Link is the main protagonist of The Legend of Zelda series, possessor of the Triforce of Courage and chosen bearer of the Master Sword. Link is humble but courageous, and is canonically a man of few words. In Hyrule Warriors he is a Hyrulian soldier-in-training who finds himself in the middle of a war against the sorceress Cia and the series' main antagonist Ganon. With the help of Princess Zelda and several compatriots, they reunite the Triforce, secure the Master Sword, and defeat Ganon once again.
I had always wanted to cosplay Link but I didn't think I could pull off his look until I was inspired by a fan who had photoshopped the cover art for Assassin’s Creed 2 to make Ezio resemble Link. I really loved the mashup idea and began designing my own version, using the Hyrule Warriors version of Link for the color scheme and armor design. I began by dissecting the multi-layered tunic and making mockups, but I struggled to find the right colors for the fabric. I eventually ended up with several different shades of green which i used for the different layers to give the costume contrast, and paired it with a deep red for lining and gold bias tape for edging. I had fun adding lots of small details to the tunic; to give everything a handmade feel I went over the seams with specialty stitches to make it appear hand sewn, and I used gold thread and added decorative embroidery to the red collar. On the hood, I also added an embroidered Hylian Crest which I made by hand with satin stitching. For Link's chain mail shirt I pieced together long strips of chain mail gifted to me by Ellystar, while for the pants I crafted a pair using a French military pattern with decorative stitching on the seams. The shoulder cape is designed to mimic Link's scarf and is made with cotton and fused appliqués edged with satin stitching. The gauntlets and boot tops are real leather which I stained and hammer-embossed by hand. I went to town adding my own details and symbols from both game series and loved the outcome; the gauntlets ended up being my favorite part of this costume!
The shoulder armor is worbla-wrapped foam and matches Link's Hyrule Warriors design. For the sword and shield I deviated a bit and referenced Twilight Princess as I liked that version best. Both props I made primarily from plywood with worbla and metal rivet details which I added prior to painting. The sword, shield, and sheath were the most time-consuming parts of this costume and took months to make. The shield is also especially heavy, so I bought a Captain America-style harness and added earth magnets to attach the shield to my back when not being worn. To add some more Assassin's Creed references to the props, I added a 3-D printed plastic switchblade to the left gauntlet which I bought from Ammnracreations. Finally I added a heart pendant, boomerang, Ocarina, and waist belts and pouches I had collected and made some small accessories including a vial holding a small blue fairy and tiny bombs I made from plastic Christmas ornaments wrapped in Sculpey.