Asked by Anonymous
I blame my parents for the first, I guess, as I had nothing to do with that.
The second I’ve dumped hours and hours into since I was a kid, and much of me wishes I had practiced more.
Both are open to interpretation, I suppose.
Cheers all the same! You flatter me.
Client: I threw out that black pen, it was out of ink.
Me: What black pen?
Client: The one that was lying on your tablet.
Me: You threw out my $150 Wacom pen?
Client: I tried writing with it and it didn’t work. It must’ve been out of ink.
Honestly exactly what I start thinking and panicking over when I can’t seem to find my Wacom pen anywhere.
Most of the time, its either under something, or, more embarrassingly, behind my ear.
I’ve had a few people ask about when my friends and I are planning on attending the Bristol Renaissance Faire, and I promised I’d make a post when I officially knocked out a date for it.
On Saturday, July 26th the faire is hosting a fantasy costume day, and since I’m scheduled off of work…
Just a reminder that this is happening in just a few weeks. I don’t want anyone complaining that they didn’t have fair warning.
We’re two-and-a-half weeks out.
Don’t say you didn’t have fair warning, for I shall have zero sympathy while I have all the fun with friends as we stomp about the faire.
Join us, won’t you?
Less than a week away.
If you have an interest in joining my friends and me for some Dragon Age fun at the Renaissance Faire in Bristol Wisconsin, make plans, for everyone who wants to is absolutely welcome. Saturday the 26th is coming up reeeeally soon!
As an added note, they’re forecasting a 40% chance of rain. Barring any thunderstorms(which are supposed to happen on Sunday, supposedly) or heavy rain, I’m still planning on gearing up as Alistair, as the cardboard and foam bits of my gear are clear coated, so they’re water resistant to a point. Much as I’d prefer to not test the limits of that, and so close to Dragon*Con to boot, I am pretty confident it will be okay. That being said, if you have any aversions to possibly getting rained on, be advised.
I will be keeping an eye on the forecasted weather patterns to see if they take a turn for the worst.
Hope to see some of you there!
Earlier this year, my friend Dale and I saw this video. I jokingly suggested we cosplay the Rabid Heavy and the Rabid Heavy Taming Engineer, and that joke quickly turned into actual planning. We decided to make it a secret costume, not telling any of our friends until we debuted the costumes at St. Louis Comic Con.
I’d documented my build process on both my costume and Dale’s costume, but the most work was to build the following, which Team Fortress 2 players should recognize as relatively iconic gear for The Heavy class in the game:
Here was the reference image I used by using some software to extract the game model in order to give me a full turnaround of the hat. I decided to build the core out of EVA foam and to cover that with some fake fur. Instead of trying to measure my head and build the thing with those measurements, I decided to use a baseball cap that I’d gotten for free through work and wouldn’t otherwise wear and simply build the K-9 Mane on top of that. With some trimming, the cap bill would fit inside the muzzle of the wolf head, giving that additional support.
I took these reference images of my own head and overlaid the two in Photoshop in order to figure out how big the hat should be on my head and where the baseball cap would fit into everything.
I built up the overall shape and volume of the hat using nothing more than EVA foam, a knife, and hot glue…okay, and some marker to show the eyes and nose placement.
At this point, I busted out my rotary tool to smooth out the edges and refine the shape, especially with the eye sockets. I glued on some black craft foam over the nose area. This will be visible at the end. Although I didn’t document how I built the teeth, I cut up a wire clothes hanger, and used Instamorph moldable plastic pellets to sculpt the shape. I embedded the wire into the teeth, and though they’re not glued in yet(it would be difficult to shape the fur around them if they were), this is to show their placement.
I ran to Jo-Ann Fabrics and picked up some fake fur for both the K-9 Mane and the Warrior’s Spirit, making absolute sure I brought my reference pictures along. Since the brown fur was at the end of the roll, I got an extra half a yard for super cheap, which I’ll probably use on future cosplay projects.
I’d never furred anything before, much less a full-on 3D form, so my furring is probably far messier than it should be, but I simply glued the stuff to the head, cutting away the nose and ear sections.
I wound up having to glue down the fur for the ear separately because of how much of a pain it would be to do it in a contiguous fashion, but it worked out in the end. If there were any areas where the fur was thin, I simply took some small scissors, cut a bit of the scrap fur from its weft, and carefully glued it into place to fill out the gaps.
My girlfriend had some scrap red fabric from her Meredith Stannard costume, so instead of having to go back to Jo-Ann, I made use of the stuff, in spite of it being a bit more deep red than the fleshy tone of the game model. I figured most of it would be either obscured by my big, dumb head, or covered in shadow from it anyway. I simply hot glued it to the fur, cutting it a little shorter than the fur, folding the fur over, and gluing it down to create a relatively clean seam. There were some unintended waves going on with the mane part after all this. I simply took a heat gun, CAREFULLY heated up the hot glue beneath the surface, and used my knee and fingers to work it all into a smooth-ish contour.
