Thursday, November 5, 2009

Halloween, and T10 Armor!


So first, I just want to mention that there are previews up off all the WoW tier 10 armour (except the Shaman, as of when I wrote this), and they are totally sweet. Very helm-centric, which is pretty awesome, because the Ulduar sets weren't so much like that. You can check them out here. Great costume ideas :< Too many things...

For Halloween this year, I decided to make a Codex (from The Guild) costume, which is what the photo is of. I apologize for the quality of the photo and my lack of a decent face or pose; no one had a camera, so we had to do the cell phone thing.

I only had about two weeks, so it came together pretty well, all things considered. Almost everything came out the way I wanted it to. Overall, I would say the quality is about 80% of what I usually try to do for a convention, especially witht he staff, but it actually still looks pretty freakin good, in my opinion ^_^ The biggest problems I had, which I can actually work on, were:

- The skirt. I couldn't finish it in time for the party I was going to, because I had a few problems, so I picked up (what I thought was) a plain white skirt at the thrift store on my way over. It turned out to be a SKORT. Oh, god. That would have been okay, especially because it was amazingly windy that night, but it was the kind with only the front part made to look like a skirt! Who came up with that idea, anyway? It's fine to have shorts disguised as a skirt, but only covering the front isn't fooling anyone. But at any rate, I thought it looked pretty good still (at least from the front >_>), at least for the purposes of a party.

- The stupid corset! I had a great pattern that was almost exactly the same as the one Felicia wears in the video, and when I made it, it was huge! I'm going to have to try to make it smaller ._. How annoying. Even after I added velcro so that it would overlap one of the sections, it was still too big.


One of the things I was quite proud of was the necklace, which was cobbled together with a thrift store necklace, square(ish) buttons, stick-on gems, and hot glue. From a distance especially, it looked almost just like her necklace.

I'm going to try to get another image or two up, but since I am moving (again) soon, it might not happen.

Next stop, Stormrage! :D

Monday, October 19, 2009

Winner is...

I finally settled on Stormrage. I've always loved the design, and it's a classic. Also, it's recently been reborn (at least the head piece) via the new level 80 Onyxia encounter, so it seems appropriate.

Before I get started on that, though, I'm gonna do a more simple costume for (hopefully) Halloween. I'm keeping it hush-hush for now, though. :D

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Tier what? Perhaps, this...

So, I did research on weapons to go with each WoW druid tier armor set ("go with" meaning "things I would potentially actually be using if I were raiding the dungeons these tiers drop from"), and chose my favourites for each of the following three tier sets. That's right, I've narrowed it down! Progress is nice, isn't it? I decided to make something more "simple," and next time do a more complicated one (ie Dreamwalker or T8). My narrowed-down choices:

Tier 2 - Stormrage - Shadow Wing Focus Staff



Tier 5 - Nordrassil - Lightfathom Scepter / Talisman of the Sun King



Tier 9 - Malfurion - Cold Convergence




I like them all for different reasons. Thoughts?

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Tier...what?

So, I'm finally going to start in on my World of Warcraft Night Elf druid cosplay! Horray!

The bad thing is, I can't for the life of me decide what armour to make. I have this problem a lot... I like too many things, so I can't pick one. Therefore, I'm open to suggestions!

I want to make a tier armor set, either old or new. I don't want to make the Malorne set, even though it holds a special place in my heart, because I'd rather make a set with a kilt. So that one is out. I love different things about each of the rest of them and, in fact, I will probably end up making more than one set over time. The question is, which to do first...

The first pic shows all of the tier armour up through 7.5. The Dreamwalker set essentially has three versions, and is one of my favourite armour sets. However, I love the woodiness of the others, and I also like both the idea of making a classic and of making a super-new set. Agh! You can see why I'm having trouble.

The second pic is tier 8 armour, which is also lovely. The third is tier 9, which is different and cool. I don't know what to do!

Weapons are also a consideration. I have to do a bit more research to decide what weapon I would make with each armor set. I will probably post them seperately.

Please leave comments with opinions on both the armor sets and the weapons. I will take them all into account. Once I get my choiced narrowed, I'll probably do another post with more specific pics. Oh, and try to keep in mind this will be for a female Night Elf (not a tauren, a male, or, for god's sake, a human... ugh... couldn't find another picture >_>). Thanks!


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Blizzcon Cosplay!

Well, Blizzcon 2009 was absolutely amazing. It's completely different from an anime con, and was twice as big as the biggest con I've been to!

I'm just going to focus on cosplay in this particular post, though as you might imagine, I have a lot to say about the rest of the con, as well. Going there was an absolute dream.

