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|Cost :||Too much seeing as I needed to re-commission it a second time... ^^"|
|I've been wanting to do a Silent Hill cosplay for some time now so I'd like to cosplay as James sometime since he's my favourite character from the games. So far I've played Silent Hill 1, 2 and am currently playing Origins and I just find him to be more likeable than Harry or Travis and he has the most engaging story out of all of those in the series.|
I've always liked the design of James's army jacket so cosplay would be the perfect excuse to get one =P There did used to be an offical one available to buy back when the game came out but I didn't buy things online or cosplay then (and still don't shop online very often) and they are rare to find now, plus I've also heard that they weren't that good anyway :(
I've looked at some online army surplus shops to see if there are any that look practically the same (except for the little flag which I could just add on myself). There are many which are very similar in both colour and type of material but I can't find one where things like the shape of the lapels and the placement and number of pockets are accurate enough (yes, even with more casual-looking cosplays I still really like them to be accurate =P). So it looks like it will be down to a choice of either buying a jacket from an army surplus store which doesn't quite have the same lapels and seams etc. but which is in the correct colour and heavy material, or of having one commissioned so that all the shapes are correct but would most likely not end up being the right texture and weight.
I'd like to do this for October Expo 2010, but it may be postponed until 2011 due to lack of funds and a couple of other cosplays taking priority.
Well unfortunately the plan to have this ready for the Sunday of this October's Expo ( Halloween ) did end up falling through due to lack of funds. And I specificly wanted to wear it to one of the London Expos, so I will reschedule this for May and October 2011.
I finally got to wear this for the Friday evening and Saturday of AyaCon 2011. Unfortunately the technique I tried to use for doing the badge designs didn't work, so I still consider the jacket as a work-in-progress until they are sorted. I was really happy to find the solution in Aya's Dealers Room, though. I found someone who embroiders custom patches for cosplays and the samples she had on display at her table looked like just the kind of quality that I'm after. I found that she makes full costumes too, so I have booked a slot with her to get both the badges done and the jacket re-made more accurately in time for October's Expo. When that's done I will probably buy a couple of Foxhound badges and sew them onto the side of each sleeve to turn my current one into a random Metal Gear jacket ( just because I've always wanted one ) ^_^ The steel pipe was made from 2 kitchen-foil tubes which I painted with acrylic and stuck together with super-glue. Because I couldn't just slide the foil off the tubes I ended up with a foil ball I didn't need that was the size of a football XD
So yeah, Aya was more of a test run. I did spot a Pyramid Head and a nurse on the Saturday afternoon but I missed out on getting pictures with them because they went into Costcutter's XDDD
The jacket is finally complete and actually looks like James' actual jacket this time! =D Many thanks to Shido of Paper Cranes Cosplay for making it for me and getting all the details in. She even put the pull-cord things in the cuffs which was something I didn't expect and much appreciate =) The only thing I'm still missing are the rings that he has on the side of his boots. Hopefully I will be able to get some soon, but I'm happy enough with this now to wear it to proper photoshoots ^^
I finally got to wear this to the Silent Hill photoshoots at October Expo 2011 which Quinzel and I had been planning for ages. We acted out some Rosewater Park scenes by the waterfront with Quinzel as Maria on the Friday, and on Sunday did another photoshoot in the carpark for which she cosplayed as Elle Holloway from Silent Hill: Homecoming. Many thanks to RenDMC, Ichigo-chan and Frederica la Noir for helping out with the photography, and it was great meeting those of you that I hadn't met before ^^ Though we had some problems getting some good night-time pics at first I managed to take some shots of Maria and also Barry from Resi that I was especially happy with after tinkering with the camera settings. And I was a bit annoyed at myself for managing to pack the light blue, purposefully baggy jeans that I had bought for my L cosplay instead of the navy, non-baggy ones that I had bought specifically to match the ones James wears - *head-desk* Oh wells...
Since most of my favourite characters tend to have more down-to-earth outfit designs I wasn't expecting to be stopped for a lot of photos but we did have a couple of pictures taken of us when we were walking around as James and Maria on Friday evening, a friend that I hadn't seen in ages actually recognised who I was cosplaying as (my other friends don't play Silent Hill), and someone seemed really happy to see a James cosplay on the Sunday so that made me happy that there were at least a few other Silent Hill fans around =)
|Grey Polo Shirt||£0.00||Bought|
|Army Jacket||£50.29||To Buy|
|Badges for Jacket||£0.00||To Buy|
Jacket Sorted! =D (Posted 24th October 2011)
I finally have a fully finished jacket!
