Process

Warsong Commander: Axe making of

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Following on the complete Warsong Commander costume making of, here is the process for the axe (shield is also available here).

Patterns + wooden body

To ease the making of this axe, I first re-drew it on Illustrator (vectorial drawing). From this, we obtained precise dimensions, and Joris could make the wooden body. This one is splitted in 2 parts (one for the handle, the other for the blade) in order to disassemble it so it takes less place in transport.

Warsong Commander axe
Re-drawn model

Wooden body
Wooden body

Foam basis

For this step, it’s also Joris that takes the job… After glueing 3 layers of EVAfoam together with neoprene (integrating the wooden part inside of it), he had to carve it with a Dremel to get the right shape.

Transfering pattern on the EVA foam
Transfering pattern on the EVA foam

sanding eva foam dremel
Carving the blade with a Dremel

weapon cosplay foam
Finished basis

Worbla

Until then, that was Maël who mainly applied Worbla on foam pieces. But, with 3 costumes to finish at the same time (Warsong Commander, Guardian of Kings and Black Knight), I had to work with this material too. So this was my first complete Worbla piece and after tough starts (and a few fingers burned), I’m proud of this result.

I used the «sandwich» technique, I applied 2 Worbla sheets: one on a face, one on the other. Once the two sheets took the shape of the foam piece, I cut the border that is formed on the edge where the sheets stick to each other.

eva worbla sandwich
Prepping worbla sandwich

Cosplay sandwich worbla
Worbla applying

I then had to add details. Foam bases were made for the two small «pikes» (1st pic), all the rest was made from Worbla’s Finest Art scraps and Worbla Black (rings, pikes on the edge, borders, etc.). Teeth were made with Fimo.

worbla sandwich
worbla black details
details worbla
fimo worbla
wood body weapon
cosplay axe worbla

Painting

Before painting, I had to protect faux-fur and fake leather that are glued on the handle, as well as Fimo teeth. Once they are covered with masking tape, we primed Worbla parts and applied a coat of silver spray paint. Then, I added black paint with a brush, and wiped it off with a rag to give the «metal parts» an old aspect.

I also painted the fake leather a bit with different tints of brown, for a more natural look.

Finally, I splattered my axe with red paint to imitate blood squirts, and painted Worbla straps in brown (the ones on the blade).

Tape tape tape
Tape tape tape

Black paint worbla
Black paint

Removing the tape
Removing the tape

Handle painting
Handle painting

axe cosplay worbla
Finished painting

axe cosplay worbla
Finished painting

Result

Warsong Commander Cosplay
Photo : Black Owl Studio

Warsong Commander Blizzcon
Photo : John Jiao

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marie@blackowlstudio.com

Marie Katzenmayer, 25 ans, est illustratrice freelance. Passionnée de game design, de musique métal et fan de Tim Burton, ses spécialités sont le Pepakura, la sculpture et la peinture.

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