I'm here to share with you my first ever cosplay tutorial! Please forgive any errors or mistakes, as I tried to be as detailed as possible.
I recently decided to cosplay Spring Xander from Fire Emblem Heroes, and felt that this was a good spot to begin for tutorials. This tutorial can be used for any version of Xander's crown, from Fates to Heroes!! Lets begin. :)
First thing is materials and references! I used my phone to pull up a reference on his crown (front, side, back, etc). I used his Fates design for the crown as the crown in Heroes was the same.
Stuff you'll need:
- Pen and Marker
- Measuring Tape
- Foam of Choice (I used EVA foam mats)
- Exact-o Knife (not shown)
- Dremel (not shown)
- Mod Podge/Other primer (not shown)
- String (not shown)
- Acrylic paint (not shown)
- Gloss (not shown)
- A towel
- A brush (big)
- Cup of water x2
Once you have your pattern drafted, cut it out and see if it fits. Adjust if needed or redo. If it's 100% how you want it, take out your sharpie and trace out the pattern (mirroring it at the front).
For this process, I get a towel to cover my lap from the foam, a cup of water for my hands (to keep my fingers clean from the dust), a mask to keep your breathing nice and clear, the dremal, and my phone reference! This process took about 2 hours.
This part can take a bit long as well, depending on how thick you make your coats and how many coats you do. I did 4 layers total, 2 thick, 2 thin, and took about 3 hours total to dry.
Now that it's all primed and dry, it's time to paint! I forgot to take the photo before hand, but add the tiny little holes in before painting. My dremal has a set of interchangeable sanding tools and had a little hole maker and it worked GREAT. If you don't have one, you can either buy some for your model or slowly and carefully, carve one out with a smaller exact-o knife blade.
At this point, I have strayed from the Fates design and went with the Heroes color of his crown, which is a dark green. If you are doing his normal Fates design, please use black instead. This tutorial does not affect the rest of the crown if you use a different color. :)
AND YOU'RE DONE!
I hope you found this tutorial useful. I hope to make more in the future. :) Best of luck, cosplayers!!