This Space Marine cosplay took two years to make

Scott Schofield had already been working on his Black Templar Space Marine outfit for three months when he first posted it to a couple of forums back in December of 2016. He had a helmet—skull-shaped to mark it as the helmet of a Marine Chaplain, because you can never have too many skulls in Warhammer—and a chestpiece as well as a pair of pauldrons, all made from the downloadable papermodel-style designs called pepakura, or 'pep' for short, which can be printed on foam or cardstock. The rest he would make from scratch over the next two years.

The Black Templars are a chapter of the Space Marines famous for their crusades. Rather than having a homeworld they recruit from, they travel from system to system in a warfleet, liberating planets then leaving keeps behind to protect them before embarking on next crusade. They're particularly heavy on the religious iconography, and so Schofield's design has become more and more like a walking cathedral as it's gone on. The backpack's basically an altar, complete with candles and flamepots that light up.

The filigree details around the collar were made with a wood-burning tool, embellished with doorknockers that are actually mobile phone anti-theft clasps you can get on Amazon. The statues on the stained-glass power pack were 3D-printed as was the cover for the Book of Litanies on his belt, and although he experimented with 3D-printing a boltgun he wasn't happy with the result and instead crafted that from scratch as well. A lot of the suit's made from wood and EVA foam (the stuff they make floor mats out of), given a rubber coating called plasti dip and supported with pipes. The gauntlets are apparently second-hand hockey gloves. 

Schofield plans to debut the finished product at Salt Lake Comic Con in September, so you might be able to see him there, walking around with a personal cooling fan like some joggers use on the inside of his helmet to prevent overheating. If you see him, give him a well-deserved fistbump from us. 

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games. He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun, The Big Issue, GamesRadar, Zam, Glixel, Five Out of Ten Magazine, and, whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.