We got a chance to talk to Becka Noel about her episode of Cosplay Melee, War Games!
First of all, congrats on your episode! I have to admit I was rooting for you the hardest because I am a Star Trek Nerd, and you really did look like something from the universe!
Haha, Star Trek forever! Thank you for the kind words 🙂
8 hours is not a lot of time! You managed to create something really huge in that timeframe, and it looked really lightweight and well balanced. How heavy was your Genesis and did you have any issues with it that the show cut out?
Thanks! The Genesis was actually pretty lightweight. I carved it out of a very lightweight pink insulation foam and attached the spikes using…Worbla! It is also connected to my breastplate with big straps made of EVA foam that was wrapped in worbla. The most difficult part of building the genesis was probably attaching it to my breastplate. It was a little more complicated since we had to build the weapons for the first challenge and then go back and somehow attach them to our costumes. Because of the way my straps were initially built, I actually had to rip them off and redo them so they would fit into my breastplate properly, which used A LOT of my time.
As a fellow floor-worker, I thought it was great you had so much floor space to use for your build! Did anyone from the show try to encourage you to use the tables, or did they let you work as you needed to?
Haha! At first, they asked me why I was on the floor instead of using the nice huge table and I explained how I work at home and they understood. However, it wasn’t the easiest to film me on the floor, so they did eventually ask me to work at my table. I guess I do need to get used to working at a table at some point, haha.
I know from another interview that the makeup was done by a MUA, but did you design the look yourself? It was really striking!
I’m sorry, but I don’t think we’re actually allowed to go into detail about the makeup, but yes, I did design my look! And thanks! 🙂
You used Worbla for your spine and chestplate, but of course the magic of TV editing mean we don’t always get to see the full build. Where else was Worbla used on your costume?
I used Worbla everywhere! My breastplate, Genesis, pauldron, bracers, thight, shin and shoe armor were all Worbla. I also used Worbla as a construction tool to “glue/attach” various pieces together.
You can find more of Becka’s work at her Facebook! Becka Noel!
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