I have to admit, it was very difficult seeing all of the amazing costumes, because as I've mentioned many times before, I want to do WoW cosplay very badly. However, I had several very nice conversations with some of the people in the amazing costumes, so I picked up some good tips for when I start on mine! I mostly asked about armour making, as I've heard of so many ways to do it. Wonderflex was involved on everyone I spoke to (except one person, whose friends made his armour out of REAL LEATHER. Crap.), as I assumed, but the rest was varied.

The priest (first photo) used Model Magic on top of his armor, much to my noticeable surprise. I have heard of people making things with it, but it has some issues... it shrinks a lot, for one, and can be dented during various stages. He wasn't surprised at me being skeptical, so he went on to explain that it works very well and is nice and lightweight, you just have to remember to account for the shrinking when making the pieces. I'm now confident that if I do experiments to see how much it shrinks in different situations, I could form some pretty intricate pieces with it.

A girl dressed as a... which doctor? Shaman? From Diablo 3 told me that most of her stuff was made out of Sculpey, which surprised me even more than the Model Magic guy. Almost as if reading my mind, she said that it of course is very fragile, and she has to be extremely careful not to break it. She also used the much talked about Wonderflex/Friendly Plastic combo. She also used Bondo for a few things, and I asked her how easy it was to work with. She said don't use it on things that bend, which I pretty much figured. She also had a very cool system of LED lights embedded into cast resin jewels all over her armor. She explained that all of the wires were hidden in the cloth, and they were all powered by D batteries disguised in a scroll case! That was a great idea. I regret not taking a photo of her, but she was in the costume contest, so I'm sure there are many photos of her on the internet.

Kael'thas (second photo) is the guy who was wearing a costume made by two friends; one did the armor, the other the sewing. The armor was all hand-tooled leather, and was very impressive. Leather working is an in-game skill I have that I've always wanted to learn to do in real life. Hopefully some day I will. Anyway, he was very nice, and enjoyed doing Kael'thas's voice, which was fun.

I didn't get to talk to the Draenei Shaman (third photo) about his armor, but I thought it looked very cool. The LEDs gave a nice effect because the whole con was so dark. I wasn't so sure about the scale of his mace, but everything looked really great. You could tell he spent a great deal of time on it. I was also just happy to see a draenei male! More beard tentacles next time, man. Beard tentacles.

The costume contest was great fun to watch. I didn't have good seats, so I have no photos from it. It should be easy to find on the internet. The girl who won had a very intricate and amazing costume and, almost as importantly, was in character all the time! I saw her several times throughout the con, including on stage, and she was always acting her part. Congrats to her for all of her efforts.

Overall, there weren't many people walking around on the floor in costume, and I could see why. Most of the costumes were big and bulky, and the convention was completely packed and difficult enough to navigate in normal clothes. But... I'm going to try to do it anyway! Here's hoping I can get tickets next year.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Blizzcon, Baby! :D

That's right! I'm leaving very soon for Blizzcon with my friend Mike, and we are both ridiculously excited.

I should be sleeping because I have to get up early, but too bad! Hopefully I'll be able to sleep on the plane... I always want to but rarely manage it, so maybe being sleepy will help. ^_^;

I was about to put everything in the suitcase when I decided it would be fun to sew up my WoW-related t-shirts a bit, since they're all a little large (my Ventrilo shirt, ridiculously so). Not cosplay or terribly good sewing, but still clothing-related con prep... and fun! (Do I look sleepy? Because I AM o_o;)

I have some mini cards both for my cosplay site and for my WoW character, and I hope to give out a lot of each! So if you're one of the two people who reads this, and will be at Blizzcon, come find me. ._.

I'm going to try to blog from Mike's phone while I'm there, but we don't know how that's gonna work out. so if I don't, I'll be sure to write a nice entry about the con when I get back. For real! School's over. However, it's going to be hard to control my conflicting cosplay emotions - being jealous and angry because I didn't have time/money to make a WoW costume (which, if you don't know by now, is a gigantic slice of my "Cosplay Dreams" piechart), and being excited and impressed by the nice costumes. Bah!

...BLIZZCON, BABY :DDD

Monday, August 17, 2009

and... Anime Boston Photos!

Finally... hopefully these are still somewhat relevant to you. ^_^; School kicked my butt this summer, keeping me extremely busy. At least I'm almost finished with that...

Here's the link to the Anime Boston pics. Full disclosure: I removed a bunch of hall shots to save space :<

Anime Boston 2009 Pics

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Connecticon 2009 freakin' rocked...

