By Kira | 3Ders
Dressing up as your favorite superhero, comic book character, or supernatural being is a side-hobby for some, but within the realm of cosplay, having the most realistic, comprehensive and downright awesome costume can be an all-consuming passion.
Stevie Dee, the man behind Crimson Coscrafts, has turned his passion cosplay, along with his 3D printing skills, into a mind-blowingly accurate replica of Batman's classic Batsuit.
The suit is based on the Arkham Origins Armour from the video game, Batman: Arkahm Origins. Mr. Dee says he was approached last year by Gauntlet FX to 3D print, cast and mold the armour. "I obviously jumped at the chance," said Dee.
Once the files were approved and sized up, he sent them to Tundra Designs to be finished and 3D printed. In early December, the final product arrived, albeit in multiple pieces.
Mr. Dee set about laying out each part to assemble them all together, and the final result is pretty amazing.
"Finishing touches were to paint my boots back to black as I used them for one of my red hood costumes," says Mr. Dee.
Mr. Dee does note that the colours are not the standard issue Arkham Origins colours, as he wanted to go with the Dark Knight Skin instead. "The colours are not the standard issue Arkham Origins as I wanted to go with the Dark Knight Skin you get at 100% completion", he writes.
To make it even more realistic, he plans on "weathering up" the suit to make it look worn-in, just like in the video games. Aside from the cape, under-armour clothing, and boots (which he spray-painted himself), every piece of the suit was 3D printed.
"The suit is quite comfy to wear and movement is great," says Mr. Dee. "I can't bend at the stomach but I didn't expect that."
This is just one example of how 3D printing can be used to unleash your imagination and make your wildest creations come to life. Many comic book characters and superheroes are known for their elaborate outfits that can sometimes be hard to replicate in real life (Seth Nightlord from the Trinity Blood series is a perfect example), but with 3D printing, cosplay can become more accessible, realistic, and imaginative than ever before.
Although the cost of Mr. Dee's Batsuit is not disclosed, you can order your very own via Tundra Designs or Gauntlet FX. Crimson Coscrafts has also teamed up with Graphix Monster to offer a very limited run of the 3D printed armour and helm. Additional costumes based on Deathstroke and the Arkham Knight will also be developed in the near future.
Alternatively, you could go the true DIY route and design a customized costume yourself. After all, who can resist a man (or a woman) in a suit?
Please login to save this item to your profile.