One of the greatest facets of Aquaman‘s Mera as a character is that her backstory is as interesting and full of depth as anyone else in the film. Cosplayer ArmoredHeart evokes that sense of mystique, allure and deadliness, as well as the weight of her past in the following photoset:

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It was so much fun to finally be able to bring my Mera to a con! Okay fun but draining haha! 😁 * I've been so spoiled recently with short photo shoots that I'd almost forgotten about con fatigue! So I'm definitely excited to be wearing a comfy suit tomorrow. I'll be in my MJ cosplay – looking forward to seeing everyone! 😃 * * 📷 by @geekstrong * * Mera armor fabrication by me using foam from @tntcosplaysupply Suit from Amazon Original armor patterns from @stassklass * * #mera #queenmera #atlantis #aquawoman #atlanna #meracosplay  #queenmeracosplay #aquaman #aquamancosplay #arthurcurry #dc #dccomics #comics #dcextendeduniverse #justiceleague #justiceleaguecosplay #film #filmcosplay #dceu #cosplay #cosplayer #foam #armor #foamarmor #breastplate #corset #scales #cosplayersofinstagram @creepypuppet

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I'm so happy I was able to see @sylviaslays STUNNING Atlanna cosplay in person. I know I've said it before but she is just so darn talented! Teach us your cosplay ways!!! ❤️😁❤️ * Also just finished a fantastic shoot today with @geekstrong with my new Wonder Woman cosplay. The breastplate worked perfectly! I was a little nervous about all the bevel cuts but it held up so far! 😅 I'll be sharing pics shortly! * 📷 by the fantastic @michaelbenedictla * Atlanna – @sylviaslays Suit pattern – @brandonogilberto Suit printing – @aestheticcosplayus Crown and suit mods – @sylviaslays * Mera – yours truly! Mera armor fabrication by me using foam from @tntcosplaysupply Suit from Amazon Original armor patterns from @stassklass * * #mera #queenmera #atlantis #aquawoman #atlanna #meracosplay  #queenmeracosplay #aquaman #aquamancosplay #arthurcurry #dc #dccomics #comics #dcextendeduniverse #justiceleague #justiceleaguecosplay #film #filmcosplay #dceu #cosplay #cosplayer #foam #armor #foamarmor #breastplate #corset #scales #cosplayersofinstagram @creepypuppet

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#ad Happy New Years Eve AND 200th post you guys! So, as some of you might know, the company ALEX AND ANI have teamed up with DC to create Aquaman and Aqua-inspired jewelry and I'm so honored that they wanted to work with @geekstrong and I to feature some of their pieces! They're officially licensed by DC as well as being an eco-friendly company (which is friggin awesome!). There will be more info in my story with links to their website and we'll be doing a Justice League jewelry GIVEAWAY soon! Details to follow! 😁❤️ * * 📷 by the amazing @geekstrong * * Jewelry from @alexandani Foam armor fabrication by me! Original armor patterns from @stassklass * * #alexandani #alexandanibracelet #mera #queenmera #aquawoman #justiceleague #meracosplay  #queenmeracosplay #aquaman #aquamancosplay #arthurcurry #dc #dccomics #comics #dcextendeduniverse #justiceleague #justiceleaguecosplay #filmcosplay #dceu #cosplay #cosplayer #foam #armor #foamarmor #breastplate #corset #cosplayersofinstagram @alexandani

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ALL HAIL THE QUEEN aka the gorgeous @sylviaslays in her Queen Atlanna cosplay! ❤️ We had so much fun at this Aqua-shoot over the weekend and I'm so excited to share these photos!! * Sylvia is one of my favorite cosplayers and she absolutely killed it with this Atlanna suit – hours of puff painting and installing hexagonal pieces to make it three dimensional. And that hand-made crown is perfect! I honestly can't help but geek out over how talented she is 😁 * 📷 by the amazing @geekstrong * Atlanna – @sylviaslays Suit pattern – @brandonogilberto Suit printing – @aestheticcosplayus Crown and suit mods – @sylviaslays * Mera – yours truly! Mera armor fabrication by me using foam from @tntcosplaysupply Suit from Amazon Original armor patterns from @stassklass * * #mera #queenmera #atlantis #aquawoman #atlanna #meracosplay  #queenmeracosplay #aquaman #aquamancosplay #arthurcurry #dc #dccomics #comics #dcextendeduniverse #justiceleague #justiceleaguecosplay #film #filmcosplay #dceu #cosplay #cosplayer #foam #armor #foamarmor #breastplate #corset #scales #cosplayersofinstagram @creepypuppet

