My favorite cosplay is my ODST. It was my very first costume…I was sitting at home, waiting in between school sememsters and work, playing lots of video games. After a while I thought “I want to do something productive, like learning or making something…but I also really like video games” So someone pointed me to the 405th and suggested I make something from my favorite video game, Halo. =)
I managed to toss this together in a couple of weeks for Anime Expo 2009:
By the end of 2009, I put together more of the suit to make it look like one of the characters for the upcoming ODST game. This is a photo at PAX. I got a cast of a recon helmet from a friend (I actually own the mold now) to make another suit for my sister, and picked up a few prop weapons. I also got a new chest piece cast from a friend.
This is what the ODST suit looked like a year later at Anime Expo 2010
After a while I modded it a bit to be the “Knives insurrectionist” from Red Vs Blue. I made it significantly more comfortable and for a while it was my “work” cosplay, for when I had to run around organizing events, photographing, etc. (note the prop backpack replaced with a camera bag)
I still really love the ODSTs, and continue to revisit them. This is a new version I made from the ground up in 2013 (minus the rifle, which was a purchased cast). While I actually prefer my old helmet, and there are actually a lot of very expensive mistakes in this suit, it was a nice learning experience. I hope to revisit my ODSTs again soon, but right now I have other projects on my plate. =)