|Awards :||1st Place Saturday Masquerade May Expo|
|Time Taken :||About 4 months|
|This costume was an absolute bitch to do in every way shape and form.|
It wasn't as expensive as I thought it would be, and it seemed pretty value considering I bought the contacts (£30) and the wig (£12) before for another cosplay.
The constuction of the armour was lengthy, but started with absorbing reference pictures into our brains (on all four of the Warhammer costumes). The witch elf took more planning, because we had to combine her with another dark elf design so that I wasn't naked (and I couldn't just do the other, as I would have baked~!) and then I sketch out a multitude of designs. The whole thing was highly collaborated, but that didn't make it easier, rofl. Then measurement were taken and some dark brown leather was bought (yeah, it WASN'T pleather, what ever asshole said that to me.) It was cut, shaped, smoothed a bit, baked and then played with. We wanted it to be snake-like, so it made riveting a lot harder. Layers of leather were held together and riveted to leather straps on the inside, which articulated the armour and made it breathable.
That took long enough =___=;
The gold detail took a few hours and hurt simply because I suck at using squirty bottles. The 'loin-cloth' was made from a cheap-o silk (or silk like? I'm not good with fabric) and was the only thing that broke, luckily a good friend sewed it up backstage. The cloak was just something a mates mother had made for halloween, I re-cut it to fall better and then hemmed it, she'd cleverly put a little pocket in it so I didn't need a bag.
This was fine and dandy, I just re-used my basic black wig and werewolf contact lenses, until we reached the point of ears. I mean, the armour was a pain in the arse to make but the ears were a pain in the arse to source. I want to learn how to make them myself, but I eventually found an amazing company that did a custom pair of ears for me in the UK (so they were a good length). I think just banged in my scarecrow standard fangs and pimped myself up with blood and hench ass make up. (my skin was paallee that day! D: )
The weapon was made with a foam board for the blade, which was decorated and coated in latex (like the hand guard and end of handle). The handle was a small bit of wood (? Rob did it, I'm not sure) wrapped in off cut leather. In total took about 4 months, so we were eager to get a place in the masquerade to show them off, for this we shelled out at extra 4 each for early entry and left the house at some ridiculous hour (7? I woke up at 5:15 to go to Abby's first) to arrive there at 8, donn the armour and snag a place in the masquerade (there were four registration sheets left, orz' ).
It was fun though, we look forward to more challenging costumes in the future.