A costume is a way to become any character you want to portray, but some of us don’t have the skills or resources to fabricate their look from start to finish. There are plenty of retailers, like us, who can help you out, but sometimes you have to do a little work to make these out-of-the-bag costumes into your vision of the character.
Take Connor, from Assassin’s Creed for example. This video game character is a part of the Assassin’s Order so he’s no stranger to getting down and dirty. Yes, the costume is an officially licensed replica of the character’s outfit, but with slight modifications it can capture his true essence. That’s why we were super excited to have this costume MAGED!
What does “Maged” mean? Let us introduce you to Knightmage, a cosplayer with a pretty awesome closet full of costumes. He’s no stranger to modifying mass produced costumes to take them to the next level and to also make them stand out to look unique.
Weight: 265 lbs
Costume Size: Medium/Large
Pros: Extremely well made and good material. Nice details and ready to wear as-is.
Cons: No pants are provided. Tight fit for larger people and bigger sizes aren’t available.
Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5
This suit is extremely well made! It’s thick and the stitching is strong. You will need to provide your own pants though. I got the biggest size available. The suit fits but it is snug (I had to unbutton the top 3 buttons on the jacket vest), so doing parkour would be difficult. Honestly, not much needed to be done with this suit. Just add your own props and small details if you want. For the suit I just airbrushed it a tad to dirty it up.
The bow is a toy bow that I made longer using strip from a plastic tote container and EVA foam. I then repainted it and wrapped it with twine. The bow string is also made from twine.
The arrows are actually dowel rods that were glued together and feature foam arrow tips and foam ends. The foam ends were then dry brushed white. The quiver to hold the arrows and the American Flag was made from EVA foam. It was then painted brown and glued to a strap provided with the costume.
The two toy pistols were Pirates of the Caribbean items that I repainted. I also made an EVA foam belt with two “U” holsters to hold the guns.
The toy Calvary sword and the toy Tomahawk were slightly repainted to give it them dirtier look.
Lastly, I added twine to the costume and the accessories. I wrapped the twine around the legs, hands, bow and quiver.
And here are pictures of the finished product!
All it takes are a few modifications to completely transform this pre-packaged costume into something completely new! You might not be able to MAGE a costume, but follow his lead and you’ll take your costume to the next level. Don’t forget to check out Knightmage’s other costumes on his Facebook page and stayed tuned to see what costumes he modifies next!
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