Please note that these are only Guidelines and we cannot approve any items until we see them at the convention.
Costumes - Size and Construction
Costumes should be no more than 3ft (90cm) wide and 6ft 5" (192cm) tall, in other words you should fit through a door! If you are taller than this then your costume should be no taller than you! Hats may be worn that make you taller than 6ft 5", but you must be able to remove them easily.
Costumes that feature things like expanding wings can be made larger than 3ft wide, to a maximum of 5ft (150cm) but may only be used as part of the Masquerade.
Costumes must not be constructed with sharp edges or hard (metal, wood etc) spiky or pointy bits. For example, metal armour is allowed but must have properly finished and turned edges.
Think! If your costume could hurt someone if they fell or bumped into you, don't make it!!
Weapons and Props - General
Upon arrival at a Showmasters Event all weapons and props MUST be checked by security and Cosplay Staff, where they will be checked for safety and compliance to the rules. If your weapon or prop is not approved it will either be held by staff until end of event or asked to take home.
In some cases weapons will be approved for use in the 'Masquerade' but not for Floor costume use. Such Items will held in the Cosplay Zone.
We trust you to act responsibly with your cosplay props BUT if you (or anyone else) is found to be acting inappropriately with them they will be confiscated for the remainder of the convention.
In ALL cases weapons should be kept sheathed, holstered or stowed while walking around a Showmasters Event, only being drawn for photo's and the like.
Weapons and Props - Size and Construction
Normal weapons or props may be up to 5ft (150cm) long.
Oversized Weapons and props -may- be permitted up to 3ft (90cm) wide and 6ft5" (192cm) tall depending on construction. They must be light and safe, recommended construction materials are Foam, Foam board or Cardboard. If we can pick it up in one hand, without straining, then that's good.
Floor Costume Construction
Replica, projectile, deactivated or real weapons are not allowed under any circumstances, this means no Airsoft, BB or Paintball guns no metal Katanas, Kunai etc. Even if you tie red electrical tape around the barrel!
Martial Arts training weapons such as Bokken, Shinai or Bo are similarly banned.
Toy weapons bought in UK shops and conforming to British standards (Smyths, Toys'R Us, Costume shops etc) are fine to use. As are unrealistic model weapons as long as they conform to the construction guidelines.
All other Props and Weapons should be constructed from lightweight materials and have no sharp edges, spikes or points. Do not use Metal, solid wood, solid plastic, plaster etc. Good construction materials are Cardboard, Foamboard, Foam, Polystyrene, Balsa wood and hollow Plastic.
Event floor and Masquerade Competition
Only real weapons, metal replica weapon or items restricted from sale in the UK are banned outright. All weapons and props for use in cosplay events are at the venues and Showmasters discretion. If you wish to use a weapon or prop during these events please bring them to ops to be approved.
Most items will be allowed for use during these events but any weapon or prop that is banned for floor cosplay use will either be held by staff until end of event or asked to take home.
If you are found floor cosplaying with a Weapon or Prop that has not been approved for floor cosplay that item will be confiscated.
Outside of the Event
Lastly, Remember to keep everything, especialy replica weapons well-wrapped and out of site whenever you are not at a Showmasters event. You are responsible for transporting props and weapons so be safe and have fun!