No Mech No Problem – How to Cosplay D.Va on a Budget
80% of all Overwatch players say their favorite hero is D.Va. Ok, I made up that statistic but whatever the real number is, it is hard to deny that D.Va has dominated in terms of popularity on Blizzard’s team shooter. This also means that people far and wide want to cosplay her. But for the average cosplayer, her unique look is hard to recreate. Forget about the mech suit, her combat outfit itself is difficult to piece together. So many different colors and details makes D.Va not only a high effort cosplay but an expensive one as well. For those of you with jobs and school and a tight budget, a more affordable look is necessary.
It’s to see why D.Va is so loved. Not only does she have a scrappy confident personality, her design just screams coolness. A vibrant flight suit with sharp but playful colors makes her stand out even among the most diverse of crowds. The bells and whistles of her cyberpunk enhancements solidifies her high-tech nature. For fans, D.Va is an amalgamation of everything that is kick ass about sci-fi and gamer culture.
And this is the first step to figuring out a budget D.Va. Her two key features are that she is a gamer and a pilot. Looking at her overall design, what key piece pays homage to both these backgrounds? The answer is: her headset. Headsets are vital equipment for pilots of all kind and ask any gamer and they will tell you a prized part of their setup is their headset. D.Va’s headset also happens to be one of the most iconic things about her design (see how recognizable her player icon is?).
Based on this image, you will also say that her face marking is also a key feature. That is also true, and a little bit of paint can easily help you recreate this.
Since we now know the barebones of D.Va’s look its time to use our creativity. Pairing any outfit with the headset and face marking creates a new D.Va cosplay. You can have a casual D.Va, a pajama D.Va, schoolgirl D.Va, or even business D.Va. After all, we do like to imagine D.Va has a life beyond fighting Omnics.
So in order to help you get started, we are highlighting YouTuber Kinpatsu’s DIY tutorial on how to craft your own headset prop. Her video description comes with the prop patterns and her instructions are pretty easy to follow. If you have ever wanted to cosplay D.Va now is the time so check it out!
Tell us about your cosplay experience or why you love D.Va in the comments below!