The Boss
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

Cosplayer: Mighty Odango

Status: Complete

Condition: Not Set

AyaCon 2013

20th August 2013: ALMOST a legendary soldier You may notice that journal entries halted about two weeks before the event. This is because the sewing machine chose that well-timed point to finally break. It turns out that the white fabric I was using was some kind of bloody Kevlar or suchlike, and the machine had bravely soldiered on until it just couldn't deal with it any more, and the spare machines we had wouldn't even touch the stuff.

So for two weeks, I wrecked my fingers and thumbs on both hands by hand sewing everything that should have been machined. The delay this caused meant I couldn't finish a number of parts of the costume, though it was pretty much done - I had the cloak patterned out, but couldn't make it, and certain lacing strips were missing, and I didn't have the time to get the collar to fit better. There's also more styling I'd like to do on the wig, having now seen it, and I want to take more time on the makeup to contour my face to be more like hers.

The Boss is a character that means a great deal to me, so all of these things are going to be done for the future.

31st July 2013: Rivet saga Oh yes. The rivets. I ordered new rivets, but they weren't in stock, so they sent me "equivalent" double cap rivets. That didn't fit through the boot hook holes. I was about ready to spit fire on this and was just gearing myself up to hand sew in all of the boot hooks when TheKillingDoll, in his infinite kindness, took out the Dremel and enlarged all of the boot hook holes for me (I would have done it myself, but I was having a shaky-hands day). Given that there were at least 70 of these, his generous gesture needs acknowledging here.

31st July 2013: Kniff I've been working on this steadily, but lost a bunch of progress photos when I apparently threw my phone in the canteen bin.
Anyway, this is a piece I'm quite excited about. I'm not generally much of a props person; I prefer fabric and leatherwork and I tend to be a bit intimidated by props. But I was determined to make the Boss's knife myself, especially so that I can custom fit the sheath to it.
It's made of Sintra/Foamex. I printed a picture of the knife, scaled to fit my teeny tiny hands, and taped it to the Sintra so I could cut it exactly to shape. I cut it out with a Stanley knife, and then used the drill and sanding wheel attachments of a Dremel tool to add in the detailing. This picture is horrible, so you can't really see it, but the blade is angled on both sides. It still needs a little bit more sanding to even things out, and then I can paint it and wrap the cord around the handle.

19th July 2013: Glubs I just finished sewing a pair of hand-sewn, custom-sized, fully lined white lambskin leather gloves. I'm proud of them! But now I have to stick straps and a palm patch on them, and I sort of don't want to :(

18th July 2013: fffff The rivets I bought have posts that are too fat to fit through the holes in the boot eyelets >:O

The spare small rivets I had lying around fit through, but I only had 8 of them. So I've used those and ordered more of them, which are asspensive as I have to get them from Tandy rather than eBay and Tandy shipping charges are a beast. (I ordered a random kitten stamp and some more leather stitching gear to justify the shipping, I'd better stick with this leathercraft stuff)

13th June 2013: >:( The white section of the Boss's suit features flat-felled princess seams and a high collar with no collar seam, as well as laced-up sides and a laced back panel. All this on stretch fabric. It's going to take some serious pattern-Frankensteining.

If I ever meet Yoji Shinkawa again I might just be tempted to punch him in the face.

10th June 2013: That's a good rib The sewing part of the weekend was mainly spent sewing all the ribbing on the undersuit. It took about 5-6 hours, I'd estimate. I've noticed that few to no Boss cosplayers have bothered with the ribbing (there may be some, but none of the images I found had it, even Omi Gibson's) so it was a nod to accuracy that I really wanted to make. (It may be because most did it before the HD pics and figure were released, it's less obvious though still present in-game)
It was all sewn using a 1.5/0.5 zigzag stitch because I needed it to retain some stretch, especially since the fabric's only 2-way stretch and I needed the stretch more horizontally than vertically.

Next up is the gloves, which I'm being so anal about I'm actually lining them.

6th June 2013: ... I spent 90 minutes today drawing the lines for the ribbing on the undersuit.


5th June 2013: I could use leatherette... NOPE Real leather all the way.

Look, I just really like real leather. I want my costume to smell good.

Metal Gear costumes are really bloody expensive.

3rd June 2013: Better get a wiggle on... Holy hell Ayacon is getting to be a bit soon. Time to step up work on this.

I mulled over the reference issue some more, as the Hot Toys figure is clearly based on the 3DS renders which have differences to the boots, lacing colour, belt colour and fabric style. I'm still sticking with in-game references for the silver and white fabrics, but using the figure and renders as the primary references because they are much easier to use as reference, especially the figure.
That means new boots >_> but this costume means a lot to me and is a competition entry so I'm sucking that up. The new boots look less shiny as well (online at least) which I'd prefer. I'll have to cut them down, but hey ho.

