|Cost :||I REALLY don't want to work this out...|
|Time Taken :||*SOB*|
|Shale (on the subject of birds): "I approve of the ritual slaying of the feathered fiends, but...it eats one? DISGUSTING!!!"|
Alistair: Oh, they're really quite tasty, you just have to rip off the feathers first. I like the skin myself."
Shale: I think I'm going to be sick..."
Alistair: "OOOHHH! Golem vomit!!! This I HAVE to see!!!"
Yeah, I can't help it, Alistair is my favourite character from Bioware's Dragon Age series. I find his sense of humour, general naivety and social awkwardness just endearing. He makes a brilliant love interest for female characters and a great friend to male PC's.
It was difficult to pin down an exact look for Alistair, as DA allows you to put almost any suit of armor on any character. When having a look at various screen-caps and fan art a single look kept springing up, that of Alistair in his splint-mail as he appears when you first meet him in-game. This was the look I decided on for my first cosplay; partly because I thought I had half a chance of getting it done, and partly because I didn't like the idea of trying to build a full set of plate armor from craft foam!!!
PANIC STATIONS (Posted 6th August 2012)
Yeah, I've left things a little late on this costume. Mainly because I completely underestimated the amount of work bringing Ali's splint-mail into existence would take. :/
On the plus side, there is light at the end of the tunnel. The shield is complete, as is the waist armour and under-garments. The pauldrons just need their straps sorting out (and possibly some more velcro attached) and then they will be finished as well.
The focus of the next two days is going to be the sword and the torso armour. The sword hasn't got long left to go, just needs painting. The chest and back plates however need slightly more work.
I envisage a few sleepless nights... :)
Shield Complete (Posted 26th July 2012)
Whoo-hoo!!! Finally crossed a milestone with this costume! Am uber-happy to report that the shield is finally finished!!
Shield almost complete (Posted 22nd July 2012)
Okay, so this weekend hasn't quite gone according to plan. I did manage to spend a fair amount of time on the costume, but also managed to melt the pommel of the sword by picking up the wrong type of primer. On the plus side, the shield is very-nearly complete, and I'm really happy with the way the wood-effect turned out on it. Just waiting for the sealant to cure before I apply the heraldry :)
Sword takes shape (Posted 19th July 2012)
AGGHHH! I really should update more often!!!
The armour is coming on nicely, and the shield is pretty much done. So with only 3 weeks to go to Amecon I really need to start focusing on the sword (Alistair would look kinda funny with just a shield).
This is the sword so far: a standard Nerf sword has had it's handle wrapped in pleather and had the cross-piece re-shaped with cardboard. The sword didn't have any kind of pommel, so I built one from scratch using a polystyrene ball and some cardboard. Next I need to fill in the gaps in the cross-piece with expanding foam and decide what decoration I'm going to apply to the cross-piece & pommel.
Moving along (Posted 9th November 2011)
kay, it can safely be said that this costume is NOT coming together as quickly as I'd like!!!
I've managed to finish the construction of the shield (although it still needs a paint job and heraldry done). the thermal underwear that forms the base layer of the costume has been dyed to the relevant colour, and the template for the armour itself re-made in craft foam because I don't have the skill or the patience to make cardboard do what I want!!!
Now to find a decent wood-effect painting tutorial...
Shield Underway (Posted 9th October 2011)
With some of the materials for Alistair's armour being too pricey to buy this month, I thought I'd have a bash at knocking up the Templar shield. Having received a number of hints and tips from mrbob I've made a start, and hope to have it finished within the next week or so.
NOTE TO SELF: -DO NOT- use a heat gun to shape craft foam while wearing a pair of jeans with a metal stud in the crotch...
Following some advice about the possibility of being 'attacked' by a fellow cosplayer, I've reinforced the cardboard back plate with several further layers which should also give the finished front surface a nice curve.
Next I've got to heat-shape a thick piece of craft foam into the shape needed for the front, before painting to look like wood.
Making Patterns (Posted 3rd October 2011)
I'm still waiting for some of the materials to show up (the joys of buying online *grumble*), but managed to get a load of cardboard from work over the weekend, so with today off I've made a start on the costume, managing to bash out all the patterns for the various armour pieces. (With the exception of the back panel, a friend is giving me a hand with that later on in the week!!!)
I can honestly say that working with cardboard for the pattern has put me off using it for the actual armour. It may well be my newbie status at cosplay and costume construction, but I'm really struggling to get it to form into the shapes I need, particularly around the chest where it needs to flex horizontally and vertically at the same time. On the other hand, my initial tries to shape craft foam have been fairly successful, so I'm leaning more towards building the actual armour pieces out of foam instead of cardboard.
Just a heads up for anyone that looks at the attached image: You aren't seeing things, there is a piece of the pattern labelled "ass-plate". I'm afraid that I'm not fully up-to-speed with the names for all the parts of this costume, so this seemed most appropriate for the section of the armour protecting Alistair's posterior from darkspawn attack... :)
Money spent, now Work must commence (Posted 28th September 2011)
Well the initial wave of materials for the costume is now on order. Have also managed to find a dirt-cheap tailors dummy (still figuring out how to explain THAT to the other half!!).
Am really psyched about starting work on this outfit; the materials didn't cost as much as I was expecting, although being new to cosplay I've had to sink a fair amount of cash into tools (like a glue gun). Wonder how long it will be before I accidentally glue myself to some part of the outfit!!!
The real work begins (Posted 24th September 2011)
I think I've got the bulk of research locked down for this costume,thanks in no small part to the volumes of Alistair screen-captures I've been sent by some hardcore fans on Facebook!!!
I was originally thinking of using cardboard as the main component of the armour, but having read through the forums and after following a few links to tutorials I'm leaning more to craft-foam. Hopefully this will mould closer to the body than the cardboard armours I've seen.
Next step is getting the construction order locked down and a shopping list drawn up.