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I wasn't going to post this before I had some proper pictures, but it looks like it might take a while before I have the time to arrange a photoshoot.
I have a lot of other costumes to take care of first. :(

SO, without any further ado, here's a costume I've been working on for a while.








not very good picture, but you can see the light in the melta.




just the wig and some make-up (without the scar, sorry!! :no:)
Can someone say EMO :laugh:




I made it and I'm wearing it in the photos. I could've chosen a better model for it I guess,
but turns out it's easier to make these things your own size (I'm also quite small, so it's cheaper :giggle:)
I won Best Costume at the London Expo with this ^.^
I originally made it just for fun, but there you go. :good: got more in return than I had expected.

the 40kforums community really backed me up on this one. I did it for them.
I suggest that if anyone on this forum wants to make a costume, everyone should back him/her up.
Takes a lot of work, you really need all the motivation you can get. Especially if you're a first-timer.


FAQ (questions I kept being asked when walking around in this costume)

What is it!?

Yea.. I got asked this a lot... was nice when the occasional WH40k nerd came up to me and said "hey, a battle sister"! or something of the sort. :victory: So yes, it is a Sister Of Battle, Order Of Our Martyred Lady to be exact. It's based on that gorgeous artwork Karl Kopinsky made for the Witch Hunters codex. I instantly fell in love when I saw it.
I actually considered Repentia first, but I'm more comfortable in something like this.

How long did it take you to make this?

2 weeks. I was playing around with planning sketches and buying materials for it
for about a year before that (aka doing all the fun stuff first, and delaying the actual
work until I can barely get the costume together in time without reducing my hands to bloody stumps) :lazy2:

How did you make the light in the gun?

(not very visible on these pictures, but the melta has a LED light down it's nozzle for effect.)
It's a dot-it LED light. Cheap I guess, but it also happens to be one of the most powerful LED lights that size.

How did you make this?

Meh, lots of different materials and techniques. If there's something in particular you need to know,
ask me about that particular part only. Explaining the whole costume could take a while.
Usually people wonder how I made the "armor". Well, it's basically foam on a steel wire frame,
treated with latex and varnish. All the armor bits were painted with GW paints only,
in the colour scheme described in the codex (Order Of Our Martyred Lady). The gun's colour scheme is my own.
I find the Boltgun Metal-painted guns a tad boring.

Isn't that very hot to wear?

Yes, it was. But much more uncomfortable were the shoes and the corset. I hate wearing corsets,
even if I bought mine a size too big I could barely stand it. I'm also partial to flat jogging-shoes for casual wear,
so I'm just as used to wearing heels as most men would be (actually, probably even less so).
I might post some more pictures later. Better quality, some repairs to the costume, possibly with added white wings.
But it might take a while before I get around to do it! :good:
 

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:eek: I have got to get my girlfriend one of these... Surely she won't think its weirder than the whole princess leia thing.

You should actually do you hair like that, it looks pretty foxy. And I like the little sister symbol thing on your face (whats that actually called?)

Awesome costume, you need a helmet to go with it. And maybe next time you can do a repentia outfit?? And if you need any help.. you need only ask.

Ok fine... I'll stop the shameless flirting :(

But on a serious note you look awesome, it must take real commitment and skill to make something like that, I am very jealous, I think I would look pretty hot in it too.


Take note from the scar people, this is why you don't run with chopsticks in your hand.
 

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Gosh darn it... thats a great costume! :victory:

Yup... I'm jealous... :p as the only thing I could manage to look half decent in is some sort of daemon (Sadly not a slaanesh one!)or a skaven!

Well done for winning best costume.... extrememly well deserved! :biggrin:
 

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Wow that is really cool.
That melta gun with blue light in it is especially boss.

What's going on in that third picture? Was this whole costume thing part of something you were supposed to do?