This is going to be another MyM diary, so most of my progress pictures and journals will be going in there, but I'll put a few bits up here as well.

I also started on the cape. It's a low priority piece, but I'm waiting for access to patterns so I can't work on the main suit just yet. Just a basic circle with another circle cut out for the head/neck. I may have cut the neckhole too large, but I think I've enough ripstop to cut another if need be, and I can use the old piece to make the hood.

7th January 2013: Wiggery Just ordered the wig. I've used this wig before (unfortunately, it ended up brown and green, so I can't re-use the old one!) so I know exactly what I'm getting. It needed to be a lace front because the Boss wears her hair swept back, and I know it will be a nice natural looking blonde. It will need a trim but not much else :)

(on the boots saga, I noticed that the renders for the 3DS version of MGS3 actually have her wearing 12-hole boots, as well as the silver fabric looking like a plain mirror-shine foil instead of more textured. Well damn it >:( That would have been much easier. I am using the in-game footage and original renders as my reference because I like the swirly silver better.)

17th December 2012: Boots Got some boots.

The Boss's boots have 9 lace holes in them. No boots available for sale have 9 holes. This is nonsense. So I bought 8-hole boots. They still need some editing; I've already taken off the loops at the back, but the black trim on the top needs removing.

I've also bought nearly all the fabric. The silvery stuff is foil dot rather than just foil, which I'd have preferred, but the swirl effect on it is so perfect that I went with it anyway. It's only 2-way stretch as well, which will make life fun. The white fabric is a thick stretch fabric. All that remains fabric-wise is the stuff for the knee support, which will probably be neoprene.

Since I'm learning leatherworking for the Ocelot bandolier I may as well use it for the Boss's knife holster as well (she says).

The only bit I'm really not sure about is the metal pieces. Pretty much any wire I can easily form myself is going to bend out of shape with any movements I make, so I'll need to find a solution that won't warp or snap.

29th August 2012: In Memory of a Patriot Playing MGS3 on the 3DS has given me ALL THE BOSS FEELS.
I'm also now old enough to feel like I can pull her off properly... I've wanted to do this costume for years but I think I'm only now fit and mature enough to do it justice.
And I FINALLY found a silver fabric that I like. Plain silver just doesn't look like the in-game art to me, there's a texture/pattern to it in my eyes. I've been keeping an eye out for ages. Fate has supplied.

DING DING Boss you're up.

It just so happens that I've preordered the 1/6th model from Hot Toys. Useful reference you say? Why thank you!

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CyanideCustard - 15th November 2011
this will gain love and respect

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gaming_goddess - 20th July 2012
I love the Boss so much! This is one of my dream cosplay outfits so I know the feeling of one day :P Good luck though I'll doubt you'll need it though after how awesome you worked with stretchy materials on the beauty suits :)

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Numta - 20th July 2012
awaiting progress with bated breath =P

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Mighty Odango - 20th July 2012
>_< she's been on my list forever, I need to work out a definite date plan... but finding fabrics I'm happy with is really hard, particularly for the silver bits. Tentatively some time next year!

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Squall_wolfheart - 29th August 2012
cant wait to see this. waiting for progress.

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Numta - 17th December 2012
can't wait to see this and your epic group!!!

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Nesproxy - 1st April 2013
Looking forward to seeing this. The Boss is soooo awesome! :)

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Freyarule - 4th June 2013
Looking forward to the epicness :D

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Sephirayne - 5th June 2013
Looking forward to seeing this.

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Leolarua - 14th June 2013
so excited to see this and the whole group

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Freyarule - 20th August 2013
Shame things happened but you looked amazing with what you had :) can't wait to see it done in the future!

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madmazda86 - 20th August 2013
I love that photo you've posted of The Boss sleeping on the grass - shows off all her scars and she looks so serene after everything she's been through!

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Petchy-mon - 22nd August 2013
Boss... Why'd you leave?

Made a fantastic Boss hun, the shoot was a blast too! You are defo the true Mother of Special Forces.

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Amy-Lou - 22nd August 2013
You did so well to finish this with no machines (a real Boss against the odds)! Super glad you got an awesome group on the day too, can't wait to see the pics :D

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MangaChild - 27th August 2013
Hey Boss
You Costume is awesome... but ive just checked and the sewing machine is on life support!!! what happened? :P

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Sephirayne - 28th August 2013
You look amazing in the photos. Absolutely spot on.

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Manjou - 29th August 2013
Damn if we had a Pain we could have got some awesome photos with the amount of wasps there were XD All you guys were awesome :) *cobra pose*

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DarkElf - 13th September 2013
Love the photos. As already said, your costume was gorgeous. Your hard work and detailing really showed, and you looked great in it!