Hundreds drawn to Armageddon Expo

Cameron Lindsay, as a Night Lords Chaos Space Marine from Warhammer 40K, and Elise Henry, as Moka...
Cameron Lindsay, as a Night Lords Chaos Space Marine from Warhammer 40K, and Elise Henry, as Moka Akashiya, show off their costumes at the Armageddon Expo yesterday in Dunedin’s Edgar Centre. Photo: Gregor Richardson.
Hundreds flocked to the Edgar Centre during the weekend to revel in all things science-fiction and comics.

Large crowds enjoyed the weird, wacky and wonderful sights on offer at the Armageddon Expo.

Dozens of cosplayers got into the swing of things and donned costumes of their favourite anime and comic book characters.

Among them was Dunedin man Cameron Lindsay.

Normally standing about 165cm tall, Mr Lindsay towered over the crowds in his hulking chaos space marine costume.

The massive frame stands more than 2m tall and contains EVA foam, irrigation tubing and even 3-D-printed elements.

However, due to its immense size a team was required just to get Mr Lindsay into it and hydrated as he walked the expo’s floors.

"It’s pretty toasty," he said of the conditions inside.

"I have fans in my helmet."

He has been building and incrementally adding to the impressive costume for more than a year and a-half, at a cost of more than $800.

Mr Lindsay first thought of designing the costume after being "bitten by the cosplaying bug last year in Auckland".

Only after beginning did he realise what he had got himself into and the enormity of the task he had created for himself.

"Go big or go home," he said.

The costume was certainly a hit with the crowds as he was inundated with requests for photos.

"I can only do two or three hours in this," he said.

"I have done more than that but was suffering the next day."

Cosplayers had come from as far afield as Auckland to join in the fun.

It is the fifth time the annual event  has been run in Dunedin and crowd numbers showed it is now a permanent fixture on the cosplaying calendar as well as being a hit with the public.

timothy.brown@odt.co.nz

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