|Cost :||??? Probably about £70, mostly on wigs|
|Time Taken :||About 20 hours|
|Retro-a-go-go for Minami 15!|
The lovely Amy-Lou shall be my partner in criminality.
The wigs were the main worry for these costumes, but a kindly drag queen stylist appeared from the heavens (eBay) and furnished them!
We didn't manage to match exactly due to time constraints, but did a pretty decent job :)
We mixed and matched the designs a little, partly out of lack of reference and partly out of personal preference. Most of it was taken from the black armour design, but the idea of having the main armour pieces on only one arm and mirroring it came from the red designs. The armour was made with paper mache and paper pulp on balloons, followed by sanding, filling with car filler, resanding and painting, with ring display spikes glued onto the top.
Pretty much everything else was leatherette, funky foam, and preposterous quantities of studs and split pins.
Getting there... (Posted 22nd March 2009)
I have now inhaled so much paper dust that I think I'm going to start excreting newspapers!
The armour is on its way. The initial plan was just paper mache over balloons, but that was proving to take far too long to dry (and, as it turned out, we'd neglected to vaseline the balloons first so it wouldn't quite have worked). We ended up using paperclay, which is pretty much paper pulp in powder form, that you add water to and then mould before sticking in a hot oven to dry.
Awesome though the paperclay is, it doesn't give a very smooth surface on the larger pieces, so I've been diligently sanding, smoothing with surface filler, and sanding again. The shoulder holes need neatening up and everything needs spraying and some more spikes sticking on, but already I can tell that it's going to look like we're wearing sea mines on our shoulders - which is what it's supposed to look like, so wahey!
I've also done the majority of the rest of my costume - it's just boots and armour to finish off. This costume contains an obscene number of studs, honestly. I've bought at least one shop out of split pins for it.
I also have heel lifts in the boots to get me closer to Amy-Lou's impressive height. They're quite strange to wear, especially as they aren't really designed to be put into lace-up boots.
Sorry for lack of progress images, but I don't tend to take them that often :3
Clothing progress! (Posted 2nd March 2009)
Met up with Amy-Lou and Delusional to get my cosplay mojo flowing, and managed to make the base bodysuit. I should really change the image- we're going for the all black leather costumes from the manga rather than the anime's slightly weird yellow bits, because.. well, they're cooler.
The bodysuit is a singularly unflattering garment but it does show off my butt quite well >_< I also made the stockings, so Annapuma shall not be a giant wig and nothing else :) Most of what remains to be made is armour and accessories.
Plottings (Posted 26th January 2009)
Amy-Lou and I finally managed to liaise properly yesterday and there was a goodly amount of planning. We've worked out basic logistics for the armour pieces, main body, stockings and wigs/ears, and ordered a vast amount of biker studs from the Bay of E.
We've decided to go for the manga art rather than the anime's simplified and weirdly yellow version (which means I should alter my ref image on here) as we both like it better. Also, our wigs are slightly different colours, which fits the manga artwork better.
Next step: the purchasing of large quantities of black leatherette!
Oh my days (Posted 21st October 2008)
The wigs have arrived... I've never had such an enormous box in the mail before!