ArmyofTwo
 


Costume :Draenei and Goblin
Source :World of Warcraft
Progress :In Progress
Worn At :London MCM Expo October 2011


Costume Photos

90% complete

Gauntlets

GIVE!

Final layer

Sanded hooves

Hooves in resin

Hooves, they be dryin'

Hooves

Doubloons!

 


Costume Information

General
Cost : £300 (Draenei) £200 (Goblin)
Time Taken : Two months +

Description
Being a long time WoW player from 2005 onwards (Yup, I'm lame.) and having converted Dieru to WoW now too, this cosplay was going to happen eventually. I did originally have in on my Member-xi account, but took it down due to not having the time or money. Well now I have the time, have some money and it is being made!

Dieru is making a goblin we are calling Mr.G and I am making a Draenei called Miss.D. Original. Not.

Normally I'm a Horde girl, but the chance to make a Draenei and attempt those crazy hooves was too much of a temptation. Plus, I'm not skinny enough to cosplay a Blood Elf and I can't decide what troll or Orc to do. xD Perhaps next time.

I have a few progress shots of ours, but they are a bit sucky. I'm using an Iphone and it's an old one so the camera sucks. And my phone cover gives all the photos a black outline. xD But I'll post 'em anyway.

The Draenei design I'm going off is a concept piece, though it will have some differences, such as armour designs, possibly some colours and so on.

The goblin is going to be an auctioneer. Because they are awesome. And this will suit Mr. G muchly, what with him having a Draenei ho with him.

Am totally not a ho. ¬__¬

Mr. G disagrees. D:

Comments

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Looks amazing so far!! Will be looking out for you both at Expo :D

by eternal_aranel on Thursday, 8 September, 2011 - 10:39
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I so can't wait to see this! I don;t play WoW but a fan of MMO's and the concept of a Draenei is awesome! good luck =3 progress is looking epic!

by HatsuneHawke on Friday, 23 September, 2011 - 14:49
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awsome !! :D

by MocoCocoZombie on Friday, 23 September, 2011 - 15:50
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Thanks guys :D We're really enjoying making these pair!

by ArmyofTwo on Saturday, 24 September, 2011 - 15:10
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oww nice the progress on these is looking pretty great cant wait to see more ^^

by timpey on Thursday, 29 September, 2011 - 02:00
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umm... how do you walk in those? o.O
theres no back to the heel o.o'
*confused*

by Kyuipo on Thursday, 29 September, 2011 - 02:31
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The same as you'd walk in normal heels :D You don't loose any balance in em at all m'dear. :) If you're going to expo look out for me and I'll show ya hehe. You sort of put your weight on the ball of your foot, it's comfy actually. XD

by ArmyofTwo on Thursday, 29 September, 2011 - 02:56

Amazing! Did you use ordinary craftfoam for the Vambraces, or some other type of foam? (If there is a different type?) I'm so impressed! *O*

by Warpy on Thursday, 29 September, 2011 - 03:11
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wow o.o
I hope no one bumps into you realy hard D:
umm.. still be careful? '

by Kyuipo on Thursday, 29 September, 2011 - 03:12
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Thanks Bakana :D The craft foam is just regular craft foam that we got in big sheets from Hobbycraft and cut to size. We simply glued it to the gold plastic, then pushed split pins through for rivets and then painted the craft foam brown and sealed it.

@Kiri-Kiri-Kun I hope no one does either! Though these things make me about 6'0 so I don't think anyone will dare! X3 And I have a staff in the making too, so I can always lean on it if need be. :D

by ArmyofTwo on Thursday, 29 September, 2011 - 15:06
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Dem hooves.

Looks amazing so far, looking forward to spotting you at expo. :D

by CharlieDoryRose on Tuesday, 4 October, 2011 - 19:40
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Is there a specific tutorial you made these shoes from or is it something you've modded yourself? (I may have to make something similar for Garrus). Great progress so far :)

by Manjou on Tuesday, 4 October, 2011 - 19:56
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Thanks Charlie! And yus, dem hooves! Big buggers they are! :D

@Manjou The hooves are something I modded myself, though there are a lot of tutorials out there which are similar. This method created quite a heavy set of hooves, though that does help with balance and they are fairly large. It would more than likely work for Garrus (who is awesome hehe) with some adjustments to the shape. If you decide to go for something similar and need any help just give me a shout. :)

I so need to learn to switch accounts when I reply to people -.-

by ArmyofTwo on Tuesday, 4 October, 2011 - 20:09
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Hooves are looking sweeeeeeeeeet! <3

by Alyx on Tuesday, 4 October, 2011 - 21:18
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Wow. them boots look fantastic!

