My friends and I attended Gen Con a few months ago, and for the first time ever we cosplayed! Gen Con is a tabletop gaming convention located in Indianapolis, Indiana. During the convention we dressed up as members of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. It was a fun experience and in the following posts I want to share the details behind creating each costume.
This post is part 2 of 3 on Rocket Raccoon’s costume. In today’s post, I describe the steps I took to create Rocket’s armor!
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Tools and Supplies
The following items are some of the tools and supplies I gathered to create Rocket Raccoon’s armor:
- Scroll saw with foot switch (or a sharp box cutter or a hot knife)
- Heat gun
- Hot glue gun
- Dremel with sanding bits
- Banner paper
- 1/2 in. thick EVA Foam floor mats
- Craft Foam Sheets
- 3/4 in. Black Polypro Webbing
- 3/4 in. Release Plastic Buckles
- 3/4 in. Triglide Slides
- 4 in. Half Sphere Smoothfoam ball
- Triple Thick Gloss Glaze
- Acrylic craft paints
- Mod Podge
- Thumb Tacks
- Super Glue
- Gray Primer
- Wood Filler
Building Rocket Raccoon’s Armor
I stared at a lot of pictures of Rocket Raccoon to get a good feel for the basic shapes of the armor. I wanted to keep the costume’s armor simple.
Step 1: Draw a template of the armor.
I sketched a drawing of the basic shapes of Rocket’s armor onto a piece of banner paper. The shapes included:
- A long oval for the shoulder pad
- A piece acting as the base of the back armor
- A piece representing the raised portion of the back armor
The shoulder pads includes a raised portion as well. For this, I reduced the size of the original shoulder pad template.
Step 2: Cut out the armor
I used my scroll saw, equipped with Flying Dutchman Polar blades, to cut out the pieces of the armor from EVA foam floor mats. I used a sharp pair of scissors to cut out the raised portions of the armor’s shoulder pads out of craft foam.
I also cut a 4 inch hole from the center of the piece representing the raised portion of the back armor.
Step 3: Glue the armor pieces together
I used a hot glue gun to attach the back pieces together and the shoulder pieces together.
Step 4: Heat the foam to shape the armor
Next, I heated up the shoulder pads foam and bent it into a form that would rest comfortably on a person’s shoulders.
Step 5: Add tacks to the corners
For added character and to imitate the screws on Rocket’s armor, super glue tacks to each corner of the back armor.
Step 7: Seal the foam
Next, seal the foam with several layers of Mod Podge. This will prevent the foam from soaking up all the paint.
Step 8: Prime the foam
I used a can of white spray primer I had on hand to prime the armor.
Step 9: Paint the armor
I used a 1:1 orange and brown mix of paint for the base coat of the armor. I followed up with a black wash. The armor paint job is the same I used when I created Rocket’s gun.
Step 10: Seal the armor
It was too humid outside to use a spray, so I applied a few layers of Mod Podge to seal the armor.
Step 11: Paint the styrofoam half sphere
To imitate the glowing blue orb on Rocket’s back, I first painted the styrofoam half sphere with a base coat of blue. Once the base coat dried, I painted an ombre effect on the orb where the top was a really light blue and then transitioned to a dark blue on the edge.
Step 12: Seal the orb
I really wanted to give the orb a bright glowing effect without using real lights. To achieve this, I applied a nice thick layer of Triple Thick Gloss Glaze.
Glue the orb to the armor with a hot glue gun once the straps have been attached.
Step 13: Add the armor straps
I used hot glue to attach the webbing to the foam.