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Battle Angel Alita by RuffleButtCosplay Battle Angel Alita by RuffleButtCosplay
The wig is two wigs combined. I should be able to post a tutorial for how I merge wigs soon. Alita's hair is rather ridiculous and I wanted mine to be that way. I think it still needs a little more molding though.

All of the armor is craft foam coated with contact cement and covered with spandex. I found a few tutorials on craft foam armor and ended up making a hybrid solution that worked for me. I paid a very large attention to detail. At this point, I know her arms like the back of my hands. Both top and bottom pieces attach by snaps. Elbow and knee pieces attach via velcro.

Catsuit is made by me with wet look spandex. Undershirt is made of the same spandex that coats the armor.

Not really sure what else to say. Very VERY labor intense. It pays off if you take the time to do it well though.



Person thoughts:
Battle Angel Alita was the first manga I ever read. I was into anime at a really young age, but didn't get into manga until the 90s. I was really into Star Wars expanded universe novels and manga was right next to it. It was only natural that I eventually wandered over.

Back when I read it, it was really expensive compared to today's manga. It was $18-$20 a book, American format and they weren't numbered. They fell apart fairly easily. I definitely read them out of order since there wasn't really a way to check the order I was supposed to read them in.

I fell in love with Alita from the first book. To this day, she is my favorite character in anything ever. I have been saying for about ten years that I was going to make this costume. Tried many times. Finally, this year, I said fuck it, its going to happen. A friend joked that I would spend years planning and make it in a week. They were close. I made it in two.

There are a couple of things I was to fix, but for the most part, I am really happy with this costume.

More photos can be found here: [link]

Butterfly knife made by and Photos by Lionboogy~
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stylushyper Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  New member Professional Interface Designer
very pretty!!

 
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yorunekoFTW Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014
There's only one thing to be said :

NAILED.IT.
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:iconanimemort:
animemort Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Can't wait for James Cameron to make the movie!
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:iconalalein:
Alalein Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Awesome Cosplay *___*
It just looks great on you. You really make an incredible Alita!
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mjengels Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
My earlier comments still hold true.  The commendable job you've done with the technical implementation of this costume is only superseded by your willingness and ability to capture Alita's persona.  If there was ever a live action Alita, you'd be my first choice.  We all still hold out hope James Cameron will produce his Battle Angel Alita movie; they'd have a hard time doing as fine a job as you have here costuming and portraying her.  Great work.

One point of order, though...I recall Alita first used the Damascus blades when she took on her Motorball body right after she shunned her former life following her childhood crush Hugo's death (and with it her Berserker body shown here.)  Tiphares and the GIB recreated them into her "butterfly knife" glaive when she agreed to become a Tuned agent.  I don't think those of us who've followed the canon closely ever saw Alita in her Berserker body toting a Damascus blade, but it SURE does look cool!

Did you ever consider perhaps adding a light-colored duster or trenchcoat to your ensemble?  Also, I do hope you and your photographers take the time to do a shoot in a real scrapyard.  The lines of the cityscape behind you are much, much to clean to reach to the magnitude of awesomeness your fine work deserves.  Seeing jagged, twisted metal all around would make this great work *most* excellent.  

MJE
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graemo Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
nice!
i wish you were in my area, i'd really love to work with you =)

alita is still one of my favourite mangas, although i read that stuff uhh ... decades ago ^^'
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Xhydralisk Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Alita and her Damascus Blade. A love story with a tragic twist...
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:iconrufflebuttcosplay:
RuffleButtCosplay Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Indeed~
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kattenjadams Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
I cannot  even express how much this is one    my favorite things eeer. Far and away, my favorite Cosplay! I don't think I've ever seen anyone do Alita/GUNNM cosplay before, and I've never looked. I say this and just ... so much happy! Alita was one of my first anime flicks, and my very first Manga, as well!