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Love this pic from the fantastic @geekstrong of my Mera cosplay! That wave was timed perfectly haha! 🤣🤣🤣 * Also had an amazing Aqua-themed shoot with @sylviaslays (in her OUTSTANDING Atlanna cosplay, you couldn't ask for a more gorgeous and lovely queen!) and the amazing (as always) @geekstrong & @michaelbenedictla …I'll definitely be sharing those pics as soon as I have them. In the meantime, check out the outtake vid on @thegeekstrong page 😂😂😂 * * 📷 by @geekstrong * * Mera armor fabrication by me using foam from @tntcosplaysupply Suit from Amazon Original armor patterns from @stassklass * * #mera #queenmera #atlantis #aquawoman #atlanna #meracosplay  #queenmeracosplay #aquaman #aquamancosplay #arthurcurry #dc #dccomics #comics #dcextendeduniverse #justiceleague #justiceleaguecosplay #film #filmcosplay #dceu #cosplay #cosplayer #foam #armor #foamarmor #breastplate #corset #scales #cosplayersofinstagram @creepypuppet

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Despite my very intense expression here, I'm just reeeaally excited for the long weekend lol!! 😁🔱 * Who else is ready for a break??? I'm know I am. Definitely taking time to work on some new cosplay stuff, a SUPER fun shoot planned for Sunday and then some quality time sitting around, doing absolutely nothing (which shall be GLORIOUS)! * * 📷 by the fantastic (I think I'm running out of adjectives lol) @geekstrong * * Mera armor fabrication by me Suit from Amazon Original armor patterns from @stassklass * * #mera #queenmera #atlantis #aquawoman #meracosplay  #queenmeracosplay #aquaman #aquamancosplay #arthurcurry #dc #dccomics #comics #dcextendeduniverse #justiceleague #justiceleaguecosplay #film #filmcosplay #dceu #cosplay #cosplayer #foam #armor #foamarmor #breastplate #corset #scales #cosplayersofinstagram @creepypuppet

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Happy Friday all! 😁 Definitely planning on seeing Aquaman this weekend. I haven't had time yet but I'm SO psyched!! * I'm also curious if they're moving forward with the Justice League sequel soon…the articles I've read contradict each other with plans, shooting schedules, release dates, etc….last I heard there was a June 2019 date penciled in but now it's 2022? TBD I guess! 🤔 * * 📷 by the amazing @geekstrong * * Mera armor fabrication by me Suit from Amazon Original armor patterns from @stassklass * * #mera #queenmera #atlantis #aquawoman #meracosplay  #queenmeracosplay #aquaman #aquamancosplay #arthurcurry #dc #dccomics #comics #dcextendeduniverse #justiceleague #justiceleaguecosplay #film #filmcosplay #dceu #cosplay #cosplayer #foam #armor #foamarmor #breastplate #corset #scales #cosplayersofinstagram @creepypuppet

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First reviews are coming back from Aquaman and they're pretty good!! Woohoo! 😃 James Wan is one of my favorite horror directors and I can't wait to see what he brings to the DC universe. His aesthetic is always so unique – also if you haven't seen Dead Silence and you like off-the-wall horror, definitely give it a watch 😁 * * 📷 by the fantastic @geekstrong * * Mera armor fabrication by me Suit from Amazon Original armor patterns from @stassklass * * #mera #queenmera #atlantis #aquawoman #meracosplay  #queenmeracosplay #aquaman #aquamancosplay #arthurcurry #dc #dccomics #comics #dcextendeduniverse #justiceleague #justiceleaguecosplay #film #filmcosplay #dceu #cosplay #cosplayer #foam #armor #foamarmor #breastplate #corset #scales #cosplayersofinstagram @creepypuppet

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That look you give when you've been crunching to finish cosplay for the last 24 hours straight 😉 And I'm not kidding about that lol – the trident was literally STILL DRYING in the car on the way to the beach. Nothing like the smell of acrylic sealant in a closed car! 😂 * Absolutely love these close-ups from @geekstrong of my Mera cosplay! The devil really was in the details (particularly in this breastplate) and he really does wonders in the edit to make sure they all come through!! * * 📷 by the amazing @geekstrong * * Mera armor fabrication by me! Suit from Amazon Original armor patterns from the amazing @stassklass * * #mera #queenmera #atlantis #aquawoman #meracosplay  #queenmeracosplay #aquaman #aquamancosplay #arthurcurry #dc #dccomics #comics #dcextendeduniverse #justiceleague #justiceleaguecosplay #film #filmcosplay #dceu #cosplay #cosplayer #foam #armor #foamarmor #breastplate #corset #scales #cosplayersofinstagram

