Sylvari (Blossom Armour (light)) - Guild Wars 2 Concept Art

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Worn AtLondon MCM Expo May 2011
AwardsBest Parade May London MCM Expo 2011


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To be worn: Sunday London MCM Expo May 2011

In a group with: Silantre http://www.cosplayisland.com/costume/view/36393

Competitions: London MCM Expo Sunday Masquerade (Confirmed)

Original budget: £40 (and gone way over that! lol)

Originally a secret cosplay! (announced on 1st April)

Time is calculated by solid time actually worked on it not by how many weeks Ive been working on it over

Other: Intended originally as a solo cosplay until Silantre decided she would do one from Guildwars 2 as well, i was over the moon and asked her to join me, Ive wanted to cosplay with someone else for ages and the fact its her makes it so much more special I'm looking forward to this now.

Really giving this my all, spending as much time on it as i can =3 this is my 3rd cosplay i've made myself from scratch, and i think personally i've improved and im using new techniques ive never used finding new materials. Although sometimes the "taking my time" is getting a little boring but so worth it!

Big thanks to:
Silantre : For kicking me up the butt when i needed it putting up with me complaining about bits spurring me on and helping me along with advice, and keeping me hyper and excited and motivated and generally being an inspiration

Ryzy: For the hugs and cuddles and Love and the general putting up with my moaning and whinging and being used as an air vent when i get stressed about bits.

Freyarule: For being a great inspiration, and for the cosplay chats and general talk about things the pointing out of tutorials and talking about how you made things has helped me a lot and for not being afraid to give helpful criticism

Svetlana (not on CI): for all her tutorials and her comments, and being my inspiration in cosplay

My mum: for putting up with me moaning and whinging and generally taking over the house and making a mess! lol

and to everyone else for all the comments ^_^

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Comments

Silantre posted on 21 January, 2011 - 04:19
*pokes the secretness of the cosplay*

HatsuneHawke posted on 21 January, 2011 - 04:28
not really so secret to you, ive already told you because i asked for some help xD though people reading this shes not allowed to tell you =P

Sasashie posted on 12 February, 2011 - 20:05
oooooooooooooooooooh i love secret cosplay's ^^

HatsuneHawke posted on 12 February, 2011 - 20:14
=D well i hope it turns out well enough ^_^ i wont be posting progress here right till the end so only bits and bobs ^_^ tbh not many people will know what im doing but then i think a fair few people will be shocked (and i know the few i have are) when they see what im doing ^_^ so will be nice to see peoples reactions and heres hoping they will be good =P

Sephirayne posted on 13 February, 2011 - 01:38
Interesting. I love the progress so far. Can't wait to see it finished.

HatsuneHawke posted on 13 February, 2011 - 12:32
thank you =^_^=

NixieThePixie posted on 13 February, 2011 - 15:49
Not a clue to what it is, but I love those flowers!! They looks awesome!

HatsuneHawke posted on 14 February, 2011 - 03:20
thanks =D heh i'm waiting for someone to inbox me and guess, im not sure many people will know but we shall see =D

Yuka posted on 14 February, 2011 - 04:29
This is looking very pretty! I can't wait to see it complete!

WarpFly posted on 14 February, 2011 - 04:42
I WANT TO KNOW! It looks so good!

- posted on 24 February, 2011 - 04:34
I agree, i want to know too xDD the flowers look soooo pretty and foam is magical XDD

HatsuneHawke posted on 24 February, 2011 - 04:40
thanks ^_^ Faom is my best friend <3 super glue and spray paint is not xD If you want to know, i can PM people, reason i put it to secret was for a few others as they like things to be a surprise ^_^

CyanideCustard posted on 28 February, 2011 - 09:30
it's clearly you're doing L from death note

kyothekat posted on 28 February, 2011 - 14:17
comment above... made me lol ><... as per usual missus... its looking amazing <3

