Battered and Bruised - Ways to “Weather” EVA Cosplay Armour & Other stuff too!

After finishing my Mass Effect armour, I wrote a tutorial series about some simple, but effective weathering techniques for cosplay.

A recent reblog alerted me to the fact that the links in these pages were broken, so here’s an index:

Thanks those of you who have messaged me to say you’ve found these useful; I hope they’ll help more people who are doing similar projects!



Mass Effect 3-style N7 armour breather helmet
Build time: 16 days
Build method: Pepakura paper model, made using thick foam
Build materials:

  • EVA foam panels
  • Superglue
  • Silicone sealant
  • Thin craft foam
  • 2x N7 embroidered patches
  • 2x pinwheel pin-holders for the “ears”
  • A frying pan spatterguard for the fine mesh (easy to cut with scissors)
  • Acrylic paints by Tamiya and Games Workshop
  • A transparent document file (for the visor)
  • Upholstery foam block, cut to strips to make the interior more comfortable

So it’s finally complete, bar a few possible improvements such as the addition of lights, which I may do for future cons.

Overall, I’m very happy with the result, though there are some small issues that will force me to think carefully about using this method for anything more elaborate. Certainly it’s made a hell of a mess of my house! (cleanup starts tomorrow!)

I look forward to wearing it at future cons.


With the con being well and truly over now, people are starting to upload pictures online; I managed to find several of both my masquerade appearance, and outside the venue.

Thanks to the following AL users for letting me use these pictures:

digbychickenceasar - teddypotts - Psycoelle - Eskarina

The con itself was an absolute blast, and I lost track of the number of positive comments about my cosplay. Thanks so much everyone for an awesome 4 days! I’ll have a bit more to say about the event later, once things settle down.

I’ve got more cosplay plans coming up in the future, so follow me if you want to be the first to know!