So can't wait to see this in person

by SachikoYumi on Tuesday, 4 October, 2011 - 21:46
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Good grief I am speechless!
Those hooves look friggin' awesome.

by tripletriad on Tuesday, 4 October, 2011 - 23:18
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looks great so far, i do love some WoW cosplay :D

by Leolarua on Wednesday, 5 October, 2011 - 00:47
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Looking AWESOME dude!

by Manticore on Wednesday, 5 October, 2011 - 01:34
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Thanks so much everyone :D I'm really pleased with how everything is coming out for my Draenei and Drew is thrilled with his Goblin cosplay. We've made them separately (as we live a few hours from each other) so I don't have many of his progress pics sadly ;-;

by ArmyofTwo on Wednesday, 5 October, 2011 - 14:31
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Cool progress! Of all the intricate and hard to do things on here I like the arm guards the most XD. The fact that they're just made from plastic tubs really amuses me.

by KhaosKreator on Wednesday, 5 October, 2011 - 20:43
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This is un real! Everything is so perfect and I can't wait to see it finished! <3

by My__RoadOfBlood on Wednesday, 5 October, 2011 - 22:33
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this looks incredible so far, wow!!!

by Faith Leaper on Thursday, 6 October, 2011 - 20:34
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hi guys the stuff looks really cool so far :)

by jaks-kingdom-dwarf on Sunday, 9 October, 2011 - 12:17
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Thanks everyone, glad that it looks good and such! We hope it all does justice in person!

@ KhaosKreator We love those vambraces to death, who knew that something like that would come in handy to make armour? XD

by ArmyofTwo on Saturday, 15 October, 2011 - 20:11
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It's looking so amazing! I love the hooves and how you explained how you did them in your journal.

by Ash Bunny on Tuesday, 25 October, 2011 - 14:23
 

Journal

Costoooom (Posted 24th October 2011)

I've had this in the works for a while, but when i'm working with cloth I tend not to have time to take progress pictures.

Anyway, this is like an imitation silk in a deep purple for the coat. I made the pattern using a waist coat of mine and then simply drew out where I wanted the shape to go and voila, long floaty coat. The coat has about ten metres of fabric in it, so it drapes pretty nice and I lined it with the same material.

Pauldrons painted (Posted 29th September 2011)

Painted the first layer on the paulrons. Needs one more coat and some gold edging to make em look less plain. Then beads adding. These are completely resin.

Pauldron sanded. (Posted 27th September 2011)

This is after sanding. I left a few dents in it so it looks worn, and sprayed it in sealant. It will be painted tomorrow in brown. It took about three and a half hours to sand both pauldrons with 60 and 80 grit sand paper on a mouse palm sander. Not too bad considering you are supposed to sand this resin within 48 hours or it drying and I left it for a week, so it's rock solid. xD

Resin (Posted 23rd September 2011)

The shoulders for both the Goblin and Draenei have been covered in several layers of resin and fibreglass matting. The first layer was simply a thick gel coat of resin, followed by the fibreglass matting, then a regular layer of resin. This was done both sides of the shoulder pieces and will be sanded this weekend and possibly painted, weather permitting.

The resin cost about £100 for all the materials, so I don't recommend it unless you know what you're doing and are confident enough to risk loosing £100. xD

The shoulders are quite heavy now, but it's a nice weight...if that makes sense, they don't feel so flimsy now.

Hooves continued. (Posted 10th September 2011)

When we had lined the pieces of wood up I then squeezed them all together with a large clamp and used a belt sander to sand them smooth and make them even and then a little Velcro sander for finishing it off. I did them all at once while they were clamped together so that they were all nice and even. Doing the pieces of wood one by one would probably have resulted in an uneven base for the shoe. This was all very easy for me personally, as my dad is skilled in multiple areas of DIY, so I have all the tools I need to go crazy on stuff like this, but if you can't get a belt sander, then I highly recommend using a little palm sander or the Bosch PSS 200 A, which is the Velcro sander I used, and literally all you do to change the sand paper is rip it off, stick a new one down and off you go. It's kind of big for my hands, as I have midget hands, but it does a fab job, so much so I'm using that on the second base completely, rather than the belt sander. I think the Bosh Velcro sander was about £40. Which is a bargain for such a good sander.

