Welcome to TCos, the internet's most comprehensive resource for everything about robot cosplay. We are a dedicated community focused on building the best costumes ever to grace the fandom. We dig helping, we dig learning, but most of all, we dig giant robots!
(But mostly, it's a party in here.)
Just a few ground rules here to make sure no one gets butthurt. If you don't follow the rules, you will get slapped on the back of the hand and wear the dunce cap for a while. If you break the rules again, I'll break your face. And by break your face, I mean ban or suspend you.
- Please, for the love of Primus, be nice! If I catch people taking ten paces in a duel, consider yourself warned. Staff members are not exempt from this rule.
- That said, do not tell another member not to make a costume because you want to make it first, either explicitly or implicitly (i.e. passive-aggressively). That's just downright rude: these are not your characters, and anyone has the right to make whatever costume they want. You are, however, allowed to inform another member that you intend on making the same costume as them, but what they do with that information is their choice.
- Self-promotion without contribution to the community and deliberately avoiding discussion about cosplay will be considered spam. You will be warned if I notice this trend in your posting habits. Failure to comply will result in banning.
- Please take your discussion of illegal activities elsewhere. Unless it's in jest, of course. (Be glad your admin has a sense of humor.)
- Do not post anything that could be considered NSFW. If you're not sure, err on the side of caution because you could get in trouble for it.
- I know a lot of other forums get all up in arms over necroposting, but we don't. In fact, I think it's better to necropost instead of starting a new topic on something, but that's just me. However, only post in old threads if you have something to contribute-- none of this "Cool" or "I gotta try that" kinds of things. Of course, work logs are always exceptions to the rule.
- No huge signatures, please! You can put whatever you want in them so long as they don't take up more than 700x300 pixels worth of space. If I don't like it, I'll ask you to remove/change it.
- Please no doubleposting/bumping threads. Make use of the edit button, and if you want to reply to more than one person, do it in a single post. Note: This rule doesn't apply to work logs.
For more info on how to reply to multiple people in a single post, look at this guide.
- When you first join, you will be categorized as a Pending Recruit, and will remain as such for your first 3 posts to prevent spamming and fraudulent accounts. While not necessary, I would like for you to use these posts in your Introduction thread.
- Do not register multiple accounts.
- Do not beg for Senior Member status. Seniority is determined by your maturity, contribution to the forum, and if I feel like I know you or not. (If I've hung out with you IRL, you'll probably get it.)
CHAT BOX ETIQUETTE
- I will occasionally do a mass delete of accounts that have 0 posts that are more than 6 months old from the time of my bothering. This is to try and keep a more accurate representation of how many members the forum has. So if you join and don't ever intend on posting, your account will be deleted in a few months. Just a heads up. (Please note that joining the forum is not required to view most of the boards. Everything in the Costuming section is visible to everyone, so there is no need to join for the sake of lurking.)
- No spamming. You will be warned, and if you continue to do so, your IP will be banned.
- Pick a username that is either very similar to/exactly like your forum username, OR a username that a majority of members can identify you by. Do NOT impersonate another member or someone you are not. If I find out that someone has posted in the cbox as someone else, their IP will be banned immediately. (Posting as a fictional character doesn't count.)
Our goal here at Transcostumers is to help people of the Transformers (and mecha) community make the best show-stopping costumes that they possibly can. That said, we, as a community of craftspeople, have a few biases that may or may not offend you. Please just remember that we believe quality is of the utmost importance, and in our years making and looking at these costumes, we've found a few things that more often than not detract from what had the potential to be a spectacular finished product.
- Voice-changer helmets. Avoid using these with your movie costumes at all costs. It not only makes you look lazy, but they are often very inaccurate, poorly painted, and will make your head look ENORMOUS.
- Cardboard. It's a touchy subject among the community, as there are many people who use it. Unfortunately, the general consensus is also try your best to avoid using this cheap (oftentimes free) and commonplace material, unless you can manage to make it NOT look like you used cardboard. For more info on this, check out this thread.
If you have any problems with these, feel free to PM me , or post it in the Comments/Suggestions thread, and we can have a nice, mature discussion about it.
- Painted face vs. masked face. We, also as a community, generally lean towards the use of masks and full helmets. It's very difficult to make a painted face look sufficiently robotic, or even to match the rest of your costume. TCos strongly advises you to consider a mask when designing your costume.