Costume :Edmund Blackadder
Variant :Edmund Lord Blackadder
Source :Black Adder II
Progress :In Progress
Worn At :None

Costume Photos

quick makeup test

close up on leather - spot detail

screen costume

ref pics


Costume Information

For a family event at Coombe Abbey - Themed Medieval banquet in fancy dress. March 2012.

I have to be a man for this ^^ The rental for medieval costumes is expensive imo.. So I decided I would rather have a go at making my own costume, might as well make it a proper cosplay too.. should get some epic photos. So Edmund Blackadder it is. ^^

Ok due to the popularity of this I will also wear it to an Expo sometime. ^_^


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So much win! I adore Blackadder, can't wait to see this :D.

by Quinzel on Saturday, 25 February, 2012 - 03:51
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Amazing idea! haha this will be amazing!

by Numta on Saturday, 25 February, 2012 - 13:13
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Oh awesome. Looking forward to seeing this.

by Sephirayne on Saturday, 25 February, 2012 - 15:06
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This is going to be quality <3

by tripletriad on Saturday, 25 February, 2012 - 17:49
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You legend, such a fun character to play too!

by Amy-Lou on Sunday, 26 February, 2012 - 12:08
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FINALLY! Your back to making AWESOME COSTUMES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! cannot wait to see this hun! good luck!

by Captain_Marvelous on Sunday, 26 February, 2012 - 14:11
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Yay! Go for it, Steve! XD

by RebaSephiroth2 on Sunday, 26 February, 2012 - 16:50
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Brilliant! :D

by Telly on Monday, 27 February, 2012 - 01:12
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I've been in love with this outfit since I was a little girl - I was brought up on Blackadder! I hope you bring it to another event so we can all see :)

by Mighty Odango on Monday, 27 February, 2012 - 09:20
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wow so much love for this already ^_^ Thanks everyone. Ok since people like the idea so much I will wear it to cosplay events too. (why did I think you would all hate this simply because it is not a crossplay!?) There might even be a masquerade skit... ^^

Ok my first problem - deciding what material the original costume is made out of and what I should go for. The main body looks shiney - like leather? and the sleeves look matt, so thick cotton fabric.?

by Ranma1-2 on Monday, 27 February, 2012 - 13:07
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the main body of it is deff leather :) the cotton side is open to interp.

by Captain_Marvelous on Monday, 27 February, 2012 - 14:07
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Cheers Luke.. orig ref pics were quite dark and hard to tell. The new pic I just found of the screen cos at auction does look like leather. It has some kind of regular bobble pattern on it tho, is puzzling.. Maybe there is some kind of leather working which makes this pattern?

by Ranma1-2 on Monday, 27 February, 2012 - 14:23
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BEYOND awesome. I really hope you take this to a cosplay event sometime, would be amazing to see =D

by Stubbled Grapes on Monday, 27 February, 2012 - 14:51
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epic love this such a blackadder fan cant wait to see when this is done

by dan-dan on Monday, 27 February, 2012 - 21:04
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God this would be so cool. Looking forward to seeing pics! :)

by Vovea on Tuesday, 28 February, 2012 - 10:13
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Cannot WAIT to see this, whenever you do it :D

by Minxie on Tuesday, 28 February, 2012 - 23:39
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^^ Thanks everyone.
Minxie it is already under way ;P getting some bits and pieces together to make a start and orderd some stuff.. :)

by Ranma1-2 on Wednesday, 29 February, 2012 - 01:41
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OMG YES! Love blackadder!! :D

by alytheluvly on Wednesday, 29 February, 2012 - 22:05
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This is awesome, looking great.

by Alias Cosplay on Friday, 2 March, 2012 - 17:53
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Ohhh wow, you've got the perfect look!

by tripletriad on Friday, 2 March, 2012 - 18:05
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The makeup test looks great ^_^ Best of luck with the clothing.

by Zelvyne on Friday, 2 March, 2012 - 18:58
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Looks fantastic my lord!

by Captain_Marvelous on Friday, 2 March, 2012 - 20:31
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oh god that make up test is awesome! i cant wait to see the rest

by Leolarua on Friday, 2 March, 2012 - 21:58
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Really..you guys like the makeup test that much? Phew! I was thinking maybe trimming a little off the sides of the wig. And Im going to experiment with prosthetic beard making as the black makeup was rubbing onto the shirt collar too easily..I want my ruff to stay clean and white when its done.

