Luna - DOTA2 cosplay tutorial
This year we had the opportunity to welcome for the first time in France a stopover of the DOTA2 Major, more precisely at Disneyland Paris.
Unfortunately, no cosplay activities were planned for this event, but as a fan I had to come at least one day in cosplay! So it’s not an order, I wasn’t paid to come to this event I came as a viewer and it was quite nice.
Since 2011 I want to make DOTA2 cosplays and when I learned at the beginning of 2019 that there was going to be a major in Paris I immediately chose Luna, an outfit simple to wear because there is no armor but two beautiful props to make and especially a helmet (a first for me)!
The manufacturing of the full costume took me about 3 months. I had already made the helmet a few months before (a sudden urge…) the rest of the cosplay took me 2 months knowing that I only work on my cosplays on weekends and in the evening. Because yes I am not a full-time cosplayer, the only few professional projects I have does not allow me to have enough income, so I keep my job nearby (and I love it!).
PART 1: the costume
For the helmet I used Kamui Cosplay’s Free Supervillain Helmet Pattern, which I adapted to match what I needed.
The base is made of EVA foam (2mm and 8mm thick) covered with Worbla, primed with wood glue, painted with acrylic and then varnished. Only the visor was not covered with Worbla so as not to hurt my forehead.
For the ponytail I used a cheap wig from Ebay from which I cut the hair strands. I then created a foam insulation base that I sanded down to give it the ideal shape, and it is on this base that I glued the hair strands with a hot glue gun. I also glued a few strands of hair inside the helmet so that they would come out through the tube at the top. Still inside the helmet, more precisely inside the tube, I fixed the ponytail with foam and a wooden stick (and a lot of hot glue!).
For the shoulder pieces I used a basic pattern and made them with EVA foam (10mm and 2mm thick) and a cutter. And as for each part, it is primed with wood glue, acrylic paint and then varnished.
For the weird collar it was much more difficult, I wrapped my sewing mannequin with stretch film and painting tape and then drew my pattern by hand. I then transferred it to EVA foam (5mm thick), glued the different parts together with contact glue and shaped them with my heat gun. And as usual primed it with wood glue (although Flexipaint would have been preferable in order to keep the foam flexibility) then acrylic paint and varnish.
The shoulder pieces are glued to the collar with hot glue and contact glue, and the same collar is closed with Velcro tape glued to a foam strip covered with faux leather.
For the bodysuit I used the amazing Yaya Han’s bodysuit pattern and stretch faux leather. I followed the pattern’s steps by using blue everywhere except on the collar, because Luna’s bodysuit is blue and black. Of course, I took the model with zipper on the front and the legs part. Once the base was finished I was able to work on the details of the suit.
When working with faux leather, consider using a Teflon foot when sewing and prefer clamps to pins when assembling parts.
The details were the most complicated part of this costume. To obtain the desired pieces I simply applied masking tape on the bodysuit (previously installed on the sewing mannequin or on myself for the parts on the thighs) then I drew the elements on it. I then cut them up and transferred them to black faux leather. Then it was necessary to fix all these elements on the bodysuit (very complicated on some parts when you are alone *forever alone intensifies*) with special leather glue.
The elbow parts, the belt, the elements glued to the collar (front and back) and the boots cover are simply pieces of 5mm thick foam covered with black faux leather, all fixed with velcro. I added some white lines using a marker to give more volume to the elements.
PART 2: the props
First download my blueprints, then print them (scale at 100%) and assemble the sheets together to get a first pattern.
Let’s start with the weapon. Transfer the pattern to insulation foam (I used two 3cm thick sheets) and cut the shape with a cutter (be careful, wear gloves to not cut yourself). Then start cutting roughly at a bevel to give your weapon a shape, always with a cutter, then finish the shaping with a sander to get a clean and smooth surface.
I added thin foam parts to create the swordguard and then started to prime this baby with tooooooons of wood glue.
Final result after painting and a coat of varnish. Insulation foam is easy to work with but I should have added a wooden core because the middle part was too weak and has already been broken!
And now the shield! After cutting the different parts into the foam, let’s start with the small feathers. How to obtain a bevelled shape with 5mm thick foam? It’s very simple – just dig a slight rabbet using a cutter, remove the excess and finally place the glue inside of it.
By pressing the 2 sides together at the angle of the rabbet, the desired shape will be achieved.
These small feathers can then be attached to the shield with contact glue. Let’s also add a small piece of bevelled foam for more volume.
The center part is a basic conical shape made with 5mm foam.
For the glowing part I used Worbla Transpart that I shaped on a Christmas ball… Improvisation, yes! Be careful not to burn yourself because once heated the Worbla Transpart sheet become very hot, wear gloves! And press the sheet against a spherical object to obtain the desired shape.
To diffuse the light inside the half sphere I use packaging foam wrap and arrange a simple garland of white LEDS behind. Yes I know the inside view is not the sexiest part of the shield!
Use a dremel (or a similar tool) to give the nicest and the smoothest edges to your props! And heat the whole part with your heat gun to avoid foam remains/dust
Finally after tons of layers of wood glue it was time to paint! For the final touch I added an animated LED strip on the edge.
And you are done, yeay! Clic here to see the final result.
There you go, you’re ready to go hit some creep! I hope that this first tutorial pleased you and helped you to create your own costume 🙂