|Buy/make outfit SOMEHOW||High||Complete|
|Paint flame details on main costume||High||In Progress|
|Paint flame details on to boots||High||In Progress|
|Paint sleeves on main costume black||High||In Progress|
|Make armour||High||In Progress|
|Buy boots to modify||Medium||Complete|
|Make sword||Medium||In Progress|
|Style wig||Medium||In Progress|
|Unpick dress to modify into tabard||Medium||Planned|
|Buy red gloves||Low||Complete|
|Buy black baggy trousers (harem style?)||Low||Planned|
Sword 1 (Posted 28th August 2014)
I bought a couple of sheets of PVC foam board at about 1500mm x 500mm. A little pricy on the p&p but it was understandable - the stuff came in a freight lorry!
Again, sorry, no pictures yet.
Armour 1 (Posted 28th August 2014)
I have begun work on the armour, though so far I've only done one upper and one lower pauldron and the headpiece. I need to get some car body filler to coat the Worbla before I cover it with gesso though. So far, each part has taken me about an hour to construct just with craft foam and Worbla, so if I keep doing this it shouldn't take all that long to get all the pieces made.
No pictures yet, sorry. Bear with me.
Progress on Boots (Posted 15th April 2014)
I've started the flame detailing on the boots now, and I'm working with 3D paint for them. I'm starting with the strip of yellow down the middle, and then doing the orange flames either side one side at a time. I'm doing this in stages as I go up the boots as it's a bit too tedious and cumbersome trying to do it all at once, and I don't want to mess them up while I'm working on them.
Painting the Sleeves (Posted 10th April 2014)
I painted one of the sleeves black today, and it was quite a nightmare. I tried my best to keep it off the rest of the waistcoat, but no, paint still found its way on to it. I can't take the sleeves off because they're joined with the same seam as the two other parts of the waistcoat.
It's taken two pots of black Dylon fabric paint, and now I need two more pots for the other sleeve.
With the armour still to make, the boots to paint details on, the rest of the paint detailing to finish, and the sword to sort out, will I get this done for expo? No idea, but I'm going to give it a go.
Paintwork on Gaius - stage 2 (Posted 14th March 2014)
The paintwork is going "ok" on this. It's going to take a bit of time though.
I've also now bought some boots to paint flame details on to. I'll be using 3D paint for this.
Paintwork on Gaius - stage 1 (Posted 23rd February 2014)
This is the first stages of the paintwork I am doing on Gaius to increase the accuracy. The flame details are supposed to come up a bit higher, and they're meant to be a rather dark orange or even red colour. So this is only stage one on that front.
I also need to get a few pots of black fabric paint to paint the sleeves with. I would remove them, but if I do, the whole waistcoat will fall apart. It's all to do with the way they made it.
Amendments (Posted 6th February 2014)
There are several amendments that need to be sorted for Gaius' costume aside from making the armour:
* The flame details need sprucing up
* The GREY sleeves need to be painted BLACK
* The piece that's supposed to be a drape at the front was attached to the top, so it's basically a dress - I'll need mum's assistance on that one!
* The back of the "dress" shows between the split at the back of the coat. There is nothing seen there. That needs covering somehow.
* I need some black harem pants. I was expecting to buy some anyway, but I was interested to discover they made me a pair of trousers anyway. Gaius sits with his legs crossed. I cannot do this with the trousers they made, nor with the way they made the "dress".
I commend them on their efforts. It's a very difficult costume. However, as difficult as it is, I'm still amending it so it's a lot more accurate.
Wearing costume and wig (Posted 16th January 2014)
The wig still needs a bit more styling done to it, but I think this is going pretty well so far. The extra work that needs doing on the costume will mean that he probably won't be finished for Kitacon, but May Expo is almost a certainty.
Costume Arrived - Needs some work! (Posted 16th January 2014)
The costume needs some work done on it to make it more accurate.
* Make the sleeves black
Costume Dispatched (Posted 9th January 2014)
My main outfit for Gaius has now been dispatched.
I am considering Worbla for the armour, but I'll need Coscraft to get more stock in before I can consider that further. If not, I'll just have to go with my usual card, corrugated card, craft foam and paper mache method.
Sword and Armour (Posted 4th January 2014)
The armour will begin construction when the main costume arrives. I can't really start on it until I know where and how it's going to attach. I intend on using my usual methods for this, but if I am able to get a sample of something like worbla, I might give that a go if it's satisfactory.
As for the sword, my dad will be helping me to construct this. I can't find a base sword long enough to modify. There is one option I might try though. I just need to figure out if it's going to work though.
Base Commission (Posted 24th November 2013)
As I don't have the skills necessary to put this sort of costume together, I searched around for sellers who'd be willing to take it on. I eventually found someone willing to help, because Cosplay-One on eBay were unwilling to make amendments to the way they make this costume in order to make it accurate. They have since removed their listing for it from eBay. It goes without saying really doesn't it?
The setback is that I don't have a sample costume to look at from this seller. I can see the other costumes they've made and the quality of them. I'll be paying enough for this so I'm just hoping it'll be good.
Wig progress begins! (Posted 21st November 2013)
So, I started working on the wig this evening after I discovered I may have found someone to commission the main parts of the outfit for me. Yes, it's going to cost a bit, but I want to try to do him for Kitacon so I'm having to dig a bit.
I have a lot more work to do on this wig of course, but this is what it looks like now. Another 3-4 sessions on it and it should be more or less sorted.
Searching For Options (Posted 1st November 2013)
So far I've been continually searching for options on how to do this costume. I can do the armour, that's not a problem. I can also do the head piece, and although the attachments for that will be tricky, it's still do-able. I have the wig ready for styling, and I need to look for boots to modify. I am stumped on how to do the sword for the time being though, but that's nothing compared to the rest of the damn costume.
The base commission I was looking at getting and editing is very inaccurate in some places, and so it wouldn't be worth the £155-60 getting it for those reasons. I also don't want the abominable FABRIC armour they've put with it. It's armour! It's not meant to be fabric!
So, at the very least I could work on the wig, armour, headpiece and boots. However, I'd like to try to find an option for the rest of the costume so I know what I'm doing with all of it.