In the Gears of War comic book series, Sargeant Alex Brand is a tough-as-nails red-haired COG who has grown quite a following. Cosplayer and model Maria “MarieDoll” Ramos from Houston, TX admired the character’s emotional strength and decided to create a cosplay based on Alex.
Marie has been cosplaying since 2008, and has an amazing portfolio on deviantART. Her first cosplay was “Lenalee” from D-Gray Man. Marie also started modeling about three years ago. She started with glamor and fashion modeling, but kept the modeling separate from the cosplay until recently. She met a fantastic photographer who is happy do both and Marie has been working with Digital Asylum Studios ever since.
Procrastinator Marie says she rushed to get the Alex Brand cosplay done in time for the Houston Anime Matsuri Con because she started at the last minute. The leg armor is modified shin guards in a child’s size, since Marie is just a little over five feet tall. The guards were sanded down and spray painted with the signature Alex Brand designs. The belt was handmade from random car parts and metal pieces Marie found around her garage with the help of her friend, who is also a cosplayer who has experience creating armor.
Marie purchased the Retro Lancers through the gamestop rewards program. It is a limited edition and it’s very rare. It cost her almost 90,000 Gamestop points, which equals nearly $10,000.00 in Gamestop purchases! Maria is obviously a true gamer.
The next time you’re at a gamer or anime con, be sure to look for Marie. She has done quite a few cosplays, and she is currently working on Black Widow, Poison Ivy and Black Cat. Be sure to head over to Facebook and like Marie’s page. You can also see her latest cosplays on her deviantART page.