<3
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RuffleButtCosplay Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wow, thank you so much. Thank means a lot!
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:iconteentitans4evr:
TeenTitans4Evr Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Professional Filmographer
We all have been waiting for years for James Cameron to make the Battle Angel Alita movie...
you could just walk on the set in that costume and they could start filming it today!
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RuffleButtCosplay Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Haha, I wish~
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ianmsquee Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
Love it! Awesome Work!! :icondelightfulplz:
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:iconrufflebuttcosplay:
RuffleButtCosplay Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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:iconianmsquee:
ianmsquee Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
:icongrin--plz: sure thing!
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:icontheeyzmaster:
theEyZmaster Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Professional General Artist
Really stunning! :love:
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:iconrufflebuttcosplay:
RuffleButtCosplay Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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:icontheeyzmaster:
theEyZmaster Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
sure thing^^
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Slayer730 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's my favorite anime movie ever and the only manga I've ever read. I even have a Gally tattoo! This is AWESOME.
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:iconrufflebuttcosplay:
RuffleButtCosplay Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
You have a tattoo? Awesome!
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:iconslayer730:
Slayer730 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I do indeed. :)
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DarkAssassin069 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
WOW this was one of my favourite Manga's EVER!!!

WOW!!!
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:iconrufflebuttcosplay:
RuffleButtCosplay Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Me toooooo~
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:iconjuanadagio:
JuanAdagio Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
Beautiful ♥
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:iconrufflebuttcosplay:
RuffleButtCosplay Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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melell Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
The suit fits you beautifully, as does the character....she's one of my favorites as well.
Love the shot with the knife, shows off the metallic finish really well and the hair and makeup are dead on....you're a machine, dude...I can't believe you got so much done in so little time
Someday I really hope to see this one in person!
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:iconrufflebuttcosplay:
RuffleButtCosplay Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much. I love this costume so much. <3
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:iconmoyashisoba:
moyashisoba Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
i love this Character(*´ω`*)
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:iconrufflebuttcosplay:
RuffleButtCosplay Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Me too *_________*
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:iconkaizer617:
Kaizer617 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful!
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:iconrufflebuttcosplay:
RuffleButtCosplay Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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:iconkaizer617:
Kaizer617 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome!! I love your hair!
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Trocadero Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
I need to get around to finding the first Battle Angel manga, all I've been able to find is Last Order, although that on itself is easily one of my greatest favs
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RuffleButtCosplay Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
They re-released the original manga, but yeah, it;s hard to find. Check eBay!
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Trocadero Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
I might once I get some money in. I was always fascinated by the believable physics-jargon they have in the series, makes it all feel more realistic than "It's magic; I don't have to explain shit"
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RuffleButtCosplay Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah. He did a really really good job with that.
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:iconpierrotkun:
pierrotkun Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
Gally. A rare cosplay. Awesome.
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:iconrufflebuttcosplay:
RuffleButtCosplay Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
:3 It is indeed!
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SilverCastle Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
Love it! The pose is awesome. Bravo
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:iconrufflebuttcosplay:
RuffleButtCosplay Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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:iconxsuprio:
Xsuprio Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You make a right proper Gally/Alita. Kudos!
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:iconrufflebuttcosplay:
RuffleButtCosplay Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you :D
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GeekVarietyDotCom Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
"I said fuck it, its going to happen. A friend joked that I would spend years planning and make it in a week. They were close. I made it in two."

This is exactly how I do things. I plan and plan in my head for months working out all the details and figure out the most efficient way of doing things then I pounce on a project and knock it out in a matter of days. I love that you articulated this because a lot of people who aren't makers don't really understand all the time that goes into a project just inside your head much less the time it takes to make a project come to fruition through trial and error and an entire life filled with the learning process.

Great work as always, love to see when you post new project, its always a thrill.
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RuffleButtCosplay Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I am one of those people that sketches everything and has to know how I'm going to make EVERY single piece before I continue.
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:iconzappan:
Zappan Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Again, you're an awesome Alita, totally gorgeous ! :D
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:iconrufflebuttcosplay:
RuffleButtCosplay Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! ^o^
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Matsucorp Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I love Alita, you've really don the cosplay justice!
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:iconrufflebuttcosplay:
RuffleButtCosplay Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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WFEATHER Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
So rare to see a Gally CosPlay :-)
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:iconrufflebuttcosplay:
RuffleButtCosplay Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
It is indeed!
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