General Zod

General Dru-Zod, Man of Steel, 2013


photo by Trevor Nielson

It was theorized that the Kryptonians were so advanced that their technology had taken on the aspects of the plants, animals, and nature of Krypton, aka biomimicry.  This lead the artists to design Krypton's flowing biological lines in the Art Nouveau style.  They even went so far as to develop an entire language for Krypton and it is inscribed everywhere in the movie including the superman crest in Batman v Superman.  This cosplay started the instant I saw the opening scenes of Man of Steel where this armor is seen.  Fun fact: I believe the house of Zod symbol is the sickle, in homage to the Soviet Union's hammer and sickle flag for the Russian General Zod.

This cosplay started about nine months before Salt Lake Comic Con in 2014.  The first thing I purchased was a DC 1/6th scale statue of the "variant armor" for Zod.  Variant being the brown and more ceremonial in nature armor and it is straight up Art Nouveau so I couldn't resist.  I then proceeded to make hundreds of measurements to scale up the statue.  Contrary to common belief, this is not Pepakura.  I have made all of the cardstock patterns from scratch and twisted this mostly Worbla armor into shape earning my blisters along the way.  The super suit was sewn by by friend Christie since then she's taught me to sew.

About the costume:

 

  • Silicone printed Glissnette fabric, Masked Rider on the RPF
  • Silver spandex fabric undersuit for sheen
  • "Grizzly fur" (faux), cape
  • Worbla, Three Jumbo Sheets
  • 2mm EVA craft foam
  • Apoxie Sculpt
  • Spanish Copper Rub n' Buff
  • Antique Gold Rub n' Buff
  • Ebony Rub n' Buff
  • 3D printed saber
  • 3D printed silver slats (several hundred)
  • PVC sheet for cape/buckle support
  • Rectangle rings
  • Velcro
  • Leather straps
  • Hooks/Eyes
  • Parachute buckles

 

  • 160-belt-segments
  • Apoxie-back
  • Apoxie-front-collar
  • Back-details
  • Back-of-collar
  • Backplate
  • Belt-Buckle
  • Belt-Segment
  • Belt-Segments-DONE!
  • Belt-Segments-v5.1
  • Belt-strap
  • Belt-strap1
  • Bevels-covered
  • Boot-upper-base
  • Boot-upper-progress
  • Boots-DONE
  • Both-Sides-Covered
  • Butterfly-finished
  • Butterfly-of-Carpel-Tunnel
  • CAPE
  • Cape-full-revised2
  • Cape-fur-in-seam
  • Cape-revised-placement
  • Cape-rings
  • Castings
  • Chest-CloseUp-Back-Side
  • Chest-CloseUp-Back
  • Chest-CloseUp-Side
  • Chest-Done-Back
  • Chest-Done
  • Chest-base-coat
  • Cod-Back
  • Cod-Front
  • Collar-Back-Done
  • Collar-Front-Done
  • Collar-Front-details
  • Collar-details
  • Collar-progress
  • Crest-apoxied
  • Crest-layers
  • Fixed-Front-and-ab-plates
  • French-Curves
  • Front-shot
  • Gauntlet-Plates-Apoxied
  • Gauntlet-Plates-Support
  • Gauntlet-blending
  • Gauntlet-left-progress
  • Gauntlet-magnets
  • Gauntlet-open
  • Gauntlets-done-back
  • Gauntlets-done-front-3-4
  • Gauntlets-painted
  • Gauntley-apoxie
  • Gloves-Progress
  • Knees-progress
  • Knees
  • Leg-plates-front
  • Leg-plates-side
  • One-Side-Covered
  • Pauldron-Assembly
  • Pauldron-Connected
  • Pauldron-Connected1
  • Pauldron-ball
  • Pauldron-details-1
  • Pauldron-lift-over
  • Pauldron-lift-under
  • Pauldron-mounting
  • Pauldron-redo
  • Pauldron-straps
  • Pauldrons-4-of-6
  • Pauldrons-DONE
  • Pauldrons-Mounted-Back
  • Pauldrons-Mounted-Front
  • Pauldrons-almost-done
  • Pauldrons-painted
  • Side-Straps
  • Side-straps-done
  • Slats
  • Strap-matrix
  • Suit-top
  • Support-Triangles
  • Transfer-rubbing
  • Upper-thigh-waist-connector-plates
  • Zod-Collar
  • Zod-Saber
  • ab-plate-forming
  • ab-plate-top-formed
  • ab-plates-assembled
  • ab-plates-joined
  • ab-plates-mounted
  • abdominal-plates-done
  • abdominal
  • back-shot
  • belt-segments-pile
  • boot-medallion
  • boot-plate-added
  • boot-plate-bottom
  • boot-right-scabbard
  • boots-thighs-cod-primed
  • chest-plate-back-collar
  • chestplate-front
  • chestplate-sanding
  • cod-buckle-redo
  • cod-piece-belt
  • elbow-medallion
  • fingers
  • gauntlet-left-done
  • gauntlets-progress
  • knee-medallions-3d-printed
  • knees-done
  • leather-colors
  • medallions
  • pauldron-pattern1
  • pauldron1
  • slat-highlights
  • slat-shadows
  • strap-matrix-highlights
  • suit-back-pattern
  • suit-pattern-layout
  • suit-seams
  • thigh upper connector plate
  • weathered-segments-close-up
  • weathered-segments

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