|I really am devoted to this manga! Also I had tons of fun as Raziel that I decided another AS costume was in order...went back and forth over characters and finally decided togo for Mika. He's one of my favourite characters in the series and most importantly it was be different from anything i'd cosplayed before - lots of leather and spiky red hair and tattoos! Oh my! XD I decided on one of his few outfits where he's not showing his chest! |
First of all there are NO colour images for this outfit. But most cosplayers seem to do it in red or green. What with Mika's hair already being red I thought the red was a bit much so went for a more military green which I think worked well!
The boots and pvc (omg x.x) trousers for this outfit I purchased. The boots are pure smex. Hopefully I can find some other use for them as well as this cosplay!! *_* The buckles are even crafted into flames! Perfect for the angel of fire!
The coat was crafted using a VERY HEAVILY EDITED pattern. Infact I cut the whole pattern out and sewed it my own way totally ignoring the instructions and by doing this managed to miss out five HUGE sections...I have no idea how that happened. o.O But it wasnt too troublesome. The neck piece was a tad annoying...as I had it standing up perfectly then was a total div and cut all the excess material and then it went all floppy...so had to quickly put some interfacing in the night before the con! I might edit it so it's a bit neater in the future. ^^;; I added the zip and the very odd arm sections (in some references they're attatched, others totally seperate >_>) and it was done!
The bane of this costume were the BELTS. X.X I dont enjoy sewing belts. Not only is it BORING, but it's also frustrating. Especcially PVC belts. X.X Anyways I sewed all nine of them while analysing and trying to work out the artwork to death. (In spite of this in the end it does just look like I fell into a belt rack at a bondage stall. XD) Finding loads of matching buckles in the right size was also a bit of a bother, but in the end found some in a shoe repair shop and bought 4 too many. O.o CONFUSING BELTS ARE CONFUSING.
The wig was SO fun to style. Was only going to do a little to it, but then got spike happy and attacked it. Took about an hour or so and I'm super happy with the result! ^_^
The tattoo was drawn on my face with tattoo pens by my very talented friend, Puppy, at the convention!
Wearing this was interesting...It took me forever to get into the belts (read: 20 minutes and a 4 man job x.x) and the goggles on my head were constantly steaming up (probably because of the hot pvc trousers + summer! X.X) But I did enjoy wearing it. It was very different from the more cutesy costumes I usually do, I felt slightly badass. XD I'm a bit....meh...ish....about photos so far though...ha ha...I thought this costume worked well on my figure but it looks way worse than I saw myself in the mirror! Hate when that happens! X.X
But still...Mika is love. I'm glad I got to cosplay him. ^_^ Was fun to be yelly and short and ANGRY! XD
|All the PVC belts||High||Complete|
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Coat Progress (Posted 10th June 2009)
Yes...right now it looks slightly like a green sack but...FEAR NOT! XD I still have LOTS to do to it...most notably the sleeves, the belts and the zip...also the neck bit...Crap...so much to do before aya. X.X
But I has progress! Bare in mind I'll be even more binded for aya. Although it's kinda hard to tell here the texture of the material is gorgeous also it has a really nice shine to it...damn you filthy mirror! XD But this is the right colour at least! I know alot of people do this outfit in red but I'm really not a fan! It looks way too loud...even for Mika...so I went for this more miltary green. ^_^
I also have my shiny pvc trousers on in this photo...but they totally cant be seen...XD I'm going to BOIL at aya. X.X
In progress (Posted 27th April 2009)
Decided to move Mika to in progress because I am bad at resisting temptation and keep buying random things for him (Bought the boots and the wig so far.) So I should stop kidding myself and move him out of 'planned.' I'll work out the mechanics of this costume after I've finished my two expo ones - but as of now he's in progress!
Also trying to work out whether I should make the sword O.o (Never made one before) or make bigger and better wings for him...or both?...I need money...>_>;;