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This ‘Guild Wars 2’ Golum Cosplay Build is Epic

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Jan 20 2023
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They’ll have to come through this titanic Golem to defeat Enayla Cosplays’ Asura!

Cosplay has the ability to wow its viewers with the sheer force of creativity. Being a site that heavily features systems like Warhammer 40k, we see our fair share of gigantic cosplay builds. It is always fascinating to see what cosplayers can come up with when they build Space Marine armor or giant robots. Today’s videogame characters pop off the screen in these builds by Enayla Cosplay.

Guild Wars 2 Asura and Golum Cosplays with permission by Enayla Cosplay
Guild Wars 2 Asura and Golum Cosplays with permission by Enayla Cosplay

 

Enayla Cosplay is a creator known for her vibrant colors, textures, and attention to detail. She has many cosplays that are so screen accurate they could be mistaken for the original character. With her eye for whimsy and color, it should be no surprise she tackled such an ambitious project. We sat down with Enayla and asked her about her construction process for this gorgeous cosplay. Today you get to learn all her secrets!

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Enayla Cosplay Asura and Golum cosplays

 

Guild Wars 2 Asura and Golum Inspiration Image
Let them come through ME!” -Asura, Guild Wars 2

 

Guild Wars 2 Golum and Asura Cosplay Inspiration

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.

-Enayla Cosplay

 

Golum Cosplay: The Construction Materials

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.

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-Enayla Cosplay
Guild Wars 2 Golem Cosplay Process pictures with permission by Enayla Cosplay
Process pictures with permission by Enayla Cosplay

 

Guild Wars 2 Cosplay: 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. Heavier pipe was used for the legs/feet so that they would support my weight. Originally, I intended to be able to walk around in the golem. It ended up being too unwieldy, so I settled for climbing up and posing inside it.

-Enayla Cosplay
Guild Wars 2 Golum Cosplay Process pictures with permission by Enayla Cosplay
Process pictures with permission by Enayla Cosplay

 

Golum Cosplay: 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.

-Enayla Cosplay
Process pictures with permission by Enayla Cosplay

 

Golum Cosplay: 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.

-Enayla Cosplay
Process pictures with permission by Enayla Cosplay

Golum Cosplay: 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.

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-Enayla Cosplay
Guild Wars 2 Golum Cosplay Process pictures with permission by Enayla Cosplay
Process pictures with permission by Enayla Cosplay

 

Guild Wars 2 Cosplay: 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.

-Enayla Cosplay
Process pictures with permission by Enayla Cosplay

 

Guild Wars 2 Golum Cosplay: 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.

-Enayla Cosplay
Guild Wars 2 Golum Cosplay Process pictures with permission by Enayla Cosplay
Guild Wars 2 Golum Cosplay Process pictures with permission by Enayla Cosplay

 

Golum Cosplay with permission by Enayla Cosplay

 

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