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Bioshock 2: Big Sister by Malindachan Bioshock 2: Big Sister by Malindachan
This costume was a collaborative effort with my hubby :iconex-shadow: to go with his Subject Delta Big Daddy cosplay. Unfortunately I hadn’t had time to start on the Big Sister suit until about a month before Dragoncon because I was helping him earlier in the summer with his Big Daddy for Cosplacon (I helped sew together the bodysuit and painted stuff). After Cosplacon he had a lot of things to remake on Big Daddy, but he took a break from it so we would for-sure have Big Sister done. After we were in the safe zone on that, I went back to helping again on his.

(This will contain spoilers if you haven’t played the game ) Just to clarify, this is Eleanor’s Big Sister suit – not one of the regular Big Sisters that most people think about, which have different features (the cage and larger tank on their backs, the extra leather on their torsos and legs, the red light, etc). Eleanor’s suit is like an incomplete Big Sister suit, and her light shines Green in-game because she’s an ally. I’ve had people ask me if my light could turn red or why I hadn’t done the extra bits, but doing those things would no longer make me Eleanor specifically. XD
Something I learned was that the artists couldn’t make up their minds about a lot of the details. There were differences between the in-game renders, cutscenes, the figurine, and original artwork. I ended up going more with the in-game render, but I did some picking and choosing for areas where I couldn’t get a good reference, or if there were things I liked more about the artwork verses the game.

(end spoilers)

So onto the construction!
I made the bodysuit out of Denim using the mock-up pattern that I had made for my Journey bodysuit last winter. From there I made a bunch of fake seams and patches to match the references. I tea stained it slightly, and while it was still wet I painted it with acrylic before letting it air-dry. Those spots that were painted spread out thanks to the damp-ness to add a really cool effect. Once it was dry I went back in and did more dry-brushing and finer details.

The helmet was originally going to be a fabric-mache globe before our spray foam idea ruined it and I had to throw it out. XD A friend of ours suggested using an acrylic globe from Amazon (the kind used for lamp covers), and that ended up working out great! The porthole is actually the original opening from the bottom of the globe, and we cut all out all the other holes with a hot knife. I first sketched everything out with some sharpies first so I could know where to glue everything later. The details were made out of craft foamies and EVA foam (It’s floor mat foam! Same material as craft foamies, but thicker). The tube is a plastic flexible tubing. Once the foam was all glued in place, I coated the foam with two layers of mod podge before spray painting the whole thing with a hammered paint. Once dry, I painted the rims around the holes and then dry-brushed darker areas, dirt, and highlights with a variety of acrylics. A stretchy green fabric was glued over the holes, and a battery powered LED Push light is on the inside. I can actually see well enough out the porthole when the light isn’t on, but when it is it’s like being in a bright room and trying to see outside when it’s dark (in other words, I cant’s see very well when the light is on XD)

Kyle constructed the shoulder/neck piece and tanks out of EVA foam, and I painted them using the same process as the helmet. I swear – half the work on this costume was all the hand painting. D: To curve the Eva foam pieces, he used a heat gun and held the shape in place as it cooled over our air conditioning unit. XD I attached Velcro to the front underside so it could hold the whole thing forward (though the tanks are very light, the weight distribution causes the whole thing to shift back without the Velcro).
We got the platform boots from Salvation Army, and all the buckles from a local fabric warehouse for super cheap. I had to spray-paint the buckles silver since they were originally gold, and the boots were painted brown with Angelus leather paints. I cut out strips (for the belts) from a leather piece we also got from the fabric warehouse. EVA foam was used for the pieces attached directly to the sides, and Kyle helped me with the braces, which were made out of wooden slats with EVA foam on the outer sides. He had to drill holes in them so that they could still rotate on the pivot points at my ankles and knees.

I made the gloves and the knee/elbow pad things. Used a pattern for the gloves, and attached foam pieces for the plate looking things, and the elbow and knee pieces were just craft foam with fabric glued around them.

Kyle also did most of the work building weapon props, and I painted them using the same processes as before. They’re made out of EVA foam, wooden dowels, plastic tubing, and a piece of a cardboard tube. I made the pressure gages out of googly eyes by cutting them open and replacing the backing. Before gluing them I inserted little compass hands from a set of scrapbooking stuff I got ages ago for steampunk jewelry ideas. The syringes of Pure ADAM (green) and EVE (blue) were made out of glass test tubes we got from a science store that I filled with dyed resin. They strap in place with leather straps. The bottle for the red ADAM is made from a condiments bottle that had the tip trimmed and sealed up with hot glue. That part is covered with a nipple meant for a baby bottle, which is held in place thanks to a ring made from an empty mod podge bottle (because the rubber nipple does not take glue well at all). The whole top piece screws off so we can hold red Gatorade in it!

