|This was a blast to wear. Still making bits and pieces for it, but it's mostly done. Considered complete for the purposes of freeing space in my 'In Progress' section.|
Also do italics work?
|Remake the Bloodedge Jacket||High||Planned|
|Make Belts/ Harness||Medium||Complete|
|Get/Make a Hakama||Medium||Complete|
|Make Control Gauntlets||Medium||Complete|
|Make Astral Heat: Black Onslaught Scythe||Low||Planned|
|Buttons and Belt Material||£20.00||Bought|
Bloodscythe progress (Posted 26th February 2012)
Been working on the sealed version of Bloodscythe Ragna wields. It's four layers of foamboard held together with UHU glue (practically invaluable in my opinion). I need to cut some plastic tubing for the centre barrel and chamber, then add gold details. The edge needs some neatening up, but I'll be doing that with a friend. After I add the plastic, I'll seal the foam, resin it and paint it. Then a couple of layers of sealer to prevent the paint rubbing off.
(For frame of reference, it reaches up to my ribcage, and is probably just over 1 metre long.)
Expo and Hilarity (Posted 31st October 2011)
So Expo came and went and I was Ragna for three days. A good few people recognised me as Ragna and I saw a great deal of awesome cosplayers. Fought in the tournament, got thrashed by a Platinum player (who was a really nice guy and told me that it was all a matter of practice) and had a great laugh. Met more Blazblue cosplayers including a pretty awesome Kazuma and Relius.
The costume began falling apart midway through day two, with the sleeves splitting at the cuff, but it held up alright. The plastic work like the armour and Grimoires need to be repaired and repainted, and I need to make a pretty awesome Blood Scythe to compete with the Other blazblue cosplayers.
Got mistaken for Dante twice though. Hrmmm.
Now for the hilarity: My boots.
My frakking boots.
Scroll down the journal and you'll see the boots I wore. They are adequate, rather well built and generally alright. But they are a tad uncomfortable and if worn for long periods of time, I get blisters, even with thick socks. Three continuous days of Expo counts as a long period of time. In preparation I ordered new boots about two weeks before hand. In fact, it turns out the pair are the ones featured in Ragna's concept art as their reference. Fantastic.
They arrived 2 minutes after I left for Expo.
I was halfway to the station when my Boots arrived. That is a kick in the teeth.
Having worn them now, they are amazing, red covers will be made later, the coat will be remade since the sleeves are too long, the darts are not quite severe enough and the hemming needs complete restitching. Plus no lining in it, so that means it is a tad itchy. But I frakking loved it. Ragna is a fun cosplay to do, but there are many improvements I need to make.
If you want to see the cosplay, there are a few on Blazblue's Facebook page of me looking extremely derpy and striking the same pose again and again. I'm gonna bother a couple of my friends to perhaps do a photo shoot for Ragna, and maybe convince a few more to cosplay from it (or give Blazblue a play).
(Quick Note: The costume underwent a few changes each day. I bought a new Hakama near the end of day 1, misplaced my spiky wig and used the back up white one and the armour plates were stitched in their place in later photos).
Azure Grimoire... Activate! (Posted 6th September 2011)
So. The First Grimoire is finished, and it is looking pretty awesome. I just need to apply a layer of gloss varnish over the surface to give it the gem like look, attach the elastic to it, voila! One of two.
Plus, I got the materials and patterns worked out for Ragna's shirt and Hakama. By god the material is nice jersey cloth, with a decent sheen and stretch to it. If ever I need a large piece of black clothing (ie, Jin's black suit beneath his uniform), I'll be buying this stuff.
Wig and costume Muck ups (Posted 30th August 2011)
This costume has gone badly so far. My patterns have all been too small and really messy so they've been remade. The wig I first bought for it was pretty ill-suited for Ragna's hair, so a second one has been bought. See the image for the purchased wig.
Then my plan for the Grimoire crystals on Ragna's hands messes up because the resin gem casting solution is really difficult to mix and set correctly. I've been able to salvage 1 gem from four sets (1 set being two different gems), meaning I've wasted about half my solution. So the Grimoires are going slow.
So, I've experienced a few setbacks. But it's been a learning experience. This may be a cosplay that may see several rebuilds to get it right. Any advice on this build will be really appreciated. And if it keeps going badly, I'll recycle Hazama for October, and get Ragna or Jin ready for May.
Azure Grimoire Parts (Posted 27th July 2011)
So, I got the necessary parts for the most of the grimoire: The base will be either the suede or leather gloves (care to help me decide?), and the box is a two part coloured resin used to make false gems, which will make the core of the grimoires. Not pictured is the vast amount of milliput which make the silver cases (when smoothed, buffed and sprayed silver).
Though what on earth is the long satin glove for? Well, it's for the black beast's flesh under Ragna's coat. And it feels really nice. And the paper they're all laid out on is the pattern for the overcoat, and I'm working on the under shirt.