by Ranma1-2 on Friday, 2 March, 2012 - 22:39
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You have his expression down to a T. Snotty pompous prick is a hard look to do, so cud-dos to you! lol

The make-up and wig looks good XD and the casual look Blackadder looks good :P

by NixieThePixie on Tuesday, 6 March, 2012 - 22:23
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Thanks Nixie ^^ Casual look is closet stuff until I get the real costume parts made. Got some bits to begin now, eg leather coat arrived so I can start cutting that up for my supply of leather.

by Ranma1-2 on Wednesday, 7 March, 2012 - 00:58
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I'd really recommend a proper prosthetic beard/tache set over makeup or just gluing hair directly. They're a little pricey but can be reused and look much, much better - see my Xiahou Dun costume as an example.


You want one of the lace ones like the Hairraisers :)

by Mighty Odango on Thursday, 8 March, 2012 - 11:38
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This is amazing! Youre going to look so good, I've never seen anyone do a Blackadder costume before!

by Fables on Thursday, 8 March, 2012 - 12:50
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Odangochan - Thanks..I see what you mean, your beard looks fab. Thanks for the link, I just went to scope those beards out. Hmm they are a tad pricey - which means I must at least try to make one. I will try to follow how those hairraiser types are made. If I can tie hair fibres onto some net that might work?

Faye - Thank you ^_^ cant wait to start putting it together. Its been a LOT of researching, cuz I want to do it pretty authentic. And a lot of scrabbling around looking for fabrics and buttons etc.

by Ranma1-2 on Thursday, 8 March, 2012 - 13:03
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This is incredible! I can't believe how much you've managed to make yourself look like him. It's the posture and expression, but even your face shape looks different to in your other cosplays.

by Nomes on Thursday, 8 March, 2012 - 13:42
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Hi Nomes ^^ Yeah that is part of cosplay doing the acting roleplay part. I was allways doing impersonations at school for laughs, so I guess I have a knack at immitating others. :)

by Ranma1-2 on Thursday, 8 March, 2012 - 14:00
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This looks really great so far! :)

by MissAriel on Thursday, 8 March, 2012 - 21:30
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no fucking way, that is definatly new with a few other exceptions like darth maul lol you look really good in that gettup^_^

by Anime_Angel on Sunday, 18 March, 2012 - 19:21
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Thanks guys.
I know, shocker right!? ^^

by Ranma1-2 on Sunday, 18 March, 2012 - 23:58
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Yeah water balloons is allot more effective than I thought, aslong as they are thick enough and not TOO full, they really do work, I would join a SF group but the chances are unlikely as I cosplay on the Friday just to get all the shopping out the way lol but I'm willing to join one if I'm invited though lol

Yeah it's quite a shock you cosplaying as that guy, you do it so good aswell because you and the character seems like the same age (or close due to atkinson being over 60) where most cosplayers are all young lol

by Anime_Angel on Monday, 19 March, 2012 - 00:41
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WOW! oh my god..... Ranma as a guy, what the hell?!
No srsly this is going to turn out AMAZING! I absolutely love Black Adder :)

by Athora.x on Tuesday, 20 March, 2012 - 15:23
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Thanks Athora - I will try to do him justice. ^^

by Ranma1-2 on Tuesday, 20 March, 2012 - 16:03
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OMG one of my all time fave shows ever i love you for doing this :D

by jaks-kingdom-dwarf on Tuesday, 27 March, 2012 - 00:28
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^_^ Thanks. Hope I have it ready for the weekend! Long way to go still :S

by Ranma1-2 on Tuesday, 27 March, 2012 - 00:47
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well it looks awesome already :)

by jaks-kingdom-dwarf on Thursday, 29 March, 2012 - 13:36
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Thanks. :) So it looks like I will have to wear the test version much as it is for the Medieval banquet cuz Im running out of time fast. 2 days left! 8I

Wanna get my Blackadder pendant finished and fixed onto the chain of office necklace. It would be nice if I can make the pumpkin breeches to wear over the leather trousers. I have a stand-in velvet shrug jacket I have de-sequinned which I can wear under the leather waistcoat and might be able to quickly add some leather epaulets to the waistcoat if there is time..arghh still have to make my fake beard too!

