|Awards :||ECG Team UK 2013|
|This was quite a step up from anything I've tried before! We wanted our LOTR cosplays to be as close to the film as we could manage so we went all out on research. The fabrics are a mixture of silks, wool, linen and some mixes in 5 individually patterned layers, one of which is tailored to match the twilight wraith version (the creepy white dudes). They're all hand weathered by paint, mud, cheese graters, burning, coloured powders... it was fun! The end result is quite heavy, let me tell you.|
The armour is all in Worbla's Finest Arts; there are more plates than you'd think (35 on each hand alone), each of which with raised patterning on them - it took several times the amount of time I thought it would. They're all riveted together with enough space so that I can flex and move normally.
The swords (mine and Lettie's) are both resin cast (with a carbon fibre rod down the middle of mine to support it since it is so long) from masters made of balsa wood. The engraving detailing on mine is the result of wood burning, and the raised details on Sting are styrene - a fiddly job indeed.
The mace is carved EVA foam, coated in latex and mounted on a PVC core with a pine dowel inserted down the middle. It's attached to its handle by a chain on which I melted spikes, attaching it to the handle which is again pine with details, spikes, ridges etc done in Worbla.
All of this is hand-painted and weathered, complete with burning holes in my helmet, scratching, painting and rust-texturing to mimic the acid etched stuff in the film.
There's still quite a lot left I want to do; going to completely some armour, fix the buckle system (my leather and actual buckles didn't arrive in time so I had to make quick leatherette-rivet attaching systems), make a Morgul blade, make Sting glow, maybe redo some of my mace... the fun never stops!