HatsuneHawke posted on 28 February, 2011 - 19:07
L IN A FLOWER BUSH! xD no but a good idea O= thanks hun xD and thank you for the support and stuff too ^_^

cowiee posted on 3 March, 2011 - 01:38
This looks very interesting! :O

Archer posted on 10 March, 2011 - 01:20
Those flowers look lovely :D No idea on the cosplay but it's looking good :D

HatsuneHawke posted on 10 March, 2011 - 01:23
Aww thank you ^_^ I think these comments mean a lot more to me when people don't know what it is, means they're not just saying it because of the character =3 hopefully can get some pics up soon of everything coming together ^_^

zabuza89 posted on 10 March, 2011 - 03:42
are you a very big flower? XD

HatsuneHawke posted on 10 March, 2011 - 04:04
you know what thats a VERY close guess, Somewhat true in other ways not so true =P She does have a name e.c.t ^_^

Archer posted on 11 March, 2011 - 02:03
I'm so adding this costume to my watch list as i'm really curious to see how it turns out lol.

HatsuneHawke posted on 11 March, 2011 - 03:42
YAAAAAAY I finally has a stalker *dances* < yes this is a good thing =3

SephNoir posted on 25 March, 2011 - 16:00
I'm itching to know what this is! It's looking absolutely beautiful hun! You're really done a wonderful job on it all so far! <3

RebaSephiroth2 posted on 25 March, 2011 - 19:48
This looks amazing you work so hard and you are so clever. ^_^

Freyarule posted on 25 March, 2011 - 21:53
The foam looks really awesome x3 I can't wait to try it out myself!

HatsuneHawke posted on 26 March, 2011 - 12:30
@Steph - Thank you ^_^ I will be putting up the ref pics end of april! @Reba - Thanks Im trying to give it my all this time, trial and error is the basis of most of it. @Freya - ahh you'll love it! Its awesome stuff made of pure love <3 ill tell you about the other stuff when ive done it too, need to buy the paste first =3 lets pray it works xD

Nachtangel posted on 1 April, 2011 - 01:17
This was already looking amazing before we knew what it would be, now I really can't wait to see this, big fan of Guild Wars <3 Will definitely be searching for you for some pictures at MCM, Good luck with it all!

HatsuneHawke posted on 1 April, 2011 - 01:44
You are made of win just for loving Guild Wars <3 hee hee i wont be too hard to miss I hope, and i hope it turns out good enough for photos =3 Will be wearing it on the Sunday =)

Silantre posted on 5 April, 2011 - 08:17
Awwwwwhhh you let the cat our of the flower bed,,, I mean bag XD

HatsuneHawke posted on 5 April, 2011 - 21:27
xD yeah i did...... but who cares <3 it means people will understand more now ^_^ =P and can actually see what im doing/talking about

StrawberryCherry posted on 7 April, 2011 - 17:12
Ohmaigawd. This looks amazing i will not leave expo till i have a picture with you >__<;

HatsuneHawke posted on 8 April, 2011 - 01:36
hee hee thanks <3 if you want a pic ill be wearing it Sunday/Sun Masq ^_^ cant promise itll be that amazing finished but tis getting there =P

Adamoluna posted on 8 April, 2011 - 18:28
wow, looks great so far!! I remember this design from the GDC video, it caught my eye, so cute! ^^ Can't wait to see this done!

HatsuneHawke posted on 8 April, 2011 - 20:26
Thanks, I agree its very cute, i fell in love with it the moment saw it back in october and had to put it at the top of my to do list <3 thanks for all the comments <3 they mean a lot ^_^ if anyone (who is reading this) has any suggestions or constructive criticism im always open for that too =3

Strawberry_Sprite posted on 16 April, 2011 - 00:05
This is gonna look amazing when it's done! Can't wait to see it finished ^^

Leolarua posted on 21 April, 2011 - 00:15
this looks great so far :D keep it up

FruityKyuubi posted on 21 April, 2011 - 05:45
HATSUNE!!! Your crafting skills are beyond Amazing ^0^

HatsuneHawke posted on 21 April, 2011 - 12:15
Thank you *^_^* Hope i can live up to all your expectations @Kyu : ha ha your skills are as good as if not better than my own =P but thank you *hugs* taking what i've learnt doing this one i cant WAIT to start the next project already O=

KuroOkaeshi posted on 21 April, 2011 - 23:54
Wow, looks absolutely amazing so far! Cant wait to see this finished. It will definately be a brilliant cosplay.

