|Cost :||£57.60 (give or take a couple pounds)|
|Awards :||I came in third place at the cosplay competition at J-Con 2012.|
|Time Taken :||12 (labour) hours, 38 total (waiting for the paper maché to dry mainly)|
|Master Roshi's orange shirt with white trim and black toggles with the very loose blue trousers, Roshi stick, red wayfarer sunglasses and black white-soled plimsolls. |
I decided to go for Master Roshi because he was (and still is) my favourite Dragon Ball character out of all the Sagas and series. His loveable perverted nature always left me in tears of laughter!
The hardest part was getting the shirt all sown up and looking passable! The toggles were the most time consuming part of the shirt but it was worth it in the end.
The simplest and most fun part was making his staff. My girlfriend found the perfect walking stick at a local flea market so I took the leather hand strap off and did a paper maché balloon. To get the withered wood effect I gave it a bit of a poke before it was dry so it caved in slightly then gravity did the rest! Finding the paint wasn't too difficult either, just grabbed two shades of brown and used them independently and mixed to get a multitude of shades. I then paper machéd it to the walking stick to complete the staff!
I learned that I should plan what I'm doing before I do it while making the staff. I ended up throwing away the paper maché paste before attaching the balloon shape to the stick making me waste more time, effort and flour. Thankfully this lesson sunk in before I continued with the shirt!
The first time I wore this (at MCM London Spring 2012) it was rather warm but that's rather typical of large scale conventions I would imagine! The second time, J-Con 2012, it was much more comfortable, most likely due to the weather being slightly more forgiving. The blue Thai Fisherman Pants in particular are excellently comfortable to wear, very light and thin, perfect for hot days!