hands on with limited budget and time.
What projects are you working on in the future?
I just “finished” my World Eater Space Marine Terminator and rolled him out at the Sci-Fi Weekender 9 event in Wales, my house is getting a bit full so I may have to focus on something smaller next!
I’m helping a few friends to develop their existing space marine armour at the moment and working on the squad as whole.
There may be the start of a Gundam Death Scythe in my spare room but depends on space!
What conventions are you attending this next season?
This year is going to be a quiet one for me as i plan on taking a proper holiday for the first time in years, but will be at the Birmingham NEC later this year as well as a couple of smaller events around Bristol, I will post links on my Exeter Cosplay Facebook page as i get booked up!
What message do you have for people wanting to break into cosplay? What have you learned in your time working in Cosplay?
Crack on and build your favourite characters, nothing is impossible with time and effort, and importantly anyone can do it! You don’t need all the training and tools to start with, although they help they can’t drive your imagination to create.
Some of the most important lessons have been to trust your friends and don’t be afraid to ask for their help through out the process and make sure to pick up new friends along the way with the same love for costumes and events!
What are your social media/website links? Where can we find you?
Facebook : David Roth – Exeter cosplay
Instagram : exetercosplay
Youtube : RealmPictures
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