|Purely for the purpose of wearing a cape and because I want to do a knight of Camelot. And I still have a wig from a Gwaine cosplay, so.|
Cape complete! (Posted 3rd October 2012)
I brought the cape from fancydress4all (http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/fancydress4all/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_i...) on eBay.
The straps are from a brown belt I found in a charity shop (elasticated, so I had to stitch around the edges) and the buckle is from yet another belt and repainted (I know the buckles have further detail, but I'm probably not going to do that).
The Pendragon emblem, pictured below, is what I'm most pleased about. It's embroided (though has a little slack at the top of the wing - should have invested in an embroidery hoop) and I'm really pleased with how it came out.
Chainmail Modified! (Posted 11th September 2012)
Looking at promotional images, Gwaine's chainmail has a split at the front and back. With a pair of pliers, this was really easy to modify. Then I just had to fix a few things up and it's now all ready to go! The only downside I've found to the gift-mart chainmail is that it can be somewhat flimsy. The rings can easily come loose and fall off, so I'm trying not to wear it too much before Expo time. I think I'll carry a pair of pliers in my bag as well just incase.
Gambeson complete! (Posted 8th September 2012)
The gambeson is a padded jacket worn underneath armour and chainmail. It provides warmth, extra protection and because chainmail can really pinch against bare skin (trust me, I know).
This started off as a size XL fleece jacket which I found in a charity shop for £3. I altered it and now it fits quite comfortably underneath the chainmail (I'm a size 12 btw). I haven't given it a padded look, but if I find myself with time before the Expo I may see about it.
Chainmail Acquired! (Posted 21st August 2012)
To be fair, I did have a go at making my own. Then after 1,000 rings (which basically left me with a chainmail scarf) I did some quick calculations and realised that to make the full shirt and coif would take over 20,000 rings and cost me over £200. It would also take a lot of time. So, on the recommendation of another Merlin cosplayer who wears chainmail, I brought a chainmail shirt and coif from gifts-mart on eBay. It's designed for recreational purposes, so is lightweight and comfortable to wear. I need to make a few minor adjustments and fix where some of the rings have come loose, but it'll do the job just fine. In a way, it is a bit of a bummer that I can't wear a shirt I made myself but at least I now know how to weave basic chainmail.