And that last picture.... Just ... yow :eek:k:
 

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And I like the little sister symbol thing on your face (whats that actually called?)
It a fleur-de-lys - a very old peice of french heraldic art :p im such a nerd!

nice peice though!

when im all done with my life and i've done uni and im earning enought money, im gonna make myself a space marine outfit :)

nice one!

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Got to give props for anyone that spends that much time on a sisters battle suit.
 

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notice that its only males replying to this thred not anygirls that i know here. no happy chopper no kate drake etc.

but the costume is tops
 

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Kerky, Rule 16 of the Internet: there are no girls on the internet. Just kidding I've been up for about 22 hours and have two more on my shift.
 

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What's going on in that third picture? Was this whole costume thing part of something you were supposed to do?
In the third picture I'm on stage in London, it's from the costume competition I entered and won. :victory:

Thanks for all the lovely comments! And don't be jealous, anyone could make a WH40k costume if they really wanted to. If you've never done anything like it before, you'll just need a little more time. :good:
Besides, we need more 40k costumes! I've only seen a few so far.

Oh, and I've had plenty of female 40k players compliment me for this outfit. I've no doubt there are girls on the internet, as well as girls playing 40k.
Though really, wth does it matter whether there are more girls than guys entertaining this hobby, it's not like 40k is just a cover-up for a mating ritual. If you love the game, you won't give a sh*t. :eek:k:
 

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notice that its only males replying to this thred not anygirls that i know here. no happy chopper no kate drake etc.
*Points out that the lovely LVix posted..*

Very well done, indeed. I was particularly impressed with the wig, as originally I thought you had dyed your hair...:good:

I second the motion that we should see more 40k costumes at events...
 

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Fantastic costume kaede, thank you for posting up more pictures as well :) Were there any other 40k or Fantasy costumes at the event you went to?

From the photos, you are too critical of yourself as a model for it, I think you pulled the whole thing off very well. If you get chance more photos of costumes you have made would be great, as personally I am fascinated that you can make such an impressive costume in just two weeks.
 

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Fantastic costume kaede, thank you for posting up more pictures as well :) Were there any other 40k or Fantasy costumes at the event you went to?

From the photos, you are too critical of yourself as a model for it, I think you pulled the whole thing off very well. If you get chance more photos of costumes you have made would be great, as personally I am fascinated that you can make such an impressive costume in just two weeks.
thanks. I just thought I might forget if I delayed it any further ^,^'

There were no other 40k costumes at the event I went to, but here's a few I stumbled across on the net:

http://minako-koizumi.deviantart.com/art/Imperial-90185462
http://lyra7.deviantart.com/art/Sister-Repentia-74991145
http://vividwings.deviantart.com/art/Fanime-Cosplay-Pics-56922736
http://kaaskop.deviantart.com/art/Holy-warrior-of-Terra-55247802
http://vividwings.deviantart.com/art/Inquisitor-Costume-1-87012801 (the best one, IMHO)
 

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So jumping on the bandwagon here but that truely is a stunning costume, I can easily see how you won the competition in London, and probably would win many more you chose to enter.

I love some of the Inquisitor girls in those links, there's no set image an inquisitor should look like so they've really got an open canvass! Yours on the other had, you actually are the sister on page 19. You must have researched the costume very thouroughly, every detail is spot on! You must be so proud of your work!
 

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wat can i say, finally, a hot sister of battle :p

the costume looks awesome, like everyone else has said, yours defiantly beats the others cept for the inquisitor which id say i a tie.

hmm, now i wonder if i can con my gf to wear that without making her think i need more sunlight in my life.
 

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Is it wrong that I spent the whole time inspecting the details on the meltagun?
 

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The costume is really good, no wonder you won the compettion. I wonder why no-one made a chaos costume. Hmmmn, I gotta start working on a costume. Hope to see you at next competition, look for a Dreadnought, or maybe a Crimson Fist....
 

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Awsome made suit, simply awsome! No wonders you won, you really look like one of the sisters :grin:
 
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