Going as Naked Snake to Comic Con in 2007 was so fun that I decided I wanted to do another MGS cosplay. This time I’ll be going as Johnny Akiba, MGS4’s comic relief.
Let me say that doing gear heavy costumes like this are always going to be expensive. So if you are going for accuracy, its gonna cost you. Taking this into account I’ve started assembling the pieces of this costume about a year before I actually plan on wearing it.
Gun – Beige XM8 Airsoft
Akiba uses a beige XM8 for most of the game, and it appears in his official art, so I figured I’d go with that. I found the one pictured above on airsplat.com. This one is $60, which I didnt think was too bad for an airsoft rifle. They also have one for cheaper, but it looks like it may be the sniper model, and doesnt even come with the scope, which is weird.
Boots – Merrell Sawtooth
I’ve got to give the credit here to my girlfriend, Liz. She found the exact boots that are used by Foxhound Rat Patrol 01 in MGS4. They are Merrell brand Sawtooth hiking boots. We got ours from onlineshoes.com. They are unfortunately $90, but they are pretty comfortable.
Plate Carrier – Fast Attack Plate Carrier
I got the foxhound plate carrier from diamondbacktactical.com. It’s the exact design of the plate carriers Rat Patrol use. There are several other molle pouches and stuff that I’ll need to add to it.
I ordered mine awhile ago from some place in the UK. It was WAY too expensive. Thanks to Moo for posting This website. Where you can pick one up. Another benefit is that the prices are reasonable. What I plan on doing too attachi it is getting some velcro and ironing it onto the back and then just attaching it to the Plate Carrier’s velcro section.