Cosplay Construction Spotlight: Enayla Cosplay’s Asura
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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 Asura 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.
I started my Asura cosplay with the main piece, the coat. It’s a very unusual design, so I drafted the pattern from scratch. After a couple scrap fabric mockups to ensure that the pattern was correct, I transferred it to the final fabric: a faux ostrich leather a great texture that mimicked the look of my reference.
I added contrasting fabric appliques finished with bias tape for the gold designs on the sides of the coat.
For the center front panel, I layered two textiles (a blue sequin over a heavy canvas), and stitched on strips of soutache cord for all of the white and black line detailing. I then fully lined the coat in lightweight cotton fabric and installed a line of grommets to lace it up the back.
My Asura carries a glowing magical bow made of floating chunks of stone. To create this effect in real life, I constructed the base of the bow out of EVA foam. I printed off a screenshot of the bow to scale and used this as a pattern.
For the rough stone effect, I used a dremel tool to carve out the EVA foam. I did most of this freehand while keeping a close eye on my reference images.
Finally, I primed the EVA foam with layers of plastidip and glued the pieces together. I used a piece of plexiglass to attach the ‘floating’ parts, and created the glowing halo effect by painting a strip of clear vinyl around the edge of the bow.
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