Once they were all sanded and smooth, I then took one of the three pieces of wood and anchored it to the sole of the boot. To do this I put the piece of wood against the shoe and drilled a hole, going slowly so that I didn't go right through the sole of the boot, as I was unsure if it was hollow or a filled sole. Once I hit the sole, I went through slightly, less than an inch, and then fitted a screw to make sure it was long enough, then repeated this process three times, placing the screws at the front of the sole, and then at the sides of it, rather than near where the arch of the boot began, as it could crack the wood with me going against the grain. Happy with the screw placement, I then used a large drill piece to counter sink the screws, so that the screw heads weren't sticking out and making the surface uneven. Once I'd done that, I then used a building adhesive called glue screws which my dad got from here - http://www.toolstation.com/shop/p24114 and spread it over the surface of the wood. I then added the second piece of wood, and then added glue to the bottom of that one, then added the third piece of wood. I recommend sanding the top of each wooden platform before adding glue as it makes the glue stick better. Glue screws takes about 24 to go off, and longer if it's very thick. I used glue screws to fill in the back of the boot and checked it today and it still hadn't set after 24 hours. Glue screws is great for filling gaps though, and you do have quite a while to mess with it before it adheres surfaces together. And honestly, when it does? It's like shit to a blanket. You will not get that bugger off when you stick things together with it. I LOVE it. XD

The pic added is as the first shoe stands now, and the next one will be done next weekend. As the glue screws is still going off, I haven't tried it on yet, but the weight of the wood has now made the shoe free standing. xD The back of the platform needs some more sanding, just to even it out, but all in all I'm really pleased. Once they are both done, I'll move onto making the hoof shape.

Hooves (Posted 10th September 2011)

Right-o! So this weekend i&amp;#039;ve been working on the hooves for my costume with my dad. First we got some wood from his collection of random wood pieces, which he keeps around for little odd jobs. Or for my stealing purposes. XD
After removing the heel of the boot with some elbow grease, I put the sole of the boot onto the wood and drew around it, rounding off the end of the wood where the sole begins to curve upward for the arch of the foot. I did this three times for each foot. So thats three bits of wood per foot. The wood is about an inch, possibly a little more by way of thickness. Once they were cut out using my dad&amp;#039;s jigsaw cutter, we stacked them to see if they were all the correct shape. Me being a silly bugger, I should have cut them out the other way, as I'm going against the grain and risking them cracking. :P

No more heels (Posted 10th September 2011)

Heels be gone! 8D

Really though, the heels were SO hard to remove. First off, they were made of resin. Saws dislike resin. Second of all, they were a funny shape, so sawing off said heels was hard and I gave up, as did my dad when he tried to saw through them. We also became aware of what we thought was a metal rod in the heel. D:

We left them for like...a week? Until I came to my dads house to harass him once more and we tried again. We took out the insole and realise the metal rod was not a rod, but a large staple. This was pulled out and then the heel was ripped off via some serious elbow grease. I mean SERIOUS. These heels were well and truly stuck. I was amazed. The heels are gone though and without having to saw through them and leave a stump. They are very comfy to stand on still and I have lost no balance what so ever.

Hooves (Posted 10th September 2011)

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Vambraces (Posted 5th September 2011)

Vambraces! They are drying! After the glue had dried I put in some split pins for rivets and then sprayed the whole thing gold. Once that had dried I used some acrylic from Games workshop called Beastial Brown and painted the foam. It has elastic underneath the foam so that it stays on my arm. It's going to be attached to a pair of gloves later too.

Armour again! (Posted 4th September 2011)

This is kinda what it looks like when it's drying with the last coat of pva added to it. It leaves a really nice, smooth, shiny and very easy to paint finish to the armour, which is a plus. I have learned that popping balloons is not a fun activity. And that popping them as fast as possible is the key to getting the armour off the balloon, otherwise the balloon morphs the armour as it deflates. XD

More armour! (Posted 4th September 2011)

More because more! This is a vambrace for the Draenei. We made this using some of those coin tubs from an arcade, cut up into pieces and then glued in place. We added a square of craft foam to the underside for comfort and will shape it into place once the glue dries. Then we'll add split pins for rivets and paint it all.

Armour, part 1. (Posted 4th September 2011)

We've made all the armour like this, which involves blowing up a balloon, drawing the shape onto it and them using strips or paper and gluing them in place. We used water and pva for the first layer, let it dry and then added a regular layer of pva, then repeated the process twice so that we got a decent shape and strength. We then reinforced the armour with thick wire underneath it and are going to be adding foam.