It's true! Connecticon was completely awesome this year. I didn't make it to any of the panels I wanted to see, but it was totally worth it.

I went with some friends, and most of them made it to at least a few of the panels they wanted to see, so that worked out. For one of them, it was their first con, so that was all very exciting.

Four of us made a second attempt (from last year) at entering the Rock Band tournament under the name TanhaĆ¼ser Gate... and we won! :D I did the whole thing in Haruhi Suzumiya cosplay... oh well. I love that costume! (PS... this photo of me in my Space Commander Haruhi cosplay is actually from Anime Boston this year, but since that post was lacking photos and I wore this costume to CTcon as well... here it is! Shh...)

I'll add links/photos when we're actually able to get our hands on them. I'm pretty sure they're being held hostage in the cameras of the guys who came out from Harmonix to judge. They were very nice! They gave us prizes and let us talk to them for a while about games, a business which I hope to enter very soon, so it was a very valuable way for me to spend some time.

All in all it took about 6 or 8 hours to do all of the tournament stuff, so we missed most of the con stuff. It was totally worth it. Like I said.

On Sunday, we roamed about a bit more. I went to an anime sing- and dance-along panel, which was run by a voice actress. It was pretty fun! I'm sure there's some video on the internet somewhere of me in a Carmelldansen conga line at 9:30 in the am in a Haruhi costume... ah, conventions. I got to sing and dance Hare Hare Yukai a few times in my costume, so that made me very happy. An enjoyable time overall... I hope they do it again next year. ^_^

Later on Sunday, we dropped by the Legend of Neil booth to play some Settlers of Catan with Sandeep Parikh, who was in The Guild and who had been very nice to us all weekend long. He tried to make a lot of crap trades with me, and I was having none of that. I can't remember who won. I think it was him, the jerk. Then he signed our posters. :<

I wish I had gotten to check out more cosplay, but I didn't have much time because of the tournament. I saw some very good costumes! My personal favourite was a little girl I saw at the beginning of the day Saturday who was dressed as Yotsuba. It was great. She was so cute! I feel kind of bad that I put it on the internet :<< but I had to share her cuteness with the world. I wish you could see the hair better. It was a good idea; they made it out of felt. It looked much better in person!

I really hope I can make Connecticon next year, because they just keep making it bigger and better every year. Maybe they'll also remember to put the Rock Band tourney finals on the program so we can play to a crowd of more than a dozen!

...it was still awesome.

Did you go? What did you think? What did you do? And, most importantly, what did you wear?

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Aged AB Post

So this post has been sitting in the posts box (ha ha >_>) for months, so I'm finally going to publish it now. I don't know why it's been sitting there. Maybe because the photos weren't ready. The photos still aren't. That will be the next post ^_^;

School is keeping me busy!

Anime Boston was pretty interesting this year. On one hand, it was totally awesome as it usually is. They fixed all the dumb stuff that happened last year with the long lines, etcetc. I actually did almost everything I wanted to do and didn't feel like I wasted time sitting around at any point. I went to some really cool panels, traded lots of stuff at the swap meet, and got some good stuff in the artist alley and dealer's room.

However... and maybe someone can back me up on this... the air about AB this year was... strange. It's difficult to describe. It just had a different feeling. Maybe it's because more high schoolers and less older people are attending? I rather hope that isn't the case... it's great to see so many people getting into anime, but I hope the older crowd doesn't feel shunned from this kind of event. I also hope they don't target con activites more and more at highschool-aged people in particular... it's nice to have a balance!

And is it me, or was there so much less cosplay and more goth/punk/lolita wear? That stuff is cool, too, I just felt like I wasn't seeing the cosplay.

It's sort of strange how anime and cosplay trends and popularity fluctuate so quickly... I guess as more people get into anime, they move on to the next big thing, and skip over the previous ones. A lot of people didn't know who I was (Haruhi Suzumiya!) even after I told them. Last year, there were so many Haruhis around I about lost my mind.

This year, it was a bit difficult to pick out one or two major cosplay trends. I noticed an unusually high level of Vocaloid cosplay, and lots of Pokemon (especially Pikachu girls in short skirts...). I saw some really great cosplay throughout the con, and tried to take as many photos as I could.

I also had a conversation with my boyfriend wherein he brought up an interesting point... maybe some people are cosplaying, and I just can't tell because I'm unfamiliar with the characters? Or because the characters wear fairly normal clothes, have normal hair, or are gothic/lolita/punk and I think that's just how they dress? This could be true I guess. I don't really know if that accounts for the difference.

