When I saw “Heavyarms Cosplay” I thought I recognised him from a couple of conventions I had been too, where we ended up chatting about cosplay and photography. Anyway, he was great to talk to, and I was glad I found him so we could run a feature on him!
Could you tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Thomas Batchelor. A Cosplayer from England. I go by my cosplay name “Heavyarms Cosplay”, I am a Cosplayer/Streamer/Gamer/Nerd/Photographer.I enjoy anime/sci-fi films, Been cosplaying now for nearly 3 years. When attending conventions, I also do some photography work also, taking photos of fellow cosplayers.
What or who inspired you to Cosplay?
It was the Cosplay film group, Beatdownboogie from the US. I loved the idea from their short films they made, like “Mario Warfare” and “Modern War Gear Solid”.
Are there specific types of character that you particularly gravitate towards and why?
I cosplay military/police themed Anime/TV/Movie and game characters. I feel more confident portraying authority type characters. But “Ghost” is my most particularly to me, due to my particular past.
What for you have been the most challenging characters that you’ve cosplayed as, and which have been the most enjoyable?
I haven’t come across a challenging cosplay yet to date. **Laughing** Actually “Ghost” has really been the challenge, especially with the headgear and glasses fogging up all the time.
But “Ghost” has always been the most enjoyable for me to cosplay.
Could you take us through a little on how you made your outfits?
First and foremost, it’s the research needed to find the necessary gear and get it to the correct style. A lot of military uniform parts need to be ordered from overseas, then it requires the task of finding the correct patches to match the uniform. Even the parts used on the weapon props has to be accurate by researching the relative piece and then order it. If I can’t get the right part then I order the materials needed to make the part I require.
On my last cosplay project, I worked on I had to make an entire knife sheath from scratch. Using Webbing, faux leather and a lump or mdf hardboard. After several attempts finally succeeded.
Which Conventions have been the most enjoyable for you to attend and why?
I attend a lot of the London based ones like MCM and show masters, but do sometimes travel to ones up north like Sheffield. I enjoy attending conventions the most for meeting the particular guests that are around and meeting new people.
Have there been any memorable reactions to your costumes, and if so, what were they?
I wore my Call of Duty Modern Warfare “Ghost” to a cosplay parade that took part in London earlier in the year. When we reached the end of the parade, it was all the tourists that wanted to get photos done with me in the streets of London. It was totally a worthwhile experience. Spent nearly hours standing there with the tourists to have pictures done.
A question about photographers. Obviously cosplayers are a dream come true for photographers, great outfits and poses, does it ever get a bit tiring having to pose endlessly for them, and how do you prefer to be approached by a photographer?
Not at all and if a photographer approaches and asks politely then I would gladly pose for them, Especially with kids. Most people always recognise the character I cosplay.
If a photographer wants to arrange a shoot with me they usually contact me thru the expo group pages or on my own cosplay page.
I also do Photography myself and I always ask permission politely from the cosplayer if they have a few moments to allow me to do some shots of them and then forward them to them. If they are unable to that’s ok with me. I normally also arrange photoshoots for fellow cosplayers online also.
What impact has cosplaying had on your life?
**Joking** About from being a little expensive.
The most positive thing about cosplaying it has on your life is the friends you make along the way. But also builds confidence in yourself, I will continue to cosplay as long as I humanly possible.
Do you have any advice for anybody thinking of cosplaying?
Yes, it doesn’t matter what you look-like, build, skin, ethnic background, anything. The same goes for your skill level, it doesn’t matter. Just get out there and DO IT! COSPLAY IS FOR EVERYONE!
CoDMW2 Ghost (1) by Louis Amore
RECVX Chris Redfield by Golden Dragon Pictures
Col. J. Sheppard by Snoopy Snaps
Sgt Nicholas Angel by Unmadsugar
CoDMW2 Ghost (2) by Golden Dragon Pictures
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