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So I’ve gotten a few DMs asking about the detail work in my Mera cosplay – particularly those tricky bevel cuts! First off, in my humble opinion, bevel cuts (similar to foam scales) were invented by Satan to make cosplayers cry. 🤣🤣🤣 * Anywhoo, the best place to start if you’re getting into the nitty gritty of foam work is to check out @chinbeard (aka Punished Props) and @evilted_channel videos! They’re SO helpful and easy to follow. As for me, the 3 pieces of advice that I would give would be: 1. Always use a sharp blade. 2. Use a steel/metal ruler (whenever possible) to keep your hands steady when making cuts. A metal ruler really is a game changer. 3. I'd recommend good quality foam – @tntcosplaysupply in particular – to me, their foam is SO much easier to work with. Hopes this helps you guys!! ❤️ * 📷 by the amazing @geekstrong * * Mera armor fabrication by me! Suit from Amazon Original armor patterns from the amazing @stassklass * * #mera #queenmera #atlantis #aquawoman #meracosplay  #queenmeracosplay #aquaman #aquamancosplay #arthurcurry #dc #dccomics #comics #dcextendeduniverse #justiceleague #justiceleaguecosplay #film #filmcosplay #dceu #cosplay #cosplayer #foam #armor #foamarmor #breastplate #corset #scales #cosplayersofinstagram

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"Don't be like the rest of the world Arthur…Don't undervalue who Aquaman TRULY is." – Mera (Aquaman, Vol. 7, #13) * Love this gorgeous photo from @geekstrong of my newly finished Mera cosplay during our beach shoot over the weekend! He always captures such ethereal beauty in his work! 😁 * 📷 by the talented @geekstrong * * Mera armor fabrication by me! Suit from Amazon Original armor patterns from the amazing @stassklass * * #mera #queenmera #atlantis #aquawoman #meracosplay  #queenmeracosplay #aquaman #aquamancosplay #arthurcurry #dc #dccomics #comics #dcextendeduniverse #justiceleague #justiceleaguecosplay #film #filmcosplay #dceu #cosplay #cosplayer #foam #armor #foamarmor #breastplate #corset #scales #cosplayersofinstagram

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Mera cosplay preview video! 😁❤️ * So excited to start sharing photos and videos from this shoot with the fantastic @geekstrong !! It was an extremely good test of how everything fit – nothing broke or even had too much wear and tear which is awesome for a first go! * And if anyone is curious…the Trident (or Quindent 🤔) is actually a cheapo child's toy – repainted and extended with a broom handle. Thank you @rockus_ for all the assistance getting the armor fitted!! You're the best ❤️ * 📷 by @geekstrong * Mera armor fabrication by me Suit from Amazon Original armor patterns from the amazing @stassklass * * #mera #queenmera #atlantis #meracosplay  #queenmeracosplay #aquaman #aquamancosplay #arthurcurry #dc #dccomics #comics #dcextendeduniverse #justiceleague #justiceleaguecosplay #film #dceu #cosplay #cosplayer #foam #armor #foamarmor #breastplate #corset #scales #cosplayersofinstagram

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I know I've already shared some of these WIP pics on my IG story but I was too excited not to post these! You guys…Mera’s breastplate is DONE! 🤣🤣🤣 The whole process probably took upwards of 60 hours or so but I’m SO happy with how it turned out!! * If anyone else is thinking about building this breastplate – let me tell you right now the reference pics online are scarce so patterning can be insanely difficult 😫 So I found an AMAZING set of Mera armor patterns from @stassklass on Etsy. If you’re in a time crunch or are just frustrated with the lack of reference material, these patterns are fantastic… showing details I didn't even notice! I did modify them somewhat to fit me better – shrinking the original “S” pattern to 90%, cutting it out, taping it to my mannequin and then changing as needed. For the breastplate, I also opted not to add the scales to the back portion (leaving it open). The pattern also calls for seams in the sides/hips for access but I instead split the lower section in the back so the Velcro attaches there. * The materials were either 4mm EVA foam or 2mm craft foam for the details. The pattern technically was built mostly for 5mm foam but 4mm worked great! Everything was glued with Barge. I reinforced the underside of the corset with duct tape and worbla strips to make sure it didn't buckle. There are TONS of bevel cuts in this design so it’s better to be safe than sorry. It was prepped with 3 coats of mod podge. The paint is cheap acrylic metallic paint from Michael’s (in gold and green), 2 coats, and then accented with antique gold and black rub n’ buff. The entire thing was then sealed with 2 more coats of glossy mod podge. Done and done! 😁 * * #mera #queenmera #atlantis #meracosplay  #queenmeracosplay #aquaman #aquamancosplay #arthurcurry #dc #dccomics #comics #dcextendeduniverse #justiceleague #justiceleaguecosplay #film #dceu #cosplay #cosplayer #foam #armor #foamarmor #breastplate #corset #scales #cosplayersofinstagram

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