Sunday, February 24, 2013

Cosplay Confidential Presents: Mega Man X


"Cosplay Confidential" is a series of documentaries following the escapades of various 2012 New York Comic-Con cosplayers. This week's episode spotlights Martin; a Mega Man afficiando who walks the showroom floor as none other than Mega Man X.

At first glance, it isn't a true-blue translation of X's classic representation. But Martin has designed a costume made to be practical and proportionally attuned to the human body. Intentional or not, it also carries a streak of X's Mega Man Zero incarnation. Pretty cool, if I do say so myself.

Source: Nerdist

13 comments:

  1. I know this guy. Very cool!

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  2. Huh... Looks more like Model X froM ZX.


    Not that I'm complaining, mind you. That makes it even cooler, since it's not a baseline design.

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  3. looks nothing like megaman x

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  4. ^
    If you watched the video, he talks about that. It's a reinterpreted version with realistic proportions.

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  5. Not bad at all. He clearly put a lot of hard work into it. Looks leagues better than the official Zero licensed costume. I always wanted to make one.

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  6. The costume looks very amateurish. The guy needs to study up on using different materials other than foam since it's obvious that it's the foam. Plastic is easy to shape and meld for the red parts of the ears, buster, and triangle on the forehead. Also there is too much of a gap in between the armor parts to the body making it not look like it's apart of him (or even properly fitted). The overall shape language isn't reading. Megaman has the bulbous armor for a reason. Even the inspiration (Master Chief) has fuller armor that this guys costume, so "a reinterpreted version with realistic proportions" is no excuse for a poorly done cos play

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  7. Fantasy Empress RolinaFebruary 25, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    Huh, it looks like he modeled himself off of the Zero aesthetics more than the X series aesthetics. Good for him! Zero and ZX designs need more love.

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  8. It looks amateurish because it is amateur. It's his first costume. He's learning. Taking the first steps.

    For his first attempt that's pretty impressive.

    Go ahead, voice a criticism, but attempt positivity if you actually wish to help him. If you're looking for your few minutes anonymous judgment, by all means, continue.

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  9. It's not judgement. It's a crit. I stated what was wrong and even gave him a solution, which is rare in an actual crit: "The guy needs to study up on using different materials other than foam since it's obvious that it's the foam. Plastic is easy to shape and meld for the red parts of the ears, buster, and triangle on the forehead."
    I continued to state what was not working in "there is too much of a gap in between the armor parts to the body making it not look like it's apart of him" and "overall shape language isn't reading. Megaman has the bulbous armor for a reason"
    I never needlessly bashed the guy. I gave reasons for my comments.
    Personally, I don't like crit sandwiches, where you say something good then something that's not working followed by something good again because from experience people and I myself only notice the negative thing that was said.

    So go ahead, say I was judging.. I was the only one on here who gave an actual crit on what he needed to work on

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  10. "so "a reinterpreted version with realistic proportions" is no excuse for a poorly done cos play"

    So, that was necessary?

    It's all in the tone and tone is something easily misunderstood in text. It's great that you gave suggestions, but it read pretty negative. It read like you are a master craftsman who thinks ill of those beneath you, whether you intended it to or not.

    Personally, in this instance, it's a good idea to step back and look at this for what it is, the first attempt of an amateur. It's great to strive for professionalism, but you don't get there in the first try or the second. It takes time and patience.

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  11. Listen, if you want me to be negative, by all means I can be negative..

    What is also timelessly misinterpreted in criticisms is that the person them self is not being criticized. The piece is. First attempt or not, the costume looks poorly done. It does not look like it was carried on to a finish but instead left at the first step. An over all look in the mirror with it on (before painting) should have signaled off what I was saying about it not looking properly fitted to him and a search on craft with the material on google would have given a solution in a step by step tutorial, but he and everyone else on here looks contempt at the state it currently is in.

    But by all means, continue to praise, sugar coat, and pat him on the back with no criticisms, but he'll never progress that way. Never make the bounds to correct the things that didn't work. He will just continue to stay at the finish he's currently at. I see cos players like him at conventions all the time. Do they get better years on? Nope. Their craft stays the same. Reference is never sought after. Practice before execution is never done.

    But what do I know..
    Clearly I'm just too mean pointing out the things that need to be pointed out that I constantly see in the hopes of a truly outstanding Megaman cosplay

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  12. Not bad for a first but not really like a true MMX cosplay with rounded parts (specially the buster...)

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  13. The piece is an extension of them. They made it. It's their effort. People don't distance themselves from something like that so easily. If this was something he did years ago and has moved up from, yes, I imagine he could do that. Not likely he'll be doing that now.

    That's why an effective critique has to take that into account. If your desire is actually to help him. Honestly, I think you want him to have already matched your standards and are offended by it. That's okay, I've seen that before and I've done that before. It's just that, as a motivator, it doesn't work. People don't react well to it.

    That said, it's pretty unlikely he's going around scanning the comment sections of everyone who's blogged this video. So, if you want to get this directly to him and are confident this will stop him from taking our compliments and encouragements to his head, by all means. I'm not sure exactly if there is any contact info, but here it's unlikely your critique is going to reach him.

    And for the record, I do applaud you for having criticisms and concerns with the costume. Seriously, it's good to be critical. It's just that by itself, it's rarely something an amateur is going to be able to handle. If he was a seasoned industry professional, yes, I would expect him to have something of a harder skin. This is a guy starting out his first costume. It's a little different.

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