Elspeth, Sun’s Champion Godsend Spear Tutorial

 In Cosplay

For one of my first official cosplay costumes, I made an Elspeth, Sun’s Champion outfit, complete with light-up Godsend spear prop. For those who don’t know, Elspeth is a planeswalker from Magic the Gathering. I actually ended up taking first place in a local con cosplay contest. It was a pretty cool experience. Lots of frustration but very rewarding. I wanted to go back and share how I made her spear, Godsend.

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The first thing I did was to trace out a pattern on a giant block of yellow insulation foam. I then used a hot wire cutter and sanding blocks to remove excess foam and begin to shape Godsend.

Carving an Insulation Foam Sword

sanding yellow insulation foam into a sword blade

I used progressively finer sandpaper until the blade section was smooth. To ensure it wouldn’t get too fragile, I did leave the blade edge a little thicker than I would have normally liked.

I then cut circle holes so that my push button closet lights would fit into the base. To add shape and detail, I then wrapped the base in worbla.

foam sword prop tutorial

Elspeth's Godsend taking shape

For the handle of the spear, I picked up a broom handle from a local hardware store. I then used friendly plastic to create a thread for the handle to fit into the base of my foam insulation piece. Unfortunately I don’t have good photos of this step, but you can see the opaque white piece in the bottom left photo.

To make the piece, I primed the metal threads on the broom handle with petroleum jelly, I then wrapped and squished the heated & moldable friendly plastic around the threads until it cooled. At that point it was a perfect fit and I could easily screw and unscrew the broom handle for easy storage and transportation.

Adding lights to Godsend cosplay sword spear

Godsend prop with lights and unpainted

I filled in any blemishes in the base with scrap worbla, then added a single sheet cover to clean it all up and to secure the lights in place. I rolled heated worbla scraps into snake-like pieces and used them to add additional details the face.

Below you see the lights I used. I used sandpaper on the light face to scratch the surface. This helps diffuse the light and make it glow, rather than look like 3 little LED lights.

LED push button lights for cosplay

Sanding LED lights to defract light

Before painting the blade, I sealed it with a couple coats of watered-down wood glue using a sponge paint brush. This not only sealed the foam, but also made an even smoother surface. I then spray painted the blade with silver spray paint and hand painted the worbla-covered base with gold acrylic paint. Finally I used a little black paint to weather the base a bit.

I painted the broom handle with black acrylic. I used friendly plastic to create the decorative piece at the bottom of the broom handle and used the gold acrylic paint on that.

Elspeth's Godsend

Painting Godsend

Please let me know if you have any questions! While I unfortunately don’t have more photos to share of the in-progress build (as already stated), I’d be happy to provide more verbal details if you need it.

Elspeth, Sun's Champion Cosplay

Elspeth, Sun's Champion Cosplay

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  • Mariah Kaercher
    Reply

    Wow that is so cool! I think if I had to cosplay as someone from Magic I would want to be Liliana.

    • Jessica (aka The Nifty Nerd)
      Reply

      Thanks Mariah! I honestly considered Liliana too. I ultimately decided I want to make a costume that was armor based though, so Elspeth won out 🙂

  • Kayly Nyman
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    It turned out great, and you look fantastic!

    • Jessica (aka The Nifty Nerd)
      Reply

      Thank you Kayly. Even though I would have done some things differently in the end, I was pretty please with the result!

  • Dina
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    I’m always amazing at cosplayer’s skill! This was a really great job with the prop and costume! It turned out great!

    • Jessica (aka The Nifty Nerd)
      Reply

      Thanks Dina! I learned a lot of things over the course of this project. It was a lot of fun.

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