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Neal Bockhaut
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I first began with a human form that closely resembled me from a free software program called MakeHumman.

Using the best reference images I could find I modeled each piece of armor in 3DS Max starting with low poly proxies and adding more level of details. I did NOT download files from a shareware site or any other source.

Next I printed the armor with my 3D printer. The material is ABS plastic. The software divides the imported model into layers .007 if an inch thick and prints the part one layer at a time. This costume was 64 prints and about 500 hours in print time.

The raw prints are somewhat rough and you can see the layers of plastic. I coated the parts with black abs glue found at any hardware store. This filled the gaps and made the parts stronger. The glue was sanded down to give each part a smooth finish. Then I primed, fixed spots, primed, sanded, painted and then finally clear coat.

The Eye on the sword, detailed accents and stripes were created in Photoshop and printed out on water decal paper and then applied.

The outer tan strapping was two pieces of ultrasuede fused together (to add thickness and get the nap even on both sides), cut into strips and the braided together. The buckles they are attached to were also modeled and printed.

The eyes were silver sun glass lenses with white see-through fabric over them.

The body suit was crafted by my mother and she also helped me with the interior strapping that holds the armor together

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Cool Cecil ;D
claudiasutton Feb 17, 2013  Professional
Boo! Hi hun! It's been so long. Hope all is well.
Hi! It has been forever! All is well thank you :). Hope things are good for you?
claudiasutton Feb 18, 2013  Professional
It has! :excited: That's awesome to hear. Ya, I miss you and your posts. So I wanted to see what you've been up to these days. :3
I'm doing great, thank you so much.
You're welcome! Are you making it to Fanime this year?
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NikidaEve Feb 10, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks kindly for the :+devwatch: and attention to my gallery. The support is greatly appreciated. Enjoy a llama. :w00t:

the photos of your cosplay are remarkable. Well done!
you gotta tell how you made that AWESOME Cecil cosplay =D that's the absolute best I've ever seen!!
My front page journal post explains the whole process :)
MadPrinceFeanor Jan 10, 2013  Professional Writer
Saw your Cecil Harvey costume featured in an article on BuzzFeed. FFIV is my favorite Final Fantasy game, so I absolutely had to link over to your DA so I could stalk watch you. :D
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