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Alphonse Elric Cosplay by rockinrobin Alphonse Elric Cosplay by rockinrobin
I made this last summer, but I never got around to actually taking some high-res close-up photos of it to post haha. So here it is! It was a fun challenge to make and very rewarding to get some great feedback at conventions. :]


for those who are interested in how it's made:
It's mostly made out of craft foam, with cardboard inside for support and extra durability. the round part for the top of the head which also serves as the base that everything is attached to is made of paper mache. and the horn in the front is just cardstock paper. the only glue I used was hot glue, because it hold well and dries almost instantly, which was useful in assembly.

I made the design by first creating a miniature pattern out of paper to figure out how everything would fit together. For example, I had to figure out how the piece with the eyes would overlap and fit underneath the piece above it. Also, figuring out just the right angle and shape of the jaw piece was a challenge and took several tries. Then I made a life-size pattern out of paper to figure out how it would fit on my head, and make sure the eyes would line up properly. I had to tweak the design just a little and move the eyes closer together, because the real Alphonse's eyes are too far apart to properly see out of. Then I used the patterns to cut pieces out of craft foam. Most of the craft foam pieces are actually two pieces of thin foam with cardboard sandwiched in between. The cardboard helps give it shape and durability.

Ones the pieces were complete, I gave everything several coats of primer and paint. (the paint is a metallic blueish green craft-grade acrylic paint) Then I glued the whole thing together. Assembling the whole thing was extremely nerve-wracking, since hot glue is not very forgiving! one slip up could mean having to start over entirely. But luckily I was careful and everything worked out. After the whole thing was assembled, I used black paint and a light metallic color for highlights, grease smudges, and other weathering effects such as small scratches and chips here and there. That's about it!
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:iconaxl-scott:
Axl-Scott Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Student General Artist
i know it's your personal work etc but would it be possible even just as a rough guide for you to make a pattern for this as im interested in making a full alphonse elric cosplay armor included and the helmet is one of the things that im not looking forward to making from scratch 
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:iconhinata-teh-lefty:
Hinata-teh-Lefty Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Student Photographer
Wow, awesome awesome awesome job!! I wish I had this kind of dexterity!
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kasinda123 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
AH! So perfect! You're talented!
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derpacosplayer Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
what primer did u use on this project
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:iconderpacosplayer:
derpacosplayer Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
what primer did u use

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:iconbrianwietzman:
brianwietzman Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
that is... AWESOME!
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:icondiamond-flutist:
diamond-flutist Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
Alphonse!

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:iconhsc1993:
hsc1993 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Coooooooooooool
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:icondeathweaselx86:
deathweaselx86 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Impressive! I thought it was real aluminum!
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:iconacklaygohome:
acklaygohome Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
That is so cool.
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:iconalliekat-meowmeow:
Alliekat-meowmeow Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
epic!
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:iconblueykatt:
BlueyKatt Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my god... EPIC!
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:iconclassictails:
ClassicTails Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
what material did you used
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:iconrockinrobin:
rockinrobin Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I explained in the description ^^
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:iconbannerwolf:
BannerWolf Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
WOW SO COOL
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:iconstitchezpkz:
stitchezpkz Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
flipping amazing
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:iconseth-ravenclaw:
seth-ravenclaw Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it's almost perfect! the original is still better but this is very very VERY close to perfection. Alphonse would be proud of it. ^^
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:iconuraptora:
Uraptora Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LEGIT!
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:icongruuvvi:
gruuvvi Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
wheee this is coool :D
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:icongecgnomeart:
gecGNOMEart Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
i need this !
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:icontroubledtwins:
TroubledTwins Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That is seriously the greatest thing ever!!
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:iconsitrusmehu:
Sitrusmehu Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
Cool!
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:iconsundrop13:
sundrop13 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
You have serious skillage
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:iconbrokenglassphotos:
brokenglassphotos Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Photographer
That's awesome, I'm a big FMA fan and I've never seen an Alphonse cosplay. Well done!
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:iconcoronetv8:
CoronetV8 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool transformers helmet.
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:icontorotaya:
Torotaya Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
Um . . . not trying to sound mean or anything but this is Fullmetal Alchemist, not Transformers. Granted, I am a fan of both but this isn't even close to being something of Transformers.
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Drgnkpr313 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
...If your joking, ok, but if not,think before you post... may offend some fans...
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:iconmamo-theta:
Mamo-theta Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
very cool! ;D
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:iconchangelingbychoice11:
changelingbychoice11 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
BRILLIANT! :D
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:iconinklingofme:
InklingofMe Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Awaaaaah!! LOVE!! :heart: :D :D
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:icongulleko:
Gulleko Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It looks stunning. Now get started on the rest of the armor!
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:iconaveldeth:
Aveldeth Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg! It's perfect!
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:iconrenestrae:
Renestrae Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D