by Ranma1-2 on Thursday, 29 March, 2012 - 14:13
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wow! this looks so good already!

by Acanatane on Thursday, 29 March, 2012 - 17:57
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Aww thanks. Made a start on my false beard, how hard can it be...

by Ranma1-2 on Thursday, 29 March, 2012 - 23:59
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Loving your progress =]

by tripletriad on Tuesday, 3 April, 2012 - 23:15
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Blackadder = awesome. And a perfect one for you to do as a non-crossplay :-p

by Lunar_Kitten on Monday, 11 June, 2012 - 20:30
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Thanks guys. ..Edmund most likely on for next year now.

by Ranma1-2 on Monday, 11 June, 2012 - 23:35
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Boo, why the delay Steve? :(

by Lunar_Kitten on Saturday, 23 June, 2012 - 23:36
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Lunar_Kitten - Too much work on costumes recently, I really need to fix our house (boring I know, but very neccessary) thats why I aim to wear costumes that are already made for the Oct Expo. eg Darth Maul returns for Oct..so if you fancy seeing that skit on stage... Then next year I can work on Blackadder.

by Ranma1-2 on Monday, 25 June, 2012 - 08:49
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Holy macaroni! This is looking amazing!
So much love <3

by Chibi on Monday, 25 June, 2012 - 23:36
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Chibi - too kind ^_^ long way to go still to do it real justice.

by Ranma1-2 on Tuesday, 26 June, 2012 - 00:39
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holy moly this is frickin sweet!!!!! i literally love it so hard!

by Eatmethoubean on Wednesday, 27 June, 2012 - 22:43
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love IT!

by Fizzykat on Friday, 14 September, 2012 - 15:28
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Trully can't wait to see this finished 83 Love Blackadder <3

by FullMetal-007 on Sunday, 18 August, 2013 - 12:22
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Thanks for the comments guys. I would love to finish this. It needs a lot of time though, so unfortunately it wont be finished in time for any of this years events. Maybe next year though if I can work on this through the winter months. :)

by Ranma1-2 on Sunday, 18 August, 2013 - 13:05


finished chain and pendant (Posted 3rd April 2012)

..how the finished chain and pendant looks.

pendant finished (Posted 3rd April 2012)

pendant finished and painted. The silver is not as bright as the chain ..so I might see if I can make a mould and cast it in white metal sometime.

Milliput base layer completed (Posted 29th March 2012)

Base layer sculpted in Milliput..now leaving it to harden. Then I will go in and smooth out the holes and imperfections.

pendant progress - armature (Posted 29th March 2012)

Pendant in progress. I decided to make the pendant out of Milliput. So I started by making a wire armature to give more strength. The paper printout is covered with selotape to stop it sticking. The armature is cut out of stiff wire for the spine of the pendant and the adder coils are bent out of paperclips. Pieces then carefully superglued into positon. Settingn powder sprinkled on to speed up drying time. Ready for Milliputing...

pendant - beginings (Posted 27th March 2012)

Not sure exactly how Im going to make the whole pendant yet, but this is my start - a clasp from a necklace..will be buried into the top part of the pendant to form a small but strong dangling loop.

Blackadder emblem - artwork done (Posted 26th March 2012)

Finished the artwork for the Blackadder Emblem - It was really tough researching for this, couldnt find a decent picture of it anywhere. Only found a tiny pic, which was very pixelated when I blew it up. Traced around the basic shape and then referring to the large ref photos I drew in the details and refined the sketch. Then coloured the red in and and scanned it into PS. Edited the scanned image to make it bolder. Finally adjusted the image size to the right size for the sleeves, flipped for the other sleeve, and a small version for the pendant which hangs from the chain of office.

Chain of office - wip (Posted 20th March 2012)

Been making progress with my Chain of Office. Couldnt find anything remotely like it anywhere - Scoured ladies fashion shops in the high street. The best I could find are these flower chain belts from eBay. I bought the last two to make sure I will have enough parts. First step dis-assemble the belts into seperate flowers. Next I cut the flower shapes down into diamond shapes with wire cutters. Then rounded the sharp edges off with metal file. I got some tiny chain links from the jewelery making shop around the corner..and assembled the new diamond chain. This is just the base - Still to go on each piece of the chain is a large red diamante and a cluster of smaller white diamantes.

