Asked by wolfpawprints
D’awww, many thanks! I am flattered.
Unless you’re making it out to Chicago for a convention or Atlanta for Dragon*Con, I suppose you’ll have to live said meeting vicariously through photos and videos. :P
I busted my Hellgate: London hunter costume back out to make some tweaks before C2E2 next weekend. Wasn’t terribly happy with the fit of it last year, so I just kind of chucked it into storage after Dragon*Con, and put off modifying it until…well…now.
Gonna buckle the goggles to the head plate so it stays in place this time(had a hard time seeing last year when the goggles wouldn’t stay in place(narrow slits for seeing located just below the lenses).
The chest piece is another disappointment with how it fits. I know there aren’t any straps located around the sides, but I might have to add some just so I can keep the plates tight on my body, since heat shaping them didn’t work terribly well on the initial pass.
Aside from my dour assessment of the costume, it does look pretty cool, I s’pose, so if nothing else, I’ll just deal with my complaints and simply wear the thing and have a good time doing so on Friday.
I’ll be driving down to Chicago for Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo(C2E2) in a week-and-a-half as of this post. The con has a special place in my heart since I’d attended the first one back in 2010 and had such a wonderful time.
The only one I’ve missed was last year’s, due to wedding priorities, so I’m extra excited about getting back to the con this year(bought my three-day badge the day they went on sale months ago). As much as I adore Dragon*Con for its obvious advantages, C2E2 will always contest it as my favorite. Not only is it close to where I live(2-hour drive vs. 14-hour drive), but the sheer number of great memories I’ve had at that con, combined with the overall comfort of it all and the fact that Lance Fensterman does a fantastic job at managing the event keep it at the top for me.
Anyway, enough fluff. I’m bringing costumes down there.
Friday, April 25th:
I debuted this thing at Wizard World Chicago last year, brought it to Dragon*Con, and was pretty frustrated with a lot of things on it, mainly how it fit, held together, and most of the bits from the hood. I’m going to secure a lot of things with buckles this time around, in addition to the snaps that are still on the undersuit(some have pulled through the shirt(you can see that the neck piece’s snap pulled through the shirt and is sitting on my shoulder), which was infuriating when I was building it, so I’m hoping it looks more like Alessandro Baldasseroni’s cinematic model from the game. This is still my dream costume, and I want to enjoy wearing it, not self-conscious about if it looks right when I’m wearing it. Plus, Will did a fantastic job on the spark rifle, and I want to carry it around more.
Saturday, April 26th:
At this point, I think the majority of my followers are familiar with this costume, and most likely following me solely for it. Though I haven’t gotten around to upgrading the armor to leather yet(a project I’m hoping to get underway in June or July), I’m actively working on upgrading my Warden longsword from my NERF Marauder I’ve had from the beginning to the Cold Steel polypropylene training sword I’ve been tooling with my rotary tool. I should have it done in time, but if not, I’ll just use the NERF sword.
My new Templar shield’s being built by Bill Doran over at Punished Props, but that’s not likely to be finished until Dragon*Con(seriously over-the-top excited about Bill building this for me, as I know it will look absolutely stellar).
So in reality, not really much in the way of upgrades to be shown at C2E2 for this costume, but at least I’m wearing it, right? Dale will be wearing his Varric stuff, so Alistair/Varric shenanigans will abound if nothing else.
I’m curious to see if there are any other Dragon Age cosplayers wearing their stuff on Saturday. I know Inyri talked about possibly bringing her Orlesian Morrigan costume that she debuted at PAX East to C2E2 on Saturday. She joined us as Aveline at the Bristol Renaissance Faire last year, and we had a good time(hope to see you there again this year, as well as at C2E2!).
Sunday, April 27th:
Dale and I debuted our Team Fortress 2 costumes from Meet the Rabid Heavy Taming Engineer at St. Louis Comic Con. We figured people would know we were from TF2, but we were actually surprised some people identified it exactly from the video, an oddly specific costume choice on our part that we just intended to be fun.
Despite that wolf head crushing my temples(I’m going to have to fix this prior to C2E2), the costume was really comfortable(yeah, it’s essentially boots, pants, a vest, bear gloves, and a hat, but still…) so it’s a nice wind-down costume on Sunday when I’m prowling for good deals in Artist Alley(C2E2 always seems to get incredible artists every single year(Nick and I affectionately refer to it as ‘The Hall of Shattered Expectations’))
Those are my costume plans for C2E2 2014, not that anyone asked or likely cares, but if you’re gonna be there, and you see me in any of these costumes, don’t be afraid to come up and say hello! I’m always happy to meet new people and make new friends!
Hope to see some of you there!
Asked by valeryadrema
Truly? Oh my…
IT HAS BEGUN
I’ve been meaning to upgrade my Warden Longsword from the NERF Marauder I’ve been using for ages to a polypropylene sword from Cold Steel.
There are plastic bits on the ceiling, and I’m not even joking.
It’s coming along, though!