It's too amazing for words.
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:iconkurtsi:
kurtsi Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool :wow:
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tungolsceal Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
awesome work! The hot glue makes it look welded. Now all you need is a full suit, a blood seal, and a snake-girl to share it with you.
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:iconrockinrobin:
rockinrobin Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
thanks! oh! having a cosplayer of Martel wear the Alphonse suit would be such a cool idea! : D now if only I had a full suit... hahah
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amaegari Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
this looks really really good!
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:iconhinata-teh-lefty:
Hinata-teh-Lefty Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Photographer
I'll need to try that foam and cardboard thing; it sounds a lot easier to work with! Awesome job, dude!
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:iconrockinrobin:
rockinrobin Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
yeah, the cardboad trick worked great, I'm glad I thought of it! the kind I used wasn't actually regular cardboard... I think it's called illustration board? which is white, sort of a higher quality than just regular brown box cardboard. it worked nicely because you can sort of bend it into a curve, and then it helps the pieces keep their shape when you glue it. here's a few photos of how I did it if you're interested: [link]
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Hinata-teh-Lefty Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Photographer
How much and where did you get that Darico heat gun? I think that would help me a lot more than a blowdryer! xD

Also, where can you get illustration board? I've never heard of that...
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:iconrockinrobin:
rockinrobin Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
ummm I actually have no idea, it's my mom's xD sorry! but I'm pretty sure they sell heat guns at craft stores, usually with stamping and scrapbooking supplies. I've also heard of people just using an open flame on a stove, or sticking the craft foam in the oven on a low temperature for a few minutes to heat it up. (be careful though!) :P

Illustration board you can get at craft stores and art supply stores too... it's pretty much like the same material as mat board.. like the kind you use with picture frames. but any sort of cardboard would work really. ^^ you just want something strong that's not too thick. layering a few sheets of thin cardboard (like cereal boxes) would be good too.
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:iconhinata-teh-lefty:
Hinata-teh-Lefty Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student Photographer
I gotcha. I'll take another look then. Thanks! >w<
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:iconrockinrobin:
rockinrobin Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
no problem! :)
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RadClawedRaid Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
This is just amazing! The weathering really makes it look so "accurate/real". Really great work ^__^
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Linfae Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Went to GenCon Indiana last year and saw every cast member more or less EXCEPT Alphonse. I was so disappointed! So glad you did this, and what a great job, too.
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xLacie Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student
Great job!
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:iconastrospliff:
Astrospliff Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Very good! But aren't the eye's hole a bit too close each other?
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:iconrockinrobin:
rockinrobin Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
yeah, they are a little bit. as I explained in the description, I had to make the eyes a little bit closer together in order to be able to see out of them. the real Alphonse's armor must be for a person with a gigantic head, hahah.
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Astrospliff Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Oh yeah sorry I didn't really take the time to read description, i'm french ^^)
Of course the armor is giant basically, try to find someone who will can wear it! ;)
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:iconrockinrobin:
rockinrobin Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh that's Ok I understand ^^;

haha yeah, I think he's supposed to be 7 feet tall or something o__o;
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