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Resistance 2 – Making Her Mark(sman)

Bryan Intihar's Avatar + Posted by Bryan Intihar on Jul 20, 2009 // Community Manager, Insomniac Games

Calling the MyResistance.net community a passionate bunch would be quite the understatement. In addition to providing a ton of great feedback on the Resistance titles (which has helped tremendously for things like patches and DLC), several go to great lengths to demonstrate their love for the franchise. Izy Cheung is just that kind of fan.

The 20-year-old from Calgary recently flexed her creative muscles with Resistance in mind, making a spot-on replica of the Marksman, a long-range weapon that made its debut in Resistance 2. We recently had a chance to chat with this extremely talented costume and prop maker about constructing this tool of destruction.

Insomniac Marksman


First off, tell us a little bit about yourself?

Izy Cheung: Um, I’m not really sure what to say. I was always that kid that stuck out in a crowd, even when I wasn’t trying to. I’ve always had a very curious and creative mind growing up, which wasn’t always for the best, as it’d get me in trouble whenever I took something apart to see how it worked. So now that I have the resources and know-how, I can use my creativeness and build my beloved characters through costumes and really make them come to life. Aside from my addictive costume making and the obvious passion for video gaming, I love to play field hockey and draw. Other than that, I’m pretty much a hermit and an anti-social freak, unless my friends literally dragged out of my house. Ha-ha.

You’ve said that this is actually the first weapon prop that you ever created. Why start now?

I’ve always wanted to do a costume that had a sweet prop, and the Chimera seemed like a good place to start. And seeing as a Chimera is my next major costume, I couldn’t very well go without a gun!

I know it probably wasn’t a good idea to have my first prop be the awesome Marksman, but I always love a good challenge. I am very pleased with the outcome produced, having lacked a background in prop making.

Why go with the Marksman for your first Resistance weapon?

Of all the Resistance weapons, the Marksman is my all-time favorite; I’m a sniper at heart. Some would suggest I go with the Fareye instead if I’m a sniper, but the Marksman does more damage, has the orbs as a secondary fire, and just looks the coolest out of all of them. I totally fell in love with this gun at first sight (I really like my guns!!).

Resistance 2 Marksman 1

You said it took roughly 100 hours of labor to create this prop. What were some of the toughest parts of putting it together?

Actually, overall it wasn’t too bad; just a bunch of cutting and gluing. Aside from a couple wounds of stupidity (Be safe: Don’t cut a wooden dowel with a butcher knife, kids!!) and a messed-up sleep schedule, it wasn’t too hard to make at all.

The hardest thing was trying to find some decent pictures to work off so I can get it as accurate as possible. I spent hours on end just looking for something as a reference. I ended up finding one art concept I could use. So I took my camera, turned on my TV and starting playing, pwnd some Chimera, and took some pictures of their weapons (which I later used to go kill their buddies with, ha-ha, suckers!).

Resistance 2 Marksmen 2

This prop doesn’t weigh nearly as much as the Bullseye we have at Insomniac—how did you keep it so light?

It was the types of materials that I chose to make it with. I could have made it with heavier materials, but I figured: If I’m going to be carrying this thing all around conventions and other such places, I don’t really want to be hauling a 30lb gun. I needed something light-weight, sturdy, and materials that were easy to work with. So I chose to make the majority of it out of craft foam.

You’re a self-admitted Resistance fan, especially of the weapons. What’s it about this franchise’s arsenal that you find so appealing?

That’s a bit of a tough question; probably because they’re shiny. Ha-ha, just kidding. In all seriousness, I just really love the overall design of each of them. They’re well thought-out, have an amazing design, super creative in their functions, and they make things go “boom.”

Have you ever thought about making a prop based on a Ratchet weapon?

I haven’t gotten into Ratchet quite yet; I have a slight OCD problem and when I get obsessed with something I love, I stick with it for a long time and focus on just that. Ha-ha. Eventually it’ll phase out, but in a couple months I’ll probably be playing it again like it’s a shiny new game. I’ve played the campaign a dozen times and I’m still not tired of it.

But I’m sure if I put down Resistance long enough to pick up Ratchet, I’d probably end up making something from it, too. The idea of making a Ratchet costume would also be really, really cool.

