D (Bloodlust version) - Vampire hunter d

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Ayacon 2011



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The is one of the first animes I ever got into. The original movie came out in 1985 and is viewed as quite a classic. I'm quite surprised that no one else from this site has tried to do this character (there's someone else 'planning' to though).

The LeftHand is made out of latex and then painted.
Sword is made out of MDF laboriously crafted using handtools (I don't recommend it)
The cloak is a semi-circle style, made from a high quality velvet-silk mix.
armour elements (gauntlets, body armour, shoulders, inner and outer collar) are made from plastazote, some which have been coated with latex (outer collar coated in velvet)

A lot of things went wrong with this costume on the day which effected how it looked.
Sword snapped near to tip due to dropping, white body paint started to get over everything, despite sealing with hairspray, and generally parts started shifting around..

I hope to rectify this for the next time I plan to wear this costume (international cosplay ball in November)

Comments

ShadowAlpha posted on 18 June, 2009 - 19:12
*chills* He is such a wicked character! I love him. Can't wait to see this! :D

nanahara posted on 18 June, 2009 - 19:31
awsome ^^, will be great to see this

Demented Kid posted on 18 June, 2009 - 20:01
Deeeee~ X3 OMG I love D~ I seriously cant wait to see this ;D

Bunni posted on 19 June, 2009 - 01:05
This will be so amazing. I love Vampire Hunter D ^_^ I remember spending many evenings playing the computer game they made of this!

Ranma1-2 posted on 26 October, 2009 - 16:25
I didn't realise you were Neo too. (!) Your cosplays are Awesome! It was so nice talking to you too. ^_^

Kaka Extreme posted on 28 October, 2009 - 19:47
i loved this the hand was well awesome and spooky XD shall stick to your amazing idea of super glue lol

sjbonnar posted on 29 October, 2009 - 00:30
This is amazing. One of the best cosplays I've seen in a long while.

Manjou posted on 29 October, 2009 - 01:12
Rawksome D cosplay, you definitely did him justice :)

nanahara posted on 29 October, 2009 - 10:05
this turned out awsome XD

Bunni posted on 29 October, 2009 - 13:11
You looked amazing in this hun! The face hand was a superb touch! Best D ever! xxx

stripey_dani posted on 31 October, 2009 - 09:22
Wow that was amazing! I saw you but I didnt recognise you at all! Booooo!

Demented Kid posted on 1 November, 2009 - 01:09
Sooooo much love for this costume~ Had a proper Fangirl squee when I saw you XD Much love for the D! The pictures look brilliant! But it was such an awesome cosplay and you looked fantastic!

Mew Den Chan posted on 1 November, 2009 - 17:55
Yes, I was cosplaying at the Expo! :D I loved your costume, D's one of my favourite characters. I've got a photo of us somewhere, I'll upload it soon ^^

Amy-Lou posted on 30 July, 2010 - 09:51
Fantastic, spooky D! I love the hand face detail and good choice on the cloak fabric, it catches the light just right, looks really good in the photos.

PaperTiger posted on 9 August, 2010 - 20:19
*faints* awesome! just epicly awesome! I wish I'd been there to see this, I would have hugged you soooo frigging much, I may have been worse of a parasite than lefty I hope you do this again to one of the london expo's so I CAN hug you

j_mercuryuk posted on 30 August, 2011 - 08:18
This is just epic. I love that you have the hand as well, which looks great, it just takes it to the next level. You've managed to get it so right and you look so much like the character in this (especially in the 'has a fan' photo) :D

Alias Cosplay posted on 30 August, 2011 - 10:02
Seeing this at Aya was awesome, great job.

Progress Journal

28th August 2011

Ayacon 2011

I wore this costume again for ayacon. Made quite a few modifications for it:

1) The torso part is now pleather with a new bodysuit underneath,
2) pendant is different, I now wear the long riding boots with it,
3) i've included the belt section of the costume which is made from moulded and latex painted plastazote,
4) Lefthand is completely redone, much greater likeness to the actual character now
5) sword has been reshaped and symbol on the hilt has added (plaster sculpture).
it's shorter than what D's sword should be (because it snapped back in expo), but it looks better in the scabbard.

This one actually took a lot more effort to do than i envisioned, as I was only 'updating' an old cosplay. How wrong I was. I lost one of my shoulder pieces in the ayacon disco; so if I ever wear this again (unlikely) I would need to remake those.

29th October 2009

Finished - sort of

Well, I decided to make the cloak myself rather than buy one. I bought some velvet-silk mix which costs twice as much as their regular velvet fabric, but I thought it looked and felt a lot better. I cut it into a semi-circle. But didn't have time to join it with the lining I made for it.

I didn't cover the hat with the stretch satin like I intended, but the judges at the masquerade said that it's better without it anyway.

Sword broke during the event, so a full repair is on the cards.

I intend to wear this costume at least one more time, for the cosplay ball.
I hope to make some improvements. Namely: Remake Lefthand, recover gauntlets with latex, try to control the hair more and tuck it into the outer collar, add lining to the cloak, and try to seal all the white paint better.

11th October 2009

Progress so far

Ok, well I've done quite a bit more since my last journal post.
-Loose sword shape has been cut out of the mdf, but now needs a hell of a lot of planing and carving.
-Lefthand symbiote is finished. This was produced by first making a sculpture out of plasticine, then creating a mould out of papier mache, then filling the mould with latex, and finally painting it.
-one and a half of the other of the gauntlets has been shaped with plastazote, but not coloured/covered yet.
-I have the jewels I intend to wear.
-shoulder armor has been made, but the spikes haven't been added
-Cloak hasn't been bought yet, prices seem to rise around this time of year which is frustrating. Worst case scenario I buy some velvet fabric and produce it myself (though the lining wont be as good)

Things I still need to do: boot covers, skull badges, satin hat covering, but most of all, the sword

9th July 2009

Cat in the hat

This was originally a woman's hat with a feather in it.
I've dented it in certain places to shape it away from the original bowler hat style, ironed the brim down, and I think it looks pretty decent now, although I'm not sure if I want the brim to be wider. If so, I'll just attach a plastazote brim.
I'm still going to to have to glue the gold disc on it.

The wig I'm wearing isn't the one I'll be wearing (this is just my crow one). Also the coat I'm wearing isn't what I'll be wearing as D either (It's actually probably going to be for my Neo coat).

9th July 2009

I got wood

I decided to make my Vampire Hunter D sword out of wood. MDF to be precise.
I went to homebase and picked up an 'off cut' for a fiver that's the same height as me, and it's wide enough for me to be able to put a curve in the blade.

I also bought a saw, sandpaper and metalic silver paint. I wanted to buy a chizzel, but they didn't have any curved ones for carving. I'm going to have find one.

I've never sculpted/carved wood before, so this will probably be quite a feat.