Silantre posted on 22 April, 2011 - 00:23
Zomg! You can acctually see the little stamp on that staff saying 'Made in Epicland' on the side =P

HatsuneHawke posted on 22 April, 2011 - 10:28
Thank you =^_^= ha ha haha Sil, it doesnt, but it can if you want me to, though wouldnt that be faulse advertising? xD

WarpFly posted on 25 April, 2011 - 20:22
Geez, Hatsune, you're so good making costumes and props. 'O'

eternal_aranel posted on 27 April, 2011 - 14:03
This is so gorgeous! I love GW alot! Cant wait to see it finished!

Moonchild posted on 1 May, 2011 - 16:36
This is looking great so far! ^-^

HatsuneHawke posted on 1 May, 2011 - 16:42
Thank you xx I would upload more pictures but id rather wait until those bits are finished ^_^ hoping to have this finished by the 16th May fingers crossed =D

Sasashie posted on 2 May, 2011 - 18:38
this is looking beautiful cant wait to see it finished hun xx

Mangamad posted on 4 May, 2011 - 12:09
Manga loves the flower design for the cosplay. O,O!<

Fizzykat posted on 6 May, 2011 - 11:01
WOW THIS IS GORGEOUS!! You should enter euro cosplay, its amazing!

HatsuneHawke posted on 7 May, 2011 - 10:53
Thanks for the awesome comments <3 @mogwai: I don't think i'm ready for Euro yet, this will be my first masquerade and i don't think i have what it take to jump straight into the deep end but thank you <3

Manga Girl posted on 16 May, 2011 - 00:22
I can't wait to see this! <3

minato_haruna posted on 30 May, 2011 - 13:16
Congrats on your win hun, you deserved it! xx

Sasashie posted on 30 May, 2011 - 16:46
congratulations on your win hun xxx

HatsuneHawke posted on 31 May, 2011 - 01:52
Thanks guys xxxxx

Adamoluna posted on 31 May, 2011 - 05:58
grats on first place, now I can't wait for pictures!! X3 Judging from the progress shots in your journal it looks great though!

Freyarule posted on 31 May, 2011 - 09:05
Comgrats on your win my most delicious flower nomnomnom >D

HatsuneHawke posted on 31 May, 2011 - 10:43
thank you Photoshoot pics will be up soon hopefully got stuff to do today but my friend rick Cole from Rick Cole photography has uploaded them to facebook now =3 Please dont forget to say congrats to my Awesome Epic lil sis Silantre too!!! Because if it wasnt for her Well the cosplay wouldnt have even been finished and all that support she gave me backstage during the masq and so on <3 I love her to pieces!!!!!! Her her mum and Ryzy <3 <3 <3

Silantre posted on 31 May, 2011 - 12:28
Wow, those piccies are awsome! You have to thank your friend for me if you get the chance =].. I think In most of them I spoil the photo XD *Mega uber hugs*

HatsuneHawke posted on 31 May, 2011 - 12:56
*uber hugs back* Will do =D gonna sort everything out later send you links and that ive already found and been sent... sooo many *dies* Hes going to do a disc as i said so will make sure you get that too =D And heh WE make the photos epic together! thats why its a great team ^_^ I have videos and photos too myself which you can has =3 Paul has got his photos up too and is doing prints for £15 if you want one, i can see me doing you an uber parcel of Exponess soon lol

picklesofdoom posted on 31 May, 2011 - 22:30
Absolutely beautiful, hun! Well done again for the Masq! Love it <3 =^___^=

WarpFly posted on 2 June, 2011 - 00:05
Omigosh, it's obsoletely Gorgeous!

