|This is finally going up here! ~ I've been playing around with my steampunk OC for awhile now and I've decided i've got to finally take the plunge and cosplay him next year. o.o I still don't feel like I'm steampunk literate enough though... >< |
Nathaneal Taylor (Middle names are for losers! :P)
Occupation: Chimney Sweep/Thief
Bio: Nathaneal (Often affectionally called 'Nate') is a steampunk style chimney sweep. (I figured with all those chimneys...someone's gotta clean 'em. :P) He cleans the chimneys of the factories/homes/ships ect of a wide variety and mostly richer people. Unfortunatly this job doesn't pay very well so he also steals whatever he can get from the places he cleans. O_~ He is rather streetwise/ connected and seems to have a talent for escaping tricky situations with a kind of cheeky, carefree wit. Although he is very streetwise he actually HATES the life, he looks up to the sky and dreams on day that he could view the city from above, instead of from the alleys.
Unlike most street urchins/orphans he does remember his parents - they were killed in a bombing/attack on the city. He spent four days stuck under the rubble in horrifying circumstances with their bodies before he was rescued. Because of this he has a mortal fear of bombs ect and whenever there is an attack he hides out of sight quivering in fear. D: (His younger sister - Marcelle - was also caught in the blast though she was sleeping upstairs. Because he did not directly see her death or her body he still holds a slight hope that she survived and is alive and well - a hope which he is somewhat ashamed to admit, but it comforts him on cold nights. But in actual fact she DID perish in the blast, and the Royal Guard who rescued him is aware of this, but just does not have the heart to tell him of her fate.)
His mother was actually French. She was brought to England with her parents when she was 12 years old. They came to England because they heard there was much more opportunity to be had, as they were very poor in France. Unfortunatly they discovered that England was even worse. x.x Because of this Nate picked up some little french phrases and words she said, and especcially lullabies. :)
Nate's adventure really starts when he stays behind after cleaning the chimneys of an airship to do some good old fashioned thieving...but the ship takes off. At this moment he meets another stowaway - Thea (http://www.cosplayisland.co.uk/costume/view/29873 for more info O_~) and his life is pretty much changed forever. O_~
His clothing is a somewhat odd mix of childrens and gentlemans, but it's all very worn and old. When he steals things he often keeps his favourite pieces so his outfit is decorated with little random pieces that seem a little out of place. XD Hair is brown and messy. XD
EDIT: This is now complete. This was actually a really fun and a pretty simple costume to make. Once I had assembled all the pieces I had to age all the items which I was nervous about first of all...but once I got into it with the paint and sandpaper and cheesegrator I began to....can I say...enjoy myself? XD I'm happy that it all seemed to come together well and it was such a joy to cosplay my own character for a change. ^_^
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Wig Test (Posted 1st March 2011)
This is a blurry crappy pic of the wig which I previously forgot to upload...but it can go in here so I look productive. :P
Waistcoat of beltyness (Posted 1st February 2011)
I made this today by neglecting uni work..marks are on the mirror btw...so dirty OTL...
Made from pleather/leatherette...i forget which...either way it was a bitch to get through the sewing machine. x.x Was fairly easy. I just took a normal waistcoat pattern and changed it around and added the zip and belts. It's actually rather comfortable. XD