Learn How To Make Swords, Guns, and Other Weapons from Japanese Video Games

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Usually, when there's a geek event in Japan, cosplayers show up in droves. Somewhere between the folks in skimpy outfits, there are always cosplayers carrying enormous swords and guns. They're not real weapons, of course, but they can really help complete the cosplay.

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Want to learn how to make those awesome custom weapons? Like, yourself? No worries, Ryo is here to help.

Ryo is a Japanese cosplayer, who's been living the life since 2003. At that time, Ryo had no clue how to make his own costumes and weapons. Now he's quit his job as a systems engineer and makes costumes for a living. And his wonderful website has walkthroughs for all sorts of awesome cosplay props. Best of all, Ryo also wrote his how-tos in English.

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Let's have a look at just some of the cosplay props you, yes, you, can learn how to make:


Hatchet from Monster Hunter

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Queen's Sword from Final Fantasy Type-0

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"Red Scissor" from Monster Hunter

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Scythe's Weapon from Final Fantasy Type-0

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Rifle from Metal Gear Solid 3

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Yuna's Staff from Final Fantasy X

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There are even walkthroughs for armor, like this Monster Hunter outfit.

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Monster Hunter and Final Fantasy might not be your thing, but you can use these walkthroughs to inspire your own creations. Ryo's site is a very generous and helpful resource. There's much more in the link below. Have a look.

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DISCUSSION

Rainingmadness
Rainingmadness

These "how to" articles about cosplay will always catch my attention and I hope to see more in depth articles on it. I am always curious about some of the methods that go into crafting these items so that I can incorporate them into my props. I would love to one day attempt to build an armor set, but the cost and lack of guarantee of success on my part have always made me too nervous. Does anyone have any recommendation of any characters with light armor that I can try as a starting point?