Eloraborealis posted on 2 June, 2011 - 13:27
Beautiful work! Congratulations on your win in the Masquerade, you totally deserved it! :D

HatsuneHawke posted on 3 June, 2011 - 22:29
Thanks guys <3 Couldnt have done it without Silantre =^_^= Pure team work right there =D <3 <3 <3

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Progress Journal

Repaired ready for rewear (Posted 28th April 2012)

I sent it all down to london with my boyfriend 2 days ago ready for this Mays expo, will be re-wearing it ^_^ It been repaired will just need a bit of a poof out with a hair drier, the only difference will be my actual hair.... as i cant dye it pink atm. booo so i will be using my lunamaria wig instead =3

OMG! (Posted 31st May 2011)

WOW! I wore the cosplay and ive never received so many comments! And i felt comfortable beside my partner in Crime =P who helped me so much and supported me over the weekend. an her mum and everyone else

i still cant believe we came away with first place =D

ooooooooohhhh yeeeaaahhhhh =D (Posted 18th May 2011)

FINALLY! i literally have one popper to sew on nand the entire cosplay IS FINISHED! *dies* its been a long journey but =D its bee worth it ^_^ i also done a make-up test last night not sure if i like it, will probably change a fair few bits bit here's a pic anyway enjoy the lols =P

finally can wear bits =D (Posted 12th May 2011)

I've finally been able to wear bits and pieces of it! so got mum to take a snap shot on my phone, the skirt weighs roughly 3lbs yes its heavy its held together by a leather belt super glue, stitching, hooks and eyes and of course nails xD yeah without the nails this thing would have fallen apart right now!

Fabric Dye Time! (Posted 9th May 2011)

Title says all, i spent 6 hours dyeing fabric today, my first time gradient dyeing and it was awesomely fun! until the clouds showed up and slowed down the drying T_T but i made my own washing line inside the poly tunnel and set up my own work station <3 so fun! all of the skirt was and is dry and i've been putting it all together and constructing my armour! so pleased with it now!! watch this space tomorrow there shall be more progress O=

Its getting there! (Posted 6th May 2011)

Getting there really am just a bit more on one glove and a boot cover and machine sewing is done then i have to hand sew a tiny bit before dyeing all the fabric! which i have calculated is going to take 10 hours roughly O= and on sunday i get my card eeep so maybe by monday it might look like something xD im also going to take pics after ive dyed the fabric when its drying on the washing line lol

Disaster strikes! (Posted 4th May 2011)

I literally not have 2 and a half weeks to finish this! EEEEEEEP so todays is concentrating purely on this! hopefully going to get all the sewing done today so i can Dye fabric on Friday and put it all together at the weekend *fingers crossed*

disaster? well my wig refuses to style xD so not so disaster im going to be dyeing my hair instead =D and using that ^_^ What a better way huh? so gonna have a few practice runs of styling my own hair before expo see if i can get what i want =3

right no more time for this LETS GET SEWING!!!!!!!!

only 26 more days to go.... (Posted 29th April 2011)

wow 26 more days to go and i realize how much more ive got left to do, after now completing the "butt armor" and the staff, i now need to finish the gloves boot covers top and "breast plate" and adjust the head dress and have a go at styling the wig again dye insert card inserts put all together and hey presto...... it should be complete O.o but with other things standing in the way i feel like imma gonna struggle >.< but i will do this! I WILL!!!!!

