|I re-watched Claymore recently and decided I'd really like to cosplay one of the claymores. I chose Deneve because I like her regeneration abilities and her later double-sword technique. Also, her short hair meant I didn't need to wear a wig for expo this time!|
I'm pretty pleased with how this turned out as it's the first time I've made solid armor like this and it was more difficult than expected. As usual a lot of it was pulled together in the last few days before expo. I only wore it on the Saturday in the end as I forgot to bring the glue and couldn't reattach my bracers when they game unglued but I think it was worth the effort.
I will be re-using some of the outfit to cosplay as partially awakened Clare in May. :)
|Rough base for sheath/cloak holder thing||High||Complete|
|rough base for waist pieces||High||Complete|
|Finish white top||High||Complete|
|Layer of filler + pva/gesso on armor||High||Complete|
|filler layer on sword handles||High||Complete|
|Rough base for arm bracers and boot plates||High||Complete|
|Sand down armor||High||Complete|
|Layer of paper mache on armor||High||Complete|
|faux leather part of bracers.||Medium||Complete|
|paper mache on sword||Medium||Complete|
|rough base for shoulder plates||Medium||Complete|
|Rough base for chest plate||Medium||Complete|
|Rough base for sword||Medium||Complete|
|Fabric wraps for sword handles||Low||Complete|
|Lots of white fabric!||£15.00||Bought|
|Boots to alter||£8.00||Bought|
|white flat elastic||£2.00||Bought|
|filler (4 pots!)||£4.00||Bought|
|Light-weight wood for sword||£8.00||To Buy|
Completion!!!! (Posted 27th October 2011)
AND IT'S FINISHED!!!!
Gah! (Posted 26th October 2011)
Damnit we can't find the bloody glue gun anywhere!!!!!!
Holy miracles batman! (Posted 25th October 2011)
It appears this is actually going to be finished! XD
(...though I am disappointed I have failed to complete my Dazzler cosplay for the second time in a row!)
getting there? (Posted 23rd October 2011)
I debated for quite a while over how to do the armor since this is only the second time I've made solid pieces. After some helpful advice from people in the forums I ended up with my own bastardized version due to difficulty with finding powdered filler. My pieces have a base of wire and masking tape, a second layer of paper mache applied with a mix of water, pva and pre-mixed filler and a third layer of pva mixed with pre-mixed filler. Then they are sanded, have a final coating of filler and then another sanding to smooth it over! I think if I'd had more time and more filler I would have added another layer as the surface is still not as smooth as I'd like but I didn't and so this will have to do!
time time time (Posted 16th October 2011)
It takes a lot longer to construct the wire and tape bases than I would like! However, I now have the wait pieces, the shoulder plates, chest piece and back piece ready to be plastered over. Now for the bracers and the sword and I can start the next stage of armor making!
Slow progress is slow (Posted 10th October 2011)
I am not working fast enough I think! However, I now have wire/masking tape bases for the back piece, the first/main tier of the shoulder plates and the chest piece. I still need bases for the bracers, skirt and leg pieces, as well as needing to finish the top and make the cloak.
It begins ...finally! (Posted 3rd October 2011)
I finally found some suitable wire to begin my armor! Today I spent several hours putting together the initial construction of the sword/cloak holder using wire and then coating in masking tape. Next I will put on a layer or two of plaster, then sand down and paint.
Thoughts (Posted 12th September 2011)
I am very slow and only just now had the realization that using wire as a base framework will probably be more effective than trying to make it out of card. Not sure I have any wire about the house though!
P.s: Why do the contacts have to be £20?!?! Not sure if I'm going to get them or not now.
gah (Posted 9th September 2011)
Most of the top is done but somehow the sleeves are too narrow even though I used the same pattern I always alter! Damn my incompetence at sewing!
Beginnings! (Posted 6th September 2011)
I cut out the pieces for the top yesterday and am starting sewing it today!