What’s the next Resistance weapon you’ll make? And what’s this we hear about you creating a Chimera mask?

Well, there’s just so many to choose from! Of course I plan on making them all, but I’d like to make my favorite ones first: Wraith, Fareye, Auger, LAARK, Bullseye, and the Pulse Cannon (Oh I can’t wait to do the Pulse Cannon!! It’s going to have so many shiny lights on it!!). And with each new weapon I do build, I plan to make it better than the last and each will have cool features like the Marksman.

Resistance 2 cosplay

Ah yes, my Chimera costume. I’m not just making the mask, but the whole thing—from six-eyed goodness to the heat stacks glowing. It all started with one late night of gaming and a crazy idea, as I sat there sniping down Ravagers, I thought, “Man it’d be cool to do a Chimera costu–….hey, maybe I should… I could…nah, but that’s a crazy idea…but then again I AM crazy…THAT’S IT! My next costume is going to be a Chimera!” So I started the madness and begin working on my Chimera costume. I have already completed a few pieces of armor, so I decided to take a break from the armor and work on a gun, the Marksman.

It’s funny, because people are getting excited over a gun and are thinking, “crazy Resistance fan makes shiny gun,” but what they don’t know is that it’s really a small part of a whole Chimera costume yet to come. Well, two to be exact. I’m also making one for a friend (he’s roughly the same size), so I’ll have my own Chimeran army…of two! Ha-ha.

The response to the gun has been amazing. I can’t begin to imagine what it’ll be like when people find out/see I’m doing a whole Chimera costume!

Have you thought about a career in making props and costumes?

I have, actually. I’m looking into exactly what kind of schooling I’d need for that. But quite frankly, I hate school. And I don’t believe that school can teach you something like prop and costume making to its fullest extent. A “hobby” like this really requires field experience and just going out there and making stuff at your own skill and pace.

But as a career, I would love to do that! I wouldn’t even do it for the money or fame, just for the pure love for making costumes. Just even talking about costumes and making them really gets me excited. And when asked a question that is costume-related, you can’t get me to shut up when I give an answer. Ha-ha.

Resistance 2 Marksman 3

What’s the best way people can check out your creations and what you’re currently working on?

My website is a good place: http://www.hyokenseisou.ca/.

Really, I’m on a number of sites so it’s not too hard to find updates on costumes and such. Various links are on my homepage, though. But, I am far too lazy to update my site on a regular basis, so the best way for a current update is probably on my youtube, which also has the occasional tutorials. Another good place for picture updates would be my cosplay account on Deviantart.com.

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+ Lyra_Pakku on July 20th, 2009 at 12:59 pm said:

#19-That would help alot for future guns! Finding pics were soooo hard!!! TnT Actually planning my next one now and hope to start it after Animethon.

#21-omfg I would kill to work with Insomniac…. But idk what I’d do there….>.>

#27-haha talk/suggest that to Sony or Insomniac. haha

#30-Gonna eventually do a plus cannon… :3 It’ll have many shiny lights… :3

#36-That pic of the head was actually an old scuplt of the head… That one got ruined, hard core. Oh well, I’m just gonna make a new one after I do all the armor; gonna focus on that first.

#48-Yes please send me some renders!!! TT^TT haha.

And thanks again for everyone else who commented!!! <3 <3


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+ TRIX_BOL on July 20th, 2009 at 12:59 pm said:

I’m wondering, where did she get those materials from?
The gun looks just like a real Marksman!


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+ Lyra_Pakku on July 20th, 2009 at 1:00 pm said:

#52-Most of it was at the craft store. Some parts (like the barrel, lights, etc) were from a plastics store, dollar store, hardware store, etc. Just sort of all over.


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+ Miles514 on July 20th, 2009 at 1:11 pm said:

wow thats cool! And the marks man was my favorite weapon to.


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+ SirTrigalot on July 20th, 2009 at 1:13 pm said:

I would like one of each :-P. The gun looks awesome and she is pretty cute


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+ Darkatomz on July 20th, 2009 at 1:39 pm said:

That… is sweet. I haven’t played R2 since they patched the really slow weapon switching, but I played for hundred of hours before.