Staff repainting and self deadline (Posted 25th April 2011)

so i've spent 2 hours sanding today and another 4 painting my staff again, i was that unhappy i had to paint over it, the sanding was the "butt armor" as my mother like to call it was trying to get it ready to paint buuut its still not done enough >.< so setting myself a deadline to get it done by tuesdayy =D

I challenge thee to a duel! *slap* (Posted 18th April 2011)

Yup gloves gloves gloves =Dthis is the start of 2 of an odd pair of gloves, they're currently slightly too big,need dying aaaaand the top piece needs adding, part from that they are comfey warm and awesome, kinda proud my first gloves =S

Awesome sauce (Posted 15th April 2011)

So happy, and yet not, i got my LED's today for my staff, Was mega happy, then a wire came loose............ so was very pissed off the person i got them off got an angry e-mail and then... 20 minutes later i managed to fix them lol. so i guess that's a bonus? they're all installed and stuff, and picture has been uploaded thought they were quite smexy =D though now the paper mache comes into its own skill and i need to do it carefully and epicly D= but im sure i can manage, once thats done it can be painted.

all fabric bits that need doing have been cut out =3 they just need sewing and dyeing ........then its just a matter of putting it all together =\

Already chosen my next armour project cant wait to start on that either now xD

wow, didnt think id have done it that easily.... (Posted 4th April 2011)

My second layer of mush is almost dry =3 next masking tape, add lights and light detailing to paper layering, let that dry then sanding before painting =3 then add crystal which is yet to be made. im so excited on how this is coming along so far =3 so pleased. Tonight though i was sitting down planning Boots/shoes now i was going to make them but now have pretty much decided and made covers instead a ha im quite pleased so far since i made a pattern and cut out fabric and pinned it in the space of 2 hours and i mean they ain't easy shoes xD so pretty chuffed, will upload pics when i've got on a bit more ^_^

Trial and error (Posted 24th March 2011)

I've not done too much on this lately most biggest reason is money and being highly annoyed at the back piece of my cosplay. I took someones advice and it failed miserably so i went back to sme tutorials and had a look around and found some real inspiration that i hope i can use well this also has given me an opportunity to make another prop too ^_^ which i guess is good. I thank a lot to my uncle though for giving me a ton of expanding foam =3 (enough to fill the interior of a reasonable sized car) hoping to get on with more tomorrow, sewing friday and then hopefully im back on track =3 still got stuff to buy for this including material =S but im getting there.

getting along (Posted 17th March 2011)

Getting along nicely now despite no pictures being uploaded. Im currently cutting out fabric and pinning it together ready for sewing, im disputing weather to dye it or sew it first, but considering the gradient patterns im going for sew =3 plus then if its not right i dont have to go back and start over and buy more dye if it doesn't go together ok =P might do some more tomorrow but i fel ive done a fair bit already today (on 4 cosplays) and might take a break =3

I got my mojo back =3 (Posted 10th March 2011)

Well not being able to talk to the one person who gives you motivation is a big bummer to me! it makes me get stressed, it makes me make BIG mistakes and other such things, so i put it on hold and finally i got my mojo back =3 Thanks to a few friends putting up their amazing progress and giving me new cosplay projects to work on made me think about and get on with this one some more! I've started working with material now! WAHOOO! the petals are underway and well i will need more fabric but tomorrow i think ill do the pattern for the top, gloves and boots too! and carrying on with my Sakura Miku! (the cherries are fun to make what can i say xD) and some more work on the back of the skirt, as some of the mod roc was rought but thats sorted =3it just needs a re paint ^_^

and if shes reading this, (the person im coplaying this with) I miss you =(

Slow progress is slow (Posted 7th March 2011)

Oh i hate having to wait for money to spend on cosplay it means things go so slowly! i have almost finished the back of my skirt, is just needs some more paint. the "head dress" is going to have some large adjustments to it as im not liking some of my current results with it, i have my fabric to get on with the top and other bits boots gloves e.c.t and i have just manages to clear the table to do so too =3

reason this is taking so slow atm is due to stuff like interviews and well what can i say i love GW and there was a new update and i was hooked xD hopefully getting on with more today and some more later in the week ^_^

doesnt show much but ive done a fair bit (Posted 25th February 2011)

