Ruin Guard from Genshin Impact / Cosplay by biotom27
The experience has been amazing. it always makes big views and has a lot of people coming up to take pictures at the events I take it to. My socials have been getting crazy traction since I started posting a build process for it. There are some really dedicated people in the community and it just brings me joy that other people love what I do. Other than that it’s really opened my door to more opportunities with people in the community that I’d never imagined I’d be friends with, let alone talk to.
From my small viewport on the Ruin Guard, most of the con-goers were just in awe that a 10ft tall costume was standing in front of them, let alone sometimes walking in front of them. Even with the amount of space I had at A-kon, I had to show off the Ruin Guard’s signature spin. almost every time I’d hear the group of people wow in amazement. The main challenge was scale. I have 3 main principles: Accuracy, Scale and Uniqueness. so i had to make it big. I had a small room while building it and it got so big that on some days it had to lay on my bed.
The first one is a bit of the reason I hauled the Ruin Guard 6 hours to Dallas. I knew the Eng VAs for Genshin were going to be there, and I managed to meet them and record some videos and take some pictures. I couldn’t believe that the actual talent for the game were acknowledging my work, I almost teared up inside the costume.
The next one, I’m going to sound like an awful person, but once in a while I’d scare a person or two while cosplaying. Makes me happy that I’m roleplaying the Ruin Guard which is supposed to strike fear due to its size.
Another challenge was making it spin like it does in game. I had come up with multiple sketches and ideas on how I was going to accomplish it. At one point I was going to purchase a large lazy susan wheel that would have jacked the price up to $70-ish dollars, but decided I can do it for cheaper.
In the junior year of high school, I started getting fully into anime and heard about this convention. After going, a lot of the time I was just excited naming out all the characters being cosplayed. So the next event I decided to cosplay myself. The unfortunate thing was that no-one was selling the cosplay I wanted, which was my Warlock from the game, Destiny.
It was a hodge-podge of cardboard, EVA foam, cardstock and a mass produced Assassin’s Creed hood, but that’s when it all started. Over time, I keep taking on more difficult and diverse characters that test my skills in crafting and a bit of engineering.
I want to keep getting better at what I’m doing and expand my skill set at the same time: 3D modeling on Blender, playing around with servos and LEDs on Arduinos, Airbrush painting just to name a few things.
On top of that, I take commissions and make cosplay pieces and props for other people, some say I might be able to make a living out of this but I’ve yet to see it myself. But at the end of the day, I’m just a guy that enjoys crafting and to amaze other people with my craft is why I enjoy cosplay so much.
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