It’s been a long week I must say, and this costume is already starting to look pretty good so far. I might actually have time to go out and fight crime before Halloween this year! So I figured I’d give you a quick update on some of the other parts of the costume so that I won’t bore you with the details since a lot of is was just using the same techniques as last week’s post.
Since last week, I made the shape for my V which is going to sit across the top of the chest plates. I also made some shoulder pads and will be making wrist gauntlets as well which will all be painted blue and run down the side of my arm. I also made the back plates and the spinal guard out of EVA foam. Finally I snuck into the batcave and pinched one of batman’s masks, took a marker and a pair of scissors and cut them down to the shape of Nightwing’s mask. I’m he won’t mind.
So you may be thinking that I have the costume already finished and that this series might be getting cut short? Well not entirely since there is another prop I had to build to go with my costume. None other than Nightwings baton weapons.
This was by far the most fun part of the costume to make, I love making weapons and it’s a lot easier than you might think. A lot of cosplay weapons are made from a paper tracing and covered in expanding foam before carving out the shape of the blade and sanding it down. For Nightwing it was much simpler than that. All it took was a quick trip to B&Q and into their plumbing section to pick up some PVC Pipe. From there you’re already halfway done, just spray paint it black and you’re good to go right?
Well not quite. Anyone who knows Nightwing know that there are two end pieces on each side of the baton to generate electricity. For the end pieces, I picked up the pipe connectors that go at the end of my pipe, they also have a really cool look to them which really stands out after paint. I bought a total of 8 connectors (Two for each end) and 32mm PVC Pipe and made my way back to the Batcave.
I measured out the length I needed the pipes to be an cut them out until I had two pipes identical in size and were the right length for me to hold and spin around freely. After that I took the connectors and slide them into the pipe. The first one I slide all the way through and the second one I leave about half way so that it sticks out of the edge and also leaves a gap between the two connectors. Repeat the same process on all three sides.
Now unfortunately I am not cosplaying Thor so I can’t simply harness the power of the gods and generate electricity into my batons. The only option really is to paint the electricity part blue and that will do the job. I painted all of my connectors Black, and the gap I had made between each connector was painted blue. For the handle part I took some black electrical tape and wound the tape from the top to the bottom in a coil. The black tape not only stands out between the paint but also the tape offers a much better grip of the weapons.
There we have it, your very own Nightwing Batons (Man At Arms would be proud of me). I might give it another coat of paint in the end. I also have to seal the paint with some Plasti Kote to give it a nice finish and also to stop any paint from peeling off. Let me know what you guys think of these weapons, and how you think the costume is coming along as well. Next week we should be getting into painting and putting the whole thing together.
The Writer of this piece was: Dean Walsh
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