Having tonnes of 3D paint left over i thought i should and so i have added Veins to the head, because its really needed to make it more plant like =3 so thats now on the side.. drying and stuff will be painted tomorrow, (i hope) as for the flowers, finally they're done theres a bit of touch up needed for the veins on them but one layer at a time i keep telling myself patience is a virtue xD with months to go i feel im getting along with this too easily. the real challenge the top, the boots and the lgoes and the gradient dye O.o

more foam, more painting (Posted 24th February 2011)

?been working on the flowers again, also done a few planning drawings/sketches of the rest of it i have to do, how im going to attach it all together e.c.t, my poor fingers though, as i've been using super glue for most of this to assure that it wont fall apart a few tubes have burst in my hands today it wasnt pleasant, after a long soak and getting rid of 99% of the glue they are now just sore, but thats not going to stop me from carrying on with even MORE painting tomorrow and to cut out a few more petals to fill in a few gaps =)

Progress no pics and oh hell! (Posted 17th February 2011)

Well i've been working on this cosplay like a trooper today whilst thinking about the commission someone else has asked me to do, I've made 4 purple flowers for it and done a lot of painting though it looks almost like nothing, i'm hoping to get on with a lot more tomorrow maybe even getting into the fabric side of things =)

unfortunately i cant upload progress pics, my memory card has gone wild and i cant find it! BOOOO so next time will just have to be an even bigger update =)

the "oh hell!" that because i updated my shopping list and realized how much i've spent on this cosplay, i think it will be worn more than once and looked after a lot xD who ever told me "its cheaper to make your own than to buy" was on something at the time, i budget i go for as cheap as i can without it looking crap, but geeeez over £70 and i estimated i could do this for £40? pffft lol i think that was in my dreams xD

Realising theres more to do than first aniticpated (Posted 14th February 2011)

i looked at my reference pictures not too long ago and remembered there's 4 flowers to do, i've now run out of foam and other materials i need to finish whats left. now i've gotten started though it feels like theres not too much to do to the costume at all and if i have the money i may even make a second =D however saying this i still have no idea how i am approaching the boots, gloves and top yet. Hopefully i can order the wig though, and when i go over to my friends for a cosplay workshop session ill be able to help her and she can possibly give me ideas =D for now i hope the next pic upload pleases eople who are watching the progress =)

Flowers (Posted 12th February 2011)

aye aye aye *le sigh* well it was hard work but im getting there, after stressing for days on end about how i was going to do this i picked up the courage and dived in head frst, since its my first time spray painting and first time heat forming craft foam i was quite chuffed with the results =) there more of these to gome, well petals and 2 larger purple flowers, here's hoping i don't muck those up, these are big and fiddly enough! lol

Fabrics!!!!!! (Posted 25th January 2011)

I bought my fabrics today =) well a few of them the lady in the shop was very useful about dying fabric and how it should be done what fabric is best and what would look organic as that's the feel I'm trying to go for, must make it look as natural as possible ^_^ so i got some dye-able fabric for the gloves top and leg wraps ( i may need a bit more shouldn't do though) then i got the purple fabric for my shoes =) so im set to start on one part.. or am i? not quite, i think i want to make a pattern for it all first =) ive already made one for the head decoration =)

Ears! (Posted 11th January 2011)

I bought my ears! yes you heard right =) my first prosthetic i have ever had to by... not including wigs =P i've been having a lot of fun putting them on using eyelash glue to keep them secure =) it works amazingly well, i've also added a bit of make up and sprayed it with hair spray to make it a little more realistic skin colour, using the make-up im going to on the day ot help make sure its the perfect match and blends in.

Researching (Posted 2nd November 2010)

trying not to give too much away, but ive been trying to do some reasearch in where to get materials costs of them what i need, colours and how to construct, because even though there is sewing there isn't much and im not entirely sure how to put the rest together/costruct, found a few amasing tutorials online and here's hoping i can pull them off ^_^