Photo taken at the Georgia Aquarium during Dragoncon!
Photography by Kiratsukai

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Leon-Arkibak Featured By Owner Edited Feb 1, 2016  Student Writer
Thats amazing!
Ava2014 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
How or where do you get that costume?
nikianime Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014
love your cosplay! side note could you please tell me what the words are on your suit? thank you!
Comeonramblers Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
5 stars! Awesome!
TheReticChick Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Judgedredd35 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
awesome, awesome cosplay! 
Rentham Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014   Digital Artist
datAethage Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
awesome job
doggiedudet18 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
I was wondering what size acrylic globe you used
Malindachan Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it was a 12in one
deepdarkuser Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I really like this! 
The only thing I can say that's negative is that it looks kinda new, by that I mean the metal parts don't  look rusted or old because of the conditions in Rapture, but that's also a plus for me because It makes me think of a newly made Big Sister :D that sounds awesome no? 
AisuTheKitsune Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi! I love your cosplay, and i'm trying to make my own big sister cosplay. How did you make the full white part? (The body suit part!) If you could tell me how, it would help so much! THanks =^.^=
Malindachan Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I made a mock-up shirt and pants that were very form-fitted and pinned it all together so it would be one piece. then I cut it where the seamlines were and used that as my pattern for the real thing. The bodysuit was definitely the most time-consuming part to make in general as well as to paint.
viviR2 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
Love your costume! You and your husband are cosplay geniuses and I hope you come back to DragonCon with this out again next year! I'd love to take pics of you two! :happybounce:
TLL-MatheX Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Sick costume! 
AmrasFelagund Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
Excellent cosplay!
DriPoint Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013   Digital Artist
Love this - brilliant
Just out of interest do you / photographer permit PhotoManipulation with your images?
Kinlyu Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's interesting to read which materials you used! Thanks for the explanation, it might help a lot of people (also on different costumes xD)
NsomniaksDream Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
Thank you so much for sharing your construction notes on all of your cosplays. I always find them fascinating and incredible helpful to read. I love discovering new ways to create things from fellow cosplayers
Your work is and has always been stunning 
I can't wait to see what you produce next! ^_^
catsuitmodel Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I donīt know Bioshock, but the suit is great!
Ananina23 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
This cosplay is SPOT ON!
PringerDX Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THIS COSPLAY IS AMAZING! The detail, the effort, the's all wonderful! As usual this is a great cosplay. ^^
coady2y Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
Love it! And it's from my favorite game.
MajinNeda Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist
Gahhhh! You're so amazing.
Ennui-PB Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
This is such an amazing work! Congratulations to you and your husband!! I love that you always write how you constructed everything, it's extremely useful for future references
Dragon364 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoa those weapons look so epic! I love the effect you got on the suit with the paint and such ^^
Evea Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013   Artisan Crafter
This is fantastic! It makes me want to finish my big sister :D I was having a hard time finding what to do the helmet out of and I had seen the someone use a globe for another cosplay I just never asked her what it was
Inspiral Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Your craftsmanship is just stunning, I especially love the staining and paint job :3
RakkoCat Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoa this looks awesome!! great job!!
lunacatkitten Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
this is so awesomely made that I honestly had to read all the description just to tell if it was a cosplay or a miniature statue, I am amazed very well done :D
LividDoll Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
AUGH. IT'S SO BEAUTIFUL!!! Seriously, great job as always <3
Indefinitefotography Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Photographer
/dying cat noises/
RogueWriter3201 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
Holy (*Bleep*)!
zarasque Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
That's really awesome
LaurettaChan Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
Awesome! I love the amount of attention to detail :)
RyouYamiBakura Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
I have yet to play this game but I already know it's going to be awesome because of awesome cosplays like this :D
FireFox5392 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
Awesome cosplay *claps happily*
SacaradiTuenifore Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Looking awesome Malinda. I hope I can see this in person somehow.
dragonboi3789 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
Amazingly well put together costume. You really do the character justice!
Opellerq Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
Incredible. Simply awesome.
Malinda, as always, you are just great :)
AznAnimeChick Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
Looks amazing! I saw this in ackson's Dragon*con video and it looked really awesome with the aquarium setting. Did you have to get special permission to go in with the costumes?
Malindachan Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
There was a special night for Dragoncon attendees on Saturday after their normal hours (it went from 7-11pm), and they allowed people to go in costume for pictures there.
AznAnimeChick Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
That's so cool! I loooove that aquarium and I didn't know they did that. 
xXBrokenMemoriesXx Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Such a beautiful cosplay!  I love the distressing and overall clean execution of the work.  Seriously, love it.
karina-sensei Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Student General Artist
o-o whoa. cool
FarorePhotography Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Dayum! Great job!
Azieru Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
Oh that's amazing!
ChibiChise Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn girl, That's a lot of work and it definitely paid off! Great job on your Eleanor Suit. :la: Looks way too amazing! 
Izayo-Fireheart Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
Wow! This is really cool!
angelgirl132 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Student General Artist
Amazing! Your cosplays are always so well done! Love it! :D
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