After my trial run of my Diablo 3 Demon Hunter cosplay at Fan Expo Vancouver, I decided that my crossbow needed more dramatic detailing. It came out really thin and flat in photos, so I decided I’d try to add some of the cool flare panel on the bow of the weapon. The photo below is the official BlizzCon 2011 cosplay Demon Hunter. I will be replicating the cool flare detailing on these crossbows.
I decided for feasibility that I’d use craft foam sheets. They’re flexible yet strong so I’ll be able to cut, paint, and glue them onto my wooden crossbow frame easily. They’re also super cheap, but should produce the appropriate effect.
Next I traced the above cosplay photo in Adobe Illustrator to get the outlines of the crossbow flares.
I then broke the traced pieces apart and sized them correctly to fit my bow, and printed them out to be transferred to my foam sheets.
This is still a work in progress, so I’ll post another update when I get to cutting and painting the foam pieces.