Why have I started on this first?..because I was bidding on eBy for a long out of date Butterick pattern for Medieval costume doublets and hose, which ended today. Darn it, No I didnt win! :/

bits (Posted 15th March 2012)

Getting bits together - Red Gems arrived for the detailing of the ornate Chain of Office. From what I can make out it looks like silver ovals with red gems and detailing ..Im waiting for two metal chain belts to arrive which will form the base of my chain of office - needs modding from flower shapes, also need to make the Blackadder pendant which dangles from it.

Also in pic is the heavy black velvet fabric which I will use to make the doublet and circle cape. Im hoping that the silver ric rac will look ok for all the embroidery detail..I just cant imagine embroidering so much!

Beginning the Ruff (Posted 8th March 2012)

Found some answers last night incl a great How to Make an authentic Ruff from this web site http://www.elizabethancostume.net/index.html

Examining Blackadders Ruff closely, it looks like a plain white fabric with a pattern detail running along its outer edge - known as Blackwork: Black silk thread was used to hand embroider complex patterns using a double running stitch.)
Pic shows a blow up and what I think the pattern looks like.. Im not planning to hand embroider though! My sewing machine has a stretch stitch which looks close..so I will do some experimenting. Note that on the inside face of the ruffles the black thread does not show! My guess is that the fabric is doubled over - well thats how Im going to do it anyway. Suits me as the fabric edge will then be closed. So because the fabric will be doubled over and because in some freeze frames Blackadders ruff appears almost translucent I decided to experiment with white cotton voile. in the post now. ^^

makeup and wig test (Posted 2nd March 2012)

Wig arrived today so I did a quick makeup test. This might be as good as it gets, my face is very different shape to Rowans and my blue eyes arent helping.. Hope this cosplay is gonna work!
Clothes are just standins for the makeup test. Although the wool and red taffeta fabrics are what has just arrived in the post. One thing I learnt from doing this.. using black eyeshadow makeup for the beard is not going to work because it rubs off onto the white collar too easily - this will spoil the white ruff awfully. So my next idea is to try painting prosthetic glue straight onto my face and stick wig fibres in it, then trim it all like a real beard when the glue has set.

Original screen costume (Posted 28th February 2012)

Ref and planning.

Costume layers
Ok the first hurdle is done..figuring out the fabrics and getting some decent ref pics. Fotunately I came across a pic of the screen costume from when it was auctioned. First question what fabrics? - Thanks to the amazingly knowledgeable Odangochan, via my help thread, I now know that the screen costume was in fact Ostrich leather! - This explains the puzzling spot pattern which is def there in photos. Apparently the spots are where the Ostrich feathers would have been.. like a plucked chicken.. :/ So Im not worrying about accuracy in this respect -Instead I plan to use normal leather. Its waaaay cheaper too. ^^
The jerkin has split vents which are lined with wine red silk/Taffeta inserts.
Jerkin buttons down the centre with ornate buttons. Jerkin also has leather epaulettes and picadils.

Next layer under the leather jerkin is the doublet which is black velvet with piping on the outer edges inc shoulders (often doublets had detachable sleeves.) In the photo you can see the velvet sleeves and mandarin collar and just about see the bottom hem of the doublet which follows the same shape as the jerkin. Doublet sleeves have the Blackadder emblem embroidered in red and silver - an adder wrapped around a dagger. Also the blackadder emblem appears on Edmunds chunky necklace.

Next layer worn under this is a white shirt with lace cuffs.

Pants - also known as pumpkin breeches, or pansied slops - panes are the strips of fabric running vertically. Slops are same wine red fabric as jerkin vents, with matching leather panes, waistband, and breeches.

Not seen in this pic is a cape or caplet - this is a circle cape made of black wool with Lots of gold embroidery. The cape is carried over one shoulder with its teather running diagonally across the body. Also running diagonally across the body is the Baldrick - that is, the wide belt with ornate buckle which holds the rapier sword at the hip.
Finishing off the costume - leather over knee riding boots with metal spurs.

Time to get some raw materials in...