The metal clothes hanger bits of the teeth were simply jammed through the fabric with force, and hot glued down when I was sure I wouldn’t be doing any more touch-ups to the fur.
LEETLE, LEETLE MAN!
The eyes were frustrating, to say the least. For whatever reason(most likely me just pulling a “I MIGHT NEED THIS FOR SOMETHING IN THE FUTURE!”), I had several metal meat skewers with two prongs and a loop meant to hold a bacon-wrapped filet together. I simply bent the prongs into an L-shape, busted out some Sculpey, and sculpted the eye onto them. They were baked, as per the instructions, and painted, but when it came time to push them into the hat, one of them crumbled. I built about four more eyes before this finally worked, so take that into consideration.
I thinned down some black acrylic paint into a wash, and gave the eye sockets some definition, as well as the area around the nose, and the line from the nose down to the teeth.
WE LOSE, BUT THEY DO NOT WIN?!
Before calling it finished, I added a little white highlight in the eye just to give it some additional character(even though it’s not on the in-game model). I also used some decoupage to gloss the nose and the eyes, and this K-9 Mane is complete and ready for KEELING COWARDS!
If I had known these things were going to be such a hit amongst my friends, I may have built them sooner. Everyone wanted to put them on, and even though the “right to bear arms” jokes were overwhelming and trite after a while, they were still a hit.
I was actually really happy to make use of some of the bits in my big ol’ bag of scrap EVA foam to cobble these together. Considering the shape was really simple and they’d be covered in fur anyway, appearances didn’t matter.
My original plan was to make the claws the same way I made the teeth, but considering I ran out of Instamorph pellets, and how many the claws would take, I reconsidered. What I did instead was cut out the basic shape from EVA foam, and carefully tooled them using my rotary tool into the more refined claw shape. They turned out better than I hoped for.
I layered up the EVA foam to bulk up the rough shape, and then put a gentler curve onto the edges. When that was done, I used a heat gun to give the whole piece a curve, being mindful not to blast it too heavily, lest the glue melt and ruin the structure.
The Warrior’s Spirit was much easier to fur than the K-9 Mane, considering the shape was so basic. Knowing that this was going on top of my arm, I wasn’t too worried about covering the seam, simply keeping it at the bottom center of the piece as I wrapped it. Something worth noting is that I glued the pieces together beyond the foam at the front, and when the hot glue was set, I cut the chunky fringe into the fur that’s visible on the game model. The red strips of material is simply 1” red nylon webbing that I picked up pretty cheap on Amazon. Though it’s not glued down quite yet, this was to see how it’d look on the fur.
Attaching the claws to the paws was the exact same way I did the teeth on the K-9 Mane. I sacrificed another wire clothes hanger for the greater good of cosplay and ran each piece carefully through each claw. Painting the things was done by mixing some white and brown acrylic in different shades, and blending them together on the go. I used my strokes to emulate a claw texture, and when I was happy with them and the paint was dry, I hit them with a few coats of decoupage to give them a glossy sheen. At this point, I jammed them through the fabric and foam, and hot glued them into place. I glued a pair of cheap, fingerless cotton gloves onto the inside of the paws where my hands would go, and busted out my camera for a bear paw selfie.
Using the turnaround as reference, I hot glued the webbing down, making sure to secure the seam where I would grip the webbing, and that was that.
Buffalo Steak Sandvich:
Step 1: Glue foam into steak shape
Step 2: ??????
Step 3: PROF— I MEAN SANDVICH!
I tossed all the stuff on, and proceeded to stare down ENTIRE EETSY BEETSY TEENY TEAM!
I was pretty happy with the way everything turned out. The mane part of the K-9 Mane could have been shaped better, I think, but for the most part it was a fun costume to throw on for Sundays on the con floor, since it’s less complex than my other costumes.
I figured most people would understand that our costumes were from Team Fortress 2, but I was legitimately surprised at the number of people who recognized us as cosplaying from the Meet the Rabid Heavy Taming Engineer video. VALIDATION, I SAY! Plus, we can take pictures with TF2 cosplayers that we see at every con. Like these cool people, for instance:
I hope this was at least an interesting read, and if this helped you to build your own, please, let me know, along with pictures, ‘cause that kind of stuff seriously makes my day. I will feel like a real CREDIT TO TEAM!
Cheers, ladies and gents!
Asked by kassidyhawke
In Shaumburg? This weekend?
It’s an hour-and-a-half south of me, so maybe, but since I had no idea about this until halfway through the con, it’s pretty doubtful.
Thank you for the heads-up, though!
I’ve certainly been asked to do x-version of Alistair, including the King’s armor, before. I’ll spare you my reasons for not making Alistair the King of Ferelden in my playthrough, as that would be a lengthy post, but I also have no plans to make any version aside from the grey iron splintmail that you first meet him in at this time. Not sure if that will change in the future, but as it stands right now, I shall politely decline the request.
Cheers on the suggestion all the same! It really is nice to hear the feedback.
ON A SIDE NOTE: This guy did it: