Bernadette Mataki signing in (Posted 6th November 2011)
Okay there has been a change of plans since I started writing this journal, mainly that I am now able to attend the MCM May Expo next year so 'Bernie' is a go.
I am now a very happy Gears Girl especially as I have had the honour of being asked to join an ever growing Gears of War group. I am so excited about this project as not only will I have fellow Gears to share the GOW love with but everyone in the group is so friendly and f**king awesome, I don't know you guys well yet but I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with for the group.
Anyway I have gathered quite a few reference pictures and been forcing my hubby to be to play Horde as Bernie so I can take notes, he doesn't seem to mind and since he didn't know anything about Bernie he's growing to love the aging sniper as much as I do.
Progress has been slow as I have been pretty busy at work (someone was let go) and so have been too tired to do much but play Gears (all three clocked in co-op so I had a lot of Dom action he he) and read the novels. But as I need to get my ass in the gear as I so want to make a good go of this costume I have finally got myself into my workroom to make a start.
So far I have bought myself some COG Tags, not sure if Bernie still wears hers but I have wanted some for ages so it was a great excuse to get them. I have also got myself a 'Chainsaw' lancer (which my guy very kindly decided to give me for Christmas as I don't want anything else and he knows how much I have wanted one) it only took four attempts on ebay as due to Gears 3 coming out a lot of people were bidding on them. I like the Retro lancers as well but to me the weapon that sums up Gears is the chainsaw lancer and after reading the scene when Berine first gets to use one on the battle field I knew I had to go for that style of lancer. I am pretty impressived with how it looks even in the gold state and they are so big and heavy, by that I mean a good weight not cheap nasty plastic but I guess after several hours carrying it about it WILL feel heavy. I am not sure how I am going to paint the lancer up yet as being the most expenive thing I have had as a prop I am a little scared but I feel it needs something so I will have to research that before I get out the paints. I am looking into maybe having a Longshot as well because Bernie is a sniper after all but that will all depend on time, money and getting my lancer, COG armour and myself from Cornwall to the docklands on my own (there is never a Raven around when you want one he he)as I don't want to ruin anything.
On the actually costume front I have purchased fabric for her combat trousers and two sleeveless t-shirts (from ebay) I just need to decide what I am going to make her 'under the Cog armour' corset from before I dye everything dull grey. I love the dirty, grudgy colour palette in Gears but it is a bitch to match colours even with high res pictures.
As money is tight on this costume (wedding are sooo expensive) I have been searching through my pile of stuff bought for costumes yet made and I have been lucky with finding fabric and some fake leather that I hope will be useful for Bernie's costume. I have dyed a piece of cheap flood damaged fabric I picked up at the start of the year and as it was white cotton I was able to dye it a rusty red colour. This will be the basis for Bernie's scarf and hair ties, the colour isn't too bad but will be better once I have aged it and added weathering.
Lastly I spent the afternoon scalping an old grey wig to use as a base for Bernie's dreadlocks. I hope to make a start on those tomorrow, pretty excited about her wig as it is one of my favourite parts of her character design.