The marksman was my fav (and best weapon), so seeing something like that just makes me want one. Bad. Nice work Izy!


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+ Azira013 on July 20th, 2009 at 1:54 pm said:

Another example of how we Canadians rock!!

Good job! [two thumbs up!!!]


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+ NwrksBigBoss on July 20th, 2009 at 1:55 pm said:

Yeah, I love the Marksman, awesome weapon, i also love the revolver.


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+ Azira013 on July 20th, 2009 at 1:59 pm said:

Nice Abe Sapien drawing too by the way. Your website’s cool


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+ Lyra_Pakku on July 20th, 2009 at 2:09 pm said:

#59-Thanks! I need a huge update though…. I haven’t updated the art or costume section in months and I have tons of new stuff to put up cause I’ve been too busy, but mostly lazy. Haha
I wanna redo both sections to have it sort of gallery style (like deviantart), but that requires me sitting on my lazy arse and typing all those damned codes. D:


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+ JaKhris on July 20th, 2009 at 2:41 pm said:

Very nice gun, it looks exactly like the one in the game, well done. ;) Keep up the good work! :)

Chris


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+ Chazberry on July 20th, 2009 at 3:24 pm said:

Wow.. now that is talent. Can’t wait to see the whole costume.


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+ Berae on July 20th, 2009 at 3:28 pm said:

Nice read! Good job! come back to show us your chimera costume when its finished


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+ EnigmaNemesis on July 20th, 2009 at 3:49 pm said:

Really nice work.

Especially how weathered it looks.

Awesome job!


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+ Wartech on July 20th, 2009 at 5:18 pm said:

Wow! that’s great work Izy. and your other costumes are amazing. Ever on Playstation Home give me a call. :)


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+ Thrasher20 on July 20th, 2009 at 5:58 pm said:

That’s pretty effing kick ass!


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+ runningwatercake on July 20th, 2009 at 6:51 pm said:

killer awesome


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+ Maverick10 on July 21st, 2009 at 8:55 am said:

Awesome! I would love to have taht hanging u in my house. RFOM + R2 = best FPS weapons


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+ Elsa on July 21st, 2009 at 9:37 am said:

Wow! That’s just awesome!!


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+ frankyJ1624 on July 21st, 2009 at 10:06 am said:

why didnt you ask her for her psn name. Shes hot. Maybe after shes done with the marksman she can play with my gun. I’ll take the shyness right out of you


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+ DustyBlue on July 21st, 2009 at 8:14 pm said:

Amazing. I need to keep in touch with her because I’m pretty interested in how these projects will turn out.


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+ Minime_01 on July 25th, 2009 at 6:51 pm said:

wow really good work they should put it to the test


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+ LOGic1607 on July 26th, 2009 at 3:28 am said:

Lovin it, wish i could make something like that, maybe a Hig assult rifle


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+ mojozero on August 5th, 2009 at 1:08 am said:

Isn’t she really a boy? Oh wait a minute, I recognize her now, hi Izy! Now get in the kitchen woman and fix me those sandwiches!

-mojozero


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+ Lyra_Pakku on August 5th, 2009 at 1:42 pm said:

@mojo: LOL shut up Mojo and make your own damn sandwich.


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+ shaneosan on August 7th, 2009 at 6:32 pm said:

Izy you’re making us Canadians proud! Great work.. love the art on your site. Keep it up!


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+ kyce53 on August 8th, 2009 at 8:52 am said:

i wants this, tell me how much


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+ doomstrike2007 on August 8th, 2009 at 1:34 pm said:

Give her a job insomniac if you have any brains !!


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+ Rynax15 on August 10th, 2009 at 10:49 pm said:

DUDE….. Any chance you could make the fully upgraded co-op version???


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+ Lyra_Pakku on August 11th, 2009 at 12:35 pm said:

@Ryanx15
Probably.


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+ JackMorgz on August 13th, 2009 at 8:49 am said:

…I would do…ANYTHING…To have that in my room…

Resistance 2 is my most favourite game of all and my favourite co-op class is the Special Ops. Now…I NEED that weapon!


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