Everyone I spoke to who attended the con agreed that there was a strange aura about it this year. However, I still had tons of fun... I hope you did, too!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The Anime Boston Whirlwind Strikes Again...

Holy crap, AB is already over! What a crazy couple of weeks this has been. Things are finally dying down and getting back to normal. I have a bunch of pics to share, as well as stories about my costumes. Look for a few new posts this week on Anime Boston 2009!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Sad Incidents, and Things to Look Forward To

Well, I'll be a day behind on my costumes already, because last night my sewing machine totally broke. Bah! I'm going to go back to using my mom's old machine, which I used to use all the time until I was gifted a new one. I'll only lose one or two nights of work.

Before it happened, I managed to finish the front and put a collar on, but I'm not happy with the collar so I'll be resewing it.

Luckily, I know I have enough time to finish my costume work, and I'm really looking forward to the convention! Only a couple of my friends can go this year, but it should be a good time... it's easier to coordinate fewer people anyway, I suppose.

Also, I wanted to mention that there's a pretty cool-looking game that quite literally was just released called Sacred 2: Fallen Angel. I didn't play the first Sacred game, but this one seems pretty interesting, and the character designs caught my eye. Anything with a Dryad in it is worth trying out, to me. I often see games coming out that I want to get, but I rarely do... they're so expensive! I usually wait for a sale, holiday, or to buy it used. Fortunately, this time I'm going to have the opportunity to play this game almost right after its release to see how it is... I'll let you know ^_^;

You can check out some screenshots, videos, etc at the Sacred 2 website, if it seems like it might be your thing.

More costume updates to come in the next few weeks! Hope yours are all coming together!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Haruhi Costume Progress

Just a quick update on my Space Commander Haruhi costume. I spent today taking apart and then reassembling my costume, because I wasn't happy with the fit. Sometimes it's better just to bite the bullet, as it were, and spend a day fixing things, rather than just let it go and have the problem become worse over time.

So I'm back where I started, but in a much better way:



I think it's looking pretty good... the stripes on the sleeves don't match up exactexact with the shoulder, but I did my best, and there will be other stuff on the shoulders, anyway.

It's getting close to the con, so I've made up a costume schedule... just gotta stick to it now!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Commissions and Updates

I recently received a commission for another Ashitaka hood, which I'm pleased to say I just finished yesterday:


(I know, I look really cool >_>)

It's a bit different than the one I made for Mike a few years ago. I think there are some improvements, and some things that I wish would be different. That's the thing about homemade cosplay... every piece is unique!

Things I like about this new version:

- The mask! It's pretty awesome. It's attached on one side with stitches, and the other side has red velcro so you can take it on and off easily. I put in three pieces of velcro spaced a bit apart on the inside for adjustability. This also makes for an easier time keeping it securely up over the nose, or letting it hang down under the chin.

- I like the fact that I was able to attach all of the under pieces to the lining first, so there are no stitches on the outside from the velcro, mask, etc.

- The client wanted another flap underneath at the back of the neck so that he could slide the straw cape in between the pieces of fabric, so it wouldn't scratch his neck. I thought that was a pretty good idea.

Things I wish I had done better:

-The shape of the top ended up being a bit strange. I think it looks alright but it's not ideal.

- The white shapes. The client wanted them sewn on, which I did, but in hindsight I probably could've done it differently to make it look a little better.


Overall, I think the hood looks pretty great. I hope the client is happy with it!

I've also been working on my Space Commander Haruhi/Kyon costumes for me and my friend Mike for Anime Boston (it's soon! horray!). I think they're coming along... I'll have some pictures posted later.

How are your costumes going? Is your convention coming up? Are you going to AB? Hope everything is working out!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Otakon 2008 Photos from Eurobeat King

I realized that I never posted photos taken at Otakon 2008 of me and my friend Mike, which were taken by Eurobeat King. If you don't know about Eurobeat King, he is a cosplay photographer who has his own gallery on Cosplay.com. He goes from con to con taking photos, and his galleries total over 200,000 photos at this point.

We were excited to have him take our photos. I actually learned a lot about posing by looking at these photos and seeing that I looked pretty terrible in some of them.



Here's me. I hate seeing all the things I messed up on/didn't have time to finish in my costume >_> heh. But these are probably my favourite two photos that he took.



I thought Mike looked pretty sweet in his Ashitaka costume. The rooftop was a pretty sweet place for photos to begin with.

That's all for now.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Phantom Hourglass... Here's why I'm not that into you.

I was just here getting ready to pack up my copy of The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass to ship off to some person in New York, who will be sending me a copy of Mario Kart DS in trade, and I started thinking about why I'm shipping it off in the first place. Why did I put it up on swaptree.com before I even finished it? Why haven't I picked it up in months... and don't want to?

