Posts by A.C. Rodgers

Hester Shaw from Mortal Engines

Hester Shaw (played by Hera Hilmar in the movie) is a remarkable heroine. She is strong-willed, smart, and determined. She is also easily identified by her scar, received at the hands of a man she now wants revenge on. The scar is less obvious in the movie but still an important part of Hester’s story. And that’s where any good Hester cosplay is going to start.

Scar wax is key for  Hester cosplay, as is a long auburn wig. With those elements in place, Hester’s outfit becomes a snap. A long dark green coat, a long sleeved grey shirt, black fingerless gloves, black pants, black boots, and a long red scarf wrap up the rest of her look.

Garnet from Steven Universe Future

Voiced by Estelle, Garnet has been a Steven Universe staple from the show’s beginning. Now that Steven is grown in the Steven Universe series, she is still an important part of his life and the series at large.

It makes sense that cosplaying such a key character would take a little more DIY than most. In this case, getting Garnet’s specific look requires some fabric paint, a white blouse, and acrylic paint to add details to the shoes. The top requires a light pink, a bubblegum pink, a hot pink, and a bright purple for the upper portion and the sleeves. Dark blue and a darker purple are needed for the bottom of the shirt.

Dark blue pants and shoes knock out most of the rest of her outfit while dark pink acrylic paint adds the detail to the toe of the shoes. After that all you need is a black wig and a pair of Garnet glasses.

Tom Natsworthy from Mortal Engines

Tom Natsworthy from Mortal Engines

Tom (played by Robert Sheehan) is a young historian working on the city of London. He idolizes Thaddeus Valentine and wants to serve his city through his work at the museum. His life takes a wild turn, however. And for all that he starts out a London boy, it’s not long before he’s swept up into wild adventures that take him far from home.

A windswept brown wig starts off any good Tom cosplay. Unless, of course, you already have dark hair of a similar cut, in which case all you need is a little styling. From there you’ll need to layer a dark blur shirt under a silver brocade vest and add a black military-style jacket. Black pants, a black belt, and black boots finish off a look fit for anyone hanging onto their roaming city.

Dolores Madrigal from Encanto

Dolores Madrigal from Encanto

Dolores (voiced by Adassa) is the quietest member of the miraculous Madrigal family. She can hear anything and everything, even the secrets whispering behind the walls of the casita. Those secrets are hard to keep, though. Especially when they put her family in danger.

Dolores may be soft spoken but her style says volumes. And it makes for a great cosplay. A red hairband with a bow keeps her hair up. Her only accents are a simple red beaded necklace and small gold hoop earrings. A ruffled white top edged in yellow corresponds with her full red skirt, also accented with a yellow band. Full red skirts are easy enough to find, but you will have to glue the yellow ribbon on with fabric flue. After that, finish off the look with matching red flats and you’re ready for your own musical number.

Alph from Pikmin 3

Alph from Pikmin 3

Alph is the solid, sweet, dependable sort. The most loyal engineer any captain could ask for, he is also a great cosplay option for Nintendo fans.

A white shirt, a pair of white pants, and white shoes with blue soles make up the basis of Alph’s costume. Blue fabric paint adds the details to the top while complementing the blue gloves that Alph wears. Temporary blue hair dye gives you Alph’s hairstyle. To complete his look and get you an acrylic head bubble, check on YouTube for tutorials to affix a thick silver wire to the top of the bubble as well as tutorials to safely widen the neck holes if necessary. Then wrap the blue LED lights around the wire and glue the battery pack out of sight at the back of the bubble behind your head.

Tawny Madison-Gwen DeMaerco from Galaxy Quest

Tawny Madison / Gwen DeMarco from Galaxy Quest

Played to perfection by Sigourney Weaver, Gwen DeMarco is the perfect “Galaxy Quest” parody to every communications officer in Star Trek. Woefully under-appreciated despite a talent for alien languages, communications officers are usually accused of just “repeating the computer”. And DeMarco is sick of it!

