|Cost :||£58 (£40 is the price of the wig)|
|Time Taken :||2 months with loads of breaks in between|
|Adorable girl + cool costume + great series = MUST cosplay|
My friend is to blame because she converted me into this series and after a visit to her house to find a beautiful Reinforce figure and watching a few YouTube videos I almost got blinded by the awesome-ness of the series known as Nanoha.
I want to thank Spirit_of_the_stage for lending me his Reinforce Zwei figure because it became a huge help in terms of reference, hence the colours of this costume is a lot more closer to the figure then the original Amine artwork.
Fate will still remain my favourite character and I will cosplay as her one day, but it was nice that I choose Rein-Chan as she has been NEVER cosplayed in the UK.
Set date for this costume will be for AmeCon 2010 because I think my friend has a mini Nanoha group.
|Book of Darkness||Low||Complete|
|belt on thigh||Low||Complete|
New wig (Posted 16th March 2010)
I did not like my current wig because the colour looks totally wrong. Rein-Chan's hair is supposed to be a very dull lilac colour and my current wig is a lilac-pinkish colour which will make my cosplay inaccurate. I tend to be really fussy on having the correct colour wig as it will make a BIG difference. After a month of searching, I eventually found something which will work for Rein-Chain from Cosplaywig on Ebay, so I had to buy it otherwise I will soon regret!
Anyways the wig arrived through the post a couple of days ago and my impressions is the colour is perfect though it's slightly abit too dark. Nevertheless, I'm happy with it and got no money to search for a 3rd wig.
Progress in terms of costume-wise. I visited Poundland to buy a pair of long and short black socks. My shoe size is 3 1/2, so I had to buy the kids size 0.o. Also I started to work on the skirt and belt. Base of skirt and belt is completed, so all thats left is to add the details.
Dress base (Posted 17th February 2010)
Spirit_of_the_stage lent me his Reinforce Zwei figure for reference and thanks to him... erm, I meant her, I have a good 360 degree angle of the costume as a reference. I usually love to use figures as a reference as you get a good full view of how the costume is expected to look in real life. The hardest thing thing do is give the figure back when I finish this cosplay because it's a good quality figure from japan and abosultely cute. Hmmmm... maybe I should keep it (j/k)
I only just realised I have enough fabric to get a good head start to this costume because I still have plently of blue fabric from my Romeo cosplay, plus some black fabric & gold ribbon from my Sakura cosplay and I decided to use up the 2-3m of white fabric from my prince Sakura cosplay. Sadly I don't like Sakura's prince costume as much as I used to and never got round to completing the costume, maybe because of the colours, so it gives an excuse to use it up for Reinforce. Also, I brought some interfacing, shoes and light grey fabric last week which means I have everything needed. However I'm not too happy with the colour of the wig and light grey fabric, so I'll be on a look out for something better.
As for progress, I started to work on the base of the dress. Work involved including measuring, cutting and lightly stitching the dress together to give me an idea of the overall look before hemming and sewing the dress together. I made the dress a little too big, but will cut off parts to make it smaller. Hopefully will finish the base by the end of the week.
Wig and book of darkness W.I.P (Posted 31st January 2010)
For the past month, I've been on a wig hunting spree to buy all the wigs needed for 2010 cosplays. For every cosplay, I usually start with wigs unless the characters hair is long, straight and dark in some form as I will NOT cosplay as characters if I cannot get the hair to be accurate or similiar.
Rein-Chan's wig was a huge problem to find as her hair colour is very difficult to describe. I would describe it as dull lilac with very subtle blue and greys which does not help when your searching on Ebay or other sites. Reinforce is also a obscure character to cosplay with obscure hair, so I get no help when typing her name in the search or thinking of another character with similiar hair. As a result, I searched for lilac wigs and eventually found a wig which I like though it is not entirely accurate, but it was the best I could find. A lot of lilac wigs which exists are too bright making it look too un-natural and horrible. I guess I will have to stick with the wig at the moment. As for the picture, I forgot to take the tag off, just incase if your wondering why there is a pink thing on the side of wig.
As for the book of darkness, it was a lucky find at HobbyCraft. Me and my friend, Tsuchinoko was shopping in HobbyCraft and when she was looking at the books, thinking if she needed it for a character, Reinforce instantly came in mind so I dumped it in my shopping basket. I painted the book, so all I need to do is add the details.