I commissioned it from Shido of Paper Cranes Cosplay who kindly took into account all the problems that my first jacket had and re-made it so much better for me ^^
I'm so happy that I was able to find someone who could machine-embroider the patches and at a reasonable price ( since the quote I got from an embroidery company would have asked for over £80 just for 4 different patch designs... X_x ) I was also really lucky that I happened to find out by chance exactly what the text was on his blue and red badges just before the commission. I had already tried really hard to find proper reference pictures and was going to have to settle on just using the vague shapes that I could make out from his character model, but fortunately I found references when I wasn't really looking for them and so was able to make mock-ups of them in Photoshop so that I could have them made accurately ^^
Shido also gave me the functional pockets I wanted as well as the shoulder details and even gave the seams around the cuffs and mid-chest that elastic look. I can't wait for our photoshoots now. I might have found someone who can help us on the Sunday, but I'm still trying to find someone who can help us with Friday's photoshoot.
( and in reference to the previous journal entry it is the second wig I will be using, which is the same one I used for my AyaCon trial-run pictures )
WIP Test Shots (Posted 7th June 2011)
I did some quick test shots so that I could see what it looks like so far. I really need to find some material in the same colour as the jacket so that I can add the shoulder details, extra section of the jacket lapels and the breast pocket ( they didn't make the top pocket functional like I had requested and they had agreed to - I wanted to stick a torch in it... >_< ). So far I've looked in John Lewis both locally and when I went to May's Expo in the Oxford Street store and haven't been able to find the same shade of green. I've since found the address for a local army surplus store, so I'll try there next and if I still have no luck will probably try a really good fabric store I know in Brummy. At least they did make the bottom pockets functional so I will be able to put my radio in there and have it hiss static now and then... =P
Also, when I was looking for a better wig for Zero I actually found another wig which was a better colour for James. It also looks a bit more natural since it has a few different shades mixed into it. So I've ordered one since it's hard to find wigs in James' style and colour and if I think it looks good enough then I will use that one instead of the one that I have in the test shots.
Bought Radio (Posted 20th May 2011)
I found a hand-held radio in John Lewis which would be great to have as a prop. Obviously it's not identical to the one in the game but it's a very typical-looking radio without any kind of digital display and has an antenna I can pull up so it would be great for Silent Hill ^_^
My jacket arrived a while ago and it's the perfect colour and fits very nicely but they completely missed out the shoulder details and got other parts of the design wrong, too. If I can find some material in the same shade I will have to see if it's possible for me to modify it...
Got American Flag Badge (Posted 30th April 2011)
I got the American flag badge in the post today, which I ordered online and cost just £1.99 including postage =D
It's also been 2 weeks since I ordered the jacket so I'm hoping that I'll be notified sometime in the next few days about it being shipped...
Commissioned Jacket (Posted 16th April 2011)
Since I shouldn't be attending any more cosplay events between now and May's Expo I've now been able to pay out to have the jacket commissioned. So that I could get an idea of a material and colour I'd be happy with I actually looked at Hetalia England cosplays and when I found one I liked requested that James' jacket be made from the same type of material and in the same colour. I also asked for the pockets to be functional ( since I might get a torch to put in the top one ) and I'm going to either get the badges made seperately or try to make them myself ( since I've noticed that the finer details in commissioned costumes aren't always that good ). As far as I can tell from the making and shipping times it SHOULD arrive in time... I've asked for 20th May as the delivery deadline.
Binder Arrived (Posted 25th March 2011)
Yeah, I thought that I really couldn't get away with this cosplay without using a binder since it has the open jacket, so I finally got around to getting one. Obviously I can't get it absolutely 100% flat but it's effective enough for me to be happy with it and it looks okay under my polo shirts ^_^
Once KitaCon is out of the way I should be able to put my money towards getting the jacket and badges.
Sourced and Bought Grey Polo Shirts / Wig Arrived (Posted 9th March 2011)
When up town I looked around just about every shop I could think of that would sell grey polo shirts but they always had some kind of logo or other colour included on them >,< Luckily I did manage to find what I was looking for in the very last place I could think of. They actually had 2 which were suitable. One is perfect in colour, but I also found one which is a little bit darker but has subtle thin stripes on which give it the look of that slightly ribbed texture that James' shirt has. I'm not sure which one is best so considering they were tricky to find I decided to buy both of them just in case.
Also when I got home from town I found that my wig had arrived.
Sourced and Ordered Wig (Posted 19th February 2011)
Even though his hairstyle is fairly simple I found it really tricky to find a wig that was in the correct style and colour. I have found one in the end which I think is suitable, though like with my Kyo Sohma wig it's originally meant to be for a blonde character when it doesn't look that colour at all XD It's more of a light brown which I think is a pretty close match to the shade James has, and it also has the correct type of parting. All it will need is a tiny bit of trimming at the back and sides ^_^
I've also found places I could get an Amercian flag badge from, but I will leave that until after I have the jacket ready to sew it onto so that I know what size of badge I need to get.