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This Ares Cosplay Might Be One Of The Finest Ever Made

This Ares Cosplay Might Be One Of The Finest Ever Made

Be right back, we're picking up our jaws from the floor.

Imogen Mellor

Imogen Mellor

A lot of gaming culture is complete fiction. Situations, planets, characters, alien races that just aren't real no matter how hard we will them into existence. Cosplayers, however, don't admit defeat as easily as most of us. They rise to the challenge of trying to recreate some of the most iconic outfits and armours in games, and the results can be phenomenal.

Meet Sameer Bundela. He's a cosplayer who's won the Indian Championship of cosplay three times, and recently completed a build on the most incredible Smite Ares armour we've ever seen. We can't help but marvel at the sheer amount of detail displayed in this piece.

In fact, it's so incredible, we just had to know more about it and the process behind maing it. We spoke to Sameer about the cosplay, the difficulty of creating an outfit of armour, and how great it is to see his work appreciated by the fans that have grown to love Smite and the character of Ares himself.

So, why Ares we asked? Sameer says that he's "obsessed with ancient and mythological characters, and spartan armour is one of the most iconic designs in armours. So when I saw Ares from Smite I knew I had to make him."

Sameer Bundela's Smite Ares Cosplay
Sameer Bundela's Smite Ares Cosplay

Starting from the helmet and working down the armour, Sameer notes that the plume on top of the headpiece was difficult to achieve. In fact, the helmet's plume is made up of four brooms just to create that clean sweeping (get it?) motion. However, the armour itself wasn't easy either.

"The costume is mostly made of EVA foam, in which I had to carve and sculpt a lot of details," Bundela tells us. "This took me the most amount of time as I wanted it to have a clean and smooth finish to make it look believable as metal. The costume has an extraordinary number of spirals, and I'm glad I took geometry seriously in school, otherwise, I would not have been able to make it. I used 3D printing in a lot of areas, especially when creating the 100 pointed spikes that cover the costume."

But, on to the fun part. Cosplayers have to pay attention to some of the smallest details when it comes to creating their pieces. For Bundela it was the toes of Ares. "The most fun part of the costume was the fake toes, which everyone freaked about on Reddit and Instagram. I noticed early on that the character seemed to have bronze toes, so I came up with options to recreate them, including making bronze cloth socks.

Smite Ares Cosplay
Smite Ares Cosplay

"When I was halfway into the build I realized my feet would look too small compared to the rest of the armour, so I decided to 3D print the fake toes [to] go with the slippers. The design was such that I only needed to make the front of the toes, so I 3D modelled and printed them before putting them in place. It really helps with the illusion of making Ares seem like a giant warrior! I won't lie, when the slippers were done I danced in them for at least 15 minutes out of joy that they worked."

So we can all appreciate how amazing the cosplay look right? But how long did this masterpiece take? Well, apparently it took two months full of 10-15 hour days working on it all, which makes the project that much more impressive when you know the dedication that Bundela had to go through to put it all together.

The cosplayer also tells us that the suit isn't actually that heavy to wear although the sword and shield are a different story. Importantly though, he's overjoyed with the reception of his work.


"I'm so happy with the amazing response it has gotten everywhere, especially on Reddit where it made the front page and got over 150K upvotes and over 500 awards which makes it one of the highest awarded and upvoted cosplay on the website. I was very intimidated when I had picked up this costume but I'm super happy that I did. and I want my next project to be even more ambitious than this one."

If you're interested in seeing more of Sameer's impressive work he has an Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Twitch you can check out.

Featured Image Credit: Sameer Bundela / Hi-Rez Studios

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