Nathanael Taylor (14 years old) - Steampunk OC



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This is finally going up here! ~ I've been playing around with my steampunk OC for awhile now and I've decided i've got to finally take the plunge and cosplay him next year. o.o I still don't feel like I'm steampunk literate enough though... ><

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Nathaneal Taylor (Middle names are for losers! :P)

Sex: Male
Age: 14
Occupation: Chimney Sweep/Thief

Bio: Nathaneal (Often affectionally called 'Nate') is a steampunk style chimney sweep. (I figured with all those chimneys...someone's gotta clean 'em. :P) He cleans the chimneys of the factories/homes/ships ect of a wide variety and mostly richer people. Unfortunatly this job doesn't pay very well so he also steals whatever he can get from the places he cleans. O_~ He is rather streetwise/ connected and seems to have a talent for escaping tricky situations with a kind of cheeky, carefree wit. Although he is very streetwise he actually HATES the life, he looks up to the sky and dreams on day that he could view the city from above, instead of from the alleys.

Unlike most street urchins/orphans he does remember his parents - they were killed in a bombing/attack on the city. He spent four days stuck under the rubble in horrifying circumstances with their bodies before he was rescued. Because of this he has a mortal fear of bombs ect and whenever there is an attack he hides out of sight quivering in fear. D: (His younger sister - Marcelle - was also caught in the blast though she was sleeping upstairs. Because he did not directly see her death or her body he still holds a slight hope that she survived and is alive and well - a hope which he is somewhat ashamed to admit, but it comforts him on cold nights. But in actual fact she DID perish in the blast, and the Royal Guard who rescued him is aware of this, but just does not have the heart to tell him of her fate.)

His mother was actually French. She was brought to England with her parents when she was 12 years old. They came to England because they heard there was much more opportunity to be had, as they were very poor in France. Unfortunatly they discovered that England was even worse. x.x Because of this Nate picked up some little french phrases and words she said, and especcially lullabies. :)

Nate's adventure really starts when he stays behind after cleaning the chimneys of an airship to do some good old fashioned thieving...but the ship takes off. At this moment he meets another stowaway - Thea (http://www.cosplayisland.co.uk/costume/view/29873 for more info O_~) and his life is pretty much changed forever. O_~

Apperance/Outfit:
His clothing is a somewhat odd mix of childrens and gentlemans, but it's all very worn and old. When he steals things he often keeps his favourite pieces so his outfit is decorated with little random pieces that seem a little out of place. XD Hair is brown and messy. XD

EDIT: This is now complete. This was actually a really fun and a pretty simple costume to make. Once I had assembled all the pieces I had to age all the items which I was nervous about first of all...but once I got into it with the paint and sandpaper and cheesegrator I began to....can I say...enjoy myself? XD I'm happy that it all seemed to come together well and it was such a joy to cosplay my own character for a change. ^_^

Comments

bakurakat posted on 19 August, 2010 - 16:45
can't freaking wait to see it! and soooock gaaaarters *hip thrust* buuuh i really wanna do one now xD

Skah-Tala-Kai posted on 19 August, 2010 - 17:39
Hooray for more steampunk stuff! XD I know next to nothing about it, but god do I love the style; can't wait to see how this ends up, Nate sounds pretty cool. :3

perfectly_purple posted on 19 August, 2010 - 18:17
Sounds like a cool character and very unique. I don't think I've heard/seen a steampunk chimney sweep before! Also googles as a necessity rather than 'just because' = win. ^_^

Paprika posted on 19 August, 2010 - 18:58
hey look it's my possible future husband ^_^

Gaz posted on 19 August, 2010 - 23:08
why do i get the feeling we're going to be doing a group at some point XD also can't wait to see this

Littlegeeky posted on 19 August, 2010 - 23:13
Yes for more STEAMPUUUUUNK! I can't wait to see this! I need to do some sketches of some designs for you (I'll get Sean to help too)

sjbonnar posted on 20 August, 2010 - 12:57
oooh! I can't wait to see this! And if you need any help, poke me!

VeXerLINK posted on 8 October, 2010 - 10:21
Oooh, This sounds very interesting, I look forawrd to seeing the result :D Xx

Skah-Tala-Kai posted on 6 December, 2010 - 19:33
Scaredy-cat Taylor! D<

MadameLapin posted on 15 January, 2011 - 23:33
DIHFUIGHUGURIGRYGFRJGBFIFUFHGUFIOHGUIRGUFGDF;OIGIOG SO CUTE LIKE OMG! *flails*

sjbonnar posted on 1 February, 2011 - 20:06
Oooh very interesting waistcoat! Like the design ^_^

Littlegeeky posted on 1 February, 2011 - 20:32
Looking fantastic so far hun, keep it up ^_^

Paprika posted on 5 April, 2011 - 10:48
changed forever? yeah I'll have that effect on people XP epic fun times!

ToroSonyCat posted on 12 May, 2011 - 18:39
I love your steampunk character! ^^

MadameLapin posted on 21 August, 2011 - 17:16
Just realised I hadn't commented on this when it had finished... This is amazing, I love your steampunk design so much, absolutely incredible hun. I really hope I can get into gear with mine at some point, we need photos together 8D

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Progress Journal

1st March 2011

Wig Test

This is a blurry crappy pic of the wig which I previously forgot to upload...but it can go in here so I look productive. :P

1st February 2011

Waistcoat of beltyness

I made this today by neglecting uni work..marks are on the mirror btw...so dirty OTL...

Made from pleather/leatherette...i forget which...either way it was a bitch to get through the sewing machine. x.x Was fairly easy. I just took a normal waistcoat pattern and changed it around and added the zip and belts. It's actually rather comfortable. XD