Bulking up under costume

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#1 Celestrina on 1 year ago

#2 Midnight Dawn on 1 year ago

Tough question as heat build up is inevitable due to insulation.

So padding is needed to give it build. Just a matter now of what to fill it with. Theoretically something gel like might do the trick like those ice gel packs or water beads.

#3 Scunosi on 1 year ago

[QUOTE=Midnight Dawn;5067176]Tough question as heat build up is inevitable due to insulation.

So padding is needed to give it build. Just a matter now of what to fill it with. Theoretically something gel like might do the trick like those ice gel packs or water beads.[/QUOTE]
I would imagine gel would get very heavy very quickly though if you need it for all-over, and those cold packs only stay cold for so long before they need refilling/re-cooling.

I'd normally just suggest regular sports padding if not a costume muscle suit, but if you're really concerned about heat maybe try building something with packing peanuts? I've heard about people using them in extra-large tails for bulk while keeping it lightweight, and with all the airflow between them it may help you keep light.

If Jason was a guy that wore a bunch of tight clothing this wouldn't work since it'd be obvious you're covered in little bits but since it's mostly loose clothing it may look okay. Though I do wonder if it would generate enough sound to give it away...

Don't forget to maybe look into big bulky shoes with a bit of heel to add height and imply size! Unless your son's the typical "tall lanky teen boy" already.

#4 Celestrina on 1 year ago

#5 Dictamnus Albus on 1 year ago

since hes typically depicted in a heavy jacket, padded shoulders should handle it
maybe extend the padding an extra inch or 2 so instead of only ontop of shoulder,
go down to the collarbone level and add girth there

if you try to go with a "work-shirt" much of anything extra you do to add bodymass
will be rather evident (like kids costume "muscle suit" evident)

especially scince your kid is slim, trying to add to much, will give you that perception
of "a child in adults clothing" where it just looks disproportioned and awkward

my general advice for mass increase, is not to add more than an inch,
unless the character is meant to be disproportioned, ie megaman
where the blaster arm and boots have relatively significant vollume compared to the
slender charachter

#6 walkerofdarknes on 1 year ago

What I did for one cosplay where the character has a much broader chest than me (and was under deadline to make it work) was to take 2 shirts, one L, one M. I put the medium inside the large, then stitched it together at the shoulders, sleeves, and down the sides. Finishing that, I stuffed the front of the shirt with pillow foam from an old pillow and put some light stitching into the top shirt to secure it, with the light stitching in the shape of "muscles". In essence, I made a muscle suit. It does get a little hot although it was not unbearable even in Florida summers and it doesn't look that off when you see me in it.

For the shoulders, I would get a somewhat oversized jacket, re-hem the sleeves to match your son, and then pad up the shoulders on the inside.

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