Ganondorf Hyrule Warriors Build
This is my biggest build to date, and I took a decent amount of photos while in progress as most of us do with cosplay, though I hadn’t planned on any tutorial. But since my recent Scout Harding bow post has gone over well, I figured WHY NOT SHARE.
For reference, my Scout Harding post is HERE
Personally for armor, I prefer either foam only, or foam with worbla. I’ve tried both regular and black worbla so far, and I think overall I prefer the original Finest Arts, which is what I’ve used here.
But anyway! I don’t have photos of this point in the process, but I start from card-stock/construction paper and masking tape to make the shapes of my armor. Because paper is even CHEAPER than foam, and I don’t actually like wasting my foam even though that’s cheap too. It’s all in the name of saving money and materials!!
After the paper versions have been fussed with, I turn to foam. I use hot glue or rubber cement as adhesive at this point.
The chest piece is actually three pieces– a chest piece, tucked underneath everything, a middle piece, and then the top which has the collar. I was already messing with some of the detailing and edging here.
I also knew ahead of time that I would need to be able to PACK this armor, so being able to break it down and nest the pieces within each other was really important.
I like to do my edging in foam, rather than afterward in worbla, though I’ve seen it done both ways!
It’s hard to tell here, but these are the hip-skirt… bits? I actually kept these as foam, as I was afraid they’d be too stiff in motion if they were also covered in worbla.
These are probably my favorite parts of the costume– the gauntlets! This picture is already pretty far along in the process, but it’s still foam, and the top layer isn’t quite attached yet. I’d already made all the hand-guard layers and the top shapes, but I hadn’t yet hammered out those yellow details.
A note, I was not making all of these simultaneously, I usually work on one piece and then the next, though I get a little scatterbrained so sometimes I work on a few simultaneously. These swords were actually the last things I worked on, which is also why they ended being foam only, and not covered in worbla as I had sort of hoped. (I think I also had run out at that point.)
Here though, you can see the paper pattern, some pieces of the foam, and the foam-board innards for ONE of the swords. Eventually PVC pipe would be fed through the middle to create the hilt as you see next!
It’s finally time for worbla!
Being on a budget ALWAYS, though I’d love to use the sandwich method popularized by Kamui Cosplay, it just uses SO MUCH material, so 90% of the time, I fold it over.
Just use your handy heat gun and start melting and forming, and burning your fingers, and sculpting your details! Not shown here, but I like to use scissor edges or clay sculpting tools to push the worbla as close as possible to the foam edging!
Someday I will probably invest in something to protect my fingers….
A little more work done, and a cameo by my (then) very tiny kitten. The hip bits are done here, and I believe it was then I decided NOT to cover them in worbla.
A little unfortunate, but I don’t have many photos while making the greaves– though their design is SIGNIFICANTLY simpler than the gauntlets.
I already knew I would wear these boots, and so I built the pattern around that.
I chose to split it into 3 pieces– the main body, a kneecap, and a separate piece that would hook onto the bottom of my boots with elastic. D-rings with red cord (shown) would keep them on my leg.
Alllllmost done with all the worbla! You can see two things here- some extra foam inside the gauntlets (which remained foam for a little more ease in movement), and my soldering iron!
I don’t even OWN any solder and so far I only have the iron for battle damaging my armor– which I started on the main body here.
So obviously there was more work from the last photo until now, but I’ve shown most of the pieces in progress!
I know I know! I have no in-between photos!!
But my general process is to use a buttload of layers of mod podge as primer, and then either spray paint or acrylic only depending on the effect I want.
For Ganon, it’s spray paint for the gold as the base, and acrylic for the blue because I wasn’t happy with the spray paint available in that color.
In the chest/greaves I started with the blue base on everything, then the gold edging, then the black low lights, and finally white/light blue highlights or designs (like the main chestpiece).
That chestpiece design I free-handed- I used a reallllly light pencil to make sure I was at least somewhat symmetrical and round (which I tend to be pretty good at) and then painted over with that light blue.
A little further along on the gauntlets here, considerably darker than the original gold.
This was the big stretch where I had the armor sitting in my living room basically 24/7.
Of note here, I’ve added detailing to the chest and greaves with Apoxie Sculpt, a 2-part epoxy that smooths and adheres VERY well to worbla. It’s already been painted gold, and I believe it did not require any priming.
The headdress was sculpted (by the plant), and both swords are mostly assembled at this point too.
Of course I have to try it on. Almost everything is complete at this point.
A few things I haven’t mentioned are the clothing and hip-skirt/ hip-cape / butt-cape? Who knows.
The pants I’m wearing are about the only comfortable thing about the costume– they’re essentially parachute pants dyed a darker brown because I wanted to add more bulk to my bottom half as I am not terribly large (5′5″).
The butt-cape is from a red suiting fabric that I liked the drape of, and the gold pattern is some gold fabric ribbon I liked and sewed on.
The top is just a brown sweater I already owned, though it makes it very warm on top.
Swords are done! They’re probably the least interesting, as they are not many pieces, and mostly just foam with black and gold details. The red “jewel” is more apoxy sculpt that I mentioned earlier painted with a red glass paint to give it more shine.
There are a few fur accents on my arms and legs, which are doubled up pieces of faux fur, with a bit of elastic to slide them onto my arms and legs.is
The hip-cape and the hip foam bits are all attached together and made into a belt that I can strap to my waist.
The wig (a Suzi in Cherry Red from Arda that I snipped up some of the widow’s peak off):
The wig has sadly not kept this beautiful shape, but it was my first time ever styling a wig so I don’t think I used enough product.
There are a few (very unnecessary) belts that are most just foam.
I sewed a pair of brown gloves really quickly out of a stretch jersey.
The makeup is all Mehron Paradise in olive, black, and white, and then assorted (nothing special) eye-shadow I own.
And finally, there is a dickie (faux collar) I made to sit underneath the armor, so my neck doesn’t show. It’s made of some scrap black fabric I had, with gold trim, and a bit of foam is inside to keep that shape in the collar.
Here’s this wonderful selfie I took back during ACen while I’m getting ready. XD
And that about covers it? Someday I might make the beard, but it’s low on my priorities right now.
Also yes, this cosplay is really really hot and uncomfortable since I’m literally covered head to toe. I’m usually incredibly sore the day afterward. I’ve only worn it to PAX Prime 2015, NYCC 2015, and ACen 2016.
If you have ANY QUESTIONS feel free to message me!
I post a bit more on instagram if you want to see more of my cosplay there (katamarija)
Thanks for reading! ~