You might not be headed for a starship, but you can still get DeMarco’s look. Start with a blonde wig, a red tank top, and grey boots. Snag a grey flight suit and some red paint for the details of a Galaxy quest suit. Add on a Galaxy Quest patch, grab your communicator, and you’re ready to go.

The Condiment King AKA Buddy Standler from Batman The Animated Series

The Condiment King from Batman The Animated Series

Buddy Standler (voiced by Stuart Pankin) was a simple comedian just trying to make a name for himself. Unfortunately for Buddy, making his mark landed him on Joker’s bad side. A little bit of mind control later and Buddy made his debut as the Condiment King. To no-one’s surprise, condiments couldn’t quite stand up to the Bat and Buddy’s villain run ended almost as soon as it began, leaving Buddy hospitalized.

Like most comic and cartoon characters, the Condiment King’s costume is a bit hard to replicate without making it from scratch. But you can get close with some pre-made pieces and just a little DIY. White briefs, gloves, and boots are ready to go, as is a teal bodysuit and a pair of black lens sunglasses. You can replicate his condiment guns with red and yellow squirt guns while a silver backpack can replaces the tanks on his back until you can make your own. And, as an added bonus, the bag can hold your convention supplies. Another substitution is a green beanie for his pickle hat until, again, one can be made.

The DIY comes into play with the insignia on his chest. A pack of felt offers all the necessary colors while fabric fusion makes it possible to glue the decal to the bodysuit. Just be sure the chest of the suit is stretched to roughly its worn size before you glue the decal on so that it doesn’t affect the fit of the costume.

Lord Malak from Dark Deception

Lord Malak from Dark Deception

Do you like mazes? Do you like horror games? If you answered yes to both questions, then “Dark Deception” is for you. Players must navigate a maze of nightmarish horrors, all orchestrated by the vile Lord Malak. If players can collect enough Soul Shards, they are allowed to return to the world of the living. Lord Malak won’t make it easy, though. It’s his game, his maze, and his monsters. And he’d rather the player stay right where they are.

Lord Malak’s costume is fairly simple, though it does require some body paint. Red body paint gives you his demonic pallor while horns on a headband rounds out the look. Black gloves match a black suit, black shirt, black shoes, and a black button down shirt while a dark red tie stands out as his one accessory.

Pickles B.L.T. from Lalaloopsy Land

Pickles B.L.T. from Lalaloopsy

Whether she’s talking or skating, Pickles B.L.T. (voiced by Jessica Hillbrecht) likes to move fast. She’s got a long of hungry customers to feed and that means making a lot of her signature sandwiches. Not that she minds, of course. With a “sugar” for everyone, she is in her element when she’s flying by on her skates.

The characters in Lalaloopsy are all designed like dolls, so getting their exact look takes a little DIY. For this costume, the easiest DIY addition is putting two teal bows into the orange wig. Then, using fabric paint, add the color details to the button down shirt before swapping out the black buttons for the teal. Next, use fabric fusion to add the plaid ruffle to the bottom of the skirt and white lace to the top of teal socks. Finally, change out the white laces on the skates for pink laces to finish off the DIY portion of the look. After that all that’s left is putting the costume on and using the pink body paint to put pink spots on your cheeks. And, of course, practicing on your skates.

Christian from Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Christian from Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Much like his movie counterpart, the musical’s Christian is driven by love and by a sense of wonder in the world that many around him no longer share. His outcome is no less tragic and his loss no less heartbreaking than his movie counterpart, but he brings a different energy to the dynamic of Moulin Rouge that is unforgettable.

Christian’s writing may be hard to reproduce but his style is a wonderful closet cosplay. Button front slacks and a linen button down under a dark vest make up the majority of the costume. Finish off the look with a neck scarf and Oxford-style ankle boots. You’ll be the toast of the Moulin Rouge and all of the pieces can transfer easily to other costumes.