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It's cosplay Australia-style at PAX gaming confab

The fifth annual PAX AUS convention in Melbourne, Australia, features more foam, face paint and kickass LED work than you can shake a regulation prop sword at.

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Claire Reilly
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Neon Strike Vi

Let's kick things off with one of the most vibrant cosplays at PAX AUS: this fab League of Legends Neon Strike Vi from Aussie cosplayer Phunkee Bones. Technically, LoL cosplay counts as arm day for your workout. 

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Doom Slayer

Whipped up by Aussie cosplay creators Scrap Shop Props, this Doom Slayer was built in just 18 days -- and it was one of the best outfits on the show floor. 

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Scorpion

Scorpion from Mortal Kombat had an impressive collection of chains.

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Mei

Overwatch was a favourite again at PAX AUS, with local cosplayer Black Apple donning her fur boots on the show floor. 

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Overwatch

Genji, Hanzo and Soldier 77 unite outside the main hall at PAX AUS. 

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Reaper

This cosplayer definitely captured the essence of Overwatch's Reaper.

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Hanzo

Who says maining Hanzo is a bad thing?

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Mordekaiser and Thresh

League of Legends representing at PAX (and winning prizes for terrifying-looking spikes). 

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Fallout meets Overwatch

A vault suit seems like appropriate gear for braving PAX. Wearing fur on a warm spring day? We salute that even more.

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Ultimate Carrot

Ultimate Carrot from the digital card game Shadowverse was technically a paid mascot appearing at the Shadowverse booth, but he deserves an honourable mention for being so terrifying.

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Marvel vs. DC

In between guarding Atlantis and, well, the galaxy, Aquaman and Star-Lord bro out on the PAX show floor. 

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D.va

Police officer D.va reporting for duty. 

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Mario Kart

They ran off after this photo was taken, racing each other. It was awesome.

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Tusken Raider

It is Star Wars season, after all.

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Gerald of Rivia

Gerald is in between video game and Netflix releases right now, so he's got some time on his hands.

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Junkrat

There were plenty of excellent Junkrats at PAX AUS, but this one won points for LED lights in the hair, detachable grenades and a serious commitment to the peg leg. 

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Silent Hill ... and a pirate

To be fair, pirates have seen some messed up stuff, but we'd expect more of a response when faced with the nurses of Silent Hill. 

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Borderlands Bandit

We spotted this bad-ass bandit on the show floor, complete with very commendable cell-shading. 

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Aloy

The heroine from Horizon: Zero Dawn. It's good timing for this particular cosplay, with the game's Frozen Wilds DLC due to come out early next month.

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Rick

Rick, of "Rick and Morty" fame, in human form. No Pickle Rick yet.

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Galena

Sydney professional cosplayer Henchwench worked on her version of Galena from Quake for just 18 days, custom painting the chain mail and layers of foam armour. 

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Daedric Armour

Finding frightening women in Skyrim Daedric Armour is par for the course outside the main hall of PAX. 

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