|Cost :||£300 ish|
|Awards :||Ayacon 2011|
|Time Taken :||3.5 months|
|My first quadsuit, mainly I chose it because I wanted a challenge. I got one.|
I was actually really keen to make something along the lines of a horse, and Ixion was a contender along with The Last Unicorn and Princess Celestia. The Last Unicorn got dismissed pretty quickly because I couldn't think of a way to make the legs thin enough. I considered Celestia a little longer, but I dismissed her because she lacked complexity and I didn't expect MLP to be popular when I started the project. Sometimes you can be really really wrong about things.
Ixion is a literal pain in the neck to wear because the weight of that horn likes to drag the rest of the head down, so supporting it is a challenge. I have a harness that helps pull the weight back, but he's still difficult to wear as a quad. I also made a lighter and better horn for Oct Expo 2012. My vision is also very limited, although quite well hidden in the neck. Worst thing about him as a quad is that his legs are very short so I end up bent over myself a lot. I think the legs are about the right length for the design though, Ixion is a little short when you look at him.
There is fairly extensive padding, although looking at it now I can see ways to improve it. Hind sight and all that. He's hot to wear, but not unbearably so.
The stripes are painted on. I considered sewing them in, but I thought the contrast would be too stark. There are also brushed in gold and silver highlights to prevent the black fur from becoming a featureless mass. Before he sort of turned into a blob at distance.
Armour. Probably the weakest part of the costume. I remade this for October Expo and it is improved now, but I need to work on this area.
The hair was all hand laid. I chose jumbo braid for extra floofiness. There are some blue gradients brushed into the longer areas to match the source art.
The eyes are hot glue I cast into a round set of measuring spoons backed with white fabric and LEDs taken from a reading light. They art surprisingly effective considering. I have since learnt to wire LEDs better though, I'd recommend working that way really.