I'm a big fan of the Legend of Zelda series, and having heard only good things about Phantom Hourglass, I asked for it as a gift and... yay!... got it. I started playing it and was happy with it immediately. Everything you're expecting is there... cute village, cute characters, fun dialogue, and pouncin' around hacking at grass to find rupees. The touch screen made it pretty fun and interesting, though I never got a precise hang of tumbling... oh well. The boat was also quite fun, and I liked the interactivity of the whole thing... drawing your route, checking out mysterious ships floating around, etc. And writing notes on your map? Sweet! Saved me the trouble of keeping a notepad around.

I soon began to become disenchanted with the whole thing. The elements I liked were still there, but there were these new annoying ones creeping up on my as I played. Like wait... didn't I already complete this level of this dungeon? Why do I have to open all these doors again? And again? And AGAIN?? On a time limit! With enemies you can't kill, and that never disappear? I started to long for a dungeon in WoW, where when you clear a section of raid up through a boss, that section never respawns (at least not until reset).

I put down PH for a while in order to get some serious play time in on a Phoenix Wright game. When I picked Hourglass back up, I was faced with a problem... where was I? What was I supposed to be doing again? It took me a while to get reoriented. Once I got rolling along, I uncovered some new things I liked, such as the golden frogs in the ocean... sort of like save points. I also found some minigames, something we have come to know and love in the Zelda games. And finally, I found this crazy ghost ship! I boarded it! Something is really happening now, I can feel it.

...Well, maybe not. I worked my way through the ghost ship dungeon, rescued all the stupid girls, and then... was stuck. I don't honestly remember where or why, but I couldn't figure out what to do or where to go. So I put the game down again, frustrated. I picked it up about a week later... to find that I had to FIND THE GHOST SHIP AGAIN. What? I was there! I saved it there! This is getting ridiculous...

And as I wove the ship through the fog, waiting for the fairies to dance around and trying to avoid exploding barrels, I realized something... I don't want to do this. Not right now, and not really ever again. I'm unconcerned about where the plot is going, partially because I can't really remember it, and partially because I keep being sent back in time for some unknown reason.

And so, when I made my swaptree.com account, Phantom Hourglass was unfortunately one of my first "have to trade" items that I listed. It's really a shame, because I like Zelda, I like my DS, and I liked the game in many ways. But I didn't want to keep doing the same things over and over again... something I hope they realize when they make the next game.

I still quite love the character designs... that aspect has been carried on successfully through the Zelda games. I've seen some good Phantom Hourglass cosplay, too (one of which is in this post). I probably won't ever be wearing any myself, though.

How about you? Do you have any games that your friends just loved, that you couldn't make it through? Something critically acclaimed that was just terrible? Or just some random game you picked up that ended up being incredibly frustrating to play? Share in comments. ^_^

One final note... no, I don't work for swaptree or anything, I just think it's a really cool site, both in general and through personal experience.

Izumi Goggle Tutorial

Finally! I know, I know. I'm sorry!

I just started in January at a new school, and it's very intense.

But anyway... here is the tutorial for making Izumi's goggles. I'm still trying to land on a layout for tutorials that I like... this one is okay, but not great, in my opinion. Post a comment with your thoughts on it... it will be helpful for the next tutorial!

The tutorial is in PDF format, so click the link to view or right-click and "Save File As" or "Download Linked File" to save it to your computer. [UPDATE: this link was apparently broken for, like, ever D: It's fixed now!]



Enjoy ^_^

Monday, January 26, 2009

All moved in...

Just a quick post to say that I have moved back up to the Boston area and am going to school again.

This means, among other things, that I will definitely be attending Anime Boston this year. I will have to do a fairly simple and/or mostly sewing-based costume due to the lack of space in my living situation to do anything more elaborate. That means I'm going to have to put off WoW costumes for now, but that's okay. I will work on bits and pieces of those as I'm able.

I'll probably get a new wig for my Pokemon costume (I sort of ruined the other one >_> shhh.), and I will probably have it commissioned. I'm just not good enough at wig styling yet to do something that complicated. Some day, though...

The other option is to do a costume pair that my friend Mike and I have wanted to do for a while, which is Space Commander Haruhi and Kyon. It would be fun to be dressed as people from the same thing for once, so that could happen. We'll see.

I have been working on an instruction sheet for the making of my Izumi goggles, which I should have posted by the end of the week. After that I'm going to finish up the one for Zabuza's sword.

Anyone else